JACKSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
KEY COMMUNICATOR
MAY 2017
ANNOUNCEMENTS

The last day of school for students is   Wednesday, May 24. It will be a 60% day with dismissal times as follows:
  • Elementary schools at 12 p.m.
  • Middle schools at 12:30 p.m.
  • High schools at 1 p.m.

The last day of school for JPS teachers is  Friday, May 26 .

All JPS schools and offices will be closed  Monday, May 29 for the Memorial Day holiday.

Jackson Public Schools and its partners in Read On Jackson will hold a Summer Reading Parent Orientation on Saturday, June 3 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Mississippi Children's Museum. Museum admission is free during the workshop. Summer reading books will be provided for the first 25 attendees. For more information, call (601) 960-8872.

The Office of Partners in Education will begin taking orders for High School Graduation DVDs on Monday, June 5. DVDs are $10 each. For more information, call JPS Partners in Education, (601) 960-8905 or JPS Instructional Television, (601) 960-8898. Complete the Graduation DVD Order Form. 

All JPS schools and offices will be closed July 3-7 for the Independence Day break. 

Registration for new and returning JPS students begins Tuesday, July 11. Any student who attended a JPS school in 2016-2017 is considered a returning student. Parents/guardians must make an initial visit to the school in their attendance zone in order to receive a Snapcode, which must be used to complete the online registration process. To locate their attendance zone, parents/guardians may contact Transportation at (601) 973-8513 or Enrollment Services at (601) 960-8852. 
READ ON, JPS!
Make summer reading fun and easy. Get required and recommended reading lists, activity logs and more using the available on our Summer Reading page
CONGRATULATIONS
Nine JPS high school students were profiled recently in the Jackson Free Press. Eight of the students appeared in the magazine's annual Amazing Teens feature. Joshua Mannery, a standout at Murrah High School was profiled as a Jacksonian.  
MURRAH CHOIR SHINES AT FESTIVAL OF GOLD
Brianna Jefferson and Mary Sampson, seniors at Murrah High School, received $5,000 Dave Cannada Scholarships. The awards were presented during a surprise schoolwide assembly featuring Scholarship Chair William Reed and notable alum Councilman Melvin Priester Jr.  
JIM HILL CONTINUES TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE AT 2017 SCIENCE FAIRS
Forty-two of the scholars from Jim Hill High School attended the Region II Science Fair received awards, representing 87 percent of awards presented at the fair. Thirty-nine students advanced to the State Science Fair and 25 of them received statewide honors. 
BATES ELEMENTARY MOTHER NAMED 2017 PARENT OF THE YEAR
Shalonda Coleman of Bates Elementary School is the 2017 JPS Parent of the Year. She is the mother of a fourth-grade student at Bates and a college student at Jackson State University. She works for the Mississippi Department of Education in the Office of Healthy Schools. She believes that when parents are involved in their children's education, children succeed at higher rates.
JPS JROTC HOSTS 30TH ANNUAL CADET PASS IN REVIEW CEREMONY
High school Scholastic Excellence Award recipients were Tiffany Bryant, Lanier; Kiara Smith, Murrah; Shamia Thompson, Wingfield; Mikala Sims, Callaway; Tasha Conerly, Forest Hill; Carmen Younger, Provine; and N'Waynah Littleton, Jim Hill. Christopher Washington of Powell Middle school received the Academic Excellence Award.
FOREST HILL ART PHENOM WINS MULTIPLE STATE, NATIONAL ART CONTESTS
Forest Hill High School senior Jeremy Donahue won two of the highest art awards in the state and one of the highest in the nation. His work "Man Eater" won a Gold Key Award in the Scholastic Art Awards of Mississippi Regional Competition. It went on to receive a National Gold Medal. 
LANIER JROTC TOP CADET WINS NATIONAL ESSAY CONTEST
Lanier High School Cadet Lt. Col. Tiffany Bryant won first place in the U.S. Army JROTC National Essay Contest themed "Service to Others." She will be recognized at the JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl Awards in June.
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ATHLETICS
The Cardozo Lions defeated the Brinkley Eagles by a score of 3-2 to win the 2017 Middle School Tennis Championship. Cardozo was the South Division Champion and Brinkley was the North Division Champion. The championship was played at Tennis Center South. The Lions head coach is Rodney Phillips.
Wingfield Lady Falcons basketball player Briana Thompson accepted a full scholarship to attend Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in the fall. She is a senior point guard and averaged 20 points, 3 steals, and 5 assists per game last season.
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WHAT'S HAPPENING
Vision To Learn and Jackson Public Schools have partnered to provide free eye care to K-12 students in Jackson Public Schools. Vision To Learn will provide vision screenings to every child in the District. Students who need glasses will receive them at school within two weeks free or charge.
Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex celebrated the completion of its new playground with a a ribbon-cutting ceremony. They named the project "Kids in Motion-Minds in Motion" based on research that suggests students who are active physically are healthier and better learners.  
Brinkley Middle School students gained an understanding of global economics at an International Summit held in April. Mississippi College and the Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE) hosted the event. There were 20 teens making up six Brinkley teams on world economics at the event. 
About 200 volunteers showed up at Spann Elementary to beautify the school's grounds. Over a three-day period, the group undertook a major clean-up effort, including pressure washing, painting and landscaping. The beautification project was part of Comcast Cares Day. 
Four Provine High School students participated in the University of Southern Mississippi's iD8 Hackathon. Nya Hatcher, Erica Peyton, Krislyn Sutton and Darrah Phillips created a social app called #MeltingPot. Provine teachers Krystal Chatman and Stephanie Hatcher served as their coding mentors. 
Jackson Public Schools kicked off the Summer Reading Program with a celebration at Blackburn Middle School. Middle school students challenged each other with a Summer Reading Motivation Showdown. The 2017 Read On Ambassador is Brittany Noble-Jones of WJTV News Channel 12. 
Murrah High School hosted its first Sports and Wellness Academy Health Fair in partnership with the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Students from the academy conducted screenings on more than 300 of their classmates.
 
New Stage Theatre made stops at JPS schools with in-school performances of "Oh Freedom, the Story of the Underground Railroad." The program reached more than 400 students at Blackburn Middle and Wingfield and Forest Hill High schools.
The JPS Environmental Learning Center held its 20th Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo in April. Awards were presented for largest fish by type in two divisions and for most fish caught. Aleceyah Hick of Bates Elementary was the overall winner for the Most Fish Caught with nine fish.