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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dodge Elementary participates new Stride Academy for students

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  Dodge Elementary will be participating in the Stride Academy academic program this year.  Stride Academy is an Internet-based academic program that gives students the opportunity to enhance their Math, Reading and Science skills while working on their tablet or computer. Combining learning with exciting online games, students will find Stride Academy as a fun way to master skills that are required for their grade level.  Stride...

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Blount HS receives financial lessons from bank leaders

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BBVA Compass Executives As part of their vision of working towards a better future for the community, BBVA Compass representatives Mark Fillers South Alabama Market President, James LeDoux Global Wealth Senior Vice President & Market Executive, and Marc Jackson Commercial Banking Vice President along with Mayor Troy Ephriam spoke to BHS Business Academy students about Identity Theft and sound Financial Management. Mayor Ephriam spoke on Financial...

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Environmental Studies Owl-O-Ween 5K Trail Run

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The Environmental Studies Center's Wildlife Friends presents the 2nd Annual Owl-O-Ween 5K Trail Run.  The proceeds will go to support the Wildlife Rehabilitation Programs held at the Environmental Studies Center.  For more information, to register and support visit: Forms page

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UPDATE: Free software available for MCPSS students

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It's important for our students to have all the tools needed for successful learning.  One of the essentials is the computer program, Microsoft Office which has Word, Powerpoint, Publisher and Excel, many tools used for classroom and homework assignments.  Thanks to Mobile County Public School System's Technology agreement with Microsoft, MCPSS students can now download and install, free: Microsoft Office 2013 for Windows 7 or Windows 8, or Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac OS X 10.8...

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Mobile County schools rolls out 30 propane auto-gas buses

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Mobile County Public Schools, the state’s largest school district, acquired 30 alternative fuel school buses to support its community outreach campaign, “It Starts With Us.” The Blue Bird Propane Vision buses will lower operating costs while improving the environment. Each bus will displace about 40,000 gallons of diesel and emit 150,000 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. “Propane is cheaper, cleaner, and domestically produced,” said Alabama Lt. Gov....

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Budget hearings set for Aug. 27, Sept. 9

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The Mobile County Board of School Commissioners is hosting two public hearings to collect input on the proposed fiscal year 2015 budget. The hearings will be held in the board room at MCPSS’s Central Campus at 1 Magnum Pass in west Mobile. They will take place on: Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 5:30 p.m. The proposed budget projects $720 million in expenditures and includes state, federal and local funds. Sometime after the hearings, the board is expected...

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MCPSS encouraging students to attend #schooleveryday in September

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Mobile County Public Schools officials are hoping to create positive attendance habits this year by encouraging all 59,000 students to attend school every day in September, which is national Attendance Awareness Month. Schools are offering incentives to students with perfect attendance this month and the district has launched a public information campaign to encourage parents to make sure their children are in school. “School attendance is essential to academic success, but too often parents...

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Monday, September 08, 2014

Citronelle JROTC cadets attend a National Flight Academy

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Seven JROTC Cadets were recently offered scholarship opportunities to participate in the National Flight Academy STEM program located at the Pensacola Naval Air Station. These free scholarships for a week-long resident camp have a value of $1,250.00 per student (normal tuition cost). Chosen for their outstanding achievements, the students along with Citronelle JROTC instructor, 1SG Middleton recieved an once in a lifetime academy experience with first class educational experience that...

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Washington's Reading Zone winners

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Booker T. Washington middle school encourages students to read with incentive book programs.  This year marks the school's 6th annual celebration of the 25 Book Campaign and Reading Leaders.  The 25 Book Campaign encourages all students to read in their Zone (reading level) a given number of books each quarter. At the end of the year it could add up to be 25 books or more. The number of books, each quarter, is chosen by the Washington Language Arts department teachers. Student...

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Blount's Allied Health Academy trains with state of the art simulator

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ISTAN Patient Simulator Its’ heart beats. Its’ bowels gurgle. It breathes, bleeds, cries and sweats. But don’t be fooled by its fluttering eyelids or the fact that it can talk: it’s not human. It’s ISTAN and Meti-Man Career and Technical Education’s newest patient simulators. IStan is described as the most advanced patient simulator in the world. He has realistic skin, reactive eyes, a human-like airway, and makes patient sounds: his...

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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Williamson holds Signature Academy launch

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Williamson High School is one of the latest schools to implement a Signature Academy pathway to its curriculum.  Williamson will offer Maritime, Engineering and Entrepreneurship to students around the county.  The pathway of courses will allow the students real-world opportunity into their desired career field.  The Mobile Area Education Foundation is active in promoting and planning the success of the Williamson Signature Academy.  They recently held a Business Engagement...

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Feed the Children organization donates to MCPSS

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Mobile County Public Schools received a special delivery this week from Feed the Children organization.  Traveling from Oklahoma City, Feed the Children donated nine hundred and sixty backpacks plus food and supplies for At-Risk students.  The Homeless division assisted more than 5000 students last year in need of food, uniforms and supplies.   The donation will be a great help for parents in the community.  "We are so thrilled to recieve these supplies" states Denise...

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Theodore student wins MAWSS art contest

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Congratulations to all the student winners in this year's "Fun with Water" Mobile Area Water Sewer System  (MAWSS) contest. More than 200 entries submitted, proves there are amazing artistic talent among the students of our area.  Theodore High School student, Leah O'Rourke's submission, "Finding Coral," was the overall winner. Here are the 2014 winners: 9th-12th—"New Friend," Briana Rucker, Theodore High School   6th-8th—"The Bucket of Water," Alena Wetter, Dunbar...

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

MCPSS educator a 2014 Presidential Award finalist

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 Congratulations to Ms. Julie Neidhardt, selected as one of three elementary school science recipients of the 2014 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).  The 2nd grade teacher at Hutchens Elementary was chosen as a finalist to represent the state of Alabama and will now be entered for the national award of $10,000.  The PAEMST award is recognized as one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon...

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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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