Activities & Special Stuff

Jackson School staff know that children learn in many ways. School activities encourage fun while learning and promotes important social skills. Some of the excitement Jackson has to offer includes:

- Band:  Beginning in 5th grade, students are given an opportunity to try out the various instruments and then choose if they'd like to join band.

- Basketball:  
Girls in grades 3-4 can join the Jackson Basketball team to learn the basics of playing the game during a 1 1/2 month class held bi-weekly after school which concludes with a tournament against the other MPSD elementary teams.  

- Community Partnership with North Ridge Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center:  During the holiday season students and staff can donate $1 to wear pjs to school on "Holiday Hunting PJ's Day."  This donation is used to helping nursing home patients who no longer have family members to share the holidays with have a more enjoyable season.  Over the years it has brought many smiles and tears to the Jackson friends at North Ridge.

- D.A.R.E.:  Students in 5th Grade (Fall) and 6th Grade (Spring) participate in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program which is taught by an officer from the Manitowoc Police Department.  The 10 week program teaches students how to resist pressures which may influence them to experiment with alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.  The program also assists students in problem solving, being good citizens, and making smart decisions.  At the conclusion of the program, students receive a certificate at a D.A.R.E. Graduation Ceremony.  To learn more about the D.A.R.E. program, please click here.
 
- Flag Football: The MPSD Football Youth League is for MPSD students in grades 3-6 to teach the basics of football.  For more information, please contact Head Varsity Football Coach Rick Ducat at ducatr@mpsd.k12.wi.us.

- Grandparents Day:  One of the most enjoyable and exciting days of spring is when students can showcase their school to their grandparents by inviting them to spend the morning with them at school.  This creates special memories that will last a lifetime. 

- K-Kids:  K-Kids is a service organization for 4th-6th graders.  This student-led organization for 4 thru 6 graders provides members with opportunities to perform service, build character and develop leadership skills.  They work together to help others in the community, state, country and world.   Some activities include:
      -Adopting Lincolnshire Park
      -Volunteering at Pinecrest Historical Village during their annual Holiday in History event
      -Fundraising for The American Heart Association
      -Making cards for Meals on Wheels
      -Being Pen Pals with local assisted living facilities
      -Assisting the Jackson PTO with the Fall Festival and Box Tops

- Make a Difference Week: This week reminds students how they can make a difference in other people's lives by volunteering their time or donating items to Peter's Pantry or other organizations.  

Orchestra:  
5th and 6th graders can choose to become instrumentalists by opting to join orchestra.

- Peer Mediators:  
Please open this Peer Mediator Flyer for more information.   

- Positive Behavior Invention Support Program (PBIS):  
This program rewards students with PRIDE tickets that they can turn in for prizes when they are "caught" being kind, respectful, responsible and safe.

- Read & Feed:  Held twice a year (Fall & Spring)  It is an opportunity for students to invite parent(s) or other adult family members or special adult to join them for a special reading time to share a favorite book while enjoying lunch together.  

- Red Ribbon Week:  A week filled with special "dress-up" days to remind students the important message to stay away from drugs.  Examples of theme days includes:  "Drugs and I Don't Mix (mis-match clothing), "Drugs are really scary (costumes are worn during a parade after school)," "Write drugs out of your life (a special pencil is given to each student)," etc. 

- Running Club:  An opportunity for 3-6th grade students to stay in shape while having fun and meeting new friends.  

- 6th Grade Camp:  Sixth grade students get to enjoy the beauty and the environmental education of the outdoors by spending 2 nights and 3 days at the Rahr Memorial School Forest.

- Volleyball:   The is offered to girls in grades 5 and 6 in the spring.  Practices are held after school for a 1 1/2 month period, with the girls learning the fundamentals of the game along with showing good sportsmanship.  The culmination of the practices is a tournament held on a Saturday with the girls competing against all the other Manitowoc Public elementary students.

- Walk A Child To School Day:  This day recognizes the importance of exercise by encouraging students to walk to school as a group from different locations in the community.