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Friday, March 28, 2014

Murphy student raised money for picnic tables; needs help installing

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A Murphy High School student has raised $9,000 to purchase 14 new picnic tables to place on her beloved school campus. Now, she needs your help. Murphy sophomore Sarah Eiland plans to put the tables together and install them around the sprawling Midtown Mobile campus this Saturday (March 29). She will meet volunteers on the tennis courts by South Street at 9 a.m. “If we have to put together all of these tables by ourselves, they won’t be out before the end of the school year,”...

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Regions Virtual Credit Card Means $$ for the MCPSS

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Regions Bank recently presented Mobile County Public Schools with a $247,428 check as part of a cash-back program.  With the school system’s large budget, officials realized they could get a return on school spending by utilizing the Regions Virtual Purchasing Card. The Board of School Commissioners approved starting the program in 2010, and as a result, MCPSS received $156,592 in cash back that first year. Over the last couple of years, 300 of MCPSS’s vendors have been added...

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mcpss.tv now broadcasting on Roku boxes, AT&T U-verse

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In just a week and a half, 1,300 Mobile County residents have already downloaded the new mcpss.tv channel on their Roku boxes at home. “That’s significant because we haven’t even told people that it is available yet,” said MCPSS Executive Director of Technology David K. Akridge. “They’re finding the channel on their own as they are browsing and they are watching it.” AT&T U-verse’s On Demand recently began broadcasting mcpss.tv on channel 99....

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Avoid the bugs, Whitley students receive a lesson from the Health Dept.

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    On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, Whitley Elementary 5th grade classes were visited by Mr. Hayes and Mr. Brown from the Mobile County Health Department to speak to about mosquito control.  Students enjoyed learning how to stop raising mosquitoes in their yards by checking their yards and surroundings twice a week to make sure there aren't areas that were mosquito breeding grounds.  They also learned that by keeping the mosquito population down,...

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Schools hold an education discussion with local leaders

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Senator Hightower Meets With Educators and Businessmen St. Elmo Elementary was the host site of an educational meeting with the community.  Distinguished guests such as Senator Bill Hightower joined with business and industry representatives which included Sandra Koblas, Director of Human Resources for Austal USA, Phil Bartle, Director of Human Resources for Holcim, Inc., Susan McRae, and sales representative for Bill Miller Photography. Superintendent...

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Theodore robotics team receives community support

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Mr. Rowell and Mr. Debrow Congratulations to Theodore High School teacher, Ms. Beane who received a grant from the Mobile County Mid-South Education Foundation for $1,275.00. The grant will be used to help the Theodore Robotics team. To lend a supporting hand to this Foundation for education, just elect to contribute $1.00 on your monthly water bill. Presenting the check to Mr. Rowell is Mr. Joe Debrow, Foundation member.  

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Scarborough Middle inducts fifty students in NJHS

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Recently, the C.L. Scarborough Middle School chapter of the National Junior Honor Society proudly inducted fifty new members into this illustrious student organization.  The new members have consistently demonstrated the five tenets of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character throughout this school year.  Congratulations to the students and their families, adviser Mrs. Maati Ta-Neter, faculty, staff and principal Dr. Jason Lafitte. 

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It starts with "Fit to Teach" at Collins-Rhodes

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  Click to view how Collins-Rhodes teachers are promoting health Collins-Rhodes Elementary has adopted a new program based on an old theory.  The program, called “Fit to Teach,” provides educators with a time to focus on fitness, which can be difficult to fit in their daily schedules.Between teaching, IEP meetings, data meetings, and behavior intervention plans, manyeducators are susceptible to high stress levels, elevated blood pressure and cardio pulmonary disease....

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Spencer-Westlawn visualizes success

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You automatically know when walking into the front entrance of Spencer-Westlawn Elementary that this school does things BIG.  With 9- to 10-ft Transformers greeting you at the door, the students at Spencer-Westlawn are reminded to go above and beyond in school performance.   The Transformers are just one of many visual displays in the school.  Each hallway is filled with 3D-like bulletin boards.  These boards offer an inspiring twist on a staple of  elementary and middle...

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MCPSS cafeteria workers invent new dishes for Commodities Cook-off

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MCPSS cafeteria workers experimented with new recipes this morning in the district’s first ever Commodities Cook-Off, and they were judged by aspiring high school chefs. The contest was designed to allow child nutrition workers come up with recipes for a new potato soup base by Old South Foods, which offered a $100 first-place prize. Child Nutrition Director Suzanne Yates thought it would be fun to add four other categories to give cafeteria workers a chance to come up with creative and...

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Wow! Beads, beads and more beads for Augusta Evans

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We would like to thank all of you that turned in your beads for donuts at Krispy Kreme last week. Each 12 pounds of beads meant one dozen donuts. More than 9,000 yes, let me say it again, more than 9,000 boxes of donuts were given out. That means 76 of these huge boxes (pictured here) are filled with beads, and each box weighs at least 1600 pounds! This means so much to the staff and students at Augusta Evans. Students will clean the beads, sort them and sell them to Mardi Gras organizations....

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Students cover Rights and Responsibilities for 2nd Annual History Day

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More than 250 students participated in Mobile County Public School's National History Day.  National History Day is an academic program geared to encourage elementary and secondary students to research historical events and interpret its impact in the world.  Each year the program gives out a theme and participating schools select a topic in history, analyzes and interprets how it relates to the theme.  Mobile County Public Schools started the contest at each school level. ...

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Board meeting and agenda

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The Mobile County Board of School Commissioners is holding its regularly scheduled meeting Monday, March 24th , 2014 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Board room at the Central Office located at 1 Magnum Pass. The meeting is open to the public. Board agenda


Monday, March 17, 2014

Trade your beads for doughnuts, and help Augusta Evans school

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Want to trade your Mardi Gras beads in for doughnuts? Here's your chance. Today through Wednesday, Krispy Kreme (at Hillcrest and Airport) is accepting 12-pound bags of the beads you caught at Mardi Gras. In return, Krispy Kreme will give you one dozen glazed doughnuts. The beads will be donated to Augusta Evans Special School, which sorts the beads and sells them back to Mardi Gras organizations as a major fundraiser. Last year, Augusta Evans literally received a ton of beads, said Principal...

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Need help with your income taxes?

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Need free help filing your federal and state income tax returns? Mobile County Public Schools is partnering with United Way and the IRS to let you know about some services available to families with incomes of $58,000 or less. By visiting www.uwfreetaxes.org, you can gain access to free online software to e-file your own taxes. Telephone help is available six days a week: Monday through Saturday,  8 a.m. until 9 p.mTo file your taxes electronically, you must be able to verify your identity...

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