New Learning Resources School District

To provide a quality education for every student.

Issue: New Learning Resources School District 
May /2015
New Summit School, Jackson
North New Summit School, Greenwood
New Summit Academy, Costa Rica
New Learning Resources Online
New Learning Resources Services
Affiliate Organizations 
The Mississippi Community Education Center
Families First For MS
MS Tobacco Free Coalition
Children's Advocacy Center
Autism Spectrum Centers of MS
Mississippi Dyslexia Centers

Upcoming Events
North New Summit School Graduation Thursday, May 14th

New Summit School Graduation Friday, May 15th  
The Mississippi Community Education Center Golf Tournament Friday, July17th

New Learning Resources School District


Families First For Mississippi


New Summit School


North New Summit School


The Mississippi Community Education Center


The Mississippi Community Education Center


New Learning Resources Online


New Summit Academy


Autism Spectrum Centers of MS

Welcome to New Learning Resources School District communication newsletter. We hope you will take the time to see all the wonderful things going on at our schools and our affiliate organizations.  Thank you for all of your support!

Dr. Nancy New
Executive Director
New Learning Resources School District
New Summit School Library Dedication Day
Photo includes: Jake Winter (Lower School Principal of NSS), Curt McCain (Headmaster of NSS), First Lady Deborah Bryant, Dr. Nancy New (Director of NLR), Monica Didier, & Zach New (Assistant Director of NLR)

New Summit School had a library dedication day on Thursday, April 23rd at 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the high school gym. NSS presented recognition to the National Honor Society, Monica Didier (Founder & Principal of The Bridge Forward Group, LLC), and others who have made this day possible. We had a special guest, First Lady Deborah Bryant, speaking on behalf of Mississippi literacy in our schools. We also invited Mississippi authors including: Randy Pierce, Mathew Guinn, Martin Hegwood, Nell Knox & Ellen Rodgers Johnson, Merle Temple, Malcolm White, and Jim Ritchie speak to the students about their experiences and adventures they faced, There where other distinguished guests and dignitaries throughout the day including Senator Will Longwitz, Representative John Moore, Greater Jackson Chamber and representatives from the Mayor's office. Most of the books for the new upper school library were purchased through Lemuria Book Store.  


New Summit School has recently opened a 20,000 square foot building that will house over 200 students 6-12th grade. New Summit is designed similar to traditional schools but the emphasis is placed on keeping instructional groups small and teaching to the individual student in a positive and stimulating environment. The students are extremely bright with various learning styles and skill levels. Our goal is to promote academic achievement and social growth with an environment enriched by economic and ethnic diversity.


Photo includes: Dr. Nancy New (Director of NLR), & Laura McKee (Art Instructor for NS)

At this time we also revealed our new crest that was presented to Dr. Nancy New on behalf of the entire School District and created by a New Summit Art Teacher, Mrs. Laura Mckee. This crest is on New Summit School's main wall leading up the stair case in the upper school. Our goal is to have the crest at all our locations.






New Learning Resources School District Summer School Program

New Learning Resources School District's Summer School classes are offered for students who need to repeat courses or who wish to take courses to advance. A traditional course outline is followed during summer sessions.


The application and permission forms must be signed by your child's school principal or counselor. These forms must be completed and returned to New Learning Resources School District by the registration deadline, May 29, 2015. Fees must accompany registration forms. Class decisions depending on registration will be determined on June 1st with teachers and students being notified that day. Classes begin Thursday, June 4, 2015.


For more information about our summer school programs please visit our website in the Jackson location and in the Greenwood location.


Mississippi Dyslexia Centers

The Dyslexia Therapy program will operate at New Summit School and at our Madison location. This year parents will get to choose from 2 different sessions or can participate in both sessions. The first session is from June 1st - June 26th second Session is from June 29th - July 24th. You must attend at least 3 sessions a week to fully benefit from the program. You will need to give us 3 different options so that we can group according to what schedule each student is in. The ratio will be 3:1. The Dyslexia Therapy program is offered to the public. If you have any questions please contact Kate Sistrunk at or call 601-982-7827.


New Learning Resources Employee Recognition

Beth Carroll-North New Summit School

Administrative Assistant


Beth Carroll has been with North New Summit School since 2008. Beth's favorite part of her job is working with the parents, faculty and students.  At North New Summit, she performs and administers office support activities such as answering the phone, communication with parents and students, tours, and pitching in where ever is needed. This past year, Beth has worked closely with Mrs. Mangum helping 150 plus online students during summer school. 

Ms. Carroll has resided in North Carrollton, MS for 31 years and loves her hometown. Beth has a smart and talented 15 year old daughter.





Meta Blanshard-The Mississippi Community Education Center Coordinator, Hattiesburg

Meta Blanshard is the Region 2 Coordinator for Mississippi Community Education Center and the Families First for Mississippi program.  Meta has been with MCEC since the end of August 2013 and provides services to an 11 county region.  Prior to working for MCEC, Meta was the Manager of Training for Sanderson Farms, Inc.  As the Manager of Training, she was responsible for providing organizational training and development to both hourly and salary employees of the company which currently operates across five states.  She worked for Sanderson Farms for approximately 10 years in Organization Development. Prior to working for Sanderson Farms, Meta has held various positions in her career from being a Human Resources and Safety Manager in manufacturing to an adjunct professor at Belhaven University within the School of Business where she taught Sports Administration courses for two years. 

Meta graduated from William Carey College with a Bachelor's Degree in Education and later attended The University of Southern Mississippi where she obtained a Master's Degree in Human Performance and Recreation with an emphasis in Sports Administration. Meta has also completed her certification as a Certified Master Trainer. Meta resides in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where she has lived for the past 20 years.


Sarah Perkins-New Summit Upper School Instructor

Sarah Perkins is a middle and high school history teacher at New Summit School. She has been with New Summit for more than ten years and is dedicated to the students she has the privilege to teach. Mrs. Perkins co-founded the Performance Club at New Summit and in past years published the school newspaper. Every year she writes and directs the Christmas Program and also produces the annual school talent show. Additionally, she co-sponsors the NSS chapter of the National Honor Society.


Mrs. Perkins is a native of Jackson and has been married to her wonderful husband Jeff for almost ten years. Before she became a teacher she had a career in politics, working for a U.S. Congressman in Washington, D.C., at the Mississippi Republican Party, and for Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour.





Ms. Shamekia Black - New Learning Resources Online Distance Learning Coordinator

Shamekia Black is a native of Canton, MS. Shamekia graduated from Velma Jackson Magnet High School in 2001. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Millsaps College in 2005. Shamekia is the proud parent of her 13 year old son, Ri'Darius. She currently serves as the Youth Director at her church. She loves to read, shop, and spend time with family and friends. Shamekia started working at NLRO in April of 2009. She handle evaluations and many other job duties as needed. 




Mychal Runnels - New Summit School Services Instructor

Mychal is a graduate of Mississippi College with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education and a minor in History.  He is married to his beautiful wife Ashley Runnels and they have one child Lexie Runnels who just turned 4.  Mychal enjoys all forms of sports and outdoor life.  He enjoys biking the reservoir on weekends and tries to lift weights at least three times a week.  He enjoys working at New Summit ,running the Bridge program ,and coaching the wolves baseball team.  His hobbies are painting and carpentry. 


"My inspiration comes from my wonderful wife of 11 years she is my amazing blessing that God has granted me on this earth." 



MCEC 6th Annual Golf Tournament


MCEC Golf Tournament


The Mississippi Community Education Center is hosting its 6th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit continuous services to youth and parents throughout the community. The event will be held Friday, July 17th at Patrick Farms Golf Course. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with tee-off at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided. The cost to play in the golf tournament is $100.00. This price includes entry into the event, 18 holes of golf, lunch, door prizes and a chance to win different packages. MCEC is asking for $500.00 Corporate Sponsorships and $150.00 Hole Sponsorships. All of the proceeds from the golf tournament go towards MCEC Programs.


The Mississippi Community Education Center (MCEC) is a non-profit organization designed to provide communities with educational services and training programs on a state-wide basis. MCEC has been dedicated to serving families of Mississippi for more than 30 years. The purpose of MCEC is the promotion, improvement and expansion of communities through concept development, educational processes and resource referrals. MCEC strives to meet the lifelong learning needs of families by uniting educational and business sectors into collaboration of talents and services, thus creating a more progressive, healthy community.


The Mississippi Community Education Center's staff is very passionate about strengthening our communities; we aspire to maintain your support and belief in the opportunities and benefits we provide for our schools and communities. For more information about our golf tournament and organization please visit our website or contact Thank you again for all of your support and look forward to seeing you at the event! 



New Learning Resources School District is dedicated to the educational philosophy that considers the diverse needs of today's students and families. NLRSD recognizes the need for an individual, motivational, and intellectual environment. NLRSD provide a quality education for every student.  
Jeanine Pickering
Marketing Director
New Learning Resources School District