Petal School Distric Calendar 2018 - 2019 - Page 2

PETAL SCHOOLS - HOMETOWN VALUES – GLOBAL VISION he Petal School District is known not only in the Pine Belt Area but throughout the entire state of Mis- sissippi for its reputation for high qual- ity schools. Our continuous top ranking by the Mississippi Department of Edu- cation is a result of teamwork among the students, teachers, staff, parents and community. The school district em- phasizes teamwork through one of their seven core beliefs that form the basis for our mission: to empower all stu- dents with the attitudes, knowledge and life-long learning skills essential to thrive in an ever-changing global soci- ety. Since the school district was estab- lished in 1976, school employees have worked with the community to ensure the schools reflect the local values and quality of life inherent in the citizens of the Petal School District. While retain- ing its positive small-town atmosphere, Petal has become state and nationally known for its quality schools and award-winning athletic and performing arts programs. Five schools make up the Petal School District: Petal Primary School (PK-2), Petal Elementary (3,4), Petal Upper Elementary (5,6), Petal Middle School (7,8) and Petal High School (9- 12). Each school offers superior aca- demic instruction as well as enrichment classes. Students at Petal Middle School and Petal High School have nu- merous academic courses and electives available to enhance their educational experience. In addition to the five schools, the Petal School District also operates the Petal Education Center, which functions as the alternative school, and the Petal Center for Fami- DISTRICT ADMINISTRATORS T Matt Dillon, Ph.D Superintendent Andy Schoggin, Asst. Superintendent/ Chief Operations Officer Marcus Boyles, Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Kelli Brown, Director of Student Assessment lies and Children, which offers educa- tional resources and support services in coordination with other area agencies for the families of the Petal community. Because of the vision of the Petal School Board, administration and staff, and the combined efforts of the entire Petal community, the Petal School Dis- trict has been able to achieve remark- able results in recent years. Some of the recent accomplishments of the school district include: • Ranked the No. 1 school district in the state of Mississippi in 2017 accord- ing to the Mississippi Department of Education • Luke Daniels was named Missis- sippi’s Teacher of the Year for 2017 • $9.5 Million awarded in scholarships to the 2018 graduating class • 69 percent of teachers have ad- vanced degrees • 52 National Board Certified Teach- ers More information about the Petal School District can be accessed at or by calling 601-545-3002. Petal Schools – Hometown Values – Global Vision Our Mission: The mission of the Petal School Dis- trict is to empower all students with the attitudes, knowledge and life-long learning skills essential to thrive as re- sponsible citizens in an ever-changing global society. Petal School District Core Beliefs: We believe that • A person’s potential to learn is limit- less. • All people have intrinsic worth. • Strength comes from engaging the full diversity of the community. • Teamwork is essential to the contin- uous success of an organization. • Family is the most important influ- ence in the development of the individ- ual. • People can direct their own future. • People are influenced more by what people do than by what they say. Katie Charleville, Director of Special Services Daniel M. Dillistone, Director of Child Nutrition Gavin Guy, Police Chief Bill Lott, Director of Transportation and Maintenance John Rector, Director of Technology Dede Smith, Ph.D Director of the Center for Families and Children Margaret Tynes, Director of Human Resources and Federal Programs William Wheat, Chief Financial Officer