Education

Trip to Wonderland kicks off Biloxi Excel By 5 program

The tea party was the kick-off for the Biloxi Excel By 5 program that runs from September through May and provides a wide variety of free services to parents as they prepare their children for kindergarten.

  Hood calls for preschool, teacher pay, higher K-12 spending

Parkland survivor speaks at USM forum

  Keeping kids safe online: Long Beach parents learn how to ‘protect young eyes’

  Jackson County School Board votes in new superintendent

Senator Roger Wicker gives lesson on U.S. Constitution at Gulfport High

  Gulfport High robotics team gives back to community at seafood festival

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Mississippi offering $25,000 to help pay for field trips

Jackson County School Board to vote on new superintendent

Hattiesburg ranked No. 1 best college town in Mississippi

  Little mad scientists get hands-on in the lab

  Hancock Co. production company receives national honor for work to preserve the Gulf

  Volunteer group works to keep kids from going hungry on weekends

  Tylertown students walk out of classes protesting end of religious based program

Tylertown students are protesting the end of a program they say allows them to worship together.

  Coroner: Driver clutched his chest, slumped over before Mississippi school bus crash

William “Chester” Cole, 63, was pronounced dead at the scene. At least eight children were injured in the crash, including Cole’s granddaughter who was also a passenger, according to his family.

  MGCCC working toward current, future educational trends

MGCCC President Dr. Mary Graham presented the State of the College address Tuesday at the Jackson County Campus in Gautier.

  South Mississippi Strong: John Wilson launches educational engine with INFINITY Science Center

What you see when you step inside INFINITY Science Center today is all thanks to Executive Director John Wilson.

FBI recruiters at several MS colleges accepting applications for Honors Internship program

  Community teams up to mentor 5th and 6th grade boys at Three Rivers Elementary

  Local school administrations work proactively to identify school threats

  Ocean Springs teacher celebrates students with a sign in their yard

Students, teachers encouraged to apply for VFW scholarships

  Rep. Steven Palazzo hosts Academy Day for high school students

Sheriff: St. Martin High student arrested after threatening to ‘shoot up the school’

Deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department arrested a 14-year-old male student from St. Martin High School Saturday morning.

  Pascagoula High cuts ribbon on talent development labs

There was plenty of excitement Friday at Pascagoula High School as the ribbon was cut on the school’s new talent development labs.

  MSU, MGCCC expand offerings through Engineering on the Coast program

Mississippi State University and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College are expanding their Engineering on the Coast partnership.

If your child misses too many days of school, you could face serious punishment

Students are allowed five unexcused absences before their parents are contacted by a school attendance officer.

  South Mississippi Strong: Long Beach students use yoga to relax, stay calm

At Reeves Elementary School in Long Beach, yoga is being used not only to promote a healthy lifestyle, but also to improve learning and life experiences.

  Pass Christian Middle School seeing success in new break programs

Students at Pass Christian Middle School have moved from last year’s 10-minute break to a new kind of program. Students can now spend their break time taking a boater safety course or singing karaoke.

  Pass Christian STEM students learn about 3-D printing while helping others

In the age of STEM classes and robotics competitions in coast schools, Pass Christian Middle School is taking education to the next level.

  Senior Girl Scout installs autism sensory path at Bayou View Elementary

A Coast Girl Scout is making a difference in her community by taking on a big project to bring a sensory path to Bayou View Elementary School.

  Coast entertainment conference makes creative connections

The first South Mississippi Entertainment Conference was on Saturday at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The goal is to help create an entertainment industry by connecting students with valuable resources in a variety of disciplines.

  Gulfport School District to review lunch policy

A Gulfport mom is outraged after she said her daughter was denied lunch at Bayou View Middle because she didn’t have the money to pay for it.

  Educators say ending history test would mean less stress

The fate of the U.S. history exit exam will be decided by MDE next month

  Retired USM professor gears up for ride to promote kidney donation

Thirteen years ago, then 69-year-old Denny Behm donated a kidney to a very close friend.

  CPR training coming into Coast junior high schools

CPR training is now at the 100 percent placement level at Coast high schools. But now, thanks to Bancorp South and the American Heart Association, the valuable life-saving training is now being implemented at the junior high level.

  Human trafficking education, training session held at USM

Wedneday was a day filled with informational sessions on the topic at the University of Southern Mississippi. An education and training session to discuss human trafficking and ways to combat it was held inside the Trent Lott Center on USM’s campus.

Ole Miss announces plan to relocate Confederate statue

Ole Miss Interim Chancellor Larry Sparks sent an email to students, faculty and staff Wednesday afternoon detailing the next steps to moving the statue from the center of campus to the Confederate cemetery on campus, calling it “a more suitable location.”

2019 fall semester begins at USM

Wednesday marks the first day of fall classes

  Bankrate ranks most, least valuable college majors

College students across the country are heading back to school. And just in time for move-in day, a new report reveals which college majors lead to the most jobs.

USM names new associate vice president and dean of students

The University of Southern Mississippi named Sirena Cantrell as its new associate vice president and dean of students.

  Back to school session teaches parents about stressing less and social media management

The session will be at Westminster Presbyterian Church from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m.

  Tiny house build teaches Ocean Springs students real-world skills

A construction class at Ocean Springs High School was challenged to build a tiny house. Not only did they do it, they sold it and learned valuable lessons along the way.

  A heartwarming homecoming for one Saucier girl

A week-long study of the military for one class at Saucier Elementary School turns into a surprise for Jaliyah Stark.

  Two Coast teachers recognized as state finalists for prestigious award

Hancock High’s Dr. Shani Bourn and Pass Christian High’s Paige Cobb are both state finalists for a prestigious award.

  MGCCC Perkinston campus expanding dorms, other facilities

The Perkinston campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is constantly growing with new streets, dorms, classrooms and cafeterias.

  Moss Point High School reopens culinary arts program

The culinary arts program at Moss Point High School has reopened with a state-of-the-art training center, and officials hope the combination of architecture and cooking will be a recipe for success.

  More than 90 positions still open at Head Start program in Harrison County

The Head Start program in Harrison County has 92 jobs available. Applicants from all backgrounds will be considered.

'I pretty much douse everything in Lysol’: Teachers and faculty fight off back-to-school germs

Kids are back in school and so is bacteria, increasing any child’s chance of getting sick.

BBB Tips: 6 Scams for College Students to Avoid

Whether you’re starting school yourself or have kids who are vulnerable to such scams, BBB suggests students watch out for these financial scams before heading into the new semester.

William Carey dean retires after 27 years

Jerry Bracey, the longtime dean of William Carey University’s Tradition campus is retiring after serving the campus for 27 years.

Southern Miss freshmen move in dorms

The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus was crowded with students and parents as USM had its freshman move-in day on Monday.

  Greyhound Stadium renovations ready for Friday Night Lights

With the opening of the 2019 high school football season only four days away, the finishing touches are being put in place at Ocean Springs’ Greyhound Stadium.

Ole Miss to open $32M campus recreation center this month

The center is free for students. Faculty, staff, alumni and community members must buy memberships.

  More Head Start programs coming to Harrison County

An affordable early education option will soon help even more of Harrison County’s youngest learners get ready for kindergarten success.

  Bayou View Elementary shines bright in third grade state assessments

Bayou View Elementary in Gulfport shined in the spotlight as the No. 1 individual school in the state for students performing at advanced levels in both English and math.

Students to return Friday to Gorenflo Elementary

Students of Gorenflo Elementary School will return to class Friday after Thursday’s cancellation.

State test scores for 2018-2019 school year released by Mississippi Dept. of Education

The Mississippi Department of Education released the results Thursday from the 2018-2019 Mississippi Academic Assessment Program.

  Moss Point showing improvements in state test scores

While Moss Point School District was ranked last compared to other districts in South Mississippi, students saw significant improvements in multiple areas.

  USM teases innovative ‘New Blue Economy’ plan with Gulfport Main Street Association

Gulfport Main Street Association and the University of Southern Mississippi are teasing plans to bring hundreds of science and tech jobs to the Gulf Coast.

  Future of Mississippi’s U.S. History state test unclear as task force recommends its elimination

Mississippi high school students could soon have one less testing requirement.

  Libraries prove to be far from a dying institution

With the amount of traffic they generate, libraries are not a thing of the past.

Four transported after Harrison County school bus collides with pickup truck

A Harrison County school bus collided with a pickup truck at the intersection of John Ross Road and Hwy 605 Wednesday afternoon.

  South Mississippi Strong: Coast theater teacher inspires children through her work

From the Gulfport Little Theatre to Lynn Meadows and now Gulfport High School, Tonya Hays has taught thousands of children on the Coast the art of theatre.

  Biloxi schools beef up security for 2019-2020 school year

Like many school districts in South Mississippi, Biloxi Public Schools has beefed up its security force.

‘In God We Trust’ motto to appear in every Louisiana public school this fall

Each school can choose how they want to display the national motto, but there is a minimum requirement of at least a paper sign.

Routine audit uncovers “alarming business practices” at Hinds Co. school district

According to Shad White, auditors found what they described as poor controls over the district credit cards and bank accounts which had not been reconciled in nearly a year.

  Hancock High breaks ground on new field house

Hancock High School hosted a scrimmage Saturday showcasing much of what the Hawks plan to do on the field this year. But, that wasn’t the only thing put on display.

  Officials release threatening social media post by 16-year-old

Harrison County officials are sending out a message loud and clear that any threats to students will not be tolerated.

Hancock school bond money being spent on improvements

Hancock County School District is starting to spend the $16 million of bond money voters approved in March.

  Tulane University in Biloxi shuts its doors for good

Thursday presents a sad moment for an institution of higher learning that has been on the Gulf Coast for 18 years, as it was the last day of classes for the Tulane University campus in Biloxi.

Teen arrested after threat against West Harrison High found on social media

A 16-year-old is in custody after making threats against West Harrison High School, according to Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson.

St. Martin High School’s ‘Comfort Closet’ appears to be a success

Three days in and students at St. Martin High School are already taking advantage of the “Comfort Closet," a private closet inside a teacher work area stocked with school supplies and personal hygiene products.

  Backpacks For Brighter Futures gets students geared up for school

More than 6,000 kindergarten-age school kids across South Mississippi have an abundance of school supplies thanks to a program called Backpacks for Brighter Futures.

  New family registrations up at St. Patrick High School

Most of the Coast's Catholic schools opened their doors Thursday morning for the first day of classes, and that includes the 460 students at St. Patrick High School.

Dads line up to greet students on first day at Jackson elementary school

They made a tunnel for the kids and cheered them on as they walked in for their first day of class at Barack Obama Magnet Elementary.

  Pascagoula-Gautier School District welcomes students back for new school year

Students in the Pascagoula-Gautier School District said goodbye to summer and hello to the classroom on Wednesday.

  First day of school in the books for thousands of South Mississippi students

Students, teachers and parents alike felt a nervous excitement for the first day of school in the Biloxi School District and more across the Gulf Coast.

  Long Beach High students begin new school year in a construction zone

Long Beach High School students will have to adjust to a new normal as the school demolishes the old to prepare for the new.

  Hancock County students start the new school year with prayer

Hands joined in prayer, the students walked through the halls and across the grounds of their campuses ahead of the first day of school.

  Young women’s empowerment workshop tackles car safety, peer pressure and more

One of the most important lessons being taught is goal setting. The women running the workshop are business owners or professionals who set goals to get them where they are now.