February 22, 2004
I have two children currently enrolled in the 6th and 8th grades at Jackson Middle School. My children have had wonderful opportunities as well as great experiences in this school. 6th, 7th & 8th graders mostly have their own grade level section of the school, which is great for the new 6th graders coming into such a large volume school. This happens to be the largest middle school in the state of Minnesota, however, they offer small school opportunities that are unbeatable. From the start of the year there is no question of when, how and where things will take place. Every extracurricular activity, concert, sporting event, field trip, etc., is listed in the school calendar, as well as when to expect grades, mid quarter reports and conference times. Communication is usually in the form of a monthly newsletter, parent board meeting minutes and the quarterly Jaguar School news. As long as you take the initiative to be well informed, read the communications and attend the conferences your children will be forever enriched by this school. I know some parents have had problems, however, these parents for the most part feel that it is the teachers job to teach. This is not the case if you want your child to succeed. You need to keep in contact and take some responsibility as well. Paying property taxes and levies for the schools does not mean that your child should be taught only at school, parents need to be in partnership with the schools, teachers, guidance counselors, whatever it takes to make your child succeed.
- submitted by a parent