Education

  Several changes coming to ACT test in 2020

There are several changes coming to the act test next September.

  WCU making progress on new, three-story student center

  Collins Elementary teachers celebrate first “A” accountability rating

  VFW Post 3036 partners with USM military veterans

NBA legend Magic Johnson raised and donated more than $100K for ‘well deserving’ JSU students

  USM Career & Internship Expo brings students, potential employers together

  ’Celebration of Excellence’ tour recognizes top school districts

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  North Forrest High School students building friendships by building benches

Various events set for Jones College Homecoming 2019

  Oak Grove receives national award for performing arts

Ole Miss cancels introductory press conference for new chancellor amid protest

Former higher ed commissioner to lead Ole Miss

  PRCC and local school districts team up

  Thames Elementary completes renovations of gym

Thames Elementary School held a ribbon cutting for its completed gymnasium renovations Monday.

Chronic absenteeism rate declines in Miss.

The Mississippi Department of Education released its most recent chronic absenteeism data, which showed the the 2018-2019 school year had the lowest chronic absenteeism rates since MDE began tracking and reporting the figures.

  USM Foundation raising funds for new campus veterans center

University of Southern Mississippi administrators want to build a new center to serve student veterans and their families and they’re hoping you will contribute to that campaign.

  Laurel Magnet School achieves historic “A” rating

Laurel Magnet School of the Arts is the silver lining of the Laurel School District’s accountability rating. It’s the only school in the district to earn an “A” rating.

MDE launches statewide reading program with famous Pine Belt natives

  PRCC leads state community colleges in enrollment growth

  HPSD continues to improve accountability ratings

  Parkland survivor speaks at USM forum

  Lamar County School District needs bus drivers

  Petal School District earns top accountability rating

  BancorpSouth donates $100K to Oseola McCarty Youth Development Center

BancorpSouth is giving the Oseola McCarty Youth Development Center a $100,000 donation to improve its after school and summer programs.

  Lamar County School District brings awareness to suicide prevention

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month and the Lamar County School District is taking steps to make sure its students are aware.

Tylertown students walk out of classes protesting end of religious based program

Tylertown students are protesting the end of a program they say allows them to worship together.

  School district filling kids backpacks with more than homework

The Lamar County School District Backpack Program is ensuring that kids do not go hungry.

FBI recruiters at several MS colleges accepting applications for Honors Internship program

They are at Mississippi College, Tougaloo College, and Southern Miss.

  Trial run for new Jones Co. Schools event security continues

The Jones County School district is hoping to continue to use a private company for security at after school events.

Columbia School District holding safety exercises in September

The Columbia School District will be collaborating with first responders during the month of September to conduct several multi-agency school safety exercises.

WCU, PRCC receives grant to continue program to help teacher shortage

The $36,000 grant extends the partnership to attack Mississippi's teacher shortage.

  Petal School District close to finishing one of 4 storm shelters

Construction on one of the four storm shelters being built in the Petal School District is nearing completion.

  Renovations underway at Thames Elementary School after sales tax

The 1% sales tax increase on hotel, motel and restaurants is paying off in Hattiesburg as renovations are underway at Thames Elementary School.

  Lamar Co. Superintendent talks school attendance

Schools across the state are doing what they can to make sure students are in the classroom.

  Educators say ending history test would mean less stress

The fate of the U.S. history exit exam will be decided by MDE next month

  Jim Hood tours DuBard School for Language Disorders

Democrat governor candidate Jim Hood and his team were led around the Dubard School for Language Disorders at the University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday.

  Richton schools welcome new resource officer, K9

To combat threats, drugs or weapons on campus, the Richton School District partnered with the Perry County Sheriff’s Department to hire a school resource officer.

McDonald’s honors Hattiesburg employee for academic accomplishment

Stephanie Hough was honored for earning a degree from Colorado Tech Institute.

  Grow with Google program comes to Mississippi

Google realizes many business owners may not have the skills they need to remain competitive.

Ole Miss announces plan to relocate Confederate statue

Ole Miss Interim Chancellor Larry Sparks sent an email to students, faculty and staff Wednesday afternoon detailing the next steps to moving the statue from the center of campus to the Confederate cemetery on campus, calling it “a more suitable location.”

  Superintendent talks school threats: ‘What you say matters’

Authorities are investigating two threats involving two pine belt school’s that happened over the weekend.

USM names new associate vice president and dean of students

The University of Southern Mississippi named Sirena Cantrell as its new associate vice president and dean of students.

  USM students participate in tradition of painting Eagle Walk

Hundreds of incoming USM students came out to the rock Wednesday for the painting of the eagle walk.

  Golden Eagle Welcome Week underway at USM

Golden Eagle Welcome Week, or GEWW, is a time for new students to participate in activities and get familiar with the campus.

Covington Co. School Board names next superintendent

Ms Babette Duty will serve as Superintendent of Schools on January 1, 2020.

  Southern Miss freshmen move in dorms

The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus was crowded with students and parents as USM had its freshman move-in day on Monday.

Ole Miss to open $32M campus recreation center this month

The center is free for students. Faculty, staff, alumni and community members must buy memberships.

  Speech and language center opens in Laurel

Insight Speech and Language Center in Laurel officially opened its doors Thursday.

  Perry County adds new after school programs

Perry County School District students now have access to three new programs.

Awning falls on students at Runnelstown Elementary; 2 injured

The students were taken to an area hospital as a precaution and have since been released.

MDE releases statewide test scores; Petal ranked among highest in state

The Mississippi Department of Education released statewide results from the 2018-19 Mississippi Academic Assessment Program.

  Psychologist offers parents screen time tips for kids

Brian Hinnant has two young boys in the Petal School District. He said with his kids growing up in a digital age, there's no formula he uses to dictate when his kids can pick up their phones or games.

Routine audit uncovers “alarming business practices” at Hinds Co. school district

According to Shad White, auditors found what they described as poor controls over the district credit cards and bank accounts which had not been reconciled in nearly a year.

  William Carey hosts August Commencement ceremonies on Hattiesburg campus

Dozens of students at William Carey University took part in August commencement ceremonies in Hattiesburg over the weekend.

  WCU students graduate from inaugural Doctor of Physical Therapy program

Twenty-five men and women have officially graduated from the 2019 inaugural Doctor of Physical Therapy program at William Carey University.

  Wayne County School Board appoints new superintendent

Tommy Branch will take over superintendent duties on Jan. 1, 2020.

  District encourages drivers to be safe in school zones as classes begin

Traffic on roads around local schools is about to pick up with classes starting back up.

  Don’t forget back-to-school immunizations

With school starting within a week for most kids, parents are scrambling to get prepared.

  Parent, pediatrician give tips for back to school transition

Summer break is over. Whether you are the parent or the student, it’s time to get back on track and into the school routine, and it isn’t the easiest transition. Julie Clinton can tell you it involves much more than school supplies.

  Salvation Army teams up with Walmart for “Stuff the Bus” in the Pine Belt

Across the country at more than 3,000 Walmart stores, a Stuff the Bus event took place in efforts of collecting school supplies for those in need.

  Hattiesburg mayor announces school board nomination

Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker held a press conference Friday to announce Dr. Eddie Holloway as his nomination to the Hattiesburg School District’s Board of Trustees.

  “Teacher of the Year” receives a new car

The Lamar County School District announced their “Teacher of the Year” during a ceremony held at Temple Baptist Church Friday.

  Statewide teacher shortage continues as school year approaches

The Mississippi Department of Education reported 50 school districts in the Magnolia State currently lack enough educators.

  Jones County Schools introduces new security enhancements

The Jones County School District has applied new security measures for faculty and visitors entering its elementary schools.

  Project SEARCH holds meet and greet

A program for students with disabilities to transition into the workforce after high school

  Tips for avoiding financial aid scams

Summer is winding down and a promising school year is right around the corner, but scammers are hard at work to cheat you out of your hard-earned money.

  Multiple agencies take part in emergency training at Petal Upper Elementary

District Police Chief Gavin Guy wants members of the public to be aware of the exercise and not react as the planned scenarios are ongoing.

William Carey School of Pharmacy granted ‘Candidate’ accreditation status

The William Carey University School of Pharmacy is one step closer to being fully accredited.

  Construction underway for storm shelters in the Petal School District

Storm shelters are being constructed at all five school properties within the Petal School District.

  Wayne County School District facing financial troubles

Hard times lay ahead for the Wayne County School District.

MDE updates teacher pay raise total

The Mississippi Department of Education has raised the total number of teachers and teacher assistants that are eligible for a state-funded pay raise.

  Mississippi’s Tax Free Holiday to include school supplies

Mississippi’s tax-free holiday is right around the corner, and thanks to new legislation, another category will be included in the tax break.

  Solar energy coming to Forrest County school

Forrest County School District Superintendent Brian Freeman tells WDAM North Forrest High School will soon go green.

  Back to school immunization fair held in the Pine Belt

Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative is hosting a back to school immunization fair through Aug. 2 at several Pine Belt clinics.

  $20 million in construction underway at PRCC’s Poplarville campus

It’s been a busy summer for building at Pearl River Community College’s Poplarville campus.

  Lamar County teachers get supplement increase

Teachers in Lamar County will be seeing an increase in their paycheck this upcoming school year.

MDE launches TeachMS campaign to recruit new teachers

The Mississippi Department of Education is launching a new recruitment campaign to help with the teacher shortage.

  USM grad new head of Southern Miss business school

A 1991 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and a former faculty member and dean in USM’s old College of Business is the new dean of the university’s College of Business and Economic Development.

  Youth Villages looks for backpack heroes

Youth Villages in Hattiesburg is looking for backpack heroes for their annual back-to-school drive.

Mississippi recruiting teachers by sharing inspiring stories

Educators can empower and inspire generations of change. That's the theme of a new teacher recruitment campaign the state of Mississippi is launching, and they're looking for your stories.

  Jones College students win gold medals at National SkillsUSA

Three Jones College students competing in the National SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky won first place with gold medals.