Good Things are happening in Simpson County School District
From the football field to the concert halls, students of the Simpson County School District have been earning awards and special recognition this year. Mendenhall High School's Khadrarel "Big Red" Hodge, a senior, earned first team All-State recognition on the football field and was selected to at the North - South All Star game. Nick Luckey, senior lineman for the Magee Trojans, joined Khadrarel at the North-South All Star game, earning second team All-State as an offensive lineman.
On the field with the band, Jeannie Bevill and Zachary Sullivan of Magee High earned spots on the Mississippi Lions Club Band and will travel to Germany this summer with other band students from across the state. Mendenhall High's Xavian Boone earned first chair at the All-State Band Clinic and has received several Honors Band placements, competing with students from neighboring states. Xavian will also be competing in a seven state competition for the All-South Honor Band Clinic.
Senior Marc Rowell from Mendenhall High School earned the top student award at the University of Southern Mississippi's Polymer Science student competition, representing the Technical Center. Nine other students are heading to SKILLS USA this spring and other Technical Center students will be competing in state competitions through FFA and in health occupations.
Eighteen students from the District will be competing at the Regional Reading Fair in March, having won their division at the District Reading Fair hosted at Co-Lin's Simpson County Branch this past January. Science Fair competitions are also underway in the District with winners advancing to Regional and State competitions.
On the academic front, teachers at Magee Middle School participating in the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) Grant program earned incentive funds for helping grow their student performance scores during the past year. The school also has moved from an accountability ranking of academic watch to a successful status as a result of their efforts.
Recognizing quality instruction the District selected Paul Purvis of Mendenhall High School as Teacher of the Year. As Head Coach and Athletic Director he helps students excel in sports, but he channels the same enthusiasm for teaching into his Economics and Government classroom environments. Dr. Donna Boone of Magee Elementary was selected by her peers as Administrator of the Year. Under Dr. Boone's leadership Magee Elementary has moved from academic watch to successful status and continues to show signs of continued progress.
Recognizing Excellence in Education is what we need to do and the students and teachers mentioned above are just some of the good things happening in the Simpson County School District.
Glenn D. Harris
Superintendent of Education