Breakfast and lunch menus for the Vicksburg Warren School District.

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. 


The S5 Box can be demo'd by clicking on either the Login or Register buttons found towards the top of this page.

The module allows for up to 10 different S5 Box's on one page all via 10 module positions. You simply add a class to any HTML element on your site and enable the corresponding box and you are good to go!

To enable the login and register modules:

1. Install the S5 Box module and publish it to all pages on your site. Try to publish it to a position where a module already exists on all pages, but don't worry it won't change the layout of your site, the script is automatically hidden on your site.

2. Install and publish the S5 Register module to the 'register' module position

3. Publish the default Joomla login module to the 'login' module position.

4. In your template parameters area of Joomla you can change the text for login, register and logout.

5. That's it, you're all done!

If you do not wish to use the S5 Box but would still like to use the Login and Register links then simply complete step 4 above and also fill out your own custom urls just below those fields in the template configuration. Filling out the custom url fields will disable the S5 Box.

The S5 Box runs off of the core Joomla jquery/mootools libraries so there will be no conflicts with third party extensions or extra javascript files to download.


  • Powered by no conflict mode jQuery Javascript or mootools
  • Choose, elastic, fade or none for the popup effect
  • Up to 10 S5 Box's throughout your site or on any one page!
  • Set the percentage of width of each box according to overall screen size

Tutorial on how to get the s5 box working and use all 10 module positions it includes

1. Adding the S5 Box positions:

  • Open up the templateDetails.xml file included with the template you are using.
  • Locate the positions area.
  • Start adding new positions s5_box1, s5_box2, s5_box3, etc all the way up to s5_box10.

2. Adding the S5 Box classes:

  • The S5 Box class name of the corresponding position must be added to the link that will open the box. For example the following code will display a link that says Click Here and will open the S5 Box and display whatever module is published to the s5_box3 module position:

  • These classes can be added to any element, ie: divs, spans, etc., but the common use will be to add this into content with a link similar to the one shown in the picture above. To enter this link you must do so from the HTML edit screen on your content editor:

    Once you have clicked the HTML button the HTML code window will appear much like the first image.
  • You can continue adding these classes throughout your site just be sure to have published a module to the corresponding position or the box will not work correctly. So if you add the class s5box_two you will also have to publish a module to the s5_box2 position.
  • Module positions and their corresponding classes:

    s5_box1 = s5box_one
    s5_box2 = s5box_two
    s5_box3 = s5box_three
    s5_box4 = s5box_four
    s5_box5 = s5box_five
    s5_box6 = s5box_six
    s5_box7 = s5box_seven
    s5_box8 = s5box_eight
    s5_box9 = s5box_nine
    s5_box10 = s5box_ten

3. Lastly, publish your modules to the S5 Box positions:

  • Now that you have added the s5 box positions just go to your site modules area and publish modules to those positions
  • Make sure that you have added a class to an HTML element as described above or the s5 box will have no activation button
  • Also make sure to publish the actual s5 box to a non s5 box position, perhaps publish it to the "debug" position or a similar one in your template.

Main S5 Box Module Settings:

  • In the backend of the S5 Box module you can adjust the width of each box independent of each other.
  • Make sure that the S5 Box module is published to all pages, it can be published to any template position. Also make sure that the module opening in the box is published to the page the link is on.

Mission Statement

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.

General Information

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides funding to state educational agencies to meet the academic needs of eligible students residing within the state. The Mississippi Department of Education is the recipient of most ESEA funds allocated to the State. The VWSD is a subrecipient of three grants funded through ESEA--Title I, Title II and Title VI. These funds are managed through the Office of Federal Programs.

The Office of Federal Programs primary responsibilities are to:

    - Serve as liaison between the district and the Mississippi Department of Education,
    - Assist the district and schools with interpreting and carrying forth provisions of federal regulations,
    - Monitor procedures utilized in conducting annual needs assessments and planning and implementing programs designed for school improvement,
    - Provide assistance in developing and implementing the school’s federal programs, and
    - Provide guidance in fiscal management.

Title I

Title I is the largest federal funding source to local educational agencies under ESEA. It is designed to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic standards and state academic assessments. The Title I mission is to ensure that each child successfully meets or exceeds Mississippi's proficient and advanced levels of student performance and meets or exceeds expectations on local, state, and national assessments.

Performance Goals of the Title I program are to:

    - Ensure that high-quality academic assessments, accountability systems, and teacher preparation are aligned with challenging State academic standards so that students, teachers, parents, and administrators can measure progress against common expectations for student academic achievement.
    - Meet the educational needs of any student at risk of failing in school wide programs, limited English proficient children, migratory children, children with disabilities, and neglected or delinquent children.
    - Significantly elevate the quality of instruction by providing staff in participating schools with substantial opportunities for professional development.
    - Ensure that all students will be educated in learning environments that are safe, drug free, and conducive to learning.
    - Afford all students the opportunity to graduate from high school.
    - Present parents with substantial and meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children.

Title I schools in Vicksburg Warren School District operate a schoolwide program. The district has nine Title I schools:

Title I Schools:
Dana Road
Sherman Avenue
South Park
Vicksburg Intermediate
Warren Central Intermediate


Title I funds in VWSD provide:
    - Lead teachers
    - Paraprofessionals
    - Opportunities for professional development for school staff
    - Additional learning time for Title I students
    - Supplemental teaching / classroom materials and programs
    - Opportunities to update classroom technology through the purchase of computers, iPads, and Smartboards
        - Districtwide Pre-K program
        - Assistance to students experiencing transitional or inappropriate housing as defined by Title X
        - Supplement all programs for English Language Learners

Parent Involvement

Parental Involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities. The Vicksburg Warren School District will implement the following requirements relating to parental involvement:

General Guidelines for Title I Parental Involvement Policy

Ref: Board Policy KCC

-    The District working jointly with parents developed the following policy, which outlines programs, activities, and procedures for parental involvement to be implemented in all of the District’s school with Title I, Part A programs. The programs, activities, and procedures developed under this policy will be consistent with Section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Parents shall be informed of this policy and given an opportunity to review the policy annually.

-    Each school participating in Title I, Part A programs will provide a written school-parent compact outlining the parents’ and school’s roles in the academic success of the child consistent with section 1118 of ESEA.
    The District and its schools will provide, to the extent practical, full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parent with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports required under section 1111 of ESEA in an understandable and uniform format, and to the extent practical, in a language parents understand.

-    If the District’s plan for Title I, Part A programs is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the parents should submit concerns in writing to the district level Federal Programs Office. The local Federal Program Office willmake every effort to resolve concerns.

-    Non-satisfactory written parental concerns from parents of participating children that are not resolved within a reasonable timeframe shall be forwarded to the Mississippi Department of Education /Office of Innovative Support, P.O. Box 771, Jackson, Mississippi 39205.

-    The District will reserve and utilize yearly not less than one percent (1%) of its total allocation of Title 1, Part A for parental involvement activities. Not less than ninety-five (95%) of the one percent reserved funds shall be used at Title I school sites.

-    The District will inform parents of school and parent resources and/or community agencies that can provide additional needed services for Title I students.

Title I Pre-Kindergarten Program

The Vicksburg Warren School District operates a district level Title I pre-school program. The mission of the program is to prepare eligible children with the prerequisite skills and capability for learning that will enable them to benefit from later school experiences. Eligibility is based on the residence within the school district attendance zone, greatest academic needs and socio-economic.  Registration is held during the months of February and March.

The district has four pre-k classes. Two classes are located in the each attendance zone, north and south zone. Each pre- class has twenty (20) four-year old, a highly-qualified teacher, and a teacher assistant.

Participating Sites:
    - Dana Road Elementary
    - Sherman Avenue

Children and Youth in Transition
Children and youth in transition means children and youth who are otherwise legally entitled to

or eligible for a free public education, including preschool, and who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including:

    - Student who does not live with a parent or guardian
    - Living with or sharing a house with a friend, relative or someone else due to loss of housing because of economic hardship, or similar reason (sometimes referred to as doubled up);
    - Living in a hotel or motel, abandoned buildings, public places, inadequate trailer home or trailer park or camping grounds or substandard housing due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
    - Living in an emergency or transitional shelter or a domestic violence shelter;
    - Abandoned in a hospital;
    - Awaiting foster care;
    - Living in a run-away or homeless youth shelter.

Children and Youth In Transition Have the Right to:

    - Stay in their school of origin; which is the school attended when last permanently housed or the school in which the student was last enrolled.
    - Enroll in any school which non-homeless students living in the attendance area are eligible to attend.
    - Enroll in a new school without immunization, proof of residential status, school records, proof of guardianship or other documents.
    - Receive services (including transportation, preschool, meal, special education) comparable to those provided to other students
    - Have their enrollment disputes expeditiously addressed by the homeless district liaison and have the right to attend their school during the dispute resolution process.

English Language Learners (ELL)
The purpose of the VWSD ELL program is to help ensure that children, who are limited English speakers, attain English proficiency and achieve state standards in all academic subjects.

The instructional educational program in the Vicksburg Warren School District is modeled after the following research based programs:

-    English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

This program is designed to teach English Language Learners (ELL) students English language skills, which will include listening, speaking, content vocabulary, and cultural orientation. ESL instruction is in English and, to the extent possible, the students’ native language.

-    Pull-out Program

This program model enables a paraprofessional or a tutor to provide students with small group instruction or individual work outside the classroom. In addition, a paraprofessional or tutor may serve students in a small group within the regular classroom setting. All instructional activities take place at the student’s home school.

Title II

Title II funds are used to increase the academic achievement of students by improving the quality of the overall educational staff by providing districtwide, school-based and individual professional development.

Title II funds in VWSD provide:

    - Professional development for staff
    - Instructional coaches
    - Materials for professional development

Title VI

The Title VI provides financial assistance to rural districts to assist them in meeting their state's definition of annual measureable objectives. Under the RLIS program, the US Department of Education awards funds by formula to SEAs, which in turn make subgrants to LEAs.

Title VI funds in VWSD are used to provide:

    - Tutoring for students
    - Supplemental classroom materials and programs
    - Motivational speakers
    - Opportunities to update classroom technology through the purchase of computers, iPads, and Smartboards

Contact Information

Office of Federal Programs
Dr. Laura Prather, Director
1500 Mission 66
Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180
Phone: 601-631-2875
Fax: 601-638-5116
Email: lprather@vwsd.org



Destination Healthy Schools - VWSD Menus

Destination Healthy Schools

Online Free & Reduced Application

Motivate Kids Without Food

Note: Pre-k through 8th grade students are eligible to receive a breakfast and lunch at no charge. High school students will need to pay for their meals. Any money posted on grades pre-k through 8th grade student accounts will be available for extra sale items.

General Information

You can now add money to your child’s school meal account via the Internet using mySchoolBucks.com. The site accepts credit cards as payment for meals. Once an online payment is made, money is added to your child’s account within 24 hours. The payment amount and a small transaction fee are charged to your credit card.


Getting started is easy. Go to www.myschoolbucks.com and create an account. Then easily add your child to your account for payments. The following information will be needed to add a child to your account:

  • School District
  • School
  • Student ID
  • Numeric part of your address
  • Your zip code


Your child can still make payments of any amount at the school during the times setup by the school administration. Advanced payments by check or cash are encouraged for more efficient and timely service to all students.

For more information call 601-631-2826
Vicksburg Warren School District Child Nutrition Department

Dr. Seuss's Birthday Celebration at Redwood Elementary

Dr. Otha Belcher, Director of Curriculum & Instruction and Technology Integration

Lynn Case, Professional Development / Teacher Mentor
Tracy Gordon, English/Language Arts Specialist
Latoya Lott, Math Specialist
Connie West, Gifted and Special Programs
Stephanie Wilson, TST

2015-2016 Kirkland Documents

Kindergarten Curriculum Map

Common Core Communications Toolkit

Parental Request for Support

Request for Research

School Request for Support

Principals may download, save and email this form to the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction as needed.


Training Materials

    CCSS ELA Short Version
    CCSS Math Short Version

Common Core State Standards
Common Core State Standards

Parents' Guide to Student Success

Parents' Guides to Student Success (Black-and-white versions for printing)


Students enrolled in the Dual Credit Program can receive high school credit AND college credit for the course(s) in which they are enrolled.

To be eligible:

1. Students must have completed a minimum of ten (10) core high school units and must have taken the ACT, but no specific score is required. Students with less than ten (10) core high school units may be considered for dual enrollment admission if they have at least a thirty (30) composite ACT score.

2. Students must have an unconditional written recommendation from their high school principal or guidance counselor.

3. Students must complete a new HCC admissions application once they have graduated high school if they plan to attend Hinds that following summer or fall semesters. They should then follow all the admissions requirements of a beginning freshman.

The following are required for dual enrolled students:

1. Submit an official high school transcript.

2. Submit official ACT scores (typically on the high school transcript).

3. Letter of recommendation from their high school principal and/or guidance counselor.

Dual enrolled students may also be eligible to receive dual credit from their respective high schools and earn credit toward high school graduation. Dual credit is available at Hinds Community college for high school students, but it is at the high school's discretion as to whether it will allow a student to receive dual credit toward high school graduation. Students interested in participating in this program need to contact their respective high school counselor prior to enrollment at Hinds.

NOTE: No financial aid is available for dual enrolled students.

School Hours



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
School Begins 8:35
Tardy 8:40
Student Dismissal 3:40

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

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Basis of Changing Start Times,
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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)

Bid Requests / Requests for Proposal



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.

2017-2018 Calendar

VWSD 2017-2018 Calendar

VWSD 2017-2018 Calendar

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Programs we are proud of!

Leader in Me

The Leader

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VWSD Schools Participate

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 ....