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2015 United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools

Mississippi Board of Education Chair Bill Jones and Interim State Superintendent of Education Dr. John W. Jordan congratulate the administrators, teachers and students of DeSoto County’s Center Hill Elementary School, Harrison County’s D’Iberville Elementary School, Tupelo’s Rankin Elementary School,and Long Beach Middle School for being named a 2009 United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools.

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CHS Senior is State’s First Student to Score 36 on ACT This Year

CLINTON — When incoming senior Stephen Leavelle took the ACT test over the summer, he scored 34 — two points shy of perfect. “I hoped to improve on that,” he said. And he did; Stephen learned recently that he scored a perfect 36 on the test administered in September, making him the first student in the state and one of only 91 nationwide to do so this year. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a 36 varies from test to test, less than one-tenth of 1 percent achieve the top score.

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MSPRA Announced the winners of the 2015 Awards of Excellence

“The MSPRA awards program recognizes outstanding school public relations efforts. The winning entries represent the diversity of education in Mississippi and epitomize the creativity and unique approaches to problem solving,” MSPRA President and Public Relations Director for McComb School District, Monique Gilmore said. “By honoring the best practices in school communications, MSPRA seeks to encourage the highest standard of school public relations.”

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The National Teachers Hall of Fame

The National Teachers Hall of Fame annually honors teachers who have demonstrated commitment and dedication to teaching America’s children. Anyone may nominate a teacher by completing a nomination packet. The deadline to submit is January 2, 2010. Candidates must be certified public or nonpublic classroom teachers with at least 20 years experience teaching in grades preK-12. For more information about NTHF, please visit their Web site at www.nthf.org.


MS Health Awareness Day

Mississippi Health Awareness Day is January 21, 2015. Free health screening events will be held throughout the state and in partnership with schools as we work to bring attention to personal responsibility for health care and the importance of preventive health care through healthy living and healthy choices. This year’s activities include a poster contest for grades K-12. The deadline for posters is December 11, 2014. See: Online High School Diploma for more details.

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School Poster Contest

The U.S. Department of Justice sponsors a school poster contest annually in conjunction with the National Missing Children’s Day Ceremony in Washington, DC. The national winner of this poster contest, along with his or her teacher and parents, will be flown to Washington to attend the ceremony on May 25th. The contest is for 5th-grade students. The theme for the contest is “Bring Our Missing Children Home.” Information relating to the contest can be found ojjdp.ncjrs . School districts are to select a single winning entry to represent the district and forward this entry to the Office of Healthy Schools by January 15, 2015. Visit Online High School Diploma.


Annual Lesson Plan of the Year Contest

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and its branches have launched the fourth Annual Lesson Plan of the Year Contest. For the contest, educators submit a classroom-tested lesson plan using Federal Reserve materials and resources for a chance to win up to $2,500 in savings bonds.

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Stock Market Game

The Stock Market Game has been shown to significantly raise math and financial literacy scores of students who participate.

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Day of Sharing for Teachers of the Gifted

The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies will host the Day of Sharing for Teachers of the Gifted on March 5, 2015, from
8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. at the R.C. Cook University Union on the Hattiesburg campus of the University of Southern. Registration will take place from 8-8:45 a.m. at the R.C. Cook University Union rooms A/B. 0.5 CEU will be offered for $20. Please complete and return applications by February 26, 2015. Contact The Frances A.  Students can earn an advanced online high school diploma from OHSD.


Sandra Edwards wins Outstanding Educator of the Year at SERID

Mrs. Sandra Edwards, Superintendent of the Mississippi School for the Deaf was honored with the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award at this year’s 2015 Southeast Regional Institute on Deafness Conference that was held in Biloxi, MS. Excel College is a place to earn a affordable college degree online.

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Gulfport High School Physics Teacher Surprised With $25,000 Award

Scott Pfaff, a five year physics teacher at Gulfport High School, is the latest Mississippian to receive a $25,000 unrestricted financial award from the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards during a surprise notification event today.

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West Jones Elementary School Wins Wellness in My School Contest

Jackson, MS – The Winner of the 2009 Wellness In My School Contest proves that elementary students can get very involved in coordinated school health. This year’s winner is West Jones Elementary Student Health Council. Their leader is Marie Coleman, Physical Education Instructor at West Jones Elementary School in Laurel.


Paper Saving at School – An Easy Chore

Oftentimes faculty and staff type up various student handouts and other documents using Microsoft Word.  A hard copy is then made and taken to a copy machine where multiple copies are made for distribution.  This procedure is standard practice and happens on a daily basis at many schools.

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