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 December 2018
ANNOUNCEMENTS
WINTER BREAK
 

Winter Break begins with a 60% day for JPS schools on Friday, December 21.

Dismiss times are as follows: 

  • Elementary Schools,12 p.m.
  • Middle Schools, 12:50 p.m.
  • High Schools, 1:30 p.m.

Note the change in early dismissal times for middle and high schools.

All JPS schools and offices will be closed December 24–January 4.
Teachers and staff return January 7.
Students return January 8.

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PEPSI-JPS HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT

The 2018 Pepsi-JPS Holiday Basketball Tournament will be held December 26–28.

December 26-27

  • Forest Hill High School, 2607 Raymond Road
  • Lanier High School, 833 W. Maple Street
  • Murrah High School, 1400 Murrah Drive

December 28 – Semi-Finals & Championship

  • Athletics and Assembly Center at JSU, 1400 J.R. Lynch Street

Admission is $10 per site per day. A multiple site day pass may be purchased for $20.

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REGISTRATION FOR STUDENTS ENTERING JPS SCHOOLS

Starting Monday, January 7, all students who are enrolling from another school district, state, or country, and/or for the first time this school year will enroll at the Office of Enrollment Services located on 1017 Robinson Street.

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MLK DAY OF SERVICE

All JPS schools and offices will be closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 21.

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NEWS
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LAUNCHES PARTNERSHIP WITH JPS
 

The National Geographic Society and Jackson Public Schools announced a partnership that will empower educators and inspire students to engage with their world. While NGS currently provides resources for students and educators nationwide, this collaboration is only the Society’s second in-depth district-level partnership in the country. 

The partnership provides:

  • Customized National Geographic Explorer magazine issues that align with Mississippi science and reading standards. 
  • Large-scale maps for students to explore the world.
  • Access to National Geographic Explorers for in-person and digital events.
  • National Geographic funding eligibility for qualifying projects for JPS educators.
  • National Geographic Certified Educator credential for interested JPS educators.
WINGFIELD AG ACADEMY STUDENTS FEED JACKSON ZOO ANIMALS
 

Some Wingfield High School students helped to take care of the animals at the Jackson Zoo. They harvested over 300 pounds of produce from the gardens maintained as part of the agriculture program at the school. After trucking it all to the zoo, they helped keepers feed some of the animals. 

 The agriculture program curriculum includes components of science, technology and business. Through a dual enrollment/dual credit partnership with Hinds Community College, Wingfield Ag Academy students can earn college credits.

JPS SCHOOL BOARD ANNOUNCES BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

The Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees introduced to the public the newly-appointed members of the Bond Oversight Committee at the regular Board meeting held on December 18. This committee will track and communicate progress of construction projects and the expenditure of funds associated with the $65 million school bond.

The members of the JPS Bond Oversight Committee are:

  • Akilah Irvin (Ward 1)
  • H. Ann C. Jones (Ward 2)
  • Sandra McCall (Ward 3)
  • Erica Fell (Ward 4)
  • Kass Welchlin (Ward 5)
  • Ercilla Dometz-Hendrix (Ward 6)
  • Mitch McGuffey (Ward 7)
JPS LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALIST RECEIVES MLA'S CARROON APPLE
 

The Mississippi Library Association awarded the 2018 Carroon Apple Award to JPS library media specialist Bruce Golden. The presentation was made at the association's Awards Breakfast held earlier this year. The award recognizes outstanding accomplishment in school library media services.

EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL NAMED FOR MICHELLE OBAMA

The JPS Early College High School, a special program school for promising ninth-graders, has been named for former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama. The Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees approved the name at its regular meeting held December 4. The full official name of the program is now Michelle Obama Early College High School Program at Tougaloo College.

The Early College High School Program was established in the summer of 2018. Its graduates will have completed graduation requirements and up to two years of college—all tuition-free.

LANIER HEALTH ACADEMY STUDENTS TAKE CLASS AT UMMC
 
Lanier High School's Academy of Health Services students took part in health sciences classes at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. They studied at the histotechnology and medical science labs under the direction of Dr. Felicia Tardy, Dr. Stacie Vance, Bevilyn Perkins, and Dr. Renee Wilkins. The aspiring health professionals participated in a series of classroom and lab activities in the areas of histotechnology, urinalysis, and microbiology.
MEADOWBROOK CHRUCH OF CHRIST DONATES 400 NEW BOOKS
Members of the Meadowbrook Church of Christ delivered over 400 new books to the Bailey APAC Middle School Library. In under an hour, the group of 30 volunteers had sorted books, moved furniture, cleaned monitors and dusted shelves. The church raised $7,500 in a year in response to the District's Time, Talent, Treasure kickoff event held in November 2017.
ATHLETICS
 
 JPS ATHLETICS – WWW.JACKSON.K12.MS.US/ATHLETICS
 
CATCH THE LIVESTREAM

The next two live stream events are as follows:

  • Friday, December 21–Canton at Callaway at 6 p.m. 
  • Friday, December 28–Pepsi-JPS Holiday Championships at 6:30 p.m.

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HARDWOOD HEROES OF THE WEEK

Keshuna Luckett, a 5-9 senior guard for the Lanier Lady Bulldogs, is the Hardwood Hero of the Week for December 3. She scored 26 points and made 3 assists and 11 steals in a win against Callaway.

Mason Manning, a 6-0 freshman guard for the Murrah Mustangs, is the Hardwood Hero of the Week for December 10. He had 26 points, 4 rebounds and made 3 assists in a win over Lanier.

Keondre Montgomery, a 6-7 junior forward for the Forest Hill Patriots, is the Hardwood Hero of the Week for December 17. He scored 27 points in a game against Vicksburg and 24 points against Callaway.

BOARD HIGHLIGHTS
DECEMBER 4, 2018
 
Jaleia Carter, a 10th-grade APAC scholar from Forest Hill High School, was recognized by JPS Superintendent Dr. Errick L. Greene. She took part in the Perry Outreach Program for young ladies interested in the medical and engineering fields held at UMMC. Marvin Paul Davis delivered the Moment of Inspiration. Davis is the principal of Galloway Elementary School. He also serves as associate minister at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Hazlehurst, Mississippi. Davis has been an educator for nearly 20 years.
DECEMBER 18, 2018
Amanuel Edwards, a student at Chastain Middle School, delivered the Pledge of Allegiance. He has maintained a 3.5 or higher GPA for his entire school career and currently holds a 4.0 GPA. He has received several awards such as honor roll, student of the month, and good citizenship. Rev. Charles LeSure gave the Moment of Inspiration. He is currently the Assistant Principal at Provine High School. He holds memberships in several social and professional organizations including the National Teachers Association and the Mississippi Educators Association.
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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