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New M-STAR Videos and Resources Available
The Mississippi Statewide Teacher Appraisal Rubric (M-STAR) is an evaluation process designed to improve the professional performance of all educators. A new series of M-STAR videos provides a quick and useful overview of the evaluation components. The videos, as well as forms and general information about M-STAR, can be found at http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/educator-evaluations/m-star
2014 Parent of the Year Program Now Accepting Applications
Each school district is encouraged to select an outstanding parent to serve as your district Parent of the Year. The 2014 Parent of the Year application form has been emailed to each school district superintendent. Completed forms are due in the Office of Accreditation no later than
5 p.m. on Monday, March 17. For information on this program, please contact the Office of Accreditation at (601) 359-3764 or www.mde.k12.ms.us/accred.
MDOT Leads 5th Grade Bicycling Poster Contest
The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is partnering with Saris Cycling Group, a U.S. manufacturer of bicycle racks and cycling training products, to organize the 4th Annual Fifth Grade National Bicycling Poster Contest. The contest is asking 5th grade students to create a poster around the famous John F. Kennedy quote, “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” The purpose of the contest is to promote youth riding bicycles as a way to lead a healthy lifestyle.
One winner will be selected from each participating state to receive a bike, bike light, and helmet. Posters are due March 7. One National winner will win a trip to the 2015 National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. and their school will receive bicycle parking to park twenty bikes and a bike/walk tracking system called “The Hub.”
The artistic ability of the 2013 state winner from East Central Upper Elementary School, Hannah Pauls, gained exceptional recognition for her school and Mississippi by going on to win the national poster contest. Because of her talent and award winning poster design, Hannah has been invited to attend the 2014 National Bike Summit in Washington D.C., where she and her artwork will be honored.
To learn more about the SCG Poster Contest or to participate contact Lindsey Netherland at (601) 359-9890 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contest registration form and related documents can be found here: http://bit.ly/bike2014.
MCEE Seeks Participants for Spring Stock Market Game
The Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE) invites you to participate in the spring Stock Market Game. Trading is open through April 18 so register your teams today. As long as students make at least three trades by the end of February they are eligible for prizes.
Here's how we can help you get started:
- We have mentor teachers ready to help with any classroom implementation questions
- We have sponsors ready to help cover the cost of your teams
- We will have a training webinar whenever is convenient for you if needed
- Your students will compete for cash prizes and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City
- The online Teacher Resource Center is FULL of lessons, activities, and publications for you to use in your classroom
Register your teams today at www.stockmarketgame.org. For any questions, contact Kristi James at email@example.com or (601) 974-1325.
National WWII Museum Sponsors Essay Contest
The National WWII Museum is sponsoring an essay contest for middle and high school students. Students must address the question “How did you plan to achieve success in the face of the unknown?”
High school participants have the chance to win as much as $1,000 while middle school students can win $250. Winning essays will also be posted on the museum’s website. For more information, visit www.nationalww2museum.org/essaycontests.
Governor’s Youth Council Seeks Applicants
Gov. Phil Bryant is now accepting applications from students interested in serving on the 2014-15 Youth Advisory Council. Students who are leaders and organizers in their schools or communities, who are concerned about reducing teenage pregnancy and other health risk factors, and who are willing to work with adults and speak up about teen issues are encouraged to apply.
For more information on the Governor’s Youth Council and about applying visit www.healthyteens.ms or call (601) 576-3150.
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To inform you of vacancies in school districts, we provide a link each week to a list of school district openings. This list, updated monthly, is compiled by the Mississippi Teacher Center and includes job openings for administrators and teachers. To view the current monthly list, visit http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/teacher-center.
For information on employment in the MDE, contact the Office of Human Resources at 601-359-3511 or visit the "Active Recruitment List" on the State Personnel Board Web site at www.msps.ms.gov for a list of openings in all state agencies.