Johnson Creek Elementary is off to a great start. Though the weather has been hot and the school very warm, students have made the transition from vacation to back to school very well.
We started the year off with a POPS assembly (Power of Positive Students). At that time, students were introduced to new staff, to the new building theme and a review of general school rules was given.
New staff: In Kindergarten, we welcome Rachael Nicholson. Rachael graduated from UW-LaCrosse in December, 2012 and served as a long-term substitute teacher in kindergarten in the Hartland-Arrowhead School District last semester. She brings to our district experience with Reader and Writer’s Workshop, Daily Five and Common Core Math instruction. In 1st grade, we welcome McKenna Hemker. McKenna was a student teacher last spring in 1st grade and did a great job. Since she understands and has contributed to our curricular work, we are excited to have her on staff. McKenna graduated from UW-Whitewater in June. McKenna also has experience with autism as she worked for the Wisconsin Autism Project, as well as having a minor in Spanish. We are sure these experiences with have a positive impact on our students. In 2nd grade, we welcome Brittanie Nelson. Brittanie did her student teaching with us and for the last 2 years as served as a paraprofessional and as a long-term substitute teacher in grades 2 and 5. Brittanie has worked with our special education students and has training in working with ELL students. In 3rd grade, we welcome Stacy Miller (yes, we now have 2 Mrs. Millers!). Stacy comes to us via Virginia and Milwaukee. She brings in an abundance of experience with Language arts, technology and science and experience working with interventions and enrichment. Stacy is taking the place of Angie Hoffman who has moved into our Reading Interventionist role. Angie has been a strong leader in our Language Arts curriculum and we felt this would be a good move to continue on our path to improve our students’ reading, writing and language skills. In 4th grade, Annie DiPietro has moved up from 1st grade. Annie has experience at various grade levels and she is a positive addition to our Language Arts focus team. In 5th grade we welcome Victoria Toebe. Victoria is from our community and graduated from UW-Whitewater in december, 2012. She did her student teaching in Cambridge and last semester was a long-term substitute in our special education and kindergarten classes. We also have 2 new specialists- Georgia Meyers as our district occupational therapist and Kristi Gawel our speech therapist. Georgia comes to us via ODTC and Bethesda, as well as having a vast array of experience in various clinical settings. Kristi is a recent graduate of UW-Whitewater and has done work in various school and clinical settings.
Our school theme this year is BLUEJAY PRIDE. We are emphasizing politeness, respect, integrity, discipline and academic excellence. We are focusing on character building. We will also continue with our Blue Jay Buddies. All students in the school will be paired with an adult and meet as a mini family and do team building activities. This will help build connections between various grades and a support network. It will also help in creating a safe and caring environment that students have the lead in creating.
Our school rules are : Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible and Be Respectful. All members of our school community model and support these concepts. We hope your child comes home and models them for you too!
Some upcoming events……… we will again be doing the School Board sponsored Food Drive during Homecoming Week September 23-27. Classes will compete to see which class can raise the most food for our Food Pantry in town. The School Board will award the winning class with a Pizza Party and the Principal will award prizes for 2nd and 3rd place winners. So please save extra food items for your child to bring in that week! We will also be having dress-up days. More information on those days will be coming out soon!
Thanks for supporting staff. Thanks also, for dropping off your child and letting him/her enter the building by themselves. It’s great to see the independence and confidence being build!
Stay cool! and thanks for your continued support!