Jefferson Elementary School
We welcome Port Angeles kindergarten through sixth graders to Jefferson Elementary School, 218 East Twelfth Street.
If you have any questions, please call (360) 457-4231.
- Jefferson Elementary School Website!
- Continous School Improvement Plans
- Jefferson Enrollment, January 2013 - 302.34
- Port Angeles School District Demographics Information
For more information on Jefferson Elementary School, click here to view Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Washington State Report Card information..
Jefferson shares the PASD vision: All Port Angeles School District students will reach high standards and graduate prepared with knowledge, skills and abilities to choose a successful future.
Jefferson...a community where all students, staff, and families feel successful, valued, and connected by the joy of learning.
Reflections on the 2011-12 School Year
At Jefferson Elementary School, education is the shared obligation of the student, family, school and community and must take place in a safe and caring environment that values high expectations, honesty, trust, and respect. All students must have the opportunity to learn and experience success individually and collectively. All students must feel valued as human beings and successful as learners. We seek to improve student achievement as measured by the Measurement of Student Progress (MSP). This past year, Jefferson outperformed the state in eight of 10 categories, with upwards of 26% more students passing in some subjects than the state. Our students’ scores demonstrated the following achievements:
- Science: 92.2% met standard.
- Reading: Grade 6 - Students achieving a level 1 decreased to 0%, which students achieving a level 4 doubled and 89.7% meeting standard; Grade 5 - 88.2% met standard; Grade 4 – 76.9% met standard; Grade 3 – 86.5% met standard; Only one Jefferson student received a level one in reading.
- Writing: 76.5% met standard in conventions (an increase of 12.5% from 2011).
- Math: Grade 6 – 75.0% met standard; Grade 5 – 70.0% met standard; Grade 4 – 69.2% met standard; Grade 3 – 62.2% met standard.
Student Learning. Our Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP) guides our school-wide decision-making. The plan strives to meet the needs of individual students by personalizing and differentiating instruction so that all students meet standard. The Jefferson staff believes all students can be successful learners and will partner with parents and community members to create optimal learning opportunities using the most effective instructional strategies and materials.
Our action plans for the 2012-13 school year include the following:
Reading. All teachers will utilize the Houghton Mifflin/Holt-McDougall curriculum, coupled with best practices in literacy instruction, to meet the needs of students in the classroom, during Response to Intervention (RTI) intervention and with extra adult support throughout the day as necessary. Students will be provided multiple opportunities to experience informational text through classroom magazines, science and social studies. The DIBELS assessment system will be used to assist in identifying students for RTI support as well as to monitor progress. Volunteers will read with students, including a focus on Books & Beyond incentives and academic mentoring.
Writing. Teachers will be focused and diligent in their use of Houghton Mifflin lessons, using them with fidelity at all grade levels: review and use strategies to help boy writers be more successful with prompt writing; have fourth grade students write daily for 15 minutes, with immediate teacher feedback, and student response to that feedback; clarify writing expectations at each grade level and provide the information to paraeducators who support our students. “Wild About Writing" will take place once a month to provide opportunities for students to share writing samples with the principal and other students, as well as receive feedback.
Math. Teachers will utilize the enVision math curriculum for all students, teaching concepts to mastery, with remediation as necessary for strategic and intensive students. Other support: design rotating afterschool support for struggling math students; assess math facts for second/third grade students for math fact volunteers starting point work; provide remediation and enrichment opportunities to fourth grade using RTI math three days/week. U.S. Coast Guard volunteers will work with third grade students on math mastery, and the resource room teacher will provide core math instruction at the fifth grade level where highest need exists.
Science. All staff will teach assigned Foss Science kits with an emphasis on energy transfer and scientific process and with a focus on the targets called out in the assessment to guide instruction. We will continue to challenge student thinking with inquiry based questions. Enrichment in science will be provided through guest speakers, field trips, or science fair. Homework Club will be utilized for missed and make-up science lessons, labs and gaps in instruction.
Professional Development. Professional development from August-December 2012 will focus on the implementation of the enVision math curriculum, aligning science kits to the newly written science assessments and use of science performance standards via OSPI. January-June 2013 will also focus on Charolette Danielson’s Framework for Teaching to reflect on instructional practice and determine levels of student engagement and progress. We will use collaboration time to review student work across grade levels, Houghton Mifflin lesson plans/design, and use of benchmark assessment data. Staff is also highly encouraged to attend courses offered through the Educational Services District, as well as take advantage of guest teachers to observe teammate or teachers at other schools and/or make time for assessment analysis.
School Climate. Our parent survey data for 2012 shows a positive school climate with 91% approval for high standards and expectations, 84% approval for supportive learning environment, and 84% for effective leadership. The core belief and goal of the Jefferson CSIP is that “all Jefferson students, families, and staff will be successful.” We recognize that achieving this goal requires a partnership between our school and families. Communication is the key to building trusting relationships, so Jefferson staff will continue to create many opportunities to meet with parents about their children. Parent involvement is a key part of student success; activities will continue to be designed to promote parents supporting learning both in and out of school.
Volunteers remain an active component of success to Jefferson students, with the Coast Guard assisting with after school Homework Club, AmeriCorps volunteers actively involved in the Jefferson community, and Lighthouse and First Presbyterian Churches offering both time and services. North Olympic Library System, the YMCA, and the Boys & Girls Club all offer countless programs for our students, and our Parent Teacher Organization has yet to say no to a field trip or classroom request from a teacher!
Enrichment opportunities include Math Olympiad offered for fifth/sixth grades; Student Council, overseen by staff and AmeriCorps volunteers; Worm Bins and Compost for all interested classes, coordinated through parent volunteers; swimming lessons for fourth grade students in the spring; sixth grade outdoor education offered at NatureBridge with support from the Jefferson PTO; Young Writers Conference for first through sixth grade students; Science Fair for fourth to sixth grade students in April 2012; Enrichment Clusters offered to all first to sixth grade students; Poetry Slam for sixth graders;Tears of Joy Puppet Theater; first grade Pen Pal program with Japan.
Outreach and Feedback
Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed, but not all children learn in the same way at the same time. The parents, friends of Jefferson students and our community are all instrumental in providing the additional support that makes learning at Jefferson motivating and rewarding. We need your support to continue our rich history of an elementary school that cares for kids and celebrates success. Please call us at 360.457.4231 if you would like more information about volunteer opportunities.
Use and Condition of Building
Jefferson, which was completely renovated, re-opened in 2003. The facility supports kindergarten through grade six classrooms, as well as outdoor fields for district and community recreation. The physical evaluation of this educational facility is rated 90% based on a January 7, 2008 study and survey by BLRB Architects. Facility Use and Conditions Report available at the Port Angeles School District office.
|Average Class Size||21|
|Classroom Teachers (FTE)||18.5|
|Support Staff (FTE)||1.25|
|Avg. Annual Attendance||95.44%|
For more information on Port Angeles School District's Report Card go to: reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us.