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Jacob Wismer Elementary School

Our Story

Welcome to our Jacob Wismer story! For the 2022-2023  school year, we welcomed students back into the building with open arms and hearts while still being mindful of the continuing COVID 19 pandemic. Our students come to school each day with smiles on their faces, excited to see their teachers and friends. Despite optional masking requirements, the smiling eyes and faces of our community’s precious children are a sight we continue to value and cherish.  

We continue building opportunities for personal connections, not only with children, but between the adults at Jacob Wismer who teach and support our students. We focused our early professional development on building connections with one another as a staff with the strategic use of activities that were directly transferable to the classroom. With our focus on connections with each other and our community, we developed goals that will continue throughout the year. We have built our stamina for both social-emotional wellness and academic instruction that is rigorous, inclusive and representative of our rich linguistic and cultural diversity. We aim to embrace and enrich the identity of everyone in our community, and celebrate the uniqueness and brilliance that exists within each of our students.

Jacob Wismer is fortunate to have a dynamic group of families and loving adults who are woven into the fabric of our school community. Our volunteers are many, with adults actively engaging in a variety of ways that support both our staff and student populations.  The impact of our families’ advocacy and involvement is felt throughout the school with projects, art and extra curricular activities, such as an OBOB program that is fully supported by our group of loving adults.  We have eagerly welcomed Art Literacy, our Eagle Run Fundraising Team, and library volunteers back into the building. We are beginning other in-person projects with our community partners.

Our staff is highly collaborative, and we are truly better educators because of our accountability to one another. Our students keep us learning, evolving and improving our practice. One of our key strategies for collaboration has been the implementation of cross grade level articulation teams. These teams serve to not only increase the connections between non-grade alike personnel but provide educators with opportunities to articulate and explore holistic school-wide academic and social-emotional goals. We are intentionally using meeting and professional development time to develop and hone our collaboration skills. 

Our partnerships don’t begin and end in our immediate neighborhood. One collaboration we are particularly proud of is our long-lasting engagement with Sunset High School. We have a partnership with the Sunset High School Leadership Team where high school students mentor younger students and partner with our teachers at the classroom level. Another long relationship we are proud of is with the Bethany/Cedar Mill Library. They provide a critical community connection in the work that we do to promote family and independent reading. Our vision is to cultivate a love and culture of reading.  Starting with our earliest readers, we know quality literature builds vocabulary and promotes oral language development. We want to extend and connect with our school community through books that provide mirrors and windows to our beautifully diverse neighborhood. Books can foster connections between students and with families as they teach skills such as kindness, being a good friend, and developing patience and resilience. As we read together, so do we build community.


Date of Last Revision: November 21, 2022

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District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.

WE Expect Excellence
  • WE teach students knowledge and skills for our evolving world.
  • WE seek, support, and recognize world-class employees.
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WE Innovate
  • WE engage students with a variety of relevant and challenging learning experiences.
  • WE create learning environments that promote student achievement.
WE Embrace Equity
  • WE build honest, safe, and inclusive relationships with our diverse students and their families.
  • WE provide needed support so that every student succeeds.
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WE Collaborate
  • WE work and learn in teams to understand student needs and improve learning outcomes.
  • WE partner with our community to educate and serve students.