JACKSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017

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Since approval of the Corrective Action Plan on December 15, 2016, JPS has made significant progress in addressing the violations reported in many of the standards by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE). Improvements have been made in Transportation, Facilities, Records, and Curriculum & Instruction.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS
JPS Pre-K Enrollment

Open Enrollment for the 2017-2018 Pre-Kindergarten Program is underway while spaces are available. Contact the Office of Enrollment Services at (601) 960-8852 to schedule an appointment. >>  
Black History Month Celebrations

Schools throughout the Jackson Public Schools hold programs in February to celebrate Black History Month. Upcoming programs include Murrah High School's The Evolution of African American Music, which will be performed February 27 at 10 a.m. at the school and at 5:30 p.m. at Jackson State University.   >>  
JPS Superintendent Search Community Meetings

Superintendent Search Community Education Task Force Meetings have been scheduled for faith-based groups, education associations, and parent organizations to engage stakeholders in the search process for the District's next superintendent. Find more meetings on the Superintendent Search Calendar. >>
F AFSA Days at JPS High Schools

Seniors at all seven JPS high schools are encouraged to complete the FAFSA before the March 31 deadline for the Mississippi HELP Grant.

Upcoming FAFSA days at JPS high schools:  
  • Callaway High School - March 1, and April 5
  • Provine High School - March 3
Call your student's school or the Get2College Center for more information. >> 
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The recent cold snap has made us weather aware, and we use SchoolWay as one way to notify our community of weather related announcements. If you have not had a chance to download the free app from the app store, do it today! You will receive instant push notifications from our school. For more information, go to myschoolway.com/JPS.
CONGRATULATIONS
The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership's Teacher Recognition committee announced that three JPS teachers have been named Metro Teachers of the Year. Committee members made surprise visits to Vicki Latham at Spann Elementary, Shalonda Stewart at Pecan Park Elementary and Malaika Quarterman at Power APAC.
Ambassadors of the Evers Academy for African-American Males presented a book of letters to Myrlie Evers, the widow of slain Mississippi civil rights icon Medgar Evers.
The letters, written by A-TEAAM participants, were part of a nationwide  campaign to nominate Medgar Evers for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 
The Rotary Club of Jackson presented Teacher of the Quarter Awards during its monthly luncheon held in January. The Teacher of the Quarter honorees were: Mary McCormick, Casey Elementary; Richard Jones, Spann Elementary; and Ariana Stokes, Whitten Middle.
Dr. Carey M. Wright, State Superintendent of Education, recognized Cadet Lt. Col. Victoria Hawkins, a senior at Jim Hill High School, as one of three Army JROTC cadets from the state of Mississippi to receive the prestigious Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement for the 2016-2017 school year.   
Clinton Johnson, JPS Executive Director of Athletics, was presented the State Award of Merit in January by the Mississippi Athletic Administrators Association. The award is for outstanding leadership and meritorious service and achievement in interscholastic administration. 
The Murrah High School Choir is taking its award-winning performances on the road this spring after they were named Grand Champions at the Riverland Choral Festival in Pearl, Mississippi. The nationally-recognized choir received an invitation to compete in the Festival of Gold in Los Angeles.  
Scholars of the Week for February 3 were Kameron Johnson, a second-grader at Casey Elementary; Asunté White, an eighth-grade student at Brinkley Middle School; and senior twins Jarrod and Jaylon Blackmon, outgoing scholars who attend Provine High School. 
The "Scholar of the Week" program highlights great students in Jackson Public Schools who are achieving great things. The honorees for January 9 are Brianna Brown, Kejuan Evans, and Tarmario Sumler.  
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ATHLETICS
Twenty-seven football players from Callaway, Forest Hill, Lanier, Murrah, Provine and Wingfield high schools officially announced their acceptance of athletic scholarships to attend postsecondary institutions. Sanderson Farms presented a check to Provine and Murrah, in appreciation for volunteer's at Sanderson Farms Golf Championships. 
The Brinkley Lady Eagles defeated the Hardy Lady Panthers by a score of 38-15 to capture the Girls Championship. The Siwell Cougars defeated the Northwest Wolverines by a score of 58-30 for the Boys title. The head coach of the Lady Eagles is Jeffrey Spencer. The head coach of the Cougars is Charles Robinson. 
The Bailey APAC Knights won the 2017 JPS Middle School Soccer Championship by defeating the Blackburn Jaguars by a score of 4-2. The game was tied at the end of regulation and Bailey won in a shootout. The game was played at Newell Field on Monday, January 23, 2017.  
Callaway High School topped Forest Hill for the 2016 Pepsi/JPS Holiday Basketball Tournament Boys Championship. Awards went to Forest Hill's Kenna Bryant for Sportsmanship and Callaway's John Knight for MVP. The Jim Hill Lady Tigers were runner-ups in the Girls Championship. LeDedra Bryant of Jim Hill won the Sportsmanship Award.
WJMI Circle B Hardwood Heroes of the Week

January 9

Murrah High School's Eric Thornton is the WJMI Circle B Hardwood Hero of the Week nominee for January 9. He had 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals in a win over Clinton High School. Thornton is a 6'2" senior guard on the Mustangs basketball team.

February 6

Anthony Johnson of Provine High School is the WJMI Circle B Hardwood Hero of the Week nominee for February 6. He had 31 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in a win over Callaway High School.
 
February 13

Keshuna Luckett of the Lanier High School Lady Bulldogs and Kassim Nicholson of the Callaway Chargers are the WJMI Circle B Hardwood Hero of the Week nominees for February 13. Luckett had 27 points in a win over Warren Central, and Nicholson had 33 points in a double overtime loss to Meridian.

Each week, Circle B will donate $120 in the name of each nominee to the WJMI Circle B Foods JPS High School basketball fund. At the end of the basketball season, one nominated player will receive $1,800 for their high school basketball program.
JPS NATIONAL ATHLETIC SIGNING DAY

WHAT'S HAPPENING
More than 1,000 parents, community supporters and friends of JPS attended Power APAC's Broadway Revue during its three day run in February. Under the direction of instructor Malaika Quarterman, elementary, middle, and high school theatre students performed scenes from three different Broadway musicals.  
Students at Rowan Achievement Academy Middle School learned about the cultural connections between American and African culture when Nigerian artist Osi Anakor taught his approach to painting. Anakor guided students in creating their own African paintings. 
The Office of Early Childhood hosted Parent Engagement Night for families of the District's pre-K students. Themed "Learning Through Play," the event introduced participants to the Frog Street Curriculum and the power of playful learning and active communications. 
Student council members from Smith Elementary School visited the Mississippi State Capitol in the fall of 2016. Scholars in grades 3-5 who participated in this event were elected by their peers to represent them on the tour, which was guided by Sen. John Horhn.  
Jackson Public Schools hosted the 5th Annual JPS JROTC Military Gala in December at the Jackson Convention Complex. Over 900 cadets, instructors, parents, and others attended the formal event where the guest speaker was Andre Heath of the University of Southern Mississippi.