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October 2019 News & Events

Thank You Gautier Rotary Club! 
Singing River Electric's Gautier District Manager Buck Williams recently participated in Rotary's dictionary distribution to third graders at College Park Elementary in Gautier.
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Huge Crowd Attends Exceptional School Fall Festival
The rain didn't dampen the spirits of the huge crowd of community volunteers, organizations, students and a couple of terrific superintendents who came in costume to attend the Jackson County Exceptional School's annual Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival. Many thanks to all who volunteered for this very special day for these very special students! Take a look at these precious children! We love the Jackson County Exceptional School! #bethelight See more photos on Facebook
 
CPE's Natalie McKinney Wins $2,500 in Chevron STEM Contest
College Park Elementary guidance counselor Natalie McKinney won a $2,500 donorschoose.org gift certificate for her second place entry in the 2019 Chevron Fuel Your School Maker Contest Maker. Three teachers were honored at the Fab Lab in Vancleave and presented with gift certificates to donorschoose to fund their STEM projects. Joining Mrs. McKinney were first place winner Sarah Vogelsang from East Central Upper Elementary, $5,000 gift certificate; and third place winner Angelica Dawsey, Hancock Middle School, with a $1,000 gift certificate. PGSD Supt. Wayne Rodolfich, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Belinda Dammen, and College Park Elementary Principal Suzanne Ros were on hand for the presentation. Congratulations Mrs. McKinney! #bethelight See more photos on Facebook
 
Natalie MccKinney Grant winner with Chevron, principal, asst. supt and supt.
Check Out Our Bridges Billboards!
Drivers traveling through Pascagoula and Gautier will now see Pascagoula-Gautier School District billboards touting our Bridge Academies where students will discover their passion in life and be ready to pursue that career goal after high school graduation whether it be enrolling in college, enlisting in the military or straight to employment. The Pascagoula billboard is on Market Street, facing south near Jackson Avenue and Pascagoula Tire. The Gautier billboard is on Highway 90 just west of the old Singing River Mall property facing west.A huge thank you to our community partner, Merchants and Marine Bank, for partnering with the PGSD on these billboards. #bethelight
 
billboard
PGSD Schools Showcase Artistic Talents at J.C. Fair
Thirteen PGSD schools showcased the talents of their students at the Jackson County Fair this year with blue or red ribbons awarded to each school. Many thanks to all those who worked so hard to make these school booths so special! #bethelight See more photos on Facebook
Wayne Rodolfich Wins Mississippi Superintendent of the Year
Wayne V. Rodolfich, superintendent of the Pascagoula-Gautier School District, was honored as Mississippi's Superintendent of the Year during the Mississippi Association of School Administrators Fall Conference. He will now go on to compete at the national level. A delegation of friends and family were on hand to celebrate with him. Congratulations Supt. Rodolfich! #bethelight See more photos on Facebook
PHS Inducts New Members into National Honor Society
Pascagoula High School hosted a National Honor Society induction ceremony for new members to the chapter. Inducted were Folsom Berry, Caitlyn Bush, Kaitlyn Cannette, Margaret Corlew, Nadia Corder, Kirsten Cunningham, Brooke Estes, Devin Fortenberry, Ashley Garcia Prado, Ty’Shae Herndon, Constance Hunley, Madison Jefferson, Hannah Khalfy, Sarah Kitchens, Ariel Maynard, Wadelyn Middleton, Karen Peralta, Keaira Smith, Kennedy Turner, Adriana Vazquez, (not pictured); Jayden Watson, William Watson, Markel Williams and Connor Young. Sponsors for the Pascagoula High National Honor Society are Elizabeth Green and Elton Hughes. See more photos on Facebook.
 
PHS National Honor Society New Inductees
PHS Students Shave Heads, Raise $2,000 for Breast Cancer Research
Pascagoula High students raised more than $2,000 at its Pink Pep Rally for the Susan G. Koman Foundation in support of breast cancer awareness. Head Football Coach Lewis Sims, Assistant Principal Michael Jackson and other student athletes endured local barbers taking off their precious locks of hair, all for a good cause - a check to be presented to the Susan G. Koman Foundation for breast cancer awareness and research. See more photos on Facebook
 
Students and staff shave their heads for Fundraiser for Cancer Research
CMS Choir Performs for JES Students
Jackson Elementary students were given a pop concert performed by Colmer's choir students. Some of the songs included selections from "The Greatest Showman", Fresh Prince of Belair, Believer, and Dancing Queen. #bethelight  See more pictures on Facebook 
 Choir students
Spooky Super Saturday Turns Into A Celebration!
This morning's rain could not keep the crowd away from attending PGSD's Spooky Super Saturday. There was over 1100 attendees and volunteers to learn, play, dance, and explore at The Aaron Jones Family Interactive Center. This was the 10th anniversary of the Center's opening. Thank you to all of our families and volunteers that made this a success! #bethelight #pgsdproud See more photos on Facebook. 
CPE Honors Achievements at Recognition Ceremony
College Park Elementary had much to celebrate at its Crest Ceremony and Awards Recognition. Not only were students recognized for outstanding grades and positive behavior, but the school also celebrated its A rating on the Mississippi Accountability Model and students who scored proficient and advanced on the MAAP and Las Links. Four students were also recognized at the school's Crest Ceremony for exhibiting the five traits that the school faculty and staff believe all students should possess. Crest winners were Cruz Russ-Williams, Jozyean Collazo-Cancel, Xaccari Miller-Dorn and Akirian Joe Williams. Congratulations students and teachers! Congratulations College Park Elementary! #bethelight See more pictures on Facebook
 
students with awards
Workforce Development Partnership Makes Positive Changes for J.C.
The PGSD College and Career Technical Institute’s Adult Education/Workforce Development Initiative in partnership with Ingalls Shipbuilding and surrounding business and industry started Oct. 21, 2019. Personnel from Ingalls were on hand to present the students a contract on night one contingent on their completing the requirements of the program. The CCTI is offering Welding, Structural Fitting, and Sheetmetal/Joiner and in January adding Pipefitting to that list. The classes are full and there is a waiting list so they will be offered on a continuous basis with guaranteed employment. Other companies will be joining in this venture as well. This partnership between the PGSD, Ingalls Shipbuilding, WinJob Center, Adult Learning Center and Mississippi Department of Education’s Workforce Development is really going to change our community. Mississippi Department of Human Services and VT Halter Marine are expected to come on board at a later date. Exciting progress for workforce development in Jackson County! #bethelight See more pictures on Facebook
 
man talking to women in construction shop
PGSD's Erin Parker Wins Excellence in STEM AwardHanna Casey, Dr. Erin Parker, and Shirley Hunter
Dr. Erin Parker, media specialist at Lake Elementary and Beach Elementary, won a $1,000 Donors Choose gift certificate to fund a STEM project in both schools. The award was funded by the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery in partnership with the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce to recognize teachers at the elementary, middle or high school level who demonstrates STEM innovation and excellence through academic collaboration and student engagement. Winners were announced at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting held Oct. 22, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pascagoula. One winner from each of the four school districts in Jackson County were selected based on applications submitted by teachers. Congratulations to Erin Parker and all of our teacher winners! #bethelight
Shelby Miller Awarded Presidential Excellence Award in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering!
Singing River Academy’s Ms. Shelby Miller has been announced by President Trump as a Presidential Excellence Award recipient in Washington, DC!
 
White House Link          Shelby Miller
Little Gator Cheerleaders Show Their Gator Pride
Following the Gator Cheer Clinic these future GHS cheerleaders showed their Gator pride by cheering with the GHS cheerleaders during the first quarter of the Singing River Classic game Friday night!
 
Future Gator Cheerleaders
Congratulations to our ALL SUPERIORS GHS and PHS Bands!
Both Pascagoula and Gautier High School Bands scored straight superior ratings Saturday at the 51st Mississippi High School Activities Association State Marching Evaluation at Milner Stadium in Gulfport, MS. The bands were rated in Drum Major, Color Guard, Percussion, and Band. Every judge considered them superior. Congratulations to these students, directors, and band parents on outstanding performances!
 
Band Students with trophies
Pas. Athletic Foundation Hosts Breakfast with the Coaches
The members and Board of Directors of the Pascagoula Athletic Foundation hosted “Breakfast with the Coaches,” an annual tradition on the morning of the Singing River Classic.
 
The Foundation welcomed GHS Head Football Coach Marcus High, PHS Head Football Coach Lewis Sims, players, coaching staffs, along with other students, cheerleaders, band members, parents, community leaders, alumni, and members of the PGSD School District and Board of Trustees to all join together the morning of the BIG GAME for fellowship and to discuss each team’s progress, key players, and who will have bragging rights for the rest of the year.
 
Refreshments were provided by the Pascagoula Athletic Foundation along with a short briefing on the Foundation’s upcoming Hall of Fame festivities.
 
School Board members and High school Coaches

PHS Botany Students Work to Beautify City

Pascagoula High School Botany students in Leigh Hanna’s class have spent the past several weeks cleaning out flower beds along the south side of the railroad tracks near Krebs Avenue in Pascagoula.
 
On Thursdays during fifth block this first nine weeks of school, the students have cleaned out the flower beds and began researching plant compatibility.
 
During the next nine weeks, a new group of botany students will continue the work and began planting shrubs and flowers that are compatible with the climate of South Mississippi. The class has been working in partnership with Paige Roberts, CEO of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pascagoula.
MBE Welcomes Classic Cruisers!
Martin Bluff Elementary students and staff welcomed a number of classic cruisers to their school today as a kick off to the school's fall festival!
Special Olympians Show Their Athletic Talents
The Special Olympics kicked off this morning at War Memorial Stadium hosted by the Jackson County Exceptional School. Thanks to the high school student councils, and the cheerleaders from PHS, GHS, Colmer and GMS for cheering on the athletes as they competed! See Facebook for more photos. 
PGSD Drone Class Receives Chevron Fuel Your School Grant
The new Pascagoula-Gautier School District unmanned aerial systems pilot program housed at Gautier High School, received a visit from Chris Cavote, Chevron Refinery General Manager, who presented instructor David Weigle with a delivery of a new drone, courtesy of Chevron's Fuel Your School program via DonorsChoose.org The unmanned aerial systems class is being piloted by the Pascagoula-Gautier School District for the state of Mississippi. See more photos on our Facebook page. 
Mississippi Association of Educators Representatives Tour the FIC and CCTI
Great visit with Erica Jones, the new president of the Mississippi Association of Educators, and Pam McLendon, UniServ Director of the South Unit of MAE. These ladies took a tour of the Aaron Jones Family Interactive Center and the College and Career Technical Institute to see all the wonderful classes offered in the career and technical field with Supt. Wayne Rodolfich! #bethelight
 
Ladies looking at children's vet costumes
Arlington Elementary Celebrates Walk to School Day
Hundreds of students, families, teachers and community members joined with Arlington Elementary in celebrating Walk to School Day! See more photos on our Facebook page. 
 
Arlington Elementary Celebrates Walk to School Day
Eastlawn Elementary Celebrates Walk to School Day!
See more photos on our Facebook page.