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Principal's Message

Eddie Whitaker

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents, students, and staff at Jenkins Middle High for assisting us with hosting two terrific basketball tournaments last month. I am very proud to say that I am the principal of a school that is within a Distinguished district. I am also very excited about the various programs that are now being offered to our students. During each publication we will attempt to highlight a few of these programs. For example:


  • Arts & Humanities –
    • Students have studied music during the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods, as well as learning to read and write simple musical notation. They have learned to mix music, choreograph and perform a dance for their peers.  Students have also written parodies of childhood stories and performed them for their classmate.  Senior students have designed and painted a ceiling tile to leave their mark in the halls of their high school, and painted a banner to display at the KSBA conference in Louisville, Ky.  And in just a few days, we will be traveling to Morehead to participate in the annual high school art day, and the state art competition, on the campus of Morehead State University. For more information, contact Mrs. Gina Sparks.


  • Practical Living and Career Studies – 
    • Students have studied many areas in practical living studies this year. Students were taken to a health career expo (careers), taste testing and menu making (nutrition), group cancer PowerPoints (non communicable diseases), students participated in a one week in-class postponing sexual intercourse and decision making skills with the health department nurse (communicable diseases), and students have reviewed fire, tornado, earthquake, and flood escape routes (safety). Students have also participated in various tobacoo, alcohol, and drug research surveys. For more information, contact Ms. Ashley Addington.
    • For more information on Career Studies contact Mrs. Tammy Meade or visit her Counselor’s Corner.


  • World Language/Global Competency –
    • At Jenkins Middle-High School we integrate global competency across the curriculum. This means that students in all disciplines work on developing their awareness of global and inter-cultural aspects of society. The idea is that students will become more knowledgeable about how global issues affect us at home.
    • We also try to expose students to other cultures by allowing them to interact with people from other countries. Recently in Mr. Anama-Green's Spanish II class, students joined a Skype session with a Harlan County High School Spanish class and a teacher in Venezuela, who talked about Venezuela's culture and current issues.
    • Mr. Anama-Green's Spanish II class also took a field trip to Las Peñas in Jenkins, where they successfully ordered food in Spanish and carried on conversations in Spanish with their servers. For more information, contact Mrs. Christopher Anama-Green.


  • Writing –
    • During the Fall semester in English II and English III, students completed units on narrative writing and informative writing, culminating with a stand-alone On-Demand Writing(ODW)-like writing assignment as a summative assessment in a timed setting. After these were evaluated according to the ODW rubric, students had a chance to revise these in response to teacher feedback. Students have also done shorter writing assignments in response to literature or nonfiction readings. We will soon begin a fairly long unit on Argument using materials from the National Writing Project’s College-Ready Writers Program in addition to the resources found on the state website. A special focus will be passage-based writing. Each of these students will keep their work in a manila folder and evaluate it with the teacher during a conference with the teacher this spring.
    • Most sophomores and non-vocational juniors are enrolled in a 7th period writing class. During the first part of the year, students had various lessons on elements of all three writing modes, and students wrote several pieces, both collaboratively and individually. Beginning with the second semester, English classes have transitioned to a “writers’ workshop” style of running their classroom, so that students are more intensively working on some stage of a particular writing project at all times, although they may progress at somewhat different rates. Collaborative teaching in this class does exist, which helps to provide differentiation, as well as accommodations. Some of the elements of writers’ workshop are mini-lessons to target needed skills, modeling (professional and student samples), peer editing/conferencing, teacher-student conferencing, and taking a draft through multiple revisions. I also plan to utilize some of the text sets and lessons of the College-Ready Writers Program for this class. At least every two weeks, students will complete a practice ODW assignment in a timed setting. Students also keep their writing projects in a working writer’s notebook that also has resources such as rubrics, graphic organizers, list of transition words, etc. For more information, contact Mrs. Stephanie Cassell and Mrs. Megan Varney.


Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you have any questions regarding to your child’s education, and as always…




Thomas Pinion

Interim Principal

Jenkins Middle/High School

269 Old HWY 23

Jenkins, KY  41537

Telephone: (606) 832-2184 – (606) 832-2185

FAX: (606) 832-4283

Email: thomas.pinion@jenkins.kyschools.us




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