June 8, 2015                                                                                            Archives

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Mississippi Arts Commission Presents Something Extra for Special Needs

Calling all Special Education Teachers! The Mississippi Arts Commission will present Something Extra for Special Needsfrom 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 13, 2015, during its annual Summer Institute in Meridian. Register just for the day or attend the whole conference. Special guest, Dr. Ryan Hourigan, will provide an in-depth look at a creating a “label-free approach” to teaching students with special needs as it relates to arts integration.

For more information, contact Andrea Coleman, Whole Schools Initiative Director, at 601-359-6040 or acoleman@arts.ms.gov.  Registration fee of $65 includes lunch and participant amenities. CEUs will be available for an additional cost.


Free Eye Exams to 3rd Graders Who Did Not Pass Reading Assessment

The Mississippi Optometric Association and the Mississippi Vision Foundation have announced an initiative to provide free eye exams to Mississippi 3rd grade students who did not pass the reading test and do not have insurance coverage. For students who are covered through private insurance or CHIPS, doctors will file on that coverage and parents will be asked to cover the co-pay for the visit due to laws which require the doctor to collect this amount. Parents who are unable to pay the out-of-pocket expenses should discuss this with the doctor. Additionally, any student whose eye test reveals the need for corrective lenses will be provided glasses.

To take advantage of the free vision test, parents should:

  • Call their local participating optometrist to schedule an appointment;
  • Tell the receptionist they are scheduling the free 3rd grade eye exam;
  • Bring the letter notifying them that their child did not pass the assessment test with them to the appointment;
  • To locate a participating optometrist, visit www.msvisionfoundation.org or call 601-572-0845.


MDE Launches Strong Readers=Strong Leaders Campaign

The Strong Readers=Strong Leaders campaign promotes literacy throughout a child’s education by equipping families, students and educators with resources to develop reading skills at school and at home.

Parents, students and teachers are encouraged to visit the Strong Readers=Strong Leaders website, strongreadersms.com, for the latest news and resources.

Click here to view the Strong Readers=Strong Leaders public service announcement featuring Miss Mississippi Jasmine Murray and Gov. Phil Bryant.


Superintendent Search: Quitman School District

The Mississippi School Boards Association is currently conducting the Superintendent Search for the Quitman School District. All suitable applicants are invited to visit the Superintendent Search page on the MSBA website www.msbaonline.org for more information about the position and to submit an application. Deadline for the Quitman School District Superintendent Search is June 17, 2015.


MDE News

MDE partners with Mississippi Library Commission and Miss Mississippi to Promote Summer Reading

Statewide Kindergarten Assessment Reveals Majority of Students Making Gains

Volunteers Help English Language Learners Excel

School- and District-Level 3rd Grade Reading Test Results Available for Public Viewing


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