In this week’s Education briefs:
- Lafayette Upper Elementary School honor roll
- Tonya W. Camp graduates Excelsior College
- The Oxford Middle School Choirs traveled to Mississippi College on Thursday for State Choral Festival adjudication.
- Oxford High School student Tri-Thien Che was among 16 outstanding Mississippi high school seniors were honored at a luncheon last week at the Capital Club in Jackson for their academic success and their involvement in their schools and community.
- English instructor Morgan Cutturini of Oxford participated in the Itawamba Community College’s 23rd annual Higher Education Appreciation Day Working for Academic Excellence held recently.
- Adrian Young was named the Mary Cathey Head Start Center employee of the month.
- Eight Lafayette FFA students competed March 12 at the North District FFA Competition held at the Oxford/Lafayette Applied Technology Center.
- Bradley Shields of Oxford is spending the spring semester in Florence, Italy.
- Ole Miss is offering a reading camp to fourth- through sixth-graders in June.
- Monday will be Mississippi Clarinet Day at the University of Mississippi.
The halls of Bramlett Elementary School were fill with art aficionados Tuesday looking at paintings and pottery painted and created by BES students. Jamie Windham covers the annual event that is a fundraiser for the BES art program. (March 24, 2010, Page 3A)
Water Valley Superintendent Sammy Higdon told his school board he would be attending a statewide rally of school superintendents and education supporters in the capital city Tuesday. The WV School Board took up other issues, including the penalty for cursing at school. (March 24, 2010, Page 2A)
- Anne Hemphill named teacher of the year in Batesville.
- Casey Kidd of Pontotoc named to Berklee College dean’s list
- State testing set at Oxford High School
- Lafayette Middle School students earn top honors
- OHS Class of 1990 plans reunion
- Students compete for Oxford Middle School Idol
Two friends took a fateful trip together 98 years ago. Together they boarded a cruise ship named the Titanic. Fast forward to Oxford Elementary School in 2010 and two friends Sam Barnard and Luke Lilly in the INSIGHTS program discover their relatives were the linking pair that went down with the unsinkable ship. (March 23, 2010, Page 5)
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)
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)
BRIEFS — Allyson Conley assists at the State Capitol; Oxford Middle and Oxford High schools have been recognized at the recent statewide conference of the Program of Research and Evaluation of Public Schools (PREPS) for being named as Value Added Schools; Carolyn Carter, teacher at Lafayette Upper Elementary School, was awarded Math Model Classroom by the Renaissance Learning company; OHS English teachers tap student leaders to motivate their peers to become Shining Stars on the upcoming English Writing Assessment; Plans are being made for “Bringing It Back Home,” the OHS Class of 1990 20th reunion; Northwest Mississippi Community College is now offering GED classes at the Oxford WIN Job Center. (March 16, 2010, Page 1B)
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)