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Author Carmen Agra Deedy is Visiting September 7, 2018

Carmen Agra Deedy will be visiting the Academy on September 7, 2018 to read some of the stories she has written.

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Softball Wins Two Over the Weekend

Jefferson Softball beats Social Circle 6-0 and Newton 12-1

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The Dragon Regiment Marching Season is here

The Jefferson High School Marching Band has been working very hard lately to ensure they always put on their best performance.

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2018 Robotics Season Re-cap

A small re-cap of the Jackson County 4-H Robotics team’s 2018 season.

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Will Kellum-National FFA Finalist

Jefferson Graduate Will Kellum has been named a National Finalist for Landscape Management and will attempt to claim the title of National Winner this October.

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There's a Surge for STEM as Robotics Season Kicks-off

The Jackson County 4-H Robotics Team 2019 season is just around the corner. The kick-off meeting is scheduled for Sunday, August 12th.

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Jefferson Baseball Wins First State Championship

Jefferson Baseball Wins First State Championship

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Students Try to Dunk Ms. Beckwith

Congratulations to our classes that collected 100% of their Dragon Dash pledges. These students each got a chance to try to dunk Ms. Beckwith in the Dunking Booth. SPOILER ALERT: They were successful

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The Second Grade Art Show will be Thursday, April 19th in the gym from 4-6pm.

The Second Grade Art Show will be Thursday, April 19th in the gym from 4-6pm.

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Dragon Dash Thank You.

Thank you for your support of our annual Dragon Dash.

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Spring Break April 2nd - April 6th

Spring Break April 2nd - April 6th

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Mrs. Wilder’s AP Literature Class Visits The Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta.

On Tuesday, March 14, students from Mrs. Wilder’s AP Literature class had the opportunity to attend the Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta.

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Total Person Candidates Complete Perfectly Polished Etiquette Training

On Sunday, March 11th, seniors of the total person program participated in the Perfectly Polished etiquette training class.

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C.J. Guzman is the 2018 Star Student and Lane Guzman is the 2018 Star Teacher

C.J. Guzman won the Star Student award by achieving the highest SAT score of anyone in the Senior class. He named his mother, Lane Guzman, the Star Teacher for 2018. Congratulations to the Guzman family!

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Five Dragons Sign Scholarships

Five Dragons took part in a signing ceremony on National Signing Day. Hunter Griffith and Logan Garner are attending Reinhardt University, Bryce Moore will attend Tusculum College, Noah Mulvey will attend Dordt College and Colby Wood will attend Wofford.

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Emma Smith is the 2018 JCS Spelling Bee Champion

Emma Smith is 2018 JCS Spelling Bee Champion

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Jefferson Advances Thirteen Wrestlers to State

The Dragon Wrestling Team won the Area Tournament and are advancing thirteen wrestlers to state.

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Dragon Swimmers and Divers have Best State Finish in their History

The Dragon Swimming Team competed in State this past weekend and had their best state finish in their history. The girls finished 7th and boys 17th.

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Five JHS Students Make Semi-Final Round of Governor's Honor Program

Please congratulate the following JHS Dragons for making the Semi-Final round of the Governor's Honor Program.

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Jefferson Dragons Make It to State Swim Meet

The JHS Swim team has made it to the state meet! View the full story to see our lineup.

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JHS Mock Trial Team

The JHS Mock Trial Team competed in regional trial competition Saturday at the UGA Law School. This was their second time competing as a team. Our Law Dragons performed wonderfully!

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Jefferson High School's New Pep Band

Jefferson High School's new Pep Band was in attendance at the basketball game for the first time Monday January 22nd. We would like to thank the Pep Band and Jason Sneath for adding to the atmosphere at The Arena.

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JHS FBLA at Region Competition last night

We are so proud of all of our competitors that represented JHS FBLA at Region Competition.

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Jefferson Middle School Wins GASSP Breakout School Award

JMS wins GASSP Breakout Award. The Breakout Schools Award is Sponsored by Georgia State University Principal Center and is designed to identify, recognize, and showcase Georgia middle schools that are high achieving or dramatically improving student achievement.

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Jefferson FBLA Gives Back

The Jefferson High School chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America recently teamed up with the Jefferson Middle School FBLA chapter to clean up Washington Street.  The students made their way from the schools to Swirlee's Frozen Yogurt and picked up trash along the way. 

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Jefferson Retires Brandon Mosley and Chris Beck's Jersey

On Friday night, October 13th, the Dragon Nation honored two former greats by retiring their high school jerseys. Chris Beck was and still is an outstanding pitcher.

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Drama Dragons to Perform Macbeth October 25th and 26th at 7:00 p.m.

Come out and support the Drama Dragons and watch their performance of Macbeth October 25th and 26th at 7:00 p.m.

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JHS Adopts Lemm Elementary School After Hurricane Harvey

Coach Colquitt, Head Boys Soccer Coach at JHS gathered and delivered school supply donations for Lemm Elementary School in Houston, Texas to help relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey.

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Welcome Scotland Exchange Students

On September 29, 2017, JHS will be welcoming the Scotland Exchange Students,

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Jefferson City Schools Announce School Level Teachers of the Year

Mark Mullis (JES), Lori Gunter (JA), Taylor Brown (JMS) and Harry Cooper have been named teacher of the year at their respective schools.

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Fundraising for AFJROTC

AFJROTC is selling fresh apples to support the AFJROTC program. AFJROTC is selling fugi, golden delicious, granny smith, and red delicious apples. AFJROTC is selling apples in pecks, half bushels, and bushels. The deadline to buy apples is September 8, 2017 and order delivery will be September 13 - 14, 2017.

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Join the JHS Mechatronics Club Monday August 7th

The JHS Club will meet at the S.T.E.A.M. Center from 3:30pm to 5:00pm on Mondays & Wednesdays.

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Jefferson High School Awarded U.S. News and World Report Silver Medal

Jefferson High School was awarded a Silver Medal by U.S. News and World Report in their Best High School's in America rankings.

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Luke Bell Named as Governor's Honor Program Finalist

Jefferson High School is pleased to announce that sophomore Luke Bell, has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 Georgia Governor's Honors Program (GHP).

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AFJROTC Wins Big at State

The Jefferson AFJROTC program put on a great show this past weekend at the State Drill Meet hosted in Macon, GA.

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JHS Track travels to Tallahassee and competes is the FSU Track Meet

The JHS Track team had a very successful meet with many fantastic performances by its standout members.

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Band Marches in Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Jefferson Dragon Band was invited to participate in the 2017 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Chicago.

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JHS FBLA Competes at State Conference

JHS FBLA competed at the State Conference and had ten students place. Congratulations to all the competitors and the following students who placed at the state level.

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JHS receives Audio Visual Grant Valued at $30,000

To support the delivery of the new Audio Visual and Film Pathway, Jefferson High School has received an equipment and platform grant provided by a partnership between the state of Georgia and The ESE Network Corporation valued at $30,000.

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Jefferson Students Participate in the Georgia United Nations Assembly

Harry Cooper and Cathy Carter chaperoned the following Jefferson Students at the Georgia United Nations Assembly. The Georgia United Nations Assembly is a simulation of the General Assembly and Security Council of the United Nations.

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Jefferson Wrestling Wins 17th Straight Traditional Team State Title

The Jefferson Wrestling Team won its 17th straight state title in the team traditional tournament. Dawson Bates won an individual state championship in the 132 lb Weight Class.

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Lady Dragons Basketball Wins 8AAAA Region Championship

The Lady Dragons beat North Oconee 42-29 to win the Region Championship.

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Jefferson Qualifies 12 wrestlers for State Tournament

This past weekend the wrestling state sectionals were held at Jefferson High School. Jefferson had 12 wrestlers qualify for the Traditional State tournament.

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JHS, JMS, JES Receive 5-star Climate Rating

JHS, JMS and JES received a 5-star climate rating by the Georgia Department of Education. This is the highest rating on their measure.

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Dragons Wrestling Wins 16th Consecutive Duals State Title

On January 14th, the Jefferson Dragon wrestling team won the state duals for the 16th consecutive time. This broke the Gilmer Bobcats 31-match winning streak and 7 straight dual titles. Go Dragons!

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Gene Cathcart Named Head Football Coach for JHS

Gene Cathcart was named head coach of the Dragon Football Team on January 12th.

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Jefferson has 4th Highest CCRPI Score in Georgia

The 2016 CCRPI scores were recently released. Read this article for more information about what CCRPI is and how Jefferson scored

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Jefferson Students Attend 72nd Georgia Youth Assembly

Congratulations to the members of the Jefferson High School Youth Assembly Delegation! 19 of your classmates attended the three day 72nd Youth Assembly Conference in Atlanta.

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JHS Swim Team takes 1st at Fall Frenzy Invitational

The JHS Swim Team participated in the annual Fall Frenzy invitational November 12th.

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Jefferson Beats Cairo to get to Semifinals

Jefferson wins an amazing game against Cairo!

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Academic Bowl Team Wins Region and Participates in High Q

Academic Bowl Team Wins Region and Participates in High Q

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Jefferson Wins Defensive Battle with West Laurens

The Dragons won 21-0 in the second round of the playoffs

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JV Basketball First Win

Congratulations to The Lady Dragon Jv team on their first win of the season!

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International Dinner and Trivia Night

Spanish Club joined French Club to have an international dinner and trivia night.

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Drill Team Dragons

This weekend, the AFJROTC drill team dragons traveled to Tift country to compete.

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Jefferson Swim Dragons Compete in First Swim Meet of the Season

The Jefferson High School Swim Team had a meet at Riverside High School, November 9th, against multiple teams and finished 2nd for the women and 3rd for the men.

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Softball Advances in Championship Tournament

Jefferson Softball advanced in the championship tournament by defeating Chapel Hill 3-2. Will play Central High School at 9am on 10/28.

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Scotland Exchange Program

Each year 20 students from Jefferson High School were selected in the spring to take part in the exchange. Students from both 10th and 11th grade are able to apply and get selected.

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Softball Dragons host West Laurens in Second Round

Come out and support your Lady Dragons as they are hosting their Sweet Sixteen series!

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Softball Wins Region Will Host First Round of Playoffs

JHS Softball won the region tournament and will host the first round of the playoffs.

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Mitchell Signs with Brenau

Caroline Mitchell signs with Brenau University to continue her softball career.

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Principal's Leadership Council Results

Voting results for the Pricipal's Leadership Council have been announced.

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Miss the JMS Talent Show?

Miss the JMS Talent Show? Watch it here.

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Jefferson Artists Compete in Art in the Park

Jefferson had a great showing in the Art in the Park, art contest.Jefferson sent entries from grades 2-8. All schools that entered had winners.

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Jefferson Sports Recap (Week of 9/12)

Last week, five JHS teams, Volleyball, Cross Country, Cheerleading, Football, and Softball, competed against other teams. These are their results and scores.

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Softball Playoff Possibilities (UPDATED 9-20)

The Dragons Softball season is almost over and we have broken down what they need to do to take first seed.

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Jefferson Sports Preview (Week of 9/19/2016)

Come out and support the Dragons this week. There are chances to watch Football, Softball, Volleyball, Cross Country and Cheerleading.

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Results from the 18th Annual Bulldog Classic

JHS and JMS Competition Cheerleaders competed in the 18th annual Bulldog Classic. The JMS competition squad took second place.

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HOSA Elects Officers

HOSA officers for 2016-2017 are as follows: President, Rachael Middleton, Vice President; Beatrix Towe, Secretary; Taylor Sorrow, Treasurer; Aidan Gillick, Historian; Sara Rodgers.

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STEAM Center

The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) lab is now fully operational. From VR (Virtual Reality) to 3D printing, the STEAM Lab has so much to offer to students.

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JHS Softball Recap

The Lady Dragons Softball team has had an impressive season so far with a 10-2 record. And being 5-1 in the region games.

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VolleyBall Mid-Season Recap

The Jefferson High School Dragons Volleyball team is off to a very good start this season. So far, they have won over half of the games they have played having 14 of their 22 games won.

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Office of the Superintendent

Dr. Jackson

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.


345 Storey Lane-Jefferson, GA 30549

706.367.2880 Phone

706.367.2291 Fax

Instructional Services

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.

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

Public Notices


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, Associate Superintendent, at 706-367-2883 or 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

Front Row: Dr. Angela Kidd-Vinson, Dr. Donna R. McMullan

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

Associate 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

Jefferson City Schools Pupil Transportation Department

85 Horace Jackson Road / Jefferson, Georgia 30549
Office Phone: 706-367-1787 / Fax: 706-367-1815
Instructional Services
Linda G. Miller

Transportation Secretary
pictured left

Mark Weaver

Transportation Director, Supervisor
pictured center

Walter E. Temple

Transportation Shop
pictured right

2018-2019 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

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 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. 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.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online HERE
or at any USDA office, or call(866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

345 Storey Lane
Jefferson, GA 30549

Phone 706-367-2546

Fax 706-367-2291

Jefferson City Schools Maintenance Department

345 Storey Lane / Jefferson, Georgia 30549
Mr. Sam Dodson
Mr. Russell Massey

Jefferson City Schools Finances and Human Resources

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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