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Erik Weatherwax, Principal

Greetings parents and students and welcome back to the 2019-2020 school year!  My name is Erik Weatherwax and I am the principal for instruction at Northeast Elementary School serving grades third through fifth. I have been a JPS Viking my entire life. I went through JPS as a student and returned to teach at Jackson High School for 19 years before moving on to the Middle School at Parkside as an Associate Principal.  I am now happy to be entering my third year at Northeast Elementary.


At Northeast Elementary, we strive to provide a safe and secure environment for your student. We care about the whole student. We work on not just their academics but also their social well-being. Our staff is trained in restorative practices where students learn how to solve differences and speak about issues that they have in a positive structured way.  Additionally, we run small groups to provide another layer of intervention for students that need it!


Academic excellence is our goal at Northeast. We are the only JPS school that is a STEAM school (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). Students attending Northeast are provided a STEAM special where students engage in hands-on learning for 21st century jobs, such as coding with Ozobots or working with snap circuits to learn about electricity.  Additionally, Northeast will be offering a technology special where students learn about proper use of technology, research and communication, just to name a few. We know that one of our goals is to prepare our students for the 21st century workforce and these classes will help your student do that! We also have a multi-tiered system of support for students that need extra attention for their learning. 


Lastly, Northeast had the great fortune to be first on the construction list for renovations and remodeling. We will have a brand new safe and secure entryway, a new media center and three new collaborative classrooms for our students. This is in addition to the makeover of our hallways, common areas, lockers and playground.


Northeast is a great place to learn and grow as a student. However, we can’t do it alone. At Northeast, we have an open door policy and are always looking for parents to become involved at our school.  I look forward to meeting you and thank you for choosing Northeast Elementary, Where Community Comes Together.