The Mound Bayou Public School District continues its push to improve academic performance and school ratings by reinstating its Saturday school sessions.
The sessions, which started up in January, aim to enhance student achievement and prepare students for 2013 MCT2 and SATP2 tests this spring.
Both John F. Kennedy Memorial High School and I.T. Montgomery Elementary School are conducting the sessions from 8 a.m. to noon.
This is the fifth year for the program.
"We are finding this is working well for us," said JFK principal Dr. Wanda C. Stringer. "We are able to provide four hours of uninterrupted instruction on course objectives and test preparation."
Stringer said results have improved and students have been very responsive with an 80 percent attendance rate, but the goal is "to reach 99.9 percent."
"We strongly urge all of our students to come on Saturdays," she said. "Test results are critical because our accreditation is based on student performance."
ITM Principal Johnnie Vick said attendance for participating 3-6 graders is high and results have also indicated learning improvements.
"Overall, the program has been a great tool for reinforcing learning," said Vick. "It's been very effective at our school because our teachers can work with students in small groups in a concentrated effort.
"I attribute the Saturday sessions as one of the reasons we have a successful school."
MBPSD Superintendent William Crockett agreed that the extra class time holds significant implications.
"Tests scores and academic achievement play a significant role in improving our QDI rating," said Crockett. "Better results enhance our growth and are a key factor in accreditation."
Stringer added that one goal is to see the schools reach and maintain an A or B rating.
"The sessions have been working well over the years," said Stringer. "The ones that have come are the same ones that have tested well."
Subjects of focus include: different levels of math and science, English, history, reading, writing, algebra and biology.
Transportation is provided for children who normally ride the bus during week. Students should be at their regular pick up location to board the bus.
Parents are asked to make sure children arrive to sessions on time, no later than 7:55 a.m.
A detailed schedule of testing subjects is available at the MBPSD website, mbpsd.com.
For more information, contact Stringer at 662-741-2510 or Vick at 662-741-2433.