The August 13, 2020 Board of Education meeting will begin at 5:00 pm and will be held in the Jefferson City Boardroom at the JHS Performing Arts Center. PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE. The meeting will be live streamed at the link provided.

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200 Year Video

Historical documentary produced by Joe Morgan celebrating 200 years of Jefferson City Schools

200 Year Video

What Does it Take to Build a Dragon?

Video produced by Kris Plummer showcasing the work being done by the Jefferson Community to build Dragons

What Does it Take to Build a Dragon?

Meningitis Vaccine Update

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Our Mission is to Graduate Fully Functioning Adults

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Jefferson City Schools News

Tuition due July 24, 2020

Please be aware tuition payments are due this Friday, July 24, 2020.

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IMPORTANT - Reopening Schools 7/17/20

Attached are the JCS Response Protocols for COVID-19, which outline the procedures for communicating how suspected and positive COVID-19 cases will be handled in the school setting. Additionally, the document outlines specific procedures for returning to school or work after a quarantine.

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IMPORTANT: Reopening Schools

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we have worked to refine our plans for reopening Jefferson City Schools. Our system and school leaders continue to work with local and state officials to monitor circumstances surrounding COVID-19 in order to make the most informed decisions. Our plan to reopen schools for face-to-face instruction on Friday, July 31, 2020 is based on the most current information; however, we acknowledge that the situation is subject to change...

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Parent/Student Resources: Getting Ready Guides

Georgia Public Broadcasting and Georgia Department of Education just launched “Getting Ready” guides for grades K-3 as part of their Georgia Home Classroom initiative. The skills were identified by GaDOE Curriculum & Instruction staff.

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Jefferson Academy receives COVID-19 Relief Fund Grant for summer reading

Jefferson Academy received a COVID-19 Relief Fund Grant through the Innovation Fund Foundation and the Georgia Foundation for Public Education to help purchase reading materials for at-risk students in grades 2 – 5.

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Letter to Parents: 2020-2021 Update

As you are settling into summer, we hope that you and your family are staying safe and healthy. We all share many concerns regarding the current pandemic and its impact on education. While many questions are still unanswered, safety remains our primary concern. System leaders continue to collaborate with several local and state health and safety officials to monitor the events surrounding COVID-19 and the level of spread in our community.

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Community summer meal programs

All children under the age of 18 can eat breakfast and/or lunch at no cost at participating locations.

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Letter to Parents: 2020-2021 update

As summer officially begins, we recognize there may be anxiety among parents, staff, and community members regarding what the 2020-2021 school year will entail. We are in the process of compiling information from various sources and consulting with local and state healthcare providers, educational leaders, and other local and state officials in order to make informed decisions regarding the upcoming school year. The health and well-being of our students, families, and staff are top priority and will be the basis of all decisions.

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Letter to parents: JCS Parent/Guardian Survey

We are seeking your feedback as we plan for the 2020-2021 school year and kindly ask that you take a moment to complete the attached survey no later than Friday, May 29th.

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Letter to parents: Dragon Parent Appreciation Day, important dates

We would like to take this time to thank you for your continued support and cooperation during distance and digital learning. We understand the past few weeks have not been easy, but please know your efforts have not gone unnoticed.

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Jefferson City Schools named among 2020 Best Schools

The Jefferson City School System ranks among the top school systems in the state of Georgia and is the No. 1 best school district in Jackson County, according to consumer data analysis company, Niche.

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School-issued devices and instructional materials return schedule

Please see the attached document for your child's schedule, time, location and details regarding the return of school-issued devices and other instructional materials.

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JCS E-Newsletter: May 2020

Jefferson City Schools E-Newsletter for May 2020.

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Honors Night 2020: Join remotely

Jefferson High School will live-stream Honors Night on Monday, May 11th, at 7:00 PM. Click the article for a link to the streaming of this event.

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Letter from JHS: Graduation Update

A letter from Jefferson High School Principal, Brian Moore.

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Jefferson City Schools finish 1st in Director's Cup, no award

Jefferson City Schools finished first in the 2019-2020 GADA’s Battle for the Director’s Cup standings, an annual award typically given by the Georgia Athletic Director’s Association to recognize athletic departments in all GHSA classifications who have shown the most success in high school athletics – until this year.

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JHS ranks as a top school in Georgia

Jefferson High School ranks in the top 7% of high schools in the state of Georgia and the top 6% of high schools nationwide by U.S. News and World Report for 2020.

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A letter from the Superintendent

A letter of appreciation from Dr. John Jackson for the community's support toward our Feed the Kids campaign.

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Letter to Parents: Digital learning update

Helpful information regarding distance and digital learning for the remainder of the 2019 - 2020 school year.

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Grab & Go Meal Program change and family resources

Beginning April 20, 2020, the Grab & Go Meal Program will operate under a modified schedule until May 21, 2020.

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Departments

Office of the Superintendent

Donna McMullan

Superintendent
Email: dmcmullan@jeffcityschools.org
345 Storey Lane-Jefferson, GA 30549
706.367.2880 Phone
706.367.2291 Fax

Welcome to the Jefferson City School System’s website. Jefferson has a rich and proud educational tradition reaching back in time to the year 1818. Martin Institute, chartered in 1818, was the first privately endowed public high school in the United States, and a forerunner to the current Jefferson High School. The citizenry of Jefferson, and its Board of Education enthusiastically pursue the mantle of excellence in all programs and scholastic offerings. Consequently, Jefferson ranks among the finest in curriculum, instruction and extracurricular activities. The Jefferson City School System subscribes to the belief that while it is important to be an advocate for quality in public education, it is more important to serve as an example.

Instructional Services

Instructional Services
Donna McMullan

Superintendent
pictured back row

Tom Parker

Director of Middle and Secondary Instruction & CTAE Director
pictured left

Dr. Sherry Hix

P-12 Math Content Specialist
pictured right

Donna McMullan -- dmcullan@jeffcityschools.org
Tom Parker--tparker@jeffcityschools.org
Angela Vinson-- avinson@jeffcityschools.org
Sherry Hix -- shix@jeffcityschools.org
Gina Dee Barker -- gbarker@jeffcityschools.org

The instructional services department at Jefferson City Schools is committed to providing leadership, service, and support necessary for improving teaching and learning. Our goal is provide instructional experiences that allow all students to maximize their potential through the implementation of research-based instructional strategies, innovations, and activities that facilitate achievement for all students. Our staff members work collaboratively with school leaders to guide the development of rigorous and relevant curriculum, instructional design, and assessment practices to ensure teacher effectiveness and student learning across all grade levels and courses. We are committed to designing quality learning experiences that reflect high expectations and lead to high levels of student engagement and performance. The instructional services staff members recognize the importance of establishing 21st Century learning environments and expanding opportunities to increase learning through digital content and the integration of technology. Staying abreast of the rapidly changing trends and best practices is essential in assisting the Jefferson City School System in accomplishing its mission and vision to graduate fully functioning adults who are competitive in a global society.

Public Notices

NOTICE: HB251

Intradistrict Transfer Option

State law in Georgia allows intradistrict transfer within the state. The Jefferson City School System has no options for intradistrict transfer because the system is comprised of only one school per grade band (Jefferson Elementary School - Grades PreK-2; Jefferson Academy - Grades 3-5, Jefferson Middle School - Grades 6-8, and Jefferson High School - Grades 9-12). Please contact Dr. Donna R. McMullan, Superintendent, at 706-367-2883 or dmcmullan@jeffcityschools.org if you have questions or need additional information. (Posted: June 23, 2014)

Certification Information for Teachers and Paraprofessionals

Understanding the Certification Rule Changes GaPSC Certificate Level Upgrade Rule

Special Education Phone:

706-367-5209 Fax 706-367-7493


Curriculum and Instruction:

706-367-2883 Fax 706-367-7493

345 Storey Lane-Jefferson, GA 30549

Jefferson City Schools has 100% Highly Qualified Teachers and Paraprofessionals

Parents’ Right to Know Highly Qualified Teachers and Paraprofessionals

Intradistrict Transfer Option
  • To know the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher(s) including the degrees and certifications held, and whether the teacher is certified in their respective area of instruction.
  • To know the school improvement status of the school.
  • To know the level of achievement of their child in each area of state assessments.
  • To know if their child has been assigned, or has been taught for least four consecutive weeks, by a teacher who does not meet the highly qualified definition.
  • To be involved in the planning and implementation of the parent involvement program in your school.

If you have questions or need more information, contact one of the following individuals:

Dr. Donna R. McMullan

Superintendent

345 Storey Lane
Jefferson, Georgia 30549

Phone: 706-367-2883

Brian Moore

Jefferson High School Principal

575 Washington Street
Jefferson, Georgia 30549

Phone: 706-706-367-2881

Mrs. Melanie Sigler

Jefferson Middle School Principal

100 Dragon Drive
Jefferson, Georgia 30549

Phone: 706-367-2882

Christopher Whitworth

Jefferson Academy Principal

99 Dragon Drive
Jefferson, Georgia 30549

Phone: 706-367-2300

Ms. Annette Beckwith

Jefferson Elementary School Principal

415 Hoschton Street
Jefferson, Georgia 30549

Phone: 706-706-367-8242

Special Education Services

Instructional Services

Back row l to r Brandi Pieplow Special Education Coordinator, Dr. Seajae Hartness School Psychologist
front row l to r Edna Dills - Administrative Assistant Special/Gifted Education, Trevor Metzger - Director of Special Education

Trevor Metzger -- tmetzger@jeffcityschools.org
Brandi Pieplow -- bpieplow@jeffcityschools.org
Seajae Hartness -- shartness@jeffcityschools.org
Edna Dills -- edills@jeffcityschools.org
Karen Hartsfield -- khartsfield@jeffcityschools.org
Megan Cushman -- mcushman@jeffcityschools.org
Allison Frazier -- afrazier@jeffcityschools.org

Special Education Team

Trevor Metzger

Director of Special Education
Email: tmetzger@jeffcityschools.org

Brandi Pieplow

Special Education Coordinator
Email: bpieplow@jeffcityschools.org

Dr. Seajae Hartness

School Psychologist
Email: shartness@jeffcityschools.org

Edna Dills

Administrative Assistant Special/Gifted Education
Email: edills@jeffcityschools.org

Special Education Phone:

706-367-5209 Fax 706-367-7493

Jefferson City Schools Pupil Transportation Department

85 Horace Jackson Road / Jefferson, Georgia 30549
Office Phone: 706-367-1787 / Fax: 706-367-1815
email: bustransportation@jeffcityschools.org
Bus Barn Staff
Linda Miller -- lmiller@jeffcityschools.org

Transportation Secretary
pictured left

Rodney Lackey -- rlackey@jeffcityschools.org

Transportation Director
pictured center

J.R. Saldana

Shop Supervisor
pictured right

2020-2021 Bus Routes
School Bus Safety Tips:
  • Arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes prior to pick-up time.
  • Stay out of the School Bus “Danger Zone” 12 feet around the bus.
  • Don’t push and shove.
  • Wait for the driver’s signal before crossing the street or approaching the bus.
  • The Bus “HORN” means “DANGER!!” Seek safety.
  • Always cross the street in front of the bus. NEVER cross the street behind the bus.
  • Never crawl under a school bus. If you drop something, LEAVE IT! Things can be replaced a LIFE cannot.
  • The bus driver and monitor are authorized to take the following actions regarding inappropriate bus behavior:
    1. Talk to student about proper bus behavior.
    2. Assign seats when necessary.
    3. Report conduct problems via Student Conduct Report.
    4. Ask Parent to step away from the door.
      It is unlawful for a parent to get on a school bus. Ga Code 20-2-1181 Disrupting School /Ga Code 20-2-1182 Abuse of School Employees

Welcome to Jefferson City Schools District Pupil Transportation web page! Our mission: “To transport students to school safely ready to learn and home on schedule.”

Our Goal: “Keep 100% of the students safe 100% of the time!”

We need the cooperation of both parents and students to fulfill our mission and goals. The school bus is an extension of the classroom. Listed below are some of the conduct requirements expected of every student. Please read them carefully and discuss each of them with your student.

  1. No eating or drinking soft drinks on the school bus. Water okay.
  2. No loud noises, talking, laughing or “horse-play” that will distract the driver.
  3. Do not move from your seat while bus is in motion.
  4. No use of tobacco products, alcohol or drugs.
  5. Keep head, hands and feet inside the bus.
  6. Do not deface interior of the bus or bus seats.
  7. Sit facing the front of the bus; and keep feet out of the aisle.
  8. Objects other than those related to school are not allowed on the bus.
  9. Do not throw anything out of the bus windows.
  10. Music listening devices are okay as long as the student with the device has ear plugs and is the ONLY person that can hear the music. However, when loading the bus do not wear ear plugs because the student may become distracted and not follow driver instructions.

85 Horace Jackson Road
Jefferson, GA 30549

Phone 706-367-1787

Fax 706-367-1815

Food Services

Nutritional Services Sue Hamm -- shamm@jeffcityschools.org

Jefferson City Schools Food Service Department is committed to providing each student with a healthy, affordable, and safe meal that is served by caring individuals so students are ready to learn when they get to the classroom. School breakfast and lunch are planned and prepared according to standards that meet the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans in a safe and sanitary environment. The cafeterias serve as learning centers where students can acquire the knowledge to develop lifelong healthy eating habits

USDA’s federal nutrition regulations for school meals ensure that all meals offered are well-balanced and provide students the fuel they need. Recent changes to the meal pattern regulations include an increase in fruits and vegetables (each student must select at least one serving), a greater variety of vegetables to include dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes, an increase in the availability of whole grain products, and a more age-appropriate caloric limit. Please visit each schools website to see the lunch menu.

Meal prices for the 2018-2019 school year are as follows:

Student breakfast at all schools- $1.40

Student lunch at JES- $2.05

Student lunch at JA, JMS, and JHS- $2.50

Reduced price breakfast at all schools- $0.30

Reduced price lunch at all schools- $0.40

Meals should be paid for in advance or paid daily. Checks and cash are accepted at each school or you may pay online with a credit card. If you would like to prepay your student’s meal account online, please visit www.lunchprepay.com. To register, you will need your child’s district student number. You can find this number by logging into the Parent Portal. Your student’s district ID is located next to their picture on the homepage. Once you have created an account on Lunch Prepay, you can make payments, view balances, view meal histories, and receive low balance notifications. There is a $1.95 transaction fee. However, you can make payments and apply it to multiple lunch accounts under one transaction.

Applications for free or reduced meals are accepted all year long. A new application needs to be filled out each school year. Only one application needs to be filled out for each family. You can mail these forms into central office or have your student turn them into the cafeteria staff at their school.

English Free and Reduced Lunch Form Spanish Free and Reduced Lunch Form

Jefferson City Schools recognizes that student wellness and proper nutrition are related to students' well-being, growth, development, and readiness to learn. Please click on the link below to access the districts wellness policy.
Wellness Policy
If you have any comments, suggestions, or a desire to be involved in the implementation of this policy, please contact Sue Hamm at 706-367-2546.

We look forward to dining with your children in our cafeterias.

Civil Rights Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online HERE and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Notice for Language and Disability Assistance for the School Nutrition Program

If you have difficulty communicating with us or understanding this information because you do not speak English or have a disability, please let us know. Contact: Sue Hamm at 706-367-2546 or shamm@jeffcityschools.org. Free language assistance or other aids and services are available upon request.

345 Storey Lane
Jefferson, GA 30549

Phone 706-367-2546

Fax 706-367-2291

Technology Services

Technology Services

Back row l to r - Kris Plummer Instructional Technology, Ronnie Miller Technology Specialist, Logan Carter Network Administrator
front row l to r Miranda Storey Director of Technology & Data Specialist, Janice Nelms Technology Support Technician, Shely Vlahos Technology Support Technician

Kris Plummer -- kplummer@jeffcityschools.org
Logan Carter -- lcarter@jeffcityschools.org
Miranda Storey -- mstorey@jeffcityschools.org
Janice Nelms -- jnelms@jeffcityschools.org
Ronnie Miller -- rmiller@jeffcityschools.org
Shely Vlahos -- svlahos@jeffcityschools.org

Communications

Communications Coordinator Joy Holmes jholmes@jeffcityschools.org

School Safety and Security

Security and Safety

Brandon Mosley Safety and Security Coordinator -- bmosley@jeffcityschools.org

Jefferson City Schools Maintenance Department

345 Storey Lane / Jefferson, Georgia 30549
Maintenance
From left to right Mr. Sam Dodson --sdodson@jeffcityschools.org, Mr. Russell Massey --rmassey@jeffcityschools.org, Mr. Mickey Grindle --mgrindle@jeffcityschools.org

Jefferson City Schools STEAM Department

Steam
From left to right Randy Farmer -- rfarmer@jeffcityschools.org, Steam Coordinator Liz French lfrench@jeffcityschools.org Bio Steam Coordinator

Jefferson City Schools Finances and Human Resources

Financial Officer - Kim Navas (knavas@jeffcityschools.org)
A/P / Payroll / Benefits - Marcia Edwards (medwards@jeffcityschools.org)
SFS - Carol Aaron (caaron@jeffcityschools.org)
345 Storey Lane / Jefferson, Georgia 30549
Phone: 706-367-2782 / Fax: Fax 706-367-2291

The finance/human resources department at Jefferson City Schools manages three major funds of the district – the general fund, capital projects and special funds (state and federal grants). The department is responsible for the annual budgets, accounting, auditing, financial reporting to state and federal agencies, cash management including any debt, payroll, benefits, purchasing and accounts payables. Many of these functions are interdependent with schools and departments so teamwork among principals and administrators is paramount.

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