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Mississippi Emerging Science of Reading Schools named

Photo: Lewisburg Primary School is one of 11 Mississippi Emerging Science of Reading Schools.

Lewisburg Primary School has been named as one of 11 elementary schools as Mississippi Emerging Science of Reading Schools (SOR) for the 2023-24 school year, according to the Mississippi Department of Education.

This recognition is for schools that have trained teachers in the science of reading, exemplified a change of instructional practices, and embodied a school culture that focuses on building skillful, strong readers in kindergarten through third grade.

All Mississippi K-5 schools are invited annually in the spring to apply for the science of reading recognition. Seven elementary schools received the designation in 2021-22, and seven received the designation in 2022-23. Schools must reapply to retain the designation.

MDE’s Literacy Leadership Team will travel to each campus to celebrate this accomplishment. The visit to Lewisburg Primary School will be Aug. 23 at 1 p.m.

2023-24 Mississippi Emerging Science of Reading Schools and Celebration Schedule

1.August 8 at 9 a.m.Oak Grove Primary School, Lamar County School District
2.August 8 at 1 p.m.Pass Road Elementary School, Gulfport School District
3.August 9 at 9 a.m.Beach Elementary School, Pascagoula-Gautier School District
4.August 9 at 11 a.m.Jackson Elementary School, Pascagoula-Gautier School District
5.August 9 at 1 p.m.Martin Bluff Elementary, Pascagoula-Gautier School District
6.August 16 at 1 p.m.Waveland Elementary, Bay St. Louis-Waveland School District
7.August 21 at 10 a.m.Jefferson County Elementary School, Jefferson County School District
8.August 22 at 9 a.m.Beechwood Elementary, Vicksburg Warren School District
9.August 22 at 11 a.m.Bovina Elementary, Vicksburg Warren School District
10.August 23 at 1 p.m.Lewisburg Primary, DeSoto County School District
11.August 24 at 9 a.m.Senatobia Elementary School, Senatobia Municipal School District

“We applaud these schools for seeking and receiving this designation, which demonstrates their commitment to implementing the science of reading and ensuring their students receive optimal literacy instruction,” said Dr. Ray Morgigno, interim state superintendent of education. “Such designations support Mississippi remaining a national leader in literacy and continued growth for students.”

Bob Bakken

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