Looking for a free family event in town this weekend? The New Albany/Union County EXCEL By 5 Coalition will be sponsoring a circus-themed, family friendly event on Saturday, April 27 at the Park Along the River from 11 am – 1 pm.
The event is being held to celebrate New Albany/Union County’s attainment as a CERTIFIED EXCEL By 5 community. EXCEL By 5 is an innovative early childhood community certification process focusing on our community’s young children. It emphasizes the important roles parents and early childhood educators play in the lives of children during their most formative years – birth to age 5.
At the EXCELEBRATION CIRCUS, children can have fun at the craft station decorating clowns, participating in a coloring contest, and playing carnival games. Special storytelling sessions will be offered by Glen Reeder, Ron Price, Clint Reid, and Kristen Richey, who are all teachers and administrators in the New Albany & Union County School Districts.
Parents will be able to visit information booths relating to sun safety, food safety, home safety, water safety, first aid, and the EXCEL By 5 Family Resource Center. Parents will be given a punch card, and after visiting each information booth, can receive free t-shirts for their children, while supplies last.
Families can enjoy a picnic lunch of hot dogs, snack cakes, and water while listening to the music of “Mississippi Moon”, a local band that plays country and rock music.
Come celebrate with us! New Albany-Union County is officially a CERTIFIED EXCEL By 5 Community. This event is free to the community and is sponsored by the New Albany/Union County EXCEL By 5 Coalition.
The clients of New Haven Center received a special treat at New Albany Elementary School (NAES) on Monday, April 15 thanks in part to a “Healthy Lifestyles: Making Your Community Healthy” Shared Use Agreement Mini-Grant funded by the Mississippi State Department of Health-Bureau of Community & School Health. NAES and New Haven Center are currently community partners in a Shared Use Agreement.
Anthony “AJ” Johnson, a Certified Exercise Specialist and owner of One Body by AJ, gave a tour of the Staff Wellness Center at NAES, discussed safety tips for working out on machines, and demonstrated proper tips for using wellness equipment. Johnson also showed students proper ways to stretch and warm up prior to working out.
Clients enjoyed working with Johnson to learn the proper use of treadmills, exercise bikes, ellipticals, and bowflex machines. After Johnson’s tour and demonstrations, clients were given time to choose a wellness machine and show off what they had learned.
“We have been fortunate to receive many healthy schools grants over the past five years and are pleased with the progress our school has made in the areas of health and wellness,” said Tammie Reeder, Health Services Coordinator for New Albany School District. “This particular grant has allowed us to reach out to community groups and share our facilities and resources.”
“We are especially excited about the creation of this partnership with New Haven because many of their clients were once students in our school district,” said Jackie Ford, Superintendent. “Allowing access to our physical education facilities and resources will improve the health and wellness of the clients of New Haven.”
Clients from New Haven have been utilizing the NAES Physical Education Building on a weekly basis to participate in physical fitness activities such as basketball and walking since February as result of this Shared Use Agreement. They will continue to be introduced to new physical education equipment and supplies for the remainder of the school year.
Students at New Albany Elementary School joined millions of their peers across the country to celebrate “Dr. Seuss Week” and the joy of reading March 1-8. Each day students and teachers participated in special dress-up days and students were treated to special activities or readings of the famed author’s books.
Friday, March 1 was “Read the Most from Coast to Coast”. During the morning students were encouraged to read and take AR quizzes on as many books as possible. Students also dressed as their favorite Dr. Seuss character.
Monday, March 4 was “Fox in Socks” and students wore crazy socks.
Tuesday, March 5, Mr. Glen Reeder, Director of PreK read “Daisy Head Mayzie” and students came to school with crazy hair.
Wednesday, March 6, Assistant Principal Linda Grisham read “Wacky Wednesday”. Students had mismatched outfits or wore their clothes backwards and inside out.
Thursday, March 7, New Albany High School Head Football Coach read “Oh, the Places I’ll Go!” and students came dressed as the career they would one day like to pursue.
Friday, March 8, Principal Windy Faulkner read “Green Eggs and Ham” to the students as they ate green eggs and ham in the cafeteria. Students dressed in green and visited with special Seuss characters: “The Cat in the Hat”, “Thing 1” and “The Grinch”.
Teachers participated in the Door Decorating Contest during the week. Winners were: Rebekah Wiseman, Laura Reedy, Tameri Dunnam, Bridgett Spencer, and Susan Kelly.
“Our goal is to show our students both the joy and the importance of reading,” said Principal Faulkner. “It is wonderful to see our students involved in the week’s activities and excited about reading.”
MISSISSIPPI STATE, Miss— Schools in the New Albany School District (NASD) have been recognized at the recent statewide conference of the Program of Research and Evaluation of Public Schools (PREPS) for being named as a Value Added School. Over 1,000 Mississippi schools’ assessment results were recorded on the Mississippi Statewide Accountability System for 2011-2012. The PREPS value-added analysis resulted in 479 schools (364 for assessment results and 115 for QDI) statewide designated as value-added schools. Of these schools, 391 are members of PREPS, and these 391 are the 2012* PREPS Value Added Award recipients.
The awards were presented during the 2013 PREPS/MAPE Conference, February 20-21, 2013, at the Hilton Hotel in Jackson, MS. Over 500 educators and business leaders were present at the Value Added and Special Awards Ceremony.
The following schools in NASD were recognized for
*New Albany Elementary School: MCT2 Language Arts, MCT2 Mathematics, and Quality of Distribution Index
*New Albany Middle School: SATP2 Algebra I:
*New Albany High School: Quality of Distribution Index
PREPS Value Added analysis began in June 1997. PREPS Value Added analysis allows for comparisons of educational performance among Mississippi Schools, taking into account (or holding constant) the impact of differences in the socioeconomic background of the students considered in the research. The model is used in the PREPS Value Added Awards Program to identify high performing schools among Mississippi districts. Schools which are adding value are those which are considered to be performing significantly better than other schools with comparable socioeconomic circumstances. The Value Added analysis produces a band of predicted score performance and recognizes those schools which are performing above the predicted band. Using MCT2 and SATP2 school level scale score average for 2011-2012 assessments or the numerical QDI score (for new QDI awards) reported by the Mississippi Department of Education under the Mississippi Assessment and Accountability Reporting System (MAARS) and the school socioeconomic indicator (percent of students on free or reduced lunch), PREPS has performed Value Added analysis at the elementary through high school levels.
PREPS is a private non-profit consortium of school districts whose purpose is to develop and implement educational products and services that help manage and support districts' efforts to demonstrate improvement in their instructional programs. PREPS is supported by the College of Education at Mississippi State University and is housed in the Center for Educational Partnerships, the service division of the college. Collaboration among member districts enables each district to benefit from the development of products and services that no single district is capable of developing alone.
*2012 denotes the assessment/accountability data analysis is based upon.
New Albany Elementary School (NAES) is the recipient of two $4,000 grants through the “Healthy Lifestyles: Making Your Community Healthy Mini-Grant”. These Shared Use Agreement (SUA) grants have been possible by the Mississippi State Department of Health Bureau of Community and School Health and the Mississippi Department of Education Office of Health Schools.
Through this grant agreement process, NAES has formed partnerships with both the New Haven Center and the Boys & Girls Club of North Mississippi-New Albany Unit. Grant funding will assist in the launch of policy and community based change initiatives to promote wellness, improve nutrition and health education, and to prevent obesity.
The New Albany School District (NASD) and the Boys & Girls Club already has a well established partnership in place as the New Albany Boys & Girls Clubhouse is a school district owned and maintained facility. Grant monies will be used to provide games and supplies to improve physical fitness and health, nutrition, and character education.
The NASD is excited to begin to establish a new partnership with New Haven Center. Clients of the center will visit the physical education building at NAES weekly for physical fitness activities and structured play. Grant monies will be used to enhance the already existing facilities and supplies with an emphasis on expanding supplies to use with clients and students that have special needs.
“We are pleased that these grants will allow us to expand our Coordinated School Health Program to better meet the needs of our community,” said Tammie Reeder, School Health Coordinator and Grant Project Director. “We are so excited that many of our current students and former students will be served through these grant processes.”
The Dean Provence Endowment for Excellence in Education Board recently announced the allocation of funds totaling more than $10,000.00 to teachers in the New Albany School District (NASD). In an effort to maximize the effectiveness of the awards, grants were directed to New Albany Elementary School and the New Albany High School Career & Technical Department. 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 $303,000 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 Name - Applicant
Culinary Arts-Anita Alef
Patient Training Arm-April Voyles
Tooling/Construction Technology- Rick Robbins
Personal Clothing Styles-Nannette Ballard
Producing A Documentary-Mallorie Biffle
Creating 21st Century Classroom- Danita Mattox
NEO2s for Education-Laura Reedy & Sabrina Hamilton
iPad in the Classroom-Kelly Campbell
iPads for 1st Graders-Angela Victory & Stephanie Clark
Hover Cam Document Cameras- Donna Sizemore & Lydia Kimbrough (Representing 2nd Grade)
Teaching with Technology-Neely Robertson (Representing 8 Kindergarten Teachers)
iHelp with iPad-Jennifer Ellett
Teachers at New Albany Elementary School (NAES) have found unique ways to meet the needs of all learners and to enhance instruction with the use of technology. NAES has two iPad carts, each containing 30 student iPads.
Tatum Nowlin, a fifth-grade teacher uses iPads to assist students with weekly testing. Some of these students have reading deficiencies and need additional accommodations while testing. The teacher uses a drop box feature to upload the test to the student iPad and she records her voice reading the test. When the student begins the testing, they have the ability to read the test along with the teacher recorded voice reading it aloud. “The iPads are wonderful because these students are able to work at their own pace while using headphones,” Nowlin said. “The iPads allow the student the ability to pause and rewind to listen to test questions or passages if necessary.”
Amy Welborn, a gifted teacher, uses the iPads to increase students’ knowledge of technology while completing independent projects. Students in the 3rd and 4th grade EXCEL gifted classes have used the iPads to do find information for their state research projects and to do other independent research.
Teachers throughout the school use the iPads for many lessons and activities in their classrooms. From literary circles and Accelerated Reader testing to using apps for skill drills and reinforcement , teachers have found that this technology is an asset to their instruction and the students enjoy being able to use the iPads in class.
NAES also has 30 Neo boards that are used in the classrooms on a daily basis. The Neo board is a small laptop computer, has a full size keyboard and a small screen that allows for six lines of text at a time. Neo boards have many educational uses including individualized lessons for Accelerated Reading and skill drills for math.
“It is exciting to see all of the creative ways our teachers have used the iPads and Neo boards in their classrooms to enhance instruction and to meet the needs of all of our students,” said Windy Faulkner, Principal. “It is important for our students to understand all of the educational opportunities that are available through technology.”
Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) announced this month that it has awarded 400 schools nationwide with Action for Healthy Kids in Schools grants, averaging $2,000 each, for the 2012-2013 school year. The grants, funded by the Wal-Mart Foundation, are part of AFHK’s School Grants for Healthy Kids program, which is designed to improve access to healthy foods at school and bolster nutrition education for over 270,000 children.
“These grants have allowed us to give schools direct assistance in the way of money and human resources so they can offer healthier food choices and adopt strong wellness practices within their building,” explains AFHK CEO Rob Bisceglie. “These are the kinds of changes that improve students’ health over the long term. So, we couldn’t be more pleased.”
Totaling $1.5 million, the Action for Healthy Kids in Schools grants are part of a broader commitment made by the Wal-Mart Foundation in support of nutrition education in the United States. The funding has enabled AFHK to provide direct support to the 400 schools through mini-grants and health-improving programs ranging from the creation and expansion of summer feeding programs to the placement of healthier foods in competitive food venues, including vending machines and school fundraising events, breakfast programs, and to providing access to healthy foods through food tasting, nutrition education lessons and food curriculum enhancements.
The grants have been awarded during a time that many of the nation’s children are subject to the epidemics of childhood obesity and food insecurity. In fact, one out of three kids in this country is overweight or obese. These dual epidemics can threaten children’s long-term health and have an adverse effect on their ability to succeed academically. Fortunately, AFHK’s grants, technical assistance and volunteer support help schools improve food access and school nutrition practices as well as optimize the impact of their food access and nutrition programming in schools, where children spend so much of their time.
New Albany Elementary School (NAES) is one of twelve schools in the state and the only school in northeast Mississippi to receive this national grant. “The goal of our grant is to assist Kindergarten-2nd grade teachers in rewarding students in their classroom with items such as pencils, erasers, and stickers thus reducing the amount of candy rewards,” said Tammie Reeder, NAES School Nurse and Project Coordinator for the grant. Reeder added that teachers are doing a great job in the classroom with healthy initiatives and funding from this grant just gives the teachers the resources to improve.
New Albany Elementary School (NAES) is one of fourteen public schools randomly selected from seven north central Mississippi counties to participate in a physical activity experimental study conducted by researchers in the Department of Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation Management at the University of Mississippi.
Fourteen 4th grade classes in public elementary schools in the counties of Marshall, Tate, Panola, Yalobusha, Calhoun, Pontotoc, and Union are participating. The purpose of the project is to determine how much in-school physical activity 4th graders receive in a typical school day. Experts recommend that students get at least 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each day while at school.
During the week of November 5th, students who are in Erica Crotts’s class and have parental consent have worn small pedometers on his/her right hip while at school. Students put their assigned pedometers on each morning when school starts and the teacher collects them at the end of the school day.
The pedometer counts how many steps each student takes. By keeping track of the number of steps, researchers will be able to determine the amount of physical activity students are getting daily.
In two weeks, the teacher and the students’ parents will receive a report that states the average amount of physical activity the students received during the study. This report will allow parents to see how close the child came to the recommended time of 30 minutes of moderate –to-vigorous physical activity during the school day.
At the end of the project, NAES will receive data from the project to see how NAES compares in the amount of physical activity to other schools who participated in the study.
“We are pleased to partner with the University of Mississippi in this project to see how we compare to area schools and to improve the physical activity of our students,” said Tammie Reeder, Health Services Coordinator for New Albany Schools.
October 31st was a day of celebration at New Albany Elementary School (NAES). The day began by celebrating literacy. Students at NAES participated in the NAES Bullpup Read-A-Thon from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and were encouraged to read as many books as possible during the one hour time slot. Students were treated to a Bullpup Read-A-Thon Pep Rally featuring New Albany High School cheerleaders and Bully, the school mascot.
Many students brought blankets and pillows to create comfortable places for reading. PreK teachers dressed as storybook characters and read to the youngest students. Fourth grade students dressed as a character from a book and gave book report presentations. Many classes used Mimio technology to listen to books.
During the Read-A-Thon, more than 5,466 books were read school wide. The kindergarten classes read the most books as a grade level and Dawn Stroupe’s 5th grade class read the most books by classroom.
PreK read 176; Kindergarten read 1,343; 1st grade read 1254; 2nd grade read 1,306; 3rd grade read 698; 4th grade read 578; and 5th grade read 1,267. The class winners in each grade were: Kindergarten-Thrasher; 1st Grade-Farned; 2nd Grade-Reedy; 3rd Grade-Latham; 4th Grade-Ohler; and 5th Grade-Stroupe.
“We are so proud of our students for the amount of books they read during the Read-A-Thon and the excitement they showed during the event,” said Principal Windy Faulkner. “We want them to understand the importance of learning to read and developing a love for reading.”