We, the staff at Jefferson PK-8, are committed to ensuring your students are engaged in an education full of great opportunities. As we strive for excellence in academics and creating well-rounded students we understand that without your support we are unable to be successful. We would like to thank you for all your hard work and dedication to Jefferson. The staff encourages you to visit the school during family events and conferences to support your students in all areas. We appreciate all the support the families and community have provided Jefferson PK-8 School.
Jefferson PK-8 is located on the Southwest side of Warren. The school houses 724 students in grades PK through 8th grade. There are 70 certificated teachers on staff with 11 instructional assistants. The teachers are supported through two literacy instructional coaches and two math instructional coaches. Jefferson has a strong focus on literacy. It is implementing The Ohio State University Literacy Collaborative in grades K-5. Teachers are provided with 40 hours of professional development in literacy. The professional development focuses on how to teach literacy explicitly to students to achieve grade level. The math program is conceptually based giving students multiple opportunities to connect math to real-life situations. The students work in small groups as they complete activities related to the math concepts taught in class.
The students are supported with two guidance counselors, a counselor from Valley Counseling and the Skills for Life curriculum in the classrooms. Jefferson has also implemented “J” Perks this school year as a positive behavior incentive. Students receive “Perks” throughout the school day to earn special incentives such as a pancake breakfast, ice cream sundaes, movies, extra gym, or ‘fun days’. There are a variety of activities students are involved in during the school year which include the producing morning video announcements, monthly newspaper, band, choir, poetry club, Challenge 24, YSU English Festival, basketball, football, and track. The students in grades 6-8 participate in the 21st Century Learning program afterschool Monday through Thursday where they are provided with real-life learning experiences extending beyond the classroom. Students in grade 3-5 have the opportunity to participate in an afterschool mentoring program with Team Sanders. This program provides tutoring and a service projects in the community.
In the 2014-2015 school year Jefferson added an additional preschool to building where approximately 70 three and four-year olds are learning about school and interacting with their peers. The preschool has just been awarded a 5-Star rating for Step Up to Quality through the State of Ohio rating system for early learning.
School Visitor Procedures
The District welcomes and encourages visits by parents and other adult residents of the community. However, for the educational program to continue undisturbed and to prevent the intrusion of disruptive persons into the schools, the District has adopted the following visitor rules. (Board Policy #9150)
- Parents and school visitors should make advance arrangements with the school office. Upon arrival at the school, parents and visitors must register with the office.
- The Building Administrator or designee will arrange all parent or visitor conferences with students and may need to be present.
- A student will be permitted to leave the school only with a person who has been clearly identified as his or her parent or guardian or a person authorized to act on the parent or guardian’s behalf.
- Business people must also register and receive authorization to be present to conduct business with a staff member.
- The Superintendent or Building Administrator has the authority to prohibit the entry or to expel any person from a school when there
is reason to believe the person would be detrimental to the order of the school.
Weapons of Any Kind Are Not Permitted In A School Safety Zone The Board of Education prohibits staff members, students and visitors from possessing, storing, making or using a weapon, including a concealed weapon in a school safety zone. The Superintendent/designee shall refer any violator to law enforcement officials, regardless of whether he/she possesses a valid concealed weapons license. (Board Policy #5772)
Threatening Behavior Toward a Staff Member Is Not Permitted. Any words or deeds that intimidate a staff member or cause anxiety concerning his/her physical well-being is strictly forbidden. Any parent, visitor, staff member or agent of the Board who is found to have threatened a member of the staff may be reported to the police. He/she also will be excluded from school grounds until such time that the individual is not a threat to the health and safety of the staff and students.