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It’s a Great Day to be a Tiger!  

Happy Homecoming Week!  Students and staff are looking forward to a fun week of homecoming festivities.  Congratulations to the Pride Band for receiving all Superior ratings this weekend at the MHSAA Region II Evaluations.  The band is under the direction of Director James Bailey, Assistant Director Joshua Overstreet, and auxiliary personnel Betsy Tompkins - colorguard and Mikel Sykes - drumline.

ACADEMIC PROGRAMMING The Mississippi Department of Education has released a 3rd Grade Reading Assessment Parent flyer designed to provide important assessment information to parents and guardians.  The flyer includes information about testing dates, format, results, the importance of passing the assessment, and how families can support reading development at home. The flyer can be found by clicking HERE.

OPERATIONS We are looking forward to this week’s Homecoming festivities and Senior Recognition. The Dress Up Days at Winona Secondary School for October 13-15th are: 

  • Wednesday - Party in the USA (Red, White, & Blue) 
  • Thursday - Past vs Future
  • Friday - Spirit Day.  

 On Thursday, we will celebrate with the Homecoming Parade at 5:30pm.  The route will be Fairground Street, Summit Street, and Front Street.  At 6:30pm, students will be participating in the Powder Puff Game. Admission is $3.00 as this is a fundraiser for Super Scholars.  

 Friday’s events are:

  • 9:00am Winona Elementary Pep Rally
  • 2:00pm Winona Secondary Pep Rally
  • 3:30pm Tailgating in the Central Office Parking Lot
  • 4:30-5:30pm TIGER Walk ~ Pride Band, Cheerleaders and Football Team will make an appearance in the parking lot.
  • 6:30pm Homecoming Ceremony
  • 7:00pm GAME TIME
  • Halftime - Senior Recognition for Football, Cheer, and Band

 COMMUNICATIONS  The following information is from the Mississippi Department of Education.  “Families across Mississippi have begun to receive P-EBT cards for their eligible children. The Mississippi Department of Human Services is reminding parents of the process to activate their child’s card.  To activate the P-EBT card for each child, please call 1-866-512-5087. This phone number is printed on the back of the card.  Information regarding how to PIN each child’s card is also available in the document that arrived in the envelope with the child’s P-EBT card. Parents do not need to call the P-EBT call center to activate the card.  If families have other P-EBT related questions, please call the P-EBT Call Center at 1-833-316-2423.  For more information about P-EBT, please visit the Department’s website by clicking HERE.

 HEALTH AND SAFETY   October 18-22 is designated as National School Bus Safety Week. As the days get shorter, please help us keep the students who ride to and from school on buses safe by observing all traffic and bus safety rules.  The Mississippi Legislature passed Nathan's Law as a proactive strategy to protect students traveling on school buses. 

Some important points from Nathan's Law are that it: 

  • Requires motorists to stop at least 10 feet from a school bus when the bus is loading or unloading children. Motorists must not proceed until all children have crossed the street to or from the school bus, the flashing red lights are no longer activated, and the stop sign on the side of the bus is retracted.
  • Authorized a charge of felony assault and a prison sentence of up to 20 years for motorists convicted of illegally passing a school bus that, in the process, results in injury or death.
  • Authorized cameras can be installed on school bus stop arms to film perpetrators in the act.
  • Required the development of at least 10 questions relating to school bus safety on a driver's license test.
  • Prohibits school bus drivers from using cell phones, wireless communication devices, vehicle navigation systems or "personal digital assistants" while operating the bus, except in an emergency.
  • Increases the fine for passing a stopped school bus.

Students may want to consider entering the National School Bus Safety Poster Contest. Information can be found by clicking HERE.

TECHNOLOGY October 18-22 is Digital Citizenship Week.  You can learn more about Digital Citizenship at the Mississippi Department of Education’s website by clicking HERE.

Stay healthy and choose joy! We are TIGERStrong!