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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. 


SOCSD Implements i-Ready for Reading and Math; Parent Training Guide Available

Sudduth students use ipads in the classroom for instruction. The Starkville Oktibbeha School District has implemented a program called i-Ready Diagnostic and Instruction that focuses on reading and math.  i-Ready Diagnostic and Instruction helps teachers effectively assess their students and then provide individualized instruction based on each student’s unique needs in the following skill areas:


  • Phonological Awareness                                             
  • Phonics
  • High-Frequency Words
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension


  • Number and Operations
  • Algebra and Algebraic Thinking
  • Measurement and Data
  • Geometry

i-Ready Diagnostic and Instruction begins by giving students an adaptive assessment in reading or math.  An adaptive assessment is a test that automatically adjusts the difficulty of the questions according to each student’s performance in order to determine his or her abilities in reading or math.  i-Ready is a very different kind of test that presents students with questions that can be both too easy and too hard.  It is designed to do this until the assessment finds exactly the level at which the student is performing. 

Each time a student gets an item incorrect, he or she is then presented with a simpler question until the diagnostic finds the grade level at which the student is performing.  The assessment efficiently assesses students across multiple grade levels, allowing for identification of root causes of students’ struggles or for identification of areas where a student is ready for further challenge.  This information is used to provide the teacher with a “road map” to instructional remediation.

Once your child completes the test, he or she will be assigned online instruction to support his or her progress in mastering each skill.  The online instruction is designed to be both challenging and engaging.  i-Ready delivers interactive lessons and instruction using engaging, contemporary animation.  The result is an experience that attracts and holds your child’s interest while also teaching important skills and concepts.  These lessons are proven to help students grow academically. 

Your i-Ready Parent Training Guide which includes more information about how you can help support your child’s learning experience at home is available for download here

If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the District Office of Student Assessment and Intervention at 662.615.0070.


Get Your Spirit On! Homecoming 2017 September 25-29

Homecoming 2017 Dress Up Day ThemesStarkville High School will host 2017 Homecoming Week festivities for grades K-12 September 25-29, and we look forward to a strong show of school spirit throughout the District. 

Dress Up Day Themes 

Pick your favorite letter.  Then when you get to school, spell out a word with your friends. Everyone wears one letter. 

Tuesday – Twin Day!  Twin Day!
Because twins have more fun!  Wear the same outfit as a friend and be twins for the day!

Wednesday – Out Of This World Space Jam Day
Wear SPACE-related clothing or dress like an alien!

Thursday – Where Dreams Come True – Disney Day
Students in grades K-8 may choose their favorite Disney park or character for inspiration.
Freshmen: Magic Kingdom
Sophomores: Epcot
Juniors: Animal Kingdom
Seniors: Hollywood Studios

Friday – Black and Gold Day
Dress like the ultimate Yellow Jacket fan!

While students will be allowed to “dress-up” for spirit day themes, they must come to school dressed appropriately.  Shorts, skirts and/or dresses must be an appropriate length as defined in the student handbook.  No tank tops or other shirts that do not provide full coverage.  Students ARE NOT required to wear khaki or black pants/bottoms or specific color shirts or t’s if they dress up for spirit day.  Students who do not choose to dress according to the theme for the day must wear regular school dress code. 

Save the Dates!
Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally
September 26
6 pm
*Best viewing for parade will be along Main Street between Jackson Street and Washington Street.   
**Join us for a community-wide pep rally on the lawn of the Greensboro Center immediately following the parade.

Homecoming Game vs Northwest Rankin
September 29
7 pm
*Homecoming Queen & Court presented during halftime
*White Out Game

Imagine Your Ultimate Play Space at Sudduth and West Elementary Schools

The play spaces at Sudduth and West Elementary Schools are the focus of a collaborative effort between the District, Mississippi State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture, and Dalhoff Thomas Design of Memphis to upgrade and expand playground spaces.

The project begins with Design Week in the Department of Landscape Architecture as teams of university students develop their own solutions for what could take place in these school/community spaces. Sudduth Elementary will host a charrette on September 5 to involve parents, students, and members of our community in the process to develop fun, creative ideas and solutions to share with university students for their designs. This week-long exercise will culminate with university student project presentations on Friday, September 8. From there, community stakeholders will work with Dalhoff Thomas to produce elements that will compliment extramural/grant funding ventures in an attempt to make our collective dreams into a reality.

As the District explores future joint use agreements designed to increase access to high quality outdoor play areas for families and students in the greater Starkville area, stakeholders are invited to to join us as we discover the possibilities that exist for our community. 

The District welcomes our parents, teachers, administrators, students and others to participate in this process.  

Upcoming Dates & Sessions

Community Charrette & Idea Session with parents, students and community
September 5
4 until 5:30 pm @ Sudduth Elementary School
Parents, teachers, students and community members are invited to attend this come and go event to share ideas, dreams, and visions for the ultimate play space for our students.  We’ll provide the paper and the markers.  We just need your ideas and imagination!

Public Presentations of Play Designs with Q & A sessions
September 8
1 until 3 pm @ Bost Conference Center, Mississippi State University

SHS Cheerleaders host Mini Cheer Camp September 9

Have you got Jacket spirit? Come show it with the SHS  Cheerleaders for Cheer Mini Camp!

Cheer Mini Camp —Grades K-6th

WHEN: September 9

TIME: 9 am until 12 pm; Sign-in begins at 8:30 am; Camp begins promptly at 9 am

WHERE: Starkville High School Gymnasium

COST: $30

WHAT: Great opportunity for an introduction to  cheerleading!


               Learn a chant, cheer, and dance.

               Meet the SHS cheerleaders and Buzz

               Be provided bottled water, snacks, and popsicles.

               Receive a Cheer Camp t-shirt & free tickets to high school football game on September 15

               Perform for family and friends at halftime of SHS football game on September 15

               Be taught by current SHS Cheerleaders and supervised by  current program coaches and parents.

 To REGISTER: Please complete and return the registration form to your child’s school office by September 1 with a payment of $30 per  participant. Make checks payable to SHS Cheer Boosters.

Please wear athletic shoes and clothing. Hair must be  pulled back and off the shoulders. For safety purposes no jewelry or gum is permitted. NO refunds  will be given or late registration accepted. If you have any questions, please feel free to  contact Hope Dumas at

For more information or to download a flyer, click on the link below. 

SHS Cheerleading Mini Camp 2017



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.

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 or stop by and sign up at the King Center if you would like for your child to participate.


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

Buzzys Art Award Winners Announced

The Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District PTO celebrates the artistic talents of our students with its annual Buzzys Art Awards.  PTO honored dozens of outstanding student artists who produced award-winning original works in drawing, painting, photography and writing during an awards program and reception for the students and their families on Monday.  The inspiring works from our students  reflected the theme of partnership as the District partners with Mississippi State University and prepares to break ground on a new 6th & 7th grade school.

You can view the album of artwork at

Congratulations to all of our student artists and special thanks to PTO for supporting and promoting arts in education!

Best in Show – Sudduth Elementary

Thomas Brodie Simmonds, Drawing and Painting

Kathryn Gartman, Photography

Saindhavi Shankar, Creative Writing

Best in Show – Henderson Ward Stewart

Nicholas Leightley, Drawing and Painting

Vance Smith, Photography

Maximo Reyna, Creative Writing

Best in Show – West Elementary

Jameria Carter, Drawing/Painting

Rakyla Brown, Photography

Best in Show – Overstreet

Kayleigh Edelblute, Drawing/Painting

Megan Wallace, Photography

Lyndy Peterson, Creative Writing

Best in Show – Armstrong Middle School

Mandy Sun, Drawing/Painting

Leander Stelios-Wills, Photography

Fiona Dawe, Creative Writing

Best in Show – Starkville High School

Marika Dunne, Drawing/Painting


1st                          Drawing/Painting             Sandhavi Shankar

2nd                        Drawing/Painting             Alena Belvin

3rd                         Drawing/Painting             Jasmine Dozier

HM                         Drawing/Painting             Andrew Wordlaw

HM                         Drawing/Painting             Tyson Garner

HM                         Drawing/Painting             Will Shapley

HM                         Drawing/Painting              Hadley Thomas

1st                            Photography                       Kathryn Gartman

1st                            Creative Writing                 Sandhavi Shankar

1st Grade

1st                          Drawing/Painting             Ellington Connerley

2nd                        Drawing/Painting             Keller Netadj

3rd                         Drawing/Painting             Cameron Long McMillen

HM                         Drawing/Painting             Liam Leightley

HM                         Drawing/Painting             Grey Mulrooney

HM                         Drawing/Painting             Ella Staton

HM                         Drawing/Painting             Coy Conner

1st                          Photography                       Liam Leightley

1st                          Creative Writing                 Makayla Carter

2nd Grade

1st                          Drawing/Painting             Katie Chung

2nd                        Drawing/Painting             Sabrina Baidas

3rd                         Drawing/Painting             Claire Kight

HM                         Drawing/Painting             Aubree Burchfield

HM                         Drawing/Painting             Ward Mulrooney

HM                         Drawing/Painting             Alira Peng  

HM                         Drawing/Painting            J.D. Franks

HM                         Drawing/Painting            Meredith

1st                          Photography                    Rakyla Brown

2nd                         Photography                    Margot Hoffman

1st                          Creative Writing             Marion Ivy

3rd Grade       

1st                          Drawing/Painting             Anna Wyatt Ford

2nd                        Drawing/Painting             Dorrie Wu

3rd                         Drawing/Painting             Catherine Shapley

HM                         Drawing/Painting             Morgan Eddie

HM                         Drawing/Painting             Avery Garner

HM                         Drawing/Painting             Sachi Clay

1st                          Photography      Rose Dodds

2nd                        Photography      Jasmin Felguerez

3rd                         Photography      Addyson Vickers

HM                         Photography      Kylee Tomlison

1st                          Creative Writing            Maximo Reyna

2nd                        Creative Writing            Rose Dodds

4th Grade

1st                          Drawing/Painting             Kaleigh Nicks

2nd                        Drawing/Painting             Isabelle Nabors

3rd                         Drawing/Painting             Jonah Evan

HM                         Drawing/Painting             Natalie Merrill

HM                         Drawing/Painting             Francie Taggert

HM                         Drawing/Painting              Rebecca Jolly

HM                         Drawing/Painting             Avery Stewart

1st                          Photography      Katie Bateman

2nd                        Photography      Camille Morgan

3rd                         Photography      Elizabeth McCool

HM                         Photography      Nickolas Leightley

1st                          Creative Writing              Carissa Palmer

5th Grade

1st                          Drawing/Painting             Vivian Peng

2nd                        Drawing/Painting             Karsyn Nixon

3rd                         Drawing/Painting             Madison Smith

HM                         Drawing/Painting             Jacob Neal

HM                         Drawing/painting             Jameria Carter

HM                         Drawing/Painting             Madeline Brain

HM                         Drawing/painting             Olivia Bonnette  

HM                         Drawing/Painting             Phelps Dumas

1st                          Photography      Giles Jones

2nd                        Photography      Karsyn Nixon

1st                          Creative Writing            Lyndy Peterson

2nd                        Creative Writing            Sebastian Harvey

3rd                         Creative Writing            Tessa Luke

HM                         Creative Writing            Jontavious Rogers

HM                          Creative Writing             Lila Couterman

6th Grade

1st                          Drawing/Painting             Mina Clay

2nd                        Drawing/Painting             Harper Ford

3rd                         Drawing/Painting             Jamiya Sharp

HM                         Drawing/Painting            Clinton Neely

1st                          Photography      Julia McPherson

2nd                        Photography      Brianna Monfort

1st                          Creative Writing                Ian Robertson

2nd                          Creative Writing               Lia Jones

7th Grade

1st                          Drawing/Painting             Colin Kennedy

2nd                        Drawing/Painting             Camryn Nichols  

1st                          Photography      Kenny Dean Smith

2nd                        Photography      Cooper Snell

3rd                         Photography      Colin Kennedy

1st                         Creative Writing          Lyem Nighthou  

8th Grade

1st                          Drawing/Painting             Alondra Rayna

2nd                        Drawing/Painting             Zoriah Kennard

3rd                         Drawing/Painting             Blake Smith

HM                         Drawing/Painting             Kyler Reeves

HM                         Drawing/Painting             Kate Dickerson

HM                         Drawing/Painting             Drew Walters  

HM                         Drawing/Painting             Alida Perez

HM                         Drawing/Painting             Nicholas Bryant  

1st                          Photography      Fiona Dawe

2nd                        Photography      Avery Johnson

3rd                         Photography      Ryan Leach

HM                         Photography      Shannon Dewberry

HM                         Photography      Brianne Locke

HM                         Photography      William Norris

HM                         Photography      Luke Panell

HM                         Photography       Tate Honea

1st                          Creative Writing            Fiona Dawe

2nd                        Creative Writing            Sam Schmulsky

3rd                         Creative Writing            Bobbi Calmes

HM                         Creative Writing             Noah Brown

HM                        Creative Writing              Karlie Brooks

Sudduth Students Eat Their Way to Good Health

With visions of rainbows in their heads, some students at Sudduth Elementary School learned to paint and eat a delicious and nutritious snack. 

The Mississippi University for Women Culinary Arts Institute introduced students to fresh fruits and vegetables that feature the colors of a rainbow during a food tasting demo at their school.  The students created a rainbow on a stick, which is actually a fruit kebob, and used a pastry brush, to paint the fruit with vanilla yogurt and then rolled their special treat in granola.  The students also stirred together a secret spice mix to enjoy with fresh vegetables. 

The special demonstration offered to students at Sudduth Elementary School is funded through a grant from MUW’s Project CHEW and Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Passport to Wellness program. 

Get the full story on this tasting opportunity that teaches children about the importance of cooking and eating healthy at .

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