Jackson is very excited about the direction that we are taking in the upcoming school year. As many of you know, APS experienced some challenges with the budget due to tax issues with the City of Atlanta. Facing these budget short comings, the Jackson Community as really stepped up. We are very grateful for the support the community, through the GO TEAM, PTA and Foundation, has provided us for the upcoming school year. This year, the changes we will experience at Jackson will be impactful to our academic programs and less visible through physical changes. Through the support of the community we are investing in our Media, Literacy, PBIS and STEM programs.
The Media Program support will be seen through the staffing of a Media Specialists on both the primary and main campuses.
Support will be seen in our Literacy Program though a balanced literacy approach. We have made substantial investments into our leveled book room, writing programs and progress monitoring. We are taking an individual approach to literacy instruction that looks at all students on an individual basis. Your child's teacher will share additional information about our literacy program during Curriculum Night on August 23rd.
Our STEM program is an expansion of our inquiry based instructional program that supports our IB Signature Program. STEM will support the development of our students in an ever changing world where STEM skills are becoming essential. Our students will experience hands on STEM concepts through our trout hatchery to explore the life cycle and our local ecosystems, coding and robotics to name a few. Our STEM Specialist will be engaging our STEM Committee which is comprised of parents and teachers to develop our emerging STEM Program.
Lastly, PBIS will be our approach to school wide positive behavior. A teacher committee spent the past year designing a program that will celebrate our students successes and set consistent expectations of behavior. Our PBIS program will continue the work we have already begun with the implementation of the SEL (Socio-Emotional Learning) Program.
While the impact of the annual fund may not be as visible this year, I can assure you that the impact to our academic programs will be immense. Our goal this year is to invest in our programs and teachers so that we continue to offer a strong program that will prepare out students for their world beyond Jackson.