Education Notebook

By NEMS Daily Journal

Thompson is New Albany’s Teacher of Year
– New Albany High School’s Lee Ann Thompson was named the New Albany School District’s Teacher of the Year. Thompson has worked in New Albany schools for 13 years and has taught art, gifted art and journalism.

Tupelo principals honored
– Three Tupelo schools recently were recognized for performing significantly better than other schools with comparable socioeconomic conditions. Pierce Street Elementary, Rankin Elementary and Tupelo Middle all received the PREPS Value Added Award at the 2009 PREPS Winter Conference Awards Ceremony. Debbie Davis, who was principal at Pierce Street last year; Glenda Scott, who was principal at Rankin last year; and Linda Clifton, who is principal at TMS, each received the awards. Davis is principal at Thomas Street Elementary this year, and Scott is currently interim principal at Tupelo High School.
PREPS Value Added analysis uses a statistical model to identify high-performing schools in Mississippi. The analysis considers the impact of differences in the socioeconomic background of students.

Tupelo student wins regional competition
– Tupelo High School’s Nathan Wallace won the Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition on Feb. 5 at the Delta Blues Museum in Indianola. Wallace, who read Walt Whitman’s “O Captain, My Captain,” and Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” will now compete in the state competition March 11 in Jackson. That competition will be televised by Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

Milam student will attend young leaders conference
– Milam sixth-grade student Jackson Caldwell will attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., in March. Caldwell is the son of Jala and Rudy Caldwell Jr. More than 250 outstanding middle school students from across the United States will take part in the conference, which introduces young people to the rich tradition of leadership throughout American history while helping them develop their own leadership skills.

Most Beautiful pageant is Thursday at ICC
– Itawamba Community College’s Most Beautiful 2010 will be crowned at the conclusion of the annual pageant, which begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in the W.O. Benjamin Fine Arts Center auditorium.
About 40 contestants will compete for the crown. General admission tickets are $8 and are on sale in the bookstores on both the Fulton and Tupelo campuses. To reserve tickets, call (662) 862-8205.

ICC OTA program to sponsor pancake breakfast
– The Itawamba Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant program will sponsor a pancake breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at Applebee’s in Tupelo. Tickets are $5 and are available at Room to Room on Cliff Gookin Boulevard in Tupelo, Piggly Wiggly in Saltillo and at the ICC Tupelo campus Health Occupations Building 119.

College to host financial aid workshop
– Blue Mountain College will hold a financial aid workshop on Feb. 27. The workshop will last from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Fisher-Washburn Hall room 217. It is designed to help students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for education beyond high school.
Michelle Hall, director of financial aid at the college, and BMC senior Rebecca Conely will guide students and families through the process and answer questions. For more information, contact Hall at (662) 685-4771, extension 145, or at

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