Pascagoula offers summer swimming lessons

Screen-Shot-2017-03-30-at-10.19.23-AM Pascagoula offers summer swimming lessons

The City of Pascagoula Parks and Recreation department is offering swimming lessons  in the months of June and July.

Anyone ages 3 and up are open to register for classes offered in three different sessions from June 13-23, July 5-14 and July 18-28.

Classes are 45 minutes long and will be held at the Andrew Johnson Pool. Times for children’s classes are at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.. Adult classes will be at 5 p.m. only during the first and third sessions.

Cost for the classes is $35 for residents and $45 for non-residents, but scholarships are available. To register, visit the city’s website.

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JGRLS announces computer classes schedule

Libraries throughout Jackson and George counties will hold computer classes during the month of April.

  • East Central Public Library – 228-588-6263
    • April 10: Tech Day, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Gautier Public Library – 228-497-4531
    • April 24: Tech Day, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Ina Thompson Moss Point Library – 228-475-7462
    • April 13: Tech Day, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Lucedale-George County Library – 228-947-2123
    • April 18: Tech Day, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Ocean Sprngs Municipal Library – 228-875-1193
    • April 25: Tech Day, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Pascagoula Public Library – 228-769-3060
    • April 5: Intro to Windows 10, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • April 7: Intro to Windows 10, 1-3 p.m.
    • April 12: Intro to Excel, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • April 19: Tech Day, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m.
    • April 27: Intro to Word, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m./ Intro to Excel, 2-4 p.m.
  • St. Martin Public Library – 228-392-3250
    • April 6: Tech Day, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Vancleave Public Library – 228-826-5857
    • April 26: Tech Day, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m.

Registration is open, but a minimum of three participants is required to hold each class. A valid JGRLS library card must be held by each participant.

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MGCCC announces summer camps for Jackson Co. campus

Parents looking summer camps for their children have more options thanks to the Jackson County campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

The Outdoor Adventure Camp will be held through June 5-9 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day.

The camp is for children ages 13-15, and all participants must be comfortable in and on the water, including being competent swimmers.

Activities will include kayaking, swimming, canoeing, hiking, nature walks and a ropes challenge course.

The Robotics Camp will hold two session for varying skill levels.

Those with basic robotics skills from ages 10-15 will have a session on June 19-23, and those with intermediate skills ages 12-17 will have a session June 26-30. Each session will be held  from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day

This interactive camp will include building robots and stomp rockets as well as a competition among the campers using their robotic creations.

The Chemistry Camp will offer two sessions, one from July 10-14 and the second from July 17-21. Both sessions will last from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day.

Campers ages 11-14 will be able to create slime, glue, plexiglass crystals and much more. They will compete in a quiz bowl style competition and experience a trip to First Chemical.

Campers interested in Learning to Swim will have three opportunities with three sessions from June 5-16, June 19-30 and July 1-21. Classes will be at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. for each session.

Children ages 3 to 12 will experience a fun and instructive course overseen by lifeguards and certified instructors. Classes will meet for 50 minutes each day and are limited to 30 students each.

Visit the website for details about prices and registration, or contact Terri Sasser at or at 228-497-7633.


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PGSD Fourth Graders Gather for Annual Music Festival

About 500 fourth graders throughout the Pascagoula-Gautier School District gathered at the Jackson County Civic Center for the annual Fourth Grade Music Festival. The students watched performances by the Pascagoula High Jazz Band, the Gautier High School Choir, the Jackson County Exceptional School and rehearsed all morning with guest professional clinician Jordan Langworthy from Clinton, MS and then performed for parents and guests in a concert.

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Pascagoula-Gautier Athletic Events for Week of March 20, 2017

MONDAY 03/20/2017

PHS Softball Vs D’Iberville High School  HOME  5:00/6:30 PM

CMS Softball @ Ocean Springs Middle School   Away  5:30/7:00 PM

CMS Baseball @ Ocean Springs Middle School  Away  5:00/6:00 PM

GMS  Track @ Biloxi HS  Away  4:30 PM

CMS Track @ Mobile Away  4:30 PM

GMS Baseball @ D’Iberville Middle School  5:30 PM (1 game)  Away

GMS Softball Vs St. Martin Middle School  HOME  5:30/7:00 PM

GHS Softball @ Stone County HS  Away  5:30/7:00 PM

GHS Tennis Vs George County High School  HOME  4:15 PM


TUESDAY 03/21/2017

GHS Tennis @ Long Beach High School  4:15 PM  Away

GHS Baseball Vs West Harrison HS  HOME  5:00/7:00 PM

GHS Girls Golf @ The Preserve Golf Course in Vancleave 3:00 PM

GHS Softball Vs Pear River Central HS  HOME  5:30/7:00 PM

PHS Baseball Vs Long Beach HS  HOME  5:30/7:00 PM

PHS Tennis Vs George County HS  HOME  4:30 PM


WEDNESDAY 03/22/2017

PHS Boys Golf @ Sunkist CC  Away  TBA

GHS Boys Golf @ Sunkist CC  Away  TBA

GHS Tennis @ Resurrection HS  Away  4:15 PM


THURSDAY 03/23/2017

PHS Softball @ OLA  Away  5:00/6:30 PM

CMS Softball Vs D’Iberville MS  HOME  5:30/7:00 PM
CMS Baseball @ North Woolmarket MS  Away  5:00/6:00 PM

GMS Baseball Vs St. Martin Middle School (1 game) 5:30 PM  HOME

GMS Softball Vs Ocean Springs MS  HOME  5:30/7:00 PM

GHS Girls Golf @ Sunkist CC  Away  1:30 PM

GHS Tennis Vs West Harrison HS  HOME  4:15 PM

PHS Tennis Vs Long Beach HS  HOME  5:00 PM


FRIDAY 03/24/2017

GHS Baseball @ West Harrison HS  Away  5:00/7:00 PM

GHS Softball @ Resurrection HS  Away  5:30/7:00 PM

PHS Baseball @ Long Beach HS  Away  5:00/7:00 PM

PHS Tennis @ East Central HS  Away  5:00 PM

PHS Softball @ George County HS  Away  5:30/7:00 PM


SATURDAY 03/25/2017

GHS Baseball @ Hattiesburg HS  Away  4:30 PM and Bogue Chitto  7:00 PM

PHS and GHS Boys Golf @ Pine Burr CC (Wiggins)  8:30 AM

PHS Baseball @ Moss Point HS  Away  11:00 AM and 1:00 PM


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First Lady Deborah Bryant Visits Pascagoula-Gautier School District

The First Lady of Mississippi, Deborah Bryant visited several schools in the Pascagoula-Gautier School District on her recent visit to Jackson County. Mrs. Bryant visited one of the district’s six locally-funded pre-kindergarten classes at Gautier Elementary and then toured the Jackson County Exceptional School with Principal Robert Rumfelt.

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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 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

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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
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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