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New PTSA Executive Board for 2017-18

It’s official: we have a new team of executive board members to head up the PTSA for 2017-18! This fabulous group of people is ready to roll up their sleeves, so let’s show them some support. As we plan for next year, please contact the PTSA to get involved!

Edwin Baker – President
Angela Russell & Erica Jong –  Fundraising
Alayna Blash – Treasurer
Ellie Hopkins – Secretary
Allison Haas & Yashica Holmes– Membership
Jeff Breedlove & Luana Slaughter – Communications
Deborah Denson – Hospitality
Tae Moseley & April Jordan- School Store 

No More Priority/Focus Designation for MJHS

Time to celebrate! MJHS has been taken off the Priority and Focus Schools lists!

 “YIPPEE, YAY! Let’s celebrate!!! We have officially completed our turnaround!!! We are not priority and we did not get a focus designation,”  says Mrs. Johnson.  The SGA is planning a celebration and working to determine dates and activities to include the entire community for a job well done.  
For more information about the GA DOE announcement:

Milestones Testing Information

 Our Spring 2017 Georgia Milestones Assessment System End-of-Course (EOC) testing window opens soon and we are making final preparations for a successful testing season. Our testing window begins April 24, 2017 and closes on May 9, 2017. As we finalize our plans for this spring we want to share some information with you. 

 The Georgia Department of Education has posted to its website a Parent’s Question and Answer flyer. This document will provide answers to questions you may have about Georgia Milestones. You may access it using the link

For a number of years, the GaDOE has been offering online test administration as part of the state’s student assessment program. We are writing to share with you that Maynard H. Jackson High School will be testing students online during our upcoming spring administration of the Georgia Milestones End-of-Course (EOC) administration. The information below is provided to assist you and your student(s) in becoming familiar with the features of online testing. 

 A website, called Experience Online Testing Georgia, has been established to provide an opportunity for students to become familiar with the online testing platform. The website can be found at the link that follows This practice site does not require a log-in and is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Importantly, this practice site is not designed as a “practice test” to measure a student’s knowledge of course content and scores will not be generated. Again, it is intended to allow students to familiarize themselves with the online platform prior to testing. 

 We will also be setting up practice sessions during the school day to provide students a similar opportunity to acquaint themselves with the online testing system. 

Test items in the online version of Georgia Milestones are designed to be comparable to those in the paper-and-pencil version. 

If you have questions about our upcoming spring test administration for the Georgia Milestones, please contact Mr. Donavin Murdock at 404-802-5225

Milestone Testing: snacks/food items needed!


 MH Jackson High School appreciates our ongoing parental and community support. The school year is quickly coming to an end. However, we need a few items to help support our students through testing, celebrations, additional tutorials, and incentives for attendance, behavior, and academic progress. We appreciate donations of the following by Thursday, April 20, 2017 for Georgia Milestone Incentives and May 15, 2017 for a Milestone Block Party Celebration that will occur May 19th. We are serving approximately 1200 students. Students generally take between one and three exams over a period of 10 Days. However, some students are taking five exams. We appreciate parent volunteers to assist our teachers with preparing food and snacks for our students. Donations may be left in the main office with Mrs. Martin. Please inform Mrs. Martin of the date, event, and time you are available to volunteer. 

Milestone Test Taker Breakfast Incentive (in addition to the free daily USDA breakfast): 

 10 Boxes of 32 ounces or larger -Pancake Mix 

 20 loaves of Bread for Toast 

 10 Syrup (32 ounce minimum) 

 10 Jars Jelly (16 Ounce or Larger) 

 10 Bags Grits (16 Ounce or Larger) 

 100 Bacon (16 Ounces or Larger) 

 100 Sausage (16 Ounces or Larger) 

 100 Dozen Eggs 

 Fruit (25 Fresh Fruit Trays – Serve 50 Each ) 

 20 bags Shredded Cheese (16 ounces or larger) 

 20 Jars or Packages of Bacon Bits 

 Butter or Pam 

 10 packages of Plastic Flatware (120 or larger) 

 10 packages of Paper Plates 

 Cups (10 Packages) 

 Paper Towels or Napkins (25 Packages) 

 50 Gallons Orange Juice 


Daily Test Snacks (Milestone Testing Days) 

 100 Pop tart Boxes 

 100 Granola Bar Boxes 

 100 Boxes Crackers (Cheese and Peanut Butter) 

 200 Packages of Juice Boxes 

 100 Cases of Bottled Water 

 100 Packages Peppermint 

 100 Packages Lifesavers 

 100 Packages Miniature Candy Bars 


Milestone Block Party Celebration (May 19, 2017) – CCRPI Participation, Progress, and Achievement 

 Hotdogs (120 Packages of 8 or more) 

 Hamburgers (120 ) 30 Boxes of 40 Patties 

 Buns (120 Packages of 8 or More) 

 12 Bottles of Each Condiment (Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo, Relish) 

 Chips (50 Boxes of 50 Single Bags) 

 Fruit (25 Fresh Fruit Trays – Serve 50 Each ) 

 20 Cookie Trays (Serve 80 Each Tray) 

 10 packages of Plastic Flatware (120 or larger) 

 10 packages of Paper Plates 

 Cups (25 Packages of 50 or more) 

 Paper Towels or Napkins (25 Packages) 


All donations may be submitted to the following instructional leadership and support personnel in the main office: 

 Dr. Andrea Deas – US History and Economics Milestones 

 Mrs. Kimberly Latchman – Algebra and Geometry Milestones 

 Mrs. Keisha Pooler – 9th Grade Literature and 11th Grade Literature Milestones 

 Mrs. Juanice Woodall – Physical Science and Biology Milestones 

 Mrs. Takana Petty – Schoolwide May 19 Celebration 

 Mrs. Arlena Edmonds- Schoolwide May 19 Celebration 

 Mr. Roy Foster – Schoolwide May 19 Celebration 

 Dr. Paul – Schoolwide May 19 Celebration 

 Mr. Danser – Schoolwide May 19 Celebration 


We appreciate your donations to motivate and celebrate our students. 


MH Jackson Student Service and Instructional Support Team 



MORP 9th/10th grade dance 

April 28, 7-10 pm, in the school courtyard

Hey families! Ms. Minor needs some help with Morp, the prom alternative for 9th and 10th graders. Specifically, she needs help with setting up, food prep and chaperoning, and clean up. Please use the sign up link below to volunteer, and thanks!! She also could use some white lights for decoration and extension cords. Please contact her ( if you can help with these items.

sign up to volunteer for MORP here:



2017 Georgia Scholars
Sophie Lenard, Rebecca Schmitt, Lucy Grant 


Congratulations MJHS Seniors Sophie Lenard, Rebecca Schmitt and Lucy Grant! These MJHS Seniors have been recognized as 2017 Georgia Scholars.

Through the Georgia Scholars Program, the DOE identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life. The program is coordinated by the Department’s Excellence Recognition Office and through local coordinators in each public school system and in private schools throughout the state. Each Georgia Scholar receives a seal for his or her diploma.

“I offer my sincere congratulations to each of our 2017 Georgia Scholars,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods. “These students have exemplary academic performance but they’ve also gained soft skills by taking on leadership roles within their schools and communities. I am confident we will hear great things about their accomplishments in the near future.”

Students eligible for Georgia Scholar recognition are high school seniors who exhibit excellence in all phases of school life, in community activities, and in the home. Georgia Scholars are students who have carried exemplary course loads during the four years of high school; who performed excellently in all courses; who successfully participated in interscholastic events at their schools and in their communities; and who have assumed active roles in extracurricular activities sponsored by their schools.


Gifted Student Travel 2017-18


The Office of Gifted and Talented Education offers standards-aligned gifted student travel and enrichment opportunities that build a sense of community, develop respect for our world, and foster global leadership.

When and Where:

October 19 – 20, 2017 – Georgia Barrier Islands

March 31 – April 7, 2018 (Spring Break) – Costa Rica

Who: Gifted and Talent Development students in grades 3-12

Learn More at this upcoming parent interest meeting:

Monday, May 15, 2017
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Inman Middle School
774 Virginia Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

Questions: Reach out to your gifted teacher for registration information. Questions can be directed to the gifted teacher at your child’s school or emailed to

ELS Reading Plus Award

Congratulations to Maynard Jackson High School for winning the 2016 November-December ELS Reading Plus Reading Achievement Award. Second award this school year!!! 
What an outstanding performance during the months of November-December by the Reading Plus team at Maynard Jackson High School. We selected the Average Number of Number of SeeReader Lessons per student for our November – December award – an average of 20 SeeReaders at Maynard Jackson High School!!  Not only was Maynard Jackson High School at the top of the list for Average Number of SeeReaders completed but also was at the top of the chart for Average Number of Combos – 5 and Average Number of Words Read with 80% average. Some impressive numbers from the Reading Plus team at Maynard Jackson HS.  Congratulations on an outstanding performance!!  Go Jaguars!!


Congratulations to the top 5 schools for Average Number of SeeReader Lessons per student!!


  1. Maynard Jackson High School
  2. Tie – South Atlanta High School and Therrell High School
  3. BEST Academy
  4. North Atlanta High School
  5. Tie – CS King Women Leadership…. Douglass High School…. GW Carver High School


South Atlanta High School and Therrell High School were right behind Maynard Jackson High School. Keep up the great work!!  The competition is heating up!!

Congratulations Maynard Jackson Chorus!

Maynard Jackson Concert Chorale

On Friday March 3, 2017 the Maynard Jackson Choral Department, under the directorship of Brandon T. Cash along with Terrance Williams accompanist, participated in the Georgia Music Educators Association District 5: Large Group Performance Evaluation. This is our EOCT (End of Course Test) for music. Just to give you a breakdown of how the score process works, we have 5 categories: Superior (A), Excellence (B), Good (C), Fair (D), Poor (F). Well, I am proud to announce that Bella Canto: Women’s Chorus received and overall score of  a SUPERIOR rating for the judges and EXCELLENCE in sight-reading and Concert Choir the top group received a SUPERIOR rating from all 3 judges and a EXCELLENCE in sight-reading. This is a very high honor. The hard work in class and the evenings staying after school until 6:00, 7:00 and sometimes 8:00 pm to rehearse has paid off. Each choir will receive a SUPERIOR Plaque from the Georgia Music Educators Association in the coming weeks. We would also like to thank the PTSA for the $500.00 mini grant to help purchase the uniforms that you see in the above pictures. Great things are happening in the fine arts department here at Maynard Jackson! 

APS Literary Festival

On Friday, March 24, the Atlanta Public Schools’ Office of Literacy hosted the inaugural Secondary Literary Festival at The BEST Academy at Benjamin S. Carson. Student winners are as follows:

Secondary winners for the district level:

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Friday, April 28th


Hi everyone, your PTSA hospitality committee is hosting a Teacher Appreciation Luncheon to celebrate our fabulous faculty on April 28th. We will need folks to help set up in the afternoon of the 27th from 4-6 or 5-7, whatever works best for most, and we will need servers on the 28th. The meal is being catered by Chef Bradley from ANCS!

Please contact Ceri McCarron at 678-229-8084 or if you are interested!


State Science Fair
Congratulations Fatima Hendricks and Cloe McCarron!


Fatima Hendricks and Cloe McCarron were third honors recipients for the senior division at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF), which is held annually in late March/early April. GSEF provides a forum for students to showcase original research, compete for awards, and interact with top-level professional scientists. Fatima and Cloe should be very proud of their hard work!

MJHS Girls Track Team WINS City Championships


The girls track team did it AGAIN at the annual Atlanta Public Schools Championships! They won the city championship for the fourth consecutive year.  They are the two-time Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Class AAA State champs. This season the Jaguars are competing in Class AAAAA.

The top three girls teams were Maynard Jackson (187), Mays (119) and South Atlanta (83).

A few highlights of the meet:

— China Waldorf and Ryah Jackson of Maynard Jackson took first and second place, respectively, in the 300-meter hurdles with times of 45.15 and 45.96 seconds.

— Sydni Gilmore of MaysJabrea Smith of Maynard Jackson and Mutnodjmet Debnam of Grady placed first, second and third, respectively, in the triple jump with leaps of 37-feet, 10 ½ inches; 36-feet, 9 ½ inches; and 36-feet even.

Here are the 2017 Atlanta Track Classic champions from MJHS Girls track team:

100 meters
Girls:  Kinnedy Bowers, Maynard Jackson (12.23 seconds)
Boys:  Hassan Hall, Maynard Jackson (10.69)

200 meters
Girls: Kinnedy Bowers, Maynard Jackson (24.98)

1,600 meters
Girls: Kindia Mathis, Therrell (5:48.95)
Boys: Jackson Pearce, North Atlanta (4:28.33)

100-meter hurdles
Girls: Ryah Jackson, Maynard Jackson (15.47)

300-meter hurdles
Girls: China Waldorf, Maynard Jackson (45.15)

400-meter relay
Maynard Jackson (47.72)

Shedasia Arnold, Maynard Jackson (113-feet, 4 inches)

Jags Basketball

A dozen Atlanta Public Schools (APS) student athletes were named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) All-State and All-Metro basketball teams on Friday.

Check out the MJHS students who received All-State and All-Metro accolades:

Dominique Banks, Senior, Maynard Jackson
Honorable Mention All-State Class AAAAAA

Tiamya Butler, Senior, Maynard Jackson
Second Team Atlanta/South Fulton


Marquavius Carter, Junior, Maynard Jackson
Honorable Mention All-State Class AAAAA

JaQuavius Hayes, Senior, Maynard Jackson
First Team All-State Class AAAAA, Second Team Atlanta/South Fulton

Jags Basketball

A dozen Atlanta Public Schools (APS) student athletes were named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) All-State and All-Metro basketball teams on Friday.

Check out the MJHS students who received All-State and All-Metro accolades:

Dominique Banks, Senior, Maynard Jackson
Honorable Mention All-State Class AAAAAA

Tiamya Butler, Senior, Maynard Jackson
Second Team Atlanta/South Fulton


Marquavius Carter, Junior, Maynard Jackson
Honorable Mention All-State Class AAAAA

JaQuavius Hayes, Senior, Maynard Jackson
First Team All-State Class AAAAA, Second Team Atlanta/South Fulton