The Book Club meets twice a month on Wednesdays during FIRE. Meetings are held in the media center data room. Members discuss books they have read (selected from the Georgia Peach Book Award nominee list), and express their opinions, likes, or dislikes about the book. The book club also competes in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl in February each year. This is a state-wide competition that is similar to an academic bowl meet. Students answer trivia-type questions comprised from the texts of the twenty titles nominated for the current year's Georgia Book Award. In 2016, the book club won 1st place in the regional competition and 2nd place in the divisional competition at Georgia Southern. This club is open to any interested student. Questions can be directed to Ms. Whitworth or Ms. Montgomery.
JHS Leadership Council
Kevin Smith, Cathy Carter and Jerry Rice
Caleb Tyler, Isabella Perez, Jessica Lowry, Aaron Garner, William Kellum
The Principal's Leadership Council is a group of 20 students (5 students per grade) who are elected by their peers. They meet once a month to discuss topics and ideas pertaining to the potential improvement of Jefferson High School. Members can also introduce ideas that other students have asked to be discussed with the principal, Dr Smith. Senior members of the leadership council help with morning announcements. The leadership council also sponsors two annual events during the school year, the Powder Puff football game in the fall and the JHS Talent Show in the spring.
Audio Visual Club
The Audio Visual Club is responsible for the filming of all varsity football games as well as all other home game sports. They can be found filming a different sporting event almost every day of the week. In addition to games and competitions, the Audio Visual Club films other JHS sports-related activities.
Dr. Wheeler is the advisor of the Audio Visual Club.
Chorus is an elective course offered to any interested student. Students learn sight reading, vocal production, diction, and music appreciation. Men's and women's ensembles are also offered to students during FIRE. Performances are planned and presented at least twice a semester, and the chorus will also occasionally sing at school programs and sporting events. Students have the opportunity to be recommended to audition for the GMEA All-State Chorus.
Show Choir is a part of the chorus program and is offered as an elective. Members of show choir learn choreographed dance along with voice instruction. They also participate in choral performances and programs.
Mrs. Wood has been the chorus instructor for Jefferson High School since 2014. She implemented a faculty chorus in 2016, and is excited about the future of the chorus program.
The Film Club was started midway through 2015 by Crystal Holcombe. Last year it produced one film for prom.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is an international, non-denominational Christian organization that encourages athletes and coaches to display to others Jesus Christ through their lives and experiences. At Jefferson High School, all students are invited and welcome to attend FCA club meetings. They play games, sing, and occasionally listen to speakers from Jefferson or from the Jackson County region who share their testimony. Coach Cook and Coach Knight are the advisors for the Jefferson High School FCA.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is an organization that helps students learn how to prepare for a successful business career. To accomplish this, FBLA has meetings and competitions that teach students how to establish career goals, promote sound financial management, and understand American business enterprise. The development of good character and self-confidence are also important leadership lessons. Under the direction of Ms. Drew, the FBLA sponsor, the JHS chapter of FBLA will be opening and managing a school store in addition to organizing and participating in other fundraising events.
The largest student business organization in the world, FBLA was formed in 1940 by Hamden Forkner. Over the last forty years, FBLA has helped raise over $15 million dollars as the top ranked fundraising partner to March of Dimes.
Anime is a style of Japanese film and animation. At JHS, the Anime club usually meets once a week to discuss, show, and promote anime. The club engages in watching various anime series, discussing similarities between them, and other related topics. The Anime club normally meets on Tuesday with Mr. Clark. Any interested student is welcome to attend.
Total Person Program
The Total Person Program is available to any interested Junior or Senior. In collaboration with the Jefferson City Schools Foundation, Jefferson High School gives students the opportunity to participate in several extracurricular activities and events to enhance personal student development. Program participants are also required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service. The goal of this program is for students to be confident in their ability to engage in a variety of activities with self-assurance, poise, and pride. The Total Person Program is not part of the academic curriculum. It is completely voluntary, but once a student makes the commitment, he/she is expected to fulfill his/her commitment to the program.
Students may address questions to Mr. Marble, Mrs. Massey, or Mrs. Wilder.
Drama Club is open to any interested student at Jefferson High School. Students do not have to be enrolled in a drama class to participate in Drama Club. Members can participate in the school's theater productions - One Act Play, Spring Musical, etc. Students who join Drama Club are also eligible to compete in the GHSA's One Act Play region event. This competition allows our school to display their theatrical skill and contend with other schools in our region for the opportunity to vie for the state championship. Drama club members can also be included in the spring musical which is a fundraising event for both the school and drama program.
Mr. Ingle is the Drama Club advisor. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact him.
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is an organization for any student interested in pursuing a health science career and/or who wishes to pursue a related post-secondary program after high school. HOSA students participate in a variety of activities including community service projects. Guest speakers are invited to HOSA meetings throughout the year, and students who attend are able to hear a personal connection with a career and ask questions for clarification. HOSA membership may be continued while in college.
Chief MSgt Budell Willis (left)Major Wayne Magnusson (right)
Jefferson High School's AFJROTC elective is a citizenship training program designed to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship, community service, personal responsibility, character, and self-discipline. The program achieves this through classroom education and hands on learning opportunities in a number of fun and challenging activities. Students also partake in physical fitness training and drill instruction. Students who participate in JROTC are not required to join the military after high school, and the program is not a military preparation class. However, the program does have a strong military influence, and participants are required to wear a uniform once a week. In addition, taking three semesters of JROTC meets the required Health and PE credit for Georgia High School students. The AFJROTC program is grounded in the Air Force core values of "integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do."
Future Farmers of America
Whitley Dale, Madison Franklin, Mckenzie Edminsten, Madi Bell, Tan Tonge, Wes Martin
FFA stands for Future Farmers of America. The official name is the National FFA Organization. FFA was formed to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The FFA motto is "Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve." The Jefferson City chapter competes in Career Development Events, shows livestock, smokes pork for fundraisers, cooks chicken plates for the annual Jackson EMC member meeting, and takes part in the GA National Fair, FFA National and State Conventions, and Region Rally. For more information, please contact Mr. Calloway or Ms. Webb.
Jefferson High School offers different band options for students to participate in. Two of the bands are offered as classes. The first is symphonic band which serves the most accomplished musicians in the Jefferson band program. The symphonic band regularly performs works from the highest level of band literature. For upcoming members, auditions take place in May of the past school year. The group regularly performs music in the Grade V and VI categories, and presents five yearly concerts (Fall, Winter, Pre-LGPE, LGPE, and Spring.)
The second group offered as a class is the Concert Band. Concert Band is comprised of all other Jefferson band students, and often includes members of the Symphonic Band on secondary instruments. The group regularly performs music in the Grade IV and V categories, and presents five yearly concerts (Fall, Winter, Pre-LGPE, LGPE, and Spring).
Jefferson High Schoo's Dragon Band is an all-volunteer marching band made up of any band students in grades 9-12 who wish to participate, and also includes guard members and baton twirlers. The group has performed at Disney's Magic Kingdom, EPCOT Center, and in the 2013 Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade. The band competes in the AAA and AAAA classification, and has regularly returned "Best of Class" finishes in all categories. This year's band features over one hundred of Jefferson's hardest working students. The marching band attends every Jefferson football game, home and away. Each year they choose a different theme as well as different music sets to perform at halftime. Band practices include preparing for football games and marching competitions. The marching band also participates in multiple holiday parades, such as the Athens Christmas parade, and the Jefferson Main Street Christmas Parade.
There are also two after school groups for those who wish to participate. Jazz Band meets after school during the second semester of each school year. Students are not required to audition and typically allow students to explore a secondary instrument. The group performs in the Spring Concert, as well as at the annual Music and Morsels fundraising event. The second group that students can join is the Percussion Ensemble. The Percussion Ensemble meets after school during the second semester of each school year. Another voluntary group, the Percussion Ensemble is made up of both percussionists and non-percussionists. The group performs in the Spring Concert as well as the annual Music and Morsels fundraising event.