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JNPSD has an App!

The latest news and information about Jacksonville North Pulaski schools is now available on smartphones and mobile devices with a new mobile app. Jacksonville North Pulaski School District is partnering with Blackboard to expand its communications outreach with a mobile app that is now available in the online iTunes® and Google Play® app stores for free.

The mobile app will offer a constantly updated feed of District news and events with photos and links to the District’s website. The app can also be customized by the user by selecting the schools they are most interested in for news and updates. Users can also choose to receive push notifications to get breaking news and updates about school closures, calendar changes, or even sports updates.

Parents will be able to track information on their students including grades and attendance, school menus and bus information. They will use their HAC log in and password.

Download the new app in 3 easy steps:

1. On your smartphone, go to the iTunes App Store® or Google Play®

2. Search Jacksonville North Pulaski School District

3. Then select our JNPSD app for free download

We condensed a four-month app build process into six weeks, and want all employees to take advantage of this new communications tool. We are still working behind the scenes on the data that will make this a fully functional tool for you, parents and the community.

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Thank You School Counselors

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helpng students achieve school success and plan for a career. Take time to thank your school counselors during the week of February 6-10, 2017.

School Board Meets February 6

The Jacksonville North Pulaski School District Board of Education will conduct its regular monthly meeting February 6, 2017, 6pm at Jacksonville City Hall located at 1 Municipal Drive in Jacksonville.

The meeting is open to the public. To view the agenda click here.

JMS Removed from Academic Distress

Based on results of the most recent three-year period of state mandated assessments in math and literacy, the Arkansas Department of Education will recommend to the State Board of Education that Jacksonville Middle School be removed from academic distress. The State Board will consider the recommendation at its February 9 meeting.

To be removed from the list, a school’s combined math and literacy proficiency percentages on the most recent three-year period of state mandated assessments must exceed 49.5 percent. Using scores from 2013-2014 and concordant scores from 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, JMS exceeded the 49.5 percent student performance threshold for being designated as being in academic distress.  

“School turnaround is intense and focused,” said Superintendent Tony Wood. “Principal Mike Hudgeons and his staff have extended their reach with will, skill and accountability to improve student achievement. With the right policies, design and implementation to achieve instructional improvements and school culture change, teachers and principals can help students achieve success. We are on the right path, and we’re doing great things to demonstrate that,” said Wood.

Read for Success

JNPSD, in partnership with AR Kids Read, has been awarded a $20,000 matching grant from Reading Is Fundamental to offer the Read for Success program to all second and third grade classrooms this spring. This successful national program provides multicultural classroom libraries of 35 educator selected books, supporting curriculum and lesson plans for each of the 35 classroom books, which also include parent engagement guides.  An added feature is that each second and third grade student will receive eight take home books at the end this school year.  The program was piloted with 160 students last year in four JNPSD schools, and we are excited to offer it to all 750 of our second and third grade students.

To learn more about Read for Success and the metrics behind the results, click here.