BUZZYS Art Contest Submission Deadline: Friday, January 22, 2016

There are 4 categories:
1. Painting and Drawing
2. Photography
3. Poetry
4. Short Story

Awards will be given for each grade level for grades 1-5 with best of show awarded in all three categories for each grade grouping (kindergarten- 2nd grade in one group and 3rd -5th grade in a separate group). Armstrong (grades 6-8) will be judged as a group.

Students may submit in multiple categories however they may only submit one item per category.

Items submitted after the deadline, will not be included in the contest.

There is no theme for this contest.

Submission deadline is Friday, January 22, 2016

BUZZYS judging criteria and registration form: BUZZYS Art contest registration

For more information or questions, contact:

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Starkville PTO Maroon Friday Jacket T-Shirt Deadline

Maroon Fri Jackson ShirtFear Our Bark! Fear Our Sting! SEE OUR SPARK!

Order your Starkville PTO Maroon Friday Jacket T-Shirts by Wednesday, September 30th!

Please print and complete the t-shirt ordering form. Make checks payable to “Starkville PTO.” Submit your form with payment to your school’s PTO mailbox by Wednesday, September 30th.

Complete your Starkville PTO Maroon Friday Jacket T-Shirt order form today!



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2015 Jacket Tailgate

Cheer the Jackets with Starkville Parents for Public Schools and PTO!  Bring your whole family and invite your friends to get into the spirit with the award-winning SHS Band and Cheerleaders  and have pictures made with Buzz while learning more about how our parents organizations are supporting the Starkville Oktibbeha School District and how you can join their efforts!
2015 Jacket Tailgate

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SOCSD Back to School Open House Dates

Welcome to the 2015/2016 Starkville Oktibbeha School District school year! Open houses begin this week! Below you will find the details for each school’s open house. The first day of school for students is August 10.

Don’t miss a single announcement from SOCSD!

Subscribe to the new SOCSD text service for messages and alerts. This text service, along with SOCSD social media channels, is the fastest way to receive information from important back to school dates to school cancellations during inclement weather situations.

Be the first to know and text stkokt to 95577 to receive text messages and alerts from SOCSD.

Be sure to connect with SOCSD on Facebook at and Twitter at @StarkvilleSD.

SOCSD Elementary Schools Open Houses

East Elementary School Open House
Friday, August 7
8 until 11:30 am; 1 until 4:30 pm

West Elementary School Open House
Friday, August 7
8 until 11:30 am; 1 until 4:30 pm

Sudduth Elementary School Open House
Friday, August 7
8 am until 4 pm

Ward Stewart Elementary School Open House
Thursday, August 6
8 until 11 am; 12:30 until 4 pm

Henderson Elementary School Open House
Friday, August 7
12 until 4 pm

Parents and students may drop off school supplies, visit classrooms, and meet teachers during Open House hours.  School PTO’s will also have school tshirts available for sale.

AMS Orientation, Parent Welcome,  Schedule Pick-up, and Residency Verification

8th Grade
Tuesday, August 4
12 pm -3:30pm
Hear from Mr. Bourne at 3:30 pm – Parent Welcome, Orientation, Expectations

7th Grade
Wednesday, August 5
12 pm -3:30pm
Hear from Mr. Bourne at 3:30 pm –  Parent Welcome, Orientation, Expectations

6th Grade
Thursday, August 6
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Hear from Mr. Bourne at 6 pm  – Parent Welcome, Orientation, Expectations

Make-Up Day
Friday, August 7
7:30 am until 3:30 pm

*Students must provide two proofs of residency verification to pick up their schedule.

*REMINDER: Mississippi now requires a recent Tdap vaccination for all students entering the 7th grade.  Rising 7th graders must provide an updated immunization record.  This includes new students, current students and transfer students in both public and private schools.  For more information about the Tdap vaccine, click here.

SHS Schedule Pick-Up, Residency Verification, Locker Rentals and Parking Passes

Seniors and Juniors
Wednesday, August 5
9 am until 12 pm

Sophomores and Freshmen
Thursday, August 6
1 pm until 4 pm

New Student Orientation
Friday, August 7
9 am

Students must provide two proofs of residency verification to pick up their schedule.

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Parent Tips to Help with Math

Picture1Here are some resources from Dr. Woodrum, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, specifically related to common core math instruction.

The Common Core Works Website below contains content and grade-specific parent roadmaps that provide detailed information for parents about the expectations of the Common Core in Mathematics. These roadmaps include examples of grade-level focus in the content area using parent-friendly language, sample progressions of learning across three grade levels in the Common Core, and tips to parents on communicating with teachers about their child’s work and how to support student learning at home. Grades K-8 and High school Parent Roadmaps for Mathematics have been posted and Spanish-language versions are available in grades K-8.

Parent Tips to Help Math (Powerpoint slides)

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One Means All…Starkville Oktibbeha School District

onestkokt3-300x300Consolidation information at your fingertips…           Stay tuned for updates to this post.

Pulley Rescinds Bond Resolution (Starkville Daily News, February 3, 2015)

Letter from Starkville PTO Executive Council President Anne Stricklin…

Hi, All–

My name is Anne Stricklin, and I am the current president of the Starkville PTO Executive Council. At our January board meeting, we discussed the recent developments with the reverse referendum for a county bond issue to help fund improvements to the county buildings and instructional materials and to help build the new MSU Partnership School for 6th-7th grades. A group of county residents who are opposed to tax raises had made petitions against the bond, and they turned in the petitions on Tuesday of this week. Those signatures are being certified and we should know the results late next week. More details can be found in the Starkville Daily News and the Starkville Dispatch.

Starkville Parents for Public Schools is working on some information that can be shared with people who have questions about the bond. They have already developed a graphic which says, “One Means All” that can be used as your Facebook profile picture. If you go to my FB page, you can link several articles about consolidation and the Partnership School as well as an informational document from the SSD that details the bond information with specific examples of how much tax is charged per $100,000.

In this next week leading up to the final results, we need as much positive PR about consolidation and the Partnership School out in our community. There are many who aren’t aware of our plans for consolidation, and, there may be some misinformation out there. If you feel comfortable doing so, will you share this information on your social media platforms or with friends and neighbors who have questions? I firmly believe consolidation will be successful, but we need all affected parties (which is the entire city of Starkville, MSU, and the county) to pull together and give our kids the best options possible.

Please do not hesitate to contact me personally to discuss any concerns.

Thank you for all that you do for our kids and schools,

Anne Stricklin

Stay informed!

Starkville School District:
The Plan for Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District (January 20, 2015)

Parents for Public Schools of Starkville:
A Story of Consolidation (January 29, 2015)

Consolidation Fact Sheets:
“The Spark is Growing”: SOCSD Consolidation Plan (PDF)
MSU-SOCSD Partnership: 6th – 7th Grade School (PDF)
Why Consolidation? House Bill 716 which initiated consolidation (PDF)

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UPDATE: Buzzys Deadline Extended to February 6

Starkville School District PTO would like to invite all students grade K-8 to enter in the 2015 Buzzys Art Contest.
There are three categories this year:
1.     Drawing/Paining
2.     Photography
3.     Creative Writing
A student many enter multiple categories but only one entry per student for each category. The deadline for submissions is this Friday, February 6, 2015.

Submissions will be judged via grade level for grades 1-5 with best of show awarded in all three categories for both Sudduth and Henderson Ward Stewart. Armstrong (grades 6-8) will be judged as a group.

The Buzzys Award Ceremony is set for March 5, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the Greensboro Center. Please note, winners will receive a note and email prior to this event. All other participants will have their submission returned to school with a participation ribbon attached.

For more information on the rules, please visit the web site below

For more information or questions, contact:

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Upcoming Events
  • Coach Minor invites you to Meet the Basketball Jackets October 27, 2016 at 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Meet the Jackets (Boys Basketball Team) Thursday October 27, 2016 5:00 – 7th grade 6:00 – 8th grade 7:00 – 9th grade AMS GYM Free admission
  • Starkville Speech and Debate Team will have an interest meeting for middle school students November 1, 2016 at 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm The Starkville Speech and Debate Team will have an interest meeting for middle school students on November 1 in room 101 at SHS at from 4-5:00. Interested parents may attend.
  • SHS Fast Pitch Softball tryouts (7th-12th grade) November 1, 2016 at 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm SHS Fast Pitch Softball tryouts (7th-12th grade) will be held on Tuesday, November 1 and Wednesday, November 2 from 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm at the SHS softball field. Current physical and signed parent permission form required to tryout.
  • Progress Reports November 8, 2016
  • SOCSD Board Meeting November 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Deadline to order Jacket Nation Hoodie/TShirt November 11, 2016 Show your Jacket pride with a Jacket Nation hoodie or tshirt and support West Elementary School. Deadline to order is November 11.  Order forms may be returned to your child’s school. Click on the link below to download an order form. jacketnationhoodie-tshirtorder-form  
  • Thanksgiving Holidays November 21, 2016
  • Thanksgiving Holidays November 22, 2016
  • Thanksgiving Holidays November 23, 2016
  • Thanksgiving Holidays November 24, 2016