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4-6 Grade Field Trip
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The fourth - sixth students went on a field trip Monday, February 9, 2015 to see the movie Selma.  The movie portrayed the historical event of the march on Selma. It was one of the most horrific marches of the civil rights movement; it coined the name Bloody Sunday. Many of the people who took part in the march were injured from being beaten, trampled on, and arrested that day.  However, that did not stop them from continuing the fight for their voting rights.
 

 Durant Public Schools announces
Teacher of the Year 2015


Gefredia Nash, a Durant Public School Middle School science teacher, was selected as 2015 Teacher of the Year for Durant Public School District, by administrators and colleagues.  She is currently lead teacher; and has worked for the district for twelve years.  She is a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University.  She is currently pursuing a Specialist degree in Education Administration and Supervision from Delta State University.  She is the proud mother of four children. 

The district’s Teacher of the Year is known for the unique and sometimes unconventional methods used to engage students.  If you pass by Ms. Nash’s classroom, you might find her and the students singing the “Atoms” Family, constructing electrical power grids, acting out Newton’s Laws of Motion, making clay models of pathogens and 3-D models of cells, collecting and analyzing data using the school’s weather station, playing educational games, such as balancing chemical “egg” quotations, and many other fun engaging activities.  Ms. Nash feels that engaging students in this way directly impacts students’ learning.  Last year, ninety percent of Ms. Nash’s students scored proficient and advanced on the Mississippi Science Test.

Ms. Nash’s teaching philosophy is that students deserve the best education, regardless of ethnic background, socio- economic status, or location.  And they can get the best education, if they have the best teachers to teach them.

She will be attending the 2015 Mississippi Teacher of the Year Banquet in April, as a nominee.  

 
High School Field Trip
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The high school students went on a field trip Thursday, January 29, 2015 to see the movie Selma.  The movie portrayed the historical event of the march on Selma. It was one of the most horrific marches of the civil rights movement; it coined the name Bloody Sunday. Many of the people who took part in the march were injured from being beaten, trampled on, and arrested that day.  However, that did not stop them from continuing the fight for their voting rights. Our students enjoyed the movie and learned a great deal. It sparked several discussions on equality and the non-violent movement of the civil rights era.