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ITEMS POSTED IN DECEMBER 2016:
Lane Bell with the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF) presented a $500 check and t-shirt to Michelle Luo on December 15. Luo, a sophomore at New Albany High School, is the first place winner in a video contest recently sponsored by MCEF. Also receiving t-shirts were Construction Instructor Rick Robbins, Journalism teacher LeeAnn Thompson, and Career & Technical Director John Ferrell. Pictured l-f are: Robbins, Bell, Luo, Thompson, & Ferrell.
New Albany High School presented an ACT 30+ Club t-shirt to Michelle Luo on Wednesday, December 7 for her recent success on the ACT. Students who have a composite or subscore of 30 or more on their recent ACT are inducted into the club. One hundred twelve students have become members of the ACT 30+ Club since its creation in the fall of 2009.
ITEMS POSTED IN NOVEMBER 2016:
NAHS Bulldog golfers Dean Garrett and Boone Faulkner signed with Itawamba Community College on November 1. Pictured front row l-r: Melissa Garrett, Dean Garrett, Boone Faulkner, and Cecily Faulkner; back row l-r: Tom Garrett, NAHS Athletic Director and Head Golf Coach Shane Sanderson, and Mike Faulkner.
Myrtle School Spelling Bee Winners 1st place Ally Kizer 2nd place Ray Moody 3rd place Jonah Merritt These students will compete in Union County Spelling Bee in January.
The New Albany School District is promoting perfect attendance during the months of October and November. New Albany Elementary School encouraged good attendance during the month of October with a drawing. For each week in the months of October and November that a student had perfect attendance, their name was placed in a drawing. October Perfect Attendance winners of a kindle fire are: Austin Gasaway, a third grader from Vicki Latham’s class and Avie Bryan, a second grader from Casie Cook’s class
The New Albany Elementary School Chorus performed at Celebration Village on Thursday, October 20
NAHS Bulldog soccer player, Joseph Rainey, signed to play with Itawamba Community College on November 1. Pictured front row l-r: Martha Rainey, Joseph Rainey, and David Rainey; back row l-r: NAHS Assistant Coach Bert Anderson, NAHS Head Coach Caryl Vogetl, and NAHS Athletic Director Shane Sanderson.
ITEMS POSTED IN OCTOBER 2016:
Police Chief Chris Robertson talks with students
Chief Chris Robertson with the New Albany Police Department spoke to 8th grade classes at New Albany Middle School on October 27. Robertson spoke to the students about good decision making. School nurses have recently been conducting Life Skills lessons with the 8th graders and invited Robertson to share about the dangers of drugs and alcohol
New Albany Elementary School students in grades K-5 have been busy Rockin’ and Reading to meet their Accelerated Reader goals for the first 9 weeks of school. 525 students were rewarded with an ice cream sundae party on Friday, October 14 for meeting their grade’s point goal and having an 85% average on their AR tests. Each 9 weeks students will work to meet their reading goal and be rewarded.
With the upcoming Presidential Election, Mr. Glen Reeder and his EXCEL students at New Albany Elementary School are researching and learning interesting facts about past U.S. Presidents. EXCEL students have also completed research projects on each President and created a wall display for all students in the school to enjoy.
New Albany High School presented an ACT 30+ Club t-shirt to Racheal McCullough on Thursday, October 20 for her recent success on the ACT. Students who have a composite or subscore of 30 or more on their recent ACT are inducted into the club. One hundred eleven students have become members of the ACT 30+ Club since its creation in the fall of 2009.
ITEMS POSTED IN SEPTEMBER 2016:
￼￼￼￼Bambi Petty spoke to 6th graders in Mrs. Richards’ social studies class about the naturalization process. Bambi is currently going through the process of naturalization. She has been in the US for more than 16 years.
On September 22, Jean Ashcraft, Hudson Hickman, and Jonathan Smith visited with LeeAnn Thompson’s Journalism students at New Albany High School. Hickman shared with the students about his journey as a producer from high school to college to Los Angeles. Ashcraft and Smith discussed opportunities for students to partner with TV99, the local cable television station, as well as student film competitions.
ITEMS POSTED IN AUGUST 2016
The New Albany School District hosted an orientation for its new teachers on July 29 at New Albany Elementary School. Pictured are front row l-r: Kalee Stanton, NAHS; Lacey Cutrer, NAES; Lydia Harding, NAHS; Morgan Mahan, NAMS; back row l-r: Misty Mathis, NAES; Kayla Rakestraw, NAES; Phillip Laney, NAHS, Greg Kennedy, NASTUC; Summer Sharplin, NAES; Corie Hill, NAHS.
On Friday, August 26, first grade students at New Albany Elementary School invited local gardener Kelly Coltharp to share how she grows vegetables, herbs, and flowers and participates in the local Farmers’ Market. Coltharp shared a PowerPoint that showed how food goes from a garden to a farmers market. She also shared pictures and information about the local Biscuits and Jam Farmers Market. The story of the week for the first graders was “Farmer’s Market” and the focus question was “What can we see around our neighborhood?”
Items posted in June, 2016
The 21st Century Community Learning Center Summer Program at New Albany Elementary School included a Writing Club. During the twelve day summer program, these students wrote poems, letters, narratives, research reports, and haikus. On Thursday, June 23, these students chose their favorite piece to share during a “Publishing Party”. These students read their favorite writing during lunch time to other students in the 21st Century Summer Program. Angela Victory served as the instructor for the Writing Club.
New Albany Elementary School honored Becky Farned with a retirement reception on May 18 and recognized her for 29 years of teaching. On behalf of the School Board of Trustees, Superintendent Jackie Ford presented Mrs. Farned with a plaque. Mrs. Farned taught first grade at New Albany Elementary.
Items posted in May, 2016
The RN to BSN Advanced Placement Option at Mississippi University for Women conducted a community assessment on New Albany, MS. Through this assessment, cardiovascular disease was the leading cause of death. Five students in the program: Ashley Denton, Larame Braatz, Larisa Bell, Kristi Graves, and Megan McDonald along with their instructor Mrs. Jolyn Cooke came and spoke to April Voyles’ Health Science class at the New Albany Career and Technical Center. MUW students discussed cardiovascular disease, how it can be diagnosed, treated, and prevented through diet and lifestyle changes.
To observe Earth Day, Donna Graham’s PreK class at New Albany Elementary School planted flowers to help with campus beautification.
Items posted in April, 2016
Lindsay Sappington (pictured center), a New Albany High School senior, was surprised in her classroom at NAHS with the news that she is a $1,000 winner in the Get2College Scholarship Competition. The money will go to the college of her choice. Making the presentation were Stephen Brown and Austin Deskewies from Get2College, Mississippi’s nonprofit resource for free college planning. Brown rapped a song about Lindsay, and Austin threw Pay Day candy bars to her classmates to demonstrate that applying for scholarships can pay. There were more than 3,000 entries in the competition that required students to write mini essays on how they chose the colleges to which they applied and how they envision seeing themselves a year from now as they complete their freshmen year of college.
During the week of April 4, first graders at New Albany Elementary School read “A Southern Ranch” and learned all about life on a ranch. Students also learned about a ranch hand’s job and how livestock are raised on ranches. On Friday, April 8, first grade students were encouraged to dress as ranch hands.
New Albany High School won first place at the Northeast Mississippi Community College Math and Science competition on April 7,. Pictured are front row l-r: KeXin Weng, Meghan Van, Mary Day, Lindsay Sappington; back row l-r: Sam Cagle, Hayes Trexler.
Students from New Albany Elementary School participated in the All State Elementary Honor Choir at the University of Southern Mississippi on March 31-April 2. They were selected from over 400 students from across the state to be a part of the 170 member choir. Pictured: Front Row L-R: Sammi Jo Doyle, White Robbins Back Row L-R: Amberianna Shorter, Heather Higginbotham (Student Teacher), Elijah Balentine, Celia House (NAES Music Teacher), Morgan Pipkin
Items posted in March, 2016
New Albany High School hosted its Brown Bag Luncheon on February 25. Each month NAHS will host a brown bag lunch with area career and industry leaders. Each month speakers representing different careers will speak to students who are specifically interested in pursuing a career in that area. The February brown bag lunch focused on “Careers in Health Care” and featured: Chad Fleener, Manager of EMS/Emergency Preparedness; Mary Foley, Clinical Quality Manager/Risk Manager; Amy Goolsby, Lab Director; Will Gossett, Radiology Director; and Sam Kitchens, Rehabilitation Manager.
Syd Muzzy, a Traffic Safety Consultant and Driver Behavioral Specialist from Vancouver, Washington spoke to New Albany High School students on March 3. Wal-Mart Foundation, the CREATE Foundation, and Junior Auxiliary of New Albany sponsored this event to assist new and young drivers make good, safe decisions when they are behind the wheel of an automobile.
Items posted in February, 2016
Students at New Albany Middle School were recently encouraged to help administration name the hallways at New Albany Middle School to help new students in the building with ease of movement and adapting to their new surroundings more quickly. Students were encouraged to select names for the hallways that reflect the goals of NAMS. The following students were recognized for their contributions: Inspiration Intersection-Chloe Lovejoy Learning Lane-Matthew Knox Bully Free Boulevard-Drew Vance, Pete Mueller, & Cade Huffman Academic Avenue-Laura Grace Hardy Talent Trail-Emma Laney Discovery Drive-Anne’a Scales Never Quit Avenue-Kaleb Adair Pictured l-r: Matthew Knox, Chloe Lovejoy, Anne’a Scales, Kaleb Adair, Emma Laney, Laura Grace Hardy, & Cade Huffman.
Items posted in January, 2016
First graders in Jamie Glenn’s classroom at New Albany Elementary School have been learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. The students completed a directed drawing and biography writing of Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream of equality.
Carey Crain, New Albany High School Teacher of the Year, is surrounded by her science students and school administrators after it was announced that she was selected as New Albany School District Teacher of the Year on Tuesday, January 19.