In accordance with state law (O.C.G.A. § 20-2-2131), parents or guardians, who have a child enrolled in a public school, may request to transfer the child to another public school within the Bulloch County School System. as long as the school district has determined that there is available classroom space at the school after all assigned students have been enrolled. Bulloch County Schools annually accepts school choice/transfer requests during the month of May. The window for public school choice/transfers (HB 251) for the 2017-2018 school year is open Monday, May 1, at 7:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m, on Friday, May, 19. For complete information, a Transfer Request Form, and a list of schools with available classroom space, visit www.bullochschools.org/schoolchoice.
Enjoy our Teacher of the Year Profile series each Thursday in the Statesboro Herald February 23 - June 1. Southeast Bulloch Middle School's teacher of the year is Vickki Carter. This is her story:
My name is Vickki Carter. I am an eighth-grade English language arts teacher at Southeast Bulloch Middle School, where I have taught for three years. I have been an educator for 19 years, previously serving in Pierce County Schools and in Clay County, Florida. I received my bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Language Arts and Social Science from Brewton-Parker College. I received my master’s degree from Troy University and my specialist’s degree from Valdosta State University.
Anthony Robbins once stated, “Our beliefs about what we are and what we can be precisely determine what we will be.” This has certainly been true in my life and in my role as a teacher. You see, I have been a classroom teacher since the tender age of five!
My first classroom was my parents’ garage complete with a blackboard, a teacher’s desk, and two student desks my dad collected from the demolition of an old school building in South Carolina. Numbered among my first students were several stuffed animals from my bedroom. As a five-year-old, that is what I thought teaching was all about. After over 20 years as an educator, I realize that a teacher’s contributions happen both inside and outside the classroom. I am absolutely determined that my greatest contribution in the field of education is an emphasis on relationships among teachers and students as well as relationships among colleagues.
Children thrive in a classroom with a teacher who greets them by name each day, provides a safe, non-threatening environment, holds them accountable, and is genuinely concerned about them as valuable human beings. Positive, healthy relationships among faculty and staff members within a building make an impact on students as well. Our students closely observe and learn from our attitudes and actions. When relationships are healthy and supportive, students will typically work harder to achieve.
My success as an educator is a direct correlation to the success of each student I teach. I have determined several common denominators that make a successful, outstanding teacher: caring, empathy, fairness, and respect to each and every student, staff member, faculty member and parent. Also, a strong command of your content area and the best, most creative practices for presenting that knowledge is an absolute necessity.
Very few professions exist that give us an opportunity to literally change our world. In education, we possess the unique privilege and responsibility of developing the potential within the mind of each child who looks to us for encouragement, guidance, counseling, love, knowledge, and the ability to cut the strings and become an independent learner. There is much joy in helping a child achieve a goal that he never dreamed possible.
Georgia Southern Athletic Marketing and GA Southern Baseball are congratulating our school system for "Rockin' the Georgia Milestones" and supporting the 2nd Annual Reading Carnival by hosting Bulloch County Schools night at their game against Little Rock Arkansas on Saturday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m, at J.I. Clements Stadium in Statesboro.
All Bulloch County Schools elementary and middle school students can get in the game for only $5, with no identification necessary. NCAA Rules prevent offering this discount to high school students.
The 2018 Bulloch County Schools Teacher of the Year Susan Reagan, or Mill Creek Elementary School, will be throwing out the first pitch at 6:30, so don't miss it. Ms. Reagan is a reading teacher, who has given the gift of literacy to many children.
New & Gently Used Book Donations
Georgia Southern is allowing us to collect new and gently used books at the game for the 2nd Annual Reading Carnival coming up on May 20, 10- 2, at Statesboro High School. Look for our bin under the concourse at the main entrance if you would like to donate books.
Bark in the Park
Saturday's game is also Bark in the Park Night, so bring your dog to the park for a fun and furry time.
Hope to see you there, and help us thank Georgia Southern University, their Athletic Marketing Department, and Georgia Southern Baseball.