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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.

Labor Day

Labor Day Weekend

There will be no school on

Friday, August 31st and Monday, September 3rd.  



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.

Open House Tuesday, August 7th

Open House

Sand Gap Elementary Open House


Tuesday, August 7th from 4:00-6:30.

New Immunization Requirements
Back to School Bash

Back To School Bash

Summer STEM


Summer Feeding

Summer Feeding

After-School Arts at SGS


                         After School Art Program After School Art Program  After School Art Program

Sand Gap Elementary would like to thank the Kentucky Arts Council for providing funding that engaged our students in after-school arts.  The two-week residency provided Devonna Hisel, a local artist, who worked with the students in fiber art.  Students engaged in sewing activities that taught Kentucky Core Arts Standards.


Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration


WHEN:           TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2018

                        9:00 A.M. – 12:00 NOON

You must bring the following documentation:

Certified Birth Certificate (not a hospital copy)

Social Security Card

Immunization Record

Eye Exam

School Entry Physical

Dental Exam

Each child will receive a free book from Save the Children.

For more information please contact

Teresa Flannery at 606-965-3171

Parent Literacy Survey

Parent Survey

Paws for Books

Paws for Books

SGS Book Fair 

April 26th- May 4th

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

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


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.

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.  

Conservation Poster Winners

Sand Gap elementary participates in the Conservation District poster contest each year.  We are very proud of this year's winners.  The focus of each poster was "Water is Life".  Congratulations Tigers.

1st Place Winner  2nd Place Winner  3rd Place Winner 

Student Technology Survey

Student Technology Survey

Letter Sent Home Today


Grandparent's Day Celebration

Grandparent's DayPreschool-3rd Grade Grandparents

Join us for a Grandparent's Day Celebration


Milk and Cookies

Thursday, September 14th at 1:00

Sand Gap Elementary Gym






Color Run


Color Run 2017 color run 2017


​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!

Fall Picture Day


Monday, September 11th

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



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


Open House

OPEN HOUSE....AUGUST 1ST 4:00-6:00


Preschool Screening

Preschool Screening


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.

Jackson County Boys Basketball Camp 2017

Jackson County Basketball Camp

Please click on the image to access and print a

Jackson County Boy's Basketball Camp 2017 Application



The following survey will help the School Base Decision Making Council determine what criteria you feel is most important in selecting our new principal. Click on the link below and rate the following criteria based on how important you feel each area would be in selecting a new principal. Complete on or before Friday, May 19, 2017  Please use the following scale: 1- Not Important, 2- Slightly Important, 3- Not Sure, 4- Important, 5- Very Important


Thank you for your input and support!

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


Parent Involvement Survey


We need your input!

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

Just Click the link below


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

JC Generals Fundraiser


Comedy Caravan Fundraiser for JCHS


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.​

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

Academic Team First Win


SGS Academic Team

We are very proud of our academic team, under the direction of Kala Shearer,

for bringing home two scrimmage wins this week.

NTID Technical Support


Click the link above for TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE 

in accessing NTID lessons for your child.

Parent Survey

 Survey Link

Parents....Please take a moment to complete this short survey.

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


Tech Night

Tech Night

Sand Gap Elementary STLP

(Student Technology Leadership Program)

Presents: Tech Night

Date: Tuesday, November 29th for Parents of 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders

Date: Thursday, December 1st for Parents Only of Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Graders

Time on Both Nights: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Location: Sand Gap Elementary Gym, please use doors near Gym/Library Entrance

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.

Photo Gallery

Check the Photo Gallery

for new pictures added weekly.

Red Ribbon Week


Beginning Monday, October 24 - Friday, October 28

Red Ribbon Week


Beginning Monday, October 24 - Friday, October 28

Tigers Bring Home Third Place


Sand Gap Elementary is proud of its running team

for bringing home a third place win.

Click on "Gallery" on the left to see more pictures.


Milk and Cookies with Grandparents


Milk and Cookies with Grandparents

will take place on

Friday, September 16th at 1:00 IN THE GYM

100% Attendance Day in Kentucky







September 20th is High Attendance day in Kentucky. 

                                         Make sure your child is at school.

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.

Save The Children Sponsorship Safety Video

Please click the picture to view the video.


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.
Kindergarten Enrollment


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

 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 custody (If child does not live with natural parent)

** 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.

** Vision exam forms completed for Head Start or preschool can be used to meet the kindergarten vision exam requirement.  Vision exams do not expire.

**Physical exam forms completed for Head Start or preschool can be used to meet the kindergarten physical exam requirement if within one year of the first day of school 2016.

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. 


16-17 STEM Camp Registration Now Open
2016 Graduations

KIndergarten Graduation @ 8:30, Wednesday, May 25th.

5th Grade Graduation @ 1:00, Wednesday, May 25th.

Save the Children Summer 2016 Letter to Parents
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

KPREP TEsting Begins


begins on Tuesday, May 10th and Ends on Monday, May 16th.

3rd Grade Tests Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

4th Grade Tests Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

5th Grade Tests all days.

Please make all appointments for late afternoon.  No Absences.

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
2016-2017 School Year Kindergarten Registration

Arts in Literacy Night

Join Us For

Literacy in the Arts Night

Thursday, April 21st beginning at 5:30 in the gym.

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. 

Dr. Seuss Week of Activities

KRTA Competition Winner


Sand Gap Elementary is proud of Brittney for writing the winning "Why my Grandparent should be the AARP Kentucky Grandparent of the Year" essay at Sand Gap Elementary as well as winning the district competition.  The competition was sponsored by AARP Kentucky and Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA).

Way to go Brittney!


The Sand Gap Elementary Family Resource Youth Service Center, under the direction of Brooke Bellamy, is a vital resource to our students and their families.  Its continuation is at risk due to current state budget cuts. The past week has been full of news, speculation, and stress as it pertains to its future funding and the potential impact on our center, school, community, families, and children.  Please find the time to advocate for the FRYSC initiative by calling your state representatives and by completing the survey below.

PUBLIC POLICY SURVEY will be open for 1 week.  Please take two minutes to complete the survey. 

Take the survey now, click here.

Spring Pictures

Spring Pictures and Class Pictures

Wednesday, February 24th

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:


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



Sand Gap Elementary will be presenting

Christmas Around the World

Due to the large crowds and lack of space, we are asking that you and yours attend the showing according to your child’s grade level.

 Both presentations will be exactly the same.

All kindergarten, first, and second grade parents should plan to see the play on Tuesday, December 15 at 1:00

All third grade through fifth grade parents should plan to see the play on Wednesday, December 16 @ 1:00

Thanksgiving Holiday

There will be no school

Wednesday, November 25th - Friday, November 27th.

Soup Bank

Grandparents as Parents

Survey for SGS School Equity Report


In an effort to improve  practices, Sand Gap Elementary School is conducting a Parent Survey.  We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey.  In order to complete the survey, CLICK THE SURVEYS ONLINE PICTURE

Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous.  Your honest and thoughtful opinion is appreciated.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.


In an effort to improve practices, Sand Gap Elementary School is conducting a Parent Survey.  We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. In order to complete the survey, please go to:


Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous.  Your honest and thoughtful opinion is appreciated.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

Sand Gap Elementary Administration

Technology Surveys

Technology Survey Links can be to the left and right of this page or you may click below.

Parent Technology Survey

Student Technology Survey

Teacher Technology Survey

50th Day of School Celebration

The Tigers celebrated the 50th Day of school in 50s style...

Click on the gallery tab on the left to see pictures from the celebration and check out our page on Facebook.

Fall Festival

A fall festival is planned for Halloween Day Saturday, October 31st

3:00-5:00 in the SGS gymnasium

There will be inflatables, games, food, and

Trunk or Treat in the parking lot.

See you there!

Grandparents Day

Sand Gap Tigers celebrated Grandparents Day. 

Click the "Photo Gallery" link on the right to view pictures.

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. 

Fall Book Fair


August 26th through September 4th

Open House


July 29th, from 4:30 to 6:30

School Supply Lists 2015

Click Above to View 2015 Supply Lists

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.


Registration Link


Summer Feeding

All 2015-2016 Kindergarten families are invited to a

"Transition into Kindergarten"

program on Thursday, May 14th

 in the school gym from 5:00-7:00. 

Come Hungry....Food will be Served!

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. 


Thursday, April 30th from 5:00- 6:00

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.



Jackson County Students at State STLP

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

Click here to download.


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. 





Return your MLK Flyers to your homeroom class by January 21st to receive 2 Tiger Tickets. 

Sponsored by:  FRYSC  AND


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/Administrators

BrightBytes for Parents

Join us for our annual Christmas Program

Wednesday, December 17th.

Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd will perform at 12:00

3rd, 4th, and 5th will perform at 1:30

Merry Christmas


The Sport Pictures, STLP Pictures and Fall retakes have been rescheduled due to previously scheduled activities.  All sport pictures, STLP pictures and Fall retake pictures will be will be taken on Wednesday, December 10th. 


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%.

Kentucky Artisan Visits the Tigers!

Alfredo Escobar visited 4th and 5th grade students in September to expose them to his mural art and to assist them in creating their own class mural.  Each class mural is displayed in the school hallway. 

Sand Gap Elementary wants to thank the Kentucky Arts Council and Promise Neighborhoods for funding this art experience!

Tech Academy Applications

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

Fall 2014 Book Fair

Fall Book Fair


September 26th through October 6th

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.

Cookies with Grandparents


Cookies and Milk with Grandparents

September 8th

Sand Gap wants to honor grandparents

for their love and dedication to our students. 

Milk and Cookies with Grandparents

will be held on September 8th at 1:00 in each grandchild’s homeroom.

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. 


Fall pictures will be taken on Wednesday, September 3rd.

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.


K-PREP Testing will begin at Sand Gap Elementary School for all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students beginning Tuesday, May 2nd at 8:00 and will continue each day until close of day Monday, May 8th.


Please make sure your child arrives on time and stays throughout the day, gets a good nights rest, a nutritious breakfast and is ready to EXCELL on K-PREP.

Back To School Open House


Our happiness or unhappiness depends on our choices.

When you choose to be loving, caring, and responsible, you will experience true happiness. 

Happiness happens when buckets are filled.

Happiness is not a pursuit. It is not about having; it is about thinking, being and doing.

Do something today to fill someone's bucket and sleep tonight with a happy heart.

In other words . . . a full bucket.


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

First Day of School

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.

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


2nd Place Winners

2nd Place District Champions

We are Proud of our Tigers!.

Brooke:  1st Place Arts and Humanities and Language Arts

Allie:  2nd Place Arts and Humanities and 3rd Place Composition

Jordan:  1st Place Composition and 2nd Place Mathematics

Jon:  5th Place Social Studies

Dawson:  2nd Place Social Studies

Luke:  2nd Place Language Arts

Check out the Picture Gallery for more photos

State Testing begins at all Jackson County Elementary schools on Tuesday, May 12th and continues till Monday, May 18th.  Please make all appointments after May 18th, late afternoon or after school.

March 25th through April 3rd






5th Grade Promotion May 18th @ 1:00

New Photo Galleries Added Daily

Keep checking back to see new photos added to the Photo Gallery.  Click the link to the left.

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.




Career Day 2017

career day


Career Day was a great success.  We have the sweetest pictures of students telling what they want to be when they grow up on our Facebook page for your viewing pleasure.  We want to especially thank those people who helped to make Career Day a success: Jamie Strong/EMS, Conley Tyra/Lakes Funeral Home, Joseph Adams/Soccer Player, Diane Isaacs/ Military Sargent, Scarlette Marks/Nursing, Julie Golden/ Golden Bubbles, Scott Townsley/State Police and Rob Williams/ Guttering.  There are pictures uploaded as well on the Photo Galleries link on the left.

Artists Visit the Tigers

Two artists,  Yolantha Harrison-Pace and Diane Simpson, were provided through the Kentucky Arts Council and Promise Neighborhood to engage our youngest tigers in the creation of art.   Yolantha Harrison-Pace worked with Kindergarten and first graders to create and sustain rhythms.  Diane Simpson visited second and third grade to engage students in the creation of woven baskets.  To see pictures of the visits, click on the Photo Gallery located on the left side of this page.


Poster Winner

Conservation District Winner


to our

School and District First Place Winner

in the

Jackson County Conservation District Poster Contest


Preschool Screening


Contact Tracy VanWinkle in the Library


Yolantha Harrison-Pace Residency

Yolantha Harrison-Pace YOLANTHA HARRISON-PACE spent two weeks st Sand Gap Elementary to teaching students about West African Dance and Music as well as other cultural aspects.  Click the Photo Gallery Link on the left to see more pictures from the community presentation.KY ARTs Council

Thanks to the Kentucky Arts Council for helping to provide this opportunity for our students.


Friday, March 20th  7:00AM - 7:45 AM

in the Sand Gap Elementary Library

(Please park in the lower parking lot above the fire department)

So that we can plan for food, please contact the school office if you are going to attend.  956-3171


Preschool Screening Dates



Attention: Parents of 3 & 4 year old children

To be eligible for Jackson County Preschool/Head Start, your child must be four on or by August 1st.  We accept all four year old children. Three year old may be eligible if there is an identified disability. A delay in one or more of the following areas is considered a disability.

  • Speech/language
  • Large/fine motor
  • Cognitive skills
  • Social/emotional
  • Self-Help skills

If you are interested in enrolling your child for Preschool/Head Start, please call

Coreen/Regina @ 287-3926 or Lisa H @ 287-7181 for an appointment.

The Screening dates are available for:

 Tyner: April 14 & May 11, 2017

  McKee: April 21 & May 12, 2017

 Sand Gap: April 28 & May 15, 2017

Please bring the following:

  • Proof of income  (2016 tax form 1040, or 2016 W2, or 2016 SSI Award letter)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Certificate
  • Physical Exam
  • Insurance/Medical Card

Congratulations to Samantha


Early Steps to School Success

Early Steps

Sand Gap Elementary is proud of our STLP and the great job they do representing our school.  Click on the STLP link to the left to view all student entries for the virtual competition.  Two student entries were chosen to represent Sand Gap Elementary at the state level.  Congratulations to Aliesha for her manipulated image and Nathan for his multi-media project. 

School Spelling Bee Winner

2016 School Spelling Bee Winner


to our


School Spelling Bee Winner


tell others how to

Protect Kentucky Soil

Isaiah, Jordan, and Brooke are the top three poster winners from Sand Gap Elementary.  Posters were turned in to the district Conservation office to be judged with other elementary school winners to hopefully become the District Conservation Poster Winner.  Good Luck Tigers!

Pumpkins on Parade

Tiger Reading Club students were challenged to create their favorite storybook character from a pumpkin.  They did a Spooktacular job!