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 February 2019
EVENTS
 
 Spring Break - Building Stronger Schools Together! - Jackson Public Schools
SPRING BREAK

All JPS schools and offices will be closed for Spring Break from March 11–15.

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TEACHER RECRUITMENT JOB FAIR
JPS will hold a Teacher Recruitment Job Fair from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at Kirksey Middle School located at 5677 Highland Drive. For more information, call (601) 985-3159.

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PRE-K SCREENING

Pre-kindergarten screening for the 2019-2020 school year is underway and will continue until March 29.

Children must live in the city of Jackson, be potty-trained and be four years old by September 1. To request a pre-K screening appointment, parents should contact the nearest pre-K site.

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SUMMER READING KICKOFF

The 2019 Summer Reading Kickoff Celebration will be held from 10–11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 4 at Cardozo Middle School located at 3180 McDowell Road Ext. The purpose of the event is to encourage all JPS students and parents to engage in a culture of reading over the summer months.

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PARENTS
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.

COMMUNITY
JAMES HAWKINS CHORALE FILM VIEWING
The James Hawkins Chorale is hosting a Film Viewing of "Risking Everything: A Story of Niagara's Freedom Seekers." The documentary film features the 2011 Jim Hill High School Choir. The viewing will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at the Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University, 1230 Raymond Road in the Convention Hall.
NEWS
2019 MISSISSIPPI GEOGRAPHIC ALLIANCE TRAVEL FELLOW
 Sylvia Leggette

Sylvia Leggette has been named a 2019 Travel Fellow of the Mississippi Geographic Alliance. She will travel to Ethiopia with the Global Exploration for Educators Organization. Leggette will return with lesson plans on the amazing lifework of John C. Robinson. Robinson, an African American aviator who fought with the Imperial Ethiopian Air Force and later became known as the father of the Tuskegee Airmen.

2019 NISSAN RESUME CHALLENGE
 

Eight young men from five JPS high schools were selected for the 2019 Nissan Resume Challenge. They are:

  • Ruben Banks, Jim Hill
  • Manuel Campbell, Jim Hill
  • Jordan Holt, Jim Hill
  • Le’Jaric Humphrey, Forest Hill
  • Valery King, Wingfield
  • Justin Powell, Callaway
  • Warren Reed Jr., Provine
  • DaeAndre' Smith, Wingfield

These scholars traveled to Nissan's corporate offices in Franklin, Tennessee in February for the Nissan Resume Challenge and Summit where they attended leadership development workshops, toured Nissan's headquarters and assembly plant, met with Nissan executives and managers, and networked with their peers from high schools in six other regions of the country.

CALLAWAY STUDENTS WIN HEALTHCARE ESSAY CONTEST AND CASH
 Evelyn Henderson, Kameron Odies, and Nijah Norn,

Callaway students Evelyn Henderson, Kameron Odies and Nijah Horn are the 2019 winners of the Callaway High School Healthcare Awareness Essay Contest. The winners received Visa gift cards ranging from $300 for first place to $100 for third place. The contest was sponsored by Quinn Healthcare, Mississippi Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians, and Mississippi State Medical Association.

W.K. KELLOGG FOUNDATION FELLOWS
Thea Faulkner Robert Luckett
JPS Board member Dr. Robert Luckett, and Thea Faulkner, Director of Partners in Education, have been selected as W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network fellows. The 18-month fellowship is designed for local leaders to connect, grow and lead transformational change on behalf of children, families and communities.
PARTNERSHIP FOR A HEALTHY MISSISSIPPI GRANTS TO JPS SCHOOLS
 Marshall Elementary check presentation
The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi has awarded grants of $1,000 each to seven JPS schools. The Improving the Culture of Health in Schools Grant provides funds to assist with projects that are designed to create healthier learning environments. The recipient schools are Barack H. Obama Elementary, Galloway Elementary, G.N. Smith Elementary, Marshall Elementary, Hardy Middle, Siwell Middle, and Murrah High.
ATHLETICS
 
 JPS ATHLETICS – WWW.JACKSON.K12.MS.US/ATHLETICS
 

HARDWOOD HEROES
Congratulations to Daeshun Ruffin of Callaway High School. He is the overall winner of the WJMI Hardwood Hero of the Week contest. A total of $1,800 will be donated to Ruffin's high school basketball program, compliments of Circle B Smoke Sausage and 99 Jams WJMI.

Congratulations also to all of the Hardwood Heroes for the 2018-2019 season.

November 12 Keshuna Luckett Lanier High School (Girls)
November 19 Earl Smith Lanier High School (Boys)
November 26 Daeshun Ruffin Callaway High School (Boys)
December 3 Keshuna Luckett Lanier High School (Girls)
December 10 Mason Manning Murrah High School (Boys)
December 17 Keondre Montgomery Forest Hill High School (Boys)
December 24 Geonna Marshall Forest Hill High School (Girls)
December 31 Ro'Darien Pendleton Provine High School (Boys)
January 7 Daeshun Ruffin Callaway High School (Boys)
January 14 Marc (Ken) Evans Forest Hill High School (Boys)
January 21 Damarion Arrington Wingfield High School (Boys)
January 28 Timisha Smith Murrah High School (Girls)
February 4 Daeshun Ruffin Callaway High School (Boys)
February 11 Keshuna Luckett Lanier High School (Girls)
February 11 Marc (Ken) Evans Forest Hill High School (Boys)
DISTRICTWIDE SIGNING DAY

JPS had 12 high school student-athletes to announce their college commitments at a Districtwide signing ceremony held on National Signing Day in February. Three additional students were recognized as WAPT Blitz 16 BankPlus Scholar Athletes. Rodreekus Bush of Forest Hill, Ruben Banks of Jim Hill and Trevon Rodgers of Murrah.

Callaway

Sport/Head Coach Name Institution
Football/Chadwick Germany Justin Manning Hinds Community College
Football Lakenith Thompson Co-Lin Community College
Football Greg White Alcorn State University

Jim Hill

Sport/Head Coach Name Institution
Football/Desmond Dixon Jacquel Honer Jackson State University
Baseball/Samuel Campbell Jordan Holt Mississippi Delta Community College

Lanier

Sport/Head Coach Name Institution
Basketball (Girls)/Jonas James Tamia Brown Hinds Community College
Basketball (Girls) Keshuna Luckett Jackson State University

Murrah

Sport/Head Coach Name Institution
Football/Damien Gary Jalen Bracy Jackson State University
Soccer (Boys)/Renaldo Milsap Torenzo Williams Meridian Community College

Provine

Sport/Head Coach Name Institution
Football/Tim Wilson Patrick Johnson Jackson State University
Football De'Monte Russell Mississippi State University

Wingfield

Sport/Head Coach Name Institution
Boys Basketball/Spencer Gatlin Stephon Thomas Hinds Community College
    BOARD HIGHLIGHTS
    FEBRUARY 5, 2019
     Board member Frank Figgers, Khari Wallace, and Asst. Area Supt Dr. Otha Belcher  Board member Robert Luckett and Ruben Banks
    Khari Wallace, a fourth-grade scholar at Isable Elementary School, led the Pledge of Allegiance at the February 5 Board meeting. Her favorite subject is math. She enjoys singing, dancing, reading, and playing in makeup. She aspires to become a dance instructor and choreographer.
    JROTC Cadet Ruben Banks, a senior at Jim Hill High School, delivered Words of Encouragement. Banks is SGA President and the past Governor of Mississippi Boys State 2018. He serves as Brigade Commander and has recently been awarded the prestigious Legion of Valor Award. 
    FEBRUARY 19, 2019
     Board member Frank Figgers and Aaniyaz rice  Marian Young and Board member Letitia S. Johnson
    Aaniyaz Rice, a fifth-grade honor student at Lee Elementary, led the Pledge of Allegiance at the February 19 Board meeting. Science and math are his favorite subjects. He enjoys playing football and loves to draw. Fortnite is his favorite video game. Rice is a member of New Jerusalem Baptist Church.
    Rev. Dr. Marian Young Talley, an Associate Pastor of Farish Street Baptist Church, delivered Words of Encouagement. Se serves as the Director of the Affordable Care Office at Farish Street Baptist Church. She works with New Way Mississippi, Inc. teaching employment skills to ex-offenders.
    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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