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 January 2019
ANNOUNCEMENTS
FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH
 
JPS JOB FAIR

Jackson Public Schools is hosting a Job Fair on Saturday, February 9 from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. at Cardozo Middle School located at 3180 McDowell Road Ext.

A $5,000 signing bonus is available to qualified teachers.

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PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE DAY TO BE USED FOR MAKEUP DAY

To make up for the inclement weather day taken on Tuesday, January 29, the Districtwide Parent-Teacher Conference Day will not be observed as originally planned. Monday, February 18 will be a full, regular school day.

Parents should contact the school to schedule a parent-teacher conference with their child's teacher.

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ACCELERATED READER PARENT WORKSHOP

The Enochs Family Resource Center will present an Accelerated Reader Parent Workshop on Tuesday, February 19 from 3–4 p.m. Parents will learn how the Accelerated Reader program helps students improve reading skills.

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ADULT NIGHT CLASSES

Registration for Career Development Center Spring Adult Education Night Classes will take place on Tuesday, February 19 at 7 p.m. Classes are open to anyone interested in learning a new skill, starting a new hobby, or enhancing current job skills. Tuition starts at $30. Classes meet for 10-12 weeks.

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LITERACY-BASED PROMOTION ACT
Watch Strong Readers=Stronger Leaders Video

Mississippi’s Literacy-Based Promotion Act (LBPA) requires all third-grade students to demonstrate that they are ready for fourth-grade reading instruction. We have dedicated a page with resources for parents, educators and others who want to help support successful reading outcomes for JPS students.

Go to www.jackson.k12.ms.us/LBPA to learn more.

NEWS
2019 JPS ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR
 

Linda Murray, the principal of Barr Elementary School, was named the 2019 JPS Administrator of the Year. Her motto "Educate Scholars on Purpose with Purpose," has transformed the culture of the school. Under her leadership, the school's performance rating increased from a D to a B and the passing rate on the third grade reading tests has increased each year.

2019 JPS TEACHER OF THE YEAR
 

Forest Hill High School English teacher Adrienne McDowell is the 2018–2019 JPS Teacher of the Year. McDowell's focus on high expectations and quality instruction has led to notable academic growth of her students. She works to make sure that her students receive an education that will benefit them not only in the classroom but also in their future academic and professional pursuits.

CADET COL. RUBEN BANKS SELECTED FOR USSYP
 

Cadet Col. Ruben Banks of Jim Hill High School has been selected for the 2019 United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). He and Kennedy Guest of Brandon were the only two Mississippi students selected to attend. They will join Sen. Roger Wicker and Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in the nation's capital for the 57th annual USSYP Washington Week in March. Their selection also comes with a $10,000 college scholarship.

CALLAWAY ADVANCES TO MISSISSIPPI BAR STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
 

The Callaway High School Mock Trial team won the Mississippi Bar Regional Mock Trial Competition on January 19 and has advanced to the State Championship. Dr. Brian Grizzell is their teacher-coach. Student team members are Justin Nichols, Areianna Reddick, Joi'Dawn Smith, Madison Singleton, Cameron Yarber, Kristie White, Reign Grizzell, Jaiden Vaughn, and Charlicya Wilson.

JPS LIBRARIAN RECEIVES KAIGLER-LAMONT AWARD
 Jennifer Baker and students
Spann Elementary librarian Jennifer Baker has been named the 2019 Kaigler-Lamont Award honoree. The award recognizes distinguished accomplishments in promoting children's reading. Baker will be honored at the Children's Book Festival in April.
JPS CDC STUDENTS WIN CONGRESSIONAL APP CHALLENGE
Students in the Simulation and Animation Design Technology Program at CDC have won the 2018 Congressional App Challenge for the second year in a row. The app is called Keep Safe. It alerts parents when their child has wandered more than 33 feet away from their parent's mobile device. They will join winners from across the country for #HouseOfCode to be held on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. this spring.
JPS WELCOMES NEW CHIEF OF STAFF AND TRANSITION MANAGER
 

Dr. Michael Cormack Jr. is the new Chief of Staff and Transition Manager for Jackson Public Schools. His responsibilities  include assisting the superintendent in the daily operations of the District. Dr. Cormack is the former CEO of the Barksdale Reading Institute.

ATHLETICS
 
 JPS ATHLETICS – WWW.JACKSON.K12.MS.US/ATHLETICS
 

HARDWOOD HEROES OF THE WEEK
  • January 7 – Daeshun Ruffin, a 5-9 sophomore guard at Callaway High School. He had 42 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in a 74–69 win over Trinity International.
  • January 14 – Marc (Ken) Evans, a 6-4 senior guard at Forest Hill High School. He had 32 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists in a win over Brookhaven.
  • January 21 – Damarion Arrington, a 6-5 junior guard at Wingfield High School. He had 30 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Brookhaven.
  • January 28 – Timisha Smith, a 5-7 junior guard at Murrah High School. She had 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals in a win over Warren Central.
2018–2019 WINTER SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Pepsi-JPS Basketball Tournament

  • The Lanier Lady Bulldogs won the Pepsi-JPS Holiday Basketball Tournament Girls Championship. Keshuna Luckett was the game MVP. 
  • The Provine Rams won the Pepsi-JPS Holiday Basketball Tournament Boys Championship. Ro'Darian Pendelton was the game MVP.

JV/9th Grade Basketball

  • The Lanier Lady Bulldogs won the JPS JV Girls Basketball Championship.
  • The Forest Hill Patriots won the JPS 9th Grade Boys Championship.

Middle School Soccer

  • The Chastain Warriors won the JPS Middle School Soccer Championship.

Middle School Basketball

  • The Siwell Lady Cougars won the JPS Middle School Girls Basketball Championship.
  • The Chastain Warriors won the Boys Middle School Basketball Championship.
BOARD HIGHLIGHTS
JANUARY 15, 2019
 
Ayden Harris, a third-grade student at Key Elementary School, led the Pledge of Allegiance at the January 15 School Board meeting. She is a member of the Key Elementary Honors Academy, safety patrol, and GEMS. She sings in the Keynote Choir and plays the violin. Harris has obtained a blue belt in Taekwondo and is a member of the Karate Club at Jackson State University. She plans to attend Alcorn State University and major in education.
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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