Simpson County School Superintendent,
As 2013 comes to a close we have many things to celebrate in Simpson County. Our Simpson County Technical Center had a passage rate on the C-PAS of over 90%, exceeding the state’s average of 52%. Simpson Central was recognized by the Mississippi Department of Education as being a “High Progress School” for scoring in the top 10% of Title I schools across the state who are growing students and closing achievement gaps. When the new Growth Model is applied to SCS their mathematics scores are in the top 20% of all schools in the state. Magee High is excelling in mathematics scores as well. When we recently applied the new growth model to their scores they scored in the top 19% in proficiency growth and growth of the bottom 25% of students.
Part of the reason we have so many great things happening in our district is because we have great teachers! Kathy Gibson of Magee High School was selected as Mississippi Art Teacher of the Year. We also recently recognized Teachers of the Year at our school sites.
Achievement Center – Ricky Myers
Technical Center – Carol Ann Drane
Magee Elementary School – Shawna Mangum
Magee Middle School – Candace McAlpin
Magee High School – JoeAnn Floyd
Mendenhall Elementary School – Bethani Berry
Mendenhall Junior High – Shirley Gowan
Mendenhall High School – Rebecca Carter
Simpson Central School – Melba Douglas
Last month Mendenhall Junior High was visited by a top education company to view our implementation of several intervention plans. After visiting classes and viewing instruction they praised the instructional practices of our teachers as being some of the best they had seen at implementing their programs. They also praised our students for their work and perseverance. We are seeing strong student improvement across the district from the effective implementation of these initiatives.
Not only are our teachers impacting our community, they are being utilized to impact teachers across the state. This week three teachers from our district were selected to serve on a committee for the Mississippi Department of Education to create documents that all teachers across the state will use to help guide their instruction. Kristy Thurman of Simpson Central, Pat May of Magee High School, and Deia Sanders of the County Office will begin work in January on this new project.
As 2013 comes to a close I am thankful for the wonderful employees and students of Simpson County School District. We have great people who are the catalyst for the growth an improvements we are seeing across our district. We look forward to 2014 and keeping the momentum going as we continue to do great things!
With thankful hearts we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Have a safe and wonderful holiday season.
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