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 March 2019
EVENTS
 
 Parent & Family Engagement Conference
SPRING PARENT & FAMILY ENGAGEMENT CONFERENCE

Calling all JPS parents! Join Jackson Public Schools for our Spring Parent and Family Engagement Conference. The event will be held on Thursday, April 25 from 5:30–8:30 p.m. at Callaway High School located at 601 Beasley Road. The conference is free for JPS parents. Childcare and transportation will be provided. STEM enthusiast Captain Barrington Irving will be the guest speaker. Highlights include workshops, summer camp information, food, prizes and more.

Pre-register before the April 12 deadline by completing the online pre-registration form. 

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April 13, 2019, Job Fair
JPS JOB FAIR
Jackson Public Schools is hosting a Job Fair on Saturday, April 13 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. We are also seeking applicants for positions in food service, maintenance, and transportation. For more information, call (601) 985-3159 or apply online today at: www.jackson.k12.ms.us/Employment.

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EASTER BREAK

All JPS schools and offices will be closed for Easter Break from Friday, April 19–Monday, April 22.

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DANCE AUDITIONS

Power APAC dance auditions will be held Saturday, May 11 from 8 a.m.–12 p.m. at the school which is located at 1120 Riverside Drive. These auditions are for students entering grades 4-12 in the 2019-2020 school year. Rising 4th- through 8th-grade students must be accepted into academics for Power Elementary or Bailey Middle.

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JPS RETIREMENT CELEBRATION

Jackson Public Schools will honor our 2018-2019 retirees at a Districtwide Retirement Celebration to be held on Tuesday, May 14 from 4–6 p.m. at Kirksey Middle School, located at 5677 Highland Drive.

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2019-2020 DISTRICT CALENDAR

The JPS School Board and District administration have approved the District Calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. This snapshot shows Districtwide closures, first and last days of school and parent-teacher Conference days. For Inclement Weather Days and more, visit our website for the full 2019-2020 District Calendar At-A-Glance.

DATE EVENT
July 1–5, 2019 Independence Day Break (Districtwide Closure)
August 2, 2019 First Day for Teachers
August 7, 2019 First Day for Students
September 2, 2019 Labor Day (Districtwide Closure)
October 7, 2019 Fall Break (Districtwide Closure)
October 14, 2019 Parent-Teacher Conference Day
(No School for Students)
November 25–29, 2019 Thanksgiving Break (Districtwide Closure)
December 23, 2019–
January 3, 2020
Christmas Holiday (Districtwide Closure)
January 20, 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Districtwide Closure)
February 17, 2020 Parent-Teacher Conference Day
(No School for Students)
March 9–13, 2020 Spring Break (Districtwide Closure)
April 10 & 13, 2020 Easter Break (Districtwide Closure)
May 22, 2020 Last Day for Students (60% Day for Students)
May 25, 2020 Memorial Day(Districtwide Closure)
NEWS
2019 PARTNERS IN EDUCATION HIGHLIGHT AWARDS
 Meadowbrook Church of Christ and Bailey APAC

The Office of Partners in Education held its annual Highlight Awards Celebration to honor those who have joined us in enhancing educational experiences for JPS scholars. Two individuals were surprised with the Allstate Award for their substantial contributions to a school. Awards were also presented for Outstanding Partnerships at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and Anniversary milestones.

Allstate Awards

  • Frank Lenoir, Allstate Outstanding Partnership Award recognizing his support to Hardy Middle School
  • Rev. Marshall Wade (center, holding award), Allstate Outstanding Partnership Award recognizing Meadowbrook Church of Christ and Bailey APAC Middle School

Outstanding School Partnerships

  • Elementary – iVillage Afterschool Program at Barr Elementary
  • Middle School – Juanita Sims Doty Foundation and the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute at Blackburn, Hardy and Powell Middle Schools
  • High School – Lanier High School National Alumni Association at Lanier High School
BETTER TOGETHER COMMISSION FINAL REPORT RELEASED
 2019 Better Together Commission Report

One Voice released findings from its citywide survey of nearly 13,000 Jackson residents conducted last summer to understand the perceptions and beliefs about educational opportunities. Superintendent Errick L. Greene will use the report's findings to inform plans to advance educational excellence in the District. 

Download the full report (PDF).

MAPE AND PREPS VALUE-ADDED AWARDS
 Spann and partners
 Blackburn, Hardy, Powell and A-TEAAM

Congratulations to the JPS schools that were recognized with MAPE Governor's Awards and PREPS Value-Added Awards during the Mississippi Education Partnership Conference.

2019 Governor's Award Recipients

  • Spann Elementary School with 99 JAMS radio, Jackson Federation of Teachers, Junior League of Jackson, Bellwether Church, Jackson Rotary Club, Northminster Baptist Church and Raising Cane's #30 – "Keys to Success" program to address language, math and technical challenges and improve student achievement.
  • Blackburn, Hardy and Powell middle schools with Juanita Sims Doty Foundation and Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute – Ambassadors of the Evers Academy for African-American Males (A-TEAAM) character and leadership development mentoring program.

2019 PREPS Value-Added Awards

  • Bailey Middle – English Language Arts & Math
  • Barack Obama Elementary – English Language Arts & Math
  • Casey Elementary – English Language Arts & Math
  • Key Elementary – English Language Arts & Math
  • McWillie Elementary – English Language Arts
  • Murrah High – English II & History
  • Northwest Middle – Algebra I & English Language Arts
  • Power APAC – English Language Arts & Math
  • Raines Elementary – English Language Arts
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION DONATES $10,000 TO LANIER
 Marshall Elementary check presentation
The Lanier High School National Alumni Association made a $10,000 contribution to the school for student supplies, materials, and activities. This is the second consecutive year the organization has donated these funds. It has also created a specialty license plate to raise funds for scholarships. More than $50,000 in college scholarships has been awarded to Lanier seniors.
LANIER HEALTH ACADEMY HOLDS CAREER EXPO
 Dr. DeKeith Stokes talks to Lanier students
The Lanier High School Academy of Health Services held its first career expo this spring for promising scholars of the program. Students learned background information on the different departments, companies or businesses that employ health care workers in Jackson. The opportunity exposed students to the educational preparation needed to obtain jobs in these health careers.
2019 JPS OPEN DOORS CHESS TOURNAMENT WINNERS
 Casey Elementary Chess Team

Congratulations to the school and individual winners of the Open Doors Chess Tournament.

Elementary School Winners

  • 1st Place – Casey
  • 2nd Place – Barack Obama Magnet
  • 3rd Place – Power APAC 

Middle School Winners

  • 1st Place – Northwest Jackson
  • 2nd Place – Bailey APAC
  • 3rd Place – Chastain
2019 JROTC CADETS OF THE YEAR
 Cadet Brandie Wigley

JROTC Cadet Brandie Wigley is the 2019 JPS Cadet of the Year. Wigley has been promoted to the rank of Cadet Colonel and will serve as the JPS JROTC Brigade Commander for 2019-2020. She will serve with the following school-level Cadets of the Year:

  • C/MSG Jamela Windom of Callaway
  • C/MAJ Darlisia Williams of Forest Hill
  • C/CPT Essence Byrd of Jim Hill
  • C/LTC Kaiyanna J. King of Lanier
  • C/MAJ Katelyn M. Russell of Murrah
  • C/1LTC Kendra Sutton of Wingfield
CITY AWARDED $1.2 M GRANT TO PILOT PRE-K PROGRAM
 kindergarten boy
Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and his administration announced plans to develop a Universal Pre-K pilot program in Jackson funded by a $1.2 million grant awarded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Ready To Learn pilot program will undergo a two-year development process. Through the implementation and success of Ready To Learn, the City hopes to expand the program with federal funding.
ARTWORK OF FOREST HILL ALUM PART OF NATIONWIDE TOUR
 Brandon Miner
Forest Hill graduate Brandon Miner received a Scholastic Gold Key Award and a National Gold Medal for his mixed media piece "Hear, Speak, and See" as a high school senior in 2018. Recently, the piece has been chosen by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers for its Art.Write.Now.Tour Exhibition. Miner was also profiled in the March/April 2019 edition of "Scholastic Art."
ATHLETICS
 
 JPS ATHLETICS – WWW.JACKSON.K12.MS.US/ATHLETICS
 
MICHAEL D. JOHNSON SCHOLARSHIP
The application deadline for the Michael D. Johnson Memorial Foundation Athletic Scholarship is Monday, April 15. One grand scholarship award of $1,500 per year and up to three book scholarships of $250 will be awarded. Awardees will be announced at the Michael D. Johnson 5K Walk/Run to be held on Saturday, June 1.
BOARD HIGHLIGHTS
MARCH 5, 2019
Frank Figgers and Jasmyne Teriana Barr   Shauntea Kelly and Robert Luckett
Jasmyne Teriana Barr, a fourth-grade scholar at North Jackson Elementary, led the Pledge of Allegiance. She excels in the areas of English language arts and social studies. She is in the NJE chorale and participates in student government. Barr aspires to become a freehand artist when she grows up.
Shauntea Kelly, a graduating senior at Wingfield High, delivered the Words of Encouragement. She was selected by her student body and faculty to serve as Miss Wingfield. She will be attending Alcorn State University in the fall and major in Agricultural Economics with the goal of expanding her catering brand. 
MARCH 19, 2019
 Sydney Logan Hilliard and Barbara Hilliard  McKenzie Haggard and Robert Luckett
Sydney Logan Hilliard, an eighth grader at Northwest Jackson Middle, led the Pledge of Allegiance. She reigns as Miss Northwest Jackson. She has received numerous wards for academics, music, and photography. She plans to attend Southern A&M University and major in mechanical engineering.
McKenzie Haggard, an 11th grader at Provine High, delivered the Words of Encouragement. She is a member of the Dancing Dolls team. She is interested in attending UCLA, Mississippi State, or University of Southern Mississippi and plans to major in media communications.
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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