OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi, Pass Christian, Long Beach and Ocean Springs schools are beaming with pride and excitement. They all made an A based on their performance on last year's state tests. On Friday, hundreds of Ocean Springs students and teachers celebrated their academic success.
They danced Gangnam style, then chanted and cheered. The theme of Friday's pep rally at Magnolia Park Elementary was "loud and proud."
"It's about celebrating what we've done. Everybody likes to celebrate a great thing and it's like our big whoo hoo," said Magnolia Park Elementary teacher Sheri Meyer.
"We are so happy that Magnolia Park Elementary is now an A school. Our district is an A district. We're proud that half of our schools are an A, half have a high B. Our middle school missed an A by one point. For the rest of this month, we'll be celebrating our children and our wonderful committed teachers," said Dr. Bonita Coleman-Potter, Ocean Springs Schools Superintendent.
That commitment is important to parents like Julie Kessler, whose family just moved to Ocean Springs from Baton Rouge.
"The principal announced it and I was like, 'Oh wow! This is great!'" said Kessler. "I looked up where they were ranked in schools, now I know they're really ranked up there, so that's good."
That A rating did not come from the Mississippi Department of Education, because the MDE does not assign letter grades to K-3 grade schools. But since Magnolia Park scored above 200 on a key state index, it qualifies as an A school. And that's reason enough for the students and staff to celebrate.
"We set our goals high and they rise to meet them," said Meyer.
When asked if there will be a repeat, Coleman-Potter replied, "Oh, absolutely. I think you should think of us like Alabama. For my LSU fans, don't be mad at me about that. But we're absolutely looking for three and four-peats."
Ocean Springs school leaders are planning a district-wide celebration for September 25th at 5:30 PM. It's a combination of an academic and homecoming parade starting at the school administration building. The theme of the celebration is "Ocean Springs Dynasty."