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"Thank you Students, Educators, Parents, Board, and Community! This is a significant accomplishment but we won't stop here!" - Dr. Cade Brumley
Article located in Shreveport Times
The Spring of the Year is a tremendously busy time in school systems. During this time, we face the finalization of grading, standardized test score releases, pupil-progression procedures, multiple sporting events, banquets, and even field trips! This certainly isn’t an all-inclusive listing but it illuminates and supports my notion of the complex dynamics of Spring in a school. It’s a whirlwind of activity that often passes with Warp Speed and requires the perseverance of students, parents, and educators.
My favorite events of the Spring, without question, are the graduation commencement exercises. This year, in America, over three million students will graduate from high schools. It is the culmination of approximately 2,300 days of elementary, middle, and high school. And, of course none of our DeSoto students would have ever skipped a day of school or cheered upon receiving news of bad weather cancelling school! During these 2,300 days, students passed required standardized tests, completed Carnegie credit courses, participated in extra-curricular activities, dealt with conflicts, and hopefully made some lasting relationships. We have a DeSoto mission to “celebrate their graduation as citizens prepared to transform their dreams into realities.” This took place over the past week with smiling graduates, proud families, delighted teachers, and satisfied principals looking on as students received their diplomas.
We had 42 graduates in Logansport, 108 in Mansfield, 126 in North DeSoto, 12 in Pelican, and 36 in Stanley. In total, Board President L.J. Mayweather and I signed 324 diplomas for DeSoto’s graduates!
I often joke, during graduation week, that I’m “on the graduation circuit.” In fact, I attended each DeSoto graduation plus some in other parishes. I heard many great speeches from graduates. Many of the students shared that graduation was the finale of their pk-12 careers. For me, I see it a bit differently. A graduation commencement exercise is rooted in the word “commence.” This means, in short, “to begin” or “to start” something. I hope our graduates take advantage of their diplomas and use it as a catalyst for something great. Whether they’re off to college or immediately bound for the work force, it’s an opportunity they must relish and utilize. I hope and pray that our graduates turn their dreams into realities. As a system, we have done our best to give them a good head-start. And, I would like to thank parents for giving us the opportunity!
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Clearer and Higher: Why Students Need the Common Core State Standards (informative for parents, teachers, administrators)
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Kervin Campbell takes his teaching beyond the classroom at Mansfield Middle School. "He's a great mentor, he's my mentor teacher. He has motivated me to get back in school and to finish school and I finish school this month in secondary education social studies" Jemartrius Mayweather, who nominated Kervin Campbell for the Golden Apple Award, says. Mayweather says Mr. Campbell pushed him forward even when he thought he couldn't do it. "He lives by this motto: if I can help someone along the way, then he knows living is not going to be in vain" Mayweather says.
Mr. Campbell has not stopped building success stories like that one. "I saw that there was a need for those young men, the young men at our school. They were sagging and some of them were wearing their shirt tails out. Basically they just didn't know how to dress like young men are supposed to dress" Kervin Campbell, teacher at Mansfield Middle School, says. He created a "Gentlemen's Club" at Mansfield Middle School where he teaches the boys how to be gentlemen, and how to succeed once they graduate.
"I always knew what was right and what was wrong, but gentlemen's club has helped me out with that because I started getting in trouble. Mr. Campbell helped me out, so gentlemen's club has helped me a lot" Justin Hogan, student and member of the Gentlemen's Club at Mansfield Middle, says.
"I also have taught them how to tie neck ties, how to iron their shirt and put a crease in their shirt, how it's important when you go into the workforce, how you are supposed to dress. Your employer is not going to hire you if you walk into the office and are sagging" Campbell says. Campbell wants them to be able to tackle life outside of school like gentlemen. "With the gentlemen's club we teach the children that regardless of what your situation is you can be successful" Campbell says.
Congratulations to Mr. Campbell from DeSoto Parish Schools!
(This information can be located on KSLA website, http://www.ksla.com/)