Jefferson Elementary School

Grades: K-2 | Manistee Area Public Schools

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Welcome to Jefferson!

Nurturing young learners with guiding principles, we are dedicated to making the classroom experience fun and rewarding. Our practical tools and techniques help your students begin their learning experience on the right foot. Great beginnings create future leaders.

Chips Lead!

School Supply Lists 2018/19

Jefferson Announcements

MAPS is proud to bring you our new district website

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Your Jefferson Team

Location: 515 Bryant Avenue Manistee, MI 49660 | Map
Telephone: 231-723-9285
Fax: 231-398-2021
School Office Hours: M-F: 7:30am – 4pm

Administrative Team

Principal: Julia Raddatz –    

Assistant Principal: Kenn Kott –

Secretary: Connie Miller –


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Administrative Staff

Julia Raddatz, Principal

Kenneth Kott, Assistant Principal

Connie Miller, Administrative Assistant   camiller@

Instructional Staff

Sherry Anderson, Long-term Sub Kindergarten

Jennifer Abel, First Grade

Elizabeth Adams, Kindergarten

McAnn Bradford, Second Grade

Daniel Brown, Second Grade

Linda Coyle, Special Education

Andrea Dejong, Second Grade 

Bill Edmondson, Physical Education

Deb Erdman, First Grade 

Amanda Feyen, Music 

Debbie Forward, First Grade 

Staci Johnson, First Grade Ruth Simoneau, Literacy Coach 

Cindy Lundberg, Kindergarten

Tracy Shimel, SafeNet

Ruth Simoneau, Title I, Literacy Coach

Christine Slawinski, Kindergarten

Bryan Tomaszewski, Second Grade

Allison Veine, Kindergarten

Mary Wahr, Art  

Michelle Wilson, First Grade


Mary Chick               

Sheila Kaminski                         

Rachel Lindeman  

Randee Oleniczak                     

Connie Rybicki        

Laura Savela           

Sara Schultz           

Jan Wills                 

Anna Wojcik           

Julie Zajac                

Custodial Staff

Ken Guenthardt      

Tom Madsen          

Nutrition Services

Laura Olk                     

8:05 – School Begins
Lunch Times:
11:20 – 11:55 : 1st
11:30 – 12:05 : 2nd
11:45 – 12:20 : 3rd
3:25 – School Ends

Your Chippewa Journey Continues at Jefferson Elementary

Jefferson Elementary School starts our littlest “Chips” on their educational journey with Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade.  Students in 3rd-5th grade attend Kennedy Elementary, and 6th-12th attend Manistee Middle/High School.
We look forward to working with you and your child to provide the best education possible. By working together, your child will have a happy and successful school year. If you have any questions please contact the me at (231) 723-9285 ext. 3372, or by e-mail at

We offer the following programs throughout the year:

  • Safe & supportive digital learning access
  • One-to-one technology – iPads
  • Daily art activities
  • Community recreation opportunities
  • Family night activities
  • Peer mentoring
  • Grade level focused field trips
  • Girl & Boy Scouts
  • Flexible before and after school care

As Manistee Chippewas, we are all leaders in our own way. Chips Lead at school, with friends, and in the community by developing healthy relationships, using responsible decision-making and respectful communication.

T | TRUSTWORTHY — Chips always tell the truth

R | RESPECTFUL — Chips listen and are polite

A | ACCEPTING — Chips are friends to all

C | COOPERATIVE — Chips work as a team

K | KIND — Chips are thoughtful and caring

“TRACK” is the Manistee Area Public Schools global, district-wide, leaders platform that all educators, staff and students follow throughout their Chippewa Journey.  This initiative is connected to course curriculum,  extra curricular programs,  disciplinary procedures, and internal culture.

Academic Excellence
  • Safe & supportive digital learning access
  • One-to-one technology
  • Daily art activities
  • Peer mentoring
  • Grade level focused field trips
Extracurricular Activities
  • MRA athletics
  • Community recreation opportunities
  • Family night activities
  • Girl & Boy Scouts
  • Flexible before and after school care
Parent Involvement

Action Team for Partnership (ATP)

What is ATP?: ATP is our parent-teacher group for all of the MAPS Elementary buildings – Madison, Jefferson, and Kennedy.

The Manistee Area Public Schools parent group Action Team for Partnership (ATP) is a group of dedicated parents that spearhead projects to benefit our students. It is similar to a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) only a little more prescriptive and based on committees, including:

  • Parenting
  • Communicating
  • Volunteering
  • Learning at Home
  • Decision Making
  • Community Collaboration

What does the ATP do?: We fundraise to help support our schools and students. We pay for field trips, school supplies, recess/playground equipment, books, staff appreciation activities, and more! We also organize many family events: Fall Carnival, Daddy-Daughter and Mother-Son nights, Holiday Caroling, Birthday Lunches, Book Fairs, and Santa Shop are some examples.

Parents who become involved in their child’s education can make a positive difference. Contact or Kenn Kott, or Kevin Schmutzler for more information or to join our ATP family.