School By School

Published 3:56 pm Monday, March 10, 2014

Beechwood Elementary

• Mrs. Hendrix’s kindergarten class learned all about teeth this week. In addition to learning about dental related words, such as acid, plaque, cavity and fluoride, the students drew and illustrated the Tooth Fairy and wrote sentences about it. They also received a Tooth Fairy pillow to hold their teeth.  To conclude this week’s lesson, we had a dentist come and speak to the students. A special thanks to Dr. Martin Chaney for culminating our teeth unit and teaching the students all about proper dental hygiene.


Bovina Elementary

• Our Bovina Giant leaders last week were Destanie Sanders, Jasen Cook, Katrina Wesley, Akayja Thompson, Jase Coon, Hailey Harrison, Addison Keller and Harmony Coleman.

• Students of the month of January in Mrs. Cochran’s second-grade class were Musa Blake, Jaden Thornton, Katrin Wesley and Destanie Sanders.  The top A.R. readers were Jadon Hughes, Katrina Wesley, Carley Jones and Kaitlyn Holman.  Mrs. Cochran’s top Bovina Buck winners were Jadon Hughes, Musa Blake, Carley Jones, Laiken Leist and Katrina Wesley.

• Students of the week in Mrs. Holden’s fourth-grade class were Kyleigh Weekly, Floyd Davenport, Mercedes Ray Middleton, Shawn McAdam and Devone Fountain.

• Our Bovina Buck leaders last week were Mrs. Hughes’ class and Mrs. Campbell’s class.

• Our Bovina students raised $698 and donated 220 items to the Salvation Army.  Mrs. McCain’s first-grade class and Mrs. Montgomery’s third-grade class were the top classes for raising the most money and items for the Salvation Army.


Bowmar Elementary

• 555 books were donated to Bowmar classrooms in honor of current 4th graders obtaining highest reading scores in the state on the MCT test last year.

• Bernard Powell, with the Kansas City Southern Railroad, presented “Operation Lifesaver” for all students during Child Safety Awareness Week”.  Students learned railroad safety and received coloring books and bookmarks.

• The following students read to the principal Christopher Haney, Lydia Harrington, Sydney Hern, Melissa Herle and Clark Hobson.

• Pledge Captains were Kayla Burnham, Christopher Wilkinson, Jamal Lee, Steed Springfield and Nykeria Shelton.

• Students in Diane Liddell’s first-grade class symbolically adopted a polar bear through the World Wildlife Fund. Their donation will help to protect this amazing species and their habitats.

• Accelerated Reader top readers were Dean Andrews, Abigail Dejesus, Alexis Ables, James Cole, Emory Broadfood, Austin Moore, Avery VanNorman, Sydney Hern, Matthew Fox, Colton House, Laken Wilder, Ryan Hadley Grey, Baylie Townsend, Katelyn Clark, Jonathan Busby, Kei’Mya Walton, Cade Fairley, Ladarius McCloud, Allison Blackmon, Lauren Kilroy, Annemarie Jeffers, Meridith Cole, Devin Thigpen, Charli Van Norman,Destiny Mace, Jaiden Odom, Payton Feagin, Will Watts, Jane Ranager, Lendsi Jones, Brandon Gilliam, Mary Katherine Archer, Rosemarie Thuha, Neil Sanipara, Michael Dejesus, Aaron Fox, Sam Dixon, Madison Embry, Kameron Jones, Brandon Buxton, Tommy Martin, Ryan Thompson, Gabriel Katzenmeyer and Haleigh Erwin.


Dana Road

• Kindergarten teacher, Valesia Rawlings coordinated speakers for K-3 classes throughout the month of February. Those who spoke were: Alderman Michael Mayfield, Mr. Joe Burns, Judge Ceola James, Gertrude Young, Dr. Ollie Hardaway, Mr. Melvin M. Anderson III, Mr. Harrington Watson, Chief Walter Armstrong. Dr. Ablone Fortner. Mayor George Flaggs Jr., Assistant to the Mayor-Bryan Boykins, Glenda and David Profit, Seymone Powell, Precious Marley, Tiera Crutison, The Dynamic Duo NFL Players Lane Howell, (New York Giants & the Philadelphia Eagles) and his brother Delles Howell (New Orelans Saints and The New York Jets)

• Supervisor Mr. William Banks District 2 Supervisor was a guest reader at family literacy night.

• Mrs. Ann Davis led the first grade classroom of Mrs. Neely Ming and Ms. Yolanda Watson in a

• President’s Day lesson. Mrs. Davis read America Is by Louise Borden and Sweet Land of Liberty by Callista Gingrich. Afterwards, Mrs. Davis presented each student with an award as they shared their future careers.

• Distinguished readers for Read Across America Day were Governor Phil Bryant, Mayor George Flaggs, Superintendent Chad Shealy, Assistant Superintendent David Campbell, Sheriff Marin Pace, Ms. Representative Alex Monsour, Chief Walter Armstrong, Bryan Pratt, Jim Stirgus, Jr., Noel Tello, Alderman Willis Thompson, Fire Chief Charles Atkins, Frank Gardener, Linda Turner, Casey Younger, Ka’Trevia Younger, Judy Townsend, Angela Turner, Rebecca Pace, Lori Burke and LeAnn Whitley.

• Tirosky Hill, Isaac Martin, and Aisha Williams performed a special song for school board member Sally Bullard in recognition of School Board Appreciation Day. Lana Fuller’s Third Grade GATES class created a special booklet and framed print for Mrs.Bullard.


Jacob’s Ladder

• For Mardi Gras on Tuesday, we used cinnamon rolls to make individual King Cakes. The students also made a Mardi Gras craft.

• On Wednesday, we attended a special Chapel Chat for Ash Wednesday at First Presbyterian. Pastor Tim gave a special blessing to each student.

• We also enjoyed a musical performance on Wednesday given by Dante’s Dulcimers. Thank you to Ginger Rebert for putting that together.

• On Thursday we played bingo at Vicksburg Convalescent Home and enjoyed spending time with the residents.


Redwood Elementary

• Pledge Leaders for the month of February were: Haley Nevels, Macey Nowell, Landon Merritt, Chase Pearson, Eilee Wells, Ashanti Sims, Kayden Westcott, Ariana Stewart, Jordan Williams, Bella Wooten, Jack Wright, Blake Strickland, Gabby Allen, Madison Braswell, Nehemiah Hyder, Makayla Jackson, O’Marion Jones, Dylan Massey, Mia Mincey, John Wyatt Massey-Ford, Jamal Smith, Bella Mohamed, Kyla Walker, and Cody Wigley.

• First grader, Jackson Holden, received third place in the district science fair.

• In keeping with February’s month of “Caring”, children caught showing Random Acts of Kindness were: Joshua Halberg, Jaylen Williams, Aniya Sanders, Makenna Boswell, Victoria Davenport, and Brayson Morson.

• Third grade classes of Mrs. Stinson, Mrs. Watkins, and Mrs. Taylor participated in a Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Parade through the school. Queen Eilee Wells and King Jacob Nevels led the parade.

• Parent volunteer Les Ferguson and River Region employees Vickie Walters, Carol Horn, Melba Anderson and Heather Butler read books by Dr. Seuss to students in honor of his birthday and Read Across America Day.

• After reading The Class Pet, Alexis Hart shared her two pet hamsters with Mrs. Hughey’s first-grade class. The class researched facts on hamsters.

• Russ Holden, parent of Jackson Holden and equipment manager in NHL Chicago Blackhawks Organization, spoke to sixth-graders about hockey and careers in professional sports.

• School Nurse, Kat Jobe, presented a program about dental care to all students in celebration of Dental Health Month.

• Book Club students of Mrs. Debbie Jones went on a field trip to the Vicksburg National Military Park after reading the book, “Wood Runners.”

• 2014 winners of the Redwood Science Fair in January were Landon Pettway, Maxwell Neal, Jamie Boyd, Madison Westcott, Jamie Farris, Victoria Davenport, Zoie Canton, Seth Greer, Katie Kirkley, Trina Ponder, Kyle Dupree, Malynn Kelley, Haley Leach, Ken Hall, Matthew Puckett, Haley Cummins, Treven Cross, Brikley Spencer, Brandon Turner, Meghan Hinson, Spencer Azlin, Keyona Bland, Joshua Hallberg, William Rutland, Colt Lee, Ethan Puckett and Jackson Holden.


Sherman Avenue Elementary

• Students reaching their Accelerated Reader goals for the third nine weeks were Parnell Coleman, Riley Greene, Akyra Harris,Teagan Stewart, Tucker Gurley, Amyiah Montgomery, Kamari Nelson, Aniyah Norman, Bryan Shells, Hunter Wilson, Simmaya Worsley, Deanna Adkins, Richard Bass, Damigel Bester, Jack Bond, Bethany Burnside, Destiny Campbell, Raymond Clark, Tianna Cosey, Alonzo Curtis, Eric Darden, Cayleigh Dispenza, Izabella Embry, Kirsten Erekson, G’Myraca Foster, Edarrius Good, Asia Green, Abigayl Haigh, Stefen Harris, Korzabian Hill, Travon Jefferson, Daisy Jilbert, Brayden King, Jaylen Lewis, William Luke, Dwayne McGloster-Lacey, Kayleigh McMillian, Shawndel McRunellls, Landon Morgan, Sai Narla, Tony Peters, Junniya Porter, Patrick Powell, Janiya Rawls, Victoria Rogers, Logan Smith, Kiersten Stamps, Haley Steele, Timaya Taylor, Jadyn Thomas, Katherine Williams, Tevin Williams, Charlie Appleton, Jacob Bryant, Danashia Claiborne, Carlliyah Clark, Jayvin Clark, Ta’Mya Curtis, D’Kobe Crump, Ryan Doyle, Porsha Erwin, Ced’Derrick Garrett, Janiya Hardiman, Lea Hoeft, Kendell James, Kierra James, Shaniya McRunells, De’Atra Rankin, Veonna Sellers, Tyijah Shanks, Crystal Slaughter, Nyiah Smith, Al’Traveon White and Jordin Williams.

• On Feb. 28, Sherman Avenue rewarded students that scored Proficient or Advanced on the Case 21 Assessment with a “sock hop” party. The children had a blast dancing, painting, riding scooters, and playing basketball with their P.E. Teachers, Art teacher, Music teacher, counselor, and principal at this celebration.

• Faculty/Staff members Frances Daffron, Debbie Ederington, Dana Landers, Theresa McCain, Cosandra Stewart, Heather Williams, Natasha Morgan, and Betsy Westerfield were thrown fish for the week, in recognition of their attitude that best exemplified the Fish! Philosophies of play, make their day, be there, and choose your attitude.

• Boxtop and Puppy Buck winners for the week were Arkeen Banks, Christian Lockhart, Jalin Williams, Kamya Jackson, Iyana Dorsey, Jordin Williams, KeAndre Davis, LaKaysha Flowers, Nalaysia Guise, Corey Keen, KeMarie Gray, Casey Hayes, Elan Lyons, Marly Foy, Mallory Beard, Will Ashley, Quiyhanna Sweet, DezMaria Baker, Takya Newsome, Aleria Sanders and Christasia Jones.

• This week, Sherman Avenue hosted a Career week and celebrate Dr. Suess’s Birthday. Many classrooms had speakers talking about thier careers. The week ended with a parade of students dressed up as a career/job character. While celebrating Dr. Suess, the National Honor Society members from Warren Central High School visited classrooms and read Dr.Suess books to the children. The WC readers were Shae Bracey, Kylee Burke, Logan Cessna, Katie Channell, Lia Cook, Clay Crozier, Conner Ferguson, Ridley Fink, Darby Gain, Jessica Hurley, Bethany Johnson, Hannah Jordan, Kyle Murphy, Baxter Richardson, Jessica Schmidt, Alex Stevens, Tyler Tunnell, Abigail Walters, Kenndy Whitmore, Shelby Wilson, Brandi, Winters, and Elizabeth Wooton.

• Pre-K students have been studying community helpers. Students made community helper books, discussed careers, and were visited by special community helpers. Thank you to the Culkin Fire Dept., Rodney Lehman from the Warren County Sheriff Dept, and Eddie London and Ben Patrick from the Vicksburg Police Dept. for visiting with the students and sharing important information about your jobs.

• Nancy Melancon from Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District was a guest speaker in Helen Ashley’s GATES class last week. She spoke about local farming and agriculture in Vicksburg and the state of Mississippi. Students also made paper bag puppets of farm animals that were discussed.


Vicksburg Catholic Schools

• Students that represented St. Aloysius at the Math and Science Tournament at Mississippi College on Feb. 7 were Wally Wibowo, Lara Lamanilao, Luke Eckstein, Matthew Foley, Jacob Kitchens, Maggie Waites, Christie Johnson, Mary Kalusche, Katie Martin, Austin Mathis, Beth Newman, and Caroline Webb.

Students winning awards in the written tests competition were Wally Wibowo, first-place in mathematics; Luke Eckstein, second place in physics and top 20 percent in chemistry; Jacob Kitchens, top 10 percent in physics and mathematics; Austin Mathis, top 20 percent mathematics; Mary Kalusche, top 20 percent; Katie Martin, top 20 percent biology. Wibowo, Eckstein, Kitchens and Mathis represented St. Aloysius in the team competition portion of the tournament and won third place overall in their division.

• Liz Fletcher’s sixth -rade reading students completed a novel hunt of the book “Call it Courage” by Armstrong Sperry using The Vicksburg Post. They made a collage of their findings from the newspaper. The students also created “Silly Simile” mini posters using the literary element from the story “Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson.

• The St. Aloysius sophomore retreat team hosted a retreat for the sixth-grade classes at St. Michael Catholic Church.

• The sixth-grade classes held mass in the chapel with Father P.J. Curley from St. Michael Catholic Church.  Molly Derivaux and Ann Wallace DeRossette were altar servers. The readers for the mass were Elizabeth Keen, Simran Patel, Benjamin Lobred, Shane Lewis, Cameron Mathis, Thomas Phillips, Kareena Patel, and Andy Jenning.  Gift bearers were Beki Johnson, Talon Logue, and Wilson Palmertree. Music was led by Caroline Gatling.

• Sixth-graders who met their Book It! for February were Jaclyn Ahner, Tyler Baldwin, Anna Ware Brown, Parker Brown, Carrington Busari, Devin DeWeese, Wade Doyle, Jaleigh Ehrgott, Cami Ghrigsby, John Michael Jabour, Beki Johnson, Elizabeth Keen, Benjamin Lobred, Zane Monsour, Kareena Patel, Simran Patel, Madelyn Polk, Brayden Roesch, Ife Soyoye, Jacob Storey, Benji Strelzoff, Parker Waites and Coleman Verhine.


Vicksburg High School

• If you have a male student who is a senior, they need to sign up for the selective service at

To apply for state aid, the website is State aid includes MTAG (Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant) and MESG (Mississippi Emminent Scholar’s Grant). To apply for federal aid, the website is Federal aid would include the pell grant.

Before you apply for state or federal aid, you have to have completed your taxes. You will need the information from your taxes to complete the applications for state or federal aid.

• There are scholarship applications in the guidance office. Current scholarships include Mutual Credit Union, Frank Crump, Rotary Club, the Joe and Feeny Elliot, Vicksburg Homecoming Benovelent, Delta Book Scholarship, the USDA, and the Red Carpet Bowl. Applications are in the scholarship box filed alphabetically. There are many scholarships online as well. Sign up at and they will send you scholarships tailored to you.

• The next ACT will be April 12th. Registration deadline is March 7th. Apply online at

• State test results from December are scheduled tin. Seniors who still need a state test will be tested starting Saturday. English II will be March 17th and 18th, U.S. history on March 19th, Algebra I on March 20th, and Biology on March 21st.

• Spring break is March 10th-14th.


Vicksburg Intermediate School

• Pledge leaders for the week were Roy Qualls, Hailey Henderson, John Goings, Leandrew Devine and Winter Love.

• Dr. Seuss’ birthday was celebrated with participation in Read Across America on March 3. Community volunteer readers were Terry Lockhart, Chad Sheally, Ra’Trevia Younger, Casey Younger, Marneshia Richard, Gertrude Young, Robert Jones, Judith Rush, Angela Turner, Danita Reed, Anne Elizabeth Buys, Reverend Joe Harris, Beth Butler, Cameron Cooksey, Michael Mayfield Sr. and Stephanie Wilson.

• Fifth-grade students attended the Super Scientific Circus at the Vicksburg Auditorium Tuesday to learn about science through amazing circus skills involving boomerangs, bubbles, beach balls, bullwhips, and magic. Sponsors for the trip were Arlene Anderson, Teetee Braxton, and NaJee Myles.

• VIS celebrated Black History Month with a program, Rooted in the Past, Growing Towards the Future. Special guests were Ronald Regan, Charles Atkins, Sam Nwaneri, and Kellon Washington representing his uncle Robert Walker. Isaac Smith provided a special artifacts display.

• For the month of February, Otha Murphy presented little known history facts related to the city of Vicksburg.

• During the month of February, the VIS Academy of Reading fifth-grade class facilitated by Ms. Charlotte Atkins earned DONUTS provided by TE 21 trainer Maggie Latham.  Of the 41 schools across the state that Ms. Latham supervises, this VIS class mastered the most skills (231): Brandi Dillon, Katlyn Donovan, Tamia Doyle, Nakel Hanger, Sean Hinson, Jazmyne Lee, Reginald Lloyd, Jessfreeda Miller, Karrington Moore, Coreuntae Myles, Carldarius Parson, Keyonna Parson, Jazzmin Ross, Trevion Scott, Chasity Stevens, Shaderika Turner, Patrice Valentine, E’Liyah Walker, Shakayla Wheatley and Shamarya White.