Simpson Central’s Alex Kemp takes home First Place at the Regional Reading Fair

Simpson County School District was represented by seventeen students across thirteen different

categories in the Regional Reading Fair competition last Friday, February 24 th in Hattiesburg. The District

tallied four division top finishers with Preston Ivy, Alexis Perry, and Grace Cook from Magee High School

placing third in their division with The Maze Runners: Scorch Trials by James Dashner; placing second in

their divisions were Steven Berry from Simpson Central with The Hatchet by Gary Paulsen and Kaylin

Easterling from Mendenhall High with The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane; and taking home

first place in his division was Alex Kemp from Simpson Central with Magic Tree House: Abe Lincoln by

Mary Pope Osborn. Alex is the son of Shelley and Zack Kemp and is in Jennifer Williamson’s second

grade class at Simpson Central.

Also representing the district at the Regional Reading Fair were Mendenhall Elementary students Jeremy

Robinson, Abbi Rose, and Emma Fewell; Magee Elementary students Kamryn Draughn, Siddhi Patel,

Hayden Huffman, and Jayda and Jaden Smith; and Simpson Central students Katherine Ellzy and Elijah

and Jonah Valdez. The Simpson County School District is proud of all its readers and appreciates the

parents and teachers of these students who represented Simpson County in Regional competition.


Family Guides for Student Success

The Mississippi Department of Education is committed to supporting parents’ understanding of the learning process and providing them with the guidance needed to ensure their children become College and Career Ready. The Office of Student Intervention Services, in collaboration with classroom teachers, developed the Pre-K - 8 Family Guides for Student Success to assist parents with grade-level at home strategies and activities that support the mastery of the English Language Arts (ELA) and Math Standards. Over the next few days, you will be receiving a shipment of the guides to distribute between the schools in your district. Since the number is much less than your parent count, we that you reference the following attached document for suggestions, practical tips, and guidance on the use of the Family Guides for Student Success. In addition, the guides are available for print and view at the following link

The Simpson County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, marital status, or age in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs or activities.  It is the intent of the Simpson County School District to comply with both the letter and the spirit of the law in making certain that discrimination does not exist in its policies, regulations, and operations.  Grievance procedures have been established for anyone who feels discrimination has been shown by the Simpson County School District.  Inquiries regarding grievance procedures or the application of policies of nondiscrimination can be obtained by contacting the principal of the school site.  Inquiries may also be directed to the Superintendent of Education at the Simpson County School District Administrative Offices at 111 Education Lane, Mendenhall, MS 39114, or by calling 601-847-1562.

 The Simpson County School District offers the following career and technical education programs for all students regardless of race, color, national origin, including those with limited English proficiency, sex or disability in grades 9-12:  Agriculture & Natural Resources, Automotive Technology, Business Management & Administration, Career Pathways Experience & Co-Op, Construction & Carpentry, Energy & Power, Health Informatics, Health Sciences, Law & Public Safety, Metal Fabrication, and Polymer Science.