Saturday, April 19, 2014
Welcome to Harrison Central Elementary

Harrison Central Elementary, "A Proud School-Wide Title 1 School, serves 600 students, kindergarten to third grade, through 55 dedicated faculty members. It offers its students a state of the art learning environment with Internet access in all classrooms so all students can become part of the global society. Most classrooms have four computers for students to use during the school day. Students have access to a fully automated library and media center as well. A variety of educational programs such as after-school tutoring, enrichment courses, and online curricula provide students with a wealth of opportunity to excel and achieve. Each teacher can better meet student needs as well with data warehousing resources designed by district personnel. These resources allow teachers to profile the past performance of a student and better meet the specific needs of the individual student.


All students within Harrison Central Elementary School will perform on grade level by the end of the school year.


It is the mission of Harrison Central Elementary to provide students with individual learning opportunities in a safe and caring environment with a spirit of cooperation. This will ensure that all students will become problem solvers, avid readers, life-long learners, and productive citizens that will transfer knowledge into the real world situations and workplaces.



 Pam McInnis- Principal

 George Black- Assistant Principal

 Sandra Dowdle -Instructional Literacy Coach


Harrison Central Elementary endorses and supports the benefits and notion that literacy is the key to a child's educational success and future. Our school strives to implement reading in every aspect of our daily, rigorous curriculum. Reading benefits children in the following areas:

  • Greater confidence
  • Gives their brains a boost
  • Improves student achievement and raises test scores
  • Better and more advanced reading skills
  • Greater opportunities for college and careers
  • Bigger view of the world
  • Greater grasp of one's own language - including a bigger, richer vocabulary
  • Building and keeping cultural connections
  • An "all-family" activity

The following are key benefits a child can derive from early reading:

  • Early readers stay ahead of children who are taught later in life.
  • Reading is the most important skill a child learns.
  • Reading increases learning skills and it helps children succeed both in school and later in life.
  • Children who read and have developed reading skills have higher self-esteem than children who cannot read when they enter school.
  • Children who are taught to read earlier prefer to read more than children who are taught at age five or later.
  • Teaching reading earlier may eliminate most reading problems according to a U.S. National Panel of Reading Specialists and Early Childhood Educators.
  • Better readers are most likely to stay in school than poor readers. 



2013-2014 Parent Letter


The Mississippi Department of Education - Champions of Change - Winning the Future Across America 2013 Title I (High Performing or Distinguished) recognition was awarded to Harrison Central Elementary.  Mr. Arledge along with the school board presented Harrison Central Elementary with the award banners at the school board meeting on July 22, 2013.




Congratulations, Susan Ruff


Congratulations! Lisa Ray

  • 7:00 am School Doors Open to Students
  • 7:25 am Morning Pledge and Announcements
  • 7:30 am Daily Instruction Begins
  • 7:35 am Tardy Bell Rings
  • 1:55 pm Afternoon Dismissal for Car Riders
  • 2:00 pm Afternoon Dismissal for Buses


Students are tardy after 7:35 a.m. Each instance of tardiness requires written explanation from the student's parent or guardian to be received upon arrival or no later than the second school day on which the tardiness occurred.

Afternoon check-out ends at 1:55 p.m. and resumes at 2:15 p.m. This is implemented for the safety of our students. Thank you for continuing to support our effort.


Harrison Central Elementary uses data analysis to provide a snapshot of what students know, what they should know, and what can be done to meet their academic needs. The school has implemented a data room to chart and monitor student academic performance. With appropriate analysis and interpretation of data, the teachers are making informed decisions that positively affect student outcomes.


Harrison County School District

(Part A: No Child Left Behind Act of 2001)

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires school districts to publish report cards containing certain information. The required information falls into three general areas: school improvement, teacher qualifications, and test data. A school that fails to make adequate yearly progress in achievement must be identified for school improvement. The report must contain information about the professional qualifications of teachers in core academic subject areas [English, reading, language arts, science, mathematics, foreign languages, arts, civics and government, economics, history and geography]. Highly qualified teachers are those who satisfied the NCLB criteria during the school year. The report must also contain achievement data for specific subgroups, two-year achievement trends and student participation rates.

Please contact the principal of your child's school if you have questions about this report.

Click here to view HCE Report Card