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February 3, 2016 Daily Herald
Educator of the Week
Karen Decker is a librarian and college and career awareness teacher at John Hancock Charter School. She was chosen as the Daily Herald's Utah Valley Educator of the Week.
Decker makes reading fun for all of the students at John Hancock Charter School. She shares her love of books with her students daily. She creates fun competitions and incentives to encourage students to read, and her students always rise to the challenge.
This year she is facilitating a Battle of the Book and an annual school-wide reading week. Students have been reading books all year in preparation for the event and are looking forward to reading every book on the list.
Her students learn to love books and love reading because of her passion. Decker knows every students' name in the entire school and goes out of her way to make sure they know she cares for them. John Hancock Charter School is a school of awesome readers because of Decker.
Student of the Week , Daily Herald, February 3, 2016
Andrea Ramirez is a second grade student at John Hancock Charter School. She was chosen as the Daily Herald's Utah Valley Student of the Week.
Ramirez is a good student and strong leader in her class and works hard to be kind to others. After school, she is involved in gymnastics and horseback riding.
Ramirez is very sensitive to the needs and feelings of the other students in her class and school. When she found out that a kindergartner at her school was going to lose her hair due to cancer treatments, Ramirez didn't think twice about cutting her long, beautiful hair to donate to Locks of Love. When she was asked if she was really sure she wanted to cut off her thick, dark hair, Ramirez matter-of-factly replied, "My hair will grow back. Some kids' hair won't. I'm doing it!"
When she's older, Ramirez has figured out how she can incorporate her love of horses and her love of people into a career. She wants to own a big horse ranch so that she can help kids feel better by working with horses. We love Ramirez!
"America's Battle of the Books" is a reading incentive program for our students 3rd through 6th grade. Students have been given a list of 20 books. The books may be read at home, alone or with family. There is no minimum requirement of reading to participate in the battle. Read one or read them all!
In March, students come together in groups to test their knowledge of the books they have read. The student competitions are held game show style. For the competition, groups are encouraged to dress up, have fun and celebrate reading! 3rd and 4th grade battle on March 2. 5th and 6th gradebattle on March 3.
Let the battle begin!
What is Battle of the Books :: America's Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading incentive program for students in grades 3-12. The purpose is simply to encourage students to read good books and have fun while competing with peers. How Does a Student Participate? This program is voluntary. A student participates by reading from the book list provided for that year's Battle of the Books. Students may count books they have read before. However, they may not count books that they have only seen on a video or a movie. They must read the book.
Where Do the Students Get the Books? JHCS school library, local libraries.
How Does It Benefit My Child? The students gain knowledge and enjoyment from reading good books and sharing ideas with friends, parents and teachers. It all culminates in a fun day of playing in the "Battle."
2016 John Hancock Charter School Winners!
The 2016/17 School Calendar is now available.
Date to be determined - Mobile Dentist comes to JHCS
The Smile Program mobile dentists will be coming to John Hancock Charter School on January 8th. Students can receive dental services during school hours on that day.
Sign up NOW for Parent Teacher Conferences by clicking on the teachers' names below:
Mrs. Orton - Kindergarten
Mrs. Chester - First Grade
Mrs. Menssen - Second Grade
Mrs. Neider - Third Grade
Mrs. Siebert -Fourth Grade
Mrs. Bunker - Fourth Grade
Mrs. Short - Fifth Grade
Mrs. Ballard - Sixth Grade
Mr. Thompson - Seventh Grade
Mrs. Looney - Music
Mrs. Roger - Special Education
BYU Young Company Assembly - Feb. 11th . Performance begins at 10am for 2nd - 7th graders.
PTO Meeting - Feb. 12 at 2:15 pm
No School - Feb. 15
Charter District Science Fair at UVU for qualifying students - Feb. 16
4th grade field trip - Feb. 18th
Mid Term - Feb. 19th to Thanksgiving Point
Parent/Teacher Conferences - Feb. 23 & 24
6/7th grade Capitol Field Trip - Feb. 25th leaving school at 11:00 am
Chess Tournament - Click here for more information
Accepting Intent to Enroll Forms for new students between now and Feb. 15th. Tell your family and friends. All kindergarten siblings must notify the school by Feb. 15th and register by March 4th.
Current Volunteer Opportunities:
Thank you for all of you who help make JHCS a great school for our students! We are currently in need of some volunteers to help us put on some events and help with other needs at the school. Please take special note the requests with stars. These events can only happen if we have your volunteer support. Please sign up on VolunteerSpot or contact Christine George at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
Reminder: You must have your volunteer hours completed in order to receive sibling preference for admission in the fall. This is important for all upcoming kindergarten students. Call the school if you need help reaching your volunteer hours.
**Dance Festival - we need a parent volunteer to organize this event and several parent volunteers to teach dances to the children. Sign up at Volunteer Spot: http://vols.pt/zUcqEM
In the past John Hancock has put on a Dance Festival in May where all students perform dances for their parents and fellow students. These dances were originally taught by a PE teacher who loved dance and created the event for the school. A few years ago the PE teacher left the school but a few parents and teachers carried on the tradition. If we would like to have a Dance Festival this year, we need a volunteer who is willing to organize this event and some parents and/or teachers who are willing to teach a dance.
**School Carnival in October - We need someone to head up or co-chair the school carnival in the fall. This can mostly be done from home by contacting individuals and companies to come to the carnival and purchasing supplies online. We are planning on doing the same theme as last year so a lot of the information you need is readily available. Sign up now on Volunteer Spot: http://vols.pt/1sgC8M
Battle of the Books - Come to our PTO meeting with Mrs. Decker the librarian on February 12th at 2:15pm to find out how you can be involved! Or email Erika Nelson email@example.com if you are unable to attend the meeting. Sign up now on Volunteer Spot : http://vols.pt/aoQSwi
Uniform Exchange - We need someone to be in charge of organizing the uniform exchange. This is a super flexible job that can be done on your own time. Just come to the school and organize uniforms! We also usually have a uniform exchange donation/collection at the end of the year. Sign up now on Volunteer Spot: http://vols.pt/adCqy7
Fat Boys Fundraising Coordinator - We have done this fundraiser for years and have the process down pretty well. You would be in charge of helping set dates and contacting Fat Boys to set up the fundraiser. You will also collect orders and submit them. Sign up now on Volunteer Spot: http://vols.pt/nJT93G
Thank you in advance for your support!
We are proud of all of our students, parents and teachers who worked so hard throughout the year. Though standardized assessments are not the only measure of a successful school, they do provide a snap shot of student learning.
Spelling Bee Winner: Congrats Isaac!