Education Notebook March 15, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Coontz headlines Women’s History Month celebration
STARKVILLE – Nationally known historian and family studies expert Stephanie Coontz will play a major role on Wednesday as part of Mississippi State University’s Women’s History Month Celebration and the Gender Studies Lecture Series.
Co-chairwoman of the Council on Contemporary Families at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., Coontz will deliver the celebration’s keynote address at 7 p.m. in McCool Hall’s Rogers Auditorium.
The address is titled “50 Years of Feminism: What’s Changed and What Hasn’t.”
Coontz also will lead a workshop titled, “Publicizing Research in the Mass Media” from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Honors Forum Room of Griffis Residence Hall in Zacharias Village.

Oxford Middle School wins regional science bowl
COLUMBUS – Students from Oxford Middle School were crowned champions of the 2013 Mississippi Regional Middle School Science Bowl held Feb. 23 at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science.
Coached by instructor Shara Minton, the OMS team included students Shawn Chao, Anish Ravishankar, Nitin Ankisetty, Dylan Howard and Tamjeed Azad. After winning the Mississippi event, the Oxford team will compete with more than 40 other regional middle school winners in the National Middle School Science Bowl April 25-29 at the National 4-H Center in Washington, D.C.

Public invited to MSU to view PANSTARRScomet
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State University is opening the doors to its observatory this week for public viewing of the comet PANSTARRS as it enters the Northern Hemisphere.
The University’s E.I. Howell Observatory will be open from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday for the public to view the celestial traveler discovered in June 2011.
The Howell Observatory is located on MSU’s South Farm, just south of campus. Inclement weather will cancel the viewing.
The observatory’s 14-inch telescope should enable viewers to appreciate the details of the icy dirtball.

Tupelo High needs proctors for state testing in May
TUPELO – Tupelo High School is seeking volunteers for proctoring during state testing May 6 to 13. The school is seeking the services of parents, grandparents, youth pastors, retirees, college students or anyone needing community service hours.
A brief training is required prior to the test dates. Those who are able to volunteer should contact Mary Thomas at (662) 841-8970 or methomas@tupeloschools.com.
Many other schools in the region are also in need of proctors for various state tests. Contact your local school for more information.

MUW awarded grant to train middle school teachers
COLUMBUS – Mississippi University for Women’s Department of Education was recently awarded a $90,000 No Child Left Behind grant to conduct a summer institute for 20 local middle school teachers. The institute is titled “C5: Creating Collaboration in the Common Core Classroom.”
Participants will interact with experts in the areas of English, math, science, social studies and instructional technology. The goal is to provide support for teachers to develop exciting interdisciplinary, technology-based, instructional strategies to enhance learning in the middle grades.
Teachers from Columbus Municipal School District, Lowndes County School District and West Point School District will be recommended by their administration to participate.