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4 months ago
By: Lisa Karmacharya, Director of MASA
“A dynamic, driven and dedicated leader that promotes excellence in our students, teachers, school leaders and community” are the words one administrator used to describe Mississippi’s 2018-2019 Superintendent of the Year. The Mississippi Association of School Administrators (MASA) is pleased to announce Mr. Tony Cook, Superintendent of the Houston School District, has been selected as the 2018-2019 Superintendent of the Year for the state of Mississippi.
In the spring of 2015, Mr. Cook was given the opportunity to return to his hometown of Houston as the superintendent and has since led the school district in achieving its highest rating in history. An incredibly passionate and child-centered leader, Mr. Cook is not one for excuses, but rather, one for solutions. By engaging his local community for support, the Houston School District has been able to overcome some of the challenges that rural and high poverty districts face. Mr. Cook believes in working alongside his staff and provides them with the support they need to ensure the success of children as evidenced by the ongoing improvement of student outcomes.
An educator for more than twenty years, Mr. Cook understands the challenges and opportunities in the public school arena and is dedicated to providing a quality learning experience for all children. He continues to engage in his own professional learning, demonstrating his belief in continuous improvement by modeling and leading by example. Mr. Cook is a servant leader who understands and respects the value of experience and collective wisdom. He has been honored to serve on many state and local committees including the state accountability task force and the state superintendent’s advisory committee. In 2009, Mr. Cook was selected as Administrator of the Year for the Pontotoc City School District. Mr. Cook’s thoughts about his move back home and the successes they have seen is summed up in this quote “I'm so proud of my hometown and my home district. Once a Topper, always a Topper.”
Mr. Cook is married to the former Ms. Pam Kyle of Pontotoc.
MASA’s Superintendent of the Year Program provides our school district leaders an opportunity to share their successes in the areas of leadership for learning, communication, professionalism and community involvement with the winner competing during The American Association of School Administrators, The School Superintendent’s Association Annual National Conference on Education. This year’s competition will be held in Los Angeles where all state affiliate winners will be honored. On behalf of the entire MASA membership and Board of Directors, we are incredibly proud to have him representing the great state of Mississippi and we wish him and the Houston School District continued success!
9 months ago
Honor Students – Jered Bean, T'kecia Beaty, Edgar Bedolla, Gabi Bedolla, Nayeli Bedolla, Peyton Brassfield, Queen Buchanan, Tab Byrne, Kylan Carter, Calee Cockell, Kanazsha Cooper, Victoria Cousin, Scarlett Doss, Cortney Earnest, Cara Jill Eldridge, Alyssa Gillespie, Ariona Gordillo, Labrashia Griffin, Kelsie Hall, Jordan Ashley Harmon, Mackenzie Huffman, Jaleah Jones, Kilionna Jones, Abbie Mitchell, Ajay Patel, Courtney Ruth, Morissa Shettles, Saquilla Townsend
Jered Bean – Cody Gravat Memorial Scholarship
Edgar Bedolla – Pepsi Scholarship
Gabi Bedolla – Coach Allen Bravery Scholarship, Lucky Day Scholarship (Ole Miss), Exchange Club Student of the Year, Carole Jean Stovall Memorial Scholarship, Dream Riders Biking for Children Scholarship
Nayeli Bedolla – One Body by AJ Most Improved Student Scholarship
Peyton Brassfield – Elise Mobley Memorial Scholarship, Todd Hardin Memorial Leadership Scholarship
Queen Buchanan – North Mississippi Mayors Association Scholarship, MSU Promise Award, MSU Academic Scholarship, Anchor Club Scholarship, Chickasaw Journal Citizenship Award, FANTastic Achiever Scholarship, Simpson-Vickery Scholarship, MSU Alumni Scholarship
Tab Byrne – Spring Hill College Scholarship
Jaleel Brownlee – Army Scholarship
Kylan Carter – Baseball Scholarship to ICC
Xander Caulder – Visual Arts Award
Que Chandler – Janet Murray Minority Scholarship
Ty Cook – Women’s First Scholarship
Kanazsha Cooper – Lucky Day Scholarship (Ole Miss), Heroines of Jericho Court 123 Scholarship, The LaShawna FAnt Conqueror Award, McIntosh Lodge #80 Scholarship
Ariona Gordillo – Mississippi Foreign Language Association Student Scholarship, Pilot Club Gertrude Woods Scholarship
Luke Hancock – Baseball Scholarship to MSU, Chickasaw County Farm Bureau Scholarship, Todd Hardin Memorial Leadership Scholarship
Jordan Ashley Harmon – Cheerleading Scholarship to ICC
Mackenzie Huffman – 4H Scholarship
Jaleah Jones – Memorial Funeral Home Scholarship
Hannah Keith – Lamar McAllister Topper Pride Award, Pepsi Scholarship, New Century Club Scholarship
Antonesia Knox – Army Scholarship
Ajay Patel - Highest Average all 4 Core Subjects,
Colton Peel – Baseball Scholarship to NWCC
Urriah Shephard – Football Scholarship to NWCC
Saquilla Townsend – Ashley Gunnels Extra Effort Award
Zykeil Virges – Football Scholarship to MDCC
BancorpSouth Awards (4.) – Year 1 winners - Edgar Bedolla, Tab Byrne, Calee Cockell; Year 3 winners – Gabi Bedolla, Kanazsha Cooper, Cortney Earnest, Mackenzie Huffman, Abbie Mitchell, Ajay Patel
Northeast Community College Scholarships: Lakyn Adams, Jered Bean, T’kecia Beaty, Edgar Bedolla, Nayeli Bedolla, Queen Buchanan, Summer Carner, Victoria Cousins, Marquashia Echoles, Colton Foster, Ariona Gordillo, Samuel Hatchett, Jaleah Jones, Kilionna Jones, Hannah Keith, Abbie Mitchell, Courtney Ruth, Brandon Samuell, Jaylin Smith, Saquilla Townsend, Elijah Young
Itawamba Community College Scholarships: Lakyn Adams, Jered Bean, Edgar Bedolla, Gabi Bedolla, Nayeli Bedolla, Peyton Brassfield, Summer Brassfield, Tab Byrne (band), Summer Carner, Kylan Carter, Calee Cockell, Victoria Cousin, Jackson Crump, Cortney Earnest, Gracey Erickson, Ariona Gordillo, Labrashia Griffin, Kelsie Hall, Jordan Ashley Harmon, Samuel Hatchett, Chance Hill, Mackenzie Huffman, Kiliona Jones, Antonesia Knox, Keyona McGregory, Abbie Mitchell, Courtney Ruth, Payton Smith, Saquilla Townsend, Eric Walters, Elijah Young
MSU: Queen Buchanan, Mackenzie Huffman, Ajay Patel, Morrisa Shettles
"Ajay is one of the hardest working students I have ever had the pleasure of teaching. He is extremely intelligent, responsible and dependable. I can always count on him to have his assignments completed by the due dates. He is a very kind, friendly and respectful young man who is well-liked by his peers and teachers. He has always been willing to help with any task asked of him and always with a cheerful attitude. He is not only the epitome of a student, but also of a genuine young man who is a great asset to our school and community. I am deeply honored to have been chosen as STAR teacher by Ajay. My life has definitely been enriched by having such an outstanding young man in my classroom," Spencer said.
"I chose Mrs. Spencer as Star Teacher for several reasons. Of all the staff at Houston High School, she has had the most influence on my life. I had four courses from her in the past two years, including her personal leadership course, which has prepared me emotionally for college. She also directed the senior play and encouraged me to try out for a part. I am very shy, but due to her encouragement, I stepped out of my comfort zone. I had one of the lead roles, and had I not participated, I would have missed out on an experience I will never forget. Not to mention, I became a role model to the elementary students who watched our play," Patel said.
Ben Clark, a junior at Houston High School, recently scored 30 on the ACT. Ben is a member of the Topper Pride Band, Solar Car team, Engineering and Robotics Team and Anchor Club. He hopes to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York to study physics and computer science. He is the son of Billy Clark and Palina Lancaster.
Inspirational author, William Arthur Ward, once said, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” Thanks to the HHS Anchor Club’s participation in the Pilot Club International signature project, “Pick Me Ups” (PMU), the staff at Houston High School has had several opportunities to “unwrap those presents.”
PMU is a way for Pilots and Anchors to serve those in their communities who are caregivers. PMUs at HHS started as a week of pampering the employees with encouraging notes and little happies, such as a candy bar and a drink. At the end of the week, the HHS Anchor Club sponsored a breakfast for their teachers to reveal who their “Secret Anchor” was. The response was so wonderful the Anchors wanted to continue “Secret Anchor,” so when the year began the Anchors chose names and started leaving weekly messages.
At Christmas they sponsored a breakfast for the faculty and staff and revealed their “secret.” At the beginning of the spring semester, Anchors chose new teachers and/or staff to deliver “Pick Me Ups” to, and so “Secret Anchor” started again.
“Doing Secret Anchor not only makes the caregivers smile and know someone really does care about their work, but it also makes the Anchors feel good and hopefully understand how important encouragement really is,” said Anchor Club President Mackenzie Huffman.
Anchor Sponsor Miriam Garner stated, “These students are some of the busiest students in the building, but teaching them to take time to appreciate the care their teachers give to them is important. It is a life skill that will carry on to their careers.”
Anchor Club President Elect Micah Simmons stated that she fully intends to keep this project going and even try to make it bigger and better next year.
Jamia was eligible for the drawing, because she ate breakfast every day this week in the cafeteria at HHS!
Local authors, Audrey Virges, Lori Harrington and Jan Dyson, visited Houston High School’s creative writing classes, taught by English teacher, Alisha Spencer. Their purpose was to provide an introduction to the next unit on writing a narrative piece. The authors suggested that students dig deep, use their imagination and be creative for the upcoming project. Ms. Spencer’s class will be working in collaboration with the Chickasaw Heritage Museum, which they visited recently. The students were on the lookout for 12 items from the museum, which they will then research and incorporate into their writing pieces. The aforementioned authors will then judge these stories, and the top three stories will receive prizes.
Audrey Virges: Author of: "Living Reality: A Book of Inspirational Poems"; Author and illustrator of "A Day in Kindergarten"
Lori Harrington: Author of the novel, "The Point"; Her second novel, "Michael's Heart", will be published soon.
Jan Dyson: Author of "Turning Clay into History: The Story of W.D. Suggs Pottery," an informational book about her grandfather's pottery.
The HHS Choir, HHS Sextet, and Houston Community Choir performs "One Voice" for the public Thursday, March 1, 2018.
Let There Be Peace on Earth and Let It Begin With Me
Anthony Gonzalez, Topper Pride drum major, auditioned and made the Mississippi Lions All-State Band. He is one of only 128 high school musicians for the entire state of Mississippi to make this prestigious group and also one of only eight musicians in this group that play his instrument, the tuba, in the entire state. This group is not only recognized, but also get together and perform for a national contest against the other states during the summer. Not only that, but Mississippi has won 13 of the last 15 years. The contest will be held in Las Vegas. Mr. Eric Malone, band director, said, "I can speak personally on the HUNDREDS of hours he has spent practicing and preparing for this great honor. His dedication and self-discipline deserve to be recognized."
stopped by Houston High School to speak to students about the changing times due to the advancement of technology, how these changes will affect the future and how MSU is preparing students for the changing workforce.
Top: Dr. Keenum, surrounded by HHS juniors/seniors, poses with HHS Principal Jason Cook after speaking.
Left: Dr. Keenum, with senior Peyton Brassfield and junior Blaize Gann, visited with students afterwards, inquiring about their future educational plans.
Students earn incentives for high and improved state test scores in Algebra 1, Biology 1, English 2 and U.S. History.
Incentives were funded by PACE (Partners in Achieving Community Excellence).
PERFECT SCORE AND/OR MULTIPLE AWARD WINNERS
Front Row: Joanna Vasquez (High Advanced English 2 & Advanced Biology), Emily Pettit (High Advanced Algebra 1 & Advanced Biology), Jasmine Rogers (Advanced Algebra 1 & Advanced Biology, and Abby Kate Boyer (High Advanced Algebra 1, Advanced Biology); Middle Row: Christopher Washington (Perfect Score Algebra 1), HSD Superintendent Tony Cook and Connor Moore (Perfect Score Algebra 1 & Advanced Biology); Back Row-PACE Board Members Tom Byrne, Bobby Mooneyham, Hassell Franklin and Frank Alford
PERFECT SCORES – Algebra 1
A.K. Davis (teacher), Connor Moore and Christopher Washington
ALGEBRA 1 ADVANCED AND HIGH ADVANCED WINNERS
Abby Kate Boyer, Haley Makamson, Emily Pettit, A.K. Davis (teacher), Jasmine Rogers, Kamryn Cooper, Connor Moore and Christopher Washington
BIOLOGY 1 ADVANCED AND HIGH ADVANCED WINNERS
Front Row: Jasmine Rogers, Emily Pettit, Joanna Vasquez and Nala Neely; Back Row: Abby Kate Boyer, Aquana Brownlee, Kelsie Hall, Summer McCarver (teacher), Carolyn Matthews (teacher), Tanner Gregory, Connor Moore and Christopher Washington
ENGLISH 2 ADVANCED AND HIGH ADVANCED WINNERS
Front Row: Chimique Ivy, Shelby Hatfield, Joanna Vasquez, Tkecia Beaty, Kennedy Burdine and Savannah Clark; Back Row: Ben Clark, Josh Scott, Steven Peel, JuiLondia Mosley (teacher), Mackenzie Criddle, Kyler Spencer, Katelyn Flake and Anthony Gonzalez
US HISTORY ADVANCED AND HIGH ADVANCED WINNERS
Front Row: Summer Carner, Queen Buchanan, Hanna Keith, Morissa Shettles and Abbie Mitchell;
Middle Row: Chance Hill, Kanazsha Cooper, Leisa Ellison (teacher), Cathy Spencer (teacher), Cortney Earnest, Arionna Gordillo, Cortney Ruth and Ajay Patel; Back Row: Jayden Reynolds, Karan Devould, Cody Voyles, Will Moore, Edgar Bedolla, Peyton Brassfield, Mackenzie Huffman and Tab Byrne
Students won a variety of incentives:
1) Students who showed growth and/or passed the state test earned a movie.
2 Students who scored proficient or advanced earned a movie and pizza in the park.
3) Students earned $50 for each test with an advanced level score.
4) Students earned $100 for each test with a high advanced level score.
5) Students earned $200 for each test with a perfect scale score.
Friday, November 17, 2017, HHS will host Yazoo County in the 3rd round of high school football playoffs. This is the Hilltoppers 3rd time to make to the 3rd round, but our 1st time to have the opportunity to host the game. Join us Friday night...admission is $8 and only State passes are accepted.
Each year the Anchor Club and Student Council host the Veteran's Day program which includes a reception hosted by the Pilot Club of Houston prior to the program. This year's speaker was US Congressman Trent Kelly. He is a Veteran of Dessert Storm and Iraq. He spoke of the Greatest Generation, WWII Veterans, and how we need to be more like them and never forget their sacrifice and service! Afterwards he spent time talking with students and veteran guests.
Houston Hilltopper, Quenton May was named "Giant of the Week" for his outstanding performance on the field during the Houston vs Nettleton game! Quenton received $300 in Wendy's gift cards, and the Houston Touchdown club received a check for $250! Quenton's name is on the marquee in Pontotoc!
Congratulations to Luke Hancock, HHS senior, as a Wendy’s High School Heisman winner. Luke is the catcher for the Houston High School baseball team, where he was All-State in 10th and 11th grades, All-Division in 8th – 11th grades, 1st Team All-State 10th grade, and 4A All-State 1st Team in 10th and 11th grades. He has a 3.5 GPA. Luke plans to attend Mississippi State University and play baseball for the MSU Bulldogs. Luke is the son of Mark Hancock and Nikki Hall.
7 months ago
By Shane Presley
Procedures for Processing a Complaint
Any student, school employee or volunteer who feels he/she has been a victim of bullying or harassing behavior, or has witnessed or who has reliable information that a student, school employee or volunteer has been subject to bullying or harassing behavior shall report such conduct to a teacher, principal, counselor or other school official. The report shall be made promptly but no later than five (5) calendar days after the alleged act or acts occurred. The school official shall complete a “Bullying/Harassing Behavior” complaint form which shall include the name of the reporting person, the specific nature and date of the misconduct, the names of the victim of the misconduct, the names of any witnesses and any other information that would assist in the investigation of the complaint. The report shall be given promptly to the principal or superintendent who shall institute an immediate investigation. Complaints against the principal shall be made to the superintendent and complaints against the superintendent shall be made to the Board chairman.
The complaint shall be investigated promptly. Parents will be notified of the nature of any complaint involving their student. The District official will arrange such meetings as may be necessary with all concerned parties within five (5) working days after initial receipt of the complaint by the District. The parties will have an opportunity to submit evidence and a list of witnesses. All findings related to the complaint will be reduced to writing. The District official conducting the investigation shall notify the victim and parents as appropriate when the investigation is completed and a decision regarding disciplinary action, as warranted, is determined.
If the victim is not satisfied with the decision of the District official, he/she may submit a written appeal to the superintendent. Such appeal shall be filed within ten (10) working days after receipt of the results of the initial decision. The superintendent will arrange such meetings with the victim and other affected parties as deemed necessary to discuss the appeal. The superintendent shall provide a written decision to the victim’s appeal within ten (10) working days. If the victim is not satisfied with the decision of the superintendent, a written appeal may be filed with the Board. Such appeal shall be filed within ten (10) working days after receipt of the decision of the superintendent. The Board shall, within twenty (20) working days, allow the victim and parents as appropriate to appear before the Board to present reasons for dissatisfaction with the decision of the superintendent. The Board shall provide a written decision within ten (10) working days following the victim’s appearance before the Board.
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