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Thornton named MDCC Alumnus of Year

Special to the Chickasaw Journal MOOREHEAD – Travis Thornton is the 2016 Mississippi Delta Community College Alumnus of the Year. Thornton attended Sunflower Junior College and the University of Mississippi and was awarded a Bachelor degree from Delta State College. After completion of his degree, he served in the U.S. Army. He later completed a […]

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CARA CHISOLM: Let’s take a close look at state testing

Dear Editor, Your article on the release of school rankings based on the results of last May’s state testing was an excellent start for an extremely important conversation. I am looking forward to future articles; however, I believe the scope needs to be expanded. You focused on the parties most closely related – administrators, teachers, […]

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Superintendents comment on school grades

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Educators understand tests, grades and their value as a measure of learning. The grades Chickasaw County’s three school districts and individual school scores came out recently and Houston, Okolona and Houlka superintendents have each been asked to comment on those scores, tell what they mean and what plans […]

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NANCY LOOME: MDE rating guarantees maximum failure

Dear Editor, The State Board of Education has voted in favor of a dramatic change to the school rating system, one that sets in stone the number of schools and school districts that can be rated in each of the A through F categories in a given year. Exactly 10-percent of schools will be allowed an […]

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Houlka student earns MASS scholarship

By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal JACKSON – Members of the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents see top-notch students every day, and after a careful search they came to Houlka to bestow their 2016 MASS scholarship. Chickasaw County Superintendent, Dr. Betsy Collums said she was proud to announce Chickasaw County School District 2016 […]

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BETTY ATKINSON: Celebrate Constitution Week

Dear Editor, America is celebrating the 229th anniversary of its most notable political accomplishment – the framing of the Constitution. The 55 delegates to the Constitution Convention in Philadelphia began their work in May of 1787 and completed in four months later on Sept. 17. The United States of America functions as a Republic, under […]

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Parents reminded school attendance is mandatory

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal CHICKASAW COUNTY – Education is the only chance some kids get in life and they can’t get an education if they are not in school. As the 2016 school year begins the trek to graduation in May the Mississippi Department of Education reminds parents there are laws governing school attendance […]

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NANCY LOOME: MDE rating guarantees maximum failure

Dear Editor, The State Board of Education has voted in favor of a dramatic change to the school rating system, one that sets in stone the number of schools and school districts that can be rated in each of the A through F categories in a given year. Exactly 10-percent of schools will be allowed an […]

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Houlka faces 21st Century funding cuts

By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOULKA — The Mississippi Department of Education is facing a shortage of up to $19 million in federal 21st Century Community Learning Center program grant funds, and the deficit means the Chickasaw County School District will likely not be able to offer some academic and cultural enrichment […]

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Consolidation group meets in Jackson

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – The Chickasaw County Consolidation Commission met Tuesday in Jackson to iron out details of an initial report and once again go over concerns local districts have before submitting the final document. The ten member board was slated to meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Mississippi State Capitol […]

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Woodard awarded Betty Kelly Scholarship

Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – The Mississippi Council of the Blind of North Mississippi recently presented Tierra Woodard The Betty Kelly Academic Scholarship Award Tierra is a 2016 graduate of Houston High School and currently enrolled in The University of Mississippi. She is the daughter of James L Graham and Tyreia Woodard. “This […]

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Okolona balances school budget with shortfall note

By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal OKOLONA – Okolona Municipal Separate School District trustees approved issuing a shortfall note after district local revenues didn’t reach earlier projections at their Aug. 9 regular board meeting. Trustees approved a resolution declaring the anticipated amount of local revenue of $1,239,640.62 in ad valorem taxes to be […]

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ICC offers manufacturing skills program

Special to the Chickasaw Journal Itawamba Community College will offer a six-week option for its Manufacturing Skills Basic Certification program beginning Oct. 17. The class will meet Mondays through Thursdays through Nov. 30 from 8 a.m.-noon. at the ICC Belden Center. The program is designed to upgrade workplace skills and knowledge in 90 hours. Class […]

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HUES names Students of the Week

HOUSTON – The following children were chosen Student of the Week at Houston Upper Elementary School for Aug. 15 through Aug. 19, 2016. They are listed by teacher’s last name and student’s full name. Third Grade Brock- Raegan Miller McFarland – Cody Brown Moss – Bronwyn Harrell Newell – Kayce Duncan Rimmer – Tylan Atkinson […]

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