Un-BEE-lievable Spellers!

It was a crisp Friday morning in February. Two rows of chairs lined the Junction School auditorium stage. The elementary students sat patiently, listening to instructions from Mr. McCoy, with their ankles crossed, or tip toes to the ground and knees wiggling.

Slowly, the audience began trickling in. Parents sat in front, sharing the nerves with their children. Mr. McCoy welcomed everyone, and introduced the three judges. One at a time, the contestants took the podium.

The announcer, in her gentle voice, spoke the spelling words. The children replied, “Can you use the word in a sentence, please?” “Would you please repeat the word?”

After a few rounds, the nerves lightened. “Kisses” spoke the announcer. The little blonde boy in a blue shirt smiled and his cheeks turned a slight hue of red before he replied, “Kisses. K-I-S-S-E-S. Kisses.” The students in the audience giggled. “Gangster,” spoke the announcer, and the children burst into laughter.

Little-by-little, the competition waned. Finally, the last three competitors remained. Excitement seized the room. The spelling words toughened. “Cheapskate.” “Eternity.” “Humorist.” A tense silence drew from the crowd as each letter was pronounced into the microphone, then “oooh!” and “awww!” filled the air when the judges held up their smiley faced cards – “Correct!”

The elementary school spelling bee winners who captivated us all with their brilliance, and dazzling stage character, were:

First Place: Rosa Miranda

Second Place: Landon Stark

Third Place: Matty Gouvea

I asked the students how they felt afterward. Landon told me, “At the end, I was getting nervous!” – a huge smile beamed upon his face. Matty told me the funniest word was “swagger”. Rosa said the experience was “nerve wracking!”

Following the elementary school event, the middle schoolers took the stage. Easily rattling off spelling words that stumped their parents in the audience, the students dazzled us with charm, suspense, excitement, and comedy. The middle school winners were:

First place: Andrew Shanks

Second place: Rebecca Wright

Third place: Kacey McGee

Please join us in proud congratulations to these fabulous students. The Elementary Student Council hosted the Spelling Bee.

Elementary School Photos!

Middle School Photos! 


Reflecting on the first half of the school year…

As we lay low for winter and plan for spring, we hope you’ll enjoy a brief reflection.

We started by thanking Voters for passing Measure A.

JEF endorsed Measure A, and thanks to our voters, it passed on the June 4 ballot. This school bond measure will provide needed safety and facility improvements at JESD.

We raised $8,800.00 with the Ducky Derby.

Junction families sold Ducky Derby Raffle tickets for a few weeks in September, smashing our records for this event by raising over $8,800.00. JEF expresses our most sincere appreciation to the Redding East Rotary Club for continuing to host this amazing fundraiser for the greater Redding community each year. Thank you to JESD Board member Heather Richards for Chairing this extraordinarily successful event.

We represented JESD at the Palo Cedro Honeybee Festival.

Our students (some dressed as adorable honey bees) sold doughnuts and cookies, earning $350, while raising awareness for JEF amongst the Palo Cedro Community.  We also welcomed many new volunteers, and piloted our use of SignUpGenius.com. Thank you to our sponsors for this event: Palo Cedro Holiday Market, and Roots and Shoots Nursery.

The Palo Cedro Lions Club sponsored Parent’s Night Out, and Elementary Student Council sponsored Kid’s Movie Night.

JEF hosted a fabulous night out for JESD families. The adults enjoyed great food  cooked up by the Lions Club, and entertainment by Three Mile Road (rock and roll!), with auctions, raffles and good company. Meanwhile, the children spent their evening watching movies and eating tacos with good friends at Junction Elementary. JEF owes a HUGE thank-you to Roger McCoy and the Elementary School Student Council. We would also like to thank our sponsors (listed below), and ALL of the wonderful families who participated in this exciting event, and successful fundraiser.

Our sponsors were: A&J Foods, Best Little Sandwich Shop (Palo Cedro), Breann Katsares at Pure Bliss Salon and Day Spa, Mason’s Pizza, all of the JEF board members and friends who made donations for the raffle and auction, the parents who donated baked goods for our dessert auction, and the parents who made donations for the classroom gift basket auctions. Thank you!


Fall Carnival was a BLAST, despite stormy weather keeping us indoors.

We sold the remaining classroom silent auction baskets, raising hundreds of dollars directly for the classrooms. We held pie eating, hula hoop, dancing, doughnut eating, mummy wrapping, and limbo contests. The 6th grade painted faces, the 7th grade prepared a spooky haunted house, and the 8th grade barbecued delicious food for lunch. The kids bounced their hearts out in the jumpy-house, decorated pumpkins, caught real-life goldfish, and won whole cake and cookie platters in the famous cake-walk.  What a bunch of excitement packed into a few hours!

We participated in the Palo Cedro Country Christmas Parade and Festival.

JEF helped the Junction after-school program host a booth at the event. We sold our new stickers, which you can purchase at the elementary school office, by the way!

It’s easy to see we’ve been busy this school year.

For now, we’re taking some down time while we improve the business side of things here at JEF. With mostly new Board Members driving the bus, we have some work to do to get organized before the spring – our next round of fabulous activities.

Thanks for reading, and as always, we encourage you to visit our Volunteer page if you would like to get involved.

Grant Winners

Junction Educational Foundation has issued over $5,900 in grants to JESD in the 2016-2017 school year!

Congratulations to the following JESD grant winners:

Junction Elementary – $1500 awarded for Kindergarten Round-up Radio Advertising.

Elementary Student Council – $150 awarded to host the Spelling Bee.

Mr. McCoy, Teacher – $250 awarded for Elementary Student Council Start-up.

Ms. Wood, Teacher – $300 awarded for wireless headphones for Kindergarten students.

Mrs. Harvey, Teacher – $600 awarded for special trip for 3rd-5th grade students who meet their AR goals.

Mr. Goodman, Teacher – $900 awarded for special trip for middle school students who meet their AR goals.

Mrs. Moreno, Teacher – $300 awarded to start an on-campus garden.

Mrs. Boesiger, Teacher – $121 awarded for new headphones for 1st grade students.

Mrs. Main, Teacher – $105 awarded for “presto” timers for timed work in 2nd grade.

Mrs. Kingston, Librarian – $997.80 awarded to purchase new book sets for target age groups in particular need of books to read.

Ms. Bredemann, Teacher – $300 awarded to purchase items for middle schoolers to sell at Student Store.

After School Program – $325 awarded to purchase supplies for activities from Michael’s craft store.

Mrs. Ryan, Teacher – $189 awarded to purchase the Middle School Student Council members Junction t-shirts.