Restart Jackson Newsletter No. 21

Information for parents, caregivers, and families

Third-quarter grading period begins January 11

Monday, January 11 is the start of a new grading period across the Jackson Local School District. The beginning of the third quarter is a chance for all students to get off to a strong start and build momentum toward the end of the school year. The third marking period will last until March 19.

Here are some tips parents can help their children with to start this quarter strong, courtesy of "Engaging Minds."

USE AN ASSIGNMENT NOTEBOOK: An assignment notebook or an assignment tracking method is an important habit to employ. This will ensure there are no surprises at the end of the semester and no dreaded missing assignments when the semester closes.

ORGANIZE NOTES FROM EARLIER: For concepts students are still working with from the previous grading periods, keep those notes at the ready for easy access. For notes that no longer are in use, store those in another location to be used IF NEEDED. Storing past work is part of devising an organizational structure that works for your child(ren).

CREATE GOALS TO SUPPORT WEAKNESSES: If your child has a tendency to forget new vocabulary words, then develop a system that will help him/her prioritize vocabulary work. Try a new strategy or employ a familiar one in a different way. For example, your child may respond well to flashcards, but not use them often enough to master his word lists. So, add more time to his study goals for the third quarter.

SET ASIDE TIME FOR PROGRESS CHECK-INS; BUILD SELF-MONITORING SKILLS: As recommended above, your child should be tracking his/her grades and assignments all semester long. If, at the end of his fall quarter, your child is unfamiliar with his progress thus far, consider scheduling frequent binder checks or progress checks as an addendum to his/her regular routine. Reviewing and/or reorganizing his/her school materials together can alert your child to missing work, help him/her stay on top of current assignments, and allow him/her to prepare for upcoming deadlines. When your child gets in the habit of monitoring progress and grades, he/she can respond more quickly to areas of concern before it’s too late.

REMINDER NO SCHOOL FRIDAY, MONDAY

As a reminder, there will not be instruction in the Jackson Local School District either Friday or Monday. Friday is a professional development and planning day for our faculty staff. They will be working those days. Monday is the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Classes resume on January 19 for all students.

See the JLSD 2020-21 Calendar

This is a PDF of the most up-to-date district calendar.

CLOSE CONTACT QUARANTINES ELIMINATED IN LATEST ODH, SCHD GUIDANCE

Based on the recommendation from the Ohio Department of Health and the Stark County Health Department, the Jackson Local School District no longer will quarantine students or staff identified as close contacts of COVID-19 positive individuals IN A CLASSROOM SETTING where proper mask-wearing protocols were followed and where social distancing between 3 to 6 feet is achieved. The District will continue to follow CDC quarantine guidelines outside the classroom setting (i.e. after-school and athletic programs).

Individuals identified as a close contact of a COVID-19-positive person in a LUNCH SETTING, AND not sitting at least 6 feet from the positive person will be quarantined because facial coverings are not worn in a lunch setting.

Individuals identified as close contacts of a COVID-19 infected person outside of a classroom will be required to quarantine.

The District will continue to notify parents of students, as well as staff members if they are close contacts of a COVID-19-positive individual. In an effort to communicate as much information as possible to our families and staff members, we will continue with our normal COVID-19 notification procedures.

These new recommendations were based on consultation with many resources, including an evaluation of K-12 school students conducted by the Ohio Schools COVID-19 Evaluation Team. This study showed, in a supervised classroom setting, there were no discernible differences in rates of COVID-19 among students who were close contacts with someone with COVID-19 and students in the same grade who were not close contacts.

Another important factor in this new recommendation is teachers and other school employees, if they choose to, will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as part of Ohio’s vaccination plan as soon as mid-to-late January. This new guidance will allow more students to remain in classrooms and ensure our educators can protect themselves and trust K-12 school COVID-19 prevention methods are working.

Ohio Department of Health K-12 Quarantine Guidelines

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LUNCH MENUS ADJUSTED

Due to inventory demands, lunches across the Jackson Local School District are being adjusted in the first two weeks of January. To find the menu for the remainder of the week, please click the "Adjusted Menu" button below.

REMINDER: ALL MEALS ARE FREE

As part of the USDA's free meals program for the 2020-21 school year, all meals in the Jackson Local School District are free for all students. Remote learners can pick up free lunches daily, however, those lunch MUST be ordered weekly.

Log in to PaySchoolCentral by going here and go to pre-order meals on the right-side panel menu. All meals must be ordered by Thursday for pick up the following week. More info on where meals for each building can be picked up is here.

8TH-GRADE STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT JSA

Jackson School for the Arts - Promotional Video 2021
The Jackson School for the Arts is a specialized academy within Jackson High School. JSA is one of the top arts schools in Ohio. This week, eighth-grade students at Jackson Memorial Middle School will receive more information about the program. The video above explains some of what is available to students in our JSA program. JSA students are hard-working, dedicated students who must maintain a 3.2 GPA.

JSA classes are hands-on, problem-based, and infused with speakers, field trips and real-world opportunities and challenges.

A JSA student has the advantage of taking a combination of Academy and general JHS courses. A JSA freshman enrolls in: JSA English, JSA World History, JSA Theatre, JSA Art, Band and/or Choir and has the option for JSA Dance while also taking Biology, Math, and World Language with students outside of the Academy.

JSA has the advantage of being a small school within a big school. This year JSA is honored to have three National Merit semifinalists.

Applications for JSA can be found here.

Parents are encouraged to join the JSA Google Meet, January 20 at 6:30 PM and are invited to the JSA Parent Meeting at JHS on 2/3 at 6:30 in the Lecture Hall. The Google Meet will be shared with JMMS eighth-graders this week or middle school counselors can direct parents to it.

BE MINDFUL OF DAILY COVID-19 SYMPTOM CHECKS

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JACKSON ACADEMY FOR GLOBAL STUDIES APPLICATION OPEN

What is the Jackson Academy for Global Studies? Eighth-grade students are finding out why JAGS at Jackson High School can make them a well-rounded student. JAGS students are curious about the world, recognize perspectives, effectively communicate ideas, and take action. This international studies school within JHS prepares students to compete and cooperate in a global economy. Interested? Visit the JAGS website for more information, including an introductory video and the new application.

JACKSON ACADEMY FOR GLOBAL STUDIES

SUPPORT MR. DILORETO'S PLUNGE TEAM

Once again Jackson Local Schools Superintendent Chris DiLoreto will brave the chilly waters of Lake Cable in the dead of winter to help raise money for our students and classrooms. Mr. DiLoreto will take the Polar Bear Plunge into Lake Cable on February 6. You can support his fundraising efforts — WITH 100% OF FUNDS GOING TO THE JACKSON LOCAL SCHOOLS FOUNDATION — by going here to make a donation on the Foundation's secure webpage.

The Jackson Local Schools Foundation has provided more than $82,000 in classroom grants as a result of our Polar Bear Plunge. This year, the Plunge will look different and we need sponsors! If you are interested, please check our sponsor information form. Find more information by going to JacksonPolarBearPlunge.org. If you have questions about this event or how you can help, please email info@jacksonlocalschoolsfoundation.org.

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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.

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