Parkside April 2022 Newsletter

Middle School at Parkside Parent Liaison: Kristy Dillon

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Welcome Middle School at Parkside Families!

WELCOME to the Middle School at Parkside 2021-2022 School Year!

Principal for Instruction/7th Grade - Jeremy Patterson

(517) 841-2301

Associate Principal/6th Grade - Krista Jarvey

(517) 841-2279

Assistant Principal/8th Grade - Robert Bertke

(517) 841-2285

My name is Kristy Dillon, and I am the Parent Liaison for the Middle School at Parkside. My husband and I are both proud JPS alumni, and we have two sons. Our oldest graduated from Jackson High in 2020 and our youngest son is a junior at Jackson High.

I work with students, families, staff and the Jackson Community. I can help you set up PowerSchool accounts and can link all of your students together. I can also answer any questions you might have regarding PowerSchool. My goal is to make sure that I am able to assist all of our families through the middle school process.

The goal of PAVE (Parkside Adult Volunteers for Education) is to support Parkside through volunteering, donations & fundraising. We believe that the school NEEDS parents/guardian & community members involved to be successful & to enrich the student’s learning experience. We meet throughout the school year to plan events or set up volunteering opportunities.

*The next PAVE Meeting will be on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at 6:00 pm in the Parkside Media Center. Please enter at the new Welcome Center Entrance.

If you are interested in being a part of this initiative please contact:

Kristy Dillon: (517) 841-2278 or

Daily Schedule

School begins at 7:25 am & Dismissal is at 2:12 pm

*Students may enter the building at 7:15 am

½ day Dismissal is at 10:50 am

A Lunch: 10:37 – 11:02

B Lunch: 11:09 – 11:34

C Lunch: 11:41 – 12:06

Calendar Dates 📅

*Please see the above flyer regarding Parent Informational Meetings for the Jackson County Early College Program. This would be for our current 8th graders.

April 6-7 - Parkside Club Baseball Tryouts (5:30-7:00 pm Parkside Baseball Field/FH)

More info regarding Club Tennis & Club Softball will be coming out soon. Track has already started. For Questions regarding Parkside Sports, please contact our Athletic Director,

Greg Marsh at:

April 8 - Parkside School Dance (5:00-7:00 pm/ Parkside Cafeteria)

April 12 - PAVE Meeting (6:00 pm/Media Center)

April 13 - 8th Grade PSAT Testing

April 15 - No School (Staff or Students)

April 18 - DEI Community Forum with Jay B. Marks, Ph.D. (6:00-7:30 pm/Middle School at Parkside Auditorium)

April 19 - JPS School Board Meeting (5:45 pm/JHS Library)

April 19 - 8th Grade M-STEP Science Testing

April 20 - 8th Grade M-Step Social Studies Testing

April 22 - Fun Night Sponsored by PAVE (5:00-7:00 pm FH/Pool)

April 27 - 7th Grade M-Step ELA Testing

April 28 - 7th Grade M-Step Math Testing

April 28 - Pop Goes the Eagle Concert (7:00 pm/Auditorium)

April 30 - Thornapple Jazz Festival

Looking Ahead To May Important Dates

May 3 - 6th Grade M-Step ELA Testing

May 4 - 6th Grade M-Step Math Testing

May 7 - 8th Grade Formal Dance (Time to be Determined)

May 16-20 - Smiles on Wheels (Form is in an attachment below)

School Dance 🎵💃

Our next School Dance is on Friday, April 8 from 5:00-7:00 pm. If you are interested in chaperoning, please let me know. You will need to have an IChat form filled out and approved before Friday. If you have already filled one out, or have filled one out at another JPS school this calendar year, you are all set. Just let me know that you are wanting to chaperone.

Thank You!

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Community Forum 🎤📆

JPS Families are invited to a DEI Community Forum facilitated by Jay B. Marks, Ph.D. who is a Diversity & Equity Consultant. The forum will be held on Monday, April 18 from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Middle School at Parkside Auditorium. For more information, see the above flyer. We hope you can join us!


We are bringing popcorn back to Parkside! Our first one will be on Tuesday, April 19. We usually start popping around 7:30 am and continue through the lunches. We end around 12:00 pm. You don' t have to come for the whole time. Feel free to stop by when the time works for you! We pop every other week. Popcorn is only $.25 a bag. If you're interested in helping us pop, please be sure to have an IChat filled out and join us!

Contact me if you have any questions!

Fun Night! 🏀🎶🍫

Our first Fun Night will be on Friday, April 22 from 5:00-7:00 pm in the Parkside Field House and Pool (Pending finding Certified Lifeguards for the pool). The cost is $5.00 and we will have concessions and prizes to give away! Every student will get a raffle ticket upon entering and they can purchase more tickets for more chances to win. We will need volunteers to hep at Fun Night, so please let me know if you are interested in volunteering. You must have an IChat form on file to help. Please see the flyer pictured above for more information.

Parkside Community Closet👕👖🩳🧼

This is our 6th year that Parkside has the Community Closet available to our students & families. Hunger, lack of appropriate clothing, shoes & basic hygiene supplies is an issue that many students face. Visit our Facebook page (Parkside Community Closet)

to see what donations we are currently in need of.

If you know a student that would benefit from our closet, message us on Facebook!

Access our websites!

Jackson Public Schools:

Middle School at Parkside:

I look forward to a great school year! If you know of anyone that would like to be on my email newsletter list, please have them get in touch with me!

Thank You!