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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Castlen Elementary's Amazing Math Camp

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Kelly Evans works with her campers to develop multiplicative reasoning skills that will last a lifetime! The Ongoing Assessment Process (OGAP) is a program used by Vermont schools and has proven to be a huge success in building mathematical reasoning skills to improve student learning across the state.  Nationally and internationally respected consultant Beth Hulbert, is at Castlen Elementary for two weeks sharing her expertise with teachers in grades three through five. ...

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Planning for Success

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    Florence Howard Elementary School is taking a serious approach to ensuring the highest quality education possible.  Florence Howard educators are continuously striving to develop instructional methods to best meet the needs of students.  This summer, teachers of all grade levels participated in the school's Teacher Academy Program. The session gave teachers the opportunity to learn research based strategies for reading and math that promote...

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Board Approved 2011 Budget Cuts

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The Mobile County Board of School Commissioners approved several budget cuts during its Special Called Board Meeting July 15th, 2010. The Board will hold two public hearings in August to determine the budget that will be sent to the state in September.   Passed5-01.CENTRAL OFFICE RESTRUCTURING•• Uphold approval of Reduction in Force positions, excluding bus drivers. Rehire 61 probationary drivers  $1,639,524.92 Passed5-02.CUT TRANSPORTATION BUDGET BACK...

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Board Actions from July 15, 2010 Special Called Meeting

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The Board approved all items on the agenda, with the exception of the appointments of Assistant Principals. The Board will meet Thursday, July 22, 2010 for a Special Called Board meeting to take action on Assistant Principal assignments. B.14    Appointment of Certified Personnel List 1: Certified Assignments Adams NathanVigor H/SAtchison AngelaHamilton E/SBaggett CourtneySpecial ProgramsBarnes BrandolynBlount H/SBarnes Brenda RBelsaw/CalcedeaverBarnes ShundraLott...

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Thursday, July 08, 2010

Semmes Middle Cheerleaders Win Cheer Camp Championship

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    The 2010-11 Semmes Middle School cheerleaders competed at UCA cheer camp at Auburn University recently. They brought home the CHEER CAMP CHAMPIONSHIP trophy in their division. They received a blue ribbon for excellence on the final day of judging.   They also won a Spirit Stick every night and won third place trophies for their Home Pom routine and their Extreme Dance routine which they learned at camp.   The Bulldogs' super spirited...

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School's Adopted Soldier Returns Home

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    Mrs. Lewis' fourth grade class at Forest Hill Elementary adopted a soldier for the 2009-2010 school year. SPC Bazan is a member of the ARMY Reserves bravely fighting for our country in Taji, Iraq these past 11 months. As you can imagine, being away from your family, (she has two very young daughters), and friends in such a remote area can be difficult. The school adopted SPC Latoya Clinton Bazan and were happy to send her Christmas greetings in the...

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Building a Better Tomorrow with Vertical Planning

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   Vertical Planning is Born! Florence Howard is committed to building a better tomorrow by building a better student.  In order to accomplish this our faculty has begun the process of vertical planning.  The focus of the first meeting was for each sending grade level to discuss with the receiving grade level objectives that should be reviewed during the first week of school. A concentration was to determine how the faculty can assist students transition...

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Foster Grandparent Book Dedication 2010

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 The Mobile Foster Grandparent Program provided Washington Middle School with three "grandparents" to serve as reading tutors for the 6th and 7th grades.  They were honored this school year with a "Dedicated Book Plate" in 3 different Washington Library books of their choice.Pictured are: L to R: Mrs. Ethel Grayson, Mrs. Willie K. Hill and Mrs. Mary L. Finch. Serving as a student library volunteer and presenting the 3 dedicated books is 6th grader, Tacarra...

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Five MCPSS Schools Awarded Renaissance Certification

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Area School Receives National RecognitionCouncil Elementary, Dauphin Island Elementary, St. Elmo Elementary, Tanner-Williams Elementary, O'Rourke Elementary and Dickson Elementary have been awarded national certification recognition for outstanding performance in education, Renaissance Learning announced today.  These schools were awarded the Renaissance Model School Certification in Reading by the Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., based company. Model School certification indicates that their...

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Congratulations Information Technology

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Congratulations to the MCPSS Information Technology Division. It recently was named the 21st Century Achievement Award Winner in the category of Education and Academia by Computerworld. The Computerworld Honors Program recognizes individuals and organizations that use information technology to benefit society. The award recipients represent ten industry and government sectors in the United States and worldwide.Computerworld Magazine interviewed David Akridge, the Executive Manager of our Information...

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Reflections of a Cadet JROTC Summer Camp 2010

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Get up! Get up!  Formation at 0530, PT clothes.  Get up! Get moving!  You have 30 minutes before you are late.That is how I started my first full day at Summer Camp, although that is not the name the Instructors use.  The Instructors call it the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge or JCLC.  It seems there is an acronym for everything in the army.  PT is physical training.  I'll soon find out what PT really means.Sleepy, but dressed in shorts, t-shirt and my...

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Murphy Student gives back with books

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Murphy High School student Elexis Stallworth wants to give back to her community. She will be doing just that at Books a Million in Bel Air Mall June 20th from  1-4.Three years ago, Elexis had been nominated by one of her teachers to attend the Junior National Youth Leadership conference in Washington D.C. and represent Murphy High and Mobile . That nomination earned her a Proclamation by Mayor Sam Jones and the Mobile City Council recognizing May 29, 2007 as Elexis Stallworth Day. Elexis...

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Congratulations to MMRC Reading Teacher of the Year

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The Metro-Mobile Reading Council proudly announces its 2010 Reading Teacher of the Year, Ms. Angel Pham. She is a first grade teacher at O'Rourke Elementary who promotes literacy in her school and community. Ms. Pham will receive accolades at the MMRC Fall Meeting in September and at the Alabama Reading Association Fall Conference in Birmingham in November.   MMRC will also recognize the following outstanding educators during the MMRC fall event for their commitment to literacy: ...

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Get Connected with Friends for Summer Reading

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J. E. Turner teacher Lauren Brannon wants summer readers to get connected so she created a summer reading wikispace. This is an internet-based discussion forum for three grade levels, 5th, 7th, and 9th.  Ms. Brannon chose one book from the summer reading lists of those three grades to include as an option for discussion. The three books are: The Tiger Rising, by Kate DiCamillo ,Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech and The Giver by Lois Lowry.   This basically works like an online book...

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MCPSS educator to study Supreme Court cases

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Nate Smith the curriculum supervisor for social studies with the Mobile County Public School System, will travel to Washington, DC this June to attend the prestigious Supreme Court Summer Institute.  After a highly competitive application process, 30 educators were selected to participate this year, out of the more than 150 applications received.  The Institute, open to educators, including curriculum specialist, in the field of law-related and civic education, is co-sponsored by Street...

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