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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/starkvillestrategicplan .

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 https://gofan.co/app/events/13130. 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

Email:  wecare@starkville.k12.ms.us

WeCare Hotline: 662.324.4640; Email - wecare@starkville.k12.ms.us

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 Board of Trustees Considering Several New Policies; Seeking Public Comment

SOCSD Logo The Starkville Oktibbeha School District Board of Trustees is considering several new policies as recommended by the Mississippi School Board’s Association or required by state or federal law.

The board held its first reading of proposed policies during its regular monthly meeting on October 10. 

The board is now seeking public comment regarding the proposed policies prior to the second reading during the regular monthly meeting on November 14. 

The policies are listed below for your review.  Please email your comments to schoolboard@starkville.k12.ms.us.

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:

Reading                                            

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

Math

  • 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.

 

SOCSD Launches Show Up for Excellence School Attendance Campaign for October and November

Show Up For Excellence Attendance Campaign in October and November.The Starkville Oktibbeha School District is focusing on the importance of school attendance for the months of October and November with a challenge for students to “Show Up for Excellence.”

The campaign builds on the new and expanded vision of “Expect Excellence Every Day” that Superintendent Eddie Peasant shared to start the school year. 

“Our potential demands that we expect nothing less than excellence of ourselves and our students, and that starts with showing up every day,” said Peasant.   

The goal of the District’s “Show Up For Excellence campaign” is to improve average daily attendance (ADA) which significantly impacts the level of state funding.  The state uses attendance data from the months of October and November to calculate ADA for the year.  Currently, SOCSD is losing about $840,000 annually because of students who are not at school, and the only real way to increase the District’s funding allocation is to increase ADA.  Just a one percent increase in ADA from 95 to 96 percent would result in an increase of about $200,000 for the District at the current funding level. 

As part of the attendance campaign, the District is encouraging parents to follow the 63% rule to help increase ADA and funding. 

“For a student to be counted present, he/she must be in school for at least 63% of the instructional day,” said Peasant.  “Our goal is to make our parents aware of what those time requirements are as they make decisions about when to schedule necessary appointments and when to check their students out of school,” added Peasant. 

Elementary students at West, Sudduth and Henderson Ward Stewart Elementary Schools must arrive no later than 10:20 am, and they must remain at school until the end of the day to be counted present.  Elementary students who arrive for the start of the school day at 7:40 am must remain at school until 12:15 pm to be counted present.  Students can also check out and later return to school for approximately 2.5 hours during the middle of the day and still be counted present. 

The campaign includes incentives to students who show up every day for excellence, and the school with the highest attendance at the end of October will win a school-wide pep rally to celebrate.  The students with perfect attendance will have priority seating for the celebration.  Special celebrity guests will also show up at schools during the months of October and November to encourage and motivate students. 

To kick off the campaign, Dr. Peasant shared a personal message with SOCSD families and asked them to make attendance a priority and commit to show up for excellence.

Dear Parents,

When school began nine weeks ago, I shared a new and expanded vision for our District, “Expect Excellence Every Day,” and I asked you to join me.  Together, we are redefining our #StarkvilleSpark. 

As we prepare to begin the second nine weeks of school, I have a new challenge.  I want to see all of our students at school, on time, every day, and I’m asking for your help.  For the months of October and November, our District is focusing on the importance of attendance, and we’re challenging our students to “Show Up for Excellence.”  Our potential demands that we expect nothing less than excellence of ourselves and our students, and that starts with showing up every day. 

The most important reason for your child to be at school every day is his/her academic success, but there is another reason that is critical to our District’s financial stability.  Our District is losing about $840,000 annually because of students who are not at school.  That’s because state funding for Mississippi school districts is largely based on our average daily attendance (ADA), and the only real way to increase our funding allocation is to increase our ADA.  The state uses attendance from the months of October and November to calculate our ADA for the year.  Just a one percent increase in ADA from 95 to 96 percent would result in an increase of about $200,000 for our District at the current funding level. 

Here’s how you can help us increase our ADA and our funding:  Follow the 63% rule.  For your child to be counted present, he/she must be at school for 63% of the instructional day.  That means our elementary students at West, Sudduth and Henderson Ward Stewart Elementary Schools must arrive no later than 10:20 am, and they must remain at school until the end of the day to be counted present.  Elementary students who arrive for the start of the school day at 7:40 am must remain at school until 12:15 pm to be counted present.  Your child can also check out and later return to school for approximately 2.5 hours during the middle of the day if necessary and still be counted present.  Please consider the 63% rule as you schedule required appointments for your children.   

We’re excited about attendance, and we want you and your child to be as well!  Each school is offering incentives to students who show up every day for excellence, and the school with the highest attendance at the end of October will win a school-wide pep rally to celebrate.  The students with perfect attendance will have priority seating for the celebration.  We also have some special celebrity guests who will show up at our schools during the months of October and November to encourage and motivate our students. 

I want our students to be at school all day, every day.  When your child is not at school, we miss him/her.  Our District misses out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding.  Our classrooms miss out on the #StarkvilleSpark only your child can bring every day.  And your child misses out on something amazing:  excellence.  We demonstrate our unwavering commitment to excellence when we show up every day.  Make your child’s attendance a priority and commit with me to show up for excellence.

Expect excellence and show up for it every day!

Sincerely,

Eddie Peasant
Superintendent

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 

Monday –  SCRABBLE DAY
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

Leader in Me Expands to Parents with Parent University

The Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District is embracing “The Leader in Me” philosophy to help our students discover their individual greatness as student leaders. 

We invite parents to join us on this leadership journey as your child’s first and best teacher.   

The District has launched Parent University, a series of lunch and learn sessions with parents, to provide information about the universal, timeless principles found in The Leader in Me process, as well as activities you can put into practice at home to teach your student to become a leader.

We encourage parents to look for opportunities to engage your child and ask questions about what he/she is learning. You can find a complete list of the seven healthy habits plus ideas to use at home to involve the whole family in the parents section at www.TheLeaderInMe.org .

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