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Community Raises $9,000 for JPS Students Without Laptops

From the Clarion Ledger: “The nonprofit group Parents for Public Schools (of Jackson) issued a call to action on Wednesday asking people for donoations to help the 249 students who were unable to pay the $40 annual maintenance fee for the MacBook Airs. These laptops are being used to promote digital learning and integrate technology into classrooms. As of Friday morning, the group had raised around $9,000 of the $10,000 it sought to help these students get their laptops.

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Parents for Public Schools of Jackson Provides Internship Opportunities to JPS Students


Published by JPS News- September 5, 2014. Several Jackson Public Schools (JPS) students participated in the Parents for Public Schools of Jackson (PPSJ) Summer Internship Initiative: Engage, Educate, Employ program held during the summer of 2014. Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this internship program partnered with the Career Development Center in JPS to recruit students in career preparation programs. Thirty JPS students–23 boys and seven girls representing Callaway, Forest Hill, Jim Hill, Lanier, Murrah and Provine high schools–were exposed to a combination of academic and employability preparation services and placed in paid internships that were aligned to the students’ interests.

The program also provided informative and engaging experiences that helped develop participants’ skills in the areas of collaboration, communications, problem-solving and leadership. Under the guidance of the internship site mentors, students learned and observed problem-solving and leadership skills in action while they explored their career options at the internship sites. The PPSJ internship program guided the students in the development of personal opportunity plans to chart a path for future success.

“The Kellogg Foundation believes that there are the often inequitable outcomes for young children and for males…
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Parents for Public Schools of Jackson Provides Internship Opportunities to JPS Students

Parents for Public Schools of Jackson Provides Internship Opportunities to JPS Students Published by JPS News- September 5, 2014


Several Jackson Public Schools (JPS) students participated in the Parents for Public Schools of Jackson (PPSJ) Summer Internship Initiative: Engage, Educate, Employ program held during the summer of 2014. Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this internship program partnered with the Career Development Center in JPS to recruit students in career preparation programs. Thirty JPS students–23 boys and seven girls representing Callaway, Forest Hill, Jim Hill, Lanier, Murrah and Provine high schools–were exposed to a combination of academic and employability preparation services and placed in paid internships that were aligned to the students’ interests.

The program also provided informative and engaging experiences that helped develop participants’ skills in the areas of collaboration, communications, problem-solving and leadership. Under the guidance of the internship site mentors, students learned and observed problem-solving and leadership skills in action while they explored their career options at the internship sites. The PPSJ internship program guided the students in the development of personal opportunity plans to chart a path for future success.


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Four JPS Teachers Honored as Outstanding Educators

On Monday, August 25th and Tuesday, August 26th, 2014, four outstanding Jackson Public School educators were surprised during staff gatherings for being selected for the 2014 Outstanding Educators Award. Each year, Parents for Public Schools of Jackson and the Outstanding Educator Awards Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson honors outstanding educators from Jackson Public Schools. All four outstanding educators received monetary awards on Wednesday, September 3rd, at 11:45 a.m. at the Parents for Public Schools of Jackson’s “Lunch Bunch” at JSU’s Mississippi e-Center. The teachers can use the funds for professional or personal purposes. A generous, anonymous donor has made this award possible. Jane Alexander, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson said, “We are delighted to recognize our outstanding educators by supporting this award. Our teachers are our strength in public schools, and we should certainly be proud of the fine work they do. It’s important to celebrate the many great things teachers are accomplishing in our community.”
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JPS Teacher of the Year

JPS Superintendent Dr. Cedrick Gray announced the District’s top teacher Thursday, January 23, 2014, at Jim Hill High School. Biology teacher Susan Bender was named the 2014 Jackson Public Schools Teacher of the Year.


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Parents Inspiring Parents to Encourage the Culture of Reading

Parents for Public Schools of Jackson joined forces with other partners of the Jackson Public School District, One Jackson, Many Readers collaboration to host two amazing Summer Reading Program Parent Orientations on May 31st and June 14th in the MetroCenter Mall. Over 200 elementary, middle and high school parents attended sessions to learn various techniques to support our JPS scholars with reading/ writing strategies and resources throughout the summer.

The overall goal of these Parent Orientations was to provide parents with information and strategies to encourage a culture of reading with their children throughout the summer and beyond. Each orientation began with an overview of the One Jackson, Many Readers program, followed by grade levels breakout sessions. The elementary session focused on providing parents with strategies to ensure their children comprehend what they are reading. Parents created their own material to demonstrate the “seven best habits of children while reading.” The middle school session’s focus was to provide parents with interactive strategies to engage middle school students in reading. The high school session provided information and resources to parents regarding essential literacy skills students need to be prepared for and successful in…
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