JPS KEY COMMUNICATOR
November 2017
SPOTLIGHT

Three JPS elementary schools and one middle school earned an "A" rating. The District's A schools are: Baker, Davis Magnet, and Power APAC Elementary Schools and Bailey APAC Middle School. JPS had nine "B" schools and 4 "C" schools. Lake and Spann Elementary Schools, improved four letter grades. Murrah and Provine High Schools improved to "C" ratings. 
NEWS
JPS GRADUATES NAMED TO PRESTIGIOUS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Jackson Public Schools alumni Jada Bass and Kristopher Thigpen have been named members of the 2017-2018 Public Allies Mississippi cohort. They will serve their communities as Public Allies Mississippi interns. Both Bass and Thigpen are Forest Hill High School graduates
SOUTHERN FARM AND AGAPE NORTH DONATE SHIRTS TO WATKINS SCHOLARS

Watkins Elementary students received monogrammed uniform sweatshirts just in time for the change of seasons. Adopter Southern Farm Bureau Insurance joined clothing company Agape North to provide 325 shirts to the school. Agents of the two organizations presented the shirts at Watkins on November 3.  
JPS JROTC CADETS ATTEND SELECTIVE YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Five outstanding JROTC cadets were selected to attend the 2017 Military Order of World Wars (MOWW) Youth Leadership Conference at the U.S. Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The selectees were: Shamia Thompson, Wingfield; Osha' Love Lowery, Jim Hill; Jaydin Reeves, Murrah; Brianna Gunn, Jim Hill; and Brandie Wigley, Provine. 
15 MEMBERS APPOINTED TO BETTER TOGETHER COMMISSION

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation have appointed 15 members to the Better Together Commission. Among them are three JPS administrators: Asst. Supt. Laketia Marshall-Thomas, Baker Principal  Dr. Shauna Nicholson-Johnson, and Davis Principal Dr. Kathleen Grigsby.
WINGFIELD ACADEMY OF AGRICULTURE SCHOLARS SHOWCASE THEIR SKILLS

Wingfield High School scholars are getting hands-on experience in farming. They participated in a Farm to Cafeteria Conference on October 12. The group worked with local and regional farmers to share what they learned while growing the Wingfield Academy garden. 
JPS ALUM RECOGNIZED FOR LONGTIME BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP

Partners in Education recognized Steven James of the Allstate Insurance Agency for his unwavering support of Jackson Public Schools at the regular Board meeting held October 17. His contributions this school year include serving as a liaison for the Promise Club at Provine and a $6,000 donation to cover supplies for teachers. 
ENTERGY MAKES MAJOR INVESTMENT IN LITERACY AT VAN WINKLE ELEMENTARY

Entergy Nuclear awarded a $10,000 grant to Van Winkle Elementary School. The funds will be used to purchase books for the Accelerated Reader program and a schoolwide book club. As the school's official adopter, Entergy has made many meaningful contributions. 
MURRAH SWIM TEAM MAKING WAVES IN JPS

Murrah's swim team competed in four meets this year in Madison, Flowood, and Vicksburg. Swimmers competed in the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard freestyle, and the 100-yard breaststroke. They team had at least one state qualifier in the 50-yard freestyle, freshman Jack Sewell.
ROTARY CLUB HONORS PBIS TEACHERS OF THE QUARTER

The Rotary Club of Jackson presented Teacher of the Quarter Awards to three JPS educators at its weekly luncheon in October. The first quarter honorees were: Sherri Combs of John Hopkins, John Hopkins of Capital City, and Kristen King of Wingfield High.  
 
ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES
PROVINE RAMS WIN JUNIOR VARSITY FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

The Provine Rams defeated the Callaway Chargers on October 23 at Newell Field by a score of 28-0. The Rams finished the season with a record of 5-1. Provine's head coach is Willie Swinney. Callaway finished the season with a 4-1 record. The team's head coach is Benjamin Hart. 
JPS BANDS SCORE TOP RATINGS AT REGIONAL COMPETITION

Three JPS marching bands earned top scores at  the Region IV Marching Band Evaluation at Pearl High School. Forest Hill scored Superior ratings for drum major, color guard, and percussion. Murrah earned Superior ratings for drum major, majorette dance line, and band. Callaway received a Superior rating for drum major. 
BRINKLEY WINS 2017 MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

The Brinkley Eagles defeated the Blackburn Jaguars by a score of 27-0. The Eagles won the North Division and finished with a record of 6-1.  
The Jaguars won the South Division and finished with a record of 6-2. 
 
 
BAILEY WINS 2017 MIDDLE SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

The Lady Knights defeated the Whitten Lady Eagles by a score of 2-1. The Lady Knights won the North Division and finished the season undefeated at 8-0. The Lady Eagles won the South Division and finished the season 6-2. 
 
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Dr. Freddrick Murray
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