Award Year: 2022

Jefferson Elementary School

415 Hoschton Street
Jefferson, GA, 30549-2770

(706) 367-8242

Ms. Annette Beckwith, Principal at time of Nomination

Ms. Chrissy Joiner, Current Principal

Title I School

Jefferson City School District

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The Jefferson City Schools' mission statement is to "Graduate Fully Functional Adults." To personalize this at the primary level we layer on the motto, "Think, Reach, Shine!" Together these statements help set the stage for a school environment where we all work together to bring out the best in each other.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • White: 77%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 5%
Students receive a book and attend a Malcolm Reading Rally!

Students receive a book and attend a Malcolm Reading Rally!

In all walks of life, we tend to want a silver bullet, a simple, seemingly magical, solution. We ask ourselves what one thing will make the difference. In education, we are no different. We turn to new programs, initiatives, and curricula. This is important and must be studied. But when asked to think about what has made Jefferson City Schools stand out for so many years, what has created this legacy of excellence, and what drives the results, it is hard to narrow it down. More than specific initiatives, I believe a pervasive mindset permeates the district and is alive and well at Jefferson Elementary School.

We are a people of purpose. We never forget that it is a privilege and an honor to invest in the lives of others as they embark on the journey of becoming their best.
We are a people of passion. We serve with a dedication that exceeds expectations. We use our gifts and talents to bring about the greater good.
We are problem solvers. We never tire of asking, Where are we now? Where would we like to be? And what will we do to close the gap?
We are positive. With all of this work, we never forget to celebrate the successes and enjoy the sense of gratification that comes with a well-done job.
This is Jefferson Elementary School. This is who we are, not what we do, and that is what makes the difference.