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ICTV: Student news program hits 100 episode landmark

One hundred episodes ago, Itawamba Career and Technical Center Digital Media teacher Andy Nichols thought it might be a good idea for his class to create their own news program. There wasn’t any grand motivation behind this idea. In fact, Nichols summed it up in three words: “Because we could.” But since its first episode […]

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School district recognized with Lighthouse Award

* State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright commended the local school district for its “hard work” and “dedication.” The Itawamba County School District was recently recognized for its performance on state accountability assessments during the 2012-2013 school year. In November, the Mississippi School Boards Association presented the Itawamba County School District with the MSBA Lighthouse […]

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Knight appointed to serve on school board

Following a split-vote, members of the Itawamba County School Board have appointed a new member to temporarily fill the vacant first district seat. Last Thursday, Jan. 16, members of the Itawamba County School board met during a special session and appointed Kelly Knight to fill the first district position, which was left vacant by former […]

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Plotting the course: Admin of the year looks at the big picture

Most of what Itawamba County School District Federal Programs Coordinator Patti Thrash does remains in the background. The average parent or school-aged child will probably never even know what she does. That’s OK with her, Thrash said. “I like to fly under the radar,” Itawamba County’s 2013 Administrator of the Year claimed. ““My job is […]

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Former superintendent weighs in on Common Core

As a retired educator with 30-plus years of experience in the classroom, principalship, and superintendency, several times recently I have been asked my opinion of the Common Core Standards that are currently being implemented in our Mississippi public schools. Do I think they are the savior for public schools? No, but I don’t think they […]

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Principal Profiles: Jamie Dill

It’s rare to meet someone as enthusiastic about education as Jamie Dill. “This is the most wonderful job there is,” Mantachie Elementary School’s principal said earnestly. “Kids are like little sponges, absorbing information. When you see those little light bulbs going off, it’s great.” It’s that enthusiasm, that pure passion, that’s kept Dill in education […]

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Itawamba schools improve test scores, graduation rates

More Mississippi students scored in the top two categories on nearly every state test given to elementary and high school students last winter and spring. Last week, the Mississippi Department of Education released the results of those tests taken during the 2012-13 school year. It also announced that the state had a 75.5 percent graduation […]

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Hospitalized IAC students return home

Three Itawamba Attendance Center students who were hospitalized at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis following a school basketball practice have been released. According to officials with the Itawamba County School District, the three students, two of whom have not been identified, one of whom has been named as 13-year-old Baylee Senter, all suffered from […]

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Principal profile – Mark Hitt

Mark Hitt has not one, but two new jobs this year. The former principal at Dorsey Attendance Center is the new director of both the Itawamba County Improvement Center (formerly known as the alternative school) and school district bus shop. Calling these two new jobs a “change of pace” would be a bit of an […]

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Principal profile: Michael Cates

Dorsey Attendance Center Principal Michael Cates lives for a challenge. After more than 21 years teaching band at Itawamba Agricultural High School, this self-described “country boy from Shiloh” up and changed his career path completely, confidently marching into an administrative position in Tremont as if it were the most natural change in the world. Cates […]

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Overflow enrollment demands additional teacher at IAC

Strong numbers at Itawamba Attendance Center have made necessary the hiring of an additional first grade teacher. Due to Itawamba Attendance Center first grade reaching an enrollment number of 139 students even before the first day of school, the Itawamba County School District hired an additional teacher during its regular meeting last week. Based on […]

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Itawamba elementary campuses up security

Both Itawamba Attendance Center and Mantachie Elementary schools are bolstering security this year. This year, both schools will feature similar, keycard-operated security systems, which will block entrance to school buildings from the general public. Locks are being placed on 10 buildings at Itawamba Attendance Center and six buildings at Mantachie. Security Alarms of Tupelo wrapped […]

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School open houses ready students for the classroom

Kids, squeeze as much out of every single day as possible: Summer vacation is waning. In two weeks’ time, students across Itawamba County will head back to the classroom. Classes begin on Wednesday, Aug. 7 for each of Itawamba County’s eight schools. This week and next, each Itawamba County school will hold its own open […]

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Itawamba County plays principal pinball

Several county schools will see changes to their administration this year, though none of these new principals traveled very far. In a bit of “principal pinball,” all of the new administrators bounced from other schools within the district. Administrative changes for the year are as follows: Former Principal of Dorsey Attendance Center Mark Hitt is […]

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