Messages from Our Principal
Hello Jessup Families,
We were super-excited to welcome you back into the building this week for parent/teacher/student conferences. As always, we had an excellent turnout. We are looking forward to the time when we can open the doors to our parent volunteers, those coming in to eat lunch with their children, and all the families and friends attending Jessup afterschool and evening events.
We are one step closer! In the last few days, the district and Jessup sent REMIND messages out explaining how the Covid-19 quarantines and positive case numbers continue to decline, therefore LCSD1 and Jessup want to begin opening our doors. We realize the events of the past 18 months have provided unavoidable barriers. Beginning Monday, November 1st, classroom volunteers and visits to schools will be allowed.
Volunteers will be limited to two per classroom during any one time period. Please contact your child’s teacher directly to schedule a date and time. We are so excited to have you back! Thanks to all who have already contacted the office to help with the PBIS School Store. Jessup parents are the best! We respectfully request you check in and acknowledge the requirement to follow face covering and health protocols. This will be accomplished by filling out a Microsoft Form located on an iPad, kiosk style. We will no longer be using our paper, pencil, and clipboard. Remember to bring a valid state-issued driver’s license, ID, or passport, so it can be scanned into the Raptor system.
Jessup is still understaffed. We need a computer para and website manager. Please recruit! If you know of someone who might be a good fit, please have them contact the office. In the meantime, thank you for your patience. Last week, we published our updated School Improvement Plan on the Jessup website. Although Jessup is meeting Wyoming state expectations and exceeding Federal expectations in the achievement categories, we are always working to improve. During this first quarter, attendance rates have been lower due to many positive COVID-19 cases and exposures, so we know we have additional work to do.
All LSCD #1 elementary schools are required to have four goals. Jessup’s are as follows:
1. Jessup’s 2021-2022 School Performance Report will evidence an increase in Growth from 41 to 48 (WAEA) and from 41 to 48 (ESSA) Median Student Growth Percentile (MGP) in reading and math combined for all students in grades 3-6 as measured by WY-TOPP. There were 48 students identified with low growth in Math and 48 students identified with low growth in ELA. In order to increase 7% in Growth at least nine additional students in grades 4-6 will meet their MGP according to WY-TOPP. We will use the Data-based individualization (DBI) process for individualizing and intensifying interventions through the systematic use of assessment data, evidence-based interventions, and research-based strategies to ensure struggling learners grow academically so our Equity and Growth Measure meet ESSA and WAEA expectations.
2. By the end of the 2021-2022 school year 85% of students in grades K-3 will meet or exceed district cut scores for proficiency in reading according to the FastBridge spring benchmark assessment, and 80% of our third-grade students will demonstrate proficiency in ELA according to WY-TOPP.
3. 100% of students identified as ESL will make adequate yearly growth toward their individual goals as measured by the ACCESS assessments.
4. Jessup’s 2021-2022 school wide MTSS Goal/Action Plan will be to evidence an improved management and structure of interventions to increase academic, social emotional growth, and the wellbeing of students by decreasing the percentage of students scoring in the Some Risk and High Risk levels from 11% to 8% by the end of the school year, using the FastBridge Screener (SAEBRS data), progress monitoring, and the Data Based Individualization (DBI) process.
A detailed list of our planned actions steps and timeline can be found on the Jessup website. Please call me if you have any questions or concerns.
Lastly, the entire Jessup family is grateful to our PTO and the Cheyenne community for supporting their fundraising efforts. During this time of need for extra materials, supplies, and equipment, and limited funding, the Jessup PTO supports monetary requests by teachers and other staff members to assist as we provide a quality education for our students. We are all working to make this year as typical as possible for our students. The students love, love, loved the Drive-in Movie Night. Please plan to attend the next PTO meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 10th via Zoom. Watch for a REMIND message with the link.
With warmest regards,
Welcome Back to School 2021-2022
Welcome Back to School 2021-2022
Dearest Jaguar Parents/Guardians,
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! It officially begins on Monday, August 23rd at 8:35 am. The first bell will ring at 8:30 am. Thank you for being flexible, for sharing input and ideas, and for partnering with us to provide quality education to our students during a global pandemic. Yikes! I had hoped COVID-19 would be managed by now and life would be back to normal. I am the eternal optimist and am grateful we will be starting school in a face-to-face setting. It was super-fun welcoming the kindergarten students and parents back last night during the Kinder Meet and Greet. I can hardly wait until Monday when all students are back at Jessup.
Knowing COVID-19 is still active in our community, the district and Jessup have processes and procedures in place to help keep students, families, staff, and our community as safe as possible. Our goal is to stay in school with in-person learning because we know it is best for our students socially, emotionally, and academically. Again this year, we will have a soft start at 8:15 am. No supervision will be offered on the playground until 8:15 am. Please use the drop off lane on Evers rather than our small parking lot. If you use the parking lot, plan to park and walk your child to the door. When staff are in place, they will invite students into the building. Kinder and first grade students will enter through Door 3.Second and third grade students will enter through Door 4 and students in grades four through six will enter through Door 5.Students will exit through the same doors after school to lessen traffic through any specific door.
There is currently no state or county mask order, therefore the district has established beginning of the year protocols with guidance from our local health officials. We highly recommend students wear masks when social distancing cannot be maintained. We have scheduled six lunch periods so students can be seated four feet apart while eating. Both breakfast and lunch will be free again this year.
We are also going to try to maintain three feet distance between students in the classrooms. Staff will try to maintain six feet distance. The protocols are in place to limit the number of students and staff who will need to be quarantined in the event of positive COVID-19 cases. Although the district and Jessup are committed to the safety and well-being of our students, staff, families, community, and we strive to provide accurate and safe protocols, there is no guarantee an individual will not contract COVID-19. We believe by working together, we will be able to support a safer learning environment for all. As circumstances arise, we will problem-solve together.
Students have the choice to wear a mask or not. Bullying based on mask choice will not be tolerated and will be handled according to our discipline matrix. We encourage students to talk to an adult at home and an adult at school if someone is bothering them or making them feel uncomfortable. Dr. Crespo, Superintendent of Schools, will be providing updated information to our stakeholders bi-weekly.
With warmest regards,
Jessup Elementary Principal
Hello Jessup Families,
Hello Jessup Families,
We are beginning week five, and I am happy to report that it almost feels like normal. Children are very resilient, and most are pretty flexible. They have adjusted well to masks, hand sanitizer, more hand washing, lotion, and cleaning. It is much like last year. We are eager to move to yellow or green levels, fewer transmissions, less restrictions. The most challenging part is social distancing in our small school. We all just want to be together, learning like last year. One of the hidden blessings in the new reentry protocols is how the lunchroom functions. Students are enjoying free breakfast and lunch.
We are doing our best to keep learning as typical as possible. Our amazing PTO is playing a big part in that. What a fun, hardworking, dedicated, and supportive group of parents. Without them this year would be more difficult. Plan to attend the PTO sponsored fall movie night at Terry Bison Ranch on October 15th.
We are super-happy to have students back in the building and are following all protocols in an effort to keep students, staff, and families safe, and to remain in Tier 1 instruction. As you know, every year starts out with getting to know each other and team building activities, we teach behavior and procedural expectations, and we jump into grade level curriculum with both feet. In addition, we gather baseline information on all students for planning purposes. I am sure your students and their teachers have shared we are taking a new reading and math screener this year. FastBridge is the universal screener all student will take. It is a quick assessment that measures students’ acquisition of early literacy and mathematics.Students also take WY-TOPP which is a state assessment which is a multi-test to identify their performance levels in grade level ELA and Math. It identifies individual strengths, as well as gaps in understanding. I know, this seems like a lot, but we use the data from both screeners along with classroom assessments to build intervention and enrichment groups using data-based individualization. The process integrates evidence-based intervention, assessment, and progress monitoring to move students forward in their learning. The fall assessment window closes prior to parent teacher conferences on October 29but we use the data from both screeners along with classroom assessments to build intervention and enrichment groups using data-based individualization. The process integrates evidence-based intervention, assessment,and progress monitoring to move students forward in their learning. The fall assessment window closes prior to parent teacher conferences on October 29but we use the data from both screeners along with classroom assessments to build intervention and enrichment groups using data-based individualization. The process integrates evidence-based intervention, assessment, and progress monitoring to move students forward in their learning. The fall assessment window closes prior to parent teacher conferences on October 29and progress monitoring to move students forward in their learning. The fall assessment window closes prior to parent teacher conferences on October 29and progress monitoring to move students forward in their learning. The fall assessment window closes prior to parent teacher conferences on October 29th and 30th. Teachers will have lots of data to share with parents and guardians.
Like always, while students are taking assessments, it is even more important they get enough sleep, nutritious food, and exercise. Please make sure they come to school on time and we respectfully request you try to schedule appointments after the District Assessment Window closes on October 8th.