Staff Spotlight – Robert Patrick, Joins the Team

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A 2001 graduate of The Piney Woods School, Robert Patrick became a valued member of the Development Office last year.  He found joy in reaching out to fellow alums to reconnect them with their alma mater because he believes in the mission and purpose of The Piney Woods School. This year he will transfer to Academics to teach in the same classrooms where he learned the importance of creativity and self-expression.

Born in Jackson, Robert attended Alcorn State University, in Lorman, Mississippi, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He returned home to attend Jackson State University, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Political Science. Today, he is the author of several articles, essays, and collections of poetry. His career spans from the offices of corporate America to the classrooms of major colleges and universities.

He still enjoys reading and writing and is enthusiastic about helping Piney Woods students develop a passion for those skills.  He tries to live by the words of the late Malcolm X: “Tomorrow is given to those who prepare for it today.”

Camping in “the Woods”

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Summer camp is a time of fun, adventure, recreation, and - at The Piney Woods School - education. The 2019 Summer Adventure Camp provided innovative learning opportunities for every camper enrolled.

Beyond completing arts and crafts projects; campers participated in STEM programs that allowed them to study the environment and learn about careers in the field. Campers observed tarantulas, dung beetles, and South American cockroaches while learning how these creatures fit into the broader ecosystem. 

Campers learned about the value of healthier lifestyles while practicing innovative cooking skills through an ongoing partnership with Alcorn State University.  They studied survival skills under the tutelage of Mississippi Wildlife & Fisheries, and they learned about environmental stewardship and sustainability through observing Piney Woods’ newly installed solar field.

The campers were able to gain experience sleeping in a residence hall and, judging by the laughter that rang through the halls, they loved it!  Campers raced up and down the basketball court during recreational time and learned the proper way to swing a golf club. Each day, after dinner, the campers cooled down in the pool before returning to the gymnasium for their final recreational slot of the day. With such busy days and nights, some students opted for an earlier bedtime with the goal of being rested and ready for the next day!

If your child will be between the ages of 10-15 next summer, please look into enrolling them in the 2020 Summer Adventure Camp.

Solar Field Charges Ahead

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The Piney Woods School has officially tapped into twenty-first century technology with the installation of a solar panel field. With this important milestone, Piney Woods is leading the way in Mississippi on clean energy technology and education about this powerful renewable energy source.

The solar field was installed by Solar Alternatives of New Orleans. During the installation process, a solar-powered truck provided all the power for the company's electrical needs. A solar vehicle charger was also set up and is located near the front gate behind Security.

In 2017, The Piney Woods School was selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s “Solar in Your Community Challenge,” a $5 million prize competition that aims to expand solar electricity access across the country.  Piney Woods received a $50,000 seed grant to kickstart the project. Students then launched a GoFundMe page, "Panels4Piney," with the goal of raising $150,000 to install 100 kilowatts worth of solar panels on campus ahead of its 110th year anniversary this year. As a result, Tesla, Inc. donated 350 solar panels to the school. The panels will cover 10-12% of the school’s annual energy use, savings that will benefit students by allowing the school to invest in infrastructure, other innovative programming, and student scholarships. Utilizing solar power is part of a larger effort to support the school’s renewable energy goals.

With the adoption of innovative 21st century technology, The Piney Woods School is charging ahead!

Mississippi Wildlife & Fisheries: A Perennial Summer Camp Partner

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Can you survive in the wilderness? The campers enrolled in the Mississippi Wildlife portion of the 2019 Summer Adventure Camp can with ease!

Campers were taught survival skills that they will carry with them for life. Together with instructors, campers explored the 65-acre main campus to learn how to react to anything they might encounter in nature. In evenings, officer led campers through a series of exercises that are part of the routine physical training process wilderness officers undergo.

Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks representatives spent one week on the campus, including staying in the residence halls with the campers. The culmination of their camp was a barbecue and fish fry shared with everyone involved with the 2019 Summer Adventure Camp.

This marks the third year of our partnership with wilderness officers and rangers from this state agency, making Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks a valued perennial partner in our summer camp programs.

The Piney Woods School would like to send a special thank you to Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks for their assistance with the 2019 Summer Adventure Camp.

Alcorn State and Piney Woods Continues Partnership During Camp

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Alcorn State University’s campers were in for a treat--a very sweet treat. The campers participated in various activities, including innovative cooking methods and tips on healthy living.  

On their first day, it was time to get moving. The importance of living an active lifestyle was stressed to each person present. The students broke into groups where they competed to complete the most pushups and jump rope repetitions. While they were earnestly completing their challenges, one of the Alcornites was busy completing a repast of refreshing parfaits. The campers were able to layer on their own toppings.

The following day, the campers took on the kitchen, where they baked cakes and cupcakes. Wednesday found the campers receiving detailed instructions on the best way to ice and decorate without damaging the cakes and cupcakes. Then, after all their hard work, the campers and Alcorn volunteers enjoyed the fruits of their labor. The Piney Woods School would like to send a special thank you to Alcorn State University for their assistance during the second week of the 2019 Summer Adventure Camp.

Applications for Admissions are being accepted for Fall 2019

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The Piney Woods School is an independent coeducational college preparatory boarding school, preparing students for leadership through an innovative, high quality, academic and experiential learning program.

While our campus is uniquely situated in rural Mississippi (20 miles from Jackson, the state capital), our students hail from more than 20 states and international jurisdictions. We are a campus learning community. Extending for nearly 2,000 acres, our school includes a 65-acre main campus, a 250-acre demonstration farm, several lakes and ponds, over 1,000 acres of wildlife and renewable timber, and much more.

Our experiential learning program seeks to leverage these physical spaces, and our development of them, as opportunities to learn through projects and problem-solving. Here, our campus is our classroom; our lands are our labs. Explore these spaces with us. Traditionally a seven-day boarding school, Piney Woods is pleased to announce a five-day boarding option. Contact our Office of Admissions for additional details.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school term. Give your child an enviable advantage by enrolling them at The Piney Woods School today. Scholarships are available.

More information can be found on our website at or by calling (601) 845 – 2214.