Thursday, August 31, 2006
EducationSchindler receives Saia Scholarship
Saia, Inc. has presented Madison Schindler of Red Banks with a $2,000 scholarship in the 4th annual Saia Scholarship Program. The scholarship was one of twelve awarded to Saia employees and their children or dependents.
Schindler, daughter of William Schindler, Memphis linehaul driver, is a student at Baptist College of Health Sciences.
“We are delighted to present these very deserving students with educational assistance,” said Saia, Inc. president and CEO Rick O’Dell.
Open house Sept. 7
Byhalia High School will be having open house Thursday, Sept. 7, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Parents, we encourage you to come out and meet your child’s teacher for the 2006-2007 school year. Let’s work together to make this a great academic school year.
Audubon announces art contest
In anticipation of the seventh annual Hummingbird Migration Celebration, taking place September 8-10 at the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, 285 Plains Road, in Holly Springs, Strawberry Plains would like to invite local children ages 6-15 to submit an original picture of the ruby-throated hummingbird for its Hummingbird Art Contest and Festival.
State test scores hold steady, signal need for increased rigor
The Mississippi Department of Education recently released state, district and school test score information on the state assessments administered during the 2005-2006 school year. Students in grades 2-8 took the Mississippi Curriculum Test, while high school students took the four Subject Area Tests that are required for graduation.
County schools see rise in test scores, focus on areas of concern
During the 2004-2005 school year, the Marshall County School District (MCSD) had its highest growth rate per student since the institution of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
City scores reveal improvement, challenges
The faculty and staff in the Holly Springs School District are working diligently to analyze the data from the Mississippi Curriculum Test and the Subject Area Testing Program, according to superintendent of education Irene Walton.
“We had peaks and valleys,” she said. “In some areas we were pleased, and then we had some problem areas, too.”
As in the past, she said the district has identified both areas of improvement and areas that will require immediate attention.
Walton said an analysis of the data reveals that there was an increase in passage rate for all subject areas and there was an increase in the number of students scoring proficient in some areas in grades two through four and specific grades in different subject areas.
The greatest challenge to the district, she said, seems to be in grades five through eight.
“Reconfiguring our high school, modified time blocks, quality professional development, vigorous monitoring of instruction, and data analysis are just some of the strategies the district will implement to make sure that the needs of our students are met,” Walton said.
“Quality instruction will be the number one priority for the 2006-07 school year.
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