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May 27, 2015 Posted by | News | Comments Off on INITIATIVE 42 – THE REAL ONE

Dr. Roma Morris, Administrator of the YearAdministrator of the Year for SCSD

Roma Windham Morris

Dr. Morris, Principal of Simpson Central School, was selected as the Administrator of the Year for the Simpson County School District by her administrative peers. Dr. Morris said, “It is an honor to be selected by my peers as the Administrator of the Year for the district, and I take much pride in being an effective principal for my students, for my teachers, and for my parents who expect the best for their child.  I believe that believing in your teachers and students is extremely important.  Forming relationships built on support, trust, encouragement, and honesty, as well as feeling comfortable sharing ideas with a sense of appreciation for everyone’s input is critical to taking steps forward within each school year.  Effective administrators have “hard calls” to make in ensuring the school year is successful/improving. Everyone must do their best for each child each day. When or if this does not happen, the administrator must take steps for effectiveness in the classroom to take place, speak with parents, and/or speak with the student. Everyone must be on board and working toward achievement and appropriate behaviors. Parental support is a huge piece of the success puzzle. Parents must know the school is offering their very best and that they are listened to when they have a concern. When parents support education, read daily with their child, ensure their child completes, understands, and turns in their homework, and keep in touch with the classroom teacher as to concerns and progress of their child throughout the school year, students are more likely to take their education seriously and do their best. Every area of the operations of a school must work together to create a good school year for all.” 

Dr. Morris has served Simpson Central School for the past three years.  During this time, Simpson Central has earned the highest level of accreditation by the State Department of Education, Level A Status. The school has also been awarded the Preps Award in English/Language Arts and Math for the past two years and also been awarded The Champions of Change Award for the past two years.  During these three years, the school has also created an archery team that has earned the State Championship Titles for all 3 years at both the elementary and middle school division.  Most recently 25 members of the Simpson Central Archery Team competed in Kentucky at the National Tournament.  Simpson Central came in 34th competing against 201 middle school teams. The school has also had teachers to volunteer to serve as sponsors for the new Tigerettes Dance Team. The Dance Team has performed in local parades and are looking for new ideas for next year. The school has also received the National Beta School of Distinction Award for the past 2 years. SCS has also been awarded the Fit Friendly School Gold Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. SCS has much to be proud of but Morris said, “Everyone has a job to do at SCS and everyone is responsible.  It shows in all that they do and I am so proud of the entire staff at SCS!”

Dr. Morris is a graduate of Jones County Junior College where she graduated with an Associates Degree in Elementary Education.  Continuing her education at the University of Southern Mississippi, Morris earned a B.S. degree in Elementary Education.  She continued on to William Carey University where she earned a double masters in Elementary Education and Educational Leadership.  Morris, later in 2003, pursued her doctorate degree from Mississippi State University and graduated in 2005, publishing her dissertation of a ten year data study on the effects of arts integration in elementary schools and earning a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership.   Morris is in her twenty-fifth year in education serving as an administrator for the past twenty years. Prior to this, Morris taught fourth Grade at Magee Elementary, kindergarten and fourth grade at Simpson Central and fifth and sixth grades at Rawls Springs Elementary.  Morris has also worked six years teaching doctoral, specialist, and masters level classes for Delta State University.      

Dr. Morris is a life-long resident of Simpson County living in Magee.  She began first grade at Magee Elementary and graduated from Magee High School.  She has one daughter, Whitney Frasier, living in Alabama with her husband, Brett, and their two boys, James Fleet and Caleb.  Morris is the daughter of Doris Windham Smith and the late Romeo Raymond Windham.    

May 14, 2015 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Dr. Roma Morris, Administrator of the YearAdministrator of the Year for SCSD

Show your support for the Simpson County Technical Center…

The Simpson County Technical Center is seeking your support. If you have a Facebook account we need your vote for a video that we submitted to Delta Technical College to win a $10,000.00 grant award for our Metal Fabrication and Welding program. You can vote one time only but if you would also please pass this information on to your colleagues and friends we would greatly appreciate it.  If you do not have a Facebook account this would be a great reason to set one up.  Those of you who are willing to support this cause can get access to the Delta Technical College Facebook site by using the link below.

Thank you for your support.

April 9, 2015 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Show your support for the Simpson County Technical Center…

No school 5 Match 2015

Per deputy superintendent Debbie Davis we will not have school today due to the impending threat of winter weather.

March 5, 2015 Posted by | News | Comments Off on No school 5 Match 2015

Literacy Based Promotion Act Regional Parent Meetings

Flyer for Parent Meetings Spring 2015

January 29, 2015 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Literacy Based Promotion Act Regional Parent Meetings

Reading volunteers…

Reading volunteers

January 6, 2015 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Reading volunteers…

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


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

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


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…

DESTINATION GRADUATION is Thursday evening, August 21st, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM in downtown Mendenhall.

DESTINATION GRADUATION is Thursday evening, August 21st, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM in downtown Mendenhall. The Parade of Students line-up will at 5:45 PM behind the Court House on West Pine Street. Students will march by Class beginning with kindergarten Class of 2027 through the Senior Class of 2015. School Officials and Community supporters will accompany each class.
Parents, please have your children in the parade line-up no later than 5:45 PM so they do not miss this exciting kick-off to the new school year. Both Mendenhall and Magee High School Bands will be leading the parade around the Courthouse and down Main Street then back up Main Street to the podium in front of the Courthouse. After a few opening remarks and the National Anthem we will have music and booths with plenty of healthy treats and information for both students and parents. Our local dentists will have dental care supplies for students who visit their booth! In Alice Davis Park Coach Anderson of the Tigers and Coach Nowell of the Trojans will have athletes on hand to demonstrate and teach fitness skills and drills. Wear comfortable clothes because every 20 minutes we will be having a street dance for the MOVE TO LEARN program as part of the SIMPSON STEPS program we will have in every school this year to promote healthy activity and eating habits.
Parents of K-4 students are welcome and encouraged to march with their child in the Parade to assist with supervision and cut down on the confusion of finding Mom immediately after the Parade!
Our planned lineup of Bands features Joey Robinson and the Faithful with a guest appearance by Minnie Holloway; The Overflow Church Band; First Baptist of Magee; and the Hobbs Family.
Students: wear your school colors and come out and support DESTINATION GRADUATION August 21st from 6-8 PM on Main Street in Mendenhall. Come early for the Parade line-up!
Parents and Community Members: Come out and support our students as they reach for their Destination Graduation and enjoy the MOVE TO LEARN activities to support a healthy lifestyle!

August 15, 2014 Posted by | News | Comments Off on DESTINATION GRADUATION is Thursday evening, August 21st, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM in downtown Mendenhall.

Public Notice- SCSD-Notice of Nondiscrimination

Public Notice

Simpson County School District Board of Education

Notice of Nondiscrimination


The Simpson County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, marital status, or age in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in, its programs or activities.  It is the intent of the Simpson County School District to comply with both the letter and the spirit of the law in making certain that discrimination does not exist in its policies, regulations, and operations.  Grievance procedures have been established for anyone who feels discrimination has been shown by the Simpson County School District.  Inquiries regarding grievance procedures or the application of policies of nondiscrimination can be obtained by contacting the principal of the school site.  Inquiries may also be directed to the Superintendent of Education at the Simpson County School District Administrative Offices at 111 Education Lane, Mendenhall, MS 39114, or by calling 601-847-1562.


The Simpson County School District offers the following career and technical education programs for all students regardless of race, color, national origin, including those with limited English proficiency, sex or disability in grades 9-12:  Agriculture, Automotive Technology, Business Management & Administration, Career Pathways, Construction (Carpentry), Health Sciences, Metal Fabrication, and Polymer Science.  


George E. Bo Huffman, CTE Director

Simpson County School District

3415 Simpson Hwy 49

Mendenhall, MS 39114

(601) 847-4000

August 5, 2014 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Public Notice- SCSD-Notice of Nondiscrimination