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Jacob Wismer Elementary School

Our Story

Jacob Wismer Elementary School is located two miles north of Sunset High School in a relatively high socio-economic area where approximately 5% of its students qualify for free/reduced lunch.  This fall, our very active and ambitious PTO raised over $100,000 to support Jacob Wismer student activities, technology, literacy, STEAM nights, and a variety of enrichment programs and materials in 2019-20.  
Currently the largest K-5 elementary school in the Beaverton School District, Jacob Wismer's current enrollment is 725 students.  We have an average class size of 25 students with our lowest class sizes occurring at our primary grades, K-2. There are five classrooms at every grade level except for first grade which has four classrooms.  Our specials include two rotations each week of PE and music and one rotation of library combined with technology.
We are very proud of our diverse population of students at Jacob Wismer.  Many of our students have moved to Beaverton from overseas locations due to their parents relocating for their jobs at Intel, Nike and Columbia Sportswear. Students often move back to their native countries after a few years and return with the rich experience of learning and living in our American culture and becoming fluent in English. We are proud to provide these experiences for our students.  Here are some statistics of our current student body population:
  • Over 30 different languages are spoken (over half of our students are bilingual)
  • 19%  of our students are English Language Learners
  • 62% of our population is Asian, 29% White, 5% multiracial, 3% Hispanic/Latino and 1% Black/African American
Academic achievement has consistently been high in both math and reading since Jacob Wismer opened in 2001.  Our 2018-19 SBAC results were no exception:
  • Math Achievement: 91.2 % of our 3-5 students scored at level 3 or 4 (Oregon average is 43%)
  • English Language Arts Achievement: 92.3% of our 3-5 students scored at level 3 or 4 (Oregon average is 51%)

Our Commitment to Educating the Whole Child

Overall, Jacob Wismer students have an amazing desire to achieve academically.  We currently have 158 Talented and Gifted (TAG) students who excel in math and English Language Arts.  We are currently in the process of testing more students for TAG eligibility and expect to add many more TAG students in 2019-20.
Because we are striving to educate the "whole" child at Jacob Wismer, we feel it is vital to focus on other important growth areas as well which include:
  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL): SEL is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions (Casel).  To support SEL, we have a half time student success coach, full time counselor and SEL professional development for both our classified and certified staff. We also recognize students for traits such as responsibility, gratitude, empathy, perseverance and cooperation in our Student of the Month assemblies.  At the end of the year, we recognize a student from every grade level to receive the Lucy Byrom Integrity Award, named after a former JW counselor who started the award the year before she passed away. This year we are starting a new initiative called the "Self-Manager Program" for responsible fifth grade students.
  • Physical Fitness:  All classes participate in frequent "brain boosts" which research tells us increases cognitive performance, concentration and fitness.  In addition, our PE teachers have a before-school Marathon Kids running club and 18 of our classrooms are participating in a school Marathon Kids club and counting laps and activities to see how many marathons they can complete during the school year.
  • Fine Arts:  Students look forward to the opportunity to join our 4th & 5th grade honor choir which is directed by one of our music teachers, Beverly Shuck.  The choir rehearses before school two times a week and performs for our parents, community and student body throughout the school year. Our art literacy program, run completely by parent volunteers, provides exposes our students to a variety of art media and artists.  Over the course of six years at Jacob Wismer, students will have become familiar with approximately 30 different artists or art genres such as Vincent Van Gogh, Beatrix Potter, Aftrican textiles, Jan Vermeet and Gianlorenzo Bernina which the topics of our 2019-20 art literacy lessons.

Date of Last Revision: November 11, 2019

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