"The vision of the Tishomingo County School District is to educate students to be committed learners who meet all challenges and endeavor to be the best they can be."
1620 Paul Edmondson Drive
Iuka, MS 38852
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2014-2015 Student Handbook
August 12, 2014
Welcome Back Message From Superintendent Christie Holly
July 31, 2014
To Tishomingo County School District Faculty, Staff, Parents, and Students:
I am truly humbled to be serving in the capacity of Superintendent for the 2014-2015 school year. Because of the current and previous hard work of students, teachers, communities, and leaders, Tishomingo County has one of the best school districts in the state. We must continue to work hard to continue this success.
TCSD Faculty and Staff, we have many challenges before us. The underfunding of MAEP, the implementation of Common Core State Standards, new testing for students through PARCC for grades 3 through 8 and Algebra I and English II, new administrator/teacher evaluation systems, new accountability models, and many other initiatives weigh heavily on our minds. Although many of our tasks and responsibilities may have new names, I ask that you focus on what is important – learning for every student. Each of us must focus on making sure each student that comes to our classroom is presented a challenging set of standards in a learning environment that considers the need for differentiation, the need for high expectations, and most of all, the need for kindness and caring. In my opinion, teaching is one of the hardest and most challenging occupations in the world today. It requires tireless dedication and sacrifice. However, I also believe teaching is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world today. We must realize that each of us impacts the lives of our students. With that power comes great responsibility. We want to ensure we impact students positively and that we strive to see each student through to graduation.
Parents, we have many challenges before us. And yes, I said “we.” I, too, am in this special group. In a world where our children are bombarded with negative influences, we must give our children a foundation of self-esteem, a belief in the common good, a desire for responsibility, the knowledge of education’s importance, and an attitude of perseverance. It is hard to compete against technology, television, music, and social media for our children’s attention. However, it is a battle that must be fought to ensure our children understand the importance of values and education in their quest for adulthood.
Students, you have many challenges before you. You will be asked to think about learning in a new way. Also, you will be asked to show your knowledge in many different ways. That may sound disheartening because you have grown comfortable in the way things have always been. Instead, see this as a great opportunity for you to exceed your own expectations, to try new methods of learning, and to learn skills needed for an ever-changing world. Yes, there will be times of failure. However, think of the words of Michael Jordan, one of the greatest basketball players in history:
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Understand that you will always have a team around you that is working hard to ensure your success. That team consists of your family, community, teachers, and peers that will applaud your victories and pick you up when failures occur. Work hard and never give up. Ask for help when you need it. Support others as they work to be successful. Be the best “you” you can be!
In closing, I wish you all a great school year. Please know I am here to support you and to help us move forward as a district of success.
Christie Holly, Superintendent of Tishomingo County Schools
2014-2015 Staff Development Schedule
July 29, 2014
2014-2015 Supply Lists
July 9, 2014