(November 2023) U.S. News & World Report released its "2024 BEST MIDDLE SCHOOL" rankings for each state earlier this month, and we are proud to announce that North Woolmarket Elementary & Middle School landed in the #1 spot in Mississippi! Two other schools in the Harrison County School District also made the top-20 list in the state! Congratulations to the following schools on their achievements! BEST MISSISSIPPI MIDDLE SCHOOLS: • #1 – North Woolmarket Elementary & Middle School • #17 – West Wortham Elementary & Middle School • #18 – D’Iberville Middle School The school rankings took into account the percentage of students who achieved proficiency or above in state tests for reading, language arts, and math. Half of the formula assessed the scores themselves, while the other half incorporated the test results in the context of socioeconomic demographics. This link provides additional information about the school rankings and the criteria: https://www.usnews.com/edu.../k12/middle-schools/mississippi U.S. News & World Report also released its "2024 BEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL" rankings for each state earlier this month, and we are proud to announce that four schools in the Harrison County School District made the top-20 list in Mississippi! Congratulations to the following schools on their achievements! BEST MISSISSIPPI ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS: • #4 – Pineville Elementary School • #7 – North Woolmarket Elementary & Middle School • #8 – Lizana Elementary School • #19 – Woolmarket Elementary School The school rankings took into account the percentage of students who achieved proficiency or above in state tests for reading, language arts, and math. Half of the formula assessed the scores themselves, while the other half incorporated the test results in the context of socioeconomic demographics. This link provides additional information about the school rankings and the criteria: https://www.usnews.com/.../elementary-schools/mississippi
Our HCSD Child Nutrition Department is in the process of creating menus for 2024, and we would like to hear from our students and faculty. Please take a moment to complete your school's respective menu survey by scanning the QR code above. You may also provide your input by clicking on the following links: https://bit.ly/K-8_Menu_Survey https://bit.ly/WHHS_Menu_Survey https://bit.ly/DHS_Menu_Survey https://bit.ly/HCHS_Menu_Survey Your feedback is greatly appreciated!
It was time to celebrate at D’Iberville High after the school achieved an “A” rating for the second consecutive year from the Mississippi Department of Education! D’Iberville High hosted an “A” Celebration Thursday morning to recognize the students and teachers who have worked hard to help the school earn an additional 47 points from the previous year. About 75 students received awards (some received multiple awards), and 17 teachers whose students earned perfect scores on various state subject area tests and ranked in the top 20 percent in the state were honored. An EL teacher, an ACT teacher, and 25 students who scored 30-35 on their ACT last year also received special recognition. “D’Iberville has been able to, for the last two years, achieve the highest grade you can achieve, and that’s an A. There’s a lot of work that goes into accomplishing that. So, I applaud each and every one of you in this gymnasium this morning and the part you played in this accomplishment. Thank you for what you do. Congratulations on the accomplishments that you’ve made, and I know you will continue to hold the A status,” said HCSD Superintendent Mitchell King. The program included the drum line, dancing, food trucks, and other fun activities. Be sure to look for more photos of this exciting celebration on the DHS Facebook page. YouTube Highlights: Video details - YouTube Studio WLOX story: D’Iberville High School celebrates second “A” rating (wlox.com)
It was an exciting day at West Harrison High Friday as special guests joined the school in celebrating an unprecedented achievement! Mississippi First Lady Elee Reeves, state and local officials, Harrison County School Board members, and HCSD Superintendent Mitchell King celebrated West Harrison for achieving the prestigious ranking of the #1 high school in the state of Mississippi for the second year in a row! They also praised WHHS for another remarkable achievement - earning an “A” rating for the 7th consecutive year. WHHS hosted an action-packed pep rally to honor the students, faculty, and staff for their hard work in serving the school. Students who earned perfect scores on the state assessments also received special recognition. Everyone then enjoyed various fun activities around campus. The entire day was focused on the success of the students and the teachers who helped them get there. Mr. King ended his speech by challenging the Canes to achieve a “THREE-PEAT” next year. Congratulations to the West Harrison High Hurricanes on their amazing accomplishments! Watch the WLOX story here: West Harrison High celebrates back-to-back #1 academic rankings (wlox.com) Watch the highlights from the huge celebration here: Video details - YouTube Studio
Tonight, the Harrison County School Board honored 20 schools in HCSD for their outstanding performance ratings in Mississippi this year! The board members and HCSD Superintendent Mitchell King presented special banners to 12 A-rated schools and eight B-rated schools in the district. Congratulations to the following schools for achieving the highest accountability grade from the state! Each school received an “A” banner to proudly display on campus.
West Harrison High
Harrison Central High
North Woolmarket Elementary & Middle
West Wortham Elementary & Middle
Creekbend Elementary & Middle
Congratulations to these schools for earning their “B” banners:
Three Rivers Elementary
River Oaks Elementary
Harrison Central Elementary
Orange Grove Elementary
West Harrison Middle
Mr. King praised all the schools for their accomplishments and expressed his appreciation to everyone involved in helping the district achieve the highest total points ever!
There were a lot of smiling faces at Harrison Central Elementary on Wednesday! The Rotary Club of Gulfport-Orange Grove visited HCE to give each 3rd grader at the school a free dictionary. Rotary members also played a fun trivia game to show the students how to use their dictionaries to find the answers to challenging questions. The students even learned how to use sign language. They were so excited about their new books that they got to keep! The Rotary will visit more elementary schools in HCSD in the coming weeks to distribute dictionaries to 3rd graders. We would like to thank the Rotary for this wonderful gift to help our students sharpen their reading skills and prepare for the upcoming 3rd-grade State Reading Assessment! We are so grateful for the club’s generosity and support. stu
In honor of World Teachers' Day today and Instructional Coaches Day tomorrow, we would like to say "Thank You" to all our Instructional Coaches in HCSD for their hard work and dedication throughout the year! Instructional coaches build relationships and work tirelessly to foster collaboration and positive learning experiences. They often put themselves in the background so other teachers can shine. Please join us in wishing these incredible educators an early "Happy Instructional Coaches Appreciation Day"! "When teachers stop learning, so do students." ~Jim Knight.
This month, we recognize the essential role that our principals play in making a school great! Principals set the academic tone for their schools, and their leadership, vision, and dedication provide the mobilizing force for achieving student success. Please join us in celebrating these unsung heroes for their tireless efforts in pursuit of excellence in education and for their contributions that helped HCSD achieve another "A" Rating. Happy National Principals Month to these amazing school leaders: • Ida West - Harrison Central Elementary • Roman Holmes - North Woolmarket Elementary & Middle • Cheryl Broadus - D'Iberville High • Stephanie Lowery - Lizana Elementary • April Daniels - Lyman Elementary • Dr. James Stephens - Three Rivers Elementary • William Bentz - West Wortham Elementary & Middle • Jerri Turan - River Oaks Elementary • Kelly Fuller - Harrison Central High • Georgette Braselman - North Gulfport Elementary & Middle • Christopher Glenn - Crossroads Elementary • Jamie Boyer - Pineville Elementary • Dr. Michael Weaver - West Harrison High • Dr. Regina Watts - Harrison County Alternative School • Melissa Quave - D'Iberville Elementary • Matthew Elias - D'Iberville Middle • Dr. Natasha Williams - West Harrison Middle • Cindy Dusang - Creekbend Elementary & Middle • Rebecca Parker - Harrison County Child Development Center • Kelly Wawrek - Orange Grove Elementary • Ann Hardy - Bel-Aire Elementary • Alyson Grissom - Saucier Elementary • Kevin Roberts - Woolmarket Elementary • Libby White - Harrison County Career & Technical Center