HHG schools continues to build strong connections with neighborhood partners, community leaders, and other partners. We know that some people prefer to support organizations through their time and talents, so we are always open to bringing volunteers into our schools. Join us to spend quality time with our students and share your talents with them through reading books, mentoring, playing games, assisting during field trips. We love to have you!
I am Lesley Righetti, one of the first grade teachers here at Jefferson International Academy and I am so excited to tell you about a new adventure in my classroom! After much thought and even more research I was able to provide the findings that support the benefits of incorporate flexible seating into a classroom. I have always had a variety of seating options for my students in the past, but this idea of flexible seating is very different then what I have implemented before. I am now able to provide my students the option of sitting on wobble stools, exercise balls, scoop chairs, papasan chairs, a bench, or at tall stools. They may also choose to work on the floor using clipboards.
Flexible seating is a choice given to students to identify a chair or another seating option to work in the classroom where they feel they can do their best work. The more choices students have the more they will feel invested and responsible for their learning. When I give my students choices I see greater engagement, more excitement, and a higher desire to learn. There have also been short term health benefits identified to various seating options such as: burning more calories each day, higher metabolism, better oxygen flow to the brain, improved core strength, and appropriate posture. The largest student-choice benefit behind flexible seating is that it helps students become more self-aware of what types of seating and environment helps them learn best. And, of course they are empowered by the opportunity to have choices.
To commemorate Constitution Day, students at Jefferson International Academy wrote and signed a classroom constitution. Student Manuel Dominguez-Mendiola is pictured signing the “constitution.” Jefferson International Academy is located at 60 S. Lynn St., Waterford Township. The school provides technology infused classrooms; a global-focused education; and a rigorous curriculum for English Language Arts, math, science, social studies, health and physical education — aligned to state and international academic standards.
School District Publishing is proud to present the 2015-2016 Michigan School Guide. Please find your complimentary copy via the enclosed link. Feel free to forward this link to any and all interested parties. You are also welcome to post this guide on your website and/or social media and share it with your community.
With 16,140 events across America, National School Choice Week 2016 (January 24-30) will be the largest celebration of educational opportunity in U.S. history. Watch and share our official kickoff video.
Welcome to the Boy Scouts of America! We are excited to have you part of Pack 277 at Jefferson International Academy.
We will be kicking off our journey with our very first meeting:
Thursday January 14, 2016
3:45 pm @ Jefferson International Academy
Your Scout will be learning the basics of Scouting, and achieve the requirements to earn his very first badge. Please plan on attending so you can see the basis of the Scout program, and be part of the decisions on when Dens (grade level groups) will meet. This is the beginning of a journey that will help your child learn, grow, and have fun!
Our staff member, Leticia is proud to share that her daughter, Victoria, and her club, InterAct of Waterford Mott, were chosen to receive $500 for Christmas “adopt-a-family” at JIA. She was one of four winners. The other winners were in Detroit and two from Chicago. This is an annual giveaway by this company in an attempt to give back to their community and highlight individuals or groups that are doing their best to give back.
Please click on the link below to see the interview with Victoria and Shyanne after being awarded the $500. The funds were used to provide cheer to families of students at JIA.
Thanks to your enthusiasm and support, National School Choice Week has reached an amazing new milestone.
Schools, organizations, coalitions, and individuals across the country are planning an unprecedented 15,000+ events for NSCW in January.
To put this in perspective, consider this: NSCW started in 2011 with 150 events.
Now, six years later and thanks to your dedication, NSCW 2016 will be 100 times larger. All I can say is: thank you!
We look forward to celebrating with you in January, and to shining a spotlight on effective education options for children. Take a look at our press release below, and feel free to share it with anyone who might be interested.
More Than 15,000 Events Being Planned
just six years ago to 15,000 events planned for January 2016.
National School Choice Week, which will take place from January 24 – 30, 2016, will be the world’s largest-ever series of education-related events.
The goal of the events – which are independently planned by schools, organizations, and individuals – is to raise awareness of K-12 education options for children and families. These options include traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, online academies, private schools, and homeschooling.
National School Choice Week events will include everything from open houses at schools, to school assemblies, parents’ nights, chamber of commerce meetings, roundtable policy discussions, awards ceremonies, rallies at state capitols, and more.
According to Campanella, the exponential growth of National School Choice Week, which began in 2011, tracks closely with the growth in public interest in, as well as support and demand for, K-12 educational opportunity.
“From 150 events in 2011 to 15,000 events in 2016, the growth in enthusiasm surrounding National School Choice Week demonstrates that Americans in communities across the country recognize, more than ever before, the importance of ensuring that all children have the opportunity to learn and to pursue their own American dreams,” Campanella said. “Many parents use the Week to begin looking for new schools or education environments for their children, while many others use the platform provided by National School Choice Week to speak out in favor of greater educational opportunities.”
National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort. The Week is nonpolitical and nonpartisan, and NSCW does not advocate for or against legislation.
Students need the software and hardware, Robotic Animal Kit, so that they can begin to learn and build robots.
“My classroom is a dynamic classroom where students move, engage in hands-on learning and take care of a few classroom pets. It is limited in technology, text and tools. I hope that I can add more equipment to jump start our new school-wide science program. My students are from grades kindergarten to seventh grade, in a diverse, urban school.”
“They have little experience with science. Some of my students are learning to speak English, so I like to give them activities that generate talking. I want to give them new science experiences by teaching them exciting, current science. One big educational movement is integrating science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Research shows that this type of teaching helps all students. STEM projects are engaging and hands-on, just what they need! When students work in groups on STEM projects, they learn valuable skills that not only help them learn science, but will help them in the future workforce. My students are great children who would really benefit from modern tools in the classroom.”
Students will not only be learning science, but will also learn about technology, and will be introduced to engineering.
This project will reach 75 students.