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Community Input on Facilities and District Organization

The Vicksburg Warren School District is working with Bailey Education Group, LLC to complete a study on the conditions of facilities and district organization. They would like to hear from the community on their opinions concerning the conditions of facilities and potential organization options to improve the facilities to best meet the educational needs of the district. Please click the link below to submit your comments and ideas. 


Academy Choir Interest Form

Academy of Innovation

The Academy of Innovation is a junior high STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) academy where students participate in project-based learning. It is an accelerated program of study for VWSD grades 7 and 8 students.

Academy of Innovation provides learning opportunities for those students that exhibit exceptional abilities in academics. Students that exhibit academically intelligent characteristics and are selected will have the opportunity to participate in learning processes that incorporate thinking, exploration, and projects while integrating the frameworks of educational standards.

Referral Process:
A multi‐faceted process will be used to identify students selected to participate in the Academy of Innovation program. Students who are rising seventh and eighth graders may be referred by a teacher, parent, peer, self, or any other person having reason to believe that the student may be academically intelligent.


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The cardholder will contact the bank at 1-888-494-5141 immediately if the card is lost or stolen.

Bank can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Additionally, cardholder will contact the Program Coordinator, Ms. McInnis, ext. 2811, during business hours, to report the card as lost or stolen.

APT - Accelerated Program for Transition

The Accelerated Program for Transition was a proposal presented to the Vicksburg Warren School District Board of Trustees in October 2010 for serving the needs of over-age students in the district. The district had nearly 700 students that were two years or more overage in our schools.

Guiding Principles for Project APT
1.    Provide students with a rigorous, challenging and accelerated instructional framework in the four core content areas.
2.    Develop an individual learning plan that specifically addresses the student’s academic weaknesses.
3.    Develop an individual instructional day that benefits the students and school environment.
4.    Provide opportunities for real life application.
5.    Provide opportunities to accelerate students from one grade to the next using a research-based program and an assessment instrument.
6.    Educate students in their strongest learning modality and accelerate their weakest intellectual area.  (Multiple Intelligences)
7.    Provide students with opportunities to support social emotional learning.

Project APT Process
1.    Students are identified in the spring as being two or more years behind their peers.  
2.    Students are selected for the program with input from teachers and administrators.
3.    A meeting is scheduled with parents of selected students during which Project APT program is fully explained.  Students understand that a challenging and accelerated instructional framework means English, Social Studies, Math and Science ONLY.  
4.    If all are in agreement that this is the best placement for the student, a contract/agreement is signed.
5.    Students & teachers collaborate on Individualized Learning Plans.
6.    Teachers teach the Project APT Comprehensive Curriculum.
7.    At the end of the first nine weeks, teachers analyze the growth of students by subject area; analyze attendance records; review the results of benchmark assessments

Project APT Student Objectives
1.    70% of the students in Project APT will promote by passing the appropriate assessment test in core academic subjects.
2.    80% of the students in Project APT will improve their attendance by at least 10%.


The purpose of the Office of Special Education is to provide effective educational programs to students with disabilities, ages 3-21, who are in need of special education and other services necessary to enable them to benefit from instruction as provided for in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and state law.
The Revised August 24, 2012 Procedural Safeguards (Your Family's Special Education Rights) document is available for your review on the MDE website.


Family Support Group

Child Find

Special Education Departments

Behavior Specialists
Occupational Therapists
Physical Therapists
School Nurses
Social Workers
Speech / Language Pathology Programs

Behavior Specialists

Behavior specialist conduct functional behavioral assessments utilizing standardized rating scales along with teacher interviews, student interviews, classroom observations, reviews of cumulative records, parent interviews, and other professional services provided the parents grant permission.

Behavior specialists network with building teacher support teams to assist in developing school/classroom-based behavior implementation plans that address the behavioral needs of students in order to maximize academic success. They monitor the plans for progress and consult with parents and school staff periodically to make necessary adjustments.

Behavior specialists are team members of the district disciplinary hearings and assist with team decisions by providing information pertaining to the support services which were provided for the student at the school. They also collaborate in designing transition plans if a student needs to exit his home school or to return back to the home school.

The behavior specialists provide professional training through staff development for school building staff, related agencies, and other organizations in the community.


A psychometrist is a licensed professional who conducts educational testing to determine the presence of a disability, which may lead to eligibility for special education services. Principle duties of a psychometrist are to administer, score, and interpret tests and then to communicate the implications of the assessment results to parents and school staff. Additional duties include:

    - Collaborating with the Teacher Support Teams;
    - Evaluating initial referrals;
    - Completing comprehensive reevaluations;
    - Conducting preschool screening assessments;
    - Evaluating students referred for gifted placement;
    - Conducting eligibility meetings;
    - Participating in local survey committee (LSC) meetings;
    - Participating in individual education plan (IEP) meetings;
    - Participating in manifestation determination meetings; and
    - Consulting with school personnel regarding special education inquiries.

Occupational Therapists

An occupational therapist focuses on a person's daily occupation. Occupation, as described by an occupational therapist, is anything that a person does during their everyday life that is important and meaningful to them. A child's main occupations are play and school. A school-based occupational therapist must assure that children are functioning at their highest levels in order to reach their maximum potential at school. In a school setting, the occupational therapist may be involved by facilitating any or all of the following areas, which may interfere with a child's educational performance:

    - self-help skills (feeding, dressing, hygiene);
    - fine and visual motor skills (handwriting, keyboarding, cutting);
    - sensory processing and visual processing skills;
    - positional, functional mobility, and transitions;
    - functional communication through alternative methods;
    - adaptive devices/equipment (adapting tools/techniques to ensure success); and
    - educational tools/toys use (working towards developmental milestones).

Federal law mandates that occupational therapy (OT) in the school system be educationally relevant. School-based occupational therapy services are not designed to satisfy the medical needs of the student, but rather to meet the educational needs of the student. The child's IEP team may determine whether a child qualifies for OT.

VWSD has two occupational therapists on staff, who provide services to children with special needs, beginning at the age of three and continuing through the age of twenty-one. Some special areas addressed by the occupational therapists include: EMR, multi-disabled, autistic, and early education classrooms.

Occupational therapists in Mississippi must:

    - Obtain a bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree in occupational therapy;
    - Be certified by the National Certification Board of Occupational Therapists; and
    - Be licensed by the Mississippi State Board of Health.

Physical Therapists

Physical therapy (PT) is a related service provided to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education. A school physical therapist focuses on a child's ability to move as independently as possible in the school environment. The school physical therapist evaluates the child's ability to move throughout the school and to participate in classroom activities.

The decision of whether a child with a disability qualifies for school physical therapy is made by the IEP team. This team determines whether the child has a disability, has a need for special education, and requires related services such as PT.

PT interventions are designed to enable the student to travel throughout the school environment; participate in classroom activities; and maintain and change positions in the classroom, as well as manage stairs, restrooms, and the cafeteria.

VWSD has one physical therapist and one physical therapist assistant on staff who services children with special needs ages three and above throughout the district. Physical therapists in Mississippi must:

    - Have a bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree in physical therapy;
    - Be certified by taking a national board exam; and
    - Be licensed by the Mississippi State Board of Health.

The School Nurses

The school nurses in the Vicksburg Warren School District (VWSD) maintain a mission to advance the wellness, academic success, and life-long achievement of students in the district. They will accomplish this by implementing strategies, which promote the health and safety of all students and staff members.

The school nurse serves as the health professional expert for the school community and provides the following:

    - Assesses, monitors and implements nursing protocol for student and/or staff with illness, injury, and communicable disease.
    - Conducts health screening for factors that may impact students' learning and well being, such as vision and hearing screening. They conduct a district wide screening program for vision on all 1st and 4th grade students and scoliosis screening on all 6th grade students. Any other student may be screened upon request.
    - Provides nursing procedures such as gastrostomy feedings or catherization care for students with disabilities and/or health conditions in the school setting.
    - Works as a team member to identify and evaluate health and safety issues, which could be detrimental to school students and staff.
    - Provides health counseling and interventions for nutritional issues, chronic illness, disease prevention, and positive lifestyle such as, information on tobacco cessation.
    - Implements activities and education to promote health regarding normal development and prevention of tobacco and alcohol use, substance abuse, and sexually transmitted diseases for students.
    - Coordinates and provides health education (a wellness program) and flu vaccines for the teachers and other school staff.
    - Administers medication, when applicable. Conducts training for designated school staff on administrating medications in schools without a full-time school nurse.
    - Acts as a liaison between home, school, health care providers, the community, and community resources.

There are six school nurses serving the Vicksburg Warren School District. Please feel free to contact them via phone or e-mail with any questions or comments.

Cynthia Nash, R.N.,B.S.N.,N.C.S.N
serves as the school nurse coordinator and serves:

    Bowmar Elementary
    Warrenton Elementary
    Vicksburg High School

Phone: 601-636-4371
Email:  cash@vwsd.org

Dru N. Holdiness, R.N.,B.S.N.,N.C.S.N.
serves as a school nurse for:

    Beechwood Elementary
    Warren Central High School

Phone: 601-636-4371
Email:  dholdiness@vwsd.org

Karie Lynch, R.N.,B.S.N.
serves as a school nurse for:

    Bovina Elementary
    Redwood Elementary
    South Park Elementary

Phone: 601-638-3874
Email:  klynch@vwsd.org

Cici Jordan, R.N.,C.
serves as a school nurse for:

    Dana Road Elementary
    Vicksburg Intermediate School

Phone: 601-638-4199
Email:  cjordan@vwsd.org

Trina Lassiter, R.N.
serves as a school nurse for:

    Sherman Avenue Elementary
    Warren Central Intermediate

Phone: 601-638-5656
Email:  tlassiter@vwsd.org

Sharon Caldwell, R.N., B.S.N
serves as a school nurse for:

    Warren Central Junior High
    Vicksburg Junior High

Phone: 601-638-3981
Email:  scaldwell@vwsd.org

Speech / Language Pathology Program

The speech/language pathology program for the Vicksburg Warren School District (VWSD) includes identification and remediation of speech disorders in communicatively handicapped children of all ages. The school district employs eleven full-time speech/language pathologists, who serve children ranging in ages from three to twenty-one. A referral process exists to identify children with speech, language, and hearing problems, and the speech pathologists are responsible for evaluation and treatment of designated problems. The following are the most common types of language disorders seen in the public schools:

Speech disorders
    - Articulation includes any disorder of the production of sounds, such as:
        - Substitutions - use of one standard sound for another (tat for cat);
        - Omissions - leaving out a sound (do_ for dog); or
        - Distortions - use of a nonstandard sound for a sound (thun for sun).
    - Fluency includes stuttering sounds.
    - Voice disorders include:
        - Intensity - loudness/softness;
        - Pitch - high pitch/low pitch; and
        - Quality - hoarseness, raspy, and/or nasal quality.

    - Language delay includes a delay in the acquisition of spoken language.
    - Language impairment includes the difficulty with syntax (grammar), semantics (word meaning), morphology (word forms i.e. plurals, past tense), or pragmatics (using language in social contexts).

Swallowing disorders

Hard of hearing

Hearing screenings of all first and fourth grade students are conducted annually.

Individualized education plans (IEPs) are written at the beginning of therapy and reviewed/revised annually. Students are re-evaluated every three years until they are dismissed from therapy. Parents and classroom teachers are integral parts of the program; thus all meetings concerning a student involve the speech pathologist, parent, and teacher. The speech therapy sessions are scheduled with the classroom teacher to ensure that no child is pulled for therapy during instruction of an academic subject.

If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the speech program, feel free to contact your child's school and speak to the school speech pathologist.


Contact Information

Amy Deason Director adeason@vwsd.org
Cindy Blackmon Data Secretary cindyb@vwsd.org
Emily Custer Physical Therapist ecuster@vwsd.org
Quantangelia Gaines Phychometrist qgaines@vwsd.org
Dru Holdiness Nurse dholdiness@vwsd.org
Alicia Jackson School Psychologist aliciajackson@vwsd.org
Melanie Jones Instuctional Specialist - Elementary melaniejones@vwsd.org
Karie Lynch Nurse klynch@vwsd.org
Mary Lynch Bursar mlynch@vwsd.org
Beth Magee Occupational Therapist bmagee@vwsd.org
Mary McCraine Case Manager mmccraine@vwsd.org
Brian Miles Homebound Teacher bmiles@vwsd.org
Jason Miles Occupational Therapist jason.miles@vwsd.org
Cyndee Nash Nurse Coordinator cnash@vwsd.org
Mysti Owen Instructional Specialist - Secondary mowen@vwsd.org
Patricia Powell Psychometrist ppowell@vwsd.org
Mary Sullivan Psychometrist mharrel@vwsd.org
Janet Wagner Augmentative Comm. jwagner@vwsd.org
Ginny White Secretary ginnyw@vwsd.org
Mysti Owen Transition Coordinator mowen@vwsd.org

The Office of Special Education will destroy special education records ten years after the school year in which the student withdrew from school or graduated from high school.




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The mission of the Office of Federal Programs is to provide support to the Vicksburg Warren School District (VWSD) in improving the academic success of students and in enhancing the professional growth of the staff.

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The mission of the Office of Federal Programs is to provide support to the Vicksburg Warren School District (VWSD) in improving the academic success of students and in enhancing the professional growth of the staff.



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Drop Off Time 7:25
School Begins 7:55
Tardy 8:00
Student Dismissal 2:50

Junior High:
Early Drop Off Time 7:15
Drop Off Time 8:15
School Begins 8:35
Tardy 8:40
Student Dismissal 3:40

High School:
Early Drop Off Time 7:25
Drop Off Time 8:20
School Begins 8:40
Tardy 8:45
Student Dismissal 4:00

Academy of Innovation:
Early Drop Off Time 7:15
Drop Off Time 8:15
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Tardy 8:40
Student Dismissal 3:40

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MS Critical Teacher Shortage Act

Literacy Based Promotion Act

Strong Reader Strong Leaders
Literacy-Based Promotion Act
Literacy-Based Promotion Act Flyer

Resources for Parents:
Parent-Friendly Read-at-Home Plan

Resources for Teachers:
K-3 Literacy Kit Activities (PowerPoint Presentation)

K-3 Literacy Policies: A Rationale (Foundation for Excellence in Education)

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Temporary Cafeteria Worker Staffing Services

Specification pickup deadline: Monday, October 9, 2017

Bid Submission Deadline: 11:00a.m. Monday, October 16, 2017 

Click here for more information.

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In the book, The Leader In Me, Steven Covey outlines one of the seven habits of an effective leader as, “Begin with the end in mind.” In keeping with that spirit, we have tailored our mission statement for the Vicksburg Warren School District.
Scholastic Academy

Academy of Innovation

For Grades 7 and 8

The Academy of Innovation is a junior high STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) academy where students participate in project-based learning. It is an accelerated program of study for VWSD grades 7 and 8 students.
Star Academy



One of two districts in Mississippi

One of two districts in the state of Mississippi chosen by the legislature, STAR Academy is an accelerated program of study for junior high (grades 7 and 8) students in the Vicksburg Warren School District. STAR Academy provides learning opportunities ....