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 Mississippi community college and university students are graduating at or above the national average, according to a report released last week. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released its third-annual state-level college completion numbers. The data is for first-time freshmen who enrolled in the fall of 2008, tracking them over […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – A group of Tupelo students learned this week about a unique art form made by renowned Mississippi artists. The executive director of Tupelo’s GumTree Museum of Art brought an exhibit of nine quilts to Rankin Elementary. The textiles were made by the Crossroads Quilters, an award-winning group from […]

Schools have begun making decisions on whether or not they will be able to reopen on Friday, following Wednesday’s near-record snowfall.       Districts that will be CLOSED include: * Amory * Itawamba County * Lafayette County * Lee County * Monroe County * Nettleton * Pontotoc City * Pontotoc County   Districts that […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Leaders of Northeast Mississippi school districts have had to become quite familiar with weather forecasts the past couple of weeks. With the threat of icy precipitation having crept into the forecast almost daily since Feb. 16, superintendents have spent hours studying conditions, predictions and models to determine whether to delay […]

With Wednesday’s snowfall piling up on roads, Northeast Mississippi school districts have begun announcing closings for Thursday.       The following school districts will be closed: * Itawamba County * Lafayette County * Lee County * Monroe County * New Albany * Nettleton * Oxford * Tupelo * Union County   Colleges and universities: […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Joyner Elementary School first-graders went on a treasure hunt on Tuesday afternoon. Their map was an electronic device they held in their hands. Joyner first-grade teacher Laura Russell recently received 12 Global Position System devices for her classroom, thanks to a grant request funded by the Association for […]

        The following Northeast Mississippi school districts have announced they will be closed on Wednesday, as the forecast calls for the possibility of a couple of inches of snow: * Aberdeen * Amory * Baldwyn * Booneville * Corinth * Itawamba County * Lafayette County * Lee County * Monroe County * […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal MOOREVILLE – Mooreville fourth-grader Tull Cannon had no idea how many people he would inspire. The 9-year-old just wanted to help. After Mooreville Elementary School music teacher Sherry Gregory began missing school three weeks ago to treat colon cancer, Tull spoke to his parents about what he could do to […]

Several Northeast Mississippi School Districts are dismissing early on Monday because of the possibility of icy precipitation coming through the area on Monday afternoon. Below is a list of early dismissals: * Aberdeen will dismiss at 2 p.m. * Amory will dismiss at 1:45 p.m. * Baldwyn Schools will dismiss at 1:30 p.m. * Booneville […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Two Mississippi Department of Education employees have been given new roles to lead efforts to improve literacy across the state. Kymyona Burk was named state literacy director and Robin Lemonis was tabbed director of intervention services. The state Board of Education approved the new positions during its regular meeting on […]