Tupelo Public School District officials are gearing up to roll out the district’s STEM initiative when the upcoming school year begins in August. Daily Journal education reporter Emma Kent (4:44) joins Derek and Brad on today’s episode to explain the initiative and outline the district’s plans for expanding on science, technology, engineering and math.
A major part of the initiative will be the use of Full Option Science System (FOSS) kits. These will include teaching and learning materials designed to provide hands-on exposure to science concepts. They will be phased into kindergarten to sixth-grade classrooms beginning in the fall.
The district also received permission from the Mississippi Department of Education to revamp its middle school college and career curriculum to align with the STEM initiative. Under the new curriculum, students will focus on a different STEM career pathway each nine weeks. Pathways include computer science, engineering and banking finances.
Also, Tupelo High will add an AP computer science class. And teachers will receive lots of training, including a group that will go to Cal Berkeley this summer.
Also on today’s show, business editor Dennis Seid (15:19) talks about the scheduled reopening of the Chick-fil-A restaurant at Thompson Square on May 4.
The new restaurant will have a slightly smaller footprint than the previous building, and it has shifted to the west. The biggest change will be a dual point drive-through.
In anticipation of the reopening, the restaurant will have a give-away in which the first 100 customers will receive a free chicken sandwich every week for a year. Dennis has the details.
Dennis also talks about the upcoming opening of the Texas Roadhouse restaurant in the former Vanelli’s location. And more restaurants – Which Wich, Zaxbys, Pyro’s Pizza and Fox’s Pizza Den – are on the way.