Piney Woods Students Travel to U.S. Space and Rocket Center

Christopher Windfield | Uncategorized

Staring into space isn’t necessarily a bad thing. A selection of students from The Piney Woods School will travel to Huntsville, Alabama, to tour the U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSRC).

The USSRC is the official NASA Visitor Information Center for the Marshall Space Flight Center. The students will have the opportunity to see exhibits, that include the world’s only full-scale Space Transportation System display (space shuttle). This includes an External Tank, a set of twin Solid Rocket Boosters and the development test article Shuttle Orbiter, Pathfinder; as well as the National Historic Landmark Saturn V moon rocket.

The students will also receive a tour of the National Historic Landmark Redstone Test Stand, the Payload Operations and Integration Center, which coordinates all scientific experiments on the International Space Station, and the Dynamic Test Stand used to test the Saturn V rocket.

Piney Woods School Christmas Musical

Christopher Windfield | Uncategorized

In celebration of the most wonderful time of the year, the Piney Woods family would like to invite you to experience our Christmas musical.
It is with joyful hearts, that the Fine Arts Department presents Jesus is the Reason for the Season on December 17th, 2018, at 3:30 pm in the Zilpha Chanler Auditorium.
This musical dedicates itself to promote the Christ in Christmas with traditional and modern songs from the choir. The musical will be punctuated with several soloists, prepared to give their all, to lift and renew the Christmas spirits of everyone in attendance.
The centerpiece of the musical is the story of Mary and Joseph as they prepare themselves for the birth of Jesus, the King of Kings, the Savior, and the true reason for the season.
We extend a warm welcome for each person to join us at this year’s musical.

Four Selected for Youth Leadership Jackson development program

Christopher Windfield | Uncategorized

Four Selected for Youth Leadership Jackson development program
PINEY WOODS, Miss. – It is an honor and a privilege for the Piney Woods School to announce that four students were selected to participate in the 2018-2019 Youth Leadership Jackson development program.
Markiah Burkes, Christian Crossley, Moiya Gooden, and Zalaila Laird were each selected to represent Piney Woods, at the youth retreat on December 7-8, 2018.
The Youth Leadership Jackson program was organized in 1991. Patterned after the Leadership Greater Jackson program, Youth Leadership Jackson is a community-wide leadership program for high school sophomores and juniors and is designed to expose young leaders to the various elements that combine to form a strong and dynamic metropolitan area.
The program was established to address several issues in the Greater Jackson area. It was believed that high school students from different sections of the community have few opportunities to know one another. It was also felt that; the high school curriculum contains little in-depth information about the Metro Jackson area.
Many high school students need to feel that Metro Jackson, which encompasses Hinds, Madison, and Rankin Counties, holds a challenge and opportunity for their future. Finally, high school students need more opportunities to develop leadership abilities and to interact with adult leaders.
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About The Piney Woods School
The Piney Woods School is the longest serving historically African American college preparatory residential school in the United States. Founded in 1909, The Piney Woods School pursues the next century with the same innovative spirit that launched our work over 100 years ago. Our vision is to produce entrepreneurial citizens, a community of learners who are curious, creative and constructive, whose impact will change the world. We accomplish this by integrating leading edge experiential learning with a proven approach to personal and leadership development. Our farm and facilities, our family culture, and our ideals and values make us uniquely qualified to achieve our mission.

Piney Woods Mock Trial Team Competes in Jackson, Mississippi

Christopher Windfield | Uncategorized

The Magnolia Bar Association held a mock trial competition in Jackson, Mississippi. There were five schools competing and six teams in total.

The members of Piney Woods had two teams in the competition. On Friday, December 7, 2018, there were two trials. The person portraying the defendant and plaintiff was predetermined.

Piney Woods completed one trial in the morning and the other in afternoon. After that the teams awaited their fate, as the judges deliberated, prior to announcing the two finalists that would compete the next day.

Despite Piney Woods not making the finals, they performed beautifully during trials. The PWS coaches, Mrs. Francine Jones and Judge Winston Kidd, were very proud of the teams because of their performances and the hard work they put into practice.

It’s not always about winning for the team, besides there’s always next year!

Although our team did not prevail, PWS fourth year student, Jeremiah Morris Horace Of Chicago, Illinois, was subsequently awarded a college scholarship by the bar association for his stellar mock trial performance.

Merry Christmas from President Crossley

Christopher Windfield | Uncategorized

It's the most wonderful time of the year! It's exam time and final  semester projects time. It's time for Christmas carols, decorating, and  shopping galore. It's winter break time for us as a school; time for our  students, and faculty and staff alike, to spend more time with family and loved ones. And, it's time to give! As a  school, we want to acknowledge those who have given and readily give so  much to our work on a daily basis, our faculty and staff who  continuously go above and beyond to ensure our students experience an environment of love, acceptance, and affirmation. We want to  acknowledge our parents, who give us the trust of caring and providing a  living and learning environment for their children. And, we want to  recognize our students, young people in the vibrancy of adolescence, willing to take risks, explore and challenge, but deeply  supportive of each other and appreciative of the gifts we fight to  provide them daily.

It's the most wonderful time of the year because it is a season of  giving. Our work would not be possible without a donor community that  gives consistently! This is the power that has sustained our impactful  work for more than a century and remains a sustaining source today. The generosity and investments of our donor community is  powering advancements in technological capacity for every student, new  student-driven, student co-designed campus housing, and a soon to be  erected solar field as a part of our farming enterprise. The support we receive ultimately yields success for every student (and  faculty and staff member) who shares the immense privilege of calling  our campus "home." Last year, 96% of our graduating class was admitted  to a college, university, or other post-secondary training and educational institution.

So, during this season of giving, we embody a spirit of gratitude,  and say thank you! On behalf of all of the students, faculty, staff,  board, administration, and alumni of The Piney Woods School, we thank  you, one and all!

Merry Christmas, and may God shine upon you and bring you His prosperity in the New Year!

Will