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COMING EVENTS

TEACHER JOB FAIR

Jackson Public Schools is looking for certified teachers. A Job Fair for teachers will be held on Saturday, December 8 from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. at Kirksey Middle School located at 5677 Highland Drive. To apply for vacancies, go to our Online Application. For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources at (601) 960–8745.

MAGNET PROGRAMS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS 

The application period for JPS Magnet Programs for the 2019-2020 school year is still open. Interested students and parents may submit applications through December 12 at 12 p.m. This application is for the magnet programs in APAC, Arts Access, IB, at all grade levels. For more information, call the Office of Advanced Learning Programs at (601) 960-8310.

EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL IMPORTANT EVENTS

The Early College High School is located on the campus of Tougaloo College, 500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo, MS. For more information, call (601) 977-6160.

WINTER BREAK

Winter Break begins with a 60% day at JPS schools on Friday, December 21. Dismissal times are 12 p.m. for elementary schools, 12:30 p.m. for middle schools, and 1 p.m. for high schools. All JPS schools and offices will be closed from December 24–January 4. Teachers and staff return for Professional Development Day on Monday, January 7. Students return on Tuesday, January 8.

BETTER TOGETHER COMMISSION RELEASES REPORT FROM STUDY OF JACKSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Better Together Commission

On Thursday, November 29, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba, the Jackson Public School District (JPS) and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, in conjunction with the Better Together Commission, released findings from the student-centered study of the district.

"One of the things that is clear from these findings and from our conversations with the community is that we have a multitude of assets and opportunities we can use to improve how we serve students and support parents," said Dr. Errick L. Greene, JPS superintendent. "We have a wealth of information we can use to prioritize and plan for the future—a future we can only achieve if everyone in the community remains invested in the success of our students and our schools."

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JIM HILL JROTC CADET RECEIVES LEGION OF VALOR BRONZE CROSS AWARD

August Collins, Ruben Banks, Paul WillisCadet Col. Ruben Banks of Jim Hill High School received the 2018-2019 Legion of Valor Bronze Cross Award for Achievement. Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Augustus L. Collins, former Mississippi Adjutant General, presented the award to Banks on November 6.

Banks is one of only two JROTC cadets from the state of Mississippi to earn the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross Award for Achievement this school year. 

Banks is a senior at Jim Hill High School. He is currently serving as the Cadet Brigade Commander for Jackson Public Schools. 

'PINOCCHIO' COMES TO LIFE FOR STUDENTS AT BAKER ELEMENTARY

New Stage Theatre brought 'Pinocchio' to Baker Elementary School in October. The show was part of the company's Arts-in-Education statewide touring program. The troupe put on two shows for the school, which has an enrollment of 282 students in grades pre-K–5. The school's adopter, the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz, sponsored the performance.

Students interacted with the cast as they followed Pinocchio's quest to become a real boy. They learned the importance of being truthful, selfless and kind to others. The 50-minute production was adapted by playwright Greg Banks. Sharon Miles of New Stage was the director. Cast members were Cherry Rendel, Hayden Schubert, Jordan Williams, and Sarah Coleman.

WINNERS OF THE JPS OPEN DOORS SCRABBLE TOURNAMENT

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 JPS Open Doors Scrabble Tournament. Casey Elementary won first place overall winner for the elementary division, and Northwest Jackson Middle School won first place overall for the middle school division.

Grade 4

  • 1st Place – Elmer Gordon, Casey Elementary
  • 2nd Place – Miles Hansen, Power APAC Elementary
  • 3rd Place – James Davis, Key Elementary

Grade 5

  • 1st Place – Reagan Huddleston, Casey Elementary
  • 2nd Place – Georgia Mason, Power APAC Elementary
  • 3rd Place – Harrison Martin, Power APAC Elementary

Grade 6

  • 1st Place – Cohen Siwisa, Northwest Middle
  • 2nd Place – Evan Holmes, Bailey APAC Middle
  • 3rd Place – Khadarius Johnson, Northwest Middle

Grade 7

  • 1st Place – Joshua Bennett, Northwest Middle
  • 2nd Place – Jamira Handy, Northwest Middle
UNIQUE DESIGNS OF FOREST HILL ART STUDENTS TO ADORN 'MISSISSIPPI TREE' AT NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

Forest Hill art students holding their ornamentsForest Hill High School is one of 56 secondary schools across the country selected to create one-of-a-kind ornaments for the 2018 National Christmas Tree Lighting experience. Only one school per state is selected for this national honor. The Forest Hill art students produced 24 ornaments that they will send to the National Park Service. Their handiwork will adorn the tree representing the state of Mississippi as part of the America Celebrates display.

The 96th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony took place on November 28.

Watch JPS News Brief on the JPS ITV YouTube Channel!

JPS-PEPSI HOLIDAY BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT 

The 2018 Pepsi-JPS Holiday Basketball Tournament will be held December 26–28. Boys and girls teams will play 30 or more games as they compete for the 2018 title. Tournament games will be played at three JPS sites: Forest Hill High School, Lanier High School, and Murrah High School. The Semi-Finals and Championship Games will be held on the campus of Jackson State University in the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center. For more information, visit JPS Athletics (www.jackson.k12.ms.us/Athletics) or call (601) 960-8825.

See the Pepsi-JPS Holiday Basketball Tournament Schedule.
JPS ATHLETES NAMED TO CLARION LEDGER BASKETBALL DANDY DOZEN

Congratulations to these five JPS student-athletes who have been named to the 2018-2019 Clarion Ledger Basketball Dandy Dozen.

  • Keshuna Luckett, Lanier – guard, 5-8, senior
  • Marc Evans, Forest Hill – guard, 6-4, senior
  • Keondre Montgomery, Forest Hill – forward, 6-7, junior
  • Daeshun Ruffin, Callaway – guard, 5-9, sophomore
  • Earl Smith, Lanier – guard, 6-3, senior
Hardwood Heroes of the Week for November

Keshuna Luckett of Lanier High School is the Hardwood Hero of the Week for November 12. Luckett is a 5-9 senior guard for the Lady Bulldogs. In two games the week of November 5, she averaged 31 points and 11 rebounds. She scored 35 points against Meridian and 28 points against Forest Hill.

Earl Smith of Lanier High School is the Hardwood Hero of the Week for November 19. Smith is a 6-3 senior guard for the Lanier Bulldogs. He scored 30 points and made 8 rebounds in a win over Provine.

Daeshun Ruffin of Callaway High School is the Hardwood Hero of the Week for November 26. Ruffin is a 5-9 sophomore guard for the Callaway Chargers. He averaged 20 points in games against Memphis East and Huntsville high schools.

Circle B will donate $120 in the athletes' names to the WJMI Circle B Brand Foods JPS High School Basketball Fund. At the end of the season, one nominated player will be randomly selected to receive $1,800 for their high school basketball program.

WHITTEN EAGLES WIN 2018 JPS MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Whitten football team

The Whitten Eagles defeated the Brinkley Eagles 22–20 for the JPS Middle School Football Championship on October 23 at South Jackson Field. Brinkley won the North Division Championship and Whitten won the South Division Championship to qualify for the citywide title. The Whitten Eagles are led by Head Coach Charles Stasher. Members of his coaching staff include James Holden, assistant coach; Karrol Thomas, offensive coordinator; and Moses Bates III, defensive coordinator.

 Watch JPS Board Meetings on the JPS ITV YouTube Channel!


 JPS School Board

Dr. Jeanne Middleton Hairston, President • Dr. Edward D. Sivak Jr., Vice President
Ms. Barbara T. Hilliard, Secretary • Mr. Frank Figgers, Member
Ms. Letitia S. Johnson, Member • 
Ms. Andrea Jones-Davis, Member
Dr. Robert Luckett, Member


JPS Superintendent

Dr. Errick L. Greene, Superintendent

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