NJ-SP School News

11/26/2014 Build Writing Skills and Express Thanks With Illustrated Stories

posted Dec 3, 2014, 10:31 AM by North Judson Public Library

The children’s book The Secret of Saying Thanks ends with this thought: “We don’t give thanks because we’re happy. We are happy because we give thanks.”

November is the perfect month to focus on giving thanks. As your child thinks about the reasons he is thankful, have him put his thoughts in writing. Here’s how:

1. Brainstorm with your child. Ask him to name one thing he is thankful for. Your child might say, “I am thankful for our dog.”

2. Have your child write that statement at the top of a piece of paper. Underneath it, he should write down all of the reasons he is thankful for his dog. For example, he may love the fact that the dog sleeps on his bed. He may like the dog’s curly tail. He may love to take the dog on walks.

3. Have your child draw a picture at the bottom of the page.

During the month, repeat this activity with everyone in the family. Post these illustrated stories for the whole family to read. 

Source R. Fletcher and J. Portalupi, Craft Lessons Teaching Writing K-8, Stenhouse Publishers.

11/26/2014 Word Games Strengthen Writing Skills

posted Dec 3, 2014, 10:28 AM by North Judson Public Library

Using proper grammar takes practice. If your child struggles with forming and punctuating sentences, turn writing into a game. Here are two fun ones to try:

1. Fill-in-the-blank game. Review the different parts of speech and write a story with missing words. For example: “The girl stepped on a __ (noun).” Take turns filling in the blanks. You can help by saying things like, “A noun is a person, place or thing. I’ll choose the word pie!” Make the words as silly as you’d like. Then read the story aloud.

2. Punctuation game. Write a short story without punctuation. Then read it together. It’s tough! This shows the importance of punctuation. Now edit the story, adding punctuation that makes it easy (or funny) to read. Suggest that your child write a story for you to punctuate. Discuss why you chose—or didn’t choose—certain punctuation marks.

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11/26/2014 Fourth Grade News

posted Dec 3, 2014, 10:26 AM by North Judson Public Library

The fourth grade students will be collecting cans for the Starke County Food Pantry.  The food drive will take place from December 5-12. The class with the most cans and nonperishable items will win a prize! We look forward to helping our community during this season of giving!

N.J.-S.P. Officials Looking to Legislature for Education Reform

posted Dec 3, 2014, 10:15 AM by North Judson Public Library

Published: December 3, 2014 
By: Mary Perren, WKVI

A combination of declining enrollment, cuts in state funding and unfunded service mandates has North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation officials facing some difficult choices. They’ve already had to cut $800,000 from their budget this school year. Superintendent Lynn Johnson says eight staff members have been notified they will not have jobs after the school year ends. She says the corporation is looking to the Indiana General Assembly for meaningful education reform when the legislature convenes in January.

“I would like for them to fully fund kindergarten, and a simple thing is to make kindergarten mandatory. It is not right now. Increase funding to special education. Those children deserve the services they get, but it is not cheap,” Johnson said during a public forum last night at the high school.

Johnson noted funding for special education has not increased in 12 years. She also said the legislature needs to devote more money toward technology upgrades in the public schools. N.J.-S.P. recently spent a significant amount of money on upgrades in order to accommodate the online standardized testing the state now mandates.

Johnson said state lawmakers also need to consider the important contributions teachers make. She said they are valuable, not to mention necessary.

Johnson and corporation business manager/treasurer Guy Richie spoke candidly about the challenges facing schools across the state during last night’s public forum. Johnson says additional, deep cuts to both curricular and extracurricular activities will be necessary unless the legislature acts.

Attendees were urged to sign a petition in support of the types of reforms Johnson mentioned and to contact state Sen. Ed Charbonneau Senator.Charbonneau@iga.in.gov and Rep. Doug Gutwein h16@iga.in.gov. More information, including the PowerPoint presentation from the presentation, will be shared on the corporation’s website http://www.njsp.k12.in.us/. Johnson encourages anyone with questions to contact her office. WKVI will also air the entire presentation on Sunday, Dec. 7 at noon CST on Kankakee Valley Viewpoints.

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®

10/3/2014 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.
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Academic Competitions for the 2014-2015 School Year

posted Sep 15, 2014, 12:01 PM by North Judson Public Library   [ updated Dec 3, 2014, 10:34 AM ]

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
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 Dec 3, 2014, 10:24 AM ]

Important Dates
Dec. 8-12 – Acuity Grades 4 & 5 SRI Grades 2-5
Dec. 8 - Bluejay Collaboration Time 9:15 Start
Dec. 9 – Yearbook Pictures
Dec. 9 – Cheer Camp Practice
Dec. 11 – Cheer Camp Practice
Dec. 13 – Cheer Camp Practice
Dec.15-19 – Santa Shoppe
Dec. 17 – Kindergarten Christmas Program
Dec. 18 – Achieve 3000 Luncheon
Dec. 22-Jan. 5 - Winter Break

2014-2015 School Calendar

posted Jun 3, 2014, 11:18 AM by North Judson Public Library

Athletic Schedules for NJ-SP

posted Nov 16, 2013, 10:53 AM by North Judson Public Library   [ updated Jun 3, 2014, 11:26 AM ]

When does the boys/girls (insert sport here) start?  Who's their first game against?  Where will it be played?  

Well, my first response to that would probably be to ask you, "Are you referring to Varsity, Jr. Varsity, Freshman, 7th & 8th grade, or 6th grade?"  So to make it simpler, we are giving you a link to the North Judson-San Pierre Athletic Schedule on the North Judson-San Pierre School website.  This provides you with the fall, winter and spring schedules for boys and girls sports from the 6th grade through the high school level.  

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