04.20.14
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4/17/14 > LHS: Harper signs with ECCC
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Laurel High School basketball standout Courtney Harper recently signed a basketball scholarship with East Central Community College. Harper is a four-year member of the Lady Golden Tornadoes basketball team. She is a Superintendent’s List Scholar and a member of the class of 2014 top ten. Pictured with Courtney are her father and mother, Dr. John and Meshell Harper, (standing) her aunt Martha Kincaid, brother-in-law Cory Smith, nephew Cory Smith Jr, sister Stephanie Smith, nephew Bryce Harper, LHS Assistant Basketball Coach Darius Walker, Head Basketball Coach Sules Hales, sister LaShundra Harper and LHS Athletic Director Milton Smith.
4/10/14 > LHS: Pettis signs with MGCCC
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Laurel High School basketball standout Raekwon Pettis recently signed a scholarship with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Pettis received the honor of playing in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game and the Mississippi North/South All-Star Game. He was named to the All-District Team and was named 2014 All-District Offensive Player of the Year. Pictured with Raekwon is his father Randal Pettis, (standing) Head Basketball Coach Marcus Price and LHS Athletic Director Milton Smith.
4/07/14 > Miranda Beard elected NSBA Secretary-Treasurer
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, April 4, 2014
Mark Beason, Communications Director, MSBA

CLINTON, MS – Miranda Beard, Mississippi School Boards Association Past President and President of the Laurel School District Board of Trustees has been elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the National School Boards Association (NSBA). Beard was elected during the Delegate Assembly April 4 at the organization’s annual conference in New Orleans.

Beard is assistant news content director at WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg. The journalist of 27 years also served on the NSBA Policies and Resolution Committee. Among her many professional and community activities, she is Legislative Liaison for the Laurel School Board; Advisory Board member for the University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism; and a member of the State Board of Directors for Greater Mississippi Girl Scouts.

Founded in 1940, NSBA represents state school boards association members (including the Mississippi School Boards Association) and their more than 90,000 local school board members, most of which are elected. These local officials govern approximately 15,000 local school districts serving the nation's 50 million public school students.

“I would like to thank the NSBA delegates for their vote of confidence in selecting me to serve as a member of the NSBA Executive Committee. My pledge is to promote and support NSBA’s mission of achieving Excellence and Equity in Public Education through School Board Leadership. I am committed to utilizing my time and talent to advocate for adequate public education and effective school board leadership for every child regardless of background, race, gender or creed. I am excited and energized about, working with NSBA’s Army of Advocates that represent nearly 15,000 school districts across this country. Together we will tackle public, legal, and legislative policies that promote greater student achievement through effective school board governance.”

“We’re quite proud of Miranda and know that she will represent Mississippi and NSBA well. Mississippi has not had a member on the NSBA board since South Tippah’s board chairman Dr. E. Harold Fisher was elected NSBA president in 1992,” said MSBA Executive Director Michael W. Waldrop.

New York board member Anne Byrne was elected NSBA president, and John Tuttle of Oklahoma, was chosen as President-Elect of the National School Boards Association’s 2014 Delegate Assembly.
4/07/14 > District Reading Fair Winners
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The Laurel School District is proud to announce the first place district reading fair winners for 2014. Pictured: London Keys, Isaiah Jones, Chandreya Lindsey, Gracelynn Carmichael, Garrett Carmicheal, (2nd Row) Robert Jackson, Kayden Dozier, Xavier Washington, Joycelynn Arrington, Grant Carmichael, Calvin McDonald (3rd Row) Daniela Pimental, James McLaurin, Daijoura Hardy, Kizzy McLaurin and Tyler Page
4/02/14 > NDMS, LMS receive awards
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Nora Davis Magnet School and Laurel Middle School were recently awarded by the Program of Research and Evaluation for Public Schools (PREPS) at a special awards ceremony held in Philadelphia. Nora Davis Magnet School received a PREPS Value Added Award for language arts, and Laurel Middle received a Value Added Award for algebra. The PREPS Value Added Awards Program identifies high performing schools among Mississippi districts, which are adding value and considered to be performing significantly better than schools with comparable socioeconomic circumstances.

Pictured: Laurel Middle School Algebra Teacher Josh Walters, LMS Principal Jeannine Agee, Laurel School District Curriculum Director Kenda Covington, Nora Davis Magnet School Principal Elaine Read, NDMS First Grade Teacher Heather Jones and NDMS Third Grade Teacher Candace Assink.
4/02/14 > LMS boys' basketball has winning season
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The Laurel Middle School boys’ basketball team finished the 2014 season with an outstanding 15-1 record. In addition to a winning record, the team also won the Laurel Invitational Tournament and the Jones County Championship. The LMS team has had a history of great seasons. In 2013, the team had a 16-3 winning record, and the three previous years, the team went undefeated. The LMS team is currently under the leadership of coaches Jerry Fletcher, Eric Gray and Eugene White.
4/02/14 > LHS: Girls' Soccer Team members named All District
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A host of Laurel High School Tornadoes were recently named to the 2013-14 All District Soccer Team. The members of the Laurel High School Girls’ Soccer Team who received the honor are (seated) First Team Zaria Husband, Jordan Wigington, Nadia Jones, (standing) Second Team Amanda Pridgen, Courtland McCullum, Konika Page, Raven Jones, Honorable Mention Amber Milsap, Reagan Evans, Mollie Ward and Sidney Hill.
4/02/14 > OP: March Students of the Month
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Congratulations to Oak Park's March Students of the Month.
3/27/14 > LHS: Park Bench $85 - order yours today!
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3/24/14 > 5-year-old kindergarten registration taking place
Pre-registration for five-year-old kindergarten is currently taking place at each elementary school (Mason, Nora Davis, Oak Park and Maddox) in the Laurel School District. To qualify for kindergarten, the child must be five years old on or before September 1. Parent or guardian must bring the following to pre-registration: certified copy of child’s birth certificate, child’s social security card, child’s Health Compliance Form 121, and two current proofs of residence including a document showing ownership or rental of home and driver’s license, utility bill or other. Please bring your child with you for pre-registration.
3/24/14 > 4-year-old kindergarten applications being accepted
The Laurel School District is currently accepting applications for four-year-old kindergarten. The deadline for application is May 2, 2014. Oak Park Elementary and Maddox Elementary students must register at Oak Park Elementary and Mason Elementary and Nora Davis Magnet students must register at Nora Davis Magnet School.
Parent or guardian must bring the following for registration: certified copy of child’s birth certificate, child’s social security card, child’s Health Compliance Form 121, and two current proofs of residence including a document showing ownership or rental of home and driver’s license, utility bill or other. For additional information contact Shirley Martin at 601-649-6391.
3/24/14 > LHS student honored for superior academic achievement
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Laurel High School Class of 2014 Salutatorian Mollie Ward was recently recognized by The National Society of High School Scholars for her superior academic achievement, outstanding leadership and community commitment. Ward, a Superintendent’s Scholar, is active in the Student Council, Key Club, Beta Club, Speech & Debate Team, Academic Ambassadors, Mayor’s Youth Council and yearbook staff. Ward served as captain of the soccer team and is a five-year letterman in tennis. She plans to complete the LPN program at Jones County Junior College and then pursue a degree in athletic training from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is the daughter of Sean and Lauree Ward.
3/21/14 > LHS: Football players attend Rivals Camp
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Laurel High School football standouts Octavious Cooley, Keon Howard, and Omar Bayless recently participated in the Rivals.com Under Armour camp held at Hattiesburg High School. At the invitation only camp, Cooley and Bayless participated in wide receiver drills and competition and Howard participated in the quarterback drills and competition.
3/21/14 > LHS students attend Beta Club Convention
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On February 15-18, members of the Laurel High School Beta Club traveled to north Mississippi to do a University tour and attend the state Beta Club convention. Thirty-eight of Laurel's high schoolers toured the University of Mississippi campus and were able to meet Director of Admissions, Whitman Smith, and the Director of the Summer College. From Oxford, students traveled to Tupelo to compete in various competitions, such as spelling, English, history, math, social studies, and computer literacy, at the state Beta Club Convention. While in Tupelo, students were able to visit Tupelo's famous buffalo park where they got to feed zebras, yaks, and buffalos.
3/21/14 > LHS: Archery team places 2nd at invitational
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On Saturday, March 8th, the Laurel High School Archery team attended the Lawrence County Invitational to compete against thirteen other schools. Within the 5A division, Laurel placed second, defeating McComb and Pearl River Central.
3/21/14 > LHS: AP students volunteer at soup kitchen
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Over spring break, members of the Laurel High School AP Language class volunteered their time to help serve food, drinks, and work the food line at Laurel's Good Samaritan Soup Kitchen. As part of a unit on food issues in society, the seniors in Kristin Walters' AP Language class explored food concerns in the local community, developing arguments about what they feel are primary local issues. Ataacleeve Bender, an AP Language student, because his grandfather runs the Soup Kitchen, suggested the community service project as a way to give back to the community while also doing some action research. The students who served lunch on Thursday, March 13, wanted to do further service by collecting needed items for the soup kitchen. The Laurel High School AP Language class in conjunction with the LHS Beta Club is currently collecting flour, sugar, and corn meal to donate to the Soup Kitchen.
3/04/14 > OP: Surprise Visitor
Oak Park staff and students had a surprise visit.
Could it be, could it be? Who is this I see?

March 2, 2014, marks Dr. Seuss’ 110th birthday!
The famous children's author, whose real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel, was born in 1904. Even after his passing over 20 years ago his stories are still entertaining and teaching millions of children through his unforgettable characters.
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3/04/14 > OP: Dreams Can Come True
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Trustmark Bank, an AEE School Adopter, discussed The Financial Fairy Tales - Dreams Can Come True and A Tale of Two Brothers to Oak Park's fifth grade students.
Denise Walker, Trustmark Bank Branch Mgr/AVP was the presenter.
3/03/14 > OP: February Students of the Month
Congratulations students for your hard work!!!!
The following students were chosen by their homeroom teacher for February Student of the Month.
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2/28/14 > NDMS: School honors Laurel history-makers
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Nora Davis Magnet School honored several Laurel history-makers during their annual Black History Month Program. Students performed several songs and the Laurel High School Ninth Grade Choir showcased their vocal talent. In addition to the ceremony, School Board member Rev. Earnest Thompson was recognized for School Board Member Appreciation Week. Pictured: Dr. Eugene Owens, first black superintendent; Marvin Lindsey, first black police chief; Tyrone Stewart, current police chief; Captain Vondia Ponder, first female firefighter; Rev. Jimmie Bunch, first black fire chief; Darlene Dean, NDMS counselor and program coordinator; James Brown, current fire chief; Cynthia King, first female police officer; Melvin Mack, first black mayor; Johnny Magee, current mayor and Rev. Earnest Thompson, school board member.
2/27/14 > MASON: Chief Stewart honored during Black History Month Program
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This morning Mason Elementary celebrated Black History Month. The program consisted of children from each grade taking turns explaining the contributions of our nations black leaders. One of our local leaders was on hand, City of Laurels Chief of Police Tyrone Stewart. Chief Stewart spoke passionately on Black History Month as well as encouraging the children to work hard in school, not to be a bully and how important it is for everyone to love and care for one another. Chief Stewart was recognized for being a student focused leader for our community and was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by (Left) Principal Dr. Ken Culpepper and (Right) Assistant Principal Ruth Ann Evans.
2/26/14 > LHS: Culinary Arts students win state competition

Laurel High School Career and Technical Center's Culinary Arts II students recently competed in the Mississippi ProStart Invitational and placed first while the Management Team placed third. The culinary team included Kobe White, Toni Ainsworth, Essence Kirk, Billy Musgrove and Triminton Mai. During the competition the team, demonstrated their culinary skills of cutting, cooking, and plating while creating a delicious three course meal for the judges.

Winning first place means that each student on the team will receive a scholarship and a trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota to compete in the National ProStart Invitational.

In an additional portion of the invitational, the Management Team, consisting of Lauryn Hicks, Alexus Hampton, Latashanna Ransom, Kelsey Rogers and Deyonna Jones, received third place for their presentation on the LHS Brewrista coffee shop. The presentation showcased the business from the ground up, including a complete business plan featuring the menu, financials, marketing, safety and other elements.

The Laurel High School Career & Technical Center Culinary Arts students placed first in the Mississippi ProStart Invitational. Pictured: (front) Kobe White, Toni Ainsworth, Essence Kirk, Billy Musgrove, Triminton Mai, (back) LHS Culinary Teacher Lauren Gebauer, Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association Executive Director Mike Cashion, LHS Culinary Teacher Rod Hollins and Director of Education & Training for the Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association Grady Griffin.

The Laurel High School Career & Technical Center Management Team placed third in the Mississippi ProStart Invitational. Pictured: Lauryn Hicks (front), Alexus Hampton, Latashanna Ransom, Kelsey Rogers, Deyonna Jones, (back) LHS Culinary Teacher Rod Hollins, Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association Executive Director Mike Cashion, Director of Education & Training for the Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association Grady Griffin and LHS Culinary Teacher Lauren Gebauer.

2/26/14 > LHS: Choirs perform well at District 5 Choral Festival

LHS Select Choir received one superior and two excellent ratings at the District Five Choral Festival held recently at William Carey University. The Select Choir will travel to New York in April to perform at the famed Carnegie Hall.

The LHS Concert Choir received three excellent ratings at the District Five Choral Festival.

2/26/14 > LHS 9th: teacher, student donate hair to Beautiful Lengths
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LHS Ninth Grade student Kimberly Alvarado and teacher Sharon Pierce donated their hair to Beautiful Lengths to make wigs for cancer patients. The school sold raffle tickets for a chance to cut the ponytail as a fundraiser for Relay For Life. During the assembly Paige McCardle from the American Cancer Society spoke to the students about their involvement in the fight against cancer through Relay For Life.

2/25/14 > LHS student awarded National Flight Academy scholarship
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Laurel High School 11th grader Byron Bailey has been awarded a Scholarship to attend the National Flight Academy for a summer 2014 five-day deployment. The National Flight Academy is a subsidiary of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, and was created to inspire students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. Disciplines at the academy include aerodynamics, propulsion, navigation, communications, flight physiology and meteorology, along with core values, teamwork, and leadership skills development. Bailey is an active member of the JROTC, Beta Club, Key Club, football team and golf team.
2/25/14 > LHS students qualify for national tournament
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Laurel High School Speech and Debate team members Ian Lengior, Bryan Crosby and Shaina Hilton qualified for the 2014 National Catholic Forensics Tournament. Lengoir and Crosby qualified for duo and Hilton qualified in prose and poetry. The students will travel to Chicago in May to compete in the national tournament.
2/24/14 > LHS students visit Headrick
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Zandra Marks' Business and Marketing Fundamentals and Marketing and Economics classes from Laurel High School recently toured Headrick Sign Company. Students visited the printing facilities, the warehouse, and the business offices where they learned about various aspects of the business.
2/24/14 > LHS: McCarty selected MSCA vice president
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Leigh Collins McCarty, Laurel High School Career & Technical Center Counselor, was recently selected to serve as vice president on the Mississippi School Counseling Association council. McCarty, a National Certified Counselor since 2008 and a National Certified School Counselor since 2011, is a past recipient of the Pine Belt Vocational Counselor of the Year and Mississippi Vocational Counselor of the Year awards.
2/24/14 > LHS CTC students visit LMS
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Laurel High School Career and Technical Center students recently visited Laurel Middle School to share about the various programs offered at the center. Student representatives from each of the programs, including Welding, Health Sciences, Culinary Arts, Marketing, Child Care and Construction Technology, made presentations about their chosen programs. Pictured: LHS student Triminton Mai shares with a class about the award winning culinary arts program.
2/24/14 > LMS students rank 2nd in speech & debate
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Laurel Middle School Speech and Debate recently competed in their first competition of the school year. Led by Coach Katelyn Bryant, the team had an excellent showing at Sacred Heart School. Though each of the 12 members are first-year competitors, five students ranked second in the semi-final round and all students scored above a 45 out of 50. The LMS Speech and Debate team is enjoying its second competitive year and will compete in another competition at N.R. Burger Middle School in April. Pictured are the semifinalist in First-Year Prose Jajuan Wade, Bradley Mack, Allison Dexter, Isabella Knight, and Skylar McCann.
2/24/14 > School Resource Officer teaches internet safety
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Laurel School District School Resource Officer Kevin Flynn recently shared a presentation with students at Laurel High School as part of the SRO educational series on internet and cell phone safety. Flynn, who is in his first year as an SRO with Laurel, has 27 years of law enforcement experience and currently serves on the Mississippi Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Flynn has used his wealth of knowledge on internet safety to develop a presentation to educate students about the risks of inappropriate use of social media, internet and cell phones. Flynn has shared the presentation with students at Laurel Middle School, Laurel High School and was recently asked to share his presentation at West Jones High School.
2/10/14 > Child Find
Laurel School District
For Immediate Release

Laurel School District seeks children with special needs

The Laurel School District is participating in an on-going effort to locate,
identify, and evaluate children from birth through age five who are
physically, communicatively, mentally, and/or emotionally disabled.

Early identification of children is important to the growth and welfare of
each child, and such information will assist in determining present and
future program needs. It is the goal of the Laurel School District to
provide a free, appropriate education to all disabled children.

Information which could identify an individual child will be maintained by
this district and will be provided to other agencies only in accordance with
the Family Rights and Privacy Act and EHA-B. A parent is guaranteed the
right to inspect any information forbidden to any unauthorized person
without informed consent.

Cassandra Marshall, Child Find Case Manager and Faye Smith, Parent Interviewer,
for the Laurel School District, work with the local school staff, other
school systems, individuals, Headstart, the Department of Human Services and
mental health agencies in an effort to locate children with special needs.

For more information, please contact Cassandra Marshall at 601-649-6391 or cmarshall@laurelschools.org.
2/07/14 > LHS: Rogers signs with Co-Lin
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Laurel High School football standout Dauro Rogers signed a scholarship with Copiah Lincoln Community College as part of National Signing Day. Pictured (seated) are his mother Tosca Pugh, Dauro Rogers, his father Bishop Dr. Charles E. Pugh, Sr., (standing) Defensive Coordinator Ronnie Cochran, Head Football Coach Todd Breland and Athletic Coordinator Milton Smith.
2/07/14 > LHS: Cooley signs with EMCC
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Laurel High School football standout Kenton Cooley signed a scholarship with East Mississippi Community College as part of National Signing Day. Pictured (seated) are his grandmother Margret Cooley, Kenton Cooley, his grandfather Lorenza Cooley, his uncle Elliott Colley, (standing) his brother Octavious Cooley, LHS Line Backers Coach Cecil Hicks, Head Football Coach Todd Breland, Defensive Coordinator Ronnie Cochran and Athletic Coordinator Milton Smith.
2/07/14 > LHS: Robinson signs with Co-Lin
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Laurel High School football standout Matias Robinson signed a scholarship with Copiah Lincoln Community College as part of National Signing Day. Pictured (seated) are his mother Marquita Robinson, Matias Robinson, his grandmother Margaret, his grandfather Anthony Robinson, (standing) LHS Offensive Coach Buddy Duke, Head Football Coach Todd Breland, Offensive Coordinator Ray Pickering and Athletic Director Milton Smith.
1/08/14 > Maddox: Write Flight Winners for August and September

Write Flight Winners for August and September

Students chosen as Write Flight winners for the month of August are Zalaia Pugh (K), Juan Cruz (1st), Brando Deleon (2nd), Malachi Crosby (3rd), Norrison Mai (4th), and Malea Cook (5th).

Students chosen as Write Flight winners for the month of September are Danesha McDonald (K), Jaylen McSwain (1st), Brianna Evans (2nd), Mario Massey and Malachi Davis (3rd), Alexus Lindsey (4th), and Shadarius Jackson (5th).

1/08/14 > Maddox: September Students of the Month

September Students of the Month

The following students were chosen as students of the month for September. Congratulations to each of these students for their hard work!

Kindergarten: LeKwon Pugh (Saavedra), Jonathan Wilson (Gault), Russell Breland (Rudder)

1st grade: Juan Cruz (Stanfield), Samaria Brown (Hicks), Zyavia McCray (Franklin)

2nd grade: Monica Lopez (Clark), Maquetta Thomas (Eddy)

3rd grade: LaTroy McCurdy (King), T'Nya Ulmer (Owens), Alexander Francisco (Fulgham)

4th grade: Selena Garcia (Blackwell), Chyna Keyes (Jones), Caja White (White)

5th grade: Quandarius Shelby (Davis), Malea Cook (Moore), Jacquelle Wash (Tew)

1/08/14 > Maddox: October Write Flight Winners

October Write Flight Winners

The faculty and staff would like to announce the following students as winners for the October Write Flight contest.  Congratulations students!

Kindergarten: Jasmin Suarez (Saavedra)

1st grade: Christopher Keyes (Hicks)

2nd grade: Brianna Evans (Clark)

3rd grade: LaTroy McCurdy (King)

4th grade: Destiny Keyes (Jones)

5th grade: Rykel Page (Davis)

12/18/13 > Christmas Art Contest Winner
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Leticiya Rodriguez was the winner of the Laurel School District’s Annual Christmas Art Contest with her drawing of the Laurel Golden Tornado as Santa. Leticiya is a third grader at Mason Elementary School. Pictured with Leticiya is Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno who presented her with a stocking full of prizes.
12/18/13 > PINK Dreamers donate to Cancer Resource Center
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Last school year, eighth grade students in Laurel Middle School’s PINK (Preparing Intelligent, Notable and Knowledgeable) Dreamers club began raising funds to assist local cancer patients with transportation needs. Now as 9th graders, the group completed their fundraising and recently made a donation to the American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center at Oncologics.

The money will be used to purchase gas gift cards for patients currently undergoing cancer treatment to help with their travel costs to and from the clinic.Kelley McKee, the lead radiation therapist and market developer for Oncologics, recently met with the PINK Dreamers to thank the girls for their donation.

“I am so proud of this group of girls and their willingness to make a difference in our community,” McKee said. “This gift will truly make a difference in the lives of our patients.”

Pictured: (front row) Zhakiya King, Chance Williams, Taylor McGowen, Oncologics Lead Radiation Therapist Kelley McKee, Dejah Hudson, Cristal Bautista, Lendy Velasquez, (second row) Destiny Moore, Aussianna Geroge, Miah Davis, Tiliea Jones, Candace Marks, Tiara Grady, (back row) Elysha Hill, Areka Oliver, Raven Evans, Za’kiyyah Page, Johany Guerra and Yazmine Campbell.
12/18/13 > NDMS: Hill receives perfect score
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Nora Davis Magnet School student Samuel Hill was recently honored during the Laurel School District’s annual Parent University. Samuel made a perfect score on the 2013 MCT 2 in fourth grade Math and for his accomplishment was presented a medal during the event. Samuel also received a trophy for having the highest score in the district. Pictured: Director of Curriculum and State and Federal Programs Kenda Covington, Samuel Hill and Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno.
12/18/13 > LHS: College & Career Door Winners
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Laurel High School recently hosted College & Career Readiness Week. The event was designed to educate the students on different colleges and careers to prepare them for future success. Each teacher decorated their door promoting different colleges in Mississippi and various career fields. The teachers doors were judged and the winners were (as pictured) Second Place Career Susan Hauenstein, First Place Career Zandra Marks, Second Place College MJ West and (not pictured) First Place College Sules Hales. The teachers received free lunches and prizes from Buffalo Wild Wings, Raising Canes and the National Guard Reserves.
12/18/13 > LHS: Boyd signs with Southwest
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Laurel High School soccer standout Krawford Boyd signed a scholarship with Southwest Community College. Pictured with Krawford is his mother Barbara Boyd, (standing) LHS Assistant Boys Soccer Coach Rick Sager, Assistant Principal Leander Bridges, Senior Counselor Roslyn Haskin and LHS Head Boys Soccer Coach Julio Martinez.
12/18/13 > LHS: Gomez signs with Southwest
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Laurel High School soccer standout Charlie Gomez signed a scholarship with Southwest Mississippi Community College. Pictured with Charlie are his mother Nilda Arauz and father Luis Atencio, (standing) ) LHS Assistant Boys Soccer Coach Rick Sager, Assistant Principal Leander Bridges, Senior Counselor Roslyn Haskin and LHS Head Boys Soccer Coach Julio Martinez.
12/09/13 > District Multiplication Bee Champions
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Students from Nora Davis Magnet, Oak Park, Mason and Maddox elementary schools participated in a Laurel School District Multiplication Bee challenge at the district’s annual Parent University. Students competed in a speed and accuracy challenge where students completed as many problems as possible in one minute. The fourth grade district champion was Javon Dean from Mason (pictured left) and the fifth grade district champion was Rahjavian Hosey from Oak Park (pictured right). The students are pictured with Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno.
12/09/13 > LHS: FCCLA helps community
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Laurel High School Career and Technical Center's student organization Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) lends a hand to Calvary Baptist Church where Dr. Vernon J. Graves is the pastor. The students of FCCLA assisted with a breast cancer survivor banquet hosted by Calvary Baptist Church in honor of breast cancer awareness month. This student organization is always eager to help in the community when needed.
Pictured:
Top left to right: Courtney Arrington (Secretary/Treasurer), Shakerria
Nixon (President), Peggy McCarty, Lealia Jones, Stella Campbell (Survivors), Jarius McBride (Volunteer
Coordinator), Makayla Walker,
Bottom left to right: Michela Moffe tt (Vice
President), Sakoya Walker, Jaleia Arrington (Fundraiser Coordinator). Dion Dotson (Student Sponsor).
12/04/13 > LMS Christmas Showcase Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.
The Laurel Middle School Christmas Showcase is Tuesday December 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the Laurel High School Auditorium. It will include performances by the LMS Band, Choir, and Communications classes.
11/21/13 > NDMS: Children's Healthy Heroes Initiative

The Laurel Police Department presented the Children's Healthy Heroes Initiative. The Healthy Heroes' Team promoted a healthy life style change for the 3rd grade children. The entire NDMS student body participated in a Community Fitness Walk following the presentation. The students, and special guests (city councilmen) were escorted by police cars with flashing lights for one city block!

11/15/13 > School Resource Officers teach about internet safety
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Laurel School District School Resource Officers along with an investigator from the Jones County Sheriff’s Office recently spoke about internet and social media safety at the STARS & CHAMPS Mentoring program located at the Sawmill Square Mall. Pictured: Resource Officer Kevin Flynn, JCSO Investigator Sgt. Charles Myers, STARS & CHAMPS Executive Director Johnnice Ulmer and Chief School Resource Officer Scott Dodd.
11/15/13 > NDMS students use dance to learn paraphrasing
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Nora Davis Magnet School fifth graders showed their dance moves during a recent arts infusion lesson. Being a Mississippi Arts Commission Whole Schools Initiative Model School, Nora Davis Magnet School uses the arts as a vehicle for promoting high-quality instruction and learning for students in all disciplines. This unique program uses the learning power of the arts in every subject. The students in Shelley Rivers’ reading class were learning about paraphrasing. To reinforce those same skills, Dance Instructor Paige Perkins wrote a lesson for dance that had students watch a snippet from the show Stomp, and then paraphrase the dance moves by putting them in their own style.
11/13/13 > Mr. LHS Football and Miss LHS Football Sweetheart
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Laurel High School’s Mr. LHS Football is Demarcus Arrington and Miss LHS Football Sweetheart is Kacie McGowen. McGowen is the daughter of Terry and Sheila McGowen. She is a varsity cheerleader and a member of the select choir. After graduation she plans to attend college and become a nurse practitioner. Arrington is the son of Kimberly Harris and Kevin Arrington. He is a member of the LHS football team. After graduation he plans to attend the University of Florida and study medicine and music.
11/13/13 > LHS Football Sweethearts
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Laurel High School is pleased to announce the 2013 Homecoming Football Sweethearts. The girls selected by the senior football players are Jacky Gaitan, Jamiya Sanson, Jakai Symone Epps, Akasha Parker, Carlita Dempsey, (second row) Chloe Montes, Shasmine Thigpen, Joneicia Collier, Vanesha Trotter, Lucretia Sullivan, Shikeria Brown, Victoria Evans, Amanda Pridgen, (back row) Shakerria Nixon, Kacie McGowen, Erica Bridges, Katerious Spivery, Jabrena Terrell, (not pictured) Niyoko Brock, Samantha McGowen, Brittany McRae, Gabrielle Hughes and Timirra Haskin.
11/13/13 > LHS Homecoming Maids
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Laurel High School is pleased to announce the 2013 Homecoming Maids. Pictured (front row) are the senior maids Michelle Abney, Jaleia Arrington, Raven Hayes, Tyler Hosey, Kinshaska Stevens and Mollie Ward. The junior maids are (second row) Toni Ainsworth, Kresaterica Lloyd, Jakeiko McCray, Latashanna Ransom and Sharmonica White. The sophomore maids are (third row) Alicia Simone Drummond, Jocelyn House, Essence Kirk and Semaj’ McCray. The freshmen maids are (back row) Tierra Cooper, Alesia King, Shatarrio Sinegal and Madisone Hatten.
11/13/13 > LHS Homecoming Court
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Laurel High School is pleased to announce the 2013 Homecoming Court as selected by the student body. Alesia King, freshman maid; Latashanna Ransom, junior grade maid; Kinshaska Stevens, queen; Tyler Hosey, senior maid; and Essence Kirk, sophomore maid.
11/01/13 > OP: October Students of the Month
Congratulations!!!
October students of the month received a backpack, water bottle and pencils from AEE adopters Sanderson Farms and Trustmark Bank.
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11/01/13 > NDMS: BancorpSouth makes donation to school
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BancorpSouth recently made a donation to Nora Davis Magnet School. The donation will be used to honor students throughout the school year. Pictured: BancorpSouth Division President Ray Palmer, Nora Davis Magnet School Principal Elaine Read and Vice President Patricia Phillips.
11/01/13 > OP: Rotary Club sponsors preK program
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To kick off a Rotary Club sponsored literacy program, Laurel High students read books to students at Oak Park Elementary School. Pictured with the four-year-old kindergarten classes are (front row) LHS Interact Club and Speech & Debate Team members Kendra Lyons, Ian Lengior and Jordan Brown, (second row) Oak Park teachers Cassie Logan, Mary Simpson, Elaine Boone, Rhonda Lyle and Rotary Club members Gene Harlow and Tom Canizaro, (back row) Rotary Club members John Christian, Ray Palmer, Kay Guy, Mayor Johnny Magee, Mississippi Department of Education Literacy Coach Kimberly Gardner and Oak Park Principal Tito T. Lanier.
10/29/13 > October Teacher, Student of the Month
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Mason Elementary School
Teacher: Kayla Ray, third grade teacher
Student: Ashley Rivera

Mason Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Kayla Ray strives to maintain an excellent instructional environment and focus so that every student in her class can be academically successful. She uses her creative spirit and energy to keep students engaged and motivated, and because of her dedication to her students, she was selected as the Laurel School District Teacher of the Month.

“Ms. Ray’s room is vibrant and conducive to learning,” said Mason Assistant Principal Ruth Ann Evans. “Her room is strategically designed where everything has a purpose. She is here from sunup to sundown planning, and her lessons reflect that intense planning. She never gives up on students.”

For Ray, her joy in teaching comes from seeing students have those moments where they finally understand and seeing their faces light up with excitement for learning.

“I love interacting with my students every day,” she said. “I want to see my students improve daily and have confidence in their ability to do well in school."

One student who Ray is extremely proud of is third grader Ashley Rivera, and due to her academic achievement and outstanding citizenship, she selected Ashley as Student of the Month.

“Ashley exemplifies what a student should do academically, socially, and demonstrates excellent behavior,” Ray said. “She is an all A student and consistently scores advanced on all of her tests. I am very proud of her hard work.”

Ashley is the daughter of Sofia Ruiz and Wilbert Rivera. She is a Superintendent’s Scholar and enjoys reading and math. When she grows up, Ashley wants to be veterinarian.

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10/24/13 > Week 4 Bobcat Math League standings
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10/23/13 > Shooting for a Cure to be held at LHS Oct. 29, 6 p.m.
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Meet the Golden Tornadoes will be Tuesday, October 29 at Laurel High beginning at 6 p.m. The theme for the event is “Shooting for a Cure.” The basketball team will be asking for a dollar donation and all proceeds will go to benefit breast cancer awareness. There will be a three-point shootout, dunk contest, and both teams will scrimmage. Wear pink and join us as we support this important cause.
10/22/13 > Shopping for a Cure to be held Nov. 5 at Central Office, 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

10/21/13 > Laurel Schools celebrate Red Ribbon Week
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Laurel School District
Headline: Laurel Schools celebrate Red Ribbon Week

Teaching students to be drug free is a critical component of the Laurel School District curriculum. Each year, teachers and community volunteers work diligently to provide students with up-to-date information concerning illegal drugs, how to deal with peer pressure, and how to make healthy choices. Through the district’s Safe and Drug Free Schools program, students are exposed to a variety of topics. Some topics for Red Ribbon Week include “Drug Free is the Key,” “Don’t Monkey Around with Drugs,” “Good Choices, Good Character Bright Future,” “Friends Don’t Let Friends Do Drugs,” “Drugs Destroy Dreams” and “Dream, Believe, Achieve, Succeed.”

To celebrate Red Ribbon Week, the district is planning a comprehensive program to tackle many of the tough issues concerning illegal drug use. All schools will participate in an art contest that will focus on this year’s theme, “A Healthy Me is Drug Free.” Students and teachers will decorate entryways with the drug-free message. A judging committee will travel to all schools in the district and will select and overall winner on Tuesday.

“For the last few years, the decorating of our schools has been an exciting activity,” said Safe and Drug Free Schools Coordinator Shirley Martin. “This is done so that the students, as well as the community, know that we promote a drug free environment.”

“Last year’s overall winner for Art School of the Year was Laurel Middle School,” she continued. “We appreciate the wonderful job that all of our schools do to celebrate this special week.”

In addition to the school-wide art contest, Martin encouraged individual students and classrooms to participate in a K-3 Poster and Collage Contest and a 4-12 Poem and Essay Contest.

The Laurel Police Department has already been active in teaching sixth and eighth grade students through the D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program. Sgt. Shannon Caraway has been educating students about the dangers of drugs. D.A.R.E is an officer-based program that provides students the opportunity to interact with police officers, and learn many valuable lessons. Caraway said that the informative program is geared toward educating students about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle, so they will be better equipped outside of school to make quality choices. Caraway added that her goal is to make the program fun and engaging while motivating students to lead safe and healthy lives.

All kindergarten through fifth grade classroom teachers are busy teaching the “Too Good For Drugs” curriculum to their students.

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Cutline: Students in the Laurel School District will celebrate Red Ribbon Week October 21-25. Laurel High School students Dataius Cooley, 9th grade, and Joanne’ Pruitt, 11th grade, assist Safe and Drug Free Schools Coordinator Shirley Martin with stuffing backpacks for Red Ribbon Week.
10/20/13 > Benigno named Mississippi Superintendent of the Year
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Laurel School District Superintendent named
2014 Mississippi Superintendent of the Year
by the Mississippi Association of School Administrators
and the American Association of School Administrators


Jackson, Mississippi: The Mississippi Association of School Administrators is pleased to announce that the Laurel School District Superintendent, Dr. Chuck Benigno, has been selected as the 2014 Mississippi Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Benigno will represent Mississippi on the national level for the honor of being chosen as the American Association of School Administrators 2014 Superintendent of the Year.

Following ten years of service in the classroom as a teacher and a coach, Dr. Benigno began his journey in educational leadership with an Assistant Superintendent position in Bay-Waveland, Mississippi. A passionate educator with a commitment to moving the children of Mississippi forward, Dr. Benigno’s experience has led him to service in various roles across both the K-12 arena as well as the post-secondary where he served as Vice-President for Student Services at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. His successful professional career and experiences have guided him to the current position he holds as the Superintendent of the Laurel School District, with a student body of over three thousand.

Benigno received a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Administration and Science Education (May 1985), a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration (August 1994) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (December 2005), all from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Benigno is active in many education-related, civic, and community groups that help to strengthen his skills and knowledge for the sake of his students and community. He has served in a variety of leadership roles in professional organizations including the Board of Directors for The Mississippi Association of School Superintendents, the Southern Regional Education Service Agency and President of the Pine Belt Area Principals Association.

Now serving in his fourth year as Superintendent of the Laurel School District, Dr.
Benigno has served as an advocate for the children of his district and the state of
Mississippi. He has been recognized on numerous occasions for his compassion and
steadfast leadership. Dr. Benigno has led a major reworking of the district’s strategic
vision. This effort has had significant community and staff involvement that led to a
renewed endeavor to improve student achievement. In 2010, the Laurel Schools
received a QDI of 111 compared to the Mississippi QDI of 154. After just three years,
the district has jumped 36 points to a 147 QDI. During this same time frame, Mississippi gained 14 QDI points. A closer look at the data shows that the Laurel Schools reduced the number of students scoring minimal on the state tests by 50 percent (28 to 14%) and increased the number of students scoring proficient or advanced by 47 percent (36 to 53%). This “closing of the gap” can be attributed to several factors. However, the most important strategy was the implementation of a “Snapshot Testing” program to evaluate student progress.

Dr. Benigno’s bold new mantra for district achievement results has been to, “Expect Greatness!” by redirecting energies and coordinating efforts. The staff has embraced this mentality by raising the level of academic rigor expected of the children and by using data to drive instruction. A huge part of their success comes from the idea that the district expects to be great, and they make no excuses for the legitimate challenges the students face. His philosophy is, “Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime” when it comes to talking about the Laurel Schools and this open door policy has created an enormous amount of trust, allowing him to connect with a diverse cross-section of the community.

It has been said of Dr. Benigno, “He has a 24/7 mindset when it comes to generating new ideas or making needed changes in the best interest of students and staff.” The end result is an excited and motivated staff who treat children with dignity and respect. The author of Teaching: Excellence or Survival?, Benigno has conducted professional development workshops for teachers and administrators at over 90 schools across Mississippi, and has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work in education.

The American Association of School Administrators will announce the National Superintendent of the Year and recognize all of the state’s Superintendents of the Year at the National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, February 13-15, 2014. This will be the 27th Anniversary of the program. Dr. Benigno will compete with other superintendents from across the country based on the following selection criteria for the national title:
• Leadership for Learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in his or her school system
• Communication – strength in both personal and organizational communications
• Professionalism – constant improvement of administrative knowledge and skills, while providing professional development opportunities and motivation to others on the education team
• Community Involvement - active participation in local community activities and an understanding of regional, national, and international issues.
10/15/13 > Public invited to join Health & Wellness Committees
Please contact the principal of your school of choice if you are interested in serving as a member of our Health and Wellness Committee.
10/11/13 > September Teacher, Student of the Month
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Laurel Middle School
Teacher: Brittany Barlow, sixth grade reading
Student: Keno Shelby, sixth grade

From writing lesson plans to seeing students respond to those lessons, Laurel Middle School Sixth Grade Reading Teacher Brittany Barlow loves everything about teaching. Because of her commitment, enthusiasm and love for teaching, she was selected as the Laurel School District Teacher of the Month.

“Her enthusiasm shows every day in every class,” said LMS Principal Jeannine Agee. “She has outstanding classroom management.”

For Barlow, the relationship she builds with students is an important part of her success as a teacher.

“I love the relationships that I get to build with students,” she said. “Nothing makes a teacher more proud than a former student coming back to say good things about how their new school year is going. They just want us to be proud of them, and I get to be that person who says, ‘I am proud of you.’”

One student who Barlow is extremely proud of is sixth grader Keno Shelby, and due to having the highest average out of all of her reading classes, she selected Keno as Student of the Month.

“When it comes to focus and leadership, Keno is an outstanding student who sets a good example for others to follow,” Barlow said. “He is a very mature student who has a great attitude and great citizenship.”

Keno is the son of Kendrick Shelby, Jr. and Beth Husband-Shelby. He participates in Advanced Club, gifted classes, peewee football and is a member of the Laurel Jones County All-Star baseball team.

“School is important to me because it will give me the education I need to be successful,” he said. “I need the education, because later in life I will need a job, and the boss will need someone with book smarts.”

Keno enjoys all of his classes at Laurel Middle School, and is proud to be selected by Ms. Barlow as Student of the Month.

“Ms. Barlow teaches the work very good and with energy,” he said.

Barlow received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She is assistant slow-pitch softball coach, reading facilitator for Laurel Middle School’s Professional Learning Community, a member of the school safety committee, and the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Whole Schools Initiative committee at LMS.

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9/25/13 > LMS hosts College & Career Readiness Week

Laurel Middle School recently hosted College & Career Readiness Week. The event was designed to educate the students on different colleges and careers to prepare them for future success. The students were encouraged throughout the week to wear their favorite college shirts, dress up like the occupation of their choice, and promote their school spirit. Also, each teacher decorated their door promoting different colleges in Mississippi. The teachers doors were judged by district employees and the following doors won:

1st Place - Mississippi State University - Rachel Virgess

2nd Place - Blue Mountain College - Sondra Hamilton

3rd Place - Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College - Markeita Morgan

9/20/13 > Maddox: August Students of the Month

Students of the Month for August

The faculty and staff of Maddox Elementary would like to congratulate the following students for being chosen Students of the Month for the month of August.  These students exemplified what it means to be a Maddox Owl.  Congratulations students!

Kindergarten: Gault--Zalaia Pugh, Rudder--Kennedy Moore, Saavedra--Zarea Easterling

1st grade: Franklin--Bryan Domingo, Hicks--Edward Gonzalez, Stanfield--CeAzia Smith

2nd grade: Clark--Daniel Velasquez, Eddy--Montez Gavin

3rd grade: Fulgham--Alexander Francisco, King--Aleli Ruiz, Owens--Benjamin Crisp

4th grade: Blackwell--Aziyah Collier, Jones--Kewanda Thornton, White--Amyjah Cooley

5th grade: Davis--Rykel Page, Moore--Isabel Luis, Tew--Jamarcus Lofton


9/20/13 > LHS: Students learn internet safety
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Laurel School District School Resource Officer Kevin Flynn recently shared information with the business and computer students at Laurel High School about the importance of internet safety. School Resource Officers take an active role in providing safety information to students in the Laurel School District. Pictured: Anna Morgan, Kennethrah Jones, Devante Vasquez, Vinola Buckhalter, Destiney Mims, SRO Kevin Flynn, Glenn Gandy, Kelsey Rogers, Brittany Johnson and Albany Morris
9/20/13 > LHS: Yearbook students visit LRMA
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The Laurel High School yearbook classes visited the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art to see the Sound and Vision: Monumental Rock & Roll Photography Exhibit. Students studied various styles of photography and the skills necessary to be successful at the craft. Pictured: Kelsey Rogers, Shaina Hilton, Te’Kendra Dean, Latavia Rogers, Khyla Jones, Anna Morgan
Back row: Destiny Mims, Albany Morris, Britney Johnson, Glenn Gandy, Chloe Gavin, Devante Vasquez, and Gaybrail Jones
9/05/13 > Maddox: Getting to Know Our Classmates

Getting to Know Our Classmates

Students in Mrs. Gault and Mrs. Graves' Kindergarten class got to know each other through a group activity.  Each student got to color, cut, and paste his or her "body" together.  They then answered questions about themselves, such as number of pets, people that live in his or her house, and number of teeth he or she has lost.  Students then shared their information with their classmates. Pictured are Zalaia Pugh and Tydarian Rogers.


9/05/13 > Maddox: Never Give Up

My Speech on Never Giving Up

"Live isn't always easy, but that doesn't mean that you have to give up on your life just like that.  Do you guys know the song that's called 'Never Say Never'? Well, I say, never say never!  How many of you guys have been hurt? Well, it's time for that to end.  Failure is not an option.  I was born to win!  I don't spend my time trying to fail, but I don't want to spend my life sitting around.  If you do that, that's bad for you.  How many boys and girls want to grow up to be successful men and women?  Well, you have made the right choice!  Success and progress are my goals in life.  My future, God and I will control.  To be great is a part of my goal.  My life, God can and will control.  Some people feel they don't stand a chance, but my family makes sure I am always on the right path.  Success and progress is the path I should be taking.  Failure is NOT an option.  You guys remember to always let the Lord lead and direct your path because as long as you put God first, there is no limit to how far you go.  If you guys have been in prison, ask people to give you a second chance to get up on your feet."

Written by Malachi Crosby,

Maddox 3rd grader

8/30/13 > Laurel School District welcomes new elementary school employees
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The elementary schools’ new employees were recently welcomed to the Laurel School District. Front row, Courtney Hollins, Mason second grade; Mary Beth Weber, Nora Davis third grade and Laurel High assistant soccer coach; Angelia Lott, Nora Davis fifth grade science and social studies; Sallie Davis Mello, Maddox fifth grade science; Shannon Eddy, Maddox second grade. Back row, Kaitlin Benigno, speech pathology; Katie Barrett, Mason first grade and Laurel High assistant softball coach; Temekia Lyons, Oak Park librarian; Glenn Eric Gray, Oak Park physical education and Laurel Middle School assistant football and basketball coach; Santanna Hicks, Oak Park first grade; Danielle Cook, Maddox second grade.
8/30/13 > Laurel School District welcomes new middle school employees
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Laurel Middle School’s new employees were recently welcomed to the Laurel School District. Front row, from left, Lucas Gleason, seventh grade math and baseball and football coach; Stephanie Patterson, eighth grade science; Amber Cochran, sixth grade language arts and social studies; Precious Alridge, sixth grade language arts; Diane Beavers, sixth grade science. Back row, Tracy Ludwig, Spanish and history; David Taylor, special education; Tiffany Booth, seventh grade math; Julie Shows, special education; Jessica Collins, seventh grade English; Katie Williams, sixth-eighth grade English; Craig Miller, band.
8/30/13 > Laurel School District welcomes new high school employees
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Laurel High School’s new employees were recently welcomed to the Laurel School District. Front row, from left, Bernadette Wilson, assistant band director; Evan L. Craft, ninth grade United States History; David Lott, band director; Kayla Solis, Spanish. Back row, Darius Walker, 11th grade United States History and football, women’s basketball and women’s track coach; Cecil Hicks, physical education and football coach; Ryan Milner, 12th grade United State government, economics and football and powerlifting coach.
8/30/13 > Schools closed Monday for Labor Day
All schools in the Laurel School District will be closed Monday, September 2, for Labor Day. Regular Schedule will resume on Tuesday, September 3.
7/25/13 > LHS football reserve tickets available
Laurel Tornado football season passes are now available for purchase at the Gardiner Administrative Building. General admission is $5. A general admission season pass is $30. Reserved seats are $8. A reserved season pass is $45 and the family football season reserved pass is $100 for two adults and one child. The Gardiner Administrative Building is located at 303 W. 8th Street. With questions call the Athletic Department at 601-649-6391.
7/22/13 > Child Find
Laurel School District
For Immediate Release

Laurel School District seeks children with special needs

The Laurel School District is participating in an on-going effort to locate,
identify, and evaluate children from birth through age five who are
physically, communicatively, mentally, and/or emotionally disabled.

Early identification of children is important to the growth and welfare of
each child, and such information will assist in determining present and
future program needs. It is the goal of the Laurel School District to
provide a free, appropriate education to all disabled children.

Information which could identify an individual child will be maintained by
this district and will be provided to other agencies only in accordance with
the Family Rights and Privacy Act and EHA-B. A parent is guaranteed the
right to inspect any information forbidden to any unauthorized person
without informed consent.

Cassandra Marshall, Child Find Case Manager and Faye Smith, Parent Interviewer,
for the Laurel School District, work with the local school staff, other
school systems, individuals, Headstart, the Department of Human Services and
mental health agencies in an effort to locate children with special needs.

For more information, please contact Cassandra Marshall at 601-649-6391 or cmarshall@laurelschools.org.
7/08/13 > LMS students visit Washington, D.C.
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The Sixth grade students at Laurel Middle School ended the school year with an educational trip to Washington, D.C. Throughout the school year, the students explored different countries and wanted to end the year with a better understanding of the United States. In their social studies classes, students studied the history of the United States and how the political system was established. Due to the students’ fascination with United States history, a trip to Washington, D.C., was planned. On the trip, students were able to explore George Washington’s homestead at Mt. Vernon, the Capitol, Arlington Cemetery where President Kennedy and many others have been laid to rest, participate in a wreath ceremony for World War II fallen heroes, visit several of the Smithsonian museums, visit Howard University, visit the famous Ford Theater where Abe Lincoln was shot, and some students even got to sit in the exact seats First Lady Michelle and President Barak Obama sat in at the National Cathedral.
7/03/13 > LHS: Pettis to play in North/South All-Star Game
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Laurel High School basketball player Raekwon Pettis has been selected to participate in the 2013 Mississippi Association of Coaches North/South All-Star game. The game will be held on July 8, 2013 at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College in Clinton beginning at 8 p.m.

Pettis is a 6’2” 175 pound combo guard, who was a member of the District Five 4A All-District team after averaging 17 points, four rebounds, and three assists as a junior. During his sophomore season Pettis was selected to play in the Amateur Athletic Union USA Junior National All-Star game.

Laurel High School Coach Marcus Price said that Raekwon has shown the ability to be an explosive scorer as well as a long range bomber. Pettis is the first Laurel basketball player selected to play in this highly prestigious game since Derrick Martin in 1998.

“As a member of the 1993 team, I understand what an honor, privilege, and opportunity this is for Raekwon,” Price said. “Based on the recent success of our program, this is a huge step in getting our players some individual recognition. We have some of the best fans in the country and we invite everyone to Jackson to support a member of the Tornado family.”

Pettis is the son of Randal Pettis of Laurel.
6/10/13 > LHS Choir has Superior year
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The Laurel High School Choral Department recently concluded another successful choral season. The program underwent expansion adding two ensembles to its ranks. The LHS Concert Choir and the LHS Men’s Quartet made their respective debuts during the 2012-13 school year. In addition to the new choral groups, Krista McKenzie made a welcomed return as director of the LHS Concert Choir, LHS Women’s Choir, and served as the LHS Choral Department assistant director together with Leander Bridges, who has served for seven years as director.

The students, McKenzie and Bridges took their collective talents to District Five Choral Festival at William Carey University where five ensembles participated in festival adjudication and all five earned superior ratings. As a result of these superior ratings, the students earned the right to participate at State Choral Festival held at Pearl High School. While there, four of the five ensembles earned superior ratings (LHS Select Choir, LHS Women’s Choir, LHS Men’s Choir, and LHS Quartet) while one ensemble, the LHS Concert Choir, earned excellent ratings. The choirs at Laurel High School were not only lauded for the impeccable singing ability but were also praised for their class, professionalism and discipline. The group ended the 2012-2103 school year earning a total of nine out of ten possible Superior ratings.

As a result of the continued success of the LHS Choral Department, the LHS Select Choir has yet again been invited to the world famous Carnegie Hall in New York City. The choir will make their arrival in New York in the spring of 2014. The LHS Choral Department wishes to offer their gratitude to the city of Laurel, the Laurel School District, LHS Choir Accompanist Eddie Pope, and the parents of the Laurel School District for their continued support of the choral program.
5/28/13 > MADDOX student receives division first place in state art contest
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Maddox Elementary student wins statewide art contest
By: Erin Lowrey, Laurel Schools PR Intern

A Maddox Elementary school student was recently awarded by a statewide contest for his artistic talents.

Fifth-grader Kannarian Ulmer, the son of Latoyna and Pat Ulmer, entered an art contest for School Bus Safety Week, and his picture was one of a select few chosen in the state for a prize. Ulmer received a certificate placing first in his division, which was presented to him in class, as well as a goody bag from the school bus safety competition.

Ulmer began to draw in first grade, and has showed tremendous talent in art classes. His art teacher Laura Gambrell said his talent was recognizable the first day she taught him.

“He knows what he is doing, and has confidence in his work,” Gambrell said. “Where other kids feel like they can’t do it, he can.”

According to Gambrell, his winning entry came as no surprise to her.

“I was elated when I heard he won, but I knew he would be one of the top people in the competition.

Ulmer’s winning piece was a picture of students lining up behind a yellow bus. Ulmer drew the picture with none other than has favorite medium, colored pencils.

“I was excited and very happy when I won,” Ulmer said.

In his spare time, Ulmer likes to draw football logos, Garfield the cat and Keebler elves.

Principal of Maddox Elementary Ruby Lovett was also excited for Ulmer.

“One of Kannarian’s areas of greatness was shown through art, “ Lovett said. “He is a quiet, shy student but he loves to draw, I am elated to know he is one of the students able to compete at state level.”

Although Ulmer sees art as only a hobby, Gambrell believes if he keeps at it, he can have a successful career in art.

“He could easily be a graphic designer or illustrator as long as he keeps up the hard work,” Gambrell said.

Winners for the statewide competition will advance to a nation-wide competition for school bus safety.

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Maddox Elementary School fifth grader Kannarian Ulmer is pictured with his art teacher Laura Gambrell. Kannarian received a division first place award in the Mississippi Department of Education School Bus Safety Art Contest.
5/28/13 > Laurel School District honors 2013 retirees
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The Laurel School District recently hosted a reception honoring the 2013 retirees. Those honored were (seated L-R) Maddox Elementary English as a Second Language Teacher Verniece Goode with 27 years, Oak Park Elementary Teacher Martha Kidd with 23 years, Oak Park Librarian Jean Hinton with 37 years, Power Academy Teacher Nancy Breland with 49 years, Laurel Middle School Technology Foundations Teacher Vivian Blackledge with 29 years, Laurel High School Teacher and Coach Mike Barlow with 33 years, Laurel High School Food Service Manager Connie Hamby with 26 years, (standing L-R) Laurel School District Bus Driver Frances Oliver with 13 years, Mason Elementary Secretary Deane Singley with 20 years, Maddox Elementary Second Grade Teacher Kay Nelson with 11 years, Oak Park Teacher Assistant Mary Jones with 32 years, Maddox Elementary Fifth Grade Teacher Annie Reese with 22 years, (not pictured) Laurel Middle School Seventh Grade Principal Gertrude Reed with 34 years and Maddox Elementary Teacher Patricia Jones with 38 years.
5/28/13 > Laurel School District seeks input for Consolidated Federal Programs Application
The Laurel School District is developing its annual Consolidated Federal Programs Application. The Consolidated Federal Programs Application includes Title I (Improving Basic Programs), Title II (Teacher/Principal Training and Recruitment and Class Size Reduction. Parents with planning input or suggestions should contact Kenda Covington, Director of Federal Programs and Curriculum, at 601-649-6391 or the principal of their child’s school.
5/24/13 > MADDOX receives United Way Spirit of Giving Trophy
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Maddox Elementary was presented the Spirit of Giving Trophy awarded to the Laurel school with the largest percentage increase in giving over the previous year's United Way of the Pine Belt Region campaign. The school was also the recipient of a Crystal Award certificate for their increase in giving. Pictured: Principal Ruby Lovett and United Way Campaign Chair Robin Robinson.
5/24/13 > LHS: Hunter signs with JCJC
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Laurel High School tennis standout Tymeka Hunter signed a tennis scholarship with Jones County Junior College. Pictured (seated) JCJC Tennis Coach Mark Easley, Tymeka Hunter, her mom Kenya Watson, JCJC Assistant Tennis Coach Heath Ginn, (standing) LHS Tennis Coach Jeff Davis and LHS Athletic Director Milton Smith.
5/24/13 > AEE awards teacher, student
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The Association for Excellence in Education recently presented Laurel High School Senior Tajchene Julien with an excellence scholarship and Teacher of the Year Rhonda Holloman with a $1,000 classroom grant. Pictured with Tajchene and Mrs. Holloman is AEE President Mike Myrick.
5/24/13 > OAK PARK receives High Progress Award
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Oak Park Elementary School was awarded as a High Progress School by the Mississippi Department of Education at a Champions of Change awards ceremony recently held in Jackson. MDE staff recognized 54 schools that have earned the title of High Progress, High Performing or Distinguished under federal Title 1 guidelines as “Champions of Change”. The High Progress status was awarded to 28 schools around the state. High Progress schools have demonstrated the greatest gains in closing gaps for student achievement over the past two years. These schools represent the highest 10 percent of schools that have improved their QDI scores overall in two years. Pictured: MDE Title 1 Director Marcus Cheeks, Oak Park Principal Tito T. Lanier and Laurel Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno.
5/17/13 > 2013 Laurel High School Senior Awards and Scholarships
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2013 Laurel High School Senior Awards List

Alcorn University Football Scholarship: Detonio Dade

Army National Guard Award: Askeyia Walker and Konswayla Moody

Association for Excellence in Education Scholarship: Tajchene Julien

Basketball All State Tournament Team: Deshon Bayless

Brigadier General George Price Superior Cadet Award: Idellar Camel

Carolyn Stone People of Quality Award: Trenton Thompson

Coahoma Community College Baseball Scholarship: Brandon Graham

Comcast Leaders & Achievers Scholarship: Damarcus Simmons

Daughters of the American Revolution Award: Idellar Camel

Davis Foundation Scholarship: Danique Bester

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Scholarship: Halle Lewis, Sakhenna Jones and Chikaylla Walker

East Central Community College Football Scholarship: Josh Brown, Matthew Moore and Daryl Rogers

East Central Community College Soccer Scholarship: Konswayla Gavin

Exchange Club Student of the Year: Joe’l Rogers

Frank G. Weisner Chemistry Award: Latasha Ransom

Health Science Red Cord Life Giver Award: Damarcus Simmons, Tymeka Hunter, Christa Morgan, Shakeyna Townsend, Shavoyen Gandy, Lashell McGill, Brianna Jones and Tetrin Alexander

Health Science Award: Rosa Delgado and Tetrin Alexander

Holmes Community College Basketball Scholarship: Latrelle Millsap

Jones County Junior College Bobcat Scholarship: Rushie Clayton and Scottie McCall

Jones County Junior College Career & Technical Scholarship: Rosa Delgado

Jones County Junior College Choral Scholarship: Ashley Adams

Jones County Junior College Maury Thames Scholarship: Keyona Johnson

Jones County Junior College Presidential Scholarship: Chikaylla Walker and Germecca Bolton

Jones County Junior College Tennis Scholarship: Tymeka Hunter

Junior Auxiliary Scholarship: Chikaylla Walker and Damarcus Simmons

Kenny Carter Award: Damarcus Simmons

Kiwanis Club J.S. Gatlin Scholarship: JaLen Husband

Kiwanis Club F.A. McCoy Scholarship: Tajchene Julien

Kiwanis Club Kevin Stanislaus Scholarship: Rosa Delgado

Laurel Golden Vision Award: Damarcus Simmons

Lawson State Basketball Scholarship: Deshon Bayless

Mayor’s Youth Council Award: Antoine Lockhart

Meridian Community College Soccer Scholarship: Kira Morrell

Mississippi High School Activities Association Scholar Athletic Teams (must have cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher): Girls’ Basketball, Girl’s Tennis and Varsity Cheer

Mississippi State University Valedictorian Scholarship: Chikaylla Walker

Mu Alpha Theta Award: Latasha Ransom, Joe’l Rogers, Trenton Thompson, Shakenya Townsend and Regina Wheeler

Perfect Attendance Award: Tetrin Alexander, Maya Cooper and JaLen Husband

ProStart Culinary Scholarships: Ladareus Hughes and Jatwon Smith

R.H. Watkins Class of 1974 Scholarship: Tajchene Julien and Joe’l Rogers

R.H. Watkins Class of 1975 Scholarship: Antoine Lockhart and Breara Hampton

Spring Hill College Portier Scholar Scholarship: Latasha Ransom

Superintendent’s Scholars for all nine weeks: Germeeca Bolton, Rosa Delgado, Breaun Dixon, Tymeka Hunter, Keyona Lewis, Antoine Lockhart, Latasha Ransom, Kristine Robinson, Joe’l Rogers, Damarcus Simmons, Chikaylla Walker and Regina Wheeler

Three Arts Club Award: Ashley Adams

Top Ten: Chikaylla Walker, Germecca Bolton, Damarcus Simmons, Latasha Ransom, Rosa Delgado, Shakenya Townsend, Rushie Clayton, Tymeka Hunter, Trenton Thompson and Halle Lewis

Tracy Traylor Scholarship: Shakenya Townsend

Varsity Cheerleader Award: Germecca Bolton

William Carey University Opportunity Scholarship: Seth Baker

Youmanity AVIVA Scholarship: Jarvis Thompson
5/14/13 > LHS: Bayless signs with Lawson State
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Laurel High School basketball standout Deshon Bayless signed a scholarship with Lawson State Community College located in Birmingham, Alabama. Pictured (seated) Lawson State Basketball Coach D. Tarver, Deshon Bayless and his mother Angelia Page, (standing) LHS Assistant Principal Jaymar Jackson, LHS Athletic Director Milton Smith, Bayless’ grandfather Wayne Bayless, LHS Basketball Coach Jason Williams, Bayless’ grandfather Oscar Stevens, Jr. and his sister Jhaqulia Stevens.
5/14/13 > LHS Top Ten Seniors 2013
Laurel High School
2013 Top Ten Seniors

Valedictorian Chikaylla Walker, the daughter of Ray and Sules Hales and Onitundle and Angela Hearn, plans to attend Mississippi State University and major in forensic anthropology. While at Laurel High School, she served as Student Body President and was an officer for the Principal’s Ambassadors leadership team. She was a member of Student Council, Beta Club, PBIS and the Select Choir and Women’s Ensemble. Walker was also a Superintendent Scholar. A member of the Laurel High School Lady Golden Tornadoes Basketball Team, she served as captain and was named Miss Tornado, All-District and Scholar Athlete. She also served as Track Team Captain. During Thanksgiving holidays, she volunteered to serve food at the Good Samaritan Center.

Salutatorian Germecca Bolton, daughter of Linda Taylor and Chris Roberts, plans to attend Jones County Junior College followed by the University of Southern Mississippi and then medical school where she plans to become an orthopedic surgeon. During her time at Laurel High School, she was a member of the Student Council, Interact, Beta Club and PBIS. She served as Senior Class President and an officer for the Principal’s Ambassadors. A member of the Lady Golden Tornadoes Basketball Team, she served as captain, was named Best Defensive Player, Scholar Athlete, All-District and was an All-Star nominee. She was captain of the softball team and cheerleading squad and was named Miss Tornado for softball and received a leadership award for cheerleading. She also served as track team captain and played goalie in soccer. Active in the community, Bolton was a volunteer for the American Red Cross.

Historian DaMarcus Simmons, the son of Benita and Willie Simmons, plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi or Mississippi State University where he will major in business management and minor in cooking. While at Laurel High School he was active in both football and powerlifting. He was a member of the quiz bowl team and was named junior and senior Student of the Month. An Eagle Scout, Simmons was a Superintendent Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society and National Society of High School Scholars.

Ranking fourth, Latasha Ransom, daughter of Lawanda Ransom and Kennis Badue, plans to double major in medicine and aerospace aviation. While at Laurel High School, she was vice president of the Health Occupational Students of America, and was a member of the Math Bowl team and Mu Alpha Theta. She was honored with perfect attendance, superintendent’s list, highest average in math, science and history. She was an active volunteer for the Laurel High School blood drives.

Ranking fifth, Rosa Delgado, daughter of Miguel and Melissa Delgado, plans to attend Jones County Junior College where she will study physical therapy. After JCJC, she plans to attend the University of Mississippi. While at Laurel High School, she was a Superintendent’s Scholar and an active member of the Key Club, assisting with Pancake Day and the Downtown Chili Contest. For Allied Health, Delgado volunteered with the annual blood drives.



Ranking sixth, Shakenya Townsend, daughter of Shundra and Antwine Thames, plans to attend William Carey University or the University of Alabama where she will major in pre-medicine. During her time at Laurel High School, she was an active member of Beta Club, Key Club, Student Council, Math Bowl Team, Mu Alpha Theta, Gospel Choir, Future Leaders of Jones County, Principal’s Leadership Team and Health Occupational Students of America. She was named students of the month and was a Principal’s Scholar and Superintendent’s Scholar. Townsend was active in cheerleading, basketball, softball, soccer and tennis.

Ranking seventh, Rushie Clayton, daughter of Rose and Edward Clayton, plans to attend Jones County Junior College followed by the University of Southern Mississippi where she will major in mass communications. Clayton plans to pursue a career in photo journalism. While at Laurel High School, she served as reporter for the Student Council and secretary of the Beta Club. She was a member of Future Business Leaders of America, Key Club and Future Leaders of Jones County. She was a Superintendent‘s Scholar and Principal’s List Scholar, and received various citizenship awards. She played basketball, tennis and was a member of the color guard. Active in the community, Clayton assisted with the Delta Sigma Theta Walk against Violence and a breakfast for cancer survivors.

Ranking eighth, Tymeka Hunter, granddaughter of Mattie Barnett and niece of Barbara Deyamport, plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi where she will major in forensic criminal science. During her time at Laurel High School, she was a member of the Golden Girls, Select Gospel Choir and Future Business Leaders of America. She was named a Superintendent’s Scholar, played tennis and was a member of the cheerleading squad. Active in the community, she served as a youth community organizer for the countywide Family Development Center.

Ranking ninth, Trenton Thompson, son of Gloria Thompson and Tyrone Thompson, plans to attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanics University located in Tallahassee, Florida. He plans to major in journalism. While at Laurel High School, he was a member of the Spanish Club, Math Bowl Team, Academic Ambassadors, Mu Alpha Theta and National Honor Society. He received student of the month, perfect attendance, honor roll and was named a Superintendent’s Scholar and Principal’s Scholar. While in middle school, he participated in football, and in 9th grade was named most important player in community basketball. He volunteered at local nursing homes, delivered food to the needy, sang in the church choir and was an active member of the Young People Department.

Ranking tenth, Halle Lewis, daughter of Latonya Lewis and Anthony Gibbs, plans to attend Mississippi State University and become a physical therapist. During her time at Laurel High School, she was an active member of the Student Council, Student Ambassadors and the Culinary Arts Department. She received good citizenship and was named a Principal’s Scholar. She served as captain of the cheerleading squad and won top team at cheer camp. Active in the community, she volunteered with the United Way of the Pine Belt Region and assisted with the citywide women’s conference.
5/14/13 > LHS: Bender qualifies for national forensics tournament
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Laurel High School junior Ataacleve Bender qualified to compete in the National Catholic Forensics League National Tournament. Bender will perform in the Dramatic Interpretation category later this month in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He will perform “Bein’ Crazy” by Marc Bagwell.
5/01/13 > LMS: Mayor Mack proclaims May 7 as National Teacher Day for the city of Laurel
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Laurel Mayor Melvin Mack recently proclaimed May 7, 2013 as National Teacher Day for the City of Laurel. The proclamation reads:
WHEREAS, teachers make public schools great; and
WHEREAS, teachers work to open students' minds to ideas, knowledge and dreams; and
WHEREAS, teachers keep American democracy alive by laying the foundation for good citizenship; and
WHEREAS, teachers fill many roles, as listeners, explorers, role models, motivators and mentors; and
WHEREAS, teachers continue to influence us long after our school days are only memories;
Now, therefore, I, Melvin Mack,
serving as Mayor
of Laurel, MS,
Do hereby proclaim Tuesday, May 7, 2013, as
National Teacher Day
I urge that we observe this day by taking time to recognize and acknowledge the impact of our educators on our lives.
Pictured: With Mayor Melvin Mack are Laurel Middle School Teachers Leah McCullum, Stephanie McDonald, Christi Collins, Jerry Fletcher, Mason Moss and Germania Rushing.
5/01/13 > NDMS students, teachers perform the Harlem Shake
5/01/13 > LHS HOSA makes donation to Relay For Life
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Laurel High School Career and Technical Center's Health Occupations Students of America donated $150 to the LHS Relay for Life team. Pictured: Donna Smith (LHS Relay for Life Co-Coordinator), Joseph Barnes, Anna Morgan, Zhacardia McCann, Destiny Jones, Tyteanna Bolton, Khyla Jones, Nakeeba Gallaspy, Darnesha McCann, Kiambree Hayes, Tetrin Alexander, Mollie Ward, Kensley May, Rosa Delgado, Leigh Collins McCarty (Co-Coordinator).
5/01/13 > LHS FCCLA students place in state competition

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education. The state FCCLA Conference was held in Natchez, MS. Laurel High School Career and Technical Center students competed against other students in the state, and every LHS CTC student who competed placed. Three of the the Early Childhood students will have a chance to compete at the national level this summer in Nashville, TN. Pictured are Early Childhood students: Albany Morris 1st place in Picture File, Makayla Walker and Jaleia Arrington 2nd place in Focus on Children, Jarius McBride 1st place in Recycle and Redesign, and Mrs. Dion Dotson, LHS CTC Early Childhood instructor. Also, placing 3rd in the culinary competition were the LHS CTC Culinary Arts students. Pictured: Robert Brown, T' Naj Simmons, Ataacleve Bender, and Daryn Spinks.

4/15/13 > LHS 9th Grade hosts Spanish Spelling Bee
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The Laurel High School Ninth Grade Campus recently held a Spanish Spelling Bee. The school had 20 students participate in the first annual event. The winners received various prizes, certificates and medals for their accomplishments. Pictured: Spelling bee judge Julio Martinez, first place winner Ian Lengoir, second place winner Malcolm Jordan, third place winner Brindon Manuel, spelling bee judge Edwin Brown and Spanish teacher Sirlene Capers.
4/15/13 > LMS SADD students donate to Red Cross
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Laurel Middle School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) completed their Heroes campaign for March. They sold donation squares and photos to raise money for the Red Cross Heroes fund. Pictured with the donation are (left – right) LMS Principal Jeannine Agee, Branch Office Coordinator for the Red Cross Jacquelyne McCullum, and LMS SADD Coordinator Sandi Creel. SADD was able to collect and donate $400.00.
4/15/13 > LMS 7th graders take the ACT for the Duke University Talent Search
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Twenty Laurel Middle School seventh graders qualified to take the ACT test as part of the Duke Talent Search. They began the process last October when they were qualified to participate along with other outstanding students across the United States.
From this group, three scored high enough for Mississippi State Recognition. Shaquavia Straughn, Jessica Thompson and Chiyya Waters will receive their recognition in June.
In order to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program, the middle school students needed to obtain a qualifying score on the MCT2, which is set by Duke University.
However, as part of the Duke Talent Search, seventh graders must take the ACT test. This is the same test that high school students take as part of their college admissions process. Four of those who participated qualified for the summer programs offered at Duke and numerous colleges and universities around the country.
Jessica Thompson, who qualified for the Academy for Summer Studies, described her experience. She said that it made her feel really good to be in the same testing room with high school students. “I thought to myself, ‘I am smart enough to test with these high school kids.’”
Another qualifier for the Academy for Summer Studies, Shaquavia Straughn, said that she was not surprised when she was in a room with high school students for the test. “At first I thought the test was hard, but then it was fairly easy.” She also noted that she felt prepared since she and a few others had practiced after school with the help of Ms. Rachel Virgess, language arts and reading teacher and Mr. Josh Walters, Pre-Algebra and Algebra teacher.
“I was really, really, really nervous,” said Edward Bailey. He explained that it was his first experience taking such a long, difficult test all on one day. Edward also qualified for the Academy for Summer studies, along with Chiyyia Waters.
Pictured: (front row L-R) Pierre Andrews, Edward Bailey, Jasmine Bender, Amir Breland, Tanaudre Holden, Karen Jackson, (middle row L-R) JuanLechuga, Blessing Magee Ducksworth, Breunna McCann, Rodriana Porter, Taylor Reed, Chacori Ruffin, (back row L-R) Shaquavia Straughn, Courtney Thigpen, Jessica Thompson, Bryce Ward and Chiyyia Waters. Not pictured: Jykeria Jones and Jalan Wallace.
4/15/13 > Autism Awareness event scheduled for April 23
In honor of Autism Awareness Month, the Laurel School District will host Dr. Mark Yeager of the Yeager Group on April 23 beginning at 5 p.m. at Laurel High School’s 9th Grade Campus located in the Stewart M. Jones Building, 1125 N 5th Avenue. The community is invited to hear about various characteristics of Autism including communication, academics, socialization and other areas including the importance of early childhood education.
4/09/13 > OP: February Students of the Month
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Congratulations to Oak Park's February Students of the Month. Each student received a coupon from Taco Bell, a water bottle and backpack from AEE adopters Sanderson Farm and Trustmark Bank.
4/08/13 > LMS 6th Grade Orientation scheduled for April 16 @ 6 p.m.
Laurel Middle School will hold Sixth Grade Orientation on April 16 beginning at 6 p.m. in the school’s gym. All incoming sixth graders are invited to meet teachers, pick up choice forms, tour the building and view performances by the LMS Cheerleaders, Highsteppers, Ballroom Dancers, Show Choir and Gospel Choir.
4/05/13 > Tito T. Lanier named Administrator of the Year
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Administrator of the Year award
By: Erin Lowrey, Laurel Schools PR Intern

Oak Park Elementary is known for celebrating its rich history of leaders, including their very own principal who was recently named Laurel School District Administrator of the Year.

Tito T. Lanier, a graduate of Jackson State University, and William Carey University, received the prestigious award for turning Oak Park Elementary into an Oasis of Teaching and Learning in his three short years as principal.

Lanier made it his personal mission to bring the Mississippi Department of Education rating of “At Risk of Failing” school to “Successful.”

“I was very excited when I heard I was Administrator of the year,” Lanier said. “But my hat goes off to the teachers because without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Some of his leadership tactics included encouraging students to understand the importance of learning, promoting the historical culture of the school through recognizing iconic leaders of the past, and having a team of devoted teachers equipped with the tools necessary to implement change through teaching and learning.

“I also made sure to visit homes, and speak with parents of at-risk students,” Lanier said. “We had to change our thinking, and once we did that we could move forward.”

Lanier, as well, had to change his thinking. In order to bring Oak Park back up to par with other schools in the district, he had to have a plan. He made a quote from the book “How successful people think” by John C. Maxwell his driving force for the school.

“The right thought plus the right people in the right environment at the right time for the right reason equals the right result.”

Superintendent Chuck Benigno recognized the results from Lanier’s plan for Oak Park, and realized the award could not go to a better candidate.

“Tito Lanier is a compassionate leader who understands the importance of helping all students be successful,” Benigno said. “His ability to lead positive change is evident in Oak Park’s “Successful” rating by MDE and High Progress Reward School recognition from the federal model. Last year’s 22 point QDI increase can be contributed specifically to his team’s laser-like focus on student achievement and his ability to galvanize all stakeholders in the schools mission.”
“Mr. Lanier embraces the challenge of leading over 500 elementary students and masterfully motivates them to believe in themselves and their ability to compete academically,” Benigno continued. “His diverse understanding of the curriculum and the staff development needs of his faculty has increased teacher capacity and created a healthy approach to high-stakes testing and accountability.”

Assistant Instructional Leader Edna Byrdsong of Oak Park Elementary was also very excited for Lanier to receive this prestigious award. In her recommendation letter, Byrdsong raved of Lanier’s accomplishments, and passion.

“While working with him, I have been continually impressed with his commitment to excellence,” said Byrdsong. “Mr. Lanier is uncompromising in his efforts to provide quality education for his students, and he never loses focus of students and their needs.”

Lanier expects Oak Park to continue on the path to success, with the help of his own mantra as seen on the walls of the school.

“At Oak Park, we believe that we are enlarging the exposure vehicle with the fuel of knowledge that drives students into success city.”

In addition to being named the Laurel School District Administrator of the Year, Lanier was recently presented a Mississippi Humanities Council Special Recognition Award for his emphasis on literacy and family partnerships. Through the Mississippi Humanities Council Family Reading Bonds program, offered at the Laurel-Jones County Library, Lanier was able to share his love for the humanities with innovative techniques in a venue where children and adults were able to learn together.

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Photo/Lacey Slay, Laurel Schools
Laurel School District Administrator of the Year Tito T. Lanier assists Jaylen Smith in a fourth grade language arts class at Oak Park Elementary School. Lanier also received a Mississippi Humanities Council Special Recognition Award for his work to promote literacy.
4/04/13 > MASON: March Students of the Month - Upper Elementary
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Mason Elementary School is proud to announce the upper elementary students of the month for March. These students display positive attitudes and leadership within their classrooms. We are proud of these exemplary students. They are pictured wearing their t-shirts given to them by our sponsors, Westminister Presbyterian Church.

Front row: Dronia Nixon, Tamia Young, Iris Ixba, Myron White, Kendriques Jacks
Back row: Marhias Coleman, Natonzia Patterson, Danarria Keys, Jonndewaye Crosby, Chesney Nixon, Cheyenne Hales
4/04/13 > MASON: March Students of the Month - Lower Elementary
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Mason Elementary School is proud to announce the lower elementary students of the month for March. These students display positive attitudes and leadership within their classrooms. We are proud of these exemplary students. They are pictured wearing their t-shirts given to them by our sponsors, Westminister Presbyterian Church.

Front row: Jalen Nelson, Luis Lopez, Destiny Crosby, Donta Holmes, Peyton Wallace
Back row: Precious Perkins, John White, Dylan Love, Jaqiel Lindsey, Ashley Rivera, Malea Windham
4/02/13 > LMS Track Team members place first in recent meet.
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Laurel Middle School's Tyquan Ulmer, Henry Shade, Eddie McCormick and Jevah Jones placed first in the 4 X 200 Relay Team at a recent track meet held at Presbyterian Christian School. The LMS Track Team will run in the East Mississippi Middle School Championship in Meridian this week.
3/27/13 > Title I Parent Night scheduled for April 11 at Central Office
The Laurel School District will host a Title I Parent Night on Thursday, April 11, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Central Office Board Room located at 303 West 8th Street. All parents are invited to attend to give input on developing the Title I program.
3/08/13 > OP: Local garden club visits 5K
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Kindergarten students at Oak Park Elementary School created seed and peanut butter pinecones thanks to the assistance of the Northwood Garden Club of Laurel. Members of the club volunteered their time and resources to teach children about birds. The club also donated butterfly habitats to each class. The Northwood Garden Club will also volunteer their time to create gardens on both sides of the school’s auditorium. Pictured: Kindergarten student Jamel Abney works on his bird feeder.
3/08/13 > OP: Students, Teachers honor board member Rev. Earnest Thompson
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Students and teachers at Oak Park Elementary School honored Laurel School District Board of Trustees member Rev. Earnest Thompson as part of School Board Member Recognition Week. Students presented Rev,. Thompson with cards, drawings and gifts to show their appreciation for his service to their school.
3/07/13 > MASON: February Students of the Month - Upper Elementary
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Mason Elementary School is proud to announce the upper elementary students of the month for February. These students display positive attitudes and leadership within their classrooms. We are proud of these exemplary students. They are pictured wearing their t-shirts given to them by our sponsors, Westminister Presbyterian Church.

Front row: Leonard Ross, Remarcus McCann, Ahlandria Norton, Tanayae Nguienea, Laken Booth
Back row: Deanthony Moffett, Dejarris Page, Katsy Miranda, Corey Cooley, Isaiah Ducksworth
3/07/13 > MASON: February Students of the Month - Lower Elementary
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Mason Elementary School is proud to announce the lower elementary students of the month for February. These students display positive attitudes and leadership within their classrooms. We are proud of these exemplary students. They are pictured wearing their t-shirts given to them by our sponsors, Westminister Presbyterian Church.

Front row: Makias Abney, Roger Castillo, Quadaysa Thomas, Ruishunda Smith, Jaelyn Moffett
Back row: Jordin Martinez, Steven Duong, Caden Mack, Jonathan Keyes, Michael Molina, Dreyden McDonald
3/06/13 > LHS Culinary Arts students participate in Day at the Capitol
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Laurel High School’s award winning culinary arts students recently participated in Career and Technical Center Day at the Capitol in Jackson. Seniors Latrelle Booth, Shala McCann and Ladareus Hughes made a cheesecake dessert to share with senators and representatives during the annual event held to promote the importance of career and technical education. The students were accompanied by LHS CTC Director Becky Sanders, Vocational Counselor Leigh Collins McCarty, Assistant Principal Leander Bridges and Culinary Arts Instructor Roderick Hollins. During the event staff members were able to visit with elected officials from across the state, while the students showcased their culinary skills.
3/06/13 > Nora Davis, Laurel Middle receive PREPS Value Added Awards
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The Laurel School District, Nora Davis Magnet School and Laurel Middle School were recently awarded by the Program of Research and Evaluation for Public Schools (PREPS) at a special awards ceremony held in Jackson. Nora Davis Magnet School received a PREPS Value Added Award for both math and language arts, and Laurel Middle received a Value Added Award for algebra. The PREPS Value Added Awards Program identifies high performing schools among Mississippi districts, which are adding value and considered to be performing significantly better than schools with comparable socioeconomic circumstances. At the ceremony, the Laurel School District received a PREPS Involvement Award. According to PREPS, this award is given to school districts in recognition of significant involvement in PREPS programs and activities. The award recipients have had the highest percentage of their teachers and administrators participate in PREPS sponsored professional development opportunities and other programs and activities during the past year. Pictured: Laurel School District Curriculum Director Kenda Covington, Laurel Middle School Math Teacher Savannah Keeler, LMS Principal Jeannine Agee, LMS Algebra Teacher Josh Walters, Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno, Nora Davis Magnet School Principal Elaine Read, NDMS Third Grade Teacher Alaina Garick and NDMS Fifth Grade Teacher Congetta Geiger.
2/26/13 > Holloman named Teacher of the Year
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Teacher of the Year
By: Erin Lowrey
Laurel Schools PR Intern

Laurel School District prides itself on expecting greatness, but this motto does not only apply to students.

Rhonda Holloman, a Mason Elementary School first grade teacher, exemplified greatness in her classroom, which led to receiving teacher of the year for the Laurel School District. Holloman was the honor by Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno on Thursday January 31.

“I was voted Mason’s teacher of the year first by my peers, but I was blown away when I heard the news that I was chosen as the district’s teacher of the year,” Holloman said. “I felt very blessed.”

Holloman has been a teacher at Mason for three years, and has been both teacher and administrator in her 30 years in education. As part of her application for the state level, she had to complete a series of essays as to why education was important to her.

“I am here to establish a productive, caring atmosphere in which children can learn and experience success,” she wrote. “Throughout my years of teaching many ideas have changed, but I have maintained the responsibility to increase interest, shape thinking, encourage and develop children’s learning.”

According to Mason Elementary principal Ken Culpepper, there was no one more deserving of the award than Holloman.

“She is one of the few teachers who, even when the job gets tough, wants children in school and in the classroom regardless of their behavioral habits,” Culpepper said. “This just affirmed that there was not a better candidate because of her focus, and loving touch to every teacher, student and parent. “

Holloman credits a mentor from her past for her passion for teaching.

“I have to thank Elaine Herbison who pushed me to get my Masters, and for being such a positive mentor,” Holloman said. “She took me out of the classroom, and taught me to make a difference, and I wouldn’t be the teacher I am today without her.”

Holloman received her bachelor’s degree in Special Education, and Elementary Education at the University of Southern Mississippi. She also received her master’s degree in Administration at Mississippi State University. Holloman is a member of the Mississippi Professional Educators , and is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children. Currently, Holloman serves on the Mason Leadership Team.

With Holloman’s education, experience and love for children, Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno believes Holloman represents what the Laurel School District looks for in a quality teacher.

“I am so proud of Rhonda Holloman and the wonderful work she is doing with her students at Mason Elementary,” Benigno said. “Mrs. Holloman's classroom is an inviting place where children are surrounded by love and are challenged to strive for excellence. I am most impressed with her ability to focus on the individual needs of each child while still expecting the entire class to reach a high level of achievement.”

Holloman is married to J.D. Holloman and they have two children Justin Holloman and Maegen Collins who is married to Joesph Collins. They also have three grandchildren, Hunter Holloman (4), McKinsley Kaye Holloman (4 months) and Adelynn Claire Collins (8 months).

Photo/Lacey Slay, Laurel Schools
Mason Elementary School Teacher Rhonda Holloman was presented the honor of Laurel School District Teacher of the Year for her dedicated service to the children of Laurel. Pictured: Curriculum Director Kenda Covington, Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno, Mason Teacher Rhonda Holloman and Mason Principal Dr. Ken Culpepper.
2/13/13 > LHS: Brown signs with East Central
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Wednesday morning, Laurel High School football standout Joshua Brown signed a scholarship with East Central Community College. Pictured with Brown are his mother and father Alicia and Wilbur McClendon. Standing: LHS Athletic Director Milton Smith, LHS Head Football Coach Todd Breland and LHS Defensive Coordinator Ronnie Cochran.
2/07/13 > OP: January Students of the Month
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Congratulations to Oak Park's January Students of the Month. Each student received a Certificate of Achievement and a coupon from Papa John's, a water bottle and backpack from AEE adopters Sanderson Farm and Trustmark Bank.
2/07/13 > LHS students practice entrepreneurship
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Laurel High School’s fall/winter desktop publishing students became entrepreneurs for a special class project. Students created their own business and used their desktop publishing skills to formulate all of the business documents, including advertisements, associated with their chosen business. The students completed the project by giving a presentation to their fellow classmates. Pictured L-R: Taylor Bell, Sharmonica White, Eric Lindsey, Jabreann Thigpen, Gaybrail Jones, and Desktop Publishing Teacher Devon Sellers.
2/07/13 > MASON: January Students of the Month - Lower Elementary
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Mason Elementary School is proud to announce the lower elementary students of the month for January. These students display positive attitudes and leadership within their classrooms. We are proud of these exemplary students. They are pictured wearing their t-shirts given to them by our sponsors, Westminister Presbyterian Church.

Front row: Caden Richardson, Jalyn Bounds, Zion Currie, Karla Villaseca, Keymari Dixon
Back row: Harold Cooley, Leslie Santiago, Tywuan Powe, Kylen Lindsey, Tykerria Jones
2/07/13 > MASON: January Students of the Month - Upper Elementary
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Mason Elementary School is proud to announce the upper elementary students of the month for January. These students display positive attitudes and leadership within their classrooms. We are proud of these exemplary students. They are pictured wearing their t-shirts given to them by our sponsors, Westminister Presbyterian Church.

Front row: Zephaniah Scott, Dejia Byrd, Bernisha Lindsey, Shaderricka Nixon, Ahzaria Watson
Back row: Toshea Wilburn, Jennifer Lechuga, Isaiah Hughes, Alisa Carmichael, Gustavo Chairez
2/06/13 > LHS: Dade signs with Alcorn
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At a ceremony Wednesday morning as part of National Signing Day, Laurel High School football standout Detonio Dade signed a scholarship with Alcorn State University. Pictured: (seated L-R) LHS Offensive Line Coach Buddy Duke, Dade’s father Tony Dade, Dade and his mother Gwenda Dade. (standing L-R) LHS Athletic Director Milton Smith, LHS Head Football Coach Todd Breland, LHS 10th-12th Grade Principal Jaymar Jackson and LHS Offensive Coordinator Mike Barlow.
2/06/13 > LHS: Tillman signs with East Central
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At a ceremony Wednesday morning as part of National Signing Day, Laurel High School football standout Virzil Tillman signed a scholarship with East Central Community College. Pictured: (seated L-R) LHS Receiving Coach Ray Pickering, Tillman and his mother Yolanda Hawkins and LHS Offensive Coordinator Mike Barlow. (standing L-R) LHS Athletic Director Milton Smith, LHS Running Back Coach Jerry Fletcher, LHS Head Football Coach Todd Breland and LHS 10th-12th Grade Principal Jaymar Jackson.
1/31/13 > OP: 2nd Nine Weeks Perfect Attendance Bike Winners
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
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1/31/13 > OP: 1st Semester Perfect Attendance, Lower Elementary
Congratualtions DeAjania Keyes!!!
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1/31/13 > OP: 1st Semester Perfect Attendance, Upper Elementary
Congratulations Olivia Trotter!!!
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1/31/13 > OP: Kindergarten, 1st Place Reading Fair
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Ms. Olson's Class

The Crayon Box That Talked

1/31/13 > OP: 1st Grade, 1st Place Reading Fair
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Ms. Barnett's Class

The Leaf Man

1/31/13 > OP: 2nd Grade, 1st Place Reading Fair
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Mrs. McGhee's Class

Strega Nona

1/31/13 > OP: 3rd Grade, 1st Place Reading Fair
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Mrs. Campbell's Class

The Monster in the Cave

1/31/13 > OP: 4th Grade, 1st Place Reading Fair
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Mrs. Ridgeway's Class

Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon

1/31/13 > OP: 5th Grade, 1st Place Reading Fair
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Ms. Bowman's Class

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain

1/31/13 > OP: December Students of the Month
Congratulations to Oak Park's December Students of the Month. Each student received a coupon from Taco Bell, a water bottle and backpack from AEE adopters Sanderson Farm and Trustmark Bank.
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1/22/13 > Laurel graduate Akeem Davis receives prestigious community award
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Story and photo from www.gotigersgo.com The Official Website of Memphis Athletics

Davis Named Selmon Community Spirit Award Recipient
Departing senior presented award by Selmon Family, PremierPlayers.com

In accepting the Lee Roy Selmon Community Spirit Award Saturday night, University of Memphis departed senior Akeem Davis shared memories of how his grandfather asked him about his grades when told he wanted to play football as well as how NFL legend Steve McNair touched his life when visiting Davis' Laurel, Miss., neighborhood.

Davis was named the winner of the inaugural award during the 2012 Premier Players of College Football awards celebration in Tampa, Fla.

The award is named in honor of Pro Football Hall of Fame member Lee Roy Selmon. Beyond a collegiate career at the University of Oklahoma and a nine-year stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Selmon, who passed away in 2011, was a corporate and collegiate athletics executive and was also active in several charities.

"I honestly didn't know who Lee Roy Selmon was when I was told I was a finalist for this honor but I instantly went online and looked him up," Davis said in accepting the award. "I was like `Wow. This was a really phenomenal guy. An All-American at Oklahoma, he went on to do great things in Tampa both on the field and in the community.'

"I am honored to receive this award but the boat doesn't stop here," Davis said. "A lot of people have poured into my life and if those people had not poured into my life, I would not have been able to pour into the lives of others."

During his playing career at Memphis, Davis has shared many of the same goals Selmon accomplished during his life.

The two-time captain at Memphis graduated CumLaude in December, 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration (Finance) and is working toward a Master's degree in Liberal Studies.

Davis has participated in multiple Dr. Seuss Read Across America Days, reading to children at local elementary schools. He has also volunteered at Hanley Elementary, tutoring fifth graders ahead of the TCAP (Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program) achievement tests. Davis has served as a volunteer at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis as well as the Children's Museum of Memphis. He is also active in his church, First Baptist Broad Avenue Church.

Davis' acceptance speech Saturday night included the story of how McNair visited his Laurel community and how the quarterback showed Davis, who used to play quarterback, how to hold and throw a football.
"He said you can be anything you want to be but it starts with yourself," Davis said. "I have remembered that. I take that with me when I talk to kids and read to kids. I give them the same message. It carries a lot of weight because there are a lot of people telling them they can't be what they want to be. They are not big enough. They are not fast enough. They are not smart enough. They are not tough enough."

The Premier Players Sports Foundation recognizes sports can be a game-changer in a child's life because it teaches team work, physical fitness, leadership, relationship building and self-confidence. The foundation's mission is to provide orphanages sports balls, apparel and league sponsorships for children can get into the game. The foundation also uses its charitable awards dinners to financially benefit other nonprofit organizations that focus on the well-being of children in orphanages, foster care or with disabilities and diseases.

In addition to Davis' honor, North Carolina State tight end Asa Watson received the Freddie Solomon Community Spirit Award while Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones won the 2012 Premier Player of College Football Trophy."
1/22/13 > OP: Purchase Oak Park Spiritwear
Click on the link below to purchase Oak Park Spiritwear.

1/18/13 > MASON: December Students of the Month - Upper Elementary
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Mason Elementary School is proud to announce the upper elementary students of the month for December. These students display positive attitudes and leadership within their classrooms. We are proud of these exemplary students. They are pictured wearing their t-shirts given to them by our sponsors, Westminister Presbyterian Church.

1st Row: Jamari Dean, Axel Soto Lopez, Karen Arrington, Kajuan Bruner, Jamila Forte, Semiko Phillips
2nd Row: Jamya Evans, Jaylin Ellis, Daniel Walker, Esmeralda Zapot, Jayla Milsap, Keke Hales
1/18/13 > MASON: December Students of the Month - Lower Elementary
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Mason Elementary School is proud to announce the lower elementary students of the month for December. These students display positive attitudes and leadership within their classrooms. We are proud of these exemplary students. They are pictured wearing their t-shirts given to them by our sponsors, Westminister Presbyterian Church.

1st Row: Brayden Hayes, Jadelyn Page, Atlantis Williamson, Jayla George, Shikearis Pruitt, Karen Alba
2nd Row: Ajariaunna Paige, LaKourtney Hill, Jahir Rodriguez, Leticiya Rodriguez, Derzyreia Ducksworth, Ashangee Hales
1/17/13 > LHS CTC students give back
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Laurel School District
For Immediate Release

By Lacey Walters Slay, Public Information Officer

Headline: Laurel High School students give back

When Hurricane Katrina heavily impacted the area in 2005, schools from other states provided assistance to Laurel High School. Now, nearly eight years later, the students of Laurel High School have returned the favor.

After Hurricane Sandy devastated areas on the east coast, students at Laurel High School’s Career and Technical Center banded together to host a fundraiser to assist schools affected by the Super Storm. To create a scene for the fundraiser, students replicated the New York skyline on one side of the center and the Jersey Shore Boardwalk on the other. The event featured a variety of street vender type booths where the students showcased their culinary and marketing skills.

The Culinary Arts students served nachos along with fresh squeezed lemonade, hot dogs and other street fare, and the students from Marketing created a boardwalk type souvenir shop with a “Restore the Shore” theme. All of the proceeds from the event were donated to the New York State Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, where the money will be earmarked to assist school programs impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

“I am extremely proud of our culinary and marketing students and their instructors,” said Laurel High School Career and Technical Center Director Becky Sanders. “The time they devoted to the preparation and implementation of this project shows the concern they have for the students affected by Hurricane Sandy. This was an excellent opportunity for our CTC to pay forward the kindness we received after Hurricane Katrina.”

The students involved in the event were pleased with their accomplishments and were excited to see how easy it was to help others.

“It means a lot to me to be involved in this effort,” said LHS Marketing student Jasmine McInnis. “When we were going through the aftermath of Katrina, others helped us out and sent checks to our school, and it is important to give back. We never know what life will bring our way.”

Culinary Arts Instructor Rod Hollins was proud of his students’ work and thankful for the opportunity to teach them a life lesson.

“It is important for our students to see that not only do you make money for yourself and your business, but you should always give back and help others. It is good to receive, but it is even better to give. Due to Katrina, we had needs. Now, someone else has needs, and we can do our part by assisting with those needs.”

“Community involvement is one of the most important life lessons we teach in the Laurel High School CTC,” Sanders added. “This project reminded our students that their good works do not have to end at the city limits or the state line.”

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Photo/Lacey Slay, Laurel Schools
Laurel High School Career and Technical Center Marketing students Amanda Williams (left) and Jasmine McInnis (right) work at their “Restore the Shore” booth during a recent fundraiser to assist schools impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
1/16/13 > LHS featured in Youmanity promotional video
1/11/13 > National award winning teacher speaks to Laurel teachers
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Teachers in the Laurel School District recently gathered at Laurel High School for professional development featuring Donna Porter and D.J. Baptiste. Porter, a teacher at Picayune Memorial High School, received The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award for the life-changing influence she had on Baptiste, a troubled student who was involved in gangs. Porter and Baptiste shared their story with the teachers of Laurel and discussed the important role teachers play in the lives of students.
1/11/13 > Laurel employees receive MLK Leadership Award
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Several Laurel School District employees were presented leadership awards during the MLK Community Engagement Opening Session sponsored by the Dr. Martin Luther King Parade Committee of the Pine Belt held Friday at Laurel High School. Those receiving the award were LHS Principal Carl Michael Day, Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno, Basketball Coach Jason Williams, Basketball Coach Sules Hales and LHS Assistant Principal Jaymar Jackson.
1/11/13 > Maddox: Reading Fair Winners

Reading Fair Winners

The faculty and staff of Maddox Elementary School would like to announce the winners of the Reading Fair for 2012-2013.  Winners were chosen in 8 categories, and will proceed to the District Reading Fair.  Congratulations winners!!


Individual boards: K--Akria Buckhalter, 1st gr.--Zykeria Murry, 2nd gr.--Jacoria McGill, 3rd gr.--Caja White, 4th-5th gr.--Malea Cook

Family boards: K-3rd gr.--Davion and Arkis Portis, 4th-5th gr.--Quaveon Arrington and Cody Rich

Group boards: K-3rd gr.--2nd gr. GOAL class (Wilber Acevedo, Harley Gilman, and Joselyn Morales)

12/21/12 > NDMS: Holiday Art Contest Winner featured on Christmas Card
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Jante Simpson was the winner of the Laurel School District’s Annual Holiday Art Contest with his drawing “Snowman.” Jante is a fourth grader at Nora Davis Magnet School. Pictured with Jante is Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno who presented Jante with a stocking full of prizes.
12/21/12 > LHS Tornado Battalion Officers
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12/21/12 > LMS students honor veterans with American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes
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12/21/12 > Parent Center celebrates 15 years
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Laurel School District
For Immediate Release

By Lacey Walters Slay, Public Information Officer

Headline: Laurel School District Parent Center celebrates 15 years

For 15 years the Laurel School District Parent Center has been providing support to both the parents and students of Laurel. Through the services offered, the center has seen a multitude of success stories that can be accredited to the support provided by the center’s dedicated employees.

Through many years of experience in the field of education, the Parent Center staff has the ability to tackle most any challenge a student or parent may have. Director Shirley Martin has 12 years of experience and retired teachers Betty Jenkins and Alice Henderson have over 40 and 46 years of experience respectfully. During the school year, the ladies work diligently each day to see students and parents reach their goals.

For Martin, the job is an exciting opportunity to change lives.

“I find great joy when a smiling child runs through the door of the Parent Center waving a positive progress report from school,” Martin said. “We have a unique opportunity here to help struggling students become successful.”

Through the center’s After School Assistance program, students are able to receive homework help and additional learning resources. The center has a wide variety of tools that are available to both students and parents including computers with internet access and a library of Accelerated Reader leveled books.

The center is not only a place for parents to bring their children to learn. It is a place for parents to utilize as well. All throughout the day, parents visit the center to use computers for updating resumes, applying for jobs, or taking online classes.

The center also offers one-hour family sessions through a program called Practical Parenting Education. The topics covered during the sessions include “Understanding Your Role as a Parent,” “Communicating within the Family,” “Building Self Esteem within the Family,” “Resolving Homework Issues” and “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.” All members of the family are invited to attend the sessions that are held throughout the school year.

Valerie Oville is mother to three children who attend Nora Davis Magnet School, Marshall, Ashleigh and Kermit, II. Oville said her children visit the center three days a week after school, and because of the help they receive, two are Principal’s Scholars and one is a Superintendent’s Scholar.

“My children really enjoy working with the teachers here at the Parent Center,” Oville said. “They perform better in school because of the help they receive.”

In addition to the after-school assistance her children receive, she enjoys meeting with the parent center staff members and receiving parenting advice. Oville said she highly recommends the Parent Center to other parents in the Laurel School District.

“The Parent Center is a place you can gain access to a lot of tools that may not be available at home, and they are here for use at no cost,” she said.

Located on the 10th Street side of the Gardiner Administrative Building the center offers parents and students a variety of resources including access to computers, printers, copier, laminator, and other tools at times that are convenient for parents.

“The hours are great, because we are never rushed, and they make sure students get the best help they can possibly receive,” Oville said.

Open during the school year from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday, the hours offer parents the opportunity to stop by at night for homework help, tutoring, and access to computers with internet.

“The Parent Center has proven to be a valuable asset to the district,” said Director of Federal Programs and Curriculum Kenda Covington. “It is here to serve as a resource for parents. We invite and encourage all parents to come by and see what we have to offer.”

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Photo/Lacey Walters Slay, Laurel Schools
Laurel School District Parent Center staff Alice Henderson (left) and Shirley Martin (right) assist parent Alexandria Walker with a project at the district’s Parent Center, located on the 10th Street side of the Gardiner Administrative Building. The center has been assisting parents and students for 15 years.
12/21/12 > NDMS Holiday Songfest
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Nora Davis Magnet School students performed a variety of Christmas music for parents at the school's annual Holiday Songfest.
12/20/12 > NDMS Show Choir spreads Christmas cheer
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Each year the Nora Davis Magnet School Show Choir, visits area businesses that sponsor the school as Association for Excellence in Education School Adopters, as well as the Laurel School District Central Office and area nursing homes. The group performed a variety of song and dance routines, each with a Christmas theme. The students performed for AEE adopters Sanderson Farms and Bancorp South.
12/14/12 > LMS: S.A.D.D. Chapter Christmas Card Contest Winners
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12/14/12 > NDMS Cultural Arts Fest
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Students at Nora Davis Magnet School recently experienced the culture of Italy through art, dance, music, food, story telling and other activities. Students from the University of Southern Mississippi shared dances with the students. The annual event was a huge success.
12/12/12 > Laurel School District receives AdvancED/SACS accreditation
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During the December meeting of the Laurel School District Board of Trustees, AdvancED Representative Billy Folkes presented the board with a plaque highlighting the district’s Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation. The district recently completed a thorough review by a committee of educational experts. At the conclusion of the review, the district received commendations and was deemed fully accredited by AdvancED/SACS. Pictured: Board Member Greg Brown, Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno, Board Vice President Mike Axton, Board President Miranda Beard, AdvancED Representative Billy Folkes, Board Member Rev. Earnest Thompson and Board Secretary Ann Barrow.
12/12/12 > January School Board meeting moved to Jan. 15
The January 8th Laurel School District Board of Trustees meeting has been changed to January 15, 2013. Please make note of this change.
12/11/12 > OP: October Students of the Month
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Congratulations to Oak Park's October Students of the Month. Each student received a coupon from Taco Bell, a water bottle and backpack from AEE adopters Sanderson Farm and Trustmark Bank.
12/11/12 > OP: November Student of the Month
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We proudly announce our November students of the month. These students stepped beyond the bounds of normal expectations in showing respect for themselves and classmates. Each student received a coupon from Taco Bell, a water bottle and backpack from AEE Adopters Sanderson Farm and Trustmark Bank.
12/10/12 > LHS Interact students create cards for nursing home residents
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The Laurel High School Interact club created Thanksgiving cards that were passed out to citizens at Care Center of Laurel Nursing Home. Left to Right: Kanesha Pruitt, Khyla Jones, Te'Kendra Dean, April Jones, Gaybrail Jones, and La'Sharie Mayfield. Interact is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Laurel.
12/07/12 > LMS: Advanced Art Students
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12/07/12 > MASON: November Students of the Month - Upper Elementary
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Mason Elementary School is proud to announce the upper elementary students of the month for November. These students display positive attitudes and leadership within their classrooms. We are proud of these exemplary students. They are pictured wearing their t-shirts given to them by our sponsors, Westminister Presbyterian Church.

1st Row: Jane Aguirre, Shelby Jones, Austin Smith, Torreal Thompson, Malex Windham
2nd Row: Jasha Melton, Erica Gavin, Aquieria Akins, Joseph Ulmer, Caimon Rahming
Not picture: Sameka Jackson, Amariona Moffett
12/07/12 > MASON: November Students of the Month - Lower Elementary
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Mason Elementary School is proud to announce the lower elementary students of the month for November. These students display positive attitudes and leadership within their classrooms. We are proud of these exemplary students. They are pictured wearing their t-shirts given to them by our sponsors, Westminister Presbyterian Church.

1st Row: Mireya Castillo, Donovan Davidson, Jesus Rivera, Joshua Hopkins, Trinity Lee, Quanteze Nobles
2nd Row: Ziara McCullum, Madison Braddock, Troymond Henderson, Deshawn Grayson, Zaiden Keller, Kalah Harrington
12/04/12 > LMS: Christmas Program
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12/03/12 > LMS: Destination Graduation
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11/29/12 > Oak Park needs your vote
Oak Park Elementary School needs your vote.
The school who receives the most votes can win between $25,000 to $50,000. Please refer to the link below for more information.

https://powerabrightfuture.clorox.com/

To find our grant, click "Vote for Nominees." Then, type "Laurel, MS" in the location box.
11/28/12 > LMS: Showtime At The Apollo scheduled for Dec. 21
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11/27/12 > LMS Parent Night @ 6:00
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11/16/12 > LMS: Relay For Life Student vs. Teacher Dodgeball Classic
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11/16/12 > LHS 9th grade teacher honored by MCEE
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Sharra Jones, a math teacher at Laurel High School’s Ninth Grade Campus, was recently recognized by the Mississippi Council of Economic Education for being a best practices teacher for her classroom activities and lesson planning. The Mississippi Council on Economic Education is an educational organization founded to promote economic literacy in Mississippi. The council’s mission is to meet the need of insuring that K-12 schools and teachers in Mississippi provide quality instruction in economics and personal finance to young people. Jones, a fifth year teacher, received a Bachelor of Science in education from Millsaps College, a master’s degree from Mississippi College and is currently working on a doctorate degree.

Pictured: Stuart Varney, host of the Fox Business Network show “Varney and Co.,” Laurel High School Teacher Sharra Jones and Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch.
11/16/12 > LHS students study Holocaust in New York
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Laurel School District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Headline: Laurel High students study Holocaust in New York


The only difference between Sally Frishberg and Anne Frank was Anne got caught and Sally didn’t.

This past summer that real and poignant statement was made to a group of Laurel High School students who visited the Anne Frank Center in New York where they met Holocaust survivor Sally Frishberg. To complete a study of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” the students along with teachers made the 1,100 mile trip to visit the museum.

“To the students' surprise they were able to meet a Holocaust survivor and hear her experiences firsthand,” said English teacher Lasonya Anderson. “She shared how she and her family hid from 1942-1944 in a friend's attic, where her sister and aunt died of starvation. She also explained to the students that when they were liberated, while getting down from the attic after 2 years of hiding, they could not walk nor could they speak because their voice boxes had not been used for two years.”

Laurel High School student Mollie Ward was one of 25 students to make the journey, and she said it was an experience she will never forget.

“We went to the Anne Frank Museum, where we watched a documentary on Anne Frank, saw photographs, and had the opportunity to meet a Holocaust survivor,” Ward said. “You really don’t realize how real all of that was until you hear it from someone who went through it. The tragedy of what everyone went through became real as Ms. Sally shared her story.”

In addition to the museum, students visited the Empire State building, Times Square, Madison Square Garden, NBC News, the Statute of Liberty, Ellis Island, and a Broadway show starring Raven Symone.

“Our students had an outstanding time, and really learned the importance of studying history,” Anderson said. “We hope to make this an annual trip for our top academic students.”

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Photo/Submitted
Laurel High School students and teachers met Holocaust survivor Sally Frishberg at the Anne Frank Museum during their summer study trip to New York.
11/16/12 > LHS drama performs drug awareness play
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Red Ribbon Week is a yearly focus on educating the public about the dangers of drugs. This year, Robert Little of the Jones County Sheriff’s Dept. and Lynn Kitchen of Christ’s Church of Laurel created the display and the performance of “ Journey of a Junkie,” which was performed six nights at the South Mississippi Fair. Maggie Farrell, the drama teacher of Laurel High School, wrote the script and the LHS Drama Team performed it nearly thirty times on Thursday night at the fair.

“I think we all realized by doing this play that drug addiction can happen to anyone. It’s just doesn’t affect you, it affects everyone around you. No one in the cast expected this play to be so emotional. We were all moved to tears during the performance,” said Allen Smith, a performer in the play.

Michelle Abney, who portrayed the mother in the play, enjoyed reaching out to the community.

“I want to thank the community for giving us a chance, as teenagers, to be a part of this movement about drug awareness,” she said.

Another phase of the drug awareness program involved taking the message in to the school. During Red Ribbon Week, Adam and Jade Patrick, the directors of Dying to Live Ministries, a drug rehab ministry in Laurel, spoke to the students about the dangers of drug abuse and the struggle to overcome addiction.

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Pictured: During Red Ribbon Week, Adam and Jade Patrick, the directors of Dying to Live Ministries, a drug rehab ministry in Laurel, spoke to the students at Laurel High School about the dangers of drug abuse.
11/16/12 > LHS Lady Tornadoes assist Interact Club
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Laurel High School Interact Club members challenged the Lady Tornadoes Basketball Team to join the club in raising funds and awareness for the Pink Ribbon Fund, a local non-profit organization that assists breast cancer patients in the Pine Belt area. The team took the challenge and succeeded in making a difference for the organization. Pictured: Rushie Clayton, Germecca Bolton, Jamia Jones, Kelsey Rogers, Jennifer Thomas, Faneka Millsap, Jordan Brown, Erica Bridges, Cenquariya Anderson, Danique Bester, Kinshaska Stevens, Chikaylla Walker, Coach Sules Hales, Courtney Harper, Chinickqua Walker, Kiambree, Sakhanna Jones, Jabreann Thigpen and Shantela Bolton.
11/16/12 > LMS students tour Nissan
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Laurel Middle School high scoring 7th graders went on a field trip to prepare for their future. The group of 34 toured the Nissan Canton facility and learned about the many occupations available at the plant. Students were surprised to learn that there were personal services available to the employees in the plant that included a bank, a medical clinic and pharmacy and several concession areas.

“It was a very exciting trip because of the many jobs and professions and how everyone worked together,” said LMS student Kailyn Dukes.

“It was really fun just being able to see it all,” added Edward Bailey.

Many students were surprised at the size of the plant. In order to tour the facility, the students and teachers rode on trams and wore headphones to hear the tour guide explaining the many areas throughout the facility.

“When I reach my goal to be an engineer, this is one place I want to work,” said Kimberton Mai.

All the students were selected based on MCT2 test scores from 2012. Their scores also qualified them to participate in the Duke Talent Search, along with 14 other classmates. The students were so impressed with their experience that they sent the plant tour guides a poster-sized thank you card.

Pictured from left to right (front row seated) – Jajuan Wade, Caroline Sanders McCollum, Taylor Reed, Zikeyrra Haynes, (2nd row kneeling) – Kobe Collins, Edward Bailey, Jeremiah Baptiste, Steven Martin, Tariq Shelby, Jessica Thompson, Amir Breland, Shaquavia Straughn, Maegan Starling (3rd row standing) Daijoura Hardy, Chiyyia Waters, Sha Cori Ruffin, Breunna McCann, Michael Sims, Courtney Thigpen, Kailyn Dukes, Jhykeria Watson, Kimberton Mai, (back row) – Jasmine Bender, Raymesha Keyes, Jykeria Jones, Alexandria Seals, Austin Pruitt, Rodriana Porter, Caleb Brunson, Pierre Andrews, Juan Lechuga, Jaylen Smith, Bryce Ward, and Tyshun King.
11/16/12 > MASON: MASON Hosts Hispanic Heritage Celebration
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Mason Elementary School recently hosted its annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration where students presented dances, skits and poetry. Students, parents and teachers spent many hours practicing after school for the outstanding event. Students presented flags and history from several different countries including Panama, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.

Jessica Gonzalez and Kevin Lopez, former Mason students, who now attend Laurel Middle School, are dancing El Jarabe Tapatio (Mexican Hat Dance).
11/15/12 > LHS Marketing students open Custom Creations Gift Shop
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The Marketing II class at the Laurel High School Career and Technical Center recently held a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony for Custom Creations gift shop. Custom Creations is an on campus laboratory store setting where second year marketing students gain experience in the sales process. The store offers school supplies and balloon bouquets for any occasion and all profits help fund the vocational student organization DECA. Pictured: Erica Williams, Idellar Camel, Lakieya Shamburger, Marketing Teacher Zandra Marks, Laken Cooley, Keyona Johnson, Shawndoria McDonald, Tynesha Madison, and Shikeria Brown.
11/15/12 > LHS & LMS Speech and Debate students work together
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Laurel students recently participated in a speech workshop hosted by forensics directors Maggie Farrell and Katelyn Bryant. Students from Laurel Middle school joined their high school teammates to prepare for upcoming competitions. Students received valuable tips for competing from their award-winning high school teammates and were able to see multiple performances. This year marks the first for the Laurel Middle School forensics team, and students are excited about the possibility of making this first competition season a winning one. Pictured: Raven Hayes, Tatyana George, Tanquelyas Haynes, Andrea Boykin, Ashonte Naylor, Breanna Knighton, Jykeria Jones and Mario Rogers.
11/15/12 > LMS speech and debate students learn from former student
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Laurel Middle School’s Oral Communications class enjoyed a performance by William Carey University speech and debate team member Josh Agee. During his visit, Josh performed a prose piece for students and led them through the process of writing and performing impromptu speeches. This year marks the first year of existence for Laurel Middle School speech and debate, directed by Katelyn Bryant. Pictured: William Carey University speech and debate team member Josh Agee and LMS student Candace Marks.
11/15/12 > LHS HOSA students host blood drive
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Laurel High School Career and Technical Center's Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) members and the Laurel High School JROTC members presented the LHS Blood Drive. It was the first time that these two groups have worked together, and it was a great success. The blood donated went to patients at South Central Regional Medical Center. Pictured at SCRMC are HOSA members Kensley May, Nakeeba Gallaspy, Kiambree Hayes, Rosa Delgado, and Tetrin Alexander.
11/15/12 > LHS HOSA students attend job fair
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Laurel High School Career and Technical Center Health Occupations Students of America members recently attended the Pine Belt Area Job Fair presented by the WIN Job Center. At the job fair, students were able to meet employers with job opportunities in many different fields and practice their job interviewing skills. Pictured: Tetrin Alexander, Nakeeba Gallaspy, Kensley May, and Rosa Delgado.
11/15/12 > LHS Vocational Counselor wins state award
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Congratulations to Leigh Collins, Laurel High School Career & Technical Center Counselor on being name the Mississippi Vocational Counselor of the Year and Pine Belt Vocational Counselor of the year.

Collins, a National Certified Counselor since 2008 and a National Certified School Counselor since 2011, began working for the Laurel School District in 2008. In 2010 she served as a presenter during the National Best Practices Conference in Ohio, as well as led a round-table discussion at the National Association of Career and Technical Education Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Collins was recently elected Treasurer of the Mississippi School Counseling Association.

A 2002 graduate of West Jones High School, Collins received an associate’s degree from Jones County Junior College and a Bachelor of Science in Educational Psychology, a master’s degree in Counselor Education and an Educational Specialist degree from Mississippi State University.

“Leigh has played an integral role in the Laurel High School Career and Technical Center by developing and implementing activities that are beneficial to our students,” said CTC Director Becky Sanders. “She has been instrumental in the residual ACT for all interested juniors and the Career Fair for all eleventh and twelfth graders. She has planned numerous field trips to businesses and industry to ensure that our CTC students understand the relevance of what they are learning to today’s work environment, and she has brought industry personnel into our center to expose our students to new interests.”

“Leigh has a sincere interest in the success of our students, and students realize that her concern is genuine,” Sanders said. “She is a committed, caring counselor and is an excellent example of what comprises a superior school counselor.”
11/15/12 > NDMS receives donation from BancorpSouth
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BancorpSouth recently made a donation to Nora Davis Magnet School. The bank has served as the school’s Association for Excellence in Education Student Ambassador for many years. The donation will be used to honor students throughout the school year. Pictured: Laurel School District Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno, Nora Davis Magnet School Principal Elaine Read, BancorpSouth Division President Ray Palmer and Vice President Patricia Phillips.
11/14/12 > LHS Culinary Arts students visit LCI
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Laurel High School Culinary Arts students recently visited the Louisiana Culinary Institute in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Prior to their visit to LCI, students were treated to dining experience at Mike Anderson’s Seafood. AT LCI the students learned to dress and fillet a round fish and flat fish. The students also participated in a dessert class. Pictured: (front) Tnaj Simmons, Justice Lindsey, Shala McMann, Graciela Cordoba, LHS Culinary Arts Teacher Roderick Hollins, (middle) Julian Smith, Jabriya Robinson, Lacreshia Frazier, Jaylynn Taylor, Robert Brown, Kaitlynn Pearson, (back) Ladareus Hughes and Ataacleave Bender.
11/14/12 > LHS Interact students assist Pink Ribbon Fund
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The Laurel High School Interact club hosted Susan Light from the Pink Ribbon Fund to discuss how the students can get involved with raising funds and awareness for the non-profit organization that assists breast cancer patients in the Pine Belt area. Interact members hosted a variety of activities during October for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pictured: LHS Interact Sponsor Devon Sellers, Raven Hayes, Reagan Evans, Pink Ribbon Fund Volunteer Susan Light, Gaybrail Jones, Jaida Turner, and April Jones.
11/14/12 > Mason students win District Multiplication Bee
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Students from Nora Davis Magnet, Oak Park, Mason and Maddox elementary schools participated in a Laurel School District Multiplication Bee challenge at the district’s annual Parent University. Students competed in a speed and accuracy challenge where students completed as many problems as possible in one minute. The fifth grade district champion was Ka’nia Milsap (pictured left) and the fourth grade district champion was Kevon Chinn (pictured right). Both students attend Mason Elementary School.
11/13/12 > Petro Harvester makes donation to Laurel Schools
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Petro Harvester recently made a donation of backpacks and school supplies to the Laurel School District. The supplies were distributed to students in need throughout the district’s six schools. Pictured: Petro Harvester Office Manager Jessica Parker, Laurel School District Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno and Petro Harvester Operations Manager Jerry Huddleston.
11/13/12 > LMS: Beauty & Beau Pagent
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11/09/12 > LMS: Veterans Day Program
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11/07/12 > LHS Drama to present Steel Magnolias Dec. 7 & 8
The Laurel High School Drama Department will present Steel Magnolias on Dec.
7 and 8 in the school's auditorium. The show will begin at 7 p.m. and will
have a $3 admission charge at the door.
11/02/12 > MASON: October Students of the Month - Upper Elementary
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Mason Elementary School is proud to announce the upper elementary students of the month for October. These students display positive attitudes and leadership within their classrooms. We are proud of these exemplary students. They are pictured wearing their t-shirts given to them by our sponsors, Westminister Presbyterian Church.

1st Row: Precious White, Javon Dean, Ny'Kasia Patterson, Trinity Braswell, Anya Cooley, Kylan Combest
2nd Row: Aushanay Knauber, Keandranique Gilbert, Issabella Nixon, Marques Coleman, Emoni Johnson, Brenda Lopez
11/02/12 > MASON: October Students of the Month - Lower Elementary
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Mason Elementary School is proud to announce the lower elementary students of the month for October. These students display positive attitudes and leadership within their classrooms. We are proud of these exemplary students. They are pictured wearing their t-shirts given to them by our sponsors, Westminister Presbyterian Church.

1st Row: Slater Jim, Jaydan Singleton, Brenda Santiago, Connie Chen, Daryn Tran, Justin Keys
2nd Row: James Dean, Ronnie Richardson, Dasia George, Aleigha Heidelberg, Nicole Chen, Anniyah Crosby
10/31/12 > Maddox: September Students of the Month


September Students of the Month

Congratulations to the following students for being chosen as students of the month!  The faculty and staff are very proud of all of you!

Kindergarten: Christopher Keyes (Saavedra), Alexander Santiago (Gault), Jakeriyah Gipson (Rudder)

1st grade: Daniel Velasquez (Stanfield), Mical Cook (Hicks), Tyquan Crosby (Franklin)

2nd grade: Aleli Ruiz (P. Jones), Joselyn Morales (Clark), Jack Santiago (Nelson)

3rd grade: Breanna McDonald (King), Chyna Keyes (Owens), Jaqueline Morales (Fulgham)

4th grade: Lauris Evans (Blackwell), Kemya Murry (D. Jones), Kiaya Evans (White)

5th grade: Heidi Deleon (Reese), Erica Carson (Moore), Kimberlynn Mai (Tew)


10/30/12 > Laurel's Children First Act Report Card is now available
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Copies of Laurel's Children First Act Report Card are now available in every school office and at the front desk at central office. If you would like to access the online version you may click the link below.


10/30/12 > LHS students pass-it-on with random acts of kindness through Youmanity
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Laurel High School students pass-it-on with random acts of kindness
Aviva USA’s “Youmanity” program to kick-start a kindness movement


Laurel, Miss. (Oct. 29, 2012) – Laurel High School is about to kick off a campaign intended to encourage students to “pay it forward.” The school is empowering students to make a difference in the lives of others by using an insurance company’s program that promotes random acts of kindness through the simplest of gestures.

Students will receive wooden tokens Thursday that encourage people to perform an act of kindness for someone and then pass along the token to that individual. This concept that one token can start a chain reaction of kindness was created by Aviva USA, a life insurance and annuities company whose U.S. operations headquarters is in West Des Moines, Iowa.

The token program is part of what Aviva calls Youmanity, a blend of the words “you” and “humanity.” According to Aviva, Youmanity is the belief that one person, you, can make a difference through an act of kindness, big or small. Through Youmanity, Aviva inspires people to act, offers them the opportunity to do so, and recognizes their effort.

The Youmanity concept will be presented to Laurel High School students in the school auditorium beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday by Jim Rasberry, owner of Rasberry Financial Services. Rasberry is an Aviva agent based in Laurel.

“As part of our continuing spotlight on expecting greatness, a major focus has been reshaping our culture from within,” said Laurel High principal Carl Michael Day. “We desire for our students to be model citizens who exemplify genuine care for the world around them. Youmanity fits perfectly with how we teach students good citizenship by giving of themselves to others. We hope to be the school where random acts of kindness become habits, starting a ripple effect that could change the world.”

The school’s more than 800 students and staff members will receive a Youmanity token that includes a tracking number, allowing the recipient to register the token either on Aviva’s website or its Facebook page.

As a token gets passed and others register it as well, an online application allows tracking of the token to see how many times it is passed and how far it travels. One token, for example, has been passed 54 times and has been to 26 states plus the District of Columbia.

“I’m excited to see how far the tokens will go that Laurel students will begin on their journey,” Rasberry said. “But far more important than the geographic reach of the tokens is the impact students will have on others by reaching out to perform random acts of kindness.”

The online tracking tool also allows people to tell their story about the act of kindness they received or gave in the passing of the token. Among the random acts of kindness associated

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with the token traveling to 26 states were providing blankets to the homeless, making a donation to a charity and paying for a stranger’s meal.

Aviva’s pledge to Youmanity was first announced in May 2010.
“We applaud the drive, passion and commitment of the Laurel students and staff to make a difference,” said Chris Jones, Aviva USA’s chief marketing officer. “We believe a single act of kindness can start a movement. We’re thrilled the Laurel school district officials who share that opinion decided to bring this to their students.
“Random acts of kindness – which the students will demonstrate in the weeks ahead – transcend generations, ethnicity and economic status. We’re excited to see the kind of impact these students will have and we’re honored to play a small role.”
To learn more about the token program, click on the links about Youmanity and Aviva USA.

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About Aviva USA
Aviva USA is a sales leader of indexed life insurance and indexed annuities. Headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, Aviva USA also has offices in Topeka, Kan., and Melville, N.Y. In the United States, Aviva has more than 930,000 customers and employs approximately 1,800 people. Aviva USA can trace its presence in the United States to 1896.
10/30/12 > LHS to host Choir Concert Nov 5 @ 7 p.m.
Laurel High School will host a Choir Concert on Monday, November 5, 2012 in
the school auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. The LHS Select Choir, Concert
Choir, Women's Ensemble and Men's Ensemble will present the music they've
prepared for the upcoming Ole Miss Choral Festival. Admission is free.
10/30/12 > LMS: Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Student Ribbon
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10/18/12 > Laurel to receive MSBA Torch Award
Torch Award winners in the 2012 Mississippi School Boards Association Lighthouse School Leader Awards Program have been identified and will be recognized at the MSBA Lighthouse School Leader Awards Luncheon in November.

Torch Award Districts are: Holly Springs School District - Fergenia Hood, Board President; Irene Walton, Superintendent; Qualifying Schools: Holly Springs High School (High Performing) - Cedric Richardson, Principal; Holly Springs Junior High School (High Performing) - Lateshia White, Principal; Laurel School District – Miranda Beard, Board President; Chuck Benigno, Superintendent; Qualifying School: Nora Davis Magnet School (High Performing) - Elaine Read, Principal; Lumberton School District – Kevin Dufrene, Board President; Robert Walker, Superintendent; Qualifying School: Lumberton High School (High Performing) - Dennis Holder, Principal; Clay County School District - Annie Johnson, Board President; Mae Brewer, Superintendent; Qualifying School: West Clay Elementary School (High Performing) - Sandra Murray, Principal.

Torch Award districts are rated at least Successful (C), with 90 percent or more students in the federal free/reduced lunch program, no schools graded “F,” and at least one school rated High Performing.
10/18/12 > Laurel School District Kindergartners participate in national reading program
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For Immediate Release

Laurel School District Kindergartners participate in national reading program

By: Erin Lowrey, Laurel Schools PR Intern

All Laurel School District kindergarten students participated in the Read for the Record program in partnership with the Pearson Foundation.

On October 4, students read the New York Times Bestseller “Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad,” by David Soman, and Jacky Davis. The book follows the exciting adventures Ladybug Girl and her friends of the Bug Squad run into during their play date.

The Read for the Record program is a nation-wide program where students around the nation read the same book to promote the importance of reading. All books from the program were donated to the schools where each kindergartner was given a copy to take home.

Laurel Schools Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno believes the program is vital for the district.

"The Pearson Foundation has a long history of promoting literacy in schools,” said Benigno. “A friend within the organization knew of our focus on early childhood literacy, and we jumped at the opportunity to expose our children to a program that creates such positive energy around the wonderful world of reading.”

The school district received 330 copies of the book from the Pearson Foundation. Nora Davis Magnet, Oak Park Elementary, Maddox Elementary, and Mason Elementary participated in the nation-wide read.

Benigno believes being a part of the program was a rewarding experience for the elementary schools.

“We are extremely proud to be associated with ‘Read for the Record’ and the thousands of students across the country who will share a love for reading on this special day."

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Photo by Lacey Walters Slay, Laurel Schools
Laurel School District Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno reads “Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad” to Peggy Robinson’s Kindergarten class at Oak Park Elementary School during Read for the Record, a nation-wide read sponsored by the Pearson Foundation.
10/16/12 > OP: Teachers Receive Recognition From Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart is a global company that believes in giving back to the community. Wal-Mart has launched its fourth annual Teachers Rewards Program which provides up to 4.5 million dollars to 90,000 teachers across the United States. Twenty teachers at Oak Park received recognition for their dedication and sacrifices.
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10/16/12 > LHS Speech and Debate places at local tournament
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On October 5th and 6th Laurel High School students attended Laurel Christian School’s Speech and Debate Tournament. Of the seven students that attended from LHS six broke to semi finals and four students broke to finals.

Anitra Musgrove placed second, Raven Hayes placed fifth and Amanda Williams placed sixth in Novice Dramatic Interpretation. Keyanna Page placed third in Oral Interpretation.

“It was amazing for my students to compete against each other in the finals round,” said LHS Forensics Coach Maggie Farrell. “They have truly upheld our motto for the year, ‘speak not to be heard, but for others to listen.’”

The students were excited to compete locally, and gain additional experience.

“To be able to do this, means I can be successful,” Williams said. “This experience taught me not to be afraid of anything,”

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Pictured: Amanda Williams, Keyanna Page, Anitra Musgrove, and Raven Hayes
10/15/12 > MASON: September Students of the Month Upper Elementary
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Mason Elementary School is proud to announce the upper elementary students of the month for September. These students display positive attitudes and leadership within their classrooms. We are proud of these exemplary students. They are pictured wearing their t-shirts given to them by our sponsors, Westminister Presbyterian Church.

Front: Vanessa Atencio, Michelle Jeronimo, Authaddius Crosby, Stevauria Crosby, Rocrickus Carmichael, Danielle Connelly
Back: Shariah Scott, Cedric Bounds, Precious May, Kizzmic Jackson, Charlene Tran, Kania Milsap
10/15/12 > MASON: Setpember Students of the Month Lower Elementary
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Mason Elementary School is proud to announce the lower elementary students of the month for September. These students display positive attitudes and leadership within their classrooms. We are proud of these exemplary students. They are pictured wearing their t-shirts given to them by our sponsors, Westminister Presbyterian Church.

Front: Zachariah Scott, Sandy Grayson, Madison Jasper, Damaris Dejesus, Amber Jackson
Back: Cameron Tran, Zybrianna Nixon, Jada Pough, Krishna Wright, Dannyka Atkins
10/12/12 > OP: 1st Nine Week Perfect Attendance Bike Winners
Congratulations to Oak Park's 1st Nine Week Perfect Attendance Bike Winners!!
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10/11/12 > OP: September Students of the Month
Congratulations to Oak Park's September Students of the Month. Each student received a coupon from Taco Bell, a water bottle and backpack from AEE Adopters Sanderson Farm and Trustmark Bank.
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10/11/12 > LMS: 7th Graders Tour Nissan Plant
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Photo - Pictured from left to right (front row seated) -Jajuan Wade, Caroline Sanders McCollum, Taylor Reed, Zikeyrra Haynes, (2nd row kneeling) - Kobe Collins, Edward Bailey, Jeremiah Baptiste, Steven Martin, Tariq Shelby, Jessica Thompson, Amir Breland, ShaquaviaStraughn, Maegan Starling (3rd row standing) Daijoura Hardy, Chiyyia Waters, Sha Cori Ruffin, Breunna McCann, Michael Sims, Courtney Thigpen, Kailyn Dukes, Jhykeria Watson, Kimberton Mai, (back row) - Jasmine Bender, Raymesha Keyes, Jykeria Jones, Alexandria Seals, Austin Pruitt, Rodriana Porter, Caleb Brunson, Pierre Andrews, Juan Lechuga, Jaylen Smith, Bryce Ward, and Tyshun King. Laurel Middle School high scoring 7th graders went on a field trip to prepare for their future. The group of 34 Toured the Nissan Canton facility and learned about the many occupations available at the plant. Students were surprised to learn that there were personal services available to the employees in the plant that included a bank, a medical clinic and pharmacy and several concession areas. "It was a very exciting trip because of the many jobs and professions and how everyone worked together," stated Kailyn Dukes Edward Bailey remarked, "It was really fun just being able to see it all." Many students were surprised at the size of the plant. In order to tour the facility, the students and teachers rode on trams and wore headphones to hear the tour guide explaining the many areas throughout the facility. "This is one place I want to work," Kimbertin Mai said, "if I reach my goal to be an engineer." All the students were selected based on MCT2 test scores from 2012. Their scores also qualified them to participate in the Duke Talent Search, along with 14 other classmates. The students were so impressed with their experience that they sent the plant tour guides a poster-sized thank you card.

10/11/12 > OP: Dragon Dollars
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Mrs. Sikes' class is ready to send their dragon dollars. The students purchased basketballs, bubbles, necklaces, bracelets, remote control trucks, rings, notebooks and the list goes on and on. The dragon dollars are given as an incentive for positive behavior.
10/10/12 > Laurel Schools make report card day changes
By: Erin Lowrey
Laurel Schools PR Intern

Due to Hurricane Isaac, changes have been made to Report Card Conference Days for the Laurel School District.

Traditionally, students do not attend school on Report Card Conference days. However, to make up days lost during the hurricane, students will now attend school on both Report Card Conference Days.

Students will attend school on October 16, and March 21 to make up for missed class time. Students will attend school during normal school hours on the conference days, and parents will meet with teachers from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The conferences were moved to the afternoon to avoid taking any time from Fall Break. Fall Break will still be held on Monday, October 15.

Director of Curriculum and Federal Programs Kenda Covington stresses that parents still attend the conferences regardless of the time change.

“It is very important for parents to be involved in their child’s education,” said Covington. “They will be given state-wide test data, report cards, and a general picture of their child’s progress.”

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10/10/12 > District-Wide Parent G.O.A.L. Meeting Thursday
District-Wide Parent G.O.A.L. Meeting

The Laurel School District will hold a Parent G.O.A.L. Meeting at Nora Davis Elementary October 11, 2012 from 6:00 P.M. til 6:45 P.M. All parents of G.O.A.L. students at each of the district's elementary schools are encouraged to attend this meeting. The meeting will provide a unique opportunity for stakeholders involved in gifted education to collaborate and showcase our talented students. Future meetings at Oak Park Elementary, Maddox Elementary, and Mason Elementary will follow.
10/10/12 > OP: August Students of the Month
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Congratulations to August Students of the Month. Each student received an Oak Park Student of the Month backpack and water bottle. The incentives were provided by AEE School Adopters Trustmark Bank and Sanderson Farm.

10/10/12 > Board of Trustees honors Mason, Nora Davis and Oak Park
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As part of their October meeting, the Laurel School District Board of Trustees honored three schools for gains made on the Mississippi Curriculum Test. Nora Davis Magnet School was recognized for receiving a “High Performing” rating by the Mississippi Department of Education and Oak Park and Mason elementary schools were recognized for receiving a “Successful” rating. Pictured (front row) Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno, Oak Park Principal Tito Lanier, Nora Davis Principal Elaine Read, Mason Principal Dr. Ken Culpepper, and school board members (back row) President Miranda Beard, Vice President Mike Axton, Rev. Earnest Thompson, Secretary Ann Barrow and Greg Brown.
10/10/12 > Parent University scheduled for Nov. 1
The Laurel School District will host Parent University on Thursday, November 1, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Laurel High School auditorium. The event will feature a variety of special performances including the LHS JROTC, Ninth Grade Choir, and Laurel Middle Ballroom Dancing Group. The keynote activities will focus on the new Common Core standards for curriculum and state testing results. Parents are encouraged to attend this informational event.
10/09/12 > LMS Homecoming Court
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Laurel Middle School's homecoming will be held Thursday, October 11 at R.H. Watkins Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. against Hattiesburg.

Pictured (front row) Mr. & Miss Laurel Middle School Mario Rogers and Tierra Cooper (second row) Sixth Grade Court Keisy Hartman, Arsean Stapleton, Samantha Anaya, Melyjah Windham, Kyra Lampley, John Thomas, Jamirish Jordan and Quadarrius Wilson (third row) Seventh Grade Court Breunna McCann, Rasaad Pettis, Alaina Rowzee, Tamerick Drummond, Raylen Jordan, Austin Pruitt, Caroline Sanders-McCollum and Jaqcues Bester (fourth row) Eighth Grade Court Dejah Hudson, Yorch Atencio, Pamela Salgado, Jeffrey Payton Jr., Breeana Knighton, Hayden Wigington, Jamecia Walker and Johnathon Walker.
10/04/12 > MASON: It's Fall Festival Time!
Mason Elementary School's Fall Festival will be held on Thursday, October 11, from 5 - 8 PM. There will be children's activities including an inflatable jump, slide, obstacle course, festival games, balloon animals, face painting and more! Adult activities will include a cake walk and bingo ($1 each). Food booths will offer hamburgers, funnel cakes, nachos & cheese, cotton candy, and beverages. Armband combos for all children can be purchased at the door for $10 and will include all games and activities as well as 3 tickets which can be used for food or the cake walk. The festival is open to the public. Please come out and support our school!
9/25/12 > Maddox: August Students of the Month

August Students of the Month

The faculty and staff of Maddox Elementary School would like to announce the Students of the Month for August.  These students were selected by their teachers as someone who displayed PBIS qualities all month.  Students were given a fun pencil and a certificate to Laser Tag.  Congratulations to these students!

Kindergarten: Alyse Frazier, Ce'Azia Smith, Johana Alvarez

1st Grade: Zykeria Murry, Brianna Evans

2nd Grade: Tyler McNair, Malachi Davis, Donna Watkins

3rd Grade: Lyric Pugh, Cassidy McCullum, Christion Landry

4th Grade: Malea Cook, Kewanda Thornton, Rykel Page

5th Grade: Beyonce' McCarty, Jose Gonzalez, Mercedes Dace

9/25/12 > Maddox: August Write-Flight Winners

1st Row: Henry Acevedo (1st gr.-Stanfield), Alyse Frazier (K-Saavedra)

2nd Row: Saqiouya McCullum (5th gr.-Tew), Alexus Lindsey (3rd gr.-Owens)

3rd Row: Quandarius Shelby (4th gr.-L. White)

August Write-Flight Winners

Congratulations to our Write-Flight winners for the month of August.  Each teacher chose a few pieces of writing to be submitted, and a winner for each grade was chosen from those submissions. The winners were given a certificate for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.  Keep up the good writing, students!

9/21/12 > LHS announces Homecoming Sweethearts
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Laurel announces Homecoming Sweethearts

Laurel High School is proud to announce the Homecoming Sweethearts and Maids for 2012. The homecoming festivities will be held Friday, Sept. 28 at R.H. Watkins Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. against West Lauderdale. Pictured: (first row) Bre Hampton, Ryan Naylor, Tajchene Julien, Kira Morrell, Gabrielle Hughes, Kelsey Rogers, Vatricia Mosely, (second row) Halle Lewis, Ashley Adams, Breauna Dixon, Tymeka Hunter, Kita Williams, Chikaylia Walker, (third row) Beige Mack, Sakehanna Jones, Jasmine Jones, Joneicia Collier, Jada Bender, Kresaterica Lloyd, Toni Ainsworth, (fourth row) Kinshaska Stevens, Kacie McGowen, Mollie Ward, Johnnesha Williams, Germecca Bolton, Rosa Delgado, (fifth row) Danique Bester, Laquarius Wright, Essence Kirk, Cynthia Alkhatib and Alicia Drummond. Not pictured: Kierra Dean and Alexus Hampton.
9/21/12 > LHS to honor former Cheerleaders and Golden Girls
Former Laurel High School Cheerleaders and Golden Girls will be honored during halftime at the October 12 Laurel vs. Newton County football game at R.H. Watkins Stadium. Alumni wishing to participate should contact Donna Smith at 601-649-4145 or dsmith@laurelschools.org.
9/12/12 > OP: Program held to commemorate 9/11
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Students gathered Tuesday at Oak Park Elementary School to commemorate 9/11. The event featured presentations by EMServ Education Coordinator Earnest Hollingsworth, Oak Park Teacher and U.S. Army Reserve Master Sgt. Thomas Watson, Laurel Fire Department Battalion Chief Alfred Jordan and Gulf States K9 Academy Handler Chris Frazier and Therapy Dog McKennsly. Members of the Laurel High School JROTC presented the colors for the event. Pictured: Laurel High JROTC Color Guard members Janiah Sampson, David Smith, Wykeveius Cooley and Elisa Nixon.
9/12/12 > LHS: Interact Club honors LPD & LFD on 9/11
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The Laurel High School Interact Club honored the Laurel Fire and Laurel Police departments for their service as a way to commemorate 9/11. The students presented Police Chief Tyrone Stewart and Fire Chief Gregory King with gifts to share with their personnel. The club members expressed their appreciation for local emergency officials and the essential role they have in communities around the country. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for ages 12 to 18. Pictured: Raven Hayes, Victoria Evans, Tekendra Dean and April Jones; Konswayla Moody, Gaybrail Jones, Sharmonica White, Joneicia Collier, Mollie Ward, Reagan Evans and Taylor Bell; Kylauna McDonald, Alexus Hampton, Chief Tyrone Stewart, Gabrielle Hughes and Kaitlyn Pearson.
9/05/12 > MASON Receives Backpack Donation
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To assist students in need, Susan Mangum and Brandiilyne Irvin of InMOTION Fitness organized a backpack drive at the business located in the North Laurel Shopping Center. Through their efforts and the generous donations of the gyms patrons and community members, over 70 backpacks were delivered to Mason Elementary School for distribution to children in need.

“We here at InMOTION Fitness love our community and we want to help make it a better place,” Irvin said.

“We began to ask for backpacks and they just came pouring in,” Mangum added. “We were so excited to see how many people came and donated. It was inspiring.”

With this year’s drive being a huge success, InMOTION Fitness hopes to continue by making the backpack drive an annual event.

“We are very thankful for the fitness center’s generosity and willingness to assist our students,” said Dr. Ken Culpepper, principal. “We look forward to partnering with InMOTION on future projects that make a difference in the lives of students.”


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Laurel Schools/Lacey Walters
InMOTION Fitness recently held a backpack drive that resulted in over 70 backpacks being donated to Mason Elementary School. Pictured: Brandiilyne Irvin of InMOTION Fitness, Mason Elementary School Teacher Cindy Robinson and Susan Mangum of InMOTION Fitness.
9/05/12 > MASON: All Proficient and Above
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Mason is proud to present the 4th and 5th grade students who scored proficient and above on the MCT2 test that was administered last spring. These students were recognized at the Open House in August where they were presented with a t-shirt. Keep up the good work students!!
9/05/12 > MASON: All Advanced on the MCT2
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Daniela Pimentel and Axel Soto Lopez both scored advanced on both sections of the MCT2 test that was administered last spring. These students were recognized at the Open House in August. They were presented with t-shirts and gift cards from WalMart. We are extremely proud of these outstanding students!
8/23/12 > MASON: We Welcome Our New Faculty and Staff Members!
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Mason is proud to introduce our new faculty and staff members for the 2012-2013 school year. They are Noelle Bounds - 4th grade, Ashton Windham - Kindergarten, Monica Jefferson - Technology Intern, Angela Brown - 3rd grade, Katie Lott - 3rd grade, Christy Reeves - 2nd grade, Jasmine Haynes - 5th grade, Neva Odom - Gifted, and Kayla Ray - 3rd grade. Welcome, ladies!!
8/22/12 > MASON: Mason Receives Gift from Eagle Scout
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Students at Mason Elementary School are enjoying new shelves in their classrooms. Scout Jonathan Mitchell chose Mason to be the benefactor of his Eagle Scout project which was to build 5 sets of bookshelves. Mitchell planned the project, solicited donations from McCoys, Phillips Building Supply and Lowe's in order to complete it. Members from Troop 33, 38, and 44 helped with building the shelves and delivering them to the grateful staff of Mason. Many thanks to these fine young men!

Pictured: Gray Rogers, Hunter Mitchell, Jonathan Mitchell, Sam Wilkerson, and Zachary Mitchell. Not pictured: Ben Robertson.
8/10/12 > Maddox Welcomes New Teachers
Maddox Elementary is very pleased to welcome 4 new teachers to our faculty.
Stephanie Tew is our new 5th grade reading teacher. Lakenia White is our
new 4th grade math teacher. Jodie Austin is our new music teacher. Laura
Gambrell is our new art teacher. These teachers bring a wealth of knowledge
and experience to our school. We are so excited to add these
extraordinary educators to our school family.
8/09/12 > Welcome message from Maddox Principal Ruby Lovett
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Greetings! As we approach the opening of a new school year, the faculty and staff at Maddox Elementary School eagerly anticipate a fantastic year. In addition to getting much needed rest, our teachers have received great professional development this summer to better serve our students. Teachers in grades K-2 embraced the new Common Core State Standards last year as their guide for providing quality instruction to our students in the lower grades. These teachers will fully implement Common Core this year using only the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) curriculum. Teachers in grade 3-5 received training for the first time this summer on CCSS. They will continue to teach from the Mississippi Framework to prepare our students for the MCT2 that will be administered this spring as they embed CCSS into their lessons where applicable. We will continue to work diligently to provide a sound, quality education in a positive learning environment for our students.

We welcome back all returning faculty & staff at Maddox and cheerfully embrace the new faculty and staff for the 2012-2013 school term. Joining our teaching staff in 4th grade is Lakenia White, 5th grade- Stephanie Tew, art-Laura Gambrell, and music-Jodie Austin. Patricia Jones will be moving from 4th grade to 2nd grade; Angela Blackwell will move from 2nd grade to 4th grade; Suzette Fulgham will move back to 3rd grade from 4th grade; and Susan Moore will move from 4th grade to 5th grade. Tammy Griffith has been named assistant principal at Maddox.

One of our goals at Maddox has always been to ensure that the parents and guardians of our students, like our students themselves, feel at home and a part of our family here. That is why our doors are always open to you. We encourage parents and community members to be an active part of our students’ “school-lives” as they listen, learn and grow! Remember, these are the precious years where we can make a positive impact that will affect the rest of their lives.

As we continue to strive for excellence in the quality of education provided for our students, we look forward to providing more opportunities for extra-curricular activities in our students’ educational experience. I firmly believe that our dedicated and highly qualified teachers are committed to providing every student at Maddox with quality instruction which will result in great gains this year!

We invite you to come and join the Maddox Owls as we make this the best school year ever for our children!

Ruby Lovett, Principal
8/09/12 > Welcome message from Nora Davis Principal Elaine Read
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Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year at Nora Davis Magnet School, a Model School for the Mississippi Arts Commission. We look forward to an exciting school year!

We are proud of our unique approach to education, which balances high academic achievement with the social, cultural, physical, and creative needs of the “whole child.” Through arts integration and infusion, we teach our students to become proficient readers and writers as well as to think mathematically and become better problem solvers. Last school year, kindergarten, first, and second grades implemented the Common Core State Standards which allowed our students to successfully compete with students throughout other states. As school begins, we are prepared to implement those standards in grades three, four, and five.

Working together with parents and the community, we can ensure success for all our NDMS students. Please let us know if we can ever be of assistance. We look forward to an exciting and rewarding school year!

Respectfully,
Elaine Read, Principal
8/09/12 > Welcome message from Laurel High Principal Carl Michael Day
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Laurel Tornadoes,
The first word that comes to mind when trying to describe the successes of last year for the Laurel Tornadoes is.... WOW! Nothing else comes close. Our kids 'brought it' on the fields, on the courts, and in the classrooms. Not only did we make more than one trip to Jackson to show we are one of the top schools in the state athletically, we sent completed state tests that came back with scores showing that our students are closing the achievement gap. Our students are not just meeting expectations, they are exceeding them. They are and can compete with any group of students anywhere. Even though scores are still embargoed, know that we are climbing higher and higher and won't stop until we hit the highest rating a school can obtain.
This year, look for the same tenacity on the fields and courts, while we WILL continue to move forward with even better test scores. Last year may have been "The year of the Tornado", but this year will be the year of the entire Tornado Nation! Last year, we had people all over waving signs that said, "I AM a Tornado!" Whether you are enjoying our nationally renowned Gospel Choir, tasting the cooking of our State Champion Culinary Arts team of chefs' from our Career and Technical School, watching our boys hold up the Little Brown Jug again, being totally impressed by the new ROTC cadets marching in cadence, or just touring the new 9th grade campus at the restored Stewart M. Jones Building, I know you will leave feeling the excitement of greatness in motion.

We ARE Laurel!

Carl Michael Day
Supervising Principal
Laurel High School
8/09/12 > Welcome message from Laurel Middle Principal Jeannine Agee
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There is no other place that we would rather be at this time of the year. It is Back-To-School season and we are ready to embrace the Laurel Middle School family. We want our students to love coming to school.

With the jointed effort of parents and teachers working together our students’ attendance will exceed previous years. We want the students to enjoy learning through reading, writing and arithmetic. Getting back to the basics will help our students to grow academically.

We will begin implementing the Common Core Curriculum while utilizing project based learning strategies to target students’ achievement at their highest levels in Math and English. We are excited about the incoming 6th grade students. As they travel around the world in 180 days special emphasis will be placed on M&Ms (Multiplication Magic). The seventh grade students will research their surroundings as they explore Mississippi. The eighth grade students will be looking to the future as they explore colleges and careers. We will continue to stress the importance of abstinence, anti-bullying, community service, careers and character through our counseling department.

Staff members have been involved in professional development throughout the summer and are excited about this school year. We want our community to join us as we explore our world by “Learning for Life”.

Jeannine Agee
Laurel Middle School Principal
8/09/12 > Welcome message from Oak Park Principal Tito Lanier
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Welcome back parents, students, stakeholders, teachers, paraprofessionals and staff members to a year of new beginnings and greatness. Words cannot express the excitement felt as a leader of this educational organization. The time has come for us to embark upon a fresh start through teaching and learning. It is my hope that your summer was filled with fun, laughter, love, excellent health and rest. “We Will Win” by leading with our hearts, working together as a team, and using data to keep us on track academically. Oak Park will make strives like never before through effective teaching and student academic achievements.

Oak Park Elementary, “The Oasis of Teaching and Learning,” has a rich heritage that is known and embraced throughout the world. As quoted by Ursula K. Leguin, “it is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.” As principal of this historical gem, my task is to ensure we win with love, sharing, support, trust, passion, determination, well managed and highly engaged classrooms, professional development opportunities, fun, and most of all a clear vision for the future. We are extremely proud of our dedicated teachers, outstanding students and supportive families. Oak Park is known for its high expectations provided through safety, caring, nurturing, welcoming environment, and its program for academic excellence. We will continue to provide our students with a paramount education, making it second to none. Together, with your helping hand, we will make a positive difference in the lives of our today’s learners and tomorrow’s leaders.

Called for a purpose,
Tito T. Lanier
8/09/12 > Welcome message from Mason Principal Dr. Ken Culpepper
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We are more excited than ever about the upcoming year at Mason and the Laurel School District. Thanks to our wonderful parent and community support, we have the following things to brag about.

We had a wonderful fall festival, a successful parent expo, three fine family reading nights, and a successful musical production. The Mason family also contributed more than $2,500.00 in donations for Relay for Life this past year, and played a big part of one of our fine students seeing her dream come true through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

We hope to add a speech team to our activities this next year, along with a Hispanic festival celebration and Christmas- Around -The- World. Our Fall festival will be in October this year.

Let’s all remember our Motto: MASON TO THE TOP! Thanks for letting me serve you and your children. This sums me up: I Never Stood So Tall Until I Stooped to Help a Struggling Child!

Dr. Ken Culpepper
Mason Principal
8/09/12 > Little Tornadoes Learning Center has openings for two and three year olds
The Laurel High School Little Tornadoes Learning Center currently has openings for the 2012-13 day care program for two and three year olds. The day care is certified by the Mississippi Board of Health. The center is closed all school holidays, and breakfast and lunch are provided. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information on the Little Tornadoes Learning Center contact the LHS Career and Technical Center at 601-649-4144 or druffin@laurelschools.org.
8/03/12 > Laurel School District seeks children with special needs
Laurel School District
For Immediate Release

Laurel School District seeks children with special needs

The Laurel School District is participating in an on-going effort to locate,
identify, and evaluate children from birth through age five who are
physically, communicatively, mentally, and/or emotionally disabled.

Early identification of children is important to the growth and welfare of
each child, and such information will assist in determining present and
future program needs. It is the goal of the Laurel School District to
provide a free, appropriate education to all disabled children.

Information which could identify an individual child will be maintained by
this district and will be provided to other agencies only in accordance with
the Family Rights and Privacy Act and EHA-B. A parent is guaranteed the
right to inspect any information forbidden to any unauthorized person
without informed consent.

Cassandra Marshall, Child Find Case Manager and Faye Smith, Parent Interviewer,
for the Laurel School District, work with the local school staff, other
school systems, individuals, Headstart, the Department of Human Services and
mental health agencies in an effort to locate children with special needs.

For more information, please contact Cassandra Marshall at 601-649-6391 or cmarshall@laurelschools.org.
7/19/12 > LHS to be closed on Monday, July 23 and Tuesday, July 24
Laurel High School will conduct registration Wednesday, July 25 through Friday, July 27 at the Laurel High Campus. The LHS campus will be closed on Monday, July 23 and Tuesday, July 24 due to power being off to complete technology upgrades. Students in grades 10-12 may register on Monday and Tuesday at the 9th Grade Jones Campus.
7/05/12 > LHS: Harper selected All Star at Pat Summit Basketball Camp
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Courtney Harper, a junior at Laurel High School, was recently selected to play with the All Stars at the 36th Annual Pat Summit Basketball Camp. Harper attended the Overnight Camp, which was held June 10-13 on the campus of the University of Tennessee. The camp included over 200 players from across the United States. On the final day Harper was selected to play with the All Stars in the Thompson-Boling Arena, home of the Lady Vols and Vols basketball teams. Harper plays center for the LHS Lady Golden Tornadoes Basketball Team. She is the daughter of Dr. John and Meshell Harper. Pictured: LHS Junior Courtney Harper and University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers Head Coach Holly Warlick.
7/03/12 > Football Booster meeting July 3 @ 6 p.m.
The Laurel High School Football Booster Club will hold a meeting on July 3, beginning at 6 p.m. in the field house. Parents are encouraged to attend to discuss the upcoming season. With questions call Anthony Lockhart at 601-425-3450.
6/28/12 > Laurel Schools taking applications for free/reduced meals
The Laurel School District is currently taking applications for free/reduced meals. Applications are available from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Food Service Office at the Gardiner Administrative Building located at 303 West 8th Street. Applications must be complete before August 1, to receive benefits the first day of school. Only one application per household is needed.
6/18/12 > Health Department to offer free adolescent immunizations including the now required Tdap
Free Adolescent Immunizations Offered at All County Health Departments June 18-29
June 6, 2012


The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is offering free adolescent immunizations for those 11 through 18 years of age at all county health departments during the last two weeks of June (18-29).


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We have more information about recommended adolescent vaccinations, and why they're important for teens and those about to enter college.

Recommended Teen and Adolescent Vaccinations
The vaccinations offered during the two-week promotion are Tdap, HPV, and meningococcal.

This year, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccination is required for all children entering the seventh grade. This vaccination has been recommended for all adolescents since 2006.

"We want to provide parents with every possible opportunity to vaccinate their adolescent children," said MSDH Acting State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers. "With the new Tdap vaccine requirement for 7th graders this year, we encourage parents to also vaccinate their children against HPV and meningitis. These are recommended adolescent vaccinations that can be given at the same time as the Tdap vaccination."

Mississippians can visit any county health department during its regular working hours for vaccinations. Please contact your county health department for hours and availability.

For more information on recommended and required childhood vaccinations, visit the MSDH website at www.HealthyMS.com or call 1-866-HLTHY4U (1-866-458-4948).

Follow MSDH by e-mail and social media at HealthyMS.com/connect.

Press Contact: MSDH Office of Communications, (601) 576-7667
Note to media: After hours or during emergencies, call 1-866-HLTHY4U (1-866-458-4948)
5/23/12 > LHS: White signs with JCJC golf
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Laurel High School graduate Jon-Michael White recently signed a golf scholarship with Jones County Junior College. While at LHS, White was an active member of the Select Choir, Golden Tornado Marching Band, Beta Club, Student Council, National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. He was a Principal’s Scholar and Mississippi Scholar. Seated along with Jon-Michael White are his parents Michael and Diane White. Standing: LHS Principal Carl Michael Day, LHS Golf Coach Michael Kelly, LHS Athletic Director Milton Smith and LHS Assistant Principal Jaymar Jackson.
5/23/12 > 2012 Retirees honored
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The Laurel School District recently hosted a reception honoring the 2012 retirees. Those honored were (L-R) Nora Davis Magnet School Assistant Teacher Maurine Ward with 34 years, Laurel High School Career & Technical Center Student Service Coordinator Addie Chinn with 38 years, Laurel School District Bus Driver Mattie Ulmer with 21 years, Laurel School District School Resource Officer Cynthia King with 28 years, Laurel School District Case Manager Cassandra Marshall with 42 years and (not pictured) Laurel High School Career & Technical Center Welding Instructor Ralph James with 7 years.
5/15/12 > Laurel School District seeks input for consolidated federal programs application
The Laurel School District is developing its annual Consolidated Federal Programs Application. The Consolidated Federal Programs Application includes Title I Part A - Basic and Title II, Part A – Improving Teacher Quality. Parents or community members with comments or suggestions should contact Kenda Covington, Director of State and Federal Programs, at 601-649-6391 or the principal of their child’s school.
5/11/12 > LHS: Top Ten Seniors 2012
2012 Laurel High School Top Ten

Ranking tenth, Khadijah Jones, the daughter of Mary Brown and James Jones and the stepdaughter of Rodney Brown, plans to attend Jones County Junior College on a basketball scholarship. Following JCJC, she plans to attend the University of Tennessee where she will major in sports medicine. While at Laurel High School, she was an active member of the Beta Club, Key Club, Future Business Leaders of American, Student Council and Teens Getting Involved for the Future. She was inducted into the L Club, and scored all Advanced on the state tests. She served as the varsity basketball team captain, where she was named Best Rebounder and received Most Valuable Player honors and was named team leader. As a member of the LHS Track Team, she placed second in the regional meets both her 10th and 11th grade years. She received Principal’s List and Superintendent’s List honors for academics and citizenship. She is a Mississippi Scholar.

Ranking ninth, April Gant, the daughter of Flora Gant and Robert Jones, plans to attend Copiah Lincoln Community College on a soccer scholarship. During her time at Laurel High, she was a member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society. Throughout her years at Laurel High she was on the Superintendent’s List, Principal’s List and Honor Roll for academics and citizenship. She participated in basketball, track and soccer, and served as captain of the soccer team. She is a Mississippi Scholar, and was voted Senior Class Favorite, Friendliest and Cutest Smile.

Ranking eighth, Dontreal Pruitt, the son of Michelle Pruitt and Joseph Barnes, plans to attend East Mississippi Community College on a football scholarship. While at Laurel High School, he was a member of Beta Club and Key Club, and is a Mississippi Scholar. He received perfect attendance honors and good citizenship honors. He was named to the Principal’s List, Honor Roll and Superintendent’s List for academics and citizenship. Pruitt received numerous awards for his standout football talents. He also played baseball for the Golden Tornadoes.

Ranking seventh, Daryl McKines, Jr., the son of Stephanie McKines and Daryl McKines, Sr., plans to attend Tougaloo College where he will double major in law and business administration and minor in music. While at Laurel High School, he was an active member of the Speech and Debate Team, Dropout Prevention Team, Beta Club, Student Council, Drama Club, and Show Stoppers. He was also a member of the Tornado Ambassadors, Future Leaders of Jones County and Teens Getting Involved for the Future. In 2011, he was inducted into the L Club. McKines received the highest average in Advanced Placement World History and was named Teens Getting Involved for the Future Member of the Year. He participated in basketball, football, tennis and track, and was twice named Mr. LHS. McKines was a member of the Select Choir who recently performed at Carnegie Hall in New York. He was selected for Boys State, and was elected Alderman of Ward 4 at the Mississippi Municipal League Mock Elections. McKines was Student Body President, First Priority Team Leader and Student of the Month.

Ranking sixth, Conseula Hadley, the daughter of Julius Hadley Sr. and Ira L. Newell, plans to attend Copiah Lincoln Community College on a soccer scholarship. Following Co-Lin, she plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi were she will major in physical therapy. During her senior year, she was a member of the soccer team, and was named Rookie of the Year and Best Defender. She received Superintendent’s List honors for academics and citizenship and she was named Student of the Month. She was a member of DECA at the LHS Career and Technical Center. She currently serves as an afterschool tutor at East Laurel Church of Christ, and has completed over 50 hours of community services. She is a Mississippi Scholar.

Ranking fifth, Jada Jones, the daughter of Beverly Jones and Jimmy McCurdy, plans to attend Mississippi State University where she will major in accounting. While at Laurel High School she was a member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society. She received Principal’s List and Honor Roll honors for academics and citizenship. She was a cheerleader for four years, served as captain and she was named All-American. Jones was twice named Student of the Month, received the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award, and was voted Miss LHS, Most Outgoing and Cutest. She is a Mississippi Scholar.

Ranking fourth, Shaquita Pulliam, the daughter of Monica Pulliam, plans to attend a university in New York where she will major in accounting, minor in English and work toward completing a pre-med track. While at Laurel High School, she has served as the secretary for the Future Business Leaders of America, and will represent Mississippi at the national FBLA competition in Texas after winning first place at the state competition. She also served as an editor and designer for the yearbook staff, and was a member of the National Honor Society. Pulliam has also been in Advanced Choir and Advanced Arts for six years. She has been a Superintendent’s List Scholar, received a Citizenship Award, was named Star Student, and is graduating a Mississippi Scholar. She is a mentor and frequent blood donor.

Historian Barbara Chambers, the daughter of Bobby and Brenda Chambers, plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi where she will major in speech pathology. While at Laurel High School she was a four year member of the Student Council, Marching Band, Select Choir and Ladies Ensemble. She was a three year member of Interact, Beta Club and the National Honor Society. She served as Math Bowl team captain and was a member of Mu Alpha Theta, Key Club, Speech and Debate, Theater Club and was a Diamond Darling. Chambers was a Superintendent’s List and Principal’s List Scholar for academics and citizenship and received Student of the Month. She received awards for perfect attendance and good citizenship. She also received academic awards in chemistry, physics, band, choir, history, accelerated English, advanced placement English and math, and is graduating a Mississippi Scholar. She was an Academic Ambassador, Future Leader of Jones County and a 13-year member of Girl Scout Troop 208. She was voted Most Likely to Succeed. Chambers has completed numerous hours of community service including volunteering at the soup kitchen and serving as a Salvation Army bell ringer. She is an active member of St. Elmo Missionary Baptist Church.

Salutatorian Lewis Steel Bateman, the son of Steve and Sandra Bateman, plans to attend Jones County Junior College followed by the University of Mississippi where he plans to major in finance and law. While at Laurel High School, he served as president of the Beta Club and was a member of the Future Leaders of Jones County, National Honor Society, Key Club and Principal’s Leadership Team. He was duel enrolled at Jones County Junior College, where he was named to Phi Theta Kappa for his academic success and has completed over 32 hours of college credits. Bateman received perfect attendance honors, was a Superintendent’s Scholar, and is graduating as a Mississippi Scholar. He was inducted into the L Club for academics. He played on the LHS Varsity Tennis Team for four years. Bateman completed numerous community service hours through his work with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, and is an active supporter of the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.

Valedictorian Cortias Jones, the son of Angela Jones and Kennis Badue, plans to attend college where he will major in either accounting or engineering. During his time at Laurel High School, he was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Beta Club, Student Council and Principal’s Leadership Team. He served as captain of the Math Bowl Team, Math/Science Bowl Team and Scholars Bowl Team. Jones received awards for the Highest Average in Welding, Excellent Student in Culinary Arts, Good Citizenship, Perfect Attendance, Highest Average in Mathematics, Student of the Month and Youth of the Month. He was a Superintendent’s List Scholar and Principal’s List Scholar for academics and citizenship, and is graduating a Mississippi Scholar. He loves going to school and rarely misses a day. Jones received a Senior Award for football and baseball. He also received National Center for Construction Education and Research welding credentials. Jones completed numerous community service hours through a variety of volunteer activities including reading books to students at Oak Park Elementary and Nora Davis Magnet.
5/11/12 > LHS: Tornadoes sign with Co-Lin
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Laurel High School seniors April Gant and Consuela Hadley signed soccer scholarships with Copiah-Lincoln Community College on Friday. Gant, who ranks ninth in the senior class, was on the Superintendent’s List, Principal’s List and Honor Roll for academics and citizenship. She participated in basketball, track and soccer, and served as captain of the LHS Soccer Team. Hadley, who ranks sixth in the senior class, was on the Superintendent’s List for academics and citizenship and was recently named Exchange Club of Laurel Student of the Year. She also received the Tracy Traylor Scholarship, and a Kiwanis Club Scholarship. Seated L-R: Flora Gant, April Gant, Consuela Hadley and LHS Senior Counselor Roslyn Haskin. Standing L-R: Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno, LHS soccer coaches Rick Sager and Julio Martinez, LHS Assistant Principal Jaymar Jackson and Co-Lin Head Soccer Coach David Strother.
5/11/12 > LHS: Chapman receives honorable mention in citywide art contest
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Laurel High School 9th grader Ciara Chapman received Honorable Mention for her drawing, “Blooms,” during the recent Laurel Arts League Citywide Art Contest. Her drawing was displayed at the Student Exhibit during the 40th Annual Day in the Park.
5/10/12 > LHS: Raekwon Pettis to play in USA Junior Nationals
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Laurel High School 10th grader Raekwon Pettis received an invitation to participate in the All-State Junior Nationals Basketball Competition this summer in Ohio. According to his invitation letter, Pettis received the invitation due to his “outstanding performance at the Mississippi state competition.” Through the USA Junior Nationals program, Pettis will participate in the International Sports Festival at the USA Sports Academy in Columbus, Ohio along side high school athletes from across the United States and Canada. Pettis, an Honor Roll student, has been playing basketball since he was eight years old, and currently serves as a shooting guard for the Laurel Golden Tornadoes Basketball Team, and plays wide receiver for the football team. He is the son of Randal Pettis. Raekwon is currently raising funds for his trip, so interested donors may contact Laurel High School at 601-649-4145.
5/08/12 > LHS announces STAR Student, Teacher
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Laurel High announces STAR Student, Teacher

Due to her outstanding score on the ACT, Laurel High School student Shaquita Pulliam has been named STAR Student. Throughout her senior year, Pulliam was recognized for her outstanding educational achievements and her dedication to the community.
While at Laurel High School, she served as the secretary for the Future Business Leaders of America and due to winning first place at the state competition, she will represent Mississippi at the national FBLA competition in Texas. She also served as an editor and designer for the yearbook staff, and was a member of the National Honor Society. She has been a Superintendent’s List Scholar, received a Citizenship Award, and is graduating a Mississippi Scholar. She is a mentor and frequent blood donor.
With the honor of being named STAR Student, Pulliam was allowed to choose a teacher who had contributed to her academic success, and for Pulliam, that teacher was Kristen Walters. Walters has taught a variety of classes including Accelerated English Four, Advanced Placement English Four, English Two and Mississippi Writers. This is her third year to be selected Star Teacher.
“Mrs. Walters is a really entertaining teacher,” Pulliam said. “She makes learning fun.”
Pulliam plans to attend a university in New York where she will major in accounting, minor in English and work toward completing a pre-med track. She is the daughter of Monica Pulliam.

Photo/Lacey Walters (Laurel Schools)
Laurel High School student Shaquita Pulliam was honored as STAR Student with her choice of STAR Teacher being Kristen Walters.
5/04/12 > Teachers, Parents and Administrator of the Year
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The Laurel School District recently hosted a Celebration of Excellence dinner where Teachers of the Year, Administrator of the Year, and Parents of the Year were honored. Pictured front row (L-R) are Teachers of the Year Congetta Gieger, Nora Davis Magnet School; Robin Lewis, Laurel High School; Patsy Rodgers, Mason Elementary School; Rachel Virgess, Laurel Middle School; Evelyn Evans, Oak Park Elementary School, Laurel School District Teacher of the Year Verniece Goode, Maddox Elementary School; and Laurel Middle School Principal Jeannine Agee, Laurel School District Administrator of the Year. Pictured back row (L-R) are Parents of the Year Tangelia Taylor, Oak Park Elementary; Jennifer Marie Walker, Nora Davis Magnet School; Alexandria Murry Walker, Laurel Middle School; Nicky McCray, Maddox Elementary School; Angelia Page, Laurel High School; and Laurel School District Parent of the Year Edna Jackson, Mason Elementary School.
5/04/12 > LHS 2012 Top Ten
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The Laurel School District recently hosted a Celebration of Excellence dinner where Laurel High School’s Top Ten Seniors were recognized. Pictured front row (L-R) are the Top Ten Seniors Cortias Jones, valedictorian; Lewis Bateman, salutatorian; Barbara Chambers, historian; Shaquita Pulliam, fourth; Jada Jones, fifth; Conseula Hadley, sixth; Daryl McKines, seventh; Dontreal Pruitt, eighth; April Gant, ninth; and Khadijah Jones, tenth. Each Top Ten Senior received a medallion presented by Laurel School District Board of Trustees President Miranda Beard.
5/04/12 > Dr. John Harper receives Golden Tornado Award
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Laurel School District Deputy Superintendent Dr. John Harper was the recipient of the 2012 Celebration of Excellence Golden Tornado Award. The award, which is the highest honor given at the dinner, is given to individuals who epitomize what it means to be a Laurel Tornado. Pictured: Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno, Golden Tornado Award Recipient Dr. John Harper and Board of Trustees President Miranda Beard.
4/05/12 > LHS: Golf team member plays in prestigious events
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel School District

Laurel High School senior Jon Michael White spent his summer vacation preparing for the current golf season, and participating in several prestigious golf events.

White played on the Mississippi Junior Golf Association Tour where he participated in seven tournaments over the course of the summer. He finished 12th on the points list out of approximately 50 students from all across Mississippi.

White also received an invitation to play in the Viking Classic Pro/Am held in Madison, Mississippi.

“In the short time I have had to work with Jon Michael on the golf course, it has been a pleasure to watch this young man swing a golf club,” said Laurel High School Golf Coach Michael Kelly. “Jon Michael has an excellent understanding of the game of golf and where he wants his particular game to be.”

“He possesses a swing that most people only dream of, and not only is this swing sweet to watch, it is packed with plenty of power,” Kelly continued. “Jon Michael has an excellent future ahead of him, and I wish him nothing but the best in his golf career.”

An active student, White is a member of the Student Council, Beta Club, Tornado Baseball Team, Golf Team and plays percussion in the Tornado Marching Band. He recently performed at the famed Carnegie Hall in New York as a member of the LHS Select Choir. White is the son of Michael and Diane White. After graduation he plans to pursue a degree in business.
4/02/12 > OP 3rd nine weeks honors list
OAK PARK SCHOOL 3RD NINE WEEKS HONORS 2012

SUPERINTENDENT’S LIST
1ST GRADE
Jasmine Graham
Alisia Pruitt
KaKobe Love
D Mariay Kirk
Ry Kia Amos
Caden Arrington
Carl Boykin
Tae Vion King
La Troy Mccurdy
2ND GRADE
Adriauna Alexander
Rayianna Hawthorne
Melissa Houston
Iris, Ixba
Yamileth Galan
Madison Johnson
Shundra Caver
Jamaris Graham
Khegan Jones
Markeisha Williams
3RD GRADE
NONE
4TH GRADE
NONE
5TH GRADE

PRINCIPAL’S LIST
1ST GRADE
Marcus Bridges
Elisha Cooley
Jer Nize Gammage
Marion Haynes
Ashanti Lang
C Daryas Mcdonald
Isaiah Newell
Samaria Roberts
Kendra Arrington
Shanyell Barnes
Ganaysia Dean
Alexandria Jordan
Kyharie Rodgers
Adontis Rogers
Shakya Williamson
Ja Darrion Brown
Alliyah Cooley
Tydreco Dean
Desean Dinkins
Gary Gammage
Sanaa Gavin
Terrion Mccullum
Caitlin Amerson
Ju Meka Arrington
Khe Nyjah Barnes
Jamarrius Kelly
Quandarius Keyes
Randy Lindsey Jr.
Rashayd Mcgruder
Kimaria White
2ND GRADE
Arjerne Arrington
Jordan Atkins
Alias Graham
Darion Hughes
Jkehadrien Jones
Dajah Portie
Latorius Ulmer
Quavion Bell
Aaliyah Rice
Miracle Terrell
Taniyah Wilson
Tashanae Young
Keshona Collier
Boremus Johnikin
Ariel Mcginnis
Diamond Sims
Dytayshia Smith
Aaliyah Arrington
Raven Boykin
Donne Cooley
Jailan Jones
Jeremy Loston
Arjalen Marshall
Shaniah Williams
3RD GRADE
Jadoriae Boykin
Derrek Brown
Sania Gardner
Tyjuan Graves
Cha Lyric Hardy
Raheem Hosey
Aaliyah House
Tomaya Mcginnis
Sha Kya Moss
Jaylen Prince
Dexter Scott
Rashad Crosby
Rahjavian Hosey
Reginald Jones
Madison Lanier
Audrianna Mccormick
Derrick Mcdonald
Harmony Moore
Ran Quavion Mosley
Okeme Parker
Quandarius Shelby
Paris Chambers
Jennifer Fulford
Tyler Gavin
Rashad Love
Keyontra Mcdonald
Da Qwan Sims
Halle Wash
Glen Carpenter
Aialyiah Mcgee
Kendaryious Oliver
4TH GRADE
Chassy Babcock
Khylin Dixon
Yistasia Pittman
Saneria Sanders
Olivia Trotter
Ladarius Mccurdy
Koriyunna Arrington
Jamara Fountain
Avante Horne
Ashlyn Jones
5TH GRADE
Skylia Bell
Charles Cross
Darrius Mccullum
John Thomas
Jalen Graham
Jalondria Jones
Jasmine Collier
Autumn Evans
Jasmine Jefferson
La Jadakiss Bender
Zarah Jones
Antigonus Loper

HONOR ROLL
1ST GRADE
Mitchell Mcdonald
Zachary Todd
Kanye Clark
2ND GRADE
Aurianna Baker
Tykendal Knight
3RD GRADE
Samson Gammage
Devonte Page
Devin Mcclellan
4TH GRADE
Malcolm Hampton Jr.
Nigel Parker
Sophia Saltsgiver
Aiyatahs Taylor
Kimberly Crosby
5TH GRADE
Tmyko Foster
Jarius Russell
Zyickia Stokes
3/30/12 > LMS 3rd Nine Weeks Honors List
6th Grade 3rd Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Laurel Middle School
Superintendent’s List
1. Jayda Harris
2. Breunna McCann
3. Andrew Robinson
4. Alexandria Seals
5. Tariq Shelby
6. Shaquavia Straughn
7. Jessica Thompson
8. Chiyya Waters

Principal’s List
1. Jonkeira Arrington
2. Amir Breland
3. Caleb Brunson
4. DaTaisha Cooley
5. Shavonne Grayson
6. Maleque Harris
7. Zikeyrra Haynes
8. Jamison Hyatt
9. Zykeria Johnson
10. Raimonica Jones
11. Raylen Jordan
12. Juan Lechuga
13. Skylar McCann
14. Roxanne McDonald
15. Taylor Reed
16. ShaCori Ruffin
17. Caroline Sanders-McCollum
18. Maegan Starling
19. Courtney Thigpen
20. Bryce Ward
21. Nyasha Waters
22. Jhykeria Watson
23. Erica Williams

Honor Roll
1. Pierre Andrews
2. Jasmine Bender
3. Geneva Clark
4. Kailyn Dukes
5. Brittney Evans
6. Ivory Evans
7. Kody Fagan
8. Shakeyba Harris
9. Princess Henderson
10. Karen Jackson
11. Noah Madison
12. Angelina Mendez
13. Rodriana Porter
14. Austin Pruitt
15. Ryan Walker
16. Alexis Walley

7th Grade 3rd 9 Weeks Honor Roll 2012

Superintendent's List
Kalen Brown
Ordriana Crosby
Pamela Salgado

Principal's List
Kimberly Alvarado
Cristal Bautista
Kendall Breland
Keelyn Brown
Amaria Cooley
Da Taius Cooley
Joshua Cooley
Tierra Cooper
Jaylen Cross
Sammantha Currie
Miah Davis
Tekyra Dean
Raven Evans
Marguarite Gavin
Aussianna George
Tatyana George
Johany Guerra
Tamirra Haskin
Latoyia Heidelberg
Catherine Jointer
Daquon Killings
Breeana Knighton
Candice Marks
Karina Mendez
Kahdejah Moody
destiny Moore
Ashonte Naylor
Jeffrey Payton
Christopher Pridgen
Mario Sandoval
Jamiya Sanson
Jakobi Terrell
Cre Arre Thigpen
Kaadada Trotter
Amari Ulmer
Jonathan Walker
Lacrystal Walley
Shykeria Watson
Jamarcus White
Barbara Williams

Honor Roll
Destinee Arrington
Deja Cooley
Andre George
Madisone Hatten
Zaquevis Haynes
Lauren Hill
Kendall Jones
Jaijeria Martin
Bladimir Mendez
Aerial Millsap
Tahj Milsap
Latrell Nelson
Zakiyyah Page
Jasmine Plummer
Corintha Sanson
Lanita Shade
Machaelah Smith
William Tucker
Ja Lyn Walker
Hayden Wigington

8th Grade Honor Roll for Laurel Middle School
3rd Nine Weeks

Superintendent’s List
Essence Kirk

Principal’s List
Cynthia Alkhatib
Manual Alvarado
Dekevin Dekeith Arrington
Jonathan Atencio
Alice Bell
Clarence Boyd
Tanzania Caldwell
Tatayanna Lashai Coleman
Essence Collier
Qourrian Daquan Moffett-Ducksworth
Nathaniel Onesimus Emmons
Zaria Husband
Malcolm Jordan
Davion Keys
Briana Latreece Manual
Travion Marsh
Martina Lashae McLaurin
Dwaylin Naylor
Konika Page
Rafael Pantaleon
Chloe Simmons
Brandon Scott Speagle
Lexia Dominique Thomas
Chinickqua Walker
Devin Clarence Williams

Honor Roll
Ashley Dominique Breland
Rashad Brown
Somiaya Carpenter
Bryan Eric Crosby
Zantavia Keiyara Glenn
Aleycia Horne
Christopher Hosey
Zakiriya Lindsey
Jalen McClendon
Semaj McCray
Dominique McDonald
Maya McDonald
Ieshia McLaurin
Alyssa Price
Christopher Ray
Dante Robinson
Janiah Sampson
Milton Smith
Sokoya Walker
Travon Walker
Phillip Weathersby
3/30/12 > Maddox 3rd Nine Weeks Honors List
Maddox Elementary School

3rd 9wks

Superintendent’s list, Principal’s List, Honor Roll


Superintendent’s List

1st grade

Jair Hernandez

Kiandra Lopez

2nd grade

JaQuaria Keyes

Norrison Mai

4th grade

Natasha Woodland

Kimberlynn Mai



Principal’s List

1st grade

Harley Gilman

Marilu Ronquillo

Aleli Ruiz

Courtney Butler

Christal Johnson

Gudiel Deleon

Jaden McCree

Roosevelt Page

Aubreney Stenson

Alejandro Valdivia

Donna Watkins

Alexander Francisco

Lamareanna Taylor

Nathen Thompson

Aliayiah Washington

2nd grade

Niyah Greer

Alexus Lindsey

Carlos Martin

Breanna McDonald

Jameris Milsap

Kayner Simon-Chun

Janiyah King

Cassidy McCullum

Lyric Pugh

Aziyah Collier

A’Myjah Cooley

Darisha Millsap

Jaqueline Santiago

3rd grade

Araseli Gonzalez

Shadarius Jackson

Jha’Hendrix Jones

Nya Thompson

Malea Cook

Jaret Mota

4th grade

Ashanti Jordan

Jafet Mota

Amari Martin

Saquioya McCullum

Estefan Ronquillo

Coriuna Pruitt

5th grade

Jaylen Morgan

Lori-Alice Thomas



Honor Roll

Kindergarten

John Gonzalez

Takiyah McCray

Keion Sullivan

Tyranne Pettis

Theodore Seward

Akyria Stephens

Malaysia Washington

Eduardo Rosas

Mical Cook

Brianna Evans

Daliyah Brown

Marquetta Thomas

Kemaria Moore

Montez Gavin

Tyquan Crosby

Uriel Beltran

Bernardo Chun Simon

Henry Acevedo

Zyjerua Murry

Nicole Pigford

Patience Pettis

Lukedia Ceasar

Emily Lopez

Brando Deleon

Ardajah Millsap

Destinne Walker

Nakensyiah Straughn

Jaylen Jordan

1st grade

Aliayiah Washington

5th grade

Rogelio Reynoso

Domonick Walker

Ja Marious Odom

Jamerish Jordan
3/30/12 > Mason 3rd nine weeks honors list
Mason School
Honor Roll 2011-2012
3rd Nine Weeks


Superintendent’s List


First Grade

Citlhalis Chairez
Zion Evans
Kylee Madyn Hicks
Denys Lopez
Luis Alfredo Mendoza
Cameron Tran
Melissa Vargas
Jamil Willis

Second Grade

Cedric Bounds
Stevauria Crosby

Fourth Grade

Nicole Santiago
Axel Soto Lopez

Principal’s List


First Grade

Zorriah Akins
Jiavia Coleman
Keirreyion Naunyea Rashad Dixon
Kade Grimes
Laila Guerrero
Tykerius Hamilton
Lakourtney Hill
Emmanuel Ixmatlahua
Tykerria Jones
Brayden Jordan
Markyius Jordan
Dylan Love
Lauren Miller
Frederick Payton
Precious Perkins
Levi Porter
Jada Pough
Maurkeeus Keontae Pruitt
Chloe Zanette Rahming
Ronnie Richardson
Ashley Rivera
Kyren Sanders
Leslie Santiago
Rkeda Shelby
Marlon Ulmer
Jessica Vargas
Makayla Wheaton

Second Grade

Karen Arrington
Laken Booth
Jamonica Brown
Jatavion Clayton
Danielle Connelly
Javon Dean
Ricky Dunaway
Jason Garcia
Destiny Henerson
Genesis Jackson
Michelle Jeronimo
Remarcus McCann
Austin Smith
Deshyzionne Waters
Ahzaria Watson
Myron White
Precious White
Destiny Wilkinson
Tamia Young

Third Grade

Kevon Chinn
Caitlin Cooke
Anya Cooley
Miya Keyes
Christian McCree
Derion McCullum
Kristopher Rodriguez
Shanqueida Wilson

Fourth Grade

Daniah Alkhatib
Ann Dong
Keandranique Gilbert
Jada Henderson
Brieyona Johnikin
Cyntaya Keys
Precious May
Kania Milsap
William Mora
Issabella Nixon
Ahlandria Norton
Tyreese Taylor
Gabriela Trejo

Fifth Grade

Britney Apaez
Samuel Apaez
Devon Bradley
Cameron Evans


Honor Roll

First Grade

Rayqiuan Clinton
Tamia Price


Second Grade

Carlos Mendoza
Amariona Moffett
Joseph Pierce
Rodrick White

Third Grade

Daniela Pimentel
Amber Rogers

Fourth Grade

Jenifer Baez
Marques Coleman
Julie Hupp
Ayanna Lindsey
Julio Martinez
DeAnthony Moffett
Lalexia Murrell
Pierre Ray
Madison Woodson

Fifth Grade

Juliana Hernandez
3/30/12 > NDMS 3rd nine weeks Honors List
Honors
Nora Davis Magnet School
3rd Nine Weeks
2011-2012

First Grade

Superintendent’s List
Koree A Brown
Jaylen M Evans
Cassandra C M Frazier
Markeria A Jones
Alivia D Knight
John M Limerick
Hailey Olivia Millsap
Jason Olson Ii
Harry Rico Oneal
India S.T. Ponder
Alayna K Smith
Kennedy Stringfellow
Harmony P Thomas
Samuel Ward
Amiah G White

Principal’s List
Makias J Abney
Riyah S Breland
Lakiya B Cooley
Makayla Z Davis
Kristian V Day
Aubrey D Hearn
Kelsey L Henderson
Joseph T Henley
Micah Hill
Zipporah K Husband
Allyiah E Johnston
De Quan Keontre Owens
Zabbiana Page
Jayd C Perez
Miracle M Shelby
Latrena P Smith
Tyshaun Smith
Mikyal M Trotter
Khiron Ulmer
Amari Ky Lique Wallace
Luke A Ward
Xavier D Washington
Takiyah A Wright

Honor Roll
None

Second Grade
Superintendent’s List
Jamirah Cooper
Jakendal M Ruffin
Larry Eugene Thomas
Sean B Thompson
Principal’s List
Jeremiah Barnes
Kiron Dwain Benjamin
Shadasia M Bester
Grant A Carmichael
Jaythan A Comegys
Amarien K Cooper
Skylar C Dase
Raven Simone Diaz
Raegan A Drummer
Juryen Elias
Jordan T Hardy
Corbin Jvay Husband
Kalli A Husband
Jalen J Johnson
Kalyn N Jordan
Aldric Leon
Malia A Mcdonald
Nylah Gabrielle Mckenzie
Marshall James Oville
Kaden Pruitt
Richard E Tischer
Canden J Townsend
Amaria R Trotter
Honor Roll
Erica L Evans
Markese Jayzon Latrell Webb

Third Grade
Superintendent’s List
Samuel Hill
Jaymar Tk Jackson
Wade T Parker
Jada A Sanson
Principal’s List
Lindsey Denise Andrews
Leiren D Bell
Cambre M Brown
Jordan A Brown
Kendall Nk Currie
Ashley Davis
Kristianna I Day
Nyah M Evans
Xavier Evans
Corey A Gardner
Bryce S Harper
Robreon D Jasper
Lajuan M Jones
Celsee D Jordan
Laila F Lawrence
Abraham Mckenzie
Tierra Mcmanus
Ashleigh Colleen Oville
Makenzi Caroline Stringfellow
Cameron D Ward

Honor Roll
Zoey A Cooley
Lavender B Mack
Zimbria Mccurtis
Keenon S Simmons

Fourth Grade

Superintendent’s List
Caylee W Sanson
Keno Lashawn Shelby

Principal’s List
Wesley A Bridget
Iryana R Brown
Michael S Brown
Trey M Cocroft
Latoris V Cooley
Sydney Cole Cooper
Allison Breann Dexter
Ryan Elijah Fuller
Jacquelyn Janelle Gaines
Makaija T Harris
Nia Adriana Jasper
Zyuntay D Jones
Kristen Sanaa Jordan
Jaila Keyes
Destiny Quadaysia Mcdonald
Nadia Alexis Mckenzie
Kaitlyn Noel Millsap
Radarious L Milsap
Hailey N Roberts
Skylar Alisha Van Robertson
India L Singleton
Ashley Taylor
Ashanti Thigpen
Zarria Walker
Anthony Wheaton
Honor Roll
Kelce Nadage Brown
Kaleb Alexander Gaston
Malik L Marsh
Rashidi Saeed Mccormick
Kerri Lauren Page
Zaria C Warren
Noah Gavin Wigington

Fifth Grade

Superintendent’s List
Anna B Cochran
Keisy M Hartman

Principal’s List
Jada V Brinner
Ayainah Brielle Brown
Rory Nicholas Camarco
Lakatherine T Campbell
Lamia O Cooley
Tykreatia Darby
Cortez Jr Demond Davis
Amber Maelone Dexter
Yasmine N Drummer
Kristian M Edwards
Briceion Jawaun Ellis
Kobe Fair
Willie T Fair
Brandon Gavin
Isaiah R Gore
Michaela Gray
Hanna Lonia Hearn
Lexi J Jones
Myeddie L Jones
Kyra M Lampley
Adriona Lindsey
Ronmalski Raheem Mccullum
Makyah Jalena Moore
Arsean P Stapleton
Matthew S Sykes
Michael Kendrick Terrell
Nyia Turner
Tessa Ward
Honor Roll
Chastin Jamal Cooley
Jakarta K Ruffin
3/26/12 > NDMS receives PREPS Value Added Award
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The Laurel School District and Nora Davis Magnet School were recently awarded by the Program of Research and Evaluation for Public Schools (PREPS) at a special awards ceremony held in Jackson. Nora Davis Magnet School received a PREPS Value Added Award. The PREPS Value Added Awards Program identifies high performing schools among Mississippi districts, which are adding value and considered to be performing significantly better than schools with comparable socioeconomic circumstances. At the ceremony, the Laurel School District received a PREPS Involvement Award. According to PREPS, this award is given to school districts in recognition of significant involvement in PREPS programs and activities. The award recipients have had the highest percentage of their teachers and administrators participate in PREPS sponsored professional development opportunities and other programs and activities during the past year. Pictured: PREPS Ex-Officio Member Dr. Richard Blackbourn of Mississippi State University College of Education, Laurel School District Federal Programs Director Kenda Covington, Nora Davis Magnet School Principal Elaine Read, Nora Davis Magnet School Instructional Facilitator Sara Elston, and PREPS Board of Directors President Dr. Lee Childress of Corinth School District
3/19/12 > LMS to host Parent Showcase on Saturday, March 24
MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN MY CHILD’S LIFE
Parental Showcase

Laurel, MS -- To raise awareness about the daily concerns and activities provided to each child in the middle school setting, Laurel Middle School is hosting Making a Difference in My Child’s Life parental showcase as part of the family and community engagement initiative, March 24, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.

Laurel Middle School will actively engage parents in several classes and workshops for training in the areas of reading, math, computer training, and much more. These activities will guide parents’ understandings of the educational issues and concerns of the individual student. We want to enhance the parental involvement of each of our students to enable them to be successful life-long learners and achieve in the 21st century with the support of their families.

We are inviting all parents and family members to take part in this eventful experience. There will be door prizes, refreshments, and helpful information to take home. Come and support our youth and find out what you have been longing to learn!
3/08/12 > Goode named Laurel Teacher of the Year
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Laurel School District Press Release
For Immediate Release
By: Lacey Walters, Public Information Officer

Headline: Goode named Laurel Teacher of the Year

Seeing a student walk across the stage on graduation day to receive a diploma will make any teacher swell with pride. But imagine knowing that student, just years earlier, walked in a classroom without the ability to speak or understand the English language. Maddox Elementary School’s English as a Second Language Teacher Verniece Goode has witnessed this scenario several times over her years of teaching, and seeing her students succeed gives her great pride in the work she has done.

For her outstanding work and commitment to children, Goode was recently selected as the Laurel School District Teacher of the Year.

“Mrs. Goode works with students in kindergarten through fifth grade who come from homes where English is not the primary language spoken,” said Maddox Principal Ruby Lovett. “A large number of the students she serves come to us speaking very little to no English, but because she sets high standards for herself and her students, they show tremendous progress year after year.”

“Mrs. Goode demonstrates the highest level of professional commitment and competency in her work with students, teachers and parents,” Lovett continued. “We are blessed to have her as a part of the Maddox family.”

When Goode was in college and working toward a career, teaching was not her original choice. After being given opportunities to work with students in college, she began to realize she had talent and enjoyed seeing students succeed.

“During these early teaching experiences, my interactions with some dedicated, outstanding instructors also influenced me to become a teacher,” Goode said. “I soon learned that there is never a dull moment in the classroom as I enjoyed the exchange of teaching and learning. Although it was exhausting work, it was also fun and satisfying to take part in the lives of students.”

With over 23 years of teaching experience, Goode has been honored with a host of awards for her dedication and love for teaching. In 2011, she was selected for the Mississippi Hall of Master Teachers and honored during a ceremony at Mississippi University for Women. In 2008, she was named an Association for Excellence in Education Teacher of the Year, and in 2006 she received the President’s Service Award from Delta Kappa Gamma. She also served as a Capitol Hill Advocacy Delegate for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages or TESOL.

Goode received a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science from Mississippi State University, a Gifted Certification from William Carey College, and a Master of Arts from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is married to Jerry Goode and has two sons Matt and Jim.

In addition to her dedication to her students at Maddox Elementary School, Goode is an active member of the community. For over 10 years, she has taught weekly English as a Second Language classes for adults. She is an active member of First-Trinity Presbyterian Church, where she has served as the chairperson for Mission and Outreach, participated in various mission trips, assisted with disaster relief and provided Christmas gifts for children and families. She currently serves as a volunteer for Living Waters for the World, an organization that installs clean water systems. She has also volunteered time at a church-based Immigration Clinic that provided assistance with work permits, legal residency papers and paperwork leading to citizenship.

Goode was also instrumental in writing the Laurel School District’s policy for English Language Learner (ELL) students.

“Mrs. Goode is a shining example of the passion and energy represented by so many teachers in the Laurel School District,” said Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno. “Her love for kids and commitment to excellence makes her a wonderful ambassador for the Laurel Schools.”

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Photo/Lacey Walters (Laurel Schools)
Maddox Elementary School’s English as a Second Language Teacher Verniece Goode was named the 2012 Laurel School District Teacher of the Year. Pictured left to right: Laurel School District State and Federal Programs Director Kenda Covington, Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno, Teacher of the Year Verniece Goode, Maddox Principal Ruby Lovett and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Maggie Griffin.
3/08/12 > Laurel Schools continue technology upgrades
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Laurel School District Press Release
For Immediate Release
By: Lacey Walters, Public Information Officer

Headline: Laurel Schools continue technology upgrades

The Laurel School District has continued to modernize and increase its technology offerings for both teachers and students as a way to enhance achievement and academic growth. Throughout the current school year, a variety of upgrades and additions have been made to fulfill the district’s strategic technology plan.

The technology department, which includes Director of Technology Patrick Robinson, Network Administrator Robert Bayless, District Technician Tie-Reace Hollingsworth and Technology Intern Victor Collier, recently completed the installation of an additional Windows 7 computer lab at Laurel High School. The lab is currently being used by the ninth grade students as a student-centered learning lab.

“The ninth grade computer lab has had a tremendous impact on the overall success of ninth grade students as it orientates them to the learning skills necessary to be successful during their tenure as a high school student and beyond,” said LHS Principal Carl Michael Day.

In addition to a new lab at LHS, the Technology Department, along with assistance from the district’s Maintenance Department, also completed a computer lab remodel at Maddox Elementary School. The lab, which was relocated to a larger space in the school, features new paint, carpet ceiling tiles and heating and cooling system.

“We extend our gratitude to Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno and the Laurel School District Board of Trustees for providing our students with a new computer lab, and for the hard work of both the technology and maintenance departments,” said Principal Ruby Lovett. “Before the renovation of this space, our students were crowded in a very small room used as our computer lab. Thanks to the new addition, they are now able to comfortably work on computer programs such as Compass Learning and Study Island in a bright, attractive, and spacious lab.”

At the start of the current school year, the district completed the process of putting in a new curriculum program called Compass Learning. The interactive remediation, testing and assessment program provides teachers with another tool to assist with student intervention.

“After careful consideration and evaluating several programs, the principals chose Compass Learning, because it provides them with an in house tool to assess in an ongoing manner student's strengths and weaknesses,” said Assistant Superintendent Curriculum Dr. Maggie Griffin. “Compass Learning assists teachers in developing individualized instructional support for their students, and it will provide detailed electronic assessments.”

One of the highlights of the 2011-12 school year is the return of Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) USA TeachUp Interns. For the past four years, through the generosity of the Chisholm Foundation, Oak Park Elementary School has been the recipient of a DOT USA intern. This year, the grant was extended to include Mason Elementary School.
The DOT USA TeachUp Interns utilize their skills and talents to assist teachers with the implementation of technology in the classroom. Through professional development and lesson planning, the interns drive technology integration on a day-to-day basis.

With all of the new technology in the schools, the Gardiner Administrative Building, also known as Central Office, was in need of new technology for the purpose of leading professional development seminars. Through a grant from Extron Electronics and Howard Technology Solutions, a new PoleVault System was installed. The system features a ceiling mounted LCD projector with an integrated audio system. The system is used for presentations during school board meetings and professional development.

“The role technology plays in education continues to grow at a rapid pace; in the Laurel School District we are working to infuse technology to benefit instruction in every level of teaching,” Robinson said. “Without all of the federal, local and state dollars, along with the generosity of our local business leaders, the tremendous gains made this past year in the area of technology would not have been possible.”

With a host of upgrades complete, the Technology Department is already making plans for the future. The team is currently researching the feasibility of utilizing e-readers at the new ninth grade school as a supplement to traditional print-based materials. They are also planning to replace all administrative computers at the school level and at central office. The Technology Department is also planning to upgrade the existing computer lab a Laurel High with all new equipment, and is looking to upgrade the district’s e-mail system.

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Photos/Lacey Walters (Laurel Schools)
Maddox Elementary School recently received a computer lab remodel. The lab, which was relocated to a larger space in the school, features new paint, carpet ceiling tiles and heating and cooling system. Maddox first grader Marilu Ronquillo and other students from Lillie Stanfield’s class work on programs in the new lab.
3/08/12 > Nora Davis students LEAP
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Laurel School District Press Release
For Immediate Release
By: Lacey Walters, Public Information Officer

Headline: Nora Davis students LEAP

From canvases to computers, students at Nora Davis Magnet School are learning art through a variety of tools, and the addition of a program designed to help students LEAP into a love for the arts.

Through a project grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission, Nora Davis Magnet School was able to implement a new program called LEAP (Learn, Explore, Apply, and Perform.) The program was created by the school as a way to introduce its third graders to the arts as they prepare to make decisions about what art courses to take in the fourth and fifth grades.

“The purpose of LEAP is to allow third graders to explore a variety of extracurricular areas while among a small group of their peers,” said Instructional Facilitator Sara Elston. “The LEAP experience gives the students an opportunity to dabble in areas they might want to possibly pursue once they get to fourth grade. In fourth grade the students have the opportunity to be a part of Show Choir, Dance Company, and Special Art.”

Throughout the school year, five teachers facilitated the LEAP program by offering the third grade students a choice of Music in Motion, Canvas Painting, Art in Technology, Dance or Shakespeare for Kids. The students attended their selected program every Thursday from 2-3 p.m., and during this time students learned a variety of tasks from painting and art history to dance and movement.

Nora Davis Magnet School third graders LaJuan Jones and Wade Parker were pleased with their LEAP experience.

Parker, who chose to take Canvas Painting, said the program helped him with his painting skills and he enjoyed learning new techniques.

“I love how they teach us in a fun way, with activities that help us remember things better,” Parker said.

Jones participated in the Art in Technology program where he learned how to create slideshow presentations on art history. His topic was Realism.

“I enjoyed that I got to learn PowerPoint,” Jones said. “It was fun because you could design slides.”

Both Jones and Parker said they hope to continue with their art experiences in the fourth grade. Wade said he hopes to tryout for Show Choir and Special Art, because “they sound pretty fun.”

Jones has plans to tryout for Dance Company, Special Art, and possibly Show Choir, he said.

The program saw huge success with students, parents and even teachers. Elston said teachers are already volunteering to teach classes next year. Suggested additions to the program are Step Class and Culinary Arts.

“The LEAP program was very successful in its first year of implementation,” Elson said. “Our third grade parents were thrilled their children were able to be part of such a wonderful program. The teachers at Nora Davis received the program with open arms because they recognize that anything supplementary to what already goes on at the school only makes it a better place to learn and grow.”

To demonstrate their newfound skills, students performed a LEAP Showcase in the fall for parents, and in the spring the students performed during the school’s annual Arts Explosion. Parent participation was strong.

“It was standing-room only for the performance and arts display held during Arts Explosion,” Elston said. “We were proud of the fact that so many parents wanted to see what their students had experienced during the LEAP program.”

The academic success of Nora Davis Magnet school is in part due to how teachers teach in unique ways using the arts in math, science, social studies and language arts to engage students in the learning process. And LEAP is just one of many examples of how the school is accomplishing their academic goals.

“Not all children learn the same way. Some students need to see that mathematic concept in a print, or act out a scene from a story in order to recognize key details. Some students need to dramatize the life cycle of a plant, or need to create a replica of a famous print in order to understand concepts,” Elston said.

“We use the arts to promote academic learning by providing multiple learning experiences to aid our students in developing deep understanding,” she continued. “The arts correlate directly with the academic curriculum that is being taught on a day-to-day basis. We use the arts to help create a safe atmosphere, which allows our students to feel comfortable taking risks. We use the arts to promote learning because it is fun for our students, and for our teachers.”

Nora Davis Magnet School is a Model School for the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Whole Schools Initiative and a PREPS (Program of Research and Evaluation for Public Schools) Value Added Award recipient.

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Photo/Lacey Walters (Laurel Schools)
Nora Davis Magnet School third grader Wade Parker works on a canvas painting for his LEAP class. The LEAP program was instituted to offer third grade students beginning arts experiences.
3/06/12 > OP: March 2012 Calendar
2/22/12 > LHS to host rummage sale March 3
The Laurel High School DECA and Student Council organizations are sponsoring a school-wide rummage sale on March 3 from 7 a.m. to noon. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.
2/22/12 > LMS student wins county spelling bee
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Laurel Middle School student Jayda Harris placed first in the Jones County Spelling Bee. Harris, a sixth grader, will now compete in the state spelling bee in March. She is a Superintendent’s Scholar and is a member of the High Steppers and Student Council. She is the daughter of Angela Clinton and Joseph Harris.
2/22/12 > Laurel Schools receive jacket donation
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The Laurel BancorpSouth hosted a jacket drive to benefit students in the Laurel School District. The jackets collected were used to replenish schools’ clothes closets. Pictured: BancorpSouth Vice President Patricia Phillips, Laurel School District Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno and BancorpSouth Division President Ray Palmer
2/22/12 > LHS: DAR donates flag for Tornado baseball field
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The Nahoula Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently donated a flag for the newly constructed Laurel High School Tornado Baseball Field. DAR Flag Chairwoman Whitney Pickering and Chapter Regent Dell Scoper performed a flag presentation ceremony as part of the donation. The flag originally flew over the U.S. Capitol. Pictured: DAR Chapter Regent Dell Scoper, Laurel Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno, Laurel High Baseball Coach Buddy Duke and DAR Flag Chairwoman Whitney Pickering.
2/15/12 > Maddox: January Write-Flight Winners

January Write-Flight Winners

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as Write-Flight Winners for the month of January!

Ardajah Millsap (K-Gault)

Kyjovian Allen (1st-Stanfield)

Azyiah Collier (2nd-Clark)

Ajaveon Hatten (3rd-Owens)

Antonio Davis (4th-Jones)

JaMarious Odom (5th-Reese)

2/15/12 > Maddox: 2nd 9 weeks Perfect Attendence Bike Winner

2nd 9 weeks Perfect Attendence Bike Winner

Congratulations to Robkel Herring.  Robkel had her name entered into a drawing, with all of the other students that had perfect attendence for the 2nd 9 weeks.  She was very excited to be chosen as the winner of the new bike.

2/07/12 > LHS: FBLA students to compete on state level
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Laurel High School Career and Technical Center's Future Business Leaders of America recently competed in the district competition at Jones County Junior College. There were over 800 students competing on the district level at JCJC. LHS FBLA had four members that placed and those students will be competing at state competition in Jackson in April. FBLA Advisor and BCT teacher is Devon Sellers.

Pictured Left to right: Cedric Parker placed in Economics, Aquisiana Leggett and Shaquita Pulliam placed in Desktop Publishing, and Ashley Robinson placed in Business Law.
2/04/12 > NDMS: Mississippi School of the Arts Visits

 Students from Mississippi School of the Arts visited Nora Davis to present their anti-bullying campaign, sponsored by the Mississippi Arts Commission. MSA's junior and senior theatre and vocal majors presented an original production about bullying and how it impacts students. This was in conjunction with the new state laws that were passed this past summer regarding bullying.

2/01/12 > OP: Lunch at Applebee's
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The character education citizenship coloring contest winners enjoyed lunch at Applebee's.
The winners are Jordan Atkins, Jacquez Fountain, Taniya Harrison, Cyderica Smith, Alonzo Wilson and Jada Keller-Garner.
Jordan's mother (pictured) and Alonzo's grandmother (not pictured) joined us for lunch.
2/01/12 > OP: Reading Fair Honorable Mention and 2nd Place Place Winners
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The District Reading Fair honorable mention and second place awards students are 3rd grader Madison Lanier, Honorable Mention; representing Ms. Alridge’s Kindergarten class project is Phaylon Gandy, second place; and 5th grader John Thomas, second place.
2/01/12 > OP: Reading Fair 1st Place Winners
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Oak Park is proud to announce their District Reading Fair Winners that are going on to represent the school at the Regional Reading Fair at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg on February 28, 2012. These students are 1st grader Quadriana Nobles, representing Mrs. Cross’s class project is Malcolm Hampton, and 2nd grader LaQuesha Williams.

Oak Park is very proud of our students and their accomplishments this year!
2/01/12 > LHS: Tornadoes sign with EMCC Lions
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At a ceremony Wednesday morning, four Laurel High School football standouts signed letters of intent with East Mississippi Community College. Allen Sentimore, Defond Bester, Justin Mack and Dontreal Pruitt will begin their college careers with the Lions in the fall. Pictured: (seated L-R) Allen Sentimore, Defond Bester, Justin Mack and Dontreal Pruitt. (standing L-R) LHS Athletic Director Milton Smith, Sentimore’s mother Tracey Sentimore, Bester’s father Vincent Townsend and mother Lyconia Bester, Mack’s mother Lawanda Mack and grandfather Larry Evans and Pruitt’s father Joseph Barnes.
2/01/12 > LHS: Tornadoes sign with ECCC Warriors
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At a ceremony Wednesday morning, five Laurel High School football standouts signed letters of intent with East Central Community College. James Clark, Zach Thigpen, Chris Apperwhite, Marcus Knight and Tevin McInnis will begin their college careers with the Warriors in the fall. Pictured: (seated L-R) James Clark, Zach Thigpen, Chris Apperwhite, Marcus Knight and Tevin McInnis. (standing L-R) LHS Athletic Director Milton Smith, Clark’s father James Clark, Thigpen’s grandmother Lula Gavin, Apperwhite’s mother Nancy Gavin and father Chris Apperwhite, Knight’s mother Elizabeth Knight, McInnis’ sister Tomekia Meadows, mother Janet Meadows and sister Tiffany Meadows, LHS Principal Carl Michael Day and LHS Assistant Principal Jaymar Jackson.
2/01/12 > LHS: Tornadoes sign with MGCCC Bulldogs
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At a ceremony Wednesday morning, Laurel High School football standout Fenest Armstrong signed a letter of intent with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Pictured with Fenest Armstrong are his mother Phyllis Armstrong and his father Len Armstrong. Standing L-R: LHS Athletic Director Milton Smith, LHS Principal Carl Michael Day and LHS Assistant Principal Jaymar Jackson.
2/01/12 > OP: February Calendar 2012
1/31/12 > LHS: Laurel Arts League gives to choir
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Laurel Arts League gives to Laurel Choir

The Laurel Arts League recently made a $1,000 donation to the Laurel High School Select Choir. The donation will assist in funding the group’s upcoming trip to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York. Pictured: Laurel Arts League Treasurer Sara Sensenig, Laurel School District Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno and Laurel Arts League President Andrea Milham.
1/30/12 > NDMS: 2nd Annual Arts & Math Night

 

1/27/12 > Mason principal receives state recognition
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Laurel School District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

By Lacey Walters, Public Information Officer

Headline: Mason principal receives state recognition

The Laurel School District’s 2010-11 Administrator of the Year, Dr. Ken Culpepper was recently honored by the Mississippi Board of Education as the Fourth Congressional District Administrator of the Year Finalist. Culpepper traveled to Jackson were he was honored during a Board of Education meeting for his contribution to the academic gains at Mason Elementary School.

“I am absolutely thrilled to see Dr. Culpepper recognized for his outstanding leadership at Mason Elementary,” said Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno. “He embraces this era of high-stakes testing and accountability with great passion and works tirelessly to increase teacher capacity and morale. We are very proud of Dr. Culpepper and the wonderful staff at Mason Elementary.”

After Culpepper was selected as the Laurel School District Administrator of the Year, he submitted a packet of essays to the state level. After a selection committee reviewed the information, he was selected to represent the Fourth Congressional District. The four congressional finalists then interviewed for consideration for Mississippi Administrator of the year.

When Culpepper traveled to Jackson for the interview process, state officials asked him about his most memorable experience as principal at Mason. Culpepper said his response was “home visits.” During the 2010-2011 academic year, Culpepper completed over 238 home visits during a three month period. At night, he traveled around the Mason community visiting students’ homes and encouraging parents. Culpepper said seeing parents eager to help their children at home for success in school will always be one of the highlights of his career. He is planning on doing the same again this year.

When Dr. Ken Culpepper was hired two years ago to take the lead principal position at Mason Elementary School, he accepted the job knowing the challenges that would face him and his staff as they worked to move a failing school toward success.

When the results of the 2009-2010 Mississippi Curriculum Test 2nd Edition were reported, Mason Elementary School’s Quality of Distribution Index (QDI) moved from a 99 the previous year to a 127, which resulted in the schools descriptive label moving from “Failing” to “Academic Watch.” Through Culpepper’s leadership, the school also met growth projections made by the Mississippi Department of Education that year.

“Having a 28-point QDI increase in his first year at the helm of Mason Elementary can be contributed specifically to his laser-like focus on student achievement and his ability to galvanize all stakeholders in the schools mission,” Benigno said.

To make change at Mason a reality, Culpepper encouraged his teachers to utilize data-driven instruction, which focused on identifying student weaknesses and gearing classroom instruction on moving students toward greater levels of academic success. Culpepper even designed a spreadsheet where data entered would calculate and determine specific areas of student weaknesses, as well as predict possible QDI points. “The Sheet” as the teachers call it, assisted them in providing appropriate individualized instruction for each student in the school.

Having worked in the business world for over 30 years, much of Culpepper’s talents in the area of statistics come from his business background. Culpepper said his decision to pursue a second career as an educator came from his desire to help students succeed and his understanding of how the needs of a school were similar to those in the business world.

“My philosophy regarding education is summed up by the mantra that drives me every day, which says, ‘I never stood so tall until I stooped to help a struggling child.’ This passion drives me every day,” Culpepper said. “I love my second career.”

Culpepper received a Bachelor of Science in economics with a minor in accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1970, a Master of Science in educational leadership from William Carey University in 1998, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in educational leadership and research from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2003. Culpepper has received a variety of awards during his time in education and has served as a presenter for numerous professional development programs. Culpepper is married to Beverly Culpepper and they have one daughter Carrie Culpepper Brown who is married to Jamie Brown.

Culpepper credits his success as a principal to the unwavering support of his wife, daughter and son-in-law, along with all those that make up the Mason family.

“I consider Mason Elementary School the one given this distinction, because it is the faculty and staff, the academic team made up of Lynne Stapleton, Ruth Ann Evans and Janet Tucker, along with parents and most importantly the students who are truly the ones to be honored. All the glory goes to Jesus.”

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Photo/Courtesy of Miss. Department of Education
Pictured with Mason Elementary School Principal Dr. Ken Culpepper is Chairman of the Mississippi Board of Education Charles McClelland and State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tom Burnham. Culpepper was honored at a Mississippi Board of Education meeting as the Fourth Congressional District Administrator of the Year Finalist.
1/25/12 > OP: 2nd nine weeks Honor List

OAK PARK ELEMENTARY 2ND NINE WEEKS HONOR LIST Superintendent's List 1st Grade Ry Kia Amos Caden Arrington Marcus Bridges Ganaysia Dean Desean Dinkins Ashley Dodds Jasmine Graham Elana Johnson JaKobe Love La Troy Mccurdy 2nd Grade Shundra Caver Jamaris Graham Iris Ixba Madison Johnson Markeisha Williams 3rd Grade Jadoriae Boykin 4th Grade None 5th Grade Charles Cross John Thomas Principal's List 1st Grade Caitlin Amerson Ju Meka Arrington Khe Nyjah Barnes Malaysia Barnes Carl Boykin Ja Darrion Boykin Alliyah Cooley Elisha Cooley Tydreco Dean Sanaa Gavin Dejerrick Gillum Marion Haynes Alexandria Jordan Jamarrius Kelly Tae Vion King D Mariay Kirk Ashanti Lang Demetrius Legore Terrion McCullum C Daryas McDonald Rashayd McGruder Ajariaunna Paige Alisha Pruitt Adontis Pugh Samaria Roberts Kyharie Rodgers Zachary Todd Kimaria White Shakya Williamson 2nd Grade Aaliyah Arrington Quavion Bell Raven Boykin Stelena Clayton Keshona Collier Adriauna Cooley Melissa Houston Boremus Johnikin Khegan Jones Manaca Keyes Jeremy Loston Ariel Mcginnis Dajah Portie Aaliyah Rice Amaya Robinson Diamond Sims Latorius Ulmer Taniyah Wilson 3rd Grade Derrek Brown Glen Carpenter Paris Chambers Janece Cooley Rashad Crosby Jaliyah Crumb Samoya Dantzler Jennifer Fulford Sania Gardner Tyler Gavin Tyjuan Graves Cha Lyric Hardy Akeeyah Harris Raheem Hosey Rahjavaian Hosey Aaliyah House Reginald Jones Aushanay Knauber Madison Lanier Rashad Love Devin Mcclellan Audrianna Mccormick Keyontra Mcdonald Aialyiah Mcgee Tomaya Mcginnis Harmony Moore Sha Kya Morris Lauryn Newell Kendaryious Oliver Jaylen Prince Dexter Scott Quandarius Shelby 4th Grade Chassy Babcock Malcolm Hampton Yistasia Pittman Seaneria Sanders Olivia Trotter 5th Grade Larry Arrington Skylia Bell La Jadakiss Bender Jasmine Collier Autumn Evans Jacquez Fountain Jalen Graham Da Jah Hall Raymond Harvey Jasmine Jefferson Jalondria Jones Antigonus Loper Darrius Mccullum Asia Pollock Ariell Pruitt Jarius Russell Carlos Watson Honor Roll 1st Grade Randy Lindsey Isaiah Newell 2nd Grade Jamarj Dean Rayianna Hawthorne Darion Hughes Jekhadrien Jones Arjalen Marshall 3rd Grade Samson Gammage Timjuan Mcgill 4th Grade Nigel Parker 5th Grade Terry Blanks Nayrea Cooley Tmyko Foster Raymonde Haynes Zarah Jones Jada Keyes

1/21/12 > LMS: Saturday School resumes.
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1/20/12 > LHS: Sertoma gives to choir
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The Laurel Sertoma Club recently made a $500 donation to the Laurel High School Select Choir. The donation will assist in funding the group’s upcoming trip to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York. Sertoma Club Treasurer Steve Thrash said the club wants to encourage other civic organizations to make a donation, and assist the students in funding this exciting opportunity. Pictured (L-R): senior choir member DeAndrea Caver, Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno, Sertoma Club Treasurer Steve Thrash, LHS Choir Director Leander Bridges and senior choir member Fodarius Gavin.
1/20/12 > LHS: Baseball season tickets available now
Laurel High School baseball season tickets are now available. One reserved chair-back seat is $50. Two reserved chair-back seats are $90. Add $40 per additional person for chair-back season tickets. At the gate price is $5 per game for bleacher seating only. Reserved tickets will be good for junior high, junior varsity and varsity games. With questions call the Laurel School District at 601-649-6391. Tickets are available at the Gardiner Administrative Building, located at 303 West 8th Street.
1/20/12 > LMS: 7th grade Honors List
Laurel Middle School
2nd 9 weeks Honors
Seventh Grade

Superintendent’s List
Yorch Atencio
Ordriana Crosby
Tatyana George
Catherine Jointer
Bladimer Mendez
Kahdejah Moody
Christopher Pridgen
Pamela Salgado
Barbara Williams


Principal’s List
Destinee Arrington
Joshua Arrington
Cristal Bautista
Arianna Blakley
Kendall Breland
Desiree Brown
Kalen Brown
Keelyn Brown
Amaria Cooley
Da Taius Cooley
Joshua Cooley
Tierra Cooper
Jaylen Cross
Miah Davis
Tekyra Dean
Raven Evans
Andre George
Aussianna George
Jessica Gonzalez
Tamirra Haskin
Madisone Hatten
Zaquevis Haynes
Latoya Heidelberg
Lauren Johnson
Brianna Jones
Kendall Jones
Candice Marks
Jaijeria Martin
Taylor McGowan
Aerial Millsap
Ashonte Naylor
Latrell Nelson
Zakiyyah Page
Jeffrey Payton
Jasmine Plummer
Corintha Sanson
Jamiya Sanson
Vanisha Simmons
Machaelah Smith
Khalia Sparks
Cre Arre Thigpen
Jamecia Walker
Jonathan Walker
Lacrystal Walley
Shykeria Watson
Hayden Wiggington

Honor Roll
Alice Bell
Andrea Boykin
Marguarite Gavin
Johany Guerra
Javon King
Albert Morgan
Aristeo Pantaleon
Luis Perez
Mario Rogers
Kolby Smith
Kaadada Trotter
Yazaria Ulmer
1/20/12 > LMS: 6th Grade Honors List
6th Grade 2nd Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Laurel Middle School

Superintendent’s List

Amir Breland
Jayda Harris
Breunna McCann
Rodriana Porter
Alexandria Seals
Jessica Thompson
Chiyya Waters

Principal’s List

Pierre Andrews
Jonkeira Arrington
Jeremiah Baptiste
Jasmine Bender
DaTaisha Cooley
Tamerick Drummond
Ivory Evans
Jayla Fountain
Zikeyrra Haynes
Princess Henderson
Jykeria Jones
Jamarcus Jordan
Raylen Jordan
Juan Lechuga
Steven Martin
Skylar McCann
Roxanne McDonald
Destiny Nixon
Austin Pruitt
Taylor Reed
Andrew Robinson
Alaina Rowzee
Sha Cori Ruffin
Caroline Sanders McCollum
Tariq Shelby
Maegan Starling
Shaquavia Straughn
Keezaria Thames
Courtney Thigpen
Jalan Wallace
Bryce Ward
Nyasha Waters
Jhykeria Watson
Erica Williams

Honor Roll

Edward Bailey
Caleb Brunson
Janaiya Causey
Howard Cole
Kailyn Dukes
Brittney Evans
Kody Fagan
Shedrick George
Jamison Hyatt
Kurdarius Keyes
Noah Madison
Blessing Magee Ducksworth
Addie May
Olivia McDonald
Jayla Smith
Ryan Walker
Alexis Walley
1/20/12 > NDMS: Honors List
Honors
Nora Davis Magnet School
2nd Nine Weeks
2011-2012

First Grade

Superintendent’s List

Jaylen M Evans
Cassandra C M Frazier
Markeria A Jones
Alivia D Knight
John M Limerick
Hailey Olivia Millsap
Harry Rico Oneal
Zabbiana Page
India S.T. Ponder
Harmony P Thomas
Amiah G White

Principal’s List
Brittany Z Barnett
Riyah S Breland
Koree A Brown
Lakiya B Cooley
Kristian V Day
Aubrey D Hearn
Joseph T Henley
Micah Hill
Zipporah K Husband
Allyiah E Johnston
Shelby Knight
Kelsei Lee
Journee A Moffett
De Quan Keontre Owens
Malcom M Price
Miracle M Shelby
Alayna K Smith
Latrena P Smith
Tyshaun Smith
Kennedy Stringfellow
Nathaniel T Travis
Mikyal M Trotter
Khiron Ulmer
Amari Ky Lique Wallace
Luke A Ward
Samuel Ward
Xavier D Washington
Takiyah A Wright

Honor Roll
None

Second Grade
Superintendent’s List
Raven Simone Diaz
Raegan A Drummer
Malia A Mcdonald
Jakendal M Ruffin
Larry Eugene Thomas
Sean B Thompson

Principal’s List
Jeremiah Barnes
Kiron Dwain Benjamin
Shadasia M Bester
Akil A Brown Simon
Grant A Carmichael
Jaythan A Comegys
Amarien K Cooper
Jamirah Cooper
Skylar C Dase
Juryen Elias
Erica L Evans
Mekayla J Evans
Jordan T Hardy
Kameron Martez Hearns
Kristian M Hosey
Corbin Jvay Husband
Kalli A Husband
Jalen J Johnson
Teagan S Jones
Kalyn N Jordan
Aldric Leon
Paul Garfield Mackay
Nylah Gabrielle Mckenzie
Marshall James Oville
Kaden Pruitt
Deja A Robertson
Ashley L Tischer
Richard E Tischer
Canden J Townsend
Amaria R Trotter
Markese Jayzon Latrell Webb

Honor Roll
None

Third Grade

Superintendent’s List
Hannah Collins-Moved
Corey A Gardner
Samuel Hill
Jaymar Tk Jackson
Wade T Parker
Jada A Sanson
Cameron D Ward

Principal’s List
William E Aguirre
Lindsey Denise Andrews
Leiren D Bell
Cambre M Brown
Jordan A Brown
Zoey A Cooley
Kendall Nk Currie
Ashley Davis
Kristianna I Day
Dale Jr Michael Diaz
Nyah M Evans
Xavier Evans
Chloe S Griffin
Zoe Griffin
Bryce S Harper
Juwine Hughes
Robreon D Jasper
Lajuan M Jones
Celsee D Jordan
Laila F Lawrence
Lavender B Mack
Zimbria Mccurtis
Timothy Mcgill
Abraham Mckenzie
Tierra Mcmanus
Ashleigh Colleen Oville
Zai Shaun Pigford
Makenzi Caroline Stringfellow

Honor Roll
Kennedy S Curry
Jaylien A Hicks
Maureanna Lindsey
Kassidy E Ulmer

Fourth Grade

Superintendent’s List
Wesley A Bridget
Hayley Dove-Moved
Nia Adriana Jasper
Caylee W Sanson

Principal’s List
Iryana R Brown
Michael S Brown
Trey M Cocroft
Latoris V Cooley
Sydney Cole Cooper
Allison Breann Dexter
Ryan Elijah Fuller
Jacquelyn Janelle Gaines
Kaleb Alexander Gaston
Zyuntay D Jones
Kristen Sanaa Jordan
Jaila Keyes
Fredrick D Lawrence
Rashidi Saeed Mccormick
Destiny Quadaysia Mcdonald
Nadia Alexis Mckenzie
Kaitlyn Noel Millsap
Radarious L Milsap
Kerri Lauren Page
Hailey N Roberts
Skylar Alisha Van Robertson
Keno Lashawn Shelby
India L Singleton
Ashley Taylor
Ashanti Thigpen
Zarria Walker
Anthony Wheaton
Noah Gavin Wigington

Honor Roll
Kelce Nadage Brown
Ja Mier Ka Darrius Chapman
Kyle A Cooley
Makaija T Harris
Jeremiah Tykius Henderson
Timothy L Jones
Zaria C Warren

Fifth Grade

Superintendent’s List
Anna B Cochran
Keisy M Hartman

Principal’s List
Jada V Brinner
Ayainah Brielle Brown
Rory Nicholas Camarco
Lakatherine T Campbell
Lamia O Cooley
Cortez Jr Demond Davis
Amber Maelone Dexter
Kristian M Edwards
Briceion Jawaun Ellis
Kobe Fair
Willie T Fair
Brandon Gavin
Isaiah R Gore
Michaela Gray
Hanna Lonia Hearn
Lexi J Jones
Kyra M Lampley
Adriona Lindsey
Zytavius T Andre Dontae Moss
Matthew S Sykes
Michael Kendrick Terrell
Tessa Ward

Honor Roll
Tykreatia Darby
Myeddie L Jones
Nyia Turner
1/20/12 > MASON: Honors List
Mason School
Honor Roll 2011-2012
2nd Nine Weeks


Superintendent’s List


First Grade

Citlhalis Chairez
Zion Evans
Kylee Madyn Hicks
Luis Alfredo Mendoza
Jada Pough
Ashley Rivera
Cameron Tran
Melissa Vargas
Jamil Willis

Second Grade

Cedric Bounds
Destiny Henderson
Selah Nix
Tamia Young

Principal’s List

First Grade

Zorriah Akins
Jahnya Bester
Hyjalun Burch
Jiavia Coleman
Keirreyion Rashad Dixon
Derkerionna Ducksworth
Auenije Evans
Daien George
Joseph Glaxner
Kade Grimes
Laila Guerrero
Tykerius Hamilton
Zanayia Hasberry
Lakourtney Hill
Emmanuel Ixmatlahua
Tykerria Jones
Brayden Jordan
Dashia Jordan
Markyius Jordan
Denys Lopez
Dylan Love
Quanleze Nobles
Frederick Payton
Precious Perkins
Levi Porter
Tamia Price
Asia Pruitt
Maurkeeus Keontae Pruitt
Chloe Rahming
Ronnie Richardson
Kyren Sanders
Leslie Santiago
Rkeda Shelby
Marlon Ulmer
Jessica Vargas
Makayla Wheaton

Second Grade

Ashya Allen
Jasmine Arrington
Karen Arrington
Laken Booth
Jamonica Brown
Jatavion Clayton
Stevauria Crosby
Jason Garcia
Genesis Jackson
Michelle Jeronimo
Shelby Jones
Remarcus McCann
Amariona Moffett
Joseph Pierce
Isaiah Pruitt
Leonard Ross
Zephaniah Scott
Ahzaria Watson
Myron White
Precious White
Rodrick White

Third Grade

Kevon Chinn
Caitlin Cooke
KaBria Dale
Elijah Dennis
Araseli Gonzalez
Kendriques Jacks
Jennifer Lechuga
Christian McCree
Daniela Pimentel
Kristopher Rodriguez
Charlene Tran
Donna Wheaton

Fourth Grade

Daniah Alkhatib
Ann Dong
Keandranique Gilbert
Jada Henderson
Julie Hupp
Ayanna Lindsey
Precious May
Lalexia Murrell
Ahlandria Norton
Nicole Santiago
Axel Soto Lopez
Gabriela Trejo

Fifth Grade

Britney Apaez
Samuel Apaez
Cameron Evans

Honor Roll

First Grade

Desmeanna Brown

Second Grade

Javon Dean

Third Grade

Keith Wallace

Fourth Grade

Jose Gonzalez
Julio Martinez
Kania Milsap
De Anthony Moffett
William Mora
Tyreese Taylor
Madison Woodson

Fifth Grade

Shea Baker
Alexandra Castillo
Alejandro Villanueva
Mireya Yepes
1/19/12 > Laurel Middle School's Spelling Bee- Scheduled for January 26
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1/12/12 > LMS S.A.D.D. Chapter Displays Banner
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1/11/12 > LMS Reading Fair Winners
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1/10/12 > Maddox: Reading Fair Winners

Maddox Elementary held its annual Reading Fair recently.  The following students were chosen as first place winners and will advance to the District Reading Fair.  Congratulations to everyone!

K--Zykeria Murry, 1st gr.--Tyler McNair, 2nd gr.--A'Myjah Cooley,

3rd gr.--Zyla Owens, 4th & 5th gr.--Jaylen Morgan, K-3 Family--Jani Chapman

1/09/12 > LMS Honor Band Participants
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1/03/12 > Community: MLK Commemoration Schedule of Events
1/02/12 > Maddox: November Students of the Month

Maddox Elementary announces the Students of the Month for November.  We are very proud of these students!

K: Malaysia Washington (Saavedra), Zykeria Murry (Gault), Bernardo Chun Simon (Rudder)

1st grade: Aleli Ruiz (Stanfield), Malachi Davis (Hicks), Tyler McNair (Franklin)

2nd grade: Janiyah King (Blackwell), A'Myjah Cooley (Clark), Jason Reynoso (Nelson)

3rd grade: Omarius McCormick (King), Amaya Evans (Owens)

4th grade: Breanna Greer (Moore), Amari Martin (Jones), Ayterria Wright (Fulgham)

5th grade: Alexys Arrington (Sanders), Chytiana McCormick (Reese)

12/09/11 > NDMS: 3rd Grade Angel Tree

The 3rd Graders at Nora Davis Magnet School have been busy little "ELVES" during the holiday season this year.  The boys and girls in Ms. Whitt and Mrs. Garick's classes have worked to collect over $200 worth of books, toys, and clothing that will be wrapped and given to the young Angel Tree Child which the class adopted this year.  The students have had a wonderful time as they worked to share the warmth of the holiday season with others.

From our classes to yours……Happy Holidays!

12/09/11 > NDMS: Christmas Float

 

NDMS Cheerleaders

Christmas Float

12/08/11 > OP: Upper Elementary 1st Nine Weeks Perfect Attendance Bike Winners
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The bikes were donated by Second Baptist Missionary Church, Christian Valley Baptist Church, Howard Industries and AEE Student Ambassador State Farm Agent Mike Zachary.
12/08/11 > OP: Lower Elementary 1st Nine Weeks Perfect Attendance Bike Winners
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The bikes were donated by Howard Industries, AEE Student Ambassadors Sanderson Farm and Trustmark Bank.
12/08/11 > OP: Character Education CARING Coloring Contest Winners
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The coloring sheet was based on Caring. The pictures were judged for neatness, creativity and colorfulness. Each month the students discuss a different character trait. The winners will enjoy lunch at Applebee's.
12/07/11 > MASON: Upper Elementary Students of the Month for November
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Mason is proud to announce the upper elementary students of the month for November. These students display positive attitudes and leadership within their classrooms. We are proud of these exemplary students. They are pictured wearing their t-shirts given to them by Westminister Presbyterian Church.

1st row: Bernisha Lindsey, Rodrickus Carmichael, Luana Jackson, Gabriela Trejo, Pierre Ray
2nd row: Santavious Hamilton, Derrick Evans, Mireya Yepes, Yasmyne Ulmer, Kordarius Barnett, Marques Coleman
12/07/11 > MASON: Lower Elementary Students of the Month for November
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Mason is proud to announce the lower elementary students of the month for November. These students display positive attitudes and leadership within their classrooms. We are proud of these exemplary students. They are pictured wearing their t-shirts given to them by Westminister Presbyterian Church.

1st row: Amber Jackson, Leslie Santiago, Stephanie Jeronimo, Ty'Veonn Dotson, Flor Lopez, Tamia Price
2nd row: Krishna Wright, Javon Dean, Shakyra Taylor, Amariana Moffett, Andorian Fairley
Not pictured: Precious White
12/07/11 > NDMS: Cheerleaders Visit Laurelwood Community Living Center to Honor Veterans

NDMS Cheerleaders Visit Laurelwood Community Living Center to Honor Veterans

The girls recognized veterans on Veterans Day and helped the staff serve refreshments at their banquet. The squad returned to perform and give gifts to the residents prior to the holiday break.

12/06/11 > Christmas Around The World Musical Concert
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12/05/11 > Maddox: November Write Flight Winners

November's Write Flight winners are: Takiyah McCray (K-Saavedra), Jair Hernandez (1st-Hicks), Marlon Borras (2nd-Clark), Rogel Avendano (3rd-Owens), Breana Greer (4th-Moore), and Jamerish Jordan (5th-Sanders).


11/30/11 > MASON: Perfect Attendance Bicycle Winners
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Perfect attendance pays for Mason Elementary students! Alisa Carmichael (2nd grade) and Markeylon Nelson (4th grade) were rewarded for their perfect attendance during the first nine weeks with new bicycles. These bicycles were donated by Howard Industries and Westminster Presbyterian Church. All names of those who had perfect attendance for the nine week period were entered in a drawing for the bicycles.
11/29/11 > LMS November PTO Meeting
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11/16/11 > MASON: October Students of the Month Upper Elementary
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Mason is proud to announce the upper elementary students of the month for October. These students display positive attitudes and leadership within their classrooms. We are proud of these exemplary students. They are pictured wearing their t-shirts given to them by Westminister Presbyterian Church.

1st row: Kendriques Jacks, Quonshey Evans, Daniela Pimentel, Britney Apaez, Samuel Apaez
2nd row: Kania Milsap, Julie Hupp, Kizzie Jackson, Jada Henderson, Shaniah Scott, Semiko Phillips
11/16/11 > MASON: October Students of the Month Lower Elementary
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Mason is proud to announce the lower elementary students of the month for October. These students display positive attitudes and leadership within their classrooms. We are proud of these exemplary students. They are pictured wearing their t-shirts given to them by Westminister Presbyterian Church.

1st row: Ashley Rivera, Kylee Hicks, Nasrin Alsoufi, Precious Perkins, Rodrigo Ixmatlahua, Durrell Chatman
2nd row: Anniyah Crosby, Zorriah Akins, Stevauria Crosby, Alisa Carmichael, Tamia Young, Kyeria McSwain
11/15/11 > Petro Harvester makes donation to Laurel Schools
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Petro Harvester recently made a donation of backpacks 150 backpacks to the Laurel School District. The backpacks were distributed to students in need throughout the district’s six schools. Pictured: Petro Harvester Senior Landman Erik Holt, Petro Harvester Office Manager Jessica Parker and Laurel School District Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno.
11/15/11 > LMS: bankers visit 8th grade
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Students in the 8th grade at Laurel Middle School recently participated in the school’s first Career Zone of the school year. The students were given the opportunity to hear from two loan officers from Community Bank, Josh Blackledge (pictured left) and Jonathan Davis (pictured right). Both officers shared with the students about their job duties, along with the importance of maintaining good credit. Community Bank is an Association for Excellence in Education school adopter.
11/15/11 > Laurel Middle increases elective offerings
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Laurel School District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By Lacey Walters, public information officer

HEADLINE: Laurel Middle increases elective offerings

Encouraging students to “work hard, and play hard” is an important part of the Laurel School District philosophy that helps drive student success in academics, athletics and the arts. At Laurel Middle School the students have the opportunity to “work hard” in five academic classes including English, reading, math, science and history, while still having the opportunity to “play hard” in elective classes that range from piano lessons to weight training.

Beginning this school year, Laurel Middle School added six additional electives for the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. In addition to the school’s traditional electives of dance, band, art, choir, physical education, weight training and GOAL (Greater Opportunities for Accelerated Learning), the students now have the opportunity to take guitar, piano, sixth grade show choir, violin, speech and debate and ballroom dancing classes.

“In the Laurel Schools, our philosophy revolves around the idea that we ‘work hard and play hard.’ We want our young people to be extremely focused on their academic classes,” said Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno. “However, we also want to offer them numerous opportunities to explore the arts and athletics in a way that makes coming to school an invigorating experience.”

Not only do the classes encourage students to come to school and be involved, they also promote self-confidence and self-esteem.

“Classes like these provide a sense of hope and worthiness,” said Principal Jeannine Agee. “Often students in the middle school have a hard time knowing where they fit in. These classes will give them that special place of belonging.”

With the first nine weeks of school complete, the school’s administration has received rave reviews from students. Agee said that the guitar students were excited to perform during Grandparents’ Day.

“Although it was evident they were new to the art, they still wanted to showcase what they had learned,” she said. “Seeing students excited about learning is what we want to see at Laurel Middle School.”

The school recently saw an impressive increase in test scores, and was rated “Successful” by the Mississippi Department of Education. Through the arts and other classes, Agee expects to see even higher academic gains.

“Extracurricular activities reinforce academic learning,” she said. “These classes and programs allow students to use their hands, mind and body in a different way. By offering an array of opportunities, we reach our students’ various learning styles, which increases student achievement.”

In addition to the in-school classes, Laurel Middle School also offers after-school sports including cheerleading, dance team, basketball, soccer, track, football, and baseball.

“The range of offerings at Laurel Middle School is truly impressive,” Benigno said. “When you combine our state-of-the-art facility with passionate teachers, you have a winning combination.”

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Photo/Lacey Walters (Laurel Schools)
Laurel Middle School added six additional activities including guitar, piano, sixth grade show choir, violin, speech and debate and ballroom dancing to the school’s list that already included band, art, choir, dance, physical education, weight training, sports and gifted studies. Pictured: (Seated L-R) Cynthia Alkhatib, Robert Jacoby Carter, Zaria Husband, Corintha Sanson, (Standing L-R) Chris Pridgen, Octavious Cooley, Howard Cole, Chinickqua Walker, Kimberton Mai, Keon Howard and Andrew Robinson.
11/15/11 > OP: Character Education RESPONSIBILITY Coloring Contest Winners
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The character education coloring contest winners enjoyed lunch at Applebee's.
Thanks to the Applebee's Family!!
11/15/11 > Maddox: October Students of the Month

Congratulations to the Students of the Month for October!  Keep up the hard work!

Saavedra: Yosua Cordoba, Gault: Zykeria Murry, Rudder: Brianna Evans

Stanfield: Kyjovian Allen, Hicks: Crystal Johnson, Franklin: Legaria Rhodes

Blackwell: Cassidy McCullum, Clark: Aziyah Collier, Nelson: Jayveon Laster

King: Tatonya Booth, Owens: Cappricia McCullum

Fulgham: Estefan Ronquillo, Moore: Biance McCarty, Jones: Juan Carlos Hernandez

Reese: JaMarious Odom, Sanders: Jamerish Jordan

11/15/11 > Maddox: 1st 9-weeks Superintendet's List

The faculty and staff would like to congratulate the following students for making the Superintendent's List for the 1st 9 weeks: Jair Hernandez (1st gr.--Hicks), Courtney Butler (1st gr.--Stanfield ), Norrison Mai and Lyric Pugh (2nd gr.--Blackwell), Jaquaria Keyes (2nd gr.--Nelson), and Kimberlynn Mai (4th gr.--Fulgham). The students were treated to a pizza lunch at Central Office where they got to participate in fun games and dance! We are so proud of our students!


11/15/11 > Maddox: 1st 9 weeks Perfect Attendance Bike Winner

Kendrick Adams was awarded a shiny new bicycle for having perfect attendance during the 1st 9 weeks of the school year!

11/15/11 > Maddox: October Write Flight Winners

The winners of the October Write Flight are : Akyria Stephens (K-Saavedra), Aubreney Stenson (1st-Hicks), Iy'yunna Brown (2nd-Blackwell), Jaret Mota (3rd-King), Lakhyia Pruitt (4th-Moore), and D'Arius Milsap (5th-Reese). Congratulations students, and keep up the good writing!


11/11/11 > MASON: Students Attend Beach Party
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K-5 students from Mason Elementary School attended the Very Special Arts Festival sponsored by the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. This year's theme was a beach party. Attending with their students were Mrs. M. Hughes, Mrs. C. Bridges, and Mrs. J. Bridges.
11/09/11 > LHS theater students perform community service
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The Laurel High School Drama Team recently performed a Reader’s Theater at the South Central Regional Medical Center maternity, pediatric and senior citizen wards. The students performed “The Fairy Godmother’s Assistant.” Those who performed were Seth Baker, Barbra Chambers, Michael Hayes, Myeshia Lindsey, Tylexis Martin, Konswayla Moody, Anitra Musgrove, Abishia Slaton and Jalisa Williams.
11/01/11 > OP: Pledge to be DRUG FREE!
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Mrs. Brady's and Mrs. Johnson's kindergarten class pledge to be drug free by wearing a red shirt.
10/31/11 > NDMS: Blasting to the Top!!

Blasting to the Top

3rd Grade was caught "Blasting to the Top" on the 1st 9 Weeks Snapshot Test!!  They stopped by Spae Tag after taking a wonderful field trip to JCJC where they put their geography knowledge to work.  The students searched for hidden "Geocaches" all around the lake using GPS units. 



 

10/30/11 > NDMS: Explorer Characterizations

Explorer Characterizations

  

Fifth grade students were each given an early explorer to research and develop a characterization on. The students presented the information to the class in costume as they "became" the explorer and shared interesting facts about themselves. The students were also required to speak in an accent and indicate locations of origin and areas traveled on a map.

 

10/28/11 > OP: Put a CAP on drugs
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Red Ribbon Week!
These third grade students are taking a visible stand against drugs. PUT A CAP ON DRUGS!
10/28/11 > OP: Be a JEAN-ius, wear blue jeans.
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Red Ribbon Week! Be a "Jean" -ius, wear blue jeans.
Mrs. Sikes and Mrs. Cooley-Williams' first grade class show us they are a "jean" -ius.
10/28/11 > OP: Students receive recognition for their outstanding achievement.
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Students were recognized for their outstanding achievment on the 2011 State test at Oak Park. A celebration for the stars was given on October 7 and they also enjoyed lunch at Eatza Pizza.
10/27/11 > OP: Lunch at Applebee's
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The character education coloring contest winners enjoyed lunch at Applebee's. Thanks to Chera Breland and the Applebee's family.
10/27/11 > OP: Character Education RESPECT Coloring Contest Winners
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The coloring sheet was based on RESPECT. The pictures were judged for neatness, creativity and colorfulness. Each month the students discuss a different character trait.
10/24/11 > LMS Football Team Undefeated.
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LMS Golden Tornado Football Team finishes their 2011-2012 football season with the perfect record of 8-0! Let's Go Tornadoes!

10/20/11 > MASON: September Students of the Month - Upper Elementary
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Mason is proud to announce the upper elementary students of the month for September. These students display positive attitudes and leadership within their classrooms. We are proud of these exemplary students. They are pictured wearing their t-shirts given to them by Westminister Presbyterian Church.

1st row: Araseli Gonzalez, Isabel Luis, Ann Dong, Jasha Melton, William Mora
2nd row: Alex Villanueva, Keandranique Gilbert, Natonzia Patterson, Christian McCree, Dewon Gore, Aelxandra Castillo
10/20/11 > MASON: September Students of the Month - Lower Elementary
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Mason is proud to announce the lower elementary students of the month for September. These students display positive attitudes and leadership within their classrooms. We are proud of these exemplary students. They are pictured wearing their t-shirts given to them by Westminister Presbyterian Church.

1st row: Alexia Ferguson, Draliyah Nixon, Auenije Evans, Denys Lopez, Justin Keys, Kijuan McMillan
2nd row: Zephaniah Scott, Shyla Waters, Cedric Bounds, Rodrick White, Ronnie Richardson, Melissa Vargas
10/19/11 > Safe Schools Healthy Students' Oct. News and Announcements
10/18/11 > MASON: Thanks to Franklin United Methodist Church
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Mason is blessed to have the support of our wonderful community. Franklin United Methodist Church is providing snacks for our students of the month. Many thanks to our new friends!!
10/13/11 > LHS: Homecoming Queen and Court
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Laurel High Homecoming Court 2011

Laurel High School is proud to announce the 2011 homecoming queen and court. The students selected as court were honored during the Laurel vs. Quitman football game on Friday, Oct. 7.

Queen: Roshanda Allen is the daughter of Cleo and Yolanda Allen. At LHS, she participates in cheerleading, soccer, track, Gospel Choir, Beta Club, Key Club, Student Council, Distributive Education Clubs of America and Future Business Leaders of America. Her future plans are to study kinesiology.

Senior Maid: Bianca Milsap is the daughter of Darnell and Dorothy Milsap. She is the football sweetheart of Zachary Thigpen. She is a member of the Golden Girls dance team, Diamond Darlings, Concert Band, Distributive Education Clubs of America, Key Club and Future Business Leaders of America. Her future plans are to obtain a degree in pharmacy and radiology from Jones County Junior College, and then attend Mississippi State University and major in dance.

Junior Maid: Lekita Williams is the daughter of Sandra Williams and Bobby Sims. She is a member of the LHS Beta Club. In her spare time she enjoys reading. Her future plans are to become a successful psychologist.

Sophomore Maid: Kinshaska Stevens is the daughter of Melanie Pruitt and Stephon Stevens. She participates in basketball and student council where she serves as sophomore president. Her future plans are to become an artist, cosmetologist and play college basketball.

Freshman Maid: Kreseterica Lloyd is the daughter of Lawanda and Warren Lloyd. She participates in speech and debate, gospel choir and cheerleading. Her future plans are to become a successful lawyer.

Pictured: Freshman Maid Kreseterica Lloyd, Sophomore Maid Kinshaska Stevens, Queen Roshanda Allen, Junior Maid Lekita Williams and Senior Maid Bianca Milsap.
10/13/11 > School Board honors schools
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The Laurel School District Board of Trustees recently recognized three schools during their regularly scheduled board meeting. Maddox Elementary, Nora Davis Magnet and Laurel Middle schools were recognized for receiving a “Successful” rating on the Mississippi Department of Education’s accountability scale for 2011. Pictured: (front) Laurel School District Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno, Nora Davis Principal Elaine Read, Maddox Elementary Principal Ruby Lovett, Laurel Middle Principal Jeannine Agee, (back) School Board members Mike Axton, Miranda Beard, Greg Brown, Ann Barrow and Rev. Earnest Thompson.
10/12/11 > Maddox: September Write-Flight Winners

The best writers in the school for the month of September were Patience Pettis (K-Gault), Saia Page (1st-Stanfield), Norrison Mai (2nd-Blackwell), Shadarius Jackson (3rd-King), Saquoiya McCullum (4th-Fulgham), and Jacquez Fountain (5th-Reese). Keep up the good writing students!

10/11/11 > Maddox Awarded Fitness Grant
Maddox Elementary was awarded a Project Fit America grant funded through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi. This grant provides indoor and outdoor fitness equipment for the school, a fitness curriculum, and training for our physical education teacher, Ms. Melissa Johnson. Maddox held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, October 5th, to thank Project Fit and Blue Cross/Blue Shield for this wonderful addition to our school. Included in the celebration were guest speakers, Dr. Mark Horne of Jefferson Medical Associates, Senator Chris McDaniel, Dr. Chuck Benigno, and Sheila Grogan of Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Students and teachers participated in a hula-hoop competition, and students demonstrated the outdoor fitness equipment with the help of JCJC's bobcat mascot. Maddox coordinated this celebration with our annual one-mile "Walk at School" day. We would like to thank Ms. Johnson for writing this grant, Project Fit America for choosing Maddox, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield for funding our grant. LET'S GET FIT, MADDOX!
10/11/11 > OP: Students of The Month
Oak Park's August and September students of the month received a certificate and a water bottle from AEE adopter Trustmark Bank, a shirt from AEE adopter Sanderson Farm and a free kids meal card from Applebee's.
10/08/11 > LMS Saturday School
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10/05/11 > OP: BULLY FREE!
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October is Bullying Prevention Month. Activities are scheduled to raise awareness about bullying and its consequences.
10/05/11 > OP: LHS football players visit Oak Park.
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10/05/11 > LHS: Homecoming Sweethearts
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Laurel High School is proud to announce the Homecoming Sweethearts for 2011. Pictured Front Row (L-R) are seniors Haviviah Johnson, Laroyal Coleman, Alexandria Cook, Kenosha Brunson, Bianca Milsap, Amber Nicolson, Tamesha Wallace and Roshanda Allen. Second Row (L-R) are seniors Jasmine Lindsey, Jhaqulia Stevens, Chineze McCullum, Benjamea Murry, Kyah Amos, Raven Naylor, Rejara Davis and Kiana Keys. Third Row (L-R) are juniors Kira Morrell, Halle Lewis and Selena Walley and seniors Keeva Georgia, April Gant, Jada Jones, and Monique Moffett. Fourth Row (L-R) are sophomores Samantha McGowan, Alizhae Jones and Joneicia Collier and juniors Ashley Adams and Breara Hampton. Back Row (L-R) are freshmen Reagan Evans and Kresaterica Lloyd and sophomores Kinshaska Stevens, Shantela Bolton, Kacie McGowen, Gabrielle Hughes and Sidney Hill. Homecoming will be held Friday at R.H. Watkins Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. against Quitman High School.
10/04/11 > OP: LHS Senior Football Players
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LHS senior football players read to Ms. Robinson's kindergarten class.
10/04/11 > Maddox: Donut Winners

Congratulations to our top Krispy Kreme Donut sellers!  The students were awarded a Wal-Mart gift card.  The PTO appreciates all of their hard work!

1st place: Zykeria Murry, 2nd place: Tyrane Pettis, 3rd place: Yosua Cordoba

9/30/11 > LMS Students of the Month Lunch Outing
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9/19/11 > LMS Students of the Month for August 2011
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9/15/11 > Maddox...Success. Delivered.
Maddox is proud to announce our new status with the Mississippi Department of Education. Maddox is now
a successful school based on our 2011 MCT2 scores. The students, parents, faculty, staff and administration have worked hard for this status, and we want to congratulate all involved. We look forward to an even more productive year this year. Way to go, Maddox! Keep it up!
9/15/11 > Maddox: August Students of the Month

We would like to congratulate the following students for being honored as Students of the Month for August. Way to go students! Keep up the hard work!

Kindergarten:  Akyeria Stephens (Saavedra), Nicole Pigford (Gault), Norris Brown (Rudder)

1st Grade:  Kyjovian Allen (Stanfield), Jair Hernandez (Hicks), Dashonna Rogers (Franklin)

2nd Grade:  Norrison Mai (Blackwell), Jaqueline Santiago (Clark), Selena Garcia (Nelson)

3rd Grade:  Malea Cook (King), Rogel Avendano (Owens)

4th Grade:  Estefan Ronquillo (Fulgham), Lakhiya Pruitt (Moore), Bryan Cordoba (Jones)

5th Grade:  Quadarious Wilson (Sanders), Jaquavier McGill (Reese)

9/15/11 > LMS Students Visit The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art
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9/13/11 > LMS Celebrates Grandparent's Day
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Laurel Middle School celebrated Grandparent’s Day, recently. Grandparents were able to visit their grandchildren in the classroom and enjoy lunch. Destinee Nicholson sang a song accompanied by Mr. Eddie Pope. The grandparents also enjoyed listening to some students play guitars from Mr. Kelley’s guitar class. Pictured are Kysam Moody, Jonathan Atencio, Jalen McLendon and Manuel Alvarado.
9/12/11 > NDMS: Plantzilla

Plantzilla

Mrs. Schipke read the book Plantzilla by Jerdine Nolan to her students.  This was a fictional story about a boy and his adventures with a plant, Plantzilla, who seems come alive and have human characteristics.  After reading, the students got together with a partner to create their own fictional plant.  The students learned about sculptures and how to manipulate a variety of art media in order to create their sculpture.  The students had been learning about the parts of a flower and their functions in science class and the students had to show each part of the flower on their fictional plant.  The students also had to come up with a fictional name for their plant.  After creating their sculptures, the students had to identify each part of the plant and explain their functions to the teacher.  Mrs. Schipke graded her students using a rubric.  After creating their fictional plant, the pairs wrote a narrative about an adventure they had with their plant, just like the main character from Plantzilla had adventures with his plant.

9/12/11 > MASON: September 11 Memorial
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Mason students, faculty, and staff members commemorated the sacrifice of first responders on 9/11 and honored Laurel's first responders. Members of the fire and police departments joined Mayor Mack for this special occasion.
9/09/11 > NDMS: Grandparents Day

Happy Grandparents Day from NDMS!!

9/08/11 > NDMS: Opera Inferencing

Opera Inferencing

Fourth grade students learned about classical opera with Mississippi
native, Leontyne Price. They learned that opera is a theatrical
presentation in which a dramatic performance is set to music.  Fourth
grade teachers told the students the story of William Tell, and then
they listened to William Tell Overture.  Students inferred what was
going on in the opera based off the music and the story of William
Tell. As a class, the students created motions using a scarf as a prop
to act out the parts of the opera story. The students listened to the
opera without stopping and acted out each part of the opera using the
scarves.

9/07/11 > LHS: Tornado Car Flags available
The Laurel High School Football Booster Club has Tornado car flags available for $6. The flags are available at Hair World, located at 410 West Jackson Street or call Susan Vincent at 601-649-3313.
9/06/11 > NDMS: 5K Poetry Fun

5K Poetry Fun

 

Mary had a little lamb.  It's fleece was ___ as ___. The 5K classes are studying poems this week. We decided to get creative with our lambs' fleece. We had lots of fun using bark, leaves, beans, rice, etc.

9/01/11 > 2011-2012 LMS Football Season Kickoff.
The Laurel Middle School Golden Tornado Football team will start their 2011-2012 Football season Thursday, September 1, 2011. Come and support the Golden Tornadoes as we host the Quitman Panthers. Game time is at 5:00 p.m. at R.H.Watkins Stadium. Let's Go Tornadoes!
8/30/11 > LMS Parent Teacher Organization Meeting
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Laurel Middle will host its August PTO Meeting Tuesday, August 30, 2011. The meeting will be held in the LMS Library at 6:00 p.m.
8/30/11 > LMS Jamaican Showcase
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The 6th graders at Laurel Middle School have put on their traveling gear as they take a trip to explore various countries throughout the school year! For the month of August, students made their first stop in Jamaica. During this cultural study, students learned about Jamaica’s diverse culture as teachers implemented their culture into mathematics, science, social studies, reading, and language arts. Teachers tied learning objectives into Jamaican culture as students enjoyed learning through a wide variety of art activities. Students learned about the Jamaican flag and what the colors of the flag represent; Jamaican currency in comparison to U. S. currency; Jamaican weather in comparison to the weather in the U.S.; created story books that tied into Jamaican lifestyle and culture; created tie-dyed T-shirts to represent Jamaican apparel design; and created brochures that displayed Jamaican travel information.



On August 30th, students prepared to show-off their work during Laurel Middle School’s Parental Showcase. At this event, students and parents enjoyed tasting Jamaican cuisine, viewing student work and art, listening to Jamaican music, and communicating with teachers. Our 6th grade students “Rocked to the Jamaican Beat”!



Pictured with their shirts that they tie-dyed are: Jessika Haynes, Cami Weathersby, Taylor Reed, Taylor Lambert, Alaina Rowzee, and Addie May
8/24/11 > NDMS: The Language of Improv…

The Language of Improv…

Mrs. Rivers' 5th grade Language class recently practiced their knowledge of the four types of sentences through an improvisation exercise.  The 5th graders were put into groups, given a scenario, then allowed to speak in only one sentence type (interrogative, for example).  The students had to stay in character while demonstrating their grasp on that particular sentence type.  It's not as easy as you may think!  Try it at home!

8/19/11 > NDMS: 4th Grade Blues

4th Grade Blues

This week the fourth graders learned about BB King and his influence on blues music and musicians from Mississippi.  The students listened to some of his music and discussed its characteristics.  The students created their own blues song.  Each of their songs included at least two pairs of synonyms, two pairs of antonyms, and a pairs of homonyms.  Each song contained choreography as well.  Can you identify the synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms within this song??

 

 

I've Got the Hair Blues

By: Hayley, Michael, Anthony, and Makaija

 

I love my hair

It makes me look like a bear

I thought it was cool

Now I look like a fool

 

I thought it was real

But my mom said it was fake

A reporter came up to me

He said he was a newspaperman

 

He took a picture of my bald head

He said it made me look like a grown man

I sent my hair to my dad

The stamp cost me five cents

 

I wish my hair was tender

Instead it's just rough

I wish my hair would stay on my head

I suppose I'll let it remain on my dad's head instead

8/18/11 > NDMS: Fifth Grade Takes Flight

Fifth Grade Takes Flight

Fifth grade students begin the year by learning about the scientific method and experiencing it firsthand! The students developed and demonstrated an understanding of the scientific method when they were given the opportunity to apply the steps of the scientific method in an art-integrated scientific investigation entitled "Fifth Grade Takes Flight". The students formed a hypothesis, created individual airplanes using an independent variable, tested the airplanes, recorded the data, prepared conclusions, and presented the findings to the class.

8/12/11 > NDMS: Open House - August 18th

Open House

Thursday, August 18th at 6pm

 

All parents and family members are welcome to attend this special evening.  You will have a chance to meet our terrific teachers and see our beautiful classrooms!

8/09/11 > Maddox Welcomes Two New Teachers!
Maddox welcomes two new teachers to our school family.
Ms. Marshall is our new music teacher, and Ms. Clark is our new
2nd grade teacher. Both of these ladies are a great addition to our
school family.
8/08/11 > LMS' MDE Rating
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8/05/11 > LHS: Harkera Hardy signs track scholarship
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Laurel High School 2011 graduate Harkera Hardy signed a track scholarship with Midland University, which is located in Fremont, Nebraska. At Midland, Hardy plans to pursue a degree in psychology. Hardy ran track with the Golden Tornadoes for three years, and brought home a host of trophies including a first place win in the district competition for the 400 meter run and went on to place third at the regional meet. Hardy also participated in the South State track meet. At Laurel High, Hardy was an active member of the Beta Club, Mayors Youth Council, Student Council and the Golden Tornadoes Football Team. He is the son of Harvey Hardy and Shalita Itson. He has a brother, Harkeal Hardy, who is currently a senior at LHS.
8/05/11 > Laurel welcomes new teachers
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The Laurel School District is proud to welcome an extraordinary group of new teachers to the district. The district strives to attract highly qualified staff that will provide the children of Laurel with the best education possible.

"The Laurel School District is committed to surrounding our students with dynamic educators who believe in the unlimited potential of our children. This year's recruiting class of new teachers is an extremely talented group and one that brings a wonderful mixture of experience and passion. I am excited about these additions to our Laurel school family and know that they will be true difference-makers,” said Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno.

The following individuals have joined the Laurel School District for the upcoming school year:

Rebecca Hooper will teach genetics, microbiology and physical science at Laurel High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at California Polytechnic State University.

Katelyn Ellzey will teach oral communications at Laurel Middle School. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi where she studied mass communication, broadcast journalism and Spanish. She is currently enrolled in the master’s program at William Carey University.

Beverly Bain will teach fourth grade language arts at Mason Elementary School. She has 13 years of experience in the teaching field. She received a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree from William Carey University.

Kim Parker Maner will teach art at Laurel High School. She has 6 years of experience. She received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in art from Mississippi College.

Shane Kelley will teach 6th, 7th and 8th grade guitar at Laurel Middle School. He has 21 years of music experience. Kelley received a bachelor’s degree in music composition from the Berklee College of Music.

Rachel Brown will teach music at Oak Park Elementary School. She has 4 years of teaching experience. Brown received a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s in secondary education from William Carey University.

LaCourtney A. Alridge will teacher kindergarten at Oak Park Elementary School. She received an associates degree from Jones County Junior College, a bachelor’s in elementary education from Jackson State University, and is currently enrolled in the master’s program at William Carey University.

Melissa Stidham will teach kindergarten at Oak Park Elementary School. She has 10 years of teaching experience. Stidham received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Belhaven University and a master’s degree from Lipscomb University.

Samarion Marshall will teach music at Maddox Elementary School. She received an associate’s degree from Jones County Junior College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Carolyn Lyon will teach math and history at Laurel High School. She has seven years of experience. Lyon received a bachelor’s degree in history from Furman University and a master’s degree in secondary education from Clemson University.

Talib Bey will teach special services at Laurel High School, and will coach girls’ basketball. Bey has seven years of teaching experience. Bey received an associate’s degree from Jones County Junior College, bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree from William Carey University.

Rashidi McCormick will teach introductory biology at Laurel High School and will assist with the basketball team. He has three years of teaching experience. McCormick received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Alcorn State University and is currently enrolled in the master’s program at William Carey University.

Summer Towns will teach biology II and genetics at Laurel High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in forensic science and a master’s degree in science education.

Joyce Sanders will teach seventh grade math at Laurel Middle School She has 18 years of experience in the field of teaching. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Alcorn State University.

LaShunda Price will teach 10th grade English at Laurel High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in management information systems and a master’s degree in business administration.

Jamie Ducksworth will teach physical education at Laurel Middle School. He will also coach seventh and eighth grade football. He received an associate’s degree from Jones County Junior College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Sharra R. Jones will teach third grade at Oak Park Elementary School. She has three years of teaching experience. She received a bachelor’s degree from Millsaps College and master’s degree from Mississippi College. She is currently enrolled in the doctorate program at the University of Phoenix.

Owedia Cross will teach special education at Oak Park Elementary School. She has 16 years of teaching experience. She received an associate’s degree from Jones County Junior College and a bachelor’s degree from William Carey University.

Caressa Danielle Hill will teach fourth grade science at Oak Park Elementary School. She received a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University.

Jessica McDougle will teach fourth grade reading at Oak Park Elementary School. She received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Florida State University and a master’s degree from William Carey University.

Kristen Powell will teach fifth grade science at Mason Elementary School. She received a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and master’s degree from William Carey University.

Carrie Clark will teach second grade at Maddox Elementary School. She has one year of teaching experience. Clark received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Mississippi State University.

David Taylor II will teach seventh grade math at Laurel Middle School. He has three years of teaching experience. Taylor received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics.

Deneshia Faulkner will teach sixth grade language at Laurel Middle School. She has three years of teaching experience. Faulkner received a bachelor’s degree from William Carey University.

Buddy Duke will teach drivers education at Laurel High School. He will also serve as head baseball coach and assistant football coach. He has 29 years of teaching and coaching experience. Duke has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education.

Monica Shoemake will teach seventh grade science at Laurel Middle School, and will serve as assistant softball coach. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi where she studied sports coaching, education and biology. She is currently enrolled in the master’s program at William Carey University.

Tyler Watkins will teach sixth grade social studies at Laurel Middle School, and will serve as assistant baseball coach. He has a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Michael Kelly will teach ninth grade Mississippi studies at Laurel High School. He will also coach golf and football. He has five years of teaching experience. Kelly received a bachelor’s degree in coaching and sports administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Desmond A. Martin will teach credit recovery at Laurel High School, and will coach junior varsity football. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and is currently enrolled in the master’s program at William Carey University.

Kimberly Breland will teach sixth grade math at Laurel Middle School. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Ray Pickering will teach physical education at Laurel High School, and will coach baseball and football. He has two years of teaching experience. Pickering received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Deanna Blackledge will teach eighth grade language arts at Laurel Middle School. She has two years of teaching experience. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Sirlene Capers will teach Spanish at Laurel High School. She has six years of teaching experience. She received bachelor’s degree in nursing and holds certifications in biology and Spanish. She also has specialist degrees in obstetrics and education.

Pictured: (L-R, front to back) Carrie Clark, Samarion Marshall, Rachel Brown, Beverly Bain, Jessica McDougle, Monica Shoemake, Kimberly Maner, Carolyn Lyon, Melissa Stedham, LaCourtney Alridge, Kristen Powell, Katelyn Ellzey, Sirlene Capers, Deneshia Faulkner, Rebecca Hooper, Ray Pickering, Sharra Jones, Caressa Hill, Owedia Cross, Summer Towns, Kimberly Breland, Rashidi McCormick, Jamie Ducksworth, Michael Kelly, Buddy Duke, LaShunda Price, Joyce Sanders, Shane Kelley, Deanna Blackledge David Taylor II, Talib Bey, Desmond Martin and Tyler Watkins."
8/05/11 > Laurel says 'Thank You' to local businesses
The Laurel School District would like to thank the following businesses for participating in the back to school festivities for teachers: Dickey’s Barbeque, Magnolia State Bank, Howard Computers, Laurel Leader-Call, The ReView, Ikon, Regions Bank, Central Sunbelt Federal Credit Union, Bancorp South, McAlister’s Deli, Anthony’s Florist, Super Talk Radio, Sawmill Monogramming, Chancellor’s Business Supply, Baptist Bible Book House, Sweet Peppers Deli, Coca-Cola and American Fidelity Assurance Company.
8/05/11 > Meet the Tornadoes Night Scheduled for Aug. 12
The Laurel High School football team’s Meet the Tornadoes Night will be held during halftime of the Laurel Football Booster Club’s alumni flag football game on Friday, August 12, at R.H. Watkins Stadium. The flag football game will begin at 6:30 p.m. All former R.H. Watkins/Laurel High School players over 21 years old may participate. The registration fee is $25. For more information or to register, call Richard Brown at 601-649-9654 or Anthony Lockhart at 601-425-3450.
8/01/11 > LSD seeks children with special needs
Laurel School District
For Immediate Release

Laurel School District seeks children with special needs

The Laurel School District is participating in an on-going effort to locate,
identify, and evaluate children from birth through age five who are
physically, communicatively, mentally, and/or emotionally disabled.

Early identification of children is important to the growth and welfare of
each child, and such information will assist in determining present and
future program needs. It is the goal of the Laurel School District to
provide a free, appropriate education to all disabled children.

Information which could identify an individual child will be maintained by
this district and will be provided to other agencies only in accordance with
the Family Rights and Privacy Act and EHA-B. A parent is guaranteed the
right to inspect any information forbidden to any unauthorized person
without informed consent.

Cassandra Marshall, Child Find Case Manager and Faye Smith, Parent Interviewer,
for the Laurel School District, work with the local school staff, other
school systems, individuals, Headstart, the Department of Human Services and
mental health agencies in an effort to locate children with special needs.

For more information, please contact Cassandra Marshall at 601-649-6391 or cmarshall@laurelschools.org.
7/21/11 > LHS: Science Lab renovations complete
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Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, students at Laurel High School will have access to modern, updated science laboratories. Following the completion of an approximately $400,000 renovation, the labs now boast new flooring, acoustical ceilings, tables with water and gas access, stools, storage and a variety of safety equipment. The Laurel School District Board of Trustees recently made a visit to the completed science labs. Pictured (L-R): Secretary Ann Barrow, Vice President Mike Axton, members Greg Brown and Rev. Earnest Thompson, and President Miranda Beard.
7/20/11 > MADDOX is looking for QUICK-DRAW PARENTS!
Maddox is now registering students for the 2011-2012 school year. If you are a parent or guardian of a Maddox student please register your child before school starts to avoid the rush. The Maddox office is open daily from 8:00 until 2:00. Please bring all needed documentation to registration. SEE YOU THERE!!
7/05/11 > LHS Alumni Flag Football Game scheduled for Aug. 12
The Laurel Football Booster Club is sponsoring an alumni flag football game on Friday, August 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in R.H. Watkins Stadium. All former R.H. Watkins/Laurel High School players over 21 years old may participate. The registration fee is $25. For more information or to register, call Richard Brown at 601-649-9654 or Anthony Lockhart at 601-425-3450.
6/28/11 > LHS: Harper selected All Star at Pat Summitt Basketball Camp
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Courtney Harper, a sophomore at Laurel High School, was recently selected to
play with the All Stars at the 35th Annual Pat Summitt Basketball Camp.
Harper attended the Overnight Camp, which was held June 12-15 on the campus
of the University of Tennessee. The camp included over 250 players from
across the United States. On the final day Harper was selected to play with
the All Stars in the Thompson-Boling Arena, home of the Lady Vols and Vols
basketball teams. Of the over 250 players attending the camp, only 20 were
selected to play in the All Star games. Harper plays center for the LHS Lady
Golden Tornadoes Basketball Team. She is the daughter of Dr. John and
Meshell Harper. Pictured: LHS sophomore Courtney Harper and University of
Tennessee Lady Volunteers Head Coach Pat Summitt.
6/28/11 > School board meeting moved to July 7
The Laurel School District Board of Trustees regular scheduled meeting for the second Tuesday in July has been moved to Thursday, July 7. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. in the Gardiner Administrative Building, located at 303 West 8th Street.
5/31/11 > NDMS: Chess program, students honored
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Nora Davis honored for chess program

Nora Davis Magnet School’s 19th Annual Chess Tournament was an exciting event for the students and the staff. Prior to the tournament, the school received word that the second grade chess classes, under the instruction of Charlene Aycock, Rebekah Simpson, Faith Whitt and Diann Wolf, were honored by the American Foundation for Chess for a video, which was submitted to promote the First Move Chess Program. The students acted and sang their way into the spotlight. The video will be placed on the foundation’s website, www.af4c.org, to promote the chess program. Only 15 schools were selected from throughout the United States. The school won a video camera for a job well done.

The Laurel School District’s elementary schools completed their second year as participants in the First Move chess program. The program, funded through the generosity of the Chisholm Foundation, provides teachers with a unique way to teach critical thinking skills, social skills and math and reading skills through the game of chess.

During the 2011 Nora Davis Chess Tournament the following students were winners:

In the 4th and 5th grade Advanced Category the winners were first place Drew Robinson, second place Tariq Shelby, third place Isaiah Landon and fourth place Daniel Trotter. In the 4th and 5th grade Intermediate Category the winners were first place Bryce Ward, second place Tessa Ward, third place Oscar Williams and fourth place Jessica Thompson. In the 4th and 5th grade Beginners Category the winners were first place Juan Nelson, second place George Carmichael, third place Tyquan Jasper and fourth place Chastin Cooley.

In the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade Advanced Category the winners were first place Wesley Bridgett, second place Keno Shelby, third place Chris Chaney and fourth place Kerri Page. Intermediate winners were first place Wade Parker, second place Skylar Robertson, third place Destiny McDonald and fourth place India Singleton. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade Beginner Category winners were first place Isabella Day, second place Robreon Jasper, third place CeDamien McKenzie and fourth place Isaiah Ducksworth.

Pictured: Fifth Graders Jessica Thompson and Bryce Ward participate in Nora Davis Magnet School’s 19th Annual Chess Tournament.
5/31/11 > LHS: Future Leaders
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Future Leaders of Jones County is a six month program sponsored by the Jones County Chamber of Commerce for high school juniors. The students selected for the program complete a wide variety of community-based programs. Those students who completed the program from Laurel High School were Lewis Bateman, Daryl McKines and Harrison Thomas. Not Pictured: Barbara Chambers.
5/26/11 > LHS: Students create inspirational sign
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Students in the Laurel High School Career and Technical Center’s welding and vocational skills classes constructed an inspirational sign on the school’s campus prior to graduation. Students researched how many miles the majority of Mississippi’s colleges and a few out of state colleges were from Laurel. They then cut, routed, painted and varnished the signs featuring the names of colleges with their distance from Laurel. The students wanted to inspire the senior class as they prepare for their futures. Pictured on the ladder is Starcardo Phillips and assisting is Eddie Trotter.
5/24/11 > LHS: Markel Milsap signs soccer scholarship
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Laurel High School senior Markel Milsap signed a soccer scholarship with Copiah-Lincoln Community College on Tuesday. Several Members of Markel’s family witnessed his signing. Seated are Milsap’s grandfather Darnell Milsap and his mother Christy Keyes. Standing are LHS Soccer Coach Julio Martinez, Milsap’s brother Chrystofer Keyes, Co-Lin Soccer Coach Trey Woodham, Milsap’s sisters Ya-Kanesha Keyes and Chantal Hawkins and LHS Athletic Director Milton Smith.
5/24/11 > 2011 Retirees Honored
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The Laurel School District recently hosted a reception honoring the 2011 retirees. Those honored were (seated L-R) Maddox Elementary Music Teacher Glenda Darty with 38 years, Mason Elementary 4th Grade Teacher Berdia George with 34 years, Nora Davis Magnet School Cafeteria Worker Viola Dean with 15 years, Central Office Receptionist and Switchboard Operator Felice Miller with 30 years, (standing L-R) District Painter Ben Franklin with 12 years, Laurel Middle School Gifted Teacher Gaye Napier with 34 years, Nora Davis Magnet School Kindergarten Teacher Beth Windham with 30 years and (not pictured) Mason Elementary School Gifted Teacher Sue Lewis with 25 years.
5/24/11 > LHS: Girls Track finishes strong
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The Laurel High School Girls’ Track Team finished second place in District 4-A. Jakendal Arrington was the 4-A South State champion in the long jump. Leslie Mosley, Kira Morrell, Curstie Lindsey and Jakendal Arrington placed third in the South State 4x1 Relay. Aquisiana Leggett was a member for the 4x1 Relay Team until an injury forced her out of competition following the district meet. Pictured with LHS Track Coach Sules Hales are Leslie Mosely and Jakendal Arrington. Not Pictured: Kira Morrell and Curstie Lindsey.
5/23/11 > LHS: student selected for Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend
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Laurel High student selected for Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend

Laurel High School student Jeremiah Langford has been selected by The Steve Harvey Foundation to attend the Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend Program this summer in Dallas, Texas. According to the program’s website, Langford will hear “motivational presentations by celebrities and business professionals, Life Building with Steve Harvey, Do it Yourself Session, Looking Good and Feeling Healthy and Manhood Responsibilities 101.”

Following a nomination, Langford completed an essay about why he wanted to attend the program and submitted an application. Langford said he was eating at the breakfast table with his mom, Charmane Hutchison, when she shared that she was going on a trip to Dallas this summer. Langford said he asked his mom who she was going with and his mom replied, “the winner of the Steve Harvey Mentorship Program.”

“At first I didn’t realize she was talking about me,” Langford said. “I was so excited that I literally did a cartwheel in the house.”

Langford will stay three nights and four days at Steve Harvey’s Ranch where he will participate in a variety of activities. According to the program’s website, “The mission is to share, teach and demonstrate the principles of manhood to young men, enabling them to achieve their dreams and become productive men who are balanced emotionally, politically and economically.”

Langford is completing his sophomore year at Laurel High School where he is an active member of the Drama Department and Future Business Leaders of America.

“Jeremiah is a student that simply glows with potential and ability,” said LHS Principal Carl Michael Day. “This is a great opportunity for him to achieve his potential and employ his ability to be a true leader.”
4/26/11 > OP: Spring Newsletter
4/26/11 > Maddox Wins 2011 Science Quiz Bowl
On Tuesday, April 26, 2011, two teams of Maddox Elementary 5th graders and two teams of
Oak Park Elementary 5th graders competed in the first Science Quiz Bowl. The teams participated in
double elimination rounds. Every round was very close between all four teams. Each team chose
a famous scientist for its team name. The winning team, Team Einstein, was from Maddox. The
team winners include Shaquavia Straughn (Team Captain), Alexandria Seals, Jaunyiaus Rhodes,
Angelina Mendez, and Andrew Bolton. Congratulations to Team Einstein! Congratulations to the
other three participating teams. Good luck to all 5th graders on the upcoming Mississippi Science
Test next week!
4/21/11 > Maddox: Miss Hattiesburg Visits Maddox for some GIRL TALK

 

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Miss Hattiesburg 2011, Kristen Benigno visited the 4th and 5th grade girls at Maddox Elementary this month for some "girl talk". Ms. Benigno shared her secrets for being a self-confident, motivated, exceptional young woman. The students were given an opportunity to question Ms. Benigno about their personal problems such as finding the right friends, making right choices, and how to always be true to themselves.

4/21/11 > OP: Snap Shot Winners!
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Students that scored the highest on the snap shot test in Language Arts and Mathematics are recognized for their great achievement.

4/15/11 > LMS Cultural Arts Day
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Students at Laurel Middle School participated in a MS Cultural Arts Day. Four guest artists included "Da Story Weaver, Annie McKee, Bill "Didley Bo" Abel, and Lannie McBride. Teachers also lead art projects throughout the day to include weaving, pottery, and other arts integrated lessons within the core subject areas. LMS is in its 6th year of the Whole Schools grant funded by the MS Arts Commission."
4/15/11 > NDMS: Who Am I?

Who Am I?

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As part of their Mississippi and African American studies, the 4th grade classes

at  Nora Davis took a good look at their family histories. Each student created his or her own family tree.  Some trees date back as far as seven generations. During this time the students also learned about the Underground Railroad.  The most interesting point of this study was the Freedom Quilts and the messages they conveyed to runaway slaves. The students were able to see quilting, what is thought to be a lost art.  The picture above shows the creative work of 96 year old Mrs. Willie Mae Carter, a native of Laurel, who continues to carry on the quilt making tradition.

4/14/11 > OP: Too Cool!!
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Oak Park's 3rd Nine Week Superintendent's Scholars are making the grades and chilling in the shade.

4/11/11 > LMS vs LHS Faculty Basketball Game
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Come and join us, as we help support the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer.
4/06/11 > NDMS: When I Grow Up

When I Grow Up...

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Officer Monk and Officer Norman from the Laurel Police Department came to talk to the 5K Kindergarten classes about their jobs.  The two K-9 officers had their four-legged partners with them.  The dogs performed various tricks and commands. 

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The students loved petting the dogs!  Thanks Officer Monk and Officer Norman for participating in our Career Day!

4/04/11 > NDMS: Coach Price Visits NDMS

Coach Price Visits NDMS

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Marcus Price, Malcom Price's dad and also the ninth grade boys basketball coach at Laurel High School, came to speak with Nora Davis (5K) Kindergarten. 

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He came as a part of career day and talked with the students about his career as a teacher and coach.  He also talked with them about the expectations at Nora Davis and related them to basketball.  The students loved the basketball drills he taught them !

3/26/11 > Parental Showcase - Making a Difference in My Child's Life 8:45 a.m.
3/25/11 > 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant
The Laurel School District is currently applying for the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. If received, this grant will provide the Laurel School District with summer and after school programs for Laurel High School and Laurel Middle School. Anyone with comments are suggestions should contact Kenda Covington at 601-649-6391 or kcovington@laurelschools.org.
3/24/11 > Laurel Middle School Career Fair
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On March 24, 2011, Laurel Middle School held its first annual career fair. The Event was geared towards the 8th grade students of LMS. Students received the opportunity to hear important information pertaining to various career fields, from business professionals from within the Laurel business community. To view scenes from this event, please click on the attachment links below 


3/22/11 > NDMS: I Read! You Read! We All Read for Ice Cream!

I Read! You Read!  We All Read for Ice Cream!

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Mrs. Rivers' entire 5th grade class met their AR goals for the 3rd nine weeks!  They celebrated this class-wide victory with a 'Build Your Own Sundae' party!  The students are feverently reading to meet their 4th nine week's goals!

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3/22/11 > NDMS: Progressive Safety Day

Progressive Safety Day

Nora Davis 5th graders recently participated in Progressive's Safety Day at the Magnolia Center in Laurel.  The students learned CPR, w ater safety, bus safety, ATV safety, and much more!!

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3/22/11 > NDMS: Day at the Gulf Coast Exploreum

Day at the Gulf Coast Exploreum

Nora Davis 5th graders traveled to Mobile, AL to spend a day learning about Science at the Gulf Coast Exploreum.

 

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As you can see, several students lost their heads they learned so much Science!

 

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Raye Johnson and Javion Tillman played a harp with no strings

 in the Hands-On Hall. 

 

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Mrs. Gieger got her groove on while learning about

Electromagnetic Radiation in the Minds-On Hall!

 

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Tanaudre Holden and Kayla McCoy learned all about tarantulas. 

 

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All the students enjoyed the giant insect display

3/22/11 > Maddox: Parent Expo 2011

Maddox Elementary held its annual Parent Expo Saturday Mar. 6. Each class or grade was responsible for choosing and researching one of the 50 states. Parents and students went on a scavenger hunt to learn about each state. Facts, pictures, and food helped parents and students learn about each state that was chosen. Those that completed the scavenger hunt earned 5 bonus OWL bucks, which were redeemable in the store at the end of the week. Parents and students were treated to a knowledge bowl, in which two students from each grade competed. In spite of the rain, we had a GREAT turnout! Thanks for all that participated!

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3/21/11 > NDMS: Student Council Helps the Furry Friends

NDMS Student Council Helps the Furry Friends

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Nora Davis Magnet School sponsored a food drive for the Animal Rescue League. 

3/11/11 > LHS: Jakendal Arrington signs soccer scholarship
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Laurel High School senior Jakendal Arrington recently signed a soccer scholarship with Northwest Mississippi Community College. Arrington was surrounded by her family, which included her mother Michelle Keys, her father Marlow Arrington Sr., and her sister Marchell Keys, as she made her commitment on Tuesday. Pictured back row: LHS Assistant Principal Jaymar Jackson, LHS Senior Counselor and Mentor Roslyn Haskin, LHS Soccer Coach Rick Sager, LHS Teacher and Mentor Ryakko Price, Northwest Mississippi Community College Head Soccer Coach Peter Jarjoura, and Northwest Assistant Soccer Coach Charlie Baldwin.
3/11/11 > Dr. Culpepper named Administrator of the Year
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Laurel School District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

By Lacey Walters, Public Information Officer

Headline: Culpepper selected Laurel Administrator of the Year

When Dr. Ken Culpepper was hired one year ago to take the lead principal position at Mason Elementary School, he accepted the job knowing the challenges that would face him and his staff as they worked to move a failing school toward success. Now, one year later, Culpepper has been selected as the Laurel School District’s Administrator of the Year for his ability to facilitate great change in a school.

“Being a first-year principal at a failing school left me both anxious for the chance and ready for the challenge,” Culpepper said. “With a dedicated staff that was willing to accept the challenge, I am pleased to announce that Mason Elementary School had a 28-point increase on the state assessments, which was the second highest point increase in Mississippi among elementary schools.”

When the results of the 2009-2010 Mississippi Curriculum Test 2nd Edition were reported, Mason Elementary School’s Quality of Distribution Index (QDI) moved from a 99 the previous year to a 127, which resulted in the schools descriptive label moving from “Failing” to “Academic Watch.” Through Culpepper’s leadership, the school also met growth projections made by the Mississippi Department of Education.

“Having a 28-point QDI increase in his first year at the helm of Mason Elementary can be contributed specifically to his laser-like focus on student achievement and his ability to galvanize all stakeholders in the schools mission,” said Laurel School District Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno.

To make change at Mason a reality, Culpepper encouraged his teachers to utilize data-driven instruction, which focused on identifying student weaknesses and gearing classroom instruction on moving students toward greater levels of academic success. Culpepper even designed a spreadsheet where data entered would calculate and determine specific areas of student weaknesses, as well as predict possible QDI points. “The Sheet” as the teachers call it, assisted them in providing appropriate individualized instruction for each student in the school.

“I am pleased to report that ‘the sheet’ is now under consideration for use as a component by a major software company which collects data and offers student prescriptions for improvement,” Culpepper said. “I would be humbled, delighted and honored if it could be a contribution to public education in a broader scope.”

Having worked in the business world for over 30 years, much of Culpepper’s talents in the area of statistics come from his business background. Culpepper said his decision to pursue a second career as an educator came from his desire to help students succeed and his understanding of how the needs of a school were similar to those in the business world.

“My philosophy regarding education is summed up by the mantra that drives me every day, which says, ‘I never stood so tall until I stooped to help a struggling child.’ You see, if we help a struggling child, we’ve reached down through all the higher achieving students. This passion drives me every day,” Culpepper said. “I love my second career.”

With Mason Elementary School on the right track, Culpepper said his work is not complete.

“We are happy to savor the moment, but the challenge has become stronger,” he said. “With an increase of this magnitude comes the responsibility of continued growth. I have challenged my faculty and staff, students and issued a personal challenge to continue this course of excellence by duplicating what we did last year. I am greatly encouraged because of the continued improvement in student attitude and school culture. Discipline referrals, for example, are down by over 90 percent, which is an indication of an environment for continued growth.”

Culpepper received a Bachelor of Science in economics with a minor in accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1970, a Master of Science in educational leadership from William Carey University in 1998, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in educational leadership and research from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2003. Culpepper has received a variety of awards during his time in education and has served as a presenter for numerous professional development programs. Culpepper is married to Beverly Culpepper and they have one daughter Carrie Culpepper Brown.

Due to his selection as the Laurel School District’s Administrator of the Year, Culpepper’s nomination was forwarded to the Mississippi Department of Education’s Administrator of the Year Program for consideration on the state level. Results for that program have not been released.

“I recognize and credit the Mason faculty and staff for their unfailing commitment to student improvement,” Culpepper said. “More importantly, I thank, the students who believed in themselves and achieved what I think they knew they could do. I honor the faculty, staff and student body, but give God the glory for Mason’s success.”


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Laurel School District Administrator of the Year Dr. Ken Culpepper visits with kindergarten students at Mason Elementary School.
3/11/11 > McCullum named Teacher of the Year
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Laurel School District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

By Lacey Walters, Public Information Officer

Headline: McCullum selected Laurel Teacher of the Year


In her early years, little Leah Hales-Dansby would carefully arrange her stuffed animals and dolls on her bed, and with great fervor she would teach. Her bedroom was her first classroom, but in it began the desire to educate that is now deeply rooted in her soul. Now married with two children, Leah McCullum has a passion for teaching that has given her the outstanding honor of being named the Laurel School District’s Teacher of the Year.

“To be a part of the educational arena one must be dedicated to the call, motivated to guarantee success, and sincere in showing concern for the well-being of students,” said Laurel Middle School Principal Jeannine Agee. “Laurel Middle School’s Teacher of the Year, and now the Laurel School District’s Teacher of the Year Mrs. Leah McCullum exemplifies these qualities.”

With six years of teaching experience, McCullum has dedicated herself to changing the lives of young people both inside and outside of the classroom. She has been instrumental in planning a multitude of student activities at Laurel Middle School as well as in the community.

“Because of her concern for students academically, it spills over to her using her creative ability to organize activities that students enjoy,” Agee said. “She has been instrumental in organizing pep rallies, talent shows, fall festivals and many other activities. Mrs. McCullum is also involved in several community organizations and recently sponsored the Laurel Storm flag football cheerleading squad.”

With a deep rooted love for education, McCullum saw fit to charter the first Future Educators of America club at Jones Middle School in 2007. The club provided an avenue for students to explore the possibilities of a career in an educational field, and continues to be a success today. McCullum even organized an “Educator for a Day” program where students job-shadowed various teachers, administrators and coaches. She also organized a day where the Future Educators of America members read to the four-year-old kindergarteners at Oak Park Elementary School, and facilitated an art project.

“I was so pleased to have so many students wanting to aspire to become educators in some form whether it was a teacher, daycare owner, or even librarian,” McCullum said. “Each year this organization has been very gratifying for me with new recruits and the many activities we participate each month.”

McCullum is very confident that teaching is her life’s calling, and she works daily to inspire her students to do their best and to seek out their own direction in life. McCullum’s desire to fulfill the mission of the Laurel School District, which is “to build a community of life-long learners by providing diverse educational opportunities”, has caught the eye of administrators in the district, namely Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno.

"Mrs. McCullum uses her passion for teaching and learning to create an environment that challenges students to be their best. Her commitment to the children of Laurel and her professionalism makes her a true difference-maker,” Benigno said.

McCullum received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mississippi, Master of Arts in Teaching from Belhaven University and an Educational Specialist from Mississippi State University. She is a member of Phi Delta Kappa Professional Education Association, National Education Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Association for Excellence in Education and Jones County Young Professionals. She is the daughter of Rosie Hales and Dewitt Dansby, and is married to Antonio McCullum. She is the mother of Makenzi Stringfellow and Kennedy Stringfellow.


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Laurel School District Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno presented flowers to Leah McCullum, the district teacher of the year. Also pictured are Laurel Middle School Principal Jeannine Agee and Assistant Superintendent Curriculum Dr. Maggie Griffin."
3/11/11 > Mrs. Chelsea Frazier receives the A.E.E. Award of Excellence
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3/10/11 > LMS Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) Program
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Laurel Middle School students were recipients of a free library book courtesy of the RIF (Reading Is Fundamental) Program in February. These students browsed through the selection of books and chose their favorite. RIF book giveaways are distributed three times a year, and the next book giveaway will be at the end of April.

3/09/11 > OP: Faculty and Staff goes WACKY TACKY
3/08/11 > NDMS: 5K Career Day

5K Career Day

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After reading the book Career Day, Mrs. Gardner's class discussed different careers and job characteristics. Each student talked about what they may want to be when they grow up.  They had to tell what they would have to do while in that career.  Graham Gardner, Mrs. Gardner's husband, came to talk to the class about his career as a CCU/ICU registered nurse.

3/04/11 > OP: Testing Pep-Rally Featuring OP Cheerleaders
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3/04/11 > LMS Poet's Lounge
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The 8th grade Language Arts classes had a Poet's Lounge, recently. Each student had an original piece of poetry or one they found that they wanted to share with their peers while in a "coffeehouse" environment. The lights were turned down low, desserts, coffee and refreshments were served as each student took the microphone and read aloud the piece of poetry they chose. Some students played their instruments low in the background as the poetry was read. Jon Lawless, 8th grade History teacher, ran the sound and played background music on his guitar. Eric Bridges, 8th grade math assistant, played bass guitar for the background music in one class. Students responded with snapping. It was a great day of sharing poetry and enjoying music

3/03/11 > Maddox Annual Parent Expo this Saturday!
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Maddox Elementary will hold its annual Parent Expo this Saturday, March 5, 2011, from 9am until 12pm. This is a fantastic event where parents experience a guest speaker, booths, Arts Integration, and food along with their children. This year our focus will be on our 50 states. Each classroom will display a state of interest along with interesting facts and food. As usual, we will have a K-5 Knowledge Bowl at the Expo. Come join us this Saturday for a fun day at Maddox. Hope to see you there.
3/02/11 > Laurel Middle School Health Fair
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On March 2, 2011, Laurel Middle School held its annual health fair. Students were informed on important health issues from health care professionals from Jones County and surrounding areas. To view pictures from this event, click on the attachment links below.

2/25/11 > NDMS: NDMS Makes PBIS Model School
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2/25/11 > OP: Oak Park is a PBIS model school
OAK PARK IS A PBIS MODEL SCHOOL!!!
2/24/11 > MADDOX - A PBIS MODEL SCHOOL!
Maddox Elementary has recently been recognized as a PBIS Model School.
2/22/11 > Maddox Celebrates Black History Month
This Friday, February 25, 2011, Maddox Elementary will present its annual Black History
program at 1:30pm. Please make plans to celebrate with us.
2/18/11 > NDMS: Wacky Hair / Crazy Hat Day

Wacky Hair / Crazy Hat Day

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Everyone who met 50% of their AR goal and maintained an average of 85% or higher wore a crazy hat or wore their hair completely wacky! There were even some teachers who joined in on the fun!!

2/18/11 > NDMS: Making Mimeo Words

Making Mimeo Words

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Mikyal Trotter and Harmony Thomas are using the mimeo to make words.

2/17/11 > NDMS: Be Your Best Self

"Be Your Best Self"

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Fifth grade students recently participated in a program called "Be Your Best Self" through South Central Regional Medical Center.  SCRMC brought their traveling interactive anti-drug experience to Nora Davis Magnet School this week. 

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The students watched a video and then went to individual stations to participate in interactive learning about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.

2/16/11 > NDMS: Look at Libby’s Lovely Writing!!

Look at Libby's Lovely Writing!!

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Instead of practicing her alphabet, number formation, or even sight words, Libby Gordon, writes complete sentences INDEPENDENTLY at the writing center!  Libby is in Mrs. Neal's 4K class.

2/14/11 > NDMS: NDMS Cheerleaders Serve the Community

NDMS Cheerleaders Serve the Community

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As a service project, the Nora Davis cheerleaders recently made their second visit to Laurelwood Community Living Center.

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After performing, the squad passed out Valentine goodies to the residents.

2/10/11 > OP: January Newsletter

2/10/11 > MASON: 100 Books by the 100th Day!
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Three students in Mrs. Heather Jones' first grade class are top readers. They each read 100 + books by the 100th day of school! These boys are Carlos Mendoza (102), Javon Hudgies (100), and Jason Garcia (122). Congratulations, boys! Keep reading!!
2/10/11 > MASON: District Reading Fair Winners
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Mason is proud to announce that two students from our school received a first place ribbon at the District Reading Fair.
They are Anderius Millsap and Derrick Trotter who worked on a group project together. We are proud of all our Reading Fair participants.
2/07/11 > NDMS: Galoshes, Galoshes EVERYWHERE!!

Galoshes, Galoshes EVERYWHERE!!

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Every week in Kindergarten, the students learn a new "fancy word".  Some of the students decided to teach others the new word by wearing their rain boots to school.  Their fancy word was GALOSHES meaning rain boots!

Pictured are Aubrey Hearn, Kelsey and Karlee Henderson,

Brittany Barnett and Mrs. Gardner.

2/07/11 > MASON: January Students of the Month ~ Lower Elementary
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Mason is proud to announce the lower elementary students of the month for January. These students display positive attitudes and leadership within their classrooms. We are proud of these exemplary students.

Front row: Sanniyah Thomas, Myron White, Malaysia Brown, Madison Jasper, Merlitza Gabriel, Jqwez Cooley

Back row: Amariona Moffett, Emmanuel Ixmatlahua, Jennifer Lechuga, Katsy Miranda, Remarcus McCann, Jerry Bingham
2/07/11 > MASON: January Students of the Month ~ Upper Elementary
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Mason is proud to announce the upper elementary students of the month for January. These students display positive attitudes and leadership within their classrooms. We are proud of these exemplary students.

Front row: Jose Gonzalez, Kordarius Barnett, Montreal Washington, Anniesha Moffett

Back row: Shedrick George, Jacquonda Perkins, Drulendria Nixon, Kurdarius Keyes
2/03/11 > MASON: SNOW!! (From Kansas)
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Students in Mrs. Rodgers' kindergarten class got a treat. Mr. Rodgers came home from a trip to Kansas with snow in the back of his pickup truck. Mrs. Rodgers brought the snow to school and her students made a tiny snow man! They contributed a Spongebob hat, beads and sunglasses to complete him.
2/01/11 > 3rd Grade Scientists Found at Maddox
1/31/11 > LHS powerlifting has great expectations
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Laurel School District Press Release
For Immediate Release
By: Lacey Walters, Public Information Officer

Headline: Laurel powerlifting has great expectations

With two meets down, the upcoming district meet for certain and the potential to compete for South State and State, the Laurel High School Powerlifting team is proving to be a solid contender this year. The team finished second at the Vicksburg-Warren Invitational and third at the Pearl Invitational, and Coach Jackie Williamson says experience and dedication have been the keys for this year’s team.

“This group of guys have been with me now for two years,” Williamson said. “The main core of our guys were 9th and 10th graders last year so we got most of the team back this year. We have experience going for us this year, and our expectations are high.”

With expectations set on a district championship, the team has been focused on practice, and several of the team captains believe their early wins have given them the confidence to push even harder.

“These early successes make me feel greater about things to come this season, because we are doing great at such a high level already,” said Captain Antoine Lockhart. “It makes me expect great things from my teammates later on in our season.”

“By the end of the season, I hope we accomplish what we came for,” added Captain Juwan Simmons. “Our goal is to win the district and state championships for 4A.”

The date for the district championship meet has not been determined, but the team says they are committed to seeing the process through.

“Our dedication to this team is off the charts,” said Captain Kenneth Rice. “We don’t stop. We keep going. Even when we are tired, we keep moving. We show our coach that we are dedicated and we keep going. We have strong hearts, and that’s the way we have to be to win.”

Though the team is still focused on future wins, they are proud of their current accomplishments, which include the team awards as well as a variety of individual awards.

At the Pearl Invitational, Dominique Newell finished 2nd in the 148-pound weight class with a total of 985 pounds. Harkeal Hardy finished 2nd in the 181-pound weight class with a total of 1,175 pounds. Jonathan Sims finished 2nd in the 308-pound weight class with a total of 1,220 pounds and Juwan Simmons finished 1st in the super heavyweight class with a total of 1,210 pounds. Also at the Pearl Invitational, BJ Stallworth won the 220-pound weight class with a total of 1,365 pounds. Stallworth was also named the Outstanding Heavyweight Lifter for having the highest total amount lifted at the meet.

At the Vicksburg-Warren Invitational, Bocorey Crosby finished 3rd in the 115-pound weight class with a total of 340 pounds. Harkeal Hardy finished 1st in the 181-pound weight class with a total of 1,125. BJ Stallworth finished 1st in the 220-pound weight class with a total of 1,285. Zephaniah Martin finished 3rd in the 220-pound weight class with a total of 1,140. Antoine Lockhart finished 1st in the 242-pound weight class with a total of 1,195. Kenneth Rice finished 3rd in the 275-pound weight class with a total of 1,165. Jonathan Sims finished 2nd in the 308-pound weight class with a total of 1,215, and Juwan Simmons finished 3rd in the super heavyweight class with a total of 1,145.

In addition to their glowing pride for the various medals they’ve won, they are proud of their coach who is in his second year at Laurel High School.

“Coach Williamson has brought dedication and motivation to Laurel High School,” Rice said. “He has brought potential. He has brought skill. He has brought everything from sportsmanship to a relationship like a father and a son. He does a great job here doing what he needs to do to get the job done. He is an excellent guy.”

“Coach has brought chemistry, camaraderie, charisma and over a two year period brought what it would take a normal coach four years to accomplish,” Martin added. “To me he is one of the best coaches I’ve ever worked with.”

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Team Photo: (front row) Kevin Watson, Dominique Newell, Bocorey Crosby and Jasper Thompson. (middle row) DaMarcus Simmons, BJ Stallworth, Zephaniah Martin, Jonathan Sims and Antoine Lockhart. (back row) Coach Jackie Williamson, Darryl Rogers, Joshua Brown, Juwan Simmons, Kenneth Rice and Michael McGowen. Not Pictured: Harkeal Hardy.



MEET: Vicksburg-Warren Invitational

NAME PL WT. CL. SQ BP DL TOTAL
Bocorey Crosby 3rd 114 105 50 185 340
Harkeal Hardy 1st 181 415 255 455 1125
BJ Stallworth 1st 220 485 235 565 1285
Zephiniah Martin 3rd 220 445 245 450 1140
Antoine Lockhart 1st 242 445 265 485 1195
Kenneth Rice 3rd 275 375 315 475 1165
Jonathan Sims 2nd 308 515 275 425 1215
Juwan Simmons 3rd SHW 420 185 540 1145


MEET: Pearl Invitational

NAME PL WT. CL. SQ BP DL TOTAL
Dominique Newell 2nd 148 325 230 430 985
Harkeal Hardy 2nd 181 405 265 505 1175
BJ Stallworth 1st 220 560 255 550 1365
Jonathan Sims 2nd 308 515 270 435 1220
Juwan Simmons 1st SHW 470 210 530 1210
1/27/11 > School Board president receives national, state appointments
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Miranda Beard, president of the Laurel School District Board of Trustees was recently appointed to the National School Board Association Policies and Resolutions Committee for the Southern Region. She was also elected as vice president of the Mississippi School Boards Association for the 2010-11 school year. Beard is assistant news director at WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg. A graduate of the University of Mississippi with a degree in broadcast journalism, she also completed Leadership Jones County and Leadership Mississippi. Former Governor Kirk Fordice appointed her as commissioner to the Mississippi Employment Security Commission, a position she held for eight years. Beard served as a member of the advisory board for the Domestic Abuse Family Shelter and the Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse in Jones County. She is currently a member of the advisory board for the University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Mississippi Girl Scouts of America, and served as the 2009-10 president of the Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters Association. Beard has been a member of the Laurel School District Board of Trustees for 12 years.
1/27/11 > OP: Oak Park's Kindergarten Class Gets First Place
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Congratulations to Mrs. Sikes and Mrs. Cooley-Williams' Kindergarten Class! They placed first in the District Reading Fair Competition.
1/27/11 > OP: District Reading Fair Competition Winners
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First Grade-Michael Harris, Honorable Mention
Second Grade-Madison Lanier, 2nd Place
Third Grade-Zediah Gavin, 1st Place
Fourth/Fifth Grade Fiction-Jamiya Wash, 1st Place
Fourth/Fifith Grade Non Fiction-Clifton McGruder, 1st Place
1/27/11 > Walters wins first place writing award second consecutive year
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Laurel School District Public Information Officer Lacey Walters recently received several awards at the Mississippi School Public Relations Association’s annual Awards of Excellence program for her work during the 2009-2010 school year. Walters received a first and second place in Excellence of Writing and a third place in the internet category. During the 2008-2009 Awards of Excellence program, Walters received first and third place in Excellence of Writing and second place in the marketing materials category. Walters is also serving her second year as secretary of the Mississippi School Public Relations Association. Pictured: Laurel School District Public Information Officer Lacey Walters and Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno.
1/26/11 > OP: Michael Harris Prepares For District Reading Fair Competition.
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Michael Harris will represent Oak Park's first grade in the district competition.
1/26/11 > NDMS: Groovin’ in 1st Grade

Groovin' in 1st grade

1st grade students created dance movements to represent the pronouns He, She, I, Me, and It. They then correctly identified each pronoun in several sentences by showing us their moves!

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1/25/11 > NDMS: It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time

It's Peanut Butter Jelly Time

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As part of a lesson on text structure and procedural order, Mrs. Rivers' 5th grade class wrote recipes for making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  Mrs. Rivers followed their recipes as written.  With music in the background and peals of laughter rolling down the hall, most of the students realized they had not written very good directions.  The students revised their recipes, putting what they had learned about text structure and procedural order to good use!

1/24/11 > NDMS: From the Mixed up Files of 5th Grade

From the Mixed up Files of 5th Grade

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NDMS 5th graders were recently treated to pottery classes and a tour of the new Folk Art exhibit at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.  Each student and teacher created a pinch pot that will be fired, glazed, and then fired a final time.  This visit coincides with the reading of The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, a story about two children who run away from home to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and try to figure out who sculpted a beautiful angel.

 

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Mrs. River's Class

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Mrs. Gieger's Class

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Ms. McLendon's Class

1/21/11 > OP: Zedaiah Gavin Prepares His Reading Fair Project For The District Competition
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Zediah Gavin placed first in his category for the Oak Park Reading Fair. Now he is ready to move on to the district competition.
1/21/11 > OP: GOAL Teacher receives field trip grant
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Jeanifer Pearson, Oak Park Elementary School’s Greater Opportunities for Accelerated Learning (GOAL) teacher, received a $700 grant from the Target Field Trip Association. The grant will provide Pearson the funding needed to take the GOAL students to the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi and the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs.
1/21/11 > NDMS: 100th Day of School

100th Day of School

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Nora Davis 1st graders celebrated the 100th day of school in style!!

1/20/11 > Maddox: Family Reading Night - January 27, 2011 at 6:00pm
Maddox Elementary will have a Family Reading Night on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 6:00 pm. All families are encouraged to attend.
1/20/11 > MASON: Achievement Lists 2nd nine weeks
MASON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Honor Roll First Nine Weeks
2010-2011

Superintendent’s List

First Grade

Cedric Bounds
Apreia Gavins
Aileen Harvey
Destiny Henderson
Javon Hudgies
Latoya Jones
Shelby Jones
Remarcus McCann
Zephaniah Scott
Ahzaria Watson
Tamia Young

Second Grade

Daniela Pimentel

Third Grade

None

Fourth Grade

None

Fifth Grade

None







Principal’s List

First Grade

Ashya Allen
Karen Arrington
Jiana Atencio
Laken Booth
Jamonica Brown
Alisa Carmichael
Jatavion Clayton
Stevauria Crosby
Jason Garcia
Niyah Greer
Genesis Jackson
Sam Jackson
Michelle Jeronimo
Carlos Mendoza
Joseph Pierce
Dajah Portie
Jahir Rodriguez
Leonard Ross
Austin Smith
Myron White
Precious White
Nekeyia Wolverton
Kylan Combest

Second Grade

Vanessa Atencio
Zyian Bender
Nicholas Cardwell
Rodrickus Carmichael
Desirae Carrere
Kevon Chinn
Caitlin Cook
Anya Cooley
Quonsheye Evans
Araseli Gonzalez
Kendriques Jack
Edna Jackson
Au Thaddius Johnson Crosby
Kaydarious Jones
Kiya Keyes
Miya Keyes
David Leatherwood
Jennifer Lechuga
Bernisha Lindsey
Yaire Martinez
Tierra McManus
Daniel Naylor
Dronia Nixon
Semiko Phillips
Xavier Porter
Amber Rogers
Timothy Shirley
Lantrellious Stevens
Nathan Taylor
Keith Wallace

Third Grade

Daniah Alkhatib
Corey Cooley
Keandranique Gilbert
Zoe Hardy
Julie Hupp
Arionna Jones
Ahlandria Norton
Axel Soto Lopez

Fourth Grade

Britney Apaez
Samuel Apaez
Rhonda Brunson
Alexandra Castillo
Cameron Evans
Demarcus Gandy
Darrein Hardy
Kabrea Johnson
Kevin Lopez
Anna Robinson
Kendrick Smith

Fifth Grade

Cleo Allen
Isaiah Andrews
Amir Breland
Kyause Carmichael
Colby Carter
David Garcia
Cassey Grayson
Daijoura Hardy
Jykeria Jones
Jimmie Wilson, Jr.
Alexandria Seals
Jhykeria Watson

HONOR ROLL

First Grade

Marlon Perkins, Jr.
Rose Robinson

Second Grade

Rontavious Thomas

Third Grade

Marques Coleman
Ashley Cross
Ann Dong
Jose Gonzalez
Breana Greer
Brieyona Johnikin
Joshua Jones
Cyntaya Keys
Treveon McCann
Reginald McKenzie
Kania Milsap
Chesney Nixon
Joseph Pruitt
Richaela Waters

Fourth Grade

Hugo Gonzalez
Dewon Gore
Kizzie Jackson
Laikyn Rizzo
Yasmyne Ulmer

Fifth Grade

Tyrek Musgrove
1/20/11 > OP: Perfect Attendance 2nd nine weeks
Oak Park Elementary School
Perfect Attendance
2nd Nine Weeks

Four year-old Kindergarten

Daliyah Brown
Tamya Everett
Caleb Hobbs
Tito Lanier
Semaj Moore
Davion Sinegal
Caiden Drummer
Tristan Clark
Kayden Dozier
Jo Anna Pavon
Fabian Gandy
Phaylon Gandy
Keenon Johinkin
Nicole Pigford
Sharika Young
Uriaus Young

Five year-old Kindergarten

Jasmine Graham
Zanayia Hasberry
C'daryas Mcdonald
Maurkeeus Pruitt
Ajariaunna Paige
Rykia Amos
Chloe Rahming
Ebony Young
Jamerie Abney
Ganaysia Dean
Randarrius Lindsey
Jakobe Love
Kamari Phillips
Adontis Pugh
Caitlin Amerson
Caden Arrington
Jamarrius Kelly
Mikell Williams
Cindy Fernandez
La Troy Mccurdy
Tydreco Dean
Sanaa Gavin

First Grade

Emmanuel Bailey
Raven Boykin
Iris Ixba
Jekhadrien Jones
Alesheonia Mcdonald
William Mosley
Quadarius Nobles
Daeveona Randel
Jozlynn Rayford
Amaya Robinson
Asia Apperwhite
Jordan Atkins
Arlicia Buckley
Jonnie Draper
Arjalen Marshall
Charles Saltsgiver
Aurianna Baker
De Jerrick Gillum
Quavion Bell
Elisha Cooley
Rayianna Hawthorne
Jailan Jones
Raven Mcgee
Dytayshia Smith
Laquesha Williams
Markeisha Williams
Adriauna Cooley
Jamaris Graham
Mon'drez Keys
Jha'khia Mcgruder

Second Grade

Daqwan Sims
Halle Wash
Daylin Weathersby
Tashanae Young
Jaylen Prince
Aaliyah House
Raheem Hosey
Shakya Morris
Dexter Scott
Caimon Rahming
Ja Kyus Bounds
Xavier Coleman
Ladarius Collins
Milton Gavin
Rahjavaian Hosey
Reginald Jones
Madison Lanier
Audrianna Mccormick
Devonte Page
Aialiyah Mcgee

Third Grade

Ladarius Mccurdy
Zamia Brown
Yistasia Pittman
Bishop Ulmer
Fernando Frazier
Lalexia Murrell
Khylin Dixon
Jhavon Grayson
Ialiyah Fenderson
Seaneria Sanders
Antatonia Murry
Raven Pollock
Akeyra Wallace
Jamara Fountain
Taniya Harrison
Alexia Jackson
Kanarius Johnson
Ashlyn Jones
Jadarius Keyes
Benjamin Murry
Zylan Merrill
Sophia Saltsgiver
Malcolm Hampton
Chassy Babcock
Thomas Ducksworth
Ty Trenzarious Grady
Terry Huddleston
Jawan Keller
Quandriana Nobles
Desirae Randle
Aaliyah Walker

Fourth Grade

Patrick Bester
Shaquiva Bonner
Cody Cooley
Jalen Graham
Raymond Harvey
Jalondria Jones
Rahim Trotter
Clydarrion White
Skylia Bell
Lemontrell Cooley
Charles Cross
Travis Jones
Octavious Lyons
La Zya Morris
John Thomas
King Ulmer
Michael Terrell
Breanna Taylor
Sarah Saltsgiver
Antigonus Loper
Larry Arrington
Wilhelmina Barnett
Autumn Evans
Jasmine Jefferson
Telvin Mccarty

Fifth Grade

Karen Jackson
Arronisha Brown
Daishune Cooley
Jaquan Figgers
Jonkeira Arrington
Calexus Russell
Kamela Cooley
Marquita Fenderson
Jadalyn House
Breunna Mccann
Cliffton Mcgruder
Tyshun King
Raimonica Jones
Patterson Ashley
Omari Barnett
Makayla Gandy
Maegan Starling
Kailyn Dukes
Vandorian Lyles
Jacara Collins
Jack Conley
Jayla Fountain
Aaliyah Harris
Charles Huddleston
Samantha Ishee
Demarcus Loper
Chianna Marsh
Jajuan Wade
Jamaya Wash
1/20/11 > OP: Achievement Lists 2nd nine weeks
Oak Park Elementary School
Honors Lists
2nd Nine Weeks

Superintendent’s Scholars

2nd Grade

Paris Chambers
Madison Lanier
Audrianna McCormick
Harmony Moore
Rahjavaian Hosey
Devonte Page
Okeme Parker
Quandarius Shelby
Tyler Gavin
Keyontra McDonald
Halle Wash
Jadoriae Boykin
Raheem Hosey
Jaylen Prince
Glen Carpenter

3rd Grade

Yastasia Pittman

4th Grade

Skylia Bell
Charles Cross
John Thomas

5th Grade

Breunna McCann

Principal's List

1st Grade

Shundra Caver
Ariel Mc Ginnis
Asia Apperwhite
Arlicia Buckley
Boremus Johnikin
Ma Siya Allen
Keshona Collier
Austria Edmonson
Ma Naca Keyes
Juan Mendez
Diamond Sims
Markeisha Williams
Jamaris Graham
Adriauna Cooley
Madison Johnson
Iris Ixba
Ja Quaria Keyes

2nd Grade

Kasey Keys
Reginald Jones
Erica Harris
Jordan Crosby
Jennifer Fulford
Savannah Hodge
Daqwan Sims
Akeeyah Harris
Aaliyah House
Tomaya McGinnis
Dexter Scott
Deandre Smith
Sania Gardner
Laryn Newell
Janece Cooley
Ajaveon Hatten
Aialyiah McGee
Timjuan McGill
Jacquelle Wash

3rd Grade

Ladarius McCurdy
Ialiyah Fenderson
Daeja Hosey
Lalexia Murrell
Seaneria Sanders
Reg Zaun Beck
Tyler Hasberry
Princess Edwards
Sophia Saltsgiver
Chassy Babcock
Ty Trenzarious Grady
Jada Lindsey
Olivia Trotter

4th Grade

Jalen Graham
Raymond Harvey
Rory Camarco
Asia Pollock
Dajah Hall
Lajadakiss Bender
Alexis Crosby
Antigonus Loper
Michael Terrell
Autumn Evans
Jasmine Jefferson

5th Grade

Jayla Fountain
Rianna Thigpen
Jajuan Wade
Cami Weathersby
Kailyn Dukes
Makayla Gandy
Tyler Hughes
Raimonica Jones
Maegan Starling
Brandon Crosby
Adreanna Newell
Joshlyn Faint
Jonkeira Arrington
Jamiya Boykin
Shavonne Grayson
Princess Henderson
Karen Jackson
Rodriana Porter
Ayana Robinson
Ca Lexus Russell
Jaylen Smith
Keezaria Thames


Honor Roll

1st Grade

Donnie Cooley
Larrianna Evans
Quavion Bell
Raven McGee
Melissa Houston
Jozlynn Rayford
Amaya Robinson

2nd Grade

Ja Kyus Bounds
Kayla Cooley

3rd Grade

Khylin Dixon
Keanu White
Tavis Wilson
Zamia Brown
Zediah Gavin
Kaymin Ulmer
Bernice Haynes
Daejia Roberson
Co Keyvia Walker
Akeyra Wallace
Dornell Carter
Ashlyn Jones

4th Grade

Jalondria Jones
Jarius Russell
Breanna Taylor
Nayrea Cooley
Raymonde Haynes
Alajah Edmonson

5th Grade

Samantha Ishee
Chassidy Knight
Tyshun King
Howard Cole
Vandoroan Lyles
Clifton Keyes
Jeremy Coleman
1/20/11 > NDMS: Achievement Lists 2nd nine weeks
Nora Davis Magnet School
2nd 9 Weeks Recognition List
2010-2011

Superintendent’s List

1st Grade
Grant Carmichael
Elizabeth Casey
Raven Diaz
Raegan Drummer
Kalyn Jordan
Aldric Leon
Agostina Mosquen
Larry Thomas
Jalen Johnson
Nylya McKenzie
Jakendal Ruffin
Sean Thompson
Kiron Benjamin
Jordan Hardy
Amaryen Ulmer

2nd Grade
Corey Gardner
Isabella Day
Maxwell Dobbs
Nyah Evans
Bryce Harper
Jaymar Jackson
Abraham McKenzie
Wade Parker
Jada Sanson
Cameron Ward

3rd Grade
Hayley Dove

4th Grade
Anna Bryce Cochran

5th Grade
Ryan Walker
Jessica Thompson
Jayda Harris
McKenzie Watts


Principal’s List

1st Grade
Jeremiah Barnes
Erica Evans
Kameron Hearns
Teagan Jones
Deja Robertson
Canden Townsend
Shadasia Bester
Skylar Dase
Kristian Hosey
Corbin Husband
Kalli Husband
Isaiah Jones
Lyric Pollard
Amaria Trotter
Markese Webb
Juryen Elias
Jelonnie Jones
JaMya Keys
Paul Mackay
Malia McDonald
Jennifer Oneal
Marshall Oville
Kaden Pruitt
Ashley Tischer
Richard Tischer
Ariel Moffett

2nd Grade
Cambre Brown
Hannah Collins
Kendall Currie
Dale Diaz
Xavier Evans
Chloe Griffin
Robreon Jasper
Destiny Lewis
ZaiShaun Pigford
William Aguirre
Lindsey Andrews
Leiren Bell
Zoe Griffin
Jaylien Hicks
LaJuan Jones
Maureanna Lindsey
Lavender Mack
Zimbria McCurtis
Timothy McGill
Ashley Oville
Jordan Brown
Juwine Hughes
Celsee Jordan
James Pearson
Keenon Simmons
Makenzi Stringfellow

3rd Grade
Wesley Bridget
Iryana Brown
Jacqueline Gaines
Makaija Harris
Jana Johnson
Jasmine Keys
Caylee Sanson
Anthony Wheaton
Sydney Cooper
Ryan Fuller
Destiny McDonald
Kerri Page
Trey Cocroft
Jada Henderson
Nia Jasper
Nadia McKenzie
Kaitlyn Millsap
Skylar Robertson
Keno Shelby
India Singleton
Ashley Taylor

4th Grade
Cortez Davis
Kristian Davis
Keisy Hartman
Adriona Lindsey
Adrian Perry
Tykretia Darby
Kobe Fair
Kyra Lampley
Matthew Sikes
Jemiah Campbell
Lamia Cooley
Alexis Crowell
Willie Fair
Isaiah Gore
Michaela Gray
Hannah Hearn
Jakarta Ruffin
Sakoya Simmons
Nyia Turner
Erica Williams

5th Grade
Jeremiah Baptiste
Tyron Blakenship
Stephon Diaz
Tamerick Drummond
Julian Fairley
Edward Hayes
Jamison Hyatt
Tariq Shelby
Shamyya Thames
Edward Bailey
Caleb Brunson
Aaliyah Diaz
Zikeyrra Haynes
Raye Johnson
Noah Madison
Sierra Mims
Juan Nelson
Rasaad Pettis
Taylor Reed
Andrew Robinson
Caroline Sanders-McCollum
Courtney Thigpen
Bryce Ward
Jasmine Bender
Tyatianna Bennett
Janaiya Causey
Cameron Collins
Tanaudre Holden
Raylen Jordan
Isaiah Landon
Skylar McCann
Austin Pruitt
Kenyatta Shamburger
Daniel Trotter
Joshua Walker
Alexis Walley

Honor Roll

1st Grade
Jaythan Comegys

2nd Grade
NONE

3rd Grade
Michael Brown
Kristian Jordan
Natonzia Patterson
Allison Dexter
Kaleb Gaston

4th Grade
Lexi Jones
LaKatherine Campbell
Chastin Cooley
TyQuan Jasper
Ayainah Brown

5th Grade
Kody Fagan
Christina Hibbitt
Dakota Jones
Alearra Kennedy
Kayla McCoy
Uloni Randolph
Michaela Waters
1/20/11 > MASON: Kindergarten celebrates 100th Day of School

The kindergarten students at Mason Elementary School celebrated the 100th Day of School on Thursday, January 20. Students participated in a variety of activities planned around the number 100. Students created a book of 100 items, completed a portrait of what they would look like at 100 years old, mixed a bag of trial mix that included 100 pieces, created a number 100 hat and completed 100 exercises. Pictured: Kindergarten student Jkwon Page wears his 100-day hat. Kindergarten student Ronnie Richardson displays his "What I'll look like when I'm 100 years old" portrait.

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1/19/11 > NDMS: Arts & Mathematics Night January 27th

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1/19/11 > NDMS: Expectations at NDMS

Expectations at NDMS:

Respectful

Responsible

Caring

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On Wednesday, January 19th, we had a school assembly to refresh everyone regarding the expectations Nora Davis has for all students.  Ms. Elston reminded the students of behaviors they are expected to display at different places all around the school.

1/18/11 > NDMS: Where in the World

Where in the World??

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As the third grade students arrived at school today they noticed something a little different about their teachers.  They weren't dressed in their "normal" clothes.  The students have become accustomed to this silly behavior out of their teachers.  They know when their teachers are wearing clothes that don't look like clothes we wear in the United States that only means one thing…  PACK YOUR BAGS!!  Third Grade is about to travel!  Once everybody was settled the students were eager to learn where they would be traveling this week.  The team of third grade teachers Casey Watts, Andrea Schipke, and Lavonette Warren (not pictured) strive to plan cross curricular, arts integrated units.  Each unit is developed around a different country.  Some of the countries the students have studied so far this year are China, Australia, Germany, and Mexico. 

1/18/11 > NDMS: How Did You Celebrate Dr. King's Birthday?

How Did You Celebrate Dr. King's Birthday?

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Mrs. Simpson's class celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday by watching videos and reading books about him. They learned about King's childhood, and the events that occurred in his life which led him to become a hero

for us all!

1/14/11 > MASON: Reading Fair Winners
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Mason Elementary is proud to announce the winners of the 2010-2011 Reading Fair. First place winners are pictured with their certificates and ribbons.

Front row: Precious Perkins, Yaire Martinez, Michelle Jeronimo, Gabrielle Braddock
Second row: Tyreese Taylor, David Garcia, Derrick Trotter, Anderius Millsap, Nyasha Waters, Chiyya Waters
1/14/11 > NDMS: OH NO!! Did You Hear About the Unfortunate Tumble???

OH NO!!  Did You Hear About the Unfortunate Tumble???

After learning all about Humpty Dumpty and his unfortunate tumble down the wall, 4K students tried to figure out just why it was so hard for the King's men to put Humpty together again. 

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Students created Humpty...

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Dropped Humpty...

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And tried to put Humpty Dumpty together again. 

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All while learning new sight words and practicing creative writing!

1/13/11 > NDMS: Let's Play Musical Chairs, but...

Let's Play Musical Chairs, but let's 

play by Mrs. Thigpen's Rules!

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Mrs. Thigpen took the game of Musical Chairs to a whole new level this week!  You better know your ordinal numbers if you want to save your seat in this game!!

1/12/11 > Laurel School District seeks children with special needs
Child Find Information

The Laurel School District is participating in an on-going effort to locate,
identify, and evaluate children from birth through age five who are
physically, communicatively, mentally, and/or emotionally disabled.

Early identification of children is important to the growth and welfare of
each child, and such information will assist in determining present and
future program needs. It is the goal of the Laurel School District to
provide a free, appropriate education to all disabled children.

Information which could identify an individual child will be maintained by
this district and will be provided to other agencies only in accordance with
the Family Rights and Privacy Act and EHA-B. A parent is guaranteed the
right to inspect any information forbidden to any unauthorized person
without informed consent.

Cassandra Marshall, Child Find Case Manager and Faye Smith, Parent Interviewer,
for the Laurel School District, work with the local school staff, other
school systems, individuals, Headstart, the Department of Human Services and
mental health agencies in an effort to locate children with special needs.

For more information, please contact Cassandra Marshall at 601-649-6391 or cmarshall@laurelschools.org.