JSS is fortunate to have a thriving school garden. Classes spend time in the fall and spring learning in and caring for the garden, and students, faculty and parents volunteer to take care of the garden year-round, including a Garden Work Day, a Harvest Festival, a Farmer’s Market and a summer watering/weeding schedule.
Garden Work day & Harvest Festival
In December there is a Giving Tree in the lobby – families who are able are asked to hang new winter mittens, gloves, hats and scarves on its branches, and place food donations below. Before the Christmas break, the donations are brought to the Northampton Survival Center.
Caregivers who walk their student into the lobby are asked to bid their child goodbye at this table in the lobby and allow them to walk themselves to the classroom. If a student arrives at school after 8:50 am, they will be asked to sign in at the Goodbye/Tardy Table.
A group of Caregivers dedicated to helping JSS become more environmentally friendly. The Green Team has been instrumental in making recycling and composting standard in the cafeteria, shifting from plastic to metal silverware and more.
JSS promotes the idea of a growth mindset: “When students and educators have a growth mindset, they understand that intelligence can be developed. Students focus on improvement instead of worrying about how smart they are. They work hard to learn more and get smarter.”