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Jacket Job Fair Scheduled for February 12

Information graphic SOCSD Job Fair Feb. 12 4-6 pm Sudduth Elementary School

The Starkville Oktibbeha School District will hosts its first ever job fair to recruit teachers for all grades and disciplines for the 2018-19 school year.  The Jacket Job Fair will be held on Monday, February 12, from 4 until 6 pm at Sudduth Elementary School.  

As an innovation-centered District located in a vibrant university town, the Starkville Oktibbeha School District offers teachers the opportunity to experience excellence as a new or veteran teacher through the following areas: 
— job-embedded professional development
— professional learning communities
— collaborative workplace culture
— engaging support system
— community and university cultural and academic resources
— local teaching salary supplements
— innovative collegiate partnerships, including The MSU SOCSD Partnership School

SOCSD is one of the largest school districts in the state, with a student enrollment of almost 5,200. SOCSD combines rigorous academic instruction with innovative technology in the classroom to develop the unique talents and interests of our students through our diverse range of award-winning academic, artistic, athletic, and extra-curricular offerings to help them achieve their potential.

To learn more, browse our website at or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @StarkvilleSD.

Two Hour Delay for SOCSD on Thursday, January 18

SOCSD Logo STK OKT School DistrictThe Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District will operate on a two hour delay on Thursday, January 18. 

This means normal school operations will begin exactly two hours after the normal start time, including carpool and bus transportation. 

All administrative, custodial, cafeteria and maintenance staff should report to their schools/campuses at the normal time.  All other employees should report no later than two hours after the normal time. 

Dismissal will begin at the regularly scheduled time on all campuses.  All after-school events, programs and activities will be held as scheduled. 

Delayed Start Times:

Sudduth, HWS, & West
Carpool Begins @ 9 am
School Begins @ 9:40 am

Carpool Begins @ 9:05 am
School Begins @ 9:45 am

Carpool Begins @ 9:50 am
School Begins @ 10:30 am

Emerson Family School will open at 9 am. 

Please take all necessary precautions as you travel tomorrow morning.  We want our employees and students to arrive for school safely. 



SOCSD Closed on Wednesday, January 17

SOCSD Closed for Winter Weather Condition on January 16All schools and offices in Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District will be closed on Wednesday, January 17, due to poor road conditions caused by winter weather that make travel unsafe for our employees, students and parents.   

Stay informed about any further weather-related decisions that impact the school schedule and connect with us by liking our Facebook page at www.facebook/StarkvilleSD and following us on Twitter and Instagram @StarkvilleSD.  Text stkokt to 95577 to subscribe to our text alerts.  

SOCSD Closed Tuesday, January 16

SOCSD Closed for Winter Weather Condition on January 16All schools and offices in Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District will be closed on Tuesday, January 16, due to predicted winter weather conditions.

Stay informed about any further weather-related decisions that impact the school schedule and connect with us by liking our Facebook page at www.facebook/StarkvilleSD and following us on Twitter and Instagram @StarkvilleSD.  Text stkokt to 95577 to subscribe to our text alerts.  

2018-19 Academic School Year Calendar Now Available

SOCSD Logo STK OKT School DistrictThe 2018-19 academic school year calendar for the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District is now available.

Highlights include:

New Teacher Orientation: July 31
First Day for Teachers:  August 1
First Day of School:  August 6
Labor Day: September 5
Fall Break: October 11-12
Parent Conference Day: October 22
Thanksgiving: November 19-23
Christmas & New Year’s: December 21 – January 3 (Teacher’s return January 4.  Students return January 7.)
February 18: Professional Development Day (No school for students.)
Spring Break: March 11-15
Good Friday:  April 19
Inclement weather makeup day: April 22
Last Day for Students: May 23 (60% day)
Last Day for Teachers: May 24

Click on the link below to view the calendar: 

2018-2019 Academic School Year Calendar

SOCSD Begins Strategic Planning Process; Seeks Input from Stakeholders

SOCSD Logo STK OKT School DistrictThe Starkville Oktibbeha School District is beginning a strategic planning process to guide the future direction of our District.  When completed, the plan will include targeted and prioritized action steps to move our district forward. 

Community input is essential to the success of the strategic planning process and that includes engaging our students, parents, staff, and community members.  To help us get us started, we encourage you to participate in our online survey. 

The survey should take less than ten minutes to complete and is available at .

The survey results will help determine our focus areas and guide the development of the District’s strategic plan.  The results will also be shared with the Strategic Planning Team and the Board of Trustees.  All survey responses are anonymous.

Thank you for engaging in this process, and thank you for your commitment to our District! 

SHS Advances to State Championship; Friday is a 63% Day for SOCSD; Ticket & Game Day Information; Help SHS win $1,000

6A State Championship Information Starkville vs Pearl December 1 7 pm Vaught Hemingway StadiumSHS to play for State Championship Friday

The Starkville Yellow Jackets defeated Madison Central to win the North State title and advance to the MHSAA 6A State Championship game on Friday, December 1, at 7 pm.  The game will be played in Oxford at Vaught Hemingway Stadium on the campus of the University of Mississippi.  Join us before the game at 5 pm for The Walk of Champions to support our players and coaches. 

63% Day for SOCSD on Friday

In an effort to allow as many families, friends and fans of the Yellow Jackets to travel to the state championship game, the Starkville Oktibbeha School District will operate a 63% percent day schedule on Friday. 

Dismissal Times

Sudduth, HWS, West  – 12:15

Overstreet – 12:20

AMS & SHS – 1:05

Greensboro – 1:30

Emerson Family School’s fee-based preschool program will operate a normal schedule on Friday.  However, Extended Day and Emerson’s after school program will NOT meet. 

Faculty and staff may leave their schools after the principal determines campus is clear. 

Ticket & Game Day Information

You can purchase tickets to the state championship game in advance at Greensboro Center from 8 am until 4 pm November 28-30.  You can also purchase tickets in advance online at All pre-game tickets are $14.  Tickets may also be purchased at gates #15 and #16 on the east side of the stadium prior to the game for $15. 

SHS is the visiting team and will occupy the east side of the stadium. 

Text GRIDIRON11 to 55333 to win $1000 for SHSText to Win $1,000 Contest for SHS

Win $1,000 for SHS!  Text GRIDIRON11 To 55333.  Limit one vote per phone per day.  The school with the most votes wins!  Winning school will be announced during the 4th quarter of the state championship game. 

Go Jackets!

We have great student athletes, coaches, boosters, fans and friends in the Starkville Oktibbeha School District.  Your personal investment and your unwavering support has a definite impact on our athletic program and contributes immensely to our success. 

Our players and coaches have worked really hard this season to bring the sting for every game!  Let’s do the same for them on Friday! 

See you at the game!

Go Jackets!

Yellow Jackets host Madison Central for North State Championship on Friday

North State Championship; Friday, November 24, 7 pm, Yellow Jacket StadiumSHS hosts Madison Central on Friday at Yellow Jacket Stadium for the North State Football Championship. Kickoff is at 7 pm.

Ticket Info:

*All tickets are $10 and will be available for purchase on Friday from 9-4 pm at Greensboro Center. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate.

*Everyone, including employees, students and chair back/reserved seating season ticket holders, must purchase a ticket for the playoff game. The only exception is a State Pass.

*Season ticket holders will have access to their reserved seats for the game with the purchase of a ticket for Friday night’s game.

SOCSD Sparks the Conversation; Launches WeCare Hotline

Spark the Conversation LogoAs part of our District’s focus on social behavior awareness, we want our students to know we care about them, and we are here to listen to them, to support them, and to offer help.  Our District’s WeCare hotline and email provide a safe, confidential way for students to report a concern or to seek help for themselves.  We’re committed to fostering a nurturing school environment as we grow together. 

Hotline: 662.320.4640


WeCare Hotline: 662.324.4640; Email -

Sudduth Thanksgiving Lunch November 15; Tickets on sale October 23-November 3

Sudduth cafteria staff serving a studentIt’s hard to believe we’re already into the second nine weeks of school and Thanksgiving season is here.  The Sudduth family has so much to be thankful for, and at the top of the list is our outstanding team of teachers, support staff, and parents who work together to provide incredible learning opportunities and experiences for our students. 

Thanksgiving also means turkey and dressing to many of us, and Sudduth’s Thanksgiving lunch, which will be held on Wednesday, November 15, is a tradition.  Our cafeteria ladies work tirelessly preparing this delicious meal for our students and families to enjoy together.  

While our cafeteria ladies enjoy serving this annual feast with all of the trimmings, it is a labor of love and it requires detailed planning.  Sudduth offers advanced sales only for guest lunches during our Thanksgiving meal with a limit of two guest lunches per child.  In order to allow our cafeteria to prepare enough food, you must purchase an advance ticket and you must present the ticket to eat lunch with your child on Wednesday, November 15.   Only ticket holders will be admitted to the cafeteria on November 15.

Tickets may be purchased at the school from October 23 through November 3 from 7:45 to 1:30.  Parents may send money with their child to purchase up to 2 guest tickets per child, or come to the cafeteria to purchase the tickets.  The cost of an adult lunch is $3.10.  Your child’s teacher will send the tickets home to you by your child.    Tickets are nonrefundable.

Due to the large numbers of guests we serve on this day, we also ask for your cooperation in the following areas to help make this meal a time for giving thanks: 

  1. Plan ahead.  Parking at Sudduth is limited.  Our school resource officers will be available to assist with parking.  Please be kind and courteous to them.  Their responsibility is to make sure Sudduth’s campus is safe and secure for our children and teachers.  They are here to help us. 
  1. Be flexible.  It could take up to an hour or more for you to eat with your child and his/her class.  If you do not have an adjustable schedule on this particular day and a flexible lunch hour, this might not be the best time to plan to eat with your child.
  1.  Be patient.  Can you imagine inviting more than 1,200 guests to your house on Thanksgiving Day? It takes a long time to cook for this many guests and to feed them. Your child’s lunch time will be adjusted and while Sudduth’s cafeteria and administrators work very hard to create a schedule that limits delays, they are almost inevitable. 
  1. Give thanks.  Be sure to tell our cafeteria ladies how much you enjoyed your meal. 

Thank you for sharing your children with us and for allowing Sudduth to be a part of your family.  We look forward to seeing you on November 15. 


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