Supt. Speaks to Madison Co. Business League
Superintendent Ike Haynes shared his vision for making the Canton Public School District one of the top districts in the state with Madison County business leaders and elected officials. Haynes spoke at the Madison County Business League Education and Government Relations Committees’ joint l meeting on Wednesday, August 20th . The event was held at the McGowan Center at Holmes Community College- Ridgeland Campus.
Haynes gave attendees his 90 day Entry Plan which provides a framework for his goals to improve the district. He shared his desire for CPSD students to achieve and be as academically competitive as students in Madison County Schools. He says he will achieve his goals by listening to and working with all stakeholders. Haynes says he believes “Canton Can” do better by working together to achieve its mission.
During the luncheon, State Treasurer Lynn Fitch kicked off her new T.E.A.M. initiative, the Treasurer’s Education About Money. T.E.A.M. has partnered with EverFi and MCEE to offer every public and private school across Mississippi the opportunity to teach students about the importance of managing money.
Superintendent Meet & Greet
The Canton community gave new Superintendent Ike Haynes a warm welcome. Mayor Arnel Bolden, school PTO officers, students, teachers, school board members, and other community leaders gathered July 31, on the Canton Square to show support at the Superintendent's Meet and Greet. The event was organized by Superintendent Haynes’ fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi. Haynes shared his vision and met with various stakeholders. People attending the festive event enjoyed food, music and space jumps. Haynes says he has already exceeded his goal of 30 visits to meet with a wide range of citizens and groups involved in public education during his first 30 days. Those visits included everyone from retired teachers and community groups to churches and elected officials.
Leadership Training Conference
The Canton Public School District’s Executive Staff enhanced their leadership skills by participating in a Leadership Training Conference. The Bailey Education Group conducted the conference held July 23-25, 2014 at the Hilton Hotel in Jackson and in the district’s Central Office. Superintendent Ike Haynes and Bailey Education Group presenters Chuck Poer, Cellie Scoggin, and Birdette Hughey reviewed CPSD directors and principals on everything from Common Core Implementation to building teacher capacity by focusing of teacher performance standards. Presenters also analyzed the district’s data by mapping out strategies to improve student performance on the MCT2 and SATP2 tests.
Principals prepare for a successful school year by focusing on how “Canton Can” improve. Superintendent Ike Haynes says it’s all about “Attitudes and Expectations.” Haynes says employees, students, parents, and other stakeholders must have a positive attitude and set high expectations for achievement. Directors also shared important updates at the "Back to School" Principals Meeting held at Porter Middle School. Principals were informed on everything from how to conduct teacher evaluations to crisis response training. School leaders say working together to develop and share strategies helps them be proactive and ensure students, teachers, and principals have the tools they need to be successful.
Superintendent Ike Haynes laid out his vision and plans for the new academic year August 4, at the district's Convocation. He spent his first 30 days on the job meeting with community stakeholders, local leaders, and city officials to build trust and communication.
Haynes says his goals are to improve the district in the following areas: literacy, technology, student attendance, collaboration, common core, and listening. He says he wants to listen to all stakeholders and address their concerns so they can be involved in the district’s transformation. He also wants to make sure students are not bullied and Character Education is taught.
At the end of 90 days, Superintendent Haynes says he will know what needs to be done. Haynes says it takes courage and audacity to make tough decisions that will transform the Canton Public School District into the top district in Mississippi for growth in student achievement. He will announce those plans to the School Board of Trustees in his “Tigers to the Top Improvement Plan.”
Canton Public Schools First Day focused on Teaching and Learning
New Canton Public School Superintendent Ike Haynes hit the ground running meeting and greeting students and parents as he welcomed them back to school. On the first day of school, teachers were in their classrooms teaching and students were learning. Haynes spent the day inspecting what he expects by visiting classrooms and observing teachers.
"I'm unafraid to roll up my sleeves and work," Haynes said. "What matters is we are the difference makers for our children. I want us to focus on our theme 'Canton Can.' " ###
Gearing Up for a Successful Year
Students and parents toured classrooms and met teachers while attending Open House at Reuben B. Myers Canton School of Arts and Sciences. Teachers and administrators shared with parents how they can work with the Canton Public School District to make sure their child has a successful school year. Parents were also able to offer their ideas and share concerns with school leaders.
Parents were encouraged to join the school's PTA, read to their children every night, help make sure children complete homework assignments, and participate in school events throughout the year. They were also encouraged to make sure their children attend school every day. School leaders say parental involvement is a very important key to ensuring students have a successful school year.
A “Track” Record of Success
Canton Tigers were excited to get tips from the Millsaps College Cross Country team. The team visited CHS August 19, to discuss life as a collegiate student-athlete. Millsaps' Head Coach, Andy Till, lead the discussion. Coach Till is the former head coach of St. Andrew’s Episcopal. Its program is revered as one of the most dominant programs in Jackson. Since 2009, Till has coached 42 individuals to All Conference Honors and seven All Conference relay teams on the collegiate level.
Till discussed the typical day in the life of a collegiate runner. Many of his runners discussed their busy schedules, managing classes, and practices. They also shared with Canton Tigers nutritional tips, the importance of healthy eating, and how to train throughout the year to avoid injury and stay motivated. The session would not have been complete without a discussion on how to build a positive team atmosphere.
Following an extended Q&A session, one of the more experienced Millsaps’ runners lead a session on core exercises, in which many Canton runners completed planks, bicycle kicks, and six-inches. Both teams ran a victory lap together, focusing on proper running form. The session ended with a motivational group cheer. Overall, both teams walked away with a greater appreciation for endurance running and the dedication needed to become a successful teammate.
The Canton Tiger's have a "track" record of success, its girls are the 2014 Class 5A Girls Track and Field State Champions and last year its boys were the 2013 Class 5A Boys Track and Field State Champions.
The Canton Tigers’ first track meet is at the Madison Trail Run September 6, located at Madison Middle School. Millsaps College kicks off its season in Clinton at the Mississippi College Season Opener in Clinton.