EJCHS Administrative Team
Principal: Chanda Palmer
Sandy Akin, Julie Crouch, Shawn Lindsey and Todd Henry
Standing: Shawn Lindsey, Dr. Todd Henry,
Seated (Lto R): Sandy Akin, Principal Chanda Palmer, Julie Crouch
Dear Students, Parents, and Staff,
Welcome to East Jackson Comprehensive High School–home of the Eagles!
I have had the wonderful opportunity to experience all that the Jackson County School System has to offer through various lens–as a student myself many years ago, as a high school English teacher, as a parent, and as an assistant principal. I am excited to add a new perspective this year as EJCHS principal. I am humbled and excited by this honor.
Our EJCHS Mission statement is “The mission of EJCHS is to graduate every student on time, college and work ready.” At EJCHS, we are redefining what it means to be “successful.” For our 1200+ students, success may look different for each individual. Acceptance into 4-year colleges/universities or technical colleges, military appointments, workforce readiness– all of these can mark success for our graduating seniors. To meet these vast needs, we offer dual enrollment programs through both 4-year colleges/universities and technical colleges, traditional high school curriculum, AP programs, Work Based Learning opportunities, internships, online learning opportunities, rich fine arts and CTAE programs, and a variety of athletic and extracurricular activities–the list could go on and on. We are committed to meeting students where they are and to guiding them to select the most appropriate course to lead to their success.
Although success looks different for each student, there are some common threads running through what makes each of us a productive, contributing member of our East Jackson Community. I challenge each of you, student and adult alike, to begin this school year with a renewed focused on self-discipline and personal accountability. Have excellent attendance. Participate and be fully engaged while at school. Make the most of the opportunities before you. Honor and respect rules and procedures that have been established to help give you the best chance to be safe and academically successful. Ask for help when you need it. Treat others with kindness, respect, and compassion. Say “Please,” “Excuse Me,” and “Thank you.” Don’t hold others to higher standards than you hold yourself. Choose to be positive. Do the right thing–even when no one is looking. Make today your best day. Leave a legacy that matters to those eagles who come after you–one they want to emulate. Be proud to be an Eagle!
Chanda L. Palmer, Ed.S.
Principal’s Perspective, August 2018
We have had a fabulous first week of the 2018-2019 school year which ended on Friday afternoon with a pep rally to celebrate our EJCHS students who are representing EJ proudly in academics and extracurricular endeavors.
Students are adapting well to our new policies and procedures. Thank you, parents, for supporting us as we raise academic and behavioral standards for our students. We know they are up to the challenge!
One of the many exciting things that is happening on our campus is that we have 54 students who will be earning college credit this semester as they take dual enrollment classes with the University of North Georgia on our EJCHS campus. We also have students who will be earning college credit with Lanier Technical College this school year as well as several students who are taking courses on college campuses such as UNG and UGA. We are proud of these students who have met college entrance requirements while they are still high school students. Way to go, Eagles!
School pictures will be made during school hours on August 14. Seniors may sign up for photography sessions at lunch during the week of August 6. Senior pictures will be made during the week of August 13-16 after school in the Staff Development Room. This is just the first of many exciting experiences that await our Senior Eagles.
During the month of August, we kick off our fall athletic seasons. Watch EJCHS Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for dates and times for our football, cheerleading, volleyball, softball, and cross country events. Our Eagles thrive with community support. As you visit our campus, please take the opportunity to see our newly resurfaced track and our new hitting facility in our softball/baseball complex. We are proud of these improvements to our athletic facilities.
Parents, please mark your calendars for the evening of Wednesday, September 19, when we will have our first Parent Open House of the year. The first grade report will also be distributed at this time.
Have a fabulous August. We look forward to seeing you on campus in support of our Eagles.
Chanda L. Palmer, EdS
Assistant Principal Sandy Akin began her teaching career in 1989 in Clarke County. In 1992, she began teaching in Jackson County. She taught math at Jackson County High School and East Jackson High School. In 2012 she became an Assistant Principal at East Jackson High School. She has Bachelor and Masters degrees from the University of Georgia in Mathematics Education. She has a Specialist degree from the University of Alabama in Educational Leadership.
Athletic Director: Shawn Lindsey
EJCHS Teacher of the Year:
Mr. Andy Briscoe
Andy Briscoe is a math teacher at East Jackson Comprehensive High School. This is his 8th year teaching with the past four years being at East Jackson. He was previously at Winder-Barrow High School. Over his 8 years, he has taught Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus. He coached baseball for his first 5 years of teaching and girls basketball for his first 2 years of teaching. He is currently the lead Geometry Teacher at East Jackson Comprehensive High School where their Geometry students recorded the highest growth rate in the state of Georgia on their End-of-Course Tests for the 2016-17 school year. Mr. Briscoe graduated from the University of Georgia in 2011, majoring in Math Education and minoring in Consumer Economics. He has recently finished a Master’s degree in School Library Media at the University of West Georgia and will be graduating in December from the University of West Georgia with his Specialist in Education. Andy has been married to his wife, Laura, for 5 years, and they currently live in Watkinsville.
Address: 1435 Hoods Mill Rd. Commerce, GA 30529
Phone: 706-336-8900 Fax: 706-335-2928
School hours: 8 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
(Doors open at 7:15 a.m.)