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JACKSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
KEY COMMUNICATOR
APRIL 2018
SPOTLIGHT
Jackson Public Schools named Willis Barker Jr. its 2018 Parent of the Year. JPS Interim Superintendent Dr. Freddrick Murray made the announcement at Casey Elementary where Barker's twin sons attend school. A retired military man, Barker stands out at as a motivator and generous giver. 
Christopher Evans and Richard Jones
Christopher Evans of Callaway High School and Richard Jones of Spann Elementary were among 12 educators honored during the Greater Jackson Chamber's annual luncheon.  
ANNOUNCEMENTS
SUMMER SCHOOL & SUMMER PROGRAMS

Jackson Public Schools offers tuition-based Summer School for students in middle and high school. Registration begins May 9 for JPS students. Learn more about Summer School and other Summer Programs on the JPS Summer Programs page. 
REMINDER: LAST DAY FOR STUDENTS IS A FULL SCHOOL DAY

The last day of school for all JPS students is Wednesday, May 23. It will be a full school day. Schools will dismiss at their regularly scheduled times: elementary schools at 2:15 p.m., middle schools at 3:05 p.m., and high schools at 3:30 p.m. 
ATHLETICS NEWS
Northwest girls track team and Coach Juan Smith
The Northwest Lady Wolverines won the 2018 JPS Middle School Girls Track & Field Championship. The girls 100-meter relay team also broke the state middle school record.  The coach of the Lady Wolverines is Juan Smith. 
Blackburn boys track team and coaches Dabrodrick Walton andarold Stanfield
The Blackburn Jaguars won the 2018 JPS Middle School Boys Track & Field Championship. The Jaguars head coach is Harold Stanfield.
Ladarius Marshall at signing table surrounded by family and team mates
Forest Hill High School basketball standout Ladarius Marshall signed with the University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles on Wednesday, April 11. He also had offers from Southeastern Louisiana, Baylor, Memphis, Mississippi State, Ohio State and Tennessee.  
Bianca Knight and Talayla Davis
Jim Hill senior Talayla Davis was named the female MVP of the Bianca Knight Invitational. Davis won both the long jump and the 200-meter dash. She also helped the Jim Hill girls to place in two relay events. 
RECENT NEWS
Woman and 4 girls in dresses and skirts
The Jackson community held a Fashion Extravaganza to raise money for the Morrison Adult Education Program. Men's Warehouse sponsored the event that took place at the Jackson Medical Mall. 
Smiling male student with book
Jackson Public Schools kicked off the 2018 Summer Reading Program with a pep rally at Forest Hill High School on  Thursday, April 12. This year's theme is "Developing and Inspiring College and Career Ready Readers." Callaway alum Tiffany Coleman-McGee was the event host. Coleman-McGee is a gospel rap artist, model, actress, and author. 
Students enjoying floor map
Students at Isable Elementary School have received one of the world's largest maps of the North American continent. The map was made by National Geographic and measures 20 feet by 26 feet. It gives student explorers a fun, interactive learning experience in geography. 
Miss Mississippi with Principal Nicole Menotti and Casey students
Miss Mississippi Anne Elizabeth Buys visited Spann Elementary School to encourage scholars not to smoke. Buys delivered the presentation as part of her platform, Tar Wars. She held the students' interest through fun activities to teach them about the harmful effects of tobacco use. 
Casey Elementary students and New Stage actors
New Stage Theatre presented "Oh, Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad" at Casey Elementary School in March. The performance is part of the New Stage Theatre Arts-in-Education statewide touring program. The play was sponsored by Entergy Mississippi.
Lanier students learning CPR on mannequins
The Lanier High School Academy of Health Services and the Lanier Wellness Clinic hosted a Health Fair in partnership with the University of Mississippi Medical Center on April 4. The event gave students an opportunity to learn about relevant health issues, preventive measures and what it takes to work in the healthcare field. 
Murrah Base Pair MAS Health Sciences Winners
Murrah High School Base Pair students claimed the top three awards at the Mississippi Academy of Sciences (MAS) Annual Meeting. They all won in the High School division for Health Sciences. The winners are Oluwatosin Akinyemi, 1st place; Matthew Araujo and Alton Chambers, 2nd place; and Breanna McNair, 3rd place. 
Charles Rounds and his art piece_ The Chicken Story
Charles Rounds III of Power APAC is the first place winner of the Second Congressional Art Competition for his art piece called "The Chicken Story." Antwion Leflore of Forest Hill High School won second place, and Desmond Young of Power APAC won third place overall. 
JROTC Scholastic Excellence recipients
The 31st Annual JROTC Cadet Review Ceremony was held Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at Provine High School. About 1,000 cadets from all seven JPS high schools and the Powell Military Academy participated in the ceremony. The 2018 Scholastic Excellence winners were honored.These are cadets that exhibit the highest degree of excellence in academic areas. 
Food service director Mary Hill and Dr. Freddrick Murray with Entergy representatives holding presentation check
The Jackson Public Schools Food Service Department received a rebate check for $3,200 on April 3, 2018, from Atmos Energy for installing energy-efficient cooking equipment, water heaters, and programmable thermostats in the new Northwest Jackson Middle School cafeteria. 
Wingfield chess team and coach Liazbeth Thrasher
The Wingfield chess team placed fifth in the Mississippi Scholastic Chess Tournament. The statewide tournament was held at Mississippi State University in Starkville. Beth Thrasher is the team's coach. 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Happy Retirement_
JPS RETIREMENT CELEBRATION

Jackson Public Schools will celebrate its 2017-2018 retirees at a Retirement Ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, May 8 at 4 p.m. at Kirksey Middle School located at 5677 Highland Drive.
JPS SALUTE TO SCHOLARS

Jackson Public Schools and the Jackson Council PTA/PTSA will honor the top ten graduating seniors from each JPS high school during the Annual Salute to Scholars program to be held on Thursday, May 17 at 6 p.m. at Murrah High School. JCPTA and the City of Jackson are sponsors of the annual awards program.
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS

All seven JPS high schools will hold commencement activities for graduating seniors on  Wednesday, May 23  and  Thursday, May 24 . Graduation practices and ceremonies will take place at Jackson State University's Athletic and Assembly Center located at 1400 John R. Lynch Street. See the full schedule of the graduation dates and times. 
LAST DAY FOR STUDENTS

The last day of school for all JPS students is Wednesday, May 23. It will be a full school day.  
LAST DAY FOR TEACHERS

The last day of school for JPS teachers is Friday, May 25
MEMORIAL DAY  

All JPS schools and offices will be closed Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day.
BOARD HIGHLIGHTS
APRIL 3, 2018
Robert Luckett and Landon Herring
Board member Dr. Robert Luckett and
Landon Christopher Herring
Letitia S. Johnson and Rev. Kathy Price
Board member Letitia S. Johnson and
Rev. Kathy Price
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Landon Christopher Herring, a fourth-grader at Spann Elementary, led the Pledge of Allegiance. He is in the gifted program and loves reading and science. He is also active in sports. He attends Cathedral AME Zion Church.
MOMENT OF INSPIRATION
Rev. Kathy Price, Pastor of Alta Woods United Methodist Church, delivered the Moment of Inspiration. She has a passion for racial healing and diversity. A minister for ten years, she previously served in the Meridian District. 
APRIL 18, 2018
Andrea Jones and Kaci Granderson
Board member Andrea Jones and Kaci Granderson
Dr. Hickman Johnson and Robert Luckett
Dr. Hickman Johnson and
Board member Robert Luckett
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Kaci Granderson, a fifth-grader at Casey Elementary, led the Pledge of Allegiance. She has attended Casey since she was in the first grade. She is a straight A, high-performing student. Her favorite subject is science.
MOMENT OF INSPIRATION
Dr. Hickman M. Johnson, Senior Pastor of Farish Street Baptist Church, delivered the Moment of Inspiration. Dr. Johnson is the author of Farewell, My Friends: A Book of Eulogies and Tributes. 
JACKSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 
 
BOARD OF TRUSTEES  
Dr. Jeanne Hairston 
Dr. Jeanne Hairston, President
Dr. Edward Sivak
Dr. Edward Sivak Jr., Vice President
Ms. Barbara Hilliard
Ms. Barbara Hilliard, Secretary
Ms. Letitia S. Johnson
Ms. Letitia S. Johnson
Ms. Andrea Jones-Davis
Ms. Andrea Jones-Davis
Dr. Robert Luckett
Dr. Robert Luckett
 
SUPERINTENDENT
  Dr. Freddrick Murray
Dr. Freddrick Murray,
Interim Superintendent