By COLLEEN MCCARTHY
Itâ€™s been a great year to be a Yellowjacket, and the Starkville School District will showcase its achievements during the annual Jacket Jam event Monday night.
Jacket Jam is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday at the Greensboro Center. The event is sponsored by Parents for Public Schools, Starkville Foundation for Public Education and SSD PTA to celebrate student success, from academics to arts and athletics.
â€śThereâ€™s a lot of great things happening in the district this year,â€ť PPS board member Nelle Cohen said. â€śOur sports teams are doing well, weâ€™ve had kids winning individual academic awards on the state and national level and weâ€™ve got our new superintendent coming in.â€ť
The event also serves as an opportunity for the school district and the community to welcome incoming SSD superintendent Lewis Holloway, who will visit the district this week.
â€śWe wanted to really introduce him to the district and all community members to come out and meet him,â€ť Cohen said. â€śWe want him to see how excited we are that heâ€™s here and how proud we are of this district and these students.â€ť
The event will feature entertainment provided by SSD students including the Starkville High School jazz band, SHS singers, the SHS cast of â€śFootloose,â€ť the Armstrong Middle School cast of â€śGrease,â€ť the SHS sax quartet and a number of student singers and performers.
It has been a great year for the arts in the SSD, with many student artists winning awards at the district, state and national level. There will be a Yellowjacket Gallery, which will feature artwork from students of all ages.
SSD athletics has seen its share of success this year as well. Jacket Jam will honor the SHS boys soccer team, which won the state championship earlier this year.
The event is designed to be fun for the whole family with bounce houses for children and free BBQ dinners for the first 500 attendees.
â€śItâ€™s a really good time to be in the public schools and I think we have a lot to be proud of,â€ť Cohen said. â€śI also think this will be a great opportunity for families who are considering sending their children to the public schools to see what weâ€™re all about.â€ť