All About Us
Val Jackson Elementary has 525 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The school opened for students in the fall of 2004. It has 22 general classrooms, two self-contained gifted classrooms, two SMD classrooms, an interrelated classroom, a resource gifted classroom, a music classroom, a computer lab, a FEMA safe multipurpose room, a cafeteria, a student support area and a spacious playground. Jackson also has a spacious, well-stocked Media Center with a full-time librarian.
Technology is incorporated in the learning throughout the school. Each classroom has a SmartBoard mounted on the wall and a projector mounted in the ceiling as well as a document camera. This allows for each teacher and student to participate in hands-on, interactive learning activities. Palm handhelds and clickers are also utilized by teachers to help students achieve academically. Jackson has a fully equipped computer lab and a paraprofessional to assist teachers and students with utilizing technology. Teachers also have access to three wireless laptop carts for use in the classrooms. The Val Jackson Elementary staff is well-trained in the use of technology and includes an Intel Master Teacher, a Clicker Master Teacher, and STEPS graduates. Jackson has an active Parents as Teachers program with playgroups meeting every Wednesday.
Val Jackson Elementary achieved Standard of Excellence on the Math State Assessment in 2004-2005. AYP was reached in Reading in 2004-2005, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. AYP was reached in Math in 2004-2005, 2006-2007, 2008-2009 and 2009-2010.
Val Jackson Elementary has an active Battle of the Books program. Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 participate each year. Jackson has had a team finish as champions in both 2004,2005 and 2010.