Education

Hattiesburg museum hosts back-to-school event for girls

Hattiesburg’s African-American Military History Museum hosted an event just for girls Thursday, to help them do well in school and in life. It was called, “Mind Over Matter.”

  Hattiesburg Rotary-Sunrise makes annual dictionary donations to local 3rd graders

  Petal School District earns top accountability rating

Hattiesburg ranked No. 1 best college town in Mississippi

William Carey University and Millsaps College form teacher preparation partnership

  Legendary anchor Dan Rather to speak at Saenger Thursday night

USM students reflect on 9/11 terrorist attacks

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Coroner: Driver clutched his chest, slumped over before Mississippi school bus crash

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

West Jasper School District awarded funding for new buses

Lawsuit: JC violated former student’s right to free speech

If your child misses too many days of school, you could face serious punishment

  Lamar Co. Superintendent talks school attendance

  Human trafficking education, training session held at USM

Wedneday was a day filled with informational sessions on the topic at the University of Southern Mississippi. An education and training session to discuss human trafficking and ways to combat it was held inside the Trent Lott Center on USM’s campus.

  2019 fall semester begins at USM

Wednesday marks the first day of fall classes

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 to preserve oral histories of 21st century Miss. National Guard soldiers

A new project in the University of Southern Mississippi School of Humanities will feature oral and written histories of Mississippi National Guard soldiers who’ve served in conflicts in the 21st century.

  First appointed Covington School superintendent to take office in January

Covington Co. School Board names next superintendent

  Jones football building championship program on and off field

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

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

  William Carey hosts August Commencement ceremonies on Hattiesburg campus

  New classes, sports to come to Perry County School District

Volleyball, cross country, art, music and a foreign language class will now be offered to elementary and middle school students in the Perry County School District.

  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.

Keesler Federal donates backpacks to 6,200 kindergarteners

KFCU is donating enough backpacks and school supplies for every single kindergarten student at a public school in Harrison, Hancock, Jackson, Pearl River, George and Stone counties.

  USM to offer free tuition to Mississippi National Guardsmen

The University of Southern Mississippi is partnering with the Mississippi National Guard to offer free tuition to the state’s citizen soldiers and airmen.

  Parents encouraged to register their children for school

It's almost back to school time for students in Lamar County. Administrators are encouraging parents to hurry up and register their children for the new school year.

  Retired USM professor organizing Midwest bike ride to promote living donor kidney transplants

A retired University of Southern Mississippi professor of music will be leading a bicycle ride through the Midwest to promote live-donor kidney transplants.

  WCU completes tornado recovery with opening of new Tatum Court

William Carey University has wrapped up its recovery from the January 2017 tornado.

  Lamar County teachers get supplement increase

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

  Forrest County school board passes 2020 budget

Forrest County School Board passes 2020 budget.

SMRHI Back to School Immunization Fair runs through Aug. 2

On Monday, SMRHI started its 2019 Back to School Immunization Fair that runs through Aug. 2.

WCU receives $600,000 grant from MDE to help prepare new teachers

In partnership with the Mississippi Teacher Residency program, the university received a total of $600,000 out of a $1.7 million grant from the Mississippi Department of Education.

School supplies now included in Miss. tax-free weekend

The Mississippi Sales Tax Holiday was amended during the 2019 Legislative Session and now includes school supplies on the list of items to be sold tax free during the last weekend of July.

Target offering teachers discounts on school supplies

Teachers can get a 15% discount on school supplies at Target.

  Community speaks out on changes to Nora Davis Magnet School

Community members in Laurel are upset after the school district moves forward with plans to make major changes to some of the elementary schools, one of those being Nora Davis Magnet School.

Class 50 of Youth Challenge to graduate Saturday

Dozens of former high school drop outs from across Mississippi are set to graduate Saturday as part of Class 50 of the National Guard’s Youth Challenge Academy.

SPLC challenges law under state Charter School act

The Southern Poverty Law Center sued the state back in 2016 on behalf of a group of Jackson Public School parents and students.

2 Pine Belt students selected as alternates for SBE student representative program

Two Pine Belt students were selected as alternates for the Mississippi State Board of Education’s (SBE) student representative program.

  USM’s “Curious George” collection returns from Japanese exhibition

A collection of illustrations and manuscripts featuring a beloved character from children’s literature has returned home to The University of Southern Mississippi after a two-year tour of Japan.

  Perry Co. School District receives grants for summer reading program

Perry County School District receives thousands for summer reading program

Scholarships available for Mississippi special needs students

Mississippi parents of special needs students can get help paying for private educational services. But time is running out to apply for the limited number of scholarships available.

Petal schools superintendent a ‘Hall of Fame Dad’

Petal School District Superintendent Dr. Matt Dillon received an early Father's Day gift he’ll never forget.

Twins graduate Pender High with over $1 million in college scholarship money

Markhel and Lavell Henry walked across the stage Saturday knowing they won’t graduate college with a mountain of debt.

Mississippi Optometric Association to provide eye exams at no cost for students who did not pass third grade reading assessment

Studies show that children who struggle to read are more likely to leave school without graduating; ultimately contributing to the poverty rates in our state.

  Future leaders prepare to learn at 71st Girls State

More than 300 high school girls arrived at the University of Southern Mississippi campus Sunday to prepare for a week-long learning experience.

  Alcorn State coach Fred McNair receives key to Mount Olive

The head football coach at Alcorn State University was honored by his hometown of Mount Olive on Saturday.

USM research team helps find last slave ship “Clotilda”

Historians can thank a research team from The University of Southern Mississippi for helping find the wreck of America’s last slave ship, known as “The Clotilda.”

FCAHS student killed in Hwy. 49 crash

Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a two-vehicle crash that claimed the life of a Forrest County Agricultural High School student Wednesday night.

Breakdown of third grade reading test scores from Pine Belt schools

The Literary-Based Promotion Act requires third graders to pass a reading assessment to advance to fourth grade, though the reading-level expectations were raised for the 2018-2019 school year.

1 in 4 Mississippi third graders flunk tougher reading test

More than one in four Mississippi third graders didn't pass a toughened reading test on the first try this spring, leaving it in question as to whether they will advance on time to the fourth grade next fall

Hattiesburg gears up for Parade of Champions

Hattiesburg is celebrating academic excellence and athletic achievement Tuesday night with its second annual Parade of Champions.

WCU hosts six ceremonies for 2019 graduation

Hundreds of students at William Carey University have graduated in six ceremonies in Hattiesburg this week.

SC school district considering a four-day school week

According to the plan proposed by Florence School District Three Superintendent Laura Hickson, classes would be Monday through Thursday, with school days extended 1.5 hours per day.

  Historic alumna to deliver keynote speech to WCU graduates

William Carey University students are preparing to cross the stage and enter the next chapter of their lives after commencement.

USM hosts book exhibit honoring 50th anniversary of King Award

The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating the 50th anniversary of a prestigious children’s book award by showcasing many of the award winners in a special exhibit.

PRCC Board picks contractor for dorms, revises plans for Forrest campus commons

A construction contractor has been selected to complete a $13 million residence hall project on the Poplarville campus of Pearl River Community College.

  Material developed by USM student will be tested in space

A student at the University of Southern Mississippi has helped develop a synthetic material that may reduce the cost of NASA space launches.

  ‘People with disabilities can do phenomenal things’: JSU student with cerebral palsy graduates Summa Cum Laude

Future teacher always pushed forward to overcome disability and inspire children.

Construction to begin soon on new PRCC residence halls

Work on two new residence halls on the Poplarville campus of Pearl River Community College is about to get started.

Southern Mississippi awarding degrees to nearly 1,800

The University of Southern Mississippi is saluting nearly 1,800 graduates.

  West Marion band submits video for $100K grant

The West Marion High School Band is hoping pop music legend Barry Manilow will give them $100,000.

USM joins new $94 million ocean exploration institute

The University of Southern Mississippi is joining forces with four other nationally renowned ocean science institutions.

  Hattiesburg School District hosts job fair

The Hattiesburg School District hung out the “help wanted” sign Saturday morning.

  HHS hosts first “College Sign In” for scholarship recipients

Dozens of Hattiesburg High School’s graduating seniors who are getting college scholarships were honored in a first-ever ceremony Friday.

Three USM students get Goldwater Scholarships

For the first time since 1995, the University of Southern Mississippi has three Goldwater Scholarship recipients in one year.

Renovation of USM’s Greene Hall nearing completion

A $13 million renovation of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Joseph Greene Hall is nearly complete.

Ex-FCAHS band director charged with additional sex crimes in Lamar Co.

A former Forrest County Agricultural High School band director arrested on a charge of child exploitation in March is now facing additional felony charges in Lamar County.

  USM to begin $8.5 million Cook Library renovation

The University of Southern Mississippi will soon begin a multi-million dollar renovation of its Cook Library.

Kohler employees donate food to PRCC Wildcat Pantry

A Hattiesburg manufacturer has reached out to make life a little easier for some local college students.

  Top of Class 2019 continues a long tradition of academic excellence

The cream of the crop in academic achievement from area schools received recognition Wednesday at Jones College during the annual Top of Class Event.

Jasper Co. schools will resume school Thursday

A mysterious odor prompted the evacuation and closure of three schools in the East Jasper Consolidated School District on Wednesday morning.

  Bay Springs High hosts academic signing day for 11 students

Eleven seniors at Bay Springs High School were guests of honor at a special assembly at the school auditorium Tuesday.

  Students speak out on USM tuition increase

Last Thursday, the Mississippi College Board approved a tuition increase for all eight public universities, including the University of Southern Mississippi.

Mississippi universities set to increase tuition by 4% in the fall

Tuition at in-state colleges in Mississippi will go up on average of four percent beginning in the fall.

  USM dean of students retiring after long career

An administrator at the University of Southern Mississippi will soon be retiring after a long career at the university.

Mississippi university tuition to rise 4%, on average

Mississippi's eight public universities are raising tuition by an average of 4%next fall saying lingering effects from state budget cuts two years ago require them to raise more revenue from students

Governor Bryant signs teacher pay raise bill

This will give teacher’s in Mississippi a raise of $1,500.

Explorer who discovered Titanic wreckage to give presentation at USM

The man best known for discovering the wreckage of the RMS Titanic will speak at University of Southern Mississippi next week.

Mississippi teacher group eyeing protest; asks about walkout

The survey was posted Thursday on the Facebook page of the Mississippi Association of Educators, the state affiliate of the National Education Association.