School-by-school|Agape Montessori

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 16, 2009

• Using nomenclature cards, Primary Montessori students painted life-size body parts and made paper mouth models after a study of their bodies.

• Lois Christian’s class participated in a read-a-thon by selecting books to read each day and reporting to the class about the books.

• Susan Daene’s class conducted “book-in-a-bag” reports by giving oral reports on books and sharing objects about the book from a paper bag. Daene’s students also prepared the school garden for new plantings.

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• Fifth-grade students of Beverly Maynord and Wanda Smith made animal classification projects for display outside the classroom.

• Grandparents were invited to an “All-American” lunch and a photo session in the school gym. They were greeted by volunteers dressed as Uncle Sam, the Statue of Liberty and sports figures.

• Parent volunteers who assisted with Grandparent’s Day were Patricia and Lee Sullivan, Nancy Robinson, Lynn Landers, Angela Jordan, Deann Hill, Tammi Boone, Andrea Taylor, Stephanie Paxton, Heather Murphy, Kim Stribling, Jason Tillman, Danielle Warnock, Susie Payne and photographers Pam Steen and Tim Tompkins. Sixth-graders who assisted with Grandparent’s Day activities were Ja’Ria Andrews, Leondria Harris, Brooke Dillon, Kaitlin Leverette, Brian McHan, Kylie McMaster, Maurtice Milton, Matthew Register, Hannal Reihl, Tori Ross, Carly Grace Stribling, Devin Wells, Bailey Barela and Mya Chappell.

• School Day pictures will be Monday.

• Students in grades 3-5 are studying seeds, mealworms, cells and plant adaptations in the new science lab with Janice Strickland of Delta State University.


• After a study of the letter T, kindergartners of Alisa Harvey, Queietasha Younger and Amanda Gordon held a teddy bear picnic. They wore ties and ate Teddy Grahams.

• Lana Hand’s second- and third-grade GATES students created oceans in a bottle and wrote stories about them. Fifth- and sixth-graders created mummies and art after a study of Egypt. Andrea Bonelli’s fourth-grade GATES students created modes of neurons and axons following a study of the brain. Megan Cook was a guest reader.

• Pledge leaders for the week were Dustin Rogers, Kaitlyn Moore, Cole Schweit-zer, Charles Thomas, Alanah Gardner, Jermon Walker and Kobe Johnson. Student Council leaders for the week were Maiya Prevot and Desha Williams.

• Kelso awards were distributed to Maddi Hewitt, Annie Caston, Kaleb Sheppard, Antonio Henderson, Terrance Simpson, DeArius Henyard, Destiny Shettles, Jermon Walker, Charles Thomas, Ashton Gill, Shelby King, Alanah Gardner and Callie Schweitzer.

• Parent volunteers Stacy Horton, Claudia Lynn, Kathy Walters and Stephanie Lloyd assisted with Grandparent’s Day lunch/celebration. Betty Hearld assisted in Denice Poe’s classroom; top Accelerated Readers were Andrea Pecot, Jackson Phillips and Terrance Simpson. Zelda Cole’s fourth grade was rewarded for having the most parents participate in Back-to-School Night.


• Parent helpers for the week were Nancy Carr, Ruth Wilkerson, Theresa Brooks, Holly Chewning, Ashley Jennings, Sheri Wallace, Rob Wallace, Kelly Carraway, Renee Tate, Tracey Beers, Brandy Katzenmeyer, Polly Smith, Alicia Whitfield, Shelly Prescott, Mary Erwin, Stacey Springfield, Dawn Patterson, Darcy Cardwell and Lavette Burnham.

• Scott Wallace, Rachel Garmon, Aaraunea Stamps, Tylah Magee and Zoe Jennings received the Manners Spoon for their cafeteria manners. Rachel, Zoe and Jane Hopson participated in reading with the principal.

• Cindy Blades’ fifth-grade science classes made models of blood after a study of the circulatory system. First-grade students of Florence Njiti and Diane Liddell decorated a box to collect nature treasures on the playground after reading “Todd’s Box.”

• Kelsey Lockridge was named Student of the Week in Jordan Amborn’s third-grade class.

• Top Accelerated Reader classes for the week were Neeli Watts’ sixth grade, Tondia Ferracci’s fourth grade and Nadia Andrews’ second grade. Top readers were as follows: first grade — Benjamin Talbot, Brandon Steed, Timothy Ross, Jane Hopson, Neil Sanipari and Macy Watts; second grade — J’Meiha Allen, Mason Patterson and Michell Lynn; third grade — Abigail Wallace, Amberly Wilkes and Anna Callender; fourth grade — Colby Sweeney, Nick Anderson, Anna Kay Fielder, George Wilkerson, Beth Fortner and Makayla Cowan; fifth grade — Leah Brown, Sarah Chipley, Trevor Talbot, Jonah Juve, Georgia Upshaw and Alex Velazquez. Students recognized for AR certification were Makayla Cowan, Hope Lee and George Wilkerson, rising reader certification; Derrick Davis, Leah Brown, James Sanders, Max Wamsley, Alex Velazquez, Joel Erves, Sarah Chipley and Trevor Talbot, super reader certification; John Austin Burris, Emily Tingle, Madison Kendall, Kailynn McCar-ley, Tess Frazier, Kaylynne Wallace, Elizabeth Boyd and Olivia Oakes, advanced reader certification; and Kaylynne Wallace, Madison Kendall and Elizabeth Boyd, star reader certification. Those meeting semester goals were fifth-grader Trevor Talbot and sixth-graders Madison Kendall and Elizabeth Boyd. Grandparent volunteer Tom Quaid created a large rocket ship as an AR incentive for first-graders.

Dana Road

• Chris Williams’ third-graders who served as pledge leaders were Darlene Heard, Reginald Johnson, Katerine Munoz and Jacques Smith.

• Mary Lindsey’s first-graders made a patriotic mural in observance of 9/11.

• First-grade students of Faye Corson and Pat Turner made egg-carton ants and labeled their body parts.

• After a study of bridges, Brooke Hughes’ students who shared books, pictures and articles about bridges were JoAngelo Butler, Patrick Jinkins, Kareem Cobbs and Hannah Norman. The family of LaCaris Johnson completed a poster about working together.

• Top Accelerated Readers for the week were Nathan Mosley, Viraj Patel, Kisha Patel, Ollie Dixon, Zoe West, Averiana Scott, Landen Kinder, Kathryn Goss, Shan’niyah Lockridge and Channing Adams.

Hinds Career and Technical

• As part of a study of written communication, Marketing I students typed inter-office memos and wrote directions to get from the school to their homes. Students followed directions using Legos as part of a verbal communication exercise.

• Investigators Daniel Thomas and Troy Kimble of the Vicksburg Police Department spoke to second-year marketing students about business security to assist the students in a business project.

Little People’s Learning Center

• Ciara Howard was chosen VIP student in Tamika Butler’s class. Tyrone Jackson was chosen VIP student in Wanda Wilson’s class.

• Grandparent volunteers provided a meal as part of a Labor Day celebration.

• Students of Tamika Butler and Wanda Wilson created cards to give to grandparents on Grandparent’s Day.

Porters Chapel

• Top Accelerated Reader students for the week were as follows: first grade — Bailey Andrews, Katie Davidson, Gunner Hutchins, Amberlyn Kelley, Landon Kraemer, Ethan Patel, Brianna Poole, Morgan Smith and Audrey Woodruff; second grade — Hailie Baswell, Nathan Bullock, Devin DeWeese, Brittnee Martin, Tristan Pickering, Jared Smith, Joshua Smith and Luke Yocum; third grade — Kaylan Means; fourth grade — Josh Aria, Michael Brewer, Crosby Dotson, Gracie Felker, Kylie Fleming, Kyle Guider and Lezlie Whitehead; fifth grade — Cody Bryant, Garrett Hutchins, Rebekah Rogers and Skylar Williams; sixth grade — Booth Buys, Bryce Fleming, Kyle Learned, Anna Masterson, Brandon Muirhead, Allison Nunnelee, Griffin Nunnelee, Brooke Palmer, Finley Rollison, Nicholas Stump and Trey Wright.

• Eagle 4-H is collecting coupons for overseas military personnel.

• Melissa Whitehead’s career discovery students are making “all about me” projects.


• Pledge leaders for the week were Autumn Lee, Drew Lewis, Emma Lingle, Camden Kurtz, Cedric Kelly and McKenzie Keller.

• Top Accelerated Readers for the week were Haley Oldenburg, Kennedi Fitzgerald, Landon Ledbetter, Richard Butler, Dorniesha Qualls, Michaela Mobley, Morgan Stewart, Lauren Summerlin, Theresa Hamilton, Lacey Garner, Zach Shedd, Joshua Hallberg, Ken Hall, Chucky Jones, Cameron Pratt, Aniya Sanders, Jordan Lee, Emma Lingle, Brandon Burton, Mallory Pratt, Kyle Dupree and Ashlea Raney.

• Angela Coleman’s students who earned a Kelso award were Avery Mabe, Antonio Blackmore, Christian Jones, Jamie Lee Boyd and Nathan Sibley.

• Shonda Morson’s first-graders painted shoeboxes to use in their search for treasure around the school after reading “Todd’s Box.” Letitia Fitzgerald’s GATES classes made sea dioramas.

• Volunteers assisting in serving lunch to 427 grandparents were Robbie Whitaker, Lorraine Lee, Jack Pace, Brian Parker, Misty Stockstill, Lisa Boleware, Angie O’Brien, Pam Smith and Daphne Turner. Students serving as ambassadors who assisted were Noah Nielson, Samuel King, Marrisa Brown, Brianna Parks, Deja Ivory, Michaela Mobley, Morgan Jarabica and Jessica Roberts.

Sherman Avenue

• Third-grade students of Heather Williams, Nancy Hicks and Christy Montgomery who were honored as members of the 100 Club Table for making 100 percent on Benchmark tests were Calvi Cattlin, Natalie Clanton, Ronnisha Davis, Adriana Johnson, Skyler Wright, Jalen Lumpkin, Carley Smith, Karmen Pickering, Luis Angel, Kari Arthur, Jim Battle, Taylor Byrne, Kristofer Clark, Donald Dillion, Jon Erekson, Zury Gonzales, Shanea Guise, Adison Hearn, Ryne McCallum, Vertez Shorter, Sophia Speights, D’Markus Chambers, Quinterrius Green, Kamry Parker, Jehari Riley, Eddie Ross, Hannah Toney, A.J. Vaughn, Janicea Wilson and Hunter Lee. The students enjoyed lunch with District 4 Supervisor Bill Lauderdale.

• Kindergartners chosen as Students of the Month were Kaylin Ross, Jordan Townes, Reynard Gray, Morgan Crump, Jaylenn Hemphill, Ariana Woodson, Ja’Dereka Jones and Genesis Thomas.

• Students chosen as the week’s Rock Stars in Margie Heltzel’s music class were JaKyla Hawkins, Yessica Barboza, Moesha Pam, Carlos Richardson, Camea Dixon, Jasmine Turner, Cameron Stamps, Brianna Daughtry, Bri’Shawna Bell, D’Kobe Crump, Daniel Thomas, Ethan Erekson, Emma Rowland, Shy’rell Myles, Trikia Collins, Talia Hardaway, Kierra Minor, Ken’Aryieal Cox, Aranza Angel, Kylah Neal, Jabari Bowman, Anthony Warfield, Brennan Parham, Rashad Williams, Kaylin Ross, Alyssa Thomas, Skye May, Jon Erekson, Frank Bradley, JaKevion Lawson, Kaley Stamps, Ashanti Hardin, Vansh Chanhan, Gregory Taylor, Gabriel Hodge, De’Arryona Harris, Kiara Hardges, Anyah Thompson, Cameron Perkins, DeMarcus Williams, Cornelius Brown, Tamera Smith, Derrick Butler, Zackary Montpelier and Jackson Skeens.

• Students who earned a trip to the Kelso store for making positive behavior choices were Jasmine Banks, Tamira Bohanon, Taylor Briggs, Stephanie Carter, Keithia Chiles, Jazlyn Coles, Daryl Collins, Ken’Aryieal Cox, Priscilla Crist, Morgan Crump, Blake Crumpler, Briana Daughtry, Derrick Demby, Haleigh Erwin, Skylar Etheridge, Keshon Evans, Tiana Gaskin, A’Toni Griffin, Kiara Hardges, Maurice Hill, Bianca Hollis, Taliyah Jenkins, Joshua Jennings, Jamecca Jones, Kayla Jordan, Tsuki Larkins, Megan Lenel, Ashanti Lewis, Je’Juan Lias, Anna Claire Love, Andi McKay, Ka’Miya Miller, TyRonda Mitchell, Serenity Montgomery, Tre’darius Moore, Shy’rell Myles, Donald Nelson, Ta’Nysha Newsome, Emma Rowland, Taylen Smith, Brian Snowden, Bobbie Sorrells, Kaley Stamps, Ja’Kwuan Thompson, Michael Tyler, Spencer Warren, Laney Whitten, BreAnna Williams, DeMarcus Williams, Jasmine Williams and Ashlyn Wright.

St. Aloysius

• Wayne Seitz, with parent volunteers and staff members, hosted a fish fry in the cafeteria for faculty members and their families, St. Joseph high school faculty, the diocesan superintendent and former priests.

• Library Club officers for 2009-2010 are Lauren Rabalais, president; Anna Haygood, vice president; Ellen Whitaker, secretary; and Caroline Kemp, treasurer. The club hosts chess and checkers in the library each Friday for high school and junior high school students.

St. Francis Xavier

• The school will celebrate a Mercy Day Mass at 9 a.m. Tuesday, followed by a plaque dedication honoring Sister Cabrini Fagan. Guests will include Mayor Paul Winfield, and a tea hosted by the PTO will follow in the library.

• Karen Calnan’s second-graders are observing humming birds that feed outside their classroom window.

• St. Francis students submitting four or more magazine orders during the QSP fundraiser were able to spin the money wheel at lunch.

• As part of a study of the letter B, preschoolers sampled blueberries and read “Blueberries for Sal.” Tessa Scandizzo made a guest appearance as the character Belle after the students watched “Beauty and the Beast.”

• The Vicksburg Catholic School received the Hometown Hero award presented by Vicksburg Convention Center.

Vicksburg High

• Online retest schedule for state tests is as follows: Biology I, Monday; U.S. History, Tuesday; Algebra I, Sept. 23; English II, Sept. 24; make-ups, Sept. 25.

• The school hosted a Superheroes pep rally to observe 9/11, which included a moment of silence and an invitation by cheerleaders to Pat Sterling Smith, firefighter and VHS teacher, and Cleon Butler, VHS student resource officer, to speak. Football coaches participated in a Superman contest led by the Gator mascot. Caleb White, senior class president, is serving as Gator mascot for the 2009 football season.

• Yearbook staff members are taking orders for senior baby ads until Oct. 2. Order forms are available from Kathy Gibson or online by clicking the yearbook link at Bruckner’s Photography will begin collecting senior portrait orders and make senior picture retakes on Monday. Students must sign up for a time with Gibson.

• Guests in the Mississippi River class were Jim Gutshall, who spoke about levees; Donnie Cool, who spoke about cutoffs on the river; Deborah Cooper, who spoke about dams and reservoirs; and Steve Jones, who spoke about navigation and dredging.

• Angela Carpenter, assistant district attorney, spoke to Carrie Cruthirds’ law-related education class.

Vicksburg Intermediate

• Pledge leaders for the week were Keaira Lawrence, Shianne McGee, Lily Brown, Zaria Anderson, Lizbet Lemus-Angel, Nicholas Crasta and Cody Smith.

• Tammy McCurley’s fourth-graders hung bird feeders made of pine cones, peanut butter and seeds outside the school. Students also made picture frames from old puzzle pieces and decorated jars of bath beads for grandparents.

• Students made I Am Proud to be an American posters to observe 9/11. The flag was raised to half staff by AmeriCorps assistants Charlotte Atkins, Adrian Clark, Eunice Robinson and Rosie Tucker, along with Vicksburg High ROTC members Lartriesa Harris, Kristy Williams, Elijah Brown and Otis Willis. Select students and Sgt. Chad Stout, parent volunteer and naval officer, also participated.

• Warren County Deputy Chip Denman spoke to sixth-grade boys about Character Education and his law enforcement career. Teetee Braxton’s students made replicas of the body systems and created puzzles featuring inverse operation of multiplication and division.

• Students who earned participation in “Coloring Outside the Box” were Marquez Dent, Quinterrious McCoy, Donald Lawrence, Gabrielle Johnson, Keyasia Shelton, K’Qeariyona Jones, Key’Darrius Gibbs, Ke’Darrion Parson, Tyreuna Carter, Willisha Johnson and Markayla Mack. Those participating in “Drumming to a Different Beat” were Jamiah Jackson, Kimbrianna Parson, KeAndrea Ringold, Mikeil Rader, Olivia Tilden and Dontae Hedrick.

Warren Central High

• Child development classes are participating in the Baby, Think It Over program using “real” computer infants supplied by the Child Abuse Prevention Center.

• WC Idol preliminaries will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday.

• Baby ads for the 2010 yearbook are due by Sept. 25.

• Bruckner’s Photography will take senior portrait orders in Foyer A during all three lunches Sept. 23. Senior portrait retakes will be Sept. 25 and will include a $30 sitting fee for a formal shot and two casual shots.

• Elected as PTO officers for 2009-2010 were Shirley Stuart, president; John Halpin, vice president; Henrietta Dagher, secretary; Tammy Boolos, treasurer; Carol Cook and Mechelle Stockett, parent liaisons; and Jim Holder, teacher liaison.

Warren Central Intermediate

• The school has expanded curriculum to include Project Wisdom, a character education initiative that will feature Dr. Edward Wiggins, principal, reciting quotations daily from historic figures or modern heroes.

Warren Central Junior High

• Good behavior committee members sponsored a back-to-school dance Friday.

• Mutual Credit Union donated suckers to Lana Fuller’s science classes as good behavior rewards.


• Top Accelerated Readers for the week were as follows: first grade — Chloe Bailess, Abigail Hughes, Arieanna Joyner, Katlyn Caponis, Dylan Cochran, Taylor Nixon and Ja’Niah Burnett; second grade — Carlos Richardson, Erickah Tucker, Jacob Wren, Lexi Wester, Deandre McCalpin, Jarius Cobbs and Najee Carter; third grade — William Shelby, Asia Brown, Ethan Ferguson, Andre Ranis, De’Corius Barnes and Madison Wilkerson; fourth grade — Zachary Moore, Jon Bantugan, Shondrea Parson, Demetria Harris, Jasmine Cobbs, Michael Sims and Kenneth Bershell; fifth grade — Stacey Houston, Edgar Loyola, Kaylin Derrington, Elisha Bridges, Brandon Shaifer, Jason Lee and James Brown; sixth grade — Kishuna Flowers, Tamya Hackett, Taylen Smith, Alex Curtis and Alysssa Pugh. Top reader was Zachary Moore.

• Linda Gibson’s third-graders are germinating seeds and incorporating math to make predictions. Caleb Gibson shared shells, sand dollars and ocean animals with fourth-grade GATES students. Kindergartners celebrated Grandparent’s Day, and grandparents of Olivia Lee’s students participated in a hat show.

• Selected as members of the 2009-2010 Honor Choir were fifth-graders Michael James, Lakedra Gray, Phillip Beck, Zak Abdeen, Yashica Brown, Kiera Doss, Kynsley Jones, Joe Washington, Kerricka McRunnels, Makenzie Lynch, Kiarra Lyons, Quatavia Burkley, Nakedria Drayton, Jason Lee and Deneshia Howard and sixth-graders Deandre Davis, Alyssa Pugh, Race McCool, Alexis Jackson, Gene Cage, Courtney Odoms, Taylen Smith, Kayla Buell, Leianna Thornell, Shelbi Powell, Breanna Myers, Darius Tucker, Haden Hataway, Elishia Howard, Aaliah Myles and Myisha Jackson. They are under the direction of Kelda Bailess.

• Shajuan Carter’s sixth-graders created Indian villages after a study of Native Americans.

• Parent volunteers who assisted in Christina Cochran’s class were Vicki Wester, Kelda Bailess and Niki Thompson. The students hosted a bubble party to celebrate good test grades. Angeline Baker’s fifth-graders are serving as weekly reading buddies to Cochran’s students.