Dean Provence Endowment Winners Announced

Pictured are the recipients of grant money from the Dean Provence Endowment at New Albany Middle School & New Albany High School:  Front Row l-r:  Savannah Minnick; Tracy Vainisi; Julie Eaton; Melissa Luna; Carey Crain;  Back Row l-f:  Justin Watson; Maia Miller; Jim Muncie; Betty Short; David Hopple; Brooke Dillard; Geoffrey King, Endowment Representative, Bailey King, Endowment Representative, Jed Morris, Endowment Representative.
Pictured are the recipients of grant money from the Dean Provence Endowment at New Albany Middle School & New Albany High School:
Front Row l-r: Savannah Minnick; Tracy Vainisi; Julie Eaton; Melissa Luna; Carey Crain; Back Row l-f: Justin Watson; Maia Miller; Jim Muncie; Betty Short; David Hopple; Brooke Dillard; Geoffrey King, Endowment Representative, Bailey King, Endowment Representative, Jed Morris, Endowment Representative.

The Dean Provence Endowment for Excellence in Education Board has announced the allocation of funds totaling nearly $8,200 to teachers in the New Albany School District (NASD). In an effort to maximize the effectiveness of the awards, this year grants were directed to New Albany Middle School and New Albany High School. Endowment funding will be used for equipment and materials in the classroom that are not typically covered by the school budget.

The Endowment for Excellence in Education was begun in 1986 as the vision of School Board member Dean Provence. Provence, a New Albany native, was an active volunteer in both school and community activities. Through his volunteer efforts, he recognized the need for additional funding in the schools for projects and classroom materials, and was instrumental in establishing the endowment fund. Following his death, the locally supported endowment fund was renamed in memory of Provence and has continued to provide needed funding to classrooms in the New Albany Schools for more than twenty years. Since 1986, the Endowment has provided approximately $335,000 in support to the NASD.

The endowment is funded through individual and corporate contributions and fundraising events sponsored by the Endowment Board. Contributions to the Dean Provence Endowment for Excellence in Education are accepted throughout the year and may be mailed to 301 Hwy. 15 North, New Albany, MS 38652.

Project            Applicant            Amount Awarded

Books for the Library, Melissa Luna, $2,600.00

Scholastic Math Magazine, Maia Miller, $272.25

Brass Room Projector, David Hopple, $500.00

Projector, Justin Watson, $349.99

HoverCams, Tracy Vainisi & Julie Eaton, $648.18

Laboratory Equipment, NAHS Science Department, $3,012.00

Spanish Proficiency through Reading, Savannah Minnick, $776.00

New Albany School District Receives Continued Funding Through 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant

NAES Site Coordinator Laura Reedy & Enrichment Instructor Dawn Stroupe  conduct science experiments for 21st CCLC participants during a recent afterschool session.
NAES Site Coordinator Laura Reedy & Enrichment Instructor Dawn Stroupe conduct science experiments for 21st CCLC participants during a recent afterschool session.

The New Albany School District has been awarded continued funding through the Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant from the Mississippi Department of Education.  This is a five-year grant that will support expanded before-school and after-school activities, parent engagement opportunities, and summer enrichment programming at New Albany Elementary School, New Albany Middle School, and New Albany High School. This is the third year the school district has provided programming through the 21st CCLC grant.

Elizabeth Day helps a group of students prepare props for Readers' Theater during a before school session.
Elizabeth Day helps a group of students prepare props for Readers’ Theater during a before school session.

The school’s 21st CCLC program offers academic, artistic, and cultural enrichment opportunities to students when school is not in session. The purpose of the program is to provide opportunities for academic enrichment and tutorial services, as well as offer students an array of programs such as youth development, art/music programs, recreation, technology education, and character education.

Lights on Afterschool Week was held during the week of October 19 in an effort to bring awareness about after-school programs and the importance of programming through the 21st CCLC grant program.   The New Albany School District participated in the week’s activities by planning special enrichment activities for the program’s participants.

A group of elementary students work on a bat craft during before school enrichment time.  These students have been studying bat facts during the month of October.
A group of elementary students work on a bat craft during before school enrichment time. These students have been studying bat facts during the month of October.
A group of NAMS students participate in an afterschool book club.
A group of NAMS students participate in an afterschool book club.

Immunization Requirement for 7th Grade Entry in 2015-2016 School Year

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) requires the Tdap vaccination for all students entering 7th grade each fall.  This requirement began during the 2012-2013 school year.

The Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) had previously been a recommended vaccination for this age group since 2006. However at this time Mississippi, along with 41 other states require it.

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, has increased in frequency across the country in recent years, as protection from the childhood pertussis vaccine has become weaker over time in the adolescent population.

”By vaccinating our adolescents, we can decrease illness in this group and reduce exposure and illness in infants,” said State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier. “Pertussis can be particularly deadly for newborns, and it is essential to limit their exposure to the disease since they are too young to receive a vaccine against it.”

Additional recommended vaccinations for preteens include those against meningococcal disease, human papillomavirus (HPV), and a second dose of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine for those who have not received one at an earlier age.

“We still strongly recommend the Tdap vaccine for all adolescents, however it is only required for those entering seventh grade,” said Dr. Currier.

New Albany Middle School Nurse Anne Christ recently met with rising seventh graders to discuss the vaccination and encourage students to take care of this registration requirement as soon as possible. “Students must have their Immunization Form 121 on file before students can receive their schedules for the upcoming school year,” Christ said.

“I would encourage the parents of incoming seventh graders to adhere to this law to avoid delays in school registration this fall,” said Jackie Ford, Superintendent of New Albany Schools.

The required Tdap vaccination and other recommended vaccinations are available at the health department, clinics, and through all Vaccines for Children (VFC) providers.

After the required Tdap is given, parents will be given a new Immunization Form 121 that is marked “Complete for School”.  This new updated form must be on file at the school before your child can attend 7th grade in fall 2015. To avoid a rush for parents at the end of the summer, it is strongly encouraged that the updated Immunization Form 121 be provided to the school as soon as possible.

 

 

NASD Announces Afternoon Bus Transportation & Campus Traffic Procedures

As the 2014-2015 school year approaches, the New Albany School District (NASD) Department of Transportation would like to make parents and the community aware of changes in afternoon bus transportation procedures.   Lecia Stubblefield, Transportation Director, emphasizes, “Safety is always our first priority in any decision we make.”

For the past several years, elementary students have been transported home on buses separate from middle and high school students. This caused elementary students to ride a different bus from their older siblings.   In some instances, students did not have the same bus number and driver assignment for the afternoon as they did the morning.

This school year, NASD will be returning to a single fleet system of transportation.   The greatest benefit of this system will be that students will ride the bus with their siblings and will ride the same bus at all times.   There will be three bus dismissals at each school in the afternoon. Stubblefield stated, “Home arrival times may vary the first couple of weeks until we get all routes finalized and in a routine. Do not hesitate to call the schools or the central office with any questions you may have.”

Please note how this change in bus procedures will affect each school as it pertains to traffic on campus:

New Albany Elementary School:

  • Car rider dismissal will be at 3:00 p.m.   Car traffic will be routed the same way as last year for student pick-up.

New Albany Middle School:

  • Car riders and walkers will be dismissed at 3:00 p.m.
  • Car riders should be picked up on Apple Street. Traffic should enter Apple Street from South Central Avenue.
  • Walkers to the Boys & Girls Club will exit the east end of building near the old tennis courts. Walkers to downtown area will exit out the end of the long hallway with car riders.
  • Glade Avenue will be closed from corner of Oak/Glade to through traffic from 2:30-3:30 (or until last bus departs school) each day.

New Albany High School:

  • Car riders, student drivers, and walkers will be dismissed at 3:00 p.m.
  • All traffic should enter on Wheeler Street located at the north end of the campus near the Central Office building each day (morning and afternoon traffic). Buses, Faculty and Senior Parking ONLY will be allowed to turn in front of the Career and Techinical Building in the mornings. All others should drive behind the school and park in the South Student Parking Lot or parents may drop car riders off at English Wing.
  • All traffic should exit the south end of the campus across from Chevron each day (morning and afternoon traffic).
  • During afternoon, all automobiles must use street between high school building and football stadium.
  • Each afternoon, car riders should be picked up at the south end of the campus.
  • The drive between high school building and football stadium is a one way drive each day between hours of 7:00-8:00 a.m. and 2:45-3:30 p.m.

Transportation diagrams for car rider pick up and campus traffic are available at each school office for pick-up.