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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Peek: 'I always look forward to the start of school'

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It is hard to believe we are ready to begin another exciting year in the Mobile County Public School System. I always look forward to the start of school, as students eagerly walk into their new classrooms, as teachers get to know a new group of students and as parents of our 59,000 students put their trust in us by allowing us to educate their children. From the time our students enter school, we focus on our students’ needs and foster their academic skills and interests. We encourage...

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As Augusta Evans opens, MCPSS undergoing another $200 million in construction

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Barbara Griffin is looking forward to Thursday, when her pre-K students will be in the new Augusta Evans Special School in west Mobile. “They are going to absolutely love this school,” she said, “especially how large the rooms are, and the playground. Everything out there is interactive and is built for students with special needs.” Augusta Evans moved this summer from its aged Florida Street location to the site of the old Hillsdale Middle School, which was torn down...

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'The time has arrived. It's my senior year,' says LeFlore's Williams

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The time has finally arrived. It’s my senior year, and I am so excited and eager to see what this school year will bring. LeFlore High School has thoroughly prepared me for life after graduation. I’ve prepared myself for this moment ever since I became part of the proud Rattler Nation. The late nights and early mornings, taking those rigorous courses that left me with a headache, and everything else I’ve done has led up to me walking across that stage and finally becoming a...

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He's ready for Kindergarten. Am I?

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This column was written by Rena Philips, Supervisor of Marketing and Education Partnerships, Mobile County Public Schools It seems like only yesterday I was bringing my son Logan home from the hospital. Five fast years have passed, and now we are out buying his first-ever school supplies. He has been excited as we picked out notebooks, erasers and his new “kindergarten shoes.” I’m the nervous one, not him. Going to kindergarte means he’s growing up. He’s ready....

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Vigor's Jalysia Brazelton elated to begin 'best school year ever'

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To say I am excited about my senior year is an understatement. I am absolutely elated to begin what I hope to be my best school year ever! I’ll only be a high school senior once, and I’m looking forward to a successful and memorable school year. It Starts With Us. Now that is a powerful slogan I believe in. For me, it starts at C.F. Vigor High School, where I am being taught, mentored and inspired to overcome whatever obstacles life throws my way. As the 2014 Cheerleading Captain,...

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

MCPSS students learned job skills, science and more at summer camps

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“How does it taste?” Davidson human services teacher Rachel Baxter asked participants in the first-ever summer Culinary Camp sponsored by Mobile County Public Schools. The students were making and sampling muffulettas. Some loved the gourmet sandwiches while others admitted they were not big fans of the tapenade, or olive salad. The students had stacked Italian ham, salami, provolone and swiss cheese along with the tapenade on bread that they toasted lightly in pans. “The...

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

High schoolers learn CPR and about health professions at camp

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Standing in a semi-circle, about a dozen high schoolers from across Mobile County watch intensely as a teacher pushes her finger on the chest of a baby doll, showing them how to perform infant CPR. Thirty compressions, followed by two breaths. Repeat. Repeat. In another room at Faulkner Career-Technical Center, students practice a gentle version of the Heimlich maneuver, so they will know what to do if someone in choking. And near them, students alternate breathing and giving chest compressions...

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

51 students get back on academic track at Star Academy

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Fifty-one students who were overage and under-credited graduated from MCPSS’s Star Academy today. The students completed a rigorous curriculum, earning all of their credits for eighth grade and most of their credits for ninth grade during one school year. Now that they are caught up academically, they will move on to their zoned high school in August as mid-year freshmen. And they are on track to be promoted to sophomores in January. “We have an excellent foundation through which...

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

MCPSS establishes Envision Virtual School for grades 6-12

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MOBILE, Alabama -- The Mobile County school board passed a resolution today to establish Envision Virtual School. Students in grades six through 12 will be able to enroll in the online school, the first of its kind in the state.  Initially, Superintendent Martha Peek has said enrollment will be capped at 250 students. The plan is to eventually expand to 500 students. The Mobile County Public School System Envision Virtual School is a pioneering online public school with a mission to maximize...

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Super Food Express routes for June 30-July 2

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The Super Food Express Bus or van will be at the following locations Monday through Wednesday, June 30-July 2: Van: Chastang Middle School – 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Robbins Elementary – 11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Grant Elementary – 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Indian Springs Elementary – 1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Van: Dixon Elementary – 11:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Free Water BAptist Church, 11470 Irvington-Bayou La Batre Road, 12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Grand...

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MCPSS to serve free lunches at no charge for ALL students

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The Mobile County Public School System is pleased to announce that ALL students will be able to eat healthy lunches at no charge during the 2014-15 school year. The school system has qualified for the Community Eligibility Provision of the USDA, which allows school systems with 75 percent of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches to offer meals to all students at no charge. “This is an awesome program because more of our students will have access to meals,” said Suzanne...

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dragon Boat Festival raises money for alternative program at Scarborough

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Update: The Dragon Boat Festival raised $95,000. Clark-Shaw won the Academic Division and raced in the finals as one of the Top 12 teams. This weekend, three teams from Mobile County Public Schools will paddle Dragon Boats for a good cause. The teams – including members from Denton Middle, Murphy High, Clark-Shaw Magnet, the Continuous Learning Center and central office - are participating Saturday in the first-ever Dragon Boat Festival at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center. The group...

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Super Food Express: Mobile County feeding hungry children via school bus

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Mobile County Public Schools officials today revealed the new Super Food Express, a bus that will deliver free food to hungry children this summer. Healthy meals will be delivered to children ages 18 an under on Mondays through Thursdays, June 9 through July 31. The routes will be announced soon on mcpss.com and the Mobile County Public Schools’ Facebook page. Already, more than 7,000 meals have been requested for the first week, according to Suzanne Yates, director of the Child Nutrition...

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Rising freshmen learn job skills through Vital Link

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Rising freshmen are learning about job skills this week as part of the AT&T Vital Link program. The 74 students – from seven Mobile County public middle schools – represent the 16th class of students to participate in this unique program, which is administered by the Mobile Area Education Foundation. Vital Link is based on the theory that students are best motivated to learn if they understand the connection between skills learned in the class and those needed for success in...

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11 students graduating from Project SEARCH, finding jobs

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Eleven students with disabilities are graduating from a life-changing program tonight. These graduates have spent the past school year interning at Mobile Infirmary in a unique partnership known as Project Search. The students rotated in jobs at the hospital ranging from clerical to janitorial, from food service to transporting medical equipment. As a result, all 11 of the participants have gained job skills and confidence. And so far 9 of the 11 participants have been offered jobs in various...

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