Jackson eNews

May 21, 2021

Hello Jackson Families!

STAAR testing is over at Jackson! Our students were determined to make the best of the situation when there were technical difficulties and, once those issues were resolved, they were able to complete their tests with ease! We are so proud of our students!

Next week will be filled with fun grade level activities to wrap up the school year! Fifth grade graduation festivities will be held on Wednesday, May 26. We are going to miss our Fifth graders, but we know they are going to LOVE Middle School!

PTA will be selling 2020-2021 yearbooks in the Jackson foyer on Tuesday, May 25, and Wednesday, May 26, from 7:00 - 7:45 am. The price is $25.00 and they will accept cash or checks. Yearbooks that were pre-ordered online will also be delivered to the student's classroom during this time. In lieu of yearbook signing, teachers will be passing out index cards for our students to write notes to their friends. Students with a yearbook can tape a baggie inside the cover to keep all of the notes. Memories are priceless so purchase your yearbook before they are gone!

Prepackaged school supplies by grade are now available for purchase on PTA's website, www.jacksonpta.com. Supply packs will be delivered to your student's classroom when school starts in August. Skip the crowds and purchase your school supplies through PTA!

With the year winding down, we have made a plan for our School@Home students to return their technology. Please take a moment and read the letter below for dates and more details.

Library books for all students were due on May 14. Our virtual students can return any outstanding books when they come to turn in their technology.


Kamili Carthledge, Assistant Principal

Jackson Elementary

Student Technology Equipment Return - S@H Students

Click for letter with Technology Return Plan information--English and Spanish

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Animals on School Property

Hello Parents,

While we all love our furry friends, student health and safety are our top priority here at Jackson Elementary. This is a friendly reminder to families and campus visitors that animals on school property are not permitted during the instructional day, unless they are part of the district’s instructional program, a service animal, part of the district’s security services or in conjunction with the Plano ISD Outdoor Learning Center as stated in Plano ISD Policy GKA(Local). Additionally, the City of Plano has ordinances regarding animals at large.

Please join us in preventing any future injuries and keeping our students safe. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Crystal Roach, Principal

Jackson Elementary

Important Dates


  • Wednesday, May 26: 5th Grade Graduation Celebration (virtual)
  • Wednesday, May 26: Anyone in grades PK-4 can return their technology equipment or library books from 3-6 pm if their student is finished with classes. (5th graders can hold on to their CBs one more day!)

  • Thursday, May 27: Last Day of School! (early release at 12:00 for all students)
  • Thursday, May 27: Student technology return times

    7-10 am - Grades PreK, K, 1 and 2

    10-12 am - Grades 3, 4

    12-2 pm - Grade 5

  • Tuesday, June 1: Senior Reunion, Class of 2021 (Jackson 5th grade class of 2013-14)

Click HERE for 2021-22 PISD District Calendar

Notes from Nurse Wheeler

Hello Parents!

If your student has ANY medication in the Jackson School Clinic, please make plans to pick-up the medication before Thursday, May 27, at 12:00 pm. After this date and time, ALL medication will be disposed of in accordance with PISD Policy.

Please keep in mind that students are prohibited from transporting medication TO or FROM the clinic. Medication will only be released to an adult. All controlled medications (ADHD meds, etc.) will need to be carefully counted with the nurse and a signature will need to be obtained for the release of the controlled substance.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call, email or come by the school clinic prior to noon, Thursday, May 27. Thank you for allowing me to care for your student(s) this year.

Have a wonderful and safe summer!

Nurse Wheeler

COVID Health & Safety Protocols Update

On Tuesday, May 18, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-36 prohibiting governmental entities in Texas — including counties, cities, school districts, public health authorities or government officials — from requiring or mandating mask wearing. According to this Executive Order, public schools may continue to follow current mask-wearing guidelines through June 4.

As such, existing COVID Health & Safety Protocols will remain in effect through the end of the 2020-21 school year. Effective June 1, 2021, Plano ISD will implement updated protocols.

Please note the following updates, effective June 1:

  • Masks/face coverings will be optional indoors and outdoors
  • Social distancing will be maintained when feasible
  • Handwashing or use of hand sanitizer will still be expected throughout the day

Individuals should consider their own vaccination status and COVID risk level when deciding whether or not to wear a mask.

COVID vaccines have had a profound effect on lowering our case counts over the past several months. In an effort to ensure that eligible Plano ISD students (ages 12 and up) have access and are given the opportunity to be vaccinated, we are in communication with local hospitals and healthcare providers regarding plans to hold vaccine events. As plans are finalized, additional information will be provided.

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End of the Year Message From Our Jackson PTA

Hello Jackson Jaguars

Wow what a year! Thank you all for the support you have given the PTA for 2020-2021 school year. Because of your support and a very generous donation from a Jackson family, we were able to do the following this year:

*donate planners to all 2nd-5th graders

*provide snacks for the Teachers for Valentines

*provide snacks for students during STAAR testing

*have a Teacher Appreciation Lunch and prizes

*support 5th Grade graduation celebration

and I'm sure I am leaving something out!

We are planning for next year already and can not wait to meet all of you that we missed this year. So look forward to new spirit wear, picnics, fundraisers, and book fair to name a few. It will nice to get back in the school and volunteer.

Speaking of which.....we need a few good volunteers to help us fill our 21-22 PTA board. Positions open...Secretary, VP Fundraising, VP Programs and Events, VP of Volunteers, Parliamentarian...and several chair positions. If you have any interest at all email jacksonpta@gmail.com and we will be happy to provide you with more details.

Visit our website www.jacksonpta.com and order your yearbook and school supplies too.

Have a great summer and see you soon.

Your Jackson PTA Executive Board

2020-2021 Yearbooks

On Tuesday, May 25, and Wednesday, May 26, from 7:00 - 7:45 am, Jackson PTA will have a table set up in the Jackson foyer to sell yearbooks and distribute the pre-orders!! 2020-2021 yearbooks are $25.00 and we accept cash or checks. Yearbooks are also available on the website until Tuesday.

There are still a few 2019-2020 yearbooks available for $10.00. Memories are priceless!

Order 2020-2021 Jackson Yearbook

2021-2022 School Supplies

Prepackaged school supplies for the 2021-2022 school year can now be purchased online at www.jacksonpta.com. The packs are grade-level specific and filled with supplies that our Jackson teachers requested. Skip the store crowds and checkout lines--purchase your school supplies through the Jackson PTA! These supplies will be delivered to your student's classroom when school starts in August.

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.

Jackson Spirit Wear Now Available!

We now have spirit wear on the Jackson PTA website! There are adult and child size masks with our Jackson Jaguar logo. You can purchase one for your child and donate one to the school so every Jaguar can have one! Order online at https://www.jacksonpta.com/shop. Let’s show our school spirit Jaguars!!

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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STAAR and TELPAS Assessment Results

Plano ISD students participated in STAAR and/or TELPAS assessments in April and May of this spring. Starting June 28, you may access STAAR state assessment results, as well as additional information relating to your student’s performance, at http://www.TexasAssessment.com/students. TELPAS results will be available on the State Assessment Portal on July 19, 2021.

To view your student’s results, enter your student’s date of birth and the unique Portal Access Code. You can look up the Unique Access Code from this website using the Social Security Number or from the Plano ISD Parent Portal.

STAAR and TELPAS results can also be accessed on the PISD Parent Portal under the Performance Management section. Click on the Student Name to view a PDF report that includes assessment results.

En español

Su estudiante participó en las evaluaciones STAAR y/o TELPAS en abril y mayo de esta primavera. Empezando el 28 de junio, puede acceder a los resultados de las evaluaciones estatales STAAR, así como a información adicional relacionada con los resultados de su estudiante, en http://www.TexasAssessment.com/students. Los resultados de TELPAS estarán disponibles en el portal de evaluación del estado el 19 de julio de 2021.

Para ver los resultados de su estudiante, ingrese la fecha de nacimiento de su estudiante y el código de acceso al portal único. Puede buscar el código de acceso único en este sitio web utilizando el número de seguro social o en el Portal para Padres de Plano ISD.

También se puede acceder a los resultados de STAAR y TELPAS en el portal de padres de PISD en la sección de gestión del "Performance Management". Haga clic en el nombre del estudiante para ver un informe en PDF que incluye los resultados de la evaluación.

Plano ISD 2021 Elementary Summer Reading Lists

This list, compiled by PISD's Learning Media Services, includes suggested authors and titles to assist parents in choosing books that reflect their child’s reading level, interests, and family values.

Many reading levels appear among students in the same grade. These suggestions include concept books, pre-primers and primers for developing readers, picture books enjoyed by a wide audience, series for developing readers, chapter books suitable for more advanced readers, and books to encourage a variety of nonfiction interests.

Book lists with current popular titles are also widely available on the Internet. Check these sites for titles that may interest your student:

2021 Elementary Summer Reading Lists

Free Meals for all Plano ISD Students

Due to a waiver from the USDA, all Plano students will receive free breakfast and lunch as long as funds are available. Debido a una exención del USDA, todos los estudiantes de Plano recibirán paquetes de comidas gratis mientras haya fondos disponibles. Read More.

Regular Curbside Meal Distribution

Curbside meals are available for pick-up each Tuesday from 9:30am - 10:30am and 4:45pm - 6:00pm.

The meal bundles can be picked up at any of the following locations:

Anyone picking up meals for students, without the student present, must bring appropriate documentation in the form of a school issued ID, report card, parent portal attendance summary form, or birth certificate.

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Plano ISD Virtual Academy Now Accepting Applications through May 24

The Plano ISD Virtual Academy is a full-time, tuition-free school option that is being developed to serve students in grades 3-12, starting with the 2021-22 school year. The Plano ISD Virtual Academy will provide students with a high quality education that is flexible, rigorous, and tailored to fit students’ unique needs. To apply or for more information please visit pisd.edu/virtual. The application window closes May 24.

Please Note: The Texas Legislature has not yet passed legislation related to online learning in the 2021-22 school year. It is possible that Plano ISD may need to adjust or cancel our plans for the Virtual Academy based on guidance from the state. In the event that it becomes necessary to cancel plans for Plano ISD’s Virtual Academy, students will resume enrollment at their home campus.

PASAR Summer Care Program for Virtual Summer School Students

If your child is attending a virtual summer school program, you have the opportunity to enroll them in PASAR’s Summer Care program.

Students can attend virtual learning in a supervised classroom during the morning hours and then attend PASAR child care after lunch in the afternoon. Full weekly tuition for PASAR is required.

A minimum of 15 virtual students is required to offer the supervised virtual learning. Otherwise, families will be notified by May 23 if the minimum is not met and care cannot be provided.

Only 150 spots are available for PASAR’s Summer Care program, which runs from June 7 through July 30, and will be held at Thomas Elementary and Christie Elementary. The program is for students in preK-fifth grade. Enroll today. If you have questions regarding summer school, visit Plano ISD’s summer school webpage.

Each student who is enrolled in PASAR’s Summer Care should bring two snacks, a sack lunch that does not require heating or refrigeration, and a labeled disposable water bottle.

2021 Plano ISD Back-to-School Fair

Mark your calendars for the 2021 Plano ISD Back-to-School Fair! This year's fair is scheduled for the following date and location:

August 3, 2021

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.(While supplies last)

Clark Stadium

These free community events provide Plano ISD students and their families with back-to-school resources and essentials necessary to be equipped for a successful school year such as school supplies and non-perishable food items.

Mobile Drive-Thru "No Contact" Distribution (while supplies last)

Families will receive:

  • Backpacks filled with schools supplies for each student present
  • Box of non-perishable food

*Must show proof of student enrollment


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Plano Public Library Summer Learning Kick-off - June 2-5, 2021

Learn about programs and pick up a Summer Learning kickoff bag full of fun things including bubbles to blow, a fan to keep cool, a reading log and activity sheet to get you started; available at all five libraries while supplies last.

Reading is an important part of Summer Learning! This year, our goal is your goal. Come up with the number of minutes you want to read this summer, and keep track using our reading log. Once you complete your reading logs, you can fill out our online form for a personalized certificate. Check our blog, PlanoLibraryLearns for great reading recommendations.

Discover something new with workshops and activities all summer long!

All ages:

· Discover Mars and join us for Solar Viewing with NASA Ambassador Les Murray

· Take It & Make It STEAM Connections held weekly

· STEAM Kits: hands-on activities explore science, music, art, engineering, money and more!

Tweens & Teens:

· Learn the basics of coding and circuits – a 5-session program for kids age 11-13

· Virtual Fan Fest, a Teen Street Team event

Teens & Adults:

· Coding Camp: Design a Video Game using Unity – 4 day program for teens and adults

· Safety programs from Plano Police officer Chris Bianez

· Gain perspective on financial choices

· Prepare to start a small business

Explore the library this summer with guided activities. Learn more about your local library and all the available resources for summer fun and learning. Complete activities focused on family or teen/adult learning (or both!). Then fill out our online form for a certificate of completion.

Learn more on our website or subscribe to our eNewsletter, Check it Out!

Hope to see you at the library!

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