Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Films will be showcased at a special screening May 16 at 6 p.m.
A number of student-made films created by pupils of Jackson High School will be screened at the school Thursday, May 16 at the school, 1550 Hosea L. Williams Drive. You can also vote for the best film among the seven in contention. Thursday's screenings will be followed by an awards ceremony at the school on Friday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, picks 1,000 students every year who receive scholarships to use at a university or college of their choice.
Fourteen high school students from Atlanta Public Schools, including two from Jackson High School, were named Gates Millennium Scholars. The Jackson students named were Divine Butts and Bulmaro Espericueta. The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, picks 1,000 students every year who receive scholarships to use at a university or college of their choice. The scholarships, good through graduation, also give recipients professional and personal development through Gates leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college careers. “At a time when the perception of our academic programs has suffered, it is reassuring to see our students compete and achieve some of the most …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Atlanta Public Schools has just released a list of projects that will affect schools in the 2013-2014 school year.
Coan Middle School and Jackson High School are two local schools in the Atlanta Public Schools system that have already been affected by renovation projects, and they will continue to be in the upcoming 2013-14 school year, according to the TalkUp APS blog. TalkUp APS created a full list of schools that will have renovation and construction work done in the next school year, which includes mostly middle schools but also a few high and elementary institutions. According to the list, Coan Middle School students and staff will "remain relocated to the former East Lake Elementary School facility until the end of school year 2014." Students and Staff at Maynard Jackson High School, "will remain relocated to the Coan Middle School facility …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Having turned-around two Clayton County schools, Stephanie Johnson was brought in this year to shake things up at Jackson High School and transform its culture and academic standing.
KIRKWOOD — The data room spells everything out. In a scant few minutes, visitors can see how students at Jackson High School are performing in their classes and on standardized tests. They also get a good understanding of which teachers are performing well, which ones aren't and anomalies between students' test scores in the classroom compared with standardized exams. For Stephanie Johnson, the principal Atlanta Public Schools hired last fall to lead Jackson's turn-around, the data culled allows her and her team to focus on the many challenges facing the high school and to address them in a systematic way. Johnson arrival comes at a critical juncture for the school named after Maynard Jackson, the late Atlanta mayor. The school's campus in…
Monday, March 18, 2013
'Those, like me, who have been here for decades remember when couples who had children had to move when a kid turned four, because they had to live in an area that had good, decent schools.'
Another meeting? Although I go to a lot of 'em — SAND, NPU, PTSA, LSC, etc. etc. etc. — I am not a "meetings" person. I rarely see the significance, certainly not the amount of time spent talking rather than doing, although I understand communicating and planning are important. That said, there is an incredibly important 7 p.m. meeting coming up Thursday, March 21, at Maynard H. Jackson High School (at the temporary location: Coan Middle School, 1550 Hosea Williams Drive), organized by the Southeast Communities for Schools (http://seacs.weebly.com/): "SEACS is delighted to announce a very special meeting. Join us as Jackson's visionary new principal Stephanie Johnson gives her vision for the future. This meeting is for anyone whose child …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Come hear principals give updates on what's going at the local schools in the Jackson cluster.
Thursday, January 24
by Patch Staff Maynard Jackson’s State-of-the-Cluster Meeting will be held on January 24th, 2013 at Maynard Jackson High School, and is open to all community members and stakeholders. A school fair will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at Jackson's temporary home, 1550 Hosea L. Williams Dr. NE, while the school's Grant Park campus is being renovated. The Jackson cluster includes: Join principals and leaders as they discuss: At the start of the 2012-13 school year, Superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr. delivered a state-of-the-district address to speak candidly about the district's challenges and new work to build a culture of excellence systemwide. Now, our K-12 regional executive directors …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Maynard Jackson High's Academy of Engineering gets $5,000 grant from AT&T.
EAST ATLANTA — The teachers at Burgess-Peterson Academy seek funding to support the classroom projects they've designed for their students. The teachers are raising funds through Donors Choose, which allows those wishing to contribute to give whatever amount they want and get an understanding of how the funds will be utilized. Tytsie Jackson, the kindergarten teacher at Burgess-Peterson, seeks an iPad for her class. "I see a super need for all my students to be able to use an iPad in the classroom," Jackson wrote in her online petition. "Many of my students come from impoverished homes with extremely young parents. They can only see the new technology on the television and can only wish to actually see this piece of equipment in real life…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Cecil Houston: A legacy remembered.
Cecil Houston was more than a band instructor. He was a mentor. He was a counselor. He was the rare soul every parent hopes will touch the life of his or her child in school. Not only because he was a dedicated teacher, but because he also taught them and guided them through those life lessons that would make those children grow into solid, productive adults. Mr. Houston, 36, was the band leader at Jackson High School. He died Dec. 30 after collapsing at a friend's home. He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Fantara; four sons, Cecil III, 10; Christian, 9; Cahron, 6, and Colin, 5. He also is survived by his parents, Cecil Houston Sr. and Loretta Houston, and three sisters, Ramona, Rhonda and Rhesa Houston. A native of Brownwood, Texas, …
Cecil Houston: A legacy remembered.
Thursday, January 3
Cecil Houston, the band leader at Jackson High School who died this week, had his students recite the marching band creed every day and before each game: Music is our Love From the heavens to the ground Through the roar of the Jaguar We are "The Soul-full Sound" The Baton is our Sword To do as it's told To honor the power of crimson, black and gold These instruments are our weapons The music is our ammunition We are the Treble-Maker, Bass-Takers For the love of music For greater bands of Maynard H Jackson We stand together as one We strive for the highest And are second to NONE Admire the movement of the auxiliary So graceful and free Feel the thundering drums Coming down the street Hear the cry of the whirling woodwinds And the howl of …
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Band leader at Jackson High School passed away this week.
Cecil Houston, the beloved band leader at Jackson High School, passed away this week. The 36-year-old is survived by his wife and children. "The 5th Quarter" — the Wake — will be held at Clark Atlanta University's Cornelius L. Henderson Student Center at the corner of James P. Brawley Dr. SW and Atlanta Student Movement Boulevard, on Monday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. The Celebration of Life Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Elizabeth Baptist Church, 4245 Cascade Road SW. Mr. Houston, who left a legacy at Jackson and Clark Atlanta University is remembered as a dedicated and devoted person to his family, school and community. Richard Williams, the Engineering & Early College Academy Leader at Jackson, told East Atlanta Patch …