Tailgating has become a tradition at JPS high schools. The District wants to promote a family-friendly and safe environment for our students, alumni, employees and community. For the well-being of our fans and the preservation of our campus facilities, please follow the Tailgating Regulations & Procedures (PDF) as you plan your tailgating event.
Jackson Public Schools will provide FREE professional development sessions on Creating Lesson Plans (ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies) in the month of September. The sessions are for JPS teachers with 0-3 years of experience. Participants will interactively engage in content area learning strategies and will learn to write and deliver content area lesson plans. The sessions will be held at Central Office East, located at 630 S. State Street, in Professional Development Rooms 1 and 2.
Dates and times of the sessions are as follows:
- September 26, 3:45–5 p.m.
Interested teachers may register online. For more information, please call Dr. Dyna M. Chambers in the Office of Professional Development at (601) 960-8356.
Download the New Teacher Induction Flyer (PDF).
The Houston Independent School District continues to have an immediate need for children's clothes of all sizes (clean and in reasonably good repair), school uniforms, and school supplies. Some 50 of the Houston schools have been flooded to a degree, and many families are staying in other less-damaged schools. Students do not have extra clothes or school supplies. If you would like to make a donation to the Houston schools, please read Help the Families of HISD Recover From Harvey.
Help a child learn to read in just 30 minutes, once a week. No experience is necessary. You can choose and adjust your weekly tutoring time. Volunteers are encouraged to register by September 22. TutorMate is the nation’s preeminent online volunteer tutoring program. Tutoring takes only 30 minutes a week during the school year, and it is all online, right from your desktop, tablet, or laptop.
Find out how you can become a TutorMate reading volunteer:
- Visit http://tiny.cc/tutormate to watch an overview video.
- Additional Info: http://tiny.cc/tutormateresources
- TutorMateFAQs: http://tiny.cc/iflfaqs
Open Enrollment for all insurance products is September 14–October 13. All JPS employees will have the opportunity to add insurance products or make changes to an existing one. This will be the ONLY TIME you will have the opportunity to make insurance coverage adjustments unless you have a family status change as specified by the cafeteria plan for the calendar year 2018. The cancellation period extends through December 15 to coincide with Cafeteria Enrollment.
Download the Open Enrollment for Insurance Memo for provider contact information and other important details.
Download the Insurance Cancellation Form which includes details for submitting to Payroll. This form can be filled-in online.
The Instructional Technology Department is offering five workshops on Using Geo-Inquiry in the Classroom. Six teachers per workshop can earn free registration to the Mississippi Educational Computing Association’s Annual Conference. For details about this opportunity and course descriptions, download the flyer below. You may register at the links provided.
Workshops will be held on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. as follows:
- Using Geo-inquiry in the Elementary Classroom — Date: August 26, 2017 | Register at: https://goo.gl/7ij7E3 | Available Seats: 20
- Using Geo-inquiry in the Business or Mathematics Class — Date: September 9, 2017 | Register at: https://goo.gl/fuAQ8e | Available Seats: 20
- Using Geo-inquiry in the History Classroom — Date: September 30, 2017 | Register at: https://goo.gl/Xqmivj | Available Seats: 20
- Using Geo-inquiry in the Science Classroom — Date: October 14, 2017 | Register at: https://goo.gl/QxLZWz | Available Seats: 20
- Using Geo-inquiry in the English Language Arts — Date: October 28, 2017 | Register at: https://goo.gl/orRk4f | Available Seats: 20
For more information, please call (601) 960-3020 or (601) 960-2779. Classes will be held in the Instructional Technology Training Lab located at 630 S. State Street.
Download the Using Geo-Inquiry in the Classroom Flyer (PDF).
The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation’s Healthy School Awards recognizes and rewards public schools with health policies and programs that promote healthy eating, physical activity, staff wellness, tobacco-free lifestyles among students and staff, and parental and community involvement. The Healthy School Awards will assist school leaders in their efforts to make their schools, and ultimately our state, a healthier place to live. The Foundation will award up to four grants. One school will be awarded a $50,000 grant as "The Healthiest School in Mississippi." Three schools "Healthy Schools" will each receive a $25,000 grant.
The deadline for submitting the 2018 applications is Friday, October 27. For more information and to apply, click the link below.
Complete the application.
Learn more about the Healthy School Awards.
The University of Southern Mississippi will hold School Day at the Rock at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 28. The USM Golden Eagles will meet the University of Alabama Birmingham Blazers. Tickets are $10 for students, teachers, friends, and family. Activities include a pre-game parade around the field. The school with most attendance will receive an exclusive pep rally at the school and a Jay Hopson autographed jersey.
For more information, please contact Rob Doerger, Robert.Doerger@usm.edu, (601) 266-4563. Tickets may be purchased at SouthernMissTickets.com.
The Jackson Federation of Teachers has released its 2017-18 Professional Development Schedule. Dates for 2017 are below. For more information, contact the JFT/PSRP at (601) 352-7613 or www.jftpsrp.com.
- September 23 – Foundations of Effective Teacher 1: Organizing the Classroom Environment for Teaching and Learning Engaging Students Long-Term Memory
- September 30 – Managing Behavior in School Communities/Setting Measurable Objectives
- October 7 – Education Law
- October 14 – Accessible Literacy Framework/Constructing Effective Assessments
- November 4 – Thinking Mathematics 3-5/Engaging Families as Partners
- November 11 – No Bullying Zone
- December 9 – Google Apps/Assessing Teaching and Learning
The Salvation Army of Jackson is organizing a canned food and water drive for the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and is seeking support from Jackson Public Schools. This effort is being led by Northwest Jackson IB Middle School student Jahliyah Readus.
Current needs include:
- Cases of water
- Packs of snack crackers
- Non-perishable canned foods
- Monetary donations
Contact Jennifer Stanley at the Salvation Army to arrange for donations to be picked up. She can be reached by phone at (601) 982-4881 or by email at email@example.com.
Please be advised that the District is no longer using the FOCUS logo during the 2017-2018 school year. Please refrain from using the FOCUS logo on all letterhead, memos, email signatures, etc. Links to the official logo for the Jackson Public School District are below for your convenience.
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District News & Features
Help us keep our fans and students safe when you plan your tailgating event.
Mississippi Coding Academies is set to begin a program in Jackson in October with 20-30 students in its first class.
Federal Emergency Management Agency selected Ruben M. Banks, a junior JROTC cadet at Jim Hill High for its 15-member Youth Preparedness Council (YPC).
MDE issued a press release regarding the State Board of Education's decision to ask the governor to declare a state of emergency for JPS.
On September 13, District representatives will address the Accreditation Commission about the findings in the audit report.
Notice of Jackson Public Schools Intent to Apply for 21st CCLC program grant.
Meet Jackson Public Schools' 13 newest school-level instructional leaders.
The five participating seniors earned scores of 4 out of 5. One sophomore earned a passing score of 3 on one and a perfect score of 5 on another of her two entries.
JLJ delivered 500 backpacks to five JPS elementary schools before the start of the school year.
Jackson Public Schools held a Swearing-In Ceremony for Johnson on August 4. She will begin serving at the Board meeting on August 8.
2017 JROTC Cadet Competition
2017 JROTC CADET OF THE YEAR COMPETITION
The top JROTC cadets from all seven JPS high schools competed for the honor of 2016-2017 Cadet of the Year. Local business, school and military leaders served as judges for the students' oral presentations.
2017 JPS Chess Tournament
2017 JPS CHESS TOURNAMENT
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JPS Open Doors students competed for best in chess at the 2017 JPS Chess Tournament held February 24, 2017. Trophies were presented to the winners.