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.
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.
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.
Tolleson Elementary art teacher Melanie McFarland usually works with students in the classroom. But, recently she was teaching with art as she painted a mural near the front entrance of the school.
If the wall could talk, it would surely have plenty of stories. The vivid paintings could be our own community featuring JNPSD, Owoh’s Bookstore, Wood’s Diner and Duffie’s Hardware.
The mural brings spirit to the school, and the art makes the students happy. Thank you Ms. McFarland!
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.