By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Community college enrollment fell this year statewide, according to data released this week by the Mississippi Community College Board. The state’s 15 community colleges are reporting a combined preliminary enrollment of 76,266 students. That is down 1.8 percent from last year. Enrollment has surged, however, at Northeast Community College, which […]

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First-graders, including Rachel Humphrey, 6, center, laugh as their classmates try on various masks during a traveling trunk lesson about African art on Thursday afternoon in Laura Russell’s classroom at Joyner Elementary School. The masks were provided by the University of Mississippi Museum.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – A class of Joyner Elementary first-graders will get an extensive geography lesson this year. Laura Russell’s students will travel “Around the World in 26 Letters.” They will study a different location each week to correspond with a different letter of the alphabet. “I wanted to bring the world […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Enrollment has decreased slightly in the Tupelo Public School District this year, but it has exceeded the district’s initial projections. Through Aug. 29, the district had 7,056 students enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade, a drop of 52 students compared to the same time last year. That is […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal New Albany High School and Itawamba AHS were recognized by Newsweek magazine as top schools for low-income students. In addition to naming the nation’s top 500 high schools, Newsweek also recognized 500 schools who “beat the odds” and performed better statistically than expected for their level of poverty. Schools were […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Enrollment across Mississippi’s eight public universities grew slightly this year, according to data released on Wednesday. Those eight universities have a total of 79,909 students, an increase of 871 students, or 1.1 percent. The data was released by the state Institutions of Higher Learning. The preliminary enrollment figures are unduplicated […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Shannon High School students now can use their smartphones, tablets and laptops in the classroom. The Lee County School Board on Tuesday approved a pilot program at the school that will allow students to use personal electronic devices. Superintendent Jimmy Weeks said many of those devices have educational […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal OXFORD – Oxford High School was named one of “America’s Top High Schools” in Newsweek Magazine’s 2014 High School Rankings. The school was the only Mississippi high school to make Newsweek’s list. It was ranked number 452 out of 500 high schools in the ranking, which is designed to measure […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Twelve Northeast Mississippi students were named National Merit Semifinalists today. The prestigious honor was announced by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. It recognizes fewer than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors. About 16,000 Semifinalists were named nationally in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, including 135 […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo High School saw its ACT scores dip last year, but its average score remained above the state’s. THS Principal Jason Harris spoke during Tuesday’s School Board meeting about the school’s performance on the national standardized test used to measure college readiness. The report looked at test performance […]