2017-10-04 / School News

Literacy: The Theme for the 2017 Title I Parent Meeting


Former School Superintendent for Jenkins County, Dr. Hayward Cordy, is shown with Jenkins County School Superintendent Tara Cooper during the school system’s annual Title I meeting held recently. 
(Photos contributed) Former School Superintendent for Jenkins County, Dr. Hayward Cordy, is shown with Jenkins County School Superintendent Tara Cooper during the school system’s annual Title I meeting held recently. (Photos contributed) Kicking off a campaign to stress the importance of literacy skills was the focus for the 2017 Title I Parent Meeting. One of the overarching goals set by the Jenkins County School System (JCSS) for the 2017 – 2018 school year is that all students will increase their literacy skills by one Lexile range. This goal was set based on the identified need that many students do not read proficiently on their grade level.

The evening’s events included various activities that reminded parents, students, staff and community partners of the importance of every student learning to read proficiently by the third grade. The third-grade milestone is important as research reveals that students reading proficiently by this age show significant increases in their academic success through 12th grade graduation and into their college and career experiences.


The Jenkins County High School Band provided entertainment at the meeting. The Jenkins County High School Band provided entertainment at the meeting. The main event for the evening was an inspiring keynote address given by Dr. Hayward Cordy, a former Superintendent for Jenkins County Schools, who is now serving as the Executive Director of the Oconee Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) in Tennille, Georgia. Dr. Cordy spoke of his personal testimony regarding the impact of poverty on childhood literacy and academic success and described how his parents instilled in him the desire to succeed both academically and in life. Dr. Cordy has travelled thousands of miles across Georgia in the past year, in partnership with the Get Georgia Reading Campaign, to share his personal story of the importance of “learning to read” in order to “read to learn”.


The Jenkins County High School cheerleaders assisted personnel at the Title I meeting. The Jenkins County High School cheerleaders assisted personnel at the Title I meeting. Entertainment for the evening was presented by Mr. James McBride and the Jenkins County Middle / High School Marching Band. Mr. McBride and the band provided uplifting and inspiring music that demonstrates how reading skills are used to learn music and enrich our lives with fun and excitement.

Additional events during the meeting included the JROTC Color Guard’s presentation of the flags and pledge of allegiance; an invocation by Abby Bennett, JCHS Cheerleader; resource and information tables provided by community partners; and door prizes provided by area businesses and partners. The evening’s focus on literacy was also highlighted with grand prize give-aways of Nook e-readers from each school.

The Title I Annual Parent Meeting is sponsored by the Federal Programs Department of the Jenkins County School System (JCSS). Information about the JCSS Title I allocation was discussed with special emphasis placed on the increase in our students’ performances on the Georgia Milestones assessments and the system’s increased score on the 2016 – 2017 CCRPI report sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education. The Title I Annual Parent Meeting is planned and organized by the ENGAGE! The Leadership Team which is comprised of teacher leaders who work diligently to support system and school improvement efforts. JCSS would like to thank Dr. Cordy, Mr. McBride and the band members, as well as parents, staff, students, and community partners for making this year’s meeting an inspirational success.



Several members of the Science Club at Jenkins County High School are shown. Several members of the Science Club at Jenkins County High School are shown.

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