Education Notebook April 7, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Speaker to address brain learning strategies
TUPELO – Individuals are invited to attend a lunch bunch and evening presentation on Monday focused on what parents need to know about brain-compatible learning strategies.
The programs will be presented by Melinda Lowe, associate director at Mississippi University for Women’s Center for Creative Learning.
The lunch event will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parish hall of All Saints’ Episcopal Church at 608 West Jefferson St. in Tupelo. A limited number of lunches will be provided on a first come, first served basis and donations will be accepted. The evening presentation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the same location.

Educational leadership meeting set for BMC
BLUE MOUNTAIN – An informal meeting for prospective graduate students interested in the educational leadership program will be held Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at Blue Mountain College. The program is a joint venture between BMC and Mississippi University for Women.
The meeting will be held in the BMC Education Building at the corner of West Mill and Railroad streets in the downtown area.
The 36-hour program is designed for full-time educators. It will prepare graduates for Mississippi K-12 AA certification in school administration, and the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership will be awarded by MUW. For more information, contact, Jenetta Waddell at (662) 685-4771, extension 118, or at

Tupelo’s Mayes honoredby state DECA club
TUPELO – Tupelo High School teacher and DECA advisor Brookes Mayes was named Mississippi’s Advisor of the Year at the organization’s recent state conference.
Several Tupelo High School students also placed at the event, which was held in Jackson. Mackenzie Smith, Caroline Brown and Madison Horton placed third in community service, and Alexis Harrison was sixth in principals of marketing. Mckenzie Darnell was third in principles of hospitality and tourism. She qualified for the national competition in Anaheim, Calif.
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

UM students providefree tax help to residents
OXFORD – Residents of the Lafayette County area can have their tax returns prepared for free thanks to a program organized by the University of Mississippi accountancy school.
The tax assistance is available from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Stone Recreation Center on Washington Avenue in Oxford. It is a service project for one of the graduate-level tax courses at Ole Miss, and students are supervised by AARP volunteers.
Student volunteers include Madison Helms from Pontotoc.

Booneville, Prentiss to meet in memorial Quiz Bowl
WHEELER – Booneville and Prentiss County schools will compete for academic superiority on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Wheeler High School.
This year’s quiz bowl is being named the “Jason McKinney Memorial Quiz Bowl” in honor of McKinney, who was one of the founders for the academic exercise and who served as the director of curriculum for the Prentiss County School District until his death last year.
All Prentiss County and Booneville students will participate in three levels of competition – grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. Questions will be in the areas of math, science, history and English.
For more information, call (662) 728-4911.

Historian, social entrepreneur to headline MSU event
STARKVILLE – “Social Entrepreneurship: Think Big, Be Bold, Drive Change” will be the topic of a Monday program at Mississippi State University.
Open to all, the address by award-winning historian and social entrepreneur Chris Myers Asch begins at 6 p.m. in the Colvard Student Union’s Bill Foster Ballroom.
Asch is the author of “The Senator and the Sharecropper: The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer.”

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