Thursday, September 1, 2005


Hundreds attend Back-To-School Nights

Parent Center Coordinator

Three hundred twenty-two parents attended the Standards Based Back-To-School Nights Tuesday, August 23 for the third and fourth grades and Thursday, August 25 for the fifth and sixth grades at Holly Springs Intermediate School.

Irene Walton, principal, greeted the parents and introduced the faculty and staff. Eileen Dowsing, assistant principal went over several positive behavior activities that students can earn for positive behavior.

Pennie DeBerry, lead teacher informed parents of the different federal programs and the types of services provided by each. She also discussed Americorps. (America Reads Mississippi) which provides reading tutors in the third grade. A reading lab, Soar to Success, is available for students whose reading scores are low.

Beverly Phillips, Parent Center coordinator, encouraged parents to continue to utilize the Parent Center. The Center has free skill related software, Play Stations, books (GED and ACT), videos and much more that can be checked out to help your child at home. The center is open daily from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Tuesdays until 5 p.m.

Jinnie Hurdle, test coordinator gave information about Mississippi Curriculum Test Overview, essential benchmark skills and standards.

Cherrie Shaw, acting superintendent was present. Parents made visits to the classrooms and observed exhibits in the hallways. The Parent Center provided refreshments.

Norwood receives medical degree

Gregory Pearce Norwood was one of 234 medical students who received the doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB) in commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 15 in Kansas City, Mo.

Dr. Norwood is the son of Charles and Claudia Norwood of Ashland. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1987. After graduating from Ashland High School in 1987 Gregory has been on a mission to be a son that his parents and his community could be proud to call their own. Sergeant Norwood joined the U.S. Air Force (USAF) one month after graduation and served his country in the elite Para rescue unit. He was blessed to have seen the country involved in the military conflict Desert Storm in 1990 and he received no physical injuries during his time in the service. In 1993 after honorary service and earning an associate’s of science degree from the Air Force Academy, Gregory separated from the USAF to complete his education at a civilian institution.

He earned bachelor’s of science in biology/premed and nursing from California State University of California-Sacramento in 1996. He also earned a master of science from the University of California-San Francisco in 1999. After graduating with honors from both institutions, he was accepted to join the medical school class of 2005 at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB).

Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience is a fully accredited private university of medicine. Founded in 1916, it is the oldest medical school in Kansas City and the largest in Missouri. While at KCUMB Gregory was introduced to osteopathic medicine, which is a more hands-on approach to the patient. As a medical student he was the vice president of several student organizations and tutored other medical students. He earned honors on all of his clinical rotations and graduated clinically in the top 5% of his class. Gregory is currently in pelvic reconstruction and gynecological surgery post graduate residency training at St. Joseph’s Mercy of Macomb in Clinton Township, Mich.

Gregory would like to send a special thank you to his family and the community for helping to make the person he is today.

Holly Springs Primary School hosts Back-to-School Night

On Wednesday, Aug. 24, Back-To-School Night was held at Holly Springs Primary School. The activity building was filled with parents, teachers, and students ready to begin a new school year.

The principal, Joseph Stone welcomed everyone and introduced the primary school staff. He also went over school rules and the importance of how good behavior and a good education go hand-in-hand. Chiquita Hicks spoke with the parents about attendance laws and policies, stressing how important it is that students are in school and on time every day.

Dinah Kay Lundine, the lead teacher, informed the parents about Essential Benchmark Skills (EBS) testing. These tests will be given at the end of each nine weeks and will count as a part of a student’s nine weeks grade. In order to be promoted, a student must have passing grades and master 80 percent of the EBS in reading, math and writing. Jinnie Hurdle, coordinator of testing and instruction talked about the Mississippi Curriculum Test (MCT) given statewide every year in May. Even though only second grade students at the Primary School take this test, pre-k, kindergarten and first grade are laying the foundation for MCT testing.

Mamie Byers, Parent Center coordinator, informed parents about the Primary School Parent Center. The Parent Center provides many learning materials, free of charge. Parents were encouraged to come to the Parent Center and look around, but more importantly return throughout the year and check out materials to help their child at home.

Interim superintendent Cherrie Shaw shared information about federal programs and how these funds supplement our educational programs. Because of federal programs, we have a school nurse, drug awareness program, lead teacher, character education, parent center, classroom reduction teachers and many supplemental materials. This year science and social studies materials were also purchased with these funds.

Parents then visited their children’s classrooms where teachers and teacher assistants went over expectations and procedures for that classroom. Refreshments were served as parents and students toured the school.

The Primary School invites parents to be a part of the school by getting involved in their child’s education. There are many ways to help and take a part in educating our future leaders.

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