CSD News

Volume 2 Issue 2 | August 2021

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About CSD

Superintendent's Greetings & District Updates

Greetings, Cleveland School District Board of Trustees, Employees, Students, Families, and Community Members. On behalf of the Cleveland School District, I want to thank each of you for your support of our school district.

It is an honor to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year. As superintendent, it is my goal to lead efforts in sustained change for the school district and community. I want to be a positive spokesperson for student achievement and ensure we involve all stakeholders in maintaining a safe and healthy environment where students can learn.

Each month, through our district newsletter, our principals and department leaders will provide updates to our school community. Our leaders have worked very hard this summer to prepare for the new year. We are thankful to have an amazing group of leaders to serve the students and employees of our district.

We are looking forward to the new school year as we continue to make Learning Essential for All.

School Updates

Bell Academy

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation honored Bell Academy with a 2021 Healthy School Award at the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents Summer Conference held in Biloxi on July 16, 2021. Bell Academy earned the title "Healthy School" in recognition of exemplary school health and wellness achievements. Bell Academy will receive a $50,000.00 grant award from the Foundation to assist in efforts to create and sustain a healthy learning environment.

Upcoming Events:

August 19

Budget Meeting


August 23


Open House

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Hayes Cooper Center

It was a short summer, but we are prepared to tackle next year! We have been busy planning, cleaning, and preparing our building to meet our families for the Meet and Greet next week and the first day of school!
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H.M. Nailor Elementary

During the month of July, our scholars participated in the “Bridging the Gap” Tiger Academy for four weeks. Over the course of the four weeks, students worked on reading skills such as letter sounds and recognition, blending, retelling stories, high frequency words, comprehension, and reading fluency. Students also worked on math skills such as number recognition, one-to-one correspondence, addition, subtraction, measurement, fact fluency, and skip counting.

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Parks Elementary

Monthly Highlights:

Over the Summer, we have been blessed to be a part of giving and receiving donations. Parks received 50 Chromebooks to use for our “Promoting Parks” after-school tutorial program from Sparklight. We have also been blessed with a bountiful harvest in our garden and have donated the fruits of our labors to the Cleveland Helping Hands Organization. We are thankful to the Master Gardner’s Association and to the BlueCross BlueShield Foundation for their support in our garden program.


  • Check out the School website for updates! This is the best way to retrieve information regarding upcoming events and deadlines.

Pearman Elementary

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D. M. Smith Elementary

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The Carpenter’s Church sponsored a back to school drive for the students of D. M. Smith
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Anfractum donated $200 to reward students who scored PL 4 and PL 5 on the 2021 MAAP Assessment

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Cleveland Central Middle School

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Cleveland Central High School

Cleveland Central High School is excited about the start of the new school year. We opened off this Sunday with our Seniors having their light up the lane event. The first day of having all students back face to face was a success as well. CCHS will be having our light up the lane event on Friday, August 13. The faculty and staff had a great week of service and are prepared to meet the challenges that lie ahead.
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Cleveland Career Development & Technology Center

Welcome Back! As we embark on a new journey, we here at the CCDTC are gearing up for an awesome and exciting new school year! We would like to welcome aboard Dr. Deundria Wraggs, as Counselor, Ms. Toni McWilliams, IT Instructor and Mr. Will Tolliver, Welding Instructor. Teachers are preparing rigorous and engaging hands-on lessons that will take our students' education to the next level. Our goal is to prepare our CTE students to be college and career ready. Students can choose from one of our ten career programs to expand and hone their skills in the career of their own choosing.

We will provide students not only with opportunities to become nationally certified in the career field of their choice, but also to be involved in student organizations, internships, and work-based learning. Are you ready to become a Career Star? Click the links below and take your first steps toward your best life.

Students interested in Career and Technical Education classes can click the link below to apply. https://forms.gle/GQH6xYW1Qtqpn6Sx9

Not sure which pathway is right for you? Complete the career interest profile: https://www.mynextmove.org/explore/ip?client=careerlinklehighvall

Cleveland Career Development and Technology Center

Changing Lives….Transforming Futures

Mrs. Equonda Jackson,

Interim CTE Director

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During the spring of 2021, the administration and staff at the Walter C. Robinson Achievement Center attended a series of virtual workshops on implementing Restorative Practices in our school. Kevin Oliver, the consultant who led the sessions states that, “Restorative Practices, also known as Restorative Justice and Restorative Discipline, is a whole-child approach to addressing student behavior by identifying and fulfilling needs.” The focus is on the following

  • Proactively building strong relationships among all stakeholders

  • Repairing relationships that have once been damaged, and

  • Identifying the root cause of adverse behaviors and identifying strategies and needs to change them

The image above indicates what the team at the WRAC provides for each student. Each student has a unique behavior pattern and learning style. Utilizing the principles of Restorative Practices, our team will provide each student with an individualized plan designed for their success. Our goal is to provide academic and social-emotional support so each student can successfully transition back to their base school and graduate from high school. Please contact Student Services Director, Authur Johnson, if you would like more information on our school or you would like to partner with us this school year.

Department Updates


Welcome to the FY22 School Year!

The business office has been working to ensure financial operations are ready for use as students and staff enter the new school year. One of the goals of the business office is to focus organizational efforts and align resources to close achievement gaps and ensure all students are college or work-ready. Our district has received its latest round of allocation from state and federal funding and we are working closely to ensure those funds are spent in accordance with the student needs and educational development. We will continue to work diligently in this regard as our vision is to ensure ALL of our students become lifelong learners who are productive citizens.

Child Nutrition

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Curriculum & Instruction

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The Digital Coordinator, Caroline George, and her staff from the Communications and Marketing Department from Delta State University donated supplies to the curriculum department that will be dispersed to the schools of CSD.

Summer Programs

During the month of July, the curriculum department worked to provide curriculum for the Wolfpack Academy and Summer School. We worked to ensure that students were enrolled in the online programs, Odysseyware and Edgenuity. The department provided ample resources for teachers to utilize in their classrooms that provided enrichment and remediation.

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Also during the month of July, the curriculum department organized a new teacher orientation that allowed new teachers in the district to work with a Bailey consultant. The orientation was used to provide teachers with sample lesson plans, classroom management strategies, rules, and procedures, and role-playing scenarios that would allow them to work through various behaviors and situations that they may encounter in a classroom setting.

Opportunities for Professional Development

I-Ready is hosting a Reading training that will take place on September 17, 2021, at Delta State University – Jacob Conference Center from 10 am-1 pm. Lunch will be provided to all registered participants. There is no cost to attend this training. We ask that you please have your professionals register you as soon as possible. Please review the flyer attached for registration information.

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We want to give a warm welcome to the newest members of the curriculum department! We have added Ms. Gelisa Fipps and Ms. Shunquita Henry

Ms. Fipps will be the new elementary ELA instructional coach, and Ms. Henry will be the secondary Math instructional coach. We are thrilled to add these two ladies to our team!

Gelisa Fipps is a product of Mound Bayou, MS, and the mother of two children, Mason, and Bella Grace. She attended I.T. Montgomery Elementary School and John F. Kennedy High School. Upon graduating from John F. Kennedy in 2006, Gelisa began college at Mississippi State University. After one year of college, Gelisa moved back to the Delta where she found her college home. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 2011, a Master of Education degree in 2014, and an Educational Specialist degree in 2018 all from Delta State University. Gelisa began her teaching career at I.T. Montgomery Elementary School in her hometown, Mound Bayou. During her eight years of service at I. T. Montgomery, served on the school’s leadership team, as a department and grade-level chairperson, and part-time lead teacher. In 2019, Gelisa moved on to become a 5th and 6th grade ELA teacher at Lyon Elementary School in Lyon, MS. The year 2020 brought about a beautiful change in her career. She decided she was ready to give leadership a shot and applied for an instructional coach position at D. M. Smith Elementary School in the Cleveland School District. Gelisa accepted the position and currently serves as D.M. Smith’s instructional coach and school test coordinator. This opportunity has been a great step in moving on to serve as a coach on the district level. She is beyond elated to step into this role and looks forward to serving students and teachers across the district.

Shunquita Henry is a 2011 graduate of Broad Street High school in Shelby, MS. She attended the University of Mississippi where she earned her B.A. in Elementary Education with concentrations in English, Mathematics, and Mild/Moderate Special Education. In 2016, she earned a M.ED. in Elementary Education from Delta State University.

She began her teaching career at Brooks Elementary School in 2015. She spent 2 years teaching 3rd-grade Mathematics. After teaching 3rd-grade mathematics, she taught 6th, 7th, & 8th-grade Mathematics at Shelby Middle School for one year where she also served as the Junior High and Varsity Cheer Coach.

In 2018, she started teaching 6th-grade mathematics at Pearman Elementary where she achieved 69% growth of all students. She then transitioned to 4th grade Math in an effort to help students develop foundational mathematics skills and achieve growth in 2019 at Pearman Elementary. She currently teaches 4th grade Math at Pearman Elementary and serves as a member of the Leadership Team and the Head Coach of the Pearman’s Cowbelles Cheer Squad (Extracurricular Activity/Club).

In her spare time, she enjoys creating various crafts and working with children to show their true academic potential.

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Click the links below to access resources to help you with the first days of school:

First Days of School

Procedure Checklist

Organization Checklist

Family and Community Engagement

Our Pre-k 4 students attended summer camp. It was held at Bell Academy. The children had an amazing time!

The three-week camp consisted of the following: Edible Engineering, Color Me Crazy, and Nature Unleashed. The children enjoyed each and every day.

Edible Engineering allowed the children to participate in cooking and baking classes, and learn the science and math behind making delicious snacks.

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Color Me Crazy: Students participated in hands-on activities centered around different types of art. Students created images for the characters they read about. They also painted it up with feathers, rubber balls, sponges, squirt guns, and fly swatters.
Nature Unleashed: Students learned about the ecosystem and the importance of taking care of Mother Nature. Students planted seeds, built terrariums, participated in nature-friendly sensory activities, all while getting friendly with Mother Nature in a camping setting.
We want to say, “Thank You” to all of the parents and family members who made sure these children were in attendance each. They played with their friends, had lots of fun, and they were learning.

Federal Programs

Dr. Harris and Mrs. Bell attended the Delta State University’s Flight Academy Ceremony at The Ginn on July 16, 2021. The guest speaker for this event was Commissioner Willie Simmons.
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Human Resources

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It’s a new school year, the dawning of a new day with infinite possibilities. I sincerely hope that your break was filled with good times, adventures, and relaxation because you all deserved it! Recharging is a vital component of the very important work that you all do. May this year be a year filled with vision, hope, and excitement, and I wish you all the greatest of successes as we welcome back our students to their new journeys!

A. Ford

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  • Let go of last year, if you haven’t already. Whether it was good or bad, this is a fresh, new season!

  • Switch up your classroom/office layout.

  • Get organized.

  • Decorate, decorate, and decorate!!! Let your personality shine!

  • Give a great first impression to your students and parents.

  • Get to know your students.

  • Build class spirit!

  • Build relationships and collaborate with other teachers. Teamwork is empowering.

  • Get involved.

  • Laugh.

  • Breathe.

  • Relax.


Below are a list of Maintenance Division Projects:

  • Pest Control Services for classrooms and offices from July 2021 to June 2022.

  • Pearman Elementary School Sewer manhole repair quotes.

  • HVAC air filters change out is ongoing.

  • Wax and Stripper purchased and delivered to all schools.

  • Merigold Storm Shelter generator is being serviced.

  • HVAC replacements for CCHS C Campus.

  • Shredding Request forms are being accepted.

  • Fixed Assets pick up ongoing.

  • WRAC room 110 HVAC motor replaced.

  • CCMS Hallway lights installed.

  • Evaporator Coil replaced at Hayes Cooper Center.

Special Services

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! We are thrilled to be welcoming our students back to school! Our continued commitment to fostering resilience, perseverance, grit, empathy, and the ability to communicate effectively in our classrooms settings.

Covid-19 Tips to Remember:

  • Practice and reinforce good prevention habits with your family.

  • We encourage parents to take their children's temperature and check for symptoms before leaving home.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer.

  • Ensure the student does not have a fever or displaying any signs of COVID 19 before sending your child to school.

  • Be prepared if your child's school is temporarily dismissed.

  • Read or watch local media sources that report school dismissals or stay in touch with your child's school.


Technology completed 192 work orders in the month of July.

Technology is assisting departments and schools to transition into the new school year. We have installed and helped set up employees on the district's new time clocks. We attended the CSD New Employee Training meeting. The new employees were given a brief overview of the district website. Instructed the new employees on how to use our helpdesk ticketing system.

The department is developing a cybersecurity plan for the Cleveland School District. Along with the new plan, we will be implementing new best practices as well as training for our employees. We are working to prevent data breaches and other cyber attacks.

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The Transportation Department is excited about entering a new school year! We are looking forward to seeing all of our students’ smiling faces. We are preparing our fleet for our students and our bus drivers. Our shop technicians have been working around the clock to ensure that our fleet is in tip-top shape. We are preparing for our in-service training for our drivers and driver’s aides. We want to ensure that our transportation team is fully prepared for the upcoming school year. We are also still following strict protocols like we did last year in regards to COVID19. The school buses will still be sanitized before and after each route. Seats will be wiped down and sprayed daily, along with other high traffic areas and repeatedly touched surfaces. Our drivers will continue to wear masks in an effort to protect themselves, their families, and those around them. Safety is and always be our number one priority, and we are making every effort to keep our students as well as our staff safe.

A Look Around CSD

The Cleveland School District welcomes all of our students back to school. We are looking forward to a happy and healthy 2021-2022 school year!

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Cleveland School District

Learning is Essential for All

Dr. Otha Belcher, Jr., Superintendent

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