Education

School district pushing for local teacher pay raise while waiting on statewide raise

Holmes County Consolidated School District is planning to push a local teacher pay raise. Meanwhile, they're hoping the state legislature will also pass a raise to incentivize teachers to stay in the state.

Oak Grove student wins 2019 Mississippi Spelling Bee

PRCC breaks ground on new science building

Gulfport High robotics team heading to worlds

School supplies during the tax-free holiday still a possibility

  Superb siblings set to compete in state spelling bee

Nominate your favorite teacher to win a free Norwegian cruise, $15,000 prize for their school

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  Moss Point parents voice concerns about transparency at school board meeting

Gulfport School District taking applications for two new preschool programs

  High school students face real-life risks as they approach the prom season

  Coaches and parents in college admissions scheme find jobs in danger

  Coast students show hard work is what it takes to get into college

Coast educators selected as finalists for Administrator of the Year, Teacher of the Year

  Vancleave senior no stranger to heavy lifting in and out of the classroom

At 17 years old, Caleb Bicknell is a powerlifting champion. He’s broken the South State record twice, and in the weight room at Vancleave High School, he pushes himself and has taken it up to 700 pounds.

  Mississippi House gives green light to larger teacher pay increase

Mississippi lawmakers are upping the ante on a teacher pay raise bill. But it still has more hurdles to clear.

  Students shine at Region VI Science & Engineering Fair

More than 700 projects in 13 different categories were judged Tuesday at the Region VI Science and Engineering Fair at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum Convention Center.

Mississippi House ups ante on teacher pay; final sum unclear

A total of 20 Republicans broke ranks on a key House vote that kept alive a proposal to quadruple that original proposal, giving teachers a pair of $2,000 raises over the next two years.

  Pascagoula High School to implement statewide ‘Students Against Violence’ app

USM hosts Alternative Spring Break for people with disabilities

Pascagoula-Gautier School District to host teacher job fair

Trey Bailey to lead Fighting Irish football program

Attorney General launches “Students Against Violence” app

  Huge turnout for teacher job fair in Ocean Springs

  Students learn impact of making healthy choices

Seventh and eighth grade students at North Gulfport Middle School got a crash course on the consequences of their choices.

West Harrison band selected to march in 2020 Rose Bowl parade

The West Harrison High School Hurricanes marching band was selected to perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1, 2020 before the Rose Bowl game.

Debt-Free College Act reintroduced in House, Senate

The Debt-Free College Act was reintroduced by Democrats in the House and Senate Wednesday in an effort to shrink the number of Americans graduating college with student loans.

  Ole Miss Student Senate votes unanimously on resolution to remove Confederate statue

The Ole Miss Student Senate unanimously voted yes on a resolution to remove a Confederate statue from the Ole Miss campus at a meeting Tuesday night.

Schools experimenting with ‘roughhousing zones’ at recess

Kids will be able to grab, wrestle, tackle and push one another down.

PCMS robotics team does it again

The VEX IQ Robotics team at Pass Christian Middle School has done what they set out to do months ago. They will be competing at the World Competition in Louisville, KY in late April.

Higher education: Colleges add cannabis to the curriculum

As a green gold rush in legal marijuana and its non-drug cousin hemp spreads across North America, a growing number of colleges are adding cannabis to the curriculum to prepare graduates for careers cultivating, researching, analyzing and marketing the herb.

  Gulfport High brings mothers, sons together for valuable life lessons

There’s always learning happening at Gulfport High School, but Friday’s lessons stand out as something very different.

  Special needs students in Ocean Springs inspired by Move to Learn program

A special group of Ocean Springs students got a surprise Thursday when one of their heroes paid them an unexpected visit.

  Construction set to begin soon at Pearl River County schools

“Pardon our Progress.” That’s what Pearl River County School District officials told the community Thursday as groundbreaking ceremonies were held for expansion at PRC Elementary.

  OLA sophomore brings her best to softball and school

Our Lady Academy has a history of producing students who excel on the diamond and in the classroom. Grace Koons, a sophomore softball player on the varsity team is no exception, with a 4.0 GPA and a two-year batting average of .346.

  MGCCC planned road worries nearby residents

Construction is ongoing at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for a new performing arts center on the north side of their Hospitality Building at the Jefferson Davis Campus.

Southern Miss, MGCCC team up to put teachers in classrooms

The University of Southern Mississippi teamed up with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to put more teachers in the classroom.

Pro-Confederate groups and counter-protesters gather at Ole Miss over Confederate monument

Students at the University of Mississippi protested on Friday for the removal of a Confederate statue located on campus.

  Police plan extra security for pro-Confederate groups marching in Oxford

For days, the group Confederate 901 based in Memphis has been posting about their event they're calling Mississippi Stands.

Black history program at Moss Point school journeys through time

Spoken word poems, dance routines, and lively skits helped to move the show along from the beginning of what Africa was like before the Trans-Atlantic slave trade to America in 2019 at the end of the program.

  Speeding no longer a problem at Taconi Head Start Center in Ocean Springs

Speeding near the Taconi Head Start Center in Ocean Springs was a big problem. In fact, there were a few close calls involving cars and young children. Now, new signs and new attitudes have made a big difference.

Dyslexia: A hidden disability

Webster, and experts like her, found this particular learning disability affects one in five people, but the condition may be hidden because the dyslexic mind has many strengths.

  Pass students ready for state robotics competition

The first-year robotics team at Pass Christian Middle School has been busy preparing for the state competition.

School bus driver crashed into tree while under influence of drugs, NJ police say

First responders found the bus driver unconscious at the crash site and used Narcan to revive her.

  Local artists create Black History Month pieces

Local artists are putting in the work to bring Black History Month to life in Moss Point. It’s something you can enjoy too.

Ingalls executive speaks at Hattiesburg museum Black History program

An executive with Ingalls Shipbuilding came to Hattiesburg Wednesday to speak about that company’s role in honoring African-American heroes.

  Moss Point sophomore brings her all to the court and the classroom

She’s a basketball player who not only excels on the court but in the classroom as well. She’s done all this in only her second year at Moss Point High School. We introduce you to Courtney Lewis, this week’s scholar-athlete.

  GCRL gets crabby with crustacean research

To investigate blue crab movements in the Gulf of Mexico, the team at the Gulf Coast Research Lab is currently tagging and releasing 31,000 crabs throughout the local water.

  South Mississippi Strong: Pascagoula educator molding successful students

Sixth grade teacher Sharon Thompson teaches reading every day to her students, but she is also using her class as an opportunity to educate and inspire students through the history of black Americans.

Mississippi elementary schools accepting 'Next Level Up’ Challenge

Students receive scores one to five on the reading test and up until now, they’ve needed at least a two to pass and advance to the fourth grade. But this year they’ll need a three.

  Hundreds of students head to Mississippi Capitol to talk about gifted education

Hundreds of children from across the Magnolia State, including a big group from the Coast, were at the State Capitol Tuesday talking to lawmakers about the importance of gifted education.

  Mississippi State BETA Convention begins at Coliseum

Some of the brightest students across the state convened in Biloxi to put their wits against each other for a top spot at the National Convention in Oklahoma City in June.

  Wax museum brings famous Americans to life at Bayou View Elementary

The Bayou View Elementary school gym was full of historical and famous Americans Monday morning, as students made history come alive through the annual Famous American Wax Museum.

8 MGCCC students awarded scholarships from Chevron Pascagoula Refinery

Eight students at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jackson County campus were handed big checks Monday toward their education.

Teacher cuts waist-length hair to support 5-year-old girl bullied for short haircut

After a 5-year-old in Texas got her hair cut, her friends started calling her a boy, and she began wearing a hat to school. But her teacher’s kind gesture changed everything.

Applications available for Mississippi Teacher Residency

The MTR program is a two-year program that prepares 35 prospective educators for the teaching profession through coursework and on-the-job training.

  Arrest reports claim LSU pledges were beaten, urinated on in hazing rituals

LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard says the allegations involve the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

  Teacher pay raise bill sparking questions with educators

There's only one bill left in play this session that could lead to a pay raise for Mississippi teachers, but teachers say when you do the math, it won't even be noticeable in their bank account.

  Bel Aire Elementary principal puckers up to kiss a pig

Bel Aire Elementary School set a goal to raise more than $2,000 for the Making Strides Against Cancer campaign. If they met that goal, Principal Ann Hardy said she’d kiss a pig.

  Teacher pay raise bill making headway in Jackson

A pay raise for state teachers is in the hands of the Mississippi House as of Thursday. A bill granting a $1,000 pay raise has passed the Senate.

  Students treated to special Valentine’s Day lunch at Woolmarket school

The Harrison County School District has launched a new program called Lunch with the Chef, designed to treat students to a special meal and teach them about table etiquette.

  Scholar Athlete of the Week: Logan Tanner proves to be a leader on and off the field

Logan Tanner is a standout ballplayer. However, most people don’t know that his excellence on the field walks hand in hand with his great grades.

Teacher pay raise passes Senate

More than 35,000 educators would see another $1,000 if the bill becomes law.

  D’Iberville High prepares students to do their best with ACT boot camp

Juniors at D’Iberville High School spent Wednesday in boot camp learning some test-taking strategies. The day consisted of five hours of prep courses in the test’s subject areas.

Teacher tells students MLK assassination was ‘complete fabrication,’ NC parent says

After the school district began investigating the allegations, the substitute teacher turned in her resignation.

  Mississippi pension system plans rule change for elected officials

The Public Employees Retirement System or PERS met to discuss a regulation that forces state retirees to give up their pensions if they serve in the Legislature.The board voted to get a new rule drafted.

  Pass Christian looks to expand pre-k program as state puts focus on early childhood education

The Mississippi Department of Education is offering grants to school districts interested in creating blended pre-k classrooms.

Two Coast school districts participating in state program to educate, train teachers

Two school districts on the Coast are participating in the program, which will combine coursework and on-the-job training to prepare educators for the teaching profession.

  Bay High senior accepted to 2 Ivy League colleges and Naval Academy

A Bay High School senior is celebrating acceptance to some of the nation's top rated colleges.

‘Stay dropping knowledge:’ Mississippi teacher goes viral with lesson in Black History

Jovan Bradshaw is a sixth-grade math teacher at Magnolia Middle School, but she decided to teach her students something other than addition and multiplication this Black History Month.

Celebrating Scouting: Scouts learn about emergency preparedness in Pearl River County

As Scouts across the country celebrate National Boy Scout Day on Friday, one group of scouts is learning more about being prepared, which is one of the key themes in the youth organization.

A walk through Black history in Natchez

3 on your side turned to Miss Lou Heritage tours to discover Natchez history.

  Gulf Coast schools seeing a rise in flu cases

Once again the flu virus has taken hold of the Gulf Coast. This time, it has its sights set on the school systems.

Raylawni Branch shares story of integrating Southern Miss

Born in 1941, Raylawni Branch grew to be a pioneer in the civil rights movement.She’s known best for her role in the integration of the University of Southern Mississippi.

Women in Civil Rights: Flonzie Brown Wright

Flonzie Brown Wright won the 1968 election for the Madison County Election Commissioner. The historic victory made her the 1st black woman to be elected to a position since reconstruction.

  Scholar Athlete: Lady Hurricane Layne Turan a standout in softball and scholastics

The West Harrison Lady Hurricanes came within one game of the final four in last year’s 5A state championship. Standout Layne Turan's hard work and dedication aren’t limited to the softball field.

  Celebrate Music event brings 500 voices together

It’s not easy getting 500 fourth graders to jive to your groove, but at the Celebrate Music event, the language of melody transcended all distractions.

JPS reverses decision to fire Forest Hill band director

Jackson Public Schools have reversed the decision to terminate the Forest Hill High School band director and instead have suspended him for three months without pay.

  “I’m Mississippi raised and Georgia grown,” Stacey Abram’s former teacher uses politician’s success as lesson

Well-known politician Stacey Abrams will deliver the Democrat's rebuttal to President Trump's State of the Union. Abrams got her start in Gulfport and one of her former teachers is now using that success to motivate other children.

Father sues bullies after son named ‘most likely to shoot up school’

Because of the rumor, allegedly spread by bullies, the boy was ostracized and ridiculed by his classmates and searched and interrogated by staff, according to the father’s attorney.

  Civil rights icon shares lessons learned during the Woolworth sit-ins in Jackson

While checking on her classmates, she found herself right in the middle of a non-violent protest that would get the attention of the nation

  Navy’s ‘Forged By The Sea’ tour serves up STEM-related fun for high school students

Virtual reality exercises, physical fitness challenges, and a dynamic selfie booth are just some of what the United States Navy’s Forged by the Sea informational tour brought to Gautier High School Monday.