2016-2017 Student Handbook (changes in red)

Dear South Jones Parents, Students, and Community Members:
It is a distinct honor to welcome each of you to a new school year at South Jones High School. The number one priority at South Jones High School is for students not to simply reach their potential, but for students to "exceed" the potential for what they thought possible. Our mision is to create a learning partnership with students, parents, and the greater community to aid students in the development of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to be college and career ready. Together, there is no limit to what we can accomplish! Our goal is to provide a safe and secure environment in which students can learn, develop a positive lifelong love for learning, and excel in achievement. To reach these goals, certain policies and procedures have been put in place to ensure that all students can be successful. It is our belief that parents and students need to know and understand not only policies and guidelines, but also the behavioral and academic expectations for student success. We look forward to partnering with parents and students to ensure that only student dreams limit what is possible for them at students at South Jones High School.

Dr. B.R. Jones, Supervising Principal

South Jones High School Director of Band, Mr. Artie Adams, Retirement Celebration

Artie Adams. Details follow.

On May 6, 2017, the South Jones Band Parent Association held a retirement celebration for long time Director of Bands, Mr. Artie Adams. The celebration included a concert band comprised of his former and current students performing his favorite pieces of music: The Nathan Hale Trilogy, by James Curnow; Symphonic Dance No. 3 “Fiesta”, by Clifton Williams; The Seal Lullaby, by Eric Whitacre; and Undertow, by John Mackey. Mr. Adams was presented with a Resolution and a flag from the great state of Mississippi by Governor Phil Bryant. Governor Bryant, via video, acknowledged and thanked Mr. Adams for his investment in the state of Mississippi by dedicating these last 29 years to the young men and women he has taught. South Jones High School Band Program has been his home for 24 years. Throughout his career, Mr. Adams has received numerous awards and honors including the 1993 A. E. McLain Outstanding Young Band Director for Mississippi; Mississippi All-State Lions Band staff director 1998, 2001, 2007, and 2015; Jones County AEE Award of Excellence in Education; Who’s Who Among American Teachers; STAR teacher for South Jones; South Jones Teacher of the Year; two term president of the Southeast Mississippi Band Director’s Association; and 2009 Outstanding Bandmaster for the State of Mississippi. In 2013, Mr. Adams received the Ciatation of Excellence from the National Band Associaiton. Mr. Adams hold memberships in Phi Beta Mu, Mississippi Bandmasters, Phi Mu Alfa, National Federation of State High Schools, and the American School Band Directors Association. Under the direction of Mr. Adams, the South Jones High School Band has performed in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Ohio, and Washington D.C. As well, his students have individually performed all over the world, including but not limited to countries such as: Canada, Australia, Austria, and Germany. Mr. Adams Family Pictured L to R: Senior Airman First Class Andrew Adams, Mr. Artie Adams, Mrs. Sheila Adams, and Mrs. Abbey Gunn

South Jones High School Vortex MIA State Champions and World Championship Finalists.

Vortex MIA State Champions. Details follow.

When thinking of high school band programs, we all think about the marching bands performing under the Friday night lights. Over the years high school band programs have matured to offer many different avenues of musical opportunities to perform and compete. This increases the ability for the individual student to grow as a musician as well as continuing the growth of the various different leadership skills taught through a high school band program. On the heels of a very successful marching season for the South Jones Warpath, bringing home the silver medal in the 5A MHSAA State championships, the South Jones Band Program under the direction of Assistant Band Director, Mr. Brian Joyce, decided to challenge one of these avenues by creating a new indoor wind ensemble known as Vortex. This group composed of 34 students took on the challenge of learning the rigorous technique and structure of indoor winds. During the spring, Vortex, competed in various Mississippi Indoor Association competitions across the state earning them two first place finishes and one second place finish at the USM Winter Guard International Super Regional. On March 31, 2017, South Jones Vortex competed in Jackson, MS, at the Mississippi Indoor Association State Championship winning South Jones High School their first MIA Indoor Winds State Championship. South Jones Vortex qualified to compete in Dayton, OH, for the Winter Guard International Scholastic Open Winds World Championships, April 22-23, 2017. South Jones Vortex, after competing in both prelims and finals, placed fourth in Scholastic Open Winds WGI World Championships. South Jones High School made history that day for South Jones High School and the state of Mississippi by being the first high school band program from Mississippi to compete and place at the world level in the Scholastic Open Winds WGI World Championships. South Jones High School Band Program looks to have a very bright future. Vortex Members: Sarah Adams, Katie Allen, Luke Bayse, Grace Bower, Madelynn Buckley, Tommy Buckley, Jared Bush, Tyler Carpenter, Brooklyn Davis, Payton Dykes, Taylor Firmin, Carley Ishee, Dylan Jones, Destiny Jordan, Sidney Lee, Kragen Lewis, Madison Matthew, Sidney Matthew, Daniel McAlister, Christian Mouton, Nick Russell, Ryan Nowell, Morgan Ottis, Byron Pittman, Brett Powell, Keke Pruitt, Mallory Rigdon, Lindsay Sanders, Gavin Shows, Jacob Strickland, Chance Tisdale, Bonner Welch, Abbie Williamson, and Audriana Windham

South Jones' Suzanne Manning Chosen as Buddy Garner FCA Coach of the Year

Suzanne Manning holding an award. Details follow.

On Good Friday, FCA athletes and sponsors from all over the Pinebelt gathered at Southern Miss for the 3rd annual Breakfast of Champions. The Buddy Garner FCA Coach of the Year award is given to a coach who leads in the school and in the community. South Jones FCA has grown to have an FCA weekly huddle in each sport, hosted their own Spring FCA county-wide rally, and gathered food and funds for several charities in the area. The 2017 FCA Coach of the Year is Coach Suzanne Manning. She is the South Jones head softball coach and leads FCA on campus. Her contributions to the students on and off the field are changing lives, and Coach Manning is a shining light for South Jones and our community.

South Jones & District 5 Lindy Callahan Honoree

Sixteen seniors from across the state have been selected as Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athletes for 2017.
The honorees — one boy and one girl from high schools in each of the MHSAA’s eight geographical districts — were chosen for their academic accomplishments as well as their participation in high school athletics and extracurricular activities.

Steven Sasser from South Jones High School has been selected to represent District 5 for this honor. Steven is a three sport athlete here at South Jones playing football, soccer, and baseball.  He has earned starting positions in each sport for multiple years as well as being named to all-region teams in each sport for multiple years.   He has also been named the Best Defensive Player in Region 5-5A for baseball and South Jones Defensive Player of the Year in both baseball and soccer.   Not only is he an athlete, Steven has been elected class president for the past five years.  He is also involved in Beta Club, Key Club, SMART Club, Future Leaders of Jones County, Serteens, and Student Advisory Council all while taking Advanced Placement classes.  Steven is the Valedictorian of his class and has achieved a score of 30 on the ACT.  It is obvious that Steven is a leader both on and off the playing field.  Steven, the son of Stan and Tara Sasser, plans to continue his education at Jones County Junior College where he has signed to play baseball for the Bobcats while majoring in premedical sciences.

Each winner will receive a $1,500 college scholarship through the support of MHSAA partners like BankPlus, Mississippi Sports Medicine, C Spire, Polk’s Meat Products and the Mississippi Department of Human Services.  The sixteen selected scholar-athletes will be honored April 10th in Jackson at the 22nd annual banquet. 



South Jones Announces Top Honors


Rounding out the Top Ten

4. Hayley Ellzey
5. Raegan Barber
6. Taylor Evans
7. Katie Cupit
8. Keegan Strickland
9. Daniel McAllister
10. Ryne Sasser


Raegan Barber

Tommy Buckley

Brandon Cox

Katie Cupit

Hayley Ellzey

Taylor Evans

Rebecca Grissom

Jennifer Hodges

Anna Kate Howard

Lauren Jones

Kaitlyn Karoly

Tyler Lack

Grace Livingston

Will Mitchell

Mallory Rigdon

Ryne Sasser

Steven Sasser

Haley Smith

Sydney Stone

Kalley Tolbert

McCoy Walters

Mary Morgan Windham


South Jones High School FFA Awards

South Jones students placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in Speaking. Congratulations!
Pictured Left to Right- 3rd Place Senior Extemporaneous Speaking Jessie Tisdale, 1st Place Senior Prepared Public Speaking Colleen Ellzey, & 2nd Place Junior Extemporaneous Speaking Hunter Sumrall

South Jones students finished 1st in Welding. Congratulations!
Pictured Left to Right- Taylor Robinson, Cade Hynum, Dylan Ladner, Aaron Allbrooks, & Instructor Wes Herrington



Tyler Byrd was elected as the Mississippi Senior High Beta Club President at the State Convention held in Biloxi in February. With this honor, Tyler will have the opportunity to run for National Senior High Beta President in Orlando this summer. Tyler is a Junior at South Jones and his parents are Eric and Stacey Byrd.

South Jones Senior High Beta Club attended the State Convention in February and won awards in several divisions. The club won second place in campaign skit and third place in campaign board.
Colleen Ellzey won second place in Agriculture.
Rebecca Grissom won second place in Science.
Raegan Barber, Katie Cupit, and Caidyn Crowder won First place in Special Talent.
Seth Chittenden, Lauren Jones, Haley Ellzey, Evan Lott, and Jessie Tisdale won First place in the Inaugural Beta Build Invention Competition.
South Jones is extremely proud of these students!


Luke Youngblood competed at Mississippi State University's speech and debate tournament on February 11th placing 2nd in Expository speaking and 3rd in Humorous Interpretation.  Luke has represented South Jones proudly this speech and debate season, placing with top scores in various events at Pascagoula High School, USM, Petal High School, and Oak Grove High School.  His rankings qualify him to compete in April at the MHSAA State Champs in the events of Humorous Interpretation and Storytelling. 


Congratulations to Ryne and Steven Sasser for signing with the JCJC Bobcats to play baseball!
Pictured: L to R: Jarred Rogers, Lucas Gleason, Dr. BR Jones, Stan Sasser, Cory Reynolds, Ryne Sasser, Clint Sasser, Steven Sasser, Walton Luckie, Tara Sasser, Brad McCardle, Jordan Rogers

South Jones Faculty and Staff would like to recognize our 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Shannon Millwood. Mrs. Millwood teaches 7th grade Math and 7th grade Accelerated Math. Congratulations Mrs. Millwood, and thank you for your hard work and dedication to our students here at SJH!

The South Jones Bravettes Win State Dance Competition!!
Pictured: Sponsor Kelly Tucker, Morgan Breland, Natalie Strickland, Timber Prince, Haley Smith, Victoria Strickland, Holly James, Taylor Ayn Martin, Rylee Gavin, Emily Youngblood, and Choreographer, Lora Davis

The team placed first in the state in the Small Varsity Kick Competition. Congratulations to the Bravettes!

February Student of the Month at SJH.
Allie Davis; pictured with Mrs. Jessica Herrington



1st Annual South Jones Faculty Softball Game was held on November 4th to raise money for the South Jones Lady Brave Softball Team.

Geri Hathorn, Jordan Hamilton, Jessica Pickering, Brian Joyce, Johna Hill, MacKenzie Sumrall, Fred Cooley, Sarah Wansley, Suzanne Manning, Koby Easterling, Kris Pierce, Lucas Gleason, Amber Jackson, Rita West, Scott Tyson, Lindy Lee, Sherri Cooley, Jarred Rogers, Eliza Boleware, Artie Adams, Cody Brooks, Reagan Gavin, Katie Freeman


Senior High Beauty Pageant Finalists
3rd-Natalie Strickland, 1st-Victoria Strickland, Most Beautiful-Haley Smith, 2nd-Caidyn Crowder, 4th-Kaitlyn Warden

Junior High Beauty Pageant Finalists
3rd-Autumn Henderson, 1st-Halie Moffett, Most Beautiful-Baylee Boyette, 2nd-Mellee Diers, 4th-Kelsey Lawrence


South Jones Drama Department Presents:


The SJ Basketball team is selling stone yard art with various logos - SJ Braves, MSU, USM, LSU, and Ole Miss. If you are interested in purchasing one or more, please contact Jan Delk at or 601-470-1844 or one of the basketball coaches. Options include logo only, logo with player number, or logo with last name and prices range from 35.00 - 50.00. 

Congratulations to the South Jones Braves Football Team 8-4 for the 2016 season!


SuperTalk MS & McAllister's

Player of the Game

Ricky Boleware vs. Richton


Ryne Sasser vs. Long Beach

Xavier Roberts vs. Pass Christian

Xavier Roberts vs. Northeast Jones


Brandon Gordon vs. West Harrison


Jason Jarrell vs. Brookhaven


Ryne Sasser vs. West Jones


Will Mitchell vs. Natchez


Desmond Newell vs. Wingfield


JaMichael Morgan vs. Laurel


Jacob Brady vs. Wayne County


Tyler Lack vs. Provine


August & September South Jones Students of the Month

August: Darby Cooley with Teacher Christina Walters
September: Rylee Gavin with Teacher Christina Walters
Congratulations to Kameron Flowers for being selected to represent Dixie Electric at the all-expense-paid Youth Leadership Workshop in Jackson in February and the Youth Tour in Washington D.C. this summer. After a full day of meetings and another day for interviews, Kameron was one of only three students selected from a multi-county area for this honor.  We are so proud of Kameron and how he represents our school and our area.



The South Jones High FCA Leadership team recently participated in the Regional FCA Reload Leadership Conference held at JCJC. Students gained valuable insight on helping FCA grow and spreading the message to others. SJ FCA Leadership Team members are: T. Ducksworth, T. Byrd, L. Moore, A. Whitehead, M. Windham, B. Sumrall, and C. Johns.

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