MRS. Deidra Higgins, PRINCIPAL'S ADDRESS
MISSION: The mission of the Jeff Davis County School System is to develop successful, productive citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
VISION: Our vision is to maintain a relentless pursuit of excellence as we prepare students for life.
Deidra C. Higgins, Director
Harriette McDaniel, Office Manager
Minnie Hall, Lunchroom Manager
7:15 a.m. – 7:50 a.m. ---- Student Drop-Off
7:45 a.m. ------------------- Breakfast (part of Pre-K Instructional Day) begins
7:50 a.m. ------------------- Tardy Bell
11:30 a.m. ----------------- Lunch begins
2:50 p.m. ------------------- Pick-Up Students (lunchroom)
2:55 p.m. ------------------- Bus Students are loaded on buses
We would like to welcome students and their families to our Pre-K program. We look forward to working together to provide a firm foundation upon which to build a lifelong love of learning. We are committed to providing high-quality developmentally appropriate early childhood services for our students. We are proud of our accomplishments and are looking forward to another great year!
The Jeff Davis Pre-K currently uses We Can curriculum from Voyager Sopris. The curriculum addresses all of the Georgia Early Learning Developmental Standards and is the Pre-K component of the literacy curriculum for our Primary School. We Can is one of the curricula models approved by Bright From the Start for use in Georgia Pre-K programs. All materials and training costs were funded through the Birth to Five Striving Reader Comprehensive Literacy Grant. Exercising the use of Striving Reader Grant funds has provided a strong collaboration with the local school system, Jeff Davis Learning Center, Mt. Zion Learning Center, and Head Start to provide research based literacy activities for children from birth to age five and their families.
During the 2015-2016 school term, Jeff Davis County Board of Education Pre-K will provide early childhood services to approximately 200 children and their families. Bright From the Start, the state agency governing the Georgia Pre-K program, will fund 190 days for Pre-K (180 for students and 10 planning /professional learning days for staff members). Jeff Davis Pre-K will follow the district school calendar.
The Pre-K program began as a pilot program serving 750 students in 1992. The program currently serves approximately 84,000 students. The first National Education Goals states "all children will start school ready to learn." Research indicates that most students who attend a Pre-K program enter Kindergarten “ready to learn.” A wide variety of support services, transportation, resource services, special education services, migrant services, parent resource centers, and family literacy services are available to Jeff Davis County Board of Education Pre-K students.
All of our Jeff Davis Pre-K classrooms are staffed with certified and highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals. Each classroom has an enrollment of twenty-two students, with a teaching ratio of 1/11 at all instructional times. All staff members enhance their educational toolbox by completing a minimum of 15 hours of professional learning each year.
We welcome and encourage family and community involvement. For the safety of our students and staff members, all visitors must enter through the front doors and sign in at the front desk during the school day.
The Jeff Davis Pre-K staff looks forward to the opportunity to serve your child. We are excited about working with your family to ensure that your child has a successful and rewarding Pre-K experience.
Deidra C. Higgins
Jeff Davis Pre-K/Choices Director