New Albany Students Attend Career & Technology Day

The New Albany School of Career & Technical Education hosted “Career & Technology Day” on Friday, May 5 on the campus of New Albany High School.

Career and Technology Day began as Technology Day in 2009 to expose high school students to the technology used in industries and careers in the northeast Mississippi area. The event has been held annually since 2009 and has grown to include more college and career related information.

This year the Career and Tech Day was expanded to include students from 3rd-8th grade in the New Albany School District.  Students from New Albany Elementary School and New Albany Middle School were able to participate in this year’s event and received backpacks to place the career information they received during the day.

Career and Technology Day was funded through the “PRIDE through College and Career Awareness” grant that the New Albany School District received through funding from the Toyota Wellspring Fund.

More than twenty-five exhibitors and presenters were on hand to inform students about their careers, as well as describe the technology that is used in their careers.   Vendors included:  Blue Mountain College; Northeast Mississippi Community College; University of Mississippi; MSU Extension Service; Miracle Ear; Rowan Dentistry; Mississippi Game and Fish; Mississippi Forestry Commission, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers; Leggett and Platt; MooreSites; Cooper Electric; BNA Bank; New Albany Light, Gas, & Water; Tennessee Valley Authority; Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County; New Albany Police Department; New Albany Fire Department; Union County Sheriff’s Department; Northeast Union County Volunteer Fire Department; Mississippi Highway Patrol; Mississippi National Guard; Mississippi Department of Health; Mississippi Department of Human Services; and WTVA News.

 

 

NA Recycles Visits NAES First Grade

First grade students at New Albany Elementary School (NAES) have been participating in a unit of study that focuses on taking care of our Earth.  As a culminating event, students learned more about recycling.

Community volunteer Amy Livingston, representing NA Recycles, visited first grade classes on May 1.

First grade teachers, Livingston, NAES Counselor April Hobson, and NAES School Resource Officer P.J. Doyle worked together to plan the event.

Livingston, Doyle, and Hobson performed a skit to show students how to reduce, reuse, and recycle.  Doyle played the part of “Michael Recycle”.

During the presentation, students learned the chant:  “Recycle, Recycle do it now.  Recycle, Recycle you know how.  Recycle, Recycle we yell ‘wow’”.   Students also sorted objects to recycle and decided if an item could be reused.

“The collaboration among our school, the city, and New Albany Recycles has taught our students the importance of recycling and allowed us to incorporate recycling as a daily part of life at NAES!,”  Counselor April Hobson said about this year’s focus on recycling at NAES.

Livingston added, “In order to be better stewards of the environment, I believe education is the key and we need to start young!”

 

 

 

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.

NAES Second Grade Teacher Uses Flexible Seating Classroom

Two pedal desks have been added to Amber Peters’ flexible seating classroom thanks to funding from Dean Provence Endowment for Excellence in Education grant program.

Amber Peters, a second grade teacher at New Albany Elementary School, has implemented a flexible seating arrangement into her classroom this year.   The seating arrangement includes rocking game chairs, exercise balls, a couch, a cushioned chair, and carpet spots.

This month, Peters has been able to add two pedal desks to her arrangement thanks to funding from the Dean Provence Endowment for Education in Excellence grant program for teachers.

Peters says that she has read several articles about the different flexible seating options that are available, as well as the benefits of flexible seating in a classroom.  “Most of the research shows a slight improvement in student behavior and attention,” she stated.

If you were to visit this second grade classroom, you would notice a chart taking up a portion of the whiteboard.  This chart lets students know where they will sit for the day.  “My students are definitely excited about where they will sit each day. It gives them something to look forward to,” Peters said. I think they feel more at home, because most of the seats are relaxed. I believe there is an excitement to be at school which does spill over and help keep the students motivated to learn.”

2nd Grade students participate in a science lesson while enjoy flexible seating in rocking, gaming chairs.

When asked if she had noticed an increase in the improvement of behavior, Peters said that she had not had any discipline referrals or major discipline issues this year.   She did add that she has had to spend a small amount of time dealing with students who are having difficulty handing certain seating arrangements.  She has kept a few standard classroom desks in her room when instances such as this arise.

Flexible seating in the classroom is something Peters plans to continue next school year and is excited to see how a new class of students will respond to concept.

 

Dean Provence Endowment Winners Announced

Pictured L-R: Endowment Board Representative Carrie Rogers, Jalon Bullock, Chris Russell, Anita Alef, Nannette Ballard, Endowment Board President Keith Conlee
Pictured L-R: Endowment Board Representative Carrie Rogers, Jalon Bullock, Chris Russell, Anita Alef, Nannette Ballard, Endowment Board President Keith Conlee
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Front Row l-r: Teresa Ohler, Tiffany Thrasher, Bridget Spencer, Neely Robertson, Amber Peters, Tameri Dunnam; back row l-r: Endowment Board Representative Chandler Rogers, Endowment Board Representative Carrie Rogers, Penny Logan, Tammie Dodds, Julie Hatcher, Susan Kelly, April Hobson, Lori Henson, Lisa Skinner, Julia Harrington, Endowment Board President Keith Conlee, Jordan Murry.

The Dean Provence Endowment for Excellence in Education Board has announced the allocation of funds totaling nearly $11,700 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 Elementary School and the New Albany School of Career & Technical Education.  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-five years. Since 1986, the Endowment has provided approximately $347,000 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 New Albany Schools, Attention: Melanie Anderson, 301 Hwy. 15 North, New Albany, MS 38652.

Project — Applicant — Amount Awarded

STEM Activities, Tameri Dunnam, $974.85

Character Chronicles, April Hobson, $683.05

Shoebox Task for Learning, Susan Kelly, $325.00

Lister & Learn Phonics, Kindergarten Teachers, $3,280.00

Phonemic Awareness Software, Bridget Spencer, $129.00

Library Enhancement, Lisa Skinner, $2,835.36

Learning History through Literature, Teresa Ohler, $751.92

Kinesthetic Classroom, Amber Peters, $245.56

Selling, Alison Moore, $119.95

Filming a Commercial, Alison Moore, $104.33

Parrot Drone Flight Coding, Jalon Bullock, $609.89

Teaching to Use Mounted Cameras, Chris Russell, $649.00

Consequences of Obesity, Nannette Ballard, $495.00

Guiding Children’s Behavior, Nannette Ballard, $60.00

Stand Up Mixer, Anita Alef, $400.00