News Post

Barbara Pisciotto

 

Dear Jackson Families,

I am incredibly proud of our students and staff this year.  No matter where or how they were learning, our students demonstrated incredible resilience.  In spite of many changes, they have grown so much as readers, writers, mathematicians, and thinkers.  Our staff has remained dedicated to our student learning and has worked tirelessly to make learning meaningful.  Our staff finished measuring the progress of all of our Jackson readers this spring.  I am so proud to share that according to our spring benchmark assessment 66% of our students exceed the end of year expectations, 19% of our students meet these expectations, 6% are approaching these expectations, and 9% are below these expectations.  It is incredible that 85% of our students meet or exceed the end of year expectations!

As a school community, we have come together to persevere through a year that has been unlike any other.  Thank YOU, parents, for supporting our students and staff throughout health and safety protocols, schedule changes, environment changes, etc.  We are grateful for your support and partnership.  As a school, we are committed to returning in 2021-2022 even better!

Congratulations to our 5th grade class.  We wish you success in 5th grade and know you will make us proud!

Student Report Cards Available in Powerschool
Our student report cards will be available today in PowerSchool.  Please note that the Powerschool app for smartphones is NOT the best way to view your child’s report card.  We encourage you to use the desktop version of PowerSchool. 

Jackson Library News
Mrs. DeYoung has chosen the opportunity to join the Fischer staff as librarian starting in the 2021-2022 school year.  Mrs. DeYoung is incredibly talented and the Fischer community is very lucky to have her.  Mrs. DeYoung has been our Jackson librarian for 10 years and in her tenure, she has been an integral part of developing a love of reading throughout our school.  We will miss her terribly.  We are looking forward to welcoming Ms. Emily Walton as our new librarian.  Ms. Walton currently is the librarian at Lincoln Elementary School.  Mrs. DeYoung will support Ms. Walton in her transition to Jackson. 

End of Year- Device Return (IMPORTANT)
All students need to return their district issued iPads, Chromebooks and chargers.  Please bring them to the Jackson office next week if you have not yet returned all items.  *If your family is participating in Extended School Year (at Hawthorne) OR Summer Acceleration (at Fischer), you may keep your devices until the end of those programs.

Jackson Summer Hours
The Jackson school office is open June 1 through June 8 from 8:30am-3:30pm. After June 8, if you need to come by the Jackson office, please email the principal, Christine Trendel, to arrange a time.  

New to REACH Informational Meeting
Any families that are new to the REACH program are welcome to attend a webinar on June 3rd at 7:00pm to hear information in regards to the REACH program.  There will also be a meeting on August 23rd at 7:00pm with the same information for those that cannot attend in June.  Please use this link to register for the webinar. 

Beginning Band and Orchestra is Returning
Beginning Band and Orchestra will be offered to both 4th and 5th grade students in the 2021-2022 school year.  This opportunity will include small group instrument lessons during the school day at your home elementary school and after-school rehearsals at your future middle school.  More information about instrument selection, registration, and the instrumental music program in general will be sent out during the first week of school in August. Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to join our award-winning music program!  

Elmhurst Library Summer Reading Program
The Elmhurst Public Library is hosting a summer reading program.  Information for joining can be found here.  Consider joining and keep reading over the summer!

2021-2022 School Year Calendar
You can find next year’s school calendar here.  Please mark your calendar for breaks, days off, and late arrivals. 

Meet D205’s Incoming Superintendent Dr. Keisha Campbell - June 8 or 9
As we look toward the fall, incoming Superintendent Dr. Keisha Campbell will transition into her role as District 205’s next leader on July 1.  One of her core commitments is to build relationships and expand communication with the school community.  Please make a plan to join her at one of the upcoming meet and greet opportunities:

  • 10-11 a.m., Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - Bryan Middle School Cafeteria, or
  • 5-6 p.m., Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - Churchville Middle School Gold Gym, or 
  • 5-6 p.m., Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - Sandburg Middle School Cafeteria

Thank you for completing the registration form linked here for planning purposes.

Important Dates:

  • August 18: First Day of 2021-2022 School Year

Sincerely,

Christine Trendel 
Jackson School Principal

 

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Celebrating Arbor Day

The City of Elmhurst planted a tree in front of our school in celebration of Arbor Day. The 2nd grade class celebrated by singing songs, presenting cards to the city and putting the finishing touches to plant the tree.

5th graders working in groups on decimal division.

4th graders planning their Nora friend visit!

Our day started with lots of work as readers and writers. 3rd grade researching countries, 2nd graders using non fiction text features, and kindergarten readers’ workshop!

Our kinder cuties explored snow today and discussed what they notice/wonder. One asked, “why is the snow still white even though the sun isn’t shining on it?” (They previously learned snow is clear.) 💚 this problem based learning experience and our teachers for trying something new!

Kicking off passion projects for 2020 in 4th grade! All students are channeling passion focused on a historic event or person. Love this amazing start!

5th graders posing questions they want to answer through their explorer research. Next one was: What was the effect of their trip?

Third graders are sharing their backpack designs in See Saw! Today the class watched one example!

First grade tackling three steps to solve math problems: Read, Draw, Write! One student told another, “Don’t be scared! Think positive!” 💚💚

5th graders find main idea using different strategies and reflect on what works for them as readers.

3rd graders are in the final phases of design on their Defined STEM backpack project!

2nd graders are getting ready for their human body unit! 🤣 We had lots of fun tracing today!

Blended learning in @jacksonartspace! 5th graders watching their next steps on video!

Adding 2 addenda by making a new ten! Conceptual math helps students understand place value and expand number sense!

5th graders posing questions they want to answer through their explorer research. Next one was: What was the effect of their trip?

Learning about Simple machines is so much more fun and engaging when the Dupage Children’s Museum comes to us!! 3rd grade kicks off their unit with some really cool authentic exploration!

Our kinder cuties explored snow today and discussed what they notice/wonder. One asked, “why is the snow still white even though the sun isn’t shining on it?” (They previously learned snow is clear.) 💚 this problem based learning experience and our teachers for trying something new!

Kinder students are predicting which kind of salt will melt the snow first. Making predictions in their inquiry based unit!

3rd graders are learning fractions! Small groups and games are helping build number sense!

What better way to celebrate coming together to meet a goal for Kindness than Fort Reading! 🙌🏻 Ms. Q’s 4th graders were giddy with delight in their cozy spaces. 📚📖📚

Kindergarten got right to work writing today! They will be ready for 1st grade before we know it!

 

Fifth grade has started printmaking in Art and it’s all about those intricate details!! Sketch, transfer, reveal, cut and use...can’t wait to see their finished products!

Fifth grade has started printmaking in Art and it’s all about those intricate details!! Sketch, transfer, reveal, cut and use...can’t wait to see their finished products!

Second graders are activating schema by connecting what they already know about crocodiles to what might happen in their new book 👏🏻📚

4th graders are synthesizing their research into rough drafts for their “Who Was...” passion project and will be writing their own books. Cover art to be done in @jacksonartspace !

Third graders are launching book clubs and setting norms for their meetings!

Third graders are using graphic organizers to curate their country research and draft their informational writing.

 

4th graders playing a game for an organized, indoor recess. All students participate! It’s a great team builder!

5th grade student led discussion using a short article about the controversy of exotic animals as pets.