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I am excited to become the principal at Jefferson Elementary School. I most recently served as a grade 4 and grade 5 teacher here at Jefferson Elementary School and look forward to working with the teachers, staff, students and parents that I have had the pleasure of working with the past few years.

I am committed to enhancing our building's safe and supportive learning environment. As principal, I have a passion for ensuring all students receive a quality education rooted in research-based strategies that are student centered, inquiry based, and data driven.

I have been working with Mr. Candela to become familiar with this year's schedule and initiatives.

Below is helpful information for the 2019-20 school year.

Title I - Parent Orientation / Open House
Thursday, August 15, 2019
5:00 - 6:30 pm
The open house will be staggered by grade level.
5:00 - 5:30 pm Grades 5 & 6
5:30 - 6:00 pm Grades 1 & 2
6:00 - 6:30 pm Grades 3 & 4

At Jefferson Elementary School we will continue with the safety and school environment initiatives that were begun last year in response to community engagement with parents, staff and students. This school year there will be an armed security guard at Jefferson Elementary School.

We will also continue working on our implementation of PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports).  The intent of our PBIS process is to improve the overall school climate by teaching and rewarding appropriate behavior, providing consistent consequences for inappropriate behaviors, and creating a peaceful and uniform environment to increase academic achievement for all students.

Our PBIS program uses the acronym, S.O.A.R. to summarize for students the expectations and desired behaviors for all students. S.O.A.R. is described as:

Safety - everyone always needs to be safe

On Task - while in school remain on task 

Always Respectful - be respectful of your peers, school staff, property, and yourself

Responsible - be responsible for yourself and make responsible decisions

We will start the school year with a new activities and intervention period at the beginning of the school day. This is being developed to provide students with enrichment and support. 

To help in the implementation of the building PBIS initiative, a student & family behavior and case manager has been placed at Jefferson Elementary School to assist teachers in supporting at-risk or vulnerable students and their families. The case managers are hired through the Ashtabula CommunityCounseling Center. They are a non-profit behavioral health provider focused on engaging the community in recovery.

Academically, we continue to emphasize literacy through reading and writing across the curriculum. Our mathematics teachers will be exploring textbooks and materials to support our K-8 mathematics curriculum. We are working to improve the school district’s performance on state tests. 

Teachers return for the opening day and professional development August 13-17, 2019.

 Grades 1-12 Students return to school on Monday, August 19, 2019

Kindergarten Students begin on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.


9:00 Breakfast Students

9:15 Students enter the building

9:30 Tardy Bell - SCHOOL DAY STARTS

3:45 Student Dismissal - SCHOOL DAY ENDS

4:00 Office Closes


2019 - 2020 First Semester School Calendar

August 2019 

19 Monday, First Student Day 

Note: Kindergarten Students begin on Wednesday, August 21st.

September 2019 

2 Monday, Labor Day – No School 

October 2019 

10 Thursday, Evening/Parent-Teacher Conferences – All Schools 

11 Friday, Morning/Parent-Teacher Conferences – All Schools – No Classes 

November 2019 

26 Tuesday, Last Day of Classes Before Thanksgiving Break 


December 2019 

3 Tuesday, Classes Resume 

20 Friday, Last Day of Classes Before Christmas Break 


Link to Day to Day District Calendar

If I can be of any assistance please feel free to contact me:


Phone: 440-576-2646

Tara Reed, Principal