By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo Middle School teachers Sharon Davis and Mary Webb gleefully rang hand bells as they left Tupelo High School’s Performing Arts Center on Thursday morning. Those bells symbolized their upcoming retirement, which begins as teachers conclude their work year next week. “When you get to a certain point, […]

By Kristen Wyatt Associated Press DENVER – Students in 11 states and the District of Columbia will spend less time next year taking tests based on the Common Core standards, a decision made in response to widespread opposition to testing requirements. The decision to reduce testing time by about 90 minutes was made by the […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Two of Mississippi’s public universities are likely to increase the student fees that are charged above tuition this fall, a growing trend among the schools. The College Board on Thursday approved the University of Southern Mississippi to add a $20-a-semester student activity fee and $35-a-semester capital improvement fee. […]

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Parkway Elementary School Counselor Liz Masley hugs students as they board the bus and leave school for the final time this year.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Claudia Blaylock, 6, is ready to “swim like a fish,” while Shaw Prewitt, 7, will visit his grandparents in Jackson and attend a camp there. Summer begins today for the more than 7,000 students of the Tupelo Public School District. After their academic year ended on Wednesday, the […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Tupelo will be the site of one of the eight public hearings scheduled to provide information on the education funding initiatives on the November ballot. The hearing in Tupelo will start at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Link Centre. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, whose […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – A new program hopes to teach students good driving habits before they’ve had time to form bad ones. Tupelo Middle School was one of six participants this year in the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s pilot transportation safety education program. It included a lesson plan, videos and activities that […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – University of Mississippi supporters are seeking to raise $1.5 million to honor outgoing Chancellor Dan Jones. Sanda Guest, vice president of the university’s foundation, said Tuesday that the push was announced last week at a board meeting of the fundraising body. She said more than $300,000 has already […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal GUNTOWN – Guntown Middle School eighth grader Brandon Dillard admitted he was a little tired on Friday afternoon. It was not hard to imagine why. During the previous five days, he and two classmates had traveled roughly 4,000 miles and placed first in one national competition and third in another. […]

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Saltillo Primary School second grade students in Amanda Myhand's class, including Josh Weatherford, center, show their excitement over the Mentos and diet soda science experiment Friday morning during the Science Day at the Lee County Agri-Center.

TUPELO – Seeing the same lessons learned in the classroom applied to hands-on science experiments Friday afternoon only reinforced the idea for Michael Gusmus that he wants to be a scientist one day. “I love science,” said the second-grade student from Saltillo Primary School. “We got to do a lot of experiments, so that was […]