JACKSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
KEY COMMUNICATOR
SEPTEMBER 2016

SPOTLIGHT

By now most of you are aware of the Commission on School Accreditation's vote to place the district on probation. This decision was primarily based on issues surrounding three core accreditation standards:

1) Graduation requirements
2) Safety
3) and Transportation

The District has 60 days to submit a Corrective Action Plan, but the enhancements are already underway. The JPS administration and Board of Trustees understand that these are serious issues. We are responding as promptly as we can. All of these matters will be resolved.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Town Hall Meetings
 
The JPS Board of Trustees will hold Town Hall Meetings to discuss the District's audit and Corrective Action Plan and to share the academic achievements of our schools.

Upcoming meetings will be held from 6-8 p.m. on the following dates:
  • September 22, Siwell Middle School, 1983 North Siwell Road Jackson
  • September 27, Forest Hill High School, 2607 Raymond Road
  • October 6, Hanging Moss Church of Christ, 5225 Hanging Moss Road
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 - October 4
  • Forest Hill High School - October 24
  • Jim Hill High School - October 12 
  • Lanier High School - October 25
  • Murrah High School - October 11
  • Provine High School - October 19
  • Wingfield High School - October 13
Students may also call Get2College Center for a Saturday appointment on November 5 at (601) 321-5533. >> 
Fall Break

JPS schools and offices will be closed for the Fall Break on  Monday, October 10. >> 
Parent-Teacher Conference Day

JPS Parent-Teacher Conference Day will be held  Tuesday, October 11 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at all JPS schools. This is a good time to check scholars' ABCs-Attendance, Behavior, and Course Performance. No school for students. >> 
CONGRATULATIONS
According to the website, SchoolDigger.com, Davis Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary School is the No. 1 Elementary School in Mississippi based on test scores. Joining them on the list of top schools were Power APAC Elementary (No. 4) and middle schools Bailey APAC (No. 11) and Northwest IB (No. 23). 
Parents for Public Schools of Jackson and the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson recognized four JPS teachers from  as Outstanding Educators. The honorees are Anna Culpepper, Darling King-Shelby, Dr. Delane Lesh and Sholanda Stewart.
Col. Paul Willis, Director of Jackson Public Schools JROTC, was honored by Maj. Gen. Augustus L. Collins, the Adjutant General of the Mississippi National Guard with the prestigious Magnolia Cross award. The award is the highest peacetime award that the Mississippi National Guard can present. 
Jackson Public Schools is proud to announce that Chinelo Bosah Evans, Chief Academic Officer, and Tabatha Kenney, Lead Career and Technical Education Counselor at the Career Development Center, were honored at the Mississippi Business Journal's 2016 50 Leading Business Women awards luncheon
Adrine Williams, a fourth and fifth grade science teacher at Baker Elementary in JPS, was one of four state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Program. She was recognized for the achievement by the State Board of Education in August.
The STEM team at Provine High won first place in the TECHJXN Innovation Summit and Hackathon held this summer. Team members of Sachem Harden-Stamps, Darah Phillips, Nicholas Berry, Alicia Cox and their teacher-mentor, Dr. Michael Anderson, created the DeepTLK app that connects students dealing with issues to counselors and resources.
ATHLETICS
JPS High School Football Highlights
 
SEPTEMBER 8 & 9

Aaron Odom, Callaway: Blitz 16 Player of the Week nominee for 14 tackles, 5 1/2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 5 tackles for loss, and one pass deflection.

CALLAWAY 
40 
FOREST HILL 
20
LANIER
14 
JIM HILL
24
PROVINE
34
MURRAH
14
HEIDELBERG  40  WINGFIELD  42 

SEPTEMBER 2

La'Andre Thomas and Terry Watts, Wingfield: EndZone Play of the Week nominees for long pass for a touchdown. Thomas had 6 touchdowns.

FOREST HILL
33
WINGFIELD
40
MURRAH
25
JIM HILL
24
PROVINE
19
CALLAWAY
35

AUGUST 25 & 26

CALLAWAY 
50
JIM HILL 
16
FOREST HILL 
18
MURRAH
13
PROVINE
46
LANIER
0

AUGUST 19

La'Kenith Thompson, Callaway:
EndZone Play of the Week nominee for 83-yard run to score the winning touchdown, leading to a 27-20 win over the Ridgeland Titans.
 
RIDGELAND 
20 
CALLAWAY 
27 
MURRAH
36
LANIER
13
FOREST HILL 
13
PROVINE
4
WINGFIELD  39  JIM HILL  10 
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.
WHAT'S HAPPENING
 
Did you know that poor school attendance can influence  whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade and that chronic  absence becomes a factor in a student's decision to drop out of school as  early as the sixth grade?

Recognizing the connection between good school attendance and academic achievement, Jackson Public Schools is encouraging everyone to strive for less than five absences. 
First-year teacher Edward Williams is excited to be the first of his cohort to graduate from the Jackson State University (JSU) Call Me MISTER┬« (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) program.  
Williams, who is also a graduate of Murrah High School, teaches 5th grade at John Hopkins Elementary School.
Brown Elementary scholars invited the community, and parents to the grand opening of their Maker Space studio where they demonstrated their STEM skills. The studio was made possible through a grant  from the Toyota USA Foundation and the Mississippi Center for Education Innovation. 
As part of the nationwide Million Father March, the Jackson Public Schools hosted a march on the first day of school. It served as a symbolic action to encourage fathers and male caregivers to take their children to school on the first day. Nearly 800 men participated district-wide by taking their children to school. 
The Junior League of Jackson delivered over 600 backpacks filled with school supplies to JPS students on August 1. The donation was valued at approximately $16,000. League members dropped off the backpacks to students at five Jackson elementary schools-Sykes, Lester, Key, Marshall and Wilkins.  
Merrill Lynch partnered with Lake Elementary to make sure that all scholars have the supplies they need to be successful in school.  The organization delivered over 3,100 school supply items to Lake as well as a $250 Community Volunteer Grant from Bank of America.  
The Jackson State University Lady Tigers soccer team and members of the university's Athletic Academic Enhancement Center staff delivered school supplies to Key Elementary. JSU Athletics held a four-week long supply drive to collect book bags, paper, pencils and pens and other items needed for school.
Rowan Achievement Academy Middle School scholars received backpacks filled with school supplies just in time for the new school year. Pastor Scott Fortenberry and Soul City Church delivered 150 backpacks to the school on before the first day of school in August.
Sixty-three JPS scholars completed
the city of Jackson's Summer Internship Initiative called "Engage, Enlighten, Employ." Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and facilitated by Parents for Public Schools of Jackson, the program develops college- and career-readiness of participants.   
Students from Murrah and Callaway high schools learned video production techniques at a digital media workshop hosted by Mississippi Public Broadcasting. Participants were Artez Gibson, Jerion Keyes, Ishmael Gray, Makallen Kelley, Raha Maxwell, Taylor Sipp, and Milan Walker of Murrah and Jameeka Smith of Callaway.