JCSS Family Engagement Newsletter

January 2022

January: New Beginnings

Happy New Year Jones County Families!

January is a time of new beginnings. It is also the mid point of the school year. Therefore, this is a great time for parents to check on student progress and guide students in setting achievement goals as we launch into the second semester. We've created this issue of the JCSS Family Engagement Newsletter to guide you in doing these things with ease! Keep reading to learn how to access student grades and attendance using Infinite Campus. Also, find out how to prepare for parent-teacher conferences and how to engage in goal-setting with your child. Throughout this newsletter, you'll find valuable parenting tips and resources, as well as support for mental health.

In addition to celebrating the New Year, January brings us the opportunity to celebrate the impact of Martin Luther King, Jr. on our world. For more information on the significance of this holiday, and for ways to observe it with your family, please click the link above. As a reminder, students will have a student holiday on Monday, January 17th as we observe this national holiday. Also, on January 31st, we hope you celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day. To learn about the day, and about the difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa, be sure to click the link above.

“Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.” –Brad Henry

If you have a question or concern, please contact us.

Shelley Dunlap sdunlap@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032 Ext. 1284

Shelby Henderson shelby.henderson@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032 Ext. 1285

Leslie Poythress lpoythress@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032 Ext. 1282

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Parents, say hello to your sidekick! Parent engagement has a direct correlation to student success. Students with engaged parents are more likely to have higher self-esteem, lower absenteeism and earn high grades or test scores. So what are you waiting for? Log into Campus Parent and get engaged today!


  • Accessing student grades: Give that praise and encouragement for that A or B they studied hard for!
  • Review attendance and absences: Get real-time notifications if your student is absent.
  • Seeing assignments due or upcoming exams: YES, you can finally know what your student is studying!
  • Notifications for School/District Announcements: Never miss a big event again!
  • Lunchroom information: Is student making healthy choices? Fueling the body, fuels the mind.

Campus Parent can be accessed on the web (login information is received from your district) or using the Campus Parent mobile app. Click HERE to see the video for all that it has to offer!

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Spotlight on Parent-Teacher Conferences

Make the most of your parent-teacher conferences.

Conferences provide an excellent opportunity for you to both give and receive information about your child. You can learn how your student is doing in school, and you can share information that will help your child’s teachers better understand your child. To make the most of your conference, come prepared with questions and concerns to discuss with your child’s teacher(s).

Parent-Teacher Conference Topics and Questions

Focusing on the following topics and questions will help ensure that your conferences are meaningful and productive.

Organization: Does my child seem organized? Does he/she come to class prepared?

Class Participation: Does my child ask questions, volunteer answers, and participate in discussions?

Homework: Is my child’s homework completed thoroughly, accurately, and on time?

Focus: Does my child pay attention in class?

Attitude: What type of attitude does my child display in class? Does my child have a positive approach to learning?

Academic Success: How is my child doing in class? Is my child working up to his/her potential? Are there subjects or skills that my child needs to work on?

Social Adjustment: Is my child respectful and courteous to teachers and classmates? Does my child seem to get along with the other students?

Ways to Help: What can I do to help my child be more successful in school?

Conversation Prompts: Preparing for the Parent-Teacher Conference

Here are some questions to ask your child this month...

  • How do you feel that school is going?
  • Which friends do you talk/play with most?
  • What do you enjoy most about school? Least?
  • Is there something that you would like for me to talk with your teacher about?
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  • Make reading a common practice in your home. Make sure your child sees you reading, and talk about the interesting things you’ve read.
  • Have family reading time—30 minutes where everyone reads.
  • Show your child that reading is a way to pursue personal interests. Take your child to the library often to get books on topics of interest to him/her.
  • Have your child choose a book or a book series for you to work through together. Take turns reading a page or chapter, or read the same book independently and get together to discuss the characters and plot.

~ Woodburn Press

How to Teach Kids Honesty

Click here to view a brief video about teaching your child to be honest.

CDC: Positive Parenting Tips

Parenting is a process that prepares your child for independence. This site will help you learn more about your child’s development, positive parenting, safety, and health at each stage of your child’s life. Click here to learn more.

The Importance of Goal-Setting for Parents and Children

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Goal-Setting for Younger Students

How To Set Goals (4 Easy Steps)

Goal-Setting for Teens

How to Set SMART Goals | Goal Setting for Students
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Mental Health for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults

Since mental health conditions typically begin during childhood, adolescence or young adulthood, we have compiled essential information and resources intended to help young people get the mental health support they need. Click here to learn more.

Free Resources for Extra Support and Connection

Whether it is in a crowded room or at home by yourself, loneliness is painful. Click for links to free mental health resources.

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JC Family Engagment Facebook Page

Like the Facebook page to stay current on events and family engagement opportunities for your family!

Jones County Schools Family Engagement

If you have a question or concern, please contact us.

Ms. Shelley Dunlap, Family Engagement Coordinator

sdunlap@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032 Ext. 1284

Mrs. Shelby Henderson, Family Engagement Coordinator

shelby.henderson@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032 Ext. 1285

Mrs. Leslie Poythress, Executive Director of Family Engagement

lpoythress@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032 Ext. 1282

Mrs. Charlotte Foskey, Executive Director of Federal Programs

cfoskey@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032 Ext. 1233

Mr. Charles Lundy, Superintendent of Schools

clundy@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032