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Parent Engagement Party - September 27, 2018 - JPS Homepage Thank You Veterans


Nearly 100 students in the JPS Gifted Education Program will be competing in the JPS Annual Open Doors Scrabble Tournament on Friday, November 2, at the Galloway Elementary School located at 186 Idlewild Street. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. and tournament play begins at 8:30 a.m.


All seven JPS high schools will host programs to honor military veterans on November 6–9.

Veterans, along with their families, parents, and community members, are invited to attend.

Family Resource Center Events

The Enochs Family Resource Center will host events for JPS parents in the month of November at the center located at 101 Dr. Dennis Holloway Drive.

For more information, please call the Enochs Family Resource Center at (601) 960-8945.

District Reading Fairs

Thanksgiving Break

All JPS schools and offices will be closed November 19–23 for the Thanksgiving Break.
Highlights of JPS Success From Mississippi’s District Accountability Results

Highlights of JPS Success

  • Raines Elementary School improved four letter grades from an F to an A, increasing by 272 points.
  • Dawson and Lester Elementary Schools improved three letter grades, each rising from F to B ratings and increasing by 127 points and 187 points, respectively.
  • Barack H. Obama Elementary (formerly Davis) is the No. 1 elementary school in the state for the second year in a row. It increased by 90 points during the 2017-18 school year from 582 to 672 total points on a 700-point scale.
  • Two JPS elementary schools ranked in the top 20 statewide–Power APAC (No. 9) and Key Elementary (No. 15).
  • The number of A schools in JPS increased from four to nine, including eight elementary schools and one middle school.
  •  The number of schools rated F decreased by 20 percent.
  •  The high school graduation rate increased.

A Schools

  • Bailey APAC Middle
  • Baker Elementary
  • Casey Elementary
  • Barack Obama Magnet Elementary
  • Key Elementary
  • Lake Elementary
  • Power APAC Elementary
  • Raines Elementary
  • Spann Elementary

B Schools

  • Barr Elementary
  • Clausell Elementary
  • Dawson Elementary
  • Lester Elementary
  • McWillie Elementary
  • Pecan Park Elementary

C Schools

  • French Elementary
  • George Elementary
  • Northwest Middle
  • Walton Elementary
JPS Students Learn Voting Rights, Responsibilities in Mock Elections
Callaway student casts ballot

JPS high school students recently participated in districtwide mock elections.
Youth Ambassadors of the Jackson Council of the PTA/PTSA (JCPTA) hosted a mock election at Callaway High School on October 23.

The goal of the initiative was to help students feel comfortable with voting and realize it is their right and responsibility.

The JPS voter education and registration drive was made possible through a partnership with JPS, JCPTA, the Hinds County Election Commission, Hinds County Circuit Clerk, NAACP Jackson Branch, the League of Women Voters of Jackson, Jackson (MS) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and One Voice.

Several JPS middle and elementary schools also held mock elections as part of the statewide initiative, Promote the Vote, sponsored by the Mississippi Secretary of State's Office.

US Senator Roger Wicker Announces Passing of 'JROTC Act' During Recent Visit to Jim Hill High

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker visited Jim Hill High School on Tuesday, October 23. He met with the cadets and instructors of the school's JROTC unit and shared that legislation he authored last May had been signed into law and would add JROTC programs to more communities.

The JROTC Act proposed by Wicker was passed by Congress in August and signed into law in September. The law created $10 million in funding to support about 150 new JROTC units across the country.

Wicker credited the proven success of the JROTC program in JPS as his inspiration for pursuing new funding to support more programs.

JPS JROTC Cadets to Attend MOWW Youth Leadership Conference

Seven outstanding 11th-grade JPS JROTC cadets will attend the 2018 Military Order of World Wars (MOWW) Youth Leadership Conference at the U.S. Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The JPS cadets were nominated by their JROTC instructors as candidates to compete for selection to attend the conference. Board members from the Jackson Chapter of MOWW reviewed resumes and conducted interviews of students from across the metro area. Their selections were based on demonstrated performance and interview results. The rigorous process yielded six selectees from JPS with one student sponsored by the District's JROTC program. The attendees from JPS are as follows:

  • Cadet Madysin Bratton, Provine High
  • Cadet Talisha Brown, Forest Hill High
  • Cadet Jabria Fair, Jim Hill High
  • Cadet Jeremiah Meeks, Callaway High
  • Cadet Katelyn Russell, Murrah High
  • Cadet Kendra Sutton, Wingfield High
  • Cadet Darisha Williams, Forest Hill High
JPS JROTC Conducts 11th Annual Military Jamboree and Career Fair
JROTC Jamboree participantsOver 300 JROTC cadets from all JPS high schools along with cadets from Hazlehurst, Pearl and Vicksburg assembled in the Forest Hill High School gymnasium on October 4, 2018. The purpose of the event was to increase awareness of college and workforce opportunities among the participants.

Representatives from institutions of higher learning, business and industry, and various military organizations were present to directly engage the cadets. The participating cadets obtained information about their college and career options after high school.
JROTC Takes Cadets to Adventure Training Camp
JPS JROTC cadetsThe Jackson Public Schools JROTC program took 85 cadets, 15 instructors and three chaperones on their annual Adventure Training Unit (ATU) Camping Experience in September.  For many of the participants, this was their first time actually spending overnight in an outdoor camping environment. The cadets received practical hands-on instruction in first-aid/CPR, ropes/knot tying, compass reading/land navigation, and team building.

The purpose was to expose cadets to outdoor survival skills and reinforce the seven Army values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage.
Spann Elementary Students Take Part In C Spire's C3 Jr. Coding Challenge
Spann students with mentor and teacherSpann Elementary Open Doors students participated in the C Spire C3 Jr. Coding Challenge hosted by the Mississippi Children's Museum on September 21. The event was held in conjunction with the 2018 Mississippi Science Fest held in the LeFleur Museum District. The coding challenge drew third- and fourth-grade students from 15 public and private elementary schools in the state to the Jackson museum where they were greeted by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.

Spann was represented by two teams at the competition, both sponsored by Open Doors teacher Vicki Latham.
Donated Ambulance Enhances Training for Health Academy Students at Lanier
Ceremony participants with key in front of donated ambulanceThe Academy of Health Services at Lanier High School has a new learning resource thanks to several generous partners. The University of Mississippi Medical Center and AMR (American Medical Response) presented a retired ambulance at a Passing of the Keys ceremony held October 3 at Lanier. Teachers and students will use the refurbished ambulance as a simulation lab to practice real-world learning scenarios. This will allow students to learn emergency medical skills needed for careers in emergency medical response or related fields.

"The donation of this ambulance will make active learning a reality for the scholars of this Academy," said JPS Director of Academies Marquita Slater. "As the first of this kind in the state, the Emergency Medical Services Lab will serve as a real-world classroom for Academy students who have expressed an interest in becoming emergency medical technicians or first responders."

JPS Fall Conference Draws Hundreds of Parents to Hear How They Can Help Students Succeed
JPS mom and daughterHundreds of parents showed up for the Jackson Public Schools Fall Parent and Family Engagement Conference held on September 27 at the Jackson Convention Complex. The program featured exhibitors, parent workshops, and a keynote presentation over dinner.  The central theme of the event was that parents matter to their children's success.

Parent workshops presented ideas for parents to help them prepare students to be successful. Parents learned that their positive engagement leads to attentive classroom behavior for their children, resulting in a better learning experience and a better attitude about school.
JPS Schools Celebrate College Spirit Day

Elementary students with pom poms marching in parade

Schools throughout the Jackson Public School District celebrated College Spirit Day on the last Friday in September with tailgate picnics, parades, pep rallies, and other activities to promote the expectation of going to college among students in grades K-12. The annual event is an initiative of Ask for More Jackson. It began in 2001 in the Lanier Feeder Pattern. Since then, it has grown to involve schools across the District.

Photo Gallery: 2018 College Spirit Day

Watch JPS News Brief on the JPS ITV YouTube Channel!

JPS Seniors & Parents Still Have Time to Get Help Completing the FAFSA
First U Hafta FAFSA - FAFSA Faster with Get2College
The Jackson Get2College Center is hosting a FAFSA Day on Saturday, November 17, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (601) 321-5533 to make an appointment. Take the guess work out of completing the FAFSA. Parents of seniors will be able to work one-on-one with counselors to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This is the first step to getting money for college.
Mississippi Students Have New High School Diploma Options

smiling graduate in cap and gown holding diplomaStarting with the 2018-2019 freshman class, Mississippi high school students will get to choose from four diploma options. They can complete the requirements for a traditional diploma or take additional classes to earn an academic, distinguished academic or career and technical education (CTE) endorsement. Furthermore, when they graduate in 2022, students who earn the academic or distinguished academic diploma will automatically qualify for admission into one of the state's public universities.

Click a link below to watch a video about each Mississippi diploma endorsement option.

Lanier Alum Recognized by Mississippi State Board of Architecture
Akili KellyThe Mississippi State Board of Architecture recognized Lanier High School alum Akili J. Kelly at its New Licensee Recognition ceremony held September 19. He was among 13 architects, four landscape architects, and one certified interior designer honored at the event.

Kelly is a construction project manager for the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration in the Bureau of Building. Kelly lives in Jackson with his wife, Ashley, and their 10-month-old daughter, Alex.

The Orsmond Jordan Basketball Showcase will take place on Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16 at Northwest Jackson Middle School, 7020 Highway 49 North.
Mississippi Hoops Challenge Thanksgiving Showcase
The Mississippi Hoops Challenge Thanksgiving Showcase will take place on Saturday, November 24 at Tougaloo College, 500 West County Line Road.
Chastain Wins Middle School Volleyball Championship

Officials and student athletes cutting ribbon  

Congratulations to the Chastain Lady Warriors on winning the 2018 JPS Middle School Volleyball Championship on Thursday, October 11 at Peeples Middle School. The Lady Warriors defeated the Lady Hornets of Peeples by winning two straight games in the best of three championship series. Both teams finished the season 6-1. The Lady Warriors head coach is Dina Smith. She is assisted by coaches Domika Tolliver-Moore and Andrew Fisher. Quaniece Guyton serves as head coach of the Lady Hornets.

Provine Football Player to Play in Under Armour All-America Game in January
DeMonte RussellUnder Armour presented Provine football player De'Monte Russell, with a jersey announcing his invitation to appear in the 2019 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. The presentation took place in the school's gymnasium and included the Provine football team, coaches, students and the player's family.

Mark your calendars! The game will take place on January 3, 2019, at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The game will air on ESPN.
October 2, 2018
 Robbie Luckett and Makayla Garrett   Arthur Sutton and Dr. Errick L. Greene
Ma'Kayla Garret, a fifth-grade honor roll student at Baker Elementary School, delivered the Pledge of Allegiance. She is a member of the "Voice of Baker Bulldogs Choir," the Baker Pep Squad and the Royal Heat Dance Squad. Her favorite subject is Math. Ma'Kayla wants to be a dance instructor and choreographer when she grows up. Rev. Arthur Sutton, the pastor of the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson, gave the Moment of Inspiration. He is the Executive Director for the General Missionary Baptist State Convention Young People’s Department. A graduate of Forest Hill, he is presently employed as the Drop Out Prevention Coordinator for JPS.
October 16, 2018
Frank Figgers and London Harper Dr. Robert Luckett and Marshall Wade 
London Harper ,a fifth-grade honor roll student at Barr Elementary School, delivered the Pledge of Allegiance. She is the niece of Mark Harper, a parent leader and liaison at Barr. She is a member of Barr Elementary National Honor Society and has been on the school's praise dance team. London's list of what she wants to be includes being a lawyer and a teacher. Rev. Marshall Wade, gave the Moment of Inspiration. He is the Youth and Finance Minister at Meadowbrook Church of Christ. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Wade attended Oklahoma Christian University where he double majored in Accounting and Vocational Ministry. He led his congregation's response to the District's Time, Talent and Treasure initiative.

 Watch JPS Board Meetings on the JPS ITV YouTube Channel!

 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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