Head Start – Just a few spots left!

School starts August 7th and Head Start is down to just a few spots! Apply online at www.jccivicaction.org quickly to secure your child’s spot. Head Start programs promote school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by supporting their development in a comprehensive way.

Head Start programs support children’s growth and development in a positive learning environment through a variety of services, which include; Early learning: Children’s readiness for school and beyond is fostered through individualized learning experiences. Through relationships with adults, play, and planned and spontaneous instruction, children grow in many aspects of development. Children progress in social skills and emotional well-being, along with language and literacy learning, and concept development Health: Each child’s perceptual, motor, and physical development is supported to permit them to fully explore and function in their environment.

All children receive health and development screenings, nutritious meals, oral health and mental health support. Programs connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services to ensure that children are receiving the services they need. Family well-being: Parents and families are supported in achieving their own goals, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. Programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children’s learning and development.

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Pascagoula-Gautier School District Registration for 2018-19 School Year is Thursday and Friday, July 19-20

gautier Pascagoula-Gautier School District Registration for 2018-19 School Year is Thursday and Friday, July 19-20

The Pascagoula-Gautier School District will hold district-wide registration 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, July 19, and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, July 20, 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 returning 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. Parents of returning students need only to bring a photo identification and two proofs of residency. All new students to the district or any returning students who have changed residency during the summer, kindergarten through fourth grade, must register at the Pascagoula-Gautier School District’s central office located at 1006 Communy Ave., Pascagoula.

Parents of new students to the district should bring their photo identification, the student’s birth certificate, social security number and Mississippi Immunization Form (121 Form) 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. Parents must all bring a withdrawal form from the last school attended and an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) if applicable. 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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Jackson County Head Start Now Accepting Applications

Head-Start-Logo Jackson County Head Start Now Accepting Applications

Head Start is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. This is a federally funded educational opportunity which is free to parents. Your family must simply meet federal guidelines to be approved. Our teachers are consistently trained in the latest curriculum to help your child become ready for public school. Does your child have an IEP? We now have on staff behavioral specialists to help your child grow and learn. Your child will likely qualify! Hurry and apply online at www.jccivicaction.org before the mandatory spaces for each classroom are full. We have centers in Moss Point, Pascagoula, Gautier, and Ocean Springs. School begins August 7th, 2018. Don’t wait!

 

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Grand Bay NERR to offer Boater Education Classes this Summer

Do you own a boat or WANT to own a boat?  Do you have a child over age 10 who rides with you on a boat?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you need to take advantage of one of two boater education classes being offered this summer.

The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) in cooperation with the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) will be offering a class on June 20th and July 25th to promote boater education to local citizens. Everyone knows that safety on our waters is an important issue, given the access to water and large number of boaters in our area.

The classes are free of charge and open to the public. A DMR Marine Patrol Officer will be instructing each class. These folks are your friends on and off the water.

You must be at least 10 years of age to receive a certificate of course completion.

Follow this link for more information on these classes and others across the region:
https://education.mdwfp.com/Web/Event/EventsByCounty

This is all classroom instruction at one of the Jewels of Jackson County: the Grand Bay NERR facility.  See below for address and class dates and times.   Get Salty Safely, Y’all!

Location:
Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
6005 Bayou Heron Road
Moss Point, MS 39562

Class Date and Time:
June 20, 2018 from 9:00AM to 4:00PM
July 25, 2018 From 9:00AM to 4:00PM

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The Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA is a Registered Host Site for Global World’s Largest Swimming Lesson Event

The YMCA is proud to be a host site for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson 2018! 

On June 21, 2018, the lesson will begin promptly at 11:00am at the Blossman Family Branch YMCA on Government St.  Registration begins June 11 through 10:00am on June 21, the day of the lesson.  The lesson will be limited to the first 30 registrants, so register soon!  Ideal age for participants is from 7 to 16 years old.  

The cost?  $1!! 

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The purpose of the lesson? To provide kids and parents exposure to life-saving water safety skills and build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. Program organizers are working to connect the dots between the real risk of childhood drowning and the need for basic water competency skills and crucial parental supervision to keep kids safe in and around the water. Research shows:

  • The problem is life threatening for children: Per the CDC, drowning remains the leading cause of injury related death for. children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause for children under 14. Internationally, the World Health Organization estimates drowning is one of the top five causes of death for people aged 1-14 in 48 of the 85 countries it monitors.
  • Many lack basic swimming skills: In 2014, a survey completed by the American Red Cross found more than half of all Americans (54 percent) either can’t swim or don’t have all of the basic swimming skills.
  • Parents don’t recognize supervision is key: According to a 2016 Safe Kids Worldwide report, despite the fact that lack of supervision played a role in the majority of drowning deaths, less than half of parents (49 percent) indicate they remain within arms’ reach of their child in the water.

More than 41,000 swimmers in 27 countries on six continents participated in 2017. Each location and tens of thousands of participants help spread the Swimming Lessons Save Lives™ message each year.

For more information, please contact Michele Cateson, Aquatics Director, Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA, at mcateson@mgcymca.org or 228-875-5050.

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Singing River Health System Auxiliary Volunteers Award Over $10,000 In Scholarships

Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers at both Ocean Springs Hospital and Singing River Hospital have announced the winners of their annual scholarship awards for students pursuing a health related field of study.  14 recipients were selected based upon their academic achievements, leadership and potential as future medical professionals, including a number of health system employees who are returning to school for advanced degrees.

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED BY OCEAN SPRINGS HOSPITAL AUXILIARY:

OSH-Scholarship-Winners-2018 Singing River Health System Auxiliary Volunteers Award Over $10,000 In Scholarships

Ciara Kramer, Alexandra Grandonico, Kendra Johnston, Christopher Bui (represented by family), Anna Myers, Jonathan Bui (represented by family).  Not pictured:  Yen Nhi Thi Pham.

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED BY SINGING RIVER HOSPITAL AUXILIARY:

OSH-Scholarship-Winners-2018 Singing River Health System Auxiliary Volunteers Award Over $10,000 In Scholarships

Joshua Cochran, Jazmine Campbell, Laura Kate Taranto, Caroline Pocreva, Dameisha Jenkins.  Not pictured:  Peyton Pound, Chaz Thompson.

“We congratulate these outstanding students on their awards, and are so very grateful to our hospital auxiliary volunteers for their generosity and support of our future health care professionals,” said system CEO Lee Bond.  “We wish these winners all the best as they continue their studies and hope to welcome them back to Singing River to help care for our community.”

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Gautier High Seniors to Graduate May 25, 2018

Francisco-Arellano-1-1 Gautier High Seniors to Graduate May 25, 2018

The Gautier High School Class of 2018 will graduate at 7 p.m., Friday, May 25, 2018, at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.

Leading the Class is Francisco Arellano, Valedictorian. The son of Francisco and Flo Arellano, he will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he will major in aerospace engineering.

Francisco-Arellano-1-1 Gautier High Seniors to Graduate May 25, 2018

Taylor McVeay is Salutatorian, graduating second in the Class of 2018. The daughter of James and Shelley McVeay, Taylor will attend William Carey University where she will major in history.

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Graduating third in the class is Bailee Green, daughter of Debra Green. Bailee will attend the University of Southern Mississippi where she will major in music education.

Francisco-Arellano-1-1 Gautier High Seniors to Graduate May 25, 2018

Graduating fourth in the class is Breanna Lambert, daughter of Allan and Heather Lambert. Breanna plans to attend Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and the University of Mississippi where she will be a pre-med major.

Francisco-Arellano-1-1 Gautier High Seniors to Graduate May 25, 2018

Graduating fifth in the class is Maggie Baria, daughter of Frank Brass and Christina Baria-Brass. Maggie will attend the University of Southern Mississippi where she will major in theatre design and technology.

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Pascagoula High Seniors to Graduate May 24

Mary-Boulton-valedictorian-2018 Pascagoula High Seniors to Graduate May 24

The Pascagoula High School Class of 2018 will graduate at 8 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 2018 at War Memorial Stadium in Pascagoula. 

Leading the Class is Mary Boulton, Valedictorian. The daughter of Nicole Cannady Huyett and the late Thomas Andrew Boulton, Mary will major in pre-med and is planning a career as a pediatrician.

Mary-Boulton-valedictorian-2018 Pascagoula High Seniors to Graduate May 24

Jack Colmer is Salutatorian of the class. The son of Jimmy and Jennifer Colmer, Jack has received an appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy where he will major in marine engineering with plans to become an officer in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.

Mary-Boulton-valedictorian-2018 Pascagoula High Seniors to Graduate May 24

Graduating third is Emma Alexander, daughter of Ricky and Elizabeth Alexander. She will attend the University of South Alabama where she will major in biological sciences with plans to become a nurse.

Mary-Boulton-valedictorian-2018 Pascagoula High Seniors to Graduate May 24

Graduating fourth is Hunter Blades, son of Matt and Amanda Blonde. He will attend Mississippi State University where he will major in mechanical engineering with plans to become a systems engineer.

Mary-Boulton-valedictorian-2018 Pascagoula High Seniors to Graduate May 24

Graduating fifth is Meha Patel, daughter of Sanjay and Darshana Patel. She will attend the University of Mississippi where she is taking a pre-med track with plans to become a pediatrician.

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SMHS Valedictorian Bringing Robotics Summer Camps to St. Martin

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St. Martin High School Valedictorian Taylor Barnes believes students who are given opportunities to create with technology when they’re young will become students who are interested in studying technology when they’re older.

Barnes, a National Merit Finalist who made a perfect 36 score on the ACT, will be studying computer engineering on a full ride scholarship at the University of Central Florida this fall.

 

During his senior year, Barnes spent part of his school days at the Jackson County School District’s “Fab Lab” (short for “fabrication laboratory”) down the road from the high school. The Fab Lab, stocked with all the computers and machinery necessary to take a project from concept to final product, is designed to give Jackson County students hands-on experience with the entire engineering design process.

During the summer, Barnes will be running a series of summer camps to teach children programming for robotics. Barnes, along with the Fab Lab manager Scott Beebe, wrote a $5,000 grant to fund the summer camp.

As a student ambassador for the Fab Lab this year, Barnes helped younger students visiting the lab with projects like laser printing, vinyl cutting and more. Places like the Fab Lab pique students’ interest in STEM studies—science, technology, engineering and math—and give them a head start in preparing for the future if they are interested in those types of jobs, Barnes said.JSM_6956-copy SMHS Valedictorian Bringing Robotics Summer Camps to St. Martin

“That kind of thing gets students interested in technology early in their lives,” Barnes said of the Fab Lab. “That way when they’re older they have that foundation in STEM so they can learn even more when they get to those high level math and science classes.”

St. Martin High School Principal Dina Holland described Barnes as “focused”—a leader on campus who has been instrumental in bringing robotics programs to St. Martin High School and even to the middle school.

“I’ve been in this business for 35 years and have gotten the opportunity to work with a lot of amazing students, but he has set the bar that’s going to be the new standard,” Holland said.

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MPHS Powerlifting Captain Awarded Full Ride to Tougaloo

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Diavian Cooper is graduating from Moss Point High School this week still riding high on a major win for the girls Powerlifting Team. As team captain, Cooper helped lead her team in April to its third state championship in a row.

“It’s a great honor to be the only team in the school right now that has a state championship,” Cooper said. But Cooper doesn’t just lift big; she studies hard. 

She’s attending Tougaloo College in the fall on a full-ride academic scholarship with plans to major in biology and minor in pre-med. Her goal is to open her own practice as a neurologist.

This week, she will walk across the Tiger Stadium field at graduation as either valedictorian or salutatorian of her class. She credits her academic success in part to her teachers for challenging her and keeping expectations high in the classroom.

“They pushed me really hard,” Cooper said. “The classes are not easy at all.”

The 2018 class as a whole received $7 million in scholarship offers, beating last year’s class by more than $1 million. Cooper said she is responsible for $1.5 million of those dollars, which includes full-ride scholarship offers from 11 schools.

Cooper said the class of 2018 couldn’t have achieved everything it has, academically and athletically, without the support of all the staff at the Moss Point High.

“They are very influential, and it’s clear to see they love all the students in the school,” Cooper said. “We’re going to miss them as a class.”

 

 

 

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