Solar Eclipse Event & Viewing Permission Form for Students

The Great American Eclipse will be making its way across the entire continental United States on August 21.  This is the first solar eclipse that has been visible across the United States since 1918. With such a monumental event occurring during the school day, the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District, working closely with Dr. Jessica Tegt who is the coordinator at the District’s Youth Environmental Science Program and STREAMS, will be conducting a viewing of the event for students who wish to participate in grades 2-8.  Safety is our top priority, and it is important for students and parents to be aware of the precautionary steps the District is implementing for this event and viewing.  

Homemade or ordinary sunglasses are not sufficient ways to view an eclipse, as the reflectivity and polarization are not high enough for viewing in a safe manner. To ensure that each participant is safe, SOCSD will be supplying those who wish to participate with a pair of glasses specifically designed for eclipse viewing. These glasses conform to the transmission requirements of ISO 12312-2, which are filters specifically designed for direct observation of the sun. We will be viewing a partial solar eclipse which will look like a fingernail/crescent shape at its greatest point.  This means that glasses must be kept on at all times during viewing.  Students should never look at the sun without special eye protection, and removing glasses even temporarily may have serious effects on your eyes.

Because of these safety concerns, a parent or guardian signature is required for students to participate in the event using the eclipse glasses. Students who do not complete this form will not be able to participate.  Students in grades 2-8 should bring home a permission form on Thursday.  Please sign it and return it to your child’s school/teacher if you would like for your child to participate in the eclipse viewing.  Parents may also print the permission form and return it to your child’s school/teacher on Friday. 

For more information about the eclipse, check out NASA’s website which provides a guide to this amazing event including activities, resources, broadcasts, safety information and more:  https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

 

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!

 CAMPERS WILL:

               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 lawkat53@hotmail.com.

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

SHS Cheerleading Mini Camp 2017

 

 

Expect Excellence Every Day: Redefining our #StarkvilleSpark

Convocation 2017 marked the beginning for a new chapter for SOCSD as Superintendent Eddie Peasant shared an expanded vision for our District that is focused on redefining our #StarkvilleSpark, Expect Excellence Every Day.

Several years ago, this district made a commitment to a common vision…
“Through rigorous and relevant learning experiences in every classroom, Starkville Oktibbeha
School District is sparking the flame of success in our students.”

A worthy goal and a worthy vision. But, in my short time as superintendent, I’ve recognized that Starkville Oktibbeha School District has a depth of potential that demands we think way bigger than just “success.” As we embark on this new school year and the first of my tenure here, I’m asking you to commit to that vision in a new way. Not to merely spark success — better grades, better test scores, more wins, more scholarships. I still expect all those things, but simply as the fruit of something more remarkable. Our potential demands a bigger and broader goal that
surpasses the common benchmarks of mere success. I’m asking you to spark the flame of
excellence.

Excellence.

It’s defined as the state of being “eminently” good. Unusually good. So good as to “surpass ordinary
standards.”
It’s a pervasive quality. A big one. An all encompassing one.
To excel in one, or two, or a few areas is good. But it’s not excellence.
Not really.
No, to be characterized as excellent is to excel in not only the few, common and readily
recognized areas, but to excel in the whole. Surpassing ordinary standards in every area, at every
level, every day.
Not just one school, but every school.
Not just this teacher, but every teacher.
Not just a few programs, but every program.
Not just one team, but every team.
Not only one child, but EVERY child.
Only then can we claim to have achieved excellence.

My goal and dream for the Starkville Oktibbeha School District is to earn the moniker of
excellence, without reservations, without excuses, and without exceptions. I want our district to
redefine what it means to be “excellent” across our state. When we say #StarkvilleSpark, it should
mean one thing… unqualified excellence.

How do we ignite that flame of excellence?
It still begins with a spark —one I’m striking with you right now…
Expect excellence every day.
Our potential demands that we expect nothing less than excellence of ourselves. Of our students.
Of our district.
Every day, in every word and action, we demonstrate our unwavering commitment to excellence.
And our belief that our students, our teachers and our district can and will achieve it. As we work
together, we expect excellence. As we learn and teach new things, we expect excellence. As we
grow and change and move forward, we expect excellence.

Expect excellence every day.

It’s the unrelenting, unreserved commitment I’m making to you today.
And, it’s the unrelenting, unreserved commitment I’m asking each of you to make to yourselves, to
your staff, to your students and to this district.
You are the #StarkvilleSpark. Through your spark, the flame of excellence ignites.

Now, will our district achieve excellence when our students arrive on August 7? Probably not. The
path to excellence will take time and diligent work. We’ll rely on those areas where we already
excel. We’ll celebrate successes. We’ll continue to identify and pursue change in areas where we
fall short. But, what I hope we will achieve on August 7 and every day after is this unwavering
commitment to expect what we know is possible… excellence. We strike that spark today. And as
the fire of excellence ignites, it can’t help but spread, moving through our administrative team, our
teachers and our schools. Excellence fuels excellence as it moves from program to program, from
classroom to classroom. As the spark touches our students, they will know that excellence is
possible. They will see excellence every day in everything we do. They will learn to expect
excellence every day, because we do.

So, I am asking you to say with me today… This is MY commitment to every student, every day. To
ignite the spark of excellence. And fuel it.

Partnership School project continues to move forward despite delayed start due to rain

A very wet summer has delayed the completion of dirt work required to begin construction on the Starkville Oktibbeha School District-Mississippi State University Partnership School

Bruce Wood, architect for the project, provided an updated bidding and construction schedule to the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School Board of Trustees during its regular August meeting on Tuesday. 

The contract for the dirt work was expected to be completed in September, but a 45-day rain delay has pushed that date back to November. The delay also means the school’s completion date is now spring 2019. 

“There’s a lot of anticipation and excitement about the opening of this new school, and I think we’re all a little disappointed, but the revised schedule gives us some flexibility,” said Eddie Peasant, SOCSD superintendent.  “It definitely eliminates the additional planning required for a move in the middle of the school year, and it will allow us to adequately prepare the building to be ready to welcome students on the first day.” 

The new schedule also extends the construction time from 14 months to 16 months in effort to keep bid prices within the projected budget since a tighter construction schedule could drive up the cost.  

Prior to Tuesday’s board meeting, Wood and others with JH&H Architects met with university and district leaders to review interior finishes, acoustic and audio-visual requirements and science classrooms. 

“We’ve had some really good meetings with JH&H, and we’ve made some adjustments to art and music spaces on the spot to maximize instruction and provide the best learning environment for our students,” said Peasant.  “Our state, our community and our university have invested a lot of resources in this project, and we want to make sure we get it right.”

Bus Transportation & Carpool Maps

SOCSD’s Office of Transportation uses Transfinder, a school bus routing software system, to create our bus routes. To determine your child’s bus number and bus stop, please click on the link below and enter your address.  If your address is not listed, please use the contact tab on the site to send us your address information so that it may be added to the system.  

http://www.infofinderi.com/ifi/?cid=SSD4YI5X2V3W

Your address must be properly entered for it to identify as a match.  SOCSD does not provide transportation to or from private businesses. 

If you are an employee of the SOCSD, and your child needs bus transportation from one school to another, he/she will ride Bus 69 in the morning and Bus 55 (referred to as the employee shuttle).

If your child needs transportation to MSU in the afternoon, he/she will ride bus 58 (referred to as the MSU shuttle).

Due to ongoing construction on the MSU campus, we are offering five stops to campus:

  1. Sanderson Center
  2. Hilbun Hall
  3. Doorman Hall
  4. Wise Center
  5. Child Development Center

Elementary students should arrive on campus between 3:30 and 4 pm.  Middle/high school students should arrive on campus between 4:30 and 5 pm.

Parents of students in grades k-4 are asked to meet their children at the bus stop.  Children in grades 5-12 may walk to their campus destination at the parent’s discretion.

The Emerson/Boys and Girls Club shuttle for Sudduth Elementary is Bus 20.

The Emerson/Boys and Girls Club shuttle for Henderson Ward Stewart Elementary and Overstreet Elementary is Bus 51.

The Extended Day shuttle for Henderson Ward Stewart and Overstreet Elementary School is Bus 31.

The Boys and Girls Club shuttle for AMS is Bus 20. 

Please remember that transportation delays are likely during the first few weeks of school as students, parents and drivers become familiar with routes.

If your child is a car rider, click on the links below to download a carpool for his/her school.

Sudduth Carpool

HWS Carpool

Overstreet Carpool

AMS_Carpool

SOCSD is a large district with multiple large campuses.  Traffic congestion is always a challenge especially during the first few weeks of a new school year.  Please use caution as you proceed through carpool. 

 

 

Sudduth carpool is moving to Greenfield Drive for 2017-18 school year

 

Sudduth Elementary School carpool route is changing for the 2017-18 school year.  Cars will enter onto Greenfield Drive located in front of the school from Montgomery Street and exit via Evergreen Street.  Morning carpool begins at 7 am and afternoon carpool begins at 2:50 pm. 

Many parents like to walk their child to his/her classroom, especially on the first day of school. Please use caution as you cross the street to the sidewalk in front of the school.  Be sure to look for security officers who will be directing traffic and assisting with parking. Please do not block private driveways or apartment entrances. 

Sudduth is a large campus, and traffic is always a challenge especially during the first few weeks of school. Traffic is most congested between 7:20 and 7:40. If possible, you may want to consider arriving to school a little earlier than usual, at least for the first couple of weeks.

To download a carpool map, click on the below. 

 SudduthCarpool.pdf 

July 28 is last day for centralized registration & schedule pick-up

Friday, July 28 is the last day for centralized registration at Sudduth Elementary School. All students must complete an online registration form and provide two proofs of residency verification to attend SOCSD for the 2017-18 school year. We will be open on Friday, July 28, from 7 am until 2 pm at Sudduth Elementary School.

Student schedules and teacher assignments are also available for pick-up during centralized registration.  The computer lab will also be open during this time for parents who need access to a computer to complete the online registration forms.  School PTO’s and other SOCSD organizations will also have school tshirts available for purchase.

Please enter through the PE facility located on the northwest end of the building at Sudduth for the centralized teacher assignment/schedule pick-up process.  Parking is available.

*Parents/guardians of students in grades K-5 who attend West Elementary School may pick up teacher assignment cards at the West Elementary School office during these dates.

Make-up Date ONLY – July 31

If you are unable to attend centralized registration at Sudduth Elementary School on July 20-21 or July 27-28, a make-up date will be held at individual schools on July 31.  Parents who have students at multiple schools will be required to go to each individual school during the make-up date.

Helpful Tips for Centralized Registration

*Lines can be lengthy at times.  If you are in a hurry, you may want to leave and come back. 

*Parking is limited.  Please do not double park and please do not block a private driveway.

*Parents of returning students must have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account to complete online registration.  If you have not already completed your child’s online registration form, click here.

*If you do not have your child’s access id or password, come see us at the information desk.  We can help you.  

*Don’t know your PowerSchool Parent Portal username or password?  We can help you with that, too!  Come see us at the information desk. 

*If you need to provide your two proofs of residency, proceed directly to the scanning tables located along the back wall of the Sudduth gym area.  For a list of acceptable proofs of residency, click here

*Don’t forget to stop by to see our t-shirt team!  Several school PTO’s and other booster organization have numerous tshirts available for purchase. 

*Be sure join PTO!  We’d love to have you join our Parent Teacher Organization to support our students and teachers.  A family membership is just $6. 

*The computer lab will close 30 minutes prior to the scheduled end of the registration event. 

*If your child will be a new student in the SOCSD for the 2017-18 school year, click here to access the new student registration portal.  New students at Starkville High School and Armstrong Middle School must complete a course selection form.  For more information contact SHS at 662.324.4130 or AMS at 662.324.4070.

*Need to know more about centralized registration?  Get all the details here

Back to School Open House Dates

For a complete list of back to school open house dates, click here.

School Supply List

To view your child’s school supply list, click here.

SOCSD announces personnel changes for 2017-18 school year

The Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Board of Trustees approved numerous personnel recommendations for the 2017-18 school year during a special called board meeting on Thursday, including the rotation of three leadership positions.   

West Elementary Principal Andrea Smith is transferring to Director of Assessment and Intervention.  Henderson Ward Stewart Assistant Principal Gabrielle Mills is moving to principal of West Elementary School.  Director of Assessment and Intervention Julie Fancher is transferring to assistant principal of HWS.   

“Smith, Mills, and Fancher are experienced educators who share an understanding of the importance of curriculum, instruction and assessment and how those key areas work together to maximize student achievement,” said Supt. Eddie Peasant.  “Their knowledge and expertise across multiple levels add to the strength of our leadership team.” 

The board also approved the hiring of Gregory Stephens, who is joining the administrative team at Starkville High School as an assistant principal.  Stephens has served as a principal and assistant principal since 2004.  He spent the last year as an assistant principal at Leake Central High School.  Stephens holds multiple graduate and undergraduate degrees from Mississippi State University, including his doctorate in educational leadership. 

“Dr. Stephens brings 13 years of administrative experience to the high school, and we’re excited to welcome him to the Jacket nation,” said Principal Sean McDonnall. 

Centralized Registration for Residency Verification, Teacher Assignment & Schedule Pick Up for all schools/grades begins Thursday; What you need to know for new and returning students

Centralized registration for residency verification, teacher assignment and schedule pick-up begins Thursday at Sudduth Elementary School.

Parents who have completed all registration requirements may pick-up his/her child’s teacher assignment card and/or schedule at Sudduth Elementary School on July 20-21 or July 27-28.  The computer lab will also be open during this time for parents who need access to a computer to complete the online registration forms.  School PTO’s and other SOCSD organizations will also have school tshirts available for purchase.

July 20, July 27 – 10 am until 6 pm

July 21, July 28 – 7 am until 2 pm

Please enter through the PE facility located on the northwest end of the building at Sudduth for the centralized teacher assignment/schedule pick-up process.  Parking is available.

*Parents/guardians of students in grades K-5 who attend West Elementary School may pick up teacher assignment cards at the West Elementary School office during these dates.

Make-up Date ONLY – July 31

If you are unable to attend centralized registration at Sudduth Elementary School on July 20-21 or July 27-28, a make-up date will be held at individual schools on July 31.  Parents who have students at multiple schools will be required to go to each individual school during the make-up date.

Helpful Tips for Centralized Registration

If you have already uploaded your child’s residency verification documents, you do not need to bring them with you to centralized registration.  You may proceed directly to your child’s school table to pick up his/her teacher assignment and/or schedule. 

If you did not upload residency verification documents, you will need to bring two proofs of residency for your returning student(s) with you to centralized registration. 

New Students: Parents of new students will also need to bring immunization record and birth certificate along with two proofs of residency. It is possible that schedules and teacher assignments for new students will not be available.  Please see the registrar at your child’s school check-in table at centralized registration regarding next steps on how to obtain teacher assignments or student schedules for new students.  If you have questions, stop by The Help desk for assistance.  

New and Returning 7th Grade Students: Must ALSO have an updated immunization form for the TDAP vaccine in addition to other required documents.  If your child received the TDAP vaccine at AMS in during the spring semester, you do not need to provide an updated immunization form. 

Completing Your Child’s Online Registration Form

Online registration for the 2017-18 school year is now open.  The online registration process replaces nearly all paper forms that parents were previously required to complete at the beginning of each school year.

Parents/Guardians of returning students only will use the PowerSchool Parent Portal to access the online registration system to complete the required online forms and verify your child’s information.  If you have not already set up your PowerSchool Parent Portal account, you will need to create an account.  If you do not have your child’s access ID & access password to add them to your PowerSchool Parent Portal account, you will have to contact his/her school to get this information.

To get started, visit https://starkville.powerschool.com/public and sign into your PowerSchool Parent Portal.  After you have successfully logged into Parent Portal, complete the following steps:

    1. Select the student you wish to register at the top of the page

    2. Select the InfoSnap Student Registration link at the bottom left of the navigation bar

    3. Enter the student’s birthday and proceed

For a list of required documents for registration, click here.

For a list of FAQ’s about online registration, click here.

For technical support, visit infosnap.zendesk.com or call 866-752-6850.

If your child will be a new student in the SOCSD for the 2017-18 school year, click here to access the new student registration portal.  New students at Starkville High School and Armstrong Middle School must complete a course selection form.  For more information contact SHS at 662.324.4130 or AMS at 662.324.4070.

Helpful Tips for Online Registration

Don’t know your child’s access id/password?  Contact his/her school.

Can’t remember your login/password for PowerSchool Parent Portal?  Create a new account.

Need a computer to complete your child’s online registration form?  The computer lab at Sudduth will be open for your convenience.

Back to School Open House Dates

For a complete list of back to school open house dates, click here

School Lunch Applications Available Online

The Starkville Oktibbeha School District’s Office of Child Nutrition encourages parents to complete a lunch application for the 2017-18 school year prior to the first day of school on August 7.

Electronic applications are now available online at www.starkvillesd.heartlandapps.com . If you need assistance, a representative from the Office of Child Nutrition will be available during centralized registration for all schools/grades at Sudduth Elementary on July 20 – 21 and July 27 – 28.  You may also contact the Office of Child Nutrition at 662.615.0027. 

Please complete and submit your application electronically to allow the District to better prepare for the start of the school year on August 7.

 

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