Thursday, July 7, 2005

Education

HS Intermediate registration open daily

Registration for the 2005-06 school term is held daily at Holly Springs Intermediate School. You must bring two proofs of residency, immunization record, copy of birth certificate, and Social Security card. For further info you may contact Gladys Payne at 252-2329.

Report card pick-up at Holly Springs Intermediate School is daily from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Parents, please pick up your child’s report card.


Reaves nominated for National Dean’s List

Heather Reaves, a student at Northwest Mississippi Community College, Senatobia Campus, has been referred for nomination to The National Dean’s List, 2004/2005. Heather currently has a 4.0 GPA and is majoring in forensic science. She is the daughter of the late Lisa Reaves and granddaughter of Betty Reaves and the late Jackie Reaves, all of Lamar.


Jean Rather named KISD Teacher of the Year

After years of playing school as little girls in Holly Springs, Jean Rather and her twin sister Judy knew they wanted to become teachers after graduating from college. And that childhood dream came true, Judy taught until her retirement, and Jean is a third grade teacher at Haude Elementary School in the Klein ISD.

Jean has taught school for 35 years. She and her family owned and operated Phillip’s Grocery in Holly Springs for many years.

This spring, Klein ISD named Rather as its Elementary Teacher of the Year. Her goal as an educator is to make a difference for children. Her campus recognized that quality in her teaching when they nominated her for district honors. And from her application, she was chosen to represent all elementary teachers in the district as a person whose excellence and commitment reflects the best in public education.

Rather graduated from Holly Springs High School and the University of Mississippi after completing some of her college work at Mississippi State College for Women. She and her husband moved to the Klein area 20 years ago. Because she had heard good things about the KISD, she could not believe her good fortune when she was hired to teach at Haude.

In her classroom, Rather focuses on increasing students’ composition skills, developing reading skills, and encouraging a lifetime love of literature. Children keep a writing folder so that at the end of the year they and their parents can note the growth of their composition skills. To create of love of reading, her students are encouraged to read whenever they finish their assigned work. At the end of the year, students receive books as a reward for their efforts.

Rather’s talent as a teacher has been called upon by the Region IV Education Service Center. The center has published a guide for teachers to use for developing skills that will be tested on the state mandated assessment. The creation of this Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) preparation book provided Rather opportunities to try new methods in her classroom before suggesting techniques to others.

In the KISD, Rather has been a member of many committees. Most recently, she was a member of the district’s Action Team for Strategic Planning.


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