Thursday, July 28, 2005

Education

Back-to-school immunizations

Byhalia Family Health Center reminds parents that it is time for those back-to-school immunizations. The required Form 121 Compliance Certificate (blue slip) is also available. Parents who bring their child in for shots and/or a blue slip during the week of Monday, August 1 – Monday, August 8 will have the opportunity to register to win a backpack loaded with school supplies.

Clinic hours are Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Parents are also reminded to bring shot records with them.

Dr. Clifton Rodgers, clinical director, also reminds parents that it’s a good idea for children to have a well-child examination or a sports physical before school starts.


HSIS announces registration

Parents don’t get left behind! Get an early start and register your child for the 2005-06 school year on Saturday, July 30 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Holly Springs Intermediate School. You must bring two proofs of residency, immunization record, copy of birth certificate, and Social Security card. Please contact Gladys Payne at 252-2329. You can also come by the school daily to register your child.


H.W. Byers recognizes students

By Linda Spaulding
Counselor

Don Randolph, superintendent of Marshall County Schools, and Gary Hannah, principal of H.W. Byers High School, made announcements to the County School Board on Tuesday, July 12. The announcement was concerning the results of the county’s Mississippi Subject Area Test Scores and H.W. Byers High School in particular. The “subject area tests” are given in April to all public school students of Mississippi who are enrolled in US history, English II, algebra I and biology I.

Byers’ students’ scores were raised from previous years in all areas.

Ninety-one percent of the biology I students passed the test. These results were up 53 percent from last year. Albertina Herron was the biology instructor. Eighty-two percent of the US history students passed the test under the instruction of Bettye Williams. Casshaunda Davis led the students to a 30 percent increase in passing scores in English II and to above the state average in the writing assessment. Joseph Bruce continued his fine passing rate as in previous years with the algebra I scores. The score of 300 is considered passing. A score of 400 is considered very good; 500 is a perfect score.

Five students from H.W. Byers High School scored above 400 on their subject area test. Mavis Robinson is the only other student to reach 400 in the previous school years. Her 400-plus score was in algebra I in 2004. Robinson still holds the county school district record in algebra I. Students scoring over 400 on their tests and honorable mentions with scores between 380 and 400 were:

  • Algebra I: First, Erica Walker and second David Glass
  • Honorable mentions: Justin Daniel, Willie Gant, Kenyata Gulledge, Lanika Hale and Darrius Morgan
  • Biology I: First, Letasha Anderson and second, Whitney Gant
  • Honorable Mentions: Zachary Herring and Mavis Robinson
  • English II: Honorable Mentions: Letasha Anderson and Heather Whitehurst
  • US history: First: Ebony Jones
  • Honorable Mentions: Christopher Henderson and Brian Penilton

Principal Hannah and Linda Spaulding, counselor, met with these five students along with their parents and other relatives on Thursday, July 14 for an informal announcement concerning their successes. Hannah announced the formation of a “Four Hundred Club” consisting of the honored students with scores of 400 or above on a subject area test. A more formal announcement will be made to the student body as a whole once school resumes.


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