At Jackson Heights School, grade six students have the opportunity to participate in the AMA School Safety Patrol Program. Student safety is a priority at Jackson Heights School. In the entire history of the AMA School Safety Patrol program, there has never been a serious injury or fatality in a patrolled crosswalk.
Patrollers guide children and prevent them from entering traffic when it is unsafe to do so. These student volunteers are not responsible nor allowed to direct traffic. Not only do these valued student patrollers provide safe passage for fellow students, but they also develop other important qualities. Our students develop a sense of social responsibility and important leadership skills when volunteering for this important service.
Qualities such as leadership, dependability, availability and trustworthiness are considered when selecting students to participate in the AMA School Safety Patrol program. Students must undergo training, receive parental consent and complete a study booklet before they can become a patroller.
At Jackson Heights School we use the same “cold weather guideline” to determine if it is safe for patrollers to perform their duties. For example, if it is too cold to go outside for recess, it is too cold for patrollers to be on duty!
Students receive a schedule every month that indicates when it is their turn to patrol. Students are expected to show up on time for patrolling and are responsible to get a replacement or make other arrangements if they know they will be absence during a scheduled shift.
We value the great service of our volunteer school patrollers. Students are recognized for outstanding service through a monthly “Patrol of the Month” certificate and the AMA will provide some additional incentives throughout the year. A very special reward for our students service in this program, is the attendance at an annual AMA sponsored Patrol Picnic which takes place in June.
Every year a dedicated group of grade 6 students join our school library club. Each day a different group of students in the club comes to the library at recess to shelve books, work on displays, and help to get new books ready for circulation. Students learn the Dewy Decimal System, a life skill that they can take with them to junior high, high school, college and university. Our library helpers will become very comfortable finding books and resources in all libraries. They also learn responsibility by showing up for duty on the right day and on time. We have lots of fun in our library club!
Lunch Office Helpers Intramurals
Grade 6 students volunteer to assist in the office during the lunch hour to allow the office staff to have a lunch break. Their duties are: to courteously answer phone and take messages or pass call along to staff member requested by caller, attend to minor scrapes when lunch supervisors have sent child in for a bandage or ice, get first available staff member if situation (e.g. another adult enters office area, child is upset or hurt) requires an adult.
At Jackson Heights we offer an intramural program throughout the year. Students are placed in cross-grades grouping for recess activities, where inter-grade relationships are fostered. We offer a variety of activities that focus on cooperation, skill development, and the simple enjoyment of fun, physical activity. The enthusiasm that students demonstrate towards the intramural program is infectious!
The Green Team is an interactive extracurricular program that allows students and teachers to help the environment through waste reduction, reuse, and recycling. By reducing our energy and water use, we will be showing older generations that we care about our future. The students will also start to realize how much energy we use on an average day, and how much of it is not necessary. The mission is to create a greener and healthier learning environment through education and awareness. We make the connections between having healthy bodies and a healthy planet. The students will learn about various ways to protect our planet by collecting the recycling, promoting and enforcing “litterless” lunches and the conservation of energy.