Feb. 8 School Briefs

Friday, February 8, 2019

WMS names Students of the Month for January

The Students of the Month for January at Washington Middle School were selected recently. They are 8th graders Charlie Becker and Edward Brooks, and 7th graders Saige Kelly and Owen Schieffert. The criterion for selection are service, positive attitude, cooperation, dependability, initiative and leadership. Each of the students was praised in nomination comments for his or her academic excellence, helpfulness and leadership: for serving as excellent role models for his or her peers.

— by Star Staff

Schools closed in northern Mississippi because of flu

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Two public school districts and one private school in northern Mississippi were closed Friday because of an increase in flu cases. News outlets reported that the North Tippah School District and the South Tippah School District canceled classes because of the illness. Tupelo Christian Preparatory School was also closed. The Tippah school districts reported nearly 350 students were absent Thursday. North Tippah School District Superintendent Bill Brand said closing the school would allow staff to clean each classroom thoroughly to help remove the germs that cause influenza.

UW regents OK graduate tuition increases at 8 schools

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System regents have approved raising graduate tuition at eight schools and out-of-state undergraduate tuition at six schools. Resident graduate tuition will increase at Eau Claire, Green Bay, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Parkside, Stevens Point, Stout and Whitewater. Green Bay will see the biggest increase, from $7,793 to $7,996. Nonresident graduate tuition will increase at all those schools except La Crosse. Green Bay will see the largest jump, from $17,106 to $17,551. Tuition for some specialty graduate programs at La Crosse, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Parkside and Whitewater also will increase. Nonresident undergraduate tuition, meanwhile, will increase between 1 percent and 2.92 percent at Green Bay, La Crosse, Milwaukee, Parkside, Stevens Point and Whitewater. The regents approved the increases Friday. Resident undergraduate tuition has been frozen since 2013.

Former teacher gets probation in sex exploitation case

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — A former high school teacher in eastern Iowa who sent nude photos of herself to a student has been given two years of probation. Clinton County District Court records say 32-year-old Ramsey Hinkle also was given a two-year suspended prison sentence and was ordered to register as a sex offender. She’d pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation by a school employee. The records say Hinkle admitted sending the photos to a 17-year-old boy while she was a teacher at Central DeWitt High School in November and December 2015. The boy told a police officer that emails he exchanged with Hinkle were sexual in nature. He reported that they talked about having sex but didn’t because he was too nervous to follow through on the idea.