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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Two Students at Mendenhall High Join MPB Student Council
Kaylyn Johnson

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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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
AccelerateMS

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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SCTC STUDENTS VISIT MILWAUKEE TOOL
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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