Education Notebook

By NEMS Daily Journal

Lafayette County

Oxford schools receive
Value Added award
– Oxford Middle School and Oxford High School recently were recognized for performing significantly better than other schools with similar socioeconomic circumstances.
Each school received the PREPS Value Added award at the Program of Research and Evaluation of Public Schools Winter Conference Dec. 9-10 in Choctaw. Oxford Middle School Principal Patrick Robinson and OHS Principal Bill Hovious were honored at the conference.
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. This year, 256 schools in Mississippi were Value Added recipients out of more than 1,000 that were evaluated.

NEMCC students win
at state art competition
– Two Northeast Mississippi Community College students recently placed at the Mississippi Community/Junior College Art Association State Competition held at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson.
Courtney Sims of Tupelo took second in graphic design and Paige Harrell of Ripley placed third in ceramics.

BMC students present
works at convention
– Five students from Blue Mountain College were chosen to present their literary works at the international conference for English majors held last week in St. Louis.
Sophomore Chelsea Harrell of Ripley and seniors Ben Knight of Tiplersville, Jennifer Smith of Blue Mountain, Jesse Huggins of Glen and Michael Roberson of Arkabutla presented critical essays and works of fiction at the Sigma Tau Delta annual meeting. Sigma Tau Delta is the international English honor society with about 8,500 members in the U.S., Europe and the Caribbean.

Deadline nears for
health-related ICC programs
– April 1 is the deadline for the submission of applications for several health-related programs at Itawamba Community College. That includes associate degree nursing, practical nursing, radiologic technology and respiratory therapy at the Fulton campus. It also encompasses emergency medical technology – paramedic, health information technology, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapy assistant and surgical technology at the Tupelo campus. For more information about program requirements, visit ICC’s Web site at or call (662) 862-8158.

ICC to host cheerleader stunt clinic
– Itawamba Community College will present a coed cheerleading stunt clinic on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fulton campus Fitness Center gym adjacent to the Davis Event Center. Cost is $35.
For more information, contact ICC cheer coach Edana Nail at (662) 862-8056 or

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