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This section will have information and dates needed by seniors
|Thursday, September 29th||Graduation Materials Order||Deposit due Pay Herf Jones during all lunches|
|Friday, December 2nd||Senior Fee for covers and diploma due||$35 pay to Herf Jones. P.O. Box 229 Watkinsville, GA 30677 Phone: (706)769-0555|
|Friday, February 3rd||Prom Dues||$25 - through Feb 17th. Increases $5 each month thereafter (Pay in the Library)|
|Wednesday, February 8th||ASVAB Test||At the JHS Cafeteria|
|Thursday, March 23rd||Graduation Announcements Delivery||During all lunches in the Cafeteria|
|Tuesday, April 18th||Cap and Gown Delivery||During all lunches in the Cafeteria|
|Monday, May 1st||Final Transcripts are available||Transcripts cost $2 to Ms. Sparks in the registration office|
|Saturday, May 6th||Prom||From 8-11 PM at the UGA Hotel Conference Center|
|Monday, May 8th||Honors Night||7 PM at the Performing Arts Center|
|Advanced Placement (AP) Exams|
|Tuesday, May 2nd||Spanish (8:00 AM)|
|Wednesday, May 3rd||English Literature (8:00 AM)|
|Tuesday, May 9th||Calculus AB/BC (8:00 AM)|
|Wednesday, May 10th||Macroeconomics (12:00 PM)|
|Thursday and Friday, May 11th and 12th||Georgia Milestones Tests||Economics|
|Sunday, May 14th||Baccalaureate||7:00 PM Jefferson First Baptist Church (attendance is optional, however, gowns must be worn)|
|Monday, May 15th||Blocks 1 & 3 in JHS Cafeteria|
|Tuesday, May 16th||2 & 4 in JHS Cafeteria|
|Wednesday, May 17th||Class Picture||Class picture at 12:15pm in the Arena. Pay $20 to Peachtree Photos to purchase picture. Senior Walk at 12:30pm (mandatory attendance, cap and gown must be worn)|
|Thursday, May 18th||Graduation Practice||Senior breakfast at 9:00 am at Stadium. Graduation Practice at 10:00 AM at Memorial Stadium (attendance is mandatory if participating in graduation)|
|Friday, May 19th||Graduation||8:00 PM at Memorial Stadium (in order to participate in graduation, you have to complete all academic requirements, and clear all financial and disciplinary obligations)|
Saturday, May 6th, 2017 from 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Mahler Hall - UGA Hotel and Conference Center
1197 South Lumpkin Street
One member of each Prom couple must be a junior or senior currently enrolled at JHS or an early graduate of the JHS class of 2017. It is not necessary to attend the Prom as a couple; one may attend as a single individual or go with a friend as long as the junior or senior role is fulfilled. Payment for Prom is expected in full at the time of registration, which begins on October 24, 2016 - April 28, 2017.
The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, April 28, 2017.
Parking is available in the University’s South Campus Parking Deck, located adjacent to the UGA Hotel and the entrance to Mahler Hall. Parking Rates:
No refunds will be given. All prom ticket sales are final.
The attached Guest Pass Form must be completed and returned to the JHS Main Office by Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017. Guest Pass FormThis form is needed for any person attending Prom that is not a current JHS student.
There will be no coat check available at Prom. Students are encouraged not to bring anything valuable to Prom. JHS, the JHS Student Council and the UGA Hotel and Conference Center are not responsible for lost items. We suggest that all hand carried cameras should be labeled for ease of identification. Chaperones will survey the dining room following the event. All recovered items will be returned to the JHS campus and may be obtained through the main office.
Members of the Athens-Clarke County Police department, the JHS Administrative Team, faculty chaperones and hotel security will be present at prom. Students under the influence of or in possession of alcohol, or illegal or lookalike drugs will be turned over to the appropriate authorities for arrest. The parents of the young adult(s) will be notified. Prom is a school event; therefore, it is a smoke free event at all times for anyone attending. Also, no “flasks” of any type are permitted any time at prom. Each student must have his/her photo ID at prom.
Any individual with special questions or concerns should see Ms. Nissenbaum in room 302 in the Annex.
Graduation Information for 2017 coming soon. Please check the important date sections for the information we have currently.
Transportation Secretary pictured left
Transportation Director, Supervisor pictured center
Transportation Shop pictured right
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.
85 Horace Jackson Road Jefferson, GA 30549
JHS Cafeteria Manager: Lisa Wilson - firstname.lastname@example.org
JCS Director of Nutrition - Sue Hamm - email@example.com
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 Lunch PrePay. 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.
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.
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. 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.
This section will describe policies and procedures relating to parking, student drop-off, student pick-up and bus travel.
Students are not allowed to park in the faculty parking lot or area during school hours.
Parking on campus is a privilege. Therefore, certain rules and regulations are expected of the student to maintain this privilege. At Jefferson High School, a student must be in good academic, attendance, and disciplinary standing to purchase and keep a parking permit. At any time a student begins to exhibit inappropriate grades, attendance, and / or behavior, they will forfeit their parking privilege for a specified period of time up to the remainder of the school year. In order to apply and purchase a parking permit, a student can have no major disciplinary referrals (Level 3 or 4) and must be clear of all fees, fines, and obligations.
Parking must be in marked spaces only. Parking hang tags must be displayed in vehicle at all times. Parking hang tags can be purchased for $40 ($25 if purchased after spring break) and are valid through the current school year.Parking Application
Must show Drivers' License and Proof of Insurance to register vehicle and purchase hang tag.
Do not park in driveways, entrances, exits, or on the grass. Parking outside marked spaces, in driveways and entrances or exits of parking lot, and parking so as to block other cars is prohibited.
Once students arrive at school they must park and leave their vehicles. Returning to parked vehicles, except with permission of an administrator, may not be done until the time for the student to leave school. No loitering or congregating in the parking lot is permitted during school hours. Infractions can result in the loss of parking privileges, exemption status, and/or disciplinary action.
Student drop-off occurs in the back of the school on the road between the Annex and the Art Building. Enter from Old Pendegrass Road (last right before the railroad tracks). The left lane is for through traffic and student parking only; all drop-off occurs in the right lane. All people exiting the car should exit on their right-hand side. Exiting the vehicle on the left-hand side will put the student into a moving lane of traffic.
The drop-off zone begins after the ROTC building parking lot and extends to the crosswalk between the Art Building and the Annex. Once you enter the drop-off zone, pull as far forward as you can before traffic stops you. Once you stop, have your student exit the vehicle on the right-hand side and use the sidewalks to travel to his or her destination.
Students should never walk in the road. If they need to cross the drop-off road to reach the Art Building, they should walk to the front of the Annex and use the crosswalk between the Annex and the Art Building. Always use the sidewalk. Do not walk in the road.
Once the student exits the vehicle, you will continue on this road until you reach 129. If there are stopped cars in front of you after drop off, you may change lanes to the left lane to exit, but please exercise extreme caution when doing so to avoid accidents. Please drive slowly. There is a lot of foot traffic in this area in the mornings and safety should always be your first priority.
Students may also be dropped off in the senior parking lot in the front of Jefferson High School. To get to this parking lot, drive in front of the school on Washington Street and turn into the school by the Arena. There is a drop off zone in the middle parking lot. Turn into this parking lot and drop your child off there. After you have dropped your child off, drive slowly through the rest of the parking lot and exit the school on Old Pendergrass.
Jefferson High School has two guidance counselors, a graduation coach, and a distance learning coordinator who assist students with academic advisement, scheduling, graduation requirements, Move on When Ready, college preparation, credit recovery, and counseling for various issues. Counselors are assigned by grade level in efforts to provide students with individual attention as needed. 9th and 11th grade students are assisted by Jackie Hatcher; 10th and 12th grade students are helped by Jamie Cathcart.
To obtain a transcript from Jefferson City Schools, please follow the following procedures.
There is a $4 fee for transcripts. To obtain a transcript from Jefferson City Schools, please follow the instructions below:
Students may request transcripts be sent electronically to participating Georgia colleges using the GA Futures website. This can be done at no cost to the student. Students will use the same username and password they used on their GA 411 account. Click HERE for a "Quick Guide" help link for retrieving transcripts on the GA Futures website.
Students may also complete a Transcript Request Form in the Counseling Office. The form can also be downloaded here. The transcript form and $4 fee should be mailed to:
|JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL|
|ATTENTION: AMBER SPARKS|
|575 WASHINGTON STREET|
|JEFFERSON, GA 30549|
This section serves as a repository for classwork and project-related information.
AP courses are rigorous, college-level classes in a variety of subjects that give students an opportunity to gain the skills and experience colleges recognize.
When a student passes an AP course, JHS will add 10 points to your final semester average.
Although JHS will add 10 points to your final semester average for an AP class, the Georgia Student Finance Commission(GSFC) will remove these 10 points during HOPE calculations. However, the GSFC will add 0.5 quality points to your grade for a maximum of a 4.0. If a student earned an 83 for a final grade (before adjustment) in an AP course, their grade would be a 93. However, the GSFC would count the grade as a 3.0 (B equivalent on a 4.0 scale) and then add .5 for a total of 3.5 for HOPE calculations.
AP Exam grades of 5 are equivalent to an 'A' grade in the corresponding college course. AP Exam grades of 4 are equivalent to the grades of A- through B. in college. Grades of 3 are equivalent to grades of B- through C in College. THE EXAM IS GIVEN IN MAY OF EACH YEAR. IF YOUR STUDENT TAKES THE COURSE IN THE FALL TERM OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, REVIEW SESSIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE AFTERNOONS IN THE SPRING. STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO PAY $52 FOR EACH EXAM, WHICH IS REIMBURSED IF THE STUDENT SCORES A 5.
This is an alphabetical listing of forms and documents.
To satisfy the course requirement to graduate from Jefferson High School, students must obtain 28 units of credit and are encouraged to complete a pathway. One unit is earned for each course passed.
Students must earn a minimum of 4 units of credit from each of the core areas (Math, Science, Social Studies and English Language Arts) for a total of 16 core credits to be eligible to graduate.
Students must earn a minimum of 12 elective units to be eligible to graduate. One of these elective units must be Health. The Health requirement can also be met by a student earning 3 units in AFJROTC courses.
Students are encouraged to complete a pathway during their time at Jefferson City High School. There are several pathway options available to Jefferson students.
To complete a CTAE pathway, students will take a series of 3 specified courses, in a CTAE approved pathway. As an example, we will look at the Web Development pathway. Students would have to take and pass 1. Introduction to Digital Technology, 2. Principles of Computer Science and 3. Web Development to complete the Web Development pathway.
To complete an advanced academic pathway, students are required to earn 4 units from 1 of the following concentrations: Math, Science, Social Studies or English Language Arts. Students must also earn an advanced placement unit or one post secondary unit in the same concentration. In addition, students must earn two units from the same world language.
To complete a World Languages pathway, students must earn 3 units in the same foreign language.
To complete the Fine Arts pathway, students must earn 3 units from the same fine arts area (Music, Theater Arts or Visual Arts).
This section serves as a directory for students and parents to find and apply for scholarships, financial aid, and other benefits.
Thousands of scholarships are offered every year to students willing to apply. Scholarships are generally granted based on an application meeting certain eligibility criteria.
The HOPE Scholarship program is for students that are seeking a college degree and plan on attending college in Georgia. A 3.0 GPA in academic courses (Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Science, and Foreign Language) is required. A part of your college tuition will be covered. This amount will vary depending on projected lottery revenues and expenditures.Hope GPA
The Zell Miller Scholarship program is for students who have demonstrated academic achievement and that are seeking a college degree in Georgia. To become eligible a student must graduate with a 3.7 in academic courses and a minimum score of 1200 on the SAT(Critical Reading and Math, one sitting) or 26 on the ACT in one sitting.
The federal government is the largest source of financial aid. Awards are based on financial need. Students fill out the Federal Application for Student Aid each year. Visit www.fafsa.gov for additional information.
Colleges and universities offer a wide variety of aid and scholarships to students. These awards are both merit-based and need-based. Students might need to complete an additional application for scholarships or it may be offered as part of the admissions process. Contact your school of interest for additional information.
Churches, companies, and other organizations offer a variety of scholarships for students. Each organization has a specific set of qualification requirements. For additional information contact your local organizations or visit scholarships search websites.
Harry Cooper has been teaching in Georgia since 1989. He taught Social Studies at Clarke Central High School from 1989 to 2014. He came to Jefferson High School in 2014 and is in the Social Studies Department. He currently teaches A.P. United States History, Honors U.S. History and the History of the Cold War. In addition to his teaching, Harry contributes by being:
Harry authored the History of the Cold War curriculum for the Jefferson City School District and has also authored two elective class curriculums for the State DOE:
Mr. Cooper is a native of Athens, Georgia. He and his wife of thirty-five years, Mary Ann Cooper, have four children.
"Mr. Cooper truly enjoys engaging and challenging his students. He understands that education goes beyond the four walls of a classroom. Whether it is leading 25 JHS students on the National Parks trip out West, taking his students to participate in the State Youth Assembly, doing play-by-play of football games on the Dragon Football Network or providing his students doughnuts on the morning of the AP exam, Mr. Cooper goes above and beyond for Jefferson High School. "
Taylor Brown, Jefferson Middle Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor, is a 2007 graduate of The University of Georgia and is in her eleventh year of teaching. She joined the JMS staff in 2015 where she chartered the JMS FFA Chapter. Under her guidance, JMS FFA has been named a Three-Star National FFA Chapter and Middle School Model of Excellence National Finalist in both 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. Taylor is currently enrolled at Auburn University pursing her Agriscience Education Specialist Degree. She, her husband, and their son operate a beef cattle farm in Franklin County.
"If you want to see a teacher that engages students and makes learning fun, visit Taylor Brown's classroom. She challenges students to reach their potential while also giving them the support needed to be successful."
Originally from Lawrenceville, Georgia, Lori Gunter graduated from Central Gwinnett High school in 1993. She received her degree in Middle Grades Education from North Georgia University in 1997. Lori began teaching 7th grade at Lanier Middle School for Gwinnett County Schools. She took an eight year break to stay home with her boys. After subbing and working as a paraprofessional for several years, she added Early Childhood Education (P-5) to her degree. This is Mrs. Gunter’s 11th year as a teacher and her 6th year in Jefferson. Lori has been married to her husband, Johnny, for 19 years. They have 2 boys; Chatham is a sophomore at JHS, and Camden is a 7th grader at JMS. They have lived in Jefferson for thirteen years.
"Lori Gunter is the definition of dedication. She is dedicated to her students and supports them each and every day in order for them to discover their strengths. She is our personal "Ray of Sunshine" at Jefferson Academy. She makes our school a better place - we are so proud to have her represent us as our Teacher of the Year."
This year’s Jefferson Elementary School Teacher of the Year is Mr. Markus John Mullis. Mr. Mullis earned his high school diploma from Tift County High School in 1989. During his years in high school, Mr. Mullis experienced working with young children as the YMCA Youth Coach for three years in a variety of sports including football, basketball, and tee ball. He also worked at the Lifeway Camps (Crosspoint Christian Sports Camp) in the summer for four years as a coach in several sports. After highschool he continued onto the University of Georgia where he studied kinesiology, and in 1999, he received a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed).
Mr. Mullis began his teaching career at Walker Park Elementary School in Walton, Georgia as a physical education teacher. After teaching for a year at Walker Park Elementary School, he switched to Cleveland Road Elementary School where he again taught physical education from 2000-2005. During these years, in the summer months, Mr. Mullis worked as a Lifeway Camp Consultant writing Sports-Time Devotions and developing games and recreation for the campers. In 2005, Mr. Mullis came to Jefferson and was the Children’s Minister at the First Baptist Church. In 2007 he was hired by Jefferson City Elementary School to work as a Physical Education teacher. At Jefferson Middle School, he works as a cross country and soccer coach. Since Mr. Mullis came to Jefferson, he has worked with several different organizations in the community. Mr. Mullis has served as a Winshape Camp Consultant since 2007, he was a recreation director at Grove Level Baptist Church and Southside Church, and was the coach for several sports teams for the Jefferson Recreation Department. Mr. Mullis has been a valuable member of the Jefferson community for many years, whether it's been as a coach, as a teacher, or at a church or camp. Jefferson is truly grateful for all he has done and looks forward to many more great years.
"P.E. at Jefferson Elementary School is an event you have to see to understand. Coach Mullis creates exciting and engaging games that unlock a love of physical activity in ALL of our students."