UPDATED 02/15/2019 (Main/Announcements/Daily Work Focus

***CONFERENCE WEEK*** Scrapped for now.  My intent was to have a digital presentation to go in detail with the report cards and areas students needed work on.  My concern at this point is the data on the report cards reflects students at the 21st of January level.  Moving dates to March takes us into another testing cycle, with data that is more accurate.  I have the data files and will work to add commentary to the files to explain each slide and then forward on if it looks like conferences are going to be pushed out too far.  Feel free to email me with questions.

We have  83  days of school left, or depending on snow days, about  127 to 130 calendar days .  Our in-class time will become a priority as we move into March, and our final iReady testing, followed by the State testing in May.  We also have CoGat testing for those who signed up on February 12th 

I want to also advise any parent who is considering not having their student test on the state SBA test, you will need to notify the office and fill out a form stating your intent. 

 The top things you can do to help your student in

MATH:  Develop a quick recall of multiplication/division facts from 0 to 10.  Work on their equivalent fraction knowledge for halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, and eighths. Continue to have them work out real world math usage while grocery shopping, driving somewhere, are just in conversation. 

READING: Nightly reading - with reading out loud - and writing in their journals about what they have read.  Simply talk to them about what they area reading, and make sure they are reading frequently at level. Just these very simple and doable things can grow a student significantly over the following 16 weeks.  Making major gains over this timeframe (January-April) can ensure your student is at grade level or above.  Sounds simple, and it is.  I am here to be your partner at school and home.  If you have any questions reach out to me.

Remember, practice becomes habit, and habit become routine, and routine becomes a norm.   If time is given every day to "upload" what is being learned, it can be connected to other things and short term understanding can move to long term learning. So, I close with two thoughts from my grandparents, "If doing the right thing was easy everyone would do it. It ain't and they don't," and, "Your today was decided by your yesterday, how do you want your tomorrow to be?"  Smart folks who I still listen to in my head every day.

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. "Michelangelo.

 
  • Mr. Jensen Bio:
  • I received my teaching degree from the University of Portland in 1992, after serving in the US Army previously, and switching majors from Economics/Finance. My master's degree is from Lesley University in curriculum design and integration
  • I taught in Oregon, Texas, and Washington in the early 1990's in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade.   After several years out of the profession, I returned to teaching  in 2010, after working as the National Investigations Manager for the Nordstrom company.
  • I have been married for 27 years, and am the father of three wonderful daughters aged 26, 23, and 17, and, at times, the fill in parent for a great kid from Middlesbrough, England...Go 'boro! We love to go places and  in past year's  one or all of us have been to South Africa, France,  Italy, England, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Mexico, Canada, and 41 of the 50 states ( missing Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, W. Virginia, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama).  We are currently making plans for our 2019 adventures.  As a family, we also enjoy reading, going to movies, being outdoors, golfing (My middle daughter Kennedi and I go as often as we can...she's really good and beats me every time), visiting friends old and new, checking out new places and revisiting old, and spending time at our small (700sqft) family cabin in Grayland; it has been in Mrs. Jensen's family since the 1960's. 
  • I grew up in the Portland  area attending Whitman Elementary and Marshall High School-graduating in 1983. As a kid, I spent  all of my spring/summers/winter breaks in Minnesota; learning about my Scandinavian/Prussian roots (Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, German, and  French), and how to survive in a place that gets REAL cold in the winter. How cold?  My family would build small "fish houses" and then drive them out on the frozen lakes to fish out of. That's right...DRIVE a car out on a frozen lake! I learned to drive the first time when I was ten on a frozen White Bear Lake. I have hunted, trapped, and fished in every area of Minnesota.  I have also eaten more unique things than most people; thanks to grandparents who "lived" off the land and survived the Great Depression of the 1930's with a, "just put it in a stew, and it will taste fine",  view.  I have an allergy to onions of all things...crazy...and a real pain, literally, and one that greatly restricts what I can eat these days (onions are in everything).  They do taste great though.  I can make up for it with a love of Dr. Pepper, dark chocolate, and peanut M&M's.  Mrs. Jensen has said I need to eat more healthy, so I toss in an occasional Bai Bolivian Black Cherry -  add some chocolate nibs from Trader Joes...and for me, close enough to eating healthy. :-) Potato chips are from a vegetable right?
  • I have been a lifelong fan of the Cincinnati Reds, and the New York Giants.  Of course, I also never miss a chance to cheer for the University of Portland Pilots!.  If you're ever looking for a great college, check it out! 
  • Within our community I  have served on several boards, councils,  and committees with the Kent School District (Bond-Levy-Education-High School field/track replacement initiative, Leadership), King County (Citizens Oversight Board for Parks Levy), and Kent Youth Soccer -now Kent-Covington Youth Soccer (Raised the $1.6 million used to build Petrovitsky Park soccer fields), I partnered with  the city of Covington on Phase I of Covington Park, worked on the city of Kent  levy committees, as a Kent Parks youth coach, and worked tirelessly to raise awareness, funds, and community support in helping KSD replace fields at all four high schools, and  the city of Kent replace Wilson fields.   I served as an appointed  member of the city of Kent's inaugural Parks and Recreation commission.  I have also served on the Washington State Youth Soccer board of directors, and many other community non-profit and youth based boards.  Within the building I have served as the Battle of the Books Coordinator, the District Science Cadre Representative, the Edge Technology Representative, the district  Hi-Cap steering committee, the Professional Development Committee, the LIT team, the PLC Leadership team, the HiCap committee, the Leadership Team, and the Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Math (S.T.E.A.M.) committee.  At the moment, with the girls older, Mrs. Jensen and I spend more time helping various non-profits make our community a better place.
  • Volunteering is a great way to "pay it forward" and help everyone. My family and I feel it  is important to give back to the community we live in.  My wife and daughters have given and still give to a variety of community programs  and charities.  For me it is an obligation owed to  my  own community of parents and volunteers, who in my youth, helped shape who I am today.  Thanks to all my coaches, teachers and extended neighborhood parents who made sure I was headed in the direction I was supposed to go. 
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