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District News
JES PTA - Bus Driver Appreciation
Needs Assessment Survey
Please complete your Needs Assessment Survey for the 2015-2016 school year.
 
Online Websites:
 
Parent Survey
 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/parentjdc
 
Each school has been assigned a quota of 100 parent surveys to be completed.  It is highly recommend that parents submit their surveys online.   One hundred paper copies of the parent survey have been provide to each school.
 
Faculty and Staff Survey
 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/facultyjdc
 
Survey Completion Date is Friday, March 20, 2015.
 
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Federal Programs Division at 601-792-2702.
Regional Meetings


Regional Meetings for Parents
 
Strategies to Improve Reading for K-3 Students
 
 
 
Mississippi Department of Education representatives will provide parents of K-3 students with information about the Literacy-Based Promotion Act.
 
 
Session times are the same at all locations:
6:00 p.m.-7:30p.m.
 
 
 
Date
 
 
Monday, February 23
City
 
 
Meridian
Location
 
 
Mississippi State University
    Meridian Room 008
 
Wednesday, February 25
 
Oxford
 
Oxford Conference Center
 
Tuesday, March 3
 
Hattiesburg
 
N.R. Burger Middle School
Transplorium
 
Tuesday, March 17
 
Cleveland
 
Delta State University
Jacob Center (Ewing Hall)
 
Thursday, March 19
 
Flowood
 
Northwest Rankin High
School Auditorium
 
Tuesday, March 24
 
Biloxi
 
Biloxi High School Lecture Hall
3rd Grade Reading Assessment
MKAS2 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment
www.mde.k12.ms.us/mkas2
 
Key Information and Dates
1. About the test: The 3rd Grade Summative Assessment is a multiple-choice test that will be given online via a computer or tablet in your child’s school. All 3rd grade public school students are required to take this assessment.
 
2. Content and skills: The assessment covers the Mississippi College- and Career-Ready Standards of reading for foundational skills, informational text, literature, and language.
 
3. Number of questions: The assessment has 50 multiple choice questions.
 
4. Testing dates: The 3rd Grade Summative Assessment will be given during the testing window of April 10 – April 23, 2015. There will be two retake opportunities for students who do not pass the assessment the first time. The first retest will take place during the window of May 18 – May 22, 2015.  The second and final retake opportunity will take place during June 29 – August 7, 2015.
 
 
Video for Parents
 
To view the informational video, Literacy-Based Promotion Act Parents as Partners, visit www.mde.k12.ms.us/mkas2. The video provides an overview of the legislation and strategies that can be used at home to help improve reading outcomes for children.

Why will students take the MKAS2 3rd GradReading Summative Assessment?

The Literacy-Based  Promotion  Act requires  students  to take the MKAS2 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment to ensure they are reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. Research has proven that students who are not reading on grade level at the end of 3rd grade are likely to struggle
as they progress in school.  Students who do not qualify for a “good cause exemption”  must pass the 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment in order to be promoted to 4th grade.
 
What should I ask my childs teacher now?
1. Is my child reading grade-level books, stories, poems, and ar ticles with fluency and understanding?
2. What are the results of my child’s  STAR report? This report provides information about your child’s reading progress throughout the school year.
3. What can I do at home to prepare my child for the 3rd Grade SummativAssessment?
 
How can I support my childs reading development at home?
1. Build reading accuracy by having your child read aloud. Point out any missed words and help your child read the words correctly. Then have your child reread the sentence to be sure he/she understands the meaning.
2. Create a quiet place for your child to study, do homework, and read.
3. Carve out time every day for your child to do homework, study, and read, making these activities a part of your child’s daily routine.
4. Talk frequently with your child’s teacher about his/her progressAsk for specific tips about what you can do to help at home.
Russell joins PRCC Board of Trustees
Russell joins PRCC Board of Trustees

The newest member of the Pearl River Community College Board of Trustees attended his first meeting Thursday. Will Russell serves on the board by virtue of his position as superintendent of education in Jefferson Davis County. He was elected last month in a special election. “I look forward to serving in a positive manner,” Russell said. “I'm very impressed with the campus and where the college stands. Pearl River has always had a rich tradition which I'm proud to be a part of.” 

Russell came to PRCC on a football scholarship in 1988. Before graduating, he was named to play in the state all-star game. He transferred to the University of Tulsa where he was named the Ultimate Student Athlete in 1991 and later inducted into the university's Football Hall of Fame. Returning to Mississippi, Russell earned the master's degree in special services at William Carey University and the master's in educational leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi. He also has completed the National Institute for School Leaders through the University of Mississippi.
Russell taught health, physical education and special services for 10 years in Marion County before serving two years as principal of Bassfield High School. He then was named principal of East Marion Middle School and served four years as assistant superintendent in Marion County.He was recruited to Hazlehurst as high school prinicipal under a school improvement grant and recorded significant improvements. 

Following the resignation of Jefferson Davis superintendent Ike Haynes in May and the appointment of John Daley as interim superintendent, Russell took over for Daley as Bassfield principal. Russell defeated Daley in the special election to succeed Haynes. He and his wife are the parents of two sons.

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