CSD News

Volume 1 Issue 4 | January 2021

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About CSD

Superintendent's Greetings & District Updates

Happy New Year!

We have had a promising first week back. Thanks to our teachers, administrators, and support staff for all you do each day for our students. We are continuing our district initiatives and planning for the next school year.

We have a community meeting scheduled for this month. Please be on the lookout for additional details.

Thanks for your support of the Cleveland School District, where Learning is Essential for All.

Revised Return to School Plan

Our Return to School Plan was revised 12.18.2020

Click Here to view the plan.

Return to School Plan: Parents/guardians Responsibilities

Parents/guardians Responsibilities

  • Practice and reinforce good prevention habits with your family.
  • Per Executive Order No. 1536, a face covering is required inside any Cleveland School District Building or school bus.
  • Clean the child's face coverings daily to ensure cleanliness.
  • We encourage parents/guardians 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 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 your child has a face covering to be worn at school and on the bus.
  • Ensure your child does not have a fever or display any signs of COVID-19 before sending 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.
  • Discourage your child from gathering in other public places while school is dismissed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
  • Consider talking with your employer about sick leave and telework options if you need to stay home with your child.
  • Consider planning for alternate childcare arrangements.

Keep your child at home if sick with any illness. If your child is sick, keep them at home and contact your healthcare provider. Talk with teachers about classroom assignments and activities they can do from home to keep up with their schoolwork.

School Updates

Bell Academy

Webster's Dictionary defines a team as a group of individuals who come together to achieve a common goal. While the word team is often used, it is a word the faculty and staff of Bell Academy take to heart. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bell Academy team has worked together with a renewed focus to achieve our vision of providing a quality education to every child every day in order to create a community of lifelong learners. In order to achieve our vision, as a staff, we have committed to achieving the following goals.

Goal 1: Bell academy will recruit and retain highly qualified educators, and provide them with professional development that promotes educators as lifelong learners.

Goal 2: Bell Academy will develop and maintain a rigorous curriculum and assessment system and use technology reflective of the state framework and assessment system.

Goal 3: All students will be educated in learning environments that are safe and promote respect for diversity.

Goal 4: Bell Academy will foster collaborative relationships with parents, community, and local businesses to ensure that each student is achieving maximum potential.

While we are committed to achieving our goals, as a staff we know we can not do this alone. Our parents and community are vital to the success of our students. We look forward to continuing our partnership with each of you as members of Team Bell Academy. As individuals, we can work towards our goals, but as a team, we can achieve so much.

Parental Involvement:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to have on campus parental engagement activities. However, this did not stop us from engaging with our parents. Virtual grade level parent nights were scheduled throughout the first and second nine weeks to keep our parents up to date on all things Bell Academy. We will continue to hold virtual parent nights during the second and third nine weeks.

Student Assessment

At this time, the students have completed their second iReady universal screening assessment. This data along with the daily assessments, common assessments, and benchmark assessments will allow teachers to identify students' strengths and weaknesses, identify misconceptions, identify what they know, identify what they do not know, and create a plan to meet their individual academic needs. With appropriate data analysis and informed analysis of the data, teachers are able to make informed decisions that greatly affect student achievement. A picture may speak a thousand words, but student data speaks volumes!

Celebrating Accelerated Reader Achievements

Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Throughout each nine weeks, the students choose books on their independent reading level and complete a quiz to measure comprehension. Each month, the students in each classroom with the highest comprehension, and most words read are invited to lunch with the principal in the lunch courtyard. During the month of January, the Lunch with the Principal will be sponsored by McDonalds. Thus far, our students have read 7,308,857 words within 3,079 books with a comprehension rate of 86.7%. Keep reading Jaguars!!

Teacher and Staff Member of the Month

While each teacher and staff member go over and beyond each month, the faculty and staff vote monthly for two individuals to receive this honor. The staff members not only vote for the teacher and staff member of the month, they must provide specific detail as to why the staff member is deserving of the honor. Ms. Betty Shelly was named Teacher of the Month, while Mrs. Tammy Cocilova was named Staff Member of the Month. Each of these ladies are a valuable asset to the Bell Academy team.

Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Sherri Grant was chosen by her peers as the Bell Academy Teacher of the Year.

She received her bachelor's degree from DSU in 1996 and her master's degree from DSU in 1998. She has been teaching for 24 years. One of her greatest joys of teaching is teaching middle school children (6-8 grade) because they are so unique and funny. She loves teaching because of the children and how they get so excited and curious about new things they learn

Spelling Bee Winners

We would like to congratulate our Spelling Bee Winners for the 2020-2021 school year. First Place: Psario Self, Second Place: Arlin Brown, Third Place: Kate Swartzfager, and Fourth Place: Amelia Szot.

Psario and Alin will represent Bell Academy in the Cleveland School District Spelling Bee in February.

Professional Learning Communities

Each Monday, the teachers of Bell Academy participate in professional development within their professional learning communities. While each professional development is tailored to meet the needs of teachers in the professional learning community, the focus topics remain consistent across grade levels focusing on small group instruction and student feedback. The staff is committed to growing as professionals in an effort to provide instruction to enhance student achievement. Thus far, the teachers have completed greater than thirty-three hours of professional development within professional learning communities this year.

Upcoming Events:

January 5: Lunch with the Principal AR Celebration

January 7: IReady Growth Ice Cream Sundae Celebration

We have had a wonderful second nine weeks thus far. Our students are working to not only meet their goals but exceed them.

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Students who met their AR goal for the first nine weeks were awarded with a cotton candy treat.

Students harvested vegetables from the garden and made pico de gallo in the outdoor classroom.

Students took a brain break during PE.

Students harvested root vegetables from the garden.

The INSPIRE class completed projects for their study of Africa.

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Students who were on the principal and superintendent’s list for the first nine weeks were awarded certificates.

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Hayes Cooper Center

Each year, Hayes Cooper Center participates in the "Twelve Days of Christmas" where we do a service project and/or a "good deed" for the twelve days before Winter Break. Covid has given us new challenges, and we have worked to simplify life for the Hayes Cooper School Community. This year, we decided to partner with Callie Mae Hood, a Hayes Cooper First Grade Patriot. Callie Mae and her family are contributors to the annual toy drive sponsored by Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson.

Callie Mae has been a patient at Batson for most of her life. Three years ago, she and her family started collecting toys to donate to the Heart and Echo Department every year at Christmas. Callie Mae's mom, Whitney, says, "Callie Mae has picked out so many toys over the years, and for us, this is just a small way of giving back to the hospital that means so much to us and continues to save our daughter's life with each cath, echo, and EKG they do for us. To heart kids, this is their normal and if we can be a part of making this process run smoother for them by making sure they always have something to pick out, then we have accomplished what we set out to do three years ago by making sure they are always stocked up."

Hayes Cooper helped out in a BIG WAY!! It was incredible to see the outpouring of love and generosity of the school community. THANK YOU to all that donated.

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H.M. Nailor Elementary

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending”. - C.S. Lewis

WOW! We made it! Despite the circumstances and unprecedented times, we began the month of December with the end in mind...Christmas break. With the end in mind, we had no idea that the next three weeks would come and go in a blink of an eye. However, we are still grateful and we are looking forward to 2021!

Our staff continues to work on our instructional focus, small group instruction. Each Tuesday, two staff members provide professional development to the staff using the text Making the Most of Small Group Instruction. During the PD sessions, staff members present information from text, peer-reviewed articles and they engage the staff in meaningful hands-on activities that can be used in the classroom immediately following the PD session.

The virtual kindergarten students had a Virtual Drive Through Awards Ceremony. Lauren Auerswald (kindergarten virtual teacher for the district) presented her students with 1st nine weeks awards for academics and behavior. The students were so excited to receive their awards.

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Mrs. Cartwright (school librarian) hosted our school Spelling Bee. The students did an excellent job. The first-place winner was Tristan Thompson and the second-place winner was Ethan Baldwin. The boys will move on to participate in the district Spelling Bee in February.

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Our students are continuing to excel in Accelerated Reading. Students are rewarded on a weekly basis. This month, we began recognizing and rewarding a teacher and a class each week. These efforts have increased the competitiveness amongst teachers and students.

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Our staff elected the Teacher of the Year, Paraprofessional of the Year, and the Rookie of the Year. The teacher of the year is Mrs. Karen Keyes. The paraprofessional of the year is Mr. Bobby Banks. The rookie of the year is Ms. Lauren Auerswald.

Counselor Williams is continuing her attendance celebrations each month. This month, the classes with perfect attendance received chips and cheese.

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The PBIS Committee hosted a Pajama Day this month! The students really enjoyed wearing the pajamas to school.

To end the month of December, our students participated in an Ugly Sweater Contest. There was one winner from each grade level. Each winner received $10.00 from Principal Norwood.

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Parks Elementary

Congratulations Team

Updates from the Academic Team:

Literacy packets were handed out to all face to face and virtual students. Special thanks to the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation and First Baptist Church for the donations of the materials that made this possible.

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Teachers recorded read-aloud books to be posted on the school FB page during the holidays to help promote literacy at home.

The School Data Wall has been updated with Middle Of Year Diagnostic Assessment data to help students see how we are progressing as a school, how they are progressing as a grade level, and how they are progressing individually. Students see their data everyday and are able to continuously track their goals.

First Semester Awards will be given out at the end of the semester. We will provide a recording or Live Session Link so that parents can enjoy the show and celebrate their student’s success even though they cannot be there in person.

The School Spelling Bee was held in December. Our school winners were; 1st place Jacob Manger and 2nd place Cristian Place. These 2 students will move on and compete in the District Spelling Bee in January. We are so proud of all of our School Bee participants!

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Updates from the Behavior Team:

Our New Bear Bucks store items arrived just in time for our December PBIS Bear Buck Store. Students ordered their items and the PBIS team individually bagged them up and delivered them to the classrooms throughout the week before Christmas Break. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to cancel our December PBIS party. Hopefully we will be ready to offer this reward to our students in January.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Team Building activity for December was cancelled. However, Ms. Plummer allowed teachers to come and paint the ornaments that we were going to use for the Team Building activity during their free period.

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Updates from the Community Team:

Our Adopt-A-School Partnership with First Baptist Church Cleveland provided students with resources in their Christmas Break Literacy Activity Packs that were passed out right before Christmas Break. Our partnership with the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation and Grammy Museum of MS provided books for every student to have in the Literacy Packs. We offered these packs for all virtual students as well. Without the support of our community, we would not be able to do everything we desire to do for our students.

The Wellness Committee partnered up with The Partnership for a Healthy MS and provided a virtual assembly for our students entitled “Just Have a Ball.” This program supports healthy habits and active living. The students received a copy of the book that was read aloud in the virtual presentation as well as a kickball. They were so excited to take these items home and “Just Have a Ball.”

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The Beautification Team spent a great deal of time “Decking the Halls” to make Christmas time feel a little extra special this year. Everyone pitched in to make the school come to life with Christmas Spirit.

Our Garden Grant Committee, headed by Ms. Pressey, had an additional meeting with the Master Gardener Volunteers to discuss implementing hands-on activities with all science class teachers. (Microgreens). They developed a plan to continue helping us set up our Garden that is being funded through the Blue Cross Blue Shield of MS Garden Grant that we received last school year.

The Multicultural Team has continued planning for the observance and celebration of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. birthday and the school’s February Black History emphasis. We will be providing a recording of events or offering a Live Stream for community engagement.

Pearman Elementary

Greetings from Cowboy Country!

Welcome to our Winter Wonderland! December has been a fun-filled month of celebrations, academic growth, and achievement! Cowboy Country has set a theme for each day of the month to be festive in preparation for a well deserved break!

Teachers decorated the building to celebrate the theme and bring some holiday cheer to the halls of Pearman! We decked the halls with a wintery blue to usher in the cold weather and holiday season.

Academic Excellence

We are extremely proud of our Cowboy Scholars for their success on Accelerated Reader. Principal Hill challenged the students to achieve the AR Millionaire status with the first student to achieve the goal being rewarded with a BRAND NEW BIKE!

Our first AR Millionaires were Caniyla Wallace and Keveon Robinson. Both are 6th grade students in Ms. Jones’s class. WAY TO GO!!

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Not wanting to be left out...Sixth Grade showed up and showed out on AR! We now have 16 AR Millionaires with an average comprehension of 85%. These students are truly All-Stars! Our current AR Millionaires are Tyrus Williams, Jabrya Hickman, Jashun Liner, Conner Hull, Lezlie Canida, Joshua Hubbard, Lauren Canida, Keveon Robinson, Callie Lamb, Karlie Hamilton, Jordan Gerzon, Lexus Canida, Kaden Flore, Gabrielle Ratliff, Zacchaeus Cleveland, and Caniyla Wallace.

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We completed our iReady Middle of the Year screener and the growth our students displayed was noteworthy. We have seen significant growth in both Math and Reading. We had one student who grew 111 points and was rewarded with a BRAND NEW HOVERBOARD. Alex Camacho is a 3rd Grade student in Mrs. Holman and Ms. Wright’s class.

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School Culture

In the spirit of achievement, the School Leadership Team challenged students to do their best on the iReady assessments with several events to celebrate their accomplishments. The Poppin’ to Proficiency event was held for those students who grew 25 or more points in Math and/or Reading.

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The Go Green Game Day was for those students who scored in the green (proficient) on Math and/or Reading. These students were given an abbreviated game day in the cafeteria due to inclement weather. Students were able to play board games in small groups and received a snack for their awesome performance.

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Cowboy Country All-Stars

December’s All Star Teachers

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Mrs. Holman (3rd Grade) and Mrs. Jefferson (Interventionist)

Mrs. Holman currently serves as the 3rd Grade Math and Science instructor and 3rd Grade PLC Chair.

Mrs. Mercedes Jefferson is a product of the Cleveland School District who currently serves the Reading Interventionist for 4th-6th grades.

Cowboy Country 2020-2021 Staff Recognitions

Congratulations to our 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year Ms. Dazhia Davis-Carr! Ms. Davis-Carr is the 4th Grade ELA and Social Studies teacher hailing from Columbus, GA. She serves as the ELA Department Chair and Co-Sponsor of the Cowbelles Cheer Squad.

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Our 2020-2021 Rookie of the Year is Ms. Rhondesha Wright. Ms. Wright is the 3rd Grade ELA and Social Studies teacher. She joined us this year having formerly served as a teacher at Brooks Elementary in Duncan, MS.

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Our 2020-2021 Support Staff of the Year are Mrs. Magan Skinner and Ms. Alexis Hill. Mrs. Skinner is the Administrative Assistant and heartbeat of the school. She is a native of Pace, MS and has been with us for almost 3 years. Ms. Hill is the Computer Lab Technician and Student Activities Coordinator. She is a Cleveland native and has been at Pearman for three years.

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D. M. Smith Elementary


We are excited about what lies ahead for D. M. Smith Elementary school. Consistent class participation among virtual students has increased school-wide and technical issues have greatly dissipated. We continue to honor and celebrate our teachers for successes great or small because we understand the unique challenges these times bring.

Our enhanced technology, enthusiastic faculty and staff, bright and eager students, and supportive families gives me great confidence that we will continue to have a successful academic year.

Dates to remember:

  • January 5, 2021—Monthly MTSS Meeting
  • January 13, 2021—Progress Report and Parent Data Night at 5:00-6:00


The faculty and staff at D. M. Smith are committed to continuity of learning. The students completed their IReady MOY and the data it yields will be used to inform instruction following Christmas Break. Huge kudos to our fifth grade team for getting 100% of 5th grade virtual students tested.


November and December teachers of the month—Mrs. Glenda Lollis-Hawkins (5th grade science) and Mrs. Ericka Davis (6th grade math). These teachers embody the spirit of excellence and work diligently to help D. M. Smith achieve its mission to W.I.N. To attain this high honor, Mrs. Hawkins and Mrs. Davis did the following:

  • Provided high quality virtual and face-to-face instruction;
  • Submitted all required paperwork accurately and on time;
  • Was in attendance and prompt each day since the start of school;
  • Fulfilled all duty obligations
  • Conducted all grade-level departmental meetings


The school’s beautification committee worked tirelessly to create a “Candy Land” theme for our deserving students. Bringing Christmas joy to hearts of the students and staff of D. M. Smith made all of their hard work worthwhile.

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The amazing child nutrition staff donated gloves to all face-to-face students at D. M. Smith. This was done to embrace the spirit of charity and ensure that the students could bear the cold weather and remain healthy during the winter season.

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Cleveland Central Middle School

Administrator's Corner

Has the Coronavirus Pandemic Caused us to be Better Educators?

Mr. L’Kenna Whitehead, CCMS Principal

The Coronavirus Pandemic has changed many lives. Much of the change has been for the worse. Nationally around 300,000 people have lost their lives to COVID-19. We wear mask in public places. Many individuals have lost jobs or have incurred lost wages. Sporting events have been negatively impacted by having no fans or limited fans. Scheduling of sporting events have been sporadic due to team and player quarantines on all levels. Students’ academic progress has been negatively impacted because of adjustments to virtual learning and also through absences generated from student quarantines from close contact or coronavirus infections. Teachers have feelings of discomfort as they strive to stay focus on the task of educating students as the consciously and subconsciously think about contracting the coronavirus. The pandemic has really caused discomfort on many levels.

In all of this chaos and uncertainty, has the coronavirus caused us to be better educators? Have we become more organized, safe and purposeful in our planning in our school operations? Have we improved communication and methods of support for our students and parents? The coronavirus has impacted and changed the world in many negative ways, but it may have enhanced education in the P-16 environment forever. The pandemic made us plan it out. It, meaning a plethora of things. For example, we were charged with two tasks in the Cleveland School District since we have two modes of instruction (virtual learning and face to face instruction). The first is planning to provide students with all the things they have had traditionally in a virtual learning environment. The second being to provide the students with all the things they have had traditionally in the normal environment and keeping students safe as possible from viral infection.

As I reflect on and observe the challenges that we have adapted to in educating our students, I environments, our teachers have gained proficiency with facilitating learning in the virtual world. Providing feedback, facilitating deep discussion through questioning, providing small group instruction though Google Meets and chrome extensions and with the use of multiple devices are some of the many things that our teachers have learned to do with our students. Although some students struggle in the virtual environment, many students appear to strive with this mode of instruction. Some students that I have observed to be distracted or off task in the traditional learning environment have been calm attentive and productive in the virtual environment. In addition, through observation myself and my administrative team, have noticed that some of our teacher perform better teaching virtually than they did face to face. Virtual learning has also revived and energized some teachers.

The face-to-face environment has also had its fair share of positive effects on learning in the pandemic as well. Planning and scheduling efforts has caused us to make a similar schedule for students to follow and to develop a more familiarity with each other by transitioning throughout the day in “Packs”. Packs are groups of students who travel to all major classes together and who are taught by the same core of teachers. We have noticed this type of scheduling has decreased student misbehavior and instances of bullying /harassment in the school. Lately, we have switched to podding students to reduce the number of students being quarantined through close contacts. Podding is sitting each student in a group similar in each class they attend as closely as possible from class to class. Face to face teachers have become more adapt to provide students with blended learning. Blended learning is providing students with virtual type learning in the traditional learning environment.

The pandemic has caused our school to receive a much-needed technology upgrade. All classrooms have been updated with large Promethean panels to enhance virtual and blended learning. Teachers have also received cameras and Chromebooks to help facilitate the learning process. The addition of these assets has really helped teachers facilitate the learning process.

Lastly, the efforts to keep the school safe, sanitized and clean have kept students safe from other infections besides the coronavirus. Increased attention has been given to how we allow students to transition in the school and in classrooms. Process to maintain clean hands and to drink safely from water fountains have improved and can be used for safety purposes well after the Coronavirus Pandemic has ended. Although the coronavirus is unwelcomed and unwanted, it has cause us at Cleveland Central Middle School to be more thoughtful about safety, educational strategies and extracurricular activities. Much of our planning and reflections has improved the way we educate our children.

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Students of the Week and Month

Students of the Week and Month are chosen for exhibiting outstanding character and CCMS citizenship. The Students of the Month for December are:

Pack 8A (8th Grade Virtual)

Chauncey Brown

Victoria Walker

Pack 8B (8th Grade Face-to-Face)

Jacori Jackson

Addison Vestal

Pack 7A (7th Grade Virtual)

Makenzie Allen

Jeremiah Nash-Buford

Risaad Alam

Students of the Week for Nov. 30 – Dec. 4 are:

Pack 8B (8th Grade Face-to-Face)

Timothy Roach

Madison Conley

Students of the Week for Dec. 7 – Dec. 11 are:

Pack 7B (7th Grade Face-to-Face)

Ignacio Morales

Deanna Clemons

Congratulations to these students!

Teachers of the Month

Congratulations to our Teachers of the Month for December!

The Teachers of the Month for December are from the English Department:

Ms. Jacquanesha Stanton

8th Viritual Teacher

Dr. Deunderia Smith-Wraggs

8th LA GAP Teacher

A Message from the Journalism Club

Season’s Greetings,

As the holidays approach, it is a great time to remember those who are close to us, helping to bring love and happiness to our lives. Wishing you a happy Holiday Season!

Season’s Greetings to you and your family. May peace, love, and prosperity follow you always.

Whatever is beautiful. Whatever is meaningful. Whatever brings you happiness. May it be yours this holiday season and throughout the coming year.

Gifts Galore: What Do You Want for Christmas?

By Daiveon Minniefield and Jordan Russell, 8th Grade Staff

With Christmas just around the corner, there has been a lot of buzz about the most popular gifts this holiday season. Daiveon Minniefield and Jordan Russell asked the CCMS community what they wanted for Christmas!

William Fortenberry (8th grade): Rolex

Javaris Beamon (8th grade): $25 Play Station Network card

Justin Gant (8th grade): $25 Play Station Network card

Paris Thompson (8th grade): Some money

Tjay Turner (8th grade): Play Station 5

Trevon Turner (7th grade): Scuff controller

Ms. Payne (faculty): Perfume

Ms. ML Jones (faculty): Wants children to turn in all of their work and for everyone to pass the quarter

Home for the Holidays

By Jacori Jackson, 8th Grade Staff

With the holiday season comes time for family, festive meals, and celebration. Jacori Jackson asked the CCMS community about their plans for the holidays.

“Christmas is my favorite time of the year,” said Ms. Martin. “My family and I will go look at tons of lights. Then we will eat supper and open gifts.” This year is also a special one for Ms. Martin because she is getting married on December 26!

Cameron Herron and Kentereyon Hightower also had similar thoughts. “Christmas is the best part of the year,” said Herron. “I love to spend time with my family,” said Hightower.

Lacoyvius Branch said his favorite part of the season is the gift giving. “I love to see people happy when they open gifts and I love watching their expressions,” he said.

PBIS Spotlight

By Mrs. Sherita Howard, PBIS Team

Things You Can Do To Make Sure Santa Comes To You!

*Be Respectful

- Be polite and say ma’am and sir

- Respect your classmates and adults with words and actions

*Be Responsible

- Come to class prepared

- Compete your work

*Be Safe

- Wear your mask properly

- Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself

Cleveland Central High School

We had a great December!

CCHS held our 2020 Coronation in December. It was a great event for students and family members.

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CCHS was filled with Christmas spirit this year! Our teachers and staff recognized the tough year we have been through and worked hard to lift spirits and make the school festive for this holiday season. Please check out our Facebook Page to see all of the pictures.

They did a fantastic job!

CCHS Band Member, Sam Waldbieser, made the Mississippi Lion’s Band!

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CCHS is looking forward to a great January. We will be working on schedules for 2nd semester and will have those ready for students at the end of January. Dates for schedule pickup and posting will be posted on our website and Facebook Page by January 11. We want to remind our students that attendance at school is vital to their success.

Upcoming Events

Our Biology I and U.S. History students for the first semester will take their State Tests the week of January 11.

Our sports schedules can be found on the Athletic link on the District and CCHS website.

Junior ACT test is coming up in February.

There are 4 simple things students can do each day to be successful. 1. Come to school regularly. 2. Get to class on time. 3. Do all of your classwork. 4. Follow all classroom rules.

We want to thank our students, parents, faculty, and staff for making CCHS the top high school in the region. Follow us on Facebook. #wolfpack

Cleveland Career Development & Technology Center

Quality Steel donated $5,000 to Cleveland Career Development and Technology Center’s welding program.
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Valerie Wilbert, 2nd year Law and Public Safety teacher, came to the district from a correctional facility where she taught inmates. She was named 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year by her peers. She is energetic and only wants the best for her students. She’s dedicated to preparing her students for careers as an EMT, police officer, sheriff, fireman, investigator, and other areas in Law and Public Safety.
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We would like to also recognize our Employees of the Month for September - December 2020.

Equonda Jackson, Student Service Coordinator, Employee of the month for September

Jennifer Williams, Teacher Academy Teacher, Employee of the Month for October

Paula Sington, Health Science Teacher Employee of the Month for November (not pictured)

Valerie Wilbert, Law and Public Safety Teacher, Employee of the Month for December

Walter Robinson Achievement Center

Greetings from the Walter Robinson Achievement Center. December was an exciting month looking forward to spending time with family during the Christmas and New Year holidays. The WRAC continues to stay busy, however. Our focus remains to reduce recidivism, increase academic skills, and promote positive behavior through Character Education.

One of the goals of the WRAC is to involve students (and staff) in community service projects to promote character development as well as academic achievement. This past holiday season the staff and students participated in the Samaritan’s Purse project. WRAC students and staff collected toys, games, and clothing items to include in their gift boxes for needy children in third world countries. We would love to see the faces of the children who receive our boxes!

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Academic work continued during the interim from Thanksgiving to Christmas breaks. Classes are continuing using Google Classroom, various interventions and direct teaching for our students. To complement our academic work, the WRAC entered one of our students, Marcus Waldrop, in the spelling bee this year. Our teachers continued their academic work as well by participating in Promethean Board training in addition to their normal PD activities.

Dennis Giger was named the WRAC’s teacher of the month. Mr. Giger is the ELA and Social Studies teacher. As part of the recognition, he received a $25 gift card.

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December brought the WRAC the opportunity to prepare and plant a flower bed and

a winter garden.

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How sad the holidays would be without getting into the Christmas spirit. So, to get us in

the spirit, we decorated!

And, in order to ensure we are establishing a positive culture for the rest of the year, we

are making our rooms bright, warming, and inviting.

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Department Updates


Our Winter sports are going very well and we are excited about the strong finish to their seasons.


  • Girls have had great showings throughout the start of the season they are 2-1 on the season.
  • Boys have been playing well and are improving daily and their record is 2-1.


  • Girls and Boys have had some close exciting games so far this year and are looking forward to finishing district play with a chance at playoffs.


  • Bowling season is going well and our bowling team is looking forward to another big season with another chance at state.

Upcoming Events for January:


  • Jan. 5 at Canton 4pm JV / V
  • Jan. 8 vs Neshoba Central 4pm JV / V
  • Jan. 9 at Lake Cormorant TBA
  • Jan. 12 at Holmes County Central 4pm JV / V
  • Jan. 15 vs Canton 4pm JV / V
  • Jan. 16 at McEvans 5pm JV(B) / V
  • Jan. 19 vs West Bolivar 6pm V
  • Jan. 22 at Neshoba Central 4pm JV / V
  • Jan. 26 vs Greenville 4pm JV / V
  • Jan. 29 vs Holmes County Central 4pm JV / V


  • Jan. 5 at Ridgeland 5pm G / 7pm B
  • Jan. 8 at Neshoba Central 5pm G / 7pm B
  • Jan. 12 at Grenada 5pm G / 7pm B
  • Jan. 15 at Vicksburg 5pm G / 7pm B
  • Jan. 18 vs South Panola 5:30pm G / 7pm B
  • Jan. 22 vs Winona 5pm G / 7pm B

Good luck to all of our teams and athletes!



Tis the season for budgets!! FY2021 - 2022 budget season is finally in effect, and the business office will be reviewing current faculty, and staff needs as it relates to budgetary requirements. Department leaders will be contacted to finalize budget revisions for the upcoming school year once the Mississippi Department of Education has given MAEP appropriation. The payroll and accounts payable department will be working to issue W2's and 1099's this month. If there is a change in personal information, please see Gaye Gorrell in the payroll department.

Child Nutrition

Our top priority is safety for students and staff.

We will continue to serve breakfast and lunch in the classrooms for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

We will also continue to bus meals to virtual students until further notice. CSD Meals on Wheels has been going strong! The participation has increased and there have been no recent telephone calls regarding delivery issues.

Thank you to the Child Nutrition staff, Transportation staff, and the Community for making this endeavor a continued success.

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Curriculum & Instruction

Early Learning Collaborative

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for Pre-K 4.

Theme for the Month of December: “For the Love of Pre-k”

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December District Wide PD

The CSD Curriculum and Instruction Department provided district-wide professional development sessions in December on small group instruction and effective feedback. During these sessions, teachers discussed strategies for making small group instruction more effective and practiced giving actionable, descriptive feedback on student work samples. Teachers were also provided with resources to help increase student engagement virtually and face-to-face. Some of the resources provided were Plickers, Nearpod, Pear Deck, and Jamboard.

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January District-Wide PD Sessions: Tuesday, January 12th

Sessions: Writing Feedback, Small Group, and Distance Learning Updates for Tech Teams

2020-2021 District-Wide Spelling Bee

District-Wide Spelling Bee will be Tuesday, February 1st at 6:00 pm in the CCHS Auditorium. Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Pearman Elementary

Spelling Bee Winners

1. Jordan Gerzon

2. Stephany Becerril

Mallory Chandler, Building Spelling Bee Coordinator

Hayes Cooper Center

Spelling Bee Winners

1. Rehan Reza

2. Tom Foster

Jennifer Shy, Building Spelling Bee Coordinator

DM Smith Elementary

Spelling Bee Winners

1. Kylon Thompson

2. Laila Maddox

Elizabeth Simpson, Building Spelling Bee Coordinator

Bell Academy

Spelling Bee Winners

1. Psario Self

2. Arlin Brown

Penni Morgan, Building Spelling Bee Coordinator

Nailor Elementary

Spelling Bee Winners

1. Tristan Thompson

2. Ethan Baldwin

Thelma Cartwright, Building Spelling Bee Coordinator

Parks Elementary

Spelling Bee Winners

1. Jacob Manger

2. Cristian Place

Debbie Bullock, Building Spelling Bee Coordinator


Spelling Bee Winners

1. Dawn Flowers

2. Jemiya Nixon

Pam Jones, Building Spelling Bee Coordinator

Instructional Resources

Below are a few instructional resources shared during this month’s content sessions. Each month, instructional coaches provide professional development targeted to the Power Standards for the MS Academic Assessment Program. Teachers receive an intense “Two Hours of Power” of evidence-based strategies and activities that are designed for immediate implementation and student success.


ELA/ Social Studies


Federal Programs

The P16 Council and Superintendent Dr. Otha Belcher hosted a Conversation with the Superintendent. An Overview of Federal Programs was given by Dr. Kristi Harris. Dr. Belcher gave updates on the district and answered questions from the community.
The P16 held there Monthly Virtual Meeting on December 10, 2020
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Human Resources

SAVE THE DATE - CSD Career Fair, Saturday, February 20, 2021


Below is a list of Maintenance Division Projects:

  • CCMS Library Server electricity has been restored.
  • CCMS Gymnasium HVAC heat is back in operation.
  • Bottle Filtered Water Fountains have been installed at Parks Elementary School.
  • Parks Elementary School classroom 20 HVAC unit has been repaired.
  • CCHS classroom 17 HVAC computer board has been replaced and back in operation.
  • D. M. Smith Gymnasium and classrooms HVAC heat are back in operation.
  • Nailor Elementary School classroom 6 electricity has been repaired.
  • Nailor Elementary School gas line and courtyard drain line will be rerouted.
  • Handheld Electrostatic Sprayers training will be conducted for custodians.

Special Services

Special Services Celebrate the Holidays across the District in December. Students participated in cookie decorating, sewing, and more.


The Technology Department has closed approximately 140 work orders this month.

We have installed new Wi-Fi access points in the following locations:

  • Parks
  • Bell
  • Nailor
  • DM Smith
  • Cleveland Central Middle School
  • Hayes Cooper

We will finish the installation for the entire district on the first week we return from Christmas break.

We are working to get all devices ready for Fall testing at CCHS.

We are working with Principals to schedule the installation of all new technology.


The Transportation Department is continuing its efforts to maintain safety in every possible way. We are focused and committed to the safe transport of every student every single day. We are also continuing to enforce safety guidelines as they relate to COVID 19 protocols and CDC recommend regulations. We also want to remind everyone to bundle up and stay as warm and safe as possible. As always, special thanks to our bus drivers, bus aides, and shop techs for their dedication and hard work; it does not go unnoticed!

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Learning is Essential for All

Dr. Otha Belcher, Jr., Superintendent

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