Jessie Clark Middle School Information
Start and End Times
Jessie Clark Middle School opens its doors to students at 8:40am.
The school day begins at 9:00am.
Dismissal is from 3:55-4:10pm
Parents: Please review the following reasons considered excused by Board Policy.
(1) Death or severe illness in student’s immediate family.
(2) Student illness, after 10 cumulative days due to illness students are required to have a physician written statement for each additional absence in order for the absence to be excused.
(3) Religious holidays and practices approved 3 days in advance.
(4) Medical and Dental appointments with a Doctor’s signed statement.
(5) Three days for family emergencies.
(6) Three visits to colleges or Universities with the Principal approval 3 days in advance.
(7) One day for attending the Kentucky State Fair.
(8) Court appearance excused only for the length of time of the scheduled court appearance.
(9) One day prior to departure of parent/guardian called to active military duty and one day returning from military duty.
(10) Up to ten school days for and educational enhancement opportunity determined by the Principal. An application may be obtained from the school and returned completed at least 5 days prior to the absence.
(11) Other valid reasons determined by the principal.
(12) All other absences are considered unexcused absences.
(Note: Personal family trips will be considered an unexcused absence.)
Please refer to your Student Code of Conduct book pages 36 and 37 for excused absences.
Parent Resource Center
Click here for more information about the PRC. http://www.fcps.net/sped/prc/
Click here for a pamphlet about the services offered by the Parent Resource Center.
Click here to visit the Bus Route Finder. Using this website you can input your address and find your bus number.
Click here to see the Jessie Clark Bus Schedule.
Team Supply Lists
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Tell Me About Middle School
A middle school is a school designed to aid in the transition from being a child to becoming an adult. Our middle school contains grade levels 6-8 (approximately ages 10-14). Middle schools help students get through the tough years; years where their bodies are changing, along with their attitudes, and their outlooks. Hopefully, due to the unique design of middle schools, adolescent years will be better than expected.
Jessie Clark maintains several of the programs and ideas of an exemplary middle school. We teach on teams, giving students a sense of belonging. We have exploratory classes, such as Family and Consumer Sciences, Computer training, Technology Education, Physical Education, two Foreign Languages, and a variety of music classes, all of which are very important to an adolescent's school career.
We have a Site Based Decision Making Committee that helps to make very important decisions concerning our school. This committee consists of three teachers, two parents, and our principal, Ms. Kendall. Our school is also very student-centered. All the employees of Jessie Clark are very much committed to the success of your children!
Gifted and Talented Services
Your child may have been identified as a gifted and talented individual. If this is the case, your child scored above average on an intelligence test (for general intellectual and specific academic) and met at least two other criteria. Other criteria may include, but are not limited to, teacher recommendation, checklists, jot downs, anecdotal comments, product evaluations, observations, auditions, etc.
The categories of gifted and talented your child may be included in are:
(All definitions are copied from the Kentucky State Regulations for Gifted and Talented Programs. )
General Intellectual Ability: determined by a student score within the ninth stanine on a full scale comprehensive test of intellectual ability.
Specific Academic Aptitude: determined by composite scores in the ninth stanine on one or more subject test scores of an achievement test.
Creativity: determined through the use of informal or formal assessment measures of a child's capacity or originality or thought, fluency, elaboration, and flexibility of though.
Leadership: determined by a variety of informal measures and the documentation of the willingness of a student to assume leadership roles in class, in a student organization, and in a community activity.
Visual and Performing Arts: determined through evidence of performance which may include auditions, letters of recommendations, or product or portfolio assessment by specialist or professional artists.
If your child is identified as gifted, he/she has a Gifted Students Services Plan (GSSP). This plan includes the area(s) in which your child has been identified and the services that are being provided. You will receive progress reports of your child’s progress while being provided services once a semester. You will receive comments at the end of the second nine weeks and the end of the fourth nine weeks.
The following are services offered at Jessie Clark Middle School.
(All services may not be included on this web page. )
- *Cluster Grouping
- Grade Skipping (especially math) Offer transition math, pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry
- Extracurricular Activities (math team, academic team, forensics team, STLP, FCCLA, BETA)
- Excel classes (art, humanities, band, orchestra, physical education, family and consumer sciences, music, technology, computers, chorus, etc.)
- Leadership opportunities are given as they arise
- All teacher *differentiate instruction throughout the year
- Teachers give students choices of varying difficulties (extensions menu)
- Peer tutoring
- Bonus point opportunities
- Creating visual displays
- Group presentations (skits, plays, teaching)
- Writing and Performing raps or songs about the curriculum
While these services are listed for gifted and talented students, they are not limited to gifted and talented students.
*Refer to Definitions of Gifted and Talented Lingo. All definitions are copied from the Kentucky State Regulations for Gifted and Talented Programs.
Definitions of Gifted and Talented Lingo
“Acceleration options” means various forms of advancing through material or grade levels prior to the prescribed time based on early mastery, such as pre-testing in content and being excused to go onto higher level activities, curriculum compacting or linear acceleration, simultaneous or dual enrollment in courses at different grade levels including postsecondary, early exit from school, and grade-skipping.
“Cluster group” means a group usually consisting of four or more identified students placed in a heterogeneous classroom or other instructional setting with a teacher trained in the appropriate instruction of special needs students, specifically gifted and talented, for the purpose of receiving a differentiated educational experience matched to the student’s needs, interests and ability.
“Differentiated service experiences” means educational experiences which extend, replace, or supplement learning beyond the standard curriculum.
“Differentiation” means a method through which educators shall establish a specific, well-though-out match between learner characteristics in terms of abilities, interests, and needs, and curriculum opportunities in terms of enrichment and acceleration options which maximize learning experiences.
“Formal identification” means a process by which a student in grades four through twelve is identified and diagnosed as having gifted characteristics and behaviors using a balanced combination of criteria specific to a category of giftedness - intellectual aptitude, specific academic aptitude, creativity, leadership, or visual and performing arts, and by which a student may be determined eligible for various levels of services in each category in which the student meets the criteria.
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- Updated: Wednesday, February 01, 2017