Nettleton Schools’ accreditation could be restored

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal NETTLETON – The Nettleton School District should have its full accreditation status restored next month,...

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Cooper Strickland and Isreel Hawkins work with assistant teacher Sabrina Standifer at the GELI Promise School at West Amory Elementary School last spring. Part of the Gilmore Early Learning Initiative, the school emphasizes student-teacher interaction.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal AMORY – Assistant teacher Sabrina Standifer stood next to a table where 4- and 5-year-olds were assembling various objects last spring using LEGO blocks. One of those students at the GELI Promise School at West Amory Elementary had made a police car and had stuck a toy chicken on the […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – In-state tuition at eight public universities is likely to increase by an average of 3.2 percent this fall, if the College Board approves plans Thursday for the Mississippi University for Women to raise prices. The board voted on a two-year tuition plan last year, and most universities aren’t […]

By Ray Van Dusen Monroe Journal ABERDEEN – After two-and-a-half years of being on probation, the Mississippi Department of Education’s Commission on School Accreditation and the State Board of Education have reinstated the Aberdeen School District’s accreditation. “Accreditation is a statement to parents, students and the community as a whole, that the school district is […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – A Guntown teacher won a newly created grant designed to honor a beloved Lee County educator who died last summer. Seventh-grade language arts teacher Janet Carroll was awarded the Jennifer Rooker Memorial Grant during Tuesday’s Lee County School Board meeting. The $500 award was created in August by […]

Daily Journal STARKVILLE – A Mississippi State University residence hall sustained substantial water damage Wednesday morning after a newly installed fire suppression system component failed. The university said 34 rooms were damaged in Hurst Hall and as many as 68 female students could be displaced for the remainder of the fall semester. Hurst Hall, a […]

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Miss Mississippi USA 2015 Courtney Byrd reads "Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving" by Dav Pilkey to fourth-grade students at Baldwyn Elementary School on Monday morning.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal BALDWYN – Baldwyn Elementary fourth-graders listened raptly as a tiara- and sash-wearing guest read to them on Monday morning. Community members are visiting the 330-student kindergarten to fourth-grade school this month to read to its students. Monday’s guest was Miss Mississippi USA. Courtney Byrd, a senior marketing major at the […]

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Angel Vazquez, 4, works at the computer station during learning centers time in Katie Pannell's pre-K class at Tupelo's Early Childhood Education Center.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Each fall, Temeka Shannon faces a daunting challenge. When the principal opens the doors for a new year at Verona Elementary School, she greets a large cadre of students who did not attend pre-kindergarten of any flavor. The kindergarten to fourth-grade school sits in the highest poverty pocket of Lee […]

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Katie Pannell, pre-K teacher at the Early Childhood Education Center in Tupelo, reads "My First Thanksgiving" to her class last Wednesday morning. The Tupelo School District's pre-K program enrolls nearly half of a kindergarten class. That's important, experts say, because many of the state's students who could most benefit from pre-K do not enroll in any program.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Two 5-year-old students stood at an interactive projector screen at the front of their classroom last spring, holding a plastic pen and writing their names by sounding out the letters. Other students spread throughout Melinda Lee’s pre-K class at Tupelo Public School District’s Early Childhood Education Center in […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal One Mississippi group is trying to address the state’s early-learning challenges by helping communities better serve their youngest citizens. Excel By 5 certifies participating locations who meet a series of standards as being “early-childhood friendly.” The process to earn that distinction forces communities to analyze and improve services for children […]