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Vocabulary Goals in Special Education

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

This year, the Special Education Department is working toward a district goal of improving students’ vocabulary.  The goal that the district has set is “By 2017, 70% of students in grades 2-10 will demonstrate improvement in vocabulary skills by one point as measured by the MAPs assessment.  This goal will be an ongoing goal until 2020.”  

The following list contains the words that all elementary resource teachers are introducing and teaching our students that are currently on IEPs for academic assistance.  One word is taught and reviewed each week.  Students take both a pretest at the beginning of the quarter, and take a posttest at the end of the quarter over those same words, to see if they have been able to learn and understand those vocabulary words for that quarter.  

1st. Grade 2nd. Grade 3rd. Grade 4th Grade
1. gentle 1. alert 1. aware 1. analyze
2. fewer 2. angle 2. difference 2. acute angle
3. soon 3. classify 3. boast 3. atlas
4. near 4. area 4. digit 4. obtuse angle
5. behind 5. enough 5. weary 5. barter
6. subtraction 6. closest 6. division 6. capacity
7. blame 7. rare 7. amuse 7. glimpse
8. addition 8. congruent 8. fact 8. equivalent
9. chance 9. wander 9. churn 9. quiver
10. minus 10. dozen 10. intersect 10. expanded form
11. fancy 11. brook 11. mutter 11. contrast
12. ordinal number 12. estimate 12. operation 12. multiple
13. rush 13. cellar 13. gulp 13. array
14. prediction 14. foot 14. parallel 14. negative
15. stare 15. bandit 15. creep 15. diminish
16. similarity 16. height 16. percent 16. pentagon
17. tattle 17. fowl 17. indicate 17. absolutely
18. sum 18. odd 18. perpendicular 18. probability
19. fewer 19. annoy 19. buoy 19. ajar
20. coins 20. even 20. product 20. volume
21. near 21. blot 21. seize 21. condense
22. distance 22. solve 22. weight 22. statement
23. over 23. corral 23. babble 23. cringe
24. graph 24. yard 24. vertical 24. standard form
25. edge 25. desire 25. approximate 25. cease
26. group 26. round 26. symbol 26. trapezoid
27. center 27. dread 27. tether 27. coax
28. length 28. order 28. surface 28. persuade
29. flap 29. errand 29. chant 29. flimsy
30. pattern 30. mile 30. prism 30. mode
31. limit 31. fib 31. almanac 31. linger
32. direction 32. meter 32. ray 32. random
33. soak 33. heap 33. cinder 33. ornate
34. temperature 34. liter 34. prime number 34. quadrilateral
35. trot 35. limb 35. interpret 35. merit
36. decrease 36. data 36. polygon 36. origin

The method of instruction for these vocabulary words is Marzano’s Six Step Process to Teaching Academic Vocabulary.   The process is as follows:

  1. Provide a description, explanation, or example of the new term. (Include a non-linguistic representation of the term for ESL kids.)
  1. Ask students to restate the description, explanation, or example in their own words. (Allow students whose primary existing knowledge base is still in their native language to write in it.)
  1. Ask students to construct a picture, symbol, or graphic representing the word.
  1. Engage students periodically in activities that help them add to their knowledge of the terms in their notebooks.
  1. Periodically ask students to discuss the terms with one another. (Allow in native language when appropriate)

      6. Involve students periodically in games that allow them to play    

          with terms.

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Doing wonderful working on our “Reading Wonders” in first grade!

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

How exciting our new Wonders Reading Program is! There are
so many new and fun things to do. Who ever thought learning
to read could be so much fun?!?!



Science fun in Mrs. Rowse’s Room

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

We have been learning the scientific method in fourth grade. Fourth graders got to experiment today in science using the scientific method. We had cups with different mixtures in them. We put a gummy bear in each mixture. We will let them sit overnight and tomorrow we will get to record and share our results. The students love science and are so excited to wrap this experiment up..They are already asking when they get to do another experiment!!image1



Jefferson 4th Grade goes to Lincoln!

Monday, April 4th, 2016



olmer3Mrs. Priebe’s and Mrs. Olmer’s 4th grade classes went on a field trip to Lincoln, NE.  The students rode down on the Panther bus and arrived at Memorial Stadium on a beautiful Spring day.  They were given the a tour of Memorial Stadium where they were shown the athletes living quarters, weight rooms, whirlpool rooms and emergency room areas where athletes are taken on site in case of an emergency.  They also saw several different uniforms the UNL football players have worn over the years and were able to look at the Heisman room where the past winners are on display with their trophy.  One of the most memorable moments the students had was getting to run down the red carpet and onto the field at the stadium.  The 4th graders were in awe and loved posing of several pictures.  After the stadium the 4th graders headed to the capital where they enjoyed a nutritional sack lunch provided by the Agricultural group.  The Ag students from UNL gave a presentation to the students telling them where each of the food items they were eating came from and did a Q & A on ag related issues.  Next they headed over to the main floor of the capital where they met with Senator Scheer and were able to ask him questions and then had free time to walk the capital.  They also had a tour guide to lead them and talk about the architecture and paintings of the capital and tell them several interesting facts about Nebraska.  Last but not least they were able to sit in on the senate in session and were introduced as a class to all the senate.  It was a wonderful experience for the 4th graders to get out of the classroom and see some of the things they have been learning about Nebraska all year.  They all had a great time!











Read Across America with Miss Reynoldson!

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Miss Reynoldson’s 4th grade class celebrated Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’s Birthday by reading Dr. Seuss books and making animal masks to go with the book “If I Ran A Zoo.”


At our school-wide assembly, each grade level picked a Dr. Seuss book and found a fun way to represent their book!  Students were excited to guess what book each grade level represented!


Once the assembly was over each class was visited by Thing 1 and Thing 2 who brought a tray full of cookies for the students.


Dr. Seuss with Mrs. Tipton

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” -Dr. Seuss

This week in Mrs. Tipton’s classroom we are learning all about Dr. Seuss. Throughout the week will be reading several different books written by Dr. Seuss and are also doing some fun projects and activities to go along with the books we read. Wednesday, March 2nd is Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day). This day was created by the National Education Association and is held on the school day that is closest to March 2nd, which is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. This day was made to celebrate reading nationwide. On this day, students from all across the country come together to read!

On Monday, we started off our week full of Dr. Seuss by reading the book “The Cat in the Hat.” After completing the book we worked on an art project that will be displayed in our school hallway. We used the word family “at” to complete some real and nonsense words on our hat (as seen in the pictures below). Students had fun creating their cat face and completing the project. Throughout the rest of this week we have several other fun things planned including more books, cookies and a fun writing piece!

Here are a few pictures of our Monday activity…


Listening to “The Cat in the Hat”


Creating our Cat in the Hat project


Working on our project…  


Reading center fun…


   The finished product…



Dentist visits Jefferson Elementary!

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Dr. Hatfield came to visit the kindergartner’s at Jefferson Elementary. She taught them how to brush and floss their teeth. One of the students favorite things that Dr. Hatfield showed them was all the different tools she used at her dental office. Dr. Hatfield also showed us how much sugar is in certain drinks and each child received a small dental pack and a mask!  What a fun learning experience for Mrs. Jochum and Mrs. Dickeys class.







The Leader in Me Award!

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

leader pic 2The leader in me award is an award given to a deserving student each month from each class at Jefferson Elementary.  The classroom teacher chooses a student that goes above and beyond expectations to be a great leader and role model for the school.  During plus time a group of students worked with the school counselor to create a list of qualities a leader should possess.  Some characteristics the students came up with were: follows directions, respectful to adults and others, turns in homework on time, has a positive attitude, doesn’t talk when the teacher is talking, is a good listener, dependable, shows teamwork, honest, ignores distractions, stands up for what is right, has a good work ethic, works quietly, is kind to others, organized, sets goals, helps others and is patient.  The leader in me award is a great addition to Jefferson’s student of the month program, we have lots of great leaders at Jefferson!  Pictured above are the first group of leader in me award recipients.


Science Day at Jefferson Elementary!!!

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

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Jefferson Elementary celebrated the end of the year with their annual science day.   This year Edgerton Explorit Center was our presenter.  It started off with a whole school assembly full of fun science experiments such as launching rockets in the air, balancing and throwing a ball to learn about gravity, learning how strong an astronaut needs to be in space…which is much stronger than you would think!  Each grade was also able to attend a special session to learn about things such as bubbles and electromagnetic shock giving each student an opportunity to really get their “hands on science”.  Throughout the day each class was able to go through over 25 individual hands on displays letting them learn about science through play.  They were able to see black light, use a vacuum to hold balls in the air, make noise with a old pot with water, build towers and play drums were just to name a few!  In addition to all the group sessions provided the teachers all did fun science experiments throughout the day in their classrooms.  Some examples were making gak, baking bread & butter, homemade ice-cream, crystal snowflakes and work with magnets and electricity.  It was a day full of hands on learning for both students and teachers and many memories were made!
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Hour of Code has arrived at Jefferson!!!

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

The Hour of Code kicked off last week around the world, where kids across the globe were busy coding.   Jefferson Elementary held an assembly with several special guests to surprise the students with a $10,ooo check awarded to the school.  The check was presented by Mayor Sue Fuchtman to principal Angie Hausmann and is to be used on technology.  The Hour of Code picks one school in each state and Jefferson was chosen to receive this grant.  So far ten osmos and 6 dash and dot robots have been purchased for the school and students are patiently awaiting to try these tools out.  Thanks to the Connie Fund Jefferson has been able to go 1:1 with technology this year which is allowing them to spend a whole week doing an hour of coding each day before break.  During the assembly a few third grade students were able to show everyone how they had programmed drones they had been working on.  The students were in awe watching the drones move around and flip in the gym.  The school is excited to see where all this technology will lead and looks forward to using the osmos and robots soon. Meanwhile they are enjoying coding Star Wars, Minecraft, Frozen and tallying up their lines of coding.