KEY COMMUNICATOR | FEBRUARY 2021
CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Check out our JPS Celebrates Black History Month website post featuring the African American men and women we honor as namesakes for several of our schools. Additionally, follow us on Facebook & Twitter for our Do You Know #BlackHistory? series highlighting the groundbreaking endeavors of Black history makers from our area and other parts of Mississippi.
LEARNING EXPERIENCE SURVEY
This fall, your feedback on the Learning Experience survey provided JPS with critical input as we navigated the challenges and adjustments to this school year for staff, students, and families. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. We greatly appreciated everyone’s perspectives.

Now, we need your feedback for the spring semester. We encourage you to complete the survey again, as your experiences may have changed since the last time you responded.
Completing this survey is voluntary and all responses are anonymous.

Please share your feedback by Friday, February 19.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/3aLWOT1

Your voice is critical in helping leaders across the District better understand what is working well and what can be improved during this time. We are looking forward to your feedback!
UPCOMING EVENTS
Pre-K Parent Academy
PRE-K PARENT ACADEMY
The Pre-K Parent Academy is underway with only three sessions remaining. This program is a tremendous opportunity for parents of children ages 3-5 who live in the Greater Metro Jackson area. The next three sessions will be held from 5-7 p.m. on the following Thursdays:

  • February 18, 2021
  • March 25, 2021
  • April 15, 2021

These sessions will help parents learn what it takes to get their scholars ready for kindergarten, how to identify milestones in their development, and receive supplies to practice school readiness skills at home.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS APPLICATIONS
The application window for elementary special programs has reopened. This is a second chance for parents of children rising to grades K-5 to apply for special programs next fall. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 23 at 11:59 p.m.

As a reminder, the regular deadline for high school applications is Friday, February 19.

To learn more and apply, visit www.jackson.k12.ms.us/SpecialProgramsApply.
FREE VIRTUAL AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR JPS STUDENTS
The Young Futurists Project of the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation provides a free virtual afterschool program for JPS scholars in grades 3-12. Services include tutoring, youth development and homework assistance. Students may choose from several STEAM activities.



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DISTRICT NEWS
Jackson Public Schools Recognizes The Best of JPS

Congratulations to Dr. Alvanette Buchanan, Administrator of the Year; Quintavious Phillips, Teacher of the Year; Joan Torres, Parent of the Year; Ashanti Barnes, District Leader of the Year; & Tommy Robertson, Support Staff of the Year.

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JPS Honors Board Members During Statewide Recognition Week

In observance of School Board Member Recognition Week in Mississippi, February 8-12, we honor our seven Board members for their dedication to the scholars of JPS.

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Jim Hill Teacher Recognized by Best of Mississippi Awards

Korian Padgett of Jim Hill was named Teacher of the Year by the Best of Mississippi Awards 2020.

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National PTA, TikTok Award $2,500 Grant to Obama Magnet

National PTA has awarded Obama Magnet PTA with a $2,500 grant to address challenges related to device use for virtual and in-person learning.

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Spann Elementary Scholars Win MCM Virtual Science Fair

Spann Elementary had two winners in the Mississippi Children's Museum Virtual Science Fair. Lia Davis (right) was the 3rd grade winner and Mary Latham was the 5th grade winner.

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