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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.

  Florida Students
Educational Resources for Learning is a new source for Florida Standards Student Tutorials and Resources.

It has resources from all over the web to support student learning in language arts, mathematics, science, and civics.


FSA Portal for Students and Parents

Welcome Students and Parents!

This page provides access to general information about the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) and links to other FSA websites and resources.

The supported Web browsers for the training tests are:

Firefox 10–30

Chrome 19–35

Safari 4–7

Internet Explorer 10 or 11.

Pearson ePat Practice Assessment Tools for Civics & Biology I EOC

2015 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! 
"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
 Students Visited 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.

JASMS Tropicana Winner, Aliza Hutley, Places 3rd in District Competition
Tropicana Speech Contestants

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


 Microsoft Office Specialists 
Mr. Pace's students are learning to use Microsoft Office.

           James A. Shanks Student Wins District Spelling Bee! 
   Mr. Scott and Mrs. Smith with winning student
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
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.


Information for Families



Employees of the Year, 2014-2015

Mrs. Juanita Ellis, Principal
Mrs. Kimberly McNeal, Teacher of the Year
Mr. Eddie Oliver, Rookie Teacher of the Year
Mr. Juan Kirkland, School Related Employee of the Year  
Mrs. Audrey Lewis, School Board Member

2015-2016 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 1, 2015 at 6:00 PM in the cafeteria

2015-2016 Calendar                                       

Student Code of Conduct                                          

Faculty & Staff Email

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 Classroom Sets of Books