HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAMS FOR STAFF PROVIDE POSITIVE ROLE MODELS FOR STUDENTS

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The New Albany School District realizes that protecting the health of school employees is fundamental to protecting the health of students and ensuring their academic success.  When staff members are committed to healthy and active lifestyles for themselves, they are able to model the behaviors that help students be fit, healthy, and ready to succeed.

“Becoming positive role models for children is just one of many benefits from the health promotion programs in our school district,” said New Albany High School Principal Lance Evans.  “We know that programs to promote the health of our employees are one more way to promote the health of our students and encourage their academic success.”

Staff Health Fair 1The New Albany School District provides a wide range of health promotion activities for its employees, including opportunities for health screenings, health and nutrition education, and physical activity.

For the past 18 years, the New Albany School District, along with Baptist Memorial Hospital – Union County, has sponsored a Fall Health Fair for school district employees and their spouses at the beginning of the school year.  The health fair provides numerous resources for health and nutrition education to attendees.  In addition, screenings-including bone density, height, weight, Body Mass Index measurement, cholesterol, blood sugar, and other lab tests are provided for a low fee.

New Albany Schools strives to provide healthy programs for all employees and school nurses are always on hand to discuss with staff current health concerns that need special attention. “Having a registered nurse in each school in the district is a great advantage and we are always available to answer questions to enhance the health and wellness of our students and staff,” stated Health Services Coordinator Tammie Reeder.

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“The health promotion programs in the New Albany School District have made a big difference in how our employees feel at work,” Reeder added.  “We are committed to equipping teachers with the knowledge and programs to enhance their own personal health resulting in more energy and a positive outlook. We all want to be our best for our students.”

Health Officials Remind Parents: “It’s Time for Back to School Immunizations”

 

While the end of summer seems a long time away, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reminds parents that state law requires kids to be immunized against childhood diseases to enter public or private school, Head Start or daycare.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 95 percent of parents nationwide choose to vaccinate their children, protecting them against potentially deadly diseases.

“Childhood vaccinations protect your child and those around them,” said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs. “The back-to-school rush is our busiest immunization effort each year. It’s great to see children receiving required vaccinations, and we remind parents that the best protection is having their children immunized on time.”

Required vaccinations for children entering school in Mississippi for the first time include: diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP); polio (IPV); hepatitis B; measles, mumps and rubella (MMR); and varicella (chickenpox). There is also a requirement for children entering seventh grade to receive the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccination. In addition, human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) and a meningococcal vaccine (MCV4) are recommended for adolescents 11 to 15 years of age, and a meningococcal vaccine (MCV4) is recommended at age 16 to 18 years.

Parents must provide the school with a Certificate of Immunization Compliance (Form 121) from their local health department or physician prior to school entry.

“To prevent school registration or school entry delays, it is important that our students entering PreK, Kindergarten, and seventh grade receive the required vaccinations and present the proper paperwork at their respective school prior to the first day of school,” said Tammie Reeder, Health Services Coordinator for New Albany Schools.

You may check with your physician or county health department if you have questions about which immunizations your child will need. Those 18 and under who are eligible for the Vaccines for Children program can receive vaccinations for $10 each.

The MSDH accepts Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP and the State and School Employees’ Health Insurance Plan (AHS) as well as most private insurance plans that cover childhood vaccines.

For more information on immunization requirements or medical exemptions for school entry, visit www.HealthyMS.com/immunizations. To secure an appointment for immunizations at the Union County Health Department, call 662-534-1926.

 

Van Receives Taylor Moore Scholarship at NAHS

Meghan VanMeghan Van was awarded the Taylor Moore Memorial Scholarship at the New Albany High School graduation ceremony on May 20, 2016.  The $5,000 competitive scholarship is given each year to a deserving NAHS student who plans to attend college in Mississippi.  The scholarship selection process includes criteria relating to character, GPA, extracurricular activities, written essay, and an interview by a selection committee.

Meghan is the daughter of Kimberly Van and Jeff Van.  She is a member of First United Methodist Church where she served as a volunteer for Camp Sonshine, the Christmas Store, and Vacation Bible School.  Meghan plans to attend the University of Mississippi this fall and pursue her studies in Biology with an emphasis on dentistry.

An honor graduate, Van was selected into the NAHS Hall of Fame.  She was a member of the Anchor Club, National Honor Society, FBLA, Spanish Club, and National Technical Honor Society.  Van served as a senior mentor and has been involved with the Union County Leadership Academy.

During her senior year, Van was selected as a homecoming maid and voted “Senior Class Favorite”.

Van, a three-sport athlete, lettered in tennis, soccer, and cheer.  She was a member of the state championship tennis teams during her time at NAHS and was the girls doubles state runner-up her senior year.

The Taylor Moore Scholarship was established by Bobby and Minerva Moore in memory of their son who died in 2000.  Taylor Moore was a 1988 honor graduate of W.P. Daniel High School.  He was Mr. DHS, Most Popular, Most Dignified, and Class Favorite and was active in student government.  Moore played first base for the DHS baseball team, and received numerous academic honors.  He went on to receive his bachelors and masters degrees in business administration from Mississippi State University.

The scholarship established in his memory has been awarded for twelve years to outstanding graduates of New Albany High School.  Past recipients of the Taylor Moore Scholarship are Stacy Stepp, Darden Holmes, Kyle Kimbrough, Ivy Lauren Williams, Kyle Hickey, Callie Creekmore, Taylor Goode, Josh Creekmore, Olivia Dunnam, Lauren Cavender, and Jack Hickey.

 

 

NAES Receives Toyota Grant

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New Albany Elementary School will introduce students and their families to the Ticket to Read program during the 2016-2017 school year.

Ticket to Read is an interactive, Web-based, student-centered learning component that promotes the practice of text reading. The program enables students to build fluency, strengthen vocabulary, and reinforce comprehension skills as they navigate a self-paced instructional path. Motivational features provide students with incentives to practice. An embedded reward system is included in this program.  Students also receive constant feedback to monitor their performance, and reports are available to teachers.

Ticket to Read Phonics has 14 different instructional Phonics Paths and the reading component has 16 Reading Levels. Students are assigned a Level or Path based on their Online Phonics Placement Assessment. Ticket to Read can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection at school, at home, at the library, or in any after-school setting.

Students and parents will receive more information about this program, including login information, during the first month of school.

The Ticket to Read program during the 2016-2017 school year is being made possible in part from grant funding provided by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi.

“We are excited to be a recipient of the Toyota Mississippi grant and to be able to provide this new reading initiative at NAES for the upcoming school year,” said Jamey
Wright, Principal.

NAHS Awards Ceremony – Outstanding Career & Technical Students

The following students were honored as Outstanding Career & Technical Education students at the New Albany High School Awards Ceremony held on May 3:

Automotive Services I-N’Shaun Cameron; Oral & Electronic Communications-Mary Day; Business Fundamentals-Sydney Meggs; Marketing-Jessiana Smith; Culinary Arts I-Lorin Ivey; Culinary Arts II-Jalynn Johnson; Digital Media I-Sarah Kathryn Harris; Digital Media II-Jacob McGregor; Drafting Concepts-Miller Dunnam; Intermediate Drafting-Daisy Huerta; Early Childhood Services and Education I-Jenna Steward; Early Childhood Services and Education II-Tashiunna Judon; Engineering II-Christopher Thomas; Health sciences I-Tianna Graham; Health Sciences II-Sydni Lewis; STEM-Michelle Luo; Child Development-Esteban Contreras; Family Dynamics-Mason Armstrong; Contemporary Health-Adalyn Aldridge; Nutrition & Wellness-Samantha Bridges; Resource Management-Carley Jumper; Concepts of Agri-Science-Malek Hardin; Agri-Plants-Millie Chism; Agri-Environment-Beth Barnes; Agri-Animals-Zachary Simmons