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‘Community Cares’ event educates, entertains

Cars and trucks (and things that go) captivated nearly 300 pre-kindergarten students from all six Jackson County elementary schools Nov. 1 when “Community Cares 4 Pre-K” took place at the site of the former West Jackson Primary School. The children visited with representatives of public health and safety agencies, community organizations, and dozens of local […]

Media program earns industry recertification

The banners are hanging and it’s official: The Audio and Video Technology and Film programs at East Jackson and Jackson County comprehensive high schools have both earned industry recertification. The milestone was recognized with the presentation of the banners to Traci Smith, who leads the program at EJCHS; Denise Wilbanks, the teacher leader at JCCHS; […]

Pathway ‘completers’ have higher graduation rates

Both East Jackson and Jackson County comprehensive high schools have topped the state’s graduation rate for students involved in pathways for world languages; fine arts; advanced academics; and career, technical, and agricultural education programs with perfect and near-perfect scores.  For the Class of 2019, EJCHS notched 100% graduation rates for students completing world languages, fine […]

Aja Ledford is Teacher of the Year

With a philosophy of “love first, teach second,” Maysville Elementary School third-grade teacher Aja Ledford was named Teacher of the Year for the Jackson County School System Oct. 16. The announcement, made during an after-school faculty meeting at MES, was greeted with cheers and applause from her colleagues – and a cake, flowers, and balloons […]

Next Family Math Night Oct. 24

The last Family Math Night of the calendar year is set for Thursday, Oct. 24.  Sponsored by the Jackson County School System and held at the 441 Gordon Street Center in Jefferson, the popular dinner-and-learning-through-games series is in its second year. Free dinner is provided for kindergarten through eighth-grade students and the adults who accompany […]

JCSS names finalists for Teacher of the Year

The Jackson County School System has named its three finalists for Teacher of the Year honors, and they represent instructors of some of the oldest and youngest students, as well as the arts. Chosen by a panel from among the honorees at each of the district’s 10 schools, they are Jessie Wood, a social studies […]

Sophomore participates in medical congress

Iris Thao recently represented Jackson County High School and the State of Georgia at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, Massachusetts. Iris was presented with an Award of Excellence, certifying her successful completion of the congress, which is an academic honors program of New Charter University. The award is earned by participating in […]

JCCHS junior named to state board

Griffin Cobb, a junior at Jackson County Comprehensive High School, is one of 130 Georgia students named to serve on State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ Student Advisory Council. Throughout the school year, these middle and high school students will meet with Superintendent Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom. Members of […]

Tribal celebration with BOE at GSES

Some “sorting” took place when Gum Springs Elementary School hosted the Sept. 9 meeting of the Jackson County Board of Education. Principal Todd Graichen explained that the school organizes its staff and students into six tribes for service, support, and social activities. The groups promote positive behavior and social-emotional learning opportunities that strengthen the sense […]

Resources for Parents: Vaping, E-Cigs

Updated Sept. 2, 2019 Vaping and the use of e-cigarettes is a growing trend across the U.S., and some of our high school students heard more about it from Sheriff Janis Mangum of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office on April 15, 2019, shortly before this page was originally posted on the Jackson County School System […]

Student Leadership Team gears up

As Jackson County School System students settle into the new school year, the district’s Student Leadership Team also is preparing for the year ahead. The two-year leadership development experience involves high school juniors and seniors and began last year with 21 eleventh-graders. Those students — now rising seniors — will be joined by 20 rising […]

Hearings scheduled for FY20 Budget

The Jackson County Board of Education will hold hearings on September 5, 2019, at 6:00 PM at the Gordon Street Center, located at 441 Gordon Street Jefferson, Georgia, 30549, and September 13, 2019, at 7:30 AM at the Board of Education’s Central Office, located at 1660 Winder Highway, Jefferson, Georgia, 30549, to provide the opportunity […]

Press Release: Proposed property tax increase

The Jackson County Board of Education has announced its intention to increase the 2019 property taxes it will levy this year by 1.09 percent over the rollback millage rate. Each year, the board of tax assessors is required to review the assessed value for property tax purposes of taxable property in the county. When the […]

Traveling to Tanzania, Teaching & Learning

Swahili culture + language + robotics education added up to an intense, once-in-a-lifetime education opportunity for two Jackson County School System teachers. Jennifer Simmons, science teacher at Gum Spring Elementary School, and Milan Juliano, a fourth-grade teacher at East Jackson Elementary School traveled to Tanzania through a 2019 Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad Fellowship through the […]

Family Math Nights kick off Aug. 22

Based on the “amazing” success of Family Math Nights last year, the Jackson County School System has announced plans to continue the events for 2019-20. The first session, set for 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, at the school system’s 441 Gordon Street Center in Jefferson, will focus on “Number Sense for Everyone,” and Zaxby’s […]

Empower’s new leader is on the job in Jackson County

One of the Jackson County School System’s newest leaders was helping greet students and parents Friday, even though his own building won’t be open until 2021. John Uesseler, named CEO of the Empower College & Career Center in April, officially started work July 1, and he is already immersed in planning that will transform the […]

‘Excellence’ awards continue in new year

The Jackson County School System will continue to honor its “unsung heroes” with Excellence in Service awards in the 2019-20 school year. Community members, parents, students, and staff are invited to submit nominations for recognition at monthly meetings of the Board of Education. “Honorees are those who go above and beyond to further our district […]

Open Houses Wednesday – classes start Friday!

Open houses at our schools are set for WEDNESDAY, July 31! Staff members, including bus drivers and cafeteria workers, will be on hand to answer questions and help everyone get ready for the first day of classes on FRIDAY, August 2. * WJES will welcome students and families between 10 am-12 pm or between 2-4 […]

We are hiring!

Our partner ESS is now hiring Substitute Teachers and other support staff for the 2019-2020 school year. Apply today at ESS.com/jobs. Orientations are being scheduled, but only after you complete an online application. Come join us — the program offers weekly pay, an employee discount program, ongoing support, incentives, AND competitive benefits. One of the […]

Schools set orientation, open house dates

(UPDATED July 15 TO CHANGE TIMES FOR WEST JACKSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.) With classes set to begin Friday, Aug. 2, Jackson County School System staffers are planning events to welcome students and families back to school in the days ahead. Teacher/homeroom assignments and schedules will be distributed; bus drivers will be on hand to meet their […]

JCCS takes the SSTAGE again

Another Jackson County School System team has been recognized by the Student Support Team Association for Georgia with its highest honor for the second consecutive year. East Jackson Elementary School staff earned the 2019 SSTAGE STAR Award for Promising Practices for elementary schools in Georgia and will be recognized at the organization’s annual conference in January in […]

Jenica Johnson named NJES principal

Jenica Johnson was named principal at North Jackson Elementary School when the Jackson County Board of Education met Monday night, June 10, 2019. “She was selected among four excellent candidates, and she is going to serve with passion and commitment,” said Dr. April Howard, JCSS superintendent. Ms. Johnson most recently served as Principal at Lavonia […]

EJCHS earns National Beta title

The Eagles are soaring, snaring national recognition and a brand-new award for community service. East Jackson Comprehensive High School earned the National Beta Club 2019 Hall of Fame Service Award, the only high school among the organization’s national and international chapters to earn the distinction in the award’s inaugural year. National Beta is an 85-year-old […]

Free summer meals start June 3

Children 18 years old and younger can enjoy free meals beginning Monday, June 3, and continuing through Friday, July 26, at eight locations across Jackson County. Meals from a federally-funded initiative, administered by the Jackson County School System’s school nutrition program, will be served onboard school buses at stops in the Maysville, Commerce, and Nicholson […]

JCCHS sophomore to study in Italy

CIAO!, the Center for Introduction to Architecture Overseas, has awarded its first scholarship to Javier Alvarez-Alvarado, a Jackson County Comprehensive High School sophomore who recently earned first place in the American Institute of Architects Atlanta High School Design Competition. The decision by the board of the Center for Sustainable Urbanism, which awards the scholarship, was […]

Vaccinations for rising 7th- and 11th-graders

As parents of Jackson County School System students make plans for things to do over the summer, JCSS lead regional nurse Ronda Brewer in encouraging them to add vaccinations to the list. Before starting seventh grade, all students born on or after January 1, 2002, and entering or transferring into seventh grade will need proof […]

Robo Rumble Goes Regional

Next level ‘rumble’ draws students from Barrow, Oconee to Jackson County South Jackson Elementary School played host to the first-ever Regional Robo Rumble Saturday, April 27, and an SJES team came away with third-place honors. Chase Wingfield and Konrad Schramm, who advanced to the regional competition from the district-level contest March 9, finished behind second-place […]

ESS now hiring subs, parapros, custodians

The Jackson County School System is now working with ESS, an educational staffing firm,  to manage the hiring and placement process and provide better opportunities and benefits for substitute teachers, parapros, and custodians. The transition efforts began in February, said Dr. April Howard, JCSS superintendent, and ESS took the lead March 11, 2019. Under the terms […]

High Tech High School winners named

Jackson County Comprehensive High School students Valerie Segraves and Oscar Diaz won laptop computers in the Georgia High School High Tech Computer Competition last month. The awards were presented to the students and their teacher, Debbie Mintz, Career Exploration Coordinator for JCCHS, at a luncheon held April 17 at Cateechee Golf Club in Hartwell by […]

Can you help with summer meals?

Each summer 18 million students are at risk of going hungry when the school year ends and school lunches are no longer available. For many children, school meals are the only complete and nutritious meals they eat, and in the summer they go without. This summer, the need will likely increase. The Seamless Summer Food […]

JCSS earns ‘Amazon Future Engineer’ grant

Students at East Jackson Comprehensive High School will join their Jackson County Comprehensive High School counterparts in the “Amazon Future Engineer” program in the coming school year. Amazon is promoting the initiative as a way to make computer science available to all students. The four-part, childhood-to-career program works to inspire and educate 10 million children […]

Spring ‘Excellence’ award winners named

Two school employees and two volunteers were honored by the Jackson County Board of Education with Excellence in Service awards in March and April. Melissa Nixon, who works with family engagement at South Jackson Elementary School, was honored March 11 for her willingness to “immediately take action to find and/or support those in need.” Her […]

Road closures affect bus routes

UPDATE: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 – 1:31 pm … Road situations are still evolving: We have just been informed that the county is closing Lebanon Church Road at the Highway 82 end. Unlike the closing of Deer Creek Farms subdivision (see below) which affects the west side, the Lebanon Church Road closing affects South Jackson […]

Drivers up for annual bus rodeo

There are no cowboy boots or bucking broncos involved, but you’ll find plenty of reflective vests and clipboards (and even a golf cart) being put to use this week at the Jackson County School System’s annual Bus Rodeo. The mandatory, annual review of skills for more than 120 drivers began last week. These JCSS employees […]

Family Math Night is Thursday, April 18

Parents planning to join their children and Jackson County School System teachers for the next installment of Family Math Night are asked to register by noon the day of the event, Thursday, April 18. The session will begin at 5 p.m. at JCSS’s 441 Gordon Street Center in Jefferson and will feature a hot-dog-and-ice-cream supper. […]

Special Olympics draws hundreds to EJCHS

The rain that drizzled during opening ceremonies did not appear to dampen the spirits of nearly 200 athletes competing in Special Olympics Friday, April 12, at East Jackson Comprehensive High School. The parade of athletes featured more than 100 students from the Jackson County School System as well as Commerce and Jefferson city schools, and […]

31 ‘Difference Makers’ Honored

Identifying challenges and looking for solutions, following their passions and sharing their ideas, 31 third-, fourth- and fifth-graders in Jackson County’s elementary schools were honored as Difference Makers last month. Ranging from a device that makes it easier to carry a carload of groceries into the house without cutting off the circulation to your fingers, […]

Maysville highlights Farm-to-School for USDA

For the second consecutive year, members of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Produce Safety University program recently visited with students and staff at Maysville Elementary School. MES was highlighted March 27 as part of the university’s field experience, and the visit gave USDA and school officials the opportunity to see first-hand the work being done […]

Rewards for playing along, eating well

Jackson County School System students have been big winners in recent promotions for participation in meals served in local cafeterias. Zach Brown, a senior at Jackson County Comprehensive High School won a Samsung Galaxy tablet for his red-and-black Panther-themed artwork encouraging students to eat breakfast. Runners-up received prize bags with the “Start your Engines” theme […]

All schools Project SAVE certified

Faculty, administrators, and support staff at Jackson County Comprehensive High School and West Jackson Elementary School completed CPR/AED emergency response training March 15 during a professional learning day for Jackson County School System employees. Thanks to local funding and support from a number of community organizations and foundations, all JCSS facilities are now equipped with […]

Science Olympiad competitors bring home medals, trophy

Student scientists from Maysville Elementary School rocketed to two first-place finishes in a Northeast Georgia Regional Science Olympiad Saturday, and their South Jackson Elementary School counterparts soared to a sixth-place overall finish. Nearly 400 youngsters from 19 schools across the area put their heads together for the competition, held at Oconee County High School, including […]

‘Grow with Google’ set March 26

Adults looking to improve skills for growing their own businesses or advancing their careers —  or just helping their children navigate the Google world — have a new opportunity in Jackson County next week. The Jackson County School System will host a free workshop to present an overview of Google’s Applied Digital Skills program Tuesday, […]

Pennington, Ellis to lead; Halley retiring

Allyson Pennington was named principal of East Jackson Elementary School by the Jackson County Board of Education Monday night, March 11, 2019. She will be only the second principal for the school, which opened in 2003. Pennington is in her first year as assistant principal at EJES; the BOE named Lisa Ellis to take Pennington’s […]

Philips, Ely honored for service

Excellence in Service awards were presented to two elementary school volunteers at the February 18 meeting of the Jackson County Board of Education. West Jackson Elementary School’s Phipps Philips was praised for his “willingness to ‘hunt and gather’ random lists of supplies, prepare materials, and help to see projects to fruition.” His anonymous volunteer noted […]

Lindbergs, Wilco are state WBL champs

Kathy and Kevin Lindberg, owners of Wilco Printing & Signs in Braselton, were named ACT (American College Testing) Workforce Champion for the state of Georgia. ACT College and Career Readiness Champions are workforce professionals, like the Lindbergs; high school seniors; K-12 professionals; or postsecondary professionals who are making a positive impact on their communities through […]

Next Family Math Night set for March 12

It’s a simple equation: Parents + Kids + Teachers + Food = Math Success. At least that’s been the experience for the Jackson County School System. With five Family Math Nights held since the fall and three more set before the end of the school year, Dr. Katie Warwick, JCSS math curriculum coordinator, said she feels good about […]

Outstanding service honored

Melvin and Katie Brock, longtime westside bus drivers for the Jackson County School System retired recently with “big checks” presented for “faithful service.” David Farmer, JCSS director of transportation, and Dr. Selena Blankenship, director of human resources, explained at the February 11 meeting of the Board of Education that Mr. and Mrs. Brock, who rarely […]

Kindergarten Round-Up March 20-21

Ready? Set? It’s time for the annual Kindergarten Round-Up. Parents can call the school their children will attend for the 2019-20 school year beginning Monday, March 4, to make an appointment for the annual “round-up” event. School phone numbers and a list of the documents required are listed in the flyer below. Click here for […]

‘Super buckets’ for Super Bowl wins

The Jackson County School System celebrated Super Bowl LIII with creative menus and prize buckets for students across the county earlier this month. From “Blindside BBQ Chicken” sandwiches and “Halftime Show Hot Dogs,” to “Touchdown Tacos” and “NFL Nachos” (and even “Blitz Burgers”), school nutrition department workers and their leader, Dr. Debra Morris, had fun […]

New law clarifies stopping for buses

State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced a change in Georgia law Friday, one drivers need to heed. “I have been concerned about our students’ safety since House Bill 978, which addressed passing a stopped school bus on a highway divided by a turn lane, was signed into law last year,” Superintendent Woods said. An attorney general’s […]

WJMS Reading Bowl Team on its way

West Jackson Middle School’s Reading Bowl Team took first place for the second year in a row in the Eastern Regional competition for the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, held in Augusta Feb. 9. WJMS will move on to compete in the Eastern Division competition at Georgia Southern University March 2, and the top team will […]

Byers, Brown honored for ‘Excellence’

One east side, one west; one a volunteer, one a member of the staff; and both essential to and honored by the Jackson County Board of Education. Mandy Byers, a parent volunteer nominated by East Jackson Comprehensive High School, and Sandra Brown, Jackson County Comprehensive High School cafeteria manager, were recognized with Excellence in Service […]

‘Dirt turned’ for new school – Bond vote March 19

It was blue skies and sunshine when the Jackson County Board of Education hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new west-side high school on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at 4 p.m. We live-streamed the event — click here to see it in our archive. The event was held on the new school’s property, which is bordered […]

EJCHS, JCCHS recognized for AP enrollment, success

Jackson County and East Jackson comprehensive high schools are among just 200 across the state of Georgia recognized for participation in Advanced Placement STEM classes and only 128 recognized as AP STEM Achievement Schools. EJCHS also was cited as one of 142 AP Humanities Schools. State School Superintendent Richard Woods named a total of 230 AP […]

JD Smith earns top honors in Bee

It started with bric-a-brac and ended with moustache – or mustache, depending on your spelling. And depending on spelling was the order of the day for students competing for the Jackson County School System Spelling Bee title and the chance to advance to the District 3 contest later this month and the nationals in May. JD Smith, […]

State honors MTSS work

Honoring work for students whose behavior impacts their ability to achieve, the Student Support Team Association for Georgia Educators recognized the Jackson County School System Jan. 16 at its 2019 conference in Athens. SSTAGE’s Star Award for Promising Practices was presented to JCSS for its efforts to match effective solutions to student needs where behavior issues are […]

Family Math Night fun is multiplying!

Chick-fil-A Braselton will provide dinner for parents and children attending the next Family Math Night, and participation is multiplying!   The monthly events have drawn growing crowds, with approximately 100 attending the January 15 session. There is no cost to the families for meals or the learn-through-games sessions designed for students in kindergarten through eighth […]

New high school groundbreaking Jan. 31

The Jackson County Board of Education will host a groundbreaking ceremony for its new west-side high school on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at 4 p.m. The event will be held on the new school’s property, which is bordered by Highway 332 and Skelton Road, with the entrance for the groundbreaking on the Highway 332 side of […]

Parent responses sought on ‘school climate’

The Georgia Department of Education is conducting its annual student health survey, seeking input from parents, teachers, and students to determine school climate ratings. The surveys help meet the requirements of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act and guide grant funding as well as school prevention and intervention programs. THE GEORGIA PARENT SURVEY is modeled […]

Register for Pre-K starting Feb. 1

UPDATE – March 1, 2019: Applications are now closed for 2019-20 Pre-K. The drawing is set for March 13. Please contact your child’s school for additional information.   Originally posted Jan. 14, 2019 … Applications for Pre-K will be available at all Jackson County elementary schools beginning Feb. 1, 2019. Children must be four years […]

Next family math night is Jan. 15!

Working on math skills through play The focus is on card games when Jackson County School System parents and children come together for Family Math Night Tuesday, Jan. 15. JCSS math curriculum specialist Dr. Katie Warwick said the school staff is excited about the program’s success in its first three months and is looking forward to Math Night with Cards. The event is set […]

Howard’s Highlights – December 2018

The Jackson County School System has had a wonderful start to the school year!  Our students and staff continue to meet new levels of excellence, and the entire district is being recognized for some amazing accomplishments. As we close out the first semester and the calendar year, here are just a few of the highlights […]

Three honored for making ‘tough decisions in best interest of kids’

Three members of the Jackson County Board of Education were honored at the Dec. 10 meeting, their last regularly scheduled monthly meeting after a combination of nearly 40 years of service with “tough decisions” and the “best interests of kids” as a theme. Excellence in Service honors went to Tim Brooks, Steve Bryant, and Celinda Wilson. […]

Board approves upcoming calendars

The Jackson County Board of Education recently approved calendars for the next two school years. Click the links below for one-page copies to download and/or print. 2018-19 School Year calendar (approved Jan. 11, 2018) 2019-20 School Year calendar (dated 12-17-18 in the lower right corner) 2020-21 School Year calendar (dated 12-17-18 in the lower right corner) Note that there are […]

Mar-Jac donates $10K to Maysville

We are so grateful to our business partners — and especially to Mar-Jac Poultry for the donation of $10,000 to Maysville ElementarySchool! Fifth-grade student leadership team members Jazlyn Rojas and Jayden Hoopaugh, and Dr. Michele Archibald, MES principal, welcomed Brandon Boone and Charlie Howington to the school Dec. 11 for a “big check“ signing and to […]

Lee, Marx earn driver training certificates

Rebecca Lee and Melissa Marx were recently certified as School Bus Instructor/Trainers, joining Anita Sears and Kim Nash as part of the Jackson County School System’s bus driver training staff. “The growth in Jackson County has created a growing need for drivers, and we are glad to have two more trainers,” said Sears, the JCSS transportation […]

Two-hour weather delay Tuesday, Dec. 11

The Jackson County School System will delay the start of classes Tuesday for 2 hours, based on weather reports for our area. Buses will run 2 hours later than their normal schedules; schools will open their doors and begin classes 2 hours later than normal.   IF MORNING CONDITIONS CHANGE, the delay MAY BE EXTENDED […]

‘Outstanding coach’ to lead Panthers

Veteran southeast Georgia football coach Rich McWhorter will lead the Jackson County Comprehensive High School Panthers, joining the school staff next month. JCCHS athletic director Brad Hayes made the announcement Thursday evening after a meeting of the Jackson County Board of Education.  Coach McWhorter joins the Panthers after serving as head coach at Charlton County […]

Empower Center wins $3M grant!

  December 6, 2018 — The Empower College & Career Center was awarded a $3 million grant from the Technical College System of Georgia when the TCSG board met today in Atlanta. EC3 will join a group of nearly 60 such schools across the state that have opened under an initiative led by Lt. Governor Casey […]

Third Family Math Night is Monday, Dec. 3

With attendance increasing each time — and the time for holiday cookies drawing near — the Jackson County School System is planning its third Family Math Night for parents and children Monday, Dec. 3. Parents, guardians — even grandparents — and students in kindergarten through eighth grade will meet from 5-7 p.m. at JCSS’s 441 […]

Five honored with ‘Excellence’ awards

A paraprofessional and theater volunteers, a bus driver and a bookkeeper were honored recently by the Jackson County School System with Excellence in Service awards. Linda Moss, who works side-by-side with special education inclusion classroom teachers at South Jackson Elementary, was described as “an amazing paraprofessional.” Fifth-grade teacher Kathy Krebs nominated her, noting that Moss […]

‘Family Math Night’ Nov. 13

Interested in how you might help your child with fractions, decimals, and percentages? Looking for tips and tools to make it easier and meaningful? The Jackson County School System has set a series of meetings to help parents help their children, with the next one set for Tuesday, Nov. 13. The second of eight sessions, for parents of children […]

AEDs donated to JCSS

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation’s Board of Directors recently awarded more than $7,200 for the purchase of five automated external defibrillators and accessories to the Jackson County School System.  Cheryl Hall, clinic aide at North Jackson Elementary School, and Ronda Brewer, lead regional nurse for the school system, accepted delivery of the AEDs and readied them for distribution to five schools […]

CCRPI scores show top rankings for JCSS

Posted below is the full release of information from the Georgia Department of Education, detailing the first scores from the redesigned College & Career Ready Performance Index — the CCRPI — with links to extensive explanatory material for parents and our community. The scores show the Jackson County School System is ranked No. 18 of […]

FFA headed to nationals (again)!

UPDATE – Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018: They won! They won! Check out the West Jackson Middle School FFA Facebook page for details!   The Jackson County School System is — again — sending representatives to national competition with the FFA and celebrating more top recognitions, including those for alumni. West Jackson Middle School’s FFA chapter […]

REACH Scholars celebrate with Gov. Deal

The Jackson County School System was honored today to welcome Gov. Nathan Deal to recognize our first REACH Scholars! Eighth-graders Ivan Altamirano, Alex Diaz, and Manuelis Villalobos Chaparro were selected from West Jackson Middle School; East Jackson County Comprehensive High School eighth-graders are Joseph Hanley and Sarah Martin. Students and their parents/guardians participated in a signing ceremony, making […]

WJES Mosaic Exhibited at High Museum

The West Jackson Elementary School Art Club’s 8-ft x 7-ft crayon mosaic is now on display at High Museum of Art, Atlanta, in a student “pop-up show” through OCT. 28. Created by approximately 50 students during the 2017-18 school year, the mosaic is made up of hundreds of crayons arranged to complete the design. “Students in Art Club […]

Lawrence named Teacher of the Year

Congratulated online by hundreds of students, parents, colleagues, and teachers who taught him, Dr. Shannon Lawrence has been named Jackson County School System Teacher of the Year. Dr. Lawrence, a career, technical, and agricultural education teacher at Jackson County Comprehensive High School, was cheered on by CTAE students who had gathered in the hallways when […]

‘Lots 2 Love’ 4 Nat’l School Lunch Week

  Packing or buying school lunch is a daily debate for many families — and local students will have a chance to have a favorite recipe from home become part of the school lunch menu with a contest underway this week. The Jackson County School System is hoping to educate parents about healthy school choices […]

Excellence in Service: Moon & Dearman

Service excellence awards highlight compassion Compassionate support of students and their families characterizes the work of Brandy Moon and Teresa Dearman, honored with the first Jackson County School System Excellence in Service awards of the new school year. Moon, food service manager at North Jackson Elementary School, and Dearman, who works with registration and data […]

‘Authentic learning’ for JCCHS students on new high school plans

Four architectural drawing and design students from Jackson County Comprehensive High School got to sit in on a planning and construction meeting for the proposed high school on the county’s west side last week, putting “real world, authentic learning” in the forefront. Megan McDowell, Elias Gomez Del Rio, Reese Daar, and PJ Gudz gathered around the table […]

First ‘Parent Math Night’ (+ supper) Oct. 9

Interested in how you might help your child with fractions, decimals, and percentages? Looking for tips and tools to make it easier and meaningful? The Jackson County School System is setting a series of meetings to help parents help their children, beginning with one that starts right after fall break. The first of eight sessions, for parents […]

Community Presentations, Videos Available

Miss the recent Community Conversations? Interested in the presentations that preceded the small group sessions? Here’s your chance! The overview presentation is shared below and you can click here to download it. Click the text here for the links to the embedded videos on … * XQ High Schools * our Empower College and Career Center […]

‘Community Conversations’ Aug. 23 & 27

The Jackson County School System will host the first of two “Community Conversations” about student and school accountability Thursday evening at East Jackson Comprehensive High School. Parents and community stakeholders are invited to participate in the event, which will begin at 6 p.m. in the school auditorium. A second session is set for 6 p.m. […]

Press release: Proposed property tax increase

The Jackson County Board of Education has announced its intention to increase the 2018 property taxes it will levy this year by 3.68 percent over the rollback millage rate. Click here to see the advertisement that ran in the local newspaper of record. Each year, the board of tax assessors is required to review the […]

EJCHS construction program earns national certification

The construction program at East Jackson Comprehensive High School has earned its national industry certification. A rigorous evaluation process during the 2017-18 school year secured the recognition, issued jointly by NCCER, the National Center for Construction Education and Research, and CEFGA, the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia. “This recognizes programs that are teaching the skills […]

Test results presented; feedback sought

As the Jackson County School System seeks input from stakeholders about the measures of success that matter, results of last spring’s state-wide standardized tests are being reported and made available to parents. Troy Johnson, JCSS’s director of school improvement and accountability, presented summary results of Georgia Milestones to members of the Jackson County Board of […]

One-night-only museum to showcase grant challenges

The hands-on, interactive “Jacksonian Air and Space Museum” will be open — for only 45 minutes — at South Jackson Elementary School Monday evening, Aug. 13. Open from just 5:45 to 6:30 p.m., the walk-through exhibit is the culmination — and celebration — of a Mathematics & Science Partnership Grant with a really long title: […]

School Open Houses Listed

June 20, 2018 – Updated July 26, 2018 – Open house dates and times for all 10 of our schools have been announced! Each school plans its own activities and will post additional information on its own websites and social media pages. Some already have posted school supply lists and other details — click on the […]

JCSS named ‘Get Georgia Reading’ campaign community

The Jackson County Schools System has just been named a “Get Georgia Reading” campaign community,” according to Amy Godfrey, K-12 literacy specialist. JCSS joins nearly 90 communities across the state that are organizing early language and literacy development approaches around the campaign’s four pillars: language-rich adult-child interaction, access, positive learning climate, and teacher preparation and […]

WJMS: A work in progress

Significant improvements will greet students and staff July 30 when they return to West Jackson Middle School for the start of the 2018-19 school year. Watch for photos early next week! “Our staff and the contractors entrusted with this important effort have worked tirelessly during the seven weeks since summer break began to meet an […]

JCSS earns state honors for student support

The Jackson County School System has earned state-wide honors for its work to ensure success for all learners. The Star Award for Promising Practices will be presented in January by the Student Support Team Association for Georgia Educators, or SSTAGE, which works to match effective solutions to student needs where behavior issues are a factor in […]

State honors JCSS for bus safety

  The Jackson County School System transportation department took top honors in mid-June, riding to the top in a first-ever, state-wide competition for school bus safety. State School Superintendent Richard Woods recognized the winners of the Georgia Department of Education’s inaugural Pupil Transportation Safety Awards June 18, naming JCSS the winner among schools with enrollment of […]

Free meals for all county children begin May 29

UPDATE – June 26, 2018 – Due to a lack of participation, the summer meal service provided by the Jackson County School System to the Oak Grove, Rock Forge and Swan Court areas will be discontinued beginning Monday, July 2. The last day of meal service at these locations will be Friday, June 29. Meals will […]

JCSS students selected for Governor’s Honors Program

  Two Jackson County School System students have been invited to participate in the highly-selective Governor’s Honors Program and another has been named as an alternate, according to the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement.  Julia Doan, East Jackson County Comprehensive High School, and Noah Avrett, Jackson County Comprehensive High School, are among just 671 finalists […]

Palmer named new EJCHS principal

The Jackson County Board of Education approved the appointment of Chanda Palmer as the principal of East Jackson Comprehensive High School for the 2018-19 school year at its meeting April 16, 2018. Mrs. Palmer, currently assistant principal at EJCHS, began her teaching career in Jackson County in 1993 as an English teacher at Jackson County Comprehensive […]

Seamless Summer Feeding Program Seeks Sites

Each summer 18 million students are at risk of going hungry when the school year ends and school lunches are no longer available.  For many children, school meals are the only complete and nutritious meals they eat, and in the summer they go without. This summer, the need will likely increase. The Seamless Summer Food […]

New principals named for middle schools, GSES

Three principals were named by the Jackson County Board of Education during a called meeting March 21. Melissa Conway was hired as principal at West Jackson Middle School and Todd Graichen, at Gum Springs Elementary School, beginning July 1. Kimra Johnson, named interim principal at East Jackson Middle School in February, will take the principal’s […]

JC schools are state champs, runners up in Reading Bowl

West Jackson Middle School took top honors in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl state championships March 24, and Gum Springs Elementary School finished in second place. Both teams advanced through earlier competitions to make it to the state finals, held at the University of Georgia’s Center for Continuing Education during the 50th annual Conference on […]

Service Award Honors Churches

The congregations and staff members of two local churches were honored for their support of the students and staff of the Jackson County School System March 12. Southside Church and Hope Crossings Church were presented Excellence in Service awards at the monthly meeting of the Jackson County Board of Education. Marlana Meehan, a fourth-grade teacher […]

BOE honors Akins Ford

Brad Akins, left, president of Akins Ford in Winder, was recognized March 12 for an extraordinary donation to the Jackson County School System. In the fall, the dealership made two 2017 Ford F350 flatbed trucks available to the Jackson County School System for a $1-a-month lease and a commitment to replace the vehicles annually. The […]

National Conference Features JCSS Teachers

The Jackson County School System provided two “share-a-thon” presentations and sent 18 educators to the National Science Teachers Association’s annual conference at the World Congress Center in Atlanta last week, according to Deborah Riddleberger, science curriculum coordinator for JCSS. Drawing over 10,000 attendees, the NSTA conference featured more than 1,200 education sessions, including case studies, […]

JC Reading Bowl Teams Headed for State

Jackson County School System rocked the reading bowl again March 3, and the Gum Springs Elementary and West Jackson Middle schools’ teams are headed to the state competition in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl. After advancing from the East Region competition in Augusta Feb. 10, the two teams beat all comers to take first-place honors at their respective […]

7 Schools earn Title I awards

Seven of the eight schools in the Jackson County School System eligible for the Georgia Department of Education’s Academic Achievement Awards Program are being recognized as Title I Reward Schools. The annual program honors and rewards K-12 Title I schools and school districts for significant progress in improving student achievement and/or making significant progress in […]

Heart + Cart = Share Table at EJES

Combine a youngster with a heart and a company with a cart and you get something called a Share Table at East Jackson Elementary School that helps feed hungry children. Drew Saucier, an 11-year-old fifth-grader, noticed that his classmates were throwing food away — “I’m talking about food that can be saved,” he wrote in […]

3 teams, 3 trophies: Reading Bowl competition underway

Jackson County School System teams led the ticket in Augusta Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, taking top honors in the East Region round of the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.    West Jackson Middle School led the way with first place for total points, followed by Gum Springs and North Jackson elementary schools, in second and third […]

Digital learning opportunities help address snow-day concerns

If it’s true that “necessity is the mother of invention,” inclement weather must be its father! From Hurricane Irma to Winter Storm Inga, Jackson County School System students, staff, and families have felt the effects of discombobulated days, canceled classes and queasy questions — like, “Are we going to be going to school in July?!” […]

2018-19 School Year Calendar Approved

The Jackson County Board of Education approved the calendar for the 2018-19 school year at its meeting Jan. 11, 2018. “There is no question that this is something of a change for our community,” said Dr. April Howard, superintendent, in describing a calendar that has teachers reporting on July 24 and students returning July 30. […]

New Chromebooks distributed

Cat Flippen and Todd Nickelsen, the Jackson County School System’s director of personalized learning and innovation and its assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, respectively, presented details of a competitive grant process that awarded 1000 more Chromebooks in our schools at the Dec. 11, 2017, Board of Education meeting. Teachers from across the Jackson County School […]

Innovation accelerating at WJES

West Jackson Elementary School has earned a $10,000 grant as a participant for the Fiscal Year 2018 Innovation Fund Accelerator through the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. “We are excited for this opportunity,” said Dr. Amity Hardegree, WJES principal. “It will provide support for our team as we strategically design and implement innovative instructional practices, […]

WJMS takes top honors (again) at 2017 FFA convention

For the second time in three years, the West Jackson Middle School team is bringing home the highest honors from the FFA national convention. Named 2017 Middle School Model of Excellence winner at the 90th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis last week, the Jackson County School System’s team also was the outstanding middle […]

Akins Ford helps FFA students keep on truckin’

Akins Ford in Winder has made two 2017 Ford F350 flatbed trucks available to the Jackson County School System for a $24 lease for the coming year with a commitment to replace the vehicles annually. The trucks, valued at a total of more than $100,000, bear the Akins logo, along with logos for the East […]

Debbie Darling is JCSS Teacher of the Year

It’s been quite a journey for Debbie Darling, fourth-grade teacher at Gum Springs Elementary School, who was named Teacher of the Year for the Jackson County School System Sept. 29. She and her students were surprised shortly after 9 o’clock Friday morning with a balloon bouquet and a visit from JCSS Superintendent Dr. April Howard; […]

Fall Break — it’s on!

Hurricane Irma snapped a lot of branches and caused some real problems in our area, but she didn’t damage fall break! Dr. April Howard, superintendent of the Jackson County School System, has announced that the days originally set aside will be preserved. As previously scheduled, students will have three days without classes, Wednesday, Oct. 11, […]

Know when to STOP for school buses!

The Georgia Department of Education and State School Superintendent Richard Woods are urging motorists to use caution when approaching a school bus and to brush up on the law regarding passing a bus (see links and more information below).   According to Georgia law, vehicles traveling in BOTH directions must stop when a school bus […]

Jackson County FFA students in national spotlight (again)

The Jackson County School System’s FFA programs are again reaping honors at the highest levels. The West Jackson Middle School team is among the top five middle school chapters in the U.S. for the fourth year in a row, and Jackson County Comprehensive High School senior Drew Brooksher is one one of four national finalists for […]

Press release: Proposed property tax increase

The Jackson County Board of Education today announces its intention to increase the 2017 property taxes it will levy this year by 2.24 percent over the rollback millage rate. Each year, the board of tax assessors is required to review the assessed value for property tax purposes of taxable property in the county. When the trend […]

Finding food — up on the roof

A group of Jackson County’ School System’s elementary and middle school teachers learned about sustainable food systems when they visited the Green Roof Garden on top of the University of Georgia’s Geography-Geology building July 18.   Instead of the usual flat, gray roof, this building, one of the main science buildings on the Athens campus, […]