Rockets Life

December 2021

We packed a lot of learning and fun into December despite the shorter number of days in school. Highlights include:

  • Our scholars elected a slate of officers for our 2021-2022 SCA. Congratulations to Mary Jackson's new SCA President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Chaplain.

  • Our Girls' Club, under the leadership of teacher LaToya Wilson and Counselor Marilyn Green, met to prepare 100 "Snowman Soup" treat bags for children in our community. The bags were distributed on December 20 by CodeSwitch Ministries, a local nonprofit organization which supports single parents on the Greater Peninsula. The Girls Club meets monthly for activities that help them learn about identity, self-care, goal-setting, etiquette, and community service.

  • Our scholars in Ms. Gatling's and Ms. Doherty's Pre-K classes enjoyed a scavenger hunt around the school for gingerbread cookies.

November 2021

November was Kindness month, and our good citizenship character trait was self-control. We:

  • Recognized our scholars' good Citizenship (from October);

  • Collected six big boxes containing more than 300 items for the local food bank!

  • Learned about ways to show kindness every day;

  • Raised funds for our PTA;

  • Honored our staff veterans; and

  • Celebrated the 50th day of school.

Recognizing good citizenship...

...and achievements.

Raising funds for our PTA

Honoring our veterans' service
Catherine Doherty, PreK Teacher, and Theresa Marmet, Kindergarten Instructional Aide

We dressed like the 1950s to celebrate the 50th day of the school year!

October 2021

In October, we:

  • Learned ways to address and prevent bullying;

  • Wore pink on Fridays to honor breast cancer survivors and support the fight against cancer;

  • Showed off our alphabet skills;

  • Assessed academic progress; and

  • Held our first Candy Drive-Thru.

September 2021

We welcomed students and staff back full time in September, beginning with a Meet and Greet for parents and students on September 2, the first day of school on September 7, and Back to School Night on September 27.

On September 30, Principal Chanda Mason welcomed visitors and distinguished guests to officially rename our school as the Mary W. Jackson Fundamental Elementary School. View the complete video on Facebook here.


Principal Chanda R. Mason welcomes guests to the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

HCS School Board Chair Ann Cherry shared thoughts about Hampton-born Mary W. Jackson.

HCS Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Smith speaks to Mary W. Jackson's rich legacy, leading the way in STEM studies.

The grandchildren of Mary W. Jackson share memories of their grandmother and their pride in her accomplishments.

Pictured from left: Dr. Stacie Barreau, Chief, Elementary School Learning, Assistant Principal Jasmin Royal, Principal Chanda R. Mason, and Dr. Jeffrey Blowe, Director, Elementary Education

Pictured from left: Assistant Principal Jasmin Royal, Principal Chanda R. Mason and Dr. Jeffrey Smith

It's official! We are the Mary W. Jackson Fundamental Elementary School.

Continuing the Tradition of Excellence