TPSD holds second early-release training day

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tupelo students will be released from class early today to allow teachers to attend afternoon training.
The district is holding the second of its four 60 percent days today. Pre-kindergarten students will be released at 11:30 a.m., while kindergarten to second-grade students, except those at Lawhon, and high school students will dismiss at 11:45 a.m.
Lawhon Elementary and other third- to sixth-grade schools will dismiss at noon, and Tupelo Middle School will do so at 12:15 p.m.
Meanwhile, the district’s teachers will attend one of two different training meetings in the district.
About 50 teachers will work with retired educator Linda Franks to develop common assessment tests for the second and third quarters. Those tests will be given to students so that teachers can get an early indicator of skills that are required by the curriculum that students are not grasping.
Teachers already have developed the common assessment for the first quarter. That test will be given to students next month.
Meanwhile, the rest of the district’s teachers will attend a training on better understanding the state and district curriculum and teaching those skills with more depth. That session will be held on individual campuses and will be led by a group of teachers who were trained on it during the first 60-percent day last month.
“The hope is that they will develop a better understanding of how to convey ideas across the curriculum and develop big ideas that will help them to make learning more engaging for students,” said Tupelo curriculum director Glenda Scott.
Other 60 percent days are Oct. 26 and Jan. 25.