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 JPS Key Communicator – May/June 2019
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Happy 4th of July
INDEPENDENCE DAY

In observance of the Independence Day holiday, all JPS schools and offices will be closed July 1–5.

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EARLY REGISTRATION

Early registration for the 2019-2020 school year is underway through Friday, July 12. Visit the Office of Enrollment Services located in the Poindexter Complex at 1017 Robinson Street. Hours are 7:45 a.m.–4 p.m. each day. Call (601) 960-8852 for information.

The first day of school for JPS students is Tuesday, August 7.

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SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM
School-aged children ages 18 and younger may enjoy lunch meals at no cost this summer. Meals will be served at 12 JPS school sites from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each day. The JPS Summer Food Service Program ends Friday, July 12. Click Read More below for dates, locations and menus.

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ADULT EDUCATION NIGHT CLASSES

Interested in improving job skills or learning a new hobby? The JPS Career Development Center will be holding registration night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16 on the CDC campus located at 2703 First Avenue.

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Jackson Public Schools Summer Teachers' Institute
SUMMER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ALERT!

Jackson Public Schools will host the Summer Teachers' Institute July 29–31 at the Jackson Hilton on County Line Road. The institute is for all JPS pre-K through 12th-grade teachers. For more information, call (601) 960-8355.

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OUTSTANDING EDUCATORS
JPS APPOINTS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CLIMATE & WELLNESS
Amanda Thomas

Ms. Amanda Thomas has been named Executive Director of Climate and Wellness. Thomas, who has been with the District more than 20 years, previously served as the Director of Multi-Tiered System of Supports. In her new role, she will steward the newly envisioned Office of Climate and Wellness.

TWO NEW ADMINISTRATORS JOIN TEAM JPS FOR 2019-2020
 2019 Better Together Commission Report

Jackson Public Schools welcomes Ms. Pamela Franklin who has been appointed to serve as an Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Schools and Dr. Kymyona Burk who will serve as the Executive Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning. Their roles become effective July 1 for the 2019-2020 school year.

PECAN PARK PRINCIPAL HONORED AS PRACTITIONER OF DISTINCTION
Practitioners of Distinction

The University of Mississippi School of Education honored Pecan Park Elementary Principal Wanda Quon (2nd from left) as a Practitioner of Distinction during a recent awards ceremony. The award was created to recognize current practitioners in teaching, leadership, counseling and higher education who have made exemplary and measurable impact within the profession.

JPS EDUCATOR SELECTED FOR TWO ADMINISTRATOR AWARDS
Dr. Kathleen Grigsby
Jackson State University and Mississippi College have selected Dr. Kathleen Grigsby as their recipient of the Mississippi Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Outstanding Administrator Award 2018-2019. This honor is bestowed upon one individual at each of the 15 colleges/universities in the state of Mississippi annually. She will receive her awards at MCATE's annual awards ceremony to be held Monday, July 8 during the Elevate Teachers Conference.

 

National Board Certified Teachers

SCHOLARSHIP FOR NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION

The Mississippi Department of Education is excited to partner with the Mississippi Professional Educators Association to support 250 new candidates with "seed money" to become National Board Certified Teachers with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The application deadline is Friday, August 23.

Download the NBCT Diverse Practitioner Scholarship Guidelines and Application (PDF).

CAMPUS ENFORCEMENT DEPUTY CHIEF NAMED METRO TOP COP
 Zetta Hoskins
Deputy Chief Zetta Hoskins was named a Jackson Metro Top Cop for 2019. She was recognized during the Police Memorial and Appreciation Day Luncheon in May. The Top Cop recognition was based on Hoskins' achievements in her role as head of the School Safety Division.
BEST WISHES & FAREWELL TO OUR 2019 JPS RETIREES
 JPS retiree Joe Bryant and Dr. Errick L. Greene

Congratulations to the 89 JPS employees who retired this school year. The Districtwide Retirement Celebration and Reception was held to honor them and their contributions to the mission of Jackson Public Schools.

CELEBRATING OUR SCHOLARS
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2019

Valedictorians & Salutatorians

Mikenzi Laaster Alyssa Riddley Andrea Milton Rodreekas Bush
CALLAWAY
Mikenzi Laster, Valedictorian
CALLAWAY
Alyssa Riddley,
Salutatorian
FOREST HILL
Andrea Milton,
Valedictorian
FOREST HILL
Rodreekas Bush,
Salutatorian
Manuel Campbell Jocelyn Greene Sabastian Robinson Makyla Simmons
JIM HILL
Manuel Campbell,
Valedictorian
JIM HILL
Jocelyn Greene,
Salutatorian
LANIER
Sabastian Robinson,
Valedictorian
LANIER
Makyla Simmons,
Salutatorian
Kelcie Bolden Kaitlyn Fowler Shanean Dille Andre Cox
MURRAH
Kelcie Bolden,
Valedictorian
MURRAH
Kaitlyn Fowler,
Salutatorian
PROVINE
Shanean Dille,
Valedictorian
PROVINE
Andre Cox,
Salutatorian
Bridgett Moore Shamia Thompson
WINGFIELD
Bridgett Moore,
Valedictorian
WINGFIELD
Shamia Thompson,
Salutatorian

Scholarship & Graduate Totals

School Scholarships Graduates
Callaway $2,728,116 180
Forest Hill $1,866,720 246
Jim Hill $18,793,815 246
Lanier $637,000 120
Murrah $7,248,000 284
Provine $774,404 238
Wingfield $1,697,860 146
TOTAL $33,745,915 1,460

Photo Gallery: 2019 High School Graduations

SALUTE TO TOP TEN SCHOLARS
 JPS Superintendent Dr. Errick L. Greene and student honoree

The top ten scholars of the Jackson Public Schools class of 2019 are as follows:

CALLAWAY
  • Kirstyn Banks
  • Aleaxus Barney
  • Jadyn Bradley
  • Evelyn Henderson
  • Nijah Horn
  • Antwoine Kitchen
  • Mikenzi Laster
  • Cameron Lazard
  • Alyssa Riddley
  • Robyn Turner
FOREST HILL
  • Brittany Bradley
  • Rodreekas Bush
  • Marc Evans
  • Albert Jackson
  • Jimmie Lee III
  • Candace Mayfield
  • Andrea Milton
  • Litzy Trejo
  • Casiah Watson
  • Jorelyn Wilson
JIM HILL
  • Ruben Banks
  • Manuel Campbell
  • Terace Donaldson
  • Jalisea Finch
  • Christopher Gardner
  • Jocelyn Greene
  • Adora Guice
  • Jayla Holloway
  • Jaina Johnson
  • Kaila Love
LANIER
  • NyKia Brown
  • Jamauria Davis
  • Joseph Jiles
  • Blair Lee
  • Myrekal Payton
  • Keyshawn Robinson
  • Lillyunna Robinson
  • Sabastian Robinson
  • Makyla Simmons
  • Daniel Wynn
MURRAH
  • Jaalyn Alexander
  • Victoria Baker
  • Kelcie Bolden
  • Kilando Chambers
  • Ava Davis
  • Selena Dixon
  • Kaitlyn Fowler
  • Armand Grant
  • Aja Purvis
  • Jayden Smith
PROVINE
  • Eriona Banks
  • Diamond Cornelius
  • Andre Cox
  • Shanean Dille
  • Philandra Green
  • Patrick Johnson Jr.
  • Markesa Lee
  • Ro'Darien Pendleton
  • Erica Peyton
  • Alondra Reyes
WINGFIELD
  • Lois Brown
  • Precious Brown
  • Shamaria Cattenhead
  • Akira Ellis
  • Shauntea Kelly
  • Yasmine Lyons
  • Anahja'Nai Moore
  • Bridgett Moore
  • Shamia Thompson
  • Jamectria Williams
   
40 JPS STUDENTS WIN SCHOLASTIC ART AWARDS
 Black and white print of woman eating mango
Jackson Public Schools had nearly 40 students recognized for more than 100 outstanding works of art in the 2019 Scholastic Art Awards-Mississippi Regional Competition. The winning students represented three JPS schools: Forest Hill High School, Power APAC and Murrah High School. A piece by Forest Hill junior Edgardo Urbano was a regional American Visions Nominee. Pictured above, the work is titled "Disfrutando este Mango con Chamoy en el Mercado (Enjoying the Mango with Chamoy in the Market)." American Visions Nominees represent the "Best of Show" among Gold Key-winning works.
WEST JACKSON ROTARY CLUB PROVIDES SUMMER READING BOOKS
 Lake students and educators with members of West Jackson Rotary
The Rotary Club of West Jackson delivered summer reading books to rising kindergarten through fifth-grade students at Lake Elementary School. The organization provided a total of 316 books to the school to help students meet their summer reading requirement. This was enough books for each student to receive his or her own copy to read during the summer.  
School Nurses Needed - Must be registered nurses. - Apply online today - www.jackson.k12.ms.us.
ATHLETICS
 
 JPS ATHLETICS – WWW.JACKSON.K12.MS.US/ATHLETICS
 
SCHOLARSHIPS HONOR MEMORY OF MURRAH GRAD
Michael D. Johnson scholarship staff, winners and supporters
Winners of the Michael D. Johnson Memorial Scholarship were announced as part of a 5K Walk/Run event held the first Saturday in June. Forest Hill basketball standout Rodreekas Bush won the grand scholarship of $1,500. Hayley Craddieth of Murrah and Jordan Holt of Jim Hill each won $250 book scholarships. Awarded annually to JPS senior athletes, the scholarships honor the memory of Michael D. Johnson, a Murrah graduate whose promising future was cut short by a drunk driver shortly after his high school graduation in 2005.
BOARD HIGHLIGHTS
MAY 7, 2019
Click to watch the Superintendent's Report for May 7, 2019.
Click to watch the Superintendent's Report for May 7, 2019.
MAY 21, 2019
Click to watch May 21, 2019 Superintendent's Report.
Click to watch the Superintendent's Report for May 21, 2019.
JUNE 18, 2019
Click to watch the Superintendent's Report for June 18, 2019.
Click to watch the Superintendent's Report for June 18, 2019.
Become A Teacher! - Apply Now - Call 601-985-3159
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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