School by school

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 18, 2009


* Pledge leaders for the week were Jagger Weekly, Jessica Williams, Cameron Bracey, Shelby Hartley, Zachary Hulett, Kelvin Blackmore, Synthia Goodson, Jaden Wilson, Sierra Solomon and Kailya Brown.

* Top Accelerated Readers were Jack Shelton, Kylah Steadman, Brittany Adams, Bethany Johnson, Brittany Nelson, Justin Detreick, Shelby Hartley, Jagger Weekly, Cameron Bracey, Wes Bryan, Clayton Thurman, Caydee Schweitzer, Sarah Lewis, Logan Hardin, Maddie Henderson and Anna Katherine Hoben.

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* Gail Campbell’s first-graders labeled turtle life cycles and made turtles from sticks and buttons after a reptile unit. They also made robots as part of a family project. First-grade classroom helpers for the week were De-metra Bryan, Dixie Redditt, Mandy Weekly, Alecia Harrison, Gena Carrick, Janell Bracey and Angela Busby.

* Dixie Henry’s fifth-graders served as reading buddies with Gail Campbell’s first-graders.


* Pledge captains for the week were fifth-graders DeShun Younger, Ivan Burns, Megan Green and Seara Herdt.

* In conjunction with their weekly story, Neeli Watts’ third-graders wrapped baked goods, priced them and peddled them to faculty members and students. The class raised $145, which they donated to the American Cancer Society.

* Sen. Briggs Hopson spoke to Carolyn Bradley’s fifth-graders about government.

* Accelerated Reader Classes of the Week were Neeli Watts’ third grade and Carolyn Bradley’s fifth grade. Top readers were as follows: kindergarten — Neil Sanipara, Jane Hopson and Macy Watts; first grade — Kelcee Ables, Madisyn Peterson, Simran Patel, Tommy Martin and Michell Liu; second grade — Abigail Wallace, Allie Hilderbrand, Machia Lumpkin, Braxton Chewning, Tameya Tinsley and Addie Beth Hale; third grade —  Jake Leist, Kendrick Myles, Beth Fortner, Christian Oakes, Peyton Rushton, Joseph Johnson and Tori Rowland; fourth grade — Jonathan Jackson, Emme Robbins, Olivia White, Sarah Chipley, John Wilkinson, Annabeth Breeden, Mary Beth Davis, Charlie Martin, Jasmine Stevenson and Georgia Upshaw; and sixth grade — Nathan Fox, Barbara Ann Ahlvin, Anirudh Aditya, Avery Parman, Tristan Rushton, Amy Dixon, Erin Ingram, Jordan Patterson and Alex Martinez. Sarah Chipley met her semester goal.

* Parent volunteers for the week were Cheryl Boyd, Crystal Pettway, Angie Talbot, Latasha Jackson, Andrea Foster, Catina Stamps, Danyel Waites, Marquita Connor, Virginia Connor, Korshae Jones, Tiffany DeJesus, Deidra Hills, Angie Jones, Ronda Lee, Jamal Lee, Suzie Quaid, Teresa Brooks, Nancy Carr, April Outlaw, Peggy Gouras, Renee Tate, Bradley Barnes, Wendy Hardy, Kellye Car-lisle, Lillian Harris, LaToya Lumpkin, Rose James, Chandra Flowers, Michelle Ross, Shannon Daniels, Samuel Winchester, Rhonda Dorsey, Penny Ables, Amy Wilkes, Ness Kingdom, Pam Parman, Lula Butler, Kathy Cain, Mike Carlisle, Sidra Barnes, Amanda McMillian, Donna Embry, Christy Hale, Audrey Robbins, Camille Buxton, Renee Bailey, Dawn Barnes, Melanie Tucker, Luz Martinez and Brandi Katzenmeyer.

Dana Road

* The school will host Family Literacy Night from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; more information is available by calling 601-619-2340. The library will host a Scholastic Book Fair March 26-April 1.

* Rebecca Pace, lead teacher, spoke to first-graders of Tricia Bradley and Cassie Burgess. She shared stories of growing up on a farm.

* Kindergarten classes of Audrey Tolliver and Marlene Brooks ate green eggs and ham after attending the VHS production of “Seussical.”

* After reading “Max Found Two Sticks,” Ashley Cessna’s second-graders created rhythms using student-made drumsticks. VIS band members performed songs for the class.

* Report cards will be sent home March 25.

First Presbyterian

* Gloria Sullivan’s kindergartners wrote and illustrated stories about their families.

* Shannon Bell’s pre-kindergartners made posters, kits and graphs as part of a spring weather unit. They also created mosaic fish.

* Lynnette Smith’s 3-year-olds conducted a wind experiment as part of a weather study. They made and decorated kites for the classroom. Angie Rosado-Torres was named Student of the Week.

* Two-year-olds finger-painted spring pictures.

* Kari Dupree’s 1-year-olds painted speckled frogs on logs after reading “10 Little Speckled Frogs.”

Hawkins Preschool

* Jean James’ 2-year-olds made handprint lambs and shamrocks.

* Charlene Gravens’ 3-year-olds visited the Humane Society to deliver items they collected. They painted letters for their first names.

* Heather Jackson’s 3-year-olds painted with violet as part of a study of the letter V and collected items for the Humane Society.

* Mona Pace’s 4-year-olds read “Very Hungry Caterpillar,” “Very Quiet Cricket” and “Very Busy Spider” as part of a study of the letter V.

* Sue Van Den Akker’s 4-year-olds wait for spring by making flower vases and watched real caterpillars turn into butterflies.

Jacob’s Ladder

* Students gathered bulletins from The Church of the Holy Trinity, Episcopal, and dusted books at the Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library, where they are learning different sections of the library.

* Robin Smith was an Area 10 athlete representative for Special Olympics at the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Campaign Angel Drive. Proceeds will provide new T-shirts for Special Olympics event participants.

* Ann Sherlock rewarded students with ice cream for their help in making a Weekend of Renewal table topper. Students made milkshakes with the ice cream.

* Allayn Bufkin, Carol Bufkin and Robin Smith attended a movie and pizza party at Tang So Doo. Misty Grantham, Matt McKay, Matthew Grogan, Will Conway and Robin Smith worked at their respective jobs during the week; all students swept downtown business entrances.

* School is closed for the week.

Porters Chapel

* Amberlyn Kelley, K5 student, was named top Accelerated Reader for the third nine-weeks.

* Report cards will be distributed to students March 27.

* Students who competed in the District III West Spelling Bee were fourth-grader Rebekah Rogers; fifth-grader Booth Buys, third place; sixth-grader Frankie Greer, fourth place; seventh-grader Anne Elizabeth Buys; and eighth-grader Elizabeth Holloway, third place.

Sherman Avenue

* Students honored with a visit to the Kelso Store for making positive behavior choices were Aranza Angel, Diamond Appleton, Sha-Kera Austin, Ciana Barnes, Denishae Barnett, Dontavius Bell, Aaliayah Berry, Naperia Blackmore, Tamira Bohanon, Jabari Bowman, Ashley Bracey, Arionna Brown, Derrick Brown, Justin Brown, Kaitlin Brown, Keishun Daughtry, Dezmen Davis, Jeffrey Diaz, Haleigh Erwin, Jamarious Evans, Rashad Flaggs, Darius Flenoid, Ken’Tavious Ford, Aaron Freeman, Amaya Goodwin, Adrionna Green, Daryl Green, Kendrick Hamlin, Talia Hardaway, Tymetric Harper, De’Arryona Harris, Joshua Haskin, Rolando Hernandez, Willie Hicks, Aniston Hughes, Kaylee Hoeft, Matthew Hunter, Tre’Veyon Huntley, Sarah Grace Jabour, Harvey Jackson, Kenzavyain Jackson, Sean Jackson, Jamya Jefferson, Alexis Jenkins, Taylor Jennings, Dylan Johnson, Kayla Jordan, Kalob Kackley, Demetrias King, Michayla King, Hana Larkins, Dylan Lick, Damien Love, Lexie McBroom, Thaddius McCloud, Angel McGee, Andi McKay, LaMaya Miller, Zack Montpelier, Denkeis Moore, Kaitlynn Mosley, Searra Odom, Camila Parga, Carldarius Parson, Simran Patel, Miguel Prew-itt, Jakayla Roby, Kalee Ross, K’Ce Ross, Domonisha Rowan, Jaden Sanders, Aliyha Selvy, Aaliyah Sims, Hailey Slade, Shemar Smith, Ty’Arnica Smith, Bobbie Sorrels, Ronnie Stewart, Jacob Tanner, Gregory Taylor, Senclair Taylor, Alyssa Thomas, Logan Thomas, Anyah Thompson, Jaylon Trisby, Cedric Truitt, T’Ettia Tubwell, Kodie Turland, Quawn Turner, Kendrania Vample, Chiana Walker, Deston Walker, Megan Walsh, Justise Watts, Kameron Wicker, Ashanti Williams, Brianna Williams, Jasmine Williams, Ashlyn Wright, Lonia Wright, Allen Young and Kevin Zhang.

South Park

* Fourth-graders recognized for character were rewarded with a visit to the Lenten Art Series at The Church of the Holy Trinity, Episcopal.

* Lin Cheslek, nurse and grandparent volunteer, spoke to Susan McKinnie’s students about healthy snacks and exercise.

* Fifth-graders Zac Coomes, Ashley Winstead and Charity Davis are serving as tutors in Bobbie Smith’s first-grade class.

* Ruth Fraysier’s third-graders who achieved reading goals for the third nine-weeks were Jason Benard (most points), LaBrone Chapman, Austin Cheslek (highest average), Matthew Hall, Colton Jamison, Savannah Kennedy, Jacob Mergner, Brittney Palmer, Susan Rogers, Kyley Ryals, Kevin Stampley, Lexi Stewart, Raven Thompson, Jesslynn Wicker and Jewel Williams.

* Jennifer Prudhomme’s students viewed Civil War documentaries to complete a study of the war.

St. Aloysius

* Faculty members beat the students in two basketball games to benefit the seniors. More than $1,400 was raised.

* Students raised more than $200 as part of the “Fast Food for Fast Change” fund-raiser.

* Students are collecting canned goods for the Community Food Pantry.

* Spring Break is ongoing; classes resume Monday.

* Sophomores Everett Bexley and Victoria Mekus attended the Get Motivated leadership seminar in Jackson.

St. Francis

* As part of a study of the letter W, kindergarten students of Zena Phillips and Janie Hollowell celebrated Wacky Wednesday by wearing mismatched clothes.

* First- and second-graders presented “Marvelous March,” a music program.

* Students are participating in a T-shirt design contest for Play-a-Day-in-May-Away. The winning designer will receive $25 and a shirt.

* Faculty members attended a Diocesan Professional Development Day in Jackson.

Vicksburg High

* Participants who assisted seniors with their annual mock interview process were Paul Winfield, attorney; Laura Kaufman, Dexter Johnson and Michael Matthews, Regions Bank; Ramona Warren and Toni Lowe, Waterways Experiment Station; Denetra Taylor, cognitive development; Angela Jenkins, AJA Services; Kenny Watts, Warren Yazoo Mental Health; Sarah Palmer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Gloria James, Mississippi Employment Services; Mike Smith, Staffing Solutions; and James Cooley, Entergy.

* Seniors who participated in job-shadowing were Dominique Taylor, Rodney Beacham, Dorian Carter, Darius Valentine, Catherine Figueroa, Kristin Shelby, Grace Ga-as, Brandy Jackson, Quantina Ransom, Deron Ford, Geron Ford, Glen Gaston, Jermaine Butler, Jazmyne Clyde, Keira Young, Marcus Allen and Jeremy Dotson.

* Nathaniel Williams of Mississippi Employment Services spoke to Jenny Drake’s English classes about resume preparation.

* Students inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame were Claiborne Bryant, Jazmyne Butler, Catherine Figueroa, Grace Ga-as, Monica Igbokwe, Kamiko Martin, Ariel Ragan, Kristi Shelby, Kiefer Slaton, Cameron Smith, Paul Velazquez, Clarissa Walker and Bowen Woodson.

* Gator Award recipients were Rocio Aguilera, Leashleigh Anderson, Ashlea Brandon, Christine Breazeale, Kurt Cooksey, Mary Quinn DeRossette, Denzell Erves, Brian Fitzgerald, Geron Ford, Lee Grimes, Julianna Jones, Les Lemons, Morris Lias, Emmanuel Lofton and Darius Valentine.

Warren Central Intermediate

* Special Area Star classes for the week were those of  Vivian Brown and Zenobia Harris. Classes receiving Star parties for the nine weeks were those of Kimberly Bolls, Vivian Brown, Atlantis Holt and Rose Kinsey.

* Blockbusters, a student volleyball team coached by Janie Williams, defeated Slammin’ Sisters, a team of faculty members, during a special assembly. Student team members were Jacob Love, Davian Curtis, Zack Rhymer, Lance Keys, Derrick Dotson, Denitra Bracey, Mario Doyle, Denarius Knight, Justin Parker, Taylor Johnson, Deariese Sadberry, Louis Ellis, TreVeon Blackmore, Kiswanis Smith and Malcolm Davis. Scorekeepers were Lakeithia McDaniel and Amanda Guiterrez.


* As part of schoolwide monthly service projects, students raised more than $350 each for the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association and collected more than 250 pairs of shoes for the Salvation Army’s Soles for Souls project.

* Selected by teachers as Students of the Month were Cory Abney, Shanice Bridges, Kayla Buell, Jasmine Cobbs, Craig Gaines, Cameron Grissom, Jillian Hagood, Demetria Harris, Haden Hataway, Stacy Houston, LaDarrius Larry, RoDaecia Lindsey, Tredarious Moore, Alfredo Portillo, Jayla Sims, Lyric Stewart, Jalen Stubbs, Kiana Thomas and Logan Tillman.

* Right on Target award winners were kindergartners Jonathon Newell, helping clean, and Santana Saldana, helping a classmate; first-graders Derrick Funches, sitting quietly, and Johnjala Wince, manners; second-graders Patrick Walton, being polite, and Tacarie Yearby, being attentive; third-graders Christian Chandler, on task, and Tamira Parson, behavior; fourth-graders Chris Brown, helping a kindergartner, and Stacy Houston, cleaning up; fifth-graders Deontae Carson, being considerate, and Ashley Spiers, on task; and sixth-graders Lamont Smith, focusing on work, and Kiana Thomas, positive effort.

* Top Accelerated Readers for the week were as follows: first grade — Lexi Wester, Jaylen Payton, John Michael Wilkerson, Erickah Tucker and Lane Tucker; second grade — Andre Ranis, Deon’tree Smith, Anna Claire Buchanan, Kayla Ainsworth and Char’Davia Anderson; third grade — Sedria McKinley, Jasmine Cobbs, Deborah Hartley and Destinee Shaifer; fourth grade — LaZerick Brown, Kerricka McRunnels, Yashica Brown, Jacob Cochran and Quatavia Burkley; fifth grade — Larry Jordan, De’Andre Davis, Shelbi Powell, Toni Jackson, Alexis Brooks and Kishuna Flowers; and sixth grade — Ishmael Pendleton, Deanté Drayton, Latoya Williams, Brooke Rigsby and De’Arimus Smith. Top AR classes were Christina Cochran’s first grade, Tammy Wood’s second grade, Zabraida Flowers’ third grade, Twania Spruille’s fourth grade, Angeline Baker’s fifth grade and Velma Wince’s sixth grade.

* Students are selling World’s Finest Chocolate almonds and bars through April 7 to raise money for PTO projects. Parents must return signed permission letters to the school before chocolate will be issued to the student.