Departments

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Counseling Department

Charlene Faulkner, Registrar
Julie McCutcheon, Counselor (M-Z; 10th-12th grade)
Julia Buwick, Counselor (Freshmen)
Lora Pitner, Counselor (A-L; 10th-12th grade); not pictured

Welcome to the JCCHS Counseling Department!

Counseling Mission Statement
School counselors design and deliver comprehensive school counseling programs that promote student achievement. These programs are comprehensive in scope, preventive in design and developmental in nature. A comprehensive school counseling program is standards-based and data-driven, and an integral component of the school’s academic mission. It focuses on academic, career, and social/emotional curriculum that is delivered through classroom lessons, small group, and individual consultation.

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Custodians

Mark Bagley
Richard Berryman
Randy Chancey
Linda Cofield
Jolene Leachman
Susan McDaniel
Tracey Sorrow, Department Chair

Welcome to the JCCHS Facilities Department!

The Jackson County School System Facilities Department strives to provide clean, healthy,  safe, and well-maintained buildings and properties for its students, staff, and community.

Visit the district’s website for more information about JCSS Facilities Department.

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CTAE Department

Welcome to the JCCHS CTAE department!

Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) is preparing Georgia’s students for their next step after high school–college, beginning a career, registered apprenticeships, or the military. Georgia CTAE pathway course offerings, and the new Educating Georgia’s Future Workforce initiative, leverage partnerships with industry and higher education to ensure students have the skills they need to thrive in the future workforce. 

Laura Boswell, Work Based Learning
Deenene Chandler, Health Sciences
Brooke Curtis, Food Sciences
Melvin Farr, JROTC
Al Fracker, JROTC
Shannon Lawrence, Agriculture
Mollie Neufeld, Engineering
Micah Story, Agriculture
Denise Wilbanks, Video Broadcast & Department Chair
J.P. Zinn, Computer Science

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English Language Arts Department

Jennifer Bogdanich
Matt Bolt
Wayne Brooks
Michelle Golden, Department Chair
Rebekah Johnson
Melissa Krause
Alex Nichols
Natalie Peterson, Department Chair

Welcome to the JCCHS English department!

English Department Mission Statement
The goal of the English Department at JCCHS is to encourage and challenge each student to achieve not only a mastery of the ELA standards but a sense of confidence in their own communication strengths.

Course Offerings Include (see below for more details):
9th Grade Literature / Composition (English I)
9th Grade Literature / Composition Honors (English I Honors)
World Literature / Composition (English II)
10th Grade Literature / Composition Honors (English II Honors)
American Literature / Composition (English III)
AP English Language / Composition
Advanced Composition ~ Required for graduation
AP English Literature / Composition

9th Grade Literature / Composition (English I) ~ Required for graduation      1 unit
Prerequisites:    None

A state-mandated End-Of-Course Assessment (EOC) is required.

Description: Ninth Grade Literature / Composition focuses on the study of literature and composition. In this course, students will develop their critical thinking skills by reading and analyzing a range of literature, by conducting and evaluating research, and by participating in a comprehensive approach to the writing process.

9th Grade Literature / Composition Honors (English I Honors)      1 unit
Prerequisites: Placement / Teacher Recommendation

A state-mandated End-Of-Course Assessment (EOC) is required.

Description: English I Honors is an accelerated course that focuses on the study of literature and composition. In this course, students will be required to participate in complex tasks that will enhance their critical thinking skills by reading and analyzing a range of literature, by conducting and evaluating research, and by participating in a comprehensive approach to the writing process. This course fulfills the graduation requirement for Ninth Grade Literature / Composition.

World Literature / Composition (English II)      1 unit
Prerequisites: Ninth Grade Literature / Composition

Description: World Literature / Composition focuses on the study of World literature and composition. In this course, students further develop their critical thinking skills by reading and analyzing a range of World literature, by conducting and evaluating research, and by participating in a comprehensive approach to the writing process.

10th Grade Literature / Composition Honors (English II Honors)      1 unit
Prerequisites: English I or English I Honors

Description: British Literature / Composition Honors is an accelerated course focusing on the study of British literature and composition.  In this course, students will be required to participate in complex tasks that enhance critical skills by reading and analyzing a range of British literature, by conducting and evaluating research, and by participating in a comprehensive approach to the writing process.  This course fulfills the graduation requirement for Tenth Grade Literature / Composition.

American Literature / Composition (English III) ~ Required for graduation      1 unit
Prerequisites: Tenth Grade Literature / Composition

A state-mandated End-Of-Course Assessment (EOC) is required.

Description: American Literature / Composition focuses on the study of American literature and composition.  In this course, students will develop their critical thinking skills by reading and analyzing a range of American literature, by conducting and evaluating research, and by participating in a comprehensive approach to the writing process.

AP English Language / Composition      1 unit
Prerequisites: British Literature / Composition Honors  AND/OR Teacher Recommendation

A state-mandated End-Of-Course Assessment (EOC) is required.

Description: English Language / Composition AP is a college-level course that blends American literature with a variety of nonfiction texts.  Students will develop writing skill in argumentation, analysis, and synthesis.  Students will take the Advanced Placement Exam at the end of this course. This course fulfills the graduation requirement for American Literature / Composition.

Advanced Composition ~ Required for graduation      1 unit
Prerequisites:    American Literature / Composition

Description: Advanced Composition uses contemporary texts to focus on skills that prepare students for writing, listening, reading, and speaking in college, technical school, and/or the workplace. Students will develop skills that lead to both effective writing and critical reading.

AP English Literature / Composition      1 unit
Prerequisites: English Language / Composition AP

Description: English Literature / Composition AP is a college-level reading and writing intensive course that engages students in analysis of complex literary works.  Students will develop proficiency in writing literary analysis and interpretation while honing style in preparation for the national AP Exam in May.  Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Exam at the end of this course. This course fulfills the graduation requirement for Advanced Composition.

Erin Bethea
Jennifer Bogdanich
Matt Bolt
Wayne Brooks
Michelle Golden
Melissa Krause
Natalie Peterson, Department Chair
Patti Scott

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Fine Arts Department

Alan Bunn, Chorus
Crystal Colley, Art
Nick Golding, Band & Department Chair
Tammy Higgenbotham, Drama
Matt Tinnell, Band

Welcome to the JCCHS English department!

Fine Arts Department Mission Statement
The goal of the Fine Arts Diploma Seal is to create students who are prepared for college and career in these fine arts-related industries.

In Georgia, Fine Arts education includes the study of dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.

The Georgia Fine Arts Diploma Seal and Career Pathways were developed for each subject area and are guides for planning high school elective choice s. A wide variety of elective courses are offered at Georgia schools at the secondary level in dance, music, theatre, visual and media arts and are chosen by local systems and schools to benefit their students.

In addition to classroom instruction, there are many activities that help students master Fine Arts content and skills such as local, regional and national arts shows, performances and contests. Community arts partnerships and arts integration into core curricular areas are also part of students Fine Arts education opportunities.
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Cafeteria Staff

Sandra Brown, Manager
Wendy Dunfee
Kim Harp
Stacy Johnson
Casmin Jones
Susan Linder
Annette Patrick
Florine Watson

Welcome to the JCCHS Panther Cafeteria!

Jackson County School Nutrition Program is committed to providing high-quality meals and services to students and staff in a manner that promotes good health and enhances the learning process.

Visit the district’s nutrition page for more information about the JCSS School Nutrition Department.

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Math Department

Steven Bowles, Department Chair
Tucker Duke
Kelly Heard
Savannah Holbrook
Leah McConnell
Billy Poe
Amy Powers
Jason Powers
Lori Scott

Welcome to the JCCHS Math Department!

The JCCHS mathematics department works to ensure that curriculum, instruction, and assessment are dynamic, rigorous, and considerate so that we can meet the diverse needs of students. The department commits itself to developing and implementing a clearly articulated, coherent curriculum focused on important and meaningful mathematics. JCCHS math teachers foster the development of problem solving and reasoning skills through the use of mathematical models and multiple representations. Students are provided the opportunity to demonstrate and apply skills, knowledge, and understanding in a variety of formats. Mathematical tasks are selected and implemented to engage students’ interest and intellect. Teachers continuously evaluate and revise curriculum to ensure mathematical ideas are connected and integrated across courses and between levels. Teachers continuously create and implement assessments to monitor student learning and progress towards explicit learning targets, guide instruction, and support programmatic decisions as well as make appropriate decisions about the use of technology to enhance instruction and learning of mathematical concepts and proficiency. Curriculum reflects state and national standards.

Course Offerings Include:
9th Grade: Geometry B/Algebra 2, Algebra 1 Honors, Algebra 1 & Algebra 1B, *Algebra 1 Support
10th Grade: Accelerated Pre-Calculus, Geometry Honors***, Geometry A and Geometry B, *Geometry Support
11th Grade: AP Statistics or AP Calculus AB/BC, Algebra 2 Honors, Algebra 2, *Algebra 2 Support
12th Grade: AP Calculus or AP Statistics AB/BC, Pre-Calculus Honors, AMDM or Pre-Calculus

*Support courses are based on teacher recommendation

**Students on the honors track who enter into Geometry Honors in 9th grade may take AP Statistics or AP Calculus in the 12th grade.

***Students on the honors track who take Algebra 1 Honors in the 9th grade may double up in their 10th year in order to take AP Statistics or AP Calculus their Senior Year.

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Media Tech Team

Austin Holcomb, Media Tech
Jennifer Saine, Media Specialist
Briann Nash, Media Paraprofessional

Welcome to the JCCHS Media/Technology Department!

The Jackson County School System Media/Technology department is dedicated to supporting the effective integration of technology into all aspects of teaching, learning, and school administration.

One of Jackson County School System’s strategic goals is to personalize the learning experience for each of our students in every capacity.

With technology fully integrated into Teaching & Learning, our powerhouse Technology Department team implements and maintains all devices, hardware, infrastructure, and network services with our primary customer in mind: our students. Information technology infused with a continual instructional perspective helps us not only better serve our students and teachers but also stay at the forefront of educational technology in schools, thus better preparing our students for a dynamically changing future.

We know that strong and successful lifelong learners come from expert teachers in all our instructional spaces. Our Content Instructional Specialist Team works with every teacher and every administrator to provide the most effective curriculum materials and instruction models to maximize the learning of each student in our care.

Visit the district website for more information about the JCSS Media/Technology Department.

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Modern Language Department

Sherome Heaven, Spanish & ESOL
Nessa Hoppe, French
Katie Parham, Spanish
Debi Read, Spanish, Heritage Speakers, & Department Chair
Emily Wangenheim, Spanish

Welcome to the Modern Language Department at JCCHS!

The Modern Language Department is the place where students learn a second language, or improve their first- in the case of Spanish. Class offerings prepare students for college entry and give life long skills that can be used in the workplace and while traveling.

Course Offerings Include:

French I, II, III
Spanish I, II, III
Heritage Speakers
ESOL Support

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Front office Staff

Leann Armendariz, Principal’s Secretary
Donna Whitehead, Front Desk
Andreea Oprea, Bookkeeper
Beverly Pethel, Clerk (not pictured)
Amy Thompson, Attendance & Counseling Clerk

Welcome to the JCCHS!

The administrative staff of JCCHS strives to provide excellent customer service to students, parents, and faculty and staff of Jackson County Comprehensive High School.

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PE Department

Tyson Baxter
Chuck Butler, Department Chair
Vince Lehotsky
Jeff White
Brandon Worley

Welcome to Physical Education at JCCHS!

The Jackson County Comprehensive High School Physical Education Department strives for all of our students to value and maintain a health enhancing level of physical fitness throughout their lifetime.  Therefore our curriculum is focused on the development of the attitude, knowledge and skills necessary to achieve a physically active lifestyle.

Course Offerings Include:

Fitness for Life/Health
Introductory Lifetime Sports
Intermediate Lifetime Sports
Recreational Sports
Weight Training
Adaptive Physical Education
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Science Department

Christina Curtis
Nichole Dudley
Haley Fleming
Bart Hamburg, Department Chair
Heather Hamrick, Department Chair
Sheri Koenig
Graham Oakley
Cameron O’Reilly

Welcome to Science at JCCHS!

Science Department Mission Statement
The mission of the JCCHS Science Department is to create a district-wide learning community and to support literacy through high academic achievement of the science learning standards. Science educators will present science concepts through inquiry and identification, descriptions and models, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation.

 The Science Department stresses the importance of critical thinking and logical reasoning using various methods of investigation, such as: observation, comparison, experimentation, and mathematical manipulation of data.

 The Science Department is also committed to the concept that science has a practical application and has to be understood in a larger cultural context. It is through inquiry that students are able to view science as an interdisciplinary study applicable to society.

Science Department Vision
Science is taught through investigations, observations, data analysis, and rational explanations of natural phenomena. Emphasis is placed on the importance of critical thinking and logical reasoning in the pursuit of scientific knowledge because rigorous scientific instruction prepares students for the deep thinking associated with 21st Century skills. This is accomplished through all of our course offerings including biology and physical science, both of which have a state mandated end of course test, chemistry, physics, environmental science, human anatomy and physiology, and forensics.

Course Offerings Include:
Biology
Physical Science
Chemistry
Physics
Environmental Science
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Forensics

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Social Studies Department

Brittley Blount
Craig Ellis
Melissa Gillespie
Jim Norton
Michelle Parker, Department Chair
Nick Smolinski
Zach Taylor
Seth Thompson

Welcome to JCCHS Social Studies!

Social Studies is the study of the social sciences in order to lead students to become informed and responsible citizens.  Our curriculum includes the study of humankind from the geographical, political, historical, and social perspectives. Our courses adhere to the Georgia Standards of Excellence for regular courses and College Board requirements for advanced placement.  World History, U.S. History, Government, and Economics are required courses for graduation.

Course Offerings Include:
9th Grade:  World Geography, AP Human Geography
10th Grade:  World History, AP World History
11th Grade:  U.S. History, AP U.S. History
12th Grade:  American Government, AP U.S. Government and Politics, Economics; AP Economics
10th-12th:  AP Capstone Seminar

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Special Education Department

Special Education Teachers:
Vernon Camp
Amber Casper
Ashlei Hardee-Rodriguez
Matt Maier
Monty McClure
Debbie Mintz
Bryan Parker
Joe Ridgeway
Cristie Romero, Department Chair
Sonya Seagraves

Special Education Paraprofessionals:
Rhonda Adams
Ismael Carrillo-Garcia
Toni Davenport
Shannon Doster
Rebecca Finch
Sarah Gilstrap
Sandra Howington
Tiffany Jones
Michelle Karles
Omie Looney
Kassandra Solis
Betty Tonge

Welcome to JCCHS Special Education Department!

The Special Education department of JCCHS strives to meet the individual needs of all our students. We invite you to join us in serving your children so that, together, we can guide them in reaching their greatest potential.

Visit the district’s website for more information about the JCSS Special Education Department.

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Programs

Foothills Charter High School Logo
Click the image to access the website.

What is Foothills?

The Foothills Education Charter High School is North-Middle Georgia’s answer to the dropout problem. We offer a unique opportunity to any student who wishes to earn an accredited Georgia High School Diploma.

We have 7 locations across the North-Middle Georgia region, offering a full range of high school courses in a convenient, flexible, self-paced format. All Classes are held in the evening so you can work during the day and attend school at night. Tuition is 100% FREE for students who enroll at Foothills full time.

All courses are mastery-based, which means you cannot fail a course. There are no deadlines, so you can take as much or as little time as you need to successfully complete your coursework. To better meet the different learning styles of students, Foothills offers a variety of course formats including textbook and web-based instruction. All methods provide self-paced, individualized mastery learning.

Approved by the Georgia Department of Education October 2014

Approved by the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia September 2014

For information regarding Foothills Charter School, visit their website by clicking HERE.
Graduation Honors Website
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There are many Graduation Honors students have the opportunity to earn throughout their four years at Jackson County Comprehensive High School.

For a detailed listing of Graduation Honors  & the requirements for earning them, visit the Graduation Honors website by clicking HERE or on the picture to the left.

List of Graduation Honors:

Beta: Gold Beta Stole
CTAE Pathway Completion w/ Industry Credentials: Teal and White Honor Cord
Chorus: Pink and Light Blue Intertwined Cord
FCCLA: Red & White Honor Cords
FCCLA Officers: Red Stole with Logo
FFA Honor Graduate: Blue Sash
Governor’s Honors: Silver, Royal Blue, & Black Intertwined Cord
Honor Graduates: Gold Honor Stoles
HOSA: Red & Navy Blue Intertwined Honor Cord
International Thespian Scholar: White Stole
International Thespian Society: Blue & White Tassel & White or Gold Honor Cord
JROTC Oath Enlistment Cord: Red, White, and Blue Honor Cord
Lanier Tech Dual Enrollment: Green & White Intertwined Honor Cord
National Art Honor Society: Blue, Red, and Orange Intertwined Honor Cords and Yellow, Green, and Purple Intertwined Honor Cord
National French Honor Society: Blue, White and Red Intertwined Honor Cord
National Honor Society: White Stole; Medals Denote Officers
National and International Rank Thespians: Blue & Gold Honor Cord
National Spanish Honor Society: Gold Medal
National Technical Honor Society: Purple & White Honor Cords
Research Team: Gold and Black Cord, Medallion for being published
SkillsUSA: Red & White Honor Cords
SkillsUSA Officers: White Stoles with logo
Student Council Seniors: Gold Sashes with Officer Label
Student Leadership: Purple Cords
Thespian Recognition of Honor: Medallion
Tri-M: Pink Honor Cord
Y-Club: Yellow Honor Cord
Yearbook: Red and Black Cord for members on staff for 2+ years
Valedictorian and Salutatorian: Medallion

What is JCAT?
JCAT is a joint venture  between teachers, parents, and community members designed to serve Jackson County High School and its students.

While parents may be involved in numerous booster clubs and groups at JCCHS, JCAT serves to enhance the academic mission of the school.

Mission:
The mission of the Jackson County Academic Team (JCAT) is to promote academic achievement by providing parents and community members an avenue to support the students of JCCHS.

Goals:
The goals for the Jackson County Academic Team are to:

  • Enhance and support JCCHS academics
    Recognize the achievements of students and staff
    Provide an avenue for parent education and volunteers
    Promote school spirit within the school and in our community
    Develop and foster strong family connections to JCCHS

Click HERE for a PDF version of this information.

If you have any questions about the Jackson County Academic Team (JCAT), please contact principal, Dr. Pete Jones at pjones@jcss.us.

Click Here to Order Your Yearbook
Click the image above to order your yearbook.

If you have any questions about yearbook or senior portraits, contact the yearbook staff at jcchsyearbook@jcss.us or the yearbook advisor, Dr. Golden, at mgolden@jcss.us

Order your senior tribute ad online at the following link: Senior Tribute Ads Order Site

Senior quotes, senior accomplishments, and casual photo submissions from outside photographers will be due November 1.  Information will be sent out later this semester about how to submit this information; we’re moving to electronic submissions this year.

Yearbooks can be ordered here: Yearbook Order Site

Orders should be placed as soon as possible to ensure receipt of a book.