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SOCSD Celebrates Outstanding Employees & Retirees

Join the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District on Tuesday, May 9, as we celebrate the work of SOCSD’s outstanding employees and parents and the careers of our retirees.  Awards program begins at 5 pm in the auditorium of Greensboro Center with a reception hosted by Starkville Oktibbeha PTO, Starkville Foundation for Public Education, and Starkville Parents for Public Schools immediately following in the mezzanine. 

Congratulations to our nominees!  Selected by their peers at each school, they represent a true commitment to the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District.  Each one is dedicated to their students and their colleagues, and their efforts make SOCSD a better place to learn and to work.

Outstanding Teacher of the Year
Sudduth:  Leslie Hunt, Brooke Corban
HWS: Brittney Naylor, Stella Turman, Julie McKenzie
OES: TaNaya Bluitt
West: Debora Brown
AMS: Tonya Barnes
SHS:  Michael Adam, Nikki Buss, Wanda Kirkwood, Vera Myles
Millsaps:  Randy Carlisle
Emerson:  LeAnn Ibarra

Outstanding New Teacher
Sudduth: Christina Reynolds
HWS: Analisse Lucius
OES: Allison Williams – Westcott
West: Kelsey Shaw
AMS: Adrienne Minor
SHS: Sam Childers
Millsaps: Jameica Arnold

Administrator of the Year
Sudduth: Elizabeth Mosley, Principal
HWS: Gabbi Mills, Asst. Principal
OES: Julie Kennedy, Principal
West: Dr. Andrea Smith, Principal
AMS: Erica Thomas, Asst. Principal
SHS: Jorine Neal, Asst. Principal
Millsaps:  Lenora Hogan, Director
Emerson:  Lauren Stegall, Director

Certified Personnel of the Year
Sudduth: Faye Smith
HWS: Laura Harris
OES: Demetrius Taylor
West: Melanie Cade
AMS: Kim Harris
SHS: Diana Wickham
Millsaps: Deborah Borganelli
Emerson: Laura Morgan
Greensboro: Dr. Toriano Holloway

Non Certified Personnel of the Year
Sudduth: Susan Hurst
HWS: Tracie Fox
OES: Shirlianne Stirewalt
West: Cathleen Poe
AMS: Shonda Neely
SHS: Peggy Arick
Millsaps: Jeannie Johnson
Emerson: Paula Crawford
Greensboro: Ettaronda Hogan

Parent of the Year
Sudduth: Cassandra Palmer
HWS: Cassandra Palmer
OES: Marchelle Brain
West: Elizabeth Franks
AMS: Angie Forrester
SHS: Leslie Fye
Millsaps: Kathy Snell
Emerson: Rob & Kristen Fyke

Retirees:  Susan Allen, Lillian Campbell, DeLores Ellis, Lauri Hayes, Debbie Henderson, Robin Kimbrough-Dibble, Joy Rednour, Betty Seale, Dawn Swartz, Katherine Washington

Sudduth Family Picnic & General PTO Meeting

SOCSD and Sudduth PTO invite you to join us for the Sudduth Family Picnic & General PTO Meeting on Tuesday, May 2, from 5:30 until 7 pm!

PTO will provide the main dish, drinks, and paper products for the picnic, but we need YOU to help us by bringing your family’s favorite side dish! RSVP for your family and sign-up for a dish at the link below. Also, please help us reach out to incoming kindergarten parents as we welcome them to Sudduth.  

Plus, get an update on Sudduth’s Start the Day with Play initiative and how you can support efforts to build a permanent fence around the playground area.  Also, hear from our incoming Superintendent Dr. Eddie Peasant, enjoy special performances by our Sudduth students and the SHS Jazz Band, and admire our amazing art gallery.   

We’re super excited about celebrating a wonderful year with the Sudduth PTO and our amazing Sudduth family, and we look forward to seeing you on May 2. 

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YES! Science Camps Announced; Registrations opens Friday, April 28

2017 YES! Summer Camps are finally here! Registrations opens April 28 at 8 am at Greensboro Center. 

Registration forms can be downloaded at the links below and printed.  Hard copies will also be available at the Greensboro Center. 

Space is limited so register your child early. Checks can be made to Starkville Science.

YES! requests parents limit registration to one camp in order allow maximum participation. 

June 5-9th

Space Camp

Monday-Friday Day Camp for rising 3-5th graders

The next best thing to space travel! Students will become immersed in the exploration of our galaxy and beyond. Activities include indoor star labs, solar telescopes, rocket science, and even a trip to a planetarium. The camp includes one overnight “camping” experience for adequate stargazing. Our space camp is out of this world!

Camp Cost: $100.00         Includes all meals and trips

2017_Space_Camp Registration

June 25-30th

Outdoor Survival Camp

Sunday-Friday Overnight Camp for rising 6-9th graders

Are you up for an adventure? Do you love camping and the outdoors? This overnight camping experience will introduce students to skills such as fire-building, wilderness first-aid, climbing, hiking, gear packing, fishing, star navigation, map reading, shelter building and so much more!

Camp Cost: $150.00         Space Limited to 24 Students

2017_Survival_Camp Registration

July 10-14th

Nature Art Camp

JULY 10-14th, 2017

Monday-Friday Day Camp for rising 3-5th graders

Calling all scientists interested in combining the wonders of our natural world with imaginative creations. Discover enchanted forests and hidden creatures. Each day students will construct masterpieces using nature as their inspiration. Students will also morph into their favorite animals for daily games of “survival” and “adaptation”. Prepare for fun and fantasy!

Camp Cost: $100.00         Includes all meals and trips

2017_Nature_Camp Registration

 

July 17-21st

Monday-Friday Day Camp for rising 6-8th graders

Do you ever wonder what it’s like to work in the world of wildlife animals? This week will be dedicated to exploring different careers that include working with creatures big and small! We will visit a with keepers at a zoo, owners of a wildlife sanctuary, wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians, biologists, horse trainers, and even farmers to find out the endless possibilities of working with animals. This camp will be field trip based.

Camp Cost: $125.00         Includes all meals and trips

2017_Career_Camp Registration

Reading 2 Succeed Summer Program; Free books for students

Encourage your child to read to succeed!

Reading 2 Succeed, a grant supported project of Family Centered Programs and Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District, will host a summer reading program during June and July.

There are two age groups, including k-3rd grades and 4-6th grades, with a maximum of 12 children per group. The program is completely free and the children who participate will be able to keep all of the books that are read and discussed during the summer.

The weekly meetings will be held at the J.L. King center on Tuesdays from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Please email Dr. Brandi Burton at bburton@starkville.k12.ms.us or stop by and sign up at the King Center if you would like for your child to participate.

Welcome Reception for SOCSD incoming superintendent Dr. Eddie Peasant rescheduled for April 20

Due to the high risk of severe weather forecast for Thursday evening, the welcome reception for SOCSD incoming superintendent Dr. Eddie Peasant is rescheduled for April 20.

The Board of Trustees named Peasant the District’s new superintendent on February 28. 

“I’m really excited about this opportunity to lead the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District,” said Peasant.  “I knew within minutes of visiting the first school and talking with invested stakeholders that this is a District rich with excellence and ready to take the next step forward, and I’m looking forward to being a part of that.”The board voted unanimously to select Peasant, a former Mississippi Administrator of the Year, to lead the District.  Peasant is currently assistant superintendent of the Tupelo School District, where he oversees secondary education, athletics, technology, dual enrollment and discipline.  Peasant has also served as principal of Clinton High School and Gulfport Middle School.

The board agreed Peasant’s successes and experiences at the secondary level make him uniquely qualified for the District’s top position as it prepares to begin construction on a new sixth and seventh grade school that combines the resources of SOCSD and Mississippi State University and promises to reimagine middle school and teacher training in Mississippi and beyond.

“He’s been a highly-effective administrative leader in large, diverse school districts like SOCSD where academics, arts, athletics and extra-curricular offerings are equally important to a student’s comprehensive educational experience,” said former school board president Jenny Turner.  “He’s also very familiar with the transition from middle school to high school, and he’s very knowledgeable about how ninth grade academies can improve student achievement which falls in line with the District’s future plans for Armstrong Middle School.”

The consolidation plan for the new District calls for Armstrong Middle School to become a preparatory school for eighth and ninth grade students after the MSU-SOCSD Partnership School opens for sixth and seventh grade students. 

“The District is already considered a model for successful consolidation, and the potential that exists through the partnership with Mississippi State University and a new school for middle grades is limitless,” said Peasant. “I’ve been doing my homework studying the plans for the new school, but like everyone else, I can’t wait for construction to get started.  I know the greater Starkville community is ready to see the bricks and mortar of this project begin to take shape.”

As high school principal, Peasant wrote “Improving Student Achievement: Can 9th Grade Academies Make a Difference?,” which was published in the International Journal of Education Policy & Leadership.

“The consolidation plan offers us a wonderful opportunity to rethink our approach to preparing eighth and ninth graders for high school and to provide a more nurturing environment and really gets them ready to make the transition to high school,” said Peasant.  

Peasant spent an entire day in the district as part of the interview process, visiting schools and meeting with four stakeholder focus groups before interviewing with the school board. 

Peasant earned his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi and his master’s degree from Mississippi College. 

“It’s an exciting time for our community and our district as we prepare to break ground on one of the most innovative schools from programs to facilities for 6th and 7th grades in the southeast,” added Turner.  “We’re ready to take the next step forward with Dr. Peasant.”

Peasant’s official start date is July 1.

SHS students win state competition for National History Day, advance to national

SHS students Helen Peng and Lori Feng earned first place honors in the 2017 Mississippi National History Day competition held on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. 

Peng and Feng were recognized for their outstanding work in the development of a website about Chinese doctor and AIDS activist Gao Yaojie who uncovered a major H.I.V. outbreak in central China in the late 1990s after she was called to examine a female patient.  Peng and Feng chose to research Dr. Gao because they felt her work reflected the theme of National History Day, “Taking a Stand.”

Tyler Dickerson also earned fourth place honors for his documentary detailing the Bataan Death March and Americans that were prisoners of war in WWII.

Peng and Feng advance to the national competition which will be held in June at the University of Maryland. 

National History Day is a nationwide competition for middle and high school students.  It encourages students to use their creativity to develop original historical research focused on an annual theme. 

 

SHS RoboJackets sink the competition in SeaPerch South Regional Championship

The Starkville High School RoboJackets added another title to their already impressive list on Saturday.  The team earned first and second place honors at the SeaPerch South Regional competition held on the campus of Mississippi State University. 

SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that trains teachers to implement the hands-on aspect of engineering and tool development in order to create a research experience for their students.

SHS defeated the reigning SeaPerch champion to claim their first SeaPerch championship with a dominant performance time of 2 minutes, 30 seconds in the underwater challenge course.  

With the win, the five-time state champion RoboJackets are the only high school team in the country to win a BEST Robotics Regional Championship and a SeaPerch Regional Championship. 

Despite a mechanical failure and two-minute penalty, a second RoboJackets team resurfaced and finished second in the challenge. 

As part of the competition, students were required to build a SeaPerch ROV using basic skills in ship and submarine design to perform multiple independent tasks that tested their ability to operate their SeaPerches with finesse.

The course consisted of three stations in which the vehicles have to maneuver and actuate equipment on the pool floor.

As the South’s top team, the RoboJackets advance to the 2017 National SeaPerch Challenge which will be held in May on the campus of Georgia Tech University in Atlanta where over 100 teams from across the country will compete in a juried poster competition and in-pool technical events with their SeaPerch ROV’s.

SeaPerch South is hosted by Mississippi State University’s Bagley College of Engineering.

SHS STAR Student, STAR Teacher Announced

Starkville High School’s 2017 STAR Student is Jay Travis.  Jay, who earned a 35 on his ACT, selected SHS English teacher Amy Bordelon as his STAR Teacher, recognizing her as the teacher who most impacted his high school career.

The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program recognizes high school seniors in Mississippi who earn the highest ACT score in their graduation school.  The STAR student then selects his/her STAR teacher.

Jay, who often got into trouble as a fourth grade student for hiding his library book inside his textbook so he could continue to read during science class, credits Ms. Bordelon with re-igniting his love of reading during her ninth grade English class. 

“She introduced to me to a lot of literature,” said Jay.   “And she got me into Shakespeare.  She’s really passionate about it, and her class really helped sustain my success as a high school student.”    

Ms. Bordelon admits she loves sharing Shakespeare with her students, calling it almost magical. 

“Shakespeare does the work.  I just bring it to them,” Bordelon said.  “Jay was definitely always an asset to class discussions, and his passion for language and literature really shines through his writing.” 

This marks Ms. Bordelon’s first selection as a STAR Teacher.

“I am very honored and humbled especially since I taught Jay when he was just a freshman,” said Bordelon.  “My ultimate goal as a teacher is to have a lasting, positive impact on my students, and I’m just thrilled that Jay remembers my class.”

Jay, a finalist for Mississippi State University’s most prestigious scholarship program, is still considering numerous college offers to decide where she will attend college, but he plans to study English or economics. 

Jay and Ms. Bordelon will be honored during a luncheon hosted by the Mississippi Economic Council and the M.B. Swayze Foundation recognizing all of the STAR Students and STAR Teachers in the state in April.

Welcome Reception for Dr. Eddie Peasant Scheduled for March 30

SOCSD’s incoming superintendent Dr. Eddie Peasant will return to the District on March 30 for the first time since he was hired for a welcome reception which will be held at the Greensboro Center from 5 until 6:30 pm. 

The Board of Trustees named Peasant the District’s new superintendent on February 28. 

“I’m really excited about this opportunity to lead the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District,” said Peasant.  “I knew within minutes of visiting the first school and talking with invested stakeholders that this is a District rich with excellence and ready to take the next step forward, and I’m looking forward to being a part of that.”The board voted unanimously to select Peasant, a former Mississippi Administrator of the Year, to lead the District.  Peasant is currently assistant superintendent of the Tupelo School District, where he oversees secondary education, athletics, technology, dual enrollment and discipline.  Peasant has also served as principal of Clinton High School and Gulfport Middle School.

The board agreed Peasant’s successes and experiences at the secondary level make him uniquely qualified for the District’s top position as it prepares to begin construction on a new sixth and seventh grade school that combines the resources of SOCSD and Mississippi State University and promises to reimagine middle school and teacher training in Mississippi and beyond.

“He’s been a highly-effective administrative leader in large, diverse school districts like SOCSD where academics, arts, athletics and extra-curricular offerings are equally important to a student’s comprehensive educational experience,” said former school board president Jenny Turner.  “He’s also very familiar with the transition from middle school to high school, and he’s very knowledgeable about how ninth grade academies can improve student achievement which falls in line with the District’s future plans for Armstrong Middle School.”

The consolidation plan for the new District calls for Armstrong Middle School to become a preparatory school for eighth and ninth grade students after the MSU-SOCSD Partnership School opens for sixth and seventh grade students. 

“The District is already considered a model for successful consolidation, and the potential that exists through the partnership with Mississippi State University and a new school for middle grades is limitless,” said Peasant. “I’ve been doing my homework studying the plans for the new school, but like everyone else, I can’t wait for construction to get started.  I know the greater Starkville community is ready to see the bricks and mortar of this project begin to take shape.”

As high school principal, Peasant wrote “Improving Student Achievement: Can 9th Grade Academies Make a Difference?,” which was published in the International Journal of Education Policy & Leadership.

“The consolidation plan offers us a wonderful opportunity to rethink our approach to preparing eighth and ninth graders for high school and to provide a more nurturing environment and really gets them ready to make the transition to high school,” said Peasant.  

Peasant spent an entire day in the district as part of the interview process, visiting schools and meeting with four stakeholder focus groups before interviewing with the school board. 

Peasant earned his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi and his master’s degree from Mississippi College. 

“It’s an exciting time for our community and our district as we prepare to break ground on one of the most innovative schools from programs to facilities for 6th and 7th grades in the southeast,” added Turner.  “We’re ready to take the next step forward with Dr. Peasant.”

Peasant’s official start date is July 1.

SUDDUTH LOVES TO PLAY

Sudduth Elementary School has opened its playground before school each morning to provide students with another opportunity to experience outdoor play.

Sudduth Elementary PTO has installed a temporary fence around the playground but they are currently raising funds for a permanent fence that will provide an even safer, more secure environment for our students to play. If you or your business would like to contribute, please email jenniferggregory@gmail.com.

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