October 24, 2014
Dr. Cedrick Gray, Superintendent for Jackson Public Schools (JPS) and Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber held a joint press conference to announce a huge grant award that will mean significant improvements to Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs in the district's elementary division. The conference was held October 21, 2014, at Brown Elementary School where the District's first STEM focused school is housed.
Through the Toyota USA Foundation and the Mississippi Center for Education Innovation (MSCEI), Jackson Public Schools is the recipient of $412,945 in direct assistance over the next three years. The funds will provide pre-K through fifth grade students and teachers hands-on STEM experiences that will create opportunities to expose and excite them about the field and to create a culture for further career exploration and possibilities.
“We are extremely excited about the awesome, unlimited possibilities this funding will provide as we implement strategies to improve the quality of ducation for JPS students,” said Superintendent Dr. Cedrick Gray.
Mayor Tony Yarber said investing in STEM programs is how JPS sets the standard, not only for Jackson, but for Mississippi.
The Toyota U.S.A. Foundation is distributing grants to 23 organizations that offer innovative K-12 programs, which focus on STEM and serve diverse communities across all 50 states.
"This year’s grant recipients are among the most innovative education programs in the country, said Michael Rouse, Toyota USA Foundation President, in a statement on the Foundation's website. "We are inspired by their work and look forward to seeing what their students will accomplish, both this school year and beyond."
Watch a video on WJTV: http://www.wjtv.com/story/26845388/big-grant-equals-big-changes-for-brown-elementary
JPS Partners in Education Recognizes Brown Elementary Principal, Serenity Luckett, as the PIE Outstanding Principal of the Year. The Outstanding Principal Award recognizes efforts by JPS principals to build and sustain partnerships in the community. Currently, Brown’s Adopters are: Galloway UMC, Central UMC, Baptist Healthcare Systems, and Millsaps College, but we have many other Specialty Partners that can be viewed on our Community Partners page.
Way to go Principal Luckett!
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We held our 2nd meeting of the Principal's Book Club with St. Andrews School on Oct. 7! We had an amazing discussion about The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, by Charles de Lint. Join us at Lemuria Bookstore in Jackson on Nov. 4, for our next Club Meeting.
Congratulations "Readers" who turned in Summer Reading Logs!Thank you Galloway UMC for providing our summer readers with a quality text focused on African-American history and culture!