Magical Disappearing Paint

In art class Mrs. Horky’s Kindergarteners listened to “I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!” by Karen Beaumont and learned what NOT to paint. Then Mrs. Schmidt shared her “magic” disappearing paint, aka water, to help students practice using paint brushes appropriately.  Children were amazed at their magical powers to paint pictures on construction paper and then make them disappear!

Kindergarten students in Miss Mohr’s class listened to Mrs. Schmidt read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom in art class then got inspired to create their own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees.

Face Painting

We will be offering FACE PAINTING at all Varsity events.  This is a new fundraiser offered by the music department for the upcoming music trip to Chicago.  We hope this can become a new tradition at FHS and continue to fund many more music events and trips.  A face painting area will be set up at all Varsity sporting events around the first 2 hours of the event depending on the event.  Designs do not have to be isolated to the face, they can also be placed on top of hands, foreheads and forearms. The cost is $1.00 per design or $1.50 for glitter designs.  All paint is hypoallergenic and water soluble and washes up quickly with either soap and water or a quick swipe of a make-up wipe. For questions or to sign up and assist with this please contact Mr. Dusso at or Mrs. Furrow or .

What is MTSS? Central MTSS Newsletter Explains

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a systemic, continuous-improvement framework in which data-based problem solving and decision-making is practiced across all levels of the educational system for supporting students.  The following is the first Central MTSS Newsletter.  Click on the images below.

Amy Engle-Evans Receives the Jeffs’ Best Award!

The Jeffs’ Best Award was created by the Fairbury Public Schools Board of Education to highlight and celebrate the great work of our staff.On behalf of the Board of Education, I would like to congratulate Amy Engle-Evans, Fairbury High School social studies Teacher, as the recipient of the May Jeffs’ Best Award!

These are her nomination statements:
Amy has gone above and beyond this year as the FEA president dealing with multiple issues: Covid, coaching, discipline issues etc.

Amy is a dedicated teacher and coach who has served FPS for many years. She is a member of the Jeff community and has spent countless hours helping the students and athletes she teaches and coaches. She is the head of the social studies department at the high school and has also mentored many teachers over the years. She would be very deserving of the award, for she is one of “Jeffs Best”

Mrs. Engle-Evans is the epitome of professional excellence. Mrs. Engle-Evans is a highly effective classroom teacher. In our building we have used Mrs. Engle-Evans to help mentor teachers struggling with classroom management skills. She is organized, experienced, and passionate. She is the social studies department head and is supremely knowledgeable about her content area and curriculum. She is innovative with using and incorporating technology into instructional practices. She is a dynamic instructor and adaptive to meet the needs of all learners. Mrs. Engle-Evans never hesitates to take on leadership roles. She mentors new staff and supports veteran staff. She advocates for students.
She builds relationships with her colleagues, students, and athletes. Mrs. Engle-Evans contributes to the community, in addition to the school system. FPS is beyond blessed to have Amy Engle-Evans on staff!
Amy has shown strong leadership skills in the classroom as well as outside of during her time with FPS. She is extremely organized and always is open to new ideas and willing to help others. She dedicates time outside of her personal life to not only mentor students she has in class, but mentor athletes she coaches outside the classroom as well. Educators that coach are not in it for the extra pay on the payscale. They are in it to see the best that is in the kids that they support. Amy deserves to be Jeffs Best – She sees the best in students, athletes and coworkers.

Schedule Your School Physical and Immunization

Jefferson Community Health and Life will be doing school physicals by appointment this year – scheduling after May 1st. They would like them to be done by August 1st to avoid a last-minute rush for scheduling.  The price for these physicals will be $80, and if a UA dip is required, usually 7th grade and Kindergarten, it will be an additional $6.  If you would like this to go to your insurance as a wellness exam, please let the schedulers know at the time of scheduling.  Please have all forms filled out ahead of time and bring them to your appointment.  Parents will need to sign a consent to treat for their child’s physical appointment.  Please let JCH and L know if you have any questions.

Blue Valley Community Action immunization clinics are now scheduled for this summer!

Immunization clinics 2021

High School Sports Physical Information

Crystal Coakley Receives the Jeffs’ Best Award!

The Jeffs’ Best Award was created by the Fairbury Public Schools Board of Education to highlight and celebrate the great work of our staff.On behalf of the Board of Education, I would like to congratulate Crystal Coakley, Jefferson Special Education Teacher, as the recipient of the April Jeffs’ Best Award!

These are her nomination statements:

I would like to Nominate Crystal Coakley for always being there for the students and staff. Crystal goes above and beyond what she has to do. It doesn’t matter how bad the students’ mornings/days are, she always finds a way to turn it around and make their day better. She is one that anyone can go and talk to about their day and she will sit and listen to you. We are very lucky to have Crystal in our school. She does so much for all the 3rd and 4th grade teachers. Crystal has a heart of gold for anyone that walks in her classroom.

She is one of the most flexible, encouraging, helpful, positive, and wise teachers I know. She is always more than willing to offer help whenever I need it. She is also willing to fill in for my class when I am gone because she knows how vitally important it is for the LIFE students to have consistency. Every time she has subbed in my classroom, she has always left behind materials to help my classroom be as successful as possible. She is literally such a life saver, and I am so incredibly blessed to be able to learn from her and work with her. I really cannot say thank you enough to her for how much she has helped me this year!

Crystal Coakley has volunteered to cover the Jefferson LIFE program when Ms. Oakes is absent since it is difficult to find a substitute for this position.
Crystal then has a sub in her position instead. That means not only is she stepping in to fill the LIFE position, she is also having to make sub plans for her classroom.
That is a great team member! On her own time, Crystal is working on building relationships with the LIFE students. This allows her to have built in connections with the students and makes for a smoother transition for all.

Crystal Coakley is a positive teammate who is always willing to do whatever the team and her students need. At Jefferson, we have discovered that our students in LIFE struggle with subs. When I brought this up to the team, Crystal immediately volunteered to help. We now have a plan that when the teacher is absent, Crystal will be her sub, This is extra work for Crystal but she is doing it because our kids need her. She has been spending her extra time in the room pairing with students to make transitions  easier. She is the model of being a team player and of doing what is best for kids. I appreciate her.
Crystal is always willing to help me with any of my students. She has provided me with so many materials so my students and I can continue to experience success in my classroom. She has constantly supported and cheered me on since day one. I truly, and genuinely appreciate all the work she does, and all the help she has given me.

FHS Alumni Questionnaire!

Once a Jeff, always a Jeff!
We are interested in gaining information on graduates of Fairbury High School to share with current students.  We want to learn what the alumni of our school are doing and where they are! This is a great way to share your accomplishments, big and small, and show your Jeff Pride!
We look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks for your time!

Second Graders Study Printmaking

Second graders got a taste of printmaking this week. Students first used watercolor markers to create a design on plastic. Then students squirted their design with water.  Last, students placed white paper over the plastic and let the water/marker soak into the paper.  That’s it!
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