Students review their learning goals for todays STEAM Truck visit.
Hands-on STEAM in action!
The STEAM Truck Visiting
Completing circuits in the STEAM Truck!
The STEAM Truck challenging our students through engineering!
Teachers receive "flair" to wear on their lanyards for making changes at Jackson. Ms. Maguire and Ms. Webb earned their butterfly flair for "Making a Change".
The Admin team TREATED teachers to breakfast on Friday for an amazing start of school!!
JACKSON'S STRATEGIC PLANNING: This year all of our instructional and cultural efforts at Jackson will support our Strategic Plan. The GO TEAM worked during the 16-17 school year to develop the strategic plan, which is the document that outlines Jackson's action plan towards meeting its vision of learning. This past week, Jackson teachers supported the strategic plan through work around our PBIS plan, STEAM program and development of the leveled book room to support our literacy goals. The GO TEAM will review the Strategic Plan at our next GO TEAM meeting on September 7th. Please feel free to join us!!
WHO'S IN THE HOUSE?? The teachers at Jackson have worked diligently to implement our new PBIS plan (Positive Behavior Supports and Interventions) at Jackson, including our new ROAR essential agreements and our technology based behavior management system, Class DOJO. We are starting a campaign to have 100% class participation in Class DOJO. As parents, you will receive real time information on your child's daily behavior through the awarding of "positive points". More information will be provided at Curriculum Night on August 23rd. We also celebrated our new House System with the students at a high energy house selection assembly! Each student selected their house at the ceremony and you could feel the excitement in the air. Please check in with your kids to see what house they joined today!
SPARK DAY: AT MAIN CAMPUS - THE STEAM TRUCK VISITS JACKSON!! This week, the 3rd-5th graders were sparked with innovation, creativity, and problem-solving as the STEAM Truck visited Jackson Elementary for Spark Days! STEAM Truck is an Atlanta-based nonprofit it's a makerspace-on-wheels that gives young children a chance to start engaging in the STEAM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.As they tried to escape STEAM Island, students explored each discipline with its own station. The kids dove into challenges to explore the foundation of STEAM in a creative way. At the technology station, students had the opportunity to create flashlights with "littleBits" electronic building blocks. At the math station, students had to practice ratios and measurements (as well as participate in a team building scavenger hunt) as they tried not only locate bamboo poles, but determine their correct sizes to make a raft to get off STEAM island! We look forward to STEAM Truck rolling into Jackson again for kindergarten through 2nd grade during the week of August 21st! Read more about this week’s SPARK Days at www.wtjsteamlab.weebly.com **for more information on the STE(A)M Truck please visit www.steamtruck.org/
IB UPDATE: This week, teachers have worked on aligning their entire grade level's new Science and Social Studies curriculum with our signature IB program. Teachers have aligned the new standards and meticulously combed through numerous new resources provided by the district to determine which ones would be most beneficial and provide enrichment for their students.
SHOUT OUTS: A shout out goes to Ms. Maguire and Ms. Webb for all of their work in getting the leveled book room up and running! They worked with Ms. Gamble, our literacy consultant, at Main to get the F&P aligned leveled book room ready for use. They will be training teachers on the 17th with using BOOKSOURCE and checking materials in and out of the leveled book room for use during instructional times. Ms. Maguire and Ms. Webb both received the "Making a Difference" flair. This flair represents the "changes" they've helped make. If you would like to Make a Difference, there are volunteer opportunities at the Primary and Main campuses in getting this resource ready for use with our students!! Just let Ms. Maguire or Ms. Webb know that you are interested in this volunteer opportunity!!
UPCOMING EVENTS of INTEREST: August 18 - Superhero Day (wear your favorite superhero T-shirt to school) August 23 - Curriculum Night 5:30-7:15 (three sessions with sessions begin each 30 minutes). August 23-25 Primary SPARK DAYS August 24 - Principal's Coffee: Topic - IB and STEAM programs a Jackson September 4 - Labor Day (NO SCHOOL) September 7 - 3:00 GO TEAM Meeting @ Main Campus