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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Smithsonian Water Exhibition Delights Local Audiences

Visitors-at-exhibit-1 Smithsonian Water Exhibition Delights Local Audiences

The Pascagoula River Audubon Center, in cooperation with the Mississippi Humanities Council, continues its exploration of water’s environmental and cultural impact as it hosts the local showing of “Water/Ways,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. “Water/Ways” will be on view through July 7, 2018.

The Pascagoula River Audubon Center and the surrounding community was expressly chosen by the Mississippi Humanities Council to host “Water/Ways” as part of the Museum on Main Street project—a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. After it leaves Moss Point in early July, the exhibition will travel to five more communities in Mississippi before it returns to the Smithsonian.

“Water/Ways” explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at how political and economic planning have long been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.

Visitors-at-exhibit-1 Smithsonian Water Exhibition Delights Local Audiences

“We are thrilled with the attention Water/Ways is receiving,” said Erin Parker, Programs Manager. More than 130 people attended our opening event and the daily visitor count so far has been wonderful. Parker continued, “We’ve had visitors from as far away as Seattle, Washington to see the exhibition and visit our community. It’s great exposure for the Audubon Center and Moss Point. We’ve had a diversity of programs related to water from different perspectives that are attracting different audiences.”

Upcoming public Saturday programs include “Water/Ways Talk” with Dr. Jim Giesen, Mobile Baykeeper Talk, Writing on the River with Mary Ann O’Gorman, and a DIY Rain Barrel Workshop. Some programs require fees for materials. For a complete listing of related programs, visit the events calendar online at http://pascagoula.audubon.org/events or call 228-475-0825.

“Water/Ways” is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more visit www.museumonmainstreet.org, www.sites.si.edu, or http://mshumanities.org/. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress and the Mississippi Humanities council.

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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!! 

WLSL018_640p The Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA is a Registered Host Site for Global World's Largest Swimming Lesson Event

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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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Smithsonian Exhibition Coming To Moss Point’s Pascagoula River Audubon Center June 2 – July 7, open to the public!

From above, Earth appears as a water planet with more than 71 percent of its surface covered with this vital resource for life. Water impacts climate, agriculture, transportation, industry and more. It inspires art and music. The Pascagoula River Audubon Center, in cooperation with Mississippi Humanities Council, will examine water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element as it hosts “Water/Ways,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program. “Water/Ways” will be on view Saturday June 2nd through Saturday July 7th, 2018.  

The Pascagoula River Audubon Center and the surrounding community has been expressly chosen by the Mississippi Humanities Council to host “Water/Ways” as part of the Museum on Main Street program—a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The exhibition will tour 6 communities in Mississippi from June 2nd through March 8th, 2019; an itinerary is included below.

image002 Smithsonian Exhibition Coming To Moss Point’s Pascagoula River Audubon Center June 2 - July 7, open to the public!

“Water/Ways” explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at how political and economic planning have long been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.

image002 Smithsonian Exhibition Coming To Moss Point’s Pascagoula River Audubon Center June 2 - July 7, open to the public!

Designed for small-town museums, libraries and cultural organizations, “Water/Ways” will serve as a community meeting place to convene conversations about water’s impact on American culture. With the support and guidance of state humanities councils, these towns will develop complementary exhibits, host public programs and facilitate educational initiatives to raise people’s understanding about what water means culturally, socially and spiritually in their own community.

“We all live in a watershed and everything we do impacts our water. Water connects us and shapes us, from our landscapes to our lifestyles,” said Erin Parker, Pascagoula River Audubon Center’s Programs Manager. In addition to hosting “Water/Ways” the Audubon Center has developed local exhibit and public programs to compliment the Smithsonian exhibition. Such events include the free exhibit opening on Saturday, June 2nd that includes “A River in Stitches” Quilt Exhibit opening reception from 1-3pm and musical skit from local third graders as they perform “The Singing River Gets The Blues” at 10am. Each Saturday the Audubon Center will host a public program at 1pm that ties in with “Water/Ways” and includes a “Water/Ways Talk” with Dr. Jim Guisen, Mobile Baykeeper Talk, Writing on the River with Mary Ann O’Gorman, and a Rain Barrel Workshop with Center Director Mark LaSalle.

“We are super excited and proud to be the first host site for this traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian!  Water/Ways is all about water and how it shapes our landscapes, how it plays a role in religions, how we value it aesthetically, how lack of water is just as critical as too much water — any way that water is connected to people is probably explored in this exhibit.

This exhibit is really incredible for people to see that this is here in Moss Point.  It is very interactive and engaging!  Water is much more important than people realize.  This will help them understand the importance of water.

We are proud of this partnership with Mississippi Humanities Council.  It is a perfect fit.   We are already exploring more ways to work together. The Pascagoula River is a very unique body of water in Mississippi and the country,” said Parker.

 “Water/Ways” is part of the Smithsonian’s Think Water Initiative to raise awareness of water as a critical resource for life through exhibitions, educational resources and public programs. The public can participate in the conversation on social media at #thinkWater.

“Water/Ways” was inspired by an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org), and the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul (www.smm.org), in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland; The Field Museum, Chicago; Instituto Sangari, Sao Paulo, Brazil; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore with PUB Singapore.

The exhibition is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more about “Water/Ways” and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit www.museumonmainstreet.org.

Support for MoMS has been provided by the U.S. representative for Mississippi’s 4th congressional district, Steven Palazzo, and the U.S. Congress.

                  SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for 65 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play. For exhibition description and tour schedules, visit www.sites.si.edu.

See this exhibit from the Smithsonian.  Water is much more important that most people realize

WATER/WAYS Mississippi Itinerary

May 31 – July 7
Moss Point, Pascagoula River Audubon Center
5107 Arthur St, Moss Point, MS 39563

July 14 – August 25
Meridian, Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum
1808 4th St, Meridian, MS 39301

August 31 – October 13
Clarksdale, Lower Mississippi River Foundation
291 Sunflower Ave, Clarksdale, MS 38614

October 20 – November 30
Ocean Springs, Ocean Springs Municipal Library
525 Dewey Ave, Ocean Springs, MS 39564

December 7, 2018 – January 19, 2019
Jackson, Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum
1150 Lakeland Dr, Jackson, MS 39216

January 25, 2019 – March 8, 2019
Columbus, Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Transportation Museum
318 7th St. N., Columbus, MS 39703

http://mshumanities.org/program/museum-on-main-street/

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Jackson County’s Turtles are on the Move

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2017-03-27-14.18.44 Jackson County's Turtles are on the Move

Did you know that Mississippi is home to more than 35 species of turtle? We have sea turtles visiting our Gulf barrier islands and beaches, box turtles in our backyards, and a variety of aquatic turtles basking in our waterways. 

Late spring and early summer is peak egg-laying season for turtles from Loggerhead Sea Turtles on the front beaches to Common Snapping Turtles in your garden. Even turtles that spend the majority of their lives happily buried in the soft bottoms of our lakes and lagoons are lumbering out to lay their eggs on land.  If you have observed an increase in the numbers and diversity of turtles, they are probably heading to or from their preferred egg laying site. 

2017-03-27-14.18.44 Jackson County's Turtles are on the Move

Turtles lay soft, leathery eggs like other reptiles and may lay as few as 4 or 5 in the case of our Gulf Coast Box Turtles to more than 100 with large Sea Turtles. Mother turtles do not nurture their young, after egg-laying, they head back to the water or burrow. Turtle eggs and hatchling turtles are a favorite snack of many species from opossums to raccoons to several species of snakes, and even ghost crabs down on the shore.

Baby turtles that do make it will chip their way out of their egg with a special egg tooth that later falls off, and make their way toward shelter where they’ll eat, try to avoid predators and cars, and slowly grow larger. 

If you see a turtle on the road, and it is safe for you to do so, you can help move them in the direction they were heading. Be careful of your fingers, as turtles can snap, and do not lift turtles by their tails. 

It is NOT a good idea to remove turtles from the wild as they are quite tied to the place where they hatched, often spending their entire life within a one-acre area. Turtles can spread illness such as Salmonella to humans and humans can unwittingly spread disease to captive turtles. Aquatic turtles, in particular, do not make good pets as they require natural sunlight to process some of the nutrients in their food and require a great deal of tank cleaning due to the messes they make while eating and excreting! Several of Mississippi’s turtles are threatened or endangered, and should be enjoyed with photographs and returned immediately to where they were found. 

To learn more about our indigenous Jackson County wildlife, go to http://pascagoulariver.audubon.org

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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.

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

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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