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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.

STOP! TIPLINE....REPORT BULLYING "ONLINE"

JACKSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ANNOUNCES STOP! TIPLINE …REPORT BULLYING “ONLINE”

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.

Back to School Bash

Back To School Bash

Summer STEM

STEM Camp

Summer Feeding

Summer Feeding

KPREP 2018

SPRING K-PREP TESTING

 

**All 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders will be taking the Spring K-PREP Assessment--

Wednesday, May 9th- Monday, May 14th

 

**Remember to eat a healthy breakfast and be to school on time!

**Please try to schedule any appointments (doctor, dentist, etc.) after school hours!

 

Literacy Survey

We would love to gather input on our literacy achievement at MES. Please take a moment and fill out this short survey to help us improve and continue to suceed. Thank you for all of your support and input.https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfdjXoyDUnQ5AyKR7Vt-wv2K1fkXmBMp1JsZTwny1jJ2ZYSKg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Board Accepting Bids

THE JACKSON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL BE ACCEPTING SEALED BID PROPOSALS UNTIL THURSDAY APRIL 12th, 2018 AT 10:00 A.M. FOR THE FOLLOWING SURPLUS BID ITEMS:

  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

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

JCMS

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.

STLP Digital Artwork 2017-2018

STLP Digital Artwork Located Under School Forms Tab on Left Side of School Page

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.

Play and Learn Group

Play Learn Group

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.

Play and Learn Group

Play Learn Group

No school

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

Health Fair

Health Fair

Thursday, October 19th

9:00 am-- 1:00 pm

Jackson County Board of Education Gym

 

health fair

Letter Sent Home Today

Letter

Emergency Management Sheet Emergency Management Sheet
Parents/Guardians Parent Letter

Due to the late timing of the KSP news release the following letter will be sent home with all students on Tuesday, September 12th, but we wanted to communicate this information with all parents as soon as we were able.  Thank you for your support and understanding at this time.

Reminder

​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!

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

 

 

McKee Principal Survey

McKee Elementary would like the input of any community members that would be willing to fill out a survey about the criteria we're looking for in selecting a new principal.  Below is a link to a survey which will begin Monday morning, August the 7th, and close on Wednesday eveningAugust the 9th at 5pm.  If you cannot fill out the survey online, please come by the front office during regular school hours on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday for a paper copy of the survey that you can fill out and return at the front desk. Your feedback is greatly valued!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScwVdkaZZXL0niYf80R3IFhiu01spTZMnYB9FMR_bNV_mdKVg/viewform

Back to School--Important Dates

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

Preschool Screening

Preschool Screening

STEM Camp

Stem Camp

Preschool Presentation

During the May Board Meeting, Preschool Director, Mrs. Lisa Hays presented information regarding the preschool program.  

The presentation can be found here.  It is a great resource for parents of preschool children.  

If you have any questions concerning Preschool, contact Lisa Hays at 287-7181.

 

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

springconcert

Save the Children Summer Boost CAmp

stc summer boost camp

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

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

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

JC Generals Fundraiser

JCfundraiser

Preschool Screening

Preschool

Comedy Caravan Fundraiser for JCHS

comedyevent

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.​

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/

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

STLP Digital Products

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McKee Elementary STLP Digital Products can be accessed for viewing under the School Forms tab on the left of the page.

PRTC Classic

2016 PRTC Classic

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

 

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.

Appalachian Culture Day (Old Fashion Day) Friday, September 30th

We look forward to a fun filled day of Appalachian fun! Tie on you favorite bonnet and snap those spiffy suspenders for a day of games, guests, and more.

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.

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.
Supply Lists 2016-2017 McKee Elementary School

Click tab at bottom of article to print each list by page.

 

McKee Elementary Night of the Arts Presents Toy Story

McKee Elementary Night of the Arts presents Toy Story!

Monday, May 23rd 5:30 pm
(Students may enter to dress at 5:00)

Kindergarten: Jessie & Woody
1st Grade: Army Men
2nd Grade: Aliens
3rd Grade: Bo Peep, Sheep, Slinky Dog, Ham the Pig, Rex the Dinosaur, Barbie
4th Grade: Mr. Potato Head
5th Grade: Sid and Andy

16-17 STEM Camp Registration Now Open
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

2015-2016 KPREP Assessment at MES

3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades will be taking the KPREP assessment May 10-16.  It is important for all students to be present and on time each day.  We are extremely proud of the hard work and determination our students have shown throughout this year. Good Luck Bulldogs!

 

Tuesday, May 10th

3rd Grade: Reading A

4th Grade: Reading A & B

5th Grade: Reading A & B

Wednesday, May 11th

3rd Grade: Reading B & C

4th Grade: Reading C & Math A

5th Grade: Reading C & Math A

Thursday, May 12th

3rd Grade: Math A & B

4th Grade: Math B & C

5th Grade: Math B & C

Friday, May 13th

3rd Grade: Math C

4th Grade: Science & Language Arts

5th Grade: Social Studies A, B, & C

Monday, May 16th

3rd Grade: Make-Ups

4th Grade: Make-Ups

5th Grade: On Demand Writing A & B

 

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. 

Spring Technology Surveys
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.

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. 

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! 

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. 

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:

ART CONTEST

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

 

Technology Survey Links are found in School Links

Student, Parent, and Teacher Technology Surveys are available under school links.

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%.

 

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
STEM Camp

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. 

I-Ready Testing

Beginning on August 17th, students at McKee Elementary in grades K-5 will begin taking the Beginning of Year I-Ready assessment.  This will set the baseline for their I-Ready work and for growth measurement on subsequent I-Ready test throughout the year.  Because this test is very important, please encourage your child to do his or her best work.  To do our part to help encourage each child's best effort, the school will be having an achievement party for those students whose beginning of year I-Ready score is no more than one grade level below grade level expectations.

Open House is Thursday, July 30th 3:00-6:00

Doors will open at 2:00 pm for parents who would like to fill out registration forms, however you will not be allowed to see teachers until 3:00 pm.

Everyone must enter through the gym doors and proceed into the gym where there will be tables set up.  Please refer to the list below to know which table you will need to visit by your child's last name.

                         Blue Table: A-E

                         Red Table:  F-J

                         Green Table:  K-P

                         Orange Table: Q-U

                         Yellow Table:  V-Z

Pink Table is for any new students that will need to enroll at McKee Elementary School.

 

It's Back to School Time!!

We are adding many important documents to make the transition to back to school easier for our parents and students. You can find the Student Emergency Forms and Grade Level Supply Lists under School Forms. We look forward to another great year at McKee Elementary School!

*Registration packets may also be picked up from the McKee FRC Office on July 28th & July 29th from the hours of 9:00am-2:00pm.

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

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.

STEM Camp

Registration Link

http://bit.ly/1QacLiK

Summer Feeding

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

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.

 

 

 

JCHS Prom Promise

 

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.

End of Year Assessments

      We just wanted to let you know that your child will begin some of the end of year assessments this week.  These are very important in order to show how much your child has learned/progressed this year, as well as how he or she is performing in comparison to their peers and grade level expectations.

  

       On Thursday, April 23rd through Wednesday, May 6th, kindergarten through 2nd grade students will be taking the district I-Ready and Think Link Assessments that are given three times per year to assess the students’ progress.  Not every grade will be testing every day, but this is the window in which these grades will take the district tests.  Make-ups will be given whenever necessary.  As an incentive to encourage students to do their best in the classroom at all times and to try hard on these assessments, there are rewards tied to their performance on the I-Ready assessment.  This reward is a type of payment for their hard work, just as your paycheck is a payment for your work. Students that show the designated amount of growth by their score on the I-Ready assessment will earn a reward that is being planned for this purpose.  This will be a major reward of a fun-filled day for only those students that show the pre-determined amount of growth.  This growth is determined based upon the student’s prior scores, so it is attainable for all students, whether they be below level, on level, or above level.  The date for the reward celebration has not been set at this time.  Please encourage your child to try his or her best on these assessments so that they can earn this reward.  We would love to see every student here earn the reward.

   

     As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions.

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.

 

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. 

 

 

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.

 

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

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

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,

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%.
 

Tech Academy Applications

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

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.

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. 

Picture Day

Fall Picture Day will be Thursday, Sept. 4th

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

 

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.

Welcome Back!! Open House July 26th 3:00-6:00

Parents

Registration packets may be picked up at the McKee FRC Office on July 25th from the hours of 9:00 am-2:00pm. Also those of you who would like to print the packets off may do so by visiting http://www.jackson.kyschools.us/3/Home and clicking on school forms. 

 

Open House - Tuesday, July 26th 

****Early Registration- The gym doors will open at 2:00 pm for those parents who would like to come early and fill out their paperwork BUT you will not be able to see the teachers until 3:00 PM.  

Open House- 3:00-6:00 PM 

****Everyone must enter thru the gym doors and proceed into the gym where there will be tables set up. Please refer to the list below to know which table you will need to visit by your child’s last name. 

Blue Table- A-C

Red Table-D-G

Green Table-H-L

Orange Table-M-P

Yellow Table-Q-S

Purple-T-Z

Pink Table-is for any new students that will need to enroll at McKee Elementary School.

 

School Supply List-will be posted on McKee Elementary Facebook page and website. 

New FRC Consent Forms to be added to Emergency Packet

Click link at bottom of article to print forms.

Calling All Kindergarteners!!!

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

If your child will be 5 years old by October 1, 2016 they are eligible to attend Kindergarten!

 Students do not have to be present during registration and parents are reminded they must bring the following documents with them: 

  • Kentucky Certified birth certificate (a hospital copy is not acceptable)

  • A current Kentucky immunization certificate

  • Social security card

  • Physical examination using the Kentucky Department of Education form

  • Vision examination completed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist

  • Dental examination completed by a dentist other approved provider

  • Proof of residence

  • Proof of custody (If child does not live with natural parent)

** Students do not have to attend this registration.

** Medical exams are required to be recorded on Kentucky Department of Education forms that are available at medical, optometry and dental offices.  The exam forms are to be completed and turned in at the time of registration.


** Physical and vision exam forms completed for Head Start or preschool can be used to meet the kindergarten physical and vision exam requirement.  

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. 

 

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.