Friday, January 31, 2014

The public is invited to attend the "Celebration of Champions" at the Louisville High School Auditorium at 3:00 pm. Robby Donoho of WCBI Sports will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the event with a bevy of facts and interesting stories about the Wildcat program throughout the years. There will be a slideshow of photos and the public will hear from former head coaches.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Fair Elementary's 2nd Grade Accelerated Readers

We had 86% of our Second Grade Students to meet their AR Goals during the 2nd Nine-Weeks.  Please check out our recipients of the AR Awards!
“It’s Elementary”
Brandy Blanton, Elementary School’s nurse, provides weekly news and tips for helping children at home.

     It is that time of year again; time to lose all those unwanted pounds that we packed on over the holidays!  Fair Elementary is hosting the “Biggest Loser” competition once again!  This seemed to be a favorite among some staff members and parents last year, so we have decided to offer it once again.  This year’s competition will kick off on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014.  The fee for being in the competition is $20.00 per person and is due to Nurse Blanton on February 4th, 2014.  The competition is a 12 week program (last weigh-in is April 25th) and is based on the percentage of weight that each person loses.  You will need to come by Nurse Blanton’s office on February 4th for weigh-in and to pay your $20.00 fee.  We will weigh in every Friday in Nurse Blanton’s office.  At the end of the twelve weeks, whoever has lost the most percentage of weight will be our winner of the “Biggest Loser” competition and will win 75% of the money that is collected on February 4th.  Second place will win 25% of the money that is collected.  This is a great way to lose those unwanted pounds all while being a part of a competition against one another and maybe winning some cash money… Don’t let this opportunity slip away!  Please let Nurse Blanton know if you are interested in participating (773-5854)!

Second Graders attend 7th Annual Save Rural America Youth Conference.

WINSON CO., Miss. – (WCBI) The Winston County Self Help Cooperative is hosting their 7th Save Rural America Youth Conference.

This small gathering of young children at the Louisville Coliseum becomes an educational opportunity as they are learning in a fun way to become effective managers of natural resources. One way is to teach them how to grow their own organic fruits and veggies without chemicals.

“You can even take a baby water pool and turn it into an outside garden where you can plant tomatoes, peppers, squash, anything that’s edible,” says Jean Harper, the WCSH Youth Director.

“And we are building our base to expand our consumer base. And so we have to introduce these young people to the natural resources, local grown foods and that will help expand our local farmers market here in Louisville,” says team leader Frank Taylor.

One of the greatest natural resources is water. So the pre-schoolers, 2nd, and 4th graders are reminded to rethink their drink.

Tucked away in a room at the Louisville Coliseum older farmers, its never too late for them to learn a thing or two.

“We had an opportunity today to share with the land owners how we can assist them, work with them to make measurable improvements on their property as it relates to conservation,” says District Conservationist Kelvin Jackson.

At another station, without stopping, conference presenter Chasidy Goodwin kept moving for good health.

“She is one of our volunteers and she just love it, and its good to have people involved that really love what they are doing,” says Harper.

“You have a lot of children now that have juvenile diabetes and manage chronic illnesses as well if you maintain a healthy weight through exercise,” says Eileen Tubb, who is a health educator.

For these young consumers who just may become future farmers, this conference is creating in their minds sustainability of natural resources in their rural community.

Monday, January 27, 2014

The 2014 Biggest Loser Competition is about to Kick-Off!

February 3 -  Biggest Loser Competition is about to get started at Fair Elementary.  The cost is $20 to enter and must be paid prior to starting the competition.  Weekly weigh-ins will take place in the nurse's office on Fridays. The competition will run through April 25.  The winner will receive 75% of the money collected. The runner-up will receive 25% of the money collected.  The winner will be determined based on percentage of body weight lost.  If you have any questions, call Fair Elementary and ask for Nurse Blanton.

"Except for parents, no one is more important to children's futures than their teachers." -
Kate Walsh

My name is Esther Coleman and I am an employee of Fair Elementary School.  I have worked in the Louisville Municipal School District for 27 years.  I have earned a Bachelor of Science Degree for the University of West Alabama and an Associate of Arts Degree from East Central Community College.  I am the mother of 2 children Latoya Newson and Patrick Coleman and the grandmother of 2, Gregory III and Laila Newson.  My hobbies are cooking and sports.  I am involved in my local church and several state organizations with my church also.  I love working with children and helping them learn new and different things.

My name is Ms. Amy Sanderson.    I graduated at Mississippi State.   I am currently teaching my 13th year. I love to spend time with my family and friends.  I have a niece and nephew that I love to spoil.  We love to talk and watch movies together.  I go to church at Lynville United Methodist Church in Kemper County.  I come home to my cat Sunshine. Mississippi Care Center of DeKalb was a big part of my life at one time.  I like to stop by there and visit with the staff and residents.  

Sherry Shaw- 2nd Grade Teacher
Bachelor of Science from Mississippi State

My name is Brigitte Sheridan. I am a 1990 graduate of Louisville High School and a 1993 graduate of Mississippi State University where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. I have been teaching for the past twenty years.  I have taught Kindergarten, Preschool, and worked as a Reading/Literacy Coach for Kindergarten and First Grade.  I taught in Louisiana for twelve years.  I am extremely happy to be teaching in my hometown and in the very school where I began first grade many years ago!
I have been married to Ken Sheridan for fifteen years.  Ken is an employed as an Insurance Agent with Gulf Guaranty Insurance Company.  I am the only daughter of Billy and Cynthia Bethany.
 I truly LOVE my job and my students!  I am very blessed to have the opportunity to work with children each day!  My favorite quote or motto is – “Your students will not remember everything you said but they will always remember how you made them feel.”  I strive daily to make each and every child feel special and know that they are loved and valued!  

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The public is invited to attend the "Celebration of Champions" at the Louisville High School Auditorium at 3:00 pm. Robby Donoho of WCBI Sports will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the event with a bevy of facts and interesting stories about the Wildcat program throughout the years. There will be a slideshow of photos and the public will hear from former head coaches.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Fair Elementary's First Grade Accelerated Readers

We had 95% of our First Grade Students to meet their AR Goals during the 2nd Nine-Weeks.  Please check out our recipients of the AR Awards!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Mrs. Warren's Kindergarten Class Visits the Post Office

Mrs. Warren's kindergarten class visited the Louisville Post Office today.  Students have been working on letter writing skills in class over the past few weeks. They were able to see how mail is sorted and distributed at our local post office.  

Fair Elementary Celebrates Awards Day

Fair Elementary hosted their Awards Day today, Thursday January 23rd at the LES auditorium.  Students were recognized for academic excellence for the 2nd 9-weeks. Honor Roll- overall average of 90 in all courses.  Distinction- overall average of 93 in all courses.  Special Distinction - grades of 93 or above in all courses.  34% of our 2nd Grade and 46% of our 1st Grade students received awards today in either Honor Roll, Distinction, or Special Distinction. Students were also recognized for meeting their AR Goal for the 2nd 9-weeks.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

"Except for parents, no one is more important to children's futures than their teachers." -
Kate Walsh

My name is Kay Dempsey.  I was born and raised in Winston County.  I graduated from LHS in 1985. Then, I continued my education at Mississippi State University receiving my bachelor’s degree in education in 1989. While attending college, I worked as a cashier at Sunflower.  Currently, I have 24 years experience.  I taught 1 year in Yazoo City and the remainder has been with the Louisville School System. I am a special education teacher.
I am single with 3 dogs.  I attend Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church where I am a member of Prayers and Squares quilting ministry.  During my spare time, I enjoy shopping at our local stores and meeting students from my school.

Mark Goldbeck, Pre-K-2nd Music Teacher: Goldbeck is originally from Jeffeson City, Missouri. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Mississippi State University. Goldbeck began teaching at Fair Elementary in August of 2000 and earned his National Board Certification in Early Childhood Music in 2010. He has 2 sons Joseph (12) and Ben (8). Goldbeck directs Fair’s Melody Makers who recently participated in Louisville’s Martin Luther King Day Celebration at Still Valley Church. The Melody Makers are also annual participants in Louisville’s Veterans Day Program and often participate in Winston County’s Relay for Life along with various other performances throughout the school year.

My name is Pam Smith and I graduated from Mississippi State University where I earned my B.S. degree in Elementary Education. I'm an avid Bulldog fan and still attend home football games with my college roommate.
I began my teaching career in Enterprise, MS where I taught 2nd and 3rd grade for 2 years. I met my late husband while living in Meridian and then moved back home to Louisville - I've since been teaching at Fair Elementary for 29 years.  The majority of my years at Fair have been teaching Kindergarten, and I've had the opportunity to work with many wonderful teachers and administrators over the years.  Each year has provided many wonderful memories in working with students and parents
I have one daughter, Rachel, who lives and works in Memphis, TN.  She is the light of my life and quite the personality!  I inherited my parents' love for animals - two dogs, one cat, and a Tennessee Walking Horse.
My hobbies and interests include a love of antiques and riding and showing horses.  I enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling, and cooking.
During the summer, I love being outdoors, grilling and chilling!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Look what I Won!!

 On January 16th, the Parent Center hosted a workshop for our parents to attend.  Penny Hill, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, conducted a workshop to explain the Common Core Standards for our students.  Parents that attended the workshop were presented with a ticket for their child to return and receive prizes.

Caught Doing Good

Caught Doing Good is a weekly incentive program to motivate students to exhibit positive character traits. Students are "caught" by a staff member and their name and what they were "caught doing" is written on a ticket. Every Friday Mrs. Cotton announces CDG students to come to her office for prizes!  Here are this week's CDG Students!

Computers for Education Winner

Brianna Moore from Mrs. Greer's class was the winner of the portable radio.  Thank you for participating in the Computers for Education booklet fundraiser.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

100th Day Activities

In celebration of the 100th day of school....D. Smith's kindergarten students had a contest to see who could string the most Fruit Loops in groups of 10.....Winners were Jada Thames and Meresa Foster!

100th Day of School at Fair Elementary

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

“It’s Elementary”

Brandy Blanton, Elementary School’s nurse, provides weekly news and tips for helping children at home.

     Fair Elementary’s Melody Makers presented an enjoyable performance of the Christmas musical “A Prehistoric Christmas” by Teresa Jennings.

Monday, January 13, 2014

"Except for parents, no one is more important to children's futures than their teachers." -
Kate Walsh

Hi, I am Lori Burt.  I am a first grade teacher at Fair Elementary.  This is my 21st year at Fair.  I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University in 1992.  I am also a National Board Certified teacher and am currently working on a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. 

I have been married to Tim Burt for 31 years and we have one daughter, Lara.  She is married to Kiel Higginbotham and they are expecting their first baby in May. 

Tim and I enjoy spending time together whether it be fishing, eating out with friends, or playing with our dog, Symon. 

We are members of The Way Community Church and love serving the Lord there. 

I love being a first grade teacher and having the opportunity to see young children reach their greatest potential.    

 My name is Ashley Chappell and I am a Kindergarten teacher at Fair Elementary. I earned my bachelors degree in Elementary Education at Mississippi State University. My husband, Michael Chappell, and I reside in Louisville. We have three dogs Florida, Gator, and Bo. We are actively involved in our church community at Ellison Ridge Baptist Church. I come from a family of teachers. My mother and two sisters all teach in the Louisville Municipal School District. My mother, Cindy Hemphill, teaches 4th grade at LES. My sister, Brandi Garrard, teaches 3rd grade at Nanih Waiya. My sister, Amanda Wallace, teaches 3rd grade at LES. We brainstorm together to come up with ideas to help all of our students in the district. Needless to say, Sunday lunch at my parent’s house is quite interesting! My father deserves a medal for putting up with all of the teacher talk! My father, Larry Hemphill, is also involved with the school system. He volunteers at LES to mentor to students and work with our classes. We are a family that loves children and works together to help the students of Louisville Municipal School District have a brighter future. I am currently working on getting my National Board Certification. I have been a teacher for 7 ½ years in the Louisville Municipal School District. This is my fourth year teaching Kindergarten. I have also taught in 3rd, 5th, and 6th grades. I am currently working as a tutor after school for 1st grade students through the DREAM program at Fair Elementary. Kindergarten is my passion and it brings me joy to build the foundation for a child’s academic career.

My name is Jenna Faver.  I earned my degree from Mississippi State University.  I have 4.5 yrs of teaching experience.  I am married to Zack Faver.  We have two daughters: Edie Laine~2 and Livie Mae~11 months.  I am learning to sew. I enjoy cooking. I really LOVE the Mississippi State Bulldogs! I attend Church at Morgan Chapel Baptist Church.

My name is Jenni Lee. I have lived in Louisville all of my life and attended school in this district. I graduated from Mississippi State University and this is my 18th year to teach second grade. I have been at Fair Elementary School for 3 years.  I am married with three children, including boy/girl twins who are 9 and a 2 year old boy.  We have one pet, a dog named Rebel.

Friday, January 10, 2014

1 Great Teacher = 1,000s of Brighter Futures

"The better the educator, the better the students... PD 360 provides the content, tools, and resources needed to improve the practice of your educators - and turn your school or district into a success story."

First Semester, our staff at Fair Elementary has viewed over 130 hours of professional development videos!

Caught Doing Good

Caught Doing Good is a weekly incentive program to motivate students to exhibit positive character traits. Students are "caught" by a staff member and their name and what they were "caught doing" is written on a ticket. Every Friday Mrs. Cotton announces CDG students to come to her office for prizes!  Here are this week's CDG Students!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Newsletter Available Online

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Christmas Stocking Winners

Fair Elementary’s Kindergarten classes decorated stockings for Christmas this year.  One winner was chosen from each class:

·        Ryker Hatcher – Mrs. Coward’s Class
·        Jillian Wallace – Mrs. Sheridan’s Class
·        Kristan Eiland – Mrs. Greer’s Class
·        Levi Smith – Mrs. Stalcup’s Class
·        Tamirriyah Thames – Mrs. Warren’s Class
·        KeRhianna Parker – Mrs. D. Smith’s Class
·        Zentavious McCully – Ms. Butler’s Class
·        Jamya Moore – Mrs. P. Smith’s Class
·        Lilly Ford – Mrs. Chappell’s Class

Computers for Education

     Computers for Education packets will be sent home sometime next week with your child.   Please fill out the book with addresses and return it to Fair Elementary.  This is a fundraiser for our school and we will receive $5.00 per booklet that is completed with addresses and turned in!  Thank you for your support!

Blood Drive

On January 17th, Fair Elementary will be hosting another Blood Drive from 9:00 am till 1:00 pm.  The Blood Mobile will be parked between Fair Elementary and Louisville Elementary School.   Blood drives help to assure that the blood supply is strong and is available for patients in need.  Find the HERO in you…give blood 3 times a year!

TAG Second grade visits Pizza Hut and Animal Shelter


     Fair Elementary’s Second grade TAG students went on a field trip to our local Pizza Hut and animal shelter.  Pizza Hut manager, Pam Oldham gave students a tour of the restaurant and explained the procedures that the employees must follow.  Students were able to go into the walk-in freezer and see where supplies were stored.  The students also were able to make their own pizzas that day!  After the students finished eating their pizzas, they headed over to the local animal shelter.  Mrs. Barbara Yarbrough gave the students a tour of the shelter.  The students delivered newspapers to the animal shelter so that the animal’s cages could be kept clean.  This was a part of a recycling unit and also served as a community service project.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Fair Elementary Teacher of the Year

Jan Collier

Jan Collier was chosen Fair Elementary Teacher of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year.  She is an outstanding teacher who is in her 16th year of teaching.  She began her educational career at in the Oktibbeha County School District as an assistant teacher.  While employed with the Oktibbeha County School District she was an assistant teacher for 1 year, a first grade teacher for 8 years, and a Literacy Coach for 2 years.  In 2007, Mrs. Collier was hired at Fair Elementary.  Since her employment at Fair, Mrs. Collier has taught 1st Grade and 2nd Grade.  She worked in the Extended Year program and is currently serving as Lead Teacher for Dillard’s Reading, Enrichment, Arts, Mathematics, and Science (DREAMS) After-school and Summer Tutorial/Enrichment Program.  She is an asset to Fair Elementary School and to the district. 

Mrs. Collier is always well prepared and dedicated to teaching.  Her positive attitude and compassion for her students is recognized by administrators, teachers, and especially parents.  Her classroom is a very positive learning environment for students.  She pours her heart into her students.  She arrives early and stays late each day.  She plans centers and learning activities that engage her students.  She uses data to provide differentiated instruction for her students, always maintaining high expectations. 

Mrs. Collier promotes parental involvement.  She communicates with parents on a daily basis. Mrs. Collier works cooperatively with other teachers and staff.  She serves as our Teacher Support Team (TST) Coordinator. She facilitates our monthly TST meetings and provides our staff with current information on the TST process. 

Mrs. Collier is always willing to serve on committees as well as take on leadership responsibilities.  Her leadership skills are shown in her classroom with her students.  She also serves as a mentor teacher to other teachers.  Teachers observe in Mrs. Collier’s classroom on a regular basis as she models best practices in her classroom.

Mrs. Collier is married to Chris Collier and they have two children Carson Collier and Morgan Collier Reed.

Mrs. Colliers’s excellence in teaching, her leadership ability, and her love of children make her an outstanding teacher.   We are very proud to have Mrs. Collier on our team at Fair Elementary School.

Quinn Gregory Gets a Surprise Visit from MSU Quarterback Tyler Russell

LOUISVILLE, Miss. (WCBI)- We’ve introduced you to Quinn Gregory, a 7-year old boy who is battling a rare disease.

While spreading awareness about his illness, the Winston County boy caught the attention of a Mississippi State athlete.

The seven year old got the surprise of his life when starting quarterback Tyler Russell gave him a jersey, the day after winning the Liberty Bowl.

“That just really shows more about Tyler’s character than anything and what great guy he is. He could be out doing whatever on that day and he chose to come see us,” says Suzanne Gregory.

Five years ago, doctors told Brad and Suzanne Gregory their son Quinn had a rare and incurable disease.

“MPS 3A; which is called Sanfilippo Bone Syndrome. His body is missing an enzyme. Mainly affects his brain. His brain deteriorates and he will eventually not be able to eat not walk and just get to vegetable state,” says Gregory.

The Louisville family is bringing attention to Quinn’s disease by handing out bracelets to everyone they meet, including Russell.

“We were out at a local restaurant here in Louisville and we were just eating supper. He walked in and I ran over and gave him a bracelet and we took pictures with him and the kids,” says Gregory.

The meeting left an impact on the Gregory family and Russell.

“So I was home and my ten year old called from the ballgame and she was like, momma, Tyler has his bracelet on and so I started rewinding back to look at when he would throw the ball because he would wear it with his throwing hand,” says Gregory.

“Exciting for him to wear my brother’s bracelet,” says Brayleigh Gregory.

Suzanne says there are hard days. However, small moments of selfless caring keep her motivated.

“God will carry you through it because He has definitely carried us through this whole time and then we have moments where Tyler Russell walks into our house and gives us a jersey so we have moments like that,” says Gregory.

“Want to say anything to Tyler Russell if he sees this?”

Thanks for coming to my house,” says Gregory.

The Gregory family says Quinn is the only person they know of in Mississippi with the rare illness.

Quinn is a student at Fair Elementary School.