Watkins Elementary - 2013 National Green Ribbon School!
The award is based on 3 Pillars:
I. Recycling / Environmental Awareness Program
II. Health, Fitness & Nutrition Program
III. Efforts to conserve energy, maintain and improve our facility.
"We are the first school in Mississippi to receive the award! We couldn't have done it without the tremendous support of our adopters, sponsors, and supporters! Working together, we just made history for our state! – David Schommer, Special Projects
Common Core — Creating Experts in Our Field
By Deia Sanders
Master Teacher and Instructional Coach
Yes, we are seeing great teaching and new methods in the classroom thanks to the challenge of meeting the rigor of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and students are able to not only answer questions, but also discuss and communicate deeply on the process. But as an instructional coach, one of the most exciting changes I’m seeing is the improvement in our teachers.
CHAMPS Program Recruiting Math Teachers
Are you a fourth through eighth grade teacher of mathematics? Are you interested in professional growth and development? If so, the Creating High Achievement in Mathematics and Problem Solving (CHAMPS) program is looking for you.
10th Annual Focus on the Economy Teacher Workshop
July 29 - 30, 8:30am - 4:30 pm - Bay St. Louis
- Financial First Aid Tool Kits for Teachers – Financial tips for accumulating and managing personal wealth
- Meeting the informational text requirement of the Common Core State Standards
- Economic and Financial Literacy for K-12 students
- Registration Fee: $25 for attendance one day or $40 for both days.
Register here download flyer
Congratulations Stacey Todd, Mississippi's 2012 TOY
Being named the Mississippi Teacher of the Year for 2012 has been a truly life-changing experience. It has been an honor to represent the incredibly talented educators of this great state. Too often in education, especially in Mississippi, we hear only about the negatives and I have learned that we have far more positives!
Four Mississippi Teachers Chosen to Receive Funds for Teachers Grants
Sherry Willis, Connie Buse ‐ Rankin Elementary School, Tupelo
Ginger Tedder ‐ Starkville High School, Starkville
Darla Nash, Debbie Madjlesi ‐ Corinth High School, Corinth
Shannon Risinger ‐ Mclaurin Attendance Center, Florence
Museum Seeks Student Artwork for Evers Exhibition
The Mississippi Museum of Art, in partnership with The Links, Inc., Lefleur’s Bluff Chapter presents “How Will You Choose to Make Your World a Better Place? Medgar Evers: Honor His Life, Live His Legacy,” an exhibition and online gallery of artwork and writing created by young Mississippians in response to the life and legacy of Medgar Wiley Evers (1925-1963).
During his lifetime, Evers set an example of how one person can take a stand for what he believes in and be a powerful force for change in the world. Evers sought to peacefully work for justice so that all citizens, regardless of race, might experience the same inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Submission deadline is May 1. For more information, go to http://www.msmuseumart.org/education.html
Whole Schools Initiative 15th Annual Institute
SAVE THE DATE! The Whole Schools Initiative is a professional development program housed at the Mississippi Arts Commission. The Whole Schools Initiative 15th Annual Institute will be held July 15-18 at the MSU Riley Center in Meridian. This professional learning opportunity is open to any educator interested in learning how to integrate the arts into the core curriculum. Tracks will be offered for educators who work in Early Childhood through 8th grade. CEU credit, SEMIs and Early Childhood credit and undergraduate/graduate credit from Mississippi State University will be available. For more information, go to www.mswholeschools.org or contact Jodie Engle at 601.359.6040.
SAMHSA Promotes National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is a key strategy of the “Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign,” which is part of the Public Awareness and Support Strategic Initiative by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. This year’s Awareness Day will be on Thursday, May 9 http://www.samhsa.gov/children/ for more information.
Old Capitol Museum Prepares for Summer Programs
The Old Capitol Museum is getting ready for special summer programs for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. The museum has scheduled two kids camp sessions with the program titled Mississippi Inspectors. The camps will be offered June 10-14 and July 15-19. For more information, call (601) 576-6800.
New Health and Physical Education Curriculum Training
The Mississippi Health Education and Physical Education Curricula have been revised and will be available for use starting August 2013. To assist teachers in preparing to use the revised curricula, the Office of Healthy Schools will be offering four one day and half-day regional training meetings June 3-7.
The training will focus on the implementation of the new curricula, new health endorsement requirements, resources for teaching health and physical education/activity and quality student assessment. All teachers, nurses, counselors, food service directors and curriculum directors who are involved in the instruction of health topics and physical education/activity should plan to attend.
Student Art Competition
The Natchez Trace Parkway is planning a student art competition. Art work will be displayed at the Parkway’s 75th anniversary party on May 18. Each high school (AL, TN and MS) can enter three teacher-chosen pieces. Cash awards to winning entries will be made available through the Eastern National Association. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/natr/forteachers.