Tunica County School District banks on growth to improve rating
Teachers in the Tunica County School District (TCSD) say student growth is evident and key in advancing the district’s academic achievement rating, but data from the district shows most students are still behind in English Language Arts (ELA) and many in Math.
“The thing that we’re looking for basically is not passing or failing,” said Tiffany Foxx, a fifth grade math teacher at Robinsonville Elementary School. “It’s showing growth in our proficiency.”
Proficiency is a measure of student performance, which is progressively categorized into minimal, basic, proficient, or advanced, according to scores from the Mississippi Curriculum Test, Second Edition (MCT2). All 3rd through 8th grade students in the state will take the MCT2 May 13-15.
County discusses insurance, new fees
Anticipating the June 1 expiration of a current contract for health insurance, supervisors voted Monday, April 7, to hire Nick Floyd of Mendenhall, MS as agent of record for Tunica County. Henry Nickson, McKinley Daley and Phillis Williams voted in favor of the motion, Cedric Burnett voted no, and Board president James Dunn abstained.
“I’m not comfortable voting, not having read his contract,” Dunn explained, after Board attorney Ellis Pittman said he had reviewed the terms. Pittman said the county could terminate the agreement with 30 days’ notice if officials weren’t satisfied with Floyd’s work.''
Get out your wheelbarrows, potting soil and rakes
A new initiative by the town will award Yard of the Month titles to one resident each during the months of April, May and June.
The first winner will be announced at the Rivergate Festival on April 26, Main Street director Lynn Ryals said after the measure was approved unanimously by town aldermen on April 1. The project was proposed by Ward 2’s Brad Beach.
The town is also unofficially encouraging residents to “clean up, paint up, fix up” during the month of April. Citizens may call Town Hall at (662) 363-2432 to request extra pick-ups for yard trimmings and other trash.
No reason to sing the blues
BLUES ENTHUSIAST Luc Borms of Belgium leads a harmonica workshop for Chevonne Dixon’s fourth grade class at Tunica Elementary on April 9. Student Taliyah Gordon learned how to hold the harmonica and how to play notes using “puckering” and “tongue blocking.”
Chamber plans ‘escape to the beach’ during Rivergate 2014
The Tunica Rivergate Festival, now in its 22nd year, continues its focus on family fun during its two-day run later this month.
Added for 2014 especially to appeal to kids are pony rides and a petting zoo on both days of the festival, Friday and Saturday, April 25-26. These join an already full line-up of child-oriented activities, including inflatables, the 5th Annual Children’s Bicycle Race, and the Skin & Bones Circus, returning from last year’s popular debut.
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