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New high school groundbreaking Jan. 31

The Jackson County Board of Education will host a groundbreaking ceremony for its new high school 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 the property. […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

Hearings set for FY 2019 budget

The Jackson County Board of Education will hold hearings on September 6, 2018, at 6:00 PM and September 14, 2018, at 7:30 AM at the Board of Education’s Central Office located at 1660 Winder Highway, Jefferson, Georgia, 30549 to provide the opportunity for public input on its budget prior to final adoption. Click here to […]

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, […]