Back to School Safety

School buses are the safest form of highway transportation according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Our main concern is always safety,” said Lecia Stubblefield, Director of Transportation.  “We maintain our buses to a superior condition and our drivers are trained regularly in safety.”

The New Albany School District needs the help of everyone in the community to exercise constant courtesy and caution when they are near school buses, loading and unloading areas, and school zones.

Motorists are encouraged to be aware that school is back in session, to use extreme caution during school hours, and remember these basic school bus safety tips.

  • Be aware of flashing orange and red lights.  Flashing lights signal that students are about to board or unload the bus.
  • When a school bus is stopped on a four-lane highway that is not divided, ALL lanes of traffic must stop while the stop arm on a bus is extended.
  • Never pass a stopped school bus with its stop arm extended and red lights flashing.  It is illegal to pass a stopped school bus. Fines may range from $350 to $750.
  • Obey speed limits and slow down when driving in school zones.
  • Watch for students who may be walking to school or to school bus stops.
  • Pay attention to school bus traffic.

There are also several safety reminders for students who use school bus transportation.  Parents are encouraged to discuss these safety rules with their children:

  • Students should arrive at their school bus stop early and wait in a safe place away from the street.
  • Always stay in the sight of the driver.
  • Before boarding the bus, students should make sure the bus is stopped and the safety lights are flashing.  Students should wait for the bus driver to motion for them to board.
  • Always walk in front of the bus and never behind it.
  • Be alert to traffic before getting on and off the bus.  Look both ways before crossing the street.
  • While riding on the bus, stay seated and quiet so as not to distract the driver

“We continue to stress the importance of bus safety on multi-lane highways and to remind motorists that all lanes of traffic are required to stop when a bus is loading or unloading on an undivided highway,” Stubblefield said.  “Our main priority for our school bus drivers is to get students to and from school safely each day and they need the cooperation of other motorists to maintain the safety of our students.”


Everett Takes Part in National Youth Leadership Forum

Maggie Jo Everett, a sophomore at New Albany High School, participated in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine from July 22-30 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  Outstanding high school students from across the nation took part in this unique career development opportunity.  The forum sessions were held in nine cities across the United States and introduced young scholars to the many challenges and career options in the field of medicine.

Throughout the nine-day program, students were introduced to emerging issues in public health, medical ethics, research, and general practice.  Site visits to medical schools and clinical facilities exposed the next generation of medical professionals to the real world of medicine.  A highlight of the forum was a simulation that enabled students to test their knowledge as they triaged injured patients in a mass casualty disaster scenario.

Students who attended the forum were nominated by teachers and guidance counselors, based on their demonstrated academic excellence, leadership potential, and interest in medicine.

“The program provides an important behind-the-scenes perspective on medical careers,” said Jan A. Sikorsky, Ph.D., Vice President of Education for NYLF Medicine.  “This is a critical time for high school student to begin exploring their career paths, just prior to immersing themselves in college coursework.”

NYLF Medicine is part of the Envision family of programs, which enable students of all ages to explore their interest and experience learning beyond the classroom.  Since 1985, Envision programs have served more than 800,000 students in more than 145 countries, with programs designed to help students develop the leadership, scholarship, and career skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive college and career landscape.

21st Century Program Offers Summer Enrichment for Middle Schoolers

NAMS student Jada Baker displays the teddy bear she made during Sewing Club time in the 21st Century Summer Program.

New Albany Middle School offered some popular enrichment classes this month for 6th-8th graders.   Sewing, cooking, and robotics were offered through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program.

The instructor for the Sewing Club was Patrice Mason.  Students learned basic beginner sewing and how to use a sewing machine.  They made pillows, teddy bears, tote bags, and table cloths.  Throughout the classes, students learned how safety and math are integrated into sewing.

Maia Miller served as the instructor for the Cooking Club.  Students learned kitchen safety and hygiene, while using mathematics in their daily activities.  “We have learned how to double recipes and half recipes, as well as measure liquid and dry ingredients,” Miller explained.  “It is important for students to understand those real-life connections between cooking and math.”

The Robotics Club’s instructors were Jalon Bullock and Latrina Bynum.  Students were exposed to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) activities.  Lessons included general coding, drone flying, sphero, and vex robotics.  Students visited the Career & Technical Education Center on the high school campus to visit the STEM and Engineering Labs.

Throughout the twelve day program, students were also given time each day to work on their summer reading projects which will be due in August when they return to school.

The 21st Century program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment and remediation opportunities during non-school hours for students.  In 2013, the New Albany School District received a five-year federal grant to provide before and after school tutoring, as well as summer programming.  The school district is completing the fourth year of the grant.

“We are excited that we were able through our summer programming to offer our students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs,” said Melanie Shannon, Project Director for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant.


Cagle Receives Taylor Moore Scholarship at NAHS

Sam Cagle was awarded the Taylor Moore Memorial Scholarship at the New Albany High School graduation ceremony on May 19, 2017.  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.

Sam is the son of Jeff and Kathryn Cagle.   He is a member of First Baptist Church where he participated in Bible Drill and served as a volunteer for Vacation Bible School, Kids’ Church, and Mega Sports Camp.    Sam plans to attend Mississippi State University this fall and pursue his studies in Biological Sciences.

An honor graduate, Cagle was STAR Student, Salutatorian, and selected into the NAHS Hall of Fame.   He was a member of the National Honor Society, FBLA, Spanish Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and National Technical Honor Society.  Cagle served as a Vision mentor, has been involved with the Union County Leadership Academy, and attended Boys State.

Cagle, a two-sport athlete, lettered in football and basketball.  He was selected to the All Division 2-4A football team and was the basketball team’s leading rebounder.  He was the school winner for the Lindy Callahan Award and the Wendy’s High School Heisman.

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 thirteen 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, Jack Hickey, and Meghan Van.



Local Career & Technical Center Programs Ranked in State

Students enrolled in most courses at the New Albany School of Career and Technical Education take a state test each year.   The MS-CPAS2 (Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System, Edition 2) is the test given to students in career and technical education programs.  The assessment is based on the career and technical curriculum taught in the classroom throughout the year.

Each year, career and technical programs are ranked individually with all programs throughout the state and rankings are based on assessment results.  Rankings for the 2016-2017 school year were released on May 18.

Bert Anderson who teaches Agriculture Science classes said that the students are exposed to a wide array of experiences in the classroom with instruction, assessments, and hands-on projects and it is preparing them for when they enter the work force or move on to a college setting.

The New Albany School of Career & Technical Education had nineteen areas tested.  Of those tested, nine were ranked in the top ten and fifteen were ranked in the top 15 in the state.

Those programs ranking in the top ten include:  Business Fundamentals (6th); Engineering II (10th); Marketing (2nd); Concepts of Agriculture (7th); Agriculture Animals (8th); Agriculture Environment (1st); Architechture/Drafting (5th); Construction Core (10th); Health Science Core (10th).

Also ranking in the top fifteen in the state were:  Automotive II, Agriculture Plants, Carpentry, Digital Media Technology, Early Childhood I, and Health Sciences II.

“Our students work hard preparing for the CPAS test all year long,” said Alison Moore, Business Instructor.  “It’s always exciting when the rankings come out, and we get to see how well our students did compared to other students across the state.”

John Ferrell, Director, explained that there was some worry that there might be a decline in the CPAS scores because of the heavy emphasis that the school placed on Work Keys certification this year.  “Our teachers stepped up to the challenge and responded with another great year of test scores, as well as excelling with competitions and the Work Keys program,” Ferrell said.