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State School Superintendent Visits JJE

State School Superintendent Woods, visited JJE and gave each fourth grade student a copy of the Constitution.  Superintendent Woods was very impressed with our students and school.  We are grateful for his visit and support of our school system.  Our local School Superintendent, Mr. Cochran and Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Aldridge, also visited us.



Georgia Parent Survey

Georgia Parent Survey

The Georgia Parent Survey is also modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone or tablet. For parents that do not have access to the Internet, school administrators should consider scheduling dates and times to allow parents to complete the Georgia Parent Survey at school. All parents should be encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. Results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted below.



Fun at JJE
Collaborative Impact for Decatur County
JJE Spelling Bee

JJE Spelling Bee was a great success. The students went 21 rounds! We are so proud of these hardworking students.


School winners are: 
1st place- Ry Day
2nd place- Julie Bocanegra
3rd place-Kellie Brown



Top 12 students that won at the classroom level are:

Tyrone Stubbs
Fallyn Marcowitz
Ry Day
Brooklyn Dawkins
Hayden Hand
Caleb Logue
Bryce Olds
Brayden Hudgins
Julie Bocanegra
Kaylie Sims
Kelli Brown
Sutton Smith

Schools Closed November 17th

School Closed

All schools will be closed on November 17th.

Thanksgiving Break is November 20 - 24.

Pumpkin Decorating





Parent Survey

Please take a few minutes to fill out our parent survey.  To access click here. 

Charleston Wrap Winners

The winners of the drawings for Charleston Wrap sales had a great time with the "Pig Race".  Congratulations Tucker Surratte and Mrs. Edwards class for the win!

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Flu Shots

Remember to sign your child up for the flu vaccine. The Health Department will give these on October 2nd. Any student can have the vaccine regardless if they have insurance or not. Deadline is September 20, 2017.  A form was sent home last week that needs to be returned to school. The nurse will give a party to the class that turns in the most forms.

Decatur County Schools Closed Monday 11th & Tuesday 12th

Parents and Community Members,

The uncertainty of the future track of Hurricane Irma and its potential impact on our area has led us to cancel school for all Decatur County Schools on Monday, September 11th and Tuesday, September 12th. We are hopeful that our area sees very little impact but the uncertainty remains too high to take any chances with the safety of our students and staff. Schools will reopen on Wednesday, September 13th unless developments change at which time we will update you all.  Thank you and be safe.



Tim Cochran

Superintendent Decatur County Schools 

September Lunch Menu
Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

Parents and community members, as you may know on August 21st we will be experiencing a rare solar eclipse. 

GKIDS Readiness Check
JJE Supply List for All Grade Levels supplies
2017-2018 Back to School Information

Click here for all Registration Dates and Times

Bearcat Basics - all rising 9th graders are encouraged to sign up for a Bearcat Basic summer orientation. Visit the BHS website for available times and additional information.

Open House for All Schools
Thursday, August 3rd from 5:00-7:00 pm
We invite you to visit the school in which student is enrolled for the 17-18 school year to meet their teacher, visit the classroom, and to receive important school information.
Student schedule/homerooms will be posted at this time.

First Day of School - Friday, August 4, 2017

2017-2018 Back To School Supply Lists

Please visit individual school websites for additional information and parent resources.

21st Century Summer School Bus Information

FY 2017 Summer School Bus Routes  June 5-30, 2017


JJE Teacher and Staff Person of the Year Announced! Teacher and Staff of the Year


Mrs. JoAnn Moore was selected as the Teacher of the Year at JJE for 2017-18.  She is an enthusiastic music teacher who always looks for exciting new ways to engage children in learning music.  

Mrs. Dana Martin was selected as Support Staff of the Year for JJE.  This is Mrs. Martin's first year as lead teacher at JJE and she has done a wonderful job supporting teachers.  Her smiling face is always welcoming when anyone is in need of help at JJE.

Congratulations ladies.


Summer Reading
Used Book Sale




John Johnson Elementary will host a used book sale on May 10, 2017.  We need lots of donations of children’s books and cookbooks.  The books can be hardback, paperback, or board books.  Please drop your donations off at John Johnson.


 We want all our children to have books to take home to read over summer vacation.  Please help by donating any gently used books for the book sale.

Questions– Lisa Enfinger 248-2215


School Choice Week April 24th - 28th

The Decatur County Board of Education requires that all students attend the school in the zone in which they reside unless they are in a specialized program that contains students across school zones.  Any exceptions to this policy must be made through the “School Choice Plan.”

District Pre-Kindergarten Registration

When: Wednesday, April 26th from 1:00 to 6:00

Where: Decatur County Student Support Center

Click here for more information.

JJE Color Run Great Success

JJE PTO Color Run was so much fun.  

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Check out this video....

Donations for Used Book Sale

Used book sale

As you are spring cleaning this year, please consider donating books to JJE Media Center for our used book sale in May.  We would like to get a book in every child's hand for the summer.  

We need lots of donations of children’s books and cookbooks.  The books can be hardback, paperback, or board books.  Please drop your donations off at John Johnson or call 229-248-2215 to arrange for pick up.   If you have questions, please contact Lisa Enfinger.


Parent Volunteer of the Year


Cathy Spooner has been selected as Parent Volunteer of the Year for 2016-17.  

Read Across America Character Day
Read Across America Week Read Across America

Read Across America Week is February 27-March 3.


JJE Will Host a Color Run on March 25th!

Click to see more about the JJE 5K Color Run.

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District Spelling Bee


Congratulations to John Robert Baxley.  He won 3rd place at the district level spelling bee.   Students in grades 4th-8th competed at the district level on Friday, February 3.  Zykerkeria Gadson and Keith Gaines also represented JJE and competed in the spelling bee.  


First Grade Struck it Rich for the Good Behavior Party!

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Georgia Parent Survey 2016-2017

Georgia Parent Survey

The Georgia Parent Survey is also modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphones or tablet.  

Good Behavior Party

104 students were rewarded with a fun craft party for excellent behavior in the first semester.  Students that earned 7 bracelets in the first semester were invited to attend.  They made snowmen and had a great time.  Congratulations to the top notch students.

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Get Georgia Reading (2017 Summer Reading Opportunity)

Exciting news, everyone!

Underway now, Get Georgia Reading Campaign partner myON is delivering thousands of free books to computer and mobile devices that you can access 24 hours a day—every day—through Aug. 31.

Last summer, kids throughout the state read 248,901 books and spent 55,831 hours reading. This year, we are challenging Georgia to top last year’s numbers by reading more than 250,000 books and spending over 60,000 hours reading.

Please help spread the word — including simple instructions for logging on — by sharing this news story with your networks: http://getgeorgiareading.org/2017/05/03/summer-for-georgia-readers-begins-today/


Summer Reading Tips for Parents

Red Ribbon Week Red Ribbon

We will celebrate Red Ribbon Week : Oct 23-27, 2017

The plans for the week are as follows: Get ready to participate!!

Monday Theme “Use you Head” Wear Red Day

Tuesday-Theme “Drugs and I don’t Mix”  Wacky Tacky Day

Wednesday– Theme “Team Up Against Drugs” Team Day

Thursday-Theme “What I Want to be When I Grow Up” Career Day.

Friday– Theme “The Bearcat Way” Purple and Gold Day


Wild West Book Fair- Saddle Up and Read Book Fair

Book Fair will begin October 30th 

We will need parent volunteers to work.  Please look for information coming home soon to sign up to volunteer.  

We will also have a “Grand” lunch for any parents or grandparents to come eat lunch with their student, and then shop at the Book Fair.

October 30th - PK at 10:50 and Kindergarten at 11:45

October 31st - 1st grade at 11:00 and 4th grade at 12:00

November 1st  2nd grade at 11:25 and 3rd grade at 12:15

We will also have a PTO meeting on November 2nd and you will be able to shop then as well.

Click here to sign up to volunteer.  

To sign up to volunteer through the above link, you must sign in through Google or create an account.  You may email Lisa Enfinger at lenfinger@dcboe.com if you wish to sign up without creating an account.

Click here for the online Scholastic Book Fair Website.

Decatur County Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mrs. Moore for being chosen as Decatur County Teacher of the Year!  We are so excited and proud of you.s

Title 1 Parent & Family Engagement Plan



Invitation to Participate

Decatur County Schools annually reviews and revises our Title I Parent and Family Engagement Plan and our CLIP (Consolidated LEA Implementation Plan). The annual review process is discussed at our annual Title I Stakeholder Meeting. Opportunities to attend these meetings will be held on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at noon and 5:30 pm. at the Decatur County Student Support Center (507 Martin Street in West Bainbridge). All parents and stakeholders are encouraged to attend this informational meeting.

Stakeholders are also invited to visit the Decatur County Parent Resource Center on July 19th between the hours of noon and 5:30 pm to participate in the annual review process. The District CLIP, District Parent and Family Engagement Plan, and Individual Schoolwide and Parent and Family Engagement Plans will be available for review. Parents and stakeholders are encouraged to view these plans and offer feedback and suggestions.

For more information, please contact:

 Kathy Varner at 229-248-2836 or by email at 


2017 - 2018 District Calendar 

2017-2018 Color Coded Calendar 

2017-2018 Calendar