JPS KEY COMMUNICATOR
December 2017
SPOTLIGHT
MURRAH CHOIR GETTING READY FOR TRIP TO ITALY

The Murrah Concert Singers have been invited to compete at the Festival of Gold in Italy in the spring of 2018. The public can donate towards this trip by giving online to the choir's GoFundMe account. Donations by check or money order should be made out to the Mustang Choir Booster Club and mailed to the school.
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JPS SCHOOLS TO MAKE UP SNOW DAY

Due to the December 8 snow day, the winter break for JPS schools has been adjusted. Thursday, December 21 will be a full school day and Friday, December 22 will be a 60% day.   
Dismissal times on Friday will be 12 p.m. for elementary schools, 12:30 p.m. for middle schools, and 1 p.m. for high schools.
LAKE ELEMENTARY CELEBRATES RISE TO 'B' RATING

Lake Elementary School celebrated its "B" rating with a parade and awards program themed "Student Growth is Our Superpower." The school had 85% of its fourth- and fifth-graders show growth in math and 83% of fourth- and fifth-graders score proficient or advanced in science.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
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JAN. 5 FOR EMPLOYEES
JAN. 8 FOR STUDENTS
NEWS
JIM HILL WINS 2017 JPS STEM COMPETITION

The Jim Hill High School JROTC STEM team won the 2017 JPS Fall STEM Competition held at Mississippi State University. Making up the winning team were Adora Guice, Jakayla Marzittie, Jakiya Brown, Vernecia Anderson, and Corinne April. The team's coach was 1st Sgt. Gayle Anderson and  Lt. Col. Raymond Leonard was their mentor. 
CHASTAIN EIGHTH-GRADERS RECOGNIZED FOR SERVICE, CITIZENSHIP

Ward 4 City Councilman De'Keither Stamps presented a Certificate of Award to Chastain Middle School eighth-graders to recognize their generosity. The students and their parents and teachers collected 1,423 canned goods and nonperishables to donate to Mississippi MOVE's Help the Homeless Campaign.
JROTC UNITS ENRICHED BY FALL COMPETITIONS

Provine High School won the 2017 Cadet Challenge. Murrah and Jim Hill were second and third place runners up. Murrah was the overall winner of the Fall Academic Competition. Jim Hill was second and Wingfield was third. In the Capital Region North Drill Competition,  
Murrah was first runner up to Germantown High and Wingfield came in third.
BAILEY APAC SCHOLAR, AUTHOR BRIYANA JACKSON VISITS BATES ELEMENTARY

Briyana Jackson, a student at Bailey and author, visited Bates Elementary for National Young Readers Week. During her visit, Briyana read to students from her book, "A Look at My Life." She shared what it is like to be a twin and big sister. The event raises awareness about the importance of reading. 
FOREST HILL TEACHER NAMED TOP ART EDUCATOR IN THE STATE

Forest Hill High School art teacher Renna Moore was the recipient of the 2017 Bill Poirier Art Educator of the Year award for the state of Mississippi, the top award presented to art educators each year. It recognizes outstanding leadership and contributions to the field of art education in the state.  
MURRAH CHORAL DIRECTOR RECEIVES 2017 OUTSTANDING MUSIC EDUCATOR AWARD

Murrah choral music director Pierrdro Gallion has been selected for a statewide award by the National Federation of State High School Associations. The organization's Music Committee selected Gallion for the 2017 Outstanding Music Educator Award. 
SIX NEW BOARD MEMBERS TAKE THE OATH OF OFFICE

Six new school Board members were sworn before the regular School Board meeting on November 28, 2017. Members voted for Jeanne Hairston to serve as president, Ed Sivak as vice president, and Barbara Hilliard as secretary. The other three Board members are Andrea Jones-Davis, Robert Luckett and Letitia S. Johnson.  
FOREST HILL STUDENTS WINNERS IN STATEWIDE BICENTENNIAL ARTS COMPETITION

Forest Hill High School students achieved a near sweep in the high school division of the visual arts competition. Winning five out of six commendations, the honorees from Forest Hill included Kadeeshia Johnson,  1st; Brittany Bradley, 2nd; and Kevin Currie,  3rd.  
MAYOR LUMUMBA SPEAKS AT RED RIBBON WEEK CELEBRATION

French Elementary students and staff participated in National Red Ribbon Week, the anti-drug campaign is celebrated annually across the nation. Mayor Chokwe Lumumba encouraged students to continue their education and stay away from drugs. The students also took the Red Ribbon Pledge.   
CHURCH GROUPS COME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT JPS SCHOLARS

Dr. Jerry Young, the pastor of New Hope Baptist Church, spearheaded this faith-based movement to help JPS schools. Through "Time, Talent and Treasures," churches are committing to recruit volunteers to serve as Book Buddies, encourage retired librarians to serve as mentors, and raise funds to buy library books for middle schools.

ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES
TWO-TIME CIRCLE B HARDWOOD HERO OF THE WEEK

Daeshun Ruffin of Callaway was the Hardwood Hero of the Week for December 11. He scored 18 points and 10 assists in a win over Murrah. He was also the November 27 honoree for averaging 22.7 points, 10 assists, and 3.7 steals in three games. He also scored 20 points and the game-winning, 3-point shot in a win over Meridian.
CIRCLE B HARDWOOD HERO OF THE WEEK FOR DECEMBER 4

Ladarius Marshall was the Hardwood Hero of the Week for December 4. The 6-6 forward from Forest Hill High School had 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocked shots against Holmes County and 27 points against Provine. 
CIRCLE B HARDWOOD HERO OF THE WEEK FOR NOVEMBER 20

Kacey Bradford was the Circle B Hardwood Hero of the Week for November 20, 2017. The 6-1 Murrah High senior had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocked shots against West Jones High School. 
BOARD HIGHLIGHTS
NOVEMBER 28, 2017
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 
Trevon Washington, a seventh-grader at Kirksey Middle School, led the Pledge of Allegiance. He excels academically and plays sports. He is also in the chess club and band. He plans to attend Mississippi State or the University of Kentucky.
MOMENT OF INSPIRATION
Bishop Jeffery Stallworth of Word and Worship Church delivered the Moment of Inspiration. He has 40 years of ministry experience. He served as Commissioner to the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority and started Hope Credit Union.   
DECEMBER 5, 2017
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 
Charlie Davis IV, a fourth-grade student at Johnson Elementary School, led the Pledge of Allegiance. The honor roll scholar plays league baseball and basketball. Last summer, he helped his team to win the USSSA State Baseball Tournament.
MOMENT OF INSPIRATION
Pierrdo Gallion, Assistant Pastor at Ebenezer Apostolic Ministries, delivered the Moment of Inspiration. He is also the Choral Director at Murrah High School and has led them to achieve district, state, and national honors.  
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 
 
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