Education

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.

  South Mississippi Strong: Pascagoula educator molding successful students

Mississippi elementary schools accepting 'Next Level Up’ Challenge

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

Mississippi State BETA Convention begins at Coliseum

Wax museum brings famous Americans to life at Bayou View Elementary

8 MGCCC students awarded scholarships from Chevron Pascagoula Refinery

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

Applications available for Mississippi Teacher Residency

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

Teacher pay raise bill sparking questions with educators

Bel Aire Elementary principal puckers up to kiss a pig

Teacher pay raise bill making headway in Jackson

  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

Mississippi pension system plans rule change for elected officials

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

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

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

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

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.

Anonymous donor pays off lunch debts at Lizana Elementary

Several families received a pleasant surprise at Lizana Elementary School Friday as a donor stepped in to assist them in paying off outstanding lunch debts.

Bible class as an elective in schools proposed by Mississippi lawmaker

Bible classes could find their way into Mississippi curriculum as an elective. Other states are filing bills to incorporate the offering.

West Harrison students learn about making a positive environmental impact

The students took a walking tour of Florence Gardens and saw how developers preserved the area’s wetlands and used native plants to filter the runoff water making Fritz Creek and Florence Lake cleaner.

New library opens in Woolmarket

Harrison County Supervisors and Biloxi City Council members were given credit for helping to move the little library from a 900-square-foot trailer into a building nearly double the size of 1,500 square feet.

MHSAA adding video games as an extra curricular activity

Students in Mississippi will soon be able to represent their schools in a unique way.

Film students gain real-world experience while documenting aquarium progress

The journey of construction and completion of the Mississippi Aquarium is being documented step-by-step by some film students from the University of Southern Mississippi and Gulfport High School.

Bill proposes $1,000 increase in Mississippi teacher pay

The House Education Committee on Thursday passed House Bill 1349 , which proposes $500 increases in teacher salaries for each of the next two years, for a total of $1,000.

Future unclear for bills to expand education scholarship accounts

There are two bills filed, one in each chamber. Both would expand the qualifications for education scholarship accounts. Those are available now but just for special needs students. If this year's bills pass, students without special needs could qualify.

Construction begins at Greyhound Stadium

A $3.8 million facelift is in progress at Greyhound Stadium in Ocean SpringsThe foundation is being put in place for the next generation of Greyhound fans and players.

USM raising funds for new Veterans Center

University of Southern Mississippi officials hope a new Campus Veterans Center will better serve a growing number of veteran and military students.

  Scholar Athletes: Pegoda twins use sibling rivalry as motivation in the classroom and on the field

Over the years, the Pegoda twins have been two of Biloxi High's best and brightest students on the pitch and in the classroom, and they credit each other for the constant motivation

Ocean Springs school recognized for healthy initiatives

For the fifth year in a row, the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation has offered Mississippi schools the opportunity to win up to $50,000 in grant funding through the Healthy School Awards.

Some Mississippians ‘struggling to keep up’ with student loan debt

A new report shows that 26 percent of Mississippians who have student loans have been more than 90 days delinquent on their loan payments, and Jackson is at the top of the list.

New Orleans author encourages aspiring writers at Gulfport High

A New Orleans author visited with aspiring writers at Gulfport High to discuss her writing journey.

UPDATED SCHOOL CLOSINGS: Morning classes at all MGCCC campuses canceled

More schools in South Mississippi will not hold Tuesday classes due to the expected wintry weather headed our way. The following schools and districts have made the announcement.

Board extends Moss Point School District superintendent’s contract

Moss Point Schools' superintendent will get another three years at the helm. The board voted 4-1 to extend Shannon Vincent-Raymond’s contract for another three years.

Teacher, aides punished children with autism using dark bathroom, loud whistle, investigators say

The three suspects were investigated after a witness reported them to the school resource officer, according to the sheriff.

Resurrection Catholic School history celebrated during Catholic Schools Week

Pascagoula Mayor Dane Maxwell kicked off Catholic Schools Week, which runs Jan. 27 - Feb. 2, with a special proclamation recognizing Resurrection Catholic School.

C-SPAN tour bus swings through South Mississippi

Monday, students at two local schools got the VIP tour of the Cable Satellite Public Affairs Network, or C-SPAN, tour bus.

Boy with autism intentionally locked out of school by principal, mother says

The school district placed the principal on paid administrative leave while it investigates the allegations.

Ingalls hands out thousands in STEM grants

Thirty-one schools along the Gulf Coast are better prepared to teach their students Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills thanks to the generosity of Mississippi’s largest private employer.

WLOX Editorial: Fewer tests, more learning for Mississippi students

Mississippi teachers are saying it and we agree. Teaching students how to take and pass too many tests is taking too much class time away from real learning.

The accolades keep pouring in for Ocean Springs standout Kaylee Foster

For the past four months, Ocean Springs High School senior Kaylee Foster has been living a dream. That dream continues Thursday with yet another honor being bestowed upon her, this time from the capital city of Jackson.

Scholar Athlete: Alexa Beets hopes to push Long Beach girls to a state title

Alexa Beets knows what it takes to be a champion. For her, knowing the pain of a loss is the biggest driving force to go forward and win.

Wicker, Hyde-Smith announce $37.6 Million for Mississippi Head Start programs

That includes $30.3 million in new funding for Early Head Start programs in Benton, Marshall, DeSoto, Noxubee, Grenada, Lowndes, and Tunica counties.

Three Rivers Elementary’s ‘fearless’ girls practice self-care through yoga

Girls at Three Rivers Elementary had a chance to practice self care through yoga on Wednesday.

  MGCCC Perkinston Campus holds groundbreaking for new residence hall

Students at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Perkinston Campus will soon have a new place to stay.

Local school districts offer lunch assistance to furloughed workers

As the government shutdown continues, some local school districts are encouraging furloughed federal employees to apply for free or reduced-priced meals for their kids.

The digital age: How kids can protect themselves online

Parents and children got a lesson in digital dangers Tuesday night thanks to a nationwide organization called Protect Young Eyes.

Parents and students rally for school choice

School choice advocates rally at the State Capitol for new choices and expanded programs.

Miss Mississippi encourages North Bay students to be tobacco free

Students at North Bay Elementary were all ears Tuesday morning as Miss Mississippi, Asya Branch, pushed a big message: say no to smoking.

Public schools across US risk running out of funds for free, reduced lunch program

In the Grand Rapids Public School District alone, that's up to 17,000 children that could be affected

Teachers, students and administrators weigh in on state testing issues

Lawmakers are filing several bills that are aimed at scrapping the state's end-of-course exams. Monday, it wasn't the legislators but the teachers, students, and parents that are giving the issue a voice.

Singing River Electric linemen read to students, donate books

For many people, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is an opportunity to serve their communities. Some Singing River Electric employees got a jump start on their community outreach last week at several South Mississippi schools.

Ocean Springs High School theatre department advances to southeastern competition

The Ocean Springs High School Theatre Department received one of two Best Production recognitions at this weekend’s Mississippi Theatre Association conference in Meridian.

Pass Christian High accepts the Great Kindness Challenge

Students at Pass Christian High School embarked on a journey called the Great Kindness Challenge with a goal to help transform the way these kids view and treat others.

Mississippi’s graduation rate now matches the national rate for the first time

After trying for decades, Mississippi has achieved something that’s never been done before. The state high school graduation rate now matches the national average.

LSU fraternity shut down; university investigation launched

The LSU chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon has been shut down, and the university is now conducting a full investigation on the chapter, according to LSU media relations on Friday.

More choices for Generation Z, many skipping college for careers

To see how this national movement is affecting the Pine Belt, WDAM spoke with Lamar County Superintendent Tess Smith, whose school district ranks among the very best in Mississippi.

Long Beach High School construction set to begin in June

Back in August, voters in Long Beach approved a school bond issue that will bring improvements to the high school, which was originally built in 1958.

Million dollar culinary arts classroom on the way in Moss Point

A $1 million project at Moss Point High School is well underway as construction began on a new culinary arts classroom, kitchen and dining area.

Mississippi graduation rate increases to national average

The high school graduation rate in the state of Mississippi has reached an all-time high, according to a report from the Mississippi Department of Education.

St. Martin High broadcast students aim to capture memories in a moving way

The broadcast journalism class at St. Martin High School is giving students a way to see the world through a different lens.

Coast Episcopal announces new middle school and interactive facility

After a big announcement, Coast Episcopal School in Long Beach is celebrating plans for expansion.

MGCCC to hold groundbreaking ceremony for new facilities at Perkinston Campus

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new residence hall and student union on the Perkinston Campus on Wednesday, January 23, at 1 p.m.

South MS teachers receive nearly $12,000 in grants from Mississippi Power

Nineteen teachers from across South Mississippi are getting help with their lessons on environmental science thanks to Mississippi Power. This week, the company awarded about $12,000 in grant money to be used for equipment, supplies, and class projects.