Parkside October 2020 Newsletter

Middle School at Parkside Parent Liaison: Kristy Dillon

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Welcome Middle School at Parkside Families!


WELCOME to the Middle School at Parkside 2020-2021 School Year!


Principal for Instruction/6th Grade - Jeremy Patterson

jeremy.patterson@jpsk12.org

(517) 841-2301

Assistant Principal/7th Grade - Jill Weatherwax

jill.weatherwax@jpsk12.org

(517) 841-2285

Associate Principal/8th Grade - Krista Jarvey

krista.jarvey@jpsk12.org

(517) 841-2279



My name is Kristy Dillon, and I am the Parent Liaison for the Middle School at Parkside. My husband and I are both proud JPS alumni, and we have two sons. Our oldest just graduated with the Jackson High Class of 2020 and our youngest son is a sophomore at Jackson High.

I work with students, families, staff and the Jackson Community. I can help you set up PowerSchool accounts and can link all of your students together. I can also answer any questions you might have regarding PowerSchool. My goal is to make sure that I am able to assist all of our families through the middle school process.


The goal of PAVE (Parkside Adult Volunteers for Education) is to support Parkside through volunteering, donations & fundraising. We believe that the school NEEDS parents & community members involved to be successful & to enrich the children’s learning experience. We meet once a month to plan events or set up volunteering opportunities.

*PAVE will run differently this school year, but I hope to still figure out a way to have parents involved, whether it's through some zoom events and meetings. We also would like to still collect some donations to show our appreciation to the Parkside Staff throughout the school year. Stay tuned for more info on that!

If you are interested in being a part of this initiative please contact:

Kristy Dillon: (517) 841-2278 or kristy.dillon@jpsk12.org



Daily Schedule

School begins at 7:25 am & Dismissal is at 2:14 pm

*Students may enter the building at 7:10 am

½ day Dismissal is at 10:50 am

A Lunch: 10:37 – 11:02

B Lunch: 11:09 – 11:34

C Lunch: 11:41 – 12:06




  • Cohort A: Attend Parkside on Monday & Tuesday/Online Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Cohort B: Attend Parkside on Thursday & Friday/Online Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Cohort C: All Online through Parkside


If your student needs his/her login information or their email address, I can help you with that. It is important to remember that students should login to their email through google mail and click on the emails from their teachers. They will then be able to join the google classroom for each of their subjects. Assignments will be posted in the google classrooms. Please be sure that if you have students in Cohort A and Cohort B, that they bring their chromebooks to school on those days as well and make sure that they are fully charged.



Student Count Day

Wednesday, October 7th is Student Count Day!

Students need to check their emails for a link to a zoom meeting for every class that day. It is very important that they attend these meetings!

Here is the Daily Schedule so that you can be sure your student attends the zoom meetings at the required times.


  • 1st Hour - 7:25 - 8:25
  • 2nd Hour - 8:29 - 9:29
  • 3rd Hour - 9:33 - 10:33
  • 4th Hour (A Lunch Students) - LUNCH - 11:06-12:06
  • 4th Hour (B Lunch Students) - 10:37 - 11:07- LUNCH- 11:36 - 12:06
  • 4th Hour (C Lunch Students) - 10:37-11:37 - LUNCH
  • 5th Hour - 12:10 - 1:10
  • 6th Hour - 1:14 - 2:14




Picture Day

Tuesday, October 27th - Cohort A (During School)

Wednesday, October 28th - Cohort C (12:30-5:30 pm)

Thursday, October 29th - Cohort B (During School)


Picture Day is coming soon! Parkside Picture ID is: EVT6SJ6HX

Picture forms will be available soon. You can also click on the Lifetouch link below and put in the above Picture ID to order your pictures online. Cohort C families, please listen for a robocall soon about the location for your picture day. It will most likely be in the auditorium.


Google Classroom Tips

Here is a link to watch a video about 5 Google Classrom Tips!

I found it very helpful for students.

We also have a lot of other videos and tips on our Middle School at Parkside Facebook Page.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oygEShkZKA&feature=youtu.be



Jackson District Library

Here is a link for some helpful information about what services the Jackson District Library offers. There are many that you might not even know about! Our Parkside librarian, Susan Solo, will be working with our English classes to get students signed up for library cards and will be talking to the students about their options for checking out Ebooks and how to take advantage of other services provided by JDL.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLHJsX1Id7s



Parkside Community Closet

This is our 5th year that Parkside has the Community Closet available to our students & families. Hunger, lack of appropriate clothing, shoes & basic hygiene supplies is an issue that many students face. Visit our Facebook page (Parkside Community Closet)

to see what donations we are currently in need of.

If you know a student that would benefit from our closet, message us on Facebook !



Please vist our Jackson Public Schools website to read about our Return to School COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan.

I have also linked it here: https://www.jpsk12.org/domain/1627




Access our websites!



Jackson Public Schools:

www.jpsk12.org


Middle School at Parkside:

parkside.jpsk12.org


I look forward to a great school year! If you know of anyone that would like to be on my email newsletter list, please have them get in touch with me!

Thank You!

GO VIKINGS!