July 28, 2014                                                                                             Archives

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National Weather Service Sets Tornado Drill, Offers Programs

The National Weather Service offices in Mississippi will conduct a statewide tornado drill on October 29 at 9:15 a.m.  The date was chosen to both avoid testing dates and to come just before the state's secondary tornado maximum in November.  Please plan to participate.

Also, National Weather Service officials are available to come to schools to give talks on both the science of meteorology and storm safety.  Schools also can learn how to become a StormReady Supporter through a hazardous weather preparedness program. For more information about either of those programs, contact Steve Wilkinson at the National Weather Service in Jackson at (601) 965-4639.


Teacher Center Launches Job Board

Understanding the need to notify potential employees about school district vacancies in real time, the Mississippi Teacher Center has created a teacher job board that will allow each district to post vacancies directly to the job board to reach applicants faster.

To post to the job board, visit http://teach.k12.ms.us/ or for more information, call the Teacher Center at (601) 359-3631.


MASA Seeks Applicants for McDaniel Scholarship

The Mississippi Association of School Administrators (MASA) is seeking applicants for the Roger McDaniel Scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist interested MASA members who wish to obtain a degree in school administration, or administration certification and/or work toward an advanced degree. 

The scholarship is given in memory of McDaniel, longtime administrator in Hinds County and treasurer of MASA. Only MASA members will be considered.  For more information/details, please contact Lisa Karmacharya at (662) 574-1147.


Asthma and Anaphylaxis Child Safety Act Implementation Plan Available

Beginning in school year 2014-2015, each school district must adopt a policy authorizing a school nurse or trained school employee to administer auto-injectable epinephrine to a student who it is believed, in good faith, to be having an anaphylaxis reaction, whether or not the student has a prescription for epinephrine. However, districts may or may not choose to maintain a supply of auto-injectable epinephrine at schools.

The Office of Healthy Schools has developed an implementation plan that will be helpful to districts as they prepare to adopt a policy to meet this new requirement. The implementation plan contains a statement of best practice, as well as useful resources. You can view the implementation plan on the Office of Healthy Schools website at www.mde.k12.ms.us/healthy-schools. If you have questions, please contact ewatts@mde.k12.ms.us or call (601) 359-1737.


New “Smart Snacks in Schools” Nutrition Standards Begin

Beginning July 1, 2014 USDA “SMART SNACKS”regulations must be implemented for ALL foods and beverages sold in schools, as required by the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA)”. Students will still be able to buy snacks that meet common-sense standards for fat, saturated fat, sugar, and sodium, while promoting products that have whole grains, low fat dairy, fruits, vegetables or protein foods as their main ingredients.

Smart Snacks guidelines are closely aligned with existing State Board of Education Policies (4003 & 4004) regarding beverages and vending. Smart Snacks and SBE Policies apply to all foods available to students through vending machines, student stores, snack bars, fundraisers, and other sales. The policies do not apply to school-related events outside of the normal school day, defined by USDA as midnight until 4:00 p.m. As a reminder, no food items will be sold on the school campus for one (1) hour before the start of any meal services period, including breakfast if offered.

To learn more about these regulations and to determine how it will be implemented in your school district, go the Office of Child Nutrition website at http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/child-nutrition and select Implementation Plan for Smart snacks under “What’s New” or contact April Catchings in the Office of Child Nutrition at or (601) 576-5000 or acatchings@mde.k12.ms.us



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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.