What’s happening at QSD
Outstanding Quitman teachers were recognized this week when each school selected a teacher of the year. QLE is Dana Mosley; QUE is Brittany James; QJH is Scott Benson; QHS is Shelley Rivers; and CTC is Debra Martin. District Administration chose one of these teachers to be QSD teacher of the year, and that teacher is Dana Mosley. Administrator of the year is Tracy Dearing, the director of the Clarke County Career & Technical Center. Congratulations to all of these teachers and administrators. Thank you for all of your hard work!
Christmas music by the combined QHS & QJH choruses delighted the audience Tuesday night. These talented groups entertained with selections of “One Child,” “Carol of the Bells,” The Shepherd’s Spiritual,” “Unto Us,” “Silent Night,” “Come and Sing,” and “Holiday Road” of Carols. The 7th & 8th grade boys Panther singers presented a special selection played on the Boomwhackers. The Grinch made a special appearance towards the end of the performance when the QHS Chorus sang “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”
Congratulations to Quitman seniors, Jessica Manning (saxophone) and Adrian Roberts (Percussion). These two talented musicians competed with the best band students from all over the state at the MS Band Directors Association Convention in Natchez. Both made 1st chair in the Top Band on their respective Instruments. Jessica Manning was also recognized as the most outstanding female musician in the band. This means that these two beat out every other band student at the convention to win the top spot in the top band!
QUE held its annual spelling bee this week. 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!
The Panthers faced off against West Jones Friday. Lady Panthers won 51-39, and the Panthers won 53-49. (pictures by Dillon Turner)
Despite the rain, the Clarke County Christmas Parade went on without a hitch Monday night. The Big Blue Crew wowed the crowd with Christmas songs; the JROTC presented the flag; Eddie Ivy was the grand marshal; and many other groups from around the county also participated and entertained the crowd.
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.”
Panther soccer team played Sumrall on Tuesday night in their first district game. The Lady Panthers played hard but lost 7-0. Panther boys lost 6-0.
QLE students were treated to the third annual “Fun Run” on Friday. This tradition involves activities and exercise around the beautiful walking trail and lake for k-2 students. Volunteer QHS athletes donated their time cheering on elementary students. Everyone’s favorite part, the color run, came at the very end of the course. This event was sponsored by QHS seniors Lynna Clair Kennedy and Hannah Mayo. All profits went to Excel by 5. (Photos by Dana Mayo)
It’s time for our yearly Community Book Read, and we want your involvement! Our book this year is Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn by John C. Maxwell, and our theme is ‘Embrace the Process.’
- Due to the delay in shipping of our books, the Community Book Read Event will take place January 18th – January 21st
- Community Book Read Yard Signs can be picked up from your child’s school December 9th – December 16th.
- 2nd Round of T-shirt orders will be finalized by noon on Friday, December 17th.
Each school will host kickoff events, activities, and book reading. QSD is selling t-shirts that will be distributed along with the books the week of December 17th. (click here to get an order form) Yard signs and banners will be given out to the parents, community and local businesses.
As of December 8, 2021, our Covid numbers continue to be low. We have 0 students positive and 0 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 will be 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.