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Houston School District's Tony Cook Named Mississippi's Superintendent of the Year
4 months ago
By: Lisa Karmacharya, Director of MASA
“A dynamic, driven and dedicated leader that promotes excellence in our students, teachers, school leaders and community” are the words one administrator used to describe Mississippi’s 2018-2019 Superintendent of the Year. The Mississippi Association of School Administrators (MASA) is pleased to announce Mr. Tony Cook, Superintendent of the Houston School District, has been selected as the 2018-2019 Superintendent of the Year for the state of Mississippi.
In the spring of 2015, Mr. Cook was given the opportunity to return to his hometown of Houston as the superintendent and has since led the school district in achieving its highest rating in history. An incredibly passionate and child-centered leader, Mr. Cook is not one for excuses, but rather, one for solutions. By engaging his local community for support, the Houston School District has been able to overcome some of the challenges that rural and high poverty districts face. Mr. Cook believes in working alongside his staff and provides them with the support they need to ensure the success of children as evidenced by the ongoing improvement of student outcomes.
An educator for more than twenty years, Mr. Cook understands the challenges and opportunities in the public school arena and is dedicated to providing a quality learning experience for all children. He continues to engage in his own professional learning, demonstrating his belief in continuous improvement by modeling and leading by example. Mr. Cook is a servant leader who understands and respects the value of experience and collective wisdom. He has been honored to serve on many state and local committees including the state accountability task force and the state superintendent’s advisory committee. In 2009, Mr. Cook was selected as Administrator of the Year for the Pontotoc City School District. Mr. Cook’s thoughts about his move back home and the successes they have seen is summed up in this quote “I'm so proud of my hometown and my home district. Once a Topper, always a Topper.”
Mr. Cook is married to the former Ms. Pam Kyle of Pontotoc.
MASA’s Superintendent of the Year Program provides our school district leaders an opportunity to share their successes in the areas of leadership for learning, communication, professionalism and community involvement with the winner competing during The American Association of School Administrators, The School Superintendent’s Association Annual National Conference on Education. This year’s competition will be held in Los Angeles where all state affiliate winners will be honored. On behalf of the entire MASA membership and Board of Directors, we are incredibly proud to have him representing the great state of Mississippi and we wish him and the Houston School District continued success!
State Superintendent Wright Visits Houston
about 1 month ago
State Superintendent Wright Encourages
Houston School District Teachers
to Continue Making Academic Gains
Dr. Carey M. Wright, State Superintendent, recently spoke to the staff at Houston School District about the academic gains being made in Mississippi and the Houston School District.
Wright, who has been state superintendent since 2013, shared that Quality Counts, Education Week’s annual report on state-level efforts to improve public education, rated Mississippi as one of five most improved states in the nation.
Mississippi was also ranked in top 10 in gains on the NAEP, which is the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Advanced placement and dual credit participation and proficiency rates have doubled. The number of schools and districts rating an “A” has also increased.
Wright said the six goals of the state are: 1) all students proficient and showing growth; 2) every student graduates and is college/career ready; 3) implement early education programs; 4) every school has effective teacher and leaders; 5) schools are data-driven; and 6) all districts are a C or higher.
Houston School District, which has been rated a B district for the past two years, consistently scores in the top five for schools with the most growth on the MKAS. Houston also has a passing rate above 95% on the 3rd grade Gateway. Houston has also increased its graduation rate from 66.9% to 87% in the last four years.
By Crystel Ellison
Parent Survey Title I
12 months ago
As we continuously seek to improve the Houston School District, we want to know how you, as a parent or guardian, feel the schools and the district are doing to meet your needs. The information that you provide will help us evaluate and improve how our schools, families, and parents work together to help all our students achieve academically. All information provided is confidential and will be used to assist us with future planning for parental involvement activities and events throughout the district. Your opinions and suggestions are very valuable, and we thank you for your time to complete this survey.