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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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Dawes Intermediate Brings home the Hardware

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Hundreds of public, private parochial and homeschooled students showed off their talents and were justly rewarded at the 30th annual Computer Science Fair sponsored by Faulkner State Community College. The students competed in several categories including   applications, robotics, web page, multimedia and video. The students, grades 3-12, were given a project at the beginning of the year and presented their work at the fair. Three Mobile County Public Schools competed: Dawes intermediate,...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Congratulations Red Ribbon Leadership winners

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Mobile County Public Schools would like to congratulate our winners of Red Ribbon Leadership Awards from the Drug Education Council. Two high school students received scholarships for their projects. They are: Andrew Clark of Alma Bryant High. He created an after-school program to teach children the dangers of drug abuse and spent time showing kids the affect that drugs have on their bodies. Briana Baldwin of Vigor High. She created a brochure about the relationship of substance abuse and domestic...

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New training video underway for locally developed Talents Unlimited

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Last weekend, nationally certified trainers for Talents Unlimited gathered in Mobile to film an online training course that will be available in April 2014. This is the latest addition to the resources provide by the research-based model for teaching critical and creative thinking skills to students within their daily curriculum. In a partnership with Virtual Village Classroom, Lynn Huey, coordinator of this internationally recognized model, was joined by trainers Cathy Cink, Jessica Dennis,...

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Like to 'dig in the dirt' and explore? Then apply for a magnet school

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To learn about chromatography, third-graders at the MCPSS Magnet School of Math and Science headed to their daily lab. Each student held a green marker on a coffee filter and counted out three seconds, watching as the mark grew bigger. They then used a dropper and counted out four drops of water to see what would happen to their original mark. Like true scientists, they wrote out their observations. “The color spread to the end of the coffee filter. The colors are: black, green, purple,...

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2014-2015 Calendar Approved

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The Mobile County Board of School Commissioners approved the 2014-2015 school calendar during its regularly scheduled meeting February 25. The calendar committee presented three options. Two public hearings were held and input was given to the board. Option one was approved. It includes the following important dates: Students will start the year on Aug 7 and end it on June 1. They will be out one week for Thanksgiving and Mardi Gras; Dec 19-Jan 5 for winter break; and April 6-10 for spring...

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Monday, February 24, 2014

A Golden win for the Davidson Culinary Warriors

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The secret ingredient was satsuma but the secret to winning was salmon with warm lentil salad made by the Davidson High School culinary team.   On Saturday, February 22, six high schools met at Culinard to participate in the 2nd annual Golden Spoon competition.  The competition is sponsored by MCPSS Career-Technical Education Division, Golden Corral restaurants and the Culinary Institute of Virginia.   Similar to the popular food competition shows, each school - represented by...

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Astronaut Kay Hire visits Murphy, her alma mater; inspires students

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If you collect all the right tools in school – as astronaut Kay Hire did at Murphy High – you can go anywhere you want in this world. Or even out of it. That’s the message Hire gave to students at her alma mater today as she visited. Hire, a 1977 graduate, was the first female pilot in combat. She has been to space twice – aboard the shuttles Columbia and Endeavour – and she installed the cupola on the International Space Station. “When I graduated, I had...

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Grand Bay reading intervention teacher wins prestigious Milken award

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GRAND BAY, Alabama – Minutes after being named one of the nation’s top teachers, and receiving a surprise check for $25,000 in a gymnasium crowded with her Grand Bay Middle School students, reading intervention teacher Jennifer Olewnik called her husband on her cell phone to share the news. He said he knew she was a great teacher, but he didn’t quite believe the part about the $25,000. “Honey, you don’t know me,” state schools Superintendent Tommy Bice said...

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hankins student places 3rd in County Spelling Bee

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  Congratulations to Hankins Middle 6th grade student, Zoe Blanton, 3rd place winner of The 87th Annual Mobile County Spelling Bee! Almost 60 elementary and middle school students from public, private, and parochial schools participated in the contest. The bee was sponsored by New Horizons Credit Union and the GoDaddy.com Bowl, and was held Friday, Feb. 1, at Bishop State's Baker-Gaines Central Campus Auditorium.  Schools held a school-wide bee and the winner participated...

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Young Authors' Conference

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CLICK TO VIEW VIDEO Young Authors’ Conference West Regional Branch Library, 5555 Grelot Road Saturday, March 15, 2014, 9:00 – 12:00   Guest Author:  Sheila Booth-Alberstadt (http://sbabooks.com), Her books include:  Maggie McNair Has Spiders in Her Hair, Maggie McNair Wears Stinky Underwear, Under the Crybaby Tree, and An Angel in the Sky.   Students in Grades 3-6 are invited to participate in the 2014 Mobile Young Authors’...

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Friday, February 07, 2014

MCPSS Magnet School moving to Eichold-Mertz on Government Boulevard

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MCPSS Magnet School of Mathematics and Science will be moving to Eichold-Mertz Elementary School on Government Boulevard in time for the 2014-15 school year. Superintendent Martha Peek made a recommendation to the school board to that effect during a special-called meeting today. The board voted 4-1 in favor of doing so. Board member Tracie Roberson, whose district includes Eichold-Mertz, opposed. Prior to that vote, the board unanimously rescinded a vote taken last year to move the magnet school...

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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Eichold-Mertz students ride away with AR rewards

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Eichold-Mertz decided to reward its top AR students with a gift that soars!  Thanks to Partners, Academy sports & Outdoors and Walmart the students were entered into a drawing for bicycles at Eichold-Mertz Elementary School. Students had to be proficient on the Reading and Math EQTs, have good attendance, and have shown excellent behavior during the school year in order to get their names entered into the drawing. Mr. Torbert from Academy Sports was on campus to help with the presentation...

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