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DESTINATION GRADUATION

DESTINATION GRADUATION will be held at Magee High School’s Trojan Field this year on Monday, October 12, 2015. Students and staff should arrive no later than 5:45 PM and be seated by class in the visitor bleachers. The general public and parents are invited to sit on the home side bleachers to enjoy the festivities which will begin at 6:00 PM.
Students will bust through banners at each goalpost as their class is announced. This is an exciting event with fun activities, music, and some special treats this year. The event is free and open to the public to come out to cheer on Simpson County students who desire to reach their DESTINATION: GRADUATION.
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September 21, 2015 Posted by | News | Comments Off on DESTINATION GRADUATION

2015-2016 School Year kicks off!

Magee High seniors paraded in style into Trojan Park and were greeted by the rest of the student body and Magee High School’s new Principal Pete Howell. Everyone commented “It is a great day to be a Trojan!” Day one was full of greatness at Magee Middle School as the day was filled with excited teachers, single-file lines, respectful students, quiet transitions and MMS family fun!  MMS is #GREATbyChoice! New Magee Elementary Principal Dr. Paul Lawrence had everyone and everything running smooth for the first day at Magee Elementary. Mendenhall Elementary and Principal Rhonda Berry reported a Fantastic Friday for the First Day of school with lots of new students registering. Mendenhall Junior High and Principal Kirby Craft glided through the first day with lots of cooperation from students, parents, and staff and had a good first day of school. Mendenhall High Principal Robert Sanders had it going on with students and staff starting the school year off right and Tiger Nation in full swing! Principal Sanders stated “we started strong and will finish strong!” At Simpson Central Dr. Roma Morris, Principal, and her staff were greeted by students so glad to be back in school one student even complained that summer was too long. At the Technical Center Dr. Bo Huffman and staff reported “so far, so good” for the first day of school and the Achievement Center and Principal Greg Paes reports everything “went fine”.

Well, summer is over and the students are back in school and the promise of 2015-2016 is off to a great start. Let’s keep it up with students meeting attendance goals and studying hard and teachers preparing and delivering exciting learning experiences for their classes. Everyone working together to help students reach their goal of DESTINATION: GRADUATION.

August 7, 2015 Posted by | News | Comments Off on 2015-2016 School Year kicks off!

School is out but, school meals are IN!!!

School may no longer be in session, but the cafeteria at Mendenhall Elementary School is still going strong. Each day June 1st through June 28th, free lunch is being served to all children aged 0 to 18.  The serving period is 11:00 to 12:30.

Yes, all children ages 0 to 18 are welcome. There are no restrictions on residency.

Some items on the menu are: Taco Salad, Spaghetti, Cheeseburgers, Corn Dog Nuggets, Beef Tips over Rice, Hamburger, Pizza, Ham & Cheese Hoagie, and Chili Pie.

Yum! Yum! Delicious and Nutritious!  Hope to see you at the Summer Food Service  Program at Mendenhall Elementary School!

If you have any questions regarding this program, feel free to call (601) 847-2883 or (601) 847-8000 ext: 325 or 310.

Have a great summer!

June 15, 2015 Posted by | News | Comments Off on School is out but, school meals are IN!!!

Simpson County Eighth Graders score well on Mississippi Science Test

The MS Department of Education released the state Mississippi Science Test (MST2) scores for fifth and eighth grade students from 2015. The Simpson County School District fared well with the eighth grade students beating the state average of 150 by 2 points earning a 152 average score. The overall fifth grade average score of 148 was only 4 points behind the state average of 152.

Further analysis showed that 65% of eighth grade students in Simpson County scored advanced or proficient compared to only 56% of eighth graders statewide. Simpson County had 49% of fifth graders in the district score advanced or proficient compared to a statewide average of 62% of fifth graders. The breakdown by school revealed that Simpson Central beat the state averages at both fifth and eighth grade and Mendenhall Junior High also beat the state average in eighth grade. Superintendent Glenn Harris stated he was extremely proud of our eighth grade science students and would like to commend our middle school science teachers for a job well done!

The chart below shows the state, district, and school average scale scores and the percent of students who scored advanced or proficient on the state science test:

State/District/School

5th grade average scaled score

Percent of 5th grade students scoring advanced or proficient 8th grade average scaled score

Percent of 8th grade students scoring advanced or proficient

State of Mississippi

152 62% 150

56%

Simpson County
School District

148

49% 152 65%

Magee Middle

146 39% 148

54%

Mendenhall Junior High

146 42% 155

74%

Simpson Central 157 84% 155

77%

June 15, 2015 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Simpson County Eighth Graders score well on Mississippi Science Test

Priority One Bank hosts Magee Middle School Lunch

Priority One Bank brought some holiday cheer to the faculty and staff of Magee Middle School on November 17th. The kind folks at Priority One Bank provided a Popeye’s meal for all the school staff while representatives of the district office monitored the lunchroom, giving staff a much deserved break. Thanks to Priority One Bank and Popeye’s for all you do to support the Simpson County Schools!

Faculty at Magee Middle enjoy Popeye's compliments of Priority One Bank

Faculty at Magee Middle enjoy Popeye’s compliments of Priority One Bank

December 4, 2014 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Priority One Bank hosts Magee Middle School Lunch

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

Trent Craft of Magee High 2014 wins State Art Contest

Trent Craft, Magee High School 2014 graduate, was the winner of the Youth Art Month Flag Design contest for the state of Mississippi’s High School Division. Trent was awarded a box of art supplies from the sponsoring company, Sergeant Art, as part of his award.

Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. Established in 1961, YAM provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are not possible in other subjects. The Council for Art Education (CFAE), a sponsor of Youth Art Month, adopted the national theme, “Start With Art, Learn for Life.” Art Education develops self-esteem, appreciation of the work of others, self expression, cooperation with others, and critical thinking skills. All of these skills are vital to the success of our future leaders–our children. Each year, state Youth Art Month Chairpersons hold a student flag design program. A theme is selected that is representative of the individual state and the spirit of Youth Art Month .

Congratulations, Trent! Mrs. Kathy Gibson is the art teacher at Magee High School and was thrilled that Trent was recognized for his artistic talent.

August 11, 2014 Posted by | News | Comments Off on Trent Craft of Magee High 2014 wins State Art Contest

School Starts for Teachers and Students

School starts for teachers on August 1st with a Kick-Off event at Magee High School for all certified and classified staff. Employees will report to the Magee High School Auditorium on Friday, August 1st with sign-in and information booths available from 8 am – 8:25 am and an exciting and informational program beginning at 8:30 AM.
Students report to school August 8th. Please check out the school website or contact your individual school sites for information about Open House, registration and residency requirements, immunization requirements, and what your child will need to begin the school year ready to learn.
DESTINATION GRADUATION will be hosted by the City of Mendenhall for all Simpson County School District students, faculty, staff, family, and the community on Thursday, August 21st from 6 – 8 PM on Main Street in Mendenhall. The Parade of Graduates will begin at 6 PM and music, dancing, booths promoting a healthy lifestyle, nutrition information, health checks, fitness training, and good dental care will fill the streets. Church Bands will inspire and between bands our cheerleaders will teach everyone some great Move To Learn dances to start the new year in great shape and stay in shape throughout the year! Mendenhall Tiger Coach Durwood Anderson and Magee High Coach Jim Nowell will have student athletes on hand to demonstrate and teach young students football skills, drills, and fitness activities to get ready for the season. Plan now to come out and be part of promoting DESTINATION GRADUATION on Main Street in Mendenhall Thursday evening, August 21st from 6 pm – 8 pm.

July 14, 2014 Posted by | News | Comments Off on School Starts for Teachers and Students