October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a time to highlight the importance of safeguarding online activity from harmful cyber attacks. Each Friday this month, we'll share tips to help our students, staff, and families secure their sensitive data and stay safe online. Tip #1: Protect your passwords! Be sure to secure passwords for your accounts and NEVER share them with others. Many platforms now allow you to enable two-factor authentication for added security to keep unauthorized users from accessing an account. Enable this security feature whenever possible. Visit www.cisa.gov/cybersecurity-awareness-month to learn more about Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
A reminder that there will be a two-hour early dismissal on for all Jefferson County School students on Friday, October 7. This change in schedule will accommodate an expansion of elementary school ELA and math programs. Thank you for your understanding as we work to support student success. For more information, please visit www.jcswv.org/expansion.
This is a reminder that next Friday, October 7, there will be a two-hour early dismissal for all Jefferson County Schools students. This change in schedule will accommodate an expansion of elementary school ELA and math programs. Thank you for your understanding as we work to support student success. For more information, please visit www.jcswv.org/expansion
Dear Blue Ridge families, October is a special month here at Blue Ridge Elementary. It is filled with cooler temperatures, falling leaves, longer sleeves, and awesome seasonal activities. We would love to incorporate pumpkins into our STEM lessons and Fun Friday’s. Our classrooms will make predictions, observations, collect and record data on pumpkin size, weight, circumference, and seed number. We would also like to have a classroom pumpkin decorating contest. Each classroom design will be entered into our Blue Ridge Elementary Trunk or Treat contest on Friday, October 21st for a chance to win a classroom Dea prize. To complete this activity, we are hoping to receive help from you. We would love for each classroom to have 4 pumpkins, 1 for carving and 3 for group STEM projects. If you are willing to donate a pumpkin, we would greatly appreciate it. The pumpkins would need to be the size of what you may use for a jack-o-lantern. Any donations would need to be delivered to the school by Wednesday, October 5th. Thank you for any help you may be able to give. Here is a link to sign up for donating a pumpkin- https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4DA8A92CA6FBC52-classroom
After many years of rising scores on the WVGSA test, JCS saw a steep decline during the pandemic, from which we have not recovered. The latest scores show staggering deficits in ELA and math that keep hundreds of children below the mark for proficiency. To ensure that our students are ready for academics and life beyond the classroom, we are adjusting our elementary education program for 3-5 grade students. Please visit www.jcswv.org/expansion to learn more. There will be a district-wide TWO-HOUR EARLY DISMISSAL for all students on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, to support teachers as they prepare to make these adjustments. Thank you for your trust and support.
JCS is still hiring substitute teachers to fill short and long-term positions for this school year! Interested in substituting for JCS? Here's everything you need to know about the required training offered through our partnership with the Eastern Panhandle Instructional Cooperative (EPIC). EPIC offers the training you need to be eligible to apply for open positions. Visit www.epicresa8.org/subteachertraining to learn more, and follow our JCS Careers Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JoinJCS to learn about new positions as they become available!
La Asociación Hispano/Latina del Condado de Jefferson le invita a conocer información importante relacionada el nuevo año escolar a conocer a nuevos contactos y amigos y a comer algo rico. Las primeras 25 familias recibirán una mochila con útiles escolares. El flyer tiene más información! The Hispanic/Latino Association of Jefferson County Schools invites you to learn important information regarding the new school year. Meet new contacts and friends and eat good food! The first 25 families will receive a bookbag filled with school supplies. See flyer for additional information!
It is so exciting to have students back in our schools! Thank you for all you are doing to ensure a smooth start to the school year. Please remember that all JCS schools and offices will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2022, in observance of Labor Day. We look forward to welcoming students and staff back on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Have a great weekend.
Hello JCS Families, We had a wonderful first week of school welcoming children back into the classroom. We are happy to share an update on WVEIS 2.0, the WVDE’s upgraded information system that impacts our communications and academic tools. Much progress has been made, and as of Sept. 6, we will have full use of our Canvas Platform. For more information about the update, please visit www.jcswv.org/canvas
✨ We're so excited to open our doors for the start of another school year! A big shoutout to our teachers and staff for working hard to prepare for a great year. Be sure to check out all the fun first-day photos from throughout the district in our "Back to School: 2022-2023" photo album on the JCS Facebook page. Welcome back, JCS! 🎉
Welcome back, Lions! We hope you had a GREAT first day of school!
The start of a new school year means sharing the road. Please keep the following safety tips in mind when buses start rolling on Monday: ⚠️ Be alert and watch for children, especially near schools, bus stops, school buses, and school parking lots. ⚠️ Motorists are required to stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and STOP arms extended. NEVER pass a bus from behind when it is stopped to board or offload children. ⚠️ Be especially careful when children are present in school zones and residential areas. ⚠️ Pay extra attention to lower speed limits in school zones. ⚠️ Watch for and obey signals from school crossing guards. ⚠️Only drive or park in authorized areas to drop off or pick up children at school. We can't wait to see you on Monday!
Hello JCS Families, Our staff have been working all summer to prepare our schools to welcome students next week. As always, there are unexpected problems that arise. An updated version of the West Virginia Department of Education's information system (WVEIS) that all school systems are required to use for everything from class lists to schedules is being upgraded. Some of the systems we worked hard to put in place over the summer are not usable right now because that system is not functioning correctly. We have created a web page about possible changes during the transition. We have taken steps to minimize the disruption for you and for students while the WVDE completes this work. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we begin a new year together! https://www.jcswv.org/wveis
As you wrap up your back-to-school shopping this weekend, consider including a few items for the JCS Stuff-a-Bus school supply drive! Join us August 21-27 at the Jefferson County Fair, where we'll be stuffing a bus with donations of backpacks, crayons, pens and pencils, lunch boxes, notebooks, and other necessary school supplies. Volunteers from the JCS Transportation Department will be on hand to collect donations all day Sunday, August 21, and every evening from 5-8 p.m. And while you're there, learn more about how you can become a bus operator for Jefferson County Schools. It's a great way to make your mark in our caring community of educators!
Kindergarten Orientation will be on Monday, August 22, 2022 10:00 Students with last names A-K 1:30 Students with last names L-Z *First day of school for students grade 1-5, will be Monday, August 22nd. *The first day of school for kindergarten students will be Tuesday, August 23rd.
Reminder that tomorrow night, August 18th is our Family Cookout and Meet the Teacher Night. Please note that Kindergarten Orientation/Meet the Teacher will be held on Monday, August 22nd (see below for details). 5:00-5:45 1st and 2nd grade 5:45-6:30 3rd Grade 6:30-7:15 4th Grade 7:15-8:00 5th Grade If you are unable to come to our Family Cookout/Meet the Teacher night, you may call the school office to find out who your child’s teacher will be on Friday, August 19th. Kindergarten Orientation will be on Monday, August 22, 2022 10:00 Students with last names A-K 1:30 Students with last names L-Z
Students are back on August 22! We want to make sure everyone has what they need to start the year off right, starting with the trip to school. Visit our website at www.jcswv.org/myschoolbus to get information about your student's bus this year. Everyone at Jefferson County Schools is excited to start the year with you!
Please check out the link to our website below to view a welcome back letter and grade level supply lists for the upcoming school year. https://bres.jcswv.org/o/bre/documents/our-school/2022-2023--school-supply-list/204742
Reminder: Tomorrow is the last day to RSVP for our Family Cookout on Meet the Teacher Night, August 18th. Please use the link below to let us know you plan to join us for a hotdog dinner. https://forms.office.com/r/wWyW6U3Njp
Jefferson County Schools extends our appreciation to Mr. Justin P. Brown, Sr. for his service as an interim member of the Jefferson County Board of Education. Earlier this year, Mr. Brown applied and was selected in a competitive application process to serve Jefferson County students at a critical time. His dedication, thoughtful decision-making, and calm, steady leadership have been greatly appreciated in helping move our school system forward.