TES principal proud of improvements
Although Tunica Elementary School has been struggling academically for the past few years, Principal Jeffery Blackmon remains positive as the school posts modest yet steady gains. Their 2008/2009 state test results with a QDI score of 203 points earned the school the ominous “at risk of failing” label. But with a 20 point increase in their QDI and the ability to meet AYP (adequate yearly progress) for 2009/2010, their status was elevated from “at risk” to “academic watch.”
When asked why TES seems to lag behind other elementary schools in the Tunica County School District, Blackmon claims they were handicapped by the previous administration’s failure to promptly adopt the new frameworks proposed by the Mississippi State Department of Education. In other words, they got a late start, Blackmon said. This delayed putting the new curriculum in place, as well as having teachers receive proper training regarding the new curriculum and testing format.
Big River spotlighted in film
Tunica Main Street officials hope everyone will come early and stay late on Sunday, Oct. 10.
The organization will host “The River is Life,” a free movie documenting the experiences of two men taking on the Mighty Mississippi. Ryan Jeanes and Phillip Hullquist, who are featured in the movie, began their adventure in June 2009. Their quest took them along many of the towns and cities where the film is being shown during a three month tour. The film will begin in Tunica at 7 p.m.
King Cotton dethroned after long reign in Delta
The crop helped the Delta thrive, then contributed to its downfall. Now corn and soybeans dominate the land.
Cotton was always king in the Delta. Every fall harvest, its snowy white fiber stretched as far as the eye could see, unbroken for miles in every direction. It propped up every town and grew roots into every purse and pocket under the humid, harsh Delta sky. It was the reason for the Delta.
Soldier served country with quiet respect
Some knew him as William. Others called him Brandon, but all agree that no matter how you knew him, Army Private Second Class William Brandon Dawson of Tunica was someone you wouldn’t forget.
On Friday, Sept. 24, his family and friends received word that Dawson had been killed in action in Kabul in Afghanistan. He was 20.
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