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The Simpson County School District wants you to know about the Mississippi Literacy-Based Promotion Act

The Simpson County School District
wants you to know about the
Mississippi Literacy-Based Promotion Act

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Being a good reader is critical if a student is going to be successful in school. In 2013, the Mississippi Legislature passed the Literacy-Based Promotion Act to ensure that students exit 3rd grade reading at or above grade level.
In accordance with this law, and as a means of better informing classroom instruction, a set of K-3 assessments known as the Mississippi K-3 Assessment Support System (MKAS2) will be given to students across the state.
These assessments will identify students who need intensive reading instruction and intervention and will also provide useful information to help teachers tailor instruction to meet individual student needs.

A kindergarten readiness assessment will be used with all public school kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students. This test will measure foundational skills related to reading, language, and mathematics. This test will also provide parents, teachers, and early childhood providers with an understanding of what children know and
are able to do upon entering kindergarten.

K-3 students will be assessed at the beginning and end of the school year. Parents should receive the results of
the first test within the first 30 days of school. Students in grades 1-3 will be assessed again in the middle of the school year. Parents should receive these results by February. Student progress will also be documented in periodic report cards.

The law also requires districts to provide early and regular written communication with parents of K-3 students with substantial reading difficulties. This communication will include information about current services being provided, additional reading supports planned for your child, and strategies for you to help your child at home (a Read-At-Home Plan).

All 3rd grade students will take a test at the end of the year to determine promotion to 4th grade. If your child is reading below grade level at the end of 3rd grade, you will be informed in writing that your child will not be promoted to 4th grade unless he/she qualifies for an exemption.

Reading instruction must be a major focus in grades K-3, as 3rd grade is the year that students transition from learning to read to reading to learn. Students need strong reading skills in order to learn in all other school subjects, such as science, history, writing and even math. Much work is being done to ensure success of our K-3 students. Family involvement and understanding is an important part of this effort.

For more information, please contact your Elementary School Principal, Assistant Principal, or Counselor.

 

Magee Elementary                         Mendenhall Elementary                              Simpson Central School
601-849-3601                           601-847-2621                                                    601-847-2630

 

The Simpson County School District’s READ TO ME Campaign encourages you to read to or with a child for at least twenty minutes every day. For more information call 601-847-8000.

September 19, 2014 Posted by | News | Comments Off on The Simpson County School District wants you to know about the Mississippi Literacy-Based Promotion Act

SCSD earns an ACCREDITED rating from the MS Department of Education

Congratulations!!! I received notice from the Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Accreditation of our Recommended Accreditation Status for the 2014-2015 school year.

RECOMMENDED Accreditation Status: ACCREDITED

This recommendation is based upon the school district’s 2013-2014 Accreditation Record Summary and is in accordance with current Accreditation Policies 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3 as published in the Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards. This Accreditation Record Summary will be presented to the Commission on School Accreditation on September 16, 2014 and the State Board of Education on September 19, 2014 for ASSIGNMENT of our district’s Accreditation Status for school year 2014-2015.

Thanks to all who played a part in the SUCCESS of our District this past year.

Glenn Harris
Superintendent Of Education

September 10, 2014 Posted by | News | Comments Off on SCSD earns an ACCREDITED rating from the MS Department of Education

A little kindness…

Tirell Crear is a student at Magee High School. He is an athlete, media member, and takes academics very seriously. Another thing he takes seriously is helping other people. I know Tirell as a student, previous bus rider, and media member. I have always been proud of him for his even temper and good heart. He has helped me in the past as a handful of students I could always count on to get things done and done right. Tirell is a person one can really count upon. When I

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found out that he was given a Random Act of Kindness Certificate for assisting a parent of a Middle School student up some stairs when she was having some difficulty, I was not surprised in the least. He is one of the students that make it a joy to teach at Magee. A student that is going somewhere great in life with an attitude that will only increase his success.

September 9, 2014 Posted by | News | Comments Off on A little kindness…