Restart Jackson Newsletter No. 8

Information for parents, caregivers, and families

YES, A FREE LUNCH!

The United States Department of Agriculture has extended its “Summer Service” food program through December 31. Breakfast and lunch will be available to ALL Jackson Local students each school day at no cost. This program started Tuesday, September 8.

This means any students in the Jackson Local School District, regardless of ability to pay, will receive a free breakfast and lunch. Students must order the normal lunch for that day. Any ala cart or "extra" items will incur a cost.

For example, if students choose to buy only milk (or extra milk), they will be charged fifty cents. However, if students order a full meal which includes milk, the meal is provided at no cost to the students.

USDA has announced this program may be canceled before December 31 if funding is depleted. Should the free breakfast and lunch program be canceled, parents will be notified. Because of the possibility of cancellation of the program, it is IMPORTANT parents still complete the free and reduced lunch applications for all eligible students for 2020-2021 school year. Enrollment for free and reduced lunch is available on the school district website at https://www.jackson.stark.k12.oh.us. Click District/ Food Service and PaySchoolsCentral.

Our MyMealOrders is available on the district website PaySchools Central to place orders for our eLearning 2.0 and Digital Academy students. Orders placed are available for pick-up from 10 AM-11:30 AM at the school building your students normally would attend. These meals include our daily breakfast and lunch the campus students receive. Meals can be ordered in advance for Option 2 and 3 students but orders must be placed by noon on Thursday of the previous week.

The menu calendar is available here.

REMAINING VIGILANT AND NIMBLE

While the Jackson Local School District currently does not have any active cases of COVID-19, we do anticipate there will be more confirmed positive cases and we will communicate those confirmed positive cases to parents, students, and staff in a timely manner. That communication will come via email. Our COVID-19 dashboard can be found here.

As we have seen, several other Stark County school districts have multiple cases and we know there will be more in our buildings. As cold and flu seasons begin to pick up, it is important to remember the flexibility in our learning models. Students in both Option 1 (in-person learning) and Option 2: eLearning 2.0 (POLARIS) are able to transition between the two options seamlessly. Our learning management system (POLARIS) allows students in both options to remain in complete classroom curriculum alignment as it provides a mechanism for our teachers to store and deliver lessons, tests, and other interactive methods of classroom participation (such as discussion boards). As circumstances warrant or as parents and families feel comfortable, students in Option 1 may transition to Option 2 (or vice versa) and complete classroom instruction and assessments at home if they are not well enough to attend in-person instruction but are well enough to complete work at home.

This is a testament to the job our teachers are doing in populating our Learning Management System with curriculum, instruction, and assessments. It also is a testament to the job our cleaning personnel is doing throughout our buildings.

It is remarkable the work being done by Jackson Local faculty and staff to allow us all to be nimble and flexible in a time when it is most needed — and keep our options 1 and 2 students in sync with their curriculum.

JACKSON SCHOOL OF THE ARTS BRINGING 'WIZARD OF OZ' TO YOUR LIVING ROOM

Students in the Jackson School of the Arts are busy rehearsing for the fall show "The Wizard of Oz." This production is being done entirely by JSA students from the performance, to building the sets, to making the costumes.

And regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic — THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

Due to Ohio Department of Health restrictions, there will not be a live performance of "The Wizard of Oz" for the public. However, in an effort to bring the show to our community, the Jackson School of the Arts has established a way for those who want to see the show to do some from the comforts of their own home. By October 19, viewers will have the option to purchase a link to view a recording of the JSA version of "The Wizard of Oz." More information will be shared at a later date as the details of purchasing that link become available.

This year's show will differ from the traditional Wizard plot. Our JSA students are incorporating the current conundrum that exists in today’s education. In this fall's show, young Dorothy (portrayed by Emma Maier) is torn from the comforts of her home, where she is nurtured by her family, Auntie Em and Uncle Henry, to embark on an emotional journey of confusion, self-doubt, and finally self-realization. On her way to the land of Oz, she meets the empathetic Scarecrow, who embraces overt kindness and tradition, the Tin Man, a technological guru who has to be reminded that compassion and connections are the heart of all we do, and the Cowardly Lion, who just does not know which way to turn. Lion is so well-meaning but so confused. He tries to do the right thing, to learn from the new ways, but he is terrified by change and losing his grip on the affective benefits and comfort of the way things have always been done.

More than anything Dorothy just wants the Wizard of Oz to help her to return to the love and comfort of home and familiar traditions. However, on her journey she finds that her new friends, who have encouraged her to see the future in a new way, and to expand her horizons, have become her family. Maybe, just maybe, her future becomes a composite of tradition and the new way, and that realization, in tandem with the love of friends and family, truly is what makes home, home. No matter how she is impacted by change and circumstance, Dorothy learns there really is no place like home.

We hope you will find the time to watch this version of "The Wizard Oz" and look forward to sharing our the talents of our students with you.

Jackson School of the Arts Wizard of Oz Rehearsal

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK ... SURVEY COMING

The Jackson Local School District is working with Hanover Research to conduct a survey of district parents and students that will focus on the start of the 2020-2021 school year. District parents will receive information on Wednesday about how to participate in the survey. Hanover Research will administer and collect the survey data. The district will not administer the survey. The JLSD will then share survey data with the community at a later date. Your feedback is vital to informing the district about its Restart Jackson learning options.

HELLO WEEK ... SO HELLO!

It is Hello Week across the Jackson Local School District. Students in all of our buildings will be doing various activities to get to know one another. For example, on Thursday Jackson High School students are encouraged to sit with people at lunch they normally wouldn't and get to know them, while teachers hand out popsicles as part of "Hello Week." Watch the video below to learn more and encourage your child(ren) to take part in "Hello Week."
Jackson High School Hello Week

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.

THIS WEEK'S HOME ATHLETIC EVENTS

Wednesday: Girls soccer vs. McKinley, 7 p.m.

Thursday: Boys soccer vs. Copley, 7 p.m.

Akron Auto Auction / The Law Offices of Winkhart & Minor Live stream available on our YouTube channel.

HOMEWORK HELP FROM STARK COUNTY DISTRICT LIBRARY

The Stark County District Library has developed many resources for parents of students to help with homework and other studies. Many of these services require a library card, which is free. The Homework Help area of the library's online section can be found here.

The Homework Help area has many online resources linked to it to find easy-to-use and digest information on thousands of subjects including language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures & languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, and so much more

WHEN YOUR CHILD CAN RETURN/SEND HOME FROM SCHOOL DECISION TREE

VIDEO SERIES: WHAT'S COOL ABOUT SCHOOL FROM JACKSON LOCAL TEACHERS

Jackson Local Schools: What's Cool About School with Lake Cable teacher Alycia Kakos

THIS WEEK'S JACKSON LOCAL NEWS CLIPS

Read about some of the great things happening in Jackson Local Schools, and our stellar athletic programs. Click on the download link below.
AWESOME PHOTO OF LAKE CABLE STAFF

They are wearing T-shirts provided by the Lake Cable PTO. Thank you parents!

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.

HERE IS ONE IMPORTANT TIP BEFORE STUDENTS EAT LUNCH

Restart Jackson: Lunchtime
Visit the RestartJackson.com FAQ page

Here are the most commonly asked questions we have answered from parents about the Restart Jackson plan for this school year.

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