FEBRUARY 11, 2019


Shundreta Buchanan

30 best public high schools in Alabama for 2019


Bennett Martin

Joy Brooks

Karl Dissinger

Reagan Simmons

Jamya Driskell

Sara Melton

Peter Wight

Elvis Morales

Chandler Nation

Isaac Hensley


Congratulations to the boy's tennis beating Pleasant Valley 9-0 and girls tennis for beating Pleasant Valley 6-1.

KUDOS to KSE teacher Dianne Hall

Our colleague Diane Hall has been accepted to the 2019 Alabama Bicentennial Summer Institute at Auburn University at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities. After an extensive application process, Diane was selected among the top social studies teachers in our state to participate. This summer, during the 3 1/2 day professional development, she will learn from renowned educators in her field and implement the things learned in her classroom here at Kitty Stone Elementary. Congratulations Diane!

JHS 8th grader Jackson McKerchar won 2nd place in the Calhoun County Spelling Bee. Way to go Jackson!

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Lady Golden Eagle Basketball

East Alabama Sports Today

CENTRE – The Jacksonville girls basketball team never ceases to amaze coach Tres Buzan this season.

The Golden Eagles were slow out of the gate and fell behind double digits early, but rallied throughout the rest of the game and wound up beating Hokes Bluff 43-41 in the Class 4A Area 10 girls tournament Tuesday night to extend their season.

The win guarantees Jacksonville a spot in the sub-region round and sends it to face top-seeded host Cherokee County for the area championship Thursday night. The Lady Warriors got through White Plains 53-24.

“Losing eight girls off that regional final team last year, we knew we were all coming in a little young and having a lot of experience to replace,” Buzan said. “But I’ve watched this team grow and get better and better.

“We’ve had our ups and downs, but pulling this one out when were down big, I couldn’t be more proud of them. There were tons of obstacles that could have said hey we lose this game, but they kept fighting and found a way.

“If you would have told me this team at the beginning of the year would go and make it to the playoffs I’d have said I don’t know what they’re made of. But they kept showing me we may be young, we may not be the team from last year, but they kept getting there.”

The Golden Eagles trailed 12-2 after the first quarter, but steadily cut into the deficit and outscored the Lady Eagles 17-10 in the fourth to win.

Patience Carr’s put back of a missed 3-pointer inside 30 seconds left capped a game-long comeback that gave Jacksonville the lead 42-40. Hokes Bluff’s Kristen Shields was fouled with two seconds left. She made the first of her two free throws, missed the second and Brenna Stone was fouled on the rebound with 1.3 seconds to play.

Stone made the first in her one-and-one, missed the bonus, but Rebekah Gannaway was there for the rebound and ran out the clock.

“Defensively they were super aggressive at the start of the game,” Buzan said. “They jumped all over us at the gate and we didn’t handle the pressure well. Then we settled in in the second quarter and started making plays we knew we could make.”

Jacksonville and Cherokee County will cross with Anniston and Talladega in the sub-region round.

Golden Eagle Basketball

By John Mitchell
For East Alabama Sports Today

JACKSONVILLE – The home team wanted to put the pedal to the metal for a full 32 minutes Thursday night, refusing to take its feet off the accelerator until the final buzzer went off at the end of the game.

Jacksonville did just that, using suffocating defense that helped it get out in transition for easy buckets. It scored the game’s first 12 points and never looked back en route to a 66-40 victory over Hokes Bluff in the semifinals of the Class 4A, Area 10 tournament.

The Golden Eagles (14-11) will now play Cherokee County for the area title Saturday. Both teams are guaranteed spots in the sub-region round of the tournament; the winner will host second-ranked Area 10 runner-up Talladega, while the loser travels to Anniston.

Jacksonville bullied Hokes Bluff (16-12) for most of the evening, coming up with eight steals and forcing the non-golden Eagles into 17 turnovers. Jacksonville did the majority of its damage on the offensive glass, outrebounding Hokes Bluff 41-31 for the game and hauling in a staggering 22 offensive boards for 13 second-chance points.

Junior Donavon McCain and sophomore Omarion Adams pulled down five offensive rebounds apiece, with McCain coming away with a first half double-double and finishing with 12 points and 13 rebounds on the night. Adams finished one rebound shy of a double-double himself, matching McCain’s 12 points.

“I just wanted to bring the energy,” said McCain. “That’s just who we are. We like to bring the energy, crash the boards, and keep it that way throughout the game.”

“When that guy decides he’s going to play, it’s hard to stop him,” Jacksonville head coach Cordell Hunt said of McCain. “I feel like he played like a man tonight, like I know that he can play every night. Sometimes I don’t get that from him, but he played real hard tonight.”

The Golden Eagles were never seriously challenged, but a pair of 3-pointers by Hokes Bluff senior Donovan Greaves late in the first half cut their lead to 33-16 at halftime. Greaves was the lone bright spot for Hokes Bluff, pouring in 23 points on 9-of-20 shooting from the floor. The other Eagles shot just 33 percent from the field, struggling to find easy looks against Jacksonville’s relentless pressure.

Even with a 17-point edge, Hunt preached in the locker room that the second half was a brand new game, and that his team should play like the score is tied. He wanted to avoid a second-half snooze that allowed Hokes Bluff to crawl back into the game, hoping to leave no doubt by the time the buzzer sounded.


Two Jacksonville seniors signed early scholarship papers this morning to play football and attend college. Cole Gaddy signed at Belhaven University in Jackson, MS. Jewels Gray signed at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.
Congratulations to both of these fine young men and their families.


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Week of 2/11/2019 “Making a Difference” Pictures


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Jacksonville City Schools is being spotlighted at the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce for the month of February. Go by and check out all of the great things happening in our schools!

Thanks to Whitney Robinson and Jill Harper for the great set up!


Do you have a POSITIVE REFERRAL for a Jacksonville City School Employee? How about letting us know? Thank you.





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This year’s banquet is in the books! There are so many people to thank and I’m afraid I will leave someone out. Jill Harper, you and your crew transformed our cafeteria and it looked amazing! Thank you so much for all of your hard work. Keshia Jackson, you have been dealing with the caterer for a couple of months and I know it was a headache but I heard nothing but positive comments on the food. Thank you so much! Craig and Tori Gaddy, you donated our Regional Championship banner and the plaques for our coaches. We are so grateful and will miss you immensely next year!! DeLane Hodge, Martha Dingler, Kellee Moses, Carrie Tomlin, Robin Matthews I know we can always count on you and you are appreciated more than you know! I know I am missing someone and I sincerely apologize but please know how much your help is appreciated!

To the coaches, players, and cheerleaders- CONGRATS on an amazing record breaking season! We are incredibly proud of you and we are here to support you always! #soarlikeaneagle #eaglefamily

Tanya Sexton


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Jacob Skala is the son of Stephanie and Scotty Moore and John Skala. Jacob will graduate Jacksonville High School as the Salutatorian for the JHS Class of 2019. He has earned an Official Core GPA of 97.60/100 while pursuing coursework required for the Honors Endorsement.


Senior Class Vice President

HOSA Club President (two years)

Varsity Football Team Captain

Community Service:

Visiting, playing games, and singing with residents of Legacy Village.

Teaching Kitty Stone Elementary students how to wash their hands to cut down on sickness at school.

Donating supplies and food to animals at the Anniston Humane Society.



Spanish National Honor Society

Mu Alpha Theta

Spanish Club

Varsity football

Track and Field


Salutatorian, Jacksonville High School Class of 2019

All-County First Team Offensive Lineman for football

3 years Academic Excellence Award at Jacksonville High School

Qualifying AP score in AP Language Composition

ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Platinum Level

Jacob is a leader among his peers both on and off the athletic field. He has earned the respect of both our faculty and student body. Jacob is an excellent role model for our younger students as he embodies a strong work ethic, respect for himself and others, and is the epitomy of what a young man strives to be.

Devin Wyman ( formerly of New England Patriots) visits with KSE and JHS

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Agriscience NCCER Review

Mr. Harold Lipscomb and the JHS Career Tech Agriscience program recently completed a state department NCCER review. Michael Hutto, Education Specialist for Agriscience at the Alabama Department of Education, evaluated the Agriscience program on eight standards: planning, instructors, facilities, industry relations, curriculum, students, safety, and leadership. We are proud to say that the program was found to be 100% in compliance. A big thank you to Mr. Lipscomb and Mr. Whaley for your hard work and for everything you do each day for our students.

Share a POSITIVE story.

I am looking for POSITIVE stories to share, good things that are happening in our schools/district. These positive stories can come from Staffulty (Faculty and Staff), Parents, community members, or students. These POSITIVE stories can be about a classroom activity, extracurricular activity, community service, kudos to businesses or parents that volunteer/donate to our schools/district or other activity that validates outstanding performance /opportunities for our students/staffulty.

I try to make it to the schools on a daily basis to support and encourage what is happening there. However, I need more eyes, and ears to help me share the specific stories that are causing our district/schools/classes to grow and be regarded among the best in Alabama. Who is willing to share with me to help SPREAD THE POSITIVE Stories? Pics and videos are all welcome.

I have been trying to send a "SMORE" each week to all of our employees as well as on FB . POSITIVE REFERRALS for employees will continue as we have AWESOME people as teammates in the DAILY endeavor to CHANGE LIVES AND IMPACT FUTURES. Thank you.