This week is the kickoff to QSD’s Community Book Read, Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn. Tuesday QLE & QUE classes had special guest readers. Wednesday QUE students competed in games designed to compliment the concepts in the book. Each school has activities & lessons centered around the district book every day through Friday. On Friday each school will celebrate with games, essay contest, poster contest, relay races, and Jeopardy-style Q&A.
QHS senior Jalen Nixon received an award from the MS Advanced STEM Access Program for academic excellence in AP Physics. He attended the MLK ’22 Advance STEM Winter Program hosted by the Global Teaching Project and the Mississippi Public School Consortium for Educational Access. This event was held Friday, January 14th, at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Saturday, January 15th, at Jackson State University. A program on Friday evening featured a talk by Civil Rights veteran, Velma Benson Wilson, and awards were presented.
Jalen was honored for his dedication and exemplary commitment to the pursuit of academic excellence in the Mississippi Advanced STEM Access Program. Jalen’s dedication to his studies was evident last year when he remained focused on his AP Physics classwork despite disruptions caused by the pandemic. Jalen was extremely conscientious about attending regular zoom Physics classes even though attendance was not required and he had many other demands on his time.Jalen is continuing in the Global Teaching Initiative program with Computer Science.
Jordan Lafferty is 2022 Star Student at QHS! She chose Ms. Debbie Reeves as her star teacher because, “She challenges us, and she cares how well her students do. She really helped me prepare for college.” The requirement for star student is the highest ACT score (25 or higher) in the senior class and an academic average over four years of 93 or higher. Jordan exceeds all of those requirements. After graduation, Jordan is looking forward to attending Mississippi State and majoring in Biological Sciences.
As of January 19, 2022, our Covid numbers are 40 students positive and 12 staff members positive with Covid. Thank you for taking Covid seriously. Please continue to encourage your children to wash their hands regularly, wear a mask, and social distance. Thank you for your support for our students, teachers, and staff!
As of November 9, 2021, masks are strongly recommended but not required per Quitman School District School Board. As long as positive covid cases remain less than 5% of the total student enrollment and district employment, masks will be optional and highly recommended. If covid cases increase to 5% or above, masks will immediately be mandated for at least 14 calendar days for QSD. The numbers and cases will be monitored closely. After the 14 day period AND when the percent rate drops below 5%, the mandate will be removed and mask usage will then return to optional. This is subject to change at any time based on data.
QUE held its annual spelling bee recently. Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade competed by showing off their spelling skills. At the end the top 10 in each grade were selected and will go on to the next level – the Clarke County spelling bee. Congratulations spelling bee winners! Good luck in the next round!
Please welcome Dr. Minnie Dace as the new Superintendent of Quitman School District! The Quitman School Board voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Minnie Dace as Superintendent of Quitman School District. Dr. Dace is no stranger to the district. She has served as science teacher, softball coach, Assistant Principal, Principal, Federal programs director/dropout prevention coordinator and most recently Assistant Superintendent.
Dr. Dace has a passion for educating children, and that has been evident in each position she has held. She works hard in every capacity and supports those around her. Dr. Dace will assume her new role on January 1, 2022. Dr. Dace says, “My family and I are grateful for this opportunity. It is a great honor to serve my community. I consider Quitman School District my home, and I take pride in being a Panther. I look forward to the future of our school district. Relationships, high expectations and accountability are the three leadership principles that have always guided my work. I believe these principles will undergird the goals and expectations of QSD.”
Board president, Brenda McCormick, states, “We are really fortunate to have Dr. Dace serve in this capacity. She has a strong work ethic and will keep our students first in her decision making.”