Jackson Elementary School’s Community and Family Open House held Aug. 20 saw record-breaking attendance, with 20 community organizations and family members representing 170 students in attendance, Assistant Principal Jon Loveall said.

The event provided families an opportunity to access community resources, discuss their children’s progress with teachers and learn more about the school’s Title I Parent Involvement Policy, which was developed in late summer through a series of conversations with parents and family members.

“At Jackson Elementary School, we are proud to be a public school for all the children of our community,” Principal Megan Phillips said. “We are honored to partner with families and community leaders to ensure that our students receive the very best education possible. We share the commitment of our superintendent, Mr. Carlos Sam, to move from good to great and set excellence as our standard.”

After a year of unprecedented success that saw 74 percent of first-graders and 78 percent of kindergartners meet national reading fluency standards, compared to 60 percent of students nationwide, Loveall said, the Cub family will be working to significantly increase the number of students performing at or above grade level and help students develop as well-rounded citizens who embody the school’s values of respect, responsibility and kindness.

“Strategies for accomplishing this goal include Professional Learning Communities led by mentor teachers and focused on helping students have meaningful academic conversations and an emphasis during the daily school-wide morning meeting on developing emotional intelligence,” Loveall said.

Organizations in attendance included Audubon Regional Library-Jackson Branch, the Cub Scouts, District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla, the Daughters of the American Revolution, East Feliciana Drug and Alcohol Council, East Feliciana Parish 4-H, East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office, East Feliciana Watchman, East Feliciana Parish Assessor Jeff Gardner, state Rep. Kenny Havard, Helping in His Name Food Bank, Jackson Elementary PTO, Jackson Lions Club, Keep East Feliciana Beautiful, Jackson Board of Trustees member Jim Parker, RKM, sheriff candidate Richard Sobers, sheriff candidate Jeff Travis, village of Wilson, and Wilson Community Youth Organization. Star AG donated refreshments.