October 28, 2021

The Jackson Blazer

A voice for the community

Middle School at Parkside Celebrates Academic Excellence During Black History Month

On Saturday February 22, 2020 The Middle School at Parkside Academic Excellence Event “Celebrating Black History” was held at The Potter Center on the campus of Jackson College. This was the third annual recognition of Black History Month Academic Excellence celebrating Middle School at Parkside 6th, 7th & 8th grade African American students with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Our 8th graders have maintained this GPA over 3 years.

“We wanted to recognize these students during Black History Month and we wanted to invite their families to come and celebrate with them. The goal, along with teachers, is to inspire them to continue to excel in the classroom and prepare to be lifelong learners at the high school and beyond”, said Middle School at Parkside Principal Jeremy Patterson. The event is fully funded and supported by community donations, and very supportive of the Jackson branch NAACP youth council. This year we have 45 students sponsored to continue their leadership efforts outside the classroom and in the community. “Academic excellence and leadership development is the goal and celebrate when are kids are doing well”, said Patterson.

“Principal Patterson, Parkside and the JPS staff have done a phenomenal job with this program and the growth of this event”, said Jackson Branch NAACP President Daniel Mahoney. “It is an absolute honor for the Jackson County Branch NAACP to have been a partner of the Academic Excellence Awards for the 3rd year. On Saturday night I was able to look into the eyes of future lawyers, judges, doctors, legislators, actors, actresses, athletes and more. We look forward to the amazing accomplishments they will have in the future.”