Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local News

March 14, 2013

PROGRESS REPORT: Reading Garden to be in full bloom soon

JACKSONVILLE —  A proposed reading garden at East Side Elementary is the latest effort the school is undertaking to showcase its Applied Learning Community.

The school will break ground on the project 2 p.m. Tuesday at its 711 Fort Worth Street campus, with ALC students and their parents and teachers participating.

A $1,000 Jacksonville Education Foundation grant is helping to fund the Reading Garden. On Tuesday, foundation members will present the school faculty with commemorative bricks salvaged from the old school building, which was demolished nearly two years ago. (The new facility, an 85,000-square-foot structure built by Pogue Construction of McKinney was completed in time for the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year).

The school, which also has a pre-K program, has offered the ALC program to students in kindergarten and higher grades for three years. In 2012, East Side Learning community began the new school year with two kindergarten, two first grade and two second grade campuses.

According to a brochure about the program, undertaking projects allows students the ability to bring alive what they've learned through a “concrete, hands-on” method that encourages different levels of thinking.

“The goal is to encourage presentation skills including media, visual, oral and written communication, and utilize a variety of technologies. Applied Learning strives to involve students in tasks that are increasingly demanding and complex so that they acquire a foundation of real-world experiences to become motivated, successful, lifelong earners and community participants,” the brochure states.

Parents also participate in their child's education by agreeing to volunteer for 10 hours of service.

A new parent information meeting is planned in early May, with applications – available at the school office – for the East Side Applied Learning Community accepted through May 20, and are available at the school office.

Commitment letters from students already enrolled in the program are due April 19; the school will mail out acceptance letters at the end of May.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Dispatcher Enge 0416.tif JPD dispatcher killed in wreck

    A dispatcher for the Jacksonville Police Department was killed Monday on her way to work, according to officials.
    Amber Enge, 35, of Whitehouse was pronounced dead at the scene of a one-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon on CR 2177 in Whitehouse.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • CR speed limit changes, E-filling fee top agenda

    On Monday, Cherokee County commissioners set April 28 to hold public hearings concerning the changing speed limits on two county roads.

    April 16, 2014

  • Catherine look.tif Religious lines drawn: Protesters met by members of Church of Wells

    Other than a few community members' voices that rose above the crowd, the protest Saturday against the Church of Wells remained peaceful.

    April 15, 2014 3 Photos

  • HOPE event Pic 433.tif Folks attend weekend fundraiser for H.O.P.E.

    It was an evening fit for royalty, as supporters of the Helping Others Pursue Enrichment (H.O.P.E.) program gathered Saturday at The Castle on the Lake outside Jacksonville for “A Renaissance Evening.”

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church Member looks.tif Church of Wells members attend protest

    About 30 members of the Church of Wells arrived at a protest Saturday. The event was planned after an incident at Wells Homecoming Day on April 5 where the church loudly "street preached" causing a disruption. Three of the church members were injured by two men at the parade. On Saturday, the event was peaceful, despite a few loud voices.

    See the complete story and photos in the next edition of the Daily Progress on Tuesday, April 15.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • ScholarshipAwards.tif 5 receive scholarships from Chamber’s Agri-Business Committee

    The Agri-Business Committee of the Jacksonville Chamber recently awarded five $1,000 scholarships at the Annual Cherokee County Junior Livestock Show on March 29.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Deadline to file taxes nears

    As an April 15 deadline for individuals to file their 2013 federal tax return approaches, pressure is mounting for tax preparers.

    April 11, 2014

  • Protest, march planned in Wells

    The town of Wells is planning a march to the R&R Mercantile on U.S. Hwy. 69 from the former Dairy Queen to protest the Church of Wells.
    The event is planned for 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

    April 11, 2014

  • Court date set for JP hearing

    A court date has been reset to April 28 for a hearing of a petition by a local primary candidate in an upcoming Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace race.

    April 11, 2014

  • Luncheon to include update on Lake Columbia

    Updates on the proposed Lake Columbia will be the topic at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce luncheon.  
    Kelly Holcomb, general manager for Angelina Neches River Authority, will provide updated information on the proposed Lake Columbia between Jackson-ville and New Summerfield.

    April 11, 2014