“ABC, 123 - JK is the Place for me!”
Children, who are 5 years old by September 1st, may participate in the Junior Kindergarten program. The child must be age eligible for Kindergarten and is available for the parents, who are choosing not to send their child on to Kindergarten.
The Junior Kindergarten program is a four-day full day program, Monday through Thursday. The program will work on school readiness skills and individualize the curriculum to meet the needs of the students participating in the program. The Junior Kindergarten class has its own classroom located in the Elementary wing. They will have the opportunity to eat lunch and join the Kindergarten class and other Elementary classes at recess times.
There is no cost to enroll your child into the Junior Kindergarten program. You will need to purchase lunch tickets offered by the school or bring your own lunch.
This is a great opportunity for your child; if you feel your child isn’t ready for Kindergarten. If you do not want to send your child onto Kindergarten and want a learning alternative for your child, we encourage families to consider the Junior Kindergarten program as an option for your child. Students will be assessed next spring, allowing staff to discuss with parents the best class placement for their child. Upon further review of the screening results, your son or daughter will be given a recommendation for placement at that time. This recommendation will encompass the screening results and a professional opinion from both staff and administration that best fosters the student’s needs. Deuel staff and administration are excited about our JK option for families in our District. It is very difficult to hold a child in Kindergarten or first grade. Administration prefers to be proactive and assist children and provide a program that promotes success verses challenges. Sometimes a child needs the extra year to give them time to mature and grow. It’s a positive school experience. The children and their parents have been very happy with their decisions to use the new program.
Please contact the school if you have questions about the program. 874-2162.
Mrs. Jennifer VonEye
What college did you graduate from?
Dakota State University and Mitchell Technical College
What is your degree? Include all majors and minors
Bachelor’s Degree- Elementary Education and an Associates Degree-Business Software
Where are you from?
Mitchell, South Dakota
How long have you been teaching at Deuel School?
This is my first year as a teacher. I have been with the school as a substitute teacher and paraprofessional since 2016.
What is your position at Deuel School?
Junior Kindergarten Teacher
What is your favorite classroom activity?
I love reading to the students, and seeing how excited they get about books.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The personal connections made with each student, and seeing the progress my students make.
What are some of your hobbies?
Spending time outdoors in the summer, outdoor music festivals, attending my kids activities, walks with friends, and fishing with my son Kaiden.
What’s one thing that can instantly make your day better?
A good cup of coffee.
When you were a kid, did you eat the crusts on your sandwich or not?
Yes. My mom didn’t buy me Uncrustables.
What made you want to become a teacher?
My Grandma was a 4th grade teacher, and I was always very interested in her work day. I always helped her put stickers on papers.
Having the ability to make a positive impact on my students.
If you could go back to any time in history, where would you go?
I would go back to sitting in my Grandma and Grandpa’s kitchen, eating cookies, and talking about life.
What is your first memory from Deuel School?
My first days at Deuel school were substitute teaching in preschool and head start. I remember being very excited to substitute teach for the first time.
If you won the lottery and decided to give up teaching, what would you do instead?
Travel, and spend time with family.