Your Jackson Academy faculty is standing strong in its support of the JA Annual Fund and looks forward to reaching JA’s goal of 100 percent giving before the April deadline. The success of the JA Annual Fund must first reflect the support of those it ultimately serves, our JA students and faculty. This “extra mile” giving shown by our faculty and staff, above and beyond their already great contribution to the classroom, is critical to laying the groundwork for the JA Annual Fund’s success and helping JA reach the goals of its mission. Today’s spotlight department is the JA Performing Arts Center team – they’re in, are you?
Valentine’s Day started early and went big at Jackson Academy. Families arrived in the carpool line Thursday morning to find a cast of candy hearts, Alice in Wonderland characters, and even cupid welcoming them to campus with gifts of candy roses and other sweets. The event warmed everyone’s hearts and brightened the cloudy day with the love our teachers and staff members have for our students.
Not a day goes by that students are not impacted by gifts to the Annual Fund given by parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty, and friends. With approximately 88 percent of the school’s operating budget designated for teacher salaries and benefits, additional sources of income is necessary to continue our mission of building a better JA for our students, faculty, and staff.
Each year at JA, kindergarteners and seniors are matched with one another to form a mentoring relationship through the Alpha and Omega program. Their connection is evident when they see each other, often greeting one another with a big hug. Throughout the year they do many activities together. At times they have played basketball together and enjoyed picnics on the football field, but this month things got a bit more meaningful.
Jackson Academy baseball players are using former Tulane University Head Coach Joe Brockhoff’s Super 8 Hitting System that employs video analysis to hone their batting this year. And, they are going to test out their swings during games scheduled at Trustmark Park February 13 and 18.
Four is one of the world’s favorite numbers. So, when you pair four year olds and fourth graders, special friendships are bound to happen. The kickoff of Jackson Academy’s 4-4 Buddy Program was celebrated this morning. Fourth graders visited K4 classrooms and read a favorite book to their K4 buddy.