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  Pascagoula High School hosts ‘Goula Give Hope’ blood drive

Today, Pascagoula High School had a blood drive with COVID-19 in mind. The “Goula Give Hope” drive may have been different than other years with social distancing and safety protocols, but the purpose has stayed the same.

Bills would mandate uniform computer science education across the state

Biden suspends federal student loan payments through September

New student health clinic opens at William Carey

  Coast students go hands-on & learn building blocks of construction

Mississippi announces changes to grading, passing policies for 2020-21 school year

Teacher pay raise bill approved by Mississippi Senate

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  Moss Point native takes field with Jackson State University Sonic Boom for inauguration performance

  Ocean Springs Middle School students react to the inauguration ceremony

WATCH: JSU’s Sonic Boom performance during the ‘We are One’ inaugural celebration

‘Unsung heroes:’ School custodians battle to keep kids safe from COVID-19

SAT doing away with optional essay, subject tests

  Memorial Hospital developing medical training program

  Pass Christian Elementary Schools participate in kindness challenge

Students at Pass Christian Elementary Schools are getting a lesson in being kind. Pass Christian Elementary School and DeLisle Elementary School are kicking off the new year with a new initiative, the kindness challenge.

  Teacher pay raise passes Senate Education Committee

Teacher pay raise clears first legislative step.

  Port of Gulfport still searching for new director as new research center rises

It’s been more than six months since Jonathan Daniels left as executive director of the Port of Gulfport, and port commissioners are still in the process of interviewing candidates.

  Harrison County School District’s bond project continues despite COVID-19

Harrison County School District’s $55 million improvement plan is continuing to make several enhancements.

Teachers protest against in-person learning near state capitol

NHC teacher suspended after smoking on Zoom in front of students

Ocean Springs High goes hybrid with some students in class, some at home

MS Dept. of Education recommends waiving passing requirements for 3rd grade, high school students

State wants to waive testing requirements for high school seniors, third-graders in wake of COVID-19

  MGCCC opens new residence hall at Perk campus

  Harrison County schools hand out laptops to students

Students in Harrison County are kicking off the spring semester with some new technology. The school district is handing out Dell laptops to thousands of students.

  Passion for community drives newly-selected Long Beach School District superintendent

A lifelong passion for her community will be at the core of how incoming superintendent Dr. Talia Lock will tackle her new position as Long Beach superintendent.

  Mississippi native gets ready for historic position at Harvard

We first told you about Mississippi native Noah Harris in November.

NOLA universities requiring COVID-19 tests, flu vaccines before students return to campus

Students will also have to participate in ongoing COVID surveillance throughout the semester.

  Stone County school nurse helps save teacher’s life

Thanks to quick action from a Perkinston Elementary School nurse, a teacher and mother of three is alive and well.

  Teachers will receive COVID-19 vaccine in phase 1B

Teachers from kindergarten through 12th grade are one of the few groups outlined in phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution process.

Four public school parents handed partial victory in uniform education case

SPLC applauds ruling of U.S. Fifth Circuit Court

Statue of former slave who founded Alabama A&M now stands in downtown Huntsville

William Hooper Councill was a former slave who later founded Alabama A&M University. Back then, it was known as William Hooper Council High School, the first public school for African Americans in Huntsville.

  USM nurse practitioner program ranked best in state

Roughly 70-80 students graduate from the program each year.

Biloxi High students deliver Christmas gifts to more than 20 families

Students of Biloxi High’s campus security council spent their Saturday acting as Santa’s elves to hand out hundreds of gifts to more than 70 good boys and girls.

  Gulfport school celebrates last day of chemotherapy for kindergartner

A Gulfport kindergarten student got an early Christmas present Friday, and his family and school put on a big show for an incredible celebration.

  St. Stanislaus-built shed finds an appreciative home

It was a final exam project that turned into a Christmas present, and it was a gift well received.

  Stone Elementary uses Christmas as lesson in international culture

Stone Elementary Principal Sandy Danzey has gone all out for Christmas, and the enthusiasm has spread to the staff.

  Oak Park Elementary brightened with Christmas decorations

The decorations are a way of putting the students into the holiday spirit after a year filled with starts and stops due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Santa sends special visitors to Jackson County elementary classrooms

Elementary students in Jackson County received a surprise visit from an elf named Steve and Mrs. Claus. With help from Jackson County Superintendent John Stryker, it didn’t take the two long to arrive from the North Pole.

Tougaloo second Mississippi HBCU to receive donation from billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

Tougaloo College has also received a huge donation from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

William Carey to continue online classes after Christmas break

William Carey University announced Wednesday that most students will not return to campus after the Christmas break.

  Ingalls, Moss Point High partner together to offer training classes at no cost

It’s part of Ingalls’ Hire-Up program, which offers free job training to potential employees interested in a shipbuilding trade.

MDE inviting teachers to apply to Mississippi Teacher Residency program

MTR is a two-year program that combines college coursework and on-the-job training to prepare soon-to-be teachers.

  Number of COVID cases in schools released for week of Dec. 7-11

Here is a breakdown of the number of cases and quarantines for South Mississippi schools for the week of Dec. 7-11, 2020.

MacKenzie Scott, the world’s richest woman, gifts $25 million to Alcorn State

Alcorn State University has just received the largest gift from a single donor in the university’s history.

Mississippi Strong: Educator surprises young people with Christmas blessing

One Vicksburg educator is showing his Christmas spirit by surprising hardworking young people with a little joy and holiday cheer.

Mother and daughter graduate from college together after unspeakable loss

“It was something about that day. I just felt like Jordan and Austin were both here with me.”

  Sensory pathway installed at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

Girl Scout Troop 4014 spent Saturday morning bringing a little more activity to Lynn Meadows Discovery Center.

  Gulfport-Orange Grove Rotary Club holds Christmas for Kids event

The Rotary Club of Gulfport-Orange Grove continued a longstanding tradition Saturday to make Christmas wishes come true for dozens of children in the community.

  Gulfport school employee gets grant to take the library into the community

A Gulfport school employee has received a big award to help finance a big idea that will take the library out of the building and into the community.

  Some Ocean Springs High students anxious about moving to hybrid schedule

Switching back and forth between virtual and in-person learning has some students at Ocean Springs High feeling apprehensive about the upcoming semester.

  Ocean Springs School District adjusts schedule for next semester due to COVID

High school students will go to a hybrid schedule beginning Jan. 5 and more 60% days have been added to help teachers.

  Number of COVID cases in schools released for week of Nov. 30-Dec. 4

Here is a breakdown of the number of cases and quarantines for South Mississippi schools for the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 4, 2020.

Homeschooling increases as fewer students enroll in Mississippi public schools

More Mississippi students are being home-schooled this year.

  WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine selected for STARS program

The William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine has been selected to participate in the “Choosing Wisely STARS 2021” program.

  Long Beach High instructors juggle lesson plans due to COVID-19 quarantine

Staying home instead of heading to class. That's what's happening for the rest of the year for Long Beach High students and teachers.

Long Beach High School moves to all virtual classes until Christmas break

Long Beach High School is moving to all virtual classes after 14 students tested positive for COVID-19 Monday.

  West Wortham helps Saucier Elementary recover from Hurricane Zeta

A busload of West Wortham Elementary students and staff made their way to Saucier Elementary on Monday to lend a helping hand with the recovery from Hurricane Zeta.

Miss. students raise money for St. Jude with creative STEM projects

Amid a global pandemic, one Mississippi teacher found a way for her children to raise money for an important group of healthcare professionals--St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

  Hornet nation ready for Saturday 4A championship duel

Saturday afternoon we'll know if the Poplarville Hornets headed back to Pearl River County with the high school 4-A state football title.

  The pandemic’s stress on the healthcare system is not discouraging to nursing students

Across the country, and especially in Mississippi, there is a noticeable shortage of nurses.

George County preschool program gets $150,000 donation

Small discoveries will be even more possible now that some big money will be coming in for the George County preschool program.

  Number of COVID cases in schools released for week of Nov. 23-27

Here is a breakdown of the number of cases and quarantines for South Mississippi schools for the week of Nov. 23-27, 2020.

  South Mississippi Strong: Bowtie Club teaches young men core values

Members of this Gulfport school's Bowtie Club learn about the “five wells” to succeed, which are: well-educated, well-balanced, well-disciplined, well-dressed, and well-mannered.

  West Elementary teacher goes above and beyond to create Christmas wonderland

It may be the most wonderful time of the year for students over at West Elementary in Gulfport.

  Number of COVID cases in schools released for week of Nov. 16-20

Here is a breakdown of the number of cases and quarantines for South Mississippi schools for the week of Nov. 16-20, 2020.

Biloxi School District chooses new name for Jeff Davis Elementary

Biloxi Public Schools has settled on a new name for what is currently Jeff Davis Elementary.

5000 Alabama students haven’t shown up for any sort of class

The enrollment drop could mean the loss of hundreds of teachers. That’s because the state funding formula is based on enrollment.

Infinity Science Center to close at year’s end with hopes of being back open in April

Like many places, Infinity Science Center has struggled during the pandemic, prompting them to temporarily close at the end of the year for a few months.

Student heading home for the holiday? Get a virus test, colleges say

Thousands of cases have been connected to campuses since some colleges reopened this fall, forcing students to quarantine in dorms and shifting classes online.

Gulfport School District planning ahead in case of COVID outbreak after Thanksgiving

School is still set to return on Nov. 30 but Gulfport teachers are sending home lessons for the next several weeks just in case students are forced to go virtual.

  High school seniors offered career opportunities through Ingalls Shipbuilder Academy

Ten high school seniors from across Jackson County have been offered jobs at Ingalls after completing the company’s inaugural Shipbuilder Academy.

MGCCC inks deal for graduates to be accepted at Univ. of West Alabama

Graduates of MGCCC who wish to pursue a four-year degree will have more options through the community college thanks to a new partnership.

  Jackson County School District hoping to get bond vote for school upgrades

Jackson County School District is hoping to make some improvements to its schools and are hoping they can use a bond to pay for the upgrades.

  Number of COVID cases in schools released for week of Nov. 9-13

Here is a breakdown of the number of cases and quarantines for South Mississippi schools for the week of Nov. 9-13, 2020.

  Miss. Gov. calls for $3M to protect children from ‘far-left socialist teachings’

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is calling for a shift in the way American history is taught in Mississippi.

Oak Grove graduate elected Harvard student body president

After months of virtual campaigning, Oak Grove graduate Noah Harris has been elected president of Harvard University's Undergraduate Council.

Teen beekeeper receives anonymous donation to attend high school

A 13-year-old beekeeper from West Louisville who was saving money to attend Trinity High School received an anonymous donation to do just that.

  C Spire expands Mississippi Optical Network to state’s 15 community colleges

Community colleges in the state are making an investment in a faster, more cost effective, internet system with the MissiON Network and C Spire.

Two students charged with bringing weapon to D’Iberville High School

Two teens face criminal charges after officials say they brought an unloaded weapon to D’Iberville High School Thursday.

Questions raised about inconsistencies with private schools and COVID-19 reporting

Not all Mississippi private schools are reporting COVID-19 data to the state health department.

  iMPAC weeks away from debut at MGCCC Harrison County Campus

MGCCC’s Harrison County campus is less than two months away from debuting their Immersive Media Performing Arts Center.