REMINDER ABOUT VOTING
On Tuesday, August 27th, 2013, voters will head to the polls to cast their ballots in municipal elections. The following Mobile County Public Schools are polling locations:
Mae Eanes, 1901 Hurtel Street
Gilliard, 2757 Daupin Island
Eichold-Mertz, 2815 Government Boulevard
Kate Shepard, 3980-B Burma Road
E.R. Dickson, 4645 Bit and Spur Road
Please obey the posted speed limits, especially as students are arriving in the morning and departing in the afternoon....
Two Mobile County educators have been honored as “Grown Up Superheroes” in Mobile Bay magazine.
They are: Mirna Deakle, who is parent manager of MCPSS’s English as a Second Language and Migrant Educatin programs; and Joe Gaston, a fifth-grade teacher at Dawes Intermediate who is also a baseball coach for children with special needs.
These two and seven others possess powers, according to the magazine, that include “mentoring, educating and strengthening the youth of our...
MOBILE, Alabama -- The Mobile County school board will have a work session at MCPSS's central office at 1 p.m. today.
The board will discuss items to be considered at its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, August 28, at 6 p.m.
A copy of the agenda is located here.
Also, the school system will host its first of two hearings on the proposed fiscal year 2014 budget. That hearing will be at 5 p.m. today.
The proposed budget has the school system spending $635 million. That...
MOBILE, Alabama -- Asked to define the school system’s new call-to-action, “It Starts With Us,” the fifth-graders in Kristin Mahtani’s class at Dodge Elementary had plenty of examples.
The “it,” they said during a first-day of school activity Monday morning can mean their school, Mobile, their education or talent, their achievements, or their future careers.
And the “us,” is them (aka “Dodge citizens”), the community, teachers, Americans,...
MOBILE, Alabama -- As senior Obie Moultrie stepped onto Murphy High’s front lawn Monday for the first day of school since a Christmas Day tornado struck the historic campus, a flood of memories came over him.
“Even though we were only gone one semester it seems like longer,” Moultrie said. “Murphy is so special to us and now, it looks even better than it did when we left it.”
“It’s pretty awesome,” he said as he headed off to homeroom.
Third-grade teacher Beth Williams said she can’t wait until Monday, when her students walk into their brand new Taylor-White Elementary School on Eliza Jordan Road in west Mobile.
“I think their eyes are going to be huge because they’re going to be so excited,” Williams said one recent day as she was putting name tags on her shiny new desks. “They’re going to want to learn here.”
Up to 500 students are expected to enroll in the new school, which was...
Nearly eight months after a Christmas Day tornado damaged every building on Murphy High’s sprawling midtown Mobile campus, the students are returning.
Classes will resume at Murphy on the first day of school, which is Monday.
All of the trademark Spanish tile roofs have been restored, including on the beloved auditoroium. Broken windows, water damage, the drainage system and sidewalks have all been repaired.
Technology has been upgraded and the lawn, which had tree limbs tossed all over...
Mobile County Public Schools are getting some attention now, in a big way.
Some of our students are introducing motorists to our new slogan, "It Starts With Us" on 12-foot by 24-foot billboards around town.
Lamar Advertising has donated 10 billboards to help us get out the message. They range in location from Midtown to West Mobile, from Toulminville to Grand Bay. The billboards feature students from O'Rourke Elementary and Baker High School.
"Every time I pass one of...
Carolyn Lee Taylor didn’t know when she arrived in Mobile in 1969 from a small town in Illinois that South Alabama would be home.
And perhaps she didn’t realize how big of an impact she would have on the Mobile County Public School System.
Taylor, whose 42-year career here ranged from special-education teacher to magnet school principal to assistant superintendent over curriculum, retired from the Mobile County Public School System last week.
All four of her boys graduated from...
“It Starts With Us.”
Those are four powerful words we hope you will hear often during the upcoming school year.
“It Starts With Us” is more than a new slogan for Mobile County Public Schools. It is a call to action to us all as part of a new rebranding effort that the school system announced today.
So many times, according to Mobile County schools Superintendent Martha Peek, people have said, “We just don’t know the great things happening in the school system.”
MOBILE, Ala. – The Mobile County Health Department is planning special immunization clinics at five additional sites the week before public school classes resume for children who need to receive vaccines to update their Immunization Certificate, also known as a blue card, for the upcoming 2013-14 school year.
School starts Aug. 19.
The clinics will be held Aug. 12-16 at these sites:
1. Southwest Mobile Health Center, 5580 Inn Road, Tillman’s Corner
2. Citronelle Health...
State schools Superintendent Tommy Bice challenged Mobile County’s principals to change the way they think about school.
As Alabama transitions from the federal No Child Left Behind Act to the state’s own Plan 2020, he said, “shift from having your students learn to take a test to preparing them for the future.”
Bice addressed the principals and central office employees this morning at the Cypress Auditorium. His speech was livestreamed for assistant principals and...
On June 29, 2013, the State of Alabama received waivers for certain No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements. One of the waivers exempts Title I schools currently in improvement status from the obligation to offer Title I School Choice to its students. However, students who are already taking advantage of Public School Choice will be allowed to remain at his or her school of choice until he or she completes the highest grade in that school (ESEA section 1116(b)(13)). Mobile County Public School...
Students enrolling in B.C. Rain High School’s soon-to-open Aviation and Aerospace Academy now have their first airplane to work on.
Enterprise State Community College has donated to the high school a Cessna 150 airplane.
“This is going to be one of the focal points of the program, for the students to be able to work hands-on with a real airplane,” said Steve Boykin, supervisor of agriculture and technical education for the Mobile County Public School System.
The Cessna 150...
C. F. Vigor is hosting its annual College and Community Fair on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 11a.m. to 1p.m. in the Vigor High School Cafeteria. Several colleges including Auburn, Bishop State, Faulkner State, The University of West Alabama, Alabama State University, Alabama A&M University, and The University of South Alabama will be in attendance. Students can also receive assistance with registration for the ACT. All parents and students are welcome to attend.