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No. 2 March 2009 The point We are of ‘The Arrow’ Dr. Paul A. Tisdale, Superintendent, Biloxi Public Schools the champions It’s been said that the one thing that remains constant is change. We can all relate to that statement! Next school year will bring a number of changes to our schools and community: Ninth grade students will attend Biloxi High School; Biloxi Junior High School will serve seventh and eighth grade students; Michel will be the new home for sixth grade students; Lopez will be a multi-purpose facility serving alternative school students, pre-school students with language and speech disabilities; and more. The elementary attendance zones for Jeff Davis and Gorenflo will increase in size; Excel To see more photos from the state championship basketball game, see Page 4. by 5, a community initiative to help families prepare their pre-schoolers for kindergarten is underway; a new accreditation model will be implemented by the Mississippi Department Exciting changes in store for Biloxi Public Schools of Education replacing the familiar 5-4-3-2-1 Attendance zones for elementary school students in must grow to meet these challenges.” rating system with a seven tier rating structure east Biloxi are being re-drawn over the next couple of The re-purposing of Lopez will mean that 160 (Star School, High Performing, Satisfactory, months, signaling landmark changes that will be students in Grades K through 5 will be attending either Low Performing, Academic Watch, At-Risk of arriving in Biloxi Public Schools beginning next Gorenflo or Jeff Davis Elementary schools. Failing, and Failing); new family housing for school year. The bulk of the changes, however, will involve the Keesler Air Force Base will result in an Among the changes: a new $10 million, 36- 430 incoming ninth graders who will move to Biloxi increase in student enrollment; and economic classroom wing will open at Biloxi High School, High School and the 339 incoming sixth graders who uncertainty will lead to difficult decisions. accommodating the move of 400 incoming ninth grade will move to the Biloxi Junior High School. In spite of all that, I believe we can all students from Biloxi Junior High School; incoming "The move will provide more opportunities for learn from the character exhibited by our state sixth grade students will be moving from elementary ninth graders," Tisdale said. "Students will have an schools to Michel; and Lopez Elementary School will be expanded choice of electives to choose from at the high championship basketball team: work hard, re-purposed to host the district’s alternative school and school. There also will be a greater selection of extra- change your strategy to meet situational other district resources. curricular activities." demands, and meet challenges and uncertainty In short, many changes are in Both Tisdale and Biloxi High as they appear, with grace and dignity. store for students, administrators, School Principal Pamela Manners Don’t forget to subscribe to our e- teachers and parents. More than Why re-purpose noted that credits toward newsletter, “The Windtalker”; it’s easy… go to 1,800 students – nearly 40 percent Lopez? graduation begin accruing in the our website, www.biloxischools.net, and click of the 4,700 students in Biloxi ninth grade, and that state and on “The Windtalker” button… enter your e- See Page 2 public schools – will be attending a national achievement benchmarks mail address and click on the “send” button. new school next school year. for high schools actually include Go, Big Red! “These moves will position Biloxi Public Schools to evaluations of ninth-grade performance. meet the challenges of education and the economy,” The move of the sixth graders opens the door for said Dr. Paul A. Tisdale, superintendent of Biloxi Public the school system to consider adding pre-K classes in Schools. “As difficult as it is, change is growth, and we Biloxi Public Schools at a future date. 1 Answers to the most frequently asked questions about Lopez re-purposing Why is the school district re-purposing any school to begin with? In two words: enrollment and cost. The school board has monitored attendance – overall and at specific schools – since schools re-opened 19 Board President Kenny Holloway, left, accepts award from Kenny days after Katrina. At that time, overall enrollment was 3,167, or about half of what it was before the storm. Fountain, Mississippi School Board Association president. Some schools had classrooms with as few as eight students, which is great in terms of student-teacher ratio, but economically impractical to the taxpayers. Nonetheless, the district initially opted to wait two years to allow home-building plans to progress. Biloxi one of nine to Although Biloxi continues to see progress in terms of home building, the east Biloxi area – with its low-lying areas and the costs associated with elevation and insurance – has faced a challenging recovery. win top state honor Another important issue is the cost to taxpayers of continuing to operate seven elementary schools. Biloxi Public Schools is one of nine State funding for public school districts is based on enrollment. For two years after Katrina, the state districts in the state and three on the Gulf continued to fund all school districts in Mississippi based on their pre-Katrina enrollment. However, last year Coast to be recognized for having all the state reverted to providing funding on the current enrollment, which meant a $4 million funding cut for schools in the district meet federal progress Biloxi schools. That’s 8.2 percent of the district’s budget. standards and having students score Additionally, the governor announced a state Department of Education budget cut of 3½ percent in proficient or advanced in all 12 areas of the January, which for Biloxi schools meant another $750,000 being trimmed from this year’s budget. And in rigorous common term assessments. making that announcement, the governor warned that larger reductions may occur in 2010. School Superintendent Dr. Paul A. The district borrowed money to overcome these budget cuts, but wants to cut operating costs to avoid Tisdale and members of the Biloxi School having to borrow in the future. Board were applauded during the Mississippi School Board Association Why wasn’t anyone told about this re-purposing of Lopez? Lighthouse School Leaders Awards At the January 2008 school board meeting, the superintendent noted that if an elementary school were Luncheon. The event was held during the to be re-purposed, it would be Lopez Elementary School. However, since the issues of insurance and MSBA’s Fall Leadership Conference Nov. construction costs were still in flux, the recommendation to the board was to keep all elementary schools 18 in Jackson. open for another year and re-visit the issue in January 2009, three-and-a-half years after the storm. As a Lighthouse award winner, Biloxi Citizens expressed their concerns and presented petitions about the possible re-purposing of Lopez at schools met three criteria: April, May, and June board meetings. • Met Adequate Yearly Progress benchmarks in all areas tested. Wasn’t Gorenflo chosen to be “re-purposed”? • Obtained an average scale score of 151 At the January 2009 board meeting, the superintendent – after listening to comments from residents or above near Lopez Elementary School and considering that two $10-million state-of-the-art schools in east Biloxi • 50 percent or more students scored (Gorenflo and Nichols) were within blocks of each other – recommended that Gorenflo be re-purposed. proficient or advanced in all 12 areas of The board tabled the suggestion to seek more information. Two workshops were conducted before the the Mississippi Common Term February board meeting for additional information and more public comment. Copies of documents – Assessments. including enrollment history, utility and insurance costs, projected enrollment figures based on new The eight other districts in the state that military housing, housing construction trends, and current attendance zones – were made available to all received the honor: Clinton, Enterprise, attending the February board meeting. The documents are now online at biloxischools.net. Long Beach, Ocean Springs, Pass Christian, After reviewing the information, considering citizens comments from the previous dozen school board Pontotoc City, Union City and Union meetings, discussion with the board, and the board’s visits to the considered elementary schools, the County. superintendent changed his recommendation, and proposed re-purposing Lopez. Among the factors: Gorenflo is only a three-year-old school, with the most modern and energy- efficient classrooms. The school benefited from a complete restoration after Katrina. Lopez, on the other hand, is one of the oldest schools in the district. The school board voted unanimously to re-purpose Lopez. Lopez is a Level 5 school. Gorenflo is a Level 3 school. Won’t Lopez students suffer by going to an inferior school? Gorenflo is not an inferior school, as indicated by the most recent test scores. Besides, some of the From left, Bob Laird, Officers Niles Dunnings and Daisy Watson, students and teachers who helped earn the Level 5 status at Lopez will be bringing their same talents and Chief Paul Cannette and Superintendent Dr. Paul A. Tisdale abilities to Gorenflo. The Mississippi Department of Education’s accreditation ratings being mentioned these days are from two years ago, the 2006-07 school year. The state, in fact, is moving away from the Level 5-4-3-2-1 State recognizes campus police accreditation system in favor of a new, more rigorous model that ranks schools as Star, High Performing, Biloxi Public Schools campus police officers Satisfactory, Low Performing, Academic Watch, At-Risk of Failing, Failing. have been awarded medals for their work in helping The new model will be adopted statewide in the next few months, and schools, based on this spring’s evacuate residents during Hurricane Gustav. assessments, will be receiving their new accreditation rating in the Fall. Had the proposed accreditation model Bob Laird, director of Safe and Orderly been used this school year, Gorenflo and Lopez would have received the same rating, “High Performing.” Schools for the Mississippi Department of Education, presented the medals to Chief Paul What now at Lopez? Cannette, and Officers Daisy Watson and Niles This next school year Lopez will house the district’s alternative school (about 50 students of compulsory Dunnings during a ceremony at the district administrative office. As Gustav threatened, the school age), as well as pre-kindergarten students with language and speech disabilities/disorders, provide officers used school buses to transport space for the community’s Excel by 5 pre-school initiative, and possibly community education classes. residents to the skate park on DeBuys Road, About 70 percent of students currently attending Lopez will attend Gorenflo; the remaining 30 percent where Cannette was tapped by the department will attend Jeff Davis. The dividing line will be White Avenue. of education to serve as primary safety officer. 2 Drama department Biloxi students attend inauguration, has big year visit D.C. sites A group of 20 Biloxi High School The Biloxi High School Drama Department students attended the inauguration of has had much to celebrate throughout this President Barrack Obama and visited school year. several educational sites while in the To begin, the improvisational team, Kelly's nation’s capital. Kids, won the Lynn Meadows Rubber Chicken During their five-day trip, the group Improv Festival for the third year in a row. The cast of “The Gift of Tenyin,” including medal winners Cobren attended an Inauguration ball, viewed the In December, students traveled to Hattiesburg Greer and Cody McGuire national archives, the Smithsonian where they participated in the South Mississippi Institute, Mount Vernon, the national High School Drama Festival. They performed the of fun! I am so very proud of all of my students.” monuments and Arlington National play “The Gift of Tenyin” and won awards for Best It should be known, however, that the BHS Cemetery. Scenic Design and a Distinguished Play Award. Drama Department does not compete the entire Students going on the trip were: Cobren Greer and Cody McGuire won All Star year. They also participate in community events as Amanda Balwin, Jeffrey Ball, Casey Bell, Cast Awards for their performance on stage. well as perform for the pure enjoyment of theatre. Alexis Boucher, Steven Boucher, Jennifer With the Distinguished Play Award, the group So far, the students have particpated in the Biloxi Bui, Courtney Gray, Kendall Gregory, advanced to the Mississippi Theatre Association's Cemetery Re-enactments and Cruisin' the Coast, Gabrielle Hartwell, Kendall Holloway, State Festival and were successful once again. and represented famous Biloxians at the recent Giovonni Hopkins, Julie Johnson, During the coldest weekend in January, Ms. grand opening of the new Hancock Bank. Danielle Laws, Jennifer Le, Deborah Norris and her students journeyed to Natchez to Students have also performed plays as McNeal, Tyler Miller, Matthew Mosher, participate at the state level. Their performance entertainment for the Rotary Club and for the John Nguyen, Lauren Taylor and was remarkable and garnered rave reviews from the Mississippi Council for Exceptional Children. Katherine Tootle. adjudicators and audience members. Once again Their spring musical, “Aladdin,” was quite a Chaperones were Todd Boucher, they won for Best Scenic Design and captured the success and they are looking forward to DeBorah Holliday and Sally Griggs. Most Outstanding Technical Effect Award for the participating in Lynn Meadows annual fundraiser shadow theatre in their show. Erika Barber won Dreams at the Beau Rivage. Students will be an All Star Cast Award for her role as Tenyin. demonstrating the art of Shadow Theatre. They In the Individual Events Festival, Kristen will also have two or more nights of one acts as well VFW names Reynolds as best Bankston and Lucy Thompson won First Place in Duet Acting while Kristen Bankston, Shay Lawson as host a gala to celebrate the arts at the end of the year. “Juggling all of these activities keeps us very junior high teacher in state and Bryan Rosetti took home Third Place in Scene busy, but when I see the kids succeed, grow and Kelleigh Reynolds, Performance. learn more about themselves, I know it is worth who teaches English as Representing her school even more, Kristen every minute.” a second language and Bankston won the inaugural Youth Playwriting As for right now, the Drama Department has a French classes in Biloxi Competition and was honored by having a staged little time to regroup and to breathe. Don't think schools, has been reading of her play, “Blame the Fool.” Their for a second, however, that anything has stopped. named the VFW's director, Kelly Norris, said that the trip was Ms. Norris is already researching for next year's Junior High Teacher of wonderful. “The hard work that they put into this competition piece. "I haven't made my decision yet, the Year in Mississippi. show allowed us to be recognized and to have loads but I know it is going to be something very unique." Biloxi Junior High School Principal Murray Killebrew said he thought Ms. Reynolds was an outstanding selection. What to do now that you’ve seen those report cards “Ms. Reynolds actively engages her students in instruction,” Killebrew said. “They readily relate to what she’s teaching So, your child brings home the report card, email@example.com) and her positive personality. She has the test scores or quiz results. Now what? • Is your child taking advantage of the district’s ability to get students excited about Schools chief Dr. Paul A. Tisdale says parents re-teaching and re-testing program? learning the French language.” should consider several steps after reviewing the • Remember that education is a collaborative As the state honoree, Ms. Reynolds was grades. effort. Students should have a supportive and recognized and received a cash award at a “The first thing parents should do is to structured environment at home. conference in Tupelo. congratulate children if they’re doing well,” said “Another important thing for parents right She also will represent Mississippi in Tisdale, superintendent of Biloxi Public Schools. now is to examine the syllabus that should have the competition for the VFW National “Positive re-enforcement goes a long way toward been brought home this week,” Tisdale said. Junior High Teacher of the Year. keeping students on track.” “That syllabus tells you everything that will be Ms. Reynolds, who teaches at both However, if parents feel grades are short of taught – and, hopefully, learned – over the next junior high and high school, was selected expectations, there are courses of action: nine weeks. It’s a good indication of what’s going as the Mississippi winner from • E-mail the respective teacher for advice and to be on the test at the end of this semester.” contestants representing all nine VFW feedback. (Email addresses are districts in the state. 3 Living large in the Big House Members of the Biloxi Indians District 5A championship basketball team get ready to pose for their official team picture after defeating Provine in the finals at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson. To see dozens more photos, go to the online Photo Gallery at biloxischools.net. WLOX sportscaster Jeff Shepard, left, smiles while listening to post- Coach Seber Windham makes a point to his team game comments from Biloxi point in the final minutes of the championship game. guard Isaiah Canaan. All smiles from the Biloxi High School cheering squad. School Calendar See complete calendar at biloxischools.net Biloxi Public Schools This calendar is subject to change for reasons of inclement weather or state assessments. Additional make-up days may be added to the end of the school year if necessary. 03/19/09 Thu Report Cards Sent Home 05/01/09 Fri English II Test, SATP (State) 03/23/09 Mon No Students/Professional Development 05/04/09 Mon Make-Up Test for SATP MARCH 03/26/09 Thu English II Writing SATP (State) 05/12/09 Tue MCT2 Language Arts, Grades 3-8 (State) 03/27/09 Fri Make-Up Test for Writing 05/13/09 Wed MCT2 Language Arts, Grades 3-8 (State) 03/30/09 Mon On-Line Biology I SATP 05/14/09 Thu MCT2 Math, Grades 3-8 (State) MAY/JUNE 03/31/09 Tue On-Line US History SATP 05/15/09 Fri Make-Up Test for MCT2 05/19/09 Tue School Board Meeting 04/01/09 Wed On-Line Algebra I SATP 05/24/09 Sun Graduation, 2:00 p.m. 04/02/09 Thu On-Line English II SATP 05/25/09 Mon Memorial Day Holiday 04/03/09 Fri Make-Up Test for SATP 05/27/09 Wed Term Exams, Grades 7-12 TERM 4 = 46 Days 04/09/09 Thu Last Day before Spring Break 05/28/09 Thu Term Exams, Grades 7-12 SEM 2 = 91 Days APRIL 04/10/09 Fri Good Friday 05/28/09 Thu Last Day for Students; Early Dismissal 04/20/09 Mon School Resumes 05/29/09 Fri Last Day For Teachers Close Classrooms 04/21/09 Tue School Board Meeting 06/16/09 Tue School Board Meeting 04/23/09 Thu Mid-Term Progress Reports 04/28/09 Tue Biology I Test, SATP (State) 04/29/09 Wed U.S. History Test, SATP (State) Spring Break April 10, 2009 - April 17, 2009 04/30/09 Thu Algebra I SATP (State) Memorial Day May 25, 2009 4 Jones wins presidential award Three Biloxi schools for volunteer service chosen for assessment Biloxi High country have been considered for these awards program School senior Amber since the program began in 1995. Jones has been “The recipients of these awards vividly Three Biloxi public schools – honored for her demonstrate that young people across America Beauvoir and Lopez Elementary, and exemplary volunteer are making remarkable contributions to the Biloxi Junior High -- have been chosen by service with a health and vitality of their communities,” said Mississippi Department of Education to President's Volunteer Arthur F. Ryan, chairman of Prudential participate in The National Assessment of Service Award. Financial. “They truly deserve all the praise and Educational Progress. The award, which encouragement we can give them.” The NAEP is a national assessment of recognizes Americans “NASSP is proud to honor them as they are what America's students know and can of all ages who have wonderful examples of the high caliber of young do in various subject areas. NAEP volunteered people in our nation's schools today,” said Gerald assessments are administered uniformly significant amounts of time to serve their Tirozzi, executive director of the National using the same sets of test booklets across communities and their country, was presented by Association of Secondary School Principals. the nation. NAEP results serve as a the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program applications were distributed last common metric for all states. program on behalf of the President's Council on September through all public and private middle NAEP scores are important for Service and Civic Participation. and high schools, Girl Scout councils, 4-H Mississippi for a number of reasons. Said Sponsored by Prudential Financial in organizations, American Red Cross Chapters, Gov. Haley Barbour: “When businesses partnership with the National Association of YMCAs, and Volunteer Centers. After local decide where they want to locate their next Secondary School Principals, the Prudential honorees were named, state-level judges selected plant, distribution center, retail outlet or Spirit of Community Awards program recognizes state honorees, distinguished finalists and certificate office, they look at our NAEP scores to young people across America for outstanding of excellence recipients. Volunteer activities were community service activities. judged on criteria such as personal initiative, judge the quality of our educational system Nearly 250,000 young people across the creativity, effort, impact and personal growth. and the quality of our workforce.” Students make impressive debut Biloxi High to establish at science, math tournament Track Booster Club Biloxi High School launched the 2009 track season with the establishment of a track booster club. Parents, guardians, alumni and supporters are encouraged to become a booster club member, which will allow them to have more input in their child’s track and field travels, and to make suggestions for fundraisers and the year-end banquet. Membership fee is $5, and individual or corporate sponsors with a donation of $100 or more will have a banner with the name of their business displayed at the Biloxi High School stadium this season. Those interested in joining can Biloxi High School was well-represented during its first appearance at the Mississippi College make donations to the Biloxi High Track Science and Mathematics Tournament. Savanna King and Bo Portillo placed in the Top 15 percent in Booster Club at any Hancock Bank or Mathematics testing, Bo placed in the Top 10 percent in Biology, and Savanna in the Top 1 percent in contact President Clarence Taylor at Biology. These two students received scholarship awards to Mississippi College. (228) 594-3361 or Vice President Kirk The Quiz Bowl team of Hardy Delaughter, Bo Portillo, Ashley Moss, and Andrew Olguin Jackson at (228) 424-7915. competed in the final round of Division I. Other members of the group include Abby Abide, Mara Members will each receive a Joffe, Lauren Rackley, Matt Wahl, and Paul Solomon. membership card that can be presented The tournament was attended by 600 students representing 60 schools across the state. upon registration or mailed to you. 5 Biloxi swimmer qualifies Biloxi Envirothon Team for Eastern Section meet Swimmer Gabby Aranda, scores in competition the female team captain of the Biloxi Elite and Biloxi High swim teams, has qualified to compete in four events in the Eastern Section qualifiers swim meet this weekend in Cary, N.C. Aranda, 16, will compete in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyle, and the 100-yard fly based on her successful times at the Mississippi Short Course State Championships in Oxford Feb. 20-22. She will be competing against qualifying swimmers from Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Western Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, and West Virginia. The meet will feature four former Olympic swimmers: Cullen Jones, Amanda Members of the Biloxi Envirothon Team Weir, Mark Gangloff, and Gil Stovall. The Biloxi High School Envirothon Team world around them. The program tests had the top score in the Current Issue category knowledge in the categories of aquatics, of the South Area Competition at the Forrest forestry, soils, wildlife, and current issue. County Multi-Purpose/Extension Center in Hattiesburg. Through local soil and water conservation districts, volunteers and resource personnel Soccer players selected Biloxi team members, who trained intensely for the Feb. 19 competition, were Greg Mareno, Jerico Gotte, Savanna King, Justin Freche, from state and federal natural resource agencies and organizations have been working with educators and sharing their environmental for state, district teams Crystal Ross, and Aerial “Hunter” Curtis. The expertise to ready the teams for this Sam Morgan has been team, whose winning issue was Biodiversity, was competition. The resource professionals were selected for the Clarion coached and sponsored by Mrs. Sarah Langford, on hand to assist with testing and judging at Ledger All-State Soccer a Biology I teacher at BHS. the area competition, and will be assisting with Team. Additionally, Sam, The Mississippi Envirothon, a program of the statewide competition as well. Kendall Holloway, Kayleigh the Mississippi Association of Conservation The Mississippi Envirothon is funded by Clark, Brittany Lang and Districts, is a hands-on natural resource Chevron and is the only Envirothon fully funded Caitlin Andrews have been chosen for the competition designed to challenge students in by a major petroleum products company. All-District Soccer Team. The soccer Grades 9 through 12 to explore the natural team, incidentally, finished its season with a 15-4-2 record and as district champions for the second consecutive year. North Bay class wins mention in Exploravision contest Wilson, Partman Ms. Mary Edelen's class at North Bay vision of a future technology. Students worked first from Biloxi to be Elementary received two Honorable Mention awards in the Toshiba Exploravision Contest. in groups to simulate Research and Development teams. chosen for softball The two teams that placed were AW (Allergy Watch) Team (2nd grade) and the Stop Fire Each team selected a technology or an aspect of technology that already existed to explore all-stars Vacuum System (3rd grade). The students on what it does, how it works, and how, when, and The Mississippi High the AW (Allergy Watch) Team were Janie why it was invented. Then the students School Coaches Association Cromer, Raivyn Alford, and Kayne Asbell. The projected the technology 20 years into the has selected two Biloxi seniors students on the Stop Fire Vacuum System were future. to represent the south squad in Autumn McDaniel, Georgia Bosarge, Taylor Their vision was expressed through both the state softball all-star game White, and Jakob Hockman. Of the 4,388 team written description and five graphics simulating in June. Brooke Wilson was entries, Ms. Edelen's teams were the only ones in web pages. The entries were from all over North selected to the south's slow-pitch team and Mississippi to make the top ten percent. America. “North Bay Elementary, Biloxi, MS” Mariah Partman was selected to south's fast- The contest was a competition that is now listed on the Toshiba website at pitch team. They are the first players from encouraged students to use their imaginations www.exploravision.org/winners/honorable- Biloxi ever selected to participate in these with scientific tools to create and explore a mentions-2009.php statewide all-star games. 6 Reese named Health Educator of the Year Coach Michael School board members recognized Reese of Biloxi High Biloxi School Board members were honored Cleaners, Frank P. Corso, Hancock Bank, Hard School has been last month as part of February’s observance of Rock Café, Susan Hunt, IP Casino Resort Spa, named the Health school board recognition month. Main Street Biloxi, Mary Mahoney’s Old French Educator of the Year A drawing for a gallon of gumbo from Mary House, Medical Analysis, Negrotto’s Gallery and for 2008 by the Mahoney’s Old French House Restaurant was Custom Framing, Palace Casino Resort, The Mississippi Alliance won by board member Keith Anderson. Peoples Bank, W.G. Yates and Sons for Health, Physical School board members also were recognized Construction Company and Winn Dixie, Biloxi Education, at a City Council meeting in February. Pass Road. Recreation and Those who contributed to the success of Businesses or individuals who would like to Dance, a professional organization of school board recognition were: contribute to support special events or educators throughout the state. Roy Anderson Corp., Applebee’s, observances involving Biloxi Public Schools Reese is in his 22nd year of teaching BancorpSouth, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, should contact Susan Hunt at and coaching, with 19 of those years in the Biloxi Regional Medical Center, City of Biloxi, firstname.lastname@example.org or at 374-1810. Biloxi Public School System. Classy Chassis, Community Bank, Edgewater He currently teaches Comprehensive Health, is head coach of the Biloxi High boys track team, and is assistant coach of the Biloxi High boys basketball team. Reese was also the 2006 Junior High Coach of the Year in Basketball for Region 4-5A. In Biloxi, Said Reese: “I gratefully accept this award on behalf of the administrators, faculty and students of the Biloxi Public school’s Schools, who, like me, strive for the success of students on a daily basis.” always in Reese received his B.S. Degree in Health Keeping up with activities and and Physical Education from Alcorn State achievements at Biloxi Public Schools University in 1986 and his Master's Degree is just a click away, thanks to the in Educational Administration from the school district’s new web site at University of Southern Mississippi in 2005. biloxischools.net Reese is an active member of several You’ll find news about students and professional and fraternal organizations. staff, details about upcoming events, Among them are the Coaches Association and you can sign up for “The of the Mississippi High School Activities Windtalker,” an innovative e-news Association, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, program that delivers timely news to and the Benevolent & Protective Order of you on a regular basis. Elks of Mississippi. It’s easy to sign up for this free service. Just visit biloxischools.net and click on “The Windtalker.” ‘Cabaret’ wins biloxischools.net competition “Cabaret,” Biloxi High School’s show choir, captured awards in the Purvis High School Invitational Show choir competition on Feb. 28. In the preliminary round the group placed second overall and garnered the most outstanding soloist award with Brittni Campbell’s rendition of “His Eye Is on The Sparrow.” In the finals round, the choir captured the first runner-up trophy, with Wayne County named grand champions. Brittni Campbell once again crushed the competition and walked away with “Best Soloist of the Day.” ‘BusinessWeek’ cites Biloxi as best place in state to raise children “BusinessWeek” has named Biloxi as wake of 2005's Hurricane Katrina. It is famous Mississippi’s best place for raising children. for its casinos, Gulf Coast beaches, and The magazine said its most important saltwater fishing.” factors in analyzing communities across the The report listed Biloxi has having a country with a population of at least 50,000 population of 50,833 and a median household were school performance, affordability, and income of $52,786. safety. The criteria also considered cost of Runners up for the Mississippi honor were living, air quality, job growth, racial diversity, Gulfport and Jackson. Mount Prospect, Ill., a and local parks, ball fields, zoos, recreation quiet Chicago suburb with a population of just centers, museums, and theaters. over 56,000, was named the winner of biloxischools.net In a story on its online edition, “BusinessWeek’s” second annual roundup of “BusinessWeek” said of Biloxi, “The coastal the Best Places in America to Raise Kids. city is going through a building boom in the Biloxi School Board Mr. Kenny Holloway President CSI-Biloxi, the forensic Mr. Keith Anderson GORENFLO LAUNCHES science unit that is being CSI: Biloxi unit Vice President funded by Biloxi First, has Mr. Loyce Searight kicked off at Gorenflo Secretary Elementary. The dates for the unit are March 2, 9, 16, 30 Mr. David Blaine and April 6. Member The 5th and 6th grade CREATE students from Beauvoir, Jeff Davis, Gorenflo, North Mrs. Allison Buchanan Bay and Popp’s Ferry are participating in this exciting unit with more than 25 experiments Member in forensic science (using the scientific method)! Participating in the program are 69 Lt. Col. Rich Cole students, 12 parent volunteers and three CREATE teachers (Cathi Brennan of North Bay, KAFB Liaison Nancy Lamey of Gorenflo and Popp's Ferry, and Kim Clemon of Beauvoir and Jeff Davis). Superintendent Biloxi Public Schools Dr. Paul A. Tisdale District seeks vintage photos, memorabilia The Biloxi Public School District will observe its 150th anniversary on May 17, 2010, Gorenflo Elementary School - built in 1924 and district historian Lee Ann Dubaz is seeking photographs and other documents for an exhibit that will help show milestones and memories through the years. Photos and documents will be scanned and originals will be returned to owners. Those interested in contributing photos or other memorabilia should contact Dubaz, who is secretary to the superintendent, at 374-1810 ext. 118 or via email at email@example.com biloxi.ms.us PRST STD US POSTAGE PAID Mayor A.J. Holloway PERMIT 57 BILOXI, MS 39530 and the City Council George Lawrence ECRWSS William “Bill” Stallworth Charles T. Harrison Jr. Mike Fitzpatrick Tom Wall Biloxi Resident Edward “Ed” Gemmill David Fayard 8
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