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District Announcements
Endowment Grants Awarded for 2016-2017 school year

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 grant recipients from the Pontotoc Endowment for Excellence in Education. 

Pontotoc Elementary
Kim Baldwin
Janet Barefoot
Sarah Burrell

D.T. Cox Elementary
Leslie Mitchell
Lee Waltress

Pontotoc Middle School
Angel Borland
Murray Collum
Shanna Daniel
Kourtney Mathews
Amanda Osborne
Betsy Ritchie
Charlotte Whitworth

Pontotoc High School
Tyler Arnold
Melinda Bell 
Diana Davey
Missy Griffith
Wanda Hatcher
Max Homan
Kevin Morrow
PHS Band for Lions Band students

3-12 Speech-Language 
Audra Goolsby
Joanna Manning

The application process will open back up in March for the next school year.
Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year

 
Congratulations to Dorothy Thomas, math teacher at Pontotoc High School, as Pontotoc City School District Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Thomas has taught in the Pontotoc City School District since 2008 and has 20 years experience in education. She is a National Board Certified teacher and recently earned a Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Mrs. Thomas believes “outstanding teachers hold high expectations for their students, use assessment data to improve their teaching, and treat their students with respect.” We join her family Tracy, DeAshyland, and Rhandi in wishing her success in the state competition.
 

School Announcements
ACT for Juniors
The 11th graders at PHS will take the ACT for free at Pontotoc High School on Tuesday, September 27.  
Financial Aid Night!
The Pontotoc Ridge Career and Technology Center will sponsor a FAFSA Fill-Out Session to help seniors and parents complete the online Federal Financial Aid forms. Students may also complete their MS Financial Aid form that night. Parents and students (if they filed taxes) will need to bring their completed tax returns in order to complete the FAFSA. The session will be March 10 from 4:00-6:00 at the Pontotoc Ridge Career and Technology Center.
Most Beautiful Pageant
Congratulations to PHS Most Beautiful Megan Warren!  
1st Alternate: Georgia Akers 
2nd Alternate: Georgia Claire Campbell  
3rd Alternate: Kirklyn Finney  
4th Alternate: Blair Swain
DECEMBER STATE TEST SCHEDULE
It is important that students are present and on time for their scheduled test.  
Friday, December 4: Biology
Monday, December 7: US History
Tuesday, December 8: Algebra I
Wednesday, December 9: English II
Thursday, December 10: Writing
Dorothy Thomas finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
The Mississippi Board of Education recently honored the Mississippi teachers who are finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Program. The program, established in 1983 by the White House, allows each state to select up to five state finalists in mathematics and up to five state finalists in science. One of the state finalists in each content area will be selected as the Presidential Awardee for the state, which is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.  Pontotoc High School is honored to have Ms. Dorothy Thomas selected as one of the six finalists.  CONGRATULATIONS!

Dorothy Thomas teaches Algebra 1 and foundations of Algebra. She is committed to helping students reach higher levels of learning, and she believes that learning is a priority, a need, and a desire.  
Thomas received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Mississippi Valley State University.  She later received a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in mathematics from the University of Mississippi.  She received her education specialist in educational leadership from the University of Mississippi.   Thomas is a National Board Certified Teacher of early adolescent mathematics. She is serving on the Standards Review Committee that will make recommendations to the Board on the state’s academic standards.  She is a member of the Mississippi Professional Educators, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Tommy Morton Field
On Friday, October 16, 2015, the Warrior Field received a new name prior to the Homecoming game.  Coach Tommy Morton, along with his family, friends and members of the School Board and Football Booster Club, stood center field for the naming of Tommy Morton Field.  Coach Morton has been a part of the Pontotoc community for many years.  He first came to Pontotoc in 1973.  He served as a teacher and head football coach until 1978.  He returned to Pontotoc High School in 1982 and was a coach and teacher here until 1991.  Morton retired from education in 2002 but returned to Pontotoc football in 2004 and has served as an assistant coach for the past 11 years.  He continues to assist with the football program today.  The Warriors welcomed a new sign for the football field commemorating this event from Jimmy Wilder.
Football, September 25, 2015
Pontotoc Warriors Defeat Ripley Tigers 17-14


Wesley Walls presents NFL's Super Bowl Golden Football
In honor of Super Bowl 50, every player who played in a Super Bowl received a golden football to present to his high school.  Pontotoc High School alumnus Wesley Walls presented his golden football to the Warrior football team.  Walls played for the Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, and San Francisco 49ers.