Jefferson Elementary School

Amy Hardy, Principal
586 North Main Street, Richland Center, WI 53581
Phone: 608-647-6351
Fax: 608-647-9121




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16 October, 2014 08:17 AM

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In the fall of 2013, Sara Richie, Health Educator at Richland County Health and Human Services, met with staff from all three public and private Richland Center elementary schools to discuss ways they could add physical activity to their classroom.

One of those who decided to work with Richie was Jefferson Elementary 5th grade teacher Shelley Schroeder. Mrs. Schroeder decided to start using an activity called JAM for Just A Minute where students carry out an exercise movement or dance for the length of a song. Initially, Mrs. Schroeder scheduled JAMs when students were losing focus but students quickly started to self-advocate and told Mrs. Schroeder when they needed a physical activity break.

By devoting around 10 minutes each day to physical activity, Mrs. Schroeder found that students have an easier time paying attention in their schoolwork. She also found that a JAM break before a test has significantly reduced the test anxiety for several of her students.


Farm to School Program

The AmeriCorps Farm to School Nutrition Educator, Julie Whitney, has helped to improve nutrition education in our school, establish a school garden and provide opportunities for students and families to learn more about healthy eating. Every month, this past year, Mrs. Whitney has visited the classrooms promoting a locally produced food as “Harvest of the Month”. This educational program will continue in the 2014-2015 school year for the Richland School District.

Harvest of the Month Newsletter