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March 2022

With a month before our Spring Break, students and staff were hard at work to accomplish our goals. We...

  • Celebrated reading and literacy with Read Across America Week (March 1-4) and Literacy Night (March 24).

  • Honored famous African-Americans with our Living Wax Museum. Portrayed were: NASA engineer (and our namesake) Mary W. Jackson, aviator Bessie Coleman, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, artist/quilter Faith Ringgold, "First Lady of Civil Rights" Rosa Parks, abolitionist Harriet Tubman, businesswoman/teacher Maggie L. Walker, tennis ace Arthur Ashe, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President Barack Obama, U.S. Representative John Lewis, and naturalist Benjamin Banneker.

  • Had a great time raising funds for our planned sensory garden with McTeacher's Night at the Big Bethel Road McDonald's.

  • Recognized our February Shining Stars who demonstrated the character trait of perseverance.

Celebrating Read Across America Week

Fun with Literacy Night! Thanks to parents and staff!

5th Graders constructed layers of the Earth with Play-Doh!

Living Wax Museum

Fun at McTeacher's Night!

February 2022

February ushered in the second half of our school year and another month filled with fun learning activities. The character trait of the month is perseverance. So far in February, we...

  • Had fun with the mathematical significance of February 2nd (2/2/22).

  • Wore our favorite jerseys to school on NFL Superbowl Spirit Day.

  • Made Valentine's Day cards for residents at the Northampton Nursing & Rehabilitation Home. Our SCA members created posters and bundled the cards with ribbons, then delivered them to the residents.

  • Held a door-decorating contest to commemorate Black History Month. We were honored that HCS math curriculum/equity leader Dr. Angela Byrd-Wright spent time with us and gave top honors to Mr. Johnson's and Ms. Glover's classes. Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to all who worked so hard on their entries.

  • Shared non-food treats with our friends to celebrate Valentine's Day.

  • Recognized our scholars' achievements for the second quarter at an awards ceremony, broadcast live to parents via Zoom.

  • Celebrated the 100th day of school on February 22nd by dressing like centenarians!

  • Recognized our January Shining Stars who exhibited the character trait of empathy.

SCA members decorate Valentine's Day posters for local nursing home residents.

Mary Jackson students share Valentine's Day messages with local nursing home residents.

We had two winners for our Black History Month door-decorating contest. Dr. Angela Byrd-Wrights celebrates with proud winners from Mr. Johnson's class (left) and Mrs. Glover's class (right). See more door images below.

100th Day Fun!

5th Grade Scholars created math problems
to equal 100.

Celebrating our February Shining Stars!

January 2022

January brought cold and our first snow of the season! We had a busy month, filled with learning and fun. The character trait for the month was self-control. During January, we...

  • Completed grade-specific Critical Skills Assessments in reading, social studies, science and math.

  • Celebrated the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and recognized his humanitarian works and civil rights legacy.

  • Honored Dr. King's memory with a school-wide sock drive to benefit Transitions of Hampton.

  • Recognized our wonderful principal, Chanda R. Mason, during Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week.

  • Successfully held a day of virtual learning on January 21 (due to inclement weather)

  • Recognized our November Shining Stars. November's citizenship trait was self-control.

Learning about Dr. King and his legacy.

Many thanks to all who contributed to our sock drive to benefit Transitions of Hampton.

We love our Principal!

Virtual Learning, January 21

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