Education

HPSD fights chronic absenteeism

The Hattiesburg Public School District is cracking down on chronic absenteeism and announced an initiative involving parents on Thursday.

USM Sigma Chi to vacate fraternity house

Trump administration changes school lunch guidelines

Pine Belt schools celebrate excellence in education

Trump administration rolls back Obama-era guidelines for school lunches

MDE holding lottery for special needs scholarship program

Laurel School District holds job fair

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  Behind the walls of Eureka School

Students surprised with bikes and helmets for good behavior

Laurel HS CTC expands business partnerships

New dean named for WCU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine

USM announces $8.7 million commitment from Luckyday Foundation

PRCC president touts new developments in State of the College speech

“Lighting the Way for the Holidays” kicks off Christmas season at USM

The University of Southern Mississippi has officially kicked off the holiday season on campus.

Study experts visit Purvis Middle School math students

Study experts from Algebra Nation, an online assistance program, surprised the students at school encouraging them to continue working hard.

WCU Nursing grads post 100 percent pass rate on licensure exam

The new graduates have entered professional roles in caring for patients throughout south Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, Minnesota, Arizona, and Alaska.

Woodley Elementary School celebrates being rated B school

Woodley Elementary School in Hattiesburg hosted a High Achievement Awards Ceremony and Celebration on Friday in the Woodley Auditorium.

  GOOD NEWS: Petal student-athlete bound for Ivy League

Mississippi Polymer Institute celebrates 25 years

New video showcases drawings of young students in WCU art program

HHS, PRCC partnering in dual enrollment program for high school juniors

Clinton police officers ride along on city school buses

USM hosts entrepreneurship event for non-business majors

  William Carey receives check for music therapy

The Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation presented $19,000 to the school’s Adaptive Music Therapy program.

Tuition assistance program announced for Hattiesburg, Forrest County

Students will have the opportunity to continue their education with tuition assistance.

First phase of renovations at PRCC’s Forrest County Center nearing completion

The first phase of major renovations at the Forrest County Center of Pearl River Community College is nearing completion.

MDE releases results of Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

The Mississippi Department of Education released the results of of its fall 2018 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment on Friday.

USM students react to Thousand Oaks bar shooting

Some University of Southern Mississippi students said shootings like the one in Thousand Oaks make you ask, "What if?"

Ole Miss chancellor announces resignation

The chancellor at Ole Miss has announced that he will resign from the position early next year.

Simpson County School District investigating noose found at Mendenhall Jr. High

The school district is currently investigating who is responsible, and why was there a rope resembling a noose at the school.

Call to action for drivers to pay more attention around school buses

Recent tragedies across the country are drawing attention to the plea for drivers to pay attention in school bus zones.

Mississippi community learning centers receive $16.2 million in federal funds

Mississippi community learning centers receive $16.2 million in federal funds

Buster the Bus teaches kids bus safety

Jones County School District elementary students learned a lesson on bus safety from a talking bus named Buster.

PRCC lineman program graduates first class

Thirteen men are the first graduates of a lineman development program that’s the result of a partnership between Chain Electric Company and Pearl River Community College.

Columbia High Launches Student-Run Credit Union

Some students at Columbia High School through their school’s partnership with Ferguson Credit Union are getting the opportunity to learn how to manage money at an early age.

George County students celebrate hard work, big dreams with music video

Elementary students in George County released a lip-dub video over the weekend with a message about hard work, big dreams, and being oneself.

USM study looks at Coast residents’ resiliency

The University of Southern Mississippi is in the middle of a study looking at Coast residents' resilience against disasters, both natural and man-made. Students are going door to door with a survey in an effort to judge where people on the coast are in terms of being prepared.

USM hosting third annual JROTC STEM Invitational

Dozens of JROTC cadets are at the University of Southern Mississippi for a two-day conference to learn about computer science applications for cybersecurity and national defense.

USM gets DOD contract to test security technology

The University of Southern Mississippi has a new $4.73 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense to identify DOD technology and equipment that can increase public safety and improve homeland security.

Registration deadline near for USM Saturday Gifted Studies Program

The registration deadline is approaching for the 2019 Saturday Gifted Studies Program at the University of Southern Mississippi.

LIST: Pine Belt school delays for severe weather

Some Pine Belt schools will have a delayed start time on Thursday due to the potential for severe weather.

120 PRCC students get “Round Up for Education” scholarships

Members of Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association are helping students pay for college.

MS students increase AP participation, performance

Mississippi students increased participation and performance in Advanced Placement programs during the 2017-18 school year.

Tornado recovery almost complete at WCU

William Carey University is wrapping up its recovery efforts, almost two years after a devastating tornado damaged much of its campus.

RISE graduates 5 women

Tonight 5 women, and their loved ones gathered at 38th Avenue Baptist church to celebrate their graduation from the Rise Program in Hattiesburg.

USM professor’s new book tells story of families of Vietnam vets

A University of Southern Mississippi history professor and renowned expert on the Vietnam War has written a new book focusing on the war’s impact on soldiers' families.

Ivanka Trump visits Gulfport for childhood education discussion

Ivanka Trump, who is the daughter of and an advisor to President Trump, is visiting Gulfport Thursday to take part in a panel discussion on early childhood education and workforce training.

Forrest County student prepares for ACT

The ACT assessment is a curriculum- and standards-based educational planning tool that assesses students' academic readiness for college

Hattiesburg artist donates painting to WCU

Hattiesburg artist Charles Price has donated a new painting to William Carey University. The piece is called “Staccato.” The artwork was created using oil on canvas and was painted in 2013.

Ivanka Trump coming to Mississippi to discuss early childhood education

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, will be in Mississippi this week.

MHSAA upholds penalties for Forest Hill band; explains “restrictive probation”

Don Hinton, executive director of the MHSAA, clarified that the part of the skit that included the guns was added the week of the performance, unbeknownst to administration.

Homecoming Court, Mr. & Miss Southern Miss presented at halftime

The Homecoming Court, and Mr. & Miss Southern Miss will be presented at halftime of the USM UTSA game.

Petal School District holds cyber security seminar

The Petal School district hosted a Cyber Security seminar to inform parents of ways they can help ensure their kids stay safe. They addressed a wide variety of issues.

Student Printz celebrates 100 years

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Communication celebrated its 100 year anniversary for its student newspaper, the Student Printz, with a luncheon, panel discussion and a grand opening of a new exhibit on the Hattiesburg campus.

ACT score flat for 2018 Mississippi high school seniors

The state's 2018 graduates, public and private, had an average composite score of 18.6 on the exam. That's level with 2017, and above the 18.4 that students scored in 2016, the first year all public high school graduates in the Magnolia State took the test.

NAACP in Jackson voices support for Forest Hill band students

The NAACP is asking that the community stand with these students and the Forest Hill High School community in support. .

Ole Miss donor’s name being removed after racist comment

Trustees of the state College Board voted unanimously Thursday to strip Ed Meek's name from the Meek School of Journalism and New Media. The academic unit is now known just as the School of Journalism and New Media.

Seminary schools hold suicide prevention rally

Students and Staff and the Seminary schools had one goal in mind on Wednesday, and that was suicide prevention.

New digital fabrication center at USM available to students, public

A former book store at The Hub at the University of Southern Mississippi has been turned into a digital maker space that is available for both student and public use.

PRCCC resumes classes after overnight campus lockdown

The gates remain locked at Pearl River Community College after gunshots were fired nearby late Tuesday night.

Students hold sock drive at Petal Elementary

Students at Petal Elementary are getting a first-hand lesson on both character and community.

USM kicking off Homecoming week activities

USM kicking off Homecoming week activities

JPS planning to appeal MHSAA’s decision to suspend Forest Hill band for remainder of the year

Community is asking the public to consider the students who are now being suspended following the controversial halftime performance.

Forrest County Schools gets first safe room in the district

The Forrest County School District inflated the dome of its first safe room in the district. It’s the model for many others expected to be constructed soon.

Southeastern Baptist College to be featured in Public Television series

A camera crew from Public Television was on the campus of Southeastern Baptist College on Thursday morning, shooting a segment for the series “On Demand.”

Wayne County schools no longer buying Nike products

The Wayne County School District will no longer be buying Nike products in light of the company’s recent advertising campaign with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Petal School District moving forward with plans to add storm shelters

Petal School district is in the final stages of getting new shelters to hold and protect students and staff during bad weather.

Foster grandparents changing lives at Jones Co. school

Foster grandparents changing lives at Jones Co. schools

Gov. Bryant proclaims Oct. as College Application Month

Gov. Bryant proclaims Oct. as College Application Month

The Dubard School helps students cope with dyslexia

The Dubard School for Language Disorders on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi handles many young students with learning disabilities. One of those conditions affects one in five students.

USM hosts immigration forum

University of Southern Mississippi students learned more about the subject of illegal immigration Tuesday during a first-ever forum on campus.

Barker issues dyslexia awareness proclamation

The City of Hattiesburg is hoping to increase awareness of dyslexia.

Who’s watching your child: caregiver offers guide to certified childcare centers

Mississippi Early Childhood Association Representative Judy Prine toured Oak Grove Learning Center, a licensed facility, in Oak Grove Thursday afternoon to show parents how to make sure a center is right for you and your kid.

Students, staff at Louisville middle school hospitalized after exposure to “alleged vaping”

Winston Medical Center CEO Paul Black said students and staff were passing out due to the exposure. Anywhere from 10 to 20 people were brought in, according to Black.

USM’s Eagle’s Nest could be model for college food banks across state

The Eagle’s Nest Food Pantry at USM may soon be a model for other campus food pantries across the state.

Southeastern Construction to launch Skills Training Academy

Southeastern Construction gathered with area education leaders and construction industry professionals to discuss the need for a Skills Training Academy for students coming out of high school.

Ole Miss seeks fast removal of donor’s name after flap

The University of Mississippi is trying to speed up the process of removing a donor’s name from its journalism school after his Facebook post that drew backlash as being racist.

Ole Miss School of Journalism namesake requests name be removed from school

The namesake of the Ole Miss School of Journalism requested his name be removed from the school after a controversial Facebook post.

Laurel School District to make improvements after ‘F’ rating

The Laurel School District looks to make improvements after receiving an 'F' rating.

Clinton High School student gets perfect score on ACT...TWICE

Senior Clark Hensley made a perfect score on the ACT test not once, but TWICE. After utilizing the school’s ACT prep course and studying on his own, he decided to take a stab at the ACT. He made a perfect score of 36 on his first attempt last year.

Laurel School District making changes to improve accountability score

The Mississippi Department of Education released unofficial accountability scores for school districts across the state Thursday.