Welcome to Northside Elementary's Web site. I am excited to have the opportunity to tell you a little about myself and our school. My name is Mandy Ambrose (on left) and I am privileged to serve as Northside's Principal. I spent the first eight years of my teaching career in Louisiana, my home state. My husband, two children, and I then moved to Clinton when my husband was offered a position at Mississippi College. I was fortunate that his career path lead us here, and I was able to become a part of the Clinton Public School District. I began my career in CPSD as a third grade teacher at Northside, I then became assistant principal, and am now Principal. Moving to this area was one of the best decisions that we have ever made.Ms. Mikell (on right) is Northside's Assistant Principal. Although Ms. Mikell is a new addition to Northside, she is a Mississippi native and has spent her entire educational and teaching career here. She lives in the area and is happy to have joined the Northside family. Her broad range of experience is an asset to Northside and the Clinton Public School District.The students who attend Northside are blessed to spend their days with a faculty that always puts children first. We strive to meet the educational and emotional needs of each student by ensuring engaging instruction and opportunities to be challenged. My educational career has provided me with many wonderful experiences and I look forward to many more as we all work together to continue Northside's never ending quest for excellence.Contact Information:Mandy Ambrose: [email protected]Leslie Mikell: [email protected]
Janice AinsworthNorthside Librarian
As Northside's Library Media Specialist, I encourage all of our students to embrace reading. Research strongly validates the important contribution of the school media center toward student success. Our resources and activities are directed to helping students become confident, independent readers.
I am a graduate of Copiah-Lincoln Junior College (AA), the University of Southern Mississippi (BS), and the Mississippi University for Women (MAT). I am certified in Secondary Business Education and K-12 Library Media. This is my 15th year in elementary libraries. It is a pleasure to work at Northside with our wonderful staff and community.
The Clinton Public School District strives to meet the needs of all students. CPSD identifies and works with struggling learners in all settings utilizing a data driven decision making process to target students for supplemental support. The model consists of three tiers or levels of instruction. These levels include: Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III.Tier I consists of quality classroom instruction for all students based on the MS Curriculum Frameworks. Students in Tier I are benchmarked in the Fall, Winter, and Spring for academic progress.
Tier II is composed of focused supplemental instruction for students who are not being successful in Tier I. Tier II instruction is provided by an intervention specialist consisting of 30 minutes of targeted instructional interventions based on the student’s individual needs. Students are identified for Tier II instruction if they score below target norms on the AIMSweb Reading and Math Assessments or if they show great educational need. Students in Tier II are progress monitored bi-weekly for academic growth. Instruction is provided in a small group setting.
Tier III is a system of intensive interventions specifically designed to meet the individual needs of students who have not been successful in Tiers I and II. Tier III instruction is provided by an Intervention Specialist and consists of an hour a day of individualized instruction based on the student’s weaknesses as identified by a variety of assessments. Students in Tier III are progress monitored weekly for academic growth. Instruction is one-on-one.
The RTI model has proven to be very beneficial in moving all students toward proficiency. Many students receiving this intense instructional focus have achieved success independently and were not identified subsequently for special education services.If you have any questions about the RTI model, please call your child's school or e-mail Anthony Goins at the following address:[email protected]