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FEBRUARY 2018
SPOTLIGHT
Administrator of the Year and fellow JPS administrators
Dr. Kathleen Grigsby, the principal of the top-ranked Davis Magnet, is the 2017-2018 Administrator of the Year. Dr. Grigsby started her career in 1998 as an elementary school teacher. Since 2009 she has served as a building-level administrator. She has been the principal at Davis Magnet Elementary since 2014. She has led the school to achieve an A rating accountability status with a growth rate of almost 100 points in 2017, resulting in its No. 1 ranking among the state's elementary schools. In 2011, she completed her doctorate in educational leadership, becoming the first graduate from the Mississippi College doctoral program. She holds five AAAA certifications. Dr. Grigsby also serves as a commissioner on the Better Together Commission.
RECENT NEWS
TSA members and sponsor in club jackets
Students in the Simulation and Animation Design Technology Program won the 2018 Congressional App Challenge for their congressional district. The App is called STEM Adventures and is an interactive comic activity book designed to teach third- through fifth-grade students about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) occupations. They will participate in #HouseofCode in the spring of 2018, and their work will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol Building. 
Seven Gold Key winners
Power APAC has an impressive slate of budding young artists who were recognized as Scholastic Art Awards winners for 2018. Among them were two American Visions nominees-sophomore Alauran Allen and freshman Moriah Roland. The school also had 11 Gold Key winners and 14 Silver Key winners along with a host of Honorable Mentions. Many of these talented student-artists were recognized for multiple entries.
High school teacher teaching students
Murrah High School has been approved to pilot an AP Capstone™ diploma program for the 2018-2019 school year. Murrah will be one of only 1,500 schools worldwide and will join only two other schools in the state of Mississippi to offer this innovative program of the College Board. The AP Capstone diploma program focuses on college-level research, collaboration and teamwork skills that prepare high school students for college and career success. 
Boys smiling and standing in audience
The JPS Academies of Jackson hosted the first Youth Health Matters Symposium on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at the Jackson Medical Mall. The audience was made up of about 350 students and their parents from all seven JPS high schools. The Youth Health Matters Symposium provided students between the ages of 13 and 18 and their parents an opportunity to engage with local health providers.
Celebrating Black History Month
In celebration of Black History Month, Jackson Public Schools celebrates the namesakes of its three most recent school buildings.
Gladys Noel Bates and Bates Elementary
Thomas Cardozo portrait and Cardozo School
Henry J. Kirksey portrait and Kirksey School
GLADYS NOEL BATES
THOMAS CARDOZO
HENRY J. KIRKSEY
Caleb Singleton and Erica Peyton
Provine High School juniors Caleb Singleton and Erica Peyton worked as pages with Sen. Sollie Norwood who represents District 28 where these students live and attend school. Being a Senate page gives students an opportunity to learn how state government works. Their duties usually include running errands for officials and Senate staff. 
Aaron and Adam Thornton
Callaway High School students Aaron and Adam Thornton served as pages in the Mississippi House of Representatives during the week of January 2-6, 2018. They were sponsored by House staffers Alyce Horton and Johnathan Robinson. Aaron is a graduating senior at Callaway who plans to attend Jackson State University and major in Electrical Engineering. Adam is a sophomore at the school.
Presenter speaking to audience
The Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) returned to the Jackson Public School District in February to strengthen the District's curriculum development efforts and, consequently, the quality of teaching and learning in JPS schools. CGCS Academic Team provided intense professional development on how to write and construct a quality curriculum. 
Candace Chambers
Candace Chambers' new book, "Write Your Way to a Successful Scholarship Essay," is a guidebook for high school and college students on how to obtain scholarships. The book provides tips on how to search for scholarships, compose a scholarship essay, and how to use awarded scholarship funds. Chambers is a 2011 graduate of Murrah High School and an award-winning scholar of English.
Olivia Bonds and Courtney Holmes.
Murrah High junior Olivia Bonds has qualified for the state-level Poetry Out Loud competition. She was the top schoolwide winner out of a field of 15 contestants. Bonds secured Murrah's place at the State Finals by finishing in the top three at the Central Regional competition held in February at Jackson State University against 13 metro area public and private schools and homeschool networks.
Mary Latham and Delbert Hosemann
Congratulations to Mary Grace Latham of Spann Elementary for winning first place in the K-3 art competition. Latham's artwork, "My Capital Region: A Shining Star in the State," depicted symbols of importance noting the impact of education (Tougaloo College), industry (Nissan Plant in Canton), medical research (Mississippi Children's Hospital), and the arts. She attended an awards ceremony at the Mississippi Capitol.  
Murrah High School
Seven of the District's schools were recognized for educational performance on state tests. The Program of Research and Evaluation for Public Schools (PREPS, Inc.) named these schools 2018 Value-Added Award recipients. The four elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school are Casey Elementary, Davis Magnet Elementary, Power APAC Elementary, McWillie Elementary, Bailey APAC Middle, Northwest Middle, and Murrah High.   
ATHLETICS NEWS
Callaway football team
Senior athletes from all seven JPS high schools announced their future plans during a signing ceremony held on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at the MS e-Center at Jackson State University. More than 30 recruits signed letters of intent to play football, basketball, soccer and track and field at the next level. (Photo Gallery :  2018 Athletic Signing Day)
Rosemary Aultman_ Joshua Dixon_ Bernard Duncan_ and Dr. Carey Wright.
State Superintendent Dr. Carey Wright and the State Board of Education recognized Joshua Dixon of Forest Hill High and Bernard Duncan of Callaway High at their January 18 Board meeting. The students were praised for going above and beyond to assist a fellow athlete. Dixon and Duncan helped a fellow student-athlete from Gautier High School cross the finish line after the student was injured while competing in a cross country race.
Murrah JV girls basketball team
Provine 9th grade boys basketball team
JV: Murrah 38, Forest Hill 37
Congratulations to the Murrah Lady Mustangs JV basketball team on winning the 2017-2018 JPS JV Championship. The Lady Mustangs defeated the Lady Patriots of Forest Hill on January 25, 2018, by a score of 38-37. 
9th Grade: Provine 64, Wingfield 43
Congratulations to the Provine Rams on winning the 2017-2018 JPS Boys 9th Grade Championship. The Rams defeated the Wingfield Falcons by a score of 64-43 on January 25. 
Northwest girls basketball team_ coaches
Siwell boys basketball team_ coaches_ fans
Girls: Northwest 39, Siwell 32
The Northwest Jackson Lady Wolverines defeated the Siwell Lady Cougars by a score of 39-32 to capture the girls' championship.
Boys: Siwell 58, Northwest 53
The Siwell Cougars defeated the Northwest Wolverines by a score of 58-53 for the boys' title.
CIRCLE B HARDWOOD HEROES
LaDarius Marshall
The overall Circle B Hardwood Hero winner is Ladarius Marshall of Forest Hill High School. Marshall was a three-time Hardwood Hero nominee for outstanding performances on the basketball court this season. Marshall is a 6-5 senior forward for the Forest Hill Patriots. Circle B Smoke Sausage and 99 Jams WJMI will donate a total of $1,800 in Marshall's name to the Forest Hill High School basketball program.
Elisha Blackmon
Jakia Harper and coach
KeMoiya Walker_ Ladarius Marshall
FEBRUARY 5
ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS
Spring Break
MARCH 12-16, 2018
JPS Makeup Day Plan FAQs
Male bus driver
REMINDER: MARCH 30 & APRIL 2
WILL BE REGULAR SCHOOL DAYS

PARENTS CAN SIGN UP FOR
REMIND 101 BUS ALERTS

BOARD HIGHLIGHTS
FEBRUARY 6, 2018
Robert Luckett
Letitia S. Johnson and Rev. Robert Green
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Janyla Clay, an honor roll student at Timberlawn Elementary, led the Pledge of Allegiance. She enjoys dancing and spending time with her friends at school. Her favorite subject is math, and she wants to be a pre-kindergarten teacher when she grows up.
MOMENT OF INSPIRATION
Rev. Robert Green, Pastor of Mt. Wade Missionary Baptist Church, delivered the Moment of Inspiration. He is a graduate of Hinds Junior College and the Baptist Seminary of Slidell, LA. He is currently employed at Wingfield High School.
FEBRUARY 20, 2018
Rev. Walter Young and Dr. Ed Sivak
JPS Transportation administrators and Brian Johnson with Bottrell Insurance Agency
MOMENT OF INSPIRATION
Pastor Walter Young, delivered the Moment of Inspiration. He began his Ministerial walk as a Certified lay speaker in the United Methodist Church. He served as a deacon at Word and Worship Church in Jackson, MS, and helped to start Open Arm Worship Center in Jackson.
BUS SAFETY AWARD
Dr. Calvin Lockett recognized the Transportation Department for being awarded the 2018 Rising Safety Star Award for participating in bus safety training and for making bus safety a priority. Brian Johnson with Bottrell Insurance sponsored the training.
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