Summertime at QSD

The process of creating a new vision and mission to guide the district began with a strategic meeting this week. Dr. Tim Martin led the discussion between a diverse group made up of Quitman students, parents, community leaders, teachers, administration, the superintendent, and the school board. The group carefully considered many different aspects of the school district including testing, student needs, academics, funding, academics, attendance, and safety concerns, among others. This is an ongoing process so stay tuned to find out the new vision and mission for Quitman School District.
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Students are learning and having fun at QSD Summer Learning Academy! QLE students are gaining skills in reading strategies, English, math, and scientific processes such as the mechanics of breathing. QSD students at QLE, QUE, and QJH are learning from 8-12 Monday through Thursday in the month of June.
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QSD’s school leadership teams are spending their summer working to develop a PBIS system that is tailored to student needs. Dr. Dace, Dr. Truman, Mrs. Dearing, administration, and teacher leadership from each QSD school engaged in an interactive workshop to build a PBIS system for the upcoming school year. PBIS is an acronym for Positive Behavior Interventions and Support. This evidence-based framework aims to improve and integrate data, systems, and practices affecting student outcomes every day. PBIS creates schools where all students can succeed.

Did you know that students can get free breakfast and lunch June 6-30, Monday-Thursday, during the school day this summer?

Students attending QSD Summer Learning in June 2022 will automatically be approved and offered a free breakfast and lunch during the school day.  These children will have meals at school June 6-30, Monday-Thursday. Other children may participate in the Summer Meals Program through the SSO (Seamless Summer Option).

Procedures for pick-up meals as follows:

  • Only a child may pick up meals.  No adults are allowed free meals. 
  • All children must be present with the parent/guardian to pick up meals.* See pick-up option below.  
  • There will be no curb side service this year.  
  • All children/parent/guardians must enter the school via the front doors of Quitman Lower Elementary. The cafeteria will be to the left when you enter the building.  You must go into the cafeteria and go to the meal serving line. Meals will be packed for to-go service only. 
  • Students that are enrolled in the Quitman School District will come through the cafeteria line and provide the cashier their lunch number to be counted and receive a complete breakfast and lunch.  Other children will be manually counted.

*Parent/guardian pick up without child(ren): A parent or guardian may be approved to pick-up meals without children present if the following steps occur and are approved.

  1.  Children must be present the very first visit.  Only the children present and counted will be added to the parent pick-up card.  
  2. Parent/guardian must bring the pick-up card with them to the cafeteria to pick-up the approved number of meals without children present.

If you have questions regarding this program and or the procedures for meals, please call Wendy Tucker @601-776-2186 or email @ wtucker@qsdk12.org

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The class of 2022 graduated May 20 at Panther field. Congratulations Seniors! (photos by TJ Lucas and William Patrick)
QUE students were recognized this week at awards day. Academic honors such as Principal’s list, Superintendent’s list, student of the year, SWAT awards, perfect attendance, citizenship, and Panther awards were given out to 3rd-5th graders. There was fine art created by QUE students on display as well. Lastly QUE said a fond goodbye to fifth graders who will be moving up to QJH next year. Congratulations Panthers! (Photos by William Patrick and George Jolly)
QLE recognized students for excellence at their awards day on Thursday. Perfect attendance, proficient and advanced state assessment scores, AR certificates, and honor roll were among the awards earned by k-2nd grade QLE students.
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The first annual Community Chess night was Wednesday, May 18 at QUE. This event kicked off with a chess tournament for 2nd-6th grade SWAT students. Congratulations to the 1st place winner, 4th grader, Cruz Harris, and the 2nd place winner, 6th grader, Mirage Ethridge.  After the tournament family and community came out to play students.
MSMS
Four outstanding sophomores were recognized at the QHS awards day this week. Ava Dedwylder, Raleigh Taylor, Ella Walker, and Cheniya Nicholson will be going to MSMS (Mississippi School for Math & Science) next year. Class awards were given to the student with the highest average in a subject. Academic letters were awarded to students with all A’s during all 4 nine weeks. The EMEPA Youth Leadership Award was given to Destiny Williams. She will attend Cooperative University, a three-day work-shop in Jackson, Mississippi, and will go on a week-long trip to Washington D.C. with all expenses paid to expand her leadership skills. The HOBY award was given to J’Stasia Young. She will attend a HOBY leadership conference this summer in Jackson, MS. Congratulations to all of the QHS scholars! (Photos by Katelyn Parker and Dillon Turner)

COVID UPDATE

As of June 14, 2022, our Covid numbers are 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 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.