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Cyber Security Awareness Poster Contest

The Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services is promoting a K-12 Cyber Security Awareness Poster Contest to encourage young people to use the Internet safely and securely and to craft messages and images that will best resonate with their peers across the state.  All public and private schools and youth organizations serving grades K-12 in Mississippi are eligible to participate. 

Last school year, ITS received more than 100 submissions and selected winning posters from three age groups: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The winners represented Waynesboro Elementary School, Waynesboro Middle School, Pontotoc Middle School, and Wayne County High School. An 8th grade student from Pontotoc Junior High School was chosen as one of 13 winners of the national poster contest sponsored by the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) division of Center for Internet Security (CIS).  The winning entries will appear in a 2015 calendar distributed nationally this fall by the MS-ISAC as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, recognized each October. The entries may also be used in national, regional and state computer security awareness campaigns.

Visit the ITS website for contest details and information about past winners:  http://www.its.ms.gov/Services/Pages/K12-Cyber-Security-Poster-Contest.aspx

Poster submissions are due by December 16, 2015.  For contest details, visit:  http://www.its.ms.gov/Services/Documents/Security/K-12%20Poster%20Contest.pdf


Harrison County Physical Education Instructor Included in Fuel Up to Play 60 Advisor Hall of Fame

Aaron Garlotte, Physical Education Instructor at North Woolmarket Elementary and Middle School, has been inducted into the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor Hall of Fame for 2014!
In July, Aaron attended the Fuel Up to Play 60 Summit at the Dallas Cowboy Stadium. The link to Aaron’s Hall of Fame page can be found at http://school.fueluptoplay60.com/welcome/hall-of-fame/. Aaron has been teaching for six years and became interested in the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program after attending a training seminar at the University of Southern Mississippi. His school, which was West Wortham Elementary and Middle at the time, had been enrolled in the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program since 2011.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is a program founded by the National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with USDA, that empowers students to take charge in making small, everyday changes at school. Students can win cool prizes, like an NFL player visit or Super Bowl tickets, for choosing good-for-you foods and getting active for at least 60 minutes every day.

Alternative Education Regional Trainings
The MDE Office of Compulsory School Attendance Enforcement will offer training sessions for Alternative Education Programs. This in-depth training will focus on Alternative Education resources, methods for instructing at-risk youth and hands-on-development of Individualized Instruction Plans (IIP). Individualized Education Plans, (IEP), Behavior Plans and curriculum, etc. will all be demonstrated and practiced. The training will also cover current legislation and policies.
*All sessions are 9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
Trainings are offered in five locations throughout the state: 
November 7, 2014     Woodall Technology Center
901 Sullivan Drive
Hattiesburg, MS, 39401
(601) 554-4646

November 10, 2014   Northwest Rankin High School Performing Arts Center
5805 Highway 25
Flowood, MS 39232
(601) 992-2242

November 13, 2014   Natchez-Adams School District Multi-Purpose Room 
10 Homochitto Street
Natchez, MS 391211
(601) 445-4329

November 19, 2014   B.B. King Museum
400 Second Street
Indianola, MS 38751
(662) 887-9539
Bring your own laptop to work on specific sample plans with participants.
Capacity is limited to 100 Administrators, Teachers, Counselors, and other personnel per location.  Registration is now open.  To register, click here  and you will be redirected to the GoSignMeUp website.  If you have any questions, please contact Damian D. Thomas at dthomas@mde.k12.ms.us or 601-359-5743.


William Carey University Now Offering Online Specialist in Education

The William Carey University School of Education is now offering the online Specialist in Education with an Instructional Leadership concentration and a hybrid Specialist in Education degree in Elementary/Secondary Education. For more information, contact Dr. Liesa Weaver (Instructional Leadership) at 601-318-6626 or lweaver@wmcarey.edu, or Dr. Sue Whitcomb (Elementary/Secondary Education) at 601-318-6557 or swhitcomb@wmcarey.edu.

Letters About Literature

The Letters About Literature (LAL) national reading and writing contest is underway! In the contest, students write a personal letter to the author, living or dead, of their favorite books. Books can be nonfiction, fiction, or even a short story, poem, or speech. LAL awards prizes on the state and national levels. State winners receive a cash awards ranging from $50 to $100. National awards range from $200 to $1,000.

Entry deadlines:
Letters for Level III (grades 9-12) are due by December 15, 2014
Letters for Levels I (grades 4-8) and II (grades 7-8) are due by January 15, 2015

Entries must be accompanied by an entry coupon. Official rules and an entry coupon are available at the Letters About Literature website.

For more information, visit contact Mississippi Center for the Book Coordinator Tracy Carr at tcarr@mlc.lib.ms.us.


Mississippi Association of Partners in Education 2015 Governor’s Award

 Every year MAPE recognizes the state's top school-community partnership programs at the Governor's Awards luncheon. Across Mississippi, partnerships are helping improve student performance in many areas, including academics, graduation rates, health and fitness, community service and character development. MAPE wants to hear about your program! Governor's Award applications are available at www.mapie.org. The next awards luncheon will be held March 18, 2015 at Pearl River Resort during the PREPS-MAPE State Conference. If your school/district is not a member of MAPE, please consider joining. Learn more about us atwww.mapie.org. (PREPS members are automatically MAPE members.)


UM-CMSE Hosts High School Common Core Mathematics Workshop Series

With the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics comes a new way of thinking about teaching and learning mathematics. Students will engage in learning mathematics through problem solving, modeling, and utilizing repeated reasoning. They will not only need to be able to justify their own reasoning, but also make sense of the arguments of others. Join us to learn ways to engage high school students in the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Each sessions will focus on specific mathematical practices and include tasks and activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

Workshops will be held October 24, November 14, December 5, December 6 and January 30. All events will be held at the Center for Mathematics and Science Education. Registration for each event is $95 which includes 0.6 CEUs. For more information and to register, visit http://umcmse.com/pd/hs-ccmws/.


Annual MAMLE Conference

The Mississippi Association for Middle Level Educators (MAMLE) will hold its annual conference February 19-21, 2015 at the Vicksburg Convention Center. MAMLE is an affiliate of the American Association for Middle Level Educators (AMLE), is dedicated to improving the educational experiences of all students ages 10 to 15 by providing vision, knowledge, and resources to educators and leaders. Nominations are being accepted for the Teams that Make a Difference Award and the Middle School Administrator of the Year Award. Visit http://mamle.org for nomination forms or to request to make a presentation.



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