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 April 2019
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT
JPS SENIOR NAMED U.S. PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR
Ruben Banks

Ruben Manasseh Banks of Jim Hill High School has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholar for 2019. He is one of three Mississippi high school students and 161 high school seniors nationwide making up the 55th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars. These students are recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields. Banks is a 2019 United States Senate Youth Program selectee and a recipient of the 2019 Legion of Valor Bronze Cross Award. For the past year, Banks has served as Brigade Commander over all seven JROTC units in Jackson Public Schools.

EVENTS
 Teacher Appreciation Week - Teachers Are Out of this World
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!

We are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week May 5-11 and National Teacher Day Tuesday, May 7. Be sure to #ThankATeacher this week and help us salute the Out of this World Teachers of Jackson Public Schools.

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POWER APAC ARTS AUDITIONS

Power APAC arts auditions will be held from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, May 11 from 8 a.m.–12 p.m. at the school located at 1120 Riverside Drive. These auditions are for students accepted to Power APAC, Bailey APAC, or Murrah APAC who will be in grades 4-12 in the 2019-2020 school year.

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2019 JPS RETIREMENT CELEBRATION
We will honor our 2018-2019 retirees at a Districtwide Retirement Celebration to be held from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at Kirksey Middle School.

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SALUTE TO SCHOLARS

The 39th Annual Salute to Scholars Program will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, May 20 at Murrah High School. JPS will join the Jackson Council PTA/PTSA to celebrate the top ten graduating seniors from each high school.

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LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

The last day of school for JPS students is Friday, May 24. It will be a 60% school day. Early dismissal times are as follows:

  • Elementary Schools, 12 p.m.
  • Middle Schools, 12:30 p.m.
  • High Schools, 1:30 p.m.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS

JPS high schools will hold commencement activities for graduating seniors Tuesday, May 28 and Wednesday, May 29 at the Mississippi Coliseum located at 1207 Mississippi Street in Jackson.

Tuesday, May 28 Ceremonies

  • Murrah, 1-2 p.m.
  • Provine, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Jim Hill, 4-5 p.m.

Wednesday, May 29 Ceremonies

  • Callaway, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Forest Hill, 3-4 p.m.
  • Wingfield, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Lanier, 6-7 p.m.

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Summer Programs
2019 SUMMER PROGRAMS

Summer camps help students continue to grow academically and socially during the summer months. JPS provides summer school for elementary, middle, and high school students. Click Read More to visit our summer programs page for a variety of enrichment, sports, and arts camps options provided by our community partners.

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NEWS
CAPT. BARRINGTON IRVING HEADLINES SPRING PARENT CONFERENCE
Captain Irving and other program presenters

Captain Barrington Irving headlined the 2019 JPS Spring Parent and Family Engagement Conference. Irving shared his story of breaking barriers to inspire parents to believe in what their children can become. Growing up in low-income areas of Miami where youth like him were more likely to steal cars than build them, a chance encounter with a pilot who became his mentor changed his life's course. Sharing the platform with Irving, were JPS Board President Dr. Jeanne Middleton Hairston and JPS Superintendent Dr. Errick L. Greene. Following the general session, parents attended workshops led by teachers and administrators of JPS.

LAWMAKER SECURES $100,000 FOR CALLAWAY HIGH SCHOOL
 2019 Better Together Commission Report

In the 2019 legislative session, Mississippi lawmakers approved bonding authority in Senate Bill 3049, the Department of Finance and Administration Appropriation Bill. Through this process, Rep. Debra Gibbs secured funding of $100,000 for Callaway High School that will assist the school with a lighting project and related improvements.

FOREST HILL STUDENTS WIN AWARDS AT ART SHOW
Torrieze Bell Brittany Bradley
Torrieze Bell, Best of Show Brittany Bradley, High Merit
 Antwion Leflore  Ashley Thurman
Antwione Leflore, High Merit Ashley Thurman, High Merit

Forest Hill High School senior Torrieze Bell won Best of Show at the Outstanding Artists and Artisans of the Future art show and competition sponsored by the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi. Senior Brittany Bradley and Juniors Antwion Leflore and Ashley Thurman received High Merit awards. Forest Hill had 21 art pieces selected for display and garnered the most awards of the 15 participating high schools.

2019 PARENT OF THE YEAR
Rhoda Yoder, Cheryl Smith, Errick Greene
Casey Elementary grandparent Cheryl Lynne Smith is the 2019 JPS Parent of the Year. Smith has dedicated her time and talents as a volunteer at Casey for the past four years. Due to her background as an artist and art teacher, she has wholeheartedly embraced the arts-integration emphasis of the Whole Schools Initiative. Smith has contributed so much to the school's growth through her artistic skill that she is regarded as Casey's own Artist-in-Residence.
FOREST HILL SENIOR AWARDED RISING STARS AWARD
 Brittany Bradley, Kim Huyler Defibaugh, Josh Drews
The National Art Education Association selected Brittany Bradley of Forest Hill High School to receive the 2019 Rising Stars Secondary Recognition Award. This program promotes art education as a career by recognizing talented, active National Art Honor Society members. Bradley is the current president of her school's National Art Honor Society chapter. She plans to attend Mississippi College in the fall and become an art teacher in JPS when she graduates.
JPS SCHOLARS PLACE AT REGIONAL & STATE SCIENCE FAIRS
 Jim Hill Region II Science Fair participants

Overall, 96 JPS students earned first through sixth place in their categories at the Region II Science Fair. Jim Hill High School students won 50 percent of all awards presented at the regional fair and has been recognized for having the most 11th and 12th grade winners for the past 18 years. First through third place winners in grades 7-12 qualified for the State Science Fair. State Fair participants included 15 students from Jim Hill. Ten of them placed in six different categories.

2019 MSEF State & Region II Science Fair Results

JPS UNVEILS 2019-2020 ORGANIZATIONAL CHART

Building Stronger Schools Together - Jackson Public Schools JPS Superintendent Dr. Errick L. Greene proposed and the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a plan to restructure the District. Greene presented to the Board six leadership positions that will be significantly revised or newly created effective July 1.

"These positions are largely focused on our efforts to transform teaching and learning in Jackson Public Schools and begin to provide the structures necessary for greater effectiveness and alignment to the needs of the District," said Dr. Greene.

BOARD APPROVES TWO NEW ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENTS
 Kathleen Grigsby and Dionne Woody
Dr. Kathleen Grigsby and Mrs. Dionne Woody have been appointed to serve as Elementary Assistant Superintendents in the 2019-2020 school year. Dr. Grigsby is the principal of Barack Obama Magnet School. She was named the JPS Administrator of the Year in 2018. Mrs. Woody is the principal of Key Elementary. She was the 2016 JPS Administrator of the Year.
JPS HOSTS TRAINING FOR SCHOOL IT & ED TECH PROS
 Presentation for instructional technology staff
A team from Microsoft Education conducted sessions for school IT and education technology professionals. The sessions covered device management and security and integrating technology in the classroom and were presented by. Microsoft and CDWG. Participants came from school districts across the state as well as within JPS.
WALTON & MOUNTAIN DEW MULTIPLICATION CHALLENGE
 Walton boy against Marilyn of Mountain Dew
Fourth-grade students at Walton Elementary prevailed against Mountain Dew in the "Are You Smarter Than Mountain Dew?" Multiplication Challenge. The contest is a fun way for school adopters Mountain Dew to spur the students to success on state tests and develop their interest in mathematics.
ATHLETICS
 
 JPS ATHLETICS – WWW.JACKSON.K12.MS.US/ATHLETICS
 
MICHAEL D. JOHNSON SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE AWARDED
Four JPS seniors will be awarded scholarships through the Michael D. Johnson Foundation following the 2019 MDJ Walk/Run on Saturday, June 1. One $1,500 grand scholarship and three $250 book scholarships will be presented to these deserving student-athletes. The event will include a free health screening and a kickball game. Refreshments will also be provided.
99 JAMS & CIRCLE B FOODS PRESENT CHECK TO CALLAWAY HIGH
Representatives from Callaway basketball team, JPS athletics, WJMI and Circle B Foods
99 Jams and Circle B Foods showed up at Callaway High School on March 29 to present an $1,800 check to go toward the school's basketball program. The donation was made in honor of sophomore standout Daeshun Ruffin.
LANIER WINS JPS HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP
Lanier tennis team
Congratulations to the Lanier High School tennis team on winning the 2018-2019 JPS High School Championship. The Bulldog boys and girls outscored their opponents in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles.
BRINKLEY WINS JPS MIDDLE SCHOOL TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP
The Brinkley Middle School Eagles tennis team defeated the Peeples Hornets by a score of 3-2 to capture the 2018-2019 JPS Middle School Tennis Championship. 
BOARD HIGHLIGHTS
APRIL 2, 2019
Forest Hill High School seniors Brittany Bradley and Torrieze Bell were recognized by Superintendent Dr. Errick L. Greene at the April 2 School Board Meeting. These students have excelled in the visual arts. Bradley is a recipient of the 2019 Rising Stars Secondary Recognition Award presented to an elite few high school students by the National Art Education Association. Bell won Best of Show at the Outstanding Artists and Artisans of the Future art show and competition sponsored by the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi.
APRIL 16, 2019

Still video with crew members Paul and Asia

Click to watch the CDC students' presentation to the Board.

JPS Superintendent Dr. Errick L. Greene praised the accomplishments of JPS Career Development Center students at the April 16 Board meeting. Members of the CDC's Technology Student Association, Jonathan McWilliams and Ronnia Townsend, represented the group in a presentation to the Board. A number of the students placed at regional and state TSA competitions allowing them to compete nationally. For his first place win in Digital Video Production, McWilliams also won a scholarship. 15 members of the team will travel to Washington D.C. this summer to attend the National Technology Student Association Conference to be held June 28-July 2. Call the Career Development Center at (601) 960-5322 to find out how you can help them get to D.C.
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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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