Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 17, 2008


* Dara Hendrix’s kindergartners participated in family stocking projects. Awards were presented as follows: Abbie Miller, Santa’s Favorite stocking; Breanna Hearn, Most Festive stocking; Conner Paxton, Best Glittered stocking; Cooper Orman, Most Outdoorsey stocking; Darrton Allen, Rudolph’s Favorite stocking; Derrick Jackson, Polka Dottiest stocking; Destiny Mayfield, Frosty’s Favorite stocking; Eli Thomas, Snowiest stocking; Ge’Mikeal Lewis, Most Edible stocking; Grace James, Best Sprinkled stocking; Johnathan Chandler, Fuzziest stocking; Jonathan Taylor, Most Original stocking; Kiara Thomas, Most Glittered stocking; Laurence Sullivan, Best Colored stocking; Madelynn McGraw, Most Artistic stocking; Meagan Garner, Shiniest stocking; Morgan Nelson, Best in Show; Rashaad Richards, Most Animated stocking; Ruth Anne Buckner, Most Realistic stocking; Summer Lee, Most Unique stocking; Talitha Smith, Signs of Christmas stocking; Wes Warnock, Most Athletic stocking; and Will Custer, Most Religious stocking.

* Melisa Wilbanks’ students participated in Special Olympics events in Jackson. A number of them received first, second and third place in the bowling competition.

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* Angela Marshall’s autism students read and tasted “Green Eggs and Ham” as part of a study of the letter E.


* Cathy Ann Goss’ class made banners of Christmas traditions in Great Britian and France after studying Christmas around the world.

* Students of Misty Owen and Jo Blasingame visited the dinosaur exhibit at the Natural Science Museum. Parent chaperones were Cindi Walsh and Betty Thornhill. 

* After reading “The Polar Express,” Pennie Hoxie’s fourth-graders and Alisa Harvey’s kindergartners drank hot chocolate. Harvey’s students made gingerbread houses and went on a gingerbread man hunt through the school. Denice Poe’s class created reindeer and stockings for Christmas. Classroom helper for the week was Misti Chapman.

* Lana Hand’s fifth- and sixth-grade GATES students attended the Renaissance Festival in Hammond, La. Andra Bonelli’s third- and fourth-grade GATES students went to the Mississippi Art Museum, where they toured the “MS Story” exhibit and learned watercolor techniques from Amanda Cashman. Glenda Burris, Gail Butler and Marti Farrar were chaperones. They also created 3-D origami Christmas ornaments.

* Spelling Bee winner was fifth-grader Kaylea Hunter; first runner-up was fifth-grader Shakedra Doss.


* Students with perfect attendance for November were treated to a mini carnival. Parent volunteers Earline McCleave, Renee Tate, Jaynie Fedell, Audrey Robbins and Pam Parman assisted with the event. Students with perfect attendance for both October and November earned a pair of free-dress days.

* Renee Tate made “reindeer food” for Diane Liddell’s first-graders. Parent volunteers Tracye Whittington, Renee Tate, Ruth Wilkerson and Jaynie Fedell decorated the school foyer. Cassandra Terry’s kindergartners shared ornaments from home as part of a Christmas celebration.

* Fourth-grader Annabeth Breeden shared her autobiography with Magen Westcott’s second-graders to demonstrate writing. Peggy Gouras provided an amaryllis bulb for Susan Mims’ second-graders to measure while studying graphs.

* Accelerated Reader Classes of the Week were Valerie Thuha’s third grade and Tondia Ferracci’s fourth grade. Top readers were as follows: first grade — Anthony Njiti, Nick Tello, Allie Barnes, Simran Patel, Tommy Martin and Abigail Smith; second grade — Addie Beth Hale, Greyson Parman, Braxton Chewning, Michaela Dorsey, Drew Jackson and Abigal Wallace; third grade — Kevin Liu, Kendrick Myles, Mary Ranager, Colby Sweeney, Rae Massey Hale, Seth Tate and Alfred Barnes; fourth grade — Sarah Chipley, Ronesha Tucker, Sierra Shelton, Jonah Juve, Emme Robbins, Holly Hayes, Abigail Barnes, Charlie Martin, Alex Velazquez and Jackson Smith; and sixth grade — Matthew Cardwell, Jordan Patterson, Amy Dixon, Erin Ingram, Avvery Lynn Liddell, Noah VanDenAkker, Jacob Hoffman, Lindsey Ross and Torey Daniels. Those meeting semester goals were Aaleah Harris, Myka Scott, Mary Ranager, Jayla Parson, Anna Kay Fielder, Lylen Fisher, Kaylor Bell and Jordan Patterson. Guest readers were Kelby Westcott, Kara Fox and Andrew Fox.

* Students invited to the December Kelso party for conflict resolution were Dewayne Green, Sam Bunch, Keveon Smith, Taylon Smith, Neil Sanipara, Levi Wyatt, Ricky Carraway, Zoe Jennings, Taylor Chewning, Anthony Lumpkin, Spencer Elwart, Rachel Garmon, Gabriel Katzenmeyer, Brandon Buxton, Kamari Smith, Braxton Smith, Braxton Chewning, Gada Clay, Greyson Parman, Joshua Martin, Kendrick Myles and Nicholas Flaggs. Volunteers Pam Parman and Theresa Williams assisted in organizing the event.

Crawford Street

* Sandra Barnes’ 2-year-olds made snowmen, gingerbread people and glitter trees as part of a Christmas holiday discussion. They decorated the classroom and made ornaments for the school tree.

* Diane Beauman’s 2-year-olds made a handprint wreath for their classroom door. They made faux gingerbread houses and Santa star ornaments.

* Beth Haskins’ 3-year-olds made individual manger scenes as part of a study of the first Christmas. They made tin-type ornaments for the Festival of Trees and decorated gingerbread houses with help from Stephanie Engler. They sang carols with the 4-year-olds at the Crawford Street senior luncheon.

* Barbara Hill’s 4-year-olds created hand-shaped Christmas trees and Santas. Mary Bay Procell was named Class VIP, and parent volunteer Molly Process provided a pizza lunch for the class. Laura Dow Madison shared donuts with the class as part of a study of the letter D. Bowen Hearn was named Class VIP, and parent volunteer Jeanine Hearn helped the students make ice candles. The students also made gingerbread houses.

Dana Road

* Students who achieved Accelerated Reader medal status for the first semester were as follows: bronze — Haley Allen, Kamesha Jackson, Heather Kindhart, Chelsea Myers and Alliyah Stout; silver — Jon Erekson, Chandler Stanchfield and Nathan Mosley. Top classes for the semester were Uretka Callon’s kindergarten, Mary Lindsey’s first grade, Morgan Yates’ second grade and Arkashea Lomax’s third grade.

* Cheryl Cummins was the first-semester winner of the PTO’s “Biggest Loser” contest to encourage healthy eating and fitness.

* Students with good behavior were treated to a sock-hop in the gym.

* Robyn Lea and “Good Neigh-Bear” of State Farm Insurance presented each kindergartner with the book “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.”

* Donita Lowery and Allison Bailey presented dictionaries to all third-graders from the Rotary Club.

Jacob’s Ladder

* Students are dusting books in the children’s section, books on CDs and movies to rent at the Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library. 

* Fred Peyton, principal emeritus, treated students to lunch at Pizza Hut. His dog, Maggie, also visited with students.

* Students shopped at Kroger for items needed for their Day of Caring meal.

* Wednesday, the students attended a Teen Help Christmas Party at the United Way Building.

* Matthew Grogan conducted karate warm up, and Robin Smith led students in basics forms. Students practiced new forms for Friendship Demo.

Porters Chapel

* The Theatrical Department performed the musical “Bah Humbug,” including a matinee and dinner theater.

* Christmas break will be Monday-Jan. 2, 2009. Classes will resume Jan. 5.


* Pledge leaders for the week were Casey McDuff, Christian Truelove, Dagan Abernathy, Keirra Phillips, Mileena Slade, Alexis Ford, Bryan Passmore, Trey Carter, Jacob Wicker and Sydney Boatman.

* Parent volunteers in Jill Oldenburg’s kindergarten class were Daphne Turner, Ginger Parker and Misty Carlisle.

* Top Accelerated Readers were Lia Cook, Jordan Lee, Joshua Hallberg, Lauren Dalton, Katelyn Pettway, Maddie Watkins, Hannah Parker and Lauren Whitaker.

* School will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. Friday; no lunch will be served. Classes will resume Jan. 9.

Sherman Avenue

* Students who earned the honor of visiting the Kelso Store by making positive behavior choices were Tyriq Allen, DeArbri Anderson, Aranza Angel, Denishae Barnett, Janae Battle, Ashley Bracey, Desiree Brize, Kaitlin Brown, Keishun Brown, Jada Bunch, De’Marcus Calvin, Stephanie Carter, Tyrah Carrington, Terreon Carter, Erron Chin, Kristofer Clark, Braden Clayton, Madison Cloud, Precious Combs, Brianna Daughtry, Jeffrey Diaz, Katlyn Donovan, Jaylen Early, Nacoby Edwards, Mack Foley, Anna Scott Geter, Nia Gilmore, Nicholas Gomillion, Amaya Goodwin, Adryen Hall, Brandon Hall, Kiara Hardges, Joshua Haskin, Adison Hearn, Ana Hernandez, Willie Hicks, Bianca Hollis, Onterrio Hooker, Adriyana Hughes, Tyreese Huntley, Jamiah Hyche, Charlie James, Antonica Jefferies, Jamya Jefferson, Alexis Jenkins, MeKayla Jenkins, Taliyah Jenkins, Taylor Jennings, Adrianna Johnson, Janus Jones, Njeri Kanyongo, Erin Lambert, Tsuki Larkins, Lisa Laurinaitis, Britney Lawrence, Jakevion Lawson, Vonterrie Lee, Anna-Claire Love, Lexie McBroom, Kevius McDaniel, Montavious Miller, TyRonda Mitchell, JaMaion Mixon, Denkeis Moore, Donald Nelson, Jarquise Parker, Grace Patton, Elizabeth Peoples, Carley Pickering, Miguel Prewitt, Grayson Rankin, Sa’Venia Redmond, Antonio Reynolds, Dynisha Reynolds, Katelyn Roberts, K’Ce Ross, Kalee Ross, Shiandria Shelly, Kaitlyn Shelton, Danielle Shoops, Marcus Shorter, Cameron Smith, Kené Smith, Taylen Smith, Ty’Anica Smith, Tyler Smith, Cameron Stamps, Kaley Stamps, Patrick Stephens, Ronnie Stewart, Javin Swartz, Alyssa Thomas, Bra’Shayla Thomas, Jaylon Trisby, Cedric Truitt, T’Erria Tubwell, Deston Walker, Kenneth Walker, Justise Watts, Andrea White, Ashanti Williams, Bryton Williams, Jaden Williams, Nicholas Williams, Reshun Williams, Voshon Williams, Jacquez Wilson, Ashlyn Wright and Lonia Wright.

* Sally Owen’s kindergartners read “The Gingerbread Man” and made large gingerbread cookies. Students searched the school for a runaway treat.

* Kindergartners attended a “Peter and the Wolf” puppet show in Jackson performed by the Mississippi Puppetry Guild. Parents and bus drivers served as chaperones.

* Kindergartners honored as Students of the Month for behavior, completed assignments and attitude were Denishae Barnett, Jamya Jefferson, Ashanti Sims, Justise Watts, Miguel Prewitt, Daryl Collins, Carley Pickering and Jamie Ward.

South Park

* After reading “The Gingerbread Man,” kindergartners participated in a schoolwide scavenger hunt for a lost gingerbread man.

* Fourth-graders sent a care package of snacks and activity books to U.S. troops for Christmas.

* After reading “Josefina Story Quilt,” second-graders made a story quilt for display in the hall. Carla Conrad, teacher assistant, shared handmade quilts, a banjo and a ragdoll after a study of early pioneers.

* Bobbie Smith’s first-graders who met their Accelerated Reader goals were treated to a coke float and cookie party. JoAnn Harris’ first-graders completed a study of Christmas around the world. Harris’ class earned a dance for winning first place in a contest to see which class could collect the most money weekly. Robin Nettle’s class received an extra PE period for winning second place.

* Taffy Stewart’s students used writing skills to compose letters to Santa.

St. Aloysius

* The Library Club’s Junior High Book Club met to discuss “The Clique” with special guest Michele Townsend, principal.

* Library Club members are collecting cat and dog food for a Christmas project.

* The Chess Club is meeing in the library each first and third Friday for lunch and chess. 

St. Francis Xavier

* Liz Fletcher’s sixth-grade reading students who met November Book It! goals were Sarah Ruth Andrews, Alexa Baldizon, Luke Dial, Brittany Hayes, Mary Kalusche, Taylor Lee, Aaron Mathis, Hastings Ragland, Forest Ramsay, Dixon Stone, Gabe Stuckey and Allie Willis.

* Brenda Kalusche’s third-graders who met Book It! goals were Connor Bottin, Connor Clark, Emme Connell, Jerry Hou, Ryan Jarratt, Jon Edward King, Annabeth Miller, Emily Phillips, Chandler Roesch, Sarah Thomas and Madison Willis.

* Kristy Ehrgott’s fifth-graders who met Accelerated Reader goals for November were Shelby Bottin, Taylor DeRossette, Jimbo Halford, Landon Little, Austin Magoun, Ian Ulmer and Rett Verhine.

* Reading Fair winners were as follows: fourth grade — Mary Peyton Peck, first place; Michael Walker, second place; and Abbie Bell, third place; third grade — Kaleigh Stuart, first place and overall winner; Connor Clark, second place; and Jordan McDonald, third place; second grade — Emily Wallace, first place; David Osburn, second place; and Thomas Trichell, third place; and first grade — Elizabeth Keen, first place; Logan Sanderford, second place; and Ann Wallace DeRossette, third place. Winners will compete in the district fair Jan. 13 at Vicksburg City Auditorium.

* Tiffany Keen’s third-graders created infographics after researching Native American cultures. They also created tortilla tepees, sand-art illustrations and totem poles.

Vicksburg High

* Carrie Cruthirds’ law-related education class invited the following speakers as part of a nine-weeks project: Randy Naylor, Troy Kimble, Ken Smith and Laquinta Wright. Youth specialist and child care therapist James Walton of Albion, Mich., also spoke to the class.

* Guests in the Mississippi River class were Lawran Richter, who spoke about Corps of Engineers recreational resources; and Ray Hamel and David Slay of the Vicksburg National Military Park, who spoke about the park and Civil War Vicksburg.

* The Vicksburg District Public Affairs office presented “Mississippi River Jeopardy,” hosted by Deputy Cmdr. Greg Raimondo, to Mississippi River students.

* Christmas holidays will be Monday-Jan. 2, 2009. Intercession week will be Jan. 5-8. Teacher workday will be Jan. 8, and classes will resume Jan. 9.

* The focus of intercession week will be students in 11th and 12th grades who need to re-take state tests to meet graduation requirements. Parents receiving letters must contact Missy Tello at 601-631-2800 with questions before the Christmas holidays.

Vicksburg Intermediate

* Pledge leaders for the week were Candice Moore, James Kline, Claire Cowart, Antonius Williams and D’Mekia Boykin.

* AmeriCorps sponsored a sock-hop for students.

* Vicksburg Intermediate Singsations were treated to a Pizza Hut party to celebrate winning the V105.5 Christmas Caroling contest.

* Accelerated Reader Point Club members for the first semester were as follows: 25 Points — Amira Alexander, Jaronta Alexander, Myzon Alexander, Zaria Anderson, Keonda Bailey, Akia Brown, Tamera Burkley, Logan Cessna, Alex Clifton, Nicholas Crasta, Nick Davis, Rishard Dee, Ronnie Dee, Tre Edley, Kardell English, Ashley Erves, Jadarius Flagg, Celeste Flowers, Tyriq Franklin, David Frost, Keiyana Gaskin, Shaniece Gleese, Shatriece Gleese, Christopher Harden, Markess Harris, Jamond Hawkins, Tyra Howard, Ja’Kiyah Jackson, Kelvin Jackson, Teleesha Jackson, Jayla Jefferson, Akeyiah Jones, Donovan Jones, K’Qeariyona Jones, Lemmuel Jones, Isaiah Knight, Robert Lowery, Demetri Martin, Antoine McGowan, Brennan McLeod, Lee Middleton, Tyler Miller, Evan Mobley, Curtis Muirhead, Ty’Mesha Nabors, DeAira Newton, Jessica Parson, Yolanda Parson, Tria Patel, Ariel Pendleton, Marissa Peterson, Ariel Potts, Molly Potts, Evan Price, Ja’vanna Price, Alondrea Ragsdale, Leigh Ann Rayfield, Roderick Reynolds, Megan Rigby, Kirsten Silverthorne, Jaylin Smith, Lacy Smith, Cardell G. Spencer, Kionna Taylor, De’Andre Thomas, Harrol Thomas, James Thompson, Shelby Thompson, Jasmine Watson, Kordell Watts, Laneisha West, Marvyn Whitaker, Kionna Wilkerson, J’Tavious Williams, Johnny Williams, Kevin Williams and Micha Williams; 50 Points — Destiny Allen, Grace Bufkin, Peyton Coleman, Ja’kayle Hawkins, Troy Jarrett, Rodney Kemper, Laken Koestler, Kalee Morgan, Danny Roach, Nicholas Roberts, April Salinas, Jomarlin Smith, Willie Smith and Jadyn Stone; 75 Points — Cortez Hardy, Vincent Liu, Keven Neal and Demetris Valentine; 100 Points — Dillion Nevels; and 125 Points — Katlynn Burleigh and Stephanie Roach.

* Christmas holidays will be Monday–Jan. 2, 2009. Intercession is Jan. 5-8, 2009. Second semester will resume Jan. 9.

Warren Central Intermediate

* Special area Star Class of the Week was Lorraine Williams.

* PTA and parents sponsored a winter ball for students. Volunteer David Chase assisted with the school float.

* Vivian Brown’s class was named Star Class of the Week.

* Kimberly Bolls’ class was rewarded with a pizza party by Christopher Scott.

* The school won the Festival of Trees contest. The entry, “U.S.A. for Those Who Serve,” featured family members’ pictures as ornaments. Janie Williams and Joyce Johnson assisted with the decorating.

Warren Central Junior High

* Students selected as Students of the Month from Thor’s Superstars pod for the first semester were Jaelyn Young, Jesse Johnson, Sean Mason, Tyla Johnson, Treyveon Craig, Lyndsay Reed, Julia Matson, Ashley Porter, Colby Russom, Emily Fuller, Myrsadie Wilson, Marcus Hicks, Claire Kendall, Nicholas Harmon, L’Michael Amos and Nehemiah Taylor.

* Semester exams began Tuesday. Third and fourth period exams are today; fifth and sixth period exams will be Thursday; and seventh period exams will be Friday, a 60 percent day with no lunch.

* Full-color yearbooks are on sale for $30. Students should see Marla Bonelli, yearbook sponsor.

* Warren Junior choir received first place in the Vicksburg caroling contest. Choir members presented a program on Tuesday at Vicksburg Junior High.

* Second semester resumes Jan. 9 for all students.


* Robyn Lea, Shelley Hearn and Freda Patterson of State Farm presented copies of “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” to all kindergartners.

* Reading Fair winners were as follows: Classroom projects, K-3 — Ida Allen’s second grade, first place; Classroom projects, 4-6 — Shajuan Carter’s sixth grade, first place; family projects, kindergarten — Abigail Hughes, first place; Keshaun Perkins, second place; family projects, first grade — Najee Carter, first place; Joleecia Moore, second place; and Jarius Cobbs, third place; family projects, second grade — Niyah Davis, first place and best of fair; Maury Garcia, second place; Kayla Ainsworth, third place; and Asia Brown, Tristen Buford, Andre Ranis, William Shelby, Ethan Ferguson and Destiny Swartz, honorable mention; family projects, third grade — Jon Bantugan, first place; Litzy Garcia, second place; Lucas Damas, third place; and Nicole Hartley, Branden Johnson, Zachary Moore, SeDria McKinley, Ashanti Mackey, Jasmine Cobbs and Jeffery Scott, honorable mention; family projects, fourth grade — Jacob Cochran, first place; Miyah Madison, second place; James Brown, third place; and Zak Abdeen, Stacy Houston and Santa Fe Bunch, honorable mention; family projects, fifth grade — Scott Cox, first place; Markitta Reed-Hunter, second place; and Ar’Kirra Brown, third place; family projects, sixth grade — Ashley and Faith Meredith, first place; individual projects, third grade — Leyla Shelton, first place; Lakendria Ray, second place; Robert Friley, third place; and Rosie Dickey, honorable mention; individual projects, fourth grade — Charles Swartz, first place and best of fair; Taevion Doss, second place; Kerricka McRunnels, third place; and Christopher Brown, Judah Gutierrez, Jordan Hasty, Quaterrah Carter and Deneshia Howard, honorable mention; individual projects, fifth grade — Cedric Johnson, first place; Jennifer Shelton, second place; Deontae Carson, third place; and Luquisheon Sparks, Leiana Thornell and Tilexeis Jones, honorable mention; and individual projects, sixth grade — Arianna Russell, first place; Teaghen Daffron, second place; Robbie Love, third place; and De’Arimus Smith, honorable mention. Coordinator was Rose Mary Palermo; judges were Shelia Betts, Christina Cochran, Fred Lee, Shirlene Matthews, Flavia Overman, Michael Palermo, Lakeshia Perkins, Debbie Tate and Dianne Wilder. First-third place winners will compete in the district fair Jan. 13 at Vicksburg City Auditorium.

* Right on Target Award winners were kindergartner Taylor Harrigill, manners; first-grader Jaylen Davis, helper; second-grader Zyria DeFrance, respect; third-grader Ryan Files, following rules; fourth-grader Alex Avila, thinking through math; fifth-grader Jasmine East, conduct; and sixth-grader Ashley Meredith, assignment completion.

* Vicksburg Junior High cheerleaders Christage Brooks, Amber Carter, Ebony Davis, Jazzlyn Harris, Tabitha Hayden, Kala Hunter, Nikkita Hunter, Kendra James, Shanell Jenkins, Hollie Johnson, Victoria Lewis, Denita Preacely, Jamee Smith, Kiara Stevenson, Erin Stirgus, Morgan Sullivan, Tim’Miera Taylor, Nicole Thomas, Korri Wells, Cambrea Williams, Justice Williams and Jakesa Wilson read Christmas stories for kindergartners and first-graders and conducted cheer routines for sixth-grade girls. They were accompanied by Linda Powell and Deatra Robinson, sponsors.

* Top Accelerated Readers for the week were as follows: first grade — Lexi Wester, Erickah Tucker, Derrick Funches, Johnjala Wince, John Michael Wilkerson, Rose Robertson, Lane Tucker and Kenneth Watts; second grade — Eduardo Fernandez, William Shelby, Madison Wilkerson, Anthony Walker and Zyria DeFrance; third grade — Jon Bantugan, Lucas Damas, Destinee Shaifer, Sedria McKinley and Ashanti Mackey; fourth grade — Shunterrance Walton, Lakedra Gray, Makayla Wallace, Sarah Heister and Kiera Doss; fifth grade — Lucy Kelly, Taylen Smith, Courtney White, Justin Mann, Tilexeis Jones, Ashlyn Spiers and Char’Kela Anderson; and sixth grade — Ishmael Pendleton, Ariana Russell, Brittany Hunter, Tinikia Moore and De’Arimus Smith.