School by School

Published 11:00 am Wednesday, May 9, 2012


• Pledge leaders were Presley Laddner, Jaden Thornton, Tyrione Ross, Benjamin Runnels, Caid Sellers, Tyree Sims, Jasmine Jefferson and Cade Walters. Student Council members were Laney Smith and Joseph Ingram. Library helpers were Kylah Steadman and Joseph Ertle.

• Wayne Stroup of Engineers Research and Development Center spoke to fifth-graders about the purpose of ERDC. David Hawthorne spoke to Alisa Harvey’s kindergartners about chickens and shared eggs and an incubator with the students.

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• The school raised $7,564.61 for Relay for Life and was recognized for Volunteers of the Year by the Relay for Life Committee.

• The school’s garage sale will be Saturday. Kindergartners will share songs and treats during a Mother’s Day Tea on Monday.

• PTO officers for 2012-2013 are Tammy Sibley, president; Tanya McCain, vice president; Shannon Hoben, secretary; Amber Sanders and Pam Ertle, fundraising; Sara Leah, marketing; Stacy Horton and Elisa Haggard, special events; and Connie West, teacher representative.


• Ann Marie Jeffers read to the principal. Pledge captains were D’Anfernee Battle, Steed Springfield, Kelsey Lockridge and Kemaria Smith.

• Best Behaved Bears were sixth-graders Myshia Waters, Mia Wamsley, Hope Lee, Jada Lee, Makayla Cowan and Nina Thuha.

• Parent volunteers were Ruth Wilkerson, Traci Whittington, Vickie Free, Sharunda Flagg, Karen Fortner, Pam Martin, Tammy Steen, Emma Marie Anderson, Ali Hopson, Lisa Wamsley, Charlie Walker, Tish Myers, Richard Wilkerson and Lula Butler.

• PTO provided lunch, snacks and desserts for teachers as part of Teacher Appreciation Week.

• Accelerated Reader All-Star classes for April were Michele Sibley’s kindergarten and Nadia Andrews’ third grade. Top readers: kindergarten — Kaitlyn Bell, Lauren Kilroy, Anthony Curtis, Lauren Harmon, Romireya Knight and Christopher Green; first grade — Sha’Kyria Allen, Mateo Byrd, Chaney Parman, Mira Patel, Taylor Stamps and Ja’Kenya Bershell; second grade — Brandon Gilliam, Gordon Wilkerson, Adan Byrd, Jamison Pendleton, Rekia Williams and Madison D. Jones; third grade — Tyla Magee, Macy Watts, Mac Vroman, Bram Francis, Aaron Fox and Benjamin Talbot; fourth grade — Nicholas Tello, John Robert Jabour, Khyrean Jones, Tommy Marin, Tyrique Wilis and Tripp Curtis; fifth grade — Skyler Anderson, Toni Jackson, Taylor Gray, Alaya Burns, Addie Beth Hale and Kemari Smith; sixth grade — Felicity Delgado, Katelyn Morson, Beth Fortner, Makayla Cowan, Karley Whittington and Tanner Hollowell.

Dana Road

• Pledge leaders from the second-grade class of Sheryl Mobley and Yolanda Brown were Theresa Sanchez, Armando Hernandez, Nakia Austin, Derrion Jones, Rigoberto Rivera, Victor Parson, Christopher Torres, Giselle Portillo, Amariah Hill and Jakyla Hawkins.

• Rebecca Pace, lead teacher, hosted Federal Programs meetings for faculty, staff, parents and community members.

• Students were rewarded with popcorn after SAT testing. All library books are due Friday.

• Maj. Thomas Clair of ERDC shared maps with first-grade students of Faye Corson and Robbie Meeks. Jean Sturgis and Betty Pierce donated items for a silkworm habitat to the first-grade classroom of Neely Ming and Pamela Elam after the students made models of the silkworm’s metamorphosis.

• A parent and grandparents celebration will begin at 1 p.m. Monday. Pre-kindergarten program will begin at 6 p.m. May 17. Kindergarten celebration will be at 10 a.m. May 18.

First Presbyterian

• After a unit about the ocean, certified scuba diver Shannon Bell spoke to Gloria Sullivan’s kindergarten class about diving equipment. Students made underwater dioramas. John Robert Rankin was named Star Student.

• Lynnette Smith’s prekindergarten class discussed summer safety and drew pictures of summer activities. Jackson Holden was named Student of the Week.

• Kari Dupree’s 3-year-olds transformed their classroom into an underwater adventure after a study of sea life. Students made rainbow fish, a button octopus and handprint crabs to hang. Adyson Barnes was named student leader.

• As part of a study of the ocean, Teri Conerly’s older toddlers played with sand and shells, listened to waves and observed hermit crabs.

• Rebecca Busby’s younger toddlers used large cups and balls to participate in a bowling activity.

Hawkins Preschool

• Debra Clanton’s 4-year-olds made handprint pillowcases and Mother’s Day gifts. They painted zigzags as part of a study of the letter Z.

• Sue VanDenAkker’s 4-year-olds made handprint classy caterpillars for their classroom.

• After a study of insects, Charlene Gravens’ 3-year-olds made handprint butterflies, thumbprint caterpillars and bug jars for a nature walk. They enjoyed the book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

• Ann Smith’s 2-year-olds prepared for Mother’s Day and enjoyed a birthday party while reading “Dora’s Birthday Surprise.”

• Registration is open for 2012-2013 for ages 1-4. More information is available by emailing or calling 601-636-7051.

Jacob’s Ladder

• Beth Ann Sullender was leader of the week.

• John Black and Harold Blue assisted with yard work at the school.

• Students went on a picnic.

• Students painted sun catchers. 

 • Matt McKay and Misty Grantham assisted with weekly grocery shopping.


• Pledge leaders were Anna Richardson, Jordan Williams, Chase Pearson, Johnny McCool, Christopher Booker, Jeremiah Hyder, Emma Redditt and Aleria Sanders.

• Carter White and Scott Emfinger won overall most points and, along with Alexis Clark, won the most bull’s eyes in the school’s Archery program.

• Students invited to a Nate the Great Mystery pancake party for reading three mystery books and making a 100 on the accompanying Accelerated Reader test were Makenna Boswell (Pancake Queen), Haley Cummins, Kennedi Fitzgerald, Adriana Hughes, Landon Pettway, Brendon Barker, Justin Hasty, Marion Hoover, Avery Mabe, Peyton Collins, Mason Pettway, Sean Slade, Jessica Thomas, Calvin Martin, Makayla Wooten, Alana Austin, Wyatt Devine, Ronnier Hedrick, Sara Pratt, Ken Hall, Haley Blackwell, Catava Davis, Hannah Grace Parker, Donald Bailey, Peyton Mc-Broom, Joey Greer, Tyrone Jackson, Nick Harmon, Seth Watts, Keyona Bland, Kaden Taylor, Hailey Slade, Benicia Gross, Zachary Evans, Kaitlyn Blood, Jason Ashley, Dajah Sanders, Bryce Rebert, Jonathan Thomas and Tyler Jordan.

• Montie Wedel’s students who participated in the spring symbolic migration of monarch butterflies were Kashonda Shelton, Patrice Brown, JaKorius Williams, Curtis Branch, Terell Branch, Jonathan Thomas, Shakira Ortiz, Shandriyah Ritcherson, Zachary Jackson and Jamarion Gray, who received symbolic butterflies made by school children in Vermont, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, North Carolina and Mexico.

• A parent meeting was held Thursday to share ways to prepare students for MCT2 testing this week. Title I/Federal Programs were also discussed. Kindergartners and first-graders visited the Mississippi Children’s Museum in Jackson.

Sherman Avenue

• Kindergarten teachers will be hosting a Mother’s Day Tea in their classrooms Friday.

• Second-graders who scored advanced or proficient on Case 21 assessments were rewarded with wearing clothes of their choice Tuesday. Jamie Moulder’s class received a pizza party for highest scores, and Leslie Lum’s class received a pizza party for greatest percentage increase since the January assessment.

• Field Day/Fun Day will be May 18 for students who have earned 70 Bulldog Bucks. Parent and family volunteers are needed; call 601-638-2409.

• Third-graders attended an MCT2 pep rally Monday and will continue with testing throughout the week. Math portions will be administered Thursday and makeup testing will be Friday.

• The Versatile Civic and Social Club donated clothes for the clothes closet at the school. To donate clothing items contact the school office.

South Park

• Students who have met and exceeded their Accelerated Reader Goals were Josh White, Madison Dubois, Tyrese Robinson, Rheagan Smith, Kiana Stubbs, Emily Bishop, Sam Plummer, Tacarie Stewart and Austen Ware.

Vicksburg Catholic

• Montessori students celebrated Cinco de Mayo by cooking Mexican food in their classroom.

• Mrs. Calnan’s class participated in a plant project using treated and non-treated pumpkin seeds with Drs. Steven Larson and Heather Smith of ERDC. The class invented a special polymer coating that was used on some of the seeds.

• St. Francis held a prayer service, May Crowning, in honor of Mary on the playground. Students presented the statue of Mary flowers after she was crowned by sixth-grader Adrienne Eckstein and flower girl Montesari Angelina Miniacci; Sixth-graders who read for the service were Connor Clark, Ali Grace Cook, Emme Connell, Ryan Jarratt, Brooklyn Richards and Cole Yearwood. Music was under the direction of Caroline Gatling.

• Tiffany Keen’s third-grade class planted flowers along the sidewalk to the playground as part of their science class.

• Fourth-grade students of Martha Amborn and Shelley Nosser decorated bear drawings that are displayed in the hallway as a part of their social studies.

Vicksburg Intermediate

• Pledge leaders for the week were Darlene Heard, Kemari Watkins, Dennis Cage, Deontre’ Williams and Le’Aja Seymon.

• McDonald’s donated breakfast food for Teacher Appreciation Week and Patel Punjabhai of Subway donated cookies for the Accelerated Reader reward party. Vicksburg High cheerleaders and the VHS Gator mascot participated in the VIS MCT2 pep rally.

• VIS Field Day schedule: May 17 — third grade, 9 a.m.; fourth grade, noon; May 18 — fifth grade, 9 a.m.; sixth grade, noon.

• VIS Retirement Reception honoring Deborah Potts, Patricia Powel, Alicia Sharp and Tillman Whitley will be 4-5:30 May 21 in the gym. Awards Day will be May 22: sixth grade, 9-11 a.m.; APT class, noon-12:45 p.m.; grades 1-3, 1-3 p.m. All parents are invited.

• Yearbooks, $30, may be purchased from Mary June Cooksey in the foyer each morning.

Vicksburg Junior High

• Accelerated Readers for the month of April were Larry Jordan, Jessica Parson, Ashley Moore, Rikaiyah Winters, Isaiah Spencer, Bill Cohen, Stephanie Roach, Brittany Brewer, Edward Auttonberry, Chris Harden, David Frost and Leiana Thornell.

• MCT2 Math test will be Thursday.

• MCT2 Pep rally was on May 4 with the Rev. Dexter Jones and Vicksburg High School seniors Cameron Cooksey and Diana Kariuki. Seventh and eighth-grade Step Group, Faculty Step Group, VJHS Mime Team and cheerleaders, VHS Gator Girls Squad and Generation Free Step Team performed.

Warren Central High

• A family-pack basket featuring a jersey, T-shirts, visor, notebook, mug, water bottle, children’s spirit items and more is being offered by the Relay for Life team as a silent auction item. Bidding started at $50 and will be open until noon Friday in the library.

• The 2012 Valhalla yearbook may be purchased for $80 from Ginger Ehrhardt in the library.

• Reflections, the WCHS literary magazine, is on sale for $2 in room 406.

• Jo Ann Oliver has been selected as the Read 180 teacher for the Vicksburg Warren School District. Deanna Christmas has been selected as a Read 180 Star Student.

Warren Central Intermediate

• Students attended an MCT2 pep rally Monday with the Life Learning Coalition. Math MCT2 will be administered Thursday, and makeup testing will be Friday.

• Students treated to lunch were Zaundria Norman, Kaitlyn Shelton, Terri Ann Williams, Standarius Spize, Shemar Smith, Cedric Gleese, La’Nayia Williams, Precious Porter, Ronnisha Davis, Tamia Smith, Mya Shorter, Delisia Ross, Michael Miller, Aryn Grear, Kevin Jones, Charmane Burden and Taylor Watson.

• Nine weeks exam schedule: Tuesday — reading and science; May 16 — language and social studies; May 17 — math and spelling.

• Awards Day for grades 3-5 will be May 21. Sixth-grade celebration will be May 22.

• Field Day/Blow Out will be May 23.

Warren Junior High

• Max Wamsley, Nick Wright, Emily Tingle and Elizabeth Boyd participated in the eCYBERMISSION component of the Army Educational Outreach program, a web-based competition encouraging students to become more active in STEM education. They won the state championship and were a regional finalist. Sponsors were Cedric Magee and Shelley Tingle.

• MCT2 continues this week until Thursday.

• Spring choir concert will begin at 6 p.m. Monday.

• Students participated in an MCT2 pep rally on Monday.


• Frederick Slater was guest artist in Heather Gordon and Amy Sullivan’s third- grade class. Students were shown how to make paper sculptures and how to have a positive attitude.

• Top Accelerated Readers: kindergarten — Destiny Perkins, Dana Calolahan,

Riley Martin, Christopher Gentry, Esteban Palomares-Zavala and Wade Cochran; first grade — Jeanette Bantugan, Taegen Thompson, Malik Franklin, Tamera Stewart, Lakendric, Ross and Solis Byrd; second grade — Michaela Franklin, Cheyenne McCullough, Michyla Redden, Dyamonde Joyner, Chadwick Harrell and Kendall Parson; third grade ­­— A’niyah Hughes, Sarah Randolph, Keon Willimas, Travon Brown, Brelynn Beck and Cordeja Wells; fourth grade — Ian Gordon, Kristina Tillett, John Michael Wilkerson, Lexi Wester, Tritt Crowder and Kameren Batty; fifth grade — Andre Ranis, Asia Brown and Destanee Pearson; sixth grade — Zachary Moore, Faith Meredith, Eric Wilson, Chloe Emfinger, Jon Bantugan, Merceded Lynch; APT class— Hallie Lewis, Devin Shelby, Stevyonna Green and Krissie Tillett.

• Kat Hilderbrand’s second and third grade classes researched and made dream- catchers during a lesson of Native American customs.