3rd Grade Gingerbread Houses

3rd graders with gingerbread houses

The third graders had their annual Gingerbread House making day.  Many parent volunteers came in and helped students make and decorate their very own gingerbread house.  Always a holiday favorite here at South Jefferson!

Safety Patrol Learns Flag Etiquette 

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Prepositional Circus

Mrs. Blank's class

Mrs. Blank's class had a prepositional circus today that was really fun! They created sentences with their group mates to act out their sentences with prepositions !

Kinder-Gingerbread Men!

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Ms. Horne's class decorated their own gingerbread men after reading several versions of The Gingerbread Man. 

Decorating the Bank Tree

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Fourth grade students Jeremiah Brown, Calissa Cooper, and Garrett Millis work hard to make the United Bank tree look festive with ornaments that SJE students made!  Be sure to stop in the bank and check it out!

Teachers Awarded Grants to Enhance Learning Experiences

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Congratulations to Mr. Atkins, Mrs. DeAnna, Mrs. Hillman, Ms. Manzuk, and Mrs. Shearer for being awarded grants from the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation!  Mr. Atkins will use his funds to purchase weekend activity bags that students will be able to take home and use over the weekend to stay fit and active!  Mrs. DeAnna's grant will be put towards the school wide tile project.  Mrs.  Hillman's grant will be used to purchase robotics for the media center.  Ms. Manzuk will be able to purchase an ipad and OSMO kit to use in the classroom.  Mrs. Shearer's grant, "Children of the World: Exploring Our World through Song" will provide students the opportunity to experience songs from African, Middle Eastern and Latin American cultures by playing musical games and accompanying their singing with culturally appropriate rhythm instruments.  In addition to receiving the funds they requested, Mr. Atkins and Mrs. Shearer received an additional $100 each because of their outstanding grant proposals!  Thank you to the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation for making these great projects happen for our students!

Author Visit

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Children’s book author, Pam Miller, visits kindergarten classes to talk about being a creative writer and how to gather ideas.  She also read some of her books and used a flannel board to assist with characters and sequencing.  The children loved it!

Literature Fair

Thank you to all of the students and their families for making our first Literature Fair such a success!  We are looking forward to an even bigger and better one next year!

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Positive Principal referralS

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Congratulations to Jeremiah Brown who was nominated by Mrs. Sunday for his Positive Principal Referral!  Jeremiah told a peer that it is not right to talk about others behind their back.  Standing up for others shows much integrity and respect.  Way to go, Jeremiah!  Thank you for being such a positive example for others!

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Congratulations to Derek Shipe for earning a Positive Principal Referral.  Mrs. Grantham has nominated Derek because he has been working hard!  Way to go, Derek!
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Congratulations to Aiden Rovelli for being nominated by Mrs. Noland.  Aiden jumped into action when a classmate spilled their water bottle in the hallway.  Thank you so much, Aiden!

Superhero/Sports Hero Day

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WVU Pumpkin Drop

Members of the Engineering Club visited WVU for the annual pumpkin drop.
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K Kids Club Window Painting

Members of the K Kids Club painted windows in Charles Town.  It's looking pretty festive!  Nicely done!

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Cutest Pumpkins in the Patch!

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First graders enjoyed picking out their pumpkins and exploring Great Country Farms on their field trip!

Safety Patrol

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Our Safety Patrols were "sworn in" by Officer Todd Lutman and are excited to start their new duties!  They will be assisting in the hallways, during bus arrival and dismissal, and will be putting up and taking down our flags each day.  We are excited about this huge leadership opportunity for them!

Thank You, Middleway Fire Department!

Middleway Fire Department went over fire safety and prevention with our K-2 students.  They had a great time checking out the fire truck and learning about fire safety!

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Positive Principal Referrals

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Congratulations to Alexis Rohrer who was nominated by Mrs. Rosa!  She did a wonderful job helping two new students find their classrooms!  She sets a great example as one of our safety patrols!
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Congratulations to Sam Speck for being nominated by Ms. Dodge!  Sam helped a classmate who has a broken arm, by carrying their lunch tray for them, while also carrying his own lunch box.  Thank you for being a caring friend!
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Congratulations to Alex Everhart for being nominated by Mr. Atkins.  Alex saw a classmate struggling to use the fountain because they had their coat in their hand.  So Alex held the button down for the classmate while they got their drink.  Thank you for being such a good helper!

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Congratulations to Joey Hoffman for being nominated by Mrs. Hillman!  Joey makes sure to greet everyone he passes with a smile and a positive attitude!  He is always polite, focused, and on-task during class.  Thank you for being such a good example for your classmates!

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Way to go, Grayson Koller!  Mrs. Jones and Mrs. McKee nominated Grayson after he noticed a student was upset, and asked a teacher what he could do to cheer them up!  Thank you for showing such compassion!  We are proud of you!

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Congratulations to Marlee Brown who was nominated by Ms. Horne!  Marlee volunteers to sweep the floor and clean up during dismissal time.  She is a great classroom helper and we are so proud of her hard work!  Thank you, Marlee!
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Congratulations to Julian Wilcom-Thomas for being nominated by Mrs. Mangum for being caring and compassionate!  When Julian sees a peer upset, he goes over to them and tries to cheer them up and makes sure they're okay.  We are so proud of you, Julian!

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Congratulations to Helen Keysor for being nominated by Mrs. Fox!  Helen shared her shape book with our class.  She worked hard on coloring her shapes and describing them in her writing.  She read aloud to the class, showed the pictures she drew, and did a wonderful job!  We are so proud of you!

Poster Contest Winners!

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Congratulations to R.J. Sturba and Claire Miles!  R.J. won first place in the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District Poster contest, while Claire won second place with her poster!  R.J.'s entry will now go on to the state level.  Good luck, R.J.!  We're so proud of both of you!


Extra! Extra! Write All About It!

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Third grade students visited Mrs. Payne's office to read her stories that they have been writing.  They were so excited to share their stories with her!  Keep up the good writing boys and girls!

Happy Retirement, Mr. Jenkins!

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Mr. Jenkins has officially retired after 30 years in education!  A tree was planted in his honor in front of the school with an engraved tree charm.  He was the principal at South Jefferson Elementary for the past 13 years.  We thank him for his dedication to our Roadrunners and we wish him the best in his retirement!

Parent Information Night 

October 9th
Wright Denny Intermediate 
Sponsored by the Jefferson County Elementary Counselors
How can I help my child socially and emotionally?
Join us for a night of sharing ideas and information related to the 40 developmental assets. 
Reserve your spot: 304-885-5020 or e-mail jlpoteet@k12.wv.us. 
Free pizza will be served.

Rotary Reads

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5th graders with thesaurus
The Rotary Clubs of Charles Town and Shepherdstown came to South Jefferson this week to give dictionaries to the 3rd grade students and thesauruses to the 5th graders.  This is part of their "Rotary Reads" program.  Thank you so much for your support of our students and their education!  The students were so excited to have their very own dictionary and thesaurus!  We can't wait to see their writing improve!

Positive Principal Referrals

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Congratulations to Ella Shively who was nominated by Mrs. Zimmerman!  They had a new student in class and Ella was very caring and helpful with the student!  Thank you for being so compassionate, Ella!

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Congratulations to Cameron Burdick for being nominated by Mrs. Mangum!  A student had to leave the room to see the nurse and when they returned to class they had already started a buddy reading assignment.  Cameron had already finished his assignment but offered to read the story again with the student so he would have a buddy.  We are so proud of him and his display of kindness!  Thank you for being a good friend, Cameron!

"App"solutley Loving Kindergarten!

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 "Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.  But for children play is serious learning.  Play is really the work of childhood." -Mr. Rogers  

Fun Times in First!

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After a month long study on apples and Johnny Appleseed, the first graders made in Ms. Sigley’s class made applesauce and then explained the process in How to Make Applesauce books.

Positive Principal Referrals

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Congrats to Lizzy Tuitelle for being nominated by Mrs. Fox!  Lizzy comes to school each day with a smile on her face and always has a positive attitude.  Her love of learning warms Mrs. Fox's heart!  Way to go, Lizzy!

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Congratulations to Ava Brenneke for her positive principal referral!  Mrs. Sunday nominated Ava for being a great role model for her peers!  She learns from her mistakes and is resourceful by using materials to work through problems.  Way to go, Ava!

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Congratulations to Rebecca Benner!  She was also nominated by Mrs. Sunday for always helping herself and her classmates to follow directions and care for their classroom.  She is also resourceful in using materials to work through problems.  Thank you, Rebecca!
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Congratulations to Kaiden Glenn for being nominated by Mrs. McKee, Ms. Slagle, and Mr. Atkins!  Kaiden has been mentoring a 3rd grade student who sometimes has a hard time.  He goes out of his way to make sure he's having a good day.  Way to go, Kaiden!
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Congratulations to Kohlton Dailey on his nomination by Mrs. Shearer.  Kohlton alerted Mrs. Shearer to a broken mallet.  Had he played the instrument instead, he would have caused significant damage to the instrument!  Thank you for being responsible Kohlton!

Positive Principal Referral

Mrs. Rosa nominated Jake Williams for a positive principal referral!  Jake has been very compassionate to a friend in his class that is struggling to make positive choices.  Congratulations, keep up the good work!

Centers in Kindergarten 
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The Balanced Literacy reading centers are in full swing in Mrs. Zimmerman's kindergarten class!  Their next goal is to implement math centers!  Keep up the good work boys and girls!

Positive Principal Referral

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Congratulations to Noah Portrey for his positive principal referral from Mrs. Fincham!  When a student in their classroom was crying because he didn't have any friends to play with, Noah quickly responded with "I'll be your friend!  You can play with me!"  Thank you for being so kind and caring Noah!

Positive Principal Referral

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Congratulations to Michael for being nominated by Mrs. Noland.  Michael tried to help someone else from getting into trouble by gesturing to be quiet.  Way to go Michael!

Employee of the Month

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Congratulations to Mrs. Fox who was nominated as South Jefferson's Employee of the Month!  Mrs. Fox drew the beautiful artwork in the boys and girls bathrooms.  They really brightened up the bathrooms while giving the students encouraging messages to read throughout their school day!  Thank you, Mrs. Fox!

Positive Principal Referral

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These three lovely girls right here know what kindness is all about!  They were nominated for a positive principal referral by Mrs. Payne when they noticed a kindergartener who was having a hard time leaving their parent at drop off.  They saw the child crying and walked them to their classroom.  Thank you for showing such compassion!  We are so proud of you!

Positive Principal Referral
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Congratulations to Liam Stull for earning a positive principal referral from Mrs. DeAnna!  Liam picked up paper towels laying on the bathroom floor and threw them away! Thank you for your help in keeping our school clean!

Positive Principal Referral

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Congratulations to Jackson Walls for the first positive principal referral of the year!  Jackson was nominated by Miss Potts when he stopped and let an adult get through the line in the hallway.  We are so proud of your kind act!

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