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.

 

SOCSD Announces Back to School Open House Dates

 

stkoktsquarelogoSudduth Elementary School Open House (Grades K-1)
Thursday, August 3
7:30 am until 12:30 pm

Henderson Ward Stewart Elementary School Open House (Grades 2-4)
Thursday, August 3
12 pm until 4 pm

West Elementary School Open House (Grades K-5)
Friday, August 4
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Overstreet Elementary School Open House (Grade 5)
Friday, August 4
1 until 4 pm

Armstrong Middle School Open House (Grade 7-8)
Thursday, August 3
2 pm until 4 pm

Armstrong Middle School Open House (Grade 6)
Friday, August 4
12 pm until 3 pm
Middle School Orientation @ 12 pm with AMS Principal Julie Kennedy in the cafeteria
Come & go open house event immediately following from 12:30 pm until 3 pm
Students and parents are encouraged to come check our their team hallway and meet their teachers & grade level principal

Starkville High School
Orientation
Thursday, July 27
10 am until 2 pm

Friday, July 28
10 am until 2 pm

Starkville High School
Parking Permits
July 27
10 am until 12 pm – Seniors
12 pm until 2 pm – Juniors

July 28
10 am until 12 pm – Sophomores

First Day of School
Monday, August 7

Parents and students may drop off school supplies, visit classrooms, and meet teachers during Open House hours. School PTO’s will also have school tshirts available for sale.

Starkville Science Club Accepting Applications until July 31

The Starkville Science Club is now accepting student applications for the 2017-18 school year. Students entering 4th or 5th grade may apply now until July 31. The Science Club is a 38-week long after-school program that meets every Tuesday from 3pm-5:30pm at Sudduth Elementary School. Transportation will be provided to Sudduth from the Henderson Ward Stewart and Overstreet campuses.

For more information about Starkville Science Club or to download an application, check out the links below:

https://starkvillescienceclub.wordpress.com/

About Starkville Science Club

2017 Science Club Application

SOCSD announces administrative changes for the 2017-18 school year

The Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Board of Trustees has approved two administrative changes for the 2017-2018 school year in an effort to maximize the strengths of the District’s administrative team as it prepares for the opening of The Partnership School.
 
Overstreet Principal Julie Kennedy and Armstrong Middle School Principal Tim Bourne are rotating positions. 
 
Kennedy is moving to AMS where she will also oversee the transition of sixth and seventh grade students and teachers to The Partnership School which is currently under construction on the campus of Mississippi State University and expected to open in January 2019. 
 
Bourne, who began his career in the District along with Kennedy at AMS, will lead Overstreet as principal of the District’s fifth grade school, a position he previously held for six years when fifth grade was housed at Henderson Elementary School.
 
“Principals Bourne and Kennedy are veteran educators with more than 25 years of administrative experience between them,” said SOCSD incoming Supt. Eddie Peasant.  “Their strengths as administrators make them uniquely qualified for these positions.”
 
“Mrs. Kennedy is a proven school leader with a knowledge and understanding of the middle grades,” said Peasant.  “She’s also demonstrated how school culture and climate can significantly impact a school environment as she successfully moved fifth grade from a completely renovated building into the oldest building in the District last summer.  Overstreet’s success at every level is a reflection of Mrs. Kennedy’s leadership, and I expect that to translate to AMS and The Partnership School.” 
 
“Mr. Bourne is widely-recognized across the District for his personal commitment to building strong relationships that foster and support our students and teachers,” said Peasant.  “The Partnership School also gives us the opportunity to examine and reimagine how we are preparing our fifth grade students for middle school, and Mr. Bourne’s experience at both levels is a tremendous asset to us.”  
 
Kennedy and Bourne began their careers in the SOCSD as teachers at AMS in 2001.  They both served as assistant principals together at AMS before moving into lead administrator roles.   Most recently, they have collaborated with district and university leaders in the design of The Partnership School and how it can support and facilitate instruction in all aspects of middle school.   
 
“The opening of The Partnership School will require detailed planning, and the scope of the preparations is extensive,” said Peasant.  “Our school district, our university and our state have invested a lot of resources in this partnership, and it is important for us to assemble the team that will share the decision-making responsibilities to maximize this incredible opportunity for our school district.  We want to be fully-prepared for innovative teaching and learning experiences to begin immediately when the doors of The Partnership School open.”
 
The school board approved the changes during its June board meeting.
 
The principals will assume their new duties and responsibilities at their respective schools as soon as possible in preparation for the new school year.​

 

SOCSD Launches Online Registration for 2017-18 School Year

Online registration for the 2017-18 school year is 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.

Helpful Tip:  If you choose to upload residency verification documents online, you do NOT have to bring a hard copy with you to registration. However, if the documents you upload are not legible, a hard copy will be required.  ONLY new students must provide a birth certificate and immunization form in addition to residency verification.  All new and returning students entering the 7th grade must also provide an updated immunization form for the TDAP vaccine.  

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 to Starkville High School and Armstrong Middle School must also complete a course selection form.  For more information contact SHS at 662.324.4130 or Armstrong Middle School at 662.324.4070.

Dates and Times for Centralized Teacher Assignment/Schedule Pick-Up for all grades and schools 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.

 

 

 

SOCSD Launches District-Wide STEM Program

Imagine STEM with a #StarkvilleSpark!  The Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District prepares to launch STREAMS (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, Sustainability), a first of its kind program to reimagine the traditional STEM concept. 

STREAMS builds on the success of SOCSD programs such as Youth Environmental Science (YES!) and Starkville Science Club and incorporates reading, sustainability and the arts for a new and innovative approach that expands experience-based learning opportunities for our students in science discovery. 

“STEM education is important to prepare our students for future careers,” said SOCSD incoming Superintendent Eddie Peasant.  “STREAMS takes that concept a step further and offers our students a more comprehensive program that addresses all areas and adds the creativity of the arts, along with an emphasis on literacy and how the District can sustain this entire learning initiative throughout all grades as part of every student’s educational experience.”

Jessica Tegt, who currently directs Mississippi NEXT, a partnership between SOCSD and the Mississippi State University Extension Service that includes YES!, Science Olympiad, Starkville Science Club, and other programs will assume the position of district-wide coordinator for the STREAMS program. 

The STREAMS program will also further capitalize on existing SOCSD-Mississippi State University partnerships to provide immersive field trip experiences. 

To learn more about the STREAMS program and how it will impact our students through multi-disciplinary instruction, click here

 

 

SOCSD & MSU Break New Ground in Education with The Partnership School

The Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District and Mississippi State University mark a monumental day for education in Mississippi with the official groundbreaking for The Partnership School .

The $27.5 million dollar state of the art facility for sixth and seventh grade students currently under construction on the university campus promises to impact the educational experience of  middle school students through innovative practices that maximize hands-on learning opportunities supported by academic and cultural resources at MSU. 

Click here to see and hear more about how the power of our partnership promises to re-imagine middle school. 

To download information about The Partnership School, click here

 

SHS Celebrates #StarkvilleSpark; Honors Class of 2017, 30Club, Hall of Fame

Starkville High School celebrates a year filled with #StarkvilleSpark, honoring numerous students for their achievements during the 2016-17 school year. 

Valedictorian: Nancy Zhang
Nancy plans to attend Johns Hopkins University and major in bio-medical engineering. 

Salutatorian: Shanika Musser
Shanika, a Provost Scholar, will attend Mississippi State University.  

STAR Student: Jay Travis
Jay scored a 35 on the ACT.  He plans to attend Georgetown University. 

STAR Teacher: Amy Bordelon

AP Scholars: Shane Aguayo, Alexandra Baldwin, Bradley Curtis, Vance Dewberry, Marika Dunne, William Brady Hunt, Andy Li, William Paul Ellis, Georgiana Swan, Jay Travis, Shanika Musser, Nancy Zhang

Highest Honors Graduates: Nancy Zhang, Shanika Musser, William Paul Ellis, Sara Grace Duncan, Sarah Fischer, Marika Dunne, Jay Travis, Camryn Dawkins, Georgiana Swan, Brady Hunt, Alecea Niven, James David May, Allexie Rose Williams, Andy Li, Bradley Curtis, Ashley McLemore, Alexis White, Ronnieshya Grayer, Amelia Story, Shaquilla Wordlaw, Lauren King, Keyona Young, Genny Fischer, Vance Dewberry, Mari Hunter Brown, Alexis Poe, Alexandra Baldwin, Kelsey Damms, Bradley Burns, Yasenia Pinkney, Wesley Albritton, Jesse Little, Hannah King, Lake Spradling, Madilyn Morris, Rylan Moore, Madison Bean, Heidi Miller, Kensley French, Audry Robertson, Thomas Roberts, Anna Taylor, Craig Ruff, Skylar Shields, Kaylee Coleman, Kate Mattox, Clay Turner, Luke Davis, Keilei Williams, Ethan Baca, Anna Byrd, Robert Haynes, Shane Aguayo, Lawson Joy Dumas, Carla Bohna, Jackson Rosinski, Sierra McKinley, Carlos Kemp, Jr., Ericka Davis, Jill Jackson, Olen Coatney, Braylon Fisher

Honors Graduates: Shane Aguayo, Wesley Albritton, Ethan Baca, Alexandra Baldwin, Chloe Bardon, Madison Bean, Carla Bohna, Vinny Brocato, Bradley Burns, Anna Byrd, Keasheeka Clark, Olen Coatney, Bradley Curtis, Kelsey Damms, Ericka Davis, Luke Davis, Camryn Dawkins, Vance Dewberry, Lawson Joy Dumas, Sara Grace Duncan, Marika Dunne, William Paul Ellis, Genny Fischer, Sarah Fischer, Kensley French, Tristan Grantham, Tristen Grantham, Ronnieshya Grayer, Robert Haynes, Brady Hunt, Jakoby Jones, Hannah King, Lauren King, Kennis Kingery, Andy Li, Hailey Linley, Jesse Little, Hudson Matheny, Kate Mattox, James May, Sierra McKinley, Ashley McLemore, Heidi Miller, Rylan Moore, Malek Mrayyan, Shanika Musser, Alecea Niven, Thomas Perez, Yasenia Pinkney, Alexis Poe, Thomas Roberts, Audrey Robertson, Alex Roskelley, Craig Ruff, Skylar Shields, Samuel Snell, Lake Spradling, Amelia Story, Georgiana Swan, Anna Taylor, Jay Travis, Clay Turner, Alexis White, Allexie Williams, Amber Williams, Keilei Williams, Shaquilla Wordlaw, Keyona Young, Nancy Zhang

Seniors of Distinction: Andy Li, Genny Fischer, Ashley McLemore, Marika Dunne, Alexis White, Jay Travis, Shanika Musser, Yasenia Pinkney, Bradley Curtis, Camryn Dawkins, Allexie Williams, William Paul Ellis, Sarah Fischer, Sara Grace Duncan, Alexis Poe, Nancy Zhang, Lake Spradling, Kate Mattox, Wesley Albritton

30Club (Scored 30 or higher on the ACT):  Sara Duncan, Marika Dunne, Emily Durr, William Paul Ellis, Lori Feng, Emily Franklin, Jonathan Franz, Joshua Gwaltney, Sawyer Gray, Ethan Holder, Brady Hunt, Noah Knox, Andy Li, Kevin Liao, Sean Mackin, Abigail Musser, Shanika Musser, Madeleine Obuya, Helen Peng, Pitcher Rendon, Thomas Roberts, Audrey Robertson, Alex Roskelly, Mary Sanders, Lake Spradling, Georgiana Swan, Sarah Swiderski, Pepito Thelly, Jay Travis, Hamilton Wan, Jacob Wubben, Nancy Zhang, Hannah Jian

Scholarships:  The SHS Class of 2017 earned more than $5.2 million in scholarships, and graduates will continue their education journey as presidential and academic scholars at numerous prestigious colleges and universities across the country, including Purdue University, Hampton University, Emory University, George Washington University, Mississippi State University, University of Georgia, University of Alabama, University of Mississippi, University of Maine, Millsaps College, and many others.  For a complete list of scholarships & universities, click here

Starkville High School Hall of Fame 2017
Mr. & Miss SHS:  Jesse Little, Kate Mattox
Academic Athlete: Vance Dewberry, Kate Mattox
Best Expressive Artist: Bradley Curtis, Sara Grace Duncan
Best Performing Artist: Michael Brumley, Madilyn Morris, Amelia Story
Best Visual Artist: Samuel Snell, Marika Dunne
Most Likely to Succeed: James Travis, Nancy Zhang
Most Versatile: Wesley Albritton, Camryn Dawkins
Most Outstanding Senior: Brady Hunt, Shanika Musser
Most Outstanding Junior:  Austin Campbell, Abigail Musser
Most Outstanding Sophomore: Hamilton Wan, Katherine Dumas
Most Outstanding Freshman: Jack Perry, Jasmine Baker

Browse our photo gallery from the SHS awards program and graduation ceremony at www.facebook.com/StarkvilleSD.

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