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Jefferson Elementary School 
84 Nightengale Avenue
Massena, NY 13662
Phone:  (315) 764-3730
Fax:  (315) 764-3739

+ Denice Votra, Secretary
+ Duane Richards, Principal
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Important Documents
Jefferson Elementary Updates 1/17/17

Jefferson Hot Shots


Front Row:

Tapeni LaBrake, Matthew Thatcher, Bayley Rochefort,Haileigh St.Louis, Madison LaDuke, Lilly Coffin, Julianna Hubbard, Kaniehtentha Thompson, Hayden Green, Cullin Smith, Kaylie Snyder

Back Row:

Pat Henrie, Travis Burnett, Alorha Shantie, Nicholas Marino, Chase Becht, Chyler Richards, Camdyn Farmer, Payton Benson, Milagros LaTorre, Jenna White, Jayden Avery, Sophis Monacelli, Kaden Bush, Samantha Nason, Supt. Patrick Brady

Each year on the day prior to holiday break, Jefferson Elementary holds a “Hot Shot” basketball competition. Coordinated by Physical Education teacher, Mr. Patrick Henrie, the competition involves students attempting to score baskets by shooting from one of five spots. The further the spot is away from the basket; the more points it is worth. The shooters have one minute to score as many points as they can.

This year’s overall female winner was sixth grader Chyler Richards and overall male winner was sixth grader Chase Becht.

This year’s guest shooter was our very own Superintendent, Mr. Brady. Mr. Brady squared off against Chyler and Chase for a one-minute shoot out. Although Mr. Brady and Chase gave it a great effort, Chyler ended up defeating both of them in the challenge.

Chyler and Chase will next compete in a district-wide competition at the high school on January 26.

Grade 6 Genius Hour

Two Jefferson Elementary strategic goals are directed at improving student attendance and providing students with enrichment activities. A new sixth grade initiative recently launched by sixth grade teachers, Michele Porcaro, Paige Arcet, and Nicole Terminelli will certainly serve to accomplish both of these.

Genius hour is an opportunity that students will have each week to explore a topic passionate to them while challenging their own creativity in school. Students are allowed to choose a topic, determine a "driving question", and then research/explore/create. Students spend several weeks researching their chosen topic before they start their creativity. Their finished product will ultimately be shared with their class, the school, and possibly the world. The teachers serve as facilitators throughout the process assuring that they remain on task.

The sixth grade teachers made a small modification to the daily schedule each Friday allowing for an undivided "Genius Hour" time for students to explore.

Genius Hour has its origins with the search-engine giant, Google. Google allows its engineers to spend 20% of their time to work on a pet project of their choice. They found that productivity increased when they allowed people to work on something that interests them. They have determined that 50% of Google's projects have been created during genius hour.

Click below to find out more about Genius Hour

What is Genius Hour?

NYSED Early Learning Standards Task Force

We have been notified that Jefferson Elementary Grade 2 teacher, Mrs. Dee Cook, has been selected to participate in the New York State Early Learning Standards Task Force. Mrs. Cook was selected based on experience and qualifications from more than 800 applications.

The committee will include New York State classroom teachers from prekindergarten to grade 2, including special education, ESOL teachers, school administrators, curriculum specialists, parents, and college professors.

New York is dedicated to ensuring that our students have the best learning standards possible in the early grades, and as a member of this workgroup, Dee will be charged with the important job of making recommendations on how to strengthen the State’s early learning expectations. Additionally, the group will discuss how to effectively communicate early childhood policy and best practice to the State’s families and educational community.

We certainly thank Dee for volunteering to be a part of this important work. With her input, we are confident the work will result in the best set of learning standards for New York State.

Newest Tie Club Member

Jefferson Third grade student, Tavis Deshane, was nominated to the Tie Club by his teacher, Mrs. Tyo. Tavis has challenged himself in reading and has accumulated 116 Scholastic reading points. That’s a lot of reading! Keep up the great work.


Life-Long Leisure Activities Physical Education Unit

Each year Jefferson Physical Education students complete a three-week unit that exposes them to a variety of activities that they can do throughout their lives to remain active physically, mentally, and socially. During each class period, students rotate through stations that introduce them to new experiences. The activities include: square dancing, line dancing, Just Dance activities using the Wii, spinning bikes, ping pong, foosball, jumping rope, and cross-country skiing when weather permits.



Teddy Bear Day

Mrs. Bellinger’s Junior Kindergarten students completed a week of reading many “bear” books and making “bear” snacks by celebrating Friday with a Teddy Bear Day. They each brought a stuffed “bear” friend to join them in class.


Kindergarten Writing

Jefferson kindergarten student, Kamden Bigness and Isabella Barbarito are pictured below with a display of their latest writing activity. The writing pieces were a combination of high frequency words, winter vocabulary, and blended words. Before writing the piece, the students listened to the book Snowmen at Night in which snowmen come alive and enjoy different outdoor activities. The students imagined what their snowman would do while they were sleeping. Some ideas included dancing, partying, snacking, singing, eating, and playing.


Math and Movement

Math interventionists Darcy LaBarge and Raianna DeLorme are pictured assisting kindergarten students with their number counting using the Math and Movements mats. These teachers have just returned from a two-day intensive Math & Movement training that focused on movement-based learning strategies to support the NYS Math standards and boost student achievement. Using movement can help kids learn, retain, and gain valuable skills while exercising their body and mind at the same time. Best of all, kids love to learn this way!


Calendar Items:

January 16 Martin Luther King Day No School

January 26 Internet Safety Presentation Grade 5

January 26 Early Release Staff Development Day

January 27 Internet Safety Presentation Grade 6

January 27 Early Release Staff Development Day

Early Dismissal for Staff Development

January 26 and 27

  • All Elementary walkers, transfers dismissed at 11:15AM

  • Pre-K AM – Gr 6 dismissed at 11:30AM

2nd Trimester SuperKids

“Super Kid” awards are made for superior effort, outstanding citizenship, excellent academic work or substantial improvement in any of these areas.

Jefferson Grade 4 Superkids :

Front Row:

Haileigh St.Louis, Owen Chapman, Autumn Gavigan

Second Row:

Chase Russell, Talan Thomas, Jacob Carlin

Third Row:

Savanna DeShane,Natalie Mckenna, Lillian Car

Fourth Row:

Molly LaVack, Sydney Rochefort, Nicholas Vierno, Audrieanna Sherman

Fifth Row:

Caleb LaPage, Ashton Rusaw, Gabby Row

Jefferson Grade 5 Superkids:

Front Row:

Carlie St. Louis, Alivia Morris, Savannah Mathous

Second Row:

Abigail Lanning, Jenna White, Jaden Avery, Daniel Cruz

Third Row:

Karley Burnett, Sophia Monacelli, Harper Oakes, Kyle Robideau

Jefferson Grade 6 Superkids

Front Row:

Nicholas Marino, Logan Eggleston, Bayley Rochefort

Second Row:

Camdyn Farmer, Brock Bentley, Zoe Mills

Third Row:

Jaden Ash, Quoya Rourke-Square, Lenni Terrance, Keely Bova

Fourth Row:

Marlaynna Runions, Ava LaRue

Fifth Row:

Chyler Richards, Sunny Thompson Gorrow, Jasmine Mathous, Micheal Cogdill

All Elementary Orchestra and Band Fall Concert
The All Elementary Orchestra and Band performed its fall concert on November 29, 2016. Congratulations to all of the musicians for their hard work and beautiful performance.

Click to view photos from the concert here.

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