Dear Jackson County School Students and Families,
The 2014-2015 school-year has been exciting and full of opportunities and celebrations of student success. Our students have continued to reach new heights and demonstrate their commitment to excellence. We celebrate the graduation of 421 students with 158 being recognized as honor graduates! Jackson County Comprehensive High School and East Jackson Comprehensive High School are sending students off to various colleges and universities including MIT, Georgia Tech, and other honorable institutions across our nation. Students have earned over $2,000,000 in scholarship awards!
The Jackson County School System also had many district-wide celebrations including:
- Holly Canup, Media Resource Specialist/Online Instructor at East Jackson Comprehensive High was named one of 10 State finalists for 2016 Georgia Teacher of the Year.
- East Jackson Elementary, North Jackson Elementary, East Jackson Middle School, and West Jackson Middle School recognized by the State of Georgia as Highest-Performing School Title I Reward Schools
- Jackson County Comprehensive High School and East Jackson Comprehensive High School identified as AP STEM Achievement Schools for having students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40 percent of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of 3 or higher
- The Governor's Office of Student Achievement selected Jackson County Schools as one of the 2014 Innovation Fund planning grant award winners. Jackson County Schools will receive $10,000 for INSPIRE (Innovative, Student-centered, Personalized Instruction that is Rigorous and Engaging). The district is implementing innovative model classrooms to highlight personalized learning.
- Jackson County received a Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) Program grant for RAFTSTEM (Robotics Activities for Teaching STEM). The system is partnering with UGA and local industry to develop a robotics curriculum aligned to math and science standards for grades 3-8.
- Jackson County has partnered with the University of North Georgia to establish a UNG regional hub at East Jackson Comprehensive High School serving dual students in Jackson, Banks, Commerce, and Jefferson City.
- Jackson County is excited about the partnership and upcoming opening of Foothills Education Charter High School in August 2015. Foothills will be located in a wing of East Jackson Comprehensive High School and will serve students from the surrounding area who need another chance at graduation.
- CTAE accomplishments: JCCHS--The Senior Livestock Evaluation Team was recognized for placing 2nd in State competition. WJMS-- State Winning National Chapter Award and Recognized as 2nd in the Nation as Outstanding Middle School. EJMS-- Area II Gold Emblem Wildlife and Natural Resources Record Book, State Winning Record Book. EJCHS-- state winner in the Fruit Production Proficiency Area and Agricultural Mechanics: Repair & Maintenance Proficiency Area and will continue onto National Competition.
- South Jackson Elementary School was selected as a Feed My School for a Week participant. The "Feed My School" program increases awareness about the importance of proper nutrition and healthy eating, while assisting schools in sourcing local produce and products. The program sponsored by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Department of Education. East Jackson Elementary School is a Georgia Grown Test Kitchen Site. Through this initiative we develop and test recipes using Georgia Grown items and share our information with the Department of Agriculture. The "Georgia Grown Test Kitchen" program promotes local and healthy eating in schools across the state through supplying school nutrition directors with healthy recipes using Georgia Grown commodities.
- Mason & Morgan Crawford were among 10 students selected from across the state to receive an Award of Excellence for academics and extracurricular from the Department of Student Supports and Special Education.
- Athletic Accomplishments
- Boys Cross country - State runner up
- Fast Pitch and Boys Basketball advanced to state playoffs
- Girls and Boys Soccer- advanced to state playoffs
- Track & Field - 7 girls and 5 boys competed in the state meet
- 4 Seniors signed athletic scholarships
- Softball - Region Champs and made it to the sweet 16 in the playoffs
- Cross Country - Finished 10th in state
- Competition Cheerleading - Finished 8th in state
- Volleyball - qualified for the state playoffs
- Wrestling - 8 wrestlers qualified for the state tournament and 1 finished state runner-up
- Boys Soccer - qualified for the state tournament (2nd year in a row)
- Baseball - made it to the elite 8 in the state playoffs
- Girls Golf - finished 10th in the state
- 9 Seniors signed athletic scholarships
As we celebrate the close of 2014-2015, we look forward to the 2015-2016 school year. Jackson County Schools has modified transportation to improve student service. Some afternoon routes will combine middle and high students to expedite delivery times. Additionally, school start and end times were slightly adjusted to:
Elementary 7:45AM-2:30 PM
Middle 8:00AM-3:20 PM
High School 8:00AM-3:10 PM
We would like to thank you for your continuous feedback and support in making Jackson County Schools the most sought after system in the state of Georgia. It is a privilege to serve the children and our community. May you have a restful, enjoyable and safe summer. We look forward to seeing you in August. Please look for open house dates and times on our district and school webpages!