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Monday, January 27, 2014

Mobile County schools closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; will reopen Friday

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Mobile County Public Schools and all school offices will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to severe winter weather that will involve freezing temperatures, ice and possible snow. “We just want everyone to stay in and stay safe the next three days,” said Mobile County schools Superintendent Martha Peek. MCPSS officials met with Mobile County Emergency Management Agency officials today to discuss the forecast and potential dangers of being on the road. “Based on the...

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Did you know...? Meet board Vice President Doug Harwell

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With January being Alabama’s School Board Appreciation Month, we here at the Mobile County Public School System thought it would be a great opportunity to let constituents get to know their representatives better. Nancy Pierce asked all five members of the Mobile County Board of School Commissioners to come up with some fun and little-known facts about themselves. She asked them to answer the question: “Did you know?” Thursday, we posted the answers of board President Reginald...

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Did you know...? Meet board President Dr. Reginald Crenshaw

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With January being Alabama’s School Board Appreciation Month, we here at the Mobile County Public School System thought it would be a great opportunity to let constituents get to know their representatives better. Nancy Pierce asked all five members of the Mobile County Board of School Commissioners to come up with some fun and little-known facts about themselves. She asked them to answer the question: “Did you know?” We will start with school board President Dr. Reginald...

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Congratulations, Mobile County's Teachers of the Year

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Mobile County Public Schools named two countywide Teachers of the Year today. DeAnna Stevens, a third-grade teacher at Dawes Intermediate, is the Elementary Teacher of the Year. And Julian Stewart, who established and continues to teach in the Aquaculture Program at Bryant High School, is the Secondary Teacher of the Year. Both are being nominated for Alabama Teacher of the Year. MCPSS board member Bill Foster and central office staff surprised both teachers today by showing up at their schools...

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Friday, January 17, 2014

MCPSS graduation rate increases to 75 percent

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MOBILE, Alabama – Mobile County Public Schools’ graduation rate has increased to 75 percent, Superintendent Martha Peek announced. That is an increase from 70 percent in 2012 and 64 percent in 2011. “This signifies that great progress is being made toward reaching the goal of all students graduating college and career ready,” Peek said. “Reaching 75 percent can be attributed to the hard work that is being done in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and emphasizes...

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Friday, January 10, 2014

J.E. Turner faculty has a "SNOW" day for professional development

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J.E. Turner Elementary faculty and staff came to school on Monday bundled up with their winter hats, scarves, boots and mittens. It was a SNOW day at JET. And according to officials there, it's "SNOW" secret that JET is the BEST! Teachers began the day warming up with snowballs (donuts), coffee and hot chocolate. The snacks and team building activities were centered around the SNOW theme. The professional learning was provided by the JET School Leadership Team. They covered topics...

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Thursday, January 09, 2014

Proposed redistricting lines for Board of School Commissioners of Mobile County

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The Board of School Commissioners of Mobile County will hold a meeting in which it will consider a resolution making changes to the boundaries of its existing board member election districts at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 27, 2014, at the Mobile County Public School System Central Office, 1 Magnum Pass, Mobile, AL 36618. Maps of Mobile County indicating the proposed district boundaries are available for inspection during regular business hours, from January 13, 2014, until the date and time of...

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Mobile County Public Schools to resume normal schedules Thursday

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MCPSS would like to thank all our employees for coming to work Tuesday and Wednesday with the cold weather. And we'd like to remind students, parents and staff that school will resume its normal schedule on Thursday. Schools will start on time and we ask everyone to follow the dress code. In particular, we are thankful to our Facilities Department for preparing the 90 school campuses for the record-breaking temperatures and for making needed repairs. And we'd like to thank our Transportation...

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Which local school boasts players on each of the last four BCS National Championship teams?

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Which local school has had graduates play on each of the BCS National Championship teams from 2010-2013? That would be Mobile County’s Blount High School. The Leopards boast these graduates, among many others who have made their mark in NCAA football: Jonathan Evans was an Auburn Tiger in 2011. Jarrick Williams played for the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2012 and 2013 (and remains on the team as a graduate student having earned his bachelor’s degree in December). Wilson Bell plays...

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Monday, January 06, 2014

MCPSS schools delayed two hours Tuesday, Wednesday due to cold weather

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Mobile County Public Schools will delay the start of school by two hours on both Tuesday and Wednesday, due to record-breaking temperatures caused by an Arctic blast. Buses will run their regular routes, and students will be picked up at their normal stops exactly two hours later than usual. All school system employees will report to work at their regular time. “We are delaying school by two hours because we don’t want students out waiting for their buses in the cold,” said...

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Friday, January 03, 2014

Magnet school applications now being accepted

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The Mobile County Public School System is now accepting applications for students to enroll in its seven magnet schools. The online application form is available here, or on mcpss.com under the “For Parents” tab. The deadline to apply for the first drawing is Feb. 28. MCPSS invites parents to visit any of the magnet schools during See and Sign Days, which are Friday, January 24, from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, January 25, from 9 a.m. until noon. Volunteers, faculty and...

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Monday, December 30, 2013

13 great accomplishments of Mobile County schools in 2013

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There’s a reason state schools Superintendent Tommy Bice called Mobile County Public Schools the “epicenter of best practices” for the entire state when he visited the district in August. That’s because great things are happening in our schools every day. In 2013, Mobile County Public Schools decided to take a more proactive approach to applauding those great things through the “It Starts With Us” campaign. So, while 13 may be considered an unlucky number,...

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Mobile County schools 'Stuff the Bus' with 6,767 toys

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Wow. Mobile County Public Schools students and employees donated a remarkable 6,767 toys as part of our “Stuff the Bus” campaign. That included baby dolls and Barbie dolls, action figures, footballs and basketballs. It included games, books, remote-control cars, stuffed animals, toy kitchens and even seven bicycles. The school system partnered with WKRG on its Great Toy Drive and delivered the toys to the studio this morning. “The ‘Stuff the Bus’ campaign has been...

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Toys are rolling in by the hundreds as Mobile County Public Schools 'Stuff the Bus'

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We can’t even begin to estimate how many toys Mobile County Public Schools students have already donated in our first-ever campaign to “Stuff the Bus.” But after two days of visiting schools, our two “It Starts With Us” buses are jam packed with new, unwrapped toys that will be donated Thursday to WKRG as part of the station’s Great Toy Drive. The donated toys are likely in the thousands, as several schools have told us that they have contributed 80 toys,...

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Somnia movie crew filming at historic Barton Academy

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Downtown Mobile is abuzz as big-name actors have been in and out of town filming three major movies over the past year. Now, it's MCPSS's turn to be in the spotlight as Barton Academy is the site of filming this week for the movie Somnia, a horror film staring Kate Bosworth.  The movie is about an orphan whose dreams and nightmares manifest physically as he sleeps, according to the Internet Movie Database.  Mobile County Public Schools is leasing Barton - which, built in the...

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