Middle School News

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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Middle School Combines Halloween and Giving

Just prior to Halloween, seventh and eighth grade students divided into groups by their birthday months and visited outdoor areas on campus designated for trick or treating. Ninth and tenth grade students raised money for Student Council Christmas projects by braving entry into a Haunted House Thursday evening.

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Sixth Grade Scientists Explore Space

The universe will tell our sixth graders some of its secrets this month as they complete a project devised by teacher Katie Chustz. To complement their McGraw Hill Inspire Science Earth and Space curriculum, students will use the Sky Walk application to track moon phases for 29 days. Tomorrow they will begin this month-long study, just in time for Saturday night’s blue moon.

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Investigator Educates Middle School Students on Internet Safety

Middle School students gathered in the PAC yesterday morning to hear a presentation from guest speaker Jay Houston on online safety and cybercrime. Houston is a certified forensic computer examiner and commands the Internet Crimes Against Children unit within the Attorney General’s office of cybercrime division. He has served as an investigator for 13 years with the ICAC unit, and uses his experiences in the field to inform and encourage students.

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Encore and Showtime Overcome Obstacles on the Path to Competition

Normally, choreographers Kevin Chase and Nick Quamme spend a week at JA teaching Encore and Showtime the dances for their upcoming competition season. But 2020 isn’t a typical year. Instead of visiting Jackson, Chase and Quamme taught choreography via Zoom from their studios in Iowa and Wisconsin as students watched from the Performing Arts Center’s choral music room.

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