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  • May 22, 2020

    Posted by Marcie Cheatham on 5/22/2020

    SUMMER MEAL Information: May 25 - 29 we will be closed for meal service and resume on June 1st.  Summer service will be Mon-Thurs and we will provide four breakfast and four lunch on Thursday to take families through the weekend. Locations will remain the same. Thank you.

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  • April 13, 2020

    Posted by Jonesboro Public Schools on 4/13/2020

    The Jonesboro Public School District is pleased to announce that we have signed a contract with Herff-Jones today to produce a virtual graduation for the JHS Class of 2020. Please know that if state/national guidelines on COVID-19 are lifted regarding large gatherings, as specified by authorities, we will also have an outdoor graduation celebration at Cooksey-Johns Field in late June to mid July.

    JPS has started the celebration of our seniors each night through the lighting of Cooksey-Johns Field and we will continue to honor the class with this production of their graduation. We are excited that we will have our seniors’ memories archived and produced in a professional manner for students to share with friends and family to be live-streamed and saved for years to come.

    While a virtual graduation is never a first choice under normal circumstances, we feel that this option is the best at this time. Seniors will be contacted in the near future with direction on how the collection of information will proceed. To give you more information, you can view the Herff-Jones virtual graduation example here: https://www.herffjones.com/…/high-school-virtual-graduation/ #CaneOTR

     
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  • April 7, 2020

    Posted by Jonesboro Public Schools on 4/7/2020

    • Letter to JHS Class of 2020

    • JPS End of Year Plan due to COVID-19 Pandemic

    Elementary K-6 AMI:

    Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) will continue through the remainder of the school year. Students in grades K-6 will continue with the PBS curriculum until May 1st.  During the weeks of May 4-15, the JPS Curriculum Team will work with lead teachers to create a video series that is similar to Arkansas AMI. The instructional materials and expectations for student work will be comparable to the PBS materials. Teachers will use the week of May 18-22 to collect student materials, devices, and upload grades.

    Students will be given a Pass or Fail for submitted weekly assignments. Teachers will assign a Pass or Fail for the end of quarter and semester grades.

    Secondary:

    Students in grades 7-11 will continue with Google Classroom or Edgenuity until May 15th. No semester exams will be given. Teachers will use the week of May 18-22 to collect student materials, devices, and upload grades. Regular grading will remain in place through the end of the school year. Students will receive additional information on the collection of technology devices. 

    Seniors (and students enrolled in CTE, Concurrent or AP courses): 

    Seniors will attend school, virtually, until April 15, 2020, if they are in good standing to graduate. During this time, our expectation is that assignments made through Google Classroom, AP Classroom, or Edgenuity will be completed to the best of your ability. We also expect that any missing work will be submitted. You should expect grades and feedback to be rendered for these assignments.  

    • Seniors currently enrolled in CTE courses preparing for industry certifications will be contacted by their instructors concerning the format for those assessments. A “completer” designation is still solely dependent upon the completion of coursework. 
    • Seniors enrolled in concurrent courses will still receive college credit so long as the coursework assigned by teachers via Google Classroom is fully completed and submitted on time. 
    • Students enrolled in AP courses will still have the ability to test for college credit. Students will be taking online-based, 45-minute exams during the weeks of May 11-22. These exams can be taken from home using school-issued computers, personal tablets, or personal smartphones. Expect more correspondence concerning concurrent and AP courses from your teachers and administrators as the year progresses.

    You will receive communication concerning how to turn in your computers in an orderly fashion before your diplomas are issued. Graduation is a topic currently being discussed by JPS administrators, and you should expect more details concerning how diplomas will be issued as we move closer to your last day.

    Breakfast and Lunch Program:

    The district will continue to provide meals at multiple sites through the district.  Please share this information. 

    Food Sites Include:

    MicroSociety: 11:00-12:00
    Annie Camp Jr. High School: 11:00-12:00
    AC is now a WALK-UP Site
    Word Baptist Church: 11:00-12:00
    Cedar Heights: 11:00-12:00
    Parker Park: 11:00-12:00
    Arrowhead and Duncan Roads 11:00-12:00
    Fire Station at Brazos: 11:00-12:00

    Important Dates to Remember:

    April 15 - Last Day for Seniors

    May 1 - Last Day for PBS delivery of AMI

    May 4-15 - District delivery of AMI (more info to follow)

    May 15 - Last Day for AMI instruction

    May 18-22 - Turn in all assignments, Collect Technology Plan Awards Ceremonies and Celebrations

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  • April 6, 2020

    Posted by Marcie Cheatham on 4/6/2020

     

    An Announcement Regarding 2020 Graduation From:

    Bay School District - Bobby Hutchison, Superintendent

    Brookland School District - Keith McDaniel, Superintendent 

    Buffalo Island School District - Gaylon Taylor, Superintendent

    Greene County Tech School District - Gene Weeks, Superintendent

    Jonesboro School District - Kim Wilbanks, Superintendent

    Nettleton School District - James Dunivan, Superintendent

    Paragould School District - Debbie Smith, Superintendent

    Riverside School District - Jeff Priest, Superintendent

    Valley View School District - Bryan Russell, Superintendent

    Westside School District - Scott Gaunt, Superintendent 

    April 6, 2020

    Earlier today, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that due to the continued impact of the Covid-19 virus upon our country, our state, and our local communities, and in order to remain in compliance with recommendations from the Office of the President of the United States and national health organizations, public school districts in Arkansas will remain closed for the foreseeable future, thereby bringing an end to the 2019-2020 school year.  

    Local school districts will now begin sharing plans with their teachers, parents, and students on how to complete any unfinished business for the school year effectively, efficiently, and as soon as possible. As Superintendents of the local school districts, we understand the importance of these tasks, but we also understand the sensitive nature of ending the year so abruptly, and under such downhearted and challenging conditions. We recognize the unprecedented circumstances that we are all facing in education and are working diligently to make decisions that are both thoughtful and respectful. However, at all times these decisions must ensure the integrity of our learning environments and the health of our school patrons. As such, we have come to a joint decision that as of today, graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 are postponed indefinitely.  

    We do not make this decision lightly or without the deepest consideration for our seniors and their families.  We know the commitment and achievement that high school graduation symbolizes and do not wish to lessen the significance of this milestone due to the lack of a ceremony. Even though we may not be able to ceremoniously say “good-bye” as we have before, this in no way minimizes the pride and confidence we have in our graduating seniors...they are more than ready to go out and be the change in our world!

    We thank you all for your understanding. Until we see you again, we wish our school families, and especially the Class of 2020, to be strong and be well. 

     

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  • March 30, 2020

    Posted by Jonesboro Public Schools on 3/30/2020

    JPS FREE Student Meal Locations/Times:

    Annie Camp (in front - 1814 W. Nettleton - 11- 11:30am
    MicroSociety - 1110 W. Washington - 11am - 12pm
    Parker Park - 1506 North Church - 11am - 12 pm
    Word Baptist Church - 416 Calion Street - 11 am - 12pm
    Arrowhead Farm Road - 12:15pm
    Duncan Road - 12:15pm

    JPS Parents: AMI information for students K-12 for March 30 - April 17 is attached HERE.

    Internet WIFI Access Information click HERE

    JPS Parents of Special Education Students Notice:
    Sunday, March 29, 2020

    The Jonesboro Special Education Department remains committed to our standard of excellence to our students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers have provided AMI packets for their students with individualized instruction geared to their IEP’s .

    Therapies will be provided by our contract provider Cynergy for a seamless continuity of services as set out by IDEA. Cynergy will be contacting parents to begin these services following Spring Break.

    Annual Reviews will be conducted as scheduled by alternate means such as Zoom. We are being creative while following all state and federal guidelines. Thank you for your patience as we are all navigating in uncharted waters. We are confident JPS will shine as Best of the Best. Please stay safe.

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  • March 29, 2020

    Posted by Jonesboro Public Schools on 3/29/2020

    JPS Parents: AMI information for students K-12 for March 30 - April 17 is attached HERE.

    Internet WIFI Access Information click HERE

    JPS Parents of Special Education Students Notice:
    Sunday, March 29, 2020

    The Jonesboro Special Education Department remains committed to our standard of excellence to our students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers have provided AMI packets for their students with individualized instruction geared to their IEP’s .

    Therapies will be provided by our contract provider Cynergy for a seamless continuity of services as set out by IDEA. Cynergy will be contacting parents to begin these services following Spring Break.

    Annual Reviews will be conducted as scheduled by alternate means such as Zoom. We are being creative while following all state and federal guidelines. Thank you for your patience as we are all navigating in uncharted waters. We are confident JPS will shine as Best of the Best. Please stay safe.

     

     

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  • March 20, 2020

    Posted by Marcie Cheatham on 3/20/2020
    Questions from parents/staff we have been asked going forward:
     
    1. What if we need a computer to complete our online assignments? Are any available?
    We are currently working on a plan to provide devices to parents and students who make a request for a device.  This information should be available soon. 
     
    2. Where can we get Internet access?
    In addition to the email sent yesterday with information about getting Suddenlink Internet, we are currently in communication with Verizon Wireless about obtaining some hot spots for buses and/or public areas where students could access the internet. We'll also be compiling a list of locations where public internet access is available.  
     
    3. Will we still have prom, graduation, spring musicals, etc?
    We are considering events on a case by case basis and making decisions daily. At this point, we are cancelling all spring musicals and school performances scheduled in the Center for Performing Arts though April 30. We are contacting the Embassy Suites regarding prom and will in all likelihood reschedule either at the venue or on our campus to have prom at a later date. We are awaiting guidance from DESE on graduation. 
     
    4. What about standardized testing?
    We have not received exact information from Department of Education on testing, but know that President Trump announced there will be no spring standardized testing. AP students will have an opportunity to take Advanced Placement tests to secure college credit.  Students will receive more information in the coming weeks. 
     
    Thank you for your patience in this fluid situation.
     
     
     

     

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  • March 19, 2020 (EDIT, 5pm)

    Posted by Jonesboro Public Schools on 3/19/2020

    Due to order from Governor Hutchinson, AR schools closure has been extended to April 17.

    •  Under the authority granted by Governor Hutchinson’s amended emergency proclamation, the AR Department of Education is expanding the use of Alternative Method of Instruction days, through April 17.

    • As part of the nationwide effort to keep students and families connected during the COVID-19/Coronavirus, Suddenlink will be extending free Altice Advantage Internet offering to any student in our service area who does not currently have internet connectivity. Attached HERE, you will find extensive information related to the offer, including qualifications, terms and how to apply for the services. 

    Thank you we understand this is a stressful time for all. Please check back here for future updates.

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  • March 16, 2020

    Posted by Jonesboro Public Schools on 3/16/2020

    • Our JPS curriculum team has compiled a resource guide of online educational links for your student K-12 to use this week during AMI time that you may find helpful. You can find that guide HERE. 

    You can also find it on our homepage, under Resources>For Parents> ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES

    • Please note we have added additional sites for this week's Grab and Go meals:

    EXPANDED JPS FEEDING PROGRAM LOCATIONS:
    [These are FREE to all students and $3.25 for adults]

    MicroSociety: 1110 W. Washington - 11:00-12:00
    Word Baptist: 416 Calion St - 11:00-12:00
    Parker Park: 1506 N Church St - 11:00-12:00
    Arrowhead Farm Road - 12:15
    Duncan Road
     - 12:15
    Corner of Belt St. and Melrose St.: 11:00-12:00 - 
    Annie Camp Jr. High (Front of school) 11:00-11:30 - 1814 W. Nettleton
    North Main Baptist - 11:30-12:00 - 815 N Main St

     

     

     

     

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  • March 15, 2020: Feeding Info. for Students (Message 2 of 2)

    Posted by Jonesboro Public Schools on 3/15/2020

    JPS FEEDING PROGRAM INFORMATION DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE

    JPS will provide SACK LUNCHES to children at the following sites from the hours of 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm. 

    Times may be adjusted in response to the number of meals needed to be served.

    FEEDING SITES:

    MICROSOCIETY -  PICK UP LUNCHES IN FRONT DRIVE
    1110 West Washington
    PARKER PARK  - PICK UP LUNCHES IN PARKING AREA
    1506 North Church Street
    WORD BAPTIST CHURCH - PICK UP LUNCHES IN PARKING AREA
    416 Calion Street

    If you have questions, please call JPS Central Office at 933-5800.

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  • FREE Student Meal Locations:
    [Updated: Monday, April 27]

    Annie Camp
    1814 W. Nettleton
    11am - 12pm

    Arrowhead Farm Road - 11:15 - 12:30pm
    Duncan Road - 11:15 - 12:30pm

    Brazos Fire Station
    2212 Brazos Street
    11 - 11:30am

    Corner of Belt/Melrose
    11am - 12pm

    Corner of Highland/Stadium
    (surrounding neighborhoods)
    11:30am - 12:30pm

    MicroSociety
    1110 W. Washington
    11am - 12pm

    Parker Park
    1506 North Church
    11am - 12 pm

    PreK North
    210 E Johnson
    11am - 11:30pm

    SUCCESS
    613 N. Fisher St.
    (surrounding neighborhoods)
    11:30am - 12pm

    Word Baptist Church
    416 Calion Street
    11am - 12pm

    JPS Nurses

    Head Nurse
    Mersadeze Brooks, RN
    870-933-5820

    Elementary Schools:

    Jonesboro Pre-K:
    Justine Stegall, RN
    870-933-5876 

    Jonesboro Kindergarten Center:
    Whitney Robinson, LPN
    870-933-5835

    Health and Wellness:
    Mary Smith, RN
    870-933-5850   

    International Studies:
    Lillian Smith, LPN
    870-933-5825

    Math and Science:
    Earnestine Currie, RN
    870-933-5845   

    Microsociety:
    Darra Cunningham, RN
    870-933-5855   

    Visual and Performing Arts:
    Ashley Griffith, LPN
    870-933-5830
    Lois Shatzer, RN
    870-933-5830

    Secondary Schools:

    Annie Camp:
    Tammy Hall, LPN
    870-933-5820   

    MacArthur:
    Traci Meurer, RN
    870933-5840   

    Jonesboro High School:
    Dawn Deason, LPN
    870-933-5881  

    SUCCESS Achievement Academy:
    Deanna Holt, RN
    870-931-9647   

  • 2506 Southwest Square

    Jonesboro, AR 72401

    870.933.5835

     

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