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JACKSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
KEY COMMUNICATOR
JANUARY 2018
SPOTLIGHT
Jackson Public Schools is proud to announce Malaika Quarterman as the 2017-2018 JPS Teacher of the Year. Quarterman is the Chairperson of the Theatre Arts Department at Power APAC. JPS Interim Superintendent Dr. Freddrick Murray made the announcement during a surprise visit to the school on January 29, 2018. Quarterman holds a Master of Arts degree in theatre from Regent University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre performance from Belhaven University. She has been the department chair and instructor at Power APAC since 2011. Her current leadership roles include serving as director for the International Thespian Troupe 4909 and as a board member for the Fondren Theatre Workshop. She will represent Jackson Public Schools for the Mississippi Teacher of the Year award. 
RECENT NEWS
Jackson Public Schools had 24 students to win first place at the district-level Reading Fair in November 2017. Advancing to the next level of competition, 14 of these students also won first, second, or third place in their divisions at the regional fair. The District's first place regional winners who will compete at the state-level fair are Jordan Jasper, Timaria Joyner, Antwion Leflore, Annanissah Rhodes, Morgan Howard and Mary Howard.
Jackson Public Schools congratulates six students who participated in the Hinds County Spelling Bee hosted by the Hinds County School District on January 24. The six students are Joshua Norwood, Baker Elementary; Marvin Moore, Casey Elementary; Khloe Robinson, Davis Elementary; Roy Benjamin, Johnson Elementary; Israel Bird, Pecan Park Elementary, and Kristiana Mason, Blackburn Middle.
Annanissah Rhodes
Annanissah Rhodes, a senior at Forest Hill High School, won the 2018-2019 Boys & Girls Club's Youth of the Year Award. The award goes to members for outstanding contributions to family, school, community and for overcoming personal challenges. The award included a $1,000 college scholarship. The Youth of the Year ceremony was held January 18.
More than 900 JROTC cadets and guests participated in Jackson Public Schools 6th Annual JROTC Military Gala on December 15, 2017. The annual Military Gala showcases the entire JROTC Program at all seven JPS high schools and Powell Academy of Military Science. Guest speakers were Rokeya Jones, Director of Commercial Software Engineering at Microsoft, and Joy Addison, a student at the University of Mississippi. 
Murrah high school students Jada Wilson, Ariana Polk and Tristan Jones were winners of the Murrah High School Healthcare Awareness Essay Contest. The contest was sponsored by Quinn Healthcare, Mississippi Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians, and Mississippi State Medical Association. 
You won't find a more faithful group of alumni than the members of Lanier High School's National Alumni Association. Just days before Christmas, these generous donors contributed $10,000 to Lanier for student supplies, materials, and activities. With this donation, the organization will exceed $50,000 in financial support to the school this academic year. 
Jackson Public Schools congratulates Thea Faulkner, Director of Partners in Education, for completing the Millsaps College Business Advantage Program for Professionals. This certificate program provides a fundamental understanding of economics, accounting, finance, marketing, and management. The Business Advantage program is led by the faculty of the Millsaps Else School of Management.
Chastain Middle School received 14 musical instruments from the Mississippi Community Symphonic Band (MCSB). The instruments will support the expansion of the school's band program. This distribution to Chastain was made possible, in part, thanks to a $2,000 contribution from Christ United Methodist Church, the school's adopter. 
ATHLETICS NEWS
Girls: Murrah 47, Warren Central 40
Murrah defeated Warren Central, by a score of 47-40. Nya Irvin of Murrah won the MVP award. Amber Gaston of Warren Central won the Sportsmanship award.
Boys: Forest Hill 65, Murrah 50
Forest Hill won the boys' championship. LaDarious Marshall of Forest Hill won the MVP award. Murrah freshman Joseph Dupree won the Sportsmanship award.
Bailey Knights
The Knights defeated Blackburn 2-0 for the title. Coached by Catherine Hayes, the team ended the season with a 6-1 record.
Blackburn Jaguars
The runners-up, Blackburn Jaguars, coached by Kris McDill, finished the season 4-1-1. 
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UPCOMING EVENTS
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February 20, 2018
BOARD HIGHLIGHTS
DECEMBER 19, 2017
MOMENT OF INSPIRATION
Rev. Cedric Crump delivered the Moment of Inspiration. He is a member of New McRaven Hill Missionary Baptist Church where he serves as one of the Sons of the House. The 2007 graduate of Murrah High School is the assistant principal at Peeples Middle School.
DONATION
The Beta Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. presented Jackson Public Schools with 200 backpacks at the Board meeting on December 19, 2017. Interim Superintendent Dr. Freddrick Murray and Board members accepted the donation.
JANUARY 9, 2018
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Isaiah Ashton Young, a fifth-grade student at Marshall Elementary, led the Pledge of Allegiance. He has perfect attendance and serves on the school's Safety Patrol and Student Leadership Council. Most recently, he won second place in the District's Reading Fair.
MOMENT OF INSPIRATION
Rev. Ronnie C. Crudup Jr., Executive Director of New Horizon Ministries, Inc., delivered the Moment of Inspiration. He is a graduate of Murrah High School and Belhaven University. He is married to Andrea Crudup, and they have three children attending JPS schools.
JACKSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 
 
BOARD OF TRUSTEES 
 
Dr. Jeanne Hairston, Pres. | Dr.  Ed Sivak, Vice Pres. |  Ms. Barbara Hilliard, Sec.
    Ms. Letitia S. Johnson | Ms. Andrea Jones-Davis | Dr. Robert Luckett
 
SUPERINTENDENT
 
Dr. Freddrick Murray, Interim Superintendent