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MARCH/APRIL 2017

ANNOUNCEMENTS
JPS Kindergarten Roundup Day

The Office of Early Childhood is hosting the Kindergarten Roundup Transition to Kindergarten Day for future kindergarten scholars and their parents. Events will be held Tuesday, April 11  and Wednesday, April 12 from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. each day at various JPS elementary schools . >>  
JPS Summer Reading Celebration

JPS and Read On Jackson will kick off the 2017 Summer Reading Program on Thursday, April 13 at Blackburn Middle School. The event will feature JPS Interim Superintendent Dr. Freddrick Murray and the 2017 Read On Ambassador, Brittany Noble-Jones of WJTV News Channel 12 as well as the Jackson State University Sonic Boom Drumline and the Middle School Summer Reading Motivation Showdown. >> 
Easter Break

JPS schools and offices will be closed Friday, April 14 and Monday, April 17 for Easter break. >>  
Kindergarten Roundup Parent Nights

The Office of Early Childhood is hosting Kindergarten Roundup Parent Nights for parents of children entering kindergarten next school year. These events will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 18-27. >> 
JPS Spring Job Fair

Jackson Public Schools is hosting a Job Fair for prospective teachers, bus drivers, and cafeteria workers. The event is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.   Saturday, April 22 at Cardozo Middle School located at 3180 McDowell Road Ext. To apply and see new job openings, visit www.jackson.k12.ms.us/Employment. >>  
Family Literacy Day

Jackson Public Schools and partners present Family Literacy Day, Saturday, April 22  from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex located at 105 E. Pascagoula Street. The first 100 families will receive free autographed books. Activities include special performances, workshops, food and refreshments. >>  
Pre-K and Kindergarten Online Registration

Online registration is underway for new kindergarten students and begins on Tuesday, April 18 for pre-kindergarten students . Online registration for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students ends on Wednesday, May 24. To find your school, call Transportation at (601) 973-8513 or Enrollment Services at (601) 960-8852.  >>  
High School Graduations

JPS high schools will hold commencement activities for graduating seniors on Monday, May 22 and Tuesday, May 23. Graduation practices and ceremonies will take place at the Mississippi Coliseum located at 1207 Mississippi Street in Jackson. Graduation ceremonies will be available to purchase on DVD for $10 each.  >>   
2017-2018 District Calendar 

Highlights of the District Calendar for next school year are below. See the full 2017-2018 District Calendar At-A-Glance.

August 8, 2017 First Day for Students 
September 4, 2017 Labor Day (Districtwide Closure)
October 9, 2017 Parent-Teacher Conference Day (No School for Students)
November 20-24, 2017 Thanksgiving Break (Districtwide Closure)
December 21, 2017 Winter Break Begins (60% Day for Students)
December 22, 2017-January 4, 2018 Holiday Break (Districtwide Closure)
January 15, 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Districtwide Closure)
February 19, 2018 Parent-Teacher Conference Day (No School for Students)
March 12-16, 2018 Spring Break (Districtwide Closure)
March 30 & April 2, 2018 Easter Break (Districtwide Closure)
May 21 & 22, 2018 Graduation (School Days for All Students)
May 23, 2018 Last Day for Students (60% Day) 
May 28, 2018 Memorial Day (Districtwide Closure)
   
CONGRATULATIONS
JPS Career Development Center students created a national award-winning app. Called Be the Plug 4 Ya Community, the app helps students find STEM-related community work. Verizon presented the team with $5,000 and tablet devices for their Best in State win. 
The Mississippi Museum of Art honored winners of The Scholastic Art Awards of Mississippi Regional Competition. Students from Forest Hill, Murrah and Power APAC had 68 winning artworks-11 Gold Key, 12 Silver Key, and 44 Honorable Mention. Power APAC's Lucie Cooper and Charles Rounds received National Silver Medal Awards. 
The Rotary Club of Jackson presented Teacher of the Quarter Awards to three JPS educators for excellence in the profession and implementation of PBIS practices. The third quarter honorees are: Anna Hamilton, Power APAC; Tracey Frazier, McWillie Elementary; Adrienne Fleming, Hardy Middle.
The 2016-2017 season has been an outstanding one for Murrah High School's Speech and Debate team. From September to March, the Mustangs have attended 16 tournaments, traveling over 4,000 miles across Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Georgia.
Rahzizi Ishakarah, a 2016 graduate of the Power APAC, won Best of Show in the Picture Freedom Art Contest. Power APAC students Chrystian Butler, Victoria Wright, and Ashton Hill-were finalists in the nationwide visual arts contest. Their works will be on exhibit at the Cincinnati Freedom Center through September 2017.
Ten JPS high school students earned a unique opportunity as winners of the fourth annual Nissan Resume Challenge. Partnering with Nissan, The 100 Black Men of Jackson provided an all-expenses paid trip to tour Nissan's headquarters and plant and to meet Resume Challenge winners from five other states. 
Wilkins Elementary Academic Tutor Kalvin Randall is a National LifeChanger of the Year nominee. The national LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes school educators and employees who are making a difference for students by showing excellence, positivity and leadership.
Blackburn Laboratory Middle School band instructor Cedric Eubanks has been nominated for the national LifeChanger of the Year Award. Eubanks has worked in music education for more than 20 years, most of them at Blackburn.
Kayla Pippins of Callaway High was named the 2017 JPS JROTC Cadet of the Year. The 2017 school-level Cadets of the Year are Tiffany Bryant, Lanier; Adrianna Cooper, Murrah; RaQuan Young, Wingfield; Tasha Conerly, Forest Hill; Mike Ragsdale, Provine; and  N'Waynah Littleton, Jim Hill.
Several schools and their partners were recognized during the 15th annual MAPE Governor's Awards Luncheon. Power APAC and its partners received a Governor's Award of Distinction for the "Kids in Motion - Minds in Motion" sustainable playground project. Three schools received PREPS Value Added awards. 
Power APAC Theatre arts received several awards for their performance at the 2017 Mississippi Theatre Association Competition. Their one-act show, "The Colored Museum," by George C. Wolfe was reviewed as one of the top shows seen at the festival.  
The JPS Office of Partners in Education recognized its community partners and contributors at the 2017 Highlight Awards Breakfast. Steven James of Allstate presented the Allstate Outstanding Partnership Award to the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  
Forest Hill High School seniors Sylvionna Horton and Martio Silas scored a 30 on the reading portion of the ACT. Both Martio and Sylvionna achieved composite scores above the national average-Martio scored a 21 and Sylvionna 26. Still, these high-achievers intend to test again to increase their composite scores.  
More than 130 JPS gifted students competed in the 2017 Open Doors Chess Tournament. Kirksey Middle and Casey Elementary were the first place school winners. Power APAC and Davis IB were second and third place elementary school winners respectively. 
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ATHLETICS
The Jim Hill Lady Tigers claimed the 2017 JPS Girls Track Championship. The Murrah Lady Mustangs were runners-up. The Forest Hill Patriots won the 2017 JPS Boys Track Championship. The Callaway Chargers were runners-up. 
The Murrah High School Mustangs baseball team defeated the Greenville Hornets by a score of 12-2 to capture the 2017 Spring Break Tournament Title. Eric Murphy and Kelvin Goss are the Mustangs coaches.  
Eric Thornton of Murrah High School was named the 2016-2017 Circle B Hardwood Hero of the Year. Thornton was nominated the Circle B Player of Week twice this season. 99 JAMS WJMI along with Circle B and Monogram Foods presented the Murrah basketball program with a check for $1,800
Provine High School soccer player Tytianna Coleman signed with the Southwest Mississippi Community College Bears on Monday, February 27. It was the first scholarship signing for a girls soccer player from the school. 
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Hardy Middle held its annual Health Career Fair for students in March. Participants learned about the skills, training and education they need to enter the health care field. The fair engaged students through interactive exhibits, hands-on experiences, career presentations, and talks with industry representatives.  
The Barbara Bush Foundation will provide three more years of support for Teen Trendsetters™ in Jackson Public Schools. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation will provide funding for the program that pairs middle and high school mentors with first through third graders to improve proficiency in reading.   
Former Miss Jim Hill High School Jazstiny Jackson was featured in a national campaign to promote state colleges. Jackson is an elementary education major at the Mississippi University for Women. The school joined a national campaign that raises awareness about the value of state colleges and universities.   
Jackson Public Schools has partnered with 100 Black Men of Jackson, Inc. to launch an after-school program to prepare students for upcoming state assessments. The program focuses on boosting skills of students who show the greatest academic promise. The value of the five-week program is $28,000. 
Wingfield FAME (fine arts, athletics, mechanics, and engineering) students joined the Mississippi Youth Media Project (YMP) for training on writing, video, podcasting, photography, and web design. FAME scholars meet once a week for media training and mentoring with YMP staffers.
Key Elementary held a school-wide program themed "Making a Better Tomorrow." First- and second-grade scholars introduced the audience to black inventors that helped shape America.  Students recited the Countee Cullen poem, "Hey, Black Child" and sang songs as part of the celebration. 
Springhill Suites hotel manager Jimmy Stuart delivered art supplies to Power APAC to be used by fourth- and fifth-grade art students. Principal Dr. Marlynn Martin and instructor Pam Kinsey accepted the presentation, thanking Stuart and Springhill Suites for the donation of supplies.