NJ-SP School News

N.J.-S.P. Elementary Spell Bowl Wins State

posted Nov 23, 2014, 12:40 PM by North Judson Public Library

Published: November 22, 2014
By: Mitch Columbe, WKVI

 North Judson-San Pierre hosted the annual elementary spell bowl competition Thursday night. A total of nine schools in five different classes competed against each other.  North Judson-San Pierre emerged victorious from the field of five schools in the orange class. A celebration was held in the elementary gym yesterday for the team’s accomplishment.

North Judson and San Pierre Fire Departments Support Student Council and Community

posted Nov 20, 2014, 9:22 AM by North Judson Public Library

Published: November 20, 2014 
By: Mitch Columbe, WKVI
The North Judson and San Pierre fire departments donated $100 each to the N.J.-S.P. Middle School Student Council for their community service project. Students raise money throughout the year to help families in the community in need of assistance. Superintendent Lynn Johnson says the fire departments are always generous to the school and support families in need each year. She adds it is a little different from a canned food drive.

“The middle school Student Council adopts families and it’s a shopping trip the kids go out and shop with their sponsors,” said Back.

Johnson says the families always appreciate the extra help, and the school looks forward to the project every year.

North Judson-San Pierre Votes Yes On Balanced Calendar

posted Nov 19, 2014, 9:28 AM by North Judson Public Library

Published: November 19, 2014 
By: Mitch Columbe, WKVI 

The North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation is the second in Starke County to adopt the balanced calendar concept. The school board unanimously approved the plan last night. Superintendent Lynn Johnson says until state test dates are released a set calendar cannot be made. She says they are usually released in January or early February. Once they have a firm schedule, Johnson says North Judson-San Pierre will be able to make minor changes so the calendar can work for the corporation.

A balanced calendar still features 180 instructional days. School starts the first of August and ends the first of June. Students get longer fall and spring breaks which can be used for remediation or enrichment activities.

The Oregon-Davis School Board also adopted the balanced calendar concept during their Monday meeting. The Knox Community School Board is also considering the proposal but has yet to act. The Culver Community School Board is waiting to see what other corporations do before acting.

10/31/2014 Help your child think through the consequences of decisions

posted Nov 5, 2014, 9:52 AM by North Judson Public Library

Kids may understand the advice, “Look before you leap,” but it can be hard to follow. Thinking about consequences takes patience, practice and self-discipline. With your child:
  • Review past decisions. When has your child made good choices? Did she tell the truth about something she did wrong?
  • Be a role model. Think through dilemmas. Weigh the pros and cons. Decide carefully what’s best. Talk about people who had the courage to do what was right.
  • Discuss new decisions. Consider tough situations your child might face. What are her choices? What are possible consequences?
  • How does she feel about them?
  • Praise good decisions. Peers may encourage your child to do the wrong thing—or tease her for doing the right thing. Overpower these influences by providing a positive, supportive environment that rewards well-made choices.
Source: L. and R. Eyre, Teaching Your Children Responsibility, Fireside.
Copyright © 2014, The Parent Institute®

10/31/2014 Pumpkins Galore!

posted Nov 5, 2014, 9:48 AM by North Judson Public Library

Second graders recently read a story entitled Pumpkin Fiesta, where the main characters grew pumpkins.  Students learned that pumpkin seeds need soil, water, and sunlight to grown big and strong.  That same week all second graders traveled to Guse’s Pumpkin Patch in Wanatah to pick their very own pumpkins.  They saw that pumpkins come in different colors, but most of those grown are orange.  In addition to picking their perfect pumpkins, students enjoyed wagon rides through the woods to the pumpkin fields, viewed a Spookley video, walked a corn maze, played in a corn box, climbed a straw bale mountain, and much more.  All agreed that it was a fabulous fun-filled field trip!

10/31/2014 Kindergarten News

posted Nov 5, 2014, 9:40 AM by North Judson Public Library

Students were able to go on their very first field trip ever! We went to see the Plymouth High School Theatre Department’s performance of Cinderella’s Story. We saw the actors and actresses in their costumes, numerous backdrops and props, on stage. It was so fun learning about this version of Cinderella, and comparing it to the stories and movies we know. Thank you to all involved for helping to provide this wonderful learning experience!

10/31/2014 Science Infusion for 4th Graders

posted Nov 5, 2014, 9:39 AM by North Judson Public Library

The fourth grade students attended Science Infusion at the high school on Friday, October 17. Mr. Chinworth's classes completed multiple science experiments to meet the 4th grade science standards. Our students learned fire tricks, did taste testing, worked with simple machines, and made rockets. They used dry ice and learned about sound waves and chemical reactions. One of their favorites was being inside a giant bubble. The hands-on approach and active participation was exciting! A special thanks to Mr. Chinworth and his students for their hard work to inspire future scientists!

10/3/2014 Communication is the key to a strong parent teacher team

posted Oct 9, 2014, 9:51 AM by North Judson Public Library

Research shows that parent involvement in education is connected to student success at school. When teachers and parents work together, the results can be powerful.

But parent-teacher relationships are like any other—they require good communication. At the start of the school year, make a point to:
  • Set the tone. It’s natural to have questions when the school year begins. To build a strong parent-teacher foundation, let the teacher know that you appreciate her work. Ask key questions respectfully. Show support for your child and the class, and encourage the teacher to keep in touch.
  • Be positive. When you talk with the teacher, enjoy hearing about your child’s strengths. But also prepare to hear about weaknesses or misbehavior. Remember to react helpfully. You and the teacher both want your child to do well. Addressing struggles is the only way to find solutions.
  • Role-play. Some parents are shy about talking with the teacher. If this describes you, imagine meeting with her. What would you say? How would you respond to questions? Practice with someone you trust. Take turns presenting both points of view. Still worried? Using email may put you at ease.
  • Choose words carefully. Make polite requests rather than demands. A helpful tip is to use the word we instead of you. (“How can we stay in touch to help Chloe?” is less off-putting than “You should tell me if Chloe is falling behind.”) The teacher isn’t your opponent; she’s your teammate.
Copyright © 2014, The Parent

Academic Competitions for the 2014-2015 School Year

posted Sep 15, 2014, 12:01 PM by North Judson Public Library   [ updated Nov 17, 2014, 1:23 PM ]

Looking for information about Academic Competitions at the Elementary, Middle School, and High School levels?  You can find information listed on the North Judson-San Pierre School website by clicking on the following link ACADEMIC COMPETITIONS.

Academic Decathlon
Conference:  November 22, 2014 @ Kankakee Valley
Area:  January 24, 2015 @ Kankakee Valley 
State:  February 13 & 14, 2015 @ Purdue University 

Academic Super Bowl 
Conference:  March 12, 2015 @ River Forest 
Area:  April 12, 2015 @ North Judson-San  Pierre
State:  May 19, 2015 @ Purdue University

Important Dates @ Liberty Elementary

posted Sep 3, 2014, 2:42 PM by North Judson Public Library   [ updated Nov 13, 2014, 4:37 PM ]

Important Dates

Nov. 19 – 5th Grade Field Trip to Amish Acres
Nov. 20 – Elementary Spell Bowl at the High School
Nov. 27 & 28 – Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 8 - Bluejay Collaboration Time 9:15 Start

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