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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

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

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…

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!
THE SIMPSON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

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.

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

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

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

An end of the year message from Simpson County Superintendent, Glenn Harris…

Simpson County School District has seen the close of another school session.  Our staff and students have worked diligently this session to showcase their talents.  As reported at the SCSD Board meetings, staff and students have received accolades from professional organizations, student competition and recognition from the Mississippi Department of Education and other agencies. 

Some of our students are attending summer session to continue building content knowledge and skills through credit recovery programs.  Some of our students are participating in enrichment activities.  Staffs are committed to individualizing instruction to ensure student growth.  Staff members are also participating in summer work activities to review and revise curriculum which will be used during the next school session.

As we continue our preparation for the 2014/2015 session, the district is committing to providing a quality education for our students.  We are meeting the challenges and excitement that we face in continuing our implementation of the Common Core State Standards throughout our kindergarten through high school curriculum.  The public is encouraged to join us in making improvements in the district to enable our students to reach their highest potential.

Enjoy the remainder of the summer!

June 13, 2014 Posted by | News | Comments Off on An end of the year message from Simpson County Superintendent, Glenn Harris…