Palmetto Reading Challenge is Back Again!
Jackson will be participating the state-wide reading challenge sponsored by the SC Education Oversight Committee. On September 1st students will bring home a reading log. They are asked to read six books over the next seven weeks. They will need to have the logs signed by a parent and returned to their teacher. The teacher will complete an entry form for your child to be able to participate in the challenge. The last day to turn a card in is October 21st. There will be state-wide drawings for football tickets to the Clemson vs. Carolina football game in November. We are also doing a school-wide drawing for a special prized from the cards turned in at Jackson. So support your favorite team by reading, and turning those logs in!
Our annual Leadership Pageant is coming up. It was such a HUGE success last year, we outgrew our multi-purpose room at Jackson School. This year the pageant will be held at Camden High School in their auditorium on September 30, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. An interest form went home last week and is due on September 1st. We will have a parent meeting on September 6, 2016 at Jackson School. We cannot wait to see everyone showing their Jackson School Leadership pride this year!
Our third grade community service project was a SUCCESS! We set a goal to raise $1,000 for United Way during our Camden vs Lugoff Spirit Week. Our Jackson School leaders surpassed our goal and raised $1401.33!! Way to go Jackson School! Also, special thanks to all those that helped to make this week a success!!
Bedford Falls Book Fair
Jackson will host its first book fair of the year beginning October 3rd through the 7h. We are inviting all grandparents to have lunch with their grandchild during the week and to shop at the book fair. We will also be open during our literacy night on October 6th. This is a new book fair company and they are offering many wonderful and enriching books for your children. A flyer will be sent home with more information later in the month.
Jackson Receives Lighthouse Status!
Jackson School has been named a Lighthouse “The Leader in Me” School by FranklinCovey, one of only 200 in the nation. Based on The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, over 2,500 Leader in Me schools in 35 countries teach 21st century leadership and life skills to students and create cultures where every child is a leader.
Jackson is the only Leader in Me school in the Kershaw County School District and began its program in 2012. After three years in the program, Leader in Me schools can apply for Lighthouse status, which is awarded to schools that have achieved outstanding results as proven through data analysis and a review team visit.
"Becoming a Leader In Me School was a decision our faculty, staff and parents committed to four years ago because we wanted to transform our school culture,” said Jackson School Principal Matia Goodwin. “At that time, I had no idea we would see immediate results. The amount of discipline referrals continue to decrease while test scores continue to increase. We have created a win-win environment at our school, and I am extremely proud of our Jackson School Leaders. We embrace our mission to LEAD, Encourage, Achieve and Dream daily."
Congratulations to Laina Shoemake, our new 2016- 2017 Jackson School Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Shoemake is a 4th grade teacher at Jackson. She is an extraordinary educator and we are thankful that she is a member of Jackson School Family.
We need your help to get the word out! Our new app is a terrific way for our families and students to keep informed about what’s happening in our school. To stay up to date with breaking news from our district, you can go to the app store and download the Kershaw County School District app.
I want to thank everyone for an excellent beginning to the 2016—2017 school year. Your children have been busy learning school expectations and all about how we are Exploring the “Leader In Me” this school year. We are excited to announce that we have google chrome books in the hands of all 1st—5th grade students. We will also have I-pads and Laptops available for Kindergarten student use. We are excited about all of the technology options we are able to offer our Jackson School Leaders. Please remind your child that this equipment is expensive and they need to take care of it and practice appropriate procedures when handling all technology. Safety is always the number one goal at Jackson School, please make sure that you send a written note to your child’s teacher if there is a change your child’s transportation. During morning arrival times, please drive through the car rider line and refrain from walking across the street unless you are bringing items inside. We want to keep everyone safe at all times. We appreciate all of your support.