Oak Grove High School is one of three high schools in the country recognized for its leadership in addressing safety and security issues on its campus. The award was presented during the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) conference this summer in Louisville, Ky. The national center is headquartered on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. Other high schools (interscholastic) recognized were St. Mark's School of Texas, a private school in Dallas, and Littleton Public School, Littleton, Colo. Much larger collegiate and professional venues such as the University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium, the American Airlines Center (NHL) in Dallas, Busch Stadium (MLB) in St. Louis and CenturyLink Field (NFL) in Seattle, Wash., were also recognized. This is the first time interscholastic (high schools) have been recognized. Wayne Folkes, assistant superintendent of education for the Lamar County School District, sits on the NCS4 board. … [Read more...] about Oak Grove High School recognized for safety standards
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Hattiesburg American Published 9:42 p.m. UTC Jun 25, 2018 Shelly Songy, a teacher at Oak Grove High School, is attending the first State-Federal Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education Summit Monday and Tuesday in Washington, D.C. “I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to work with other STEM leaders from across the country to help shape the future of STEM education,” Songy said. “STEM education is not only essential for our students to thrive in today’s highly technological workplace and culture, but it is also critical for our country’s continued economic prosperity.” The summit, hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy ,has convened a diverse group of STEM leaders, including officials from governors’ offices, K-20 educators, workforce and industry representatives, state policy experts and non-governmental organization executives. These attendees are participating … [Read more...] about Oak Grove High’s Shelly Songy to attend STEM summit in D.C.
Julianna and Robert Fitton of Oak Grove know all too well the pain another Pine Belt family is experiencing after the death of their child earlier this week. In November 2016, the Fittons’ daughter, Chloe, a senior at Oak Grove High School, killed herself outside the family’s home after the family went to bed. Her mother found her the next morning. Fitton and Shannon Sterling, whose daughters were best friends, recently hosted a suicide prevention workshop at Oak Grove United Methodist Church. With the help of the church’s men’s club, the free event welcomed people from throughout the community to hear the program, More Than Sad, developed by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The workshop teaches how to recognize depression and other mental health problems, how to initiate a conversation with children and how to get him or her help if needed. After Chloe’s death, the women, along with Sterling’s daughter and Chloe’s best friend, … [Read more...] about Pain all too familiar for Oak Grove family
Eleven Pine Belt area concert bands will compete starting Monday at the Oak Grove High School Performing Arts Center for the third straight year in the Mississippi High School Activities Association’s State Concert Evaluation. Fifty-six middle and high school bands are scheduled to compete in the four-day event, which includes all bands in the South Region of the state. The Central competition was held in Pearl April 9-12, while the North bands perform starting Monday in Tupelo. Four Oak Grove bands – Middle School eight-grade band (conducted by Kristopher Chandler), OGHS Concert Band (Jaren Harrison), OGHS Symphonic Band (Kristopher Chandler) and OGHS Wind Ensemble (Sharon Laird) will perform. Also, in the evaluations from the Pine Belt are the Forrest County AHS High School Band (Lindsey Daniels), Petal Symphonic Band (Mike Garnand), Petal Concert Band (Brittany Swindoll), Purvis High School (Nicole Allen), North Forrest High School (Keith Lyons) and Sumrall High School … [Read more...] about Oak Grove hosts band evaluations
The Oak Grove High School Wind Ensemble received a one-minute standing ovation this weekend after its performance at the Band of America/Musical for All performance in Lafayette, La. The group’s performance comes before the school’s four bands perform for the South Region state evaluations beginning April 16 at Oak Grove High School. Director Sharon Laird said the 56 members of the Wind Ensemble were invited to play at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. “Music for All is the concert version of it,” she said. “You have to submit an application and we were chosen from bands throughout the region. We performed before a packed house of judges from all across the United States, band directors and band students. It was a great event.” Laird said the group’s performance was well-received. “We got some really great comments from adjudicators,” she said. However, for Laird, the students also made a good impression away from the … [Read more...] about Oak Grove ensemble lauded at La. event