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4/02/14 > OP: March Students of the Month
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Congratulations to Oak Park's March Students of the Month.
3/04/14 > OP: Surprise Visitor
Oak Park staff and students had a surprise visit.
Could it be, could it be? Who is this I see?

March 2, 2014, marks Dr. Seuss’ 110th birthday!
The famous children's author, whose real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel, was born in 1904. Even after his passing over 20 years ago his stories are still entertaining and teaching millions of children through his unforgettable characters.
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3/04/14 > OP: Dreams Can Come True
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Trustmark Bank, an AEE School Adopter, discussed The Financial Fairy Tales - Dreams Can Come True and A Tale of Two Brothers to Oak Park's fifth grade students.
Denise Walker, Trustmark Bank Branch Mgr/AVP was the presenter.
3/03/14 > OP: February Students of the Month
Congratulations students for your hard work!!!!
The following students were chosen by their homeroom teacher for February Student of the Month.
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11/01/13 > OP: October Students of the Month
Congratulations!!!
October students of the month received a backpack, water bottle and pencils from AEE adopters Sanderson Farms and Trustmark Bank.
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11/01/13 > OP: Rotary Club sponsors preK program
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To kick off a Rotary Club sponsored literacy program, Laurel High students read books to students at Oak Park Elementary School. Pictured with the four-year-old kindergarten classes are (front row) LHS Interact Club and Speech & Debate Team members Kendra Lyons, Ian Lengior and Jordan Brown, (second row) Oak Park teachers Cassie Logan, Mary Simpson, Elaine Boone, Rhonda Lyle and Rotary Club members Gene Harlow and Tom Canizaro, (back row) Rotary Club members John Christian, Ray Palmer, Kay Guy, Mayor Johnny Magee, Mississippi Department of Education Literacy Coach Kimberly Gardner and Oak Park Principal Tito T. Lanier.
5/24/13 > OAK PARK receives High Progress Award
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Oak Park Elementary School was awarded as a High Progress School by the Mississippi Department of Education at a Champions of Change awards ceremony recently held in Jackson. MDE staff recognized 54 schools that have earned the title of High Progress, High Performing or Distinguished under federal Title 1 guidelines as “Champions of Change”. The High Progress status was awarded to 28 schools around the state. High Progress schools have demonstrated the greatest gains in closing gaps for student achievement over the past two years. These schools represent the highest 10 percent of schools that have improved their QDI scores overall in two years. Pictured: MDE Title 1 Director Marcus Cheeks, Oak Park Principal Tito T. Lanier and Laurel Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno.
4/09/13 > OP: February Students of the Month
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Congratulations to Oak Park's February Students of the Month. Each student received a coupon from Taco Bell, a water bottle and backpack from AEE adopters Sanderson Farm and Trustmark Bank.
3/08/13 > OP: Local garden club visits 5K
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Kindergarten students at Oak Park Elementary School created seed and peanut butter pinecones thanks to the assistance of the Northwood Garden Club of Laurel. Members of the club volunteered their time and resources to teach children about birds. The club also donated butterfly habitats to each class. The Northwood Garden Club will also volunteer their time to create gardens on both sides of the school’s auditorium. Pictured: Kindergarten student Jamel Abney works on his bird feeder.
3/08/13 > OP: Students, Teachers honor board member Rev. Earnest Thompson
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Students and teachers at Oak Park Elementary School honored Laurel School District Board of Trustees member Rev. Earnest Thompson as part of School Board Member Recognition Week. Students presented Rev,. Thompson with cards, drawings and gifts to show their appreciation for his service to their school.
2/07/13 > OP: January Students of the Month
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Congratulations to Oak Park's January Students of the Month. Each student received a Certificate of Achievement and a coupon from Papa John's, a water bottle and backpack from AEE adopters Sanderson Farm and Trustmark Bank.
1/31/13 > OP: 2nd Nine Weeks Perfect Attendance Bike Winners
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
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1/31/13 > OP: 1st Semester Perfect Attendance, Lower Elementary
Congratualtions DeAjania Keyes!!!
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1/31/13 > OP: 1st Semester Perfect Attendance, Upper Elementary
Congratulations Olivia Trotter!!!
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1/31/13 > OP: Kindergarten, 1st Place Reading Fair
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Ms. Olson's Class

The Crayon Box That Talked

1/31/13 > OP: 1st Grade, 1st Place Reading Fair
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Ms. Barnett's Class

The Leaf Man

1/31/13 > OP: 2nd Grade, 1st Place Reading Fair
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Mrs. McGhee's Class

Strega Nona

1/31/13 > OP: 3rd Grade, 1st Place Reading Fair
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Mrs. Campbell's Class

The Monster in the Cave

1/31/13 > OP: 4th Grade, 1st Place Reading Fair
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Mrs. Ridgeway's Class

Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon

1/31/13 > OP: 5th Grade, 1st Place Reading Fair
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Ms. Bowman's Class

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain

1/31/13 > OP: December Students of the Month
Congratulations to Oak Park's December Students of the Month. Each student received a coupon from Taco Bell, a water bottle and backpack from AEE adopters Sanderson Farm and Trustmark Bank.
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1/22/13 > OP: Purchase Oak Park Spiritwear
Click on the link below to purchase Oak Park Spiritwear.

12/11/12 > OP: October Students of the Month
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Congratulations to Oak Park's October Students of the Month. Each student received a coupon from Taco Bell, a water bottle and backpack from AEE adopters Sanderson Farm and Trustmark Bank.
12/11/12 > OP: November Student of the Month
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We proudly announce our November students of the month. These students stepped beyond the bounds of normal expectations in showing respect for themselves and classmates. Each student received a coupon from Taco Bell, a water bottle and backpack from AEE Adopters Sanderson Farm and Trustmark Bank.
10/16/12 > OP: Teachers Receive Recognition From Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart is a global company that believes in giving back to the community. Wal-Mart has launched its fourth annual Teachers Rewards Program which provides up to 4.5 million dollars to 90,000 teachers across the United States. Twenty teachers at Oak Park received recognition for their dedication and sacrifices.
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10/12/12 > OP: 1st Nine Week Perfect Attendance Bike Winners
Congratulations to Oak Park's 1st Nine Week Perfect Attendance Bike Winners!!
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10/11/12 > OP: September Students of the Month
Congratulations to Oak Park's September Students of the Month. Each student received a coupon from Taco Bell, a water bottle and backpack from AEE Adopters Sanderson Farm and Trustmark Bank.
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10/11/12 > OP: Dragon Dollars
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Mrs. Sikes' class is ready to send their dragon dollars. The students purchased basketballs, bubbles, necklaces, bracelets, remote control trucks, rings, notebooks and the list goes on and on. The dragon dollars are given as an incentive for positive behavior.
10/10/12 > OP: August Students of the Month
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Congratulations to August Students of the Month. Each student received an Oak Park Student of the Month backpack and water bottle. The incentives were provided by AEE School Adopters Trustmark Bank and Sanderson Farm.

9/12/12 > OP: Program held to commemorate 9/11
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Students gathered Tuesday at Oak Park Elementary School to commemorate 9/11. The event featured presentations by EMServ Education Coordinator Earnest Hollingsworth, Oak Park Teacher and U.S. Army Reserve Master Sgt. Thomas Watson, Laurel Fire Department Battalion Chief Alfred Jordan and Gulf States K9 Academy Handler Chris Frazier and Therapy Dog McKennsly. Members of the Laurel High School JROTC presented the colors for the event. Pictured: Laurel High JROTC Color Guard members Janiah Sampson, David Smith, Wykeveius Cooley and Elisa Nixon.
3/06/12 > OP: March 2012 Calendar
2/01/12 > OP: Lunch at Applebee's
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The character education citizenship coloring contest winners enjoyed lunch at Applebee's.
The winners are Jordan Atkins, Jacquez Fountain, Taniya Harrison, Cyderica Smith, Alonzo Wilson and Jada Keller-Garner.
Jordan's mother (pictured) and Alonzo's grandmother (not pictured) joined us for lunch.
2/01/12 > OP: Reading Fair Honorable Mention and 2nd Place Place Winners
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The District Reading Fair honorable mention and second place awards students are 3rd grader Madison Lanier, Honorable Mention; representing Ms. Alridge’s Kindergarten class project is Phaylon Gandy, second place; and 5th grader John Thomas, second place.
2/01/12 > OP: Reading Fair 1st Place Winners
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Oak Park is proud to announce their District Reading Fair Winners that are going on to represent the school at the Regional Reading Fair at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg on February 28, 2012. These students are 1st grader Quadriana Nobles, representing Mrs. Cross’s class project is Malcolm Hampton, and 2nd grader LaQuesha Williams.

Oak Park is very proud of our students and their accomplishments this year!
2/01/12 > OP: February Calendar 2012
1/25/12 > OP: 2nd nine weeks Honor List

OAK PARK ELEMENTARY 2ND NINE WEEKS HONOR LIST Superintendent's List 1st Grade Ry Kia Amos Caden Arrington Marcus Bridges Ganaysia Dean Desean Dinkins Ashley Dodds Jasmine Graham Elana Johnson JaKobe Love La Troy Mccurdy 2nd Grade Shundra Caver Jamaris Graham Iris Ixba Madison Johnson Markeisha Williams 3rd Grade Jadoriae Boykin 4th Grade None 5th Grade Charles Cross John Thomas Principal's List 1st Grade Caitlin Amerson Ju Meka Arrington Khe Nyjah Barnes Malaysia Barnes Carl Boykin Ja Darrion Boykin Alliyah Cooley Elisha Cooley Tydreco Dean Sanaa Gavin Dejerrick Gillum Marion Haynes Alexandria Jordan Jamarrius Kelly Tae Vion King D Mariay Kirk Ashanti Lang Demetrius Legore Terrion McCullum C Daryas McDonald Rashayd McGruder Ajariaunna Paige Alisha Pruitt Adontis Pugh Samaria Roberts Kyharie Rodgers Zachary Todd Kimaria White Shakya Williamson 2nd Grade Aaliyah Arrington Quavion Bell Raven Boykin Stelena Clayton Keshona Collier Adriauna Cooley Melissa Houston Boremus Johnikin Khegan Jones Manaca Keyes Jeremy Loston Ariel Mcginnis Dajah Portie Aaliyah Rice Amaya Robinson Diamond Sims Latorius Ulmer Taniyah Wilson 3rd Grade Derrek Brown Glen Carpenter Paris Chambers Janece Cooley Rashad Crosby Jaliyah Crumb Samoya Dantzler Jennifer Fulford Sania Gardner Tyler Gavin Tyjuan Graves Cha Lyric Hardy Akeeyah Harris Raheem Hosey Rahjavaian Hosey Aaliyah House Reginald Jones Aushanay Knauber Madison Lanier Rashad Love Devin Mcclellan Audrianna Mccormick Keyontra Mcdonald Aialyiah Mcgee Tomaya Mcginnis Harmony Moore Sha Kya Morris Lauryn Newell Kendaryious Oliver Jaylen Prince Dexter Scott Quandarius Shelby 4th Grade Chassy Babcock Malcolm Hampton Yistasia Pittman Seaneria Sanders Olivia Trotter 5th Grade Larry Arrington Skylia Bell La Jadakiss Bender Jasmine Collier Autumn Evans Jacquez Fountain Jalen Graham Da Jah Hall Raymond Harvey Jasmine Jefferson Jalondria Jones Antigonus Loper Darrius Mccullum Asia Pollock Ariell Pruitt Jarius Russell Carlos Watson Honor Roll 1st Grade Randy Lindsey Isaiah Newell 2nd Grade Jamarj Dean Rayianna Hawthorne Darion Hughes Jekhadrien Jones Arjalen Marshall 3rd Grade Samson Gammage Timjuan Mcgill 4th Grade Nigel Parker 5th Grade Terry Blanks Nayrea Cooley Tmyko Foster Raymonde Haynes Zarah Jones Jada Keyes

12/08/11 > OP: Upper Elementary 1st Nine Weeks Perfect Attendance Bike Winners
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The bikes were donated by Second Baptist Missionary Church, Christian Valley Baptist Church, Howard Industries and AEE Student Ambassador State Farm Agent Mike Zachary.
12/08/11 > OP: Lower Elementary 1st Nine Weeks Perfect Attendance Bike Winners
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The bikes were donated by Howard Industries, AEE Student Ambassadors Sanderson Farm and Trustmark Bank.
12/08/11 > OP: Character Education CARING Coloring Contest Winners
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The coloring sheet was based on Caring. The pictures were judged for neatness, creativity and colorfulness. Each month the students discuss a different character trait. The winners will enjoy lunch at Applebee's.
11/15/11 > OP: Character Education RESPONSIBILITY Coloring Contest Winners
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The character education coloring contest winners enjoyed lunch at Applebee's.
Thanks to the Applebee's Family!!
11/01/11 > OP: Pledge to be DRUG FREE!
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Mrs. Brady's and Mrs. Johnson's kindergarten class pledge to be drug free by wearing a red shirt.
10/28/11 > OP: Put a CAP on drugs
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Red Ribbon Week!
These third grade students are taking a visible stand against drugs. PUT A CAP ON DRUGS!
10/28/11 > OP: Be a JEAN-ius, wear blue jeans.
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Red Ribbon Week! Be a "Jean" -ius, wear blue jeans.
Mrs. Sikes and Mrs. Cooley-Williams' first grade class show us they are a "jean" -ius.
10/28/11 > OP: Students receive recognition for their outstanding achievement.
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Students were recognized for their outstanding achievment on the 2011 State test at Oak Park. A celebration for the stars was given on October 7 and they also enjoyed lunch at Eatza Pizza.
10/27/11 > OP: Lunch at Applebee's
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The character education coloring contest winners enjoyed lunch at Applebee's. Thanks to Chera Breland and the Applebee's family.
10/27/11 > OP: Character Education RESPECT Coloring Contest Winners
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The coloring sheet was based on RESPECT. The pictures were judged for neatness, creativity and colorfulness. Each month the students discuss a different character trait.
10/11/11 > OP: Students of The Month
Oak Park's August and September students of the month received a certificate and a water bottle from AEE adopter Trustmark Bank, a shirt from AEE adopter Sanderson Farm and a free kids meal card from Applebee's.
10/05/11 > OP: BULLY FREE!
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October is Bullying Prevention Month. Activities are scheduled to raise awareness about bullying and its consequences.
10/05/11 > OP: LHS football players visit Oak Park.
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10/04/11 > OP: LHS Senior Football Players
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LHS senior football players read to Ms. Robinson's kindergarten class.
4/26/11 > OP: Spring Newsletter
4/21/11 > OP: Snap Shot Winners!
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Students that scored the highest on the snap shot test in Language Arts and Mathematics are recognized for their great achievement.

4/14/11 > OP: Too Cool!!
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Oak Park's 3rd Nine Week Superintendent's Scholars are making the grades and chilling in the shade.

3/09/11 > OP: Faculty and Staff goes WACKY TACKY
3/04/11 > OP: Testing Pep-Rally Featuring OP Cheerleaders
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2/25/11 > OP: Oak Park is a PBIS model school
OAK PARK IS A PBIS MODEL SCHOOL!!!
2/10/11 > OP: January Newsletter

1/27/11 > OP: Oak Park's Kindergarten Class Gets First Place
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Congratulations to Mrs. Sikes and Mrs. Cooley-Williams' Kindergarten Class! They placed first in the District Reading Fair Competition.
1/27/11 > OP: District Reading Fair Competition Winners
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First Grade-Michael Harris, Honorable Mention
Second Grade-Madison Lanier, 2nd Place
Third Grade-Zediah Gavin, 1st Place
Fourth/Fifth Grade Fiction-Jamiya Wash, 1st Place
Fourth/Fifith Grade Non Fiction-Clifton McGruder, 1st Place
1/26/11 > OP: Michael Harris Prepares For District Reading Fair Competition.
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Michael Harris will represent Oak Park's first grade in the district competition.
1/21/11 > OP: Zedaiah Gavin Prepares His Reading Fair Project For The District Competition
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Zediah Gavin placed first in his category for the Oak Park Reading Fair. Now he is ready to move on to the district competition.
1/21/11 > OP: GOAL Teacher receives field trip grant
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Jeanifer Pearson, Oak Park Elementary School’s Greater Opportunities for Accelerated Learning (GOAL) teacher, received a $700 grant from the Target Field Trip Association. The grant will provide Pearson the funding needed to take the GOAL students to the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi and the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs.
1/20/11 > OP: Perfect Attendance 2nd nine weeks
Oak Park Elementary School
Perfect Attendance
2nd Nine Weeks

Four year-old Kindergarten

Daliyah Brown
Tamya Everett
Caleb Hobbs
Tito Lanier
Semaj Moore
Davion Sinegal
Caiden Drummer
Tristan Clark
Kayden Dozier
Jo Anna Pavon
Fabian Gandy
Phaylon Gandy
Keenon Johinkin
Nicole Pigford
Sharika Young
Uriaus Young

Five year-old Kindergarten

Jasmine Graham
Zanayia Hasberry
C'daryas Mcdonald
Maurkeeus Pruitt
Ajariaunna Paige
Rykia Amos
Chloe Rahming
Ebony Young
Jamerie Abney
Ganaysia Dean
Randarrius Lindsey
Jakobe Love
Kamari Phillips
Adontis Pugh
Caitlin Amerson
Caden Arrington
Jamarrius Kelly
Mikell Williams
Cindy Fernandez
La Troy Mccurdy
Tydreco Dean
Sanaa Gavin

First Grade

Emmanuel Bailey
Raven Boykin
Iris Ixba
Jekhadrien Jones
Alesheonia Mcdonald
William Mosley
Quadarius Nobles
Daeveona Randel
Jozlynn Rayford
Amaya Robinson
Asia Apperwhite
Jordan Atkins
Arlicia Buckley
Jonnie Draper
Arjalen Marshall
Charles Saltsgiver
Aurianna Baker
De Jerrick Gillum
Quavion Bell
Elisha Cooley
Rayianna Hawthorne
Jailan Jones
Raven Mcgee
Dytayshia Smith
Laquesha Williams
Markeisha Williams
Adriauna Cooley
Jamaris Graham
Mon'drez Keys
Jha'khia Mcgruder

Second Grade

Daqwan Sims
Halle Wash
Daylin Weathersby
Tashanae Young
Jaylen Prince
Aaliyah House
Raheem Hosey
Shakya Morris
Dexter Scott
Caimon Rahming
Ja Kyus Bounds
Xavier Coleman
Ladarius Collins
Milton Gavin
Rahjavaian Hosey
Reginald Jones
Madison Lanier
Audrianna Mccormick
Devonte Page
Aialiyah Mcgee

Third Grade

Ladarius Mccurdy
Zamia Brown
Yistasia Pittman
Bishop Ulmer
Fernando Frazier
Lalexia Murrell
Khylin Dixon
Jhavon Grayson
Ialiyah Fenderson
Seaneria Sanders
Antatonia Murry
Raven Pollock
Akeyra Wallace
Jamara Fountain
Taniya Harrison
Alexia Jackson
Kanarius Johnson
Ashlyn Jones
Jadarius Keyes
Benjamin Murry
Zylan Merrill
Sophia Saltsgiver
Malcolm Hampton
Chassy Babcock
Thomas Ducksworth
Ty Trenzarious Grady
Terry Huddleston
Jawan Keller
Quandriana Nobles
Desirae Randle
Aaliyah Walker

Fourth Grade

Patrick Bester
Shaquiva Bonner
Cody Cooley
Jalen Graham
Raymond Harvey
Jalondria Jones
Rahim Trotter
Clydarrion White
Skylia Bell
Lemontrell Cooley
Charles Cross
Travis Jones
Octavious Lyons
La Zya Morris
John Thomas
King Ulmer
Michael Terrell
Breanna Taylor
Sarah Saltsgiver
Antigonus Loper
Larry Arrington
Wilhelmina Barnett
Autumn Evans
Jasmine Jefferson
Telvin Mccarty

Fifth Grade

Karen Jackson
Arronisha Brown
Daishune Cooley
Jaquan Figgers
Jonkeira Arrington
Calexus Russell
Kamela Cooley
Marquita Fenderson
Jadalyn House
Breunna Mccann
Cliffton Mcgruder
Tyshun King
Raimonica Jones
Patterson Ashley
Omari Barnett
Makayla Gandy
Maegan Starling
Kailyn Dukes
Vandorian Lyles
Jacara Collins
Jack Conley
Jayla Fountain
Aaliyah Harris
Charles Huddleston
Samantha Ishee
Demarcus Loper
Chianna Marsh
Jajuan Wade
Jamaya Wash
1/20/11 > OP: Achievement Lists 2nd nine weeks
Oak Park Elementary School
Honors Lists
2nd Nine Weeks

Superintendent’s Scholars

2nd Grade

Paris Chambers
Madison Lanier
Audrianna McCormick
Harmony Moore
Rahjavaian Hosey
Devonte Page
Okeme Parker
Quandarius Shelby
Tyler Gavin
Keyontra McDonald
Halle Wash
Jadoriae Boykin
Raheem Hosey
Jaylen Prince
Glen Carpenter

3rd Grade

Yastasia Pittman

4th Grade

Skylia Bell
Charles Cross
John Thomas

5th Grade

Breunna McCann

Principal's List

1st Grade

Shundra Caver
Ariel Mc Ginnis
Asia Apperwhite
Arlicia Buckley
Boremus Johnikin
Ma Siya Allen
Keshona Collier
Austria Edmonson
Ma Naca Keyes
Juan Mendez
Diamond Sims
Markeisha Williams
Jamaris Graham
Adriauna Cooley
Madison Johnson
Iris Ixba
Ja Quaria Keyes

2nd Grade

Kasey Keys
Reginald Jones
Erica Harris
Jordan Crosby
Jennifer Fulford
Savannah Hodge
Daqwan Sims
Akeeyah Harris
Aaliyah House
Tomaya McGinnis
Dexter Scott
Deandre Smith
Sania Gardner
Laryn Newell
Janece Cooley
Ajaveon Hatten
Aialyiah McGee
Timjuan McGill
Jacquelle Wash

3rd Grade

Ladarius McCurdy
Ialiyah Fenderson
Daeja Hosey
Lalexia Murrell
Seaneria Sanders
Reg Zaun Beck
Tyler Hasberry
Princess Edwards
Sophia Saltsgiver
Chassy Babcock
Ty Trenzarious Grady
Jada Lindsey
Olivia Trotter

4th Grade

Jalen Graham
Raymond Harvey
Rory Camarco
Asia Pollock
Dajah Hall
Lajadakiss Bender
Alexis Crosby
Antigonus Loper
Michael Terrell
Autumn Evans
Jasmine Jefferson

5th Grade

Jayla Fountain
Rianna Thigpen
Jajuan Wade
Cami Weathersby
Kailyn Dukes
Makayla Gandy
Tyler Hughes
Raimonica Jones
Maegan Starling
Brandon Crosby
Adreanna Newell
Joshlyn Faint
Jonkeira Arrington
Jamiya Boykin
Shavonne Grayson
Princess Henderson
Karen Jackson
Rodriana Porter
Ayana Robinson
Ca Lexus Russell
Jaylen Smith
Keezaria Thames


Honor Roll

1st Grade

Donnie Cooley
Larrianna Evans
Quavion Bell
Raven McGee
Melissa Houston
Jozlynn Rayford
Amaya Robinson

2nd Grade

Ja Kyus Bounds
Kayla Cooley

3rd Grade

Khylin Dixon
Keanu White
Tavis Wilson
Zamia Brown
Zediah Gavin
Kaymin Ulmer
Bernice Haynes
Daejia Roberson
Co Keyvia Walker
Akeyra Wallace
Dornell Carter
Ashlyn Jones

4th Grade

Jalondria Jones
Jarius Russell
Breanna Taylor
Nayrea Cooley
Raymonde Haynes
Alajah Edmonson

5th Grade

Samantha Ishee
Chassidy Knight
Tyshun King
Howard Cole
Vandoroan Lyles
Clifton Keyes
Jeremy Coleman
1/05/11 > OP: December Students of the Month
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Each student received a t-shirt courtesy of Association for Excellence in Education Student Ambassador Sanderson Farms and a free admission card from AEE Student Ambassador Landrum’s Homestead & Village.
1/04/11 > OP: Reading Fair--Winners
Pictures coming soon.

12/17/10 > OP: Autumn Evans wins design contest
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Oak Park Elementary School’s Autumn Evans, was the winner of the Laurel School District Holiday Artistic Design Contest. Autumn was presented with a certificate and a bag filled will holiday treats. Pictured: Principal Tito Lanier, fourth grader Autumn Evans and Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno.
12/16/10 > USDA Scientist visits Oak Park
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The third, fourth and fifth graders at Oak Park Elementary School recently learned about the various characteristics of soil. Ralph Thornton, a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service soil resource scientist for south Mississippi, shared examples of soils and fossils with the students. Thornton, who serves 34 counties in Mississippi, had an extensive fossil collection which included sharks teeth and a whale vertebra found in Mississippi. Pictured: Ralph Thornton and Oak Park fifth grade teacher Kris Pierce.
12/13/10 > OP: November Students of The Month
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Each student received a t-shirt courtesy of Association for Excellence in Education Student Ambassador Sanderson Farms, certificates from AEE Student Ambassador Trustmark National Bank and free admission card from AEE Student Ambassador Landrum’s Homestead & Village.
12/13/10 > OP: RIF, Nov 2010
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12/13/10 > OP: October Students of The Month
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Each student received a t-shirt courtesy of Association for Excellence in Education Student Ambassador Sanderson Farms, certificates from AEE Student Ambassador Trustmark National Bank and free admission card from AEE Student Ambassador Landrum’s Homestead & Village.
12/13/10 > OP: Kindergarten Students Visit The Christmas Tree Farm
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10/28/10 > OP: 1st Nine Week Perfect Attendance Bike Winners
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The bikes were donated by AEE Student Ambassadors State Farm Agent Mike Zachary and school attendance officer Trina Heidelberg.
10/28/10 > OP: WHICH PATH DO YOU CHOOSE?
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Oak Park celebrates Red Ribbon Week!
10/28/10 > OP: Say Boo To Drugs
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10/28/10 > OP: The Salvation Army Food Drive
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Oak Park student's donate canned goods to the Salvation Army Food Drive.
10/22/10 > OP: September Students of the Month
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Each student received a T-shirt courtesy of Association for Excellence in Education Student Ambassador Sanderson Farms, certificate from AEE Student Ambassador Trustmark National Bank and AEE Student Ambassdor Landrums's Homestead & Village donated a free admission card.
10/01/10 > OP: Thanks Applebee's!
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Oak Park thanks Applebee's Manager Todd Ray for donating free kid meal cards for student of the month.
10/01/10 > OP: The Dragon Den Receives Donations.
Mr. Tommy Posey and Mr. Larry Joe Bradford donated school supplies to the Dragon Den. Students can exchange the Dragon Dollars they have received for following school wide expectations for items in the Dragon Den.
8/26/10 > OP: Open house on August 30
Oak Park Elementary School will host an open house on August 30 at 6 p.m. The “Meet and Eat” event will be a time for teachers and parents to share in food, fun and fellowship.
4/26/10 > OP: 3rd Nine Week Perfect Attendance Bike Winners
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The bikes were donated by Thomas Pharmacy, school attendance officer Trina Heidelberg, AEE Student Ambassadors State Farm Agent Mike Zachary, Trustmark Bank and Masonite Corporation.
2/23/10 > OP: 2nd Nine Week Perfect Attendance Bike Winners
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The bikes were donated by Thomas Pharmacy, school attendance officer Trina Heidelberg, AEE Student Ambassadors State Farm Agent Mike Zachary, Trustmark Bank and Masonite Corporation.
2/23/10 > OP: January Student of the Month, Lower Elementary
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Each student received a T-shirt courtesy of Association for Excellence in Education Student Ambassador Sanderson Farms and a certificate from AEE Student Ambassador Trustmark National Bank.
2/23/10 > OP: January Student of the Month, Upper Elementary
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Each student received a T-shirt courtesy of Association for Excellence in Education Student Ambassador Sanderson Farms and a certificate from AEE Student Ambassador Trustmark National Bank.
1/20/10 > OP: MLK awards presented to student, teacher
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During Oak Park Elementary School’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, Corey Johnson and Evelyn Evans were presented awards by the local MLK organization. Johnson, a fourth grade student, was recipient of the Keeper of the Dream award and Evans was presented the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Teacher of the Year award. Pictured L-R: Thaddeus Edmonson, president of the MLK parade committee; Tito Lanier, Oak Park Elementary School principal; Corey Johnson, Keeper of the Dream Award recipient; Evelyn Evans, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Teacher of the year and Rev. Jerry James, MLK Parade Committee Awards Chairman.
11/30/09 > OP: The United States Army Recruiting Station
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Oak Park School received U.S. Flags from the United States Army Recruiting Station in Laurel.
11/18/09 > OP: Honor Lists for 1st nine weeks
SUPERINTENDENT SCHOLARS

1ST GRADE

AALIYAH HOUSE
LAURYN NEWELL
DEANDRE SMITH
TYLER GAVIN
KEYONTRA MCDONALD
MARQUEZ LANG
TAKAIREST PERRYMAN
DAQWAN SIMS
KAYLA COOLEY
JORDAN CROSBY
FULFORD JENNIFER
JOSEPH HODGE
HARMONY MOORE
CAITLYN COOK

2ND GRADE

DYSTINI GLENN
KHYLIN DIXON
KEANU WHITE
ANTWAN HATTEN
MARIAH BELL
IALIYAH FENDERSON
ASHANTI MCDONALD
YISTASIA PITTMAN
JAMARA FOUNTAIN
ASHLYN JONES
CORIUNA PRUITT
SOPHIA SALTSGIVER
AIYATAHS TAYLOR
CHASSY BABCOCK

3RD GRADE

JOHN THOMAS
SKYLIA BELL
5TH GRADE
KAYA LAWRENCE
JAMIYA SANSON

PRINCIPAL'S LIST

1ST GRADE

AKEEYAH HARRIS
SANIA GARDNER
JUWELLA RICE
CHA'LYRIC HARDY
JADA KELLER-GARDNER
DEXTER SCOTT
JON QUARRIUS GREER
AJAVEON HATTEN
TIMJUAN MCGILL
RAHEEM HOSEY
TYJUAN GRAVES
ZY DANIEL ELKINS
JADARIOUS TROTTER
JADORIAE BOYKIN
JANECE COOLEY
QUANDARIUS SHELBY
JAVONTE ARRINGTON
LEMETRICE JONES
JACQUELLE WASH
GLEN CARPENTER
MADISON LANIER
JAYLEN PRINCE
PARIS CHAMBERS
KASEY KEYS
AUDRIANNA MCCORMICK
ATAISHA WRIGHT
JAKYUS BOUNDS
MILTON GAVIN
RAHJAVAIAN HOSEY
DEVONTE PAGE

2ND GRADE

DANIEL COLEMAN
MIREYA CHAVEZ
ANTATONIA MURRY
JAMYA MURRY
BERNICE HAYNES
JENNIFER LOPEZ
KAITLYN MILLSAP
DANIEL WALKER
JAHEIM CHATMAN
JADARIUS KEYES
KADAJAH FERGUSON
TH ORIE HOLDER
BREANNA JOHNSON
ATIKA JONES
MIKAYLA JULIEN
JADA LINDSEY
VANSWAYLA PIERCE
OLIVIA TROTTER
SHA'HEEM BEY
DANIEL ELKINS
FERNANDO FRAZIER
ZEDIAH GAVIN
TABIUS GRAVES
MARTASIA GAVIN
KATLYN HEIDELBERG
DAEJA HOSEY
DESHAYLA MORGAN
QUANDARIUS BENDER
JAMARRUISE COLLINS
JERMARION JOHNSON
BENJAMIN MURRY
DORNELL CARTER
KAMBREY CHRISTIAN
AREYANNA MCDONALD
ZAMIA BROWN
SEANERIA SANDERS
CO'KEYVIA WALKER

3RD GRADE

CHARLES CROSS
JALONDRIA JONES
LARRY ARRINGTON
VICTOR COLEMAN
JAMAL BEY
KY LAWRENCE
ASIA POLLOCK
TELLAS SMITH
ALEXUS CROSBY
ANTIGONUS LOPER
MICHAEL TERRELL
RAQWAN THOMAS

4TH GRADE

BREUNNA MCCANN
RODRIANA PORTER
ROXANNE MCDONALD
KAILYN DUKES
CLIFTON KEYES
MAEGAN STARLING
RIANNA THIGPEN
KENYADA PRUITT

5TH GRADE

DONALD KINCHEN
JEFFERY PAYTON
DEVEN ULMER
JONATHAN WALKER
AERIAL MILLSAP
TROYMAIN CROSBY
WILLETTE ROSS
QUANDARIUS RUFFIN
ANTYENEZE SAMSON
CRE'ARRE THIGPEN
CORINTHA SANSON
KAADADA TROTTER
SHIKERRA BUCKLEY
BRITTANY MILLSAP
JAYLEN CROSS
RAVEN EVANS
TAKEYA JOHNSON
KYDRIANNA KEYS
OCZAVIA LYONS

HONOR ROLL

1ST GRADE

BEJONCE TERRELL
MICHAEL TROTTER
TA LEXSIA MURRY
XAVIER COLEMAN

2ND GRADE

ANZIAH MCCORMICK

3RD GRADE

TERRY BLANKS
RAYMOND HARVEY
TMYKO FOSTER
DAJAH HALL
JASMINE COLLIER
NAYREA COOLEY
BREANNA TAYLOR
JAQUAN TILLMAN
AUTUMN EVANS

4TH GRADE

RAIMONICA JONES
KAREN JACKSON
PRINCESS HENDERSON
KEEZARIA THAMES

5TH GRADE

ASHLEY BRELAND
ATWYIA DUCKSWORTH
LATOYIA HEIDELBERG
JENELL MCCAIN
ISSALINE DAVIS
ALESSEA KNIGHT
JASMINE PLUMMER
HENRY SHADE
MIGAI BARBER
MARGUARITE GAVIN
11/18/09 > OP: 1st Nine Weeks Perfect Attendance Bike Winners
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The bikes were donated by Thomas Pharmacy, school attendance officer Trina Heidelberg, AEE Student Ambassadors State Farm Agent Mike Zachary, Trustmark Bank and Masonite Corporation.
11/04/09 > OP: October Student of the Month, Fifth Grade
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Each student received a T-shirt courtesy of Association for Excellence in Education Student Ambassador Sanderson Farms and a certificate from AEE Student Ambassador Trustmark National Bank.
11/04/09 > OP: October Student of the Month, Fourth Grade
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Each student received a T-shirt courtesy of Association for Excellence in Education Student Ambassador Sanderson Farms and a certificate from AEE Student Ambassador Trustmark National Bank.
11/04/09 > OP: October Student of the Month, Kindergarten
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Each student received a T-shirt courtesy of Association for Excellence in Education Student Ambassador Sanderson Farms and a certificate from AEE Student Ambassador Trustmark National Bank.
11/04/09 > OP: October Student of the Month, First Grade
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Each student received a T-shirt courtesy of Association for Excellence in Education Student Ambassador Sanderson Farms and a certificate from AEE Student Ambassador Trustmark National Bank.
11/04/09 > OP: October Student of the Month, Second Grade
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Each student received a T-shirt courtesy of Association for Excellence in Education Student Ambassador Sanderson Farms and a certificate from AEE Student Ambassador Trustmark National Bank.
11/04/09 > OP: October Student of the Month, Third Grade
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Each student received a T-shirt courtesy of Association for Excellence in Education Student Ambassador Sanderson Farms and a certificate from AEE Student Ambassador Trustmark National Bank.
11/03/09 > OP: September Student of the Month, 5th Grade
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Each student received a T-shirt courtesy of Association for Excellence in Education Student Ambassador Sanderson Farms and a certificate from AEE Student Ambassador Trustmark National Bank.
11/03/09 > OP: September Student of the Month, 3rd Grade
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Each student received a T-shirt courtesy of Association for Excellence in Education Student Ambassador Sanderson Farms and a certificate from AEE Student Ambassador Trustmark National Bank.
11/03/09 > OP: September Student of the Month, Kindergarten
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Each student received a T-shirt courtesy of Association for Excellence in Education Student Ambassador Sanderson Farms and a certificate from AEE Student Ambassador Trustmark National Bank.
11/03/09 > OP: Red Ribbon Week, Third Grade
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Third grade students put a cap on drugs.
11/03/09 > OP: Red Ribbon Week, Kindergarten
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Kindergarten students pledged to be drug-free by wearing red shirts.
11/03/09 > OP: Red Ribbon Week, Fifth Grade
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Fifth grade students socked it to drugs by wearing mismatched or crazy socks.
11/03/09 > OP: Red Ribbon Week, Fourth Grade
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Fourth grade students teamed up against drugs by wearing their favorite team jersey.
11/03/09 > OP: Red Ribbon Week, Second Grade
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Second grade students are wearing jeans because they are a "jean-ius".
11/03/09 > OP: Red Ribbon Week, First Grade
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First grade students joined the fight against drugs by wearing camouflage.
11/03/09 > OP: September Student of the Month, Fourth Grade
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Each student received a T-shirt courtesy of Association for Excellence in Education Student Ambassador Sanderson Farms and a certificate from AEE Student Ambassador Trustmark National Bank.
11/03/09 > OP: September Student of the Month, First Grade
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Each student received a T-shirt courtesy of Association for Excellence in Education Student Ambassador Sanderson Farms and a certificate from AEE Student Ambassador Trustmark National Bank.
11/03/09 > OP: September Student of the Month, Second Grade
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Each student received a T-shirt courtesy of Association for Excellence in Education Student Ambassador Sanderson Farms and a certificate from AEE Student Ambassador Trustmark National Bank.
7/17/09 > Oak Park teachers receive honors
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Several Oak Park Elementary School teachers were honored with Reading Renaissance’s Master and Model Classroom honors. To receive the honors, teachers and students must maintain a high level of reading accountability and accuracy. Joy Rudder, first grade teacher, received Model Classroom honors. Cassandra Ballard, third grade teacher; Glenda McLaurin, first grade teacher and Deanna Thigpen, fourth grade teacher, received both Master and Model Classroom honors.
4/17/09 > Perfect Attendance Bike Winners, 3rd Nine Weeks
Devonte Page
Malcolm Hamptom
Breanna Taylor
Makayla Gandy
Troymain Crosby
Lexia Thomas
Patrick Parker
3/26/09 > February Students of the Month
AEE STUDENT AMBASSADORS PROVIDED A VARIETY OF GIFTS FOR OUR STUDENTS.

T-SHIRTS WERE PROVIDED BY SANDERSON FARM, INC.
CERTIFICATES WERE PROVIDED BY TRUSTMARK NATIONAL BANK AND BOOK MARKS WERE PROVIDED BY MASONITE CORPORATION.

JAILAN JONES
JAQUELINE SANTIAGO
LAMETRICE JONES
ILUS KEYES
MARQUEZ LANG
DONNIE COOLEY
TYLER GAVIN
RYKEL PAGE
SIERRA HENDERSON
AARON ROBINSON
RAVEN POLLOCK
LADARIUS MOSS
ASIA POLLOCK
AMIL COOLEY
ERICA WILLIAM
CLYDARRION WHITE
QUADARIUS LANG
MAIYA COLEMAN
MERCEDES JONES
JYKERIA JONES
JENELL MCCAIN
JAMYA MURRY
OCZAVIA LYONS
BRYAN CROSBY
BENJAMIN MURRY
TRAVON WALKER
SHAKERIA MCDONALD
TRAVEION PHILLIPS
TONI AINSWORTH
TAVARIS TOWNSEND
ANGEL WILLIAMS
DEMI FALCON
11/21/08 > Oak Park Students of the Month for September
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Those students who received student of the month for August at Oak Park Elementary School are front row L-R: Breanna McDonald, Kevin Osorio, Rahja Vaian Hosey, Kevon Chinn, Melvin Walker, Tashanae Young, Cappricia McCullum, Tamya Murry, Seaneria Sanders, Oliva Trotter, Kanarius Johnson, Benjamin Murry and Sarah Saltsgiver. Second Row L-R: Breanna Taylor, Tmyko Foster, April Ross, Yasmyne Ulmer, Jonkeria Arrington, Chassidy Knight, Amya Chinn, Rodriana Porter, Ramonica Jones, Jamiya Sanson, Seierra Moore, Destinee Arrington and Migai Barber. Back Row L-R: Jalen McClendon, Ikea Frazier, Tatayanna Coleman, Corey Jones, Michael Page, Kresaterica Lloyd, Brianna Plummer, Roena Johnson and Barbara Williams. Each student received a T-shirt courtesy of Association for Excellence in Education Student Ambassador Sanderson Farms, a certificate from AEE Student Ambassador Trustmark National Bank and a bookmark provided by AEE Student Ambassador Masonite.
10/14/08 > Oak Park Bike Winners 1st nine weeks '08
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Latashanna Ransom, Ian Lengior, Valentino Sanson, Jonkeira Arrington, Yasmine Ulmer, Sophia Saltsgiver and LaQuesha Williams are the perfect attendance bike winners at Oak Park Elementary School. The bikes were donated by school attendance officer Trina Heidelberg and Association for Excellence in Education Ambassadors Trustmark Bank, Masonite Corporation, David and Sharon Martindale and State Farm Agent Mike Zachary.
3/05/08 > Oak Park students receive bikes for perfect attendance
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Association for Excellence in Education adopters Howard Industries, Masonite Corporation and David and Sharon Martindale provided bicycles for Oak Park Elementary School students with perfect attendance the second nine weeks of school. Those students pictured left to right are Tykela Marsh, Michael Thompson, Brandon Crosby, Malik King, Zakyra Bolton and Glenn Gandy. Not pictured: Kenisha Breland.
2/28/08 > Oak Park celebrates Black History Month
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The first graders at Oak Park Elementary School celebrated Black History Month with a special program presented during an assembly on Thursday. Students sang songs and made presentations on the lives of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, Carter G. Woodson, Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama. Principal Jaymar Jackson also recognized Laurel School District Board of Trustees member Rev. Earnest Thompson by thanking him for his dedicated service to the children of Laurel.
2/14/08 > Oak Park celebrates Tree Planting Week
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For 24 years the city of Laurel has been a certified Tree City, and is the oldest Tree City in the state. As a Tree City, each year Laurel participates in the celebration of Mississippi’s Arbor Day, which was held February 8, and Tree Planting Week, which is held February 8-14. To celebrate Tree Planting Week, students at Oak Park Elementary School were visited by members of the Laurel Tree Board and employees of Masonite provided a tree for the school, and discussed the importance of trees.
1/17/08 > Oak Park receives Holocaust Museum curriculum trunk
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A 200-pound trunk filled with books, videos, lesson plans, maps and other materials was sent to Oak Park Elementary School from the Holocaust Museum in Houston, Texas. Katrina Harris’ sixth grade class utilized the materials to discuss not only history, but lessons on tolerance, friendship, equality and other character building traits. The trunk was at Oak Park for two weeks before it traveled on to another school in the United States.
1/11/08 > Superintendent's Scholars 2nd nine weeks
SUPERINTENDENT SCHOLARS

1ST GRADE

ARRINGTON, LARRY
BELL, SKYLIA
CROSS, CHARLES
DENNIS, MYSTIKAL
GANDY, DEMARCUS
JASPER, MALEX
MCDONALD, ROXANNE
MYLES, JUSTIN
SANDERS, JASON
SEALS, ALEXIS
THOMAS, JOHN
THOMAS, RAQWAN

2ND GRADE

GRAYSON, SHA'VONNE
JACKSON, KAREN
JONES, JAMIE
MCCANN, BREUNNA
MCGRUDER, CLIFTON
PRUITT, AUSTIN
PRUITT, KENYADA
STARLING, MAEGAN
WADE, JAJUAN

3RD GRADE

LAWRENCE, KAYA
MILLSAP, AERIAL
SANSON, JAMIYA

4TH GRADE

CROSBY, BRYAN
5TH GRADE
KING, LEAUNDRA
PAGE, MICHAEL
THOMAS, EMMANUEL
TOWNSEND, ZACHARIA

6TH GRADE

EVANS, VICTORIA
1/11/08 > Principal's List 2nd nine weeks
PRINCIPAL'S LIST

1ST GRADE

ARRINGTON, DARRIUS
BARNETT, TRAVION
BARNETT, WILHELMINA
BENDER, WESLEY
BEY, JAMAL
CAMPBELL, JEMIAH
CARRINGTON, FAIRLEY
COLEMAN, JAHLON
COOLEY, LEMONTRELL
FOSTER, TMYKO
FOUNTAIN, JACQUEZ
GRADNERSON, MKAYLA
GRAHAM, JALEN
GRAVES, ASIA
JONES, JALONDRIA
JONES, KRYSTILEN
LAWRENCE, KY
LOPER, ANTIGONUS
MAGEE, JAVIER
MCCULLUM, DARRIUS
MILSAP, QUIDERIS
MOORE, MAKYAH
MORRIS, LAZYA
MOSS, ZYTAVIUS
POLLOCK, ASIA
PRUITT, EDWARD
RUSSELL, JARIUS
SMITH, TREVON
ULMER, YASMYNE
WEBB, TAQWAN
WHITE, CLYDARRION

2ND GRADE

ADAMS, THAILAND
BELL, MADAIJA
BOYKIN, JAMIYA
CARTER, COLBY
COLE, HOWARD
COLEMAN, JEREMY
CROSBY, BRANDON
DUCKSWORTH, STEVEN
DUKES, KAILYN
FAINT, JOSHLYN
HENDERSON, PRINCESS
HOLDEN, TANAUDRE
HUGHES, TYLER
PATTERSON, ASHLEY
PORTER, RODRIANA
RUSSELL, CA'LEXUS
SCOTT, AAILIYAH
WASH, JAMAYA
WEATHERSBY, CAMI
YATES, JAMARCUS

3RD GRADE

ARRINGTON, JOSHUA
BINGHAM, IVY
CROSBY, ORDRIANA
CROSBY, TROYMAIN
EVANS, RAVEN
GAVIN, MARGUARITE
GIBSON, MICHAEL
HEIDELBERG, LATOYIA
JOHNSON, TAKEYA
JONES, SAMARIO
JORDAN, JARVIS
KEYS, KYDRIANNA
MAGEE, BILLY
MCKINES, CREARRE
MILSAP, NANCY
PLUMMER, JASMINE
SAMSON, ANTYENEZE

4TH GRADE

CALDWELL, TANZANIA
CAMPBELL, JAHMAURI
COLEMAN, VICTORY
COLLINS, RAMINA
DRAPER, LEXUS
FRAZIER, IKEA
JOHNSON, COREY
KEYES, THAKARIUS
LYONS, KIONDRA
MANUEL, BRIANA
MCCLENDON, JALEN
MCCRAY, SEMAJ
MCDONALD, DOMINIQUE
MCDONALD, SHAKIRA
MCGAY, CANDACE
MCKENZIE, MARGARET
SIMS, LEVINO
STRICKLAND, SEQUOYA
THOMAS, LEXIA

5TH GRADE

ANDERSON, CENQUARIYA
BINGHAM, JAKEBA
BROWN, TRYONE
CHAPMAN, CIARA
EVANS, JERALD
JOHNSON, JUSTIN
JONES, GAYBRAIL
JONES, KENNETHRAH
JONES, NADIA
MCCRAY, JAKEIKO
MCCULLUM, MARQUELUS
MCDONALD, KYLAUNA
PARKER, PATRICK
PORTER, SANITRA
PRUITT, JOANNE
ROGERS, KENTAVIOUS
WEATHERSBY, JUWAN

6TH GRADE

HARRIS, JAMAYIA
JONES, ALIZHAE
TAYLOR, ERIC
1/11/08 > Honor Roll 2nd nine weeks
HONOR ROLL

1ST GRADE

COLLIER, JASMINE
COOLEY, NAYREA
CROSBY, ALEXUS
HARVEY, RAYMOND
HAYNES, RAYMONDE
JONES, RODNEY
PHILLIPS, TRAVAURIOUS
RANSOM, EDWARD
ROBERSON, DAEJIA
TERRELL, MELIYAH
THOMPSON, MICHAEL
WARD, CAMERON

2ND GRADE

BROWNHAMPTON, ARRONISHA
COLEMAN, MAIYA
COOLEY, KAMELA
FIGGERS, JAQUAN
FOUNTAIN, JAYLA
JONES, RAMONICA
KING, TYSHUN
MARTIN, SYDORIS
MATHIS, CHRISTOPHER
MCCAIN, JERRED
ROBINSON, AYANA
WILLIAMS, TYESHIA

3RD GRADE

KING, MALIK
BYRD, JATWAIN
CURRIE, SAMANTHA
DAVIS, ISSALINE
DUCKSWORTH, ATWYIA
GAVIN, CLINTON
LYONS, OCZAVIA
MILLSAP, BRITTANY
ROSS, WILLETE
TRAVIS, DESTINY
ULMER, YAZARIA
WATERS, MICHAELA
WILLIAMS, ZYQUEZ

4TH GRADE

ALEXANDER, CANDACE
FENDERSON, FAKISHA
HAYES, JALANA
HOLDEN, SKYLAR
HOSEY, DEANDRIA
JONES, CASSANDRA
MANUEL, BRINDON
MCCANN, AALIYAH
ROBERTS, KEYONIA
TOWNSEND, VASEAN
ULMER, JATYAUS
WEATHERSBY, PHILLIP

5TH GRADE

BOYD, DEVANTE
COLLINS, GEORGETTE
JONES, KENNETH
MORRIS, ALBANY
MORRIS, ALONYA
PLUMMER, JASMINE
RANSOM, LATASHANNA
WHITE, KOBE

6TH GRADE

BENDER, ATTACLEVE
CARPENTER, DESTINY
DUKES, REAGAN
FITCH, LAVAUGHN
NEWELL, THADDEUS
SHANKS, JAMES
THOMPSON, ODARIUS
WEATHERSBY, TERRANCE
WHEAT, DERRICKA
1/11/08 > Perfect Attendance, 2nd nine weeks
Oak Park Elementary School
Perfect Attendance, 2nd nine weeks

Andrews, Lindsey
Cooley, Janece
Oville, Ashleigh
Young, Tashanae
Coleman, Daniel
Dixon, Khylin
Jones, Ashlyn
Marsh, Tykela
Parker, Okeme
Ducksworth, Taikya
Fountain, Jamara
Hampton, Malcolm
Harrison, Taniya
Haynes, Bernice
Tillman, Beverly
Trotter, Olivia
Arrington, Darrius
Cooley, Lemontrel
Dennis, Mystikal
Dorsey, Johndarius
Jones, Laken
McLaurin, Kizzy
Phillips, Travaurious
Pierce, Quavanta
Jones, Rodney
Coleman, Natasha
Magee, Javier
McCarty, Telvin
Pollock, Asia
Roberson, Daeja
Ulmer, Bishop
Seals, Alexis
Milsap, Quaderius
Wallace, Akeyra
Collier, Jasmine
Bester, Patrick
Loper, Antigonus
Arrington, Endia
Glenn, Jakius
Haynes, Raymonde
Trotter, Rahim
Bell, Skylia
Campbell, Jemiah
Cooley, Nayrea
Fountain, Jacquez
Hall, Dajah
Lawrence, Ky
Jones, Jalandria
Moore, Makyah
Thomas, John
Thompson, Michael
White, Clydarrian
Jones, Jamecia
Jones, Raimonica
Lyles, Vandorian
King, Tyshun
Pollock, Courtney
Robertson, Quendarious
Ulmer, Sinclair
Walker, Angel
Walker, Antonio
Yates, Jamarcus
Robinson, Ayana
Mclaurin, James
Crawford, Cameron
Fenderson, Marquita
House, Jadalyn
Keyes, Clifton
Millsap, Anderius
Murry, Dave
Armond, Tabias
Cole, Howard
Cooley, Cody
Mcclellan, Lester
Moore, Desire
Scott, Aailiyah
Ulmer, King
Wash, Jamaya
Adamd, Thailand
Bell, Madaija
Carter, Colby
Crosby, Brandon
Ducksworth, Steven
Dukes, Kailyn
Figgers, Jaquan
Fountain, Jayla
Thigpen, Rianna
McCann, Breunna
Patterson, Ashley
Wade, Jajuan
Weathersby, Cami
Williams, Tyeshia
Arrington, Jonkeria
Brownhampton, Arronisha
Coleman, Victor
Jones, Travis
Morris, Alonna
Wilson, Jamiel
Murry, Jamya
Arrington, Kendarrious
Byrd, Ja'twain
Portie, Desmond
Smith, Malik
Williams Traveon
Ulmer, Yazaria
Jones, Kenda
Kirk, Tykerusi
Magee, Billy
Milsap, Nancy
Knight, Alessea
Haynes, Zaquevis
Milsap, Avery
Page, Deanthony
Hicks, Shaikeyla
Bingham, Ty
Breland, Kendall
Crosby, Ordiana
Ulmer, Deven
Ducksworth, Atwyia
Arrington, Joshua
Crosby, Troymain
Evans, Raven
Haynes, Tan Quelyas
King, Malik
Mckines, Crearre
Millsap, Aerial
Ross, Willete
Samson, Antyeneze
Williams, Zyquez
Thomas, Lexia
Williams, Essence
Keyes, Perry
McDonald, Dominique
Alexander, Candace
McClendon, Jalen
McCray, Semaj
McCann, Aaliyah
Crosby, Brian
Collins, Ramina
Campbell, Jahmauri
Coleman, Victory
Draper, Alexus
Frazier, Ikea
Lyons, Kiondra
McDonald, Shakira
McKenzie, Margaret
Nixon, I'jerrius
Sims, Levino
Coleman, Tori
Darty, Madarrien
Deloach, Billy
Epps, Jakai
Hardy, Sha Nay
Naylor, Jaqueria
Page, Adrian
Pruitt, Moesha
Shaw, Kadedria
Gandy, Qualayiah
Arrington, Keshun
Cooley, Markel
Bolton, Zakyra
Cooley, Nina
Gandy, Qwavyious
McCleveland, Terrain
Moore, Tyesha
Sharp, Mekiah
Ulmer, Jatyavs
Owens, Jada
Newell, Kendra
Hicks, Thaddeus
McGruder, Antwanika
Ransom, Latashanna
Rogers, Kelvin
Bester, Codarius
Bester, Covarsia
Arrington, Tyler
Cooley, Kenton
Evans, Jamecia
Gandy, Glenn
Johnson, Britney
Jones, Kenneth
Perkins, Gary
Rogers, Kelsey
Terrell, Montreall
Thames, Thomas
Jones, Randy
Jones, Gaybrail
King, Leundra
Jones, Nadia
McCray, Jakeiko
McCullum, Marquellus
Parker, Patrick
Phillips, Traveion
Thomas, Emmanuel
Porter, Sanitra
Page Michael
Collins, Georgette
Bell, Makail
Bender, Zacchaeus
Dukes, Reagan
House, Javeryion
Jones, Alizhae
Keyes, Shamiya
Miller, Jakayla
Pruitt, Devon
Shanks, James
Simmons, Jaliza
Strickland, My'asia
Sullivan, Lucretia
Wheat, Derricka
Breland, Kenisha
Carpenter, Destiny
Coleman, Fonandus
Cooper, Arthur
Knight, Lakeithen
Lindsey, Myeshia
Portie, Darien
Taylor, Eric
Price, Jerman
Booth, Chamar
Love, Justice
Loper, Sarah
Jackson, Joshua
Gammage, Princess
1/07/08 > Oak Park students receive books
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Mayor Melvin Mack and other city officials helped pass out books to students at Oak Park Elementary School. The books were donated by Continental Societies, Inc., a national public service organization with 21 chapters in 17 states. One primary goal of the organization is to encourage literacy nationwide. Doncella Milton, national public relations officer for Continental Societies, Inc., encouraged the students by emphasizing the importance of reading.
11/10/07 > Oak Park October students of the month
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Oak Park Elementary is pleased to announce the Student of the Month recipients for the month of October. Pictured: Destiny Lewis, Bernice Haynes, Yistasia Pittman, Zamia Brown, Tavis Wilson, Mariah Bell, Nayrea Cooley, Travion Barnett, Asia Pollock, Raymonde Haynes, Travaurious Phillips, Jaquan Figgers, Raimonica Jones, Ca’Lexus Russell, Karen Jackson, Alexis Lewis, Valentino Sanson, Billy Magee, Brianna Jones, Timothy Wright, Kaadada Trotter, Georgette Collins, Tyrone Morgan, Tyler Arrington, Jerdarius Atkins, Shamiya Keyes, Eric Taylor, Mareo Dixon. Not pictured: Jalen McClendon, Victory Coleman, Willena Washington and Nina Cooley. Sanderson Farms, Association for Excellence in Education adopter, provided T-shirts for the Student of the Month recipients at Oak Park Elementary School. In addition to T-shirts, AEE adopters Trustmark and Masonite provided other incentives for the students.
10/19/07 > Oak Park September students of the month
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Oak Park Elementary is pleased to announce the Student of the Month recipients for the month of September: Lindsey Andrews, Antonio Jones, Clau’Darrius Jordan, Keanu White, Tykela Marsh, Devin McClellan, Charles Cross, TaQwan Webb, Wilheimina Barnett, Alexus Crosby, Jamal Bey, Kailyn Dukes, Jamarcus Yates, Cameron Crawford, Shavonne Grayson, Tyler Page, Deven Ulmer, Michael Gibson, Issaline Davis, Michael Gibson, Sammantha Currie, Tanzania Caldwell, Corey Johnson, Tori Coleman, Mekiah Sharp, Juwan Weathersby, Kylanna McDonald, Glen Gandy, Olivia Cook, Alizhae Jones, Angelete Hair and Justice Love. Sanderson Farms, Association for Excellence in Education adopter, provided T-shirts for the Student of the Month recipients at Oak Park Elementary School.
10/18/07 > Junior Auxiliary sponsors ‘Caught You Being Good’ program
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Recently the Junior Auxiliary of Laurel treated students who were caught being good at Oak Park Elementary School with snow cones. JA members Jennifer Smith, Janna Hoover, Jane Pitts, Vanessa Rustin, Kim Foster and Gina Hicks prepared the colorful treats for the students.
10/18/07 > Oak Park August students of the month
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Oak Park Elementary is pleased to announce the Student of the Month recipients for the month of August. Pictured front row: Takairest Perryman, Olivia Trotter, Chassy Babcock, Taikya Ducksworth, Daniel Coleman, Akeeyah Harris, Skylia Bell, Jada Weathersby, Javier Magee and Rachaela Waters. Middle row: Mystikal Dennis, Breunna McCann, Clifton McGruder, Roxanne McDonald, Maegan Starling, Arronisha Brown-Hampton, Harguarite Gavin, Henry Shade, Yazaria Ulmer and Latoyia Heidelberg. Back row: Crearre McKines, Bryan Crosby, Kiondra Lyons, Jakai Epps, Jatyaus Ulmer, Zykira Townsend, Shakira Satcher, Kelsey Rogers, Ciara Chapman, Reagan Dukes, Destiny Carpenter and Tawana Carpenter. Sanderson Farms, Association for Excellence in Education adopter, provided T-shirts for the Student of the Month recipients at Oak Park Elementary School.
6/27/07 > Oak Park to receive new windows and doors
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6/27/07 > Parking lot constructed at Oak Park
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Both Oak Park Elementary and Nora Davis Magnet schools have received new parking lots thanks to Beat Five Supervisor Jerome Wyatt and Laurel School District funds. The parking lots are just a few of the summer projects scheduled to improve school grounds and facilities. Installation of new air-conditioning units began early Monday morning at Oak Park, and the installation of new windows and doors will begin once the bidding process is complete. Oak Park Principal Elaine Read looks over the new parking lot.
5/17/07 > Students learn about asthma
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Students learn about asthma

Statistics show that over 20 million people are affected by asthma, and many of those asthma sufferers are children. On Tuesday, May 8, the Laurel City Council along with Mayor Melvin Mack issued a proclamation declaring May as Asthma Awareness Month. In conjunction with the city of Laurel, Doncella Milton, a resident of Laurel and Continental Societies, Inc.’s national public relations officer, traveled to Nora Davis, Stainton, Mason and Oak Park elementary schools to share information on asthma and asthma triggers. Milton said that if children and parents are aware of the triggers, that asthma attacks can be minimized.

Continental Societies, Inc., a national public service organization with 21 chapters in 17 states, has two national initiatives – asthma awareness and literacy. The Environmental Protection Agency provided over 1,000 booklets to Continental Societies, Inc. for distribution in the elementary schools. The children were encouraged to share the booklets with their families as part of the educational program. Asthma awareness booklets printed in Spanish were also made available for children whose parents are not bilingual.

Mayor Melvin Mack passes out asthma awareness booklets to students at Oak Park Elementary.
5/08/07 > Oak Park's April Students of the Month
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Oak Park's April Students of the Month

Oak Park Elementary School’s Students of the Month for April are (front row left to right) Rashidi McCormick II, Jasmine Collier, Octavius Moore, Okeme Parker, Chastin Cooley, Tamya Murry, Ashley Patterson, Aaliyah Harris, Angel Walker, Tabias Armond (middle row) Destiny Moore, Antonicia Collins, Billy Magee, Corintha Sanson, Ian Lengoir, Nina Cooley, Shakira McDonald, Fakisha Fenderson (back row) Justin Johnson, Kanesha Pruitt, Jalana Hayes, Lucretia Sullivan, Jaliza Simmons, Tawana Carpenter, Shamiah Barnett, Jacqueline Walley and Jaard Moore. Not pictured are Jadalyn House, Tori Coleman and Ladareus Hughes.
5/02/07 > Oak Park gears up for MCT
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Oak Park gears up for MCT

Students at Oak Park Elementary participated in an MCT pep rally on Friday, April 27. Rev. Earnest Thompson and a representative from the Masonite Corporation pledged to serve ice cream, following the MCT, to those students who were on time and in attendance for the test. Thompson also encouraged the children to reach for a level five. Several classes along with teachers performed skits, chants and songs.
4/30/07 > Oak Park students receive bikes for perfect attendance
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Oak Park students receive bikes for perfect attendance

Howard Industries, Masonite Corporation and David and Sharon Martindale provided bicycles for Oak Park Elementary School students with perfect attendance the third nine weeks of school. Those students pictured left to right are Anterrio Kennedy, Kendria Jones, Startavious Evans, Robert Jasper, Amauri Ulmer, Tyler Page and in front, Ariell Pruitt.
4/24/07 > Trustmark makes donation
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Trustmark makes donation

Oak Park Elementary Schools’ Association for Excellence in Education adopter, Trustmark Bank, made a donation to the school that will be utilized for providing student incentives. Denise Rowzee (middle), of Trustmark Bank, presents AEE school coordinator Martha Kidd (left), along with Oak Park Counselor April Case, a check to be used for student incentives.
4/19/07 > Oak Park Elementary to host blood drive
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Oak Park Elementary to host blood drive

The Student Council at Oak Park Elementary School will host a blood drive on Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The United Blood Service’s blood mobile will be located in front of the school for the community to stop by and donate blood. Students at Oak Park Elementary School will receive free T-shirts if blood is donated in their names. To set an appointment, contact April Case at 601-428-5046.

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Beverly Clark, United Blood Services donor recruitment representative, with the help of Ubi, the United Blood Services mascot, teaches the students at Oak Park about the parts of the blood. Clark and Ubi spent some time with the students explaining how everyone can be hero by donating blood.
4/17/07 > Students participate in a bully prevention program
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Students participate in a bully prevention program

Students in grades 4th-6th at Oak Park and Stainton elementary schools are currently participating in bully prevention programs. The program, produced by Channing-Bete Company, uses a computer-generated CD for each individual student. Students log in for three sessions where they answer questions, watch videos and have their questions answered by the Channing-Bete Company through the use of ear phones. The individual response is a direct reply to the personal information the student has shared with Channing Bete through the program.

The bullying program was developed by using the Transtheoretical Model of behavior change by Dr. James O. Prochaska, who is nationally recognized as one of the “most influential authors in his field.” The model “views behavior change as a process, not an event.” The program, entitled “Build Respect, Stop Bullying,” is accomplished in three sessions; each separated by a 30 day period, and is referred to as Success in Stages. As they work in this program, the students progress through five stages: Pre-contemplation, Contemplation, Preparation, Action, and Maintenance. The goal is to have each student reach the Action or Maintenance levels by the end of the third session.

Bullying is defined as, “pushing, hitting, or kicking, leaving a person out of an activity on purpose, telling lies about a person, saying mean things to a person, breaking, hiding, or taking a person’s things, or even making a person do things they do not want to do. Bullying is a great concern because of the tragic situations that have occurred in schools around the nation, particularly Columbine. Other stories tell of the tragic attempts at suicide by victims of bullying. Cell phones with text messaging and computer websites only add fuel to the fire of a bully and their target, because bullying in this manner is much more covert. Often, students who put personal information in open forums such as websites do not realize how far the information can spread. Predators who lurk around these websites are often hoping to acquire information of this nature, and possibly make attempts to “meet and/or harm” these unsuspecting targets.

Long term and short term effects of bullying are damaging to all students, whether they are directly or indirectly involved. The Laurel School District is utilizing programs such as “Build Respect, Stop Bullying” to address the issue of bullying. The district desires to see all students respect themselves, their peers and their school, so that learning will be maximized for each child.

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Students participate in the computer-based program created to educate students on bully prevention.
4/17/07 > Hughes chosen as Oak Park's Parent of the Year
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Willanne Hughes, who was chosen as Oak Park’s Parent of the Year, came to Laurel from the New Orleans area following Hurricane Katrina. She lost no time in enrolling her granddaughter Taj’Chene Julien at Oak Park. Willanne Hughes soon began discussing innovative strategies to involve more parents in the activities at Oak Park. However, she did more than just discuss ideas. She actively spends at least three days a week volunteering at the school. She serves as a field trip chaperon, assists teachers where needed and recently reorganized the Parent Teacher Association at Oak Park.

K-3 Principal Jaymar Jackson said, “She has shown that even though Hurricane Katrina caused her to be displaced, it did not stop her from finding her place in this community and school to make a difference in the lives of not only students, but also the entire faculty and staff at Oak Park Elementary.”

Hughes was recognized by the Laurel School Board at their April 10 meeting for being named Oak Park Elementary School’s Parent of the Year.
4/03/07 > March Student of the Month recipients
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Sanderson Farms, Association for Excellence in Education adopter, provided T-shirts for the March Student of the Month recipients at Oak Park Elementary School.
4/03/07 > February Student of the Month recipients
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Oak Park Elementary School is proud to announce the Student of the month recipients for February.
4/03/07 > January Student of the Month recipients
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The January Student of the Month recipients at Oak Park Elementary School were presented T-shirts by Association for Excellence in Education Adopter Sanderson Farms.
4/02/07 > Oak Park students receive bikes for perfect attendance
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Howard Industries, Association for Excellence in Education Adopter Masonite Corporation and AEE Adopters David and Sharon Martindale provided bicycles for Oak Park Elementary School students with perfect attendance the second nine weeks of school. Those students pictured left to right are Jalen Graham, Johndarius Dorsey, Vincent Coleman, Romina Collins, Jamecia Evans, Justice Love and Seira McCurdy.
1/23/07 > Book Fair
January 29 through February 2
1/17/07 > Oak Park Beta Club and Student Council Ring Salvation Army Bell
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The Oak Park Magnet School Beta Club and Student Council volunteered to ring the Salvation Army Bell during the 2006 Christmas Season. Students from both clubs and their sponsors rang the bell at Sawmill Square Mall on a Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

The Beta Club sponsor is Francell Thomas. Nancy Breland and Atoya Banks are the Student Council sponsors.
1/17/07 > Oak Park First Grade Class Dresses For Holiday Season
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Ms. Kelly Dykes’ and Ms. Brenda Logan’s first grade class enjoyed the Holiday Season by dressing up in Santa Claus Outfits the last week of school before Christmas break. “I wanted to treat the kids to something special,” Dykes said. “The children have really had fun dressing up as Santa! They look adorable too!”
1/17/07 > Oak Park Kindergarten Christmas Program
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Oak Park Magnet/Elementary School held a Christmas Program featuring their Kindergarten students before Christmas Break. The students sang Christmas Carols and K4 through 3rd grade principal, Jamar Jackson read the Christmas Story and joined the kindergarten choir in singing Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Silent Night.

Elaine Read is Oak Park’s 4th through sixth grade principal.
1/15/07 > Oak Park Scholars, Second Nine Weeks, 2006-2007 School Year
Superintendent’s Scholars: A’s in all subjects and all A’s in citizenship.

1st Grade: Thailand Adams, Raymesha Keyes, Roxanne McDonald, Clifton Keyes, Jr., Zikeyrra Haynes, Ryan Walker, Leo Pugh, Princess Henderson, Doris Hunter, Tyeshia Williams, Colby Carter, Tanaudre Holden, Quadarrious McDonald, Austin Pruitt, Breunna McCain, Rodriana Porter, Michaela Waters.

2nd Grade: Samario Jones, Jamiya Sanson, Shalee Murray, Clinton Gavin, Antyeneze Samson.

3rd Grade: Ramina Collins, Sharee Johnson, Semah McCray, Lexia Thomas.

4th Grade: Patrick Parker, Juwan Weathersby, Leundra King, Zacharia Townsend.

5th Grade: None

6th Grade: Detonio Dade, Dabreanna Pugh, Lakita Williams.

Principal’s List: A’s and B’s in all subjects and all A’s and B’s in citizenship.

1st Grade: Kenyada Pruitt, Shaquiva Bonner, Dajah Booth, Arronisha Brown Hampton, Jeremy Coleman, Clifton McGruder, Kamela Cooley, Jamecia Jones, Calexus Russell, Howard Cole, Jr., Jermaih Gibbs, Christopher Keyes, Karen Jackson, Jamarcus Yates, Azarea Wright, Cami Weathersby, Raimonica Jones, Tyler Page, Amya Chinn, Desire Moore, Juanika Arrington, Brandon Crosby, Steven Ducksworth, Jaquan Figgers, Madaija Bell, Jamiya Boykin, Kailyn Dukes, Jayla Fountain, Rianna Thigpen, Jawuan Wase.

2nd Grade: Sammantha Currie, Willete Ross, Crearre McKines, Corintha Sanson, Kendall Breland, Troymain Crosby, Raven Havens, Alanna Gray, Tanquelyas Haynes, Jenell McCain, Taurean Collins, Taveon Collins, Nancey Milsap, Destiny Moore, Billy Magee, Timothy Wright, Najia Bennett, Issaline Davis, Marguarite Gavin, Destiny Roberson, Henry Gibbs, Jeffery Payton, Henry Shade, Zyquez Williams, Ordriana Crosby, Latoyia Heidelberg, Brittany Millsap, Mario Kennedy, Zadrenod Rhodes, Jayla Davis, Shariauna Jones, Zaria Nixon.

3rd Grade: Deshaun Brown, Bryan Crosby, Ien Lengior, Jalen McClendon, Tenzenia Coldwell, Aaliyah McCann, Sequoya Strickland, Jahmauri Campbell, Levino Sims, Candace Alexander, Mekiah Sharp, Ikea Frazier, Terrain McCleveland, Tatyanna Coleman.

4th Grade: Justin Johnson, Jakeba Bingham, Albany Morris, Aquanetta Perryman, Joanne Pruitt, Alexis Young, Roderick Magee, Marquelus McCullum, Emmanuel Thomas, Bayete Whigham, Gaybrail Jones, Nadia Jones, Jakekio McCray, Kalen Phillips, Sanitra Porter, Afernee Dotson, Tyrone Morgan, Michael Page, Antwanika McGruder, Sahkarria Nixon.

5th Grade: Eric Taylor, Ebony Dinkins, Drequan Cooley, Attacleve Bender, Reagan Dukes, Victoria Evans, Jaida Turner.

6th Grade: Olivia McDonald, Konswayla Moody, Keyara Moore, Tylon Moore, Latasha Ransom, Rachel Taylor, Ladarrius Bunch, Rushie Clayton.

Honor Roll: All A’s and B’s except for one C. The C must be balanced by an A in another academic subject. All A’s and B’s in citizenship.

1st Grade: Jamaya Wash, Christopher Mathis, Jonkeria Arrington, Zykeria Milsap, Juanyiaus Rhodes, Cameron Crawford, Devonte Powe, Abriegail Taylor, Tyler Hughs, Jerred McCain, Daniel Trotter.

2nd Grade: Michaela Waters, Deven Ulmer, Chantel Mayes, Ashonte Naylor, Travien Jones, Seierra Moore, Destiny Travis.

3rd Grade: Nina Cooley, Deadria Hosey, Keoshae Knight, Victory Coleman, Tori Coleman, Consquela Davis.

4th Grade: Rayshawn Barnett, Codarius Bester, Kenton Cooley, Montreall Terrell, Raenesha Arrington, Traveion Phillips, Adonis Rogers.

5th Grade: Asawa Glaze, Terrance Weathersby, Alizhae Jones, Shamiya Keyes, Chassey Keys, Jaliza Simmons.

6th Grade: Sierra McCurdy, Tetrin Alexander.
12/01/06 > Oak Park Student Council Helps Salvation Army
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The students, faculty, and staff at Oak Park Magnet/Elementary School collected over four hundred cans of food for the Salvation Army. The project was sponsored by Oak Park’s Student Council and the school’s efforts filled more than three barrels with food.

Nancy Breland, Student Council sponsor, stated, “We do this project for the Salvation Army every year, and last year we filled two barrels. This year we filled three and next year our goal will be to fill four. I think the generosity of our students at Oak Park is just outstanding.”

In addition to collecting canned goods, the Student Council will also be ringing the bell for the Salvation Army to collect donations, and they purchased Thanksgiving dinner for two elderly members of the community, and delivered the meals the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

“Our students just love to give back to others,” Breland stated.
12/01/06 > Oak Park Holds Family Reading Night
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Oak Park Magnet/Elementary School held a Family Reading Night recently. All parents were invited, with students from each grade level reading aloud a portion of a book to the audience. Door prizes were also given out.

The school plans to hold another Family Reading Night on Thursday, December 14th. The program will feature Oak Park 4th – 6th grade principal, Ms. Elaine Read, reading the story, “The Night Before Christmas.” The group will also sing Christmas Carols together with Mr. Jaymar Jackson, k-4 through 3rd grade principal.

Picture caption: An Oak Park Student reads aloud to family members attending Oak Park's Family Reading Night.
12/01/06 > Oak Park Elementary School and Sanderson Farms Participate in Hope for Heroes Program
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Oak Park Elementary School joined forces with one of their AEE (Association for Excellence in Education) Adopters, Sanderson Farms, to collect items for the “Hope for Heroes” program. The program involved collecting items to be sent to service men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. Front row, left to right, Charles Ellis Cross, Jaquize Fountain, Asia Pollock and Jasmine Collier are pictured helping back row, left to right, Laura Blackwell and Martiel Bullock of Sanderson Farms and Martha Kidd, Oak Park AEE Coordinator, pack the items.
12/01/06 > Stainton And Oak Park GOAL Students Present Thanksgiving Play
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The GOAL classes at Stainton and Oak Park presented a Thanksgiving play at each of their respective schools.  The play was called "The Discouraged Pilgrim" and contained scenes and dialogue depicting actual events from the first Thanksgiving.  The GOAL students researched the parts, created scenery, costumes and props, and acted and sang in the drama.  GOAL teacher Christy Liverett directed the events, but gave the students full reign on how they wanted to portray their characters.  "The students were able to see everything that goes into a dramatic production.  I feel they will be ready to do another show in the spring," noted Liverett. 
11/14/06 > Oak Park Magnet/Elementary Holds Veteran's Day Program
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Oak Park Magnet/Elementary School held a Veteran’s Day Program on Friday, November 10, 2006 at 9:30 a.m. in the school’s auditorium.

The program began with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Latasha Ransom, student, and the audience singing the Star Spangled Banner with the students. Detonio Dade, student, then led the audience in prayer and Marquan Moore, student, offered a welcome. The sixth grade students then sang “This is My Country,” and Derrick Hearn, Keyara Moore, and Nicole Taylor, students, spoke on the Occasion of Veteran’s Day. The sixth grade then performed the song, “This Land is Your Land” and students Fodarius Gavin, Rushie Clayton, Lekita Williams, Takwayla Perkins, and Tajchene Julian read a Veteran’s Day Poem. The Sixth graders performed “My Country Tis of Thee” and a beautiful solo was sang of America the Beautiful.

Student Jonathan Sims introduced the speaker, Mr. Jay Hauenstein, who is a former marine and Veteran. Hauenstein gave the students information on patriotism and reminded them that the life we lead in America, and the freedoms we have, come at a very high price. He informed the students of all of the American lives that had been lost because of the wars fought in American History. He ended his talk by telling the students and audience that the Military can be fun and have benefits. “The G.I. Bill sent me through college, so you should consider a career in the Military” he said. Hauenstein also announced that he was very involved in the Veteran’s museum on Airport Drive in Laurel, where his marine uniform is displayed. He commented the museum would be a great place for teachers to take their students on field trips.

At the end of the program, Kristine Robinson, Oak Park Student Council Vice President, presented a donation of $25.00 to Mr. Hauenstein for the Veteran’s Museum in Laurel.
11/13/06 > Oak Park and Stainton Students Participate in WATCH Program
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arie Sasser and Ada Jenkins of the WATCH (Working Against Tobacco by Choosing Health) program visited 4th and 5th grade students at Oak Park Magnet/Elementary School and Stainton Elementary School.

The program involved two sessions with the students. The first session focused on the harmful ingredients tobacco products contain, and the importance of eating healthy, exercising, practicing healthy habits, and staying tobacco free. After this session each student received a toothbrush and toothpaste.

The second session focused on the harmful effects of tobacco to the inner and outer body. Each student was given a dictionary at the end of this program.

The WATCH program is sponsored by the Bellsouth Pioneers and the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi. Paula Watkins is the Drug Education Coordinator for the Laurel School District.

Picture caption: Ms. Marie Sasser informs the students about the harmful effects of tobacco.
11/07/06 > Oak Park Scholars, 1st Nine Weeks, 2006
Superintendent’s Scholars: A’s in all subjects and all A’s in citizenship

1st Grade: Leo Pugh, Doris Hunter, Desire Moore, Princess Henderson, Jamecia Jones, Arronisha Brown Hampton, Ramyehsa Keyes, Austin Pruitt, Breunna McCain, Rodriana Porter.

2nd Grade: Jeffrey Peyton, Samario Jones, Jamiya Sanson, Billy Magee, Antyeneze Samson.

Third Grade: Semaj McCray, Lexia Thomas

Fourth Grade: Roderick Magee, Patrick Parker, Emmanuel Thomas, Juwan Weathersby, Gaybrail Jones, Nadia Jones, Zykira Townsend.

Sixth Grade: Detonio Dade, Lekita Williams

Principals List: A’s and B’s in all subjects and all A’s and B’s in citizenship.

1st Grade: Jamarcus Yates, Azarea Wright, Cami Weathersby, Ryan Walker, Raimonica Jones, Zikeyrra Haynes, Tyler Page, Tony Lindsey, Juanika Arrington, Amya Chinn, Alexis Lewis, Abriegail Taylor, Howard Cole, Jermaih Gibbs, Clifton Keyes, Karen Jackson, Mykeeda Milsap, Zykeria Milsap, Zias Perryman, Zakyra Nixon, Calexus Russell, Thailand Adams, Roxanne McDonald, Kenyada Pruitt, Colby Carter, Brandon Crosby, Steven Ducksworth, Jaquan Figgers, Tanaudre Holden, Tyler Hughes, Quadarrious McDonald, Jajuan Wade, Madaija Bell, Kailyn Dukes, Rianna Thigpen, Michaela Waters.

2nd Grade: Kendarrious Arrington, Henry Gibbs, Deven Ulmer Zyquez Williams, Ordriana Crosby, Latoyia Heidelberg, Jasmine Plummer, Taurean Collins, Clinton Gavin, Nancy Milsap, Shuqwanna Ruffin, Michaela L. Waters, Troymain Crosby, Kendell Breland, Samantha Currie, Crearre McKines, Shalee Murray, Willette Ross, Corintha Sanson, Demarcus Loper, Destiny Roberson, Kydrianna Keys, Najia Bennett, Issaline Davis, Marguarite Gavin, Ivy Bingham, Traveon Pruitt, Shariauna Jones.

3rd Grade: Bryan Crosby, Ramina Collins, Sharee Johnson, Gracie Jones, Levino Sims, Corey Johnson, Candace Alexander, Nina Cooley, Brandon Edmonson, Terrain McLeveleland, Tori Coleman, Victory Coleman, Jakai Epps, Ikea Frazier, Somiaya Carpenter, Quentisha Jones, Azaria McGill, Mekiah Sharp, Savannah Taylor, Willena Washington, Melaniece McCurdy, Bobby Gardner, Robert Johnson, Tatayanna Coleman.

4th Grade: Anterrio Kennedy, Antwanika McGruder, Shakarra Nixon, Thaddeus Hicks, Justin Johnson, Kresaterica Lloyd, Albany Morris, Alexis Young, Bayette Whigham, Marquelus McCullum, Leundra King, Jakeiko McCray.

5th Grade: Victoria Evans, Alizhae Jones, Shamiya Keys.

6th Grade: Ladarrius Bunch, Rushie Clayton, Marquesha Moore, Olivia McDonald, Konswayla Moody, Dabreanna Pugh, Rachel Taylor, Tylon Moore.

Honor Roll: A’s and B’s in all subjects except for one C. The C must be balanced by an A in another academic subject. All A’s and B’s in citizenship.

1st Grade: Juanyiaus Rhodes, Cameron Crawford, Devonte Powe, Cameron Terrell, Clifton McGruder, Jasmine Heidelberg, Jason Clark, Victor Coleman, King Ulmer, Shaqiva Bonner, Jamaya Wash, Jerred McCain.

2nd Grade: Henry Shade, Ashonte Naylor, Malik King, Barbara Williams, Destinee Arrington, Amber Dotson.

3rd Grade: Deshaun Brown, Phillip Weathersby, Deandra Hosey, Margaret McKenzie, Kimberly Keys, Fakisha Fenderson, Raven Hickman, Dominique Johnson, Tyesha Moore, Naquia Smith, Madarrien Darty, Keyonia Roberts.

4th Grade: Michael Page, Jondarius Arrington, Tyrone Morgan, Canvase Hayes, Tarus Barnes, Raenesha Arrington, Anglelia Grady, Aquanetta Perryman, Joanne Pruitt, Sanitra Porter.

5th Grade: Reagan Dukes, Eric Taylor, Kenneth Ulmer, Keshawan McCray, Myeisha Lindsey, Marqualya Robertson, Lucretia Sullivan, Tydarriaus Thames, Angelete Hair.

6th Grade: Tajchene Julien, Sierra McCurdy, Keyara Moore, Latasha Ransom.
10/31/06 > Oak Park Students Win Bicycles for Perfect Attendance, First Nine Weeks of School Year
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All of the students at Oak Park Magnet School who had perfect attendance for the first nine weeks of the 2006-2007 school year, had their names placed in a drawing to win new bicycles. Seven bicycles were given away in all, one to each grade level. Four of the bicycles wee donated by Mr. David and Mrs. Sharon Martindale, two of the bicycles were donated by Masonite Corporation, an AEE (Association for Excellence in Education Adopter for Oak Park, and one bicycle was donated by Howard Industries to be given by School Attendance Officer, Trina Heidelberg.

Pictured left to right with their new bikes are Malik Pugh, 4th grade, Kevin Ducksworth, 5th grade, Ty’Kerusi Kirk, 2nd grade, Brindon Manuel, 3rd grade, Jaquan Figgers, 1st grade, Cequoya Jackson, 6th grade, and Vanswayla Murry Pierce, k – 5.
10/30/06 > Pizza for Breakfast?
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Dr. Glenn McGee, Laurel School District Superintendent held a special breakfast for all of the students in the district who were named Superintendent’ Scholars for the first nine weeks of the school year. The breakfast was held in the Gardiner Administrative Office Cafeteria at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, October 27th. To be named a Superintendent’s Scholar, the student must have A’s in all of their subjects and all A’s in citizenship. Approximately 130 students from all six schools feasted on pepperoni pizza for breakfast, and ice cream sandwiches for dessert. The cafeteria was brightly decorated with colorful Halloween piñatas which were given away as door prizes. Students were also given a special gift inscribed with the Laurel Tornado’s logo, and plenty of candy and surprises.

The highlight of the breakfast was when Dr. McGee turned the microphone over to the students to entertain each other. The attendees had a great time singing songs, telling jokes, and just offering words of encouragement to each other.

Dr. McGee holds his Superintendent’s breakfast after every nine weeks period throughout the school year.
10/24/06 > Oak Park Donates Over $1,300 to AEE
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Oak Park Magnet/Elementary School donated $1312.00 to the Laurel/Jones County Association for Excellence in Education (AEE) at a ceremony on Friday, October 20, 2006.

School principals Mr. Jaymar Jackson and Ms. Elaine Read presented the check to Katie Collins, AEE Executive Director, and her Administrative Assistant, Stacey Thompson. The money was raised through classroom memberships to the AEE and from a volleyball game with the upper grade faculty and staff against the lower grade faculty and staff.

Mrs. Martha Kidd and Mrs. April Case, Oak Park teachers and AEE coordinators for the school, ran the campaign. Each classroom that collected $25.00 for the AEE received a classroom membership, with fourteen classrooms getting memberships. The remainder of the money was raised through the Volleyball game with each student paying a $1.00 for admission, and all proceeds going to the AEE. Coca Cola of Laurel also provided cokes for the event.

The classes that raised the most money were treated to a Pizza Party. The winners were Ms. Danielle O’Cain’s second grade class and Mrs. Cassie Allmon’s third grade class.

“I encouraged our students at Oak Park to raise money for the AEE because I believe they are doing great things to help education in Laurel and Jones County. I also believe it is important for kids to realize they can make a difference and help,” Martha Kidd said.

Katie Collins was very touched by Oak Park’s donation. “This is incredible!” she stated. “No other school has done this yet! Oak Park’s generosity is overwhelming.”

Katie Collins and the AEE have been offered a 50,000 grant from the Ford Foundation but it has to be matched by local funds.

“I know the students, teachers, and community of Laurel and Jones County will not let me down,” Collins said.

Money from the grant will go towards purchasing Buckle Down books to help with the newly added science portion of the MCT (Mississippi Curriculum Test), materials for English language learning students, the hiring of tutors, and more for the students of the Laurel and Jones County.

“We are trying to provide students with resources they would not have otherwise,” Collins said. “It just warms my heart that these Oak Park students even collected pennies to help fund the AEE.”

Pictured left to right, Jaymar Jackson, Oak Park k - 3rd grade principal, April Case, Oak Park teacher and AEE Coordinator, Dr. Glenn McGee, Laurel School District Superintendent, Katie Collins, Executive Director of the AEE, Martha Kidd, Oak Park teacher and AEE Coordinator, Stacey Thompson, AEE Administrative Assistant, Elaine Read, Oak Park 4th – 6th grade principal, and Dr. Glenn McGee, Laurel School District Superintendent.
10/05/06 > Oak Park Elementary, The Partnership for a Healthy South Central Celebrate Healthy Choices
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At Oak Park Elementary School in Laurel, youth in grades kindergarten-6 gathered to celebrate healthy choices, such as remaining tobacco-free, during a recent Back-to-School Bash. During this Back-to--School Bash, students participated in a balloon release that signified the release of unhealthy choices to making healthy choices.
"The Partnership for a Healthy South Central, Boy Scout Troop 439 and Coca-¬Cola truly care about the health of Mississippi's youth. Our goal with this back-to-school event was to reward and celebrate with the youth who have made a choice to remain tobacco--free. However, if youth were there who may need assistance with quitting their tobacco addiction, I had tobacco education material available for them," said Amanda
Jenkins, Community Youth Partnership project director for The Partnership for a Healthy South Central.
In addition to the balloon release and collection of tobacco education materials,
Students committed themselves to remaining tobacco-free by signing a pledge at the school.
"Oak Park Elementary youth are not only committed to remaining tobacco-free now, but for a lifetime, and we at The Partnership for a Healthy South Central are committed to teaching youth about the dangers of tobacco use for years to come," said Jenkins.
The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi is a public/private nonprofit
organization comprised of statewide governmental and non-governmental agencies, as
well as community groups. In a comprehensive approach to tobacco prevention and health promotion, The Partnership combines community and faith-based efforts with school programs, a school nurse program, cessation support, media, and the enforcement of laws that prohibit the sale of tobacco to youth.

Picture Caption: Students at Oak Park display the pledge they signed to remain tobacco free.
10/03/06 > Oak Park Students Score All Advanced on MCT
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Fifteen students at Oak Park Magnet/Elementary School scored Advanced in all areas of the MCT (Mississippi Curriculum Test). Advanced is the highest level that can be reached with the students being tested in Reading, Language Arts, and Math.

Pictured front, left to right, Brindon Manuel, Semaj McCray, Leundra King, Juwan Weathersby, Ramina Collins, Alizhae Jones, Roderick McGee.

Back row, left to right, Detonio Dade, Olivia McDonald, Emmanuel Thomas, Patrick Parker, Gaybrail Jones, Victoria Evans, Zykira Townsend.
Not pictured: Mekiah Sharp
9/27/06 > Stainton and Oak Park GOAL Students Study Dieciseis de la Septiembre.
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The GOAL classes at Stainton and Oak Park Elementarys have just completed a unit on Mexico and their Independence Day, which was September 16th. Dieciseis de la Septiembre is the day that Mexicans celebrate their independence from Spain. The students learned about Mexico's culture and compared their Independence Day events with those of the United States. They sampled Mexican food and drink, and concluded the unit with breaking the pinatas they had created.

"Most of the students had heard of Cinco de Mayo, which is the celebration in honor of Mexico defeating the French armies of Napoleon in 1862," explained GOAL teacher Mrs. Christy Liverett "but Dieciseis de la Septiembre dates back further to 1810, when a priest named Miguel Hidalgo organized a revolution against Spain. This is the first independence victory Mexico celebrated, and a good lead-in to our unit on heroes."

The students admitted that the tradition of breaking the pinata was their favorite part of the unit. Pictured are the Maddox group from Stainton Elementary from left to right: Kenaizha Shelby, Andre Babcock, Keyanna Page, and Virginia Reynoso.
9/26/06 > Laurel School District Participates in Legislator’s Back To School Week
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The Laurel School District participated in America’s Legislator’s Back to School Week, September 18 – 22. The program brings local legislators into the schools to speak to students and help them to understand the legislative process.

Mississippi State Senator Stacey Pickering spoke to seventh grade students at Jones Middle School and sixth grade students at Mason Elementary School on Wednesday, September 20th. State Representative Omeria Scott spoke to sixth graders at Oak Park, Stainton, and Nora Davis, Monday through Wednesday, September 25th through 27th

Pickering started out his talk by reminding the students that any dreams they have can definitely become reality. “A future State Senator could be sitting in this room. Get your education and listen to your teachers.”

Pickering reminded the students that the secret to success was staying in school. “In the future some of your friends may try to convince you that you can make a good living even if you drop out of school. Don’t listen to them. Education is the most important thing. You could be like other successful Mississippians such as Morgan Freeman, James Earl Jones, Jim Henson, and Oprah Winfrey. You could even be the founder of Netscape or Federal Express. Everyone has the same opportunities if you get your education.”

The students also learned about the role of a state senator and how the legislative process works. “Each Senator represents about 60,000 people and I represent all of Jones County” he stated.

He also explained to the students how a bill becomes a law, and explained that out of over 3000 bills introduced, only about 180 ever become laws.

Scott explained to the students what the job of a state representative entails and how she represents 26,000 people. She explained the three branches of government, Executive, Legislative, and Judicial, and informed the students what a great governmental system we have in the United States.

She explained how bills become laws and stated, “The hardest part about being a state representative is not voting how you feel as an individual. When a bill is presented you have to listen to the facts presented, both positive and negative, and make your decision based on those facts. To demonstrate this process, Scott let the students pretend to be legislators. She divided the room into districts with half of the students writing pros about an issue and half of the students writing cons about the same issue. A student then came before the group as a legislator and presented their group’s ideas. Oak Park students debated whether high school football games should be played, Stainton students debated whether fast food should be served in the cafeteria every day, and Nora Davis students debated whether the speed limit should be lowered to fifty-five on the interstates.

Scott also played a math game with the students which taught them to listen and follow directions. “If you want to succeed in life, you’ve got to be able to use your heads and think!” she stressed. Stacey Pickering reminds Jones Middle School 7th graders that they can achieve anything with an education.
9/21/06 > Laurel Schools Supt. Holds Straight A Breakfast
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Dr. Glenn McGee, Laurel School District Superintendent, held a straight (A) breakfast on Friday, September 15th. Ninety six students attended, who had all made straight A’s the last nine weeks of the 2005-2006 school year.

“I don’t want students to quit trying to make all A’s the last nine weeks of the school year because they know there won’t be a reward. I think this straight A breakfast which celebrates achievements from the last school year, is an excellent way to kick off the new school year. I believe it reminds students to set high goals for themselves and to realize how much they can achieve,” McGee stated.

Students were bused to the Central Office and treated to biscuits in the brightly decorated cafeteria full of red and gold balloons. The highlight of the breakfast was when students from each school voluntarily performed songs, skits, and jokes, for the rest of the attendees. Student performances are a breakfast tradition, and everyone always has a fantastic time watching each other perform and just act silly.

At the end of the breakfast, twenty four students won door-prizes which were popcorn buckets filled with popcorn, cokes, and decorated with balloons. All students were also given a Laurel School District personalized megaphone and cup as a memento.

Superintendent Glenn McGee’s straight A breakfast is held every nine weeks of the school year following report card time. To attend, the students must have A’s in all subjects and all A’s or G’s in citizenship. The breakfasts are so much fun; many students work extra hard so they can attend.