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Pascagoula School District's Wetland Animals Super Saturday is February 7!

Come on out to the Pascagoula School District's Wetland Animals Super Saturdays to hold alligators, snakes and turtles! Held at the PSD's Aaron Jones Family Interactive Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, this free Super Saturday is the most popular event of the year!

PSD Teachers Awarded Ingalls STEM Grants

Congratulations to teachers in the Pascagoula School District who were awarded STEM grants from Ingalls Shipbuilding. ~Read More~


Office Depot Foundation Presents Supplies to Jackson Elementary as Part of A Day Made Better

The Office Depot Foundation made a special presentation of school supplies to teachers at Jackson Elementary as part ~Read More~

Gautier Elementary Students Move to Learn!

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PHS Student X'zandria Sellers Wins First in American Legion Oratorical Contest

Pascagoula High School student X'zandria Sellers won the first place $300 scholarship award at the American ~Read More~

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Wetland Animals Super Saturday is Feb. 7!

Come on out to the Pascagoula School District's Wetland Animals Super Saturdays to hold alligators, snakes and turtles! Held at the PSD's Aaron Jones Family Interactive Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, this free Super Saturday is the most popular event of the year!

Exhibitors will include the Gulf Coast Gator Ranch, The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, Wild at Heart Rescue, Ward Bayou Game, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, The Pascagoula River Audubon Center, Scranton's Nature Museum, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Dauphin Island Sea Lab and Mississippi Museum of Natural Science 

Participants will be able to view animal and reptile fossils, try their hand at throwing cast nets, learn all about the flora and fauna of the local environment and make fish prints. 

Cherokee Teacher Earns A+ Technology Teacher Status

Siobhan Cochran, a teacher at Cherokee Elementary has earned the distinction of PSD A+ Technology Teacher. Congratulations to Mrs. Cochran!

GHS Theatre Students Win Five State Championships

The Gautier High School Theatre Department traveled to Oxford, Miss., to compete at MTA State Championships. They not only defended their two state championships from last year, they walked out with three more for a total of FIVE INDIVIDUAL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS!

Theatre for Youth State Runner-Up - Cast and Crew of Competition Theatre Class

Adam McMahon and Alexandra Shick were named to the All-State Cast

State Finalists:

Ian Little - Monologue

Veshonte Brown - Monologue

Cori Straight - Set Design

State Champions:

Monologue - Miche' Smith

Solo Musical - Adam McMahon

Publicity - Lynne Little

Duet Musical - Adam McMahon and Alex Shick

Group Musical - Aren Watts, Adira Burton, Alex Shick and Emily Cochran

GHS Student Diamond Coursey Honored with Art Award

Gautier High School student Diamond Coursey has been recognized in the 2015 Mississippi Region Scholastic Art Awards with an Honorable Mention Award. Results from the adjudication can be found on the Mississippi museum of art’s website at: http://www.msmuseumart.org/index.php/education/page/scholastic-art-awards

This is a remarkable achievement and a milestone for her as an emerging artist. A panel of Mississippi art teachers and artists selected her work from among the many outstanding works submitted by her peers as the most exceptional in the state. Students in Mississippi submitted 1,566 works to The Scholastic Art Awards this year. 

Of those: 122 Gold Keys were awarded to the most accomplished works. Gold Key art will be forwarded to the national-level of The Scholastic Art Awards. National judging occurs in mid-March. 138 Silver Keys were awarded to distinguished works from Mississippi. 261 honorable mentions were awarded to works with emerging promise. 

PSD Kicks Off American Heart Association Campaign

The district has kicked off its annual American Heart Association campaign and the district-wide t-shirt contest has begun. This year the contest is for elementary and academy students. Theme is "It's Your Life," and deadline for entry is Wednesday, Feb. 11. If your students want to participate, please have them submit their entry to their teachers on 8 1/2 by 11 paper using crayons or markers. Entries should depict the theme. Prizes will be awarded to the winner.

Special dates for the campaign include Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 6 culminating in the Jackson County Heart Walk on Saturday, March 28 at Beach Park, Pascagoula. Festivities begin at 7:30 a.m. with the walk to begin at 8:30 a.m.

Eva Harvell Slated for President-Elect of MECA

PSD Technology Integration Specialist Eva Harvell has been selected president-elect of the Mississippi Educational Computing Association for 2015-16. She will take over as president in 2016.

Important Announcement from SchoolWay

Due to business requirements, we have made a few changes to our SchoolWay App. We apologize for the inconvenience but are excited for the upcoming new features that will be released shortly! 

Notice to Apple Users: Please update to the latest version (4.6.7) of the SchoolWay App. This update is available in the App Store. The latest version will ensure you are included in future updates.

Notice to Android Users: SchoolWay has republished our app. Android users will need to delete their current SchoolWay App (4.6.6 or older), then download SchoolWay (4.6.7) again to ensure you are included in future updates.

To uninstall the old SchoolWay app:

Go to your device's Settings menu > Apps or Application manager (this may differ depending on your device). Scroll down to SchoolWay App and tap it. Tap Uninstall. Now reinstall SchoolWay on your device.

Have questions? Contact us at 866.515.6783 or info@myschoolway.com.

Download it FREE today!

Grant Opportunity!

Toolbox for Education

Organization Information – The Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation focuses its investments on K-12 public education, community improvement, and disaster relief.

CFDA Number – not applicable

Web Resource – http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/

Program Information – Toolbox for Education supports projects which encourage parent involvement in local schools and help build community spirit. Grants will be awarded in support of projects that have a permanent impact on a school community, such as a facility enhancement (indoor or outdoor) or landscaping/clean-up project. In addition, Toolbox grants can be used as part of a larger-scale project, as long as the funds are used to complete a phase of the project achievable within twelve months of the award date. This year, the foundation especially will seek ways to provide the tools that help educators and parent groups through today's challenging times efficiently, while providing the greatest impact, with basic necessities taking priority.

Eligibility Criteria – Applicants must be a public K-12 school or nonprofit parent group associated with such a school. Parent groups that are applying (PTO, PTA, etc.) must have an independent EIN and official 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Preschools are not eligible. If the number of applications reaches 1,500, the foundation may close the grant cycle.

Funding History – Between $2,000 and $5,000 per school is available. Lowe's will donate up to $5 million to schools and school parent teacher groups at as many as 1,000 different schools during the school year.

Contact Information – schools@toolboxforeducation.com or 1 (800) 644-3561 ext. 208 

Deadline – February 13, 2015

Professional Development for Teachers

A professional development workshop for teachers, Flying Wild, will be held March 31-April 2 at Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The workshop is embedded in a Teachers on the Estuary Workshop.

Through activities involving language arts, social science and math experiences, coupled with community outreach and service learning applications, Flying Wild offers a whole-school approach to environmental education using birds as the focus.

Targeted for the middle-school audience through widely adaptable, Flying Wild offers practical hands-on classroom and outdoor field investigation experiences connecting real-world experiences in bird biology, conservation and natural history.

For more information, call Jennifer Buchanan at 228-475-7047. The reserve is located at 6005 Bayou Heron Road, Moss Point.

Free Summer Institute for 4th-8th Grade Math Teachers Offered

The Extension Center for Technology Outreach at Mississippi State University is offering a Summer Institute professional development for 4th-8th grade math teachers June 15-26 through IMPACT2.

Participants will receive free 10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), a stipend for performance and attendance, all expenses paid to the Summer Institute and a useful math technology resource kit.

Eligible participants are those teachers in participating schools who will be teaching 4th-8th grade math during the 2015-2016 school year and who are not currently attending MSP programs such as DMSP, DEEP Learning Communities, CHAMPS, IMPACT2 or Project MAT-PD.

One of the goals of IMPACT2 is to assist teachers in developing the in-depth math content knowledge and instructional methods necessary for increasing students’ achievement through the development of a statewide Professional Learning Community.

The program will also increase teachers’ knowledge and student achievement using CCSS Mathematical Practices and instructional strategies, Learning Forward Standards of Professional Learning and the principles of Understanding by Design.

Registration is currently open by visiting the website:http://impact2.msucares.com/ IMPACT2 is funded by a MSP grant from the Mississippi Department of Education. For more information, contact Re-C Carter at r.carter@msstate.edu or Sonya Smith at ssmith@ext.msstate.edu or call 662-325-5009.

Children's World Map Competition 2015


Are you looking for a great art, science, or social studies project? Encourage your students to create an entry for the PATCHENIK CHILDREN’S WORLD MAP COMPETITION 2015, for a chance to represent the USA in an international map illustration contest, to be held at the International Cartographic Conference in Rio de Janeiro in August 2015.


This is the 21st annual Petchenik Map Competition, which celebrates the creativity, imagination, artistry, and wisdom of child mapmakers. Students from your school can win prizes from Lonely Planet, National Geographic, and other partners, and represent the United States in a map exhibit featuring student entries from six continents. The winning illustrations will be considered for greeting card, calendar, and poster designs for international organizations such as UNICEF.


Here are the rules:

1. Children 16 years old or younger are to produce a map illustration on the theme “My Place in Today’s World.” The maximum size is 17 x 11 inches (smaller entries are fine, too), and can be made using any unbreakable material. Mixed media entries are welcome, but the height of

pasted-on components must be no greater than 0.2 inches.


2. The theme “My Place in Today’s World” may be illustrated in any way, using pictures, drawings, words, objects, or other graphical elements, but the illustration must include (somewhere) a map of all or a large portion of the world, with recognizable continents drawn as correctly as can be expected for the child’s age.


3. An entry can be drawn by a maximum of three authors, all of whom should be in the same age group (see #4); the age of the oldest artist will be used to place the entry in the correct group.

Multiple entries from a single school are welcome.


4. Participants are entered into the international competition by the child’s age on December 31, 2014: under 6 years, ages 6-8 years, ages 9-12, and ages 12-16.


5. Each map must have the following information on a label attached to the back side of the

illustration: the name, age, school (or personal) address, and country of its author, and the title of the illustration in either French or English.


6. All maps from a single school should be sent in one package, and postmarked by February 7, 2015, to the following address:

Dr. Robert Edsall

National Coordinator, BBPCMC

Department of History, Idaho State University

921 S. 8th Ave., Stop 8079

Pocatello, ID 83209-8079


7. Submitted illustrations must be original and hard-copy; no digital files (images, .pdfs, etc.) will be accepted. Participants are encouraged to scan or photograph the finished work for their records. Entries can be returned only if you include a self-addressed stamped envelope (ensure sufficient size and proper postage) with your entries. Entries selected as national winners cannot be returned, and become the property of the International Cartographic Association and are stored in the library of Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


8. All past international competition entries can be viewed at http://children.library.carleton.ca.


The national and international judging of the illustrations will focus on three areas:


1. a recognizable message. a recognizable connection between the form, shape, and use of

cartographic elements that creatively address the Competition's theme of “My Place in Today’s World,”


2. cartographic content: appropriate cartographic elements such as symbols, colors, names and labels, etc., which help address the Competition's theme. 

Note: cartographic accuracy (e.g. of coastlines of continents) is not a primary concern, though the illustration should be recognizable as a map and any abstractions of the map should be artistically presented.


3. overall quality of the execution: aesthetic quality in such matters as balance and harmony among the image elements

This is a great opportunity for your students to creatively express their worldview, enhance their awareness of maps, and make them more conscious of their environment and connections to it. They may even get the chance to represent their nation in an international exhibit next summer. We hope you encourage your students and your school to take part in this effort.


For more information, contact Rob Edsall, edsarobe@isu.edu

PSD Students and Teachers Move Toward Single Sign-On for Websites

Students and teachers will begin using a single logon username and password to access the Internet and other related services.  Some may question or will have questions regarding this new procedure.  Please read the district's HelpDesk FAQs for more information.

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The Pascagoula School District will create global educational opportunities to challenge the mind of every student, inspiring a passion for learning and a legacy of innovative thinking.