CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR RETIREES WMCSD offers our congratulations to the following employees on their retirement - Dr. Angela Bridges, Mrs. Debbie Gant, Mrs. Kim Hathcock, Mrs. Beryl Jones, and Mr. Frank Miller. We thank you for your dedication to the education of the students of Winona-Montgomery Consolidated School District and all the schools and districts you have served over your careers.
#WMCSD #BeThatPerson #ItsAGreatDayToBeATiger Attention All Tigers! Winona-Montgomery Consolidated School District has a new frame for your profile picture that anyone can use on Facebook! (Search for “WMCSD”) We appreciate your support!! #TigerStrong
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger #TigerStrong In order to be a WSS Honor Graduate, a graduating senior must have a 4-year average of 89.5 or above. This distinction is obtained through hard work, personal desire, perseverance, and consistent effort on the part of the student. This year we have 18 seniors who have earned the Honor Graduate distinction. They are as follows: Antryll Campbell 97.18 (Valedictorian), Kaelyn Seals 96.54 (Salutatorian), Aaliyah Gibson 96.02 (Welcome) , Donovan Weathers 95.32 (Invocation), Hannah Alexander 94.96 (Benediction), Hagen Ware 94.61 (Pledge of Allegiance), Lori Lee Vail 94.56, Kayla Windham 94.11, James Armstrong 93.90, Carson Holly 92.86, Zakyria Guess 91.91, Madison Carter 91.86, Makenzie Ragland 91.62, Katie Blakely 91.33, Amy Clair Hemphill 91.30, Tyra Weathersby 91.00, Allyn-Claire Gant 90.20, Leigh Ansley 89.80. Congratulations to all of these graduates for all of your accomplishments!
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger #TigerStrong Winona Secondary School is proud to announce that Antryll Campbell (Ranked #1 with an average of 97.18) will be the 2019-20 Valedictorian and Miss Kaelyn Seals (Ranked #2 with an average of 96.54) will be the 2019-20 Salutatorian. Congratulations to these two very deserving students! We are very proud of your accomplishments!
03.30.2020 Please complete the WMCSD Parent Technology Survey. This will provide us with information to help us make decisions for how to best serve our students and families. Dr. Teresa Jackson https://forms.gle/cs7qKbH58U7fRVjU6
Thursday, 03.26.2020 Report Cards and ActiveParent Accounts Parents who have access to ActiveParent will be able to check 3rd 9 weeks grades beginning Monday, March 30, 2020. If you need an Active Parent account, go to winona.activeparent.net and choose “Create an ActiveParent account.” Friday, 03.27.2020 FREE Wi-fi Access Winona Secondary School parking lot 7:00am - 7:00pm each day Stay in your vehicles at all times. Parking lot under surveillance. Data collected for sites visited and activities engaged in by users Signal strength determined by number of users Rules at winonamontgomerycsd.com - FreeWifiRequirements Password is TigerStrong
Wednesday, 03.25.2020 MS Department of Education At-Home Learning Pages - Go to mdek12.org/learningathome - Additionally, you will find valuable resources on the MDE Parent Resources page at https://mdek12.org/OAE/OEER/ResourceParents.
#WMCSD #TigerStrong #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Please support our Tiger Cheerleaders with this fundraiser. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated. ❤️🐅🏈❤️ https://megadoughshop.com/fundraiser-69.html
#WMCSD #TigerStrong #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Put your hands together for Winona alumnus Johnny Yang for obtaining a very competitive internship at 2020 Biomedical Optics Summer Institute at Harvard-HST Division of Health Sciences and Technology Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital!
SUGGESTED SCHEDULE for AT-HOME LEARNING -Reading - 30 minutes for elementary to 45 minutes for secondary -Language - 30 minutes for elementary to 45 minutes for secondary -Math - 30 minutes for elementary to 45 minutes for secondary -Science - can be included with Reading. Experiments are fun! Do it, write about it! -Social Studies - can be included in Reading. Read about it, write about it! -Creative Classes - arts and crafts, music, dance, foreign language, etc.
March 2020 Message from Mrs. McCrory To all of our Little Tigers: I want to let you know that your teachers, counselors, nurses, administrators and I love you, miss you, and are thinking about you each day!. We know that everything is a little different for you right now, but we also know you are strong enough and smart enough to keep learning while at home! Hold tight to the traits that your house represents and practice these traits each day: Harimau- Peace and Self Control Kaplan- Love and Faithfulness Macan- Gentleness and Patience Shabeel- Joy and Kindness Your WES Teachers are working very hard to give you opportunities to learn from home. Ask your parents to check the Winona-Montgomery Consolidated Website each day starting March 30, 2020 for at-home learning suggestions. Now is the time for you to show your parents just how much you have learned this year! To the Parents of our Little Tigers: I know you want your children to continue learning. The teachers are working to create suggested activities that you can use while your children are at home. These suggestions will be posted on our Winona-Montgomery Consolidated website on March 30, 2020. Parents, please take care of yourselves during this stressful time. Schedule times each day where you can hang out with your children and do things that will help you draw closer as a family: take a walk, read a book together, watch a movie, bake cookies (and the list is endless). Also, try to keep your children on a bedtime and morning routine. Even though they pretend like they don’t like schedules and routines, they actually do (shhhh…. Don’t tell them I told you.). If there is anything that the faculty and staff can do to provide guidance and support to you during these days, please reach out to us. Your child’s teacher will be contacting you within a week’s time. Best Wishes, Tabitha McCrory Principal, WES #TigerStrong “We are Tigers, Hear us Roar!”
Message from Ms. Bishop: First, to all of our WSS Seniors: I know you are having an especially hard time with this situation right now. Believe me, I get it. You had all of these expectations for how your Senior Year was going to be and now things have drastically changed and you can’t control it. It stinks. I want to share something with you today that I have learned over the years. When you can’t control a situation, you feel overwhelmed, powerless, helpless and hopeless. I know all too well this pressure of worry that is heavy on your minds right now. I am here to tell you that this is the time when you need to take some deep breaths, take care of yourself, and use this time to think about the things you CAN control like your actions and your attitude. You need to tell yourself that you WILL make it through this school year. Graduation WILL happen. You WILL move on to do great things. This is just a little bump in the road, although I KNOW it feels like a HUGE boulder right now. Hang in there, Seniors! Secondly, to the entire WSS Tiger Student Body: Someone once said, “You never realize how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have.” I want to let you know that your teachers and I are thinking of you every day. We believe in you and are pulling for you to be successful. We will do everything within our power to help get you through these tough days. Keep your head up and keep pushing forward and we will get through this together because the TIGER has ALWAYS been a symbol of STRENGTH and COURAGE. We will continue to be #TIGERStrong! Lastly, to the WSS Parents: Thank you for all of your patience and cooperation through these crazy days that no one could have ever predicted would happen to us. I know you are extremely worried about your child’s education. I can assure you that the staff and administration are working tirelessly to ensure that everything is being done to help your children continue to be successful in their studies. I know this time of uncertainty is hard on you with circumstances beyond your control outside of school as well. We want you to be kind to yourself and take care of your health as well. Being a mother, I know it is never easy when your children are worried about not only school-related issues but all of the other situations in our world right now. Please know that we are here for you as well and want to help in any way that we can. Wash your hands, practice social distancing, and hopefully, we will see you real soon! Ms. Bishop
Calling all Tigers big and small!! We miss you, so please share daily photos with us! Feel free to post on the WMCSD Facebook page or the Tiger’s Paw Yearbook Facebook page or on your personal Facebook page or you can email your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will post it for you! Please keep all your pictures in good taste, and let's have fun living in this virtual world! Please use the following hashtags: #wmcsd or the one that applies to your graduation year #Classof2020 #Classof2021 #Classof2034, etc Every day has a different theme, so please participate often!! Flood our timeline with fun Tiger pictures! A new list will be posted every Saturday until we go back to school! #WeAre #TIGERstrong #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger #BeTHATPerson
Seniors! Don't miss out on fast approaching March Deadlines for Scholarships! https://studentscholarships.org/
Congratulations to Donovan Weathers who has been named Winona Secondary School’s STAR Student for the 2019-2020 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) M. B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program. This year will mark the 55th Anniversary of the STAR program. Established by the Mississippi Economic Council in 1965, the purpose of the STAR program is to recognize outstanding students & teachers in Mississippi. The Winona Secondary School senior will be acknowledged among the over 330 STAR Students in Mississippi for their academic achievements. Star Students are selected on the basis of academic excellence. Both American College Test scores and scholastic averages are compared to determine the school’s STAR Student. The STAR program encourages and promotes academic achievement among Mississippi’s high school seniors. Each STAR Student is asked to designate a STAR Teacher, the teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement. Ms. Shirley Hamilton, WSS Art teacher, was designated as STAR Teacher. This year, over 660 STAR Students and STAR Teachers will receive this prestigious recognition from MEC’s M.B. Swayze Foundation.
Message from Mrs. Becky Dees...Yearbook Info for Seniors... Please disregard any deadlines I have given you about senior ads? As soon as we get back to school, we will make new due dates! Stay safe!
COVID-19 Update 03.19.2020 8:20pm WMCSD leaders are working day and night to decide how school looks for the next 4 weeks. We will be announcing our plans for meals and at-home learning soon. We hope all our students, families, and employees are doing well. This is only our 4th day out, but we miss our students. Educating kids is our life’s work. We encourage students and even adults to make a list of things they would like to learn more about and take advantage of the free resources that are available to you. You should not be working on school work all day everyday, but you should spend some time each day reading, writing, and learning something new. Teresa Jackson, Proud Superintendent #WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #TIGERStrong
COVID-19 Update 03.19.2020 11:15am Governor Tate Reeves will sign an executive order closing all schools through April 17, 2020. We will post more information as it becomes available. #WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #TIGERStrong
Good Afternoon, WMCSD Employees, Students, and Families. I know you have lots of questions that we don’t have answers to at the moment. Although Spring Break has been extended another week, WMCSD teachers and administrators continue to work from home on making decisions in the best interest of all of our students. We are communicating constantly via email and text messages. We are brainstorming ideas for how to serve our students and families. We have as many questions as you do, but we are learning just how creative we can be in a difficult situation. WMCSD is a small district, but we are mighty Tigers! We will continue to monitor and learn more about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and how to limit its spread by staying in contact with the Mississippi State Department of Health and state offices. We will share information as it becomes available. Please bear with us as this is a constantly changing situation. Thank you for your patience and support! Teresa Jackson, Superintendent
Monday, March 16, 2020 at 11:20am Effective immediately, all MHSAA interscholastic sports and fine-arts activities, competition, and practice are suspended through March 29, 2020, and until further notice. This suspension applies whether or not a school is open or closed during this timeline.
All WMCSD extracurricular activities are cancelled until at least Monday, March 23rd. Further cancellations and information will be posted on our website and social media pages. Please stay informed and take care. www.winonamontgomerycsd.com
Winona-Montgomery Consolidated School District will extend Spring Holidays by one week in accordance with Governor Tate Reeves' request in his address to the State. All schools will be closed the week of March 16-20, 2020. No students or employees will report to school. All school events, athletic competitions, and practices are canceled at least through March 20, 2020. Please check our website and Facebook page regularly for updates.
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 8:30am Winona-Montgomery Consolidated School District will extend Spring Holidays for students for two additional days - Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17, 2020. All school events, athletic competitions, and practices are canceled Monday and Tuesday. All faculty and staff should report to their respective schools by 8:00am on Monday, March 16, 2020. Employees who have recently traveled to any foreign or domestic location known to have a substantial number of cases of the novel COVID-19 virus must notify his/her supervisor immediately via email. Employees who have a compromised immune system documented by a doctor should provide paperwork to his/her supervisor and a determination will be made regarding working from home. Facilities and buses have been and will be disinfected. This situation is being closely monitored and all decisions will be made in the best interest of our students and employees. Please watch our website and social media pages and/or download the WMCSD app for iPhone and Android devices for the latest updates.
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger During the month of March, we give a little extra attention to all of the amazing accomplishments of strong, determined women. Since 1987, the United States has formally recognized March as National Women’s History Month. Every woman has a story to tell and gifts to share with the world. We all have the power to influence the direction our world is headed in, and National Women’s History Month reminds us of that.
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Ms. Shirley Hamilton is our WSS Art teacher. When asked about an influential woman in her life, she answered with the following: Gwendolyn Magee's art at the Mississippi Museum of Art has inspired countless meaningful conversations with my students. One of my favorite quotes from her is this: “The art flows through me, but does not belong to me alone. It speaks for those who have no voices, whose voices have been ignored, whose voices have been silenced. It relates history and circumstances that must not be forgotten.”
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Mr. Jeffrey Mitchell is our 8th grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) teacher at WSS. The following is his answer to why he’s lucky to be a WSS Tiger: “I am lucky to be a WSS Tiger because of the dedicated faculty, staff, and students that I get to be a part of each and every day. I hope I am able to make an impact on my students that they are able to appreciate, even if it's several years down the road. I am a lifelong WSS Tiger. I,myself, received a high-quality education from incredible teachers at WSS, and I strive to do the same for my own students.”
Mr. Glen Hobbs spoke with the 8th grade history classes last week. He gave a riveting, first-hand account of what life was like for him during the Civil Rights movement in Winona, MS. Mr. Hobbs is one of our special education educators who is also an accomplished author having published two books so far. We are proud to have such an inspiring person on our WSS staff to motivate our young people.
Congratulations to WSS teachers Ms. Terry Turnage, Mrs. Larkin Nygard and Mr. Charles Crouch on their Value-Added PREPS awards in ACT and U.S. History today! (Pics to come soon!) Ms. Megan Doolittle also received her award for completing the CEO Leadership Academy today as well. Congratulations to all of you!
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Mrs. Debbie Gant is the WSS librarian. When asked about an influential woman in her life, this was her response: “My mother, Mrs. Evon Austin, has always been the most influential woman in my life. Unfortunately she is no longer physically present in my life and there is not a day that goes by that I do not miss her. Mother was an amazing example of how to work hard and love even harder. She loved God first, my daddy second and her four children third. Her grandchildren were just the “icing on the cake” and boy did she love cake!! Mother taught me how to overcome life’s challenges and keep fighting. She taught me how to be kind and considerate of others. My siblings and I were to maintain high morals and exhibit pride in ourselves and our family name at all times. I could go on and on but space does not permit. Let me end with saying, “Thank you, Mother! I am honored to have been influenced, loved, nurtured and taught by the BEST!” Deb”
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger We are lucky to have Nurse Fay Gant at WSS! This is what she said about being a Winona Tiger: “I feel "Lucky" to be a WSS Tiger because I have been the majority of the students’ nurse since they were in Kindergarten! As they graduate, I start with a new group of 7th graders. I care for every student as if they were my own children!”
Ms. Megan Brock is our Choral Director and Music Appreciation teacher for WSS. She has been such an inspiration to her students this year! She is always looking for ways to expand their vocal expertise and encourages them to do their absolute best in everything they pursue. This is what she said about two of the most influential women in her life: Alicia Keys was one of the first artists that cultivated my interest in singing and attempting to play piano. "If I Ain't Got You" will always be one of my favorites. The other is Maya Angelou. My favorite poems of hers are Phenomenal Woman and Still I Rise Her quote, "Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness" has always stuck with me.
#WMCSD #ItsAGreatDayToBeATiger #BeThatPerson Mr. Joshua Overstreet is the Junior High Band Director and High School Assistant Band Director. This is his first year to be with us at WSS and we couldn't be happier to have him here! He has been an incredible asset to our band program! He is a wonderful encourager of our students and always expects them to stay at the top of their game. This is what he said about being lucky to be a Winona Tiger: "I am lucky to have started my career as a band director as a WSS Tiger. This school district and community definitely values the impact that music has in school and in students’ lives. I know first-hand that music changes lives."
#WMCSD #ItsAGreatDayToBeATiger #BeThatPerson Mr. James Bailey is our Head Band Director of the "Winona Pride" here at WSS. He and his assistant band director have done a wonderful job with our students to create such an awesome experience encouraging them to learn and grow in their musical expertise and showmanship. Below is his response to how lucky he is to be a Winona Tiger! "Why is it great to be a Tiger? I moved to Winona in June of 1995. I’ve taught at Winona Public School for many years and there is absolutely “No Better Place To Be”!! I’ve been a Winona Tiger for 25 years. I’m convinced that the faculty, administration, and all the coaches that I have had the privilege to work along side, are all fantastic people and are dedicated to be true team players for the good of our students, school, and community. Every day is a “Great Day To Be A Tiger”!!! We are “One Team, One Dream” and strive “To Be That Person”. GO TIGERS!!!!"
#WMCSD #ItsaGreatDayToBeATIger #BeThatPerson In honor of March being Women's History Month and Irish American Heritage Month, we will be highlighting those influential people. Some of our highlighted teachers this month will be expressing why they are lucky to be a WSS Tiger as well keeping with our theme for the month. We hope that you enjoy meeting more of our faculty and staff at our wonderful school!
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Mrs. Tonya Leverette is one of our WSS special education teachers. When asked about an influential African American, she was quick to point to Harriet Tubman. She quotes Ms. Tubman as saying, “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." Mrs. Leverette inspires her students daily with the same philosophy.
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Coach Josh Davis is one of our WSS special education teachers. Coach Davis cited Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as the most influential African-American to him. One of Coach Davis’ favorite quotes from Dr. King is, “The time is always right, to do what is right." Coach Davis tries very hard to also instill this philosophy in his students every day.
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Coach Michael Cox is the WSS 7th grade social studies teacher. When asked about an influential African American, Coach Cox immediately picked Jackie Robinson stating that “He stood up for what was right even when things were really hard. He broke the color barrier and opened the door to many players who would have never gotten the chance to play at the professional level. He made the game of baseball better for everyone.” Two of Coach Cox’s favorite Jackie Robinson quotes are: “I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me... All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.” And “This ain't fun. But you watch me, I'll get it done.” Coach Cox likes these particular quotes because he feels it showed his willingness to not care what others think and his demand for respect.
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Mrs. Sheila Seals is one of our special education teachers at WSS. The African American that is most influential to her is Dr. Mae Jemison. She is the first African American woman astronaut to go on a space flight. She overcame many obstacles to achieve her dream. One of Mrs. Seals’ favorite quotes from Dr. Jamison is, “What we find is that if you have a goal that is very, very far out, and you approach it in little steps, you get there faster. Your mind opens up to the possibilities.”
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Coach Phillip Jordan is our 8th grade history teacher at WSS. When asked about an influential African American, Coach Jordan noted Medgar Evers by quoting him as saying, “When you hate, the only person who suffers is you because most of the people you hate don’t know it and the rest don’t care.” Coach Jordan is an awesome teacher and coach who always encourages his students to be the best they can be. You will see him and his wife at all kinds of WSS sporting events supporting his current and former students.
Tigers get a New Home Plate! The 26’ radius home plate turf at the baseball field was donated by Sports Contractors Unlimited in Hattiesburg, MS. Tommy Shook is the managing member. They donated all of the materials (sand, rock of several sizes, turf and pellets). The coaches purchased some flexible boards to create the base with booster funds and did all of the base work themselves. The Sports Unlimited Team then came and put down the turf, it took them about 3 or 4 hours to secure and glue the turf. Sports Unlimited had been in town turfing 4 of the City of Winona’s sports fields. Baseball head coach Mark Austin and assistant Steven Helms both agreed that this addition to the field would simplify daily field maintenance and preparation.
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Rhonda Brasfield is one of our special education teachers. This is what she had to say about her most influential African American: “My most influential African American is Cicely Tyson. She was the daughter of immigrants from the Caribbean island of Nevis, and she grew up in a devoutly religious household in Harlem, New York. Discovered by a fashion editor at Ebony magazine, she quickly rose to the top of the modeling world. In 1957 she began her acting career. When she got her first acting job, her religious mother, feeling that Tyson was choosing a sinful path, kicked her out of their home. However, Tyson still found success as an actress, appearing onstage, in movies, and on TV. She was very selective about the roles she chose. She was committed to presenting only positive images of strong black women. Through the years, Tyson has kept much of her personal life private. Even though she is well known for her awards as an actress, Tyson is is very committed to community involvement. “Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew, “ said Tyson. I believe that challenges will and do happen to everyone sooner or later in each of our lives. Don't let the challenge stop you. Face it. Learn from it. Each challenge we face shapes us into the person we are, positive or negative. We are the one that decides the outcome. Use a challenge as a learning and growing experience for a positive outcome!
WSS students participated in the Youth Tobacco Prevention Program assembly yesterday. Alison Crockett and Carson Holly were chosen this fall for a grant sponsored by Caffee, Caffee and Associates Public Health Foundation, Inc. They presented "Stick to the Facts" tobacco prevention information to over 100 of their fellow WSS students in grades 9 through 12. The students took a pre-test on tobacco facts and reviewed “myth or fact” tobacco information. They were provided with snacks during the assembly. As part of the grant, Alison and Carson were given a $250 check each for educating their peers on tobacco prevention. They will present another Youth Tobacco Prevention Program in March to the same students and the students will take a post-test to show how much they have learned about tobacco prevention. Alison and Carson will receive their last check of $250 for a total of $1,000 each from the grant.
Coach Chris McRae is our Economics and World History teacher. This was his response when I asked about his most influential African American: The most influential African-American in my life is Dr. Richard Holmes. Before he was a doctor he was the first black student to integrate Mississippi State University. For several years I taught Mississippi Studies. There was a chapter about the integration of Ole Miss in 1962 by James Meredith and how Federal troops had to be called in by President Kennedy to ensure his safety. This was the first time Federal troops marched to the South since the Civil War. There was no mention about the integration of Mississippi State or Southern Miss though. I did some research to find out who integrated those schools. I discovered that Richard Holmes came to MSU in 1965. He said that there was not much tension at MSU when he came and most students were respectful to him or just ignored him. He later served in the US Army and graduated from Michigan State with a medical degree. He even came back to MSU and worked in the health center on campus. He was quoted as saying “My grandmother was not educated but she believed in education, hard work, honesty, and going to church.” He also said of his grandmother, “She instilled those values in us boys and taught us not to make excuses—that being poor and black was no reason for failure.” Now he is retired and resides in Columbus, MS. In 2014, I attended the FCA banquet in Columbus, MS. I was by myself so I sat in the back of the room. As I was preparing to eat, I noticed a well-dressed man and his wife sitting at the table next to me. To my surprise, I realized that it was Dr. Holmes. This was the first time in my life that I met a person from history in real life. I asked for his autograph and he was very gracious and kind. I was struck by the fact that regardless of his historical status that he was very humble and unassuming. I could sense that this man’s calm and gentle demeanor made him the perfect man to integrate State. He also had a sense of honor and integrity that was readily apparent. He truly immolated the qualities of other civil rights leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who said “If we do an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, we will be a blind and toothless nation. We must find a more perfect way.” To meet an icon of the civil rights movement in Mississippi was truly an honor and an influential moment in my life.
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Coach Howard Phillips is one of our special education teachers at WSS. He is a great encourager for our students and his colleagues. Coach Phillips noted Frederick Douglas as his most influential African American by stating the following: Fredrick Douglas was a great wordsmith with several quotes that can be applied to our everyday lives. "Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave", "It's easier to build strong children than to repair broken men". "I prayed for freedom for twenty years but received no answers until I prayed with my legs"
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Mr. Glenn Hobbs is one of our special education teachers. He greets everyone every day with a hearty hello and smile! When I asked him about his most influential African American, he quickly replied with Ms. Toni Morrison. Having won a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1987, Toni Morrison became the first African American woman of any nationality to win that prize. Mr. Hobbs quoted her as saying, “If there is a book that you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Mr. Gunner Nichols is the WSS Sociology, Psychology, U. S. Government, and Advanced World Geography teacher. When asked about his most influential African American, he quoted the great Jackie Robinson: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."
Mr. Kyle Doolittle is one of our special education teachers at WSS. He chose to spotlight Anna Julia Cooper. This is what he said. “Ms. Cooper was an early advocate of teaching to the student. Where Booker T. Washington pushed for technical training for black students and W.E.B DeBois wanted to teach the top 10% of his black students more academically challenging lessons, she saw the value in both. Cooper did not mind spending more time on individual students to make sure they reached their maximum potential, whatever field that may be in. She also raised several adopted children (5 or 6, I can't remember the exact number.) I'm reading her book, A Voice from the South right now, and she was a very interesting person. Being born into slavery in the 1850s and living long enough to see the beginning of the bigger parts of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s makes her a unique person to study. Being a history nerd, it's also really interesting to me that she lived through the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, and saw the beginning of Vietnam. Also, saw the invention of the car, airplane, and space travel.” Mr. Doolittle quoted Ms. Cooper as saying, “The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class, it is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity.”
Coach Presley Coleman is one of our WSS special education teachers. The most influential African American figure to him is Kobe Bryant. A quote Coach Coleman chose to share from this basketball legend was “The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they do.” Kobe Bryant’s work ethic and desire to be great is what made him one of the best to play the game. Coach Coleman uses his message of inspiring his students/players to be the best in whatever they choose to do in life and to never settle for mediocrity .
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger “We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.”—Martin Luther King, Jr. When asked who his most inspirational African American was, WSS Mississippi Studies/Geography teacher Coach Brad Gray cited the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Coach Gray stated that “We are in this together. Dr. King was a great unifier and developed his personal beliefs from Bible study. Because of deep convictions, he was able to renounce social injustice based on a higher power, in the face of tyranny. Dr. King did not only advocate for black Americans, he advocated for all. He understood that the whole had to be greater than the parts. Dr. King gave his life for his work. “
Lifelong Winona resident and former WHS graduate and teacher, Mrs. Carolyn Moore, spoke to our students today in a special Black History Month assembly. She brought a powerful, inspirational message to them while engaging them in the experience. A fun time was had by all! Thank you, Mrs. Moore, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to speak to our students today! We appreciated it so much!
Mrs. Regina Kendall is our College Algebra and Special Populations teacher for the Career and Technical Center. Mrs. Kendall chose Benjamin Banneker as an influential African American in her life. He is best known for building America's first clock. Using his rich understanding of trigonometry and astronomy, he accurately predicted a solar eclipse in 1789. Banneker was also a passionate civil rights advocate. In 1791, he famously penned a letter to Thomas Jefferson asking for his help in improving conditions for Africans living in the United States.
Mrs. Sherry Austin teaches 11th grade English and Essentials for College Literature. She chose to highlight Dr. Ben Carson. She said that Dr. Carson inspires her because he truly understands that education has a tremendous effect on lives. He realized early in his life that education isn't something that just happens to you--you have to reach out, grab it, and use it to make you a better person and citizen. Not everyone should be a brain surgeon, but everyone can have a positive impact on someone's life. One of her favorite quotes from him is "I started reading about people of great accomplishment. . . and it dawned on me that the person who has the most to do with what happens to you is you." Another quote of his is "Through hard work, perseverance,and a faith in God, you can live your dreams."
Coach Phillip Harville teaches 7th grade math to our students at WSS. He would like to spotlight Lonnie Johnson. Mr. Johnson is a famous inventor and mathematician who holds over 120 patents. Although he worked on major national projects like the stealth bomber and NASA's Jet Propulsion program, according to Coach Harville, he invented two of the best things he loved as a kid: the Super Soaker water gun and the "toy projectile gun" which would become the Nerf gun. To all of his students, Coach Harville wants to leave you with this from Dr. Martin Luther King, "Intelligence + Character = True Education"
Mrs. Angela Hicks teaches our 8th grade English classes at WSS. She chose two outstanding African Americans who have inspired her over the years: Ella Fitzgerald and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. “Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.” —Ella Fitzgerald “Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.” -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Mrs. Hicks encourages all of her students to emulate these two great Americans. She wishes the best for all of her students and tries her best to help them achieve their goals on a daily basis.
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Mrs. Michelle Milling teaches Algebra 1 and Foundations of Algebra. She says that Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson is one of the most influential African American mathematicians of all time. Her calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. crewed spaceflights. During her 35-year career at NASA and its predecessor, she earned a reputation for mastering complex manual calculations and helped pioneer the use of computers to perform the tasks. The space agency noted her "historical role as one of the first African-American women to work as a NASA scientist". She is portrayed in the movie “Hidden Figures”. Mrs. Milling quotes her as saying, “Like what you do, and then you will do your best.” Mrs. Milling tries to instill this value in her students by example because she indeed loves what she does, just as Katherine Johnson did.
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Mrs. Tracey Costilow is our English teacher of the day. She teaches our 9th grade students. Her favorite African American Author is Langston Hughes. The quote she likes is actually lines from a poem by Langston Hughes called “Dreams": “Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly.” Mrs. Costilow inspires her students daily to always dream big and never give up. Our ninth graders are lucky to have such an amazing teacher who is always encouraging them to be the best they can be in everything they do.
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Today’s spotlight math teacher is Mrs. Laura Faulkner. When asked about an inspirational African American, she immediately thought of Harriet Tubman. She quotes her as saying “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Mrs. Faulkner hopes that all of her students will remember this quite and always “reach for the stars” in everything they do in the future.
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Our next English teacher to spotlight this week is Mrs. Rachel Havens. She teaches the 10th grade English classes. Mrs. Havens chose Bryan Stevenson as one of her most inspirational African American authors. She stated that he is a philosopher, attorney, and best-selling author. Her favorite quote from him is that “Mercy is most empowering, liberating, and transformative when it is directed at the undeserving. The people who haven’t earned it, who haven’t even sought it, are the most meaningful recipients of our compassion.” We are lucky to have Mrs. Havens and her love for reading. She has been instrumental in helping to develop a love for reading in our students by inspiring them to find that perfect book to read.
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Ms. Terry Turnage teaches WSS upper math classes such as Pre-Calculus, Algebra II, Algebra III and also ACT Prep. As a matter of fact, our ACT Prep program is receiving a state Value-Added PREPS Award in a couple of weeks. We are extremely proud of Ms. Turnage and Mrs. Nygard for teaching this very important class and helping our students gain this prestigious award for our school! When asked about her most inspirational African American scholar, Ms. Turnage was quick to point to John Urschel. She quotes him as saying “Math is an exercise in training your brain to think originally. It's about taking what you know and using it to face something you haven't seen before." John Urschel, a Canadian-American mathematician, played guard for the Baltimore Ravens. He earned his bachelors and masters from Penn State and is pursuing a Ph.D. from MIT. He has published 6 peer-reviewed articles and has 3 more ready for review. His studies focus on spectral graph theory, numerical linear algebra, and machine learning. He also promoted math education with Texas Instruments. Follow the link to find out more about this amazing man! We think you are pretty amazing yourself, Ms. Turnage! http://news.mit.edu/2019/student-john-urschel-math-football-0515
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Our first spotlighted WSS English Teacher is Mrs. Hattie Frank Maloney. Mrs. Maloney teaches 12th grade English, Dual Enrollment English Composition and Speech. When asked to pick a famous African American author who inspired her, she said the following: "Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread." - Richard Wright She went on to say, “Wright is one of my all-time favorite writers. He wrote the novel Black Boy which chronicles his life from childhood into adulthood (I taught this to my sophomores for years... SUCH a fabulous book). Extreme poverty, being shipped around from home to home, no true stability/support, no formal education, experiencing intense discrimination... to see him conquer these obstacles and continue to persevere and become one of the most eloquent writers I've ever had the priviledge of reading, absolutely puts me in awe of him. He is the meaning of "true grit." So, if I had to choose a famous African American that has inspired and motivated me, it would be Richard Wright.”
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger WSS would like to start the week by spotlighting our Math and English departments this week! First up on the lineup is math teacher, Mr. Brad Cook. Mr. Cook chose Michael Jordan as his inspiration. His favorite quote from him is “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” He wants all of his students in Geometry, Essentials of Math and Foundations of Algebra to always take their best shot and do their best in everything they do.