ACT Scores……They matter to DCS and our Families

ACT Scores……They matter to DCS and our Families

Jim Ferguson-Chief Academic Officer for High Schools What do colleges and universities want from high school graduates?  What partially determines entrance to college?  How are a large percentage of scholarships determined and awarded?  What matters to families and their pocketbooks when it comes to paying for college? There is one answer to all of the questions above?  A STUDENT’S ACT SCORE! In our region of the country, a student’s ACT score...

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Dr. Chuck Benigno Superintendent, Laurel Schools and 2014 Mississippi Superintendent of the Year Speaks to Southaven Intermediate Staff

Dr. Chuck Benigno Superintendent, Laurel Schools and 2014 Mississippi Superintendent of the Year Speaks to Southaven Intermediate Staff

By Jennifer Pendergrast Southaven Intermediate 3rd Grade Teacher   Daunting- the word I would use to describe the first week of school. Administrators have an exhaustive agenda for their teachers, as teachers have plenty to think about as well. Teachers are frantically trying to set up classrooms, decorate doors, make name tags and lunch tags, make copies, write lesson plans, etc., and on top of all that somehow manage to design...

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DCS SUPERHEROS

DCS SUPERHEROS

Fourth and Fifth Grade Superheroes Christy Ryan, Elementary Math Specialist   Fourth and fifth grade teachers were treated as SUPERHEROES in their Common Core Math Launch last week! We had over 100 teachers attend this event. This fun-filled day began with a motivational video from Kid President. Teachers participated in several cooperative learning activities to review the 8 Mathematical Practices. A PARCC overview was shared and provided...

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“Teachers Make a Difference”

“Teachers Make a Difference”

A Gratifying Moment as an Educator By Jim Ferguson, Chief Academic Officer for High Schools “What do teachers make?” I have heard that question answered many times over the years.  One answer I have heard is that they make less money than all other professionals.  I heard someone say that teachers “prepare their students for all other professions.”  In a well-known poem, Taylor Mali wrote that teachers “make a difference.”  I couldn’t agree...

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Professional Development for DCS Special Education Teachers

Professional Development for DCS Special Education Teachers

Taking Education Up, Up, and Away LSCs from across the district gathered on July 30th and 31st to kick off the new school year and to “Take Education Up, Up, and Away”.  They reviewed policies and procedures regarding special education and the new state mandated IEP format.  As a pilot district for the IEP development committee at the state level, DeSoto County Schools special education teachers began using the new IEP format to write students’...

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Flipped Learning: Turning ASD On Its Head

Flipped Learning:  Turning ASD On Its Head

    Principals, assistant principals, and district administrators “flipped” over the District’s annual Administrative Staff Development hosted by Southaven High School on July 23.  While DCS always strives to provide high-quality professional development, this year the District tried a new approach. Instead of offering multiple days of concurrent sessions, DCS took a “flipped” approach.   The “flipped” approach to professional...

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