Wednesday, March 23, 2011

March 23, 2011

Once again I have the privilege of bringing you up to date and congratulating our students and faculty on their outstanding accomplishments.

Mr. Bob Dees and Mrs. Jennifer Williams took 26 MAIS District Science Fair winners from Magnolia Heights (only Class IV and V, grades 9-12) to the International Science Fair Competition at Ole Miss yesterday. MHS was the only private school represented. Among the public schools participating were Oxford High School, Southaven High School, South Panola High School, as well as several DeSoto County Schools and many other public schools across North Mississippi. At the awards ceremony 23 of the 26 MHS projects placed and were awarded medals. Of the 23 projects receiving an award, 13 were invited to participate in the state-wide public school competition next week in Starkville. Jake Austin Smith’s project, “Expired Pharmaceuticals: Fact or Fallacy” was selected as one of the “Best of Fair” projects and is an alternate to attend the International Science Fair in Los Angeles this summer, and Zach Shackelford won $200 from Intel for his project’s excellence in computer science!

One of our secondary faculty members, Mr. Barry Coleman, was honored last night as “Tate County Educator of the Year” by The Tate County Economic Development Foundation. Mr. Coleman has taught history and economics at MHS for the last 9 years. He is the first MHS teacher to achieve “Master Teacher” certification from the state of Mississippi. He has written for the AP Economics exam and was instrumental in the development of the state-wide economic curriculum. He is currently developing a personal finance course that will be required of all MHS 10th graders beginning next fall. As a testament to his dedication and excellence in the classroom, the MHS Seniors of 08, 09, and 10 chose him as the teacher that most influenced them at Magnolia Heights. Way to go Coach Coleman!

It’s always great to see our students and faculty receive the credit they so richly deserve for the job they do day in and day out. Way to Go Chiefs!