Alcorn Middle School Newsletter

February 2021 Edition

A Message from Dr. C. Wright

Principal's Corner


Greetings Alcorn Knights Families,

We are in the 2nd half of this 2020-21 school year. We celebrate our students and their academic growth with their STAR ELA and mathematics assessment. Thank you for what you are doing at home to encourage your child(ren) to do their best academically and rise to the occasion. To support continuous academic growth, we have our after-school Enrichment Academy. The time is from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Please refer to our flyer below with registration information and a link to register. We are looking forward to encouraging further academic development.

In addition, during the week of February 1-5, we are celebrating National School Counselor Week. We celebrate our School Counselors and the vital role they play in our students academic, social, and emotional success. In addition, our School Counselors are hosting several activities in celebration of African-American History Month.

Lastly, as we continue in this hybrid platform (virtual and face-to-face) please continue to email and or call us if you have any questions, concerns, and/or need assistance. We are here to provide support systems so that our students can do well academically, socially, and emotionally. We also have our Parent University, where Mrs. Yolanda Hawkins, our Parent Engagement Specialist, is providing monthly forums. Our goal is to support school and parent/guardian academic collaboration and build a system of support for our parents/guardians and students. Feel free to visit our website where we have a suggestion box link for parent/guardian suggestions. We would love to hear from you.

Thank you for being an amazing Alcorn Family Community.


Cedric Wright

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Alcorn Middle Launches Black Male Achievement Cohorts

AMS is proud to announce the formation of its virtual Black Male Achievement Cohorts. Students selected to participate will receive four to six weeks of academic interventions with Mrs. Dobbs, Reading Interventionist and Ms. Hunt, Math Interventionist. Students will focus on remediation in core academic skills, preparation for the SC Ready exam and receive social-emotional support. At the conclusion of the program, students who have participated in 90% of their intervention sessions will receive a reward. Students will also receive an incentive each week they attend all their virtual sessions.

If you would like your son to be considered for Cohort 2, please contact Ms. Katrina Hazelwood, Curriculum Resource Teacher, at or Gregory Pickett, Assistant Principal-Instruction, at

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AMS Afterschool Enrichment Academy


Your child is eligible to participate in the Alcorn Middle School Online Homework Assistance/Tutorial Program. The purpose of the program is to provide academic assistance and instruction that will focus on strengthening academic skills of individual students. Please review the attached letter with your parent/guardian.

The program will start Tuesday, February 2, 2021( your child is still able to enroll) and will operate four days weekly – Monday (by appointment only), Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The program tentatively ends May 12, 2021. The program will run from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

If you would like to participate in the Online Homework Assistance/Tutorial Program, please click on the following link with your parent/guardian to complete the registration form:

Virtual Author Visit

Alcorn welcomes Authors, Preston Thorne and Langston Moore on February 23rd.

They are former football players for the University of South Carolina. They will visit with our male students in 6th – 8th grades to share their inspirational story and children's book, "Just A Chicken." With their book, the two will share with them the importance of reading, writing, and speaking. They will focus on the importance of these skills and how important they are regardless what career students may chose.

AVID = Advancement Via Individual Determination

· A direct support structure for students’ academic and career success.

· A structured, college preparatory system working directly with schools and districts.

· A school-wide approach to curriculum and rigor adopted by nearly 4,500 schools in 45 states and 15 countries.

· A professional development program providing training throughout the world.

· AVID strategies support the Common Core State Standards.


AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and career readiness in a global society.

The application process is active. Alcorn Middle School current 6th or 7th grade students that are interested in participating should complete an application. The application is available and accessible on online –

For further information, please contact Desiree P. Smith, AVID Coordinator or a School Counselor.

From Nurse Williams

Parents and students,

I hope you are remaining elevated in wellness and safety during this challenging and complicated time. In the health room, we are working to update student health information. This includes Individual Health Plans for student with chronic conditions, Medicaid Consent Forms, as applicable, and immunizations, especially Tdap for 7th graders. Your responses to phone calls and mailings are important and appreciated. In fact, without you, parents, the work stalls and stops.

School Social Worker's Nook


If you are in need of any food and/or hygiene supplies, please contact our School Social Worker, Mr. Maharajh at 803-735-3439 or by email at

Hello Community,

We are accepting food for the Souper Bowl of Caring Drive. We would greatly appreciate any non-perishable items.


Alcorn Family

Attendance Matters

Be Safe During this Time.

Mrs. Hawkins, Parent Specialist's Corner