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.”

 

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.

 

 

Cagle Named STAR Student at NAHS

 

Sam Cagle has been named STAR student for the 2016-2017 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council M. B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program.

The New Albany High School senior was honored during the annual Education Celebrtion on April 27, 2017, at the Jackson Convention Complex in downtown Jackson.

Sponsors for this prestigious event and the Mississippi Economic Council were:  AT&T; Atmos Energy; BancorpSouth; Barksdale Management; Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi; Cooperative Energy, Electric Cooperative of Mississippi; Entergy Mississippi, Inc.; Ergon, Inc.; Ingalls Shipbuilding; Mississippi Power Company; Nissan North America, Inc.; Sanderson Farms, Inc.; Trustmark National Bank; Walmart; and Yates Construction.  Additional local support for the STAR program is provided by MEC members from communities across the state.

STAR Students are selected on the basis of academic excellence. Both American College Test scores and scholastic averages are compared to determine the school’s STAR Student, explained Vickie Powell of Jackson, Senior Vice President of Foundations. “The STAR program encourages and promotes academic achievement among Mississippi’s high school seniors,” she said.

Cagle is the son of Jeff & Kathryn Cagle.  He is a member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Technology Student Association, FBLA, Spanish Club, and FCA.  Cagle is an honor roll student and has received many subject area awards.  He is a member of the NAHS football and basketball teams.  He is a graduate of the Union County Leadership Academy and is an Eagle Scout.

Each STAR Student is asked to designate a STAR Teacher, the classroom teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement.  Cagle chose Coach Jake Hill as his STAR teacher.

New Stage Theatre Provides Performances for New Albany Schools

New Stage Theatre, a professional theatre located in Jackson, Mississippi, presented in-school performances of The Selfish Giant and Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad to students in the New Albany School District on February 16-17.

New Albany Elementary School hosted two performances of The Selfish Giant on Thursday, February 16.  Oscar Wilde’s classic children’s story about The Selfish Giant who wouldn’t share his beautiful garden becomes a joyous play that touches on themes of friendship, empathy, sharing, and kindness. The giant comes home from a long trip to find children playing in his garden. He kicks them out, threatening to bring them to justice for trespassing. But a harsh winter—in the form of comic characters Frost, Snow, and North Wind—brings the realization to the giant that the children who used to trespass in his garden implanted friendship in this special place. The giant’s heart melts in a life-changing moment, and spring, along with the children, returns to his garden.

Oh Freedom!  The Story of the Underground Railroad was presented to New Albany Middle School and New Albany High School students on Friday, February 17.  The greatest collaboration against racism in American history, before the Civil Rights Movement, was the Underground Railroad. People of all ethnic backgrounds, of both sexes, and from North and South came together to resist the oppression of slavery by helping escaped slaves make their way to free territory in the years before the Civil War. Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad celebrates these alliances by combining the many stories with songs of the period. Famous participants like Harriet Tubman and Harriet Beecher Stowe are represented as well as lesser known heroes of the movement like John Rankin, whose house on a hill was a beacon for freedom; the mysterious “Peg Leg” Joe who moved among the plantations teaching slaves to escape and “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” a song designed to show them the way; and Henry “Box” Brown who had himself put in a box and mailed to freedom. The production will encourage student audience participation in the singing of traditional spiritual, “Oh, Freedom.” The story inspires all to work together for the good of all as it celebrates a time when Americans were at their courageous best, supporting one another—regardless of background, ethnicity or gender—in the cause to extend to all Americans our greatest, most inalienable right: freedom.

New Stage Theatre is a professional not-for-profit theatre.  New Stage Theatre’s Arts-in-Education tours are supported, in part, by Entergy, the Chisholm Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi, and the Mississippi Arts Commission.

Local School Districts to Celebrate School Board Member Recognition Week

The New Albany and Union County School Districts will join districts across the state to thank school board members during School Board Member Recognition Week, February 12-18, for their leadership and service to local school districts and communities.

“This week is a special opportunity to express our gratitude for the hard work of our school board members and to thank them for their dedication to this community and its children,” said Jackie Ford, Superintendent of New Albany Schools.

More than 750 Mississippians are members of local school boards.  School Boards are responsible for setting the vision and goals for the district. They work to provide a quality education for students in grades K-12 and to oversee the districts’ annual budgets. The school board also hires quality educators, sets district goals, adopts policies, and evaluates progress while keeping the interests of our students first. They also serve as the community’s voice in the school district and the district’s voice in the community.

“As school leaders, board members play an important role in engaging our community in supporting our public schools,” said Ken Basil, Superintendent of Union County Schools.

During School Board Member Recognition Week in Mississippi, the New Albany and Union County School Districts invite students, staff and community members to take part in honoring board members.

Serving the New Albany School District:  Jill Shaw, President; Brad Clayton; Penny Blissett; and David Rainey.

Serving the Union County School District:  Mickey Basil, President; Daphnia McMillen; Wayne Mahon; Terry Cook; and Mike Browning.