Among many other amazing attributes, Jefferson also boasts having its own bee colony! The hive arrived last spring, donated by County Farm Bees, for the purpose of STEM exploration. According to Mr. Wall, Jefferson's principal, "The purpose of this venture is to learn more about sustainability and pollinators and how a hive works, as well as to enjoy tasty honey!" ​ You may be wondering just how a colony survives the colder months. The bees actually eat their own honey that they produce and then save for the winter, in order to weather the cold successfully. Now that the outside temperatures are warming, we can expect activity within the hive to become more active. ​ Our bee hive is located behind the school, where we also have a vegetable garden, along with some flowers. This area provides a vital "pollinator pathway" for our incredibly important, remarkable insect friends. ​ #ExperienceWCS
2 months ago, Jefferson Spartans
bee hive
After days of activities, study, and anticipation, students were finally able to participate in viewing the historic solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024. Even though Winona Lake was not quite in the path of 100% totality, our location still provided a wonderful show overhead. Several parents even came to Jefferson to watch with their children. What an experience! ​ Photo credit: Mrs. Pathak ​ #ExperienceWCS
2 months ago, Jefferson Spartans
We are incredibly grateful for our army of often unsung heroes, known as our Paraprofessionals or "Paras." We hope they are having a truly restful, recharging Spring Break. #ExperienceWCS
3 months ago, Jefferson Spartans
Para Appreciation
Our Jefferson Chess Teams are competing at State today! Go, Spartans! #ExperienceWCS
3 months ago, Jefferson Spartans
Back in the fall, Jefferson students raised money through our one-and-only fundraiser and earned several rewards as a result. Today was the day to slime Mr. Wall! Joining in the frivolity on a frigid Friday were also Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Terpstra. Top prize-earners got to do the sliming, along with a few teachers and even WL Officer Joe Bumbaugh! Needless to say, fun was had by all, as evidenced by the smiles in the "after" photo. Still to come in April: Kona Ice Truck reward! Hopefully the weather will be a bit more cooperative! #ExperienceWCS
3 months ago, Jefferson Spartans
Last week, 5th graders and their kindergarten buddies got to go on a very special St. Patrick's scavenger hunt together. The 5th-grade team put together clues that buddy teams had to solve, which led them to another spot in the school with another clue. The hunt ended in the library with Jefferson's favorite leprechaun, Mr. McClintock, handing out lucky charms from his pot of gold. #ExperienceWCS ​ A great time was had by all! #ExperienceWCS
3 months ago, Jefferson Spartans
Did you know it's "Music in Our Schools" month?
3 months ago, Jefferson Spartans
We have two, TIME-sensitive reminders for you. The first one involves NO SCHOOL for students tomorrow, Thursday, March 7th. This is a Professional Development Day for staff. See you Friday the 8th for a strong finish to our week! ​ The second one involves this weekend, where Indiana will once again observe Daylight Saving Time. This is when we "spring forward," meaning we'll lose an hour early Sunday morning. Anticipate more light in the evenings! CC0 image from Pixabay.
3 months ago, Jefferson Spartans
Jefferson was treated to a visit from the Fort Wayne Philharmonic—a string quartet ensemble, to be more specific. Members of the quartet (not pictured) played and also educated students about violins, violas, and cellos, helping them hear the difference between each of the instruments. They also helped them understand volume (pictured) by having students raise their hands to the perceived level of the sound. Other activities included a small "dance party," distinguishing which instrument of the four "made a mistake," and listening for pure enjoyment to some incredibly beautiful music. We are grateful for these types of enrichment activities! #ExperienceWCS
3 months ago, Jefferson Spartans
FW Philharmonic
Don't forget to like our "Spartan Outfitters" Facebook page for all the up-to-date needs and news of this incredible outreach. #ExperienceWCS
4 months ago, Jefferson Spartans
Jefferson's Student Council began selling Smencils for $2.00 each to raise funds for special projects. ​ Smencils ("Gourmet Scented Pencils") may be purchased before school in the gym lobby on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Eager 5th-grade Student Council members are standing by to assist! #ExperienceWCS
4 months ago, Jefferson Spartans
Mark your calendars NOW for Thursday, February 29th! This is Jefferson's day to benefit from Hacienda's Give Back Fiesta! You'll need the attached coupon to dine in or carry out. (Extra coupons are available in the Jefferson Office.) All purchases on the 29th with our coupon will result in 20% of your meal price coming right back to Jefferson! It's a win-win, for sure! ​ We hope to see you there! (You may even see some "Jefferson celebrities" helping out in the restaurant!) #ExperienceWCS
4 months ago, Jefferson Spartans
Hacienda coupons
It's time to pre-order your yearbook! Order online through April 19, 2024. The cost is only $13.00 for 40 pages of memories. Every student is pictured! Order today! ​ ORDER HERE>>> ​ (The PTO will generously be providing a yearbook for each 6th grader. Please only order for 6th grade if you want an additional copy.) #ExperienceWCS
4 months ago, Jefferson Spartans
Yearbook ad 2024
The initial, somewhat lofty, financial goal for Israel's new wheelchair was to raise $6,000.00, one cup of coffee (or tea or hot chocolate) at a time. Instead, everyone who came and drank and donated at Jefferson's Happy Beans Coffee blew the top off the cardboard thermometer with a total of...$8,283.00!!! But it gets even better! Combined with donations given at Lake City Bank and through a GoFundMe account, the GRAND TOTAL for this fundraiser comes to $14,040!!! This means a new wheelchair and a bike and finances toward medical expenses! Do we live in an amazing community or what?! Thank you to EVERYONE who donated time and/or money to this amazing project for an awesome kid. Good things happen when we come together to support each other. #ExperienceWCS #WCSmission
4 months ago, Jefferson Spartans
Happy Beans crew
Gagnon house
An announcement was made to the school in regard to a total for Happy Beans sales and donations. Did we make our goal? Stay tuned for the details! #ExperienceWCS #WCSmission
4 months ago, Jefferson Spartans
We are sooooo close to our goal, that we can TASTE IT!!! (See what we did there?!) You still have about 30 minutes to get a hot drink at Happy Beans Coffee at Jefferson. Thank you, Beautiful Community! Pictured: WL Officer Joe Bumbaugh, Miss Jensen, Principal Josh Wall, Israel, and two thirsty friends. #ExperienceWCS #WCSmission
4 months ago, Jefferson Spartans
Happy Beans
Brrrrrr! It's cold, but we know how to help you start your day on a warm note! Stop by Jefferson between 8:45am and 10:00am today (2/16) for a hot cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, all for a good cause! We are getting so close to our $6,000.00 Happy Beans goal for Mr. Israel. Can you help put us over the top? Pictured is former Jefferson Principal, Mr. Carter, who is one of many enthusiastic supporters of Happy Beans Coffee and this project. #ExperienceWCS #WCSmission
4 months ago, Jefferson Spartans
Mr. Carter's coffee
Happy Beans Coffee has special hours this week to accommodate our fundraiser for Israel Gagnon's new wheelchair. HBC also has designated times for students to come down and buy hot chocolate for $2 per cup. ​ Miss Oldham's 5th graders (pictured) enjoyed a hot-chocolate break in their day on Monday, February 12th. ​ There's still time for YOU to have coffee—or tea or hot chocolate—with a purpose during Happy Beans Coffee's special hours this week: Tuesday–Thursday (Feb. 13–15): 9:15am–10:00am Friday (Feb. 16): 8:45am–10:00am Donations are also accepted. Thank you for supporting Happy Beans and Israel's wheelchair! ​ #ExperienceWCS #WCSmission
4 months ago, Jefferson Spartans
Hey, local community! Consider yourself invited! #ExperienceWCS
4 months ago, Jefferson Spartans
Coffee with a Purpose
We have plenty of cold weather left before springtime arrives. The good news is, we have you covered...literally! For a limited time, Jefferson is offering super-cozy, branded beanies for $25 each. These beanies are high-quality, yarn-knitted, fleece-lined, and emblem embroidered. All orders with payment are due by Monday, February 12th. Check your student's backpack for an order form. #ExperienceWCS
5 months ago, Jefferson Spartans
Spartan Beanies