Pascagoula High School will be home to new $14.7 million Performing Arts Center

Pascagoula-Arts-Center-Rendering Pascagoula High School will be home to new $14.7 million Performing Arts Center

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Pascagoula-Gautier School District recently began construction on the new Performing Arts Center on the Pascagoula High School grounds. When completed, it will be the most high-tech performing arts center on the Gulf Coast besides the Hancock Performing Arts Center in Hancock County. The center will cost $14.7 million and will be owned by the school district.

Construction has already begun and is set to be completed around Christmas 2019, according to Wayne Rodolfich, superintendent of the Pascagoula-Gautier School District. 

The center will have a surround sound movie projection system, a rear projection system with the ability to digitally project a backdrop, space for a 160-piece band on the stage as well as proper floor capacity for dance performances. It will have more than 700 seats with wider seating than traditional performing arts centers, three classrooms, a catering kitchen, warm up rooms and a beautifully designed foyer area. The entire building will be able to be operated by an iPad.

All of these add up to many uses for the center including youth and children’s groups showing movies, orchestra and band performances, dance shows, church groups, banquets, large-scale meetings, and many more. Rodolfich said the goal is to make the space available to anyone in the community that wants to use it.

“It’s just going to be a game changer for this community,” Rodolfich said. “We saw this as an opportunity not only to improve the quality of life for the children of our district but also to improve the quality of life for the people of Pascagoula, Mississippi.”

It was important to have the center on the school’s campus so that the students can walk to it from the school and that certain classes can have class in there during the day.

“We’re trying to build venues around our children,” Rodolfich said, adding that having the center on the school’s property will make it easier for them to secure the facility and maintain it.

The Performing Arts Center is part of the PGSD’s Strategic Plan. It has been discussed for years and now the school is moving forward. In fall 2017, the school district asked for a 4-mill tax hike to pay for the facility. This was put on hold in September but reinstated in March 2018.

“It’s a time where Pascagoula needs to put as many amenities in place as possible. It’s a great investment,” Rodolfich said. “That facility will be here for years to come for children and adults, and it will really be an asset to this community.”

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Free Children’s Summer Feeding Program to begin June 7

The Pascagoula-Gautier School District has announced the United States Department of Agriculture’s free summer feeding locations for children and teenagers, 18 years old and younger.

Breakfast and lunch will be available June 7-June 28, Monday through Thursday, at Pascagoula High School and in Gautier, breakfast and lunch will be served at Gautier Elementary on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, June 7- July 26.

Breakfast will be available from 7:30-8:30 a.m. with lunch from 11 a.m. to noon at both schools. Pascagoula High is located at 1716 Tucker Ave., Pascagoula, and Gautier Elementary is located at 505 Magnolia Tree Drive.

For more information, call 938-6525.

USDA is an equal-opportunity employer and provider.

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Under the Sea Super Saturday Set This Weekend

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The Pascagoula-Gautier School District will host its Under the Sea Super Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Aaron Jones Family Interactive Center. The event is open free to the public, rain or shine. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Featured exhibitors will be the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, USM Marine Education Center, Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, Mississippi Coast Fly Fisher, The Nature Conservancy, Pascagoula Recreation Center, Girl Scouts and Excel by 5.

All of the themed rooms will be open for play including Wetland Animals, Pirate Ship, Main Street, Toddler Town, block room, virtual reality, flight simulator room, planetarium, iMac lab, miniature golf and the playground.

The center is located at 1415 Skip St., Pascagoula. For more information, call Kelli McCorkle, at 228-938-6418.

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PGSD’s Spring Fling Super Saturday is This Weekend

The Pascagoula-Gautier School District’s Spring Fling Super Saturday will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10th at the Aaron Jones Family Interactive Center, located at 1415 Skip Street in Pascagoula. Featured activities include games, arts, and crafts. All of the themed rooms will be open for play! Free fun for the entire family. Activities will go on rain or shine!

Call the Aaron Jones Family Interactive Center at 228-938-6418 for more information.

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Hometown Heroes Super Saturday Features Excel by 5 Health Fair

            The Pascagoula-Gautier Hometown Heroes Super Saturday will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at the Aaron Jones Interactive Center. Featured exhibits will be provided by the City of Gautier, Gautier Police Department, Pascagoula Police Department, Pascagoula Fire Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Acadian Ambulance, Jackson-George Regional Library System and Boys and Girls Club.

          In conjunction with the Super Saturday, Excel by 5 of Pascagoula will hold its annual Health Fair with free health and safety screenings. Exhibits include Wal-Mart Vision, South Mississippi Smiles, Singing River Women’s and Children’s Department, the PGSD diagnostics department, Singing River Hands Only CPR, American Red Cross, Let’s Go Gulf Coast, Jackson County Health Department, Encore Rehabilitation, Prevention and Safety Services and Healthplex.

          Children will also be able to explore the Wetlands Room, Pirate Ship Room, Toddler Town, Block Room, Main Street Pascagoula, STEM Lab, flight simulator rooms, black light room, Apple Computer Lab, golf course and playground.

          Super Saturdays are open free to the public. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The Family Interactive Center is located at 1415 Skip St., across from Pascagoula High School. For more information, call 228-938-6418.

 

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“Celebrating Me – a Multicultural Experience Super Saturday is This Weekend

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The Pascagoula-Gautier School District will host “Celebrating Me – A Multicultural Experience” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., this Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at the Aaron Jones Family Interactive Center, 1415 Skip St., Pascagoula.

All 19 schools in the district will participate in this event with multicultural arts and crafts, games, dances and food to celebrate the district’s diversity. Some of the countries to be celebrated are Africa, Puerto Rico, India, Brazil, Vietnam, China, Egypt and more. Children will also be able to explore the Wetlands Room, pirate ship room, block room, Toddler Town, Main Street, golf course, playground and more. 

The event is open free to the public. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Call the FIC at 938-6418 for more information.

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Mad Scientist Super Saturday to Feature STEM

The Pascagoula-Gautier School District’s Mad Scientist Super Saturday will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at the Aaron Jones Family Interactive Center, 1415 Skip St., across from Pascagoula High School.

Children can participate in a number of STEM experiments with Chevron, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Mississippi Power, Omega Protein, Stennis Space Center, Orion Engineering and exhibits by Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Girl Scouts and Excel by 5. Children can also explore the Wetlands Room, astronomy lab, Main Street Pascagoula, Pirate Ship Room, Black Light Room, Flight Simulators Room, Toddler Town and more.

Mad Scientist Super Saturday is open free to the public.

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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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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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PGSD Hosts Tech Camp for Kids

Students from Trent Lott Academy, Singing River Academy, Colmer Middle School, and Gautier Middle School enjoyed learning all about technology at Tech Camp for Kids. Students learned how to fly drones, green screen and video editing, video creation, coding with Tynker, Dash and Dot Challenges, and C++ programming.

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Henry Ros takes a photo of Parker Simkins during a green screen video class at the Pascagoula-Gautier School District’s Tech Camp for Kids. Students from Trent Lott Academy, Singing River Academy, Colmer Middle School, and Gautier Middle School enjoyed learning all about technology at Tech Camp for Kids. Students learned how to fly drones, green screen and video editing, video creation, coding with Tynker, Dash and Dot Challenges, and C++ programming.

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