Ocean Springs school offering tuition for advanced courses

Ocean Springs School District will accept nonresident students interested in pursuing classes in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program or the Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone program.

Nonresident students are those whose primary residence is outside of the Ocean Springs School District boundaries. 

This opportunity will allow students outside of the district a chance to still pursue more rigorous coursework in preparation for higher learning. 

For more details, visit the website or call 228-875-0333.

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Pascagoula-Gautier School District Announces Pre-Registration Dates for 2017-18 School Year

The Pascagoula-Gautier School District will begin pre-registration for students who are not currently enrolled in the district including kindergarten and pre-kindergarten.
Parents or legal guardians can access the PGSD website link at http://www.pgsd.ms to complete the first steps of enrollment.
The second step requires the parent or guardian to visit the Instructional Administration Services Center located at 1006 Communy Avenue in Pascagoula. A photo identification of the parent, student’s birth certificate, social security card, shot record (MS 121Form) and two proofs of residency are required to complete the pre-registration process. Office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Pre-kindergarten registration will close May 31, 2017. Those eligible for pre-kindergarten should be four years old on or before Sept. 1, 2017. Limited space is available for this program.
Those eligible for kindergarten should be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2017. First graders must be six years old on or before Sept. 1, 2017. Registration for grades 2-12th is for children who are not currently enrolled in the PGSD District, but plan to attend the 2017-2018 school year.
A legal guardian must provide court-sanctioned guardianship documentation at registration. In addition, residency must be validated in the district by providing two proofs of residency. No child will be allowed to attend school before it is validated that the student and parent, or legal guardian resides full time in the Pascagoula-Gautier School District.
Proofs can be in the form of a mortgage document or property deed, apartment or home lease, utility bills (electrical, water, gas, cable within 30 days); driver’s license or automobile registration.
Families living in an apartment or any Section 8 housing must provide a lease at registration and parent’s name must be on the lease. Living-With forms must be notarized, and legal residents must provide a photo ID and accompany parent during registration.

“We are expecting about 700 new students next year, and I encourage all parents to pre-register in a timely manner. This will ensure that we have an adequate number of teachers and classroom space available for children, said Bernard Rogers, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services.
Twenty-First Century kindergarten and pre-kindergarten classrooms focus on academics, social skills, and technology. Children also learn the skills needed to work together, share, solve problems, play with each other, and develop a respect for cultural diversity.
“Luckily, these things come naturally for most children. For others, it’s their first chance to interact with other children all day long and to be part of a learning community. It can be an adjustment, especially for children who are use to spending every day at home, whether with a parent or another caregiver,” said Rogers.
All parents are reminded that the Pascagoula-Gautier School District commits to a standard of excellence that prepares students for productive lives by creating a culture that encourages and expects success reaching “Destination Graduation” and beyond.
For more information on kindergarten pre-registration, call Kelly Green, Coordinator of Student Services, or Bernard Rogers at (228) 938-6500 or visit the district’s website at pgsd.ms.

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Pascagoula-Gautier School District Athletic Weekend Events

Athletes in the Pascagoula-Gautier School District have a busy weekend ahead. Come out and support the district’s great athletic teams.

FRIDAY, March 10, 2017
POWERLIFTING – Girls SOUTH STATE @ GHS GYM Noon Weigh-In
Colmer Middle School Softball @ George County MS Away 5:30/7:00 PM
PHS Varsity Baseball @ Adidas/Rex Team Sports Tournament Vs Wayne County HS in Purvis Away 4:30PM
PHS G/B Tennis @ Long Beach HS (Bayou Bluff Courts) Away 5:00 PM
PHS JV/V Softball Vs Pass Christian HS 5:00/6:30 PM HOME
GHS JV/V Baseball Vs Hattiesburg HS 5:00/7:00 PM HOME
SATURDAY, March 11, 2017
PHS Varsity Baseball @ Adidas/Rex Team Sports Tournament in Sumrall, MS
Vs Gulfport HS Away 11:00 AM
GHS Softball – THE FIRST Annual Swamp Classic – HOME
GHS Vs Vancleave HS 10:00 AM
PHS Vs Forrest County 12:00 PM
PHS Vs Vancleave 2:00 PM
GHS Vs Forrest County 4:00 PM
PHS G/B Track @ Gaston Hewes- Relays in Gulfport 9:00 AM
GHS G/B Track @ Gaston-Hewes relays in Gulfport 9:00 AM
GHS Varsity Baseball Vs Moss Point HS (DH) 11:00AM & 1:00 PM HOME

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PHS Students Qualify for National Speech and Debate Tournament

NCFL-QUALS-17 PHS Students Qualify for National Speech and Debate Tournament

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Twelve Pascagoula High School first and second year speech and debate students competed in the national qualifier tournament with nine students qualifying for the national tournament in May in Louisville, Ken. Pictured, front row, from left, Morgan Madison, 9th grade; Zaniya Matthews, 10th grade; Zurmanica Wilson, 10th grade; Samantha Lee, 10th grade; Dayhath Marte-Herrera, 9th grade; back row,  Allison Strength, 9th grade; Jadelynn Rudolf, 9th grade; Jiggs Fulkerson, 9th grade; Alondra Reyes, 9th grade. The students are under the direction of  speech and debate teacher Jessica Wilkinson

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Book Drive Benefits Local Learners

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The Somos and PRIDE Employee Networks recently partnered to collect 354 children’s books for the Jackson County Literacy Council.

Employees throughout the refinery donated to the collection, and Somos Network representatives delivered the books to Literacy Council in October. The books were then distributed to children during the Jackson County Fair in October, and donated to the Little Free Libraries in Pascagoula.

Somos Network webmaster Heming Bai (Technical) explained how the project began with the Somos Network’s vision to positivly impact the community, and that the Jackson County Literacy Council was identified as an organization with strong connections to the local Latin American and Hispanic Community.

“Initially, I attended a leadership board meeting to bridge the connection and learn about how Somos can engage with JCLC,” Bai said. “Through this meeting, I was awed by the strong Chevron ties amongst board members and heard from the director about the need for children’s books for the fair. With strong support from the Somos Leadership Team and RLT sponsor (Louis Henry Jr.), we partnered with the PRIDE Network and embarked to help the Literacy Council meet the needs for the local community.”
Jackson County Literacy Council, started in 1987, was founded to improve education, life and social skills for men and women in Jackson County. In the latest census, almost 6,500 Jackson County residents have less than nine years of education.

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Mad Scientists and Human Energy at Super Saturday

mad-scientist-group-shot Mad Scientists and Human Energy at Super Saturday

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Pascagoula Refinery employees helped students of all ages discover their inner mad scientists at the Pascagoula Gautier School District’s monthly Super Saturday event in September.

Children raced to pedal bicycles fast enough to pump water through the Human Energy exhibit. Chevron volunteers helped children whose legs weren’t quite long enough by turning the pedals for the riders by hand. There was also a to-scale model of a processing unit.

Thank you to (from left, back row) Tony Forsman (L&D), Aaron Eyre (B&S), Ashton Needham (Technical), Jennifer Costello (Technical), (middle row) Breanna and Greg Fleming (L&D), Anne Marie Hensley (CIS), Beth Chapuis (Business Planning), Faith and Chuck Szumigala (L&D), (front row) Taggert and Mary Cate Hensely, and Briley Chapuis.

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Refinery Competition Benefits Backpack Buddies

BPB Refinery Competition Benefits Backpack Buddies

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Employee Networks at Chevron Pascagoula Refinery hosted a friendly competition throughout the month of July to benefit less-fortunate children in the Pascagoula-Gautier School District through the Backpack Buddies program.

The refinery collected a total of 9,192 items and $2,878 in monetary donations (more than $5,600 when matched by Chevron Humankind).

The point system for the food drive competition assigned 1 point for 1 item, and 4 points for every $1 donation.

Rather than the Networks competing against each other this year, donated money and food items were assigned by the giver to a college football team. The winner of the food drive competition was Ole Miss, with a total of 9,103 points, and the Ole Miss flag was flown at the refinery Main Gate and the Company Reps office in honor of this ‘win.’

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, including several in Jackson County.

Special thanks to Lecie Houston (Oils Planning), Anthony Fields (M&R) and Jackie Modist (Technical) for leading this year’s food drive.

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Chevron, C Spire Partner for Excel by 5

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As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to early childhood education, Chevron Pascagoula Refinery, in partnership with the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Presented by C Spire (MGRC), made a $25,000 contribution to Excel By 5 to support local community programs on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Chevron committed the funds during the MGRC tournament in March, and participated in the formal check presentation in June. The community programs can use the funds for a variety of purposes such as purchasing materials for their resource centers or providing early childhood parent training.
To support early reading, C Spire also collected children’s books at their retail locations prior to the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, as well as during the tournament.

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Mad Scientists Take Over TLA

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Approximately 300 fifth-graders at Trent Lott Academy in Pascagoula saw science in action during Mad Scientist Day at the school this spring.
The students studied scientific principles through hands-on experiments. For example, a putting green, golf club and golf ball helped the students learn about kinematics, slope and acceleration.
Thanks to all of the Technical volunteers who made this learning event a success: Daniel Kennedy (UES), Alyssa Brannan, Barbara Fountain, Kristin Sandberg, Steven Brown, Eric Gunderson, Ashton Needham, Makamba Sackey, Ben Stokes, Santiago Hernandez, Jerry Jackson and Kayleigh O’Brien (PGPA).

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Refinery Hosts STEM Zone at Golf Tourney

STEM.Zone_.1 Refinery Hosts STEM Zone at Golf Tourney

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School-age attendees of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic golf tournament had a chance to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math with interactive exhibits at the STEM Zone in March.

Each hands-on learning area demonstrated the science behind various elements of golf. For example, students at one station learned about Archimedes Principle by measuring the volume of water displaced by a golf club in a fluid-filled beaker.  

This was Chevron’s fourth year to host the STEM Zone at the MGRC. During the tournament, more than 150 students from schools across South Mississippi took field trips to the STEM Zone.

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