Volume 1 Issue 1 | October 2020
This year, we will be sharing a monthly newsletter that includes updates from our schools and departments.
Thanks for your support of the Cleveland School District, where Learning is Essential for All.
Bell Academy is off to a great start! We are excited to be able to be on campus together as a Jaguar family! Since being back in school, students have completed all beginning of the year baseline assessments. We will use the data from the assessments to assist us in individualizing instruction to meet the learner where they are academically in order to help them grow. Our teachers are working diligently in the classroom to ensure both our online and on-campus students are not only excelling academically but also remain happy and healthy.
Many updates took place at Bell Academy over the summer. We are excited to have a fence around the perimeter of our school and new security cameras throughout campus. Our Bell Sprouts Garden project was completed to include new raised beds, an outdoor classroom, a greenhouse, and much more. Through the garden, we hope to not only teach our students healthy eating habits but also how to grow and maintain fruit and vegetables in the garden.
We welcomed four new staff members to our team this year: Mrs. Jamie Bramuchi (Kindergarten), Ms. Samantha Collins (First Grade), Mrs. Amanda Goodman (Second Grade), and Mrs. Mary Evans (Inspire). We are fortunate to have an amazing group of educators on the Bell Academy team.
We are looking forward to many great things this school year, but most of all, we are looking forward to being partners in learning with each of our families. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
Hayes Cooper Center
The Hayes Cooper Center school community began this unprecedented school year with a renewed sense of purpose combined with caution. Most of the staff development days were spent learning how to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and planning for the new demands for the school year. Planning sessions included content area groups, social media and promotion, and strategic planning revisions.
We could not have begun this new school year without the help from the district and school community. The faculty and staff appreciate the extra cleaning supplies and face shields provided by the district. The Booster Club provided individually wrapped snacks, North Sunflower Medical Clinic provided hand sanitizer and holders for backpacks, and many parents came forward to provide supplies on the teachers' wish lists. Some students showed up with beautiful flowers, and an inspiring chef made cupcakes! The support is greatly appreciated!
Although there are many extra responsibilities, we are looking forward to a productive school year.
H.M. Nailor Elementary School
Though the school year began with uncertainties, we are off to a great start at H.M. Nailor Elementary School. This year we are laboring under the theme "Blasting into Learning." We began the school year with professional development on Grade Results, COVID-19 protocols for staff and students, and school and district policies and procedures. Dr. Stanley Benigno, MS Preps Executive Director and Associate Professor at William Carey University, engaged our staff in an awesome professional development at the beginning of the school year focused on celebrating the power of teaching, differentiating instruction, and building student resilience.
To date, we have 265 students enrolled. Over 100 of those students are enrolled in virtual learning. We have completed our i-Ready Fall Diagnostic Assessments and MKAS assessment. Our next step in the process is to set the end of the year instructional goals as we continue to soar higher towards academic success.
We held our first PBIS event on September 21st. The students enjoyed a fun-filled Sock Hop in their classrooms.
Moving forward, we encourage safety and continuous academic achievement. We cannot wait to see what the month of October brings!
From the desk of the principal:
Welcome back to another year. Although things are much different than they ever have been before, we are going to continue to work together to provide the best education for your students. Thank you for entrusting their education to us. We will be conducting a Virtual Open House on October 7. I will share a link to the Live Session via School Status. I look forward to "seeing" you all there!
Mrs. Anna M. Bennett
Students are allowed to wear Pink on Fridays during October for Breast Cancer Awareness. They must wear their uniform bottoms.
The Bear Buck Store will be open for students on October 30.
Order forms for the student construction theme t-shirt will be finalized and going out in October.
We held Meet the Teacher before school began. Students enjoyed meeting their teachers and dropping off school supplies!
Welcome to our new interventionist, Debbie Bullock! We are so excited to have her with us at Parks.
All beginning of year testing is complete, and teachers are excited to be teaching.
Our mentors and mentees have been meeting as needed to get acclimated to a new school year and a new building.
Teachers have been passing out Bear Bucks to students for Academic and Behavior accomplishments.
Teachers have also been passing out Jean Passes to students that have perfect attendance each week.
We are seeing positive results from the PBIS initiative that we started last year. We are so proud of our students!
Greetings from Cowboy Country!
The 2020-2021 school year has started off with a bang! This year’s theme is “Blazing a New Trail to Success!” With COVID-19 and the implementation of virtual learning, Pearman teachers are poised and prepared to take charge and lead our students into this new realm of education. The first days of school had their bumps, but Pearman’s staff rolled with the punches and ended each day better than the previous.
Assessment and Instruction
Our Cowboy scholars were focused on showing that despite the extended break, they were still saddled up for success! We completed our ELS benchmark, iReady diagnostic screeners, Grade Results course pretest, and STAR literacy assessments during the first month of school. These assessments have helped our teachers to create customized learning plans for each student they serve to fill the instructional gaps and promote optimal growth for the next round of testing.
Teachers had led the way in promoting a culture of collaboration and instructional innovation. Teachers have held sessions on Grade Results, Google Classroom, Google Meets, and other learning platforms to ensure that all members of the team were ready for our students. Our teachers have also worked closely with our Curriculum Coaches for one-on-one support for curriculum and instruction. A special thanks to Mrs. Parker, Mrs. Lucas, Ms. Wells, and Ms. Harris, for their continued support for Pearman teachers!
After months off, students fell right back into the routine. Arrival and dismissal processes have been smooth, and it has been wonderful to see their smiling faces. Our virtual learners have become comfortable with logging in and attending the live sessions with their teachers. Google Classroom has served as a perfect hub for instruction with its familiarity with students, parents, and teachers. We held our first PBIS event to celebrate positive behavior throughout the first month of school. Over 98% of the student body was able to attend! The students were so excited!
Cowboy Country All-Stars
September’s All-Star Teacher
Lower (1st-3rd): Rhondesha Wright
Upper (4th-6th): Kim Wardlow
September’s All-Star Students
1st: Arianna Thacker
2nd: Alan Rivas
3rd: Deyki Bell
4th: Isabelle Wardlow
5th: Ciara Figueroa
6th: Diana Ramirez
1st: Elijah Veal
2nd: Landon Davis
3rd: Emily Veal
5th: Kristian Robinson
6th: Kassidie Simmons
D. M. Smith Elementary
The PBIS team sponsored its first event, an ice cream social, for students who exhibited BEARS traits by being Brilliant, Enthusiastic, Amazing, Respectful Scholars.
Cleveland Central Middle School
Cleveland Central Middle School is "Prepared to Advance the Pack." We have facilitated a good start to the 2020-2021 school year. Our many months of planning have paid off, and the fruits of our efforts are emerging early this year. More than ever, teamwork and collaboration are needed to execute the many activities that seem to happen automatically throughout the school day. We thank our parents for their high level of engagement in our students learning activities. With approximately half of the 510 students of CCMS attending school virtually, parents are a greater factor in the teaching and learning process. Our parents have been working diligently with our teachers to ensure that the students are receiving daily instruction. We are sure as we progress throughout the year that our good start will grow to a great finish.
Teaching and Learning
Parents, teachers, and students have been working diligently to provide students with a high-quality virtual learning experience. In the observation of virtual classes, many of the students appear to be more focused and engaged. We have completed our first benchmark assessments and fall diagnostics. Now our teachers are settled in, and teaching and learning will be in full swing at CCMS. Our systems for assessment, observation, and instructional practice provide our faculty staff with focus and our students with high-quality, equitable learning experiences. With every passing day, teaching and learning continue to
Athletics play a huge part in the culture and environment of Cleveland Central Middle School. We thank Coach Buford and his coaching staff (Stacy Wilder, Legarrius Jefferson, Obbie James, Tommie Birch, and Brandon Tucker) for preparing our scholars for success and getting them off to a 2-0 start on the season. Football is in full swing as well as Volleyball. We have only a few middle school volleyball games, but we are glad to see our middle school students preparing, practicing, and getting better as they transition to high school. Although the middle school band is not performing publically, Mr. Lewis has them sounding magnificent. One day on my way to observe a class, the band sounded so good that I had to stop and visit them. It feels good to see our students performing again.
Clubs and Activities
CCMS has activated its journalism club, sponsored by Ms. Kuppa Kaneria, 7th-grade math teacher, and Dr. Deundria Wraggs, 8th grade English teacher. The Journalism club covered our last football game on Tuesday, September 22, versus S.V. Marshall Middle School. The journalism club will be circulating a digital newsletter each month covering various aspects of the CCMS learning environment. The first edition was scheduled to be released on September 30, 2020. Other clubs in the process of being activated are our Technology Student Association and our Student Council.
As mentioned earlier, parents have been very engaged and instrumental in the education of the students at Cleveland Central Middle School. We have activated our Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) for this year. We have had two virtual PTSO meetings where we have developed a roster of parents for the PTSO. We have also selected our officers for the PTSO this year. The officers are Rori Herbison, president, LaDonne Sterling, vice president, Candrese Jones, secretary, and Camille Woods treasurer. We thank our officers and all the parents who took out time to be engaged with the school and look forward to helping CCMS succeed and advance.
Cleveland Central High School
We are having a great start to school! We have a variety of activities coming up in October. October 12 will be our first PSTO meeting of the year. We will meet at 6:00 pm in the CCHS Auditorium. We would love to have more parents join PSTO this year. We will be doing a virtual Title I night in October, and a student information packet sent home outlining our Title I program and its benefits to our students.
Our athletic teams started Fall competition in September. Their schedules can be found on our CCHS website.
Please follow us on Facebook and the CSD App for events and school information.
Due to the late start of school due to COVID, Homecoming will be November 6 this year.
Senior Night activities will take place as usual before the game, and Homecoming activities will take place at half time. Go Wolf Pack!
Cleveland Career Development & Technology Center
Law & Public Safety
September is observed as National Preparedness Month sponsored by FEMA and Homeland Security. Students in Law and Public Safety Year 2 program say they are ready to learn basic skills to take the steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, and communities.
Thanks to Mississippi State University and Mississippi Department of Homeland Security for providing each student with PPE, additional supplies, and resources to complete the National CERT/MYPI programs (Community Emergency Response Team). The Mississippi Youth Preparedness Initiative requires each student to create a Family Communication Plan and Emergency Supply kit, all while helping 6 six additional families to become better prepared for any disaster.
Upcoming Event: Rhett Nelson, Director of Emergency Medical Technology, will serve as a virtual guest speaker on October 23, 2020, to present information on the EMT program offered at Coahoma Community College. Valerie Wilbert, Law and Public Safety Teacher and Monica Mitchell, CTE Director.
Students in the Teacher Academy class are excited about the delivery of books to their class that was funded through DonorsChoose. The students received copies of the novel Just Mercy and Wonder that will be used as additional instructional resources for Unit 4: History & Trends in American Education and Unit 7: Appreciating Diverse Learners. Each book will provide them with a very valuable lesson centered on issues that many Americans are faced with daily.
Walter C. Robinson Achievement Center
Greetings to Cleveland School District community, from the staff at the Walter C. Robinson Achievement Center
I want to formally thank the School Board and Superintendent for allowing the Alternative Education Program to be housed at the WRAC. The staff and I will work tirelessly to provide educational services for students who have received long-term suspensions from their home schools. We will also continue working daily to provide a safe and orderly environment that focuses on academics and behavioral skills that students need in order for them to be successful in their home schools and later in the workplace. Authur F. Johnson, Alternative Education Director
In addition to our counselor, Coach Jefferson, I am pleased to announce the addition of two dedicated veteran educators to our staff.
The first is Montresia N. Cain. She is a twenty-year veteran science teacher/instructional leader. She began her career in the Mound Bayou Public School District, teaching Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and ACT Prep at John F. Kennedy Memorial High School. She had the pleasure of serving as a 7th/8th grade science teacher at Cleveland Central Middle School, which marked her first year in the Cleveland School District. She currently serves at the Walter Robinson Achievement Center/Achievement Center for Excellence, where she is a teacher and student advisor. Mrs. Cain will also serve as the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) chairperson. Mrs. Cain earned an Educational Specialist Degree in Leadership and Supervision from Delta State University and has a Master's Degree and Bachelor's Degree in Science Education from Delta State University. She serves as Youth Director in her church and enjoys spending time with her family.
The second is Dennis Giger. He is a 23 year veteran of the public school system in Mississippi. He started his career with the Ray Brooks school system in Benoit, Mississippi. In 2006, he transferred to the Cleveland Mississippi School District and began serving as a librarian at East Side High School. He continued in that capacity after the mergers serving as one of the librarians at Cleveland Central High School. He is certified in both library science and English. He is married with two adult sons and a grandfather of seven. He is very active in his church. He loves to read, and he will write occasionally. He is a graduate of Delta State University.
The staff at the WRAC are busy putting into place professional learning community, communication, and PBIS components so that our students will receive the best possible opportunity to learn and develop.
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There is a lot happening around campus at Cleveland Central!
COVID-19 has made athletics very interesting this year, but big thanks to the Central Office for buying facemasks for all fall sports.
Football and Volleyball seasons are underway, and they are all having good seasons.
- Varsity Football most recently took the players to East MS Community College to play a game where they came away with a win vs. Kemper County.
- Volleyball most recently played at Holmes County, where they came away with another win.
- Middle School Football is having a good year as well. They recently played Holmes County and got the win.
- Cross Country and Swimming seasons are right around the corner, and they are practicing hard to get ready for their seasons.
Upcoming Events for October:
- Oct 2 at Ridgeland- 7 pm
- Oct 9 vs. Vicksburg- 7 pm
- Oct 16 at Holmes County- 7 pm
- Oct 23 at Germantown- 7 pm
- Oct 30 at Neshoba Central- 7 pm
- Oct 1 vs. Holmes County- 6 pm JV / 7 pm V
- Oct 6 vs. Neshoba Central- 6 pm JV / 7 pm V
- Oct 8 at Canton- 5:30 V
- Oct 13 First Round of Playoffs- TBA
Middle School Football
- Oct 8 at William Sullivan- 5 pm
- Oct 13 vs. TL Weston- 5 pm
Thank you for joining us for the 2020-2021 school year! Listed below are updates and reminders from the Office of Child Nutrition:
- ALL students are eligible for FREE meals for the 2020-2021 school year regardless of household income.
- Face-to-face students are fed in the classrooms and will continue to do so through at least the first nine weeks of school.
- Caregivers can pick up FREE breakfast and lunch for their virtual students Monday through Friday, 11:00 AM- 11:30 AM at each of the schools in the district.
- Children with food allergies or who may require food substitutions must have an updated physician’s statement on file in order to be accommodated. Forms can be found on the CSD website under the “Child Nutrition” section.
- Menus are posted on the CSD website and are updated monthly.
Curriculum & Instruction
We are off to a great start in the department of curriculum and instruction. The months of August and September were filled with numerous tasks as we begin the 2020-2021 school year, including providing professional development and supporting the district in its transition to distance learning.
Teachers in grades K-8 attended iReady training with Curriculum Associates’ Professional Development Specialist, Alice Shirey. Mrs. Shirey provided training on the latest updates, reports, and documents. She also provided guidance for new teachers on how to utilize the program in their classrooms. Upcoming sessions will focus on K-8 math. Teachers will review how to use the Diagnostic to make data-driven decisions to impact instruction and support students’ mathematical reasoning and conceptual understanding.
The department also began its monthly content sessions in September. These sessions focus on supporting teachers in developing, enhancing, and sustaining teacher capacity by modeling high-quality pedagogical strategies and activities for teaching and learning in the areas of ELA, math, and science. Participants received hands-on, relevant, and practical evidence-based techniques that are designed to engage and increase student-learning outcomes related to MAAP and EOC priority standards.
We provided district-wide Grade Results training, as well, in August and September. Sessions were facilitated by instructional coaches and covered topics such as class customization, live sessions, accessing the learning management system, and clubs. The department also facilitated the creation of building-level tech teams to support Grade Results implementation. These teams received individualized training in the LMS. Other trainings included sessions with Gifted and SPED teachers.
The Cleveland Early Learly Collaborative began its series of interactive virtual classroom training led by Kindergarten consultant, Mrs. Marquitta Jones-Thomas. These services help to better prepare Pre-K teachers for virtual learning. During the initial session, teachers created interactive virtual classrooms, created and added bitmoji extensions, added links and embedded videos, added learning standards and links to google classroom assignments, google slide presentations, and created interactive drag and drop assignments based on the MDE standards aligned to the OWL curriculum.
Our department has released many resources to support teachers, students, and parents with our district’s online resources, which can be found on our website.
Family Engagement & Public Relations
We've been super busy welcoming students to school both face to face and virtually. During September, Public Relations has met with the P-16 Council to plan its quarterly Parent Summit. We have also created a district-wide communication team consisting of representatives from all campuses, sharing consistent, clear, and relevant information to the Cleveland School District Community.
The Parent Center has been busy with CSD's teachers, DSU students, and Head Start teachers (checking out materials, laminating, and making materials to decorate classrooms).
The purpose of federal programs is to provide opportunities that will enhance students’ educational endeavor beginning as early as kindergarten. These programs are designed to promote student achievement as each student acquires the knowledge and skills as outlined in the State’s Curriculum Frameworks in the areas of language arts/reading and mathematics, as well as augment the character education and drug-free curriculum that is addressed in all schools.
These allocations, combined with state and local funds, supplement the programs that are currently in place within the district to improve student achievement. Schools with forty percent (40%) or more children from low-income families qualify to provide school wide services to all students. Currently, the Cleveland School District supports seven schools that meet this criteria; Bell Academy, DM Smith Elementary, Nailor Elementary, Parks Elementary, Pearman Elementary, Cleveland Central Middle School, and Cleveland Central High School.
There are several federal programs utilized in the district. These are:
Title I, Part A Basic:
This program provides financial assistance through State educational agencies (SEAs) to local educational agencies (LEAs) and public schools with the highest numbers or percentages of poor children to help ensure that all children meet challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards. These special populations include, among others, students with disabilities, English language learners, migrant students and the homeless, each of which have separate programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). Our 2020-21 allocation is $1,443,688.15.
Title II, Part A:
This program combines the former Eisenhower Professional Development Program and the former Class-Size Reduction Initiative into one funding program. Our 2020-2021 allocation is $202,522.00.
The purpose of Title II is to:
- Increase academic achievement by improving teacher and principal quality;
- Increase the number of highly qualified teachers in classrooms;
- Improve the skills of principals and assistant principals in schools; and
- Increase the effectiveness of teachers and principals by holding LEAs and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement.
Title IV, Student Support and Academic Enrichment
The Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program is used to improve student academic achievement by increasing the capacity of States, local educational agencies, schools, and local communities to: 1) provide all students with access to a well-rounded education; 2) improve school conditions for student learning; and 3) improve the use of technology to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.
Use of Funds
A Local Educational Agency (LEA) that receives at least $30,000 in SSAE program funds must conduct a comprehensive needs assessment that includes, at a minimum, a focus on the three content areas identified above.
Based on the results of that assessment, the LEA must use:
- At least 20 percent of funds for activities to support well-rounded educational opportunities;
- At least 20 percent of funds for activities to support safe and healthy students; and
- A portion of funds for activities to support effective use of technology
These funds are allocated separately to the Consolidated Federal Program Application.
The 2020 -2021 allocation is $ 125,698.00.
Summer Insurance Virtual Enrollment was held during the month of July 2020.
2020-2021 CSD Certified Mentor / Mentee Program has started.
Fall Break - October 9 & 12, 2020.
SAVE THE DATE - CSD Career Fair, Saturday, February 20, 2021
Maintenance Division Projects:
- Pearman Elementary School HVAC Coil Cleaning and Disinfectant has been completed
- D. M. Smith Elementary School HVAC Coil Cleaning and Disinfectant has been completed
- Bottle Filtered Water Fountains are being installed at CCMS, CCDTC, and Pearman Elementary School
- Parks Elementary School window replace throughout the school in progress
- Seven new HVAC units have been installed at Parks Elementary School
- HVAC replacements are ongoing at CCHS, CCMS, Bell Academy Cafeteria Kitchen, and CCMS Cafeteria Kitchen
- HVAC control upgrades are completed at CCMS
- HVAC control upgrades are ongoing at CCHS
Dianne Jones, RN- Parks Elementary
Valerie Honorable-Bryant, RN- D.M. Smith
Regina Evans, FNP- Bell Academy
Tomeka Wright-Little, FNP- CCH
Sharon Moore, FNP- D.M. Smith/CCM
Angel Sellers-Robinson, LPN-CCH (Assistant Administrator)
Adam Roach, LPN, Vo-Tech/Bell Academy
Mary Bolden, FNP, HCC/Parks Elementary (Administrator School Based Clinics)
LaShandria Harris, LPN- HCC
Sade Beasley-Tyler, LPN- CCM
Becky Horton, RN- Bell Academy
Nora Gough Davis- FNP and CEO
Flu shots will be offered by Shaw Medical Center with written consent starting in mid-October.
Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability that describes a cluster of symptoms that result in issues with certain language skills and reading. Dyslexia can be spotted in children who have difficulty reading, spelling, writing, and pronouncing words and have average to above-average intelligence. These children will have differences in deficits and strengths.
If you know someone with dyslexia, they are amongst the many great right-brain learners and thinkers in the world. Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Whoopi Goldberg, Leonardo da Vinci, Steve Jobs, Jennifer Aniston, Steven Spielberg, Henry Winkler, Carl Jung, Muhammad Ali, Danny Glover, Keira Knightly, Octavia Spencer, Cher, and Patricia Polacco all have/had dyslexia. Can you even imagine the world without these inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, writers, doctors, lawyers, politicians, and scientists?
In the Cleveland School District, we are helping kids to unlock their brains. Dyslexia therapists teach in a way that builds new connections or neurons in the brain, which will change the way the brain works. We are giving dyslexic students the tools they need to find out where they fit in a world filled with possibilities.
CSD will celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Month with various activities throughout October.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month- Staff and students are asked to wear pink every Friday.
Nailor Elementary will celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness with a Pink out day Oct. 2
Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated the week of Oct. 23-3
October is full of fun therapy with exciting themes and here is a book list to add to your collection. ENJOY!!
- Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
- Stellauna by Janell Cannon
- Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The Technology Department has closed approximately 426 work orders this month. We have been busy supporting our students, parents, and teachers with login issues for Clever, Gmail, and Grade Results. We have posted safety videos on YouTube for students and parents. We have updated the Athletics and Curriculum webpages. We have been adding as many district software applications to Clever to ease logins with a single login system.
We have completed the installation of a Public Wi-Fi system around all the school parking lots. We have added the Internet to the CCHS Football pressbox to stream all the CCHS home football games. We have ordered webcams, Promethean interactive panels, Chromebook for students and faculty, and cleaning supplies for the schools. We have also purchased Google and Promethean training for the school teachers.
The Transportation Department, bus drivers, and shop technicians have been working diligently to keep our buses as safe as possible for our students. We are strictly adhering to our COVID19 checklist and many other recommendations from the CDC. We are also ensuring that all bus drivers and bus monitors have the proper personal protective equipment that they need, such as gloves, masks, and face shields. We also provide extra masks for students who may not have one for various reasons. This is a new arena for everyone, and we are making the most of it by keeping our morale and spirits high and providing a positive environment for our students and each other. We are rolling with the punches, and we are determined to make this work.
Our shop technicians are busy, busy, busy, making sure that every vehicle in our fleet is fully prepared and equipped for our drivers and students. Winter maintenance is underway, and we are preparing our fleet for winter conditions.
I am grateful for the hard work and dedication the drivers, bus monitors, and shop technicians have shown during this pandemic. I want to ask all employees and community members to let the bus drivers, bus monitors, and shop technicians know they are appreciated when you see them. They most definitely deserve it, and then some!
A Look Around CSD
Walk this way at Hayes Cooper Center
Pre-k 4 “Under Construction” Theme at Parks Elementary
CCHS Principal, Mr. Foster has hand sanitizer on hand donated by North Sunflower Medical Center.