Jackson eNews

January 15, 2021

Hello Jackson Families!

This has been a busy week at Jackson with two Spelling Bees and College and Career Week! Congratulations to Oluwatoyin Odumosu, Jackson's Spelling Bee Winner, and Alan Eduardo Flores, Jackson's Spanish Spelling Bee Winner. This year's Scripp's National Spelling Bee was online, and it was our first year to participate in Region 10's Spanish Spelling Bee. Please read more about our winners below.

It has also been fun to see our students get excited about their future during College and Career Week, and we want to thank the parents and members of our Jackson community who submitted a career presentation video!

Picture Day has been rescheduled for Monday, February 1, for Jackson's Face2Face students and Tuesday, February 2, for School@Home students. Please see the link below for our School@Home students to sign up for a picture time. It would be great to have all of our students' pictures in the 2020-21 yearbook!

This Monday, January 18, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and a student/teacher holiday. We hope you enjoy the long weekend!


Kamili Carthledge, Assistant Principal

Jackson Elementary

2021 Jackson Spelling Bee Winner

Congratulations to Oluwatoyin Odumosu, Jackson's 2021 Spelling Bee Champ! Oluwatoyin is in 5th grade at Jackson and her favorite subject is math. She loves to practice hip-hop dance in her spare time and wants to be a medical doctor when she grows up. We will be cheering her on as she competes at the district level on January 28th! We are so proud of Oluwatoyin and all of the Jackson super spellers that participated in this year's online Scripp's National Spelling Bee!

2021 Jackson Spanish Spelling Bee

This year, Plano ISD is participating in Region 10's Spanish Spelling Bee, and we are very excited to announce that Alan Eduardo Flores is Jackson's very first Spanish Spelling Bee winner! Alan is a 4th grader at Jackson and loves to play soccer in his spare time. When he grows up, he wants to become a veterinarian. With his motivation, we have no doubt he will go far! We wish Alan good luck as he goes on to compete at the district level next week. Way to go!!
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State and Federal School Report Cards

The 2019-2020 School Report Card for Jackson Elementary has now been released, and posted to the Jackson Elementary website, www.pisd.edu/Jackson_ar. The report provides information concerning student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), as well as information on student enrollment, class size averages, and financial expenditures. The information contained in the School Report Card is described in the “School Report Card Definitions.”

The Federal Report Card is also available at https://tea.texas.gov/texas-schools/accountability/academic-accountability/performance-reporting/federal-report-cards. If you have any questions concerning the School Report Cards, please let us know. Thank you for your continued support of Jackson Elementary.


Los boletines de informe del gobierno del Estado de Texas del 2019-2020 para la escuela Jackson Elementary han sido publicados en el sitio de internet Jackson Elementary, www.pisd.edu/Jackson_ar. El reporte proporciona información sobre el rendimiento de los estudiantes en la prueba STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) que es el nombre del programa de evaluación académica para los estudiantes en las escuelas públicas de Texas, así como información sobre estudiantes inscritos, tamaño promedio de la clase y gastos financieros.

La información contenida en el reporte de progreso de la escuela es requerida por la ley estatal y se describe en las "definiciones del boletín de informe de la escuela". Si usted tiene alguna pregunta acerca del boletín de informe de la escuela, por favor háganoslo saber. Gracias por su apoyo continúo en la escuela Jackson Elementary.

Jackson 5th Graders Planning to Attend 6th Grade at Frankford MS

If your 5th grade student will be attending Frankford Middle School next year, you are invited to join a Zoom meeting with staff at Frankford Middle School on January 20. Please click the link below for more details about this meeting. Don't miss this chance to get your questions about Sixth Grade answered!

Meeting for Parents of Jackson 5th Graders Attending 6th Grade at Frankford MS

Important Dates


  • Monday, January 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (no school)
  • Wednesday, January 20: Zoom Meeting for Parents of 5th Graders attending Frankford MS next year, 6:00 pm.
  • Wednesday, January 27: Jackson Science and Engineering Fair
  • Monday, February 1: Jackson Picture Day for Face2Face students
  • Tuesday, February 2: Jackson Picture Day for School@Home students
  • Thursday, February 11: Jackson PTA Spirit Event at Chili's, 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Monday, Feb. 15: President's Day - Student/Teacher holiday

  • Tuesday, Feb. 16: Student holiday/teacher work day

Jackson Picture Days (Rescheduled)

Jackson Face2Face students will have their pictures taken during the school day on Monday, February 1. All students will be photographed for the Yearbook and parents can start purchasing picture packages now online. All picture money is due on Picture Day.

Jackson School@Home students can sign up for a time to have their pictures taken on Tuesday, February 2, from 7:30 am - 12:45 pm. The link to sign up for a time is below. Pictures will be taken in the Jackson cafeteria and all safety protocols will be followed.

Picture Day Sign-Up for School@Home Students

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Jackson Science and Engineering Fair

Dear Parents,

The Jackson Science and Engineering Fair will be held on Wednesday, January 27. Due to the nature of COVID-19, all student projects will be submitted electronically using the PISD Elementary Science and Engineering Fair Virtual Project Slide Template. All projects must be submitted on/or before Friday, January 22, by 3:00 p.m.

Though participation in this annual event is voluntary, we want to encourage interested students in grades kindergarten through 5th grade to take advantage of this opportunity to exhibit their knowledge. The Student Handbook is attached for your reference. Elementary Science fairs are limited to the campus this year as the Regional Science Fair has been cancelled.

If your child would like to participate in the Jackson Science and Engineering Fair, please use the link(s) below to register for the fair.

Link to form in English:


Link to form in Spanish:


Once the information is received, your child will receive a code to join the Jackson Science Fair Google Classroom. All information for the fair and the virtual templates will be available in the classroom. All projects are due in the Google Classroom by the end of the day on Friday, January 22.

If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Goldsticker at rachel.goldsticker@pisd.edu.

Science Fair Student Handbook

Notes from Nurse Wheeler

Parents are reminded to please take a moment each day to monitor your children’s health and do not send them to school if they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19.

Health Screening Reminder for Families - January 14 Update

COVID-19 Student Reporting Form

The district has also prepared a series of “Stay Safe and Be Smart” videos to give families a glimpse into what a day in the life of a classroom student looks like in Plano ISD during COVID-19. While protocols for in-person instruction may vary slightly from campus-to-campus, we want to give you a general overview of what safety protocols to expect in our schools. Here are the links to the videos:

Changes to Close Contact Definition and Quarantine Period - January 1 - December 14 update

If you have any questions, please contact me at jill.wheeler@pisd.edu. Thank you for all your efforts to keep our Jackson community healthy and safe.

Jill Wheeler, Nurse

Jackson Elementary

Parents make the difference! - Parenting Newsletter from The Parent Institute

Hello Parents,

We are excited to let you know that we have purchased a school subscription to a parenting newsletter from The Parent Institute. This newsletter, Parents make the difference! is published monthly in English and Spanish and contains great articles to help parents support their child’s learning and to help build parent involvement and student achievement. We will provide links to each month's issue below.

Parents make the difference! - January 2021

Los padres ¡hacen la diferencia! - Enero 2021

Parents make the difference! - December 2020

Los padres ¡hacen la diferencia! - Diciembre 2020

Parents make the difference! - November 2020

Los padres ¡hacen la diferencia! - November 2020

Parents make the difference! - October 2020

Los padres ¡hacen la diferencia! - Octubre 2020


Important Reminder: School starts earlier this year and families should plan to have students arrive no later than 7:30 a.m. Our building opens at 7:00 a.m. and breakfast is served from 7:00-7:30 a.m. Students must have time to eat, get unpacked and be in their classroom ready for instruction before the bell rings. If your child is not in their classroom (not running in the door) by 7:40 a.m., they will be marked tardy.
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Jackson PTA Spirit Event at Chili's

YOU'RE INVITED! Chili’s will give 15% of its sales back to your Jackson PTA when you dine with us from 11 AM to 10 PM on Thursday, February 11th! Orders for dine in or pick up must mention flyer to be included in donation.

Taking place at your local Chili's:


DALLAS, TX 75248-2367

(972) 818-7473

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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.

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!

We Need Your Pictures!

We need your pictures for the 2020-21 yearbook! Please send Sarah Salcedo any pictures you think could be included in the yearbook. (sarahsalcedo@gmail.com).

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Plano ISD 2021-2022 Academic Calendar

The Plano ISD 2021-2022 school calendar was adopted by the Plano ISD Board of Trustees at the December 8 meeting. The first day of school for students will be Wednesday, August 11, 2021, and the last day of school will be Friday, May 27, 2022.

Plano ISD 2021-2022 Academic Calendar

Free and Reduced Meal Benefits Extended

Free Meals For All Plano ISD Students Extended

The United States Department of Agriculture has extended nationwide flexibilities which allow all Plano ISD students to receive free breakfast and lunch through the end of the school year.

Federal Meal Application

Households are still encouraged to apply for free and reduced-price meals. There are many other resources and benefits to students and the district when students qualify for the federal meal program.

To complete a federal meal application, please visit SchoolCafe.com/PISD. Allow 10 business days for application processing.

Paper applications are available in the Jackson office.

Free Weekly Meal Bundles for School@Home Students

Weekly meal bundles for School@Home learners will be available every Tuesday at the following locations:

  • Clark HS
  • McMillen HS
  • Shepton HS
  • Vines HS
  • Williams HS

Service begins/ends promptly 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Remember to bring needed documents (school-issued ID, report card, parent portal attendance summary form, or birth certificate) if student is not present. For more information, visit: www.pisd.edu/grabandgo

Paquetes de comidas semanales gratuitas para los estudiantes de School@Home (Escuela en Casa) están disponibles para ser recogidos al borde de la acera cada martes en Clark HS, McMillen HS, Shepton HS, Vines HS, y Williams HS. El servicio comienza/termina puntualmente de 9:30 a.m. a 10:30 a.m. y de 4:45 p.m. a 6:00 p.m. Si el estudiante no está presente, recuerde traer los documentos necesarios (identificación emitida por la escuela, reporte de calificaciones, formulario de resumen de asistencia del portal de padres o certificado de nacimiento). Más información: www.pisd.edu/grabandgo.

January Zoom Classes Offered by the Mobile Computer Lab

2021 Virtual SAGE Summer Expo

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Jackson is now on Twitter! Follow us @JacksonPlano.

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