"We have had a very positive and productive school year," Principal Jeff Fritz said. "It went by very fast."
JTE received the best test scores in the school's history on the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus exam (ISTEP+). With a 90-percent pass in each class, Fritz commends the hard work of staff members.
"The staff continued with professional development strategies," he said. "They worked at getting students from below grade level to above."
Not only did the hard work of the staff pay off, but also the work of the students.
The Department of Education website shows that JTE has an 85.7 percent average in English, language arts (ELA) and Math for the 2008-09 year which is marginally higher than the 73.7 percent average for the state.
"We also had 100 percent attendance at parent/teacher conferences and good parent involvement especially with our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)," he said. "We have had very good results with our incentive programs, which include pizza parties, Subway and throwing water balloons at the principal, which always has a huge turn out."
With the success of the Christmas program, Veterans Program, Grand-People Days and Volunteer Appreciation Day, the school is taking that success and adapting it to next year's schedules.
"Next year's Christmas play will be A Charlie Brown Christmas," Fritz said
JTE said good-bye to three retirees, second-grade teacher Marilyn Adamson after 34 years, fourth-grade teacher Kitty Pettit after 36.5 years and secretary/bookkeeper Georgette English after 30.5 years.
Adamson recently received Educator of the Year-Faculty Award by The Junior Achievement of the Wabash Valley, as well as being Clay County's 2006 WTHI-TV 10 Golden Apple Award and the 2006 Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year Award for Clay County. English is credited with the idea for the annual Balloon Lift Off, which takes place the first day of school, weather permitting.
"I would like to commend the staff, parents and especially the students for all their hard work in making it a very successful year," Fritz said. "I wish the retirees and the fifth graders good luck."