Howard’s Highlights – August 2018

Dr. April Howard, Superintendent, Jackson County School System

Dr. April Howard, Superintendent, Jackson County School System

Jackson County students and teachers had a wonderful start to the 2018-2019 school year. Our 10  schools welcomed almost 8,000 students! It has been exciting to see the faces of students and families as they visit schools, especially the buildings with “Summer Facelifts.” The JCSS maintenance and facilities team worked hard to make improvements at four elementary schools – East, South, North, and West – and at West Jackson Middle School. WJMS is in the process of a major renovation. Some of the work was completed this summer, but classroom and other renovations will continue throughout the school year.

We recognize the tremendous privilege and responsibility we have in serving children of the Jackson County community. We embrace and will continue to focus on providing our students and teachers with a remarkable learning experience. In addition, we will focus on ensuring that every child has a connection with a caring adult in the building. It is paramount that each child feels safe and supported for learning to take place.

We are grateful to the Georgia State Patrol, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and various agencies in our region that provided active-threat training for JCSS teachers and staff in July. We know that being prepared is very important. Equally important is prevention. Our schools, teachers, and leaders are absolutely committed to ensuring that all students feel supported and willing to stretch themselves in risk-free learning environments.

We hope that you value our commitment to safety and remarkable learning. However, we want to know other experiences and outcomes you value. Please look for information coming home about our “Community Conversations,” taking place later this month. We ask that you provide us feedback and perspective. You’ll have an opportunity to respond to a very short survey and join in community-wide conversations to be held at EJCHS Aug. 23 and JCCHS Aug. 27. Click here to learn more.

I thank you for the opportunity to serve this great community. Jackson County students and families make our school system a wonderful place be! We look forward to an amazing school year, and we thank you for partnering with us in your child’s educational journey.

April Howard, Superintendent of Schools
Jackson County School System
ahoward@jcss.us