STAR House recognized for enriching community - Local leaders show support for afterschool programs
The STAR House was honored Oct. 21 for its impact on Roswell’s youth during an open house event at the newly-renovated Esther Jackson Elementary School. It was one of only three schools chosen this year by the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network in recognition of their efforts.
Almost 200 children in the Roswell community participate in the STAR House Foundation’s afterschool educational program for at-risk youth. The foundation seeks to empower these students for academic and personal success through homework assistance, mentoring and fun and educational activities.
“It is important for us to remember that teachers, parents and the community at large share the responsibility of lighting that path for students to get that high school diploma and be college and career ready,” said Jennifer Cassidy, principal at Esther Jackson Elementary School. “When our partners at STAR House come in and work with our students every day, we’re not only working on academic skills. We’re working on social growth. We’re working on emotional growth. We’re working on interpersonal skills. We’re working on goal-setting. All the things that we’re doing to help us be a better citizen and better prepare to be a contributor to the community.”
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Esther Jackson Recognized as a Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship
Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized Esther Jackson as a Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship.
Esther Jackson has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying.
"We applaud the faculty and staff of Esther Jackson for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students' education," said Jessica Lindl, Head of Common Sense Education. "Esther Jackson deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large."
"We're honored to be recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School," said Ms. Cassidy, Principal. "By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning."
Esther Jackson's New House Trophy!
This year all students have been placed in a house. The house names are a positive character trait in English and Latin and are tied to a color.
Students can earn points for their house throughout the month by following the rules and being a good role model. At the end of each month, the house points are tallied, and a winner is declared! The winning team is awarded the House Trophy and the cafeteria is decorated in their house color for the month.
Esther Jackson Receives RAMP Designation
Esther Jackson Elementary will receive the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation during a special ceremony at the American School Counselor Association's annual conference in New Orleans, La. The schools will be honored on July 11 for making an exemplary commitment to comprehensive school counseling programs.
The RAMP designation, awarded to schools that align with the criteria set in the ASCA National Model, recognizes schools that are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment. More than 600 schools have been designated as RAMP since the program's inception.
Jill Cook, ASCA assistant director and RAMP coordinator, said this year's recipients are to be commended for their dedication to serving all students and demonstrating how effective school counseling programs can make a difference in students' lives. "This year's RAMP honorees have shown their commitment to students and the school counseling profession," Cook said. "This designation distinguishes these schools and encourages school counselors nationwide to continue to strive for excellence."
The Esther Jackson Elementary Jaguars are Leaping Ahead!
If you have driven by the new Esther Jackson Elementary School at 1400 Martin Road, you have witnessed the beautiful transformation of the property from the outside. Now let us give you a peek at what is going on inside!
The School Governance Council (SGC) at Esther Jackson has determined it is their goal to improve achievement for all students while meeting the diverse learning needs of our children. To do so requires some innovative ideas and approaches to education that we are excited to share! Click on photo above to find out more.
We welcome visitors and volunteers to our school! Many procedures have been put into place by our school district to ensure the safety of all students when a visitor or volunteer is on campus. Sometimes these processes can seem cumbersome, but we appreciate your patience in helping us maintain our number one focus; the safety of our children!