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Moss Point students rally for a successful school year

WLOX reporter Jessica Bowman poses with the Moss Point cheerleading squad at Friday morning's pep rally, featured on Good Morning Mississippi. WLOX reporter Jessica Bowman poses with the Moss Point cheerleading squad at Friday morning's pep rally, featured on Good Morning Mississippi.
MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

The Moss Point Tigers take on the George County Rebels Friday night for the first high school football game of 2011. Students piled into the gym in tiger country Friday morning to kick of the season with a pep rally.

While students pumped up the football team spirit they were also in good spirits about the new school year. Moss Point High has undergone many changes, they have a new principal and many new faculty and staff members with new goals for the new year.

It was the first week of school at Moss Point High and Principal Jeff Mumford said 717 class room seats were occupied with eager brains ready to soak up as much knowledge as possible.

"Well, our goals are simple," Principal Jeff Mumford said. "We want to increase student achievement. In order to do that we must have a relationship with our students."

Junior wide receiver for the Tigers, Lige Mims, said the positive vibes from the faculty and staff are contagious and going viral throughout the school.

"Test scores, I think, will improve a lot over the next couple of months, because in class, when I look around, I see students participating more, just involved in the situation," said Mims.

Not only is the learning style changing, students like Marchionda Johnson said there's no question, rules are being enforced.

"The sagging pants. He's pulling up boys' pants, if they are sagging. He is really strict about that," Johnson said of the new principal.

"Cell phones," Mims added. "That's a big no, no here."

"I have a new cell phone policy," Mumford said. "What we're doing is on the first offense: five days, second offense: ten days, and third offense: for the semester."

Principal Mumford said all of the rules go hand in hand to making the best learning environment possible.

"I'm looking for an exciting year. It's going to be a great year this year. Our theme is TEAM. Together Everyone Achieves More. And nothing but success," said Mumford. 

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