South Tippah history academy now under way

RIPLEY – South Tippah School District’s U. S. History Academy – a six week program designed to help 11th grade students pass that course, as well as a state history test later this year – is now under way. District parents who have a child enrolled in U.S. History recently received a letter from Superintendent Frank Campbell outlining the program, which is being offered in South Tippah for the first time. “For a student to graduate from high school he or she must pass U.S. History, as well as, a test given at the end of the year which is coming up April 29,” Campbell said. Classes are held from 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesdays at Ripley High School. Students divide into groups in six rooms. Students from Pine Grove and Blue Mountain are bussed to and from RHS, and a meal is served. Blue Mountain’s Cindy Ralph, Pine Grove’s Chris Shinall, and Ripley’s Katie Walker teach the course at each school. They volunteered to help with the Academy. The course covers U. S. History from 1877 to Present. The district and the three high schools are paying for the program, including the meals. The first session was held Wednesday, March 25, and brought a turnout of about 70 youngsters of the 140 or so who are taking U. S. History. “It was very successful. If your child was able to come the first night please encourage them to keep coming. If they missed the first night it is not too late, Coming to the Academy as many nights as they can is vitally important to their success,” the superintendent said. “It’s a win-win situation. It’s an opportunity for students to work together and do well on this test, that they must pass to graduate. If students do well those scores ultimately will help the district,” he said. The schedule for remaining nights of the U.S. History Academy: April 1 4:30 – 6 p.m. April 8 4:30 – 6 p.m. April 15 4:30 – 6 p.m. April 22 4:30 – 6 p.m. April 27 5 p.m. – until

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