Piney Woods Students Pay Homage to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Christopher Windfield | Uncategorized

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase”. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The students of Piney Woods put forth a valiant effort for the program held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

The students gave beautiful renditions of the Letter from a Birmingham Jail and an excerpt from the I Have a Dream speech. With signs held up in protest, the students protested violence on African-Americans.

Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States.

This program represented an uplifting and a renewing of purpose for everyone in attendance.

Piney Woods School 9th-11th Graders Take MAP Tests

Christopher Windfield | Uncategorized

For any academic program, data is of the utmost importance. Here at The Piney Woods School, this holds to be very true. The students are our purpose and their education is at the heart of our mission.

The 9th-11th grade students recently sat down to take the NWEA MAP test. MAP Growth measures what students know and informs what they’re ready to learn next. By dynamically adjusting to each student’s responses, MAP Growth creates a personalized assessment experience that accurately measures performance. Timely, easy-to-use reports help teachers teach, students learn, and administrators lead.

Putting assessment into action means using MAP Growth data to pinpoint the instructional areas your students are ready to tackle—whether they’re on, above, or below grade level.

MAP Growth reveals how much growth has occurred between testing events and, when combined with our norms, shows projected proficiency. Educators can track growth through the school year and over multiple years.

The entire academic team worked tirelessly to ensure the students were well prepared and that they test environment was free of any distracting elements.

The students demonstrated a zeal and determination, while completing the testing.

Alumni Spotlight: Australia Say, Class of 2015

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Ms. Australia Say is serving as Miss. Fisk University 2019-2019. Ms. Say is a 2015 graduate of The Piney Woods School and a current senior biology, pre-nursing major, anticipating a career as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She also plans to open a non-profit community center geared towards serving under served youth.

She is the current President of the Mt. Zion College Ministry, a member of Fisk University Student Ambassadors, a member of Zeta Phi Beta International Sorority, Inc., and a member of the Gold Key Chapter of the Mortar Board National Honor Society. She  served as the Fisk mascot during her freshman year.

Ms. Say's most memorable contribution as a campus queen, was being able to provide white convocation dresses for the freshman women of 2022.

It was pretty easy to transition from Piney Woods to Fisk because we already lived in dorms. Fisk to me, is a larger Piney Woods. She was the Valedictorian of the 2015 class and Miss. PWS.

Ms. Say's motto is: "Be authentic no matter what." Advice to the PWS Class of 2019: "Go to college on your own dreams. Don't allow anyone else to change their authenticity."

Student Spotlight: Miesha Jones – Piney Woods School Junior

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The Piney Woods student highlight for the week is Miesha Jones. She is a junior from Fayetteville, North Carolina. While attending Piney Woods, Miesha has managed to grab the hearts and friendships of many - if not all - the students in her school. In fact, she was elected president of her class. Miesha has attended the Piney Woods school since her freshman year of high school and during that time, she has participated in a number of school clubs and activities such as: the Mock Trial team, Archery team, Legacies of Grace, Student Government Association, and Youth Leadership Jackson (an outside organization). Miesha’s hobbies include writing and playing the piano. After Piney Woods, Miesha plans to attend Appalachian State University, where she hopes she will learn all she needs to in order to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a musical therapist.

-Interview by: Moiya Gooden

Staff Spotlight: Joshua Covington, History Teacher

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Mr. Joshua Covington is from Vicksburg, Mississippi. He graduated from Warren Central High School in 2009. After enrolling in a community college, Mr. Covington went on to attend the University of Tennessee at Martin.

At UT-Martin, Mr. Covington received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history. Currently, he teaches AP U. S. history for 11th grade and Economics for the 12th.

-Interview by: Caribbean Adams

Staff Spotlight: Fidelis Malembeka, Chief Operating Officer

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Fidelis Malembeka, Jr. is a native of Zambia and proud graduate of St. Constantine’s International School in Arusha, Tanzania. He obtained his Business Administration degree from Jackson State University, where he was a member and Co-Captain of the victorious Golf Team throughout his matriculation.

He resides in the City of Jackson, Mississippi and previously worked as the organizational administrator serving as Director of Risk Management and Human Resources for a local McDonald’s Franchise, My Joy Inc., operating 23 restaurants with over 2,800 employees. After exiting the McDonald’s business in October 2019, Fidelis decided to join The Piney Woods School, serving in the capacity of Chief Operating Officer.

Favorite Quote: "And to whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required." - Luke 12:48

Juan Cloy Hits Piney Woods’ History Students With Hard Facts

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Juan Cloy took time to visit with the history students at Piney Woods on January 15, 2019, during the 1st and 2nd class blocks. During the opening minutes of his time, he introduced himself, yet refused to give professional background information.

He also specifically asked the students if they had access to the internet, to which they answered in the affirmative. He shocked everyone in the room when he stated he had eight children. The students stared at him to see if he would say he was joking; he wasn’t. He adopted children from both New Orleans (four) and Lafayette, Louisiana (two). Three of the children were addicted to crack cocaine at birth.

Cloy asked a lot of questions of the students because it was about getting to know them and prompting them to think. After about 15minutes, he finally granted the students permission to google him. Cloy has a well decorated career in law enforcement. He plans to use those experiences in his quest to become the next Sheriff of Hinds County.

Cloy is a former veteran police chief and police officer of 20 years, with 9 of the years assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force. He has experience working in the largest police department in Mississippi in patrol, background investigations, street-level narcotics, robbery/homicide, major investigations and as union president. While on the FBI’s Task Force, he

investigated large-scale narcotics operations, bank robberies, home invasions, high profile homicides, electronic communication crimes and public corruption.

He has expertise in leadership training; group intelligence skills: interpersonal communications: public and media relations: and collaborations with federal, local and state law enforcement as well as community and faith-based organizations.

When the students realized whom they were speaking with, they began to ask questions about some of his former cases. He was very straightforward in his descriptions of past events. One student inquired about special training or counseling provided to officers after they work terrible scenes. His response, after a brief laugh, was: “There was no special training or counseling. We moved on to the next case.”

The lecture was attended by sophomores and seniors, and it was an eye-opening one.

Convocation Opens Spring Semester

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Piney Woods School officially started the Spring semester with our semi-annual convocation for faculty, staff, and students. The morning sessions for the faculty and staff were held separately from the students. This served as an opportunity to frame our 2019 calendar year and the remainder of our current academic year.

Our president, Dr. Will Crossley moderated the student session. He started the session off by welcoming them back to campus with introductions and words of affirmation. The call and response session empowered students to feel connected to the campus and to each other and provides a practical avenue for new students to be introduced and welcomed into our school community.

The students also read an excerpt from “Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain” by Daniel J. Siegel and drafted mini-memos to Dr. Crossley after reflecting upon of the application of Siegel’s text in the real world context of our school campus.