Introducing M-Star Videos and Resources
The Mississippi Statewide Teacher Appraisal Rubric (M-STAR) is an evaluation process designed to improve the professional performance of all educators.
A new series of M-STAR videos provides a quick and useful overview of the evaluation components.
Feels Great to Be First!
The Moss Point School District is proud to present the first graduates of Radius! Radius is a digital STEM program that educates students on topics ranging from the real world application of algebra to basic computer science. Engaging, interactive lessons focus on building skills and highlighting STEM career possibilities. Radius is a brand new STEM learning platform introduced by EverFi! EverFi is the leading education technology company focused on teaching, assessing, badging, and certifying students in critical skills. STEM Applications instructors Billy Carroll and Nikki Cunningham at the Moss Point CTE participated in the beta testing period for the course. Their students were the first in the nation to complete the curriculum! Out of this group, D'Lasdon Burney was the first student in the nation to complete this course! Go Moss Point! - by Billy Carroll
Fifth Grade National Bicycling Poster Contest
Each year the MDOT and Saris Cycling Group partner to organize a Fifth Grade National Bicycling Poster Contest. The contest is asking 5th grade students to create a poster around the famous John F. Kennedy quote, “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” The purpose of the contest is to promote youth riding bicycles as a way to lead a healthy lifestyle.
One winner will be selected from each state to receive a bike, bike light, and helmet. Posters are due by March 7. One national winner will win a trip to the 2015 National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. and their school will receive bicycling parking to park twenty bikes and a bike/walk tracking system called “The Hub.”
The Mississippi Council on Economic Education invites you to participate in the spring Stock Market Game! Trading is open through April 18, so register your teams today! As long as your students make at least 3 trades by the end of February they are eligible for prizes.
We have mentor teachers ready to help with any classroom implementation questions, and sponsors to help cover the cost of your teams. We will have a training webinar whenever is convenient for you. Your students will compete for cash prizes and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City. The online Teacher Resource Center is FULL of lessons, activities, and publications for you to use in your classroom.
Register your teams today at www.stockmarketgame.org. For any questions, contact Kristi James at firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-974-1325.
Oxford School District Announces 2013-2014 Administrator of the Year
Oxford, Mississippi –Described as passionate about children, teaching and learning, it’s no surprise that Oxford Elementary Principal LaTonya Robinson is the Oxford School District 2013-2014 Administrator of the Year. Next school year, Robinson will be the new principal at Della Davidson Elementary School..
National WWII Museum Sponsors Essay Contest
The National WWII Museum is sponsoring an essay contest for middle and high school students. Students must address the question “How did you plan to achieve success in the face of the unknown?”
High school participants have the chance to win as much as $1,000, while middle school students can win $250. Winning essays will also be posted on the museum’s website. For more information, visit www.nationalww2museum.org/essaycontests.
Governor's Youth Council Seeks Applicants
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. During the 2013-2014 school year, administrators, fellow teachers, and parents can nominate an elementary (Grades K-6) teacher for the award. Teachers may also self-nominate to apply. Online nomination forms and eligibility requirements are available at www.paemst.org. Secondary school teachers (Grades 7-12) will be eligible to apply during the 2015-2016 school year.
The deadline for nominations is April 1. All applications must be completed by May 1. For more information, please contact Lakechia Grant at (601) 359-2586 or email@example.com.
Teacher Candidates Use Giant Traveling Map at Lafayette Elementary
Ole Miss teacher candidates and more than 1,000 children at Lafayette County Elementary School had the chance to experience geography in a new and exciting way on February 24 and 25 with the arrival of the National Geographic Society's Giant Traveling Map of South America.
Do you want a free ride to the Natchez Trace Parkway?
The Natchez Trace Parkway has plenty of money to fund school trips to the Trace. A ranger is usually available to lead field trips within an hour's drive of Tupelo, or between Natchez and Port Gibson. If you want to visit the Trace in a different location, with a little lead time we can develop a "scavenger hunt" specific for your needs.
Please let us know if you would like your school buses and/or substitute teachers funded for field trip to the Natchez Trace Parkway. www.nps.gov
Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. During the 2013-2014 school year, administrators, fellow teachers, and parents can nominate an elementary (Grades K-6) teacher for the award. Teachers may also self-nominate to apply. Online nomination forms and eligibility requirements are available at www.paemst.org. Secondary school teachers (Grades 7-12) will be eligible to apply during the 2015-2016 school year. The deadline for nominations is April 1. All applications must be completed by May 1. For more information, please contact Lakechia Grant at (601) 359-2586 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Board of Education Adopts Temporary Rule to Allow Flexibility in School District Accreditation Withdrawal
The Mississippi Board of Education approved a temporary rule today that will allow the Commission on School Accreditation and the Board greater flexibility regarding the withdrawal of accreditation in a district that is placed under conservatorship.
The rule amends an accreditation policy and states that “any school district placed in conservatorship may have its accreditation withdrawn. The original policy stated the district’s accreditation “will” be withdrawn. The temporary rule is effective immediately and lasts for 120 days while the revised policy is out for public comment under the Administrative Procedures Act. More information can be found here.
Whole Schools Initiative Spring Cluster Retreat
The Whole Schools Initiative and the Mississippi Arts Commission invites you to attend the 2014 Whole School Initiative Spring Cluster Retreat in your region throughout the months of February and March. This one day professional learning opportunity is designed for teams of Pre-K to 8th grade classroom teachers, arts specialists, and administrators who will experience, observe and create new arts integrated strategies using Common Core State Standards and Mississippi Visual and Performing Arts Frameworks.
Registration Fee: $50 pr participant / Due before the event or at the door. .5 CEU Credits are available.
Each workshop will be held 8:30 am-3:30 p.m.
Hattiesburg: Thursday, March 6
Oak Grove Primary
For more information, go to www.mswholeschools.org
Lockheed Martin Donates Computers to Clinton High School
Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] Mission Support Center in Clinton, Miss. is donating 25 surplus computers to the Clinton High School (CHS) Career Complex. This computer equipment donation will be used as a teaching aid for students studying IT computer maintenance and repair.
“This is a great partnership,” said Fred Nail, Lockheed Martin’s Mission Support Center program manager. “We are happy that the computers are being used to help students learn instead of having the equipment sit idle in a warehouse.”
Oxford High School Students Bring Words to Life in Poetry Out Loud Contest
Oxford, Mississippi – Bringing words to life is how Oxford High School (OHS) Senior Cindy Torma won this year’s Poetry Out Loud Contest. Her recitations of “Advice to a Prophet” by Richard Wilbur and “In the Desert” by Stephen Crane put her in first place with her advancing to the regional Poetry Out Loud tournament. This year marks Torma’s third consecutive appearance at regionals.
Superintendent Addresses the Tupelo Rotary Club
State Superintendent Carey Wright addressed the Tupelo Rotary Club on Monday. She talked about several education initiatives and answered questions from the audience. Greeting Wright prior to the meeting were Rotary member Kathy McMurry and Rotary President Jerry Napier. Following the meeting, officials from Toyota Mississippi invited Wright to tour the facilities and to talk about possible education collaborations.
Governor's Youth Council Seeks Applicants
Gov. Phil Bryant is now accepting applications from students interested in serving on the 2014-15 Youth Advisory Council. Students who are leaders and organizers in their schools or communities, who are concerned about reducing teenage pregnancy and other health risk factors, and who are willing to work with adults and speak up about teen issues are encouraged to apply.
For more information on the Governor’s Youth Council and about applying visit www.healthyteens.ms or call (601) 576-3150.
New Stage Theatre Offers Tours of The Emperor's New Clothes and The Red Badge of Courage
New Stage Theatre, a professional theatre located in Jackson, announces its productions for its Arts-in-Education statewide touring program available to schools, libraries and community centers during the 2013-2014 school year. New Stage presents The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Red Badge of Courage as touring productions.
MSPRA Seeks New Members to Promote Public Education
The Mississippi School Public Relations Association (MSPRA) is now accepting membership applications. This is for superintendents and any central office staff who operate in the function of communications/media relations. MSPRA is a professional, non-profit organization that is devoted to building support for education through responsible public relations. Affiliated with the National School Public Relations Association, MSPRA provides professional development and other services to build public support for educational opportunities and student achievement.
A membership application can be found here under What’s New.
CJHS Teacher Serves on National Teacher Dev. Panel
CLINTON — Clinton Junior High teacher Bonnie Brown will participate in the national Teacher Leadership Initiative, a program to develop a new generation of leaders within the teaching profession.
Alcorn Announces Mississippi High School Craft Instructor of the Year
The faculty and staff at the Alcorn Career and Technology Center are pleased to announce that Fred Jackson has been selected as the Mississippi High School Craft Instructor of the Year for 2013. Mr. Fred Jackson, ACTC’s Construction I and II Instructor, represented the Alcorn School District well when he received the award and cash prize at the Mississippi Associated Builders and Contractors Merit Awards Banquet held at the Jackson Country Club on November 1, 2013. Mr. Jackson was nominated for this award by Mike Barkett, State President of the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation and Lane Bell, North Mississippi Area Director of the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation.
Engaging High School Students in the Mathematical Practices Workshop
The Center for Mathematics and Science Education at the University of Mississippi will offer a series of four (4) workshops on "Engaging High School Students in the Mathematical Practices." With the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics comes a new way of thinking about teaching and learning mathematics. Join us to learn ways to engage high school students in the Standards for Mathematical Practice (MP). Session 1 focuses on Problem Solving & Precision (MP. 1&6) -- January 24, 2014. Session 2 is all about Reasoning & Justifying (MP. 2&3) -- February 21, 2014. Session 3 details Tools & Modeling (MP. 4&5) -- March 28, 2014. Finally, Session 4 discusses Structure & Repeated Reasoning (MP. 7&8) -- April 25, 2014. Each day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends approximately at 4:00 p.m. The cost of attendance is $95 each per workshop in the series. The price includes 0.6 CEUs. REGRETTABLY, the price does not include lunch.
For more information, call Charlotte Dailey at 662-915-6621 or visit our website at http://cmse.olemiss.edu/professional-development/hs-mathematics-workshop-series/. REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW!