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"Building a Culture of Excellence"

With high expectations of all stakeholders, James A. Shanks Middle School will create a culture of excellence by providing a rigorous, relevant curriculum for the development of skills necessary for students to compete in a dynamic, global and multicultural society.


The mission of James A. Shanks Middle School is to provide a safe, nurturing and productive environment in which to educate all students in order to become responsible life-long learners who possess skills, knowledge and self-confidence needed to become college and/or career ready.

Afterschool Program begins Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

Transportation will be provided for students.

Students Visit Portable Planetarium

Thanks to Just Read, Florida! for bringing the portable planetarium to JASMS so that students could sit under the stars and learn how reading relates to science and space technology. Students learned about constellations and their relationship to mythology, planets, space exploration, and how it all relates to the importance of literacy.

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Tropicana Speech Contestants

1st. Place - Aliza Hutley
2nd. Place - Ira Hamilton
3rd. Place - Danna Lasso


2015 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! 
January 26-30, 2015

Our theme "Reading Accelerates Success" encourages students to connect literacy with all kinds of careers and activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Florida Department of Education Recommended Reading List
Florida Department of Education Literacy Tips for Parents


Annual Valentine Ball
"An Evening in Paris"
Friday, February 13, 2015
6:00 P.M. in the Gymnasium
Formal Attire (Color Scheme: Red, Black and White)
$10.00 singles, $16.00 couples, $25.00 Sweetheart Dinner for 2 (paid in advance)
Please pay in the school office.


 Microsoft Office Specialists 
Congratulations to Mr. Pace's Students who have demonstratred the knowledge, skills and ability to productively use Microsoft Office.

           James A. Shanks Student Wins District Spelling Bee! 

School Spelling Bee Winners 
Winner - Aliza Hutley
1st. Runner Up - Jakyla Key
2nd. Runner Up - Trey Edwards
3rd. Runner Up - Niyoche McTier
4th. Runner Up - Rashard Farlin 

Parent Access to Grades and Attendance



Information for Families


                                          Gadsden County School District Attendance Goal
Each student attends school at least 95% of the time as based on average daily attendance.  Each child can miss no more than: 

  • 2 days per nine week grading period,
  • 4 days per semester
  • 8 total days per school year.

 Employees of the Year, 2014-2015

Teacher of the Year:   Mrs. Kimberly McNeal

School Related Employee of the Year: Mr. Juan Kirkland
Rookie Teacher of the Year: Mr. Eddie Oliver

    2014-2015 Uniform Schedule 

Parent Expos

1st. Quarter            Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 6:00 PM in the gymnasium

2nd Quarter            Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM in the gymnasium

3rd Quarter             Wednesday, April 2, 2015 at 6:00 PM in the gymnasium

2014-2015 Calendar

Student Code of Conduct