What’s happening at QSD

Dr. Dace

Please welcome Dr. Minnie Dace as the new Superintendent of Quitman School District!

The Quitman Quitman School Board voted unanimously Thursday to appoint Dr. Minnie Dace as superintendent of the 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, supporting those around her in every way. Dr. Dace will assume her new role on January 1, 2022.  Dr. Dace said, “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.”

community book read

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.

Lady Panther soccer

Lady Panther soccer team continued their seven game winning Thursday night. The Panthers played Wayne County at Panther field. Lady Panthers won 6-0, and Panther boys fought hard but lost 8-4.

The Panthers faced off against Southeast Lauderdale Tuesday night at the Panther gym. The Lady Panthers won 68-13. The Panthers won 82-78 in overtime. Come out and support the Panthers as they play against Northeast Lauderdale Thursday, December 2, 2021. Tipoff is at 6:00 p.m.

fun run 2021

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)

Panther gym was packed at the recent home game as both teams cleaned up the gym floor with the Heidelberg Oilers. The Panthers won 83-58, and the Lady Panthers won 71-45. Panthers will play . Come out and support the Panthers!

In the recent cold and windy home game, Lady Panther soccer team won their third straight home game against Morton. Panther boys soccer lost 8-1. (Photos by QHS student TJ Lucas)

There was beautiful music in the QHS auditorium recently when the QHS Chorus and Mr. Daniels presented their fall concert. A variety of music such as “Alleluia for Our Time,” “Elijah Rock,” and Highlights from the musical “Hamilton” delighted the audience. Make plans to come to the next concert on December 14, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. and enjoy Christmas music from the QHS and QJH Chorus.

It’s Fall Y’all! QLE celebrated Fall fest recently. Prek-2nd grade wore costumes and enjoyed fall activities, bounce houses, and games. (Photos by TJ Lucas & William Patrick)

Be on the lookout for hand-painted rocks with kind messages around Quitman! SWAT has been inspiring kindness since 2017 with the Kindness Rocks Project. This nationwide community service project spreads the message of kindness. If you find a kindness rock, you may move the rock to another location. If the rock touches your heart with its written message, you may keep it.  Join the Kindness Rocks Project by painting and hiding your own rock. SWAT students hope you have fun finding the rocks and spreading kindness in Quitman!


As of November 29, 2021, our Covid numbers continue to be low. We have 1 student 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.

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