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This Teacher Has Dedicated 45 Years to Jackson County Schools

IMG_1066-300x225 This Teacher Has Dedicated 45 Years to Jackson County SchoolsOne name that is synonymous with Jackson County schools and administrators is Elizabeth Benefield. For the past 44 years, “Mrs. B” has been instrumental in teaching Jackson County students. The past 17 years she has been the principal at Resurrection Catholic Elementary School, which has two campuses in Pascagoula. During 2017-2018 school year, RCS will be transitioning. “The 2017-18 school year, I will be wearing a different hat.I will be working in collaboration with Noah Hamilton who will become our head master. It will be a new administrative arrangement for Resurrection where I will be providing extra administrative support, primarily at the secondary campus” Mrs. B explains. The transition initiated by the Biloxi Diocese is to create a vision of one school two campuses as Hamilton takes over as the primary administrator. Next year will be another adjustment for RCS as it marks the 18th year Elisabeth Benefield has served as the elementary school principal, and where she will officially retire.

Earlier this year RCS honored Mrs. Benefield at their Spring Fling celebration for all of her years of service. “Being the principal here has been very different here than it has been in other places. The sense of family I think really has made the difference. The good Lord working for all of us here keeping us together, makes it a pretty amazing place to be. When you begin every single day with prayer with the staff for the children roaming the halls, that’s a pretty amazing thing,” says Mrs. B.

We are happy to announce that Elisabeth Benefield is the jaxcohome.com “Pay it Forward Friday” recipient. Thank you for all your years of service to our Jackson County students.

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Jackson County Campus Fine Arts Gallery hosts paper doll exhibition

3-154x300 Jackson County Campus Fine Arts Gallery hosts paper doll exhibition 3-154x300 Jackson County Campus Fine Arts Gallery hosts paper doll exhibitionThe Fine Arts Gallery at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Jackson County Campus is proud to announce the opening of the exhibit “Where Fashion Illustration Comes to Play: The Paper Doll Art of Tracy Williams.” An opening reception will be held on Thursday, August 24, at 1 p.m., and the exhibit will run through September 22.

Williams said she can’t remember a time when she didn’t love to draw clothes. Some of her earliest drawings –renditions of scenes from the film “Mary Poppins”– spare no detail, especially where the characters’ costumes are concerned. When she figured out that one could get paid to draw for a living, she enrolled in art school and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion illustration. Years later, in graduate school, she rediscovered her love of paper dolls, so much so that she made paper-doll art the focus of her master’s thesis.

“In illustration, the reproduction is the original,” Williams said. “This is the dividing line that sets the work of illustrators apart from that of other artists.  An illustrator creates with the reproduction in mind.”

For her, that is what makes viewing original illustrative works interesting. “There are often patches where the illustrator/editor/art director/client made a last-minute change,” she said. “Sometimes there’s activity in the margins: notes, experimentation, evidence of the business of illustration. As a result of current workflows, the original art may look markedly different from the final, printed version, since the final edits happen digitally – ‘in the box’, as I like to call it.”

The work in this exhibit fits into the illustration category. “All of these pieces were researched and created for the paper-doll sets I have designed,” she said. “The starting point for me has always been a fascination with fashion and a desire to document it visually. I love to draw clothes, and I love to research who wore what when and why. It is my hope that this exhibit will reawaken a love of paper dolls for those whose memory of playing with paper dolls is sweet. Additionally, I want to introduce the art and play of paper dolls to those who have not encountered them before.”

Today, Williams is part of the advertising community, coordinating media for one of the Gulf Coast’s largest casinos, and serving on the board of her local American Advertising Federation organization. Her professional history includes designing logos, ads, promotional material and packaging for clients as diverse as JCPenney, Belk, Matco Tools, NAPA Auto Parts, and the Racine Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. She is a five-time winner of the American Advertising Award (ADDY Award) for illustration and design.

The MGCCC Fine Arts Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, contact Marc Poole at 228-497-7684.

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Supt. Rodolfich Visits all Classes on First Day of School

Pascagoula-Gautier School Superintendent Wayne Rodolfich visited 592 classes and learning spaces in 19 facilities across two cities Friday as he welcomed students and teachers back to school for the first day of classes. Rodolfich started his morning at 7:15 a.m. at Martin Bluff Elementary School in Gautier and logged in 20,013 steps or 8.4 miles during the next 6 hours and 45 minutes before finishing up at Colmer Middle School in Pascagoula. Assistant Supt. of Secondary Education Boyd West accompanied Supt. Rodolfich step-for-step on his trek across the district. Rodolfich is pictured with Assistant Supt. Boyd West and Colmer Middle Principal Dr. Myrick Nicks, as he speaks to Colmer Middle School band students, his last class to visit for the day.

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Season tickets for PHS, GHS on Sale Now at PGSD Central Office

Season football tickets for Gautier and Pascagoula High Schools are presently on sale at the Pascagoula-Gautier School District Central Office located at 1006 Communy St., Pascagoula.

Season tickets for Gautier High School are $42 per seat per season for six home games. Season tickets for Pascagoula High School are $35 per seat per season for five home games.

 

If Pascagoula High School reserved tickets are not picked up by Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, they will go on sale to the general public.  

Athletic Passes are also on sale:

Student Pass – $30

Adult Pass – $35

Family Pass – $125 which includes up to two adults and three students enrolled in the district in the same household

For more information, call the Athletic Office at 938-6568.

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Pascagoula-Gautier School District Registration for 2017-18 School Year is Thursday and Friday, July 20-21

The Pascagoula-Gautier School District will hold district-wide registration 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, July 20, and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, July 21, for all returning and new students to the Pascagoula-Gautier School District. Mandatory residency and online registration verification at each school campus will also take place during these registration dates.
All 5th-6th grade academy, middle and high school students may register at their respective schools. All returning kindergarten through fourth grade students may also register at their respective schools if residency has not changed since the previous school year.
All new students to the district, kindergarten through 4th grade only, or any returning students who have changed residency during the summer must register at the Pascagoula-Gautier School District’s central office located at 1006 Communy Ave., Pascagoula.
Parents should bring their photo identification, the student’s birth certificate and social security number to registration as well as two proofs of residency. Proofs of residency must be: driver’s license, automobile registration, complete lease for all apartment/Section 8 housing listing the parent’s name, or utility bills dated in the last 30 days. If new to the district, parents must also bring identification, a withdrawal form from the last school attended and a Mississippi Immunization Form (121 Form). All living-with forms must be accompanied by the person whom the family is living with, photo identification and one proof of residency. Guardians must present court documents before registration.
For more information on registration, call the Department of Student Services at 228-938-6500.

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Chevron plays big role in ‘Backpack Buddies’

The Backpack Buddies program was started in 1995 by a school nurse in Little Rock, Ark., who realized that children coming to her with headaches and stomach aches were actually suffering from hunger, not illness. At that time, she began sending food home with the children in their backpacks on Fridays. The school where she worked saw an immediate improvement in grades and in enthusiasm in the children. From that time, the program has spread throughout the country. In Jackson County alone, there are Backpack Buddies programs in Gautier, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula and Moss Point.

The Pascagoula Backpack Buddies program began in 2008.  Since then, Chevron has played an important role in collecting and distributing food donations to aid the Backpack Buddies organization in feeding hungry school children in our local area.

Last year, Chevron collected $2,878 and 9,192 food items to provide to Backpack Buddies for distribution. Chevron is hoping to collect even more money and food this year.

Chevron is doing a food drive for Backpack Buddies of Pascagoula (BPB) for the rest of the month into mid-August

Check out the flyer below to see how you can help! Contact Jaquelyn Modist for more info: Jacquelyn.Modist@chevron.com

 

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Tracy Jackson-Wilson Sworn in as New Board Member of Pascagoula-Gautier School District

0001-board-300x178 Tracy Jackson-Wilson Sworn in as New Board Member of Pascagoula-Gautier School District

Tracy Jackson-Wilson was sworn in as a trustee for the Pascagoula-Gautier School School Board by Chancery Court Judge Michael Fondren, surrounded by family, friends, city leaders, fellow PGSD school board members and administrators. Wilson was appointed to the school board by the Pascagoula City Council to fill the unexpired term of Jennifer Colmer, who is now Pascagoula Councilwoman at-large. She will take her seat at the Monday, July 10, 2017 regular school board meeting.

Tracy Jackson-Wilson was sworn in as a trustee for the Pascagoula-Gautier School School Board by Chancery Court Judge Michael Fondren, surrounded by family, friends, city leaders, fellow PGSD school board members and administrators. Wilson was appointed to the school board by the Pascagoula City Council to fill the unexpired term of Jennifer Colmer, who is now Pascagoula Councilwoman at-large. She will take her seat at the Monday, July 10, 2017 regular school board meeting.

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Pictured with newly sworn in Pascagoula-Gautier School Board of Trustee Tracy Jackson-Wilson, front, right, is Supt. Wayne Rodolfich, front left; back row, from left, Dan Marks, school board president; Mike Concannon, school board secretary; Sonny Backs, school board member; Pascagoula Mayor Dane Maxwell and Gautier Mayor Phil Torjusen.

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Old School Learning Depot Equips Educators & Students

17636995_232403870562388_7502716450457121223_o-e1499301394373 Old School Learning Depot Equips Educators & StudentsOld School Learning Depot in Pascagoula is essentially a tutoring boutique for students, a classroom inspiration for teachers, and a lifesaver for parents. This summer they are offering workshops focused in math and language to help build foundational skills for students. To prepare for this upcoming school year Old School Learning Depot has stylish classroom decorations and resources for teachers. They also offer prepackaged school supply bags that will help parents save time, eliminate fighting the crowds, and cut down on the headaches.

In addition to the prepackaged school supply bags, they offer FREE summer homework help, during the month of July. To encourage parents to sign up for tutoring services for the 2017-2018 school year Old School Learning Depot is offering bundled tutoring services to ensure that their students starts the school year off with a success. The 9 Weeks Ultimate Package includes 4 scheduled sessions (2 Individual & 2 Group), Unlimited Homework Help Tuesday – Thursday, 15 % off additional services, and 10 % off merchandise. This package is currently priced at $235 until August 1st.

“My advice for parents is to find the opportunities to turn a “normal” event into an educational experience. Don’t wait until August to get your student thinking critically,” says Christina Bates from Old School Learning Depot. Bates goes on to say, “Old School Learning Depot offers a supplemental learning environment for students to help enhance what our local schools are doing. We want to support our local schools and help students be the best they can be.”

To check out more about Old School Learning Depot, visit them at the Anchor Square shopping village or give them a call at (228) 202-9691.

Also check them out on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oldschoollearningdepot/

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The fabulous “FabLab” comes to Jackson County schools

Jackson County schools will now have access a new mobile unit offering high tech tools. The $1.2 million dollar project is sponsored by Chevron Pascagoula Refinery. “FabLab” manager Scott Bebee explains, “FabLab is a mobile engineering lab that brings tools to students in our community particularly in three different attendance centers. We provide tools to the community like sewing machines, laser engravers, wood routers, vinyl cutters, and 3D printers which helps teachers and students bring their projects to life.”

The “FabLab” has trained about 30 ambassador teachers this summer so far to operate the high tech tools and capabilities of the mobile unit. “That’s about two people per school,” explains Beebee.

The goal of the “FabLab” is to allow students to see in real time how their projects develop, and encourage interest in the engineering field.

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