While “Building Futures Together,” the Jackson Middle School mission is to provide academic excellence in a caring, challenging learning climate.
Jackson embraces the middle school philosophy to guide its instructional and physical organization. Teams consisting of the four core teachers instruct and guide a group of approximately 125 students through the school year. The classrooms of each team are located as close together as possible, with every effort made to place lockers within that same area of the building. Each team has a counselor who is closely involved in weekly team meetings and parent conferences. The student services staff creates lessons and activities that support student academic learning as well as ways and means to handle the many challenges of today’s world, such as bullying, gangs, and substance abuse. The Teacher Advisory (TA) program is held daily in conjunction with fifth period classes so that students are part of a small group, under the supervision of a teacher, that is engaged in character education discussions, silent reading times, academic assistance, and the Friday viewing of the student-produced show on LJTV. These elements come together to create a learning environment for students that helps in the transition from elementary to high school.
Staff members provide expertise in a wide variety of academic courses, including honors classes, Spanish, French and Japanese high school courses, Algebra, geometry, SOL support classes, and advanced music programs. Students are engaged in technology within classroom instructional time, library research, keyboarding and computer solutions classes, and formal and informal assessment periods. Teachers use technology for instruction, management, and communication. FCPS 24-7 learning provides timely information regarding student work that parents can access from home computers. eCART (electronic curriculum assessment resource tool) will provide teachers access to web-based FCPS approved curriculum assessment tools and resources that support the program of studies (POS).
The recent addition of a Gifted and Talented Center has provided an engaging and challenging curriculum for our advanced academic learners.
The teachers and staff members strive to deliver an instructional program of the highest quality to all of the students at Jackson. They actively attend coursework and in-service activities outside the workday in order to have the most current and appropriate strategies and courses for students. Their efforts are recognized and supported by parents of our students and by members of the community. With over 60 different countries represented as well as over 45 different languages, Jackson represents a global community and the future of the world.
Last Updated: 2008-09-25