Welcome, Jefferson Elementary School!
10 May 2013
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Please let me take a moment to clarify some information, which may be circulating the campus and school community specifically related to the school library and the school property/school closure.
First of all, although we did decide as a faculty and staff to sell the librarian position for next school year – we did so to enable each grade level to be fully staffed with three teachers each. Should our enrollment grow and we need additional teachers, we will be able to purchase those positions with an increase in weighted student formula funds.
Second, the school library will be open and available for students to use next school year and beyond. The school library is not closing. Teachers will be allowed to access the library and its rich resources of books and audio-visual materials. Students will still be allowed to borrow library books and we will continue to devote funding for the library as well as holding book fairs for our students and families.
Finally, Jefferson Elementary School is NOT closing, and as your Principal I have never and will never advocate for the closure of this school. I am open to discussions with the state and the legislature in providing funding opportunities through the use of school land to improve our existing school. But, to reiterate, this school is not closing, and I am not advocating for the closure of this school.
It is very important for our school community to get the most current and reliable information and so I invite you to contact me at 808-971-6922 should you have questions related to the above – or “hear things” on the street and need clarification.
Scott K. Parker,
We Strive HI at Jefferson Elementary
JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY RECEIVES DOE STRIVE HI AWARD AND $25,000
The DOE today awarded Jefferson Elementary $25,000 for being amongst the top 5% schools to boost student reading and math proficiency at the fastest pace among all Hawaii public schools.
Scott K. Parker, Principal of Jefferson Elementary in remarks to teachers at an awards ceremony at Jefferson commented, "We don’t want to compromise equity to achieve excellence and by treating each student as an individual, and measuring each student’s growth over time, we can ensure that we not only achieve annual growth for our students but catch up growth as needed. This will result in students being at or above grade level each year and well on their way to be college, career, and life ready. We achieved this from 2010-2012 and we will not stop there."
"I want to congratulate the principals, teachers, staff, and students at these Strive HI schools for leading the charge in transforming our public education system," Governor Neil Abercrombie said at this mornings awards ceremony. "They are setting an excellent example by showing what can be achieved when everyone strives higher toward a common goal."
"We are proud to be able to financially recognize the hard work of the teachers, students and staff of these schools," Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi said. "The Strive HI awards reflect that the department is not only focused on intervention in current priority schools, but also encourages other schools across the islands to keep striving high."
Parents and Visitors to Campus
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Annual Notification of Privacy Rights
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Piloting the New Student Assessment
Jefferson Elementary will be among dozens of Hawai`i public schools piloting a new online assessment aimed at providing a window into whether students are on track to graduate high school, be ready for college and the workplace.
The pilot is a national effort slated to involve more than one million students in grades 3-11 in Smarter Balanced member states through late May. Aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics, the Smarter Balanced assessment system is designed to measure student progress toward college and career readiness. READ MORE
First Round HSA Results
Students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 at Jefferson Elementary recently completed the first round of the online Hawaii State Assessment November 28 — December 7.
We are certainly proud of the work that teachers and students have accomplished in the first and second quarters and the assessment results to date.
It is exciting to see the positive growth that students are already able to display and look forward to seeing increased achievement levels in upcoming rounds 2 and 3.
Mahalo Nui Loa
Jefferson Elementary would like to recognize the tireless efforts and contributions of the following organizations and individuals to our school and community.
Hard Rock Cafe - Waikiki
Continues to be a strong supporter of the great staff and teachers on campus. Through their generous donation each month, the school is able to recognize an outstanding staff member for their contributions to the students and our school community.
Kathy and Steve Hoover
For their recent donation to the school in the form of musical instruments.
Generously continues to provide cash donations to the school for use on various student and staff initiatives.