Johnson Jungle

Art, Guidance, Library, Music, P.E., & Spanish

Welcome to Johnson's newsletter for specialty courses and programs!

Jennifer Flynn (Visual Art), Whitney McKay (Guidance Counseling), Marie Zimmerman (Library), Alyssa Vanderpool (Music), Nick Behymer (Physical Education), Julie Dashley (Spanish)

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Also, here is a link to where our butterflies "landed."

Julie Dashley

K-5 Spanish Educator

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Save the date! April 17th at Johnson

We have an exciting event coming on April 17th to the Johnson Gym - you won't want to miss it! EVERY student will have an artwork on display and we will have fun cultural crafts for the whole family at our first ART & CULTURE FAMILY NIGHT!

More info to come. Mark your calendars!

4th Graders - VISUAL personal narrative

All grades, Preschool through 5th grade, have been working hard to complete their "forever piece" to be on display at Art & Culture Night. 4th graders considered how they could create a VISUAL personal narrative, representing the past, present, or what they see for the future of their lives. This collection of works will be a spectacular look into their creative ideas about stories they can tell about themselves through imagery.

Jennifer Flynn

K-5 Visual Art Educator

We need your help! Art Room Donations Needed

We appreciate your donation of any of the materials below.


  • Paper Towel Tubes
  • Blue and Red markers (we're running very low on these popular colors!)
  • PAPER PLATES or styrofoam plates (used as palettes for paint mixing)
  • Ribbon

Thank you for supporting our students' creativity!

Online Art Exhibits

Students have been adding to their digital portfolios on Artsonia. Parents - you can easily add relatives' email addresses into your child's account, and then they will be notified when new artwork is posted for viewing. It's a great way to share students' creativity with family members that live far away! (Their account keeps artwork from year to year, allowing you to see their visual art skills develop over time.) Visit Johnson's Gallery to see all of our amazing artworks.

Library with Mrs. Zimmerman

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March 2nd was Dr. Seuss’ Birthday! We had a spirit day where students (and teachers! 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Snider, pictured here!) could wear their favorite college shirt to go along with Dr. Seuss’ beloved book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” There were many fun events occurring around the building.

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March Madness in the Library

During the Month of March, we had the JES Library March Madness. Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone won with 70% of votes!

1st Grade - Dash and Dot robots

In first grade we have been exploring with the Dash and Dot robots to learn about sound. The students loved coding with the Blockly App to get Dot and Dash to communicate.

Marie Zimmerman

Library Media Specialist

Music with Ms. Vanderpool

First grade has been studying dynamics one of the elements of music. They have the music terms for loud and soft which is forte and piano. Students will demonstrate their understanding by creating loud/soft sound brochures and by creating loud/soft sound tracks on garage band.

2nd Grade UPDATE

2nd grade is in full rehearsal mode. Please be on the lookout for the information sheet about auditions. Classroom teachers have sent the sheet home, but here is a copy as well.
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2nd Grade Auditions on March 17, 2017 - SignUp!

Don’t delay 2nd grade families - get your preferred audition time today!!!

We're using (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps for the 2nd grade Musical - Squirm!

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps.

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

4th Grade

4th Grade has been sharing their presentation on Stephen Foster and his music. Here is an example of some of their creative work.
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3rd Grade and 5th Grade Collaborate!

3rd Grade has been super busy. We are in the process of marketing our products by creating jingles and scripts for our commercials.
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This week the 5th grade has been directing and rehearsing with their 3rd grade actors/actresses. It has been an awesome experience to watch the two grade levels collaborate with one another.

Alyssa Vanderpool

K-5 Music Educator

Physical Education with Mr. B

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3rd Grade - Tchoukball!

3rd grade students have been recently introduced to the game of Tchoukball (chookball) in P.E. class. The objective of the game is for a team to throw the ball on one of the rebound frame surfaces. During this time, the other team must place itself so as to catch the ball after the rebound AND before it touches the ground. If the ball touches the ground, the attacking team scores a point. If the defending team catches the ball, the game carries on (no point scored). Then the defending team becomes the attacking team and vice versa. Tchoukball promotes important physical education principles such as: respect, inclusion, fitness, cooperation, trust, teamwork, strategy, and positive social behavior.

Nick Behymer

K-5 Physical Education

Guidance with Ms. McKay


What is a problem a Kindergarten student can solve by himself? CAN Kindergarten students solve their own problems? This month Mrs. McKay will be in to teach Kindergarten student how to solve “pebble problems.” Some problems are pebbles and some problems are rocks. Pebble problems are little problems that even 5 year olds can solve by using their words in a respectful way. Rock problems are bigger and we need the help of a trusted adult to solve those! (And then there are boulder sized problems….and we all need to work together to solve those big ones.)
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Johnson Uses Manners

Our character trait for the entire school in March is MANNERS. The artwork above is from our Johnson calendar. This image was created last year by Matthew Mansfield and Casey Knauer.

Here is the definition of trustworthy that we use at Johnson:

“When someone is using their manners, they are saying and doing things that show respect for others. People with manners use the words "please," "thank you," you're welcome," and "excuse me." Children with manners can also say, "yes ma'am" and "yes sir" to teachers, principals, coaches, and parents. But actions are important too! This month take a moment to hold a door open for someone else. When you meet someone new, be sure to shake their hand. And remember, it's always good manners to let someone else go first."

W.A.T.C.H. Dogs

WATCH D.O.G.S.® is an innovative program being used by schools across America to help students thrive and grow. Watch D.O.G.S. asks fathers and father figures to take off one day of work a year in order to make a difference in the lives of children. Research shows that a male presence in schools reduces bullying and improves academic outcomes for students. Our volunteers participate in classroom activities, ensure safety on Johnson's campus, participate in recess and lunch monitoring, and maintain a strong, positive presence for students. This is an active, successful program at Johnson, and we appreciate your support!

Whitney McKay

Guidance Counselor

LIBRARY NEWS - 40 Book Challenge

JES has submitted 2,062 books for the 40 Book Challenge since 2/14/17!

Mrs. Payne's 2nd Grade class is in the lead again for the primary grades with 530 posted. Congratulations!

Mrs. Schnier's 5th Grade class is in the lead again for the intermediate grades with 327 posted.


(Ms. Shadwell's 3rd Grade class is closely following along with 251 books!)

The following students have reached their personal reading goal for the year and have received a prize and book charm.

Mrs. Bibbin's/Mason's class:

· Fletcher

Mrs. Huber's class:

· Dylan S.

Mrs. Payne's class:

  • Barron B.
  • Ellie Lynn S.
  • Troy H.
  • Roklyn H.
  • Ava I.
  • Ava Ann S.
  • Gavin W.
  • Bianca S.
  • Brandon R.
  • Elias S.
  • Jonah C.
  • Elliot M.

Mrs. Schnier's class:

  • Robert H.

Mrs. Leftin's class:

  • Lyla S.

The following students have read more than 40 books this year!

· Lyla in Ms. Leftin’s class

· Parker G. in Ms. Opitz’s class

· Elliot M. in Ms. Payne’s class

· Ava I. in Ms. Payne’s class

Coming soon to 3rd Grade...

Exciting news!

Author N.D. Wilson will be visiting with third graders on April 21st!


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Check out all the cool events going on at the Campbell County Public Library


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