Education Notebook

By NEMS Daily Journal

Blue Mountain will host early childhood conference
– BLUE MOUNTAIN – The 2011 Blue Mountain College Early Childhood Education Conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 19.
Kathy Chase Young, author and past president of the Mississippi Early Childhood Education Association, and Joyce Richmond of The Infinite Learning Group in Memphis will be the keynote speakers. The conference is intended primarily for prekindergarten through third-grade teachers, administrators and child care workers. It will include 14 breakout sessions moderated by education specialists from around Mississippi.
Registration is $20 for those who register by today, and $30 for later registration. For more information, call (662) 685-4771, extension 238, or e-mail or

Guntown students win WTVA contest
– GUNTOWN – Guntown seventh-grade students Madison Nanney and Catherine Adams were the winners of the WTVA Public Service Announcement contest. The students made a 30-second video about staying in school, and they each won an iPad.

Tupelo students invited to create public service announcements
– TUPELO – Students from kindergarten to college are invited to enter the Healthy Tupelo Student Media Contest.
Any student who lives in Tupelo or attends a Tupelo school can enter the contest. Participants should submit 15- or 30-second videos about health, nutrition, exercise or safety. Prizes are $1,000 for the grand prize, $500 for second place and $250 for third place. The winning entry will be aired on WCBI, WTVA, WLOV and WKDH.
Participants should upload their video to, label it on the Healthy Tupelo Contest channel and fill out an application. Contest rules and directions for uploading entries are available at The entries will be displayed on the city of Tupelo website, and the one with the most “likes” on Vimeo will win.
Entries will be accepted throughout the month of February, and the winners will be announced March 4.

Saltillo High will host open house, financial aid seminar next week
– SALTILLO – Saltillo High School seniors and their parents are invited to a financial aid program on Feb. 15 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the school’s commons. The event will be hosted by the school’s counseling office.
College speakers will present information about student loans, grants, scholarships and other financial aid. For more information, call the counseling office at (662) 869-5466.
Saltillo High also will host its open house on Feb. 15. Progress reports will be sent home on Feb. 10, and parents are encouraged to drop by and visit their child’s teachers.

Tupelo symphony will host children’s concert Feb. 25
– TUPELO – The Tupelo Symphony Orchestra Association will present a free, live children’s orchestral concert for north Mississippi students on Feb. 25 at the Tupelo Civic Auditorium. Performances will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Steven Byess will serve as guest conductor for the Children’s Concert. The program will last about 40 minutes.
The concert is designed for students in second through sixth grades and is also open to string and band students. Students should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the concert.
For more information, contact Lynne Mize at (662) 841-8900 or

Northeast Community College will break ground for new facility
– BOONEVILLE – Officials at Northeast Mississippi Community College will host a Groundbreaking Ceremony at 3 p.m. Tuesday on the east lawn of Haney Union to mark the beginning of construction on the school’s new student services facility.
The building will sit on the east end of Cunningham Boulevard. Student Service offices key to the registration process, such as the business office, financial aid office, admissions and records, housing and the counseling center will be housed on the first floor of the building. Administrative offices, such as the office of the president, executive vice president and dean of instruction, will be located on the second floor.

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