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Keeping gangs at bay

When does wannabe youth gang activity turn into actual gang activity? That’s a question the Oxford School District hopes to never have to answer as it continues to remain vigilant each year to keep such issues minimal in the community. But, like every public school in the country, the district does see its share of students fascinated by gang culture.

Earlier this winter, a situation occurred at Della Davidson Elementary School in which individual fourth- and fifth-graders called themselves members of two gangs. They also, reportedly, used tactics to bully other students. (March 22, 2010, Page 1)

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    Lafayette FFA wins at competition

    Twenty-five Lafayette FFA students competed in the North West FFA Federation competition at Northwest Mississippi Community College on Feb. 25. Students came away with awards in fields including public speaking, cabinet making and tool identification. First- and second-place winners competed at the North District Competition this past Friday, which was held at the Oxford-Lafayette School of Applied Technology. (March 16, 2010, Page 1B)

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      Relations revisited

      On Monday, African-American community members shared their stories of integration of the Oxford K-12 school system at Second Baptist Church with a group of Colorado State University students. The students were visiting Oxford as part of an optional spring break trip through the South to learn about Civil Rights. (March 16, 2010, Page 1A)

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        Integration leader dies at 79

        The woman who took the issue of Oxford schools’ integration to federal court died Saturday at her home in Oxford. Called “the Fannie Lou Hamer of Lafayette County,” Mildred Quarles was an outspoken leader during the local struggle for the integration of public schools — brought to a head when she placed her own son’s name on the federal lawsuit filed against Oxford city schools in 1969. (March 16, 2010, Page 2A)

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          MathCounts Team competes

          The Oxford Middle School Mathcounts team competed recently in the regional competition held at the University of Mississippi. They participated as a team and as individuals. The team won first place for the northeast region against teams from Tupelo, Corinth and Nettleton. The team will travel to Hinds Community College in Pearl on March 27 to compete in the state competition. (March 16, 2010, Page 4B)

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            Softball field work to begin

            Site construction on a new softball field for Oxford High School is expected to begin March 22 after the Oxford School Board approved the low bidder, Bennett Construction Inc. on Tuesday. (March 10, 2010, Page 2)

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              Education briefs

              Items in this week’s Education Briefs include:
              - Lafayette County High School was named as a Value Added School in Mississippi
              - Oxford High School senior Cathy Chen won the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement, a $2,000 award.
              - Three students from Oxford were recognized for outstanding academic achievement at Rust College in Holly Springs for the fall semester. Aminah Farrakhan-Muhammad was named to the president’s list. Johnathan M. Parker was named to the dean’s list. Rickey F. Lawson was named to the honor roll.

               (March 9, 2010, Page 6 and 7)

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                OHS Theater is best in show

                Although they hadn’t competed at the regional level since 1980, Oxford High School took home top honors of Best in Show at this weekend’s Southeast Regional Theatre Competition in Lexington, KY. (March 8, 2010, Page 1A)

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                  Community Help Day

                  PHOTOS — Oxford High School sophomores took part in a Community Help Day at The Pantry last week. (March 2, 2010, Page 3)

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                    Gifted program IQ standard rises

                    Oxford students are going to have to be a little smarter next year if they want to be labeled as “gifted.” The Oxford School Board has approved raising the IQ standard for the program from 120 to 125. School district officials say the change will help teachers better serve the district’s most gifted kids while also helping with overcrowding in those classrooms. (February 26, 2010, Page 1A)

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