"The vision of the Tishomingo County School District is to educate students to be committed learners who meet all challenges and endeavor to be the best they can be."
1620 Paul Edmondson Drive
Iuka, MS 38852
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To Parents of All Students Attending School in Tishomingo County School District:
Once again, it is time for our school district to begin the annual process of collecting Proofs of Residency for our students for the 2016-17 school year. This requirement is mandated by the Office of the State Auditor, and these documents must be on file before your child is officially enrolled in our district.
The information required is to prove that each student physically resides full time, weekday/nights and weekends, at the place of abode located within the limits of the school district. Please notice the requirements below and keep in mind that the proofs must be current. This means that a utility bill must be within 30 days of the date you present and sign the compliance document at your child’s school. Other documents must be the latest available. Example: Drivers license and auto registration must be current. All proofs must contain your physical address and date of proof.
Listed below are items that will be accepted as proof:
- Apartment or Home Lease (handwritten rent receipt must be notarized)
- Current Automobile Registration
- Current Document from Government Agency proving residency in our district (DHS, Social Security)
- Current Utility Bills: Water, Garbage, Electric, TV, Phone (no cell phone-must be landline or internet service)
- Driver’s License or Firearms Permit (Only one can be accepted)
- Homeowners’ Insurance
- Mortgage Documents or Property Tax Receipt
Every student in Tishomingo County School District must provide 2 new proofs of residency before the 2016-2017 school year begins. These may be presented at pre-registration (Open House), or brought to the school office during the summer.
This notice is to also remind parents that all students entering 7th grade must present an updated Immunization Compliance Form that includes the new TDAP required by the Mississippi Department of Health.
Students will not be given a schedule or assigned a homeroom teacher until his/her enrollment records are complete and current.
If you have any questions, please contact the principal’s office at your child’s school.
Your cooperation in the matter is greatly appreciated.
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Mississippi Scholars and Mississippi Tech Masters
May 6, 2016
The Tishomingo County School District and the Tishomingo County Mississippi Scholars/Mississippi Tech Masters Steering Committee honored distinct Seniors from Belmont High School and Tishomingo County High School on Monday, May 2nd, at an evening ceremony at the Fellowship Christian Retreat at Crow’s Neck. Students were recognized and awarded the titles of Mississippi Scholars and Mississippi Tech Masters.
The Mississippi Scholars and Mississippi Tech Masters programs are sponsored by the Mississippi Economic Council with a focus on providing a foundation to succeed by increasing academic rigor for students. Both programs have specific criteria to meet in order to qualify as recipients. The Mississippi Scholars program requires 4 credits in English Language Arts, 4 credits of Mathematics with 3 credits higher than Algebra I, 4 Science credits that must include Biology I and Chemistry, 4 Social Studies credits, 1 Art Credit, and 2 advanced electives. Additional requirements include the following:
- 40 hours of community or volunteer service during the 4 years of high school
- 18 ACT composite score
- 2.5 cumulative high school GPA on a 4.0 scale
- 95% school attendance during 4 years of high school
- No out-of-school suspension
Similarly, the Mississippi Tech Masters program has specific criteria to meet as well. The Tech Master program has both an academic and career-technical education focus. A Tech Master must have 4 English credits, 3 math credits with Algebra I and Geometry required, 3 credits of Science including Biology I and 2 courses above Biology I, 3 Social Studies credits, 1 computer credit, ½ credit of health or PE, 2 ½ elective credits in the program of study, and 4 credits from the Career Technical Education program of study. Additional requirements include the following:
- 40 hours of community or volunteer service during high school
- Minimum of 18 ACT composite score or
- Minimum 36 ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test) or
- Silver level WorkKeys score
- 2.5 high school GPA
- 95% school attendance during high school years
- No out-of-school suspension
- Must have a passing score on the Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System (CPAS2)
The district had 36 Senior students meet the set criteria and receive these honors. Superintendent Christie Holly stated, “In my opinion, the Mississippi Scholar and Mississippi Tech Master programs emphasize two distinct areas: academic excellence and social awareness. Academically, these honors are earned through commitment to go beyond the required in both the educational and career technical fields. Socially, these honors are earned through commitment to being responsible citizens and to being citizens who think of others as well. Students will have a notation made on their transcripts to show they chose a rigorous path and attained this honor. These honors can give them preferential hiring status in the future as well as endorsements to list on resumes and job applications. Many industries and businesses across the state recognize these honors, so they should be assets in the future for students.”
Students were recognized by receiving a certificate as well as a medal to commemorate the achievement. Students will wear their medallions during graduation and be noted as Mississippi Scholars and Mississippi Tech Masters on their graduation programs. “We are so excited for these students and proud of their accomplishments. We want this program to grow in the future, and we will actively seek out business, industry, and community partners over the summer to fully implement a district-wide program that promotes these honors to students and parents. We are appreciative of the business, industry, and community support we received in our first event, but we want this to become a greater partnership in the future,” stated Mrs. Holly.
2015-2016 Mississippi Scholars and Mississippi Tech Masters
Dylan Garrett Amerson – MS Scholar – TCHS
Payton Brett Arnold – MS Scholar – TCHS
Michael Allen Bonds – MS Tech Master – TCHS
Madison Brooke Borden – MS Scholar – TCHS
Matthew Scott Brown – MS Scholar – TCHS
Trace Austin Mckewen Byrd – MS Scholar and MS Tech Master – TCHS
Scotty Dexter Cleveland – MS Tech Master – Belmont
Anthony Scott Cloutier – MS Tech Master – TCHS
Brittany Paige Cox – MS Scholar – TCHS
Charles Seth Curtis – MS Tech Master – TCHS
Austin Michael Franks – MS Scholar – TCHS
Riley Savely Floyd – MS Scholar – TCHS
Daniel Reed Gasaway – MS Tech Master – Belmont
Miranda Danielle Grissom – MS Tech Master – TCHS
Haley Elizabeth Hammock – MS Scholar – Belmont
Canaan Flurry Harris – MS Scholar – Belmont
Tara Madison Hutcheson – MS Scholar – TCHS
Frank Dalton Jaynes – MS Scholar – TCHS
Alexis Heitz McDuffy – MS Tech Master – TCHS
John Connor McRae – MS Scholar – TCHS
Madison Lynn McRight – MS Scholar – TCHS
Harrison Christopher Moss – MS Scholar – TCHS
Chancellor Ray Paden – MS Tech Master – Belmont
Brady Clifton-Lee Patrick – MS Scholar – TCHS
Megan Kay Phifer – MS Scholar – TCHS
Lakota Joan Roberts – MS Scholar and MS Tech Master – TCHS
Noah Brennen South – MS Tech Master – Belmont
Katelin Nicole Sparks – MS Tech Master – Belmont
Kristin Nicole Stricklin – MS Tech Master – TCHS
Garrett Frank Swader – MS Tech Master – Belmont
Emily Erin Sykes – MS Tech Master – TCHS
Alissa Lynn Thomas – MS Tech Master – Belmont
Jemie Patricia Vargas – MS Tech Master – Belmont
Gavin Glenn Vick – MS Tech Master – Belmont
Austin Noel Whitfield – MS Scholar – TCHS
Logan Royal Witcher – MS Tech Master - Belmont
May 4, 2016
“Teachers are our nation builders—the strength of every profession in our country grows out of the knowledge and skills that teachers help to instill in our children.” former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
When I read the quote from Arne Duncan about the importance of teachers, it was an eye-opener. Yes, we all know teachers are valuable leaders for children, but, to put it bluntly, teachers are essential. Without good teachers, a nation has little hope of finding a growing and thriving future.
Let that sink in.
Teachers are an essential part of the equation that makes or breaks America’s future. With that knowledge, we must ensure teachers are equipped, prepared, and ready to shape and mold the next generation of citizens for not only our nation’s success but also for its very existence. The job you do each day is of the utmost importance. Not only do you give the knowledge and skills needed for mastery of content, but you also provide just the right mix of support and challenge to students to make sure they grow with nurture and independence. Not only do you make the complex simple to learn, but you also ignite the desire in students to discover the complexities of the universe. Not only do you have high expectations for students in each facet of their learning, but you also show compassion and kindness when the demands in our students’ lives are too much for them to bear.
Teachers, you are essential.
Our students face so many challenges in this day and time. That, in turn, means that teachers face many challenges as well because good teachers know your students are “your kids,” too. Their lives intermingle with yours on a daily basis. You may not realize it, but you are some child’s hero. You are some child’s hope. You are some child’s ray of sunshine in a dark, dreary world.
Teachers, you are essential.
Each employee of Tishomingo County School District is a piece of a child’s success. From custodians to administrators, all of us have an investment in the future of our children. Bethany Hill stated, “Every child you pass in the hall has a story that needs to be heard. Maybe YOU are the one who is meant to hear it.” I know we are extremely BLESSED in our district with employees, especially teachers, who are willing to hear our students’ stories. Thank you for your dedication, sacrifice, hard work, and investment in our children. During this week noted as “Teacher Appreciation Week,” I want you to know how much I appreciate you!
And always remember – You are essential!
Superintendent of Education
Harlem Globetrotter "Character Counts" Motivational Program at Belmont School
April 27, 2016
Thursday, April 14th Legendary Globetrotter, Michael Douglas, partnered with Belmont School and presented his "Character Counts" Motivational Program. It was an educational and entertaining program. He delivered a positive message, demonstrated his basketball skills, allowed students to participate, and signed a few autographs! A special thank you to the following businesses that made this event possible: Wild Flowers, Best Way, William's Pest Control, Community Spirit Bank, First American National Bank, The Station, Abby Claire's, Tool Mart Inc., Sparks's Drive Inn, Halmark's Restaurant, Wood Sales, Inspirations for Women, Allure Salon, Brittni's Flowers, Clarion Couture Boutique and Salon, D.C. Cycle, Wood Industries, and The Q.
Tishomingo PTO Presents $2000.00 Donation to Tishomingo School
April 6, 2016
Tishomingo School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) President Mrs. Blair Holt is shown presenting Tishomingo School Principal Mr. Cliff Nunley with a check in the amount of $2000.00. Mr. Nunley thanked Mrs. Holt for the hard work displayed by the members of the Tishomingo School PTO throughout the course of the school year.
Pictured are, back row from left: Mrs. Blair Holt-President Tishomingo School PTO; Mr. Cliff Nunley-Principal Tishomingo School; and Jayden Carr-7th grade; front row from left: Noah Cox and Greenlee Buchanan-Kindergarten
Connor McRae Lindy Callihan Scholar Athlete
April 6, 2016
At a banquet Monday in Jackson, the Mississippi High School Activities Association recognized 16 scholar athletes from throughout the state as Lindy Callihan Scholar Athletes, including Tishomingo County senior John Connor McRae.
A selection committee from outside the MHSAA staff chose the winners from a pool of nearly 300 nominations.
On Monday, April 4 at the Hilton Hotel in Jackson, the sixteen $1,500 scholarship winners — one male and one female from each of the eight MHSAA geographical districts — were recognized at the 21st annual banquet.
FREE Sports Physicals
Please see the flyer linked below and let students know about the FREE sports physicals. Also, a guardian is required, if under the age of 18, to sign the waiver form that will available upon registration of the physical. In the past we've had students come in by themselves without the guardian to sign the form for them. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
In Good Health,
Tishomingo County School Board Member
Director Iuka Wellness Center
IMS BETA Members Compete in Biloxi MS
March 28, 2016
Iuka Middle School entered 15 students in the Mississippi Junior Beta Convention in Biloxi, MS. The students included Campbell Holly, Blake Counce, Carson McClung, Amelia Webb, Avery Tapp, Brady Bobjak, Jim Riley, Jake Evans, Tyriek Duckett, Brennan Moss, Sarah Robinson, Macie Walker, Brianna Lowrey, Madelyne Pruitt, and Megan Cornelison. Sponsors are Laci McClung and Carlee Harrison.
TCHS FBLA District Competition Winners
March 10, 2016
On Thursday, February 25, 2016 TCHS FBLA members traveled to the Northeast Community College campus in Booneville to compete at the Northern District FBLA Conference in various business-related events. The winners are as follows:
1st Place Winners
Kaylee Davis—Impromptu Speaking
Sidney Fowler—Future Business Leader
Austin Franks—Business Law
Skyler Rinehart—FBLA Principles and Procedures
Blake Robinson—Introduction to Information Technology
Sandy Schalkle—Computer Applications
Olivia Stricklen—Word Processing
2nd Place Winners
Dylan Amerson, Matthew Brown, Brady Patrick—Entrepreneurship
Allie Barnet, Nathalie Bobo, Brady Whitaker—Banking & Financial Systems
Breanna Brose—Introduction to Financial Math
Megann Gaylor—Future Business Leader
Phillip Meeks, Devin Welton, Logan Whited—Marketing
Whitney Plaxico—Introduction to Business
Zane Riddle—Job Interview
3rd Place Winners
Colin Bonds—Public Speaking II
Harlie Dover, Colten Howie—Hospitality Management
Emily Newkirk—Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure
Layla Rinehart—Healthcare Administration
Isabella Webb—Introduction to Business Communication
4th Place Winners
Jake Bobjak—Introduction to Business Procedures
Madison Harris—Insurance and Risk Management
Stephanie Parsons—Business Communications
5th Place Winners
Madison Borden, Tara Hutcheson, Madison McRight—Sports & Entertainment Management
Zach Cutshall—Public Speaking I
6th Place Winner
Grayson Brown—Business Calculations
Good luck to those members competing at the state level of competition in Jackson, MS on April 5—8!