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Professional Learning for Early Care Providers

Early Learning Topic 3

Notification of Right to Request Teacher Qualifications


STLP Goes to State STLP

Congratulations to Jackson County Middle School's STLP team on advancing from regional to state competition. The Colonels performed very well at the regioinal competition in Somerset on Thursday, December 13. They will compete against other schools from across Kentucky in Lexington this spring for a chance to advance to the ISTE conference in Philadelphia this summer.


Good luck, Colonels!

2018-2019 CSIP Review SR

The 2018-2019 is now available for public review. Please click here to view the complete document.

School Safety Issue Safety

Dear JCMS Families,


Please find attached a letter about an unfortunate incident that occured on school property earlier this morning. Please be assured that ALL students and staff are secure and safe. Also, I encourage everyone to please not believe the rumor mill that may result from this incident. I assure each of you--as concerned parents/guardians--that the matter has been handled in a manner that put the safety of students and staff foremost. As stated in the official letter, I highly recommend that you take time to discuss with your child the implications of poor decisions. As a district and school, we take each allegation involving school safety very seriously. As far as the incident itself, the letter contains all the information that can be shared with the public, as the matter involved a minor.


Thank you,

Brad Kerby

Winter Formal Dance

Winter Formal

Happy Thanksgiving Thanksgiving

There will be no school Wednesday, November 21-Friday, November 23, 2018.


Everyone have a great Thanksgiving!

Employment Opportunities Berea

Jackson County Board of Education is currently accepting applications on behalf of Jackson County Middle School for four classified with degree positions.  These positions are offered in collaboration with Berea College, Partners for Education Gear-Up Opportunity. The advertisement begins on Friday, November 9, 2018, and the advertisement will end on Monday, November 19, 2018. The positions are also advertised in Jackson County Public School’s Job Registry at the Central Office.  For additional information, please contact Dr. Brad Kerby, Principal at the Jackson County Middle School, at 606-287-8351.


(2) Academic Interventionist positions

                Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree is required



(2) College and Career Navigator positions

                Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree is required


2nd Trimester Class Rotations


Bid Opening for Kitchen Equipment
Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week

Sand Gap Food Bank Food Drive

Food Drive

Appalachian Mountain Wrestling


JCPS Has Three Schools in Highest Assessment Designation

Last week, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released the 2017-18 student assessment results.  Kentucky continues to transition to a new accountability system; consequently, many of the accountability measures have changed or have been revised. This year, elementary schools and middle schools were measured by their performance on three indicators; proficiency, separate academic, and growth.  The proficiency indicator measures student performance on K-Prep reading and math assessments. The separate academic indicator measures student performance on K-Prep science, social studies, and writing on-demand assessments. The growth indicator measures students’ current year progress toward proficiency in reading and math and takes into account the projected likelihood that the students will achieve proficiency within the next two years.

Kona Ice Kona Ice
Archery Tryouts Archery

Archery tryouts will be Wednesday, October 3, 2018, from 3:30PM until 5:00PM. Please complete the permission form to tryout. This will be the FINAL archery tryout date. If you have questions, please contact Coach Rogers at: deanna.rogers@jackson.kyschools.us

Open House

Open House will be on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, from 3:30PM until 5:30PM.

School Safety & Attendance School Safety
Effective immediately, any parent/guardian who picks up his/her child from school must do so in an expeditious manner.
Attendance Matters! Attendance

Often we measure success in school based on class grades and end of the year tests. While those are important, it is also important to think about your child's attendance! Attendance is an invaluable tool that can determine if your child will be successful or not. Also, attendance habits learned at an early age transfer over into adulthood. If school attendance isn't important, then their future job attendance may not be important either.


Make school attendance a priority!
• Talk about the importance of showing up to school everyday, make that the expectation.
• Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
• Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.
• Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick. Complaints of headaches or stomach aches may be signs of anxiety.


If you have questions about your child's attendance, please call us at 606-287-8351.

School Pictures Picture Day

School pictures will be taken on Thursday, August 23, 2018!

Box Top Competition Box Tops

JCMS Families: We are holding a Box Top Drive to support our school. The homeroom that brings in the most Box Tops between now and Thursday, August 30, 2018, will receive a pizza party after the Labor Day break. Please bring in your Box Tops today! This event is sponsored by KyCID.



STOP TIPLINESafety is our first priority. In an effort to use every able resource to STOP bullying and other risky behaviors in our schools, the Jackson County Public School District proudly announces the implementation of the “Safety Tipline Online Prevention” or STOP! Tipline beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.   The STOP! Tipline is designed for use as an "online" reporting/prevention tool which is provided free by the Kentucky Center for School Safety. If students, parents or community members know of an unsafe situation in school (bullying, weapons, drugs or alcohol, etc.), they can anonymously pass on that information to school personnel by using this basic email format.

Our hope is that, students who fear face-to-face reporting of bullying or other safety issues may be less reluctant to share this vital information when offered an “online” option.   By giving students the ability to report concerns over their tablets, computers or mobile phones, we can reach more students and address problems before they escalate.

Dress Code for Students Dress Code
Immunization Requirements for All Grades Vaccine



As we begin preparing for the new 2018-2019 school year, it is important that parents are aware of a new immunization law that takes affect with the upcoming school year.  The new law addresses two different vaccinations.


*First, all students in Preschool through 12th grade are required to have the Hepatitis A vaccine. The Hepatitis A vaccine consists of two shots that are given six months apart.   Students must have the first Hepatitis A shot prior to the beginning of school.


*Second, students that are age 16 or older are required to have two Meningitis shots.  If students have already received their first Meningitis shot prior to their 16th birthday, they will need a booster shot. If students have received the first Meningitis shot after their 16th birthday, a booster shot is not required.  


If your child has already received the vaccinations, please contact your child’s health care provider to obtain a current immunization certificate to furnish to the school.  If your child has not received the vaccinations, the school nurses can assist you.  The Jackson County High School, in collaboration with the school nurses, will be offering a clinic on Monday, August 6, 2018 from 10:00am until 6:00pm at the Jackson County High School to administer the required vaccinations.  The school nurses will also be available during the school year to administer the required vaccinations. 


If you have any questions, please contact your child’s health care provider or the school nurse at your child’s school. 

7th Grade & 8th Grade Supply Lists Supplies

Please click on the link to access the updated Supply List for 7th Grade and 8th Grade. This is the most updated list available at this time. Please note: it is always a safe bet that teachers will require paper, pencils, and a folder.

Click here for supplies!

Back to School Bash

Back To School Bash

Student Registration Packet (2018-2019) Registration

JCMS Families:

Please find the 2018-2019 JCMS Student Registration Packet. You may print it, fill it out, and have it ready to submit at your child's orientation/registration event.

Click here for the JCMS Registration Packet!

Colonel Camp Colonel

Any student who will be in 6th grade is invited to participate in Colonel Camp. Colonel Camp is an orientation program that is offered by JCMS staff during two weeks in June. Please see the application for more details!

Click here for the application and details!

6th Grade Supply List

6th Grade Supplies List

2018 8th Grade Promotion Video

Congratulations to the JCMS Class of 2018!

Summer STEM


Summer Feeding

Summer Feeding

2018 Promotion Promotion

Parents and Guardians:


As the school year comes to a close, we have some monumental activities to share with you. First of all, the end of the year awards ceremonies will be on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (6th Grade: 12:00PM; 7th Grade: 9:30AM; 8th Grade: 8:15AM). Students who will be recognized at the Awards Day ceremony will receive a letter from their teacher inviting them and parents/guardians to the event.


On Friday, May 25, 2018, at 9:00AM, Jackson County Middle School will host its 2018 Promotion Ceremony for 8th grade students. The Promotion Ceremony will take place at the Jackson County Board of Education (formerly, Jackson County High School). Parents and families are welcome to attend. Seating is based on a first-come basis.


If you have questions, please contact Jackson County Middle School at 606-287-8351.

Sky Zone Waiver Sky Zone

Parents/Gardians of Students in 7th Grade:


In order to participate in activities at Sky Zone, Lexington, KY, you must complete the online waiver form. The form must be completed before the field trip. Please click below to complete the waiver:


JCMS K-PREP Testing Schedule Test




Parent SBDM Council Election Information SBDM Parent
Striving Readers Student Survey
KHSAA Physical Examination Form KHSAA

Any student who is interested in participating in middle school sports must have the KHSAA physical form completed and on file with the school.


Parent Input Needed Survey

Parents & Guardians:


Jackson County Middle School--along with all schools in Jackson County--has been selected as a grant receipient. The grant, Striving Readers, will provide the school with multiple opportunities to enhance students' literacy skills, including reading and writing.


Part of the grant's requirements is that the school ask for input from parents and guardians. Please take a few minutes to assist us in collecting some important information about your child's reading and writing habits.


Thank you so much for your help with this grant. The grant is available by clicking here!

Kona Ice

Kona Ice 2

Kona Ice

Kona Ice

Board Accepting Bids


  1. Bus 160 - 1993 International  Vin # (1HV88PLMXPH506337)  AS IS/NO WARRANTY
  2. Bus 213 – 2003 Ford School Bus with Handicap Lift
    Vin # (1FDWE35F03HB52646)  AS IS/NO WARRANTY
  3. 2002 Ford Taurus  Vin # (1FAFP53272A213367)  AS IS/NO WARRANTY4. 1996 Jeep Cherokee  Vin # (1J4FJ28S0TL194180) AS IS/NO WARRANTY
  4. Clark C500-25 Forklift (Propane Fueled)  AS IS/NO WARRANTY
  5. Wooden Doors
  6. 2X4 Lay In Light Fixtures
  7. Metal Halide Gym Light Fixtures
  8. Assorted Size Fluorescent Light Fixtures
  9. Assorted Scrap Metal
  10. Cafeteria Furniture
  11. Kent Propane Buffer
  12. Used Electrical Motors
  13. Diesel Motor – International DT 466
  14. Brake Drums
School Safety Video

Mr. Stephen Gabbard and Mrs. Betty Moore provided an update on school safety during the March board meeting. The presentation can be found at https://youtu.be/wvi3ig-mXXI

4th Nine Weeks Schedule Changes


JCMS Talent Show

Talent Show

Additional School Safety Measures


Always a priority among priorities for Jackson County Public Schools is the safety and well-being of our students and staff.  With the recent events that have happened in our state and our nation, and to ensure accurate communication, we would like to inform our parents/guardians, community and county of some of the additional safety measures that we do to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff. 


KSP Adopt A School Program

The Jackson County Public School District is pleased to announce that we are now involved with the Kentucky State Police Adopt-a-School Program.   KSP has designed this program to prevent and intervene in an effort to reduce threats of violence toward our schools.    When specifics of the program are implemented, there will be a noticeable increase of law enforcement presence both within school buildings and on school campuses as available KSP manpower and schedules allow.    Please be aware that the presence of a law enforcement official on school property does not necessarily mean that there is a specific threat to our schools, staff, or students.     We look forward to this partnership as our school community works together to create safer schools and to improve the student learning environment.   If you have specific questions regarding the KSP Adopt-A-School Program, please contact Stephen Gabbard at the Jackson County Central Administration Office Building.    stephen.gabbard@jackson.kyschools.us   


Mike Smith, Superintendent

Jackson County Public Schools

School Safety Letter from Mr. Smith

School Safety Letter

School Safety! School safety

Please read the following message from JCMS's principal about recent school safety concerns.

8th Grade T-Shirts T-Shirt

Anyone interested in ordering an 8th Grade T-Shirt, please see Mrs. Cornett or Ms. Vaughn. The cost is $20 per shirt. The last day for orders is Friday, March 9, 2018.


For clarification and to maintain open communication with parents and the community, JCPS would like to make everyone aware that Jackson County Middle School is NOT on lock down. Dr. Kerby was made aware of a rumor circulating on social media that the school was on lock down due to a weapon threat on campus. Again, this is just a rumor. JCMS is NOT on lock down and there are no threats against the school.

The district understands that everyone is very concerned about school safety due to recent events in Marshall County and Florida. Please know that the district has many safety measures in place to protect all staff and students.

Student Serves as Page in Kentucky Senate Morgan Bellamy

Eighth grade student, Morgan Bellamy, had the distinction of serving as a page in the Kentucky Senate.

Valentine's Day Valentine's Day
Heptatitis A Vaccine Health

Parents and Guardians:


Your child should have brought home a packet explaining new vaccination requirements for the 2018-2019 school year. Starting this August, students in K-12 must show an immunization for Hepatitis A. Jackson County Middle School will be offering the first dose of this vaccine at the beginning February. In order to receive the vaccine at JCMS, you must complete the permission form and return it to the school nurse. Otherwise, the vaccine may be received at the Jackson County Health Department or your primary care physician.


The packet that was sent home with students is available by clicking here!

Handwashing! Let's stay healthy! Handwashing
Early Dismissal

We will begin dismissing today at 2:00 pm due to the possibility of inclement weather.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

​Since the Hepatitis A Vaccine will become mandatory for all children, Family Health Care and the School Nurses Group will be administering those in the school clinics. If you would like for your child to get the Hepatitis A Vaccine at school, please call your child's school and speak to the school nurse.  If the school nurse does not administer the vaccine, you will need to provide the school with the child's shot record documenting the Hepatitis A vaccine.  If you have any questions, please all your school nurse Monday through Friday from 8 A.M. until 3 P.M.

NTID Lessons

All students should have received a green folder that contains lessons for NTI Day 1 & 2. If your child is planning to do the hard copy packets, they should have everything they need in the folder for Days 1 and 2. The first page of each lesson is the directions sheet. Everything your child needs to know about completing the assignment can be found on this sheet.

If your child is planning to do the lessons online, they still received a folder containing the directions sheet for each day. The directions sheet details what online platform they will be using and what they need to access when they get logged on.

These folders should remain at home so they will be available when the district calls a NTI Day.

If your child did not receive a green folder with lessons for NTI Day 1 and 2, please contact the school.

No school

No school in Jackson County on Tuesday, January 2nd.  

2017-2018 CSIP Draft

The 2017-2018 Jackson County Middle School Draft CSIP is now available for public review and comment.

Please click here to view the document (pdf).

Christmas Spirit Week Christmas Spirit Week

This week is Christmas Spirit Week!

JCMS Student Wins District Spelling Bee Nikki Seals

Congratulations to Nicki Seals on winning the district spelling bee! Nikki will go on to compete at the statewide spelling bee this spring in Louisville. She is an eighth grade student at Jackson County Middle School.

Red Ribbon Week Red Ribbbon Week

The week of October 30 is Red Ribbon Week at JCMS! Please see the schedule for each day's events.

Appalachian Mountain Wrestling Wrestling

Advanced Ring Side tickets can be purchashed from Coach Turner for $10. Please contact him at 606-287-8351.

Book Club Book Club

The Book Club will meet on Thursday, October 26, starting at 5:00PM. The meeting will take place in the school's library.

JCMS Outperforms Goal on K-PREP! K-PREP

Jackson County Middle School is happy to share with the community that it has reached a milestone in its performance on the statewide assessment, K-PREP. During the May 2017 administration of K-PREP, all grades and students at JCMS participated. Today, the Kentucky Department of Education has released the results of that assessment.

The 2017 K-PREP score showed significant gains in all areas. The largest area of growth was in the area of Gap Reduction. Gap Reduction from 2016 to 2017 showed gains of 46.4%. Novice Reduction was also an area of growth of 10.4% between the two assessment years.

In comparing the two years, the school showed a significant gain in its overall score of 20.5% on K-PREP. At 60.3%, the school exceeded its projected goal of 52% by 8.3%.

Congratulations to students and staff for a fantastic result on the 2017 K-PREP assessment! We wll strive to make more gains on the 2018 assessment!

Health Fair

Health Fair

Thursday, October 19th

9:00 am-- 1:00 pm

Jackson County Board of Education Gym


health fair

Science Department Participates in Embedded PD PIMSER

JCMS science teachers, Mrs. Tina Singletary, Mr. Rob Thomas, and Mr. Daniel Muncy, participated in the district's embedded professional development (PD) opportunity. The Partnership Institute for Math and Science Education Reform (PIMSER) PD was conducted at the Jackson County Central Office Administration Building on Thursday, September 21.

Letter Sent Home Today


Attendance Incentives Attendance

JCMS Teachers, Students, and Families:

The school will be offering incentives for the grade-level and classes that perform the best in attendance in the coming days and weeks. Please see the attached document to see what these incentives are!

Social Studies Teachers Attend State Conference KCSS

Teachers from the Social Studies and Arts & Humanities departments attended the annual Kentucky Council for the Social Studies conference on September 15, 2017, in Frankfort, KY. The teachers were Mrs. Sharon Thomas, Mrs. Debbie McQueen, and Mrs. Kristy Halcomb. The conference was held at the Kentucky Historical Society, and focused on "Exploring Citizenship through Change, Conflict, and Collaboration."

Book Club Book Club

JCMS parents and students are invited to attend the school year's first book club on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 5:00PM. The meeting will take place in the school's library. For more information, please contact Mrs. Sue Madden at 606-287-8351.

myON myON

Parents/Guardians: You are invited to attend the myON Family Night on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, starting at 5:30PM. You can learn about the myON program, win door prizes, receive a free meal, and learn about the book club. Please call 606-287-8351 to RSVP.

Parent Survey Parent Survey

Parents/Guardians, you are invited to complete a parent survey about school involvement and services. The survey is completely anonymous and your responses will be used to help the school. Thank you!

To complete the survey, please click here!

Half Day Schedule Half Day Schedule


Staff, Parents, and Guardians:

Jackson County Schools will be dismissing early on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. All staff will participate in Common Assessment Data activities from 12:30PM until 3:15PM. Teachers will meet with their departmental facilitators to begin this work.

Annual Science Fair Science Fair

The 2017 JCMS Science Fair was a huge success. Sixty-Eight students participated and created some very impressive projects. Creativity and scientific enthusiasm were on full display. Our students are amazing!


1st Place- Serena Witt "Recycled Vacuum"

2nd Place- Natalie Carl "Aerodynamics"

3rd Place- Brooklyn Madden "Elephant Toothpaste"


Also, thank you to Mr. Muncy for putting together another great event to showcase our students' scientific talents!


​Just a reminder, that there will be no school on Friday, September 1st and Monday, September 4th, 2017.  

Everyone enjoy the Jackson County Fair and also have a safe Labor Day Weekend!

Google Certified Teachers Google Certified

Congratulations to teachers who completed the Google Certified exam! The new Google Certified teachers are: Mrs. Lauren Bingham, Ms. Jana Taylor, Mrs. Nikki Browning, Mrs. Tanya Gilbert, and Ms. Kasi Gabbard.

Kona Ice Kona Ice

Kona Ice will be for sale on Thursday, August 31, during your lunch. Kiddie Size is $2, Regular Size is $3, and King Kona Size is $4. If you purchase a King Kona, you will receive a free Monster backpack keychain.

School Pictures School Pics

School pictures will be taken on Friday, August 25, 2017!

Open House Open House

Parents and guardians, JCMS will be hosting a back-to-school open house. You may pick up your child's i-Ready data and meet teachers. The open house will be on Tuesday, August 29, from 4:30PM to 7:00PM.

Solar Eclipse

There will be no school on Monday, August 21st due to the solar eclipse.  We encourage all parents and guardians to discuss the solar eclipse with their children and prepare them to safely watch this incredible event. 

Letter from District

Eclipse Information Sheet



Welcome Back! Welcome

Welcome to JCMS!


Students and families, faculty and staff are looking forward to a great 2017-2018 school year. Throughout the year, please check the website and school Facebook page (@jacksoncountymiddle) for updates about activities at the school. Also, please view the school's calendar--which is located on the webpage--for upcoming events.


JCMS Principal Survey

We would like to get your feedback and opinion as we begin our search for the next principal at Jackson County Middle School. Please fill out this quick survey and let us know the qualities that you believe the next principal at JCMS should possess. Please rank each of the following criteria from one to five; one being least important to you and five being most important to you.

Your answers will be completely anonymous.

Thank you for your time.


Back to School--Important Dates


JCHS Upperclassmen Schedule Pickup; August 1st; 1 pm--4 pm
Freshman Schedule Pickup; August 1st; 5:pp pm--7:00 pm

Jackson County Middle School
6th Grade Orientation; Thursday, July 27th; 6 pm--8 pm
7th and 8th Grade Schedule Pickup; Friday, July 28th; 9 am--2pm

McKee Elementary
Open House; Thursday, July 27th; 5 pm--7pm

Sand Gap Elementary
Open House; August 1st; 4 pm--6 pm

Tyner Elementary
Open House; August 1; 5:00 pm--7:00 pm

2017-2018 School Registration Packet Schedule

Want to get a head start on paperwork? You can download the 2017-2018 School Registration Packet to your computer and print it off. By filling it out now, it will save you time at 6th Grade Orientation and/or 7th/8th Grade Schedule pick-ups.


Click here to download the packet. Please note this packet is intended for students who will be enrolled at Jackson County Middle School during the 2017-2018 school year.

School Supply Lists School Supplies

The JCMS School Supply Lists are in the works! By clicking the link, you will see a live spreadsheet that contains teachers' supply lists. This is not a complete list, because teachers are still adding information. If you don't see a particular teacher, check back later to see if they have added their information to the list. (The information contained in the spreadsheet is the work of individual teachers. The school does not maintain the spreadsheet. As a rule, it is safe to assume that ALL teachers will require paper and pencils! Also, your homeroom teacher will appreciate Kleenex and Clorox wipes.) To see the spreadsheet, click here!


Remember that school starts on Thursday, August 3, 2017.

6th Grade Orientation & 7/8 Schedules SO

For your convenience, you may print off and fill out the 2017-2018 Registration Forms. To access the forms, please click here. Thank you!


Stem Camp

Summer Feeding Program

The Jackson County Public Schools are excited to announce approval for a Summer Food Service Program from June 1st through July 14th.

This summer, meals will be served at the locations/times below.  There are no income requirements or registration.  Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.   Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis.  For more information about current sites and meals, please contact Melissa Dooley, Jackson Co. Public Schools Food Service Director, at 606-287-7181.

Click Read More to see Summer Feading Locations, Dates and Times.

Beauty and the Beast

The Jackson County High School Drama Club performed their version of Disney's Beauty and The Beast Jr. this past Friday night (May 12th) at the ATC Auditorium. This production was made possible by support from Promise Neighborhood and Jackson County High School. Mrs. Tanya Begley and Mrs. Cinda Verdin directed the play with additional tech support from our JCPS Technology Department’s Josh Montgomery and ATC's Mr. Gerald Maupin.  This was a free show, however, the club raised $209.00 in donations during the day and night performances. All proceeds will go to support the 2017-2018 drama club. beautyandbeast

Spring Concert


Baseball Colonels Finish Season Baseball

The JCMS Baseball Colonels celebrated the end of their season by attending a University of Kentucky baseball game. The Colonels took the field with the U.K. players during the national anthem and had a meet and greet with several players after the game.


The Colonels had a fun season of baseball ending with a 12-3-1 record. Great job, boys!

6th Grade Supply List Supply List

For students who will be in 6th grade during the 2017-2018 school year, please see the attachment.

End of Year Parent Engagement Survey Survey

We need your input!


Please Take the short 5 question End of Year Parent Engagement Survey

Just Click the link below


Gifted and Talented Parent Survey

If you child partcipates in gifted and talented programming, please take a few minutes to complete a survey.  We appreciate your feedback.

Survey Link

Summer Reading Carnival Reading Carnival

7th Grade Summer Reading Kickoff Carnival is on Monday, May 8,from 5:30PM to 7:30PM.

Students attend 2017 State STLP Championship

On Wednesday, April 12th, all schools participated in the 2017 State STLP Championship.

Each school presented the showcases they have been working on for this school year. Students had also submitted digital products such as technical writing, digital art and digital music for state judging. Finally, students had the opportunity to participate in live competitions including robotics, tech recall, coding, and gaming.

This year Jackson County had several state winners.

Sophia Rose-- 1st Place for Technical Writing
Cheyenne Rogers and Adan Witt-- Scratch Ambassadors, teaching other students how to Code. 
Miley Witt-- 3rd Place for Digital Art
Lakyn Barrett-- 3rd Place for Original Photo Product
Wyatt Bellamy-- Honorable Mention for Graphic Design
Addan Witt-- Honorable Mention for Original Photo Product
Addan Witt-- Honorable Mention for Digital Art


Ashley Judd named PBS Digital Innovator

AshleyJuddCongratulations to Ashley Judd, 1st grade teacher at Tyner Elementary, for being named a 2017 PBS Digital Innovator. Ashley is one of 52 educators from across the nations selected to participate in this year's program. The program recognizes classroom changemakers: educators who skillfully approach education with a bold and fresh perspective, and who integrate digital media and resources into their classrooms in a way that sparks a love of learning for their students.

Ashley will be representing not only the district but the entire state of Kentucky when she attends 2017 PBS Digital Summit in San Antonio, Texas this summer.

Official Press Release

Ashley's Profile

Yearbooks for sale! Yearbook

Yearbooks are now available for pre-order. You can pre-order your yearbook now by seeing Mrs. Patty Cornett in the office! The cost is $35.

School Spirit Week School Spirit Week

Let's gear up for the K-PREP test! JCMS will be celebrating school spirit week (04-24 to 04-28).

State Assessment

Jackson County students are preparing to participate in the state required end of year testing. The Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) is a blended assessment with both a norm-referenced component and a criterion-referenced component.  Jackson County students in grades 3-8 will be taking the state required K-PREP assessments in Reading, Math, Social Studies, Language/Mechanics, and On-Demand Writing.  Students in grades 10-11 will take the On-Demand Writing Test.  In addition, high school students completing English 10, Algebra II, Biology, and U.S. History will take an End-of-Course Assessment.  The End of Course Assessment will count for 20% of the student’s final course grade. 

Assessment Calendar by Grade and Subject

Freshman Parent Orientation FPO

8th grade parents, guardians, and students are invited to Freshman Parent Orientation, which will be held on April 18, April 25, and May 2. These meetings will be held at Jackson County High School.

SBDM Parent Election SBDM

Jackson County Middle School will hold an election for two parent members of the Jackson County Middle School SDBM Council on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Jackson County Middle School.  Every student received a nomination form and should have that in their possession.  If you would like to be considered as a nominee or know someone else who is eligible and willing to serve on the council, please complete the nomination form your student brought home and return it to Tammy Morgan, the director of Youth Services by 3:30 on Monday, April 17, 2017.  For more information contact the school at 606-287-8351.

JC Generals Fundraiser


All Pro Dads' Day April 2017

Friday is Career Day at Jackson County Middle School. Show your son or daughter that the most important job you’ve ever had is being a dad. Join us for our monthly All Pro Dad meeting this Friday, March 31, at 7:00 AM in the school’s library. All fathers, father figures and male role models are invited to bring their Jackson County Middle School student.

Preschool Screening


Science Classes Create "Elephant Toothpaste"

Students in Mrs. Singletary's physical science classes created "elephant toothpaste" to demonstrate an exothermic chemical reaction.



Comedy Caravan Fundraiser for JCHS


Math Madness Math Madness

Math Madness will meet on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at 5:30PM. Please RSVP to reserve your spot now! Contact Alison McQueen or Virgie Moore at 606-287-8351.

Kona Ice Fundraiser Kona Ice

Kona Ice will sold Thursday, March 23, during lunch! See the flyer for price and additional information.

Operation Preparation Operation Preparation

Operation Preparation will be the week of March 20-24, 2017. All 8th grade students will be meeting with a volunteer mentor to discuss their future career goals. We encourage you to talk with your student about their experience!

Activities Update Rescheduled

The following activities have been cancelled and rescheduled.

March 17th & Spring Break

After conferring with the calendar committee, Friday, March 17, 2017 was changed from a flex PD day to an instructional day; therefore, there will be school on Friday, March 17, 2017.  Also, we are pleased to inform you that there will be a week-long spring break beginning on Monday, April
3rd through Friday, April 7, 2017. 


If we do not miss anymore school days, the last day for students will be Friday, May 19, 2017.​

JC Nock High Archery JC Nock

On Saturday, February 25, the JC Nock High Archery team went to Campbellsville for the Regional Indoor 5 spot (Central) tournament.

myON Family Night MyOn
KET selects 1st Grade Video as Monthly Winner

Congratulations to Mrs. Ashley Judd’s 1st Grade Class at Tyner Elementary for being selected this month’s KET School Video Project prize winner.  Mrs. Judd submitted a student-produced video, Trouble in the Valley to the KET School Video Project Website. 


Watch the video here.


Teachers can upload their own student-produced videos at https://www.ket.org/education/collections/ket-school-video-project/

JCHS Archery Advances to State Tournament

The Jackson County High School Archery Team competed on February 18th, at the NASP Region 11 Archery Tournament at North Laurel High School.  The team finished in 4th place with a score of 3,127 points.  The High School will advance to the NASP State Tournament on March 31st in Louisville, Kentucky.  The High School will also compete in local tournaments in the surrounding counties.  Coach Vaughn and Coach Davis are very proud of the team and their hard work and effort so far this season.

Tara Johnson placed 3rd overall in girls competition at the Region with a score of 284, she was only 3 points from first place.  

The Colonel Sun Colonel

Jackson County Middle School students published the first edition of the The Colonel Times.


To see the edition, please click here!

March All Pro Dad's Day March APD

All Pro Dads' Day will meet on Friday, March 3, 2017, at 7:00AM, in the middle school's library.

Internet Safety Presentation for Parents

Attention ParJerry Ackermanents and Guardians:

Jackson County Public Schools Technology Department and Title I Parent Involvement along with People’s Rural Telephone Cooperative Invite parents of Jackson County students to a special event:“Parenting the Snapchat Generation”, Presented by National Speaker, Jerry Ackerman on  Monday, March 6th at 6:00 pm at the Jackson County ATC Auditorium.

Presentation Topics

  •  The Three Reasons that Student Issues are Worse Today than Ever
  •  Rules You Should Have for Technology with Your Child
  •  Apps You Need to Know About!
  •  How Parents Can be Armed to Help the Onslaught of Technology
  •  and much more!

Light refreshments provided by Title I Parent Involvement.  PRTC will be offering two door prizes:  Amanzon Kindle Fire and Amazon Fire Stick.PRTC

All Pro Dads February APD

The February meeting of the All Pro Dads group will take place on Friday, February 3, 2017, at 7:00AM, in the school's library.

Academic Team Advances to Regions Academic Team Trophy

Congratulations to the JCMS Academic Team for advancing to regional competition!

JC Nock High Archery Team Archery

JCMS would like to congratulate and recognize its students for participating on the JC Nock High Archery Team. The first tournament was held in Owensboro. It was the first indoor regional competition held so far. The next event will be hosted at Jackson County High School on February 4, and the third event will be on February 25 (venue to be determined later).


Students participating:


Jordan Isaacs placed 2nd in Middle School Male Division...
Chase Morris placed 3rd in Middle School Male Division
Kenton Banks placed 3rd in Middle School Pins Division
Shane Truett placed 5th in Middle School Pins Division


(Thanks to Shell Isaacs for the pictures and information!)

Parent Involvement Committee Januay 2017 PIC

The JCMS Parent Involvement Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at 4:30PM, in the school's library.

A Week of Kindness Week of Kindness

On January 13th we will be starting Kindness week. Please pass out the kindness fliers to every student during 1st period Friday morning. Explain that it is kindness week and they need to keep track of their acts of kindness so they can return the flyers on January 24. We will have an incentive for the grade/class who returns the most fliers. These are to be returned to Virgie Moore in Room 13.


You may download the form by clicking this link!

First Semester Awards Program Awards

JCMS will hold its first semester Awards Day Program on Friday, January 13, 2017. Students who will be recognized during the program will receive an invitation from his/her teacher. Please see the schedule for exact times for each grade level.

JCMS Students Featured on Channel One News Program Channel One

Mrs. Lindsey Wilson's sixth grade encore class was recently featured on Channel One News, which is a nationally syndicated news program geared toward younger viewers, such as students. Check out how they participated!


Click here to watch the clip from the news broadcast!

JCMS Book Club Meeting Book Club

The January meeting of the JCMS Book Club will be on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, starting at 5:00PM, in the school library.

Christmas Angel Program

Students in 8th Grade Beta Club participated in a JCMS Christmas Angel program.  The Christmas Angels were identified by the JCMS YSC.  The Beta Club students worked in small groups to anonymously gift the Christmas Angels in our school with items from their Christmas wish lists. 


Five Days of Christmas Five Days of Christmas

JCMS will be participating in the Five Days of Christmas.

Tech Night Tech Night

JCMS Tech Night for NTI Days!


The meeting will take place on Thursday, December 15, 5:00 to 7:00PM. There will be door prizes, free food, and refreshments.

JCMS Student Wins District Spelling Bee Spelling Bee

Congratulations to JCMS 8th grade student, Sam Velasco, for winning the district-wide spelling bee!


The county-wide spelling bee was conducted at the Jackson County Board of Education on December 7, 2016.  Spelling bees were held at the local schools to determine school level winners, who were then the contestants at the county-wide spelling bee. 


The county-wide winner is eligible to participate in the 2017 Ford Motor Company Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee in Louisville that will be conducted in March, 2017.

6th Grade Beta Club Toy Drive & Donations for Gatlinburg Toy Drive

6th Grade Beta Club is collecting toys to support Jackson County Sheriff's Office's "Stuff the Cruiser." Also, Beta Club is collecting donations for victims of the Gatlinburg, TN, fires. To donate, please drop off toys or other donations to Rooms 1 & 2.

JCMS Talent Show Talent Show

Audition for the JCMS talent show. All acts must sign up by Monday, December 12, 2016. Please see your homeroom teacher to sign up!

PRTC Classic

2016 PRTC Classic

Parent/Guardian Survey Parent Survey

Parents and Guardians:


JCMS needs your feedback about your experiences with the school. Please take a few minutes to respond to the "Missing Piece" survey. The information from this survey is invaluable as we plan for the future.


Please click here to take the survey!


Thank you for your valuable time and insight,


JCMS Staff


Non-Traditional Instructional Day

Jackson County Public Schools will be participating in the Non-Traditional Instructional Day (NTID) Program this year. Teachers and administrators have been working to get lesson ready for NTID. Please look over these documents to learn more about NTI day.

Letter to Parents

NTID Information for Parents


Send pics in for the Yearbook! Balfour

Do you have school pictures from sporting events, daily school life, or other extra-curricular events?


If you have pictures you would like to submit for consideration in the school's upcoming yearbook, please download the "Balfour Image Share" app onto your smartphone or tablet!


You will need to download the app and use the code 726232. All photos submitted are reviewed by Ms. Vaughn before being considered. If you submit your picture, you are giving Jackson County Middle School the right to use your photo in the school's yearbook. (The submission of a photo does not guarantee that it will be used, because of limited space.)


To start sharing your pics, click here to download the app from iTunes. Remember to use the code 726232!

Winter Formal Dance Winter Formal Dance

Please see the graphic for information about the Winter Formal Dance. It is open to current Jackson County Middle School students only.

All Pro Dads' Breakfast All Pro Dads

The All Pro Dads' Day breakfast and meeting will be held on Friday, December 2, 2016, starting at 7:00AM, in the JCMS library.

St. Jude Fundraiser St. Jude

Students at Jackson County Middle School recently participated in a math-a-thon to raise money for the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to over 80% in the past 50 years. This year it is estimated that about 16,000 children will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States. At St. Jude families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing, or food. Our students raised a total of $761.76. We are really proud of our students for their desire to help others. Pictured are some of the students who raised the most money Nicki Seals, Sierra Rader, Bailey Pearson, Paige Margison, Kody Bowling, Jake Burns, Sarah Combs, and Abby Hisel.

No school for Monday and Tuesday

​There will be no school on Monday, November 21st and Tuesday, November 22nd. These two days will be in addition to the planned Thanksgiving break of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week. School will resume on Monday, November 28th. Everyone have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

Food Drive Food Drive

JCMS will be sponsoring its annual food drive to support the Jackson County Food Bank. Please help if you can! See the pic for more information.

All Pro Dad's Day APD

All Pro Dad's Day will meet on Friday, November 4, 2016, starting at 7:00AM, in the middle school's library.

Local Planning Committee Nominations Local Planning Committee

Please view the image for important information about the Local Planning Committee nomination process.

Red Ribbon Week Red Ribbon Week

Jackson County Middle School will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week on Monday, October 31 to Friday, November 4. Please see the image to see what events are happening each day!

JROTC Visits Middle School Classrooms Veterans' Day

Students from Jackson County High School's JROTC program visited JCMS social studies classrooms on Wednesday, October 26. This community service project was in part designed to educate middle school students about the importance of Veterans' Day, which is November 11. During the day, students participated in various activities to enhance their overall understanding of the sacrifice of veterans and its importance for our nation's freedom.

Project Lead the Way Hyster

The JCMS Project Lead the Way Technology Group recently won a grant from the Hyster-Yale Group in Berea.  Hyster builds tough, durable lift trucks that deliver high productivity, low total cost of ownership, easy serviceability and advanced ergonomic features. They also achieve outstanding operational results through application of engineering disciplines. Student representatives Canaan Browning and Luke Strong visited the Hyster facility and met with several of the employees, including some from Jackson County.  The students were accompanied by Nikki Browning, JCMS Computer Science/STEM teacher and Tammy Morgan, FYS Director.


The grant will be used to purchase the Lego Education Simple & Powered Machines Base Set. LEGO Education Machines & Mechanisms gives students the tools and activities to learn about real-world technology and engineering problems and solutions.

Math+Science=PIE PIE

Students bring your parents to a fun and tasty night of Math and Science. The event will take place on Tuesday, November 15, at 5:30PM, in the JCMS Cafeteria.

Parent Involvement Committee PIC

The Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) will meet on Monday, October 24, at 5PM, in the middle school's library.

Hat Day Hat Day

Donate $1 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on Friday, October 14, 2016, and you can wear your favorite hat all day at school!

Kona Ice Kona Ice

Kona Ice will be sold Monday, October 10, 2016, during lunch.


Sizes: $2 Kiddie, $3 Regular, $4 King Kona (comes with a free "Support the Blue bracelet)


Flavor of the month is True Hero Blue!


(Funds from Kona Ice will benefit the 6th Grade Fund.)

All Pro Dads Day All Pro Dads Day

Friday, October 14, 2016, at 7AM, in the JCMS Library.

Softball Open Field Softball Open Field

Any girls interested in playing softball, please see the flyer for information about softball open field opportunities!

Parent Involvement Committee Meeting

The Parent Involvement Group will meet on Monday, September 26, at 4:45PM, in the JCMS library.

Reward for Students!

Students are eligible for a reward!

Open House

Open House will be on Thursday, September 8, from 4PM to 7PM.

All Pro Dads Day

JCMS All Pro Dads Day will be on Friday, September 9. Breakfast will start at 7:00AM in the school's library.

September Book Club

The JCMS Parent and Student Book Club will meet on Wednesday, September 7, starting at 5:00PM, in the school library.

No School Friday

REMINDER:  ​There will be no school in Jackson County on Friday, September 2nd.  


Also, Family Fun Night at the Jackson County Fair will be Thursday, September 1st beginning at 6:00 pm at Bond Memorial Park.

Box Top Drive!

JCMS will be collecting Box Tops for the week of September 6-9. The grade that brings in the most Box Tops will receive a free ice cream party and extra break!


To participate, please print off the Box Tops Sheet and start saving! Please bring your Box Tops Sheets to your homeroom teacher by Friday, September 9, 2016.


Click here to print off the Box Tops Sheet!

Interested in being a Parent Volunteer? Parent Volunteers

Jackson County Middle School is now taking applications for Parent Volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering follow the link below to print an application. Return completed application to JCMS Principal, Mr. Stephen Gabbard.


Volunteer Opportunities include:

Bulletin Boards



Hall/Cafeteria Monitor


Teacher Support


To be considered for a volunteer position, please click here!

August Parent Involvement Committee
Internet Safety 101
Picture Day!

Picture Day will be on Thursday, August 18.

Back to School Dance!

The JCMS BETA Club is hosting a Back to School Dance this Friday, August 12th, from 6:00-8:00pm in the Cafeteria. The dance is open to Jackson County Middle School students ONLY. Admission to the dance is $3.00 and will be collected at the door.

The concession stand will be selling pizza, soft drinks, and other snacks. There will be a photo booth for students who would like to have individual or buddy pictures made. Pictures will be $1.00 each.


Attire for the dance is casual; however, students must adhere to the district dress code.

All proceeds will go toward the JCMS BETA Club.

Parent & Student Book Club

The Parent & Student Book Club will meet on Wednesday, August 10, at 5PM, in the school library. Dinner will be served prior to the book discussion.

Welcome Back to School


We are excited to begin the 16-17 School Year.  Staff needs to report to the JCHS/ATC Auditorium on Tuesday, August 2 at 8:00 am.  

Breakfast will be served from 7:00 am until 7:50 am.  The Opening Day program will begin promptly at 8:00 am.  Staff will report back to their assigned schools after Opening Day program.

Wednesday, August 3 will be a PLAN day for staff.

Students will report to school for the first day on Thursday, August 4th.  

Preschool Screening

Preschool Screening will be on Tuesday, July 26th from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm at each elementary school.   Please call Mrs. Lisa Hays at (606) 287-7181 to schedule an appointment.  

You will need to bring the following items to your appointment.  

  • Child's birth certificate
  • Immunization record
  • Socal security number
  • Proof of income
  • Insurance cards
  • Proof of well-child physical, eye doctor visit and dental visit.
School Supply List

Parents and Guardians,


Please click here to see the current supply list.


You will find the names of teachers in alphabetical order (along with the grade level and subject areas they teach). At the end of the list, you will find the 6th grade list, which is categorized by subject area, and not teachers' names.


The list may continue to grow as more teachers submit their supply needs.


If you do not see one of your teachers listed, please note that a consistent supply of paper and pencils are the primary materials needed in the middle school classroom.

2016-2017 School Year


6TH Grade Orientation -           Thursday, July 28, 2016

                                                       5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

                                                   Physicals and Shot Records Required         


7th & 8th Schedule Pickups –   Friday, July 29, 2016

                                                   9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.





***Required Paperwork (forms) can be found by clicking here!

Gym Floors Refinished

The gymnasium floors at the Jackson County Middle School, Jackson County High School and Central Office were refinished last week.  This picture is from the Central Office gymnasium floor. 

JCPS Approved for the Non-Traditional Instructional Program

Superintendent Mike Smith received the announcement below relating to the NTID application:


It is my pleasure to inform you that Jackson County Schools has been approved to participate in KDE’s Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Program for the 2016-2017 school year.  We saw a dramatic increase in the number of districts applying for the program this year and the quality of plans was significantly higher.  The application review committee scored your district’s application for the Non-Traditional Instruction program as proficient or above.



Teachers will be receiving information regarding NTID during the August PLAN day and on Opening Day.  Parents will be receiving information when the district finalizes all NTID plans. 


6th Grade Registration & Orientation
Eighth Grade Slideshow & Promotion Videos

The 2016 8th Grade Promotion & Slideshow videos are now available for view. Please click on which video you would like to see below.





8th Grade Dragster Race

Congratulations to Ryan Fowler for winning the 8th Grade Dragster Championship! Ryan's dragster beat all other students' dragsters to be champion. Mrs. Tina Singletary's science classes use the dragsters to explore Sir Isaac Newton's Laws of Motion. For his efforts, Ryan won a gift card from Dairy Queen of McKee.

Summer Book Club

JCMS Promise Neighborhood will be hosting a summer book club that will have its first meeting on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at 5:00PM, in the JCMS Library. This program is open to students who are currently in 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade.


If you have questions, please see the flyer or call 606-287-7505.

16-17 STEM Camp Registration Now Open
Colonel Camp Application

Current 5th grade students, who will be in 6th grade in the fall, are encouraged to attend one of the Colonel Camps offered this summer at JCMS. If you are interested, please see the flyer and application.

Download the application here.

SBDM Parent Nomination & Election

If you would like to be considered as a parent nominee for the Site Base Decision-Making Council (SBDM), or know someone else who is eligible and willing to serve on the council, during the 2016-2017 school year, please complete the nomination form your child brought home. The completed form should be returned to Tammy Morgan, the director of Jackson County Middle School Youth Services Center, by 3:30PM, on Monday, May 16, 2016.  If you have any questions, or need more information, contact Tammy Morgan at 606-287-8351.

You may download the nomination form and other information about SBDM Parent Election by clicking here.

Gifted & Talented Parent Survey Now Available!

Attention Parents & Guardians:

If your student participates in the Primary Talent Pool and/or Gifted and Talented Program we would like your input.  Please take a few minutes to complete an online survey.

GT Parent Survey

JCMS K-PREP Assessment Schedule

Please use the chart to see which assessments will be administered for a particular grade and date.

Jackson County Public School System Prepares for State Assessment

Jackson County students are preparing to participate in the state required end of year testing. The Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) is a blended assessment with both a norm-referenced component and a criterion-referenced component.  Jackson County students in grades 3-8 will be taking the state required K-PREP assessments in Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, and On-Demand Writing.  Students in grades 10-11 will take the On-Demand Writing Test.  In addition, high school students completing English 10, Algebra II, Biology, and U.S. History will take an End-of-Course Assessment.  The End of Course Assessment will count for 20% of the student’s final course grade. 

Yearbooks on sale!

Yearbooks may be purchased for $35 from Mrs. Cornett in the office.

May PIC Meeting
6th Grade Field Trips' Packet

You can access the field trip forms for the 6th grade trips. Please print them off and return them, with money, to his/her homeroom teacher.


The forms are available here for you to download in PDF format.

All Pro Dad Breakfast

The year's last All Pro Dad's Day breakfast will be held on Friday, May 6, 2016. The meeting will take place in the school library starting at 7:00AM.

Spring Technology Surveys
Mrs. Singletary's 8th Grade Dragsters Project

Mrs. Singletary's 8th grade science class designed, built, and raced their CO2 dragsters. This culminating project demonstrated Sir Isaac Newton's Laws of Motion. Congratulations to Adam Price (1st place) and Brianna Rice (2nd Place).

Kona Ice for Sale!

Kona Ice will be on sale, during lunch, on Wednesday, April 27!


Small: $2

Medium: $3

Island Rush: $5

Parent Involvement Committee (PIC)

The PIC will meet on Monday, April 25, in the school library, starting at 5:00PM. For more information, please call 606-287-7505.

Kona Ice for Sale!

Kona Ice will be on sale, during lunch, on Wednesday, April 20!


Small: $2

Medium: $3

Island Rush: $5

Mrs. Sharon Thomas' 7th Grade Social Studies Cook Up Results

The 7th grade students at JCMS have been studying and researching the country of China in their World History classes with Mrs. Sharon Thomas.  During the month of March their unit of study has about China’s history and culture.  The students were given the opportunity to present their culminating research projects by power point, poster, oral reports, models, or cooking projects.  They really loved the unit and presenting their research to the other students and staff. 

All Pro Dads

All Pro Dads Day meeting will be on Friday, April 1, 2016, starting at 7:00AM, in the school library.

I Am Someone

On Monday, March 21st, Scott Harvey visited JCHS and JCMS to share his I Am Someone presentation.  His presentation deals with cyberbullying and appropriate behavior online.  Scott is a police officer in Nicholasville and supervises the safety officers in Jessamine County Schools.  He also teaches the DARE program.  He was able to engage the students with his humor but also convey the importance of the topic.  For more information, please visit Scott’s website at http://www.speakingofharvey.com/ or follow him on Twitter using #IAmSomeone.

Parent Involvement Committee

The JCMS Parent Involvement Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 22, at 5:00PM, in the school library. For more information, please call 606-287-7505.

8th Grade Dragsters Project

Mrs. Tina Singletary's 8th Grade Science classes competed in the dragster competition. Mrs. Singeltary's science classes have been studying the engineering process, Newton's Laws, motion & force, aerodynamics, and the metric system. They applied these concepts when designing their dragsters.

Social Studies Classes Create Murals

Ms. Gabbard's 6th Grade Social Studies classes murals. For the Mexico unit, students studied murals painted by Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Students recreated famous murals in a class grid painting activity.


View more photos here!

History Day Fair

JCMS 8th grade students presented the first every JCMS History Day Fair.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration

JCMS students participated in a Dr. Seuss celebration by reading to elementary school students at Sand Gap Elementary.


Please see pictures from the event.

New Buses

The five new buses (#’s 214, 215, 216, 217 and 218) that were ordered, arrived last week and have been assigned.  The buses are 2017 Internationals (full-size; 66 passenger) with a 250 HP Cummins’ engine.  The buses also have a 2500PTS transmission. 

All Pro Dad's Day
History Day

Jackson County Middle School will be hosting its first History Day on Friday, March 4. History Day will feature booths and presentations by students, and reinactors. Reinactors will be bring artifacts, such as muskets, which were used as movie props, from that era.

District Tournament

Jackson County High School will be hosting the 49th District Basketball Tournament this year.  The following is the schedule of games: 



Monday, February 22nd

JCHS Lady Generals vs. Clay County Girls at 6:00pm

JCHS Generals vs. Clay County Boys at 7:45pm


Thursday, February 25th

Girl’s Championship at 7:00pm


Friday, February 26th

Boy’s Championship at 7:00pm

JCMS Academic Team

On Saturday, February 13, 2016, the Jackson County Middle School Academic Quick Recall Team made history by becoming the first quick recall team in the history of the school to earn the privilege of competing at the state level! 

Quick Recall Heads to State

Congratulations to the Academic Team! Quick Recall is headed to state! Second place finish there, fourth in arts and humanities, and fifth in language arts. Composition and over all will be announced at a later date.

All Pro Dad's Day

All Pro Dads will meet on Friday, February 5, 2016, starting at 7:00AM, in the JCMS library. Please RSVP by calling 606-287-7505.

JCMS Academic Team Wins District Championship

Congratulations to the Jackson County Middle School for winning the 2016 Governor’s Cup District Tournament, held on Wednesday Evening at Estill County Middle School.  They will now advance to the Regional Tournament to be held at Estill County Middle School as well on Saturday, February 13th, to earn a bid to move on to the state tournament to be held in March. 

No School & PLAN Day

No school in Jackson County on Wednesday, January 27th or Thursday, January 28th.   

Thursday, January 28th will be a PLAN day for certified and classified staff.  The PLAN day will replace an instructional day.  Both certified staff and instructional assistants are required to work on Thursday.  Everyone should report to their assigned school by 8:30 AM. 


A message from Mr. Gabbard:


I hope everyone is enjoying this small winter break and recent snows that we have had.  I do want to take a minute to remind all students to try to complete lessons on I-ready during our time off if at all possible.  An average I-ready lesson for middle school takes approximately 20 – 30 minutes to complete.  This will help keep skills sharpened while away from the classroom.  As an incentive, upon our return to school, any student that has completed and passed both 5 reading and 5 math lessons will receive a free period in the gym along with provided snacks.  Again a total of 10 lessons completed and passed (5 reading and 5 math) will earn you an incentive upon return to school.  Should you have any questions concerning the I-ready program (including passwords and Internet access) feel free to call the middle school between the hours of 9 and 3 or contact the school via the JCMS website or Facebook page anytime.    Thank you and stay safe!!! “


Click here to get to the i-Ready sign in page and get started!

Grandparents as Parents Meeting
Awards Day Ceremony Schedule

Students who have received an invitation from a teacher will be recognized on Friday, January 8, 2016, in the JCMS gym. Please refer to the attached schedule for more information about times regarding grade-level events.

Toy Drive

The 7th Grade Beta Club sponsored a Toy Drive in cooperation with the McKee Fire Department.  The students collected toys and gave them to the fire department to deliver to needy children in our community. 

Christmas Break

The last day for students is December 18th.  Students will return to school on Monday, January 4th, 2016. 

Mr. Smith and the JCPS staff would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year!

JCHS Holiday Concert

JCHS Band & Chorus performed their Holiday Concert on Tuesday, December 15th. 

Conservation Contest Winners

The Jackson County Conservation District Board of Supervisors would like to announce this year’s winners in the 2015 Conservation Writing and Jim Claypool Art Contests.  There were 820 art entries and 410 written entries in this year’s contests.  The school winners are as follows:


Tyner Elementary (330 entries)

1st Place-- Kenady Ward (County Winner)
2nd Place--Larkin Vaughn
3rd Place--Hope Estep

Annville Christian Academy (25)

1st Place--Cash England (Runner up)
2nd Place--Hannah Abner
3rd Place-- Allison Bailey

McKee Elementary (260 entries)

1st Place--Kaden Muncy
2nd Place--Korey Vickers
3rd Place--Chase Morris

Sand Gap Elementary (205 entries)

1st Place--Will Rose
2nd Place--Josie Halter
3rd Place--Isabelle Shearer


Run/Walk Club

JCMS Run/Walk Club participated in the Ridge 5K run on Saturday, December 12. Madyson Farmer placed first in middle school girls and Bubby Vaughn placed 3rd in middle school boys overall.


Congratuations to all the students who partcipated in the event! The JCMS Run/Walk Club is sponsored by Mrs. Ronda Angel and Mrs. Kim Witt.


(Thanks to Ms. Jana Taylor for the pictures.)


Click here to see pictures from the day's events!

Winter Formal

The Winter Formal dance will be on Friday, December 11, at JCMS. Tickets are $8 if bought in advance, or $10 at the door. Doors will open at 5:30PM and close at 8:00PM. Only JCMS students may attend!


Tickets will go on sale Monday, November 30. To buy yours, please see Mrs. Marcum in Room 19.

Regional STLP Competition

JCMS students participated in the Regional STLP competition held in Somerset, on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.


Congratulations to both JCMS STLP teams on earning the right to go to State Competition this spring in Lexington!

Veterans' Day

Students in Mrs. McQueen's 8th Grade Social Studies classes participated in Veterans' Day activities throughout the day.


Please click here to see photos from the day's activities.

Grandparents as Parents
Science Night
Beta Club T-Shirt Orders

Sizes: Junior and Adult

T-shirts cost $10 each

Please see your homeroom/encore teacher to order yours today!

All funds go to support Beta Club activities.

All Pro Dad Breakfast
Anti-Drug Doors

During Red Ribbon Week, JCMS homerooms designed and displayed an anti-drug themed classroom door.


Click here to see the classroom doors!


(Thanks to Mr. Daniel Muncy for the pics.)

Tech Surveys

Please click on the links below to take the surveys related to you. Thank you!


Teacher Tech Survey

Student Tech Survey

Parent Tech Survey

Red Ribbon Week

Students will be participating in various Red Ribbon Week activities throughout the week of October 26 to October 30. Please see the image for more information about the activities for each day.

"Take a Stand, Lend a Hand"

Tuesday, October 20 was “Make bullies blue!” day at Jackson County Middle School.  Through the generosity of several initiatives including a grant from Wal Mart secured by Vice Principal Jim Morgan and funds secured from Principal Stephen Gabbard, EVERY member of the JCMS community was provided with a blue t-shirt that encouraged students to stop bullying.   The highlight of the day was an assembly that included a presentation of strength and a motivational talk from the Strength and Power team. Students also participated in a blind-folded partner scavenger hunt.  This activity extended the message that students should look out for one another.  Mrs. Tammy Morgan of the Youth Service Center secured the prizes for the hunt.  Teachers granted some of the most coveted gifts in the form of classroom coupons such as 1 free homework pass or 1 free question on a quiz.  Additionally one teacher from each grade will purchase and serve lunch to one lucky student.  The day was filled with creative ways to spread the message to stop bullying.


(Article by Mrs. Tammy Marcum)

Anti-Bullying Week @ JCMS

For information about this activity, please read the letter from Mr. Gabbard.

Students Learn about Appalachian Culture & Music

Mrs. Sharon Thomas' 7th grade history classes worked with Mitch Barrett, story teller and musician from Berea, the week of September 21. Mr. Barrett introduced the classes to Appalachian folk music and led them in identifying ways that culture is expressed through the stories embedded in music.


Students worked with Mr. Barrett to create an original song about their current unit of study, Ancient Egypt. To see the video on YouTube, please click here.

Letter to the President Resources (Mr. Kerby's Class)

Students in Mr. Kerby's social studies classes may use the resources from the attached packet to complete their letters to the president. Students have been working on this activity since Monday, September 21! The final draft of students' letters is due Friday, October 2.


To view the resources, please click here!

Jackson County Public School District Exceeds AMO Goal on State Assessment

The Jackson County Public School District’s overall score on the state assessment Unbridled Learning: College and Career-Readiness for All is 61.4. The district overall score increased 2.9 points from last year and exceeded the 59.5 Annual Measurable Objective Goal (AMO) for 2015.  Three schools exceeded their 2015 AMO Goals: Tyner Elementary School, Sand Gap Elementary School, and Jackson County Middle School.  Tyner Elementary is classified as a Distinguished School. Tyner Elementary also earned the status of a High Performing School/High Progress School. A High Performing School has scores from the 90th to the 94th percentile in the state. A High Progress School is in the top 10 percent of schools demonstrating improvement. The district score is based on two components: Next Generation Learners and Program Reviews.  Next Generation Learners includes 5 areas: achievement, gap, growth, college and career readiness, and graduation rate.  There are four Program Review areas: Arts and Humanities, Practical Living and Career Studies, Writing, and Primary (K-3). The percent of Jackson County High School graduates who are college and/or career ready increased from 54.1% in 2014 to 54.6% in 2015. The 2015 four Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate is 87.9%.


All Pro Dads

Friday, October 2


JCMS Library

Free Breakfast

Book Fair!

The Book Fair will be in the JCMS Library from Monday, September 21 to Friday, September 25.

Arts & Humanities Classes Create Mural

In Krystal Halcomb's Arts and Humanties classes, the students painted a mural in the school's hallway with resident artist from Promise Neighborhood, Mr. Alfredo Escobar. While working on the mural, the students learned about Latino culture from Mr. Escobar, a native of Chile, and incorporated it into their artwork. The piece has positive messages throughout and is against bullying and hatred. It blends in Spanish and English vocabulary while reflecting the elements and principles of art.


To see more pics, please click here or like us on Facebook.

Science Fair

Science students in grades 7 and 8 participated in the JCMS fall science fair. Congratulations to the students who placed in the top three! Thanks to Mr. Muncy for organizing the event.


1st Place: Matthew Thomas

2nd Place: Cannan Browning

3rd Place: Laney West

Parenting in the Digital Age Workshop
Open House

The following activities will be available during Open House:

1. Pick-Up Mid-Term Reports
2. Science Fair
3. Promise Neighborhood Digitial Literacy Workshop
4. Book Fair

JCMS Celebrates School Spirit

Mr. Gabbard and Mr. Morgan show off their new hair and hats in celebration of school spirit day at JCMS!

All Pro Dad's Day
Mr. Muncy's Science Classes Blast Off!

Mr. Muncy's science classes proved that Coke and Mentos can be good for you...your brain that is!


Students used the common sugary products to create a chemical reaction. The reactions relate to the relationship of energy and Newton's Laws.


Click here to see pics from Mr. Muncy's classes!

Reach Out Event

New Lighting in JCMS Gym

The new lighting for the JCMS gymnasium was completed this past Saturday.  It is a four-bar LED light system.  We have also been approved by Jackson Energy for another rebate to replace all the lighting in the JCMS with LED lighting.  The rebate will pay approximately half of the cost and we hope to have the project completed within a couple of months.  We plan to have all of our schools converted to LED lighting in the near future.

Back to School Bash

This picture was taken at the Back to School Bash, which was held at the Jackson County High School.  The event served 175 families with a total of 441 people in attendance.  This event was sponsored by Community Education, Jackson County Public Schools, FRYSC's, Promise Neighborhood & Title 1. 

Microsoft IT Academy

On Wednesday, August 5, 2015, Jackson County Public Schools hosted a Microsoft IT Academy Training.  The training was attended by individuals from 30 schools around the state and representatives from the Kentucky Department of Education.

The Kentucky Legislature has designated funds to offer the Microsoft IT Academy to every high school and area technology center in the state.   Microsoft IT Academy offers a comprehensive technology curriculum you can use to help students learn the IT skills they need. The following curriculum is available to Kentucky schools:

  • Digital Literacy - Teaches essential computing skills
  • Online Learning - Access to in-depth online courses
  • Lesson Plans - Full curriculum on technical subjects
  • Microsoft Official Academic Course (MOAC) - A comprehensive program on Microsoft technologies
  • Microsoft Official Courseware (MOC) - Materials for short-term courses, such as seminars and workshops

Jackson County Public Schools’ Technology Department and JCPS Gifted Education Program in partnership with Promise Neighborhood offered a STEM Camp for students in grades 3-12 on July 6-9, 2015, held at the new Jackson County Board of Education, Central Office Administration Building.  Students participated in a variety of activities including: Computer Programming, Robotics, Digital Photography and Video, Multimedia Projects, and Science Projects. Students participated in a field trip to the Veteran’s Park in McKee and had the opportunity to interview Bob Gabbard and Jim Bryant for a Virtual Field Trip Video of the Veteran’s Park that the students are creating as one of their projects.

New Tables at Tyner

The pictures show the new tables and table cabinets that were installed at Tyner Elementary School.  The table cabinets are mounted to the walls allowing the enclosed tables to be let down for the students to eat lunch and breakfast on.  This should make it much better to utilize the gym for physical education activities; this should also make the clean-up after meals much easier. 

Infinite Campus Parent Portal Workshop
Welcome to JCMS!

Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!

Student Registration Packet

For any parent or guardian who previously printed out the "Student Registration Forms", please be advised there have been some updates due to a health services change that affects Jackson County Schools. Please visit the new link to see which pages you may need to update for your child's registration packet.


We apologize the inconvenience that this change may cause!


Please note: the forms in this packet are for Jackson County Middle School students only.


Please click here to access the updated forms.

7th Grade & 8th Grade Registration

Students who will be in the 7th Grade or 8th Grade in August, may complete registration for the new year on Friday, July 31, 2015, from 9AM to 2PM.

6th Grade Orientation

6th Grade Orientation will be Thursday, July 30, 2015, from 6PM to 8PM. Please see the flyer for more information. You may also contact the school at 606-287-8351, if you have questions.

Non Traditional Instructional Day

Jackson County Public Schools submitted an application to the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to implement the Non-Traditional Instructional Day (NTID) during the 2015-16 school year.  In order to assist with the application process, our NTID Committee conducted surveys, contacted districts that had successfully implemented the NTID and attended several trainings sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Education and others.   Our final application was reviewed by our NTID Committee and presented to the Jackson County Board of Education at the April 21st Regular Meeting.  The NTID application was approved by the Jackson County Board of Education.


We were notified on Thursday that our application was not approved for the 2015-16 school year.  The applications were reviewed based on a scoring guide, and we have received feedback from KDE on how to improve our application for the 2016-17 school year.   We feel that based on this feedback, we will be able to submit an application that will be approved for the 2016-17 school year.

8th Grade Promotion/Graduation Video

The JCMS 8th Grade Promotion/Graduation video is now available!

Summer Academy

This STEM academy is open to middle school students. If you are interested in attending, please contact Candice York.


Please note that the location of the activity has changed from EKU Manchester to Clay County Middle School.


If you have difficulty viewing the document, please click here for the original (in pdf format).

JCMS I'm-Ready Summer
6th Grade Year In Review
2015 8th Grade Promotion Slideshow
Attendance Impact Survey

Can you help?  Save The Children and AmeriCorps VISTAs would like for you to complete a short Attendance Impact Survey. Click the link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/T3T79JC.

Freshman Survival Tour
8th Grade Promotion

This picture was taken at the JCMS 8th Grade Promotion which was held today at the new Jackson County Board of Education Central Office Administration Building.  Congratulations to all the 8th graders and look luck on your new adventures at JCHS.

6th Grade Math Create Spaghetti Towers

Students in Ms. Jana Taylor's 6th grade math classes created structures from spaghetti and marshmallows.


Registration Link


Colonel Camp Application Deadline Extended
8th Grade Promotion/Graduation

8th grade promotion will be on Friday, May 29, at 9:00AM.

Yearbooks Available for Purchase

On Monday, May 25, students will be able to purchase yearbooks. The cost will be $35. Please see Ms. Vaughn for more information.

Summer Feeding

JCMS: Year in Review

Parents and Guardians are invited to participate in "JCMS: Year in Review" on Tuesday, May 26, starting at 5:30PM, in the school library.

Parent SBDM Election

The parent SBDM election will be on Thursday, May 21, from 8:00AM to 6:00PM at Jackson County Middle School.


Monday's break will feature Kona Ice! Try Warrior Flavor!

SBDM Parent Nominations

Parents of JCMS Students:


Your students should have in their possession a parent member nomination form for site base elections.  If you would like to be considered as a nominee or know someone else who is eligible and willing to serve on the council please complete the nomination form your child brought home and return it to Tammy Morgan, the director of Youth Services by 3:30 on Monday, May 18, 2015. 


If you have any questions, or need more information contact Tammy Morgan at JCMS, RM.8A,  287-8351.


***Download Nomination Form Here***

Gifted and Talented Parent Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete a survey about Gifted and Talented.  Your input is appreciated.

Gifted and Talented Parent Survey

6th Grade Field Trip Form

The 6th grade field trip to the Richmond Bounce House and Lake Reba may be downloaded from here.

7th Grade Summer Reading Program

Current 7th grade students are eligible to receive free books during summer vacation. Please read, complete the permission form, and return it to Mrs. Sue Madden by Friday, May 8, 2015. For more information, please contact Mrs. Sue Madden.

Jackson County Public School System

Jackson County students are preparing to participate in the state required end of year testing. The Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) is a blended assessment with both a norm-referenced component and a criterion-referenced component.  Jackson County students in grades 3-8 will be taking the state required K-PREP assessments in Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, and On-Demand Writing.  Students in grades 10-11 will take the On-Demand Writing Test.  In addition, high school students completing English 10, Algebra II, Biology, and U.S. History will take an End-of-Course Assessment.  The End of Course Assessment will count for 20% of the student’s final course grade. 

District Reading Celebration

The District Reading Celebration was held at the JC ATC Auditorium on Friday, May 8th.  Students were entertained by Remix and received awards for their reading accomplishments.




6th Grade Transition Night
Student Individual Learning Plans (ILPs)

Parents and students may access their individual ILPs from the internet. Please contact Ms. Donna Collins for login information

JCHS Prom Promise


Colonel Camp Sign-Ups

Colonel Camp is a 15 hour summer orientation program designed to promote middle school success for incoming 6th graders.

Sub Bus Drivers Needed

Jackson County Public Schools, the surrounding districts, including the larger surrounding districts, struggle to maintain enough substitute bus drivers.  The Jackson County Board of Education did something very innovative at the April 21, 2015 Regular Board Meeting to help address the situation.  The board approved the Jackson County Public School’s New Sub Bus Driver Incentive Program.

  1. The incentive program applies to potential new sub-bus drivers who will be enrolled in the JCPS Driver Training Program only

  2. JCPS will pay for the criminal background check

  3. JCPS will pay for an initial physical not to exceed $95.00

  4. Upon full-completion of their training program and being available to drive for thirty (30) work days after they receive their license, the new sub-bus driver will receive a one-time $100.00 training stipend

By removing some of the initial costs associated with enrolling in the training program, hopefully more potential sub drivers will enroll in the training program.  Jackson County Public Schools has an outstanding bus driver training program that is facilitated by driver/trainers Kathy Spurlock and Richard Lakes.  Both are very thorough and do an exceptional job training our present and future bus drivers.

Sub Bus Drivers Needed

Jackson County Public Schools, the surrounding districts, including the larger surrounding districts, struggle to maintain enough substitute bus drivers.  The Jackson County Board of Education did something very innovative at the April 21, 2015 Regular Board Meeting to help address the situation.  The board approved the Jackson County Public School’s New Sub Bus Driver Incentive Program.  

  1. The incentive program applies to potential new sub-bus drivers who will be enrolled in the JCPS Driver Training Program only

  2. JCPS will pay for the criminal background check

  3. JCPS will pay for an initial physical not to exceed $95.00

  4. Upon full-completion of their training program and being available to drive for thirty (30) work days after they receive their license, the new sub-bus driver will receive a one-time $100.00 training stipend.

By removing some of the initial costs associated with enrolling in the training program, hopefully more potential sub drivers will enroll in the training program.  Jackson County Public Schools has an outstanding bus driver training program that is facilitated by driver/trainers Kathy Spurlock and Richard Lakes.  Both are very thorough and do an exceptional job training our present and future bus drivers.



JCHS Distinguished Lunch

Jackson County High School hosted the Annual Distinguished Luncheon today.  Students that scored Distinguished on last years assessments were invited along with their parents. 


JCHS Drama Presents "The Glass Menagerie"

Mr. Baldwin is inviting everyone to come out to JCHS Drama Club's production of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams.  They have been working on the show since February and believe it showcases the kind of growth they have made in the last year towards building a stronger theatre program at the JCHS.  They have two evening performances scheduled for the general public; opening night will be Tuesday, May 12th at 6:00 P.M. with a second show on Thursday, May 14th at 6:00 P.M.  There will be an admission of $5.00 for both shows.  

Jackson County April Board Meeting

During the April 21st Board Meeting, we had two student presentations and all the academic teams were recognized for their accomplishments this year.


Teleworks and JCHS Student Sara Nunn

At a recent open house of Teleworks USA in Annville, JCHS senior Sara Nunn was highlighted as a success story of the organization.  Teleworks trains and places individuals into “work from home” jobs that make use of the high speed Internet made possible by PRTC’s Fiber-to-the-Home.  Sara completed training with Teleworks and now works 32 hours per week from home as a customer service representative of the U-Haul Company.  Her work schedule is, in addition to a full schedule of classes at JCHS.  Sara has already completed several college hours through the EKU Now program and plans to use the money that she is currently earning to assist in paying expenses as she works toward a nursing degree at EKU.

Promise Neighborhood Planning Meeting

Jackson County Public School Administrators/Staff participated in a Promise Neighborhood/Berea College-Partners for Education Planning Meeting on April 22, 2015.  The meeting involved Superintendent Mike Smith, Central Office Administrators, Principals and Staff from each school.  The meeting was to go over the Integrated Planning Process (IPP) for the upcoming school year.  The participants reviewed and discussed the new IPP planning documents, discussed school specific needs and service gaps for students and began drafting the 2015-2016 school plan fully aligned with the results and indicators of the Partners for Education programs.

Jackson County Students at State STLP

Check out the newsletter to learn about the accomplishments of STLP this year. 

Click here to download.


Mayor's Day

2015 Mayor's Day at Jackson County Court House

McKee Meterologist Visit

Micah Harris, meteorologist from Channel 27 WKYT News, visited with Mrs. Tina Ward’s preschool class at McKee Elementary School and talked with the children about the different types of weather that we experience in Kentucky.

JCHS Raiders Rifle Team

The JCHS Raiders Rifle Team received a 3rd place trophy on Saturday April 11th.  Mykela Caldwell was also recognized as the highest scoring female cadet in the competition

Youth Working Group Busy at JCHS

The Youth Working Group at the JCHS completed a service project on April 9, 2015.  The project was to beautify the front of Jackson County High School and the Area Technology Center. The students  planted 30 white Hydrangeas, 20 Dwarf Burning bushes and 60 Golden Guine flowers.

The Youth working group is a group of higher achieving students at the JCHS that work toward building positive change, leadership and developing a better environment for the student body. These students are supported by Berea College and elected by their peers each year. They are supervised by Kendall Coffey, PN Academic Specialist,  with additional support from Brian Hill, I3 Achievement counselor and Tanya Begley, Kentucky College Coach.

Students in the 2014-2015 Youth Working Group are:  Bethany Carrier , Aaron Raider, Morgan Hornsby, Nick Gabbard ,Stacey Allen, Aaron Duncan, Christian Bond, Laura Wilder, Annika Bingham, April Morgan, Latisha Parker, Austin Brewer, Molly Marcum, Robert Fields, Andy Bryant, Makayla Pennington, and  Ali Wade.

Abe Lincoln Visits JCMS

On April 13th, the 8th graders at the JCMS, attended a Kentucky Humanities Council Inc. Program.  The Kentucky Chautauqua performer was Jim Sayre representing the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.  He discussed the life and death of the former Kentucky native, as well as, the importance of Kentucky in the Civil War.  Students also participated in the assembly program as Mary Todd Lincoln and Abe Lincoln, himself.  President Lincoln was introduced by the Kentucky Humanities Council Executive Producer, Ben Chandler.  The program was funded by Rodney Chrisman with the Jackson Energy Cooperative.  The 8th grade students are currently learning about the importance and effects of the Civil War in their History classes.

Preschool Screening & Registration

Preschool Screening and Registration will begin soon. 

If you are interested in enrolling your child in Preschool for the 2015--2016 school year, please all Coreen at 287-3926 or Paulette at 287-7181 for an appointment.

Fun in the Sun!

JCMS PIT Crew Information.

President Lincoln Visits JCMS

The 8th graders at Jackson County Middle School, attended a Kentucky Humanities Council Inc. Program.

Board of Education Building for Sale

The current JCPS Central Office is open for On-line Bidding through Ford Realty until April 30, 2015.  

Accepting Sealed Bids for Surplus Items

Date advertised: Monday, March 30, 2015

Closing time of bid: Friday, April 17, 2015; 10:00 a.m., local time

The Jackson county board of education will be accepting sealed proposals until Friday, April 17, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. for the following bid items:

View pictures of the items here.


PRTC Phonebook Drive

Help out our school by recycling your old PRTC phonebooks!

Gear Up Meeting

Several administrators from JCPS attended a partnership meeting with Berea College GEAR-UP Program at Somerset today.  The group reviewed the Walkthrough Reports for the JCMS and the JCHS.  The meeting will help everyone gain a better understanding of standards implementation and rigorous instruction, including how they contribute to college readiness within GEAR-UP schools and districts.  The meeting will also help administrators identify trends, needs and leadership actions to strengthen instruction and school/district culture.    

STLP Competes at State Championship!

Congratulations to 7th grade student Jesse Howard on placing 2nd in Storytelling at the Middle School Division!

All Pro Dad Breakfast

Dads come have breakfast with your kids on Friday, April 3, at 7AM.

Sub Bus Drivers Needed

Anyone who would be interested, or might know someone who is interested in becoming a sub bus driver please contact Kathy Spurlock or Richard Lakes at 287-8165.  They will be starting a new driver training class in early April. 

Non-Traditional Instructional Day Parent Survey

The Non-Traditional Instructional Day will allow our district to conduct school through virtual or other non-traditional means on days that we would normally have to cancel school (for weather, flooding, sickness, etc.)  There are currently 13 districts in Kentucky using the Non-Traditional Instructional Day.  The district is in the process of gathering input from various stakeholders to determine if the Non-Instructional Day would be an option for Jackson County for the 15-16 School Year.  The Non-Traditional Instructional Day will allow our students to continue with activities going on in the classroom and help minimize learning loss from being out of school for long periods of time. 



Yearbook Image Share

Students and Parents,


You can now share your school appropriate pictures for consideration in the next edition of the yearbook, by using this easy to use app. Search for the app "balfourimageshare" in the App Store or Google Play. The school's project code is 526232. Appropriate pictures include sports, dances, and friends pictures.


All pics are reviewed by school staff to ensure they meet the standards and appropriateness of publication in the school's yearbook.

District Spelling Bee

JCMS participates in district-wide spelling bee.

21st Century Grant
All Pro Dad Meeting

All Pro Dad will meet on Friday, March 13, at 7AM, in the JCMS Library. Please RSVP to vmoore@savethechildren.org or 606-287-7505.

STLP Students Advance to State Competition

STLP students advance to state competition!

Snow Day Update

Parents and students may access i-Ready to complete activities during snow days.

6th Grade Social Studies Receives State Flag

Sixth grade social studies students receive flag from Representative Rader.

NAEP Testing Information

8th Grade will be participating in NAEP testing on Wednesday, February 25. Please see the attachment for more information.


For online resources, please click here!

All Pro Dad's Day
P.I.T. Crew Meeting is CANCELED

Due to weather related concerns, the PIT Crew Meeting is canceled for tonight. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

First Semester Awards Day Ceremony

Come be a part of your child's success!

Snow Plan B

Beginning in January, the Jackson County Public Schools (JCPS) will be implementing a “Snow Plan B” for selected bus routes on days when federal, state, and most (but not all) other roads are clear of snow and ice.  The purpose of this plan is to decrease the number of school days missed due to snow and ice during the winter months.  This should maximize instructional time, decrease the number of breaks in instruction, and provide a longer summer break for families.


30 Days of Kindness

Students and families get involved spreading kindness in your community this holiday season!

Comprehensive Plans Available for Public Review

Comprehensive School Improvement Plans (CSIPs) will be made available via the links below for public review until January 2, 2015.  All CSIPs are in Draft format.

Jackson County High School

Jackson County Middle School

McKee Elementary

Sand Gap Elementary

Tyner Elementary

JCMS Receives Grant for KyCID

JCMS receives $1,200 grant from Walmart Foundation.

BrightBytes Survey Links

Jackson County Public School District is participating in a state-wide initiative, Clarity BrightBytes, to gather data regarding instructional use of technology and the effectiveness of technology in the classroom.  Please use the links below to participate in the 10-15 minute, anonymous survey. 

BrightBytes for Students

BrightBytes for Teachers

BrightBytes for Parents

Parent Survey

Does the school do enough to involve families and community in improving student achievement? Tell us what you think!

Hour of Code Event

Computers are everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago. Girls and minorities are severely underrepresented. Good news is, our school district is on our way to change this.

In one week last year, 15 million students tried computer science! Computer science was on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. President Obama, Shakira and Ashton Kutcher all kicked off the Hour of Code with videos. Over 100 partners came together to support this movement.

Now the Hour of Code movement is aiming for 100 million students.

That’s why every one of the students enrolled in Nikki Browning's computer classes at Jackson County Middle School are joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Dec. 8-14.  During this  event JCMS students will be demonstrating their ability to use the Hour of Code resources to learn computer programming.  

Cold Blooded Science

Please Join Us at JCMS in the Cafeteria for this special presentation!

JCMS Talent Show

JCMS will be hosting a talent show for middle school students.

Sports Pictures and Make-Up Pictures

Make-Up Pictures and Sports Pictures will be taken on Wednesday, December 3.

P.I.T. Crew

Parent Night sponsored by Save the Children and Promise Neighborhood.

Winter Formal Dance

Winter Formal Dance to be held at JCMS.

STLP Regional Competition

Middle School STLP students participate in the Regional Competition held at The Center for Rural Development, in Somerset.

Project CAFE

Project CAFE applications are now being accepted.  Project CAFE is a program that allows families in Jackson County to apply for a low interest loan to receive a new computer and Broadband Internet.

Project CAFE Flyer

Project CAFE Application

Applications can also be picked up at the PRTC Office in McKee.

If you have questions, contact Jodi Gabbard at 287-7101 or Rhonda Thompson at 287-7181,

KDE Chief of Staff Visits JCMS

Dr. Floyd, from Kentucky Department of Education, visits JCMS.

Food Bank Accepting Donations

Jackson County Food Bank now accepting donations at JCMS.

6th Grade Veterans Day Program

Students in Mr. Kerby's 6th Grade Social Studies classes received visits from Jackson County High School's JROTC students to discuss Veterans Day.

8th Grade Students Recite Preamble

8th Grade Social Studies students recite the Preamble of the Constitution of the United States.

8th Grade Veterans Day Program

8th Grade Social Studies students work with JROTC students from JCHS to learn about Veterans Day!

Halloween Costume Rules

Halloween is Friday! As a result, school dress-up day will be on Friday. Please be mindful of the rules related to appropriate Halloween costumes for school. We look forward to seeing everyone's creativity!

Red Ribbon Week

Please participate in the Red Ribbon Week activities for Monday, October 27 through Friday, October 31!

JCMS STLP Students Tour WYMT

Jackson County Middle School students featured in a WYMT Mountain News report about unemployment rates in eastern Kentucky.

Box Top Drive

Do you want to earn extra break?

2nd Nine Weeks Schedule Changes

On Monday, October 13, students will begin the 2nd nine weeks of the school year. Please use the class list to find out where your new science and rotation classes will be!

Jackson County Public School District Exceeds AMO Goal on State Assessment

The Jackson County Public School District’s overall score on the state assessment Unbridled Learning: College and Career-Readiness for All is 59. The district overall score increased 5.5 points from last year and exceeded the 54.5 Annual Measurable Objective Goal (AMO) for 2014.  All 5 schools exceeded their 2014 AMO Goals.  The district score is based on two components: Next Generation Learners and Program Reviews.  Next Generation Learners includes 5 areas: achievement, gap, growth, college and career readiness, and graduation rate.  There are three Program Review areas: Arts and Humanities, Practical Living and Career Studies, and Writing. The district also exceeded the 2014 College and Career Readiness Target of 50.2%. The percent of Jackson County High School graduates who are college and/or career ready increased from 45.5% in 2013 to 54.1% in 2014. The 2014 Five Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate is 90.1%.

Adopt a Soldier

STLP is sponsoring "Adopt a Soldier" program.

Student Technology Survey

Please complete the Student Technology Survey.

Annual Kentucky Council for the Social Studies Conference Attended

JCMS social studies teachers attend annual KCSS conference.

Tech Academy Applications

Applications are now being taken for Tech Academy.  Any teacher interested in applying should visit the Technology Page for more information.

Open House

Parents and Guardians are invited to JCMS!

Explore Night

Attention Parents and Guardians of Students in 7th & 8th Grade!

Patriot Day
Free Office 2013 for Students

All students enrolled in Jackson County Public Schools have the opportunity to download the entire Office 2013 Professional Suite free of charge.  This service is being provided to students through the Microsoft Select Licensing Agreement that is purchased annually by the school district.  The download will give students access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Lync.  This package retails for close to $500 and is FREE to all students enrolled in Jackson County Public Schools.  Each student can download the Office 2013 Suite on up to 5 different devices. 


Click here for download directions.  If you have any problems, contact Rhonda Thompson via email at rhonda.thompson@jackson.kyschools.us


Freshmen Academy

Attention Parents of Freshmen at Jackson County High School 

You are invited to attend Freshmen Academy, a parent group to help 9th graders make a successful transition into high school. The first meeting will be this Thursday, September 11th at 6PM in the high school library. We will be discussing students Individual Learning Plans, giving parent portal login information, plus several other topics geared to Freshmen and their Families.

Please join us for an evening of food and valuable information on Thursday September 11th @ 6PM in the JCHS Library.

Attendance is Important!
No School--LABOR DAY

School will not be in session Monday, September 1st in observance of Labor Day.  Have a safe Labor Day weekend!

Substitute Bus Driver Traning

The bus garage is starting new training sessions for substitute bus drivers.  Anyone interested in becoming a substitute bus driver should contact Kathy Spurlock or Richard Lakes at 287-8165 for more information. 

Happy Labor Day!

There will be no school on Monday, September 1, 2014.

SBDM Council Regular Meeting

The SBDM Council will hold its August meeting on Monday, August 25 at 3:15PM in the JCMS Library.

Picture Day!

Students and staff will have school pictures taken on Friday, August 22.

Welcome Back!

   First day of school for students will be Thursday, August 7th.  We look forward to seeing everyone back for the 14-15 School Year.  Let's make it the best one yet!

Open House Times

Jackson County High School

  • Upperclassmen can pick up schedules on Monday, August 4th from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm
  • JCHS Freshmen Orientation with parents will be Tuesday, August 5th from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm.  A meal provided by Gear Up wil be provided to all freshmen students and their parents/guardians.


Jackson County Middle School

  • 6th Grade Orientation will be Thursday, July 31st from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm
  • 7th & 8th graders can pick up schedules on Friday, August 1st from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm


McKee Elementary

  • Open House is Thursday, July 31st from 4:00 pm until 6:30 pm


Sand Gap Elementary

  • Open House is Tuesday, August 5th from 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm


Tyner Elementary

  • Open House is Wednesday, August 6th from 2:00 pm until 6:30 pm


Student Orientation Dates

The following dates and times are for parents to register their child for the 2014-2015 school:

6th Grade is Thursday, July 31 from 3PM to 6PM
7th & 8th Grade is Friday, August 1 from 9AM to 1PM

If you have any questions, please contact the school at 606-287-8351.

Welcome to our New Site

Welcome to Jackson County's new website. Please continue to check back to see new items added. Many sections of the website are still under construction.

JCMS Online Store Shop Online

Jackson County Middle School is excited to offer an online shop for school related gear and merchandise. Purchases from this online shop support JCMS! Thank you for your support!

Click here to shop our store and support our school!


School Food Drive Food Drive

The annual JCMS Food Drive is underway. Please donate any non-perishable food item to your homeroom. The food drive will end on Friday, December 1. Thank you for your support!

New Vaccine Requirements Vaccine

Parents and Guardians,


Please see the attached letter regarding updated vaccine requirements that will impact students at Jackson County Middle School. These new requirements will take effect July 1, 2018.


If you have questions, please contact the Jackson County Board of Education or Jackson County Health Department.


Thank you!

Book Club Meeting November Book Club

The November meeting of the Book Club will be on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at 5:00PM. The meeting will be in the school's library.