Middle School News

Fifth and Sixth Grade Cafes Open for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, a time to read, listen to, and practice writing in this distinct literary style. In fifth and sixth grade English classes, Grace Simmons and Mallory Gnemi taught poetry’s characteristic elements, forms, and genres throughout the month, and shared their enthusiasm, too. To mark the end of April, fifth and sixth grade English classes celebrated by creating a Poetry Cafe! The fifth graders took turns stepping onto the PAC stage by class and reading a selection of poems and definitions aloud before enjoying some sweets. Sixth-grade students sipped coffee and nibbled cookies while taking turns reading from the biographies and writings of poets they enjoyed learning about – some even shared original poetry!

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Different Approaches Lead to Success in Ropes Course

“Be encouraging, trustworthy, safe, and have tons of fun,” was the advice of eight-grader Ellen Morgan. Her entire class had just experienced JA’s new Ropes Facility Course at Ashleigh Park. The course is within the school’s Raider Park complex.

Following an orientation Friday morning, eighth-grade students were divided into groups. Forty-five participated in initiative games while three groups of 15 students each began the team-building course. Students rotated through both initiative games and team-building before their lunch break.

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Book Buddies Ask and Answer

An abundance of learning took place at the Brickyard last Tuesday. It was the second meeting of JA Book Buddies, a pairing of sixth graders and first graders. Book Buddies is one of JA’s many intentional occasions for students across grades to learn from one another.

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy Honored Across Campus

In preparation for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, students in each of Jackson Academy’s divisions learned from the remarkable Civil Rights leader’s life last Friday, which fell on King’s actual birth date. King’s passion to achieve equality through nonviolent protest significantly furthered the cause of justice for minorities, spearheading much of the work to desegregate American life and culture in the 50s and 60s. Through age-appropriate activities, JA teachers encouraged their students to use the long weekend to contemplate the foundation that King laid and how they will contribute to a world of justice and equality for everyone. In this article, we feature a single project from each academic division.

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2020-2021 Second Quarter Honor Rolls

Academy Honor Roll Twelfth Grade Drew Antici, Thomas Arnold, Simms Baker, Emmy Brown, Mackenzie Coburn, Gracie Coe, Emma Collums, Ava Couey, Ava Crawford, Jenna Daly, Locke Danley, McNeill Dinkins, Coleman Dinkins, Mary Grace Downs, Meredith Fielder, Gus Gordon, Caroline Graven, Phoebe Guinn, Caroline Harrington, Sophie Hays, Avery Hendrick, Michael Hogue, Andrew Holmes, Evie Hudgins, Zoe […]

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Making the Day Merry

JA brightens up the season each year with a “Merry JA Christmas Carpool,” this year held Thursday, December 10. Special friends such as Elsa, Ana, and the Grinch, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Claus, delighted students during their morning arrival.

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MATHCOUNTS Heightens Positive Outlook Toward Math through Competition

MATHCOUNTS is a national middle school mathematics competition that nurtures problem-solving skills and encourages achievement with “bee” style contests. More than 40 Jackson Academy students in grades six through eight participate in the program that Rob Triplett, who teaches seventh-grade pre-algebra and coaches football and golf, leads. Any JA student in sixth through eighth grade […]

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