Simpson County School District Holds 2022-23 Spelling Bee
SCSD Spelling Bee Winners

Simpson County School District (SCSD) held its 2022-2023 District Spelling Bee today, Feb. 2, at Magee Elementary School.

The Spelling Bee consisted of 25 contestants, representing Magee Elementary, Mendenhall Elementary, Magee Middle, Mendenhall Jr. High, and Simpson Central schools. The top three finalists were

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Mendenhall Elementary School Announces Annual Bookmark Contest Winners
Armonie Manzie

Mendenhall Elementary School (MES) recently announced winners of its Fifth Annual MES Bookmark Contest, hosted by the school library.

The contest was open to all students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Students received an official blank bookmark in December and had a month to create a bookmark that promoted reading with words, favorite character, and/or pictures. Winners of the contest, from each grade include:

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SCSD Gives Students a Voice through Nutrition Education, Menu Planning and Collaboration On
Child Nutrition Workshop

On Jan. 27, students in the Culinary Club of Simpson Central School (SCS) received a visit from Simpson County School District (SCSD)’s Director of Child Nutrition Derricka Thomas. The students who participated in the workshop were grades 5th – 8th.

During her visit, Dr. Thomas led the students through a workshop in which they learned about the child nutrition program and received an opportunity to build their very own breakfast menu that will be served in school cafeterias across the district in March during National School Breakfast Week 2023. The students were exposed to the Background of the School Breakfast Program, Healthy Kids Act 2010, Group Menu Planning Technique, Inventory and much more.

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SCTC Students Headed to SkillsUSA State Competition
Aaron Batton

Simpson County Technical Center (SCTC) students represented well during the Regional SkillsUSA competition at the Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Wesson Campus on Jan. 24.

SCTC students enrolled in the Construction and Carpentry program earned medals in the Carpentry and Construction Teamworks events. Medals were presented to

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SCSD Recognizes District-Level Parent, Teacher and Administrator of the Year
Parent of the Year

Simpson County School District (SCSD) recently recognized finalists selected as district-level Parent of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Administrator of the Year for the 2022-23 School Year during its school board meeting on Jan. 12.

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SCS Beta Club Volunteers with Salvation Army during Holiday Season
Angel Tree Donations

The Simpson Central School (SCS) Beta Club had a busy month giving back to the community during the holiday season.

In December, the SCS Beta Club adopted five angels through the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program and purchased Christmas presents for all of them. With the help of other SCS families, the students were able to donate many additional toys.

On Saturday, Dec. 17, SCS Beta members also volunteered to ring the bell for the Salvation Army at the Walmart in Magee. This is the second year the club has participated in this community service event.

SCSD Employee Awarded Grant from Mississippi Professional Educators
Leslie May

Simpson County School District (SCSD) employee Leslie May is now the recipient of a competitive grant awarded by the Mississippi Professional Educators (MPE), a statewide professional organization of teachers, administrators and non-certified staff.

May is one of 43 applicants from across the state selected to receive a classroom grant, up to $40,000, to enhance instructional offerings or educational experiences for students during the 2022-23 school year. May was awarded $854 to fund her project entitled “Robotics – Build, Code and Bring to Life,” which will provide third- and fourth-grade gifted students in the Fostering Learning to Attain Goals (FLAG) program an opportunity to build, code and bring a robot to life.

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Magee Elementary School Garden Yields Big Crops
Magee Elementary School Garden

From seedlings to colossal crops, the Magee Elementary School Garden yielded a grand harvest during its second year of existence.

Maintained by students and staff of Magee Elementary School, student participants in planting a variety of vegetables such as cabbages, broccoli, collard greens and potatoes.

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SCSD Presents Innovative Teacher Award
Casey Harlan

Simpson County School District recently celebrated six teachers for receiving the inaugural Innovative Teacher Award during its School Board Meeting on Nov. 10.

The Innovative Teacher Award recognizes educators who have demonstrated innovative teachings and who have encouraged students to explore, research and use all tools to uncover something new.

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Mendenhall Elementary School Hosts Annual Scholastic Book Fair
Mendenhall Elementary Book Fair

Students and staff at Mendenhall Elementary School recently enjoyed one of its favorite pastimes – the Scholastic Book Fair.

With the return of the book fair last year, since COVID, students were excited to shop for new books to add to their reading lists. A wide variety of books were available to choose from on many topics, themes, and reading levels. The most preferred books bought during the fair were The Bad Guys, Dog Man, and Pig the Pug. Dinosaurs and shark books were also a favorite.

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Magee Elementary School Hosts Music Program Honoring Veterans
Veterans Day Program

In honor of Veterans Day, Magee Elementary School hosted a Veterans Day program, featuring performances by its fifth-grade students and show choir.

Held on Nov. 10, the students gave two performances for their peers during the morning and for community members and local veterans during the afternoon.

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Two Students at Mendenhall High Join MPB Student Council
Xylan Cox

Two Simpson County School District (SCSD) students at Mendenhall High School are two of the newest members to join the Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s (MPB) Student Council.

Tenth-grade student Xylan Cox and ninth-grade student Kaylyn Johnson will join middle and high school students from across the state to gain insight from MPB on college and career readiness and to serve as liaisons between their peers and MPB.

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Simpson County School District Announces 2021-22 Accountability Ratings
Accountability Ratings

On Thursday, Sept. 29, the Mississippi State Board of Education approved new accountability grades for all state public schools and districts for the first time since 2019, due to a two-year pause in state assessments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Simpson County School District (SCSD) is pleased to acknowledge improvement in the district’s overall accountability score, with many highlights throughout the district. According to the 2021-22 data, SCSD achieved the following highpoints:

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Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

In observation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Simpson County School District is partnering with the local chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Rho Iota Zeta, for the Eighth Annual Painting Mendenhall Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.

The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 8, from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m., at the Simpson County Courthouse in Mendenhall, Miss.  Registration for the walk is $5 per person. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

SCSD Employee Completes Master Teacher of Economics Program
Kenyatta Durr

Simpson County School District (SCSD) employee Kenyatta Durr is now recognized as a leader in Mississippi’s economic development, thanks to her completion of the Master Teacher of Economics certificate program from the Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE).

Durr, a health informatics instructor at Simpson County Technical Center (SCTC), successfully completed the Master of Teacher of Economics program this summer from the MCEE. Completion of the program attests to her knowledge of basic and advanced-level economic concepts and her ability to help students achieve economic and financial literacy. Durr was accepted into the program, along with 18 other participants from various backgrounds and industries.

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Magee Elementary School Receives Generous Donation form Spire Energy
Spire Energy

Thanks to a school resource program through Spire Energy, Magee Elementary School was chosen as the recipient of a generous donation of cleaning supplies for its teachers.

On Wednesday, Sept. 14, representatives from Spire Energy – a natural gas company serving businesses and homes across Alabama, Mississippi and Missouri – presented teachers of Magee Elementary School with gift bags and cleaning supplies to be utilized in their classrooms. The school received items such as paper towels, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and spray, facial tissue and masks, which will be stored in a cleaning supply closet for the teachers use.

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SCS Gets Special Visit from Nationally Renowned Artist Saul Paul
Saul Paul

Simpson Central School recently received a special visit from Grammy Award-nominated artist and “America’s Got Talent” contestant Saul Paul, as part of his “Be the Change” Tour.

On Wednesday, Sept. 7, Paul visited Simpson Central to share his life story and life lessons during two presentations shared with students in kindergarten through fourth grade and students in fifth through eighth grade. Paul encouraged and motivated the students while also interacting with them through dance and music.

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Two SCSD Schools are Among 125 Schools in Mississippi to Benefit from Career Coaching Program

Thanks to a significant investment by AccelerateMS, Magee High School and Mendenhall High School will soon benefit from a career coaching program designed for public high schools across the state of Mississippi.

Earlier this week, AccelerateMS announced an $8 million investment in Mississippi high schools to support a significant expansion of the career coach program in Mississippi public high schools. The program, created through House Bill 1388 and funded through House Bill 1517 of the 2022 Legislative Session, aims to connect and prepare high school students with Mississippi’s most in-demand careers. The $8 million project is funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

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Milwaukee Tool

Students at Simpson County Technical Center recently made a visit to Milwaukee Tool in Jackson, a respected national manufacturer of heavy-duty power tools, hand tools, instruments, and accessories for skilled tradesmen.

Second-year students in the metal fabrication, construction/carpentry, and polymer science programs toured the facility, which focuses on industrial design, engineering, rapid prototyping testing and manufacturing.

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Simpson County Joins National Redefining Ready Cohort
Redefining Ready

Simpson County School District (SCSD) is one of 40 districts across the nation that will be participating in the Redefining Ready Cohort for 2022-23 school year.

Redefining Ready is a national campaign launched by the School Superintendents Association (AASA) to introduce a new multi-metric, research-based approach to determining what it means to be college ready, career ready and life ready while focusing on the whole child with the three main areas of importance to students, parents, teachers, and employers: college readiness, career readiness, and life readiness.

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SCTC Student Receives Recognition at 2022 SkillsUSA National Championship
Jody Stevens

Simpson County Technical Center (SCTC) student Jody Stevens represented his county and school well this summer during the SkillsUSA National Championship in Atlanta.

A metal fabrication student at SCTC, Stevens placed ninth in the Sheet Metal event at the national championship – a top recognition for a first-year Career and Technical Education (CTE) student. He joined more than 6,500 students from across the nation in competing in one or more of 108 event categories.

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