Chris Kieffer

Chris Kieffer

Chris Kieffer is the Education writer at The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal | | Education Matters

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By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – As she waited for Nettleton High School’s graduation ceremony to begin on Thursday night, graduate Taylor Smith reflected on how her life was suddenly changing. “I’m kind of excited and sad and nervous,” she said. “It is exciting that I’ll be starting college in the following school year, […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal University of Mississippi Provost Morris Stocks will serve as the school’s interim chancellor until the state College Board names a permanent replacement for Dan Jones. Stocks’ appointment was approved by the board on Thursday. He will begin acting on full authority on the chancellor’s behalf beginning on June 15, when […]

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 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 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 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. […]

Mantachie High School won a a national bridge-building championship last week, and three other Northeast Mississippi schools placed in the top three. Mantachie students Greg Cooper, Hunter Lindsey and Trenton Wigginton won the ninth- and 10th-grade age division in the National Transportation and Civil Engineering Bridge Building competition held in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Meanwhile, Tupelo Middle […]

TUPELO – Emily Williams shared some timeless wisdom with her classmates on Sunday afternoon. The valedictorian of Tupelo Christian Preparatory School said she struggled for weeks to decide what she would tell her classmates during her remarks at Sunday’s graduation ceremony, which was held at The Orchard. Then her grandmother gave her notes from the […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal A trio of Guntown Middle School students won a national competition last week involving sustainable methods of transportation. Luke Smith, Britton Smith and Brandon Dillard were in Washington D.C., on Monday for the Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition. They learned Thursday they had won. “All of the teachers they’ve had […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Family is not limited by blood, Tupelo High graduation speaker Katie Taylor told her classmates on Friday night. During the school’s commencement ceremony at BancorpSouth Arena, Taylor spoke of how the “Golden Wave family” had pulled together during their years in the school district. “Family is like the […]