Chris Kieffer

Chris Kieffer

Chris Kieffer is the Education writer at The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal | DJournal.com | Education Matters

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Stories Written by Chris Kieffer

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Many of the best high school marching band students in Mississippi have been working hard during the past week to defend an international championship. The 145-member Mississippi Lions All-State Band gathered last Wednesday at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville for a demanding schedule of nearly around-the-clock rehearsals. They will […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo elementary school students who are struggling with reading skills are getting extra help this summer from a church-based program. This is the fourth year The Orchard has hosted SummerSALT, a summer-reading program that serves nearly 115 students, ranging from those who are entering kindergarten through those entering […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo Public School District this week added student computers and safety upgrades using funds from April’s successful bond referendum. The district purchased about 1,000 Chromebook laptops that will be used by seventh- and eighth-grade pupils at Tupelo Middle School. It also approved bids to add security cameras, […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Kindergarten to second-grade students in the Tupelo Public School District will have fewer tests next school year. The district is cutting in half the number of district-wide common assessments those students will take, going from eight to four for English and for math. Instead of taking them at […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo Public School District will add storm shelters at three of its elementary schools and possibly another at Tupelo High. The district received grants from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency that will pay 90 percent of the cost of safe rooms that will be constructed at Joyner, […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The Internet has made research readily available for students with a couple of keystrokes. That convenience is not always beneficial. A Northeast Mississippi Community College history instructor will attend a national workshop next week that will help her incorporate more primary source documents into the classroom. Morgan Ricks […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Shannon Primary School soon will have a safe room students and staff can use when tornadoes and severe weather threaten. The Lee County School District received a grant from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency that will cover 90 percent of the cost of such a structure. The school […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal The Mississippi Department of Education is seeking public input as it revises its English language arts and mathematics academic standards. The department has launched a website for stakeholders either to submit comments in support of its Mississippi College- and Career-Ready Standards or to offer specific feedback on areas of concern. […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Lee County School District students who enroll in vocational and technical classes next year also will earn college credit. The district announced on Thursday an agreement to use Itawamba Community College to provide those courses next year. Previously, students at Shannon High had gone to Okolona High and […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo students stood on the playground of Lawndale Elementary on Thursday morning and watched a model rocket soar high above them. Later, they moved to the school’s gym and played glow-in-the-dark dodge ball under a fluorescent black light. The pupils are attending this week’s “Science in Motion” segment […]