Jackson eNews

January 20, 2016

Hello Jackson Families,

I am excited to announce that Jackson parent and former PTA President, Lea Harbour, and Jackson 4th grade teacher and team leader, Robyn Burkhead, are receiving the PTA Lifetime Membership award for their dedication to student success and parent involvement in the education process. Thanks for your commitment to our students and our school!

We would also like to thank the Jackson parents who came to speak to Jackson 4th and 5th grade students about their job experience and careers on Friday, Jackson's Career Day. We were also very fortunate to have Plano's Mayor, Harry LaRosiliere, speak at an assembly for 3rd - 5th grade students. His presentation was very motivational!

The Texas Education Agency Has Released 2014-2015 School Report Cards

The State of Texas 2014-2015 School Report Card for Jackson Elementary has now been released, and posted to the Jackson Elementary website. This is a report required by the Texas Legislature and prepared by the Texas Education Agency. 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 required by state law and is briefly described in the “School Report Card Definitions.” If you have any questions concerning the School Report Card, please let us know. Thank you for your continued support of Jackson Elementary.


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Jackson Bookworm Challenge


The library is sponsoring the Jackson Bookworm Challenge! What is the Bookworm Challenge, you ask?

The Jackson library received a grant to build a reading program that challenges students to READ. Each grade level has been assigned a specific number of books to read. These books are to be free choice, non-curriculum books that are read on their own free time! We want to build the love of reading in our kids….not just have them see reading as a “job” at school. Reading independently builds vocabulary, helps with writing, aids in knowledge and stretches the imagination! Every time a student reads a book independently, he or she is encouraged to come to the Jackson library to fill out a segment to be added to the grade level bookworm. Watch our bookworms grow as the students take on the challenge!!

Author Steve Swinburne Visits Jackson

The PTA, in collaboration with the Jackson Library, is happy to welcome author Steve Swinburne on January 27th!

Steve loves to travel and observe nature and wildlife. He has traveled the world and loves to share! A safari in Africa, hiking in Scotland, monitoring sea turtles on a Georgia island, a winter trek through Yellowstone have all led to just a few of his book projects.

Check out more on Steve at his website:


We look forward to welcoming him here at Jackson!

AVID Family Night

All 3rd, 4th and 5th grade parents are invited to an informational meeting on Tuesday, February 2, from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. to learn all about our amazing AVID program and how to get your child ready for college at an early age. We will discuss organizational tools, goal setting, and study tips. There will be free PIZZA, childcare provided and goody bags sent home. You don't want to miss it!!!


Friday, January 22 - Spirit Assembly

Wednesday, January 27

  • Author visit, Steve Swinburne (see information above for more details)
  • A parent education class titled, "What Are Our Children Doing In The Digital Age?" is being offered on Wednesday, January 27, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Jackson Library. Please join other interested parents to discuss ways for us to keep our kids safe in technology. Refreshments and childcare provided. Click on the flyer link for more information. Parent Workshop Flyer - English and Spanish

Tuesday, February 2 - AVID informational meeting for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade parents from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Jackson library. Pizza will be served and childcare will be available! See information above for more details.

Friday, February 12 - Friendship Parties

Monday, February 15 - Student Holiday/Teacher Professional Development Day

Overdue Library Books Automated Phone Message

The Jackson Library is now using the School Messenger system to call parents regarding overdue library items or fines. Students who have overdues are contacted as well as students who owe money to the library. The system will be making phone calls once a month on Mondays, and Jackson's librarian, Monika Walker, will receive a report of who was called. If you have any questions, please give Mrs. Walker at call at 469-752-2127 or e-mail her at monika.walker@pisd.edu.

Parents of PISD students can customize how communications are received from Jackson and Plano ISD by using InfoCenter by SchoolMessenger.

InfoCenter can be accessed by using the email address that is on file for your district (emergency card) and following these three steps:

1. Download the InfoCenter by SchoolMessenger app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Market. You can also access the InfoCenter web portal at https://infocenter.schoolmessenger.com/

2. Click the “New User” button, enter your email address, and create a password. An email will be sent to that address with a secure token. Note: If you receive an “already claimed by another user account” error message that means you’ve already created a SchoolMessenger account via another SchoolMessenger product, such as Contact Manager. Simply follow the “Return to login” link and login. Use the “Forgot your password” link if needed.

3. After authenticating via the token sent to your email, return to InfoCenter and sign in using your email and password.

Our provider, SchoolMessenger, makes the security and privacy of your data a top priority. As one of over 100 approved signatories to Student Privacy Pledge, you can feel ensured that your student’s information is safe and will never be sold, rented or shared.


Plano ISD MLK Tribute Program

There will be a Plano ISD MLK Tribute Program at Williams High School, 1717 17th Street, on Thursday, January 21. Pre-show (featuring student musicians and artwork) is at 6:30 p.m.; Program begins at 7:00 p.m.

Plano Senior High School Planoettes Fundraiser

Enjoy a delicious meal at Raising Canes and support the Plano Senior High Planoettes at the same time! Raising Canes at 1000 W. 15th Street in Plano will donate 15% of sales to the Planoettes on January 21 if you mention this fundraiser. See flyer below for more details.

Wilson Middle School Parent Workshop - Nutrition

Do you and your children make healthy food choices? Nutrition is especially important for young growing bodies and their success in school. Do you want to learn more?

Come to Wilson's parent night and learn about eating right and making healthy choices from Dr. Scott, an expert in nutrition.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Wilson Middle School

Parent Center

Refreshments & Childcare Provided


Jackson is now on Twitter! Follow us @JacksonPlano.

Thank you,
Kamili Carthledge
Assistant Principal