A Message From the Principal Susan Grierson
Jefferson Elementary School
Jefferson is an exciting school that focuses on skill development to educate the whole child. There are many structures and programs in place to ensure that Jefferson students get ample opportunities to engage in challenging learning activities that focus on helping students develop and become independent thinkers and problem solvers. Jefferson students learn how to work independently, in partnerships and in collaborative, small groups. Character education is integrated into the daily program for students to learn how to make good choices as they engage in their daily activities. There are school values that define the school and the characteristics a good student should possess. These values or Pillars of Character are introduced monthly by different classes in creative ways to encourage students to get “spotted” practicing one of these character traits. body that creates a small, community feel. At Jefferson we collaborate to work together as a community.
Jefferson has 20 classes of third, fourth and fifth grade students with a total school population of 430 students. Jefferson also has five Pre – K four year old classes. We are looking forward to quoteintegrating the Pre K students, staff and parents into the school community. Jefferson School has a very active and well organized PTA (Parent Teacher Association) that supports the school and students to achieve many different goals. The PTA plans many fun activities throughout the year such as movie nights, fundraisers, fairs and assemblies. Jefferson students are fortunate to have a state of the art library and a new computer lab. Each 5th grade classroom has a SMART board and the other classrooms have a large screen TV which is used to integrate technology into daily lessons. At Jefferson, we recognize the role that the arts and music play in engaging students while allowing students to be creative to show what they know and have learned. Jefferson students take many additional classes to supplement the educational program. There are classes in art, music, instrumental music, vocal music, physical education, health, speech, Spanish, library skills, and computer skills. Jefferson students enjoy learning how to learn. Please visit and see the school in action!
Last Modified on December 17, 2008
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