JACKSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
KEY COMMUNICATOR
NOVEMBER 2016

SPOTLIGHT

The Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees announced Dr. Freddrick Murray has been appointed interim superintendent of Jackson Public Schools, starting November 17, 2016. A veteran educator of more than 20 years with an extensive leadership background, Dr. Murray most recently served as Chief Academic Officer of High Schools.

Prior to joining the central office leadership team in JPS, Dr. Murray served as a building principal at every level - elementary, middle, and high. With each appointment, he was able to increase performance at each school.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Thanksgiving Break

The schools and offices of Jackson Public Schools will be closed for the Thanksgiving Break on November 21-25. >> 
FAFSA Days at JPS High Schools

JPS high school seniors are encouraged to see their school counselors about scheduling an appointment for FREE assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, the first step to receiving money for college.

Upcoming FAFSA days at JPS high schools: 
  • Callaway High School - December 13, January 10 & February 15
  • Forest Hill High School - February 1
  • Jim Hill High School - November 30 & February 14
  • Lanier High School - February 22
  • Murrah High School - December 7 & February 10
  • Provine High School - March 3
  • Wingfield High School - February 7
SAVE THE DATE: Students may also call Get2College Center for a Saturday appointment on January 28 at (601) 321-5533. >> 
Winter Break

Winter break begins with a 60% day on Thursday, December 22. The schools and offices of Jackson Public Schools will be closed from December 23-January 5, 2017. Teachers and staff return on January 6. JPS students return on January 9. >> 
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CONGRATULATIONS
Cadet Ruben M. Banks of Jim Hill High was selected as the top performing student at the 2016 Military Order of World Wars Youth Leadership Conference held at the U.S. Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Over 80 cadets representing five southern states attended the conference. 
The Wingfield High School Falcon Robotics team earned 2nd place overall out of 26 teams in the VEX Robotics Starstruck competition held at Olde Towne Middle School in Ridgeland on Saturday, November 5. The brand new robotics team had its first meeting in August, and with this early victory, the competition year looks promising.
Key Elementary Principal Dionne Woody was honored by the Jackson State University National Alumni Association during its biennial Black Tie Scholarship and Recognition Gala. Dr. Rod Paige, former U.S. Secretary of Education and recently appointed interim president of JSU, and his wife, Stephanie Nellons-Paige, served as Honorary Chairs.   
Murrah High School alum Nathan Campbell was listed as a co-author on a published paper which recently appeared in a peer-reviewed journal. Campbell is a graduate of the Base Pair program, which "pairs" students with mentors at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Kristy Johnson, a 2009 graduate of Jim Hill High School and alumna of Jackson State, proves beauty queens are more than a pretty face. Her platform, "Be Empowered," focuses on reprogramming youth into believing in themselves and their communities. She will host summits and service projects in this area and across the state.
ATHLETICS
More than 40 years after they won a historic state championship at one of Mississippi's first successfully integrated schools, players from the 1975 Callaway High School Chargers football team watched as the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum enshrined their trophy. 
The Northwest Wolverines defeated the Blackburn Jaguars 14-12 for the 2016-2017 JPS Middle School Football Championship in October at Newell Field. 
Congratulations to the Hardy Lady Panthers volleyball team on winning the 2016-2017 JPS Middle School Volleyball Championship. The Lady Panthers (8-1), defeated the 2015 champion, Bailey APAC Lady Knights (7-1), by a score of 2 games to 1. 
Athletics Passes
JPS athletic passes for the 2016-2017 school year are available for purchase at the JPS Athletics Office. Each pass covers individual admission to JPS home games as indicated below.
  • JPS Employees:  $30 for all games (playoff games not included)
  • JPS Retirees: $20 for all games (playoff games not included)
  • Non-Employee: $30 for middle school football games only, and $45 for high school football games only (playoff games not included)
For more information, please call (601) 960-8825.
CITY OF JACKSON PLEDGES FAFSA SUPPORT
WHAT'S HAPPENING
Mayor Tony Yarber proclaimed October through May "FAFSA Completion Season" for the City of Jackson in an effort to increase participation across the school district. Students who complete the FAFSA may be eligible for thousands of dollars of aid in the form of grants, loans and work study programs.
Nearly 2,000 JPS freshman got a first-hand look at possible options for their future employment at the 3rd Annual Career Exploration Fair on November 16, 2016. There were 100 exhibitor booths set up at the Jackson Convention Complex, providing hands-on, interactive experiences for the District's Freshman Academy students. 
More than 300 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets from Jackson Public Schools, Warren Central, Hazlehurst, and Vicksburg attended the 9th Annual JPS JROTC Service Academy Jamboree at Forest Hill High School. 
 
Students at Watkins Elementary School received a special surprise during a school-wide assembly. School adopters Southern Farm Bureau Insurance worked with clothing company Agape North to provide over 400 monogrammed uniform polo shirts to Watkins Elementary scholars and teachers.
The Entergy Corporation has awarded a $10,000 grant to Van Winkle Elementary School to purchase devices for scholars and teachers to enhance available technology at the school. As one of the school's adopters, Entergy has given many years of support to Van Winkle and its students. 
Baker Elementary students learned a lesson in sharing during an in-school performance of "The Selfish Giant" by New Stage Theatre. The school's adopters, Baker Donelson, sponsored the event, which is part of New Stage Theatre's Arts-in-Education program.   
Students at Wilkins Elementary School made strides against breast cancer during their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk. Participants, including students, teachers, and supporters, wore pink as they walked around the school with a Breast Cancer Awareness parade banner on full display.
North Jackson Elementary school third-grade scholars got a crash course in home economics from parent and North Jackson PTA president Michelle Henry. She taught the students how to wash and fold laundry with a new washer and dryer donated to the school by Conn's HomePlus and Samsung.
J PS schools celebrated National School Lunch Week in October, with cafeteria decorating contests and menus planned around the national theme, "Show Your Spirit." An impartial panel of guests judged National School Lunch Week programs at schools to determine winners for each division.