Jackson eNews

September 3, 2021

Hello Jackson Families!

Plano ISD announced yesterday that the District is prepared to pilot a Virtual Academy for students in grades K-6 pending full legislative approval, staffing needs of the district, financial feasibility and other relevant considerations.

All students in grades K-6 who meet the enrollment criteria are invited to apply!

  • Opens - Thursday, September 2nd
  • Closes - 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 5.
  • All Applications MUST be received by 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 5, 2021.
  • Limited enrollment for each grade level.
  • Enrolling in the Virtual Academy is a transfer from the home campus.
  • Pending the full passage and funding of virtual learning from the State of Texas and TEA, Virtual Academy will begin on Monday, September 13, 2021. This will allow the District time to determine parent interest, identify staff, and prepare curriculum for this program.

In the event that plans for the Virtual Academy have to be cancelled, students will resume enrollment at their home campus. For more information and enrollment criteria, please visit the Virtual Academy Program website.

Just a reminder that Monday, September 6, and Tuesday, September 7, are student holidays and the school will be closed. We hope all of our Jackson families enjoy the long Labor Day weekend!


Kamili Carthledge, Assistant Principal

Jackson Elementary


Please click here to read a message from Jackson's Principal, Mrs. Roach.

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Counselor's Corner

Hi Jackson Jaguars!

We are excited to announce that we will begin our 2021-2022 Jaguar of the Month Program on September 1. For new families, Jaguar of the Month is a student reward program (students grades K-5 only) that incorporates character traits from the website/program Character First Education.

Each month a new trait will be announced on JagTube. Throughout the month, teachers will reinforce this character trait in their Face-to-Face and Virtual classrooms and look for students that demonstrate the trait consistently throughout the month. Each teacher will select a student from their class to be recognized for for their efforts. Below are a few of the ways that nominated students will be celebrated.

  • Winners will be announced on JagTube.
  • Student will receive a certificate (digital for virtual), keychain, and a Jackson Jaguar pencil.
  • Names will be displayed on the bulletin board near the front office.
  • Jaguars of the Month will attend a breakfast in the school library with Mrs. Roach, our Principal.

The character trait for September is Self-Control. Parents will receive information on the trait so they can work with their students at home. We look forward to watching our students build on their character traits!

Thank you,

Andrea Hall, Counselor

Michelle Hardy, Counselor

Important Dates


  • Monday, September 6 - Labor Day, Student/Teacher Holiday
  • Tuesday, September 7 - Student Holiday
  • Thursday, September 9 - Fall Picture Day
  • Friday, September 10 - PACE referrals due by 5:00 p.m.

Click HERE for 2021-22 PISD District Calendar

PACE - Plano Academic and Creative Education

PACE is a gifted enrichment program for students who have demonstrated the need for advanced instruction. Referral deadline for PACE assessment will be Friday, September 10th at 5:00 p.m. Any student that qualifies will begin services in January. For additional information, please refer to the Plano ISD Gifted Education Website or contact the gifted specialist, Betty Fancher at betty.fancher@pisd.edu.

Referral and Assessment Information

Elementary PACE Referral Form

Elementary PACE Referral Form - Spanish

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Join Jackson PTA!

We know this school year has been financially and emotionally difficult for many of our families, but that's why it's even more important to support our students by joining the Jackson PTA. The funds raised this year will go a long way to providing field trips and other educational programs for next year. We can't do this without your support!

Please visit our website to become a member of the Jackson PTA, order available school supply packs, or to purchase Jackson spirit wear.

2021-2022 Jackson Spirit Wear Now Available!

2021-22 Jackson Spirit Wear is now available! It's easy to order--fill out the attached form and return to school with payment (exact cash amount or check) by Thursday, September 16. Jackson students are encouraged to wear Jackson spirit wear or Jackson colors (black and gold or Jaguar print) on Mondays. Let’s show our school spirit Jaguars!!

2021-22 Jackson Spirit Wear Order Form

World Wear Project

You can also support our PTA by bringing any household donations (clothes, shoes, etc.) to the donation bin in the back parking lot. You will be helping our PTA and the environment by recycling!
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Confirmation to Receive Text Messages from Plano ISD

Text messages inviting families to opt in to receive text messages from their schools and the district are being sent this week via School Messenger.

If the district has a cell phone number for you, and you have not already opted in by texting “Y” to 67587, you should receive the following text message from 67587 requesting that you opt in to continue receiving text messages from the district or school:

“Plano Independent School District messages. Reply Y to confirm, HELP 4 info. Msg&data rates may apply. Msg freq varies. schoolmessenger.com/tm”

You must reply to the text that is sent with “Y” to opt in to receive text messages from your school.

For more information, please visit: https://www.pisd.edu/textoptin or view the following flyer:

English | Spanish

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Community Resource Guide

Jackson Parents,

The following link provides a wealth of community resources available in our area.

Click the link or cut and paste the link in a browser to find information on such topics as:

Autism, Behavioral and Psychiatric Services, Boys and Girls Club, Child and Family Guidance Centers, Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS), Counseling, Epilepsy, GED Testing, Health Care Services, LifePath Systems, Multiple Sclerosis, Plano Clothing Closet, Special Olympics, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and MANY more.

Community Resource Guide


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Free Dentistry Day - Willow Bend Dental

Willow Bend Dental in Plano will be offering a free dentistry day on Saturday, September 18, 2021.

Willow Bend Dental en Plano ofrecerá un día de odontología gratis el sábado 18 de septiembre de 2021.

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Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA Opportunities!

As Patriotic Societies and per Texas legislation, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSA) are allowed an opportunity to speak to students during regular school hours about membership. [See Plano ISD’s Policy GKE(LOCAL).] The following information may be shared with students by these two Patriotic Societies at your campus. Schools may also share additional information via their campus newsletters and/or go-home folders.



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