School begins this week and next for districts across Northeast Mississippi. In preparation for the new school year, there are many things for parents to consider as they help their children wind down for the summer and get them back into the school routine. Morgan Abraham, Parkway Elementary School kindergarten teacher, shared some back-to-school insight […]

By Emma Crawford Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo Public Schools has seen a jump in its special education graduation rate over the past three years. The district’s Individualized Education Program (special ed) graduation rate was 14.4 percent for the 2012-13. The 2014-15 rate is estimated to be around 58 percent. “We’ve made some major changes […]

Taylor Rosenthal

By Emma Crawford Daily Journal LOS ANGELES – Shannon High School principal Bill Rosenthal and son and Shannon graduate Taylor Rosenthal won the silver medal in golf Friday at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, finishing just nine points from the gold medal. The duo started the final round on Friday morning nine […]


Daily Journal NEW ORLEANS – The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that a Tupelo teacher should have a jury decide if she was the victim of age discrimination. The appeals court overruled a federal district court decision in favor of the school system. Mary Alice Stennett of Tupelo sued the Tupelo Public School […]

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Lee County Schools Superintendent Jimmy Weeks and Plantersville Middle School Assistant Principal Lindsay Brett, as her character "Gladys Gladstone," film a cheer for Tyler Rosenthal on Thursday morning. Rosenthal is currently competing in the Special Olympics.

By Emma Crawford Daily Journal TUPELO – Between words of wisdom from Kid President’s YouTube channel and keynote speaker David Lee, Lee County Schools faculty and staff got a strong cup of motivation to start the 2015-2016 school year at the district’s back-to-school orientation Thursday morning. The orientation took place at The Orchard and featured […]

By Emma Crawford Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Nine students from the Tupelo area spent most of the month of July at Mississippi State University writing and producing an original musical they performed over the weekend to wrap up their Summer Scholars Onstage Camp experience. Through the CREATE Foundation, Toyota funds camp tuition for local attendees […]

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Dr. Ruby Payne challenges Tupelo teachers.

By Emma Crawford Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo Schools faculty and staff kicked off the 2015-2016 school year with a lesson in navigating poverty’s effects on education from nationally renowned speaker Ruby Payne on Tuesday morning at the district’s back-to-school convocation. Payne is the author of “A Framework for Understanding Poverty,” founder of aha! Process, […]

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District 17 candidate Jim Newman, from left, Charles Penson, Shane Aguirre and Mark Prince, stand as they each introduce themselves at the Parents for Public Education Forum on Monday night at the Lee County Library in Tupelo.

By Emma Crawford Daily Journal TUPELO – The four candidates vying for the House District 17 seat spoke on a number of education-related topics ranging from Initiative 42 to the prospect of mandatory kindergarten attendance during a forum Monday night at the Lee County Library. The House 17 candidates include Democrats Jim Newman and Charles […]

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By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The concept of lazy summer days is foreign to Lee Hill. Teachers in the Tupelo School District return to their buildings this week to prepare for a new school year that begins on Aug. 4. That means someone has had to get those buildings ready for their arrival. […]