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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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      This week in Education

      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)

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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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              Lafayette High JROTC competes

              After advancing through two phases of competition, Lafayette High School’s AFJROTC academic team composed of Tyler Sparks, Arnissa Tyson, Victoria Miller, Janet Giron’Legarda, Reese Mardis and Alexandria Bowman will compete in the final championship round of The College Options Foundation’s 2010 Air Force JROTC Academic Bowl in Washington at Bolling Air Force Base, April 23-26. (March 16, 2010, Page 4B)

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                Regents science fair results

                The winners of the Regents School of Oxford science fair will advance to the District Science Fair at Ole Miss on March 23 for the Upper School and March 24 for the Lower School. Winners of the District Science Fair will advance to the State Science Fair which will be held March 29 and 30 at Mississippi State University. (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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                    Class to teach naturalization process

                    The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services will offer a class to legal, permanent residents on the ins and outs of how to become a U.S. citizen. The two-hour class, which will be taught in English, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library and will be free to all those interested in attending. (March 10, 2010, Page 3)

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