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RENEE CUNNINGHAM: Common Core; Do the math

The Common Core State Standards are still the focus of debate of many politicians. Some argue that it is federal government interfering in state education. For the most part those allegations lost traction at the state level through failed court battles. But contention remains within both political parties. Although it seems that it is predominantly […]

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LETTER TO EDITOR: Zora Cousin

Dear Editor, This letter is concerning the Houston School District policy on not allowing the usage of the school facilities by teachers and former administrators for events of personal and public interest. I, Zora Cousin, requested the usage of the Houston High School Auditorium to hold by husband’s, Warren G. Cousin, Sr., funeral services. I […]

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RENEE CUNNINGHAM: Common Core: Prepared for education anywhere

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are in effect now, this school year, for all children in kindergarten through twelfth grade in English/Language Arts and Mathematics in Mississippi. These standards give the “what.” What are students to learn in third grade math? Or, what are students to learn about arguing a position in a persuasive […]

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Rewarding excellence in education

HOUSTON – The gifts ranged from $100 bills and Ipods to snowcones, pizza and a trip to the movies, but the real reward was a smile and the satisfaction of a job well done. Houston Upper Elementary School and the PACE Foundation presented awards to more than 350 students recently for high achievement on last […]

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Okolona passes $2 million school bond

OKOLONA – The election commission created for a special Okolona School Bond issue quickly counted 465 absentee ballots Wednesday and declared a $2 million school bond issue had passed. Final and official totals sent to the Secretary of State Delbert Hoseman reported 1,061 votes for the bond referendum and 634 against it, or 63 percent […]

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Roof concerns handed to lawyers, again

HOUSTON – Houston school trustees directed attorneys last week to once again press their case that the roof at the Houston School of Science and Technology leaks even after the district paid $240,000 in 2011 to have it fixed. Trustees met in executive session with Board Attorney Jimmy Hood for more than an hour before […]

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Houston’s Scott receives NSHSS honor

HOUSTON – The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) has announced Houston High School student Robert L Scott from Woodland, MS, has been selected to become a member of the organization. The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship, and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman […]

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CUNNINGHAM: Common Core linked to federal dollars

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third in a series of columns explaining Common Core State Standards and how they came about.   The fastest way to get action is to offer up some dollars. This is true even when the usually slow running cogs of government are involved. And, this is what happened when the […]

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ALLEN: First day at new job

Hello! I’m Charlsi Allen, and I am the new intern at the Chickasaw Journal. I am looking forward to this new experience in my life and where it may take me. I found out about this new job through my Career Pathway Experience teacher Mrs. Donna Griffin. They were looking for someone who could type […]

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This is the way we roll!

HOUSTON – Of the approximately 1,800 students in the Houston School District almost 1,600 ride a bus to school at least once a day. The addition of seven new Thomas school buses to the district’s fleet was a big expenditure, but one that will make transportation of students more reliable, safer and ultimately save money, […]

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Okolona bond vote undecided

OKOLONA – A $2 million school bond election appears to have passed 812-414, but there are approximately 500 absentee and affidavit to be counted Wednesday morning. Voters in Okolona went to the polls Tuesday to vote on a bond issues aimed at repairing roofs, fixing heating and air conditioning systems and improving athletic facilities. This […]

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CUNNINGHAM: Developing Common Core standards

As stated last week, we learned that state departments of education, in Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) provides teachers with lists of standards, the information, skills and concepts students should know by the end of the year. Teachers develop the curriculum, or the lessons, homework, field trips, and projects that help students learn […]

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BROWN: LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor, In order to thrive, a community needs a strong school system children and young adults are entitled to an education that opens the future for them; one that nourishes intellectual competence at each one’s level of potential and prepares students academically for whatever their chosen future. But our students also need to learn […]

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Travel pay more about selfishness than finances

New Site has spent a lot of money to make all those Jackson trips to the MHSAA state girls basketball tournament. From 2008 to 2013, the Lady Royals went to five straight. That’s a total of nine trips – 10 if you count a coaches scouting trip. Keep track even further and it’s “around 12” […]

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