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New Science Curriculum
Amanda Ball

The district K-12 Science Curriculum Committee has recommended that the district select the following programs for the core science curriculum:  Amplify Science (K-8) and OpenSciEd (High School).  The district hosted a Stakeholder Review Meeting on April 9.  In addition, each principal, SBDM Council, and  Board of Education have participated in the consultation process. 


Amplify Science is a phenomena-based K–8 science curriculum that blends hands-on investigations, literacy-rich activities, and interactive digital tools to empower students to think, read, write, and argue like real scientists.
Amplify Science for grades K–8 has been rated all-green by EdReports. Read the review on EdReports.


OpenSciEd High School offers three courses that address the NGSS and empower students with a rigorous science education to prepare them for success in college and STEM careers.


A full description of both programs is available at the following:  


Amplify Science 




If you have additional questions regarding the curriculum, please contact Mrs. Norris or Mrs. Masters.

Public Review Opportunity for Science Curriculum
Rhonda Thompson

The Jackson County Board of Education in alignment with KRS 160:345 and Board Policy 08.1, will provide stakeholders with a review and response period for the Kindergarten through High School Science Instructional Resource materials that have been recommended to the Superintendent for consideration by the district-wide Science Curriculum Committee.

The Kindergarten through High School Science instructional materials will be available for review and response in the Board Room at the Jackson County Board of Education on Tuesday, April 9th from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Norris or Barbara Masters at the Jackson County Board of Education.

Jackson County Students Attend State STLP Competition
Rhonda Thompson

On Wednesday, March 27th, students from Jackson County participated in the Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship at Rupp Arena and Central Bank Center in Lexington.  Jackson County students participated in several events and received several state recognitions.  

Jackson County High School students Abby Gilbert, Blakelynn Fee, and Brista Estridge presented their showcase project, “Addressing Food Insecurity in Jackson County.” 

Eva Weaver submitted her Infographic “Tips for Doing Business in Brazil” for the Creative Digital Arts Competition and placed in the Top 12 in the state. 

Students also submitted entries for Digital Illustration, Digital Photo Essay, Digital Photography, ePublishing, Logos, Public Service Announcements, and Screencast Tutorials. All of their amazing work can be found at

Jackson County Middle School students Avery Stewart, Remmie Bingham, Jaxon Turner, and Neveah Miller presented their showcase project, “Vapes:  Leaving your Future in a Fog.”  Several students participated in live events at state:

  • Ashton Smith, Tech Bowl

  • Danielle Tirey, AI On Demand Challenge

  • Shannon Reed, UK Web Coding

JCMS students also submitted entries in several Creative Digital Art Categories including, Manipulated Image, Book Cover, 3D Design, STLP Logo Contest, Original Photo, Digital Art, and Minecraft.  You can view their projects at

McKee Elementary students Julian Bilka, Landon Bowman, Zander Gilbert, and Elliott Dials, presented their showcase project, SSC Student Safety Corps.

McKee students submitted entries in several Creative Digital Art Categories including Digital Art, 3D Design, Book Cover Entry, Logo Entry, Original Photo, Podcast, Digital Music, and Minecraft.  

McKee’s Minecraft Project, “Where the Wild Things Are” placed 1st in the elementary category at state.  This amazing project can be viewed at

Leah Abner’s Digital Art, “Unique Serval. A Cat in the Wild”  and Natalie Isaacs’ Original Photo were state finalists. 

Leah Abner's Digital Art

"Unique Serval.  A Cat in the Wild"

Natalie Isaacs

Original Photo

Sand Gap Elementary had four projects that made it to Level 2 judging.  “Morning Meeting Creators” was presented by Wittley Fox, Gabriel Issacs, Alyssa Welch, and Brooklyn Cornett. 

Ashlyn Bocska, Leanna Grimes, Aubree Gray, and Jolee Fox presented their project, “Tigers Promoting PBIS.” 

“Cyberbullying is NOT for Tigers” was presented by Kloey Townsend, Emma Gabbard, Bethany Hurt, and Carmen Parsons. 

Ava Baker, JoLee Rue, Weston Rose, and Kendalyn Marcum presented “Tiger’s Clean Community”.

Sand Gap students submitted entries in several Creative Digital Art Categories including Feature Video, Book Cover, Logo Design, Infographic, Digital Photography, and Manipulated Image.  Sand Gap projects can be viewed at

Aaliyah Fowler and Mattison Hamman participated in the Tech Bowl live event.

Tyner Elementary had three projects that made it to Level 2 judging at state.  “Tyner Teaches” was presented by Kinley Judd, Mia Judd, Kenna Bond, and Bella Parker.    “Tyner Student Help Desk” was presented by Tilly Truett, Jasey Estridge, Adelyn McQueen, Adalyn Hacker, and Reagan Lakes.

Hadley Stewart, Hannah Gabbard, Grace Spurlock, Giana Nolasco presented their project “Cardinal Confidence” and made it to Level 3 judging.  “Cardinal Confidence” placed in the Top 60 of 1400+ projects. 

Tyner also had several students participate in live events at STLP state.  These include: Web Coding--Adi Brockman & Bentlee Collins AI on Demand--Grace Spurlock and Hannah Gabbard Tyner also had several Creative Digital Art Semi-Finalists and two 1st Place Winners!


Tilly Truett--1st Place Logo Design, “Dream Cabin”

Adelyn McQueen--1st Place Digital Illustration, “Lucky Duck”


Grace Spurlock--State Semi-finalist Manipulated Image, “Titan Explosion”


Hannah Gabbard--State Semi-finalist Digital Photo, “New York at Night”

Adi Brockman--State Semi-finalist Digital Illustration, “Sunset over the Sea”

Tyner students also participated in the following Creative Digital Art categories:  Cinemania, 3D Design, Minecraft, Feature Video, Screen Capture, Book Cover, Digital Music Composition, Kentucky Travel, and Public Service Announcement.  

Thanks to the STLP Coordinators for all the hard work you put into this program!

Sarah McQueen, JCHS
Tanya Lakes, JCMS
Kendra Shuman, JCMS
Jared Ward, McKee
Nina Ingram, Sand Gap
Cassidy Whitt, Sand Gap
Ashley Gabbard, Tyner


Food Service is Accepting Bids
Rhonda Thompson



Jackson County Board of Education – Food Service Department is accepting bids for the 2024/2025 School Year.  The following Invitation for Bid (IFB) is open:  CJLP Group Janitorial Supplies.  Click the links below to access the invitation for bid packet and form:

CJLP Janitorial Bid 24-25

Janitorial Specification Item List SY25

A Request for Proposal (RFP) is open for CJLP Group Food & Kitchen Supplies.  Click the link below to access a copy of the request for proposal:

CJLP Food and Kitchen Bid 24-25

CJLP Food Specification List SY25


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