Restart Jackson Newsletter No. 11

Information for parents, caregivers, and families

SEE JACKSON SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS PERFORM "THE WIZARD OF OZ" FROM YOUR HOME

The Jackson School for the Arts is busy putting the final touches on its fall performance of "The Wizard of Oz." Students are rehearsing for the show, which has been slightly adapted to mirror some of the same issues our families and students are facing in 2020.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the show is being taped and the performance can be viewed from the comforts of your home by purchasing a link to the show. In order to watch the performance, starring senior Emma Maier as Dorothy, go to the streaming site to see the show at 7 p.m. on November 5 and 7 or on November 8 at 2 p.m.

This is the first streaming broadcast of a JSA theatrical performance. There are not many schools in Ohio attempting a fall performance. Tickets are $13, with a $1.50 processing fee from the ticketing vendor for a total ticket cost of $14.50. Access to the streamed show is similar to the cost of a single ticket for regular musical admission. For questions regarding tickets, please call Lisa Ayres Surber at 330-830-8100, ext. 1011.

Ticket sales are the main source of revenue for the musical. Not having the ability to have our normal sold-out live performances will be a large setback. While only one stream pass is needed to watch the production as a group, please consider choosing to purchase multiple tickets to cover an accurate count of those watching the stream or use the donate button to show your support with a monetary donation of your choice.

There are only 500 tickets available for each performance, so make sure you purchase your tickets as soon as possible!

In addition to Maier, this is the rest of the featured cast:

Grace Sykes-Glinda Good Witch of the North/Aunt Em

Michael Stokes-Uncle Henry/Emerald City Guard

Jackson Clarke-Cowardly Lion

Zachary Charlick-Tin woodsman

Dane West-Scarecrow

Kamri Beard-Wicked Witch of the West

Jason Ruppert-The Wizard of Oz/Professor Marvel

Jackson School for the Arts presents Wizard of Oz

FREE LUNCHES FOR ALL EXTENDED THROUGH SCHOOL YEAR

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended its free meal program for all children in schools through the 2020-2021 school year. That means all students in the Jackson Local School District will get a standard school lunch and breakfast without cost. Any extras or ala carte items will cost additional money.

Previously, the USDA extended the waiver program through December 2020 based upon funding. More information and breakfast and lunch menus can be found here.

DO NOT PUNCH HOLES IN IDs

Several students within the Jackson Local School District have had to pay $8 to replace their student identification cards because they have drilled or punched holes in the cards. DO NOT drill or punch holes in the ID cards because the cards will not function. The RFID cards contain fine wiring and a chip, which makes them work with readers. The wiring is present around the boundaries of the badge. Any student punching holes in cards will NOT have the first replacement fee waived.

Our student IDs are designed to last for the duration of the school year.

WHAT A FALL FOR ATHLETIC TEAMS!

Jackson High School's athletic teams have had quite a strong fall sports season with a number of league champions and (so far) two athletes who have qualified to the state tournament. Here's a look at some of the success.

Boy Golf: Won another Federal League title, qualified to districts, and Ben Ramold and Zack Sieverts qualified to the state golf tournament.

Girls golf: Qualified to the state golf tournament as a team after getting through districts.

Girls volleyball: Went unbeaten against three of the top teams in the Federal League last week, clinched the league title and is poised for a tournament run. The team is 19-0, 11-0.

Girls soccer: Won the Federal League title with a win over Green last week.

Boy soccer: Won another Federal League title with wins over Green and GlenOak last week.

Girls cross country: Won the Stark County Championship, hosts the Federal League meet this Saturday.

Girls tennis: Finished second in the league and qualified two doubles teams to the district tournament.

OUR TEACHER OF THE MONTH NOMINATION: KRISTIN MACDONALD

Jackson High School teacher Kristin MacDonald was the Jackson Local School District's nomination for Teacher of the Month featured by The Canton Repository. Here is what JHS Principal Jeff Kracker wrote about her:

"Mrs. MacDonald has gone the extra mile to help both her students that are learning in class and her students that are learning at home to have a great start to their school year by providing various opportunities for all students to access her class. Mrs. MacDonald has also volunteered to lead her colleagues through training to help them feel more comfortable with using technology in their classroom this year."

JACKSON GIRLS YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE

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JACKSON BOYS YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE

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JACKSON YOUTH WRESTLING CLINIC

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COVID-19 TERMS TO KNOW

We are repeating this entry from last week's newsletter because we believe it is important for parents, guardians, and caregivers to be familiar with terms they might here this school year.

In an effort to familiarize parents, guardians, caregivers, and students with terms used to notify families of positive cases, we have put together this list of commonly used terms and what they mean.

CONTACT TRACING: Contact tracing is the process used to identify people who came in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive individual. The Jackson Local School District will work in collaboration with the Stark County Health Department to assist in contact tracing efforts.

WHO IS A CLOSE CONTACT? Individuals are a close contact of an infected person if they within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer.

EXCLUSION NOTIFICATION: Individuals identified as close contacts of a COVID-19 person will receive an exclusion letter from the Jackson Local School District on behalf of the county health department. Those individuals will be excluded for 14 days from the close contact date.

SHARED SPACE NOTIFICATION: The Jackson Local School District is required by the Ohio Department of Health to notify parents of students who might have shared a common space with a COVID-19 positive person. This space could be, but is not limited to, classroom space, activity space (extracurricular, locker room, band room, etc.), transportation space, or cafeteria space.

CAN I RECEIVE A SHARED SPACE LETTER AND NOT BE A CLOSE CONTACT? Yes, in fact most students who receive a shared space letter ARE NOT close contacts. Those who receive an exclusion letter are the only identified closed contacts.

DISTRICT NOTIFICATION: The Ohio Department of Health has required all school notify students who share a building with a COVID-19 positive person. The Jackson Local School District has decided to notify all families in the JLSD via our OneCall Now notification system, of a COVID-19 positive case anywhere in the district.

DASHBOARD: The JLSD will maintain a dashboard of all current active cases within the district. That dashboard can be found here. Cases will be classified into one of the existing areas. No case will be listed twice.

WE NEED YOUR HELP ON YOUTUBE

Our live stream of athletic events has been very popular with students and fans. We are able to live stream boys and girls soccer, football, and volleyball. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel, which is found here. The more subscribers we have, the easier it is for us to deliver the stream on other platforms. You can also get to the live stream from the athletic webpage, found here and if you are following us on Facebook, you can watch our streaming events on that platform as well. Thanks to Akron Auto Auction and The Law Offices of Winkhart and Minor for making this possible.

NEW HELP DESK FOR eLEARNERS

The Jackson Local School has streamlined and improved its help desk for issues with Chromebooks, eLearning POLARIS 2.0, and other technology issues you might have this school year. This will require a quick, one-time registration by parents to submit a help desk ticket. This Help Desk is for options 2 and 3 learners ONLY.

The Help Desk can be found by clicking here. For future reference, the Help Desk can be found by the Parents section of the district's website, and and going to POLARIS/eLearning. Click on the link under the eLearning/Help Desk area.

Once you are on the Help Desk site, go to "Open a New Ticket." The first time you are there, you will have to create an account. An authentication email will be sent to you. Click on the link in the email and you can file your first help desk ticket.

JACKSON LOCAL SCHOOLS FOUNDATION


DID YOU KNOW ... The Jackson Local Schools Foundation (JLSF) is an independent organization of local volunteers who work to promote educational achievement, encourage instructional innovation, and create excitement about learning. The JLSF is a non-profit, charitable organization that seeks tax-deductible donations from citizens, businesses, and organizations to further the excellence in Jackson Local Schools.

More information about how you can help can be found here.

You can help the Jackson Local Schools Foundation when you order through Amazon by going here. This is part of the Amazon Prime Smiles program.

Please stay connected to the Foundation on social media:

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HOW TO REACH US

Striving for Excellence

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Superintendent: Christopher DiLoreto

Board of Education:

Thomas W. Winkhart, president

Scott Gindlesberger

Kenneth J. Douglas

Christopher V. Goff

Tonya M. Wright