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21st  Century Community Learning Center
to support after school and summer programs

 

Bulloch County School District hereby submits this Notice of Intent to submit a competitive application for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers' after school and summer programs to serve students from Langston Chapel Elementary School. The application is in partnership with the Bulloch County Commission on Human Services. For additional information, please contact Catherine Hendrix at chendrix@bullochschools.org


The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The purpose of the program is to assist and support students academically by providing them with academic enrichment activities and a broad array of other activities during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session. 

 

The program’s goals are to: 

1. Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low-performing schools, to meet the challenging State academic standards; 

 

2. Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as youth development activities, service learning, nutrition and health education, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, arts, music, physical fitness and wellness programs, technology education programs, financial literacy programs, environmental literacy programs, mathematics, science, career and technical programs, internship or apprenticeship programs, and other ties to an in-demand industry sector or occupation for high school students that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students; and 

 

3. Offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 11/19/18




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Family Fiesta event advertisementFree event with parent workshops, community resources expo, activities for kids, & entertainment

 

Bulloch County Schools’ Title I Family Engagement Program and the district’s school social workers are hosting a Family Fiesta for all families in Bulloch County who have children in middle school. The free event is Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., on the campus of Langston Chapel Middle School, located at 156 Langston Chapel Road in Statesboro.  Families are encouraged to attend to learn, fellowship with other families, discover community resources, and enjoy fun activities and entertainment. Free childcare and a free lunch will be provided.  Please register online via http://bit.ly/bullochfamilyfiesta or complete a paper registration form from your middle school.

 

The event will offer six different workshop as well as table talks that will help answer parent questions.  There will be two different workshops offered during each workshop time slot, and parents may choose up to three workshops to attend.  The free workshops are designed to provide information, allow time for questions to be answered and support your role as a parent or guardian.

 

Schedule of Events

8:45 – 9:15 a.m. Check in

9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Welcome by Dr. Eric Carlyle, Langston Chapel  Middle School Principal

9:40 – 10:10 a.m. Workshop I

10:20 – 10:50 a.m. Workshop II

11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Workshop III

11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch, Community Resources, & Table Talks

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Entertainment and Closing Remarks

 

Free Childcare & Activities for Children

This is an event for the whole family. When you register, please indicate the number of children who will require childcare and their ages. Activities include a Bike Rodeo featuring the OCMA Dream Team from Dublin.  Children can bring their own bike and helmet or borrow one of ours.

 

Workshops (choose up to three workshops to attend):  

• Digital Divide – How to help your child without access to the Internet with the technology movement in schools

• Math is Cool in Middle School – How to make math engaging for middle school students.

• Falling in Love with the Written Word – How literature impacts the big picture of life.

• Can you imagine? – Set goals and see them come to life through a creative activity.

• Release, Relax – How to incorporate dance and movement into stress release.

• Who is in the Mirror? – The importance of self-esteem and having a positive attitude and outlook.

 

Community Resources Fair

Throughout the event, parents and guardians may gather useful information from representatives of these community resources.

• Pineland Behavioral Health

• Easter Seals

• School social workers

• Ogeechee Technical College

• Well Care

• Care Partners

• Bulloch County Health Department

• Langston Chapel Middle School Parent Teacher Organization, Southeast Bulloch Middle School PTO, Portal Middle High School Boosters

• Bulloch County Schools Family Engagement Specialists

• United Way

• Reading Carnival

• Parents Have Rights Too

• Babies Can’t Wait

• William’s Warriors

• IMPACT Clubhouse

• SHINE Clubhouse

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 11/18/18




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All-woman team achieves Gold rankings and top-10

finish among 42 teams

 

Portal FFA Nursery-Landscape Team at National CompetitionLast spring the Portal FFA Nursery/Landscape Team walked away from Athens with a state title, and now they’ve proven their skills in Indianapolis, by placing seventh in the nation at the FFA Nursery-Landscape Career Development Event (CDE). They were among 42 competing state-champion teams in the CDE from across the United States and Puerto Rico.

 

 “To place in the top ten nationally is phenomenal, and I am very proud of them,” said Dr. Tom Marshall, PMHS’s agricultural education teacher and FFA advisor.

 

Amonica Kirkland, Cayla Morris, Caree McGahee, and Heidi Sawyer make up the all-woman team who capped off their winning streak October 24-25 at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.  The run to the national contest began in Swainsboro last February when they won the Area IV contest.  After placing as the state runner-up in 2017, they showcased their talents and teamwork by winning the Georgia FFA contest in March of this year; qualifying them to represent Georgia in national competition.  All students and teams in national FFA contests are ranked bronze, silver or gold.  Each member as well as the team overall received a gold ranking at the competition in October.

 

Morris and Kirkland are 2018 graduates of PMHS. McGahee is currently a senior and Sawyer is in her junior year at Portal.  Morris was Portal’s 2018 Salutatorian and is a freshman at UGA majoring in Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary medicine. Kirkland was Valedictorian of the 2018 senior class and a REACH scholar for the school district. She attends Wesleyan College and is a Pre-Dentistry and Spanish major.

 

“It has been a privilege to work with these girls for the last year and a half as they mastered the skills and knowledge necessary for success in this FFA career event,” said Dr. Marshall.  “They are among the hardest working and motivated students I have ever worked with as a teacher.”

 

The National Nursery-Landscape CDE was held during the National FFA Organization Conference and is sponsored by Stihl and Kubota. At the local, regional, state and national levels this CDE allows students to demonstrate their knowledge in plant materials, plant disorders, cultural practices, design and construction, supplies and equipment, safety, interpersonal relations, marketing and records and reports.

 

The National FFA Organization is part of PMHS’s agricultural education programs and is one of three career technical student organizations available to Portal students within the school’s career pathways.  Portal’s Career Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) program offers two agricultural-related career pathways for students to pursue within Georgia’s Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Career Cluster: Plant & Landscape Systems; and Agriculture Mechanics.

 

FFA is a national organization of over 600,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.  FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program in public schools.  The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 11/12/18




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Board of Education members 2018The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its scheduled regular session on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m., in the board room of the district's Central Office, located at 150 Williams Road, in Statesboro.

 

Key topics include a pre-meeting reception for retiring Board of Education member Steve Hein, a school improvement presentation from William James Middle School, and a progress report about current ESPLOST IV projects.  An agenda and Board packet are attached.

 

Bulloch County Schools' Information Systems Department is performing scheduled computer network infrastructure upgrades at the William James Education Complex on Nov. 8, beginning at 4:30 p.m., after the district's Central Office operations end for the day. This will interrupt wireless Internet and computer network access to the building. For this reason, we will be unable to provide live stream services for the Bulloch County Board of Education's regular session at 6:30 p.m.  We will still video the meeting and upload the unedited video to www.bullochschools.org/boardlive immediately following the meeting.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 11/8/18




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District & all high schools increase grad rates & exceed state

 

Overall elementary & high school scores for district exceed state

 

10 of 15 schools receive 4-Star School Climate Ratings

 

ESSA leads to revised CCRPI measurements

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: According to the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), the 2018 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) released on Oct. 29, uses an updated calculation approved as part of Georgia’s state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Therefore, the 2018 CCRPI scores are NOT comparable to any prior year. Any comparison, or statement that a school or district’s scores have risen or dropped is incorrect.

 

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) released its annual College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores, School Climate Star Ratings and Georgia Student Growth Models on Oct. 29. The CCRPI is Georgia’s comprehensive school accountability measurement tool. In the coming weeks, this data will be used to update the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement’s (GOSA) School Report Cards and determine Bulloch County Schools’ compliance with its five-year Strategic Waivers School System (SWSS) contract with the state.

 

CCRPI is a tool that measures individual public schools’ and their school systems’ overall performances in four areas: (1) academic content mastery; (2) progress; (3) closing achievement gaps; (4) readiness; and (5) graduation rate for high schools.

 

Parent resources to comprehend the CCRPI

SWSS Contract

Bulloch County Schools’ 2015-16 (FY ’16) CCRPI scores were the baseline performance data year for its five-year, legally-binding SWSS contract with the state (2016-2021); however, with the updates to the 2018 CCRPI, the state has yet to determine if this timeline will be altered.  Being a SWSS gives the school district flexibility from certain state education laws and regulations in exchange for performance in meeting certain student growth targets.

 

 

Revised CCRPI

As part of Georgia’s state plan to comply with the federal government’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the state made improvements to the CCRPI calculation. The Fiscal Year 2018 CCRPI results (2017-2018 school year) are the first to use the new calculation. This means comparisons between the 2018 CCRPI and any prior year’s scores are not possible or valid.

CCRPI was implemented in 2012. Each year since, the calculation methods and benchmark targets have changed. For this reason it has never been possible to directly compare year-to-year CCRPI scores. Also, since CCRPI scores are based on academic standards mastery and performance on statewide assessments, it is important to note that during the past six years, the GaDOE has changed the statewide academic standards from Common Core to the Georgia Standards of Excellence and replaced the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests and End-of-Course Tests for grades 3-12 with the Georgia Milestones Assessment System (GMAS). This further complicates any attempt at year-to-year comparisons.

According to information released by GaDOE, these are highlights of recent CCRPI changes:

 

  • The number of indicators was cut in half, and the remaining indicators are organized within five overall components: Content Mastery, Progress, Closing Gaps, Readiness, and (for high schools only) Graduation Rate.
  • A new Closing Gaps component rewards schools who make significant progress with traditionally underserved subgroups (English Language Learners, Economically Disadvantaged, and Students With Disabilities).
  • A new Beyond the Core indicator at the elementary and middle school levels incentivizes student participation in enrichment courses beyond the traditional academic core (like fine arts, world language, physical education/health, and career education).
  • A fully redesigned state website is also available for parents and other stakeholders to access their schools’ scores and dig into the underlying data.

 

CCRPI Scores

The overall school district CCRPI score is 74.8, slightly lower (1.8 pts.) than the overall state score of 76.6. Each component area is scored on a scale of 0-100, and each area is weighted a certain percentage.

 

CCRPI Scores Reporting Chart

 

Georgia Student Growth Model Data

In addition to CCRPI, the GaDOE released Student Growth Model data. This is a metric designed to help educators, parents, and other stakeholders better understand and analyze the individual progress students make year to year. It provides a deeper look at student growth by school and school district.  Bulloch County Schools will upload each student’s individualized growth model data as a digital file to the district’s online Parent Portal account. If you do not have a Parent Portal account, contact your child’s school for access over any Internet-enabled digital device.

 

School Climate Star Rating

School Climate Star Ratings are provided by GaDOE as an informational tool for schools, parents, and communities. Ratings are reported with the CCRPI, but the results are not part of the CCRPI score calculations.

 

School climate refers to the quality and character of school life. School climate sets the tone for all the learning and teaching done in the school environment, and it is predictive of students’ ability to learn and develop in healthy ways.

 

There are four components used to calculate a school’s School Climate Star Rating.  Each is weighted equally at 25 percent: (1) School Climate, which includes data from the state’s annual parent, student and employee surveys; (2) school-wide attendance for students, teachers, administrators and staff; (3) student discipline; and (4) a safe and substance-free learning environment.

 

Student attendance continues to affect performance & school climate

Average daily student attendance continues to be a factor that affects school climate and academic performance. The average daily attendance for the district’s elementary schools was 90.5.  It dipped to 87.39 for middle school students, and plummeted to 80.31 for high school students. Nearly 12 percent of the district’s 11,077 students are chronically absent and accumulate more than six unexcused absences. The district stresses to parents the importance of daily attendance and written parent excuses for absences. The Bulloch County Schools Student Handbook details they type of absences (pg. 22) that the state permits may be excused with a written parent/guardian note. Notes must be submitted within five school days after returning to school. Once a student misses more than five days, additional documentation may be required, like a doctor’s note.

 

Financial efficiency rating for schools & district

The Financial Efficiency Star Rating is a measure of a school’s and district’s per-pupil spending in relation to the academic achievements of its students. Like the School Climate Star Rating, it is reported with the CCRPI but not included in the calculations for CCRPI scores. 2018 Financial Efficiency Star Ratings will be reported by the state in early 2019 and added to the CCRPI website.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 10/29/18




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Superintendent of Schools Charles Wilson announced Thursday, during the Bulloch County Board of Education meeting, that he does not recommend make-up days for the three school days missed during Hurricane Michael. Wilson made the decision after listening to feedback from elementary, middle and high school principals and ensuring that teachers could still effectively remain on pace to prepare students academically. 

 

The school system had identified four potential severe weather make-up days in its 2018-2019 calendar: Dec. 20 and Dec. 21 for first semester and April 1 and April 2 for second semester. The days are not used automatically. The superintendent decides whether or not to activate one or more of the make-up days. Identifying potential make-up days in the calendar is a courtesy to parents and employees so they can plan accordingly.  Also, potential make-up days were purposefully selected to be days near the end of each semester, so the district would not risk closure events occurring after a potential make up day had been scheduled.

 

Bulloch County Schools was closed Oct. 10-12, due to the high probability of 40 mph wind gusts, which prevents safe travel for school buses. After Hurricane Michael came through Bulloch County, the district lost power to its main transportation and data hubs which service all schools and offices. This made Friday operations impossible. Some schools were also without power.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 10/26/18




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Bulloch County Board of Education 2018The Bulloch County Board of Education will have its rescheduled regular session meeting on Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m., in the boardroom of the district's Central Office, located at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro. The meeting was rescheduled from Oct. 11, due to Hurricane Michael.

 

Prior to the meeting the Board will host a signing ceremony for the 2018 REACH Georgia scholars at 5:30 p.m., and a reception at 6 p.m., for both the REACH Georgia scholars and teachers who are recipients of fall innovation grants from the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education.

 

Key items on the Board meeting agenda include the following: (1) Presentation of the Foundation's fall Innovation Grant recipients; (2) a proposal to create a Board of Education School Safety Department; and (3) a proposed revision to be placed on the table for review for the Board Policy JCEB - Student Hearing Procedures.  

 

Watch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive 

A full agenda and Board packet are attached, or access them online at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 10/25/18




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Picture from Brooklet Elementary Pumpkin ParadeIt's not "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," but rain is forecast for Friday morning (Oct. 26), so this year’s 23rd Annual Brooklet Elementary School Pumpkin Parade will be held at the school instead of in downtown Brooklet.  Parents and guests are asked to gather and be seated in the school’s gym by 9:50 a.m. The classes will parade through the halls, around the gym, and in the lunchroom. 

  
If this is your first parade, you are in for a treat. For more than 20 years the Brooklet community has previously packed the streets of its downtown to watch kindergarten through fifth-grade students bring their favorite book characters to life. During the parade you’ll see your favorite book characters and elaborately decorated pumpkins being pulled in wagons.  


October may be known for fall, fairs and festivals but it’s also National Book Month.  School media centers help support learning and literacy in a variety of ways, and they are a hub of activity throughout the year with programs that promote reading like Scholastic Book Fairs, Accelerated Reader, Reading is Fundamental, the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, Read Across America Day, Statesboro Reads, and Battle of the Books. 

 

The BES Pumpkin Parade is another unique way to celebrate reading, promote literacy and instill a love of reading in young children. An elementary school library can have more than 40,000 books and materials checked out during the school year. That’s comparable to many small public libraries that have circulations of around 50,000 books checked out. 


During the parade, be sure to look for the BES faculty and office staff.  In fact, it’s a highlight for the school each year to discover which favorite children’s book classic will be their theme.  In years past they’ve become the characters from Curious George, Alice in Wonderland, Peanuts, and Dr. Seuss. 

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 10/25/18




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School system & Woodmen Life partner to help food banks 

Select school sites collecting canned food now through Nov. 9

 

Bulloch County Schools will host a We CAN Help food drive on Nov. 5 - 9, for our community’s two local food banks. The project is in partnership with Woodmen Life's We CAN Fight Food Insecurity campaign, and in recognition of November being National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month. It will also help provide for families during the upcoming holidays. The school district’s goal is to collect more than six tons of canned food to the Statesboro Food Bank and Christian Services Ministries’ food bank.

 

“We have 14 of our campuses which will serve as collection sites,” said Superintendent Charles Wilson. “We encourage our employees, families, and anyone in the community, who would like to assist in this effort, to drop off their canned food donations to one of these sites."

 

The project has the commitment and support of the two local food banks, and they will collect the donations from the school system locations at the end of the campaign. The collection sites are listed below. 

 

Woodmen Life will reward schools for their efforts. The school that collects the most canned food items, based on a percentage of their student enrollment, will receive a $1,000 grant. The second-place school will receive $500, and the top individual class or student organization will receive $100.

 

Collection Locations

District Offices Bulloch County Schools Central Office

Elementary Schools: Brooklet, Julia P. Bryant, Langston Elementary, Mattie Lively, Mill Creek, Portal, Sallie Zetterower, and Stilson

Middle/High Schools:  Langston Chapel, Portal, Southeast Bulloch Middle, Southeast Bulloch High, and William James

 

Examples of canned food items being collected

The campaign will just focus on collecting canned food items. Any canned goods are welcome, but this is a list of suggested canned goods we'd like to collect, and if you'd like to consider healthier food choices, look for items packed in water, low-sodium, or canned in juice rather than light or heavy syrups: 

 

• Canned beans, canned fruit in juice, canned vegetables, canned soups 

• Canned tuna in water, canned chicken, canned stews, other canned meats 

• Canned pasta sauces, canned spaghetti sauces, canned tomatoes

• Canned beef or vegetable broths, canned evaporated milk 

• Canned nuts

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 10/23/18




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Schools closed graphicAll of Bulloch County Schools' offices and schools will be closed on Friday, Oct. 12, for all faculty, staff, and students due to damage and power outages caused by Hurricane Michael. The school system's main transportation hub and data center which services all schools sustained damage, and its power will not be restored for Friday operations to be possible. We also have some schools without power.

 

Portal Middle High School's and Statesboro High School's varsity football games, which are away, will proceed as scheduled on Friday.

 

The school system will make a decision at the November Board of Education meeting if these missed days will have to be made up.  If approved, the days will be made up on Dec. 20-21, which are the severe weather days that were identified in the 2018-2019 school calendar.

 

Bulloch County Schools will also be on fall break Oct. 15 - Oct. 19, as scheduled.  The district's Central Office will be open during fall break. 

 

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 10/11/18




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Hurricane Michael Update graphicSchools Closed Wednesday & Thursday

Bulloch County Schools will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 10-11, for all faculty, staff and students, due to the potential for severe weather with Hurricane Michael.  All of the school system’s extra-curricular and athletic activities for Wednesday and Thursday are canceled as well, and we will reschedule them at a later date. School administrators will continue to monitor the storm’s effects, and make an announcement about Friday’s school, extra-curricular and athletic operations by 2 p.m. on Thursday.  Please be alert for announcements via local media, social media, our website, and our electronic telephone and email messaging system.

 

The school system scheduled two potential weather make-up days on December 20 – 21, as part of the 2018-2019 school calendar. The school system will make a decision at a later time as to whether the two missed days will have to be made up. 

 

Weather Predictions & Travel Concerns

We remain in regular contact with the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency and receive up-to-date information from the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center during significant weather events.  Based on the latest information we received today, there is a 60 to 70 percent chance that Bulloch County may experience sustained winds of up to 40-45 mph beginning as early as 10 a.m., Wednesday.

 

“While no official source is able to pinpoint with 100 percent accuracy the exact times we could be affected, we believe it is in the best interest for the safety of our children and employees, to err on the side of caution,” Superintendent Charles Wilson said. There is also the possibility of tornado activity and 4 to 6 inches of rain and flash flooding on Wednesday and Thursday. 

 

Superintendent Wilson made the decision to close school for the following reasons:

• The storm may produce unsafe road conditions for our school buses, which transport more than 5,200 children twice daily, and our more than 500 student drivers.  

• It is unsafe for children to be outside waiting at bus stops or released at bus stops to walk home because wind speeds of up to 40 mph will produce flying debris that could present a danger to pedestrians or distract drivers resulting in the loss of vehicular control.  

• It is unsafe to operate school buses to transport children once wind speeds reach 40 mph. Buses become harder to control, and wind gusts of this speed produce debris which can strike a bus or create road hazards.

• Winds of 40 mph can produce 54 to 66 mph wind gusts.  These speeds approach the threshold at which the ability for law enforcement and public safety personnel to provide services may be impaired.

• The risk of tornado activity

• Road conditions with possible hazards created by debris and rain along the more than 800 miles of dirt roads our buses and students travel to and from school

• Possible extended power outages due to wind or trees falling across power lines

 

Bulloch County Board of Education Meeting Rescheduled

The Board of Education regular session, which was scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m., has been cancelled. All agenda items will be addressed at the Board’s Oct. 25 meeting, including the REACH Georgia Scholarship Signing Ceremony and the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education Innovation Grant presentations.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 10/9/18




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Tropical Storm Michael Update graphicBulloch County Schools' Superintendent of Schools Charles Wilson and Director of Safety Todd Mashburn are in regular contact with the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency to actively monitor Tropical Storm Michael. According to the most recent report from the National Hurricane Center, the storm is expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, and become a hurricane then possibly affect our area as a tropical storm on Wednesday, Oct. 10, with wind and rain. 

 

Please be alert and monitor updates from Bulloch EMA and area media.  On Tuesday, by 5 p.m., Bulloch County Schools will communicate a decision about our school operations on Wednesday.  Please be alert for updates on our website, social media, area media, or our electronic telephone and email messaging system.

 

Our schools and offices are actively working our weather safety plan. We will check our campuses for any items that need to be moved inside or secured, and our school food services personnel have a plan in place to preserve our food storage should our schools lose power.

 

It is always wise to plan early to ensure your family’s safety too. Visit www.Ready.gov for ways to prepare your family for severe weather and emergencies.  Families should especially be prepared with the food and water supplies they need in the event of sustained power outages.  The Bulloch Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters’ (VOAD) website and Facebook site are also a good local information source of resources for those in need during emergencies and volunteer opportunities.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 10/8/18




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Faculty from Nevils Elementary and Ferst Readers load coins collected for literact$6.2K raised for FerstReaders of Bulloch County 

Partnership seeks to place  books in the hands of children

 

Children and teachers from Bulloch County Schools raised more than $6,200 in September for Ferst Readers. By donating their spare change in a competitive drive, more than 5,200 children from 300 classrooms collected 742 pounds of change. Student organizations from Southeast Bulloch Middle, Southeast Bulloch High, and Portal Middle High also participated.

 

Ferst Readers of Bulloch County partners with the school district to encourage reading, improve literacy in pre-school children, and encourage families to read at home by supplying free books. Ferst Readers mails new books and literacy materials free of charge each month to children in Bulloch County who are five-years-old and younger. 

 

The top fundraising class from each elementary school received a pizza party, and the overall winner, Ms. Jontia Grace’s fifth-grade class from Mill Creek Elementary, will receive a customized writing workshop as part of the Georgia Southern Writing Project (GSWP) provided by the university’s Department of Writing and Linguistics. 

 

 “The Georgia Southern Writing Project is excited to celebrate with the winning classroom,” explained Amanda Hedrick, a co-director and lecturer with the GSWP. “We will create a fun, engaging workshop for Ms. Grace’s students and encourage them to continue to play with writing inside and outside the classroom.”

 

“Learning to read is key to a child's success, and we are so pleased to see our community working together to take early childhood literacy seriously,” said Superintendent of Schools Charles Wilson. “Our partnership with Ferst Readers addresses a critical piece of the puzzle, and moves us beyond conversation to a true community engagement solution that really does help children get excited about reading and learning to read at an early age.”

 

Currently more than 800 children receive books from Ferst Readers’ all-volunteer community action team (CAT). The school district praises significant work like this being done in our community by organizations like Ferst Readers, the Altrusa Club, and the Statesboro Regional Library. 

 

Bulloch County Schools recently surveyed more than 400 parents with young children and discovered that over 50 percent did not have access to language resources, lacked access to the local library, and had less than 10 books at home.  Additionally, state data shows that only 75 percent of Bulloch County’s children enter Kindergarten with the skills educators expect to see, and in some school zones, it dips to 50 percent. 

 

“This affects academic achievement levels throughout early elementary as our teachers work diligently to narrow achievement gaps and ensure that all children can read on grade level by third grade,” Wilson said.  The ability to read on grade level by third grade is an early indicator of high school success.

 

“Ferst Readers addresses a key reason why parents do not read to their young children - the availability of quality books in the home,” said Patrick Kelly, a CAT leader for Ferst Readers. “According to the National Commission on Reading, the single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school.”  

 

Ferst Readers serves over 800 children in Bulloch County, but Kelly estimates that more than 3,000 remain eligible and could be registered for the program. “Ferst Readers has received tremendous support from Bulloch County Schools, but we need continued support from the entire community to improve literacy,” Kelly said.

 

Ali Byrd, a local mother of two boys says, “They (sons) simply love receiving books from Ferst, and every book we receive is well loved and read over and over.” 

 

Kirstee Aldrich, a mother of five says, “A friend shared this program with us, and we signed my then nine-month-old up. She is now almost three, and she brings me her favorite books to read during the day.” 

 

United Way, the Walmart Foundation, Brooklet Kiwanis Club, the GSWP, and Synovus also support Ferst Readers. “It costs $36 per child per year to supply books for free to children,” Kelly said. "We fund it entirely from local donations.”  

 

Ferst Readers is a 501(c)(3).  For information or to register a child, contact Patrick Kelly at 912-321-2212 or visit www.ferstreaders.org

 

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Pictured above:  Nevils Elementary School Teacher Danitra Britt, NES Principal Nate Pennington, and Patrick Kelly of Ferst Readers load up collected coins from Nevils Elementary School.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 10/5/18




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Emergency Alert System graphic about nationwide test of systemIf your child has a cellular telephone or access to television and radios, we encourage you to speak with them about an alert they may receive to their cell phone on Oct. 3, at 2:18 p.m., and on radio and television at 2:20 p.m.  

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on Wednesday, October 3. The WEA portion of the test is at 2:18 p.m., and the EAS alert will be at 2:20 p.m.

 

Because the tests happen during school hours, and children in our elementary, middle and high schools have access to cellular telephones, we want to minimize the potential disruption to the learning environment and use tomorrow's test as a time to talk about digital citizenship and school safety. 

 

You may consider talking to your child about the following both before and after the test:

1. Do not panic.This is an alert system to help you in the event of an emergency. You may see and hear alert messages on your cell phones, televisions and radios.

2. Just as we test the smoke detectors in our home, our nation is testing the emergency communications system to ensure it's working properly in the event of an emergency. 

3. Talk about your family's emergency plans, specifically about where you would reunite if they were separated during an emergency, and what would be a secondary location to reunite if you could not go home.  Also talk to them about ways to communicate if cell phone service was not available during and emergency. 

 

What are the emergency alert systems?

       These alert systems are in place as a nationwide emergency communication tool. The test will assess the operational readiness of the systems and this is the first test of the WEA system.  If you've witnessed AMBER Alerts on your cellular phones or tests of the emergency broadcast system over the radio, this gives you an idea of the test, except this is a nationwide test.

 

     The WEA test message will be sent to all wireless telephone carriers' (i.e. Verizon, T-Mobile, etc.) cellular telephone customers on their digital devices.  In our school environment, we have many adults and children with cellular telephones. 

What is EAS?

 

The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the President of the United States with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency. The test is made available to EAS participants (i.e., radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar. 

 

This is a sample of the EAS message you may see tomorrow:
 “THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. No action is required.”

 

What is WEA?

WEA is just like EAS, but it broadcasts messages over cellular telephones. The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cellular phones. The national test will use the same special tone and vibration as with all WEA messages (i.e. Tornado Warning, AMBER Alert). Users cannot opt out of receiving the WEA test. 

 

Cell towers will broadcast this WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT. During this time, WEA compatible cell phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA should be capable of receiving the test message. This includes our local carriers. Some cell phones may not receive the test message, and cell phones should only receive the message once. 

 

The WEA test message will have a header that reads "Presidential Alert" and text that says, “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

 

An English and Spanish flyer about the test is attached.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 10/2/18




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Statesboro 5K Turkey Trot advertisementThe Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education will host its 11th Annual Statesboro 5K Turkey Trot on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m., on the Bulloch County Courthouse Square. The event is open to runners and walkers of all ages as individuals or teams of five or more. 

 

Register online at www.active.com. Pre-registration is preferred to guarantee a t-shirt. Early Bird race packet pick up is on Fri., Nov. 16, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., at the Bulloch County Board of Education- Board Room, located at 150 Williams Road, in Statesboro.

 

This is a complete schedule of race day activities:

 

8:00 a.m. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Courthouse. 

 

8:45 a.m. - A free mascot run is at 8:45 a.m.No registration is required. Simply have your business or school mascot arrive by 8:15 a.m. to the Courthouse Square for line up. Mascots may where tennis shoes if their costumes allow it.

 

9:00 a.m. -  1K fun run for ages 12 and under.

 

9:30 a.m. -  5K Turkey Trot for runners and walkers of all ages. The 5K course begins at the Courthouse and winds through Statesboror's historic retail and residential area.

 

11:00 a.m. - Awards ceremony for all age divisions. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-place male and female winners in the Turkey Trot Run in 14 age divisions from age 12- and-under to 70+. Results will be posted on www.coolrunning.com and www.runninintheusa.com. 

 

All proceeds benefit K-12 education programs, teachers and students in Bulloch County:

  • Annual investment of $7,500 in REACH Georgia Scholarships for our students
  • Annual $1,000 Grant to Bulloch County Teacher of the Year
  • Annual awards of $20,000+ in innovation grants to Bulloch County Schools' teachers
  • Sustaining partner of Bulloch's STAR student/teacher program 
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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 10/1/18




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Bulloch County Schools will host its second annual Employee Recruitment Fair on Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Statesboro High School. We are excited to showcase our school district to the community and offer one-on-one direction about how to apply for new job openings for the 2019/2020 school year which begins July 1, 2019. We are hope this event is of interest to those who want to serve children in K-12 public education. We welcome anyone in Bulloch County and beyond to attend. We will make more details available closer to the event. For current 2018 job openings, visit www.bullochschools.org/jobs.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/25/18




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Book Bus Art Contest rules advertisementBulloch County Schools is hosting an art contest for its pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade students now through Oct. 23.  Winners will receive prizes and have their artwork featured in the Bulloch Book Bus. The Book Bus is the district's roving book mobile, which will soon make its debut to the community.

 

Students can create any piece of original art, but submissions must be in full-color, two-dimensional format on 8 1/2 x 11-inch white paper. Students may use any medium to create their original illustrations: crayons, colored pencils, markers, paints, etc. Original computer-generated artwork is acceptable.

 

All entries must include a completed entry form with the student's information and a parent's or guardian's consent.  An entry form and contest rules are attached.

 

All entries must be submitted to the students' schools by Oct. 23.  The winners will be announced by Dec. 19, when schools dismiss for winter holidays.  For more information contact Dr. Yvette Ledford at 912.212.8558 or vledford@bullochschools.org.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/25/18




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Southeast Bulloch High School s Marching Band, The SwarmThe Southeast Bulloch High School Swarm Marching Band will  host its 5th Annual Band Blast  on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m., at Fred Shaver Field on the campus of SEBHS in Brooklet. There are 15 bands from all over southeast Georgia and South Carolina including all three of Bulloch County Schools' high schools. By the end of the day, SEBHS will host more than 1,100 student musicians, their friends, fans and families. Admission is $5 per person, and there will be food and games throughout the day. Come out and see what these amazing marching bands. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/24/18




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Georgia Pre-kindergarten week advertisementGeorgia Pre-Kindergarten Week is October 1-5, and Bulloch County Schools' pre-k faculty and students look forward to celebrating the 26th year of this early learning program in our state. The school system’s Pre-K sites are set to welcome parents, special guests and elected officials into their classrooms during the first week of October.

 

In its eighth year, Georgia Pre-K Week showcases the state-funded pre-kindergarten program which was started in 1992, and heralded as a national model. Since that time more than 1.6 million students have been served statewide. 

 

Legislators Support Pre-Kindergarten & Encourage Literacy

Celebrity readers including more than 100 legislators statewide will visit pre-kindergarten centers in their districts to read to children, meet with teachers, tour classrooms and observe learning. Legislators have made reading to students during Pre-K Week an annual tradition.

 

This year’s state-adopted book is Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type, by Doreen Cronin.  It's a fun tale of Farmer Brown, his hilarious herd, and the old typewriter in the barn, which gives the cows a voice to share their demands.

 

Classrooms incorporate book-themed activities

Below is a schedule of events for Bulloch County:  

• Moo-sical Monday - Use music to sing, dance, and learn.

• Tasty Tuesday - Encourage healthy eating choices.

• Work Together Wednesday - Use collaboration activities to build social and early literacy skills.  

• Thinking Thursday - Use thinking skills while engaging in STEM and art activities.

• Family Friday – Engage in fun activities with the children and their families.

 

Bulloch County Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten Program

Bulloch County Schools has 19 pre-k classes located at 12 sites on the district's elementary and high school campuses. The classes serve a total of 416 students. Bulloch County Schools also serves special needs students through its Preschool Intervention Program. The school system has 38 pre-k teachers and assistant teachers. Principals and assistant principals serve as site directors at their campuses, and Dr. Yvette Ledford is the school district’s director for the program.  

 

History of Georgia Pre-K Week

Founded by former Governor Zell Miller, the Georgia Pre-K Program is a free and voluntary early learning option for all of the state’s four-year-olds regardless of parental income.  The program has been a national model, and it continues to lay a solid foundation for academic excellence and future success for children. 

 

In 2010, the Georgia Legislature nearly cut the program due to funding constraints. That’s when Voices for Georgia’s Children, along with partner organizations like Bright from the Start: Department of Early Care and Learning, launched Georgia Pre-K Week. The goal is to emphasize the importance of quality early childhood education by providing opportunities for leaders to engage with Pre-K classrooms in their local communities.  Corporations like Synovus and Georgia Power Company help sponsor the statewide event. 

 

Voices for Georgia's Children is a nonprofit child policy and advocacy organization that envisions a Georgia where children are safe, healthy, educated, employable, and connected to their family and community. Their mission is to be a powerful, unifying voice for a public agenda that ensures the well being of all of Georgia’s children.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/24/18




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Bulloch County Special olympicsThe Bulloch County Special Olympics Committee is seeking high school students to serve on a county-wide committee. Interested students will assist with the local Special Olympic Games in the fall and spring. If you are a high school student from any high school in Bulloch County, and you are interested in being a volunteer, please complete this online application https://goo.gl/forms/UE5Zer89ihfyU8Ls2 by Sept. 28. For more information, contact Penny Aubrey (paubrey@bullochschools.org)

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/18/18




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Key roles include emergency/crisis planning and training 

 

Todd Mashburn who was approved as school district s school safety directorThe Bulloch County Board of Education has approved a school safety director for the district to oversee emergency and crisis planning and ensure employees and students are well trained in safety on a consistent basis. This is another key action by the Board to help ensure safer schools in addition to approval of identified safety and security upgrades for all schools to be paid for with ESPLOST IV funds.  

 

During the Board’s September 13 meeting, Superintendent Charles Wilson recommended Todd Mashburn, a local, 25-year veteran law enforcement officer, for the position as part of the meeting’s slate of personnel recommendations. Mashburn and other personnel were unanimously approved by the Board. He will assume his new role on October 1. 

 

"I am honored and privileged to continue my service to the citizens of Bulloch County,” Mashburn said. “I am excited and ready to embrace the challenges of ensuring our schools, the people who work in them, and our children are protected.”

 

The school district posted the position in July, and received 13 applications. Mashburn was one of three applicants selected to be interviewed from the applicants. The three finalists were asked to participate in two interviews with two separate committees made up of teachers and school administrators. Mashburn was the lead candidate after that process.

 

Superintendent Wilson hosted a series of community conversations about school safety in February and March. After supplying the Board a categorized transcript of all the oral and written feedback received from parents and the community at those forums, the Board discussed school safety at multiple meetings where support for hiring a dedicated safety director developed. 

 

Board Chairman Mike Sparks and District 3 Board Member Stuart Tedders led the effort to draft a job description that addressed needs identified by the community, employees and the Board. The position has a base salary of $75,000.

 

In accordance with the job description, Mashburn will coordinate all school safety policies and programs, including emergency and crisis response programs, school-based safety education for students and employees, and working with local, state and national safety partners who are critical for incident planning, coordination and response. 

 

Mashburn, a former law enforcement officer with the Statesboro Police Department (1994-1998) and the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office (1998-2018), rose to the rank of captain, and most recently led the BCSO’s Training Division. He has extensive experience with implementing site-based safety and security training, a key skill the school district was seeking to support principals and bus supervisors. 

 

Mashburn’s noted strengths are his extensive law enforcement experience, his skills with strategic and tactical planning, and his ability to identify and implement safety training opportunities. He brings more than 20 state and national emergency and crisis response certifications and instructor-level certifications to the school system. 

 

A graduate of Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies, Mashburn was also nominated to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy and is a Session 242 graduate and a graduate of the Georgia Police Academy. The F.B.I. also chose him to attend its Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (A.L.E.R.R.T.), where he became an Active Shooter Defense Instructor for the law enforcement team. 

 

“I promise to do my best to help make our schools a model for school safety,” Mashburn added. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/13/18




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Bulloch County Board of EducationThe Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its regular session on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 6:30 p.m., in the board room of the district's Central Office, located at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro.

 

Key items on the agenda include the following: (1) a school highlights presentation by Statesboro High School; (2) a Fiscal Year 2019 proposal for laptop refresh; (3) a proposal for the Fiscal Year 2019 Youth Enrichment after school and summer services for the Langston Chapel Elementary 21st CCLC grant programs; (4) and the Fiscal Year 2020 State Capital Outlay Projects Application.

 

Watch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive 

A full agenda and Board packet are attached, or access them online at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/13/18




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Hurricane Florence Update graphicAs of 11 a.m. Wednesday, schools will remain open for Thursday and Friday. We continue to monitor Hurricane Florence, and we are receiving regular briefings from Bulloch County EMA and the National Hurricance Center at 5 a.m., 11 a.m., and 5 p.m., daily.  With Hurricane Florence's current track, Bulloch EMA is advising that rain and wind will arrive in our area early Saturday morning and remain through the weekend. 

 

We will begin to see winds pick up, midday Thursday,  and we may experience an increase in traffic as people leave South Carolina.  We have been advised that these will not be at a level to warrant closing schools at this time.

 

We are actively working our weather safety plan. We are checking our campuses for any items that need to be moved inside or secured, and our school food services personnel have a plan in place to preserve our food storage should our schools lose power over the weekend. 

 

Again, it is always wise to plan early to ensure your family has the supplies needed in the event of sustained power outages.  Visit www.Ready.gov for ways to prepare your family for severe weather and emergencies.  Also monitor updates on the web and social media from Bulloch County EMA  for local public safety updates and Bulloch Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) for local and area response needs and volunteer opportunities.

 

Bulloch County Schools will continue to communicate information about school operations via our website, social media, media, local public safety partners, and our One Call Now email and telephone messaging system.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/12/18




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Youth Mental Health Symposium logoSHINE Clubhouse in conjunction with Pineland Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities will host a Youth Mental Health Symposium on Monday, Oct.15, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center on the campus of Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m., and the training begins at 9 a.m You may also register in advance by contacting Akilah King at 912-764-1964 or aking@pinelandcsb.org

 

The keynote speaker is Aric Bostic, a former teacher, who is now a national motivational speaker about leadership, overcoming personal challenges, and achieving life-long goals. He is the author of the book, "Fired Up Success!" 

 

The event includes sessions for youth, professionals, and parents. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available by request for professionals who need them.  Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided. An ice cream social and dance will be provided for the youth attendees after the event ends at 4 p.m. Bulloch County Schools is on fall break the week of Oct. 15 - 19. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/11/18




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Hurricane Florence UpdatesBulloch County Schools always remains in close contact with the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency.  In regards to Hurricane Florence, we  began last week to receive regular updates and have conversations with EMA about the storm's projections and local advisories for Bulloch County.

 

As of 7:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 10, current projections for our area are to receive some rain and wind beginning Wednesday evening, but EMA does not predict it to be of a magnitude to warrant closing schools.  As we know, this can change, so we will continue to monitor conditions and make decisions based on the latest information. Please prepare for possible scenarios of power outages and road closures.  

 

It is always wise to plan early to ensure your family has the supplies needed in the event of sustained power outages.  Visit www.Ready.gov for ways to prepare your family for severe weather and emergencies.

 

Bulloch County Schools will communicate information about school operations via our website, social media, media, local public safety partners, and our One Call Now email and telephone messaging system.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/10/18




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Schools are closed September 4th and 5th

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/31/18




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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/23/18




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Bulloch Drug Free Community LogoThe Bulloch Alcohol & Drug Council, in partnership with the Statesboro Police Department, is hosting an Opioid Stakeholder Meeting on Sept. 20, 9:30 a.m., at the Bulloch Alcohol & Drug Council offices located at 419 Fair Road in Statesboro. The meeting will provide a brief overview of Georgia's Statewide Response Plan and allow the community to break out into work groups to discuss ways our community can implement this plan locally. Register your attendance online via this link  

http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-4092296/Opioid-Stakeholder-Meeting-Registration-Form .  If a larger meeting space is needed based on registrations, you will be notified via the email

you include with your registration.

 

Georgia recently released its Multi-Stakeholder Opioid & Substance Use Response Plan. It includes 6 work groups: 1) Prevention & Education, 2) Maternal Substance Use, 3) Data & Surveillance, 4) Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), 5) Treatment & Recovery, and 6) Control & Enforcement.

 

The state administrator of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) will be in attendance to talk to the group as a whole, then work with physicians & pharmacists in the PDMP work group.

 

Bianca Anderson from the Georgia Department of Public Health will  be on hand to discuss the plan in its entirety. She led the team that developed the state response plan.

 

Attendees will take part in a general information sharing session, then break into the six work groups to discuss how Bulloch County can implement this plan locally.

 

The national opioid epidemic is a topic to be addressed across multiple disciplines. Georgia alone last year had 1,620 drug overdoses and 1,043 of those involved an opioid.

 

If you are a parent, physician of any kind or work in the medical community, veterinarian, pharmacist, epidemiologist, law enforcement or any type of public safety, K-12 school employee, work in any substance treatment or recovery services, colleges and universities, funeral home directors, faith-based organizations, veterans, media, realtors, or just feel you want to have a voice on this issue, then please consider attending. 

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/23/18




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Board of Education membersThe Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its scheduled work session on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 6:30 p.m., in the boardroom of the school district's Central Office, located at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro. Key topics include the following: (1) Acceptance for year-five funds of the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant awards for Langston Chapel Elementary School; (2) Carl D. Perkins Federal Grant funds for the district's CTAE programs; and (3) work session discussions on key initiatives by Board.

 

Watch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive 

A full agenda and Board packet are attached, or access them online at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/23/18




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Title I Annual Meeting graphicAnnual Title I sessions are an opportunity

to ask, learn & take part in education

 

Parents and the community are encouraged to take part in Bulloch County Schools’ series of annual Title I Parent Meetings in August and September.  For your convenience, schools are offering the choice to attend either a morning or an evening session.The school system has 13 Title I schools, which includes all campuses except Southeast Bulloch High School and Statesboro High School.

 

Title I, which gets its name from Title I, Part A of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act, is a federal program which provides financial assistance to schools with high percentages of children from economically disadvantaged families. The assistance helps the school provide resources to ensure that all children receive the support they need to help them meet challenging state academic standards.

 

Ask, Learn & Give Feedback

The sessions are an opportunity for parents and the community to ask questions, give feedback, and learn about each Title I school’s proposed plans and goals for improvement.  Principals and faculty will share their Parent & Family Engagement Plans, the School - Parent Compact, and the Parent's Right to Know. Parents can also learn more about the Title I resources available to them and review how Title I funds are used at each individual school.

 

Get Involved & Find Resources to Help Children Learn

Each school’s parent and family engagement liaison will share ways to be involved with the school and a child’s education.  They will also share about the schools’ Family Resource Centers, which are mini libraries of unique tools that parents can check out to help their child at home with homework or give extra help to learn a concept.

 

Title I Annual Meeting Dates

 

Mattie Lively Elementary School

August 21                   7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

August 21                   6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

 

William James Middle School

August 27                   11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

August 27                     5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

 

Julia P. Bryant Elementary School

August 28                   7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

August 28                   5:30 – 7 p.m. (Technology Tuesday & Title I)

 

Langston Chapel Elementary School

August 28                   8 a.m.- 9 a.m.  

August 28                   6 p.m. -7 p.m.

 

Langston Chapel Middle School

September 11          7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

September 11          4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

 

Portal Elementary School

September 12          7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

September 12              12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

 

Sallie Z. Elementary School

September 13              8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

September 13              5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

 

Stilson Elementary School

September 13              8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

September 13              5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

 

Southeast Bulloch Middle School

September 18             8:30am-9:30am

September 18              6:30pm-7:30pm

 

Nevils Elementary School

September 25              8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

September 25              5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

 

Portal Middle High School

September 25              7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

September 25              5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

 

Brooklet Elementary School

September 27              8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

September 27              5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

 

Mill Creek Elementary School

September 27              7:30 a.m. -8:30 a.m.

September 27              5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/17/18




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Logos of all the military service academiesHigh school students who are interested in attending any one of our nation's five military service academies are invited to Georgia's 12th District Fall Academy Day on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, at  Augusta University's University Hall, Room 170, located at 2500 Walton Way in Augusta. The event will offer students an opportunity to receive an academy overview and learn more about the application and nomination process from admissions liaisons who will be in attendance. Please RSVP by August 31, to Paul Lynch at Paul.Lynch@mail.house.gov or call (912)-417-2117. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/16/18




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Bulloch Night Out Against CrimeThe Statesboro Police Department, the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office Foundation, and the Georgia Southern University Campus Police, will host Bulloch Night Out Against Crime on Saturday, September 22, from 5 - 8 p.m., at Fair Road Park, adjacent to the Statesboro Bulloch County Parks & Recreation Department's main offices on 1 Max Lockwood Drive in Statesboro.  The event will provide a free, fun-for-the-whole family experience with free food and activities.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/16/18




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Bulloch County Board of Education 2018The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its regular session on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 6:30 p.m., in the board room of the district's Central Office, located at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro.

 

Key items on the agenda include the following: (1) a presentation by Stilson Elementary School about their SES Log Cabin project; (2) the district's new Cultural Diversity Video; (3) an ESPLOST IV presentation about the middle school PE/athletic complexes; (4) the district's one-to-one Chromebook project; and (5) an intergovernmental agreement proposal for the Old Register Road Tax Allocation District.  

 

Watch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive 

A full agenda and Board packet are attached, or access them online at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/9/18




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Board of Education 2018The Bulloch County Board of Education will hold a called meeting on Friday, Aug. 17, at 12 noon, in the board room of the district's Central Office, located at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro. The meeting is for the Board to vote on a proposed one-quarter mill tax rate rollback from  9.685 mills to 9.427 mills for 2018. 

 

Since 2013, the Board of Education has historically voted to approve millage rate rollbacks in order to lessen the impact of any increases in property value reassessments performed by the Bulloch County Board of Tax Assessors. A Five-Year Tax Levy History report is attached, or it can also be found at www.bullochschools.org/budget

 

Property tax revenues for Fiscal Year 2019 are projected to be $18.5 million.  This is approximately 20 percent of the school system's total projected revenue of $95.2 million.

 

Because of Bulloch County Schools' mixed portfolio of both local property and sales taxes, the district has the lowest millage rate in a six-county area and one of the lowest in the state. This mixed portfolio helps keep the school system's portion of local property taxes lower.  If you factor in the local option sales tax collections the overall gross maintenance and operations millage rate is 15.312.  If the rollback is approved, it will drop to an overall 14.989 mills.

 

If the Board of Education does not approve the proposed rollback, this would constitute a tax increase, and under Georgia's Tax Payer Bill of Rights, the Board would need to host three public hearings for the public.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/7/18




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Graphic of a laptop and mouseFamilies with children who returned to our school system this year, can now complete our required annual student verification process online via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.  Access the online registration link from your Parent Portal mobile application (app) or from the menu options at www.bullochschools.org/parentportal.

 

This verification needs to be completed by all returning families, even if you do not believe any changes are required, as some questions are new this year.  New students have already completed this information as part of their registration process.

 

You may remember completing or verifying this information on a form that was provided to you each year either at Open House or during the first week of school. It confirms important information about your child. If you have any questions, need technical assistance with your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account, or need to obtain an account, please contact your child's school for assistance.       

 

Bulloch County Schools has implemented several online tools this year in order to provide more convenience and customer service for families, and reduce our impact on the environment by limiting paper and printer use.  

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/7/18




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Calls for Low or Outstanding Balance on Lunch Account
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This year Bulloch County Schools' Food Services Department will use the school system's electronic messaging system, One Call Now, to remind parents and guardians of any unpaid balances on student meal accounts. Parents/guardians will receive a telephone call each Friday for any student whose account has a negative (-$10) balance.

 

Parents/Guardians who need assistance with school meals are encouraged to complete a Free and Reduced Meal Application.  This form is available to complete online in our Back-to-School Toolkit  or via this link https://www.myschoolapps.com. Our schools also have a paper copy.  Parents/Guardians must complete this form annually for any new or returning students. 

 

The first notification call will go out on Monday, July 30, for any returning students whose school lunch account was left with an outstanding balance from last school year of (-$10) or more.   

 

Our School Food Services personnel will have information tables at each schools' Open House event. Stop by to visit them if you need additional information, need help with online registration or want to clear up any outstanding balances. Open House is Monday, July 30, from 4-6 p.m. for elementary schools and 5 - 7 p.m. for middle and high schools.

 

All children receive free breakfast.  School lunch prices for this year are $2.25 for elementary and $2.50 for middle and high.  Reduced- price meals are .40 cents. Parents are encouraged to visit their child's school at meal time with a prior reservation. Meal costs for any visitors are $2.25 for breakfast and $4 for lunch.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 7/30/18




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Gifted Services nomination graphicQUEST Fall 2018 Testing Window is August 1 - August 17
 

Bulloch County Schools' Gifted Services will conduct a fall review of students who have transferred to Bulloch County Schools and students entering first grade. We will receive nominations from teachers, parents/guardians, students, or peers for any students who meet the specifications for this window of consideration.  

 

Nominations will be accepted beginning Wednesday, August 1 through Friday, August 17, at 12 noon.  All nominations must be submitted to the QUEST facilitator at each elementary or middle school by that date.  For your convenience, online nomination forms are available for each elementary and middle school at www.bullochschools.org/gifted.  See the links on the side of the webpage. Nominations for all other students will be accepted during our main testing window beginning in January 2019.
 
Bulloch County Schools does not typically test a child for gifted services more than once in a school year.  Students tested in the spring are traditionally not eligible to participate in the full fall review. Any nominations received after the test window closes will be held until the Spring 2019 review.

 

Once the nominations are closed, the eligibility team at each school will review the data submitted to determine if a student requires a formal evaluation for gifted services. A nomination does not guarantee formal evaluation. Gifted Services are based on need, and the review team must establish that there is evidence of a need for services before evaluation can take place. At that time, the parents/guardians of the identified students will receive a Permission to Test Form to sign and return to their child's school.  Testing will follow the receipt of this form.  Testing will begin after teams have taken time for the data review and the receipt of permission to test. 

 

Kindergarten Students: We will accept nominations for kindergarten students during the Spring 2019 testing window. If a kindergarten student is referred for further testing, he or she will be tested at the beginning of the next school year as a first grade student. If selected to participate in the formal evaluation process, a student will take standardized tests in Mental Ability, Achievement, and Creativity. Grades or a Rating Scale will be used to assess a student's motivation. 
 
A chart on the Gifted Services webpage provides the test measures used in each area, and denotes the required scores for eligibility, using Option B – multiple measures criteria. Option A requires eligibility in only two measures Mental Ability and Achievement, but in kindergarten through second grade, the Mental Ability Score must be in the 99th percentile, while in third grade and up the 96th percentile is accepted.
 
Notification of evaluation results will be sent in by the end of the semester

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 7/29/18




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Free and reduced meal benefits logoDo you need free or reduced meal benefits for the new school year?  If so, get a jump start on your back-to-school preparations by applying online via this link https://www.myschoolapps.com.  All students applying for free or reduced meal benefits must complete a new application each year. The deadline for your school to receive your application is Sept. 14. Your school will provide paper applications as well the first week of school.

 

IOur School Nutrition Department is ready to welcome students back to school. They had a successful summer feeding program and provided 12,531 meals to children during the month of June.

 

As you decide your child's meal options at school, please remember this information:

  • All students can eat breakfast at school for free.
  • Consider using the MySchoolBucks mobile application  or website to manage your child's lunch fund balance.
  • Meal prices are $2.25 for elementary lunch and $2.50 for middle & high school lunch. Reduced-price lunches are .40 cents.
  • School meal calendars will be printed weekly in the Statesboro Herald or visit our website.
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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 7/27/18




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Charles WilsonThe Bulloch County Board of Education has voted to extend Superintendent Charles Wilson's contract for three years. The Board emerged from executive session during its July 26 work session and conducted a public vote 5 to 2 in favor of extending the contract through 2022. The vote was as follows: Yes - Wagner, Tedders, Hein, Mims, and Sparks; No - Martin and Hill; Absent - Cook.

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 7/26/18




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The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its scheduled work session on Thursday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m., in the board room of the district's Central Office, located at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro.

 

Key topics for the meeting include the following: (1) Social Studies textbook purchase; (2) a presentation about the Old Register Road Tax Allocation District project; and (3) monthly personnel recommendations.

 

Watch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive 

An agenda and Board packet are attached, or access them online at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 7/26/18




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Back to School graphicOPEN HOUSE EVENTS
Open House for all schools is Monday, July 30, from 4 - 6 p.m. for elementary schools and 5 - 7 p.m. for middle and high schools.  Some of our high schools and middle schools may also hold special orientation nights for rising sixth or ninth grade students and their families.  Watch for any communications about those from your middle or high school. 

 

William James Middle School is hosting a special 6th Grade Open House on Thursday, July 26, at 5 p.m., at WJMS.  If you have a rising 6th grade student at WJMS, you will attend your Open House on this date.

 

Statesboro High School is hosting a Freshman Orientation night on Thursday, July 26, at 6 p.m., at SHS.

 

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Our elementary and middle school supply lists can be found in our Back-to-School Toolkit.  High school supplies are very course specific, so they can begin school with just basic pencil, pen and paper supplies and obtain any specific needs from their course instructors at Open House or the first day of school.

 

If you need assistance with school supplies, another Back-to-School Giveaway event for families in need is planned for Saturday, July 28, from 2 p.m.  to 6 p.m., at the BLJ Grace Center, located at 222 Joyce Street in Statesboro.  

 

If you can't attend this event and need assistance, please let your school counselor know.  Our school counselors and school social workers identify and work with local organizations to provide supplies for children throughout the school year.

 

REGISTRATION
If you have a child who will be new to our school system this year, please register for school before Aug. 1. This will help prevent long lines and provide your child with the best first-day experience possible. Our school offices are open weekdays now through July 31.

 

For your convenience, we have also added an online registration option for new students. Visit www.bullochschools.org/registration to take advantage of this service.

 

We have also added registration kiosks at the schools, and you may schedule a time online to complete your registration at the school using these websites as well.  Paper forms are still available at the schools as well.

 

If your child was a student with us last year, or if you have already registered your child during pre-kindergarten or kindergarten registration, your child is already registered for school.  If you have moved into a new school zone during the summer, please notify your former and your new school.

 

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
The first day of school is Wednesday, August 1.  Attendance at school is important every day, all day. If your child is absent, remember a parent or doctor's note is required when your child returns to school.  See complete attendance details in the Bulloch County Schools Student Handbook which you will receive at Open House or the first day of school.

 

SCHOOL SAFETY & CODE OF CONDUCT
When you receive your Bulloch County Schools Student Handbook, please review it, and be sure to review all of the safety protocols and code of conduct information with your child. Visit our website for basic parent, bus transportation and athletic heat advisory safety information.

 

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 7/24/18




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Picture of Bulloch County Schools  Central OfficeConsolidated LEA Improvement Plan up for public review & input


Bulloch County Schools, the County's local education agency (LEA), is inviting parents, guardians and the community to participate in a Consolidated LEA Improvement Plan (CLIP) Revision meeting on Wednesday, July 25, 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the William James Educational Complex at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro. 


The CLIP integrates the requirements for school improvement planning across all of the Every Student Succeeds Act’s (ESSA) programs and Georgia's Professional Learning Program. The CLIP eliminates the need for LEAs to submit separate plans for individual programs. It has three major components: (1) ESSA and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Plan Descriptors, (2) System Profile, and (3) LEA Implementation Plan. The CLIP must be reviewed and approved annually in order for the school system to receive funding for its state and federal programs.


If you need additional information, contact Bulloch County Schools' Federal Programs Director Georgianna Darsey at 912.212.8500 or gdarsey@bullochschools.org. 

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 7/23/18




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Picture of Mill Creek Elementary SchoolDistrict balances school capacity

to prevent overcrowding 


Bulloch County Schools has changed the bus routes (Transportation Zone) for some Mill Creek Elementary School students. The change will take effect on Aug. 1, the first day of school. The change is necessary to balance student capacity at the district's city elementary schools and prevent overcrowding at MCES. This does not change the school attendance zone for MCES or the other schools.

 

The school system has contacted the affected families by mail. Students living in the specific affected areas, who ride the bus to school, will now attend either Sallie Zetterower Elementary or Mattie Lively Elementary based on their street address. A list of these areas  was provided to the families and is included below. 

 

An attendance zone determines the school a child will attend based on the address of the home where he/she lives. A transportation zone is the bus routes and buses which serve the area around a home. These can be changed more easily and can more quickly compensate for population spikes in an attendance zone.  SZES’s and MLES’s faculty are ready to welcome Mill Creek Elementary families and make them feel at home at their new school. 

 

Why is a transportation zone change necessary?

MCES, with its current student enrollment of 725 students, is at 96 percent of its maximum student capacity of 756 students; therefore, the school is not able to support expected student growth for the 2018-2019 school year.  SZES has 714 students, which is only 75 percent of its available capacity of 908 students. MLES has 624 students, which is only 66 percent of its available capacity of 945 students. Since our newer schools were built with excess capacity to accommodate growth, it is necessary to move some students. This will alleviate overcrowding at MCES and balance capacity.

 

Does this affect MCES’s recently registered prekindergarten students?

If your child is registered to attend Mill Creek Elementary for Pre-kindergarten, your child can remain at MCES for Pre-K.  If you live on one of the affected streets, and your Pre-K student needs bus transportation, please contact our Transportation Department at 912.212.8640.

 

If I do not want my child to move to SZES or MLES, can he/she remain at MCES?

Yes, if your child currently rides a bus and you live in the affected area but wish for your child to remain at MCES, you can keep them there but you will have to provide transportation for your child to school.  The school system will not be able to provide bus services for you.  If you choose to remain at MCES and forego any bus services, please contact MCES to make them aware.

 

My child receives ESOL or student support services at school.  Will this change if we move?

No. We meet the academic, support and language needs of students throughout our school system. We will continue to meet your child’s specific needs to help make him/her successful in school.

 

What are the affected areas, and where will my child attend school if we live in one of the affected areas?

 

If your child is a MCES student, you live on one of these streets, and you need bus transportation, you will now be transported to Sallie Zetterower Elementary for school. You can attend SZES's Open House on July 30.  

 

Edgewater Court

Lakeshore Court

Peg Wen Boulevard

Teresa Drive

Sherwood Court

Bel Air Drive

Thunderbird street

Camero Court

100-132 Beasley road

Cindy Lane

Cindy Lane Mobile Home Park

Meadowlark Circle

Cardinal Drive

W. Mockingbird Lane

E. Mockingbird Lane

 

If your child is a MCES student or a LCMS student, you live on one of these streets, and you need bus transportation, your child will now be transported to either Mattie Lively Elementary or William James Middle School for school. You will attend these schools' Open House events on July 30.

 

66 Packinghouse Road

61 Packinghouse Road

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 7/17/18




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Picture of Stilson s Log Cabin School HouseSTEM students learn how technology &

oral history can help preserve the past

 

See the documentary film from the project at https://youtu.be/lfrfrhrcIKs 

 

On the back corner of Stilson Elementary School’s (SES) campus in Bulloch County, sits an 81-year-old log cabin. Believed to be the last of its kind, it is also the last of five original structures which once stood on the property.

 

 Though not used by the school system since the 1990s, Stilson’s STEM Lab Teacher Jenny Hendrix saw the historic landmark and her desire to save it as a practical way to teach her students a unit on technology, and how it can be used to preserve history. Making connections with multiple departments at local Georgia Southern University fueled the children’s learning experiences and the Stilson community’s hope.

 

The Stilson Log Cabin was built in 1937 by area citizens with timbers donated by Charles Lee, who owned a nearby farm.  The construction was funded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s depression-era Works Progress Administration relief program, and its former uses chronical the changing needs of the school system and community.

Affectionately known as the soup kitchen, its original purpose was to be a community resource for meals during the depression.  Schools began serving lunches for the first time, and alumni remember it being used to can vegetables.

 

Later it housed classrooms to teach home economics and agriculture, and it was the site for Saturday dances and community gatherings.  When Stilson added a Kindergarten program, the log cabin became its home. As time passed and the building was no longer used, its uses and contents became playground lore.

 

“Stilson has my heart!,” Jenny Hendrix said.  “This is where I went to elementary school, and I just want to give students amazing experiences like I had while I was here as a student many moons ago.”

 

Known as an innovative teacher, Hendrix reached out to Georgia Southern University’s Construction Management program faculty and to its Communication Arts faculty. From that collaboration a video documentary and a structural analysis, renovation plan and cost estimates for the building were created. The project’s largest expense would be lifting the log cabin to replace its decaying support beams.

 

For the video documentary, Stilson alumni, retired teachers, and retired administrators visited Stilson to be interviewed by Hendrix’s students.  They enjoyed meeting people who were knowledgeable about their school’s history and seeing the stories documented on video.  One student learned that her great-grandfather helped add restrooms to the log cabin.  Another student learned that the house in which she currently lives was previously used to house teachers who taught at Stilson during the 1940s.

 

The project’s next step is to generate county-wide support for this historical renovation project. Stilson hopes that the documentary will reach others who will have a desire to help save the log cabin.  Stilson is also looking at possible fundraisers and an alumni day.  Visit https://youtu.be/lfrfrhrcIKs to see the documentary.

 

Thank you to the following people who helped make this STEM project come to life:

 

Stilson alumni & community: James Davis, Danalyn & Edwin Akins, Carol Brown Shephard, Faye Sanders Martin, Dianne Bath, Robert Smith;

 

Stilson students: Navee Applebee, Murphy Grovenstein, Aubrey Williams, Bryson Hendrix, Kate Anna Newman, Emily Deloach, Ella Collins, Maylin Swint.

 

Georgia Southern Faculty: Tyson Davis and his Multimedia & Film Production students; Dr. Clinton Martin and his senior Construction Management students.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 7/15/18




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Langston Chapel Middle administrative teamPTO sponsors event to welcome new principal and assistant principals

 

Langston Chapel Middle School’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) invites parents and the community to attend a meet and greet event to welcome the school’s new administrative team on Tuesday, July 24, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., at the school.  It’s an opportunity to hear remarks from the new principal and get to know LCMS’s new leaders before school begins on Aug. 1.  Light refreshments will be served.

 

Dr. Eric Carlyle began his role as LCMS’s new principal on July 1. Joining him are two new assistant principals, Dr. Kareem Epps and Keith Wright. The new team is working this month to finalize faculty needs and ensure a smooth start to the school year. 

 

“I look forward to the opportunity to meet with Langston Chapel staff, parents and community stakeholders to learn more about what they desire and expect from me and better understand what they want to present in their school,” Dr. Carlyle said. 

 

Dr. Eric Carlyle

An educator for more than 24 years, he has more than 18 years of experience in various district and school-level administrator roles in Fulton, Gwinnett, Spalding, Clayton, Bibb, and Emanuel counties.  He has eight years of experience as a middle school principal. 

 

A graduate of Emanuel County Institute, Carlyle attended Georgia Southern University, where he played football and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and a master’s degree in middle grades education.  He received his specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership from Columbus State University, and his doctorate in Public Policy from Walden University.

 

Dr. Kareem Epps

Dr. Kareem Epps is an educator with 14 years of experience, three of those as an administrator. He has served in Dekalb and Chatham counties, and he previously served as an assistant principal at Statesboro High School for two years before briefly serving as an administrator overseas. 

 

Dr. Epps received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Technology from Savannah State University.  He went on to obtain a master’s degree in Middle Grades Math and Science from Armstrong Atlantic State University, which is now the Savannah campus of Georgia Southern University.  His specialist and doctorate degrees in Educational Leadership are from Argosy University in Atlanta.

 

Keith Wright

Keith Wright has more than 20 years of experience working with children in both the private and public sector.  After 18 years with the AMIkids organizations, he made the decision to apply his skills in the field of public education. He served as a counselor with Bryan County Schools at both the middle and high school levels, and later became an assistant principal and athletic director for both Bryan County Middle School and Bryan County High School.  He has also served as the vice president for the Region 2-AA Athletic Directors for the past two years.

 

Wright holds a specialist’s degree from Georgia Southern University in Educational Leadership and two master’s degrees in Counselor Education and Education Leadership.  He also holds professional educator certifications in Educational Leadership (All Levels) and School Counseling (K-12).

 

Pictured above (L-R): Dr. Eric Carlyle, Dr. Kareem Epps, and Keith Wright

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 7/13/18




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Downtown Pep Rally AdvertisementMainstreet Statesboro will host its 10th Annual Downtown Pep Rally on Friday, Aug. 3, from 5:30 - 8 p.m., on the Courthouse Square to celebrate the new school year and kick-off the 2018 football season. Join the cheerleaders and pep bands in cheering for your favorite teams at these times:  6 p.m. Portal Middle High School Panthers, 7 p.m. Southeast Bulloch High School Yellow Jackets and at 7:30 p.m., Statesboro High School Blue Devils.   

 

Tommy Palmer with Georgia High School Scoreboard will introduce the teams and interview coaches and players about the upcoming season. The event is sponsored by Statesboro Natural Gas, who will provide free hotdogs and lemonade for all the athletes. There will be food trucks, funnel cakes, frozen treats and local vendors set up on Siebald Street for all attendees, and. Party Harbor is providing free entry for children in its bouncy houses.  See you downtown.

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 7/13/18




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Board of Education 2018The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its regular session on Thursday, July 12, at 6:30 p.m., in the board room of the district's Central Office, located at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro.

 

Watch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive 

An agenda and Board packet are attached, or access them online at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 7/12/18




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Back to School AdvertisementIt's almost back-to-school time, and that means gathering school supplies. Our elementary and middle school supply lists are attached or visit our Back-to-School Toolkit at www.bullochschools.org/backtoschool for all the information you need to start the new school year.

 

Open House is Monday, July 30, from 4 - 6 p.m. for elementary schools and 5 - 7 p.m. for middle and high schools.  The fist day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 1. If you have a child who will be new to our school system, we encourage you to register him/her for school prior to the first day of school.

 

For our families who need assistance with school supplies, these are upcoming events, which are providing supplies for families in need: 

  • July 21, 10- 12 noon, Back-to-School Giveaway event at Luetta Moore Park, in Statesboro.  Sponsored by the African-American Business Owner's Community Foundation, the Statesboro Police Foundation, the Statesboro Police Department,the Statesboro Fire Department, and other local businesses and individuals.
  • Throughout School Year - Prevent Child Abuse Bulloch County and the United Way of Southeast Georgia host an annual school supply drive prior to the start of school.  All supplies collected are distributed to each of our school counselors to provide to children whom they have identified for assistance.  These supplies help provide for children in need throughout the school year.  If you'd like to donate to this drive, drop-off locations include the following: BB&T, Bulloch First Bank, Citizens Bank, Colony Bank, CORE Credit Union, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Queensborough National Bank, Renasant Bank, Sea Island Bank, Statesboro Regional Library, and the Heritage Bank. All basic school supplies welcome and back packs.
  • Throughout School Year - Our school social workers collaborate with various local organizations to provide school supplies, clothing and other basic needs to our students who experience housing displacement.  If you are in need please contact our school social workers at 912.212.8500 or let your school counselor know.
  • If you know of other school supply distribution events, email webster@bullochschools.org
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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 7/11/18




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Statesboro High art students create portraits for Russian foster childrenStudents in Hayley Bond's painting class at Statesboro High School last semester created one-of-a-kind portraits for six Russian foster children who live in foster homes. The project was made possible through the international non-profit, The Memory Project. The Memory Project engages art teachers and their students to use their talents to create and donate portraits to youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as violence, disasters, extreme poverty, neglect, and loss of parents.

 

     "I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that your school’s art department has provided them with personal gifts to last a lifetime, and your school’s students helped to show that even with great tension between our countries our youth can still share joy and see themselves in one another," said Ryan Egan, communications director for The Memory Project.

 

     The Memory Project provided Statesboro High with a wonderful eight-minute documentary video of the SHS students creating the portraits, how they were united with more than a thousand other portraits from around the world for other children, and then how the SHS students' portraits were received by the Russian children. View the video and the SHS students' work at http://bit.ly/2ukvdTN 

   

    In a personal email to Ms. Bond, Statesboro High’s art teacher, Egan shared that a Russian newspaper covered the portrait presentations and titled it, "From America with Love."  The article began, "At the height of the political crisis, these portraits of kindness flew to Russia with the most kind wishes from across the ocean."  According to The Memory Project, the Russian journalist called this a "remarkable example of people's diplomacy."

 

     Egan ended the email by saying, “You've (Bond and her students) exemplified the art of diplomacy in your thoughtful and caring actions.” 

 

     According to The Memory Project's website, students have created more than 100,000 portraits for children in 43 countries since it was founded in 2004 by Ben Schumaker, who at the time was studying psychology and social work at the University of Wisconsin. Schumaker’s artistic ministry came out of his experiences working with disadvantaged children in Guatemala, who according to him, “had few special belongings to help capture their life stories.”

 

      "We are very grateful to your school (Statesboro High) for helping us build peace and international friendship through the arts," said Egan. The organization is headquartered in Middleton, WI. For more information about their outreach, visit memoryproject.org.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 7/9/18




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School bus graphicA Back-to-School Giveaway event for families who need assistance with school supplies is planned for Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m.  to 12 noon, at Luetta Moore Complex, located on Martin Luther King Drive in Statesboro.  The event is sponsored by the African-American Business Owner’s Community Foundation, the Statesboro Police Foundation, the Statesboro Police Department, the Statesboro Fire Department, and several local individuals, churches and businesses.

 

REGALOS DE VUELTA A CLASES: patrocinado por Fundación Comunitaria Afro-Americana de Dueños de Negocios, Inc., Fundación de la Policía de Statesboro , Departamento de Policía de Statesboro, Departamento de Bomberos de Statesboro ,junto a iglesias, negocios e individuos de la comunidad.

Sábado 21 de Julio de 2018, De 10:00 a.m. hasta las 12 del mediodía, Complejo Luetta Moore , Martin Luther King Drive.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 7/2/18




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Board of Education Members for 2018The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet in a called session on Tuesday, June 26, at 12 noon, in the board room of the district's Central Office, located at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro. The called session is to accomplish the following two items: (1) vote on the School Nutrition Department's food service bids for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year; and (2) vote on the Human Resources Department's proposed slate of new employees for June in preparation for the district's upcoming New Hire Orientation Session on July 20.  

 

The Board will not have a work session in June.  Its next regular session meeting is July 12. For more Board of Education information visit www.bullochschools.org/board.

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 6/23/18




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The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its scheduled regular session on Thursday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m., in the board room of the district's Central Office, located at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro.  Key topics include the following: (1) Updates about school resource officers, the district's social and emotional learning plan, implementation of a learning management system, and the one-to-one student device initiative; (2) a bond, intercept and a tax recommending resolution; (3) the purchase of nine school buses; (4) completion of capital outlay projects at MCES and PES; (5) the Transitions Learning Center 's school improvement plan; and (6) a proposed revision to Policy IHE - Promotion and Retention

 

Watch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive 

Access Board meeting agendas and packets at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 6/14/18




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Statesboro High School is hosting Freshman Orientation for the incoming freshman class on Thursday, July 26, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for its Class of 2022, and their parents to speak to teachers and get acclimated to campus at a time set aside especially for them.

 

The program will focus on all things freshman and help aid the students' transition to high school. Students can speak to instructors of all SHS's CTAE and fine arts segments, pick up class schedules and find classes at their own pace, and let parents fill out any necessary paperwork.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 6/8/18




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Free Summer Meals LogoUSDA & schools provide meals

for children ages 1-18

 

Bulloch County Schools will operate the Seamless Summer Nutrition Program June 4 - June 29, Monday through Friday, at six school and community sites. Breakfast and lunch are available free to any child in Bulloch County ages 1-18 at the sites listed below. Please note that all children must eat their meals at the host sites.

 

There are no pre-qualifications or registration documents required.  Acceptance and participation requirements for the program are the same for all children. The Bulloch County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, or sex.

 

The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. Contact Bulloch County Schools’ Director of School Nutrition at 912.212.8620 for more information.

 

Breakfast

Julia P. Bryant Elementary

421 West Main Street, Statesboro

8:00-8:30

Mattie Lively Elementary  (June 4-26)

204 Debbie Drive, Statesboro

8:15-8:45

Portal Middle High

27245 US Hwy 80, Portal

8:00-8:30

Sallie Zetterower Elementary (June 4-15)

1200 Cawana Road, Statesboro

8:30-9:00

 

Lunch

Cowboy Way Mobile Home Park

Cowboy Way & Northwest Passage, Portal

11:30-12:00

Julia P. Bryant Elementary

421 West Main Street, Statesboro

11:30-12:00

Mattie Lively Elementary  (June 4-26)

204 Debbie Drive, Statesboro

10:45-11:15

Pecan Grove Mobile Home Park

263 Pecan Grove Drive, Statesboro

12:00-12:30

Portal Middle High

27245 US Hwy 80, Portal

11:30-12:00

Sallie Zetterower Elementary  (June 4-15)

1200 Cawana Road, Statesboro

11:00-11:30

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 6/7/18




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Board of Education Central Office$16 million available to help enhance school safety across the state

 

Bulloch County Schools will receive $93,286 from the state in Fiscal Year 2019, to enhance school safety. The Georgia General Assembly allocated $16 million in bond funding to provide every school district in the state a $25,000 safety grant plus additional grant funds based on the number of enrolled students. 

 

“We will use these funds to provide safety improvements our principals and district personnel have already identified,” said Charles Wilson, Superintendent of Schools. 

 

Earlier this school year Bulloch County Schools identified approximately $2 million in safety upgrades to its physical facilities and equipment as part of a proposed list of projects for a fourth education special local option sales tax (ESPLOST) referendum that was approved by voters in November 2017.  These included upgrades to its existing software, security cameras, security lighting, security fencing, fire suppression, security walls and glass, intercom systems and bells, coded facility entry systems, clocks, and emergency radios. 

 

According to the Georgia Department of Education, who officially notified districts about the funding, state law will require districts to use the funds for improvements or refurbishments to a district’s physical footprint (i.e. fencing, security doors) and/or equipment which can be capitalized (i.e. security camera systems, alarms).

 

The Board of Education, local public safety, district administrators, parents and concerned community members have been speaking more in depth about school safety since the nation’s most recent rise in school violence. In response, the district’s Student Support Department and principals are developing plans to better address the social and emotional needs of children, and the Board of Education voted unanimously on May 31, to identify the costs associated with placing school resource officers at each school. These were some of the main needs identified by parents and citizens during a series of four community conversations about school safety hosted by Superintendent Charles Wilson in March. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 6/7/18




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Dr. Eric Carlyle, Principal of Langston Chapel Middle SchoolBoard of Education approves recommendation; Begins July 1

 

The Bulloch County Board of Education has approved Dr. Eric Carlyle as the new principal for Langston Chapel Middle School beginning July 1.  The Board met to discuss the personnel recommendation by Superintendent Charles Wilson in a called session on Monday, June 4, at 12 noon.  They approved the recommendation in a 6-2 vote with Board members Maurice Hill and Glennera Martin casting the Nay votes.

 

"We were very fortunate to have such quality candidates apply for the LCMS principal position,” said Superintendent Charles Wilson. This was a tough decision to make, but with input from LCMS faculty and district administrators, who served on the interview committee, and with feedback from the LCMS School Council, we are very excited about Dr. Carlyle joining our team, and we have great confidence in the opportunities he will provide to our students and staff at LCMS."  

 

“I look forward to the opportunity to meet with Langston Chapel staff, parents and community stakeholders to learn more about what they desire and expect from me and better understand what they want to be present in their school,” Dr. Carlyle said.  

 

Dr. Carlyle has been an educator for more than 24 years. He has more than 18 years of experience in various district and school-level administrator roles in Fulton, Gwinnett, Spalding, Clayton, Bibb, and Emanuel counties, eight of those years as a middle school principal.  He also has nearly six years of experience as a classroom teacher in Bulloch and Henry Counties. 

 

“It’s nostalgic in a sense to come back to Bulloch County,” Carlyle said. “ I had a great experience here in 1996-1997, when I was a teacher at Statesboro High and Northside School for two and a half years. I’m excited to return to serve Langston Chapel and Bulloch County Schools as a whole.”

 

A graduate of Emanuel County Institute, Carlyle attended Georgia Southern University, where he played football and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and a master’s degree in middle grades education.  He received his specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership from Columbus State University, and his doctorate in Public Policy from Walden University.

 

The school district used the same principal position hiring process it implemented with previous principal searches. The position was posted in April with four qualified applicants submitting applications for consideration. 

 

The initial process included a blind screening of the four applications submitted.  This was done by a screening committee, which included LCMS teachers.  Usually, this committee then narrows down the applications to be forwarded to an interview committee, which is made up of central office staff and middle and high school administrators, but in this case, one applicant withdrew during the process, so all three remaining applicants were interviewed by the committee.  

 

The interview committee then recommended its top two candidates to Superintendent Wilson for him to conduct a second interview.  He interviewed the two candidates and then asked the LCMS School Council to meet with the candidates. Afterwards, Superintendent Wilson debriefed and discussed the candidates with the LCMS School Council.

 

As a result of this process, Dr. Eric Carlyle was recommended by Superintendent Wilson to the Board of Education for approval. Carlyle will officially assume his new role on July 1, when the school system’s new fiscal year begins, and his predecessor, Dr. Evelyn Gamble-Hilton transfers to her new role as an assistant principal at her alma mater, Southeast Bulloch High School, the district’s second largest school.

 

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Leadership Positions
Director of Student Discipline – Fulton County
Coordinator of Discipline – Clayton County
Principal of Howard Middle School – Bibb County
Principal of Swainsboro Middle School – Emanuel County
Assistant Principal – Simonton Elementary School – Gwinnett County
Assistant Principal – Moore Elementary – Spalding County

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 6/4/18




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Justin Houston, the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, former University of Georgia standout, and Statesboro High alumnus, will return to Bulloch County on June 30, to host the Fourth Annual Justin Houston Football Camp.  Sponsored by his Faith before Fame Foundation, the event is free to youth ages 8 to 18. The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on June 30, at Statesboro High School's Womack Field. Register online at  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/justin-houston-football-camp-2018-tickets-46075574283.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 5/31/18




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The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its scheduled work session on Thursday, May 31, at 6:30 p.m., in the board room of the district's Central Office, located at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro.  Key topics include the following: (1) Fiscal Year 2019 Budget adoption; (2) Legal clarification on Board norms; and (3) a discussion about school safety.

 

Watch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive 

Access Board meeting agendas and packets at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets. School system budgets are available on the district's website at www.bullochschools.org/budget

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 5/31/18




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Bulloch County Schools has several summer camp and summer reading opportunities.  Visit www.bullochschools.org/summercamps for more information or to register.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 5/28/18




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Southeast Bulloch High School's graduation ceremony will be on Fred Shaver Field at 8:30 a.m. as scheduled.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 5/26/18




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Portal Middle High School's 2018 Graduation Ceremony has been moved into the school's gymnasium. The ceremony will still begin at 7:30 p.m.  Due to fire code regulations, only people with tickets will be admitted to the gym.  Each graduated was issued tickets for their guests.

 

Extended family who do not have tickets can watch the ceremony live online at www.wsav.com/graduation , www.bullochschools.org or on the Bulloch County Schools or Portal Middle High School Facebook sites.

 

The decision to move the ceremony is for your safety. The lightning detector on the school's athletic field has activated and there is eminent severe weather in the area.

 

As a courtesy, the school will also live stream the graduation in the school cafeteria for those without tickets who may not be able to leave campus.

 

We look forward to this exciting event for our graduates.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 5/24/18




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Bulloch County Schools' three high schools are scheduled to host their 2018 graduation ceremonies May 24-26, at each school's athletic stadium.  The weather forecast for our area predicts a chance of rain which may affect these outside events. The high school principals will make a decision about whether to activate their alternative rain plans, and they will alert graduates, family and media.  

 

Our area can have rain showers appear, and then they quickly dissipate.  For this reason, principals are monitoring the forecasts within a 90-minute window of each ceremony.  In the interest of providing graduates and as many families members as possible the maximum opportunity to experience graduation live on the athletic fields, the decision about each ceremony's location will be decided one-hour prior to the ceremony:

 

Portal Middle High School 
Ceremony: Thursday, May 24, 7:30 p.m.
Outside location: Portal Middle High Athletic Field; No ticket required
Inside location: Portal Middle High Gymnasium; Seating limited to 15 tickets per graduate
Location decision time: 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 24. 

 

Statesboro High School
Ceremony: Friday, May 25, 7:30 p.m.
Outside location:  Womack Field; Seating limited to 15 tickets per graduate
Inside location: SHS Varsity Gymnasium; Seating limited to 4 tickets per graduate
Location decision time: 6:30 p.m., on Friday, May 25

 

Southeast Bulloch High School
Ceremony: Saturday, May 26, 8:30 a.m.
Outside location: Fred Shaver Field; Seating limited to 15 tickets per graduate
Inside location: SEBHS Gymnasium; Seating limited to the four gold tickets issued to graduates
Location decision time: 7:30 a.m., on Saturday, May 26

 

As part of their graduation planning this year, each school has communicated with its graduates about the alternative rain plans.  The school district is providing a live stream broadcast of each ceremony for the public to watch the events off-site on www.wsav.com, www.bullochschools.org, and on the district's Facebook page. 

 

"We are providing a better-than-being-there quality broadcast for our graduates' families who live overseas, are unable to travel, or who are deployed with our nation's military, but it also provides a viewing option in case of inclement weather," said Superintendent Charles Wilson.

 

"Our ceremonies have now exceeded the seating capacity of Hanner Fieldhouse at Georgia Southern, so when we moved our events back to the high school stadiums last year we overwhelmingly heard from our graduates and parents about how much it meant to have graduation at their schools," Wilson said. 

 

"Our principals are committed to doing everything they can to ensure this year's graduates can enjoy an outdoor experience as well."

 

Because there have been frequent showers this week, guests should bring a small towel to wipe away moisture from seats or bring a stadium cushion.  Umbrellas are not allowed inside the stadiums.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 5/24/18




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Scholars will receive a combined $110,000 

in REACH scholarships in addition to HOPE

 

Bulloch County Schools, the Board of Education, the REACH Georgia program, and the Bulloch County Foundation for Public School Education honored Bulloch County’s very first cohort of REACH Georgia scholars at a special reception at the district’s Central Office on May 10.  Selected in seventh grade, the five scholars are now members of their schools’ 2018 graduating class, some achieving honor graduate and valedictorian status. The district also recognized the mentors and academic coaches who have been paired with the scholars since middle school.

 

Each one of the scholars has successfully met the REACH Georgia program's stringent academic, discipline, attendance, and mentoring requirements since 2013. The scholars all plan to pursue a post-secondary degree from a public college or university in Georgia.

 

The scholars were presented with graduation regalia further recognizing their dedication to and completion of the REACH program’s high standards.  The Georgia Student Finance Corporation has held their scholarship funds in escrow since 2013, and now each will be receive their $10,000 REACH scholarship plus $10,000 in matching funds from their chosen Georgia public college or university. Georgia Southern University is one of 11 institutions that double match the scholarship. Combined the scholars will receive $110,000 in scholarships in addition to HOPE.

 

REACH Georgia is a needs-based mentoring and scholarship program started by Governor Nathan Deal. It is designed to ensure that the state’s academically promising students have the academic, social, and financial support needed to graduate from high school and complete college.  Bulloch County is one of five school systems that the state initially selected to pilot the program in 2013.

 

In Bulloch County the school district’s participation in REACH is underwritten by the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education. The Foundation annually pays the $7,500 seed money investment to the state. In the program’s six-year history, the district has named 25 REACH scholars, but this is the first cohort to graduate. Some of the scholars will be the first in their families to attend college.

 

These are Bulloch County's 2013 Cohort of REACH Georgia Scholars who will graduate with the Class of 2018:

 

Amaya Brown – Statesboro High School 2018 Graduate; daughter of Michael & Tamika Brown; plans to attend East Georgia State College and major in Nursing; Mentor is Mildred Wilson and academic coach is Ashley Thompson.

 

Da'Neshia Jones – Southeast Bulloch High School 2018 Honor Graduate; daughter of Linton & Demetres Jones; plans to attend Kennesaw State College and major in Biology (pre-med); Mentor is Renee Perry and academic coach is Concella Holder.

 

Amonica Kirkland – Portal Middle High School 2018 Valedictorian and Honor Graduate; daughter of Benita Palmer and Gary Kirkland; plans to attend Wesleyan College and major in Pre-Dentistry with a minor in Spanish;  Mentor is Cheri Wagner and academic coach is Jennifer Yates.

 

Kailana Low – Statesboro High School 2018 Honor Graduate; daughter of Leihua Low-Turner; plans to attend Georgia Southern University and major in Early Childhood Education; Mentor is Lauren Amason and academic coach is Dr. Alissa Sasser.

 

Aisley Scarboro – Portal Middle High School 2018 Honor Graduate; daughter of Tan Frison; plans to attend Georgia Southern University and major in Exercise Science; Mentor is Chianti Culver and academic coach is Joe Bettinger.

 

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First cohort of REACH GA Scholars in 2013

 

 

 

 

​(Picture 1 - Pictured L-R) First cohort of REACH Georgia Scholars when they were recognized by the Board of Education in 2013, and their original middle school: De’Neshia Jones (SEBMS), Amonica Kirkland (PMHS), Kailana Low (LCMS), Aisley Scarboro (PMHS), and Amaya Brown (LCMS).

 


First cohort of REACH GA Scholars as members of Class of 2018(Picture 2 – Pictured L-R in same order) 2013 REACH Georgia scholars as members of the Class of 2018 during Bulloch County’s REACH reception.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 5/15/18




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Board of Education 2018The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its scheduled regular session on Thursday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m., in the board room of the district's Central Office, located at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro.  Key topics include the following: (1) recognition of REACH GA Scholar graduates; (2) a presentation by Statesboro High School's career pathway programs; (3) updates from the superintendent about guaranteed and viable curriculum, school safety, and the City of Statesboro's tax allocation district; (4) amendments to Policy JBC and JBCD which deal with school admissions and school transfers/withdrawals; (5) the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget; (6) bids for facilities improvements at our three middle schools, Brooklet Elementary, and Langston Capel Elementary.

 

Watch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive 

Access Board meeting agendas and packets at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets. Previous years' budgets are available on the district's website at www.bullochschools.org/budget

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Published: 5/10/18




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Forms available at BOE’s Central Office & online

 

As the parent or guardian of a student currently enrolled in Bulloch County’s public school district, you have the right to request to transfer your child to another public school in the school district for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. The annual window for this process occurs each May and is open now through 4:30 p.m., on Friday, May 18. 

 

Parents or guardians may obtain a required Transfer Request Form from the school district’s central office, located at 150 Williams Rd., in Statesboro. The form is also available online at www.bullochschools.org/schoolchoice. Complete the form and deliver it by hand to the Bulloch County Board of Education before the deadline. The school system is unable to accept requests after 4:30 p.m. on May 18. The school district will not accept requests or completed forms at its school offices or via fax, email, electronic messaging, or postal carriers.

 

Available Classroom Space
Parents or guardians may request a another public school within the school district as long as the school district has determined that there is available classroom space at the school after all assigned students have been enrolled. Please keep in mind that if you choose to transfer your child to another school in the district, the law requires you to assume all costs and responsibilities related to the transportation of your child to and from the school as long as your child remains at that school. For your convenience, the district’s list of schools with available classroom space for the upcoming school year is listed online at www.bullochschools.org/schoolchoice

 

Transfer requests will be reviewed and approved or denied on the basis of a lottery in the event a particular school has available space and the number of transfer requests exceeds the remaining available capacity. Once available classroom space is reached at a school, no more transfers will be accepted at that school. Since it is possible that you may not receive your first choice, you may indicate more than one choice on the Transfer Request Form.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 5/4/18




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The Bulloch County Board of Education will participate in a board governance training on Tuesday, May 1, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., in the board room of the school district's Central Office, located at 150 Williams in Statesboro. Lisa-Marie Haygood, of the Georgia School Boards Association, will conduct the training.  After the Board completes the required training, it will also briefly discuss the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Budget, which was tabled at its April 26 meeting.

 

Watch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive. Access meeting agendas and packets at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets.  

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 5/1/18




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Board of EducationThe Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its scheduled work session on Thursday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m., in the board room of the district's Central Office, located at 150 Williams Road, in Statesboro.

 

Key topics on the agenda are as follows: (1) the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget; (2) school safety; (3) the Tax Allocation District proposal from the City of Statesboro.  There is no Board packet for this work session.

 

Watch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive. Access meeting agendas and packets at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 4/26/18




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Kindergarten Registration AdvertisementBulloch County Schools will host its main Kindergarten Registration for the 2018-2019 school year the week of April 30 - May 4, 2018.  Schools encourage you to register your child during this time.

 

If your child is enrolled in a Bulloch County Schools Pre-Kindergarten classroom, parents/guardians do not need to register their child for kindergarten unless their child will be attending a different school than where he/she attended Pre-kindergarten.

 

How do I know if my child is eligible for Kindergarten?

In accordance with state guidelines, a child is eligible to attend Kindergarten in Bulloch County if he/she will be five-years-old by September 1, 2018, and the legal, custodial parents/guardians are residents of Bulloch County.

 

What do I need to bring with me to Kindergarten Registration?

For your convenience, a Registration Checklist of Required Documents is available on our website and attached below. It will help you gather the appropriate forms of identification for you and your child. Falsification of any information or document required for residency verification or the use of the address of another person without actually residing there may result in the following: a.) revocation of student enrollment; b.) being held liable to reimburse the district for expenses incurred to educate student(s); and c.) civil action for fraud, negligent misrepresentation and negligence.

 

When do I register my child?

You may register your child for kindergarten anytime between Monday, April 30, and Friday, May 4.  Elementary school offices are open 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. To ensure your child has the best first-day experience possible, please register your child before the first day of school, which is August 1. 

 

Where do I register my child?

Registration must be done at the school where you are zoned for attendance. Students are assigned to a school by their custodial parent or legal guardian's residence address. The legal custodial parent/guardian must accompany children to register for school. Parents and guardians may pick up and return registration packets at their zoned elementary school. During this time, you may also schedule an appointment for your child to be evaluated.

 

My child is enrolled in Bulloch County Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten Program. Do I still register my child for Kindergarten?

If your child is enrolled in a Bulloch County Schools Pre-Kindergarten classroom, you do not need to register your child for kindergarten, unless your child will be attending a different school than where he/she now attends pre-k.

 

Once I register my child, may I transfer him/her to another elementary school in the district?

Once a child is registered for Kindergarten, the school system will not process transfer requests for Kindergarten openings until 10 school days after the first day of school. If a student is already enrolled in a Bulloch County school and changes residences within the county at any time during the year, the parent/guardian must complete an Address Verification Form.  Schools must have this form before changing any addresses on a student.

 

What if I am unable to register my child the week of April 30 – May 4?

If you are unable to register during our main Kindergarten Registration, our elementary school offices will be open Monday – Friday, July 16 – July 31, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., prior to the first day of school, which is August 1. Please ensure that your child is registered before the first day of school.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 4/24/18




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High schools are AP STEM & AP STEM Achievement Schools

 

GA Department of Education LogoThe Georgia Department of Education honored two of our district's high schools last week for student achievement in Advanced Placement math and science courses. Southeast Bulloch High School and Statesboro High School were both named to GaDOE's AP STEM Schools and AP Stem Achievement Schools list for 2018.  Only 140 high schools in the state were able to achieve both AP STEM distinctions.


The recognition means that both schools offer a high number of Advanced Placement math and science courses, their students are choosing to enroll in these academically rigorous courses, a high number of students are also choosing to take at least two of the AP exams for these courses, and a high percentage of the students scored a three or higher to receive college credits for the courses.


Only 213 high schools in the state were named as AP STEM Schools, the honor means that a high number of students chose to test in at least two AP math and two AP science courses (i.e., AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science)


Only 146 high schools in the state were named AP STEM Achievement Schools, an honor achieved when at least 40 percent of the students who take AP math and science tests are able to achieve a score of three or higher out of a possible five on the AP exams.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 4/18/18




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GaDOE names Title I Reward –Highest Performance Schools
BES & NES in top-five percent of state’s top Title I schools

 

Title I Reward School GraphicBrooklet Elementary School and Nevils Elementary School have both achieved Title I Reward School – Highest Performance status for 2018. These schools are among the top-five percent of Georgia’s Title I schools for student achievement. This is the sixth year in a row that BES has received the distinction, and NES rose from Highest Progress recognition in 2017, to now be among the state’s highest performing Title I schools.

 

The Georgia Department of Education’s Academic Achievement Awards Program honors and rewards K-12 Title I schools and school districts for significant progress in improving student achievement and making significant progress in closing achievement gaps. Title I Reward Schools are identified annually by the state. They are schools with the highest absolute performance over three years for the All Students Group in terms of proficiency on statewide assessments. Calculations for this most recent designation were from FY ’15, ’16, and ’17.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 4/18/18




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Bulloch County Board of EducationThe Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its regular session meeting on Thursday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m., in the board room of the district's Central Office, located at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro.

 

Key items on the agenda include the following: (1) a presentation by the district's music teachers; (2) Updates by the superintendent and district administrators on the Tax Allocation District request, the Community Conversations on School Safety, Standards-Based Reporting, character education, the bond issuance timeline, and a Fiscal Year 2019 Budget presentation; and (3) a resolution declaring the results of the recent E-SPLOST.

 

Watch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive . Access meeting agendas and packets at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets.   

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 4/12/18




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Portal FFA Nursery Landscape State Champions 2018Nursery-Landscape Team wins first state title; Advances to Nationals

 

Portal Middle High School’s FFA Nursery-Landscape Team won the State title for their Career Development Event (CDE) on March 24, at the University of Georgia in Athens. Team members Amonica Kirkland, Cayla Morris, Caree McGahee, and Heidi Sawyer advanced to state after winning the Area 4 competition in Swainsboro, on Feb. 27.  The team will now travel to Indianapolis in October to compete in the national Nursery-Landscape CDE held during the National FFA Convention.

 

“They’ve worked hard for months,” said Dr. Tom Marshall, PMHS’s agriculture teacher and FFA advisor. “The team was the state runner-up last year.”  Marshall has led PMHS’s FFA to multiple Area, state and national titles, the last being a Meats Evaluation state title.

 

The Nursery/Landscape CDE allows students to demonstrate their knowledge in plant materials, plant disorders, cultural practices, design and construction, supplies and equipment, safety, interpersonal relations, marketing and records and reports. The National FFA Organization is part of PMHS’s agricultural education programs and is one of four co-curricular student organizations available to Portal students within the school’s six career pathways. 

 

Portal’s Career Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) program offers two agricultural-related career pathways for students to pursue within Georgia’s Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Career Cluster: Plant & Landscape Systems; and  Horticulture & Forest Science

 

FFA is a national organization of over 600,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.  FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program in public schools.  The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Tom Marshall is the Portal FFA advisor.  The Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event is sponsored at the state level by the Georgia FFA Foundation.

 

 

Pictured above: (L-R) - Katie Beth Mims, North Region FFA State Vice President; Cayla Morris,

Amonica Kirkland, Caree McGahee, and Heidi Sawyer of Portal FFA; Dr. Leslie Edgar, Department Head, UGA Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication Department; amd College of Agriculture Student Ambassador.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 4/2/18




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Contest to incorporate student essays, poems,

artwork & videos into cultural diversity training

 

Bulloch County Schools is asking its students to share what makes them different by hosting a Student Cultural Diversity Contest which is open now through April 20, for grades K-12. Students can share their feelings and opinions through essays, poems, original artwork or videos.

 

Bulloch County’s public schools now have children who represent 18 different nationalities and bring 24 different native languages and cultures to classrooms. To help ensure children develop a positive self-image and an appreciation for their own cultures and heritage, Bulloch County Schools has put several initiatives in place to teach employees and students to value and respect how we are each different. The Student Cultural Diversity Contest is one of such initiative.

 

With simple question prompts, “What does cultural diversity mean to you?” and “What makes you different from your classmates?,” Bulloch County Schools’ Human Resources Department will incorporate student input into the district’s new cultural diversity training for employees. The district already has input from parents, citizens and employees who served on the Board of Education’s Diversity Committee, which formed in 2015.

 

How students can participate in the contest:

  • Consider what makes you different from your classmates.
  • Your responses should be your own.  There is no right or wrong answer. We want your own unique and honest age-level perspective.
  • Choose how you want to tell others about what makes you different. Choose either an essay or poem (200 words or less), original artwork, or a video (30 seconds or less).
  • Entries are due to your school principal by 4:30 p.m., on Friday, April 20.
  • Two student entries from each school will be selected.

The school system will create a video of the winning students and their submissions. The video will be used to train employees and communicate about the district’s cultural diversity goals.

 

Bulloch County Schools believes ensuring culturally diverse classrooms will do the following:

  • Help children develop a positive image of their culture.
  • Help children connect with other students and faculty.
  • Help children develop a sense of belonging.
  • Help children build self-esteem and reduce the likelihood of depression and anxiety.
  • Help encourage all families to take part in school activities.
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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 4/2/18




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Bulloch County Board of EducationThe Bulloch County Board of Education will discuss the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget for Bulloch County Schools during its regular session meeting on Thursday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m., in the boardroom of the district's Central Office located at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro.  

 

Watch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive 

Previous years' budgets are available on the district's website at www.bullochschools.org/budget

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 3/30/18




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Speak Up for Education advertisementBOE hosts annual listening & learning forum for Community

 

The Bulloch County Board of Education will host its annual listening and learning forum, Speak Up for Education on Thursday, March 29, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Statesboro High School. The event is for school councils, parents and anyone in the community interested in K-12 public education.

 

Doors Open

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Please enter the main entrances on Lester Road through either the main lobby entrance or the auditorium entrance that faces the student parking lot.

 

New Format

This year Speak Up for Education has a new format. In addition to Superintendent Charles Wilson hosting listening sessions to hear parent’s questions and concerns, the event will focus on equipping and encouraging parents and the community to volunteer in local schools and tips to help children be more successful in school. There will also be a family resource area featuring information from key education support organizations.  

 

Registration (Begins at 5:30)

There will be computers in the main lobby to register your attendance.  Volunteers will be on hand to assist you. A separate area is available to register your children for free childcare (ages birth to 12) services during the event. Event sessions begin at 6:20 p.m. Guests will choose up to three sessions to attend.  A list of available sessions is listed below. Please feel free to arrive and attend sessions as your schedule allows.

 

Free Pizza Supper (5:30 - 6:00)

A free pizza supper is available for all guests and children. It will be served from the SHS Gymnasium Concession Stand in the main hallway, and the cafeteria is open for seating. If you have a child whom you are placing in the event's free childcare area, children will be served their pizza in the childcare area.  

 

Childcare Services

Parents and community members, who attend Speak Up for Education can request free, on-site childcare during the event. The school system’s family liaisons coordinate this service for children ages birth to 12 years old. Please contact Amanda McQuaig at 912-212-8513 or email amcquaig@bullochschools.org to pre-register your children or register them onsite when you arrive.

 

The school system’s family liaisons will provide safe supervision, homework assistance, activities, games a pizza supper, and snacks for children.  For infants please provide all supplies they may need (i.e. bottles, diapers). At the event, an area is provided to securely sign children in and out. 

 

Translation Services & Special Accommodations Available 

Language translation services and American with Disabilities Act accommodations are available by request to best facilitate participation. Please contact Amanda McQuaig at 912.212.8513 or amcquaig@bullochschools.org to request assistance. Spanish translation services will be available for each session topic. Note below the time a translator is available in a session.

 

Meeting Agenda

• 5:30 - 6:00       Doors open - Enter Statesboro High School's main entrance or auditorium entrance from Lester Road.

                           During this time guests will register, enjoy a free pizza supper, and visit the Community Resource Fair.

• 6:00—6:10       Welcome & Announcements (SHS Cafeteria)

• 6:20—6:50       Session 1 - Choose a session from the list below.

• 6:55—7:25       Session 2   Choose a session from the list below.   

• 7:30—8:00       Session 3   Choose a session from the list below.

 

*Spanish translation services are available for each session topic. Note the time a translator is available for a session.

 

Available Sessions

Volunteer: How to become a school volunteer or student mentor

   Location: C- Hall; Room #110 (Translator: 7:30 session)

This is an opportunity for parents, stakeholders, and students to discover how they can become an integral part of our mission, to engage the community while having fun by giving back. We will review the school system’s Volunteer Protocol Guidelines as well as how to get started.  There will be something for everyone to take away and take hold of the notion that they, too, can get on board and support an atmosphere of enthusiasm for learning and sharing. 

 

• Literacy: How to ensure your child reads on grade level to learn

  Location: C- Hall; Room # 107 (Translator: 6:55 session)

Learn about our approach to balanced literacy and your child’s experience within each component at school. Also learn tips and activities you can do at home to support your child’s literacy.

 

• Kindergarten: Skills your child needs to know before day one

   Location: C-Hall; Room #114 (Translator: 6:20 session)

Led by Kindergarten teachers, this session will share useful skills with parents to help their child be ready for Kindergarten as well as fun ways to practice learning these skills at home.

 

• Middle School: Making the middle school years successful

  Location:  C-Hall; Room #224 (Translator: 6:20 session)

Share your experiences as a parent so we can gain feedback to enhance stakeholder and community support. Receive a GMAS flyer with upcoming test dates and tips for middle school students.

 

• High School: College & career ready - A High School Road Map

   Location: C-Hall; Room #131 (Translator: 6:55 session)

This session is for parents of students in 8th- 12th grade. High school counselors will discuss how to best prepare your student to be college and career ready when they graduate from high school. We will explore dual enrollment, standardized testing, apprenticeships, and other important milestones/events in your child's high school career.  Parents and students will leave the session with a plan on how to best tackle high school.    

 

• Family Engagement: Connect families & schools for success

  Location: C-Hall; Room #105 (Translator: All sessions)

Your input is needed. Please join us to review and revise the school system’s District Parent & Family Engagement Policy. Learn what this policy is and how it’s created.  How would you like the district to strengthen parent and family engagement? How can we better use Title I funds for parent and family engagement?

 

• Superintendent’s Listening Session:  

   Location: Media Center (Translator: 7:30 session)

Share your questions and concerns about any issue with Superintendent Charles Wilson.

 

Join the Conversation

For more general information about Speak Up for Education, contact 912.212.8512. To share information about this event via email or social media, reference this link and hashtag. www.bullochschools.org/speakupforeducation and #BullochSpeaksUp2018 or follow and share information about the event on Facebook and Twitter.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 3/27/18




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Lakeidra Grant and Leah CrookeBulloch County Schools employees two full-time school social workers. They provide services and support to children and families. This plays a key role in the school system's efforts to provide safe learning environments. Recognizing the impact that school counselors and social workers have on students' emotional and mental health and the support they provide families and school faculty, the district increased funding for additional personnel in these areas two years ago.

 

"We are honored to have Lakeidra Grant and Leah Crooke, two of the best school social workers anywhere," said Dr. Deborah Mangum, Executive Director of Student Support Services for the district. These are just some of the ways in which they serve:

 

SERVICES TO STUDENTS:

• Provide crisis intervention.

• Develop intervention strategies to increase academic success.

• Assist with conflict resolution and anger management.

• Help children develop appropriate social interaction skills.

• Assist children with understanding and accepting themselves and others.

 

SERVICES TO PARENT/FAMILIES:

• Work with parents to facilitate their support with their child’s school adjustment.

• Alleviate family stress to enable a child to function more effectively in school and the community.

• Assist parents with accessing programs available to students with special needs.

• Assist parents with accessing and utilizing school and community resources.

 

SERVICES TO SCHOOL PERSONNEL:

• Provide staff with essential information to better understand factors that affect a child's performance and behavior (cultural, societal, economic, familial, health, etc.) 

• Assess students with mental health concerns.

• Develop staff in-service training programs.

• Provide direct support to staff.

 

SCHOOL-COMMUNITY LIAISON:

• Obtain and coordinate community resources to meet students' needs.

• Help school districts receive adequate support from social and mental health agencies.

• Advocate for new and improved community and school services to meet the needs of students and families.

• Help the school system respond effectively to each child's needs.

 

SERVICES TO DISTRICTS: 

• Develop alternative programs for students who drop out, who are truant, etc.

• Identify and report child abuse and neglect.

• Provide consultation regarding school law and school policy including Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act that prohibits discrimination based upon disability.

• Provide case management for students and families requiring multiple resources.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 3/21/18




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Bulloch selects K-12 winners in annual writing competition

 

GA Council of Teachers of English LogoBulloch County Schools announced its 13 first-place system-level Young Georgia Authors Contest winners, whose entries will now be submitted to the First District RESA-level competition, and district winners will advance to the state level. State winners will be announced in May, by the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Council of Teachers of English. 

 

Locally, students in kindergarten through twelfth grade participated in the writing event which encourages students to develop enthusiasm for and an expertise in writing. Each school submitted a winning entry for each grade level.  Under the direction of Dr. Yvette Ledford,  a committee of  writing and linguistic majors from GA Southern and school system personnel selected the system-level winners.  

 

This annual competition allows students to choose the best writing genre in which to display their talent, as no prompts are given.  Students may submit short stories, poetry, essays, literary criticism or analysis, journalism, academic or research reports, personal narratives, or any other original student writing. Entries in the state competition will be judged by the Executive Board of Directors of the Georgia Council of Teachers of English and their appointed committee of English Language Arts professionals. 

 

The Young Georgia Authors writing competition has given public school students an opportunity to showcase their language arts expressions for more than 20 years.  It is co-sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education (DOE) and the Georgia Council of Teachers of English (GCTE).  

 

These are the 2017-2018 system-level winners for Bulloch County by grade level, school, student name and title of work:

 

K - Portal Elementary - Lalie W. NeSmith - "Emily Got Lost"

1 -  Portal Elementary - Railyn J. Hampton - "Let’s Go to the Moon"

2 -  Sallie Zetterower Elementary -  Gaby Garcia - "The Scary Cave"

3 -  Nevils Elementary - Sarah Reddin - "The Dog and the Cat"

4 - Stilson Elementary - Aubrey Williams - "Kindness Is Calling"

5 - Mill Creek Elementary - Sophia Pellegino - "Guide Dog"

6 - Portal Middle High - Sara Logan Finch - "The Ancient Stones"

7 - William James Middle - Dean Raymond Harper - “The Wave

8 - William James Middle -  Evy Shen - "Greater than Success"

9 - Southeast Bulloch High - Chloe Branch - "Today’s Tomorrow"

10 - Portal Middle High School - Kaleb Horton - “The Feeling” 

11 - Statesboro High - Riley Handley - "I Found a Journal on the Train"

12 Southeast Bulloch High- Isabell Duran- "The Rooms That Shaped Me"

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 3/21/18




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Superintendent Charles Wilson speaks with parentsBulloch County Superintendent of Schools Charles Wilson will host additional Community Conversation events about school safety on Monday, March 26, at Statesboro High School, and Wednesday, March 28, at Portal Elementary School, both from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The series of forums, which were also held on March 13 and March 19, are for students, parents, employees and community members to share their questions and concerns about school safety. More than 100 people have attend the sessions to date.

 

Another opportunity is during Speak Up for Education. Though not specifically about school safety, Superintendent Wilson will also host listening sessions during Speak Up for Education on Thursday, March 29, at Statesboro High School. Additional questions and concerns about school safety are welcome.  Speak Up for Education begins at 5:30 p.m., and 30-minute sessions with the superintendent will be held at 6:20, 6:55 and 7:30. The 7:30 p.m. session will also provide Spanish translation.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 3/20/18




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Schools are closed Monday, March 12, and Tuesday, March 13 for faculty planning and training days. 

 

When students return Wednesday March 14, each school will observe a moment of silence in the morning . This time is to provide students and employees a time to remember lives lost due to school violence.

 

In regards to student-led assemblies on March 14, each school administrator will work with students or student organizations who wish to express themselves.  Administrators have plans for how their schools will have age-appropriate ways to respect and acknowledge student voices but also ensure the rights and safety of others.  School counselors are available to counsel students if needed.

 

Our schools will do everything possible to maintain safety, order, open dialogue and discipline.  For this reason, these times of remembrance and reflection are not open for public participation.   

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 3/11/18




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Nan RushingNearly 200 students from Southeast Bulloch Middle School, Portal Middle High School, Langston Chapel Middle School and William James Middle School will compete in the 33rd Annual Nan Rushing Write-Off on Saturday, March 9, from 8 a.m. – 12 noon, at Southeast Bulloch High School. The school district's English language arts teachers strive for students to reach their academic best in language arts, and the Nan Rushing Write-off is an opportunity for students to showcase their skills. The awards ceremony will be held at approximately 11:45 a.m. For the second year, the event is sponsored by Barr Law Offices of Statesboro.


Nearly 200 students will compete as individuals in eight English language arts categories including capitalization/punctuation, mental concentration, persuasive speech, narrative writing, persuasive writing, vocabulary, spelling, and usage/language expression. Their scores and placements earn points for an overall school team score.  Awards will be given to the top scoring individuals and overall school teams. 


The competition was started in 1985 by then language arts teacher Nan Rushing, who had received a $1,000 mini-grant from the school system to begin a writing event in Nevils. Of the 10 mini-grants awarded in 1985, by former School Superintendent Ed Wynn, the Nan Rushing Write-off and the Penny Sikes Math Tournament are the two remaining programs that have stood the test of time and offered a valuable tool for encouraging students in math and language arts.  


Rushing was an educator for 37 years. The Write-Off was named in her honor in 2008. Businesses and civic groups like Excelsior EMC, Brooklet Kiwanis, local banks, and others have helped support the write-off through the years after the initial grant ended. Barr Law Offices’ sponsorship allows students to compete for free and provides refreshments, awards and trophies for participants.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 3/10/18




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Board of Education 2018The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its regular session on Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m., in the board room of the district's Central Office, located at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro.  Key topics include the following: a presentation from Brooklet Elementary School; Speak Up for Education; a Diversity Initiative update; an update about E-SPLOST IV and its project priorities; and an E-Rate proposal for network switches.  

 

Watch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive . Access meeting agendas and packets at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets.  

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 3/8/18




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State of Georgia state sealThe State Board of Education will hold a public hearing for citizens in the 12th Congressional District on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Columbia County Commission Auditorium, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive – Building A, Evans, GA 30809.

 

The 12th Congressional District includes Bulloch as well as these counties: Richmond, Burke, Jenkins, Screven, Emanuel, Treutlen, Laurens, Wheeler, Montgomery, Toombs, Candler, Evans, Tattnall, Appling, Jeff Davis, and Coffee along with parts of Columbia and Effingham counties. 

 

The purpose of the hearing is to hear comments from interested citizens and educators within the congressional district regarding the performance and problems of public education.

 

Persons wishing to speak should sign in upon arrival. For more information, please contact Mrs. Debbie Caputo at 404-657-7410.

 

The Georgia Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services or activities. Individuals who need assistance or auxiliary aids for participation in this public forum are invited to make their needs known to Mrs. Debbie Caputo at 404-657-7410.

 

Source: From Georgia Department of Education Reports

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 3/2/18




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Bulloch County Schools will host its annual Pre-Kindergarten Registration March 1 - March 9.  Parents and guardians may visit their child's zoned school during school hours (8 a.m. - 2 p.m. weekdays) to obtain a registration packet.  The school system will host an evening registration time on Monday, March 5, from 5:00 p.m. -7 p.m., at the Bulloch County Board of Education, located at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro. Only a child’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) may register him/her for pre-k. You do not have to bring your child to registration.

 

The school system has 19 pre-kindergarten sites and a limit of 416 available seats for children, for this reason it is important to register during March 1 - March 9, to ensure a spot for your child or to be included in our lottery drawings. Approval for a child to be included in any Pre-K lottery does not guarantee placement.

 

There are multiple pre-k sites within some school zones, so remember you may have other options if a site fills up. Also, if you are willing to provide transportation for your child, you may consider one of our sites that is not in your school zone. Out-of-Zone Pre-Kindergarten Forms are available by request from your zoned school. 

 

If a child attends an out-of-zone pre-kindergarten site, the child will then attend kindergarten at his/her zoned school unless a House Bill 251 School Choice/School Transfer Request has been requested and approved by the district. 

 

Questions about the pre-kindergarten registration process should be directed to the Board of Education at 212-8558 or 212-8570 or visit www.bullochschools.org/prekindergarten. A Pre-Kindergarten Registration flyer in English and Spanish is also available on this website. The lottery drawing schedule can also be found there.

 

Pre-Kindergarten Information Night for Parents
Bulloch County Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten Program will host a Pre-K Information Night for parents on Monday, Feb. 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the district’s Central Office Boardroom, on 150 Williams Road in Statesboro. This is a questions and answer session for parents and guardians who wish to learn more about the Georgia Pre-K Program and Bulloch County Schools’ Pre-K Registration process.  The event will be led by Dr. Yvette Ledford, Bulloch County Schools’ Pre-K Program Director. The school system will host its annual Pre-K Registration March 1 – March 9. For more information, contact 912.212.8570.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 3/1/18




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Speak Up for Education AdvertisementBOE hosts annual listening & learning forum for community 

 

The Bulloch County Board of Education will host its annual listening and learning forum, Speak Up for Education on Thursday, March 29, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Statesboro High School. The event is for school councils, parents and anyone in the community interested in K-12 public education. Doors open at 5:30 for registration and a free pizza supper for families. The event’s session begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. For anyone who needs free childcare, translation services or special accommodations to attend, please contact 912.212.8513.

 

New Format

This year Speak Up for Education has a new format. In addition to Superintendent Charles Wilson hosting listening sessions to hear parent’s questions and concerns, the event will focus on equipping and encouraging parents and the community to volunteer in local schools and tips to help children be more successful in school. There will also be a family resource area featuring information from key education support organizations.  

 

Learning & Learning Sessions

The main sessions will begin at 6:00 p.m. Guests will choose up to three sessions to attend. Topics include the following: 

• Volunteer: How to become a school volunteer or student mentor 

• Literacy: How to ensure your child reads on grade level to learn

• Kindergarten 101: Skills your child needs to know before day one 

• Middle School 101: How to help your child be successful

• High School 101: How to ensure your teen is college & career ready

• Family Engagement: Be involved & have a voice in reviewing and revising the district's policies for parent & family engagement

• Superintendent’s Listening Session: Share questions and concerns with superintendent.

 

Meeting Agenda

• 5:30 - 6:00       Doors open; Registration & Pizza Supper 

                           Enter main entrance or auditorium entrance.

                           Meal served in cafeteria.

• 6:00—6:10       Welcome & Announcements (SHS Cafeteria)

• 6:20—6:50       Session 1 

• 6:55—7:25       Session 2      

• 7:30—8:00       Session 3

 

Childcare Services

Parents and community members, who attend Speak Up for Education can request free, on-site childcare during the event. The school system’s family liaisons coordinate this service for children ages birth to 12 years old. Please contact Amanda McQuaig at 912-212-8513 or email amcquaig@bullochschools.org by March 26, to register your child.

 

The school system’s family liaisons will provide safe supervision, homework assistance, activities, games a pizza supper, and snacks for children.  For infants please provide all supplies they may need (i.e. bottles, diapers). At the event, an area is provided to securely sign children in and out. 

 

Translation Services & Special Accommodations Available 

Language translation services and American with Disabilities Act accommodations are available by request to best facilitate participation. Please contact Amanda McQuaig at 912.212.8513 or amcquaig@bullochschools.org by Monday, March 26 to request assistance.

 

Join the Conversation

For more general information about Speak Up for Education, contact 912.212.8512. To share information about this event via email or social media, reference this link and hashtag. www.bullochschools.org/speakupforeducation and #BullochSpeaksUp2018 or follow and share information about the event on Facebook and Twitter.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 2/27/18




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Bulloch County Board of EducationThe Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its scheduled work session on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m., in the boardroom of the district's Central Office, located at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro. Key topics for discussion include the following: (1)Georgia School Boards Association legislative positions and delegate appointments; (2) Policy JBCD; (3) Capital projects updates; and (4) Discussion of the proposed Tax Allocation District intergovernmental agreement between the City of Statesboro and the BOE.

 

Watch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive . Access meeting agendas and packets at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets.  

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 2/21/18




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Bulloch County Board of Education membersThe Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its scheduled regular session on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 6:30 p.m., in the boardroom of the district's Central Office, located at 150 Williams Road, in Statesboro. Key topics will include the following: (1) a presentation from Southeast Bulloch High School; (2) a presentation of innovation mini grants to teachers by the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education; (3) updates about current district initiatives and events; (4) an update about the Tax Allocation District agreement with the City of Statesboro; and (5) a request from the Bulloch County Commission on Human Services for the Board of Education to continue to serve as the fiscal agent for the Family Connection Partnership Grant (upt to $50,000).

 

Watch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive . Access meeting agendas and packets at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets.  

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 2/8/18




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Bulloch County Spelling Bee Champion and Runner upBrothers keep Bee in the family with multiple wins
Mattie Lively’s Brianna Davis is runner up

 

Worlanyo Gato, a 13-year-old, eighth-grade student at Southeast Bulloch Middle School (SEBMS) won the 2018 Bulloch County Spelling Bee on Feb. 5, at Statesboro High School. Gato grabbed the title after 10 rounds by correctly spelling the words “loam” and “newton,” after his remaining challenger, Brianna Davis, of Mattie Lively Elementary School (MLES) incorrectly spelled “haversack.” Gato is the son of Worlanyo Eric and Vivian Gato of Statesboro.  Davis is the 11-year-old daughter of Vanity Hendrix and Bryan Davis of Statesboro.

 

This is the second championship for Gato, who first won the local title at age 10, in 2015, when he was in fifth grade at MLES. His win Monday also made SEBMS home to the Bee champion for the second year in a row. Worlanyo’s brother Elkem of Brooklet Elementary School was runner up to the 2017 champion, Eric Lim of SEBMS and was his school's alternate this year.

 

The Bulloch County Association of Educators (BCAE) hosts and sponsors the Bulloch County Spelling Bee each year. Thirteen elementary and middle school students from Bulloch County Schools and the Statesboro STEAM Academy competed this year.

 

Gato will advance to the Georgia Association of Educators’ District 8 Spelling Bee on Feb. 24, at Jane Macon Middle School in Brunswick, GA, where he will compete against 33 county champions from 31 southeast Georgia counties.  The winner of the District 8 Spelling Bee will advance to the GAE State Spelling Bee on March 16, at the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, GA, and possibly the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in June.  


Gato and Davis received trophies and $100 and $50 cash prizes respectively. Each of the other school-level winners received medals. School-level winners who competed this year were the following: Issy Ackerly, Brooklet Elementary; Xavier Deckard, Julia P. Bryant Elementary; Tazmerria Wilson, Langston Chapel Middle; Cammy Parker, Mill Creek Elementary; Trevor Cannon, Nevils Elementary; Sadie Thomas, Portal Elementary; Briar Lee, Portal Middle High; Serena Lee, Sallie Zetterower Elementary; Ethan Cave, Statesboro STEAM Academy; Avery Register, Stilson Elementary; and Evy Shen, William James Middle.  Disaya Hagan was the school level winner for Langston Chapel Elementary, but she, nor her alternate, Lantice Torrence, were able to compete in the county contest.
 

Judges for this year’s Spelling Bee were Barbara Brown and Melissa Anderson of Bulloch County Schools and Adrienne DeFoe-Dobbs of Statesboro STEAM Academy.  The guest pronouncer was Reagan Daly of Georgia Southern University.  This year’s GAE Bulloch County Spelling Bee Coordinator was Chianti L. Culver, also with GA Southern.

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Pictured above: Brianna Davis, runner up, and Worlanyo Gato, 2018 Bulloch County Spelling Bee Champion

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 2/5/18




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Bulloch County Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten Program will host Pre-K Information Night for Parents on Monday, Feb. 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the district’s Central Office Boardroom, on 150 Williams Road in Statesboro. This is a question and answer session for parents and guardians who wish to learn more about the Georgia Pre-K Program and Bulloch County Schools’ Pre-K Registration process. 

 

The event will be led by Dr. Yvette Ledford, Bulloch County Schools’ Pre-K Program Director. The school system will host its annual Pre-K Registration March 1 – March 9. For more information, contact 912.212.8570 or visit www.bullochschools.org/prekindergarten

 

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 2/4/18




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Statesboro Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department LogoThe Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks & Recreation Department (SBCPRD) is now accepting applications for its Building Bulloch Pride (BBP) Program for youth ages 13 to 15. The program provides young teens, who are too old to attend a day camp program and not old enough to be a paid SBCPRD counselor, the opportunity to develop the social, physical, emotional and mental skills necessary to become a possible Youth Program Counselor and volunteer when they are older. 


BBP participants volunteer with local businesses and organizations where they learn different ways to give back to our community. They also work as a counselor in training with the SBCPRD's Summer Day Camp program. The recreation department transports participants to the different locations each week . Participants assist in all-day camp activities as well as complete at least three weeks of volunteer time at participating organizations. Volunteering more is an option.

 

If you or someone you know is interested in this program, these are the requirements:

  • Complete the full BBP application (attached below or available at SBCPRD).
  • Complete 2-3 training days;Summer Program Staff Training & Orientation and any organizational meetings.
  • Go through interview process with camp counselors.
  • Cost of the program is $25 for the summer and will cover t-shirts for each participant as well as transportation throughout the summer.
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm and competency

The main objective of BBP is to offer an educational and recreational alternative for middle and high school youth and develop exceptional future counselors and activity specialists for the SBCPRD's current and future programs. For more information, contact Kimberly Sharpe at (912) 489-9087 or ksharpe@bullochrec.com. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 1/31/18




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Principals & hiring supervisors seek candidates for all position types

Employee Recruitment Fair Advertisement

Bulloch County Schools will host an Employee Recruitment Fair on Saturday, February 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, at Sallie Zetterower Elementary School in Statesboro. Principals and hiring supervisors hope to meet people interested in teacher, special education, school nutrition, bus driver, custodian, and paraprofessional positions with the district in addition to substitutes for each of these areas. Participants are encouraged to bring a resume.

 

“We are in our main hiring season February through August,” said Bulloch County Schools' Human Resources Director Phillip Tremble. He sees the event as the new, annual way to better inform interested candidates about the school system. “It’s a great opportunity to meet and network face-to-face with those who make our hiring decisions and learn how to apply for open positions.”

 

Individuals with four-year degrees in non-education fields who are interested in becoming a teacher may also obtain information about the Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (GaTAPP) Program.

 

Bulloch County Schools is one of Bulloch County’s largest employers with more than 1,750 full-time, part-time, substitute, seasonal and contracted services employees. Teachers make up nearly 800 of those positions. The remainder are support staff who support services to the district’s more than 10,600 students, 15 schools, and alternative learning centers. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 1/29/18




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Book Mobile Bus ExampleGovernor Nathan Deal announced on Jan. 22, that Bulloch County Schools’ is one of 48 recipients of a 2018 Early Language and Literacy Mini-Grant from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement and the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy at Georgia College.  The school system will receive $20,000 for its Get on the Bus project which will convert a school bus into a book mobile to support the district’s early learning and literacy initiatives. Literacy is the number one problem the district faces as it works to ensure each child is reading on grade level by third grade.

 

Dr. Yvette Ledford, one of four academic support directors for the district and director of the school system’s Pre-Kindergarten Program, successfully wrote the winning grant proposal. “We are very excited about this grant,” Ledford said. “Our first steps will be to complete the exterior and interior design of the bus, stock it with a variety of quality books, and plan a schedule of upcoming events.”

 

She said the school system’s goal for Get on the Bus is to implement and sustain a bus mobile that travels throughout Bulloch County, but especially to neighborhoods and communities that lack access to reading and language resources. “The bus will particularly provide books, help build home libraries, and encourage reading for families who have infants or early-elementary-age children,” Ledford said. “We will also have educational activities for families. We want to create a positive early literacy experience one book at a time."

 

Ledford has secured a retired school bus from the district and retained several local sponsors and community partners. Books-a-Million has already donated books to help stock the bus mobile, and Walmart Distribution Center has donated $2,500. Whitfield Signs has also stepped up to ensure the bus is a visually appealing roving beacon for literacy.  Other community partners include the Statesboro Regional Library, Altrusa International Club of Statesboro, Ogeechee Technical College, Digital Office Equipment, Boy Scouts of America (Pack 935), Madison Meadows, Little Lotts Creek, Merritt & Merritt Law Firm, Elm Street Church of God, African American Business Owners Community Foundation, and Concerned Clergy of Statesboro.

 

“For this project to have longevity, we will continue to need volunteers and organizations committed to annual giving,” Ledford said. “Of course we literally want children to get on the bus and find interesting books to read or have read aloud to them, but we also want our community to get on the bus and support initiatives to improve literacy in Bulloch County.”  ​

 

Each fall, when more approximately 1,300 children enter the district’s pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes, the early literacy skills that each possesses can be drastically different. Educators strive to have all children reading on grade level by third grade. That’s a task they can’t fully accomplish without literacy and language skills being encouraged in the home and community from birth forward.

 

On behalf of the school district, Ledford surveyed more than 400 parents who have children under eight-years-old. She discovered that over 50 percent did not have access to language resources, lacked access to the local library, and had less than 10 books in their home. State GKIDS data for the district’s kindergarten students showed that only 75 percent of children have the academic skills expected, and there are pockets of school zones where it dips to 50 percent. This affects academic achievement levels throughout early elementary as teachers work diligently to narrow gaps.

 

“These mini-grants provide communities with additional resources to put more students on track,” Governor Deal said in the state’s announcement. “The bright minds of Georgia’s students are the state’s most precious resource, and I commend the educators and community partners working to prepare them for future success.”

 

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Pictured: An example of how the district would like the Get on the Bus Mobile to look.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 1/28/18




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Bulloch County Schools' Special Education Department will destroy certain confidential special education records on February 28, 2018. The records which will be destroyed meet these criteria:

  • Records with personally identifiable information that were used in the provision of a free and appropriate public education
  • Records no longer needed to provide educational services to students.
  • Records of students whose birthdays fall between January 1, 1995 and December 31, 1995.

With appropriate identification, former students may obtain their records by contacting the Bulloch County Schools Special Education Department weekdays between the hours of 8:00 a.m.to 4:30 p.m., at 912-212-8580. If no request for records is received on or before February 28, 2018, the above mentioned records will be destroyed.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 1/28/18




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GA School Parent SurveyBulloch County Schools encourages parents to participate in the Georgia Department of Education’s (GaDOE) annual Georgia Parent Survey. This survey, along with the Georgia Student Health Survey II and the Georgia School Personnel Survey, gives parents, students and school system employees an opportunity to offer feedback about the climate and safety of our local schools. Parents have until March 2, 2018, to complete the online survey, at http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents. You may complete one survey for each school where you have a child. The survey is available in English and Spanish. For more information about Georgia's School Climate surveys visit www.bullochschools.org/gaclimatesurveys.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 1/27/18




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Clovers   Co Concert FlyerThe Bulloch County 4H and the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education, along with the University of Georgia College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences proudly present Clovers & Co. in concert on Saturday, January 27, at 7:00 p.m., in the Statesboro High School Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and children under 5 are free.


Opening acts include the Southeast Bulloch High School Girls Trio, the Statesboro High School Comedy Team and SEBHS senior Chyann Rose, a local performing artist, who is a member of Clovers & Co. If you like live, acoustic music, phenomenal talent, and music from a variety of decades, don’t miss this show.


Help us thank these great local sponsors for their support in bringing Clovers & Company to Bulloch County: Cool Beanz Espresso Bar & CAKE, SACK, Shane’s Rib Shack, Smoothie King, Minuteman Press of Statesboro, CORE Credit Union, Renasant Bank, Southern Aerial Solutions, Northland Cable, Statesboro Agency, Party Harbor, Colony Bank, Pladd Dot Music, and the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education.


Clovers & Co. is Georgia’s premier youth musical ensemble and is composed of talented singers, dancers, musicians and stagehands ranging in age from 12 to 18. Their auditions through the GA 4H performing arts program and proven talent have landed them a coveted spot in the 55-member traveling cast. Clovers & Co.’s superior talent will leave you amazed that these are only middle and high school students.


For this reason, it’s not surprising that alumni of the cast have gone on to be celebrated stars in the music and entertainment industry. Stars like Hillary Lindsey, an acclaimed, multi-award-winning songwriter, whose written numerous number one hits for today’s top acts like Lady Gaga (Million Reasons), Carrie Underwood (Jesus Take the Wheel and six other of her #1 hits), Lady Antebellum (American Honey), and Sara Evans (A Little Bit Stronger), and Sugarland’s lead singer, Jennifer Nettles.

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 1/27/18




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Don t Spread the Flu flyerHow we help keep teachers & children healthy

 

Flu season is underway. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s a rough one because this year’s influenza strain and vaccine are not well matched. However, getting vaccinated is still the best way to prevent against influenza. These are facts and tips to help you and your family know more and help protect yourselves.

 

How is the flu affecting teacher & student attendance?

In January each of our 15 schools had more than 90 percent of their students in attendance, with the exception of Portal Elementary and Portal Middle High, whose attendance did dip to 86-89 percent on January 22-24.  Normally a school's overall attendance is 95 to 100 percent.

 

Bulloch County Schools has more than 750 certified teachers. Absences are common for a variety of reasons: sickness, caring for a sick child, medical procedures, jury duty, state or local professional development, or traveling with a student to a competition.

 

District-wide the highest numbers of teachers requesting sick leave were 42 on Jan. 22, 55 on Jan. 23 and 45 on Jan. 24. None of our schools had more than eight teachers absent in a single day due to sick leave, except Statesboro High School, which had 10 out on Jan. 22 and 9 on both Jan. 23 and 24. SHS has a total of 150 certified teachers. Sick leave requests can be for surgeries, recuperating from medical procedures, doctor's visits, being home with a sick child, or for any illness, so it’s not known if the absences were due to the flu.

 

Ways we help prevent the spread of the flu virus

Bulloch County Schools partners annually with the Department of Public Health to provide a Flu Vaccine Clinic at every school. Information is sent home to all parents to gain their permission and inform them how to prevent the flu. The vaccines are administered by Bulloch County Health Department personnel. This year we received parent permission to vaccinate 466 students. 

 

Bulloch County Schools also partners with local pharmacies to provide a series of flu shot clinics for all our employees and their spouses. This year only 300 employees and their spouses took advantage of these clinics. That is less than half of the number we usually have.  We do encourage all employees and their families to get the flu shot.

 

Ways we help maintain healthy schools year-round

Each of our schools has a trained registered nurse on staff.  For many children, our nurses are the first line of medical care. Our nurses see an average of 75 students per day.  Nurses treat children with the usual headaches, stomach aches, fevers, strains and sprains, head lice, and acute injuries. They also help treat any health issues that arise with employees. School nurses help manage the care of students with diagnosed conditions like diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and asthma. They oversee on-site care and medicines which need to be dispensed at school and help teach children about their medical conditions. They conduct hearing and vision tests for children who may not have received this care from a pediatrician or health department. Our nurses teach CPR to school staff, and they are part of the certified emergency response team at every school. School nurses provide everyday prevention education and materials to faculty and students.

 

Bulloch County Schools' nurses contact parents and send a child home if he/she has a temperature of 100 degrees with symptoms of coughing, sore throat, and malaise. If a child is sent home with a fever, the school nurse informs the parent that the child should not return to school until 24 hours after fever is gone without the use of any fever-reducing medication.

 

Employee custodian teams at each school manage the cleanliness of our facilities. Schools are inspected monthly during scheduled and random visits by the district’s warehouse and custodial services coordinator. Schools receive a cleanliness grade using a rubric based on standards developed by the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) and the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI). We review the results with each school’s head custodian, to applaud what is going well and offer suggestions for improving problem areas. 

 

Flu viruses are relatively fragile, so standard practices, such as cleaning with soap and water, can help remove and kill them. According to the Department of Public Health, the flu virus can live and potentially infect a person for only 2 to 8 hours after being deposited on a surface. Therefore, special sanitizing processes beyond routine cleaning, including closing schools to clean every surface in the building, are not necessary or recommended to slow the spread of flu, even during a flu outbreak.

 

The school system provides antibacterial soap dispensers in all lavatory areas in all facilities.

 

Would Schools Close Due to Illness?

Our district maintains contact with both the local Department of Public Health and the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency about local safety and health conditions. Any recommendation to close schools due to an epidemic or a threatened epidemic would come from the Centers of Disease Control, our local health department or the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency.

 

What Can You Do to Help?

  • Get the flu vaccine.
  • Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water.
  • Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils, and to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Fever (100 degrees), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also have vomiting and/or diarrhea.
  • Don’t send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are sick at school will be sent home. Staying home when sick will allow your children to rest and allows you to monitor their health closely. Keeping your sick child home is the responsible thing to do. It protects fellow students and school staff, especially those who are at higher risk of severe illness due to medical conditions or medications that weaken their immune systems.
  • Keep your child home until at least 24 hours with no fever without the aid of fever reducers and seek medical care.
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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 1/26/18




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School Calendar GraphicThe Bulloch County Board of Education approved a two-year academic school calendar at its work session on January 18. The approved academic calendars for Year 2018-2019 and Year 2019-2020 are attached. There is a list view and a month view of each. The calendars are also available on our website. These approved calendars were both Option 1 from the proposed calendars.

 

The Board had two calendar options from which to choose for each year. The options were developed by a 12-member committee comprised of teachers, principals, directors, and chief officers with the school system, The committee used feedback from surveys sent to both employees and to parents and business representatives who serve on the district's 15 school councils. Once the proposed options were finalized, the district surveyed all employees a second time. More than 53 percent of the district's employees recommended Option 1 for both years. 

 

The superintendent presented the proposed calendar options to the Board on January 11. The Board approved to place both options on the table for review and to allow time for input from parents.  The school system emailed the calendar options to all parents and placed them on the district's website and social media platforms. 

 

Parents submitted valuable feedback. Of those who responded, 44 percent also recommended Option 1 for both years, 36 percent preferred Option 2 and 20 percent offered feedback but did not have a calendar preference.

 

Key highlights of the calendars include the following:

  • First day of school is August 1 for both years.
  • There are 177 student days for each year.
  • The school system built in training and planning days for faculty beyond pre- and post-planning to allow more time for teachers to collaborate in their professional learning communities and for district-wide planning on the school system's guaranteed and viable curriculum initiative.
  • Eight-week summer helps lower students' summer learning loss. The 8-week vs.12-week summer lessens the childcare burden for some families and spreads cost throughout the year.
  • In addition to Semester Break, there are one-week breaks in October, November, February and April.
  • Optional make-up days are built into the calendars and may be activated by the superintendent if needed.
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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 1/22/18




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Board of Education 2018The Bulloch County Board of Education will host its scheduled work session on Thursday, January 18, at 6:30 p.m., in the board room of the district's Central Office. Key topics on the agenda include the following: discussion and possible approval of school calendars for 2018-2019 and 2019 -2020; a Fiscal Year 2019 E-Rate proposal for telecommunications and Internet solutions for all the district's campuses; and a discussion about the Blue Mile Tax Allocation District.

 

Watch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive . Access meeting agendas and packets at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets.  

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 1/18/18




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The Bulloch County Board of Education approved at its Jan. 11, meeting to place school calendar options for the next two years (2018-2019 and 2019-2020) on the table for public review and comment. The proposed calendar options were developed by a 12-member faculty and staff committee with input from administrators, principals, teachers, school councils made up of parents and business representatives, and all other school system employees.

 

The school system surveyed its employees prior to the Board presentation. The survey revealed that more than 70 percent of respondents prefered Option One for both calendars. The Board will approve a calendar option for each of the years at either its Jan. 18 or Feb. 8, meeting.

 

Due to an increase in need for school closings due to weather events, all of the calendar options include identified, potential make up days. These are listed as a courtesy notification to employees, parents and the public. Whether the days would actually be used after a school closure would still be decided by the superintendent. 

 

The calendar options are attached, and are also available at www.bullochschools.org/calendarsandmenus. To give input about the calendar options, email webster@bullochschools.org or contact the Board of Education. Contact information is listed at www.bullochschools.org/board.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 1/15/18




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Bulloch County Schools will not make up the two school days missed due to the winter storm which hit the area Jan. 3. Superintendent Charles Wilson announced the decision on Friday, Jan. 12. Students had been scheduled to return from their semester/winter holiday break on Thursday, Jan. 4, but the school system had to remain closed for students and employees Jan. 3 through Jan. 5. 

 

The school system's 2017-2018 calendar had 176 days scheduled for students. However, with the winter storm days, plus the three missed days due to Hurricane Irma (Sept. 8, 11 & 12), students will now have 171 instruction days.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 1/15/18




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Board of Education 2017The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its scheduled, annual organizational meeting on Thursday, January 11, at 6:30 p.m., in the board room of the district's Central Office in Statesboro. The Board will elect its chairman, vice-chairman, and approve meeting dates for 2018.

 

Other items on the agenda include policy changes for employee leave and use of private vehicles and the district's financial reports.  The Board will also discuss two-year calendar options for 2018-2020 for students and employees.

 

Watch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive . Access meeting agendas and packets at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets.  

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 1/11/18




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Nevils Elementary Custodian TeamNevils Elementary School's and Southeast Bulloch High School's custodian teams received Clean School Awards from Bulloch County Schools on January 11. NES received the award for having the cleanest school in the district  based on their December inspection, and SEBHS won the most-improved award. Results are based on monthly inspections conducted by the district’s Facilities & Auxiliary Support Department.

 

The teams were surprised at their schools by Superintendent Charles Wilson, Chief Operations Officer Paul Webb and Mike Copeland, who conducts the monthly inspections. Custodians help provide a safe, clean and healthy learning environment for children and help ensure the school district is a good steward of the community's public school facilities and resources. 

 

Bulloch County Schools’ Clean School Awards program is a friendly competition between custodians at each of the district’s 15 schools. The campuses are inspected monthly during scheduled and random visits by Mike Copeland, the district’s warehouse and custodial services coordinator. Schools receive a cleanliness grade using a rubric based on standards developed by the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) and the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI). Copeland reviews results with each school’s head custodian, to applaud what is going well and offer suggestions for improving problem areas. Copeland calculates scores to determine the cleanest school based on a 100-point scale and a most-improved school comparing the current and previous month’s scores.

 

District and school administrators believe clean, safe learning environments have a positive effect on student performance and how students and families feel about their schools. Research by the National School Climate Center found that “schools with positive overall school climates tend to have better test scores and graduation rates.” 

 

Bulloch County Schools’ custodian teams work in shifts from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to tidy up after nearly 12,000 students and faculty. Combined they mop, wax, scrub and dust nearly 1.6 million sq. ft. of space, clean more than 500 bathrooms, clean hundreds of windows and empty more than 1,200 trash bins daily. This is the challenge they accept each school day and even on weekends when facilities are used for school events or rented by community groups. 

 

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Pictured: Click Here for a link to photos. Custodian teams who received awards during the first semester were Sallie Zetterower Elementary (August and September), Mattie Lively Elementary (November), and Nevils Elementary (December) - Cleanest Schools; and Stilson Elementary (August), William James Middle (September), Langston Chapel Elementary (November), and Southeast Bulloch High School (December) - Most Improved Schools. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 1/11/18




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Toddler Time Event LogoBulloch County Schools is hosting a Toddler Time on Thursday, Jan. 11, from 11;30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Luetta Moore Community Center in Statesboro, for all infants and children in our community through age four (Ages 0 to 4). A free lunch will be provided for parents and toddlers. No registration necessary.

 

Sponsored by the school system's Parent and Family Engagement Liaisons, the event will also feature information about Head Start and Babies Can't Wait, plus a surprise guest and door prizes. Parents can also enter to win a $50 Walmart Gift Card.

 

The event is part of Bulloch County Schools' ongoing initiatives to encourage early learning, literacy and parent involvement in their child's education. 

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Published: 1/10/18




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Clovers and Company Concert FlyerThe Bulloch County 4H and the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education, along with the University of Georgia College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences proudly present Clovers & Co. in concert on Saturday, January 27, at 7 p.m., in the Statesboro High School Auditorium. The event is open to the public and is a benefit event for the Foundation.

 

Opening acts are the Southeast Bulloch High School Advanced Chorus and Chyann Rose, a local performing artist, who is a senior at SEBHS, and a member of Clovers & Co. If you like live, acoustic music and phenomenal talent don’t miss this show.

 

Tickets are $10 in advance for adults, students are $5, and children under 5 are free. Tickets are available for advance purchase and pick up at the Bulloch County 4H Office, Brooklet United Methodist Church, and the Bulloch County Board of Education.  Tickets can also be purchased by phone using a major credit card by calling the Bulloch Co. 4H office at 912.871.6130.

 

Clovers & Co. is Georgia’s premier youth musical ensemble and is composed of talented singers, dancers, musicians and stagehands ranging in age from 12 to 18. Their auditions through the GA 4H performing arts program and proven talent have landed them a coveted spot in the 55-member traveling cast. Clovers & Co.’s superior talent will leave you amazed that these are only middle and high school students. For this reason, it’s not surprising that alumni of the cast have gone on to be celebrated stars in the music and entertainment industry. Stars like Hillary Lindsey, an acclaimed, multi-award-winning songwriter, whose written numerous number one hits for today’s top acts like Lady Gaga (Million Reasons), Carrie Underwood (Jesus Take the Wheel and six other of her #1 hits), Lady Antebellum (American Honey), and Sara Evans (A Little Bit Stronger), and Sugarland’s lead singer, Jennifer Nettles.

 

All proceeds from the event benefit the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education and its innovation grant program which funds teachers' ideas - Ideas that enhance the learning experiences for local students. The event is also a great opportunity for local and area 4H students to learn how they can audition and possibly become part of this touring company.

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Published: 1/9/18




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Due to school closures for faculty and students on January 3 through January 5, student report cards will be issued on Thursday, January 11, instead of Tuesday, January 9.

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Published: 1/7/18




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Through January 19, Bulloch County Schools is accepting nominations for students to receive gifted services in its QUEST program. Teachers, parents, guardians or peers may nominate any student who meets the specifications for this window of consideration. 

 

All nominations must be submitted to the Gifted Services (QUEST) facilitator at each elementary or middle school by January 19.  For your convenience, an online nomination form is available for each elementary and middle school on the Gifted Services webpage.  Please note that a nomination does not guarantee a formal evaluation of a child's eligibility.
 
Bulloch County Schools does not typically test a child for gifted services more than once in a school year.  Students who were tested in the fall are traditionally not eligible to participate in the full spring review. Any nominations received after the Spring 2018 test window closes will be held until the following spring. 
 
Once the nominations are closed, an eligibility team at each school will review the data submitted to determine if a student requires a formal evaluation for gifted services. Gifted Services are based on need: therefore, the review team must establish that there is evidence of a need for services before evaluation can take place. At that time, the parents/guardians of the identified students will receive a Permission to Test Form to sign and return to their child's school. Testing will follow the receipt of this form.  Testing will begin after teams have taken time for the data review and the receipt of permission to test. 
 
Kindergarten Students: As of the 2017-2018 school year, we will accept nominations for kindergarten students during the Spring testing window. If a kindergarten student is referred for further testing, he or she will be tested at the beginning of the next school year as a first grade student.

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Published: 1/7/18




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Kiwanis Blood Driver FlyerThe Kiwanis Club of Statesboro will host its annual Public Safety Appreciation Blood Drive on Friday, Feb. 2, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Kiwanis Fair Grounds (16942 Hwy. 67), in Statesboro.  Go online to www.redcrossblood.org, code word KIWANIS.  The Red Cross blood drive is held annually to thank and honor those who serve and protect our community.

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Published: 1/7/18




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Where is the Money Workshop FlyerYouth Career Camp, Inc., and the Statesboro High School SkillsUSA Chapter are sponsoring, "Where is the Money?," a college scholarship made simple workshop, on Saturday, January 20, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., in the SHS Auditorium.

 

This is a free event for any middle or high school students, their parents, and families from throughout the area who are interested in financing a college education at little to no cost. It's never too early to begin planning for college. See the attached flyer and register at https://ycci-skillsusa.eventbrite.com


Kimberly Brown, founder of Financial Mastery Experience and the Facebook social media group Realizing Your College Dreams, will be a featured guest speaker. Immediately following the workshop, there will be a college/educational resource fair where students and their families can review post-secondary education options, speak to financial aid counselors, tax professionals and other professionals as they set educational and financial goals.

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Published: 1/7/18




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Snow and Ice Covered Road after stormDue to concern for student safety and extremely poor road conditions in parts of Bulloch County, Superintendent Charles Wilson has cancelled school for students on Friday, Jan. 5.  All employees will report for a work day on Friday, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Students will return for a normal schedule on Monday, Jan. 8.

 

"Paul Webb, our chief operations officer, inspected road conditions Thursday with representatives of the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency and the Bulloch County Sheriff's Department, and there are many areas, primarily in the south end of the county, that are not safe for our buses or student drivers to travel," Wilson said. 

 

There was a significant difference in snowfall levels in some parts of the county, and with temperatures remaining lower and below freezing at night, it has delayed roads returning to safe passable levels. Nearly 6,000 of the school district's students use bus transportation to school, and the district has nearly 2,000 student drivers at its high schools. "It's just not worth putting their safety at risk," Wilson said.

 

All employees are asked to report at 10:00 a.m. to their schools or offices for a work day to resume preparations for students' return and to ensure all facilities' utility systems and equipment are functioning properly after the frigid temperatures. If any employees have extenuating circumstances due to the weather, they are asked to contact their supervisor or principal. "We encourage everyone to be cautious and safe," Wilson said.

 

Faculty and staff look forward to welcoming everyone back to begin the second semester. The Faculty professional development day that was scheduled for Wed., Jan. 3, will be rescheduled for a later time. Administrators will also make a decision soon about any required make-up days for employees or students, and communicate this information.

 

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Pictured: Example of existing snow and icy road conditions still present in several areas in the county.

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Published: 1/4/18




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Bulloch County Schools will be closed Thursday, Jan. 4, for all employees and students due to weather and road conditions. Superintendent Charles Wilson will make a decision about Friday’s schedule by 5 p.m. on Thursday. 

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Published: 1/3/18




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Bulloch County Schools' faculty were to have training and planning days Jan. 2-3, as students remained on their holiday break through Jan. 4; however, based on the latest weather predictions available from the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency, Superintendent Charles Wilson has closed schools for all employees for Wednesday, and Thursday's student return for students is pending. Wilson will make a decision about Thursday's schedule by 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

 

The school system notified employees and parents Tuesday evening and encouraged them to watch for school news updates about possible closings or delays by phone and email via the district's electronic messaging system, or monitor the district website, social media, and local media. 

 

When school does resume for students, it will be colder than normal. Bus drivers will inspect and crank buses early, prior to morning routes to ensure they are operating and warm for students. Due to the extremely cold temperatures, parents are asked to dress students warmly and consider allowing them to wait inside homes or vehicles until buses arrive at bus stops.  Also, bus routes may run slightly later due to this, so allow for extra time.  The colder weather may also affect traffic for car riders, so use caution and allow for extra travel time.

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Published: 1/2/18




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Choral Director takes musical talent to troops 

 

Superintendent Charles Wilson and Brent WhitakerWhile students and teachers head home for a long break, one teacher’s holiday travel plans are quite different. Brent Whitaker, Southeast Bulloch High School’s choral director is being deployed overseas for the next five months. A Senior Master Sergeant in the Air National Guard (ANG), Whitaker is the band manager for Band of the South, one of the ANG’s five elite national concert bands.

 

“I was scared to tell my students that I wouldn’t be here next semester, said Whitaker, who is also chairman of the school’s Fine Arts Department. “I waited until the last minute to tell them just in case my orders changed.”

 

With about 40 members, the Band of the South and its five smaller ensembles are stationed out of the McGhee Tyson ANG Base near Knoxville, TN. Its musical ambassador missions are usually in the southeast, but the unit has smaller deployment teams.

 

“We have a dual mission that includes being deployed anywhere in the world where there are troops with any branch of service. We give troops a feeling of home.” Whitaker is also the lead singer of Space A, one of the unit’s ensembles that primarily plays rock ‘n roll.

 

His troop will travel to at least 12 countries during the deployment, and they are all trained to be combat ready. Military operational security protocols prevent him from discussing where he will be sent, but he will have limited contact with his family, and his last deployment took him to Qatar.

 

“It’s heartbreaking, but we’re going to get through it,” said Niven Griffin, a senior at SEBHS, who sings alto. “We love Mr. Whitaker, and we’re praying for the best.” 

 

A gifted teacher, Whitaker started SEBHS’s chorus from scratch 11 years ago with 20 students. It is now a nationally acclaimed choral program that has performed at Carnegie Hall, Disney World, the Governor’s Mansion and received accolades from the Georgia Music Educators Association as one of the premier programs in the state. More than 150 vocalists now perform and compete in its five groups: Advanced Chorus, Women’s Choir, Concert Choir, and the Literary Girls Trio and Boys Quartet. Their combined accomplishments and the level of difficulty of the arrangements they sing are astounding.

 

“All my siblings have been in Mr. Whitaker’s choral program,” said Teddy Smith, a junior who sings bass. “They all loved it. He teaches us how to be better workers and be independent.  All my siblings came out of the program with a stronger work ethic.”

 

Whitaker’s students have always known that they share him with his musical military calling. He’s served in the reserves for more than 20 years, so planning choral competitions and performances around his ANG schedule is common place.

 

“I’m usually gone two weeks in the summer, one week during the year, and two weekends per month, but it’s been seven years since I’ve been deployed.” 

 

This semester Whitaker was emailing his principal one minute and fielding calls from the Pentagon the next while he planned a deployment alongside preparing for this past week’s annual standing-room-only Winter Chorus Concert series, posting grades, and pre-planning lessons and experiences for the substitute who will lead his classes.

 

“I want the kids to have great experiences while I’m gone and to keep moving forward.” He’s entrusted his students to familiar, capable hands. Maggie Ally, Whitaker’s first student teacher, will be his substitute. Ally is right next door at Southeast Bulloch Middle School where she has led the choral program for three years. She will alternate her time between the two schools during Whitaker’s absence.

 

“It is heartbreaking to see him go, but I also think it’s an incredible opportunity for us (students) to show him how his teaching has influenced us,” said Katie Pedersen, a senior first soprano. “When he comes back, we can show him all the work we’ve put in and how self-sufficient we can be.”

 

Whitaker hopes to return home in May before the students perform their year-end concert. “Even if I won’t be directing them, I’d like to be able to see them.  I told the kids that this was their time to see what they can do with me out of the equation.”

 

When he does return, he plans to retire from the military with 25 years of service. Born in Honolulu and raised in North Dakota, Whitaker is the son of a Navy veteran, so military service has always been in his blood. 

 

“I had my parents sign a waiver so I could join the Army when I was 17,” Whitaker said. “I was a combat engineer in the Army and spent a short time in the United States Army Band.”  

 

After active service, he returned to college. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in music technology from Georgia Southern. Since 2001, he’s been a tremendous asset to Bulloch County Schools. His faculty peers selected him as the 2012 SEBHS Teacher of the Year, but due to his military service, he humbly removed his name from consideration to advance to the district and state levels of the competition due to schedule conflicts with his military commitments.

 

“SEB and the school system have bent over backwards for me,” Whitaker said. “The administrators have gone above and beyond to make this deployment easier for me and to show their appreciation for my military service in ways they would not have to by law.”

 

Stephen Hoyle, SEBHS’s principal said, “I see firsthand what an inspiration and role model he is for students. He has even helped our feeder middle school and three elementary schools in their music programs.  The dedication he shows to our school and community is evident as well as his dedication to our state and country.”

 

Bulloch County Schools supports its employees who serve in the reserves. The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) honored former SEBHS Principal Donna Clifton, who retired in May, with the prestigious national Seven Seals Award and Patriots Award, which are given to individual supervisors who support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures.

 

Whitaker and his wife of 23 years, Tonya, have three children. During last week’s concerts he surprised his wife by dedicating one of the chorus’ selections to her, “Homeward Bound,” by Marta Keen. A line from the song says, “Set me free to find my calling, and I'll return to you somehow.”  The school system asks the community to help us thank Mr. Whitaker for following his calling and to pray for his safe return.

 

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Pictured (L-R):  Bulloch County Superintendent of Schools Charles Wilson and SEBHS Choral Director Brent Whitaker after the SEBHS Choral Program's performance Dec. 13. The concert series will be Whitaker's last for this school year as he serves overseas through the remainder of the school year.

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Published: 12/15/17




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Board of EducationThe Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its scheduled work session on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m., in the board room of the district's Central Office in Statesboro. Key topics on the agenda include the following: a presentation by Stilson Elementary School; proposed revisions to Board policies; bids for E-SPLOST IV playground equipment projects; and an intergovernmental agreement between the BOE, the County and the Sheriff's Department regarding school resource officers.

 

Watch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive . Access meeting agendas and packets at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets.  

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Published: 12/14/17




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2018 GHP Nominations Underway

 

Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) is a four-week residential summer program for gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors in Georgia. Hosted on a college campus, it is an enriching academic, cultural and social experience for students as alumni of the program can attest. As the district’s GHP selection process is underway for 2018, in the state’s 11 areas of nomination, two Bulloch County GHP alumnae shared their program experiences.

 

Frannie Sanders, a senior at Southeast Bulloch High School, and Jaala Alston, a senior at Statesboro High School, were selected from thousands of nominees statewide to be two of 667 finalists in the 2017 GHP at Berry College in Rome, GA last summer.  After preparing three in-depth papers and participating in face-to-face interviews with program representatives, Sanders was selected as a finalist in Agricultural Science, and Alston was a finalist in Social Studies.

 

Eye opening and essential were words both Sanders and Alston used to describe GHP. “The opportunity allowed me to meet new people and open my horizons,” said Sanders, and Alston shared that her GHP experiences made her more comfortable with her role in the world and changed the way she saw others.

 

GHP finalists can major in one of 11 nomination areas: Agricultural Science, Science, Communicative Arts, Social Studies, Dance, Theatre, Engineering, Visual Arts, Mathematics, World Languages and Music. While majoring in Agricultural Science and minoring counseling at GHP, Sanders was able to complete a research project and interact with content-savvy professors.  The hands-on activity taught her skills she will use when she heads to college, where she plans on majoring in agri-science and possibly pursue a career in plant science.

 

In addition to majoring in Social Studies at GHP, Alston’s minor was Foreign Language. “GHP and my courses there really solidified my plans for what I want to do in college,” Alston said.  “My teachers inspired me to choose a career path where I can positively affect the lives of others, so I want to pursue something in the area of constitutional law.”

 

“GHP is an important asset to the state of Georgia,” said Dr. Cayanna Good, Deputy Director of Innovation and Academic Programs for the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. “Gifted and talented students hold tremendous potential for the future leadership of our state.”

 

This year Bulloch County has 15 students who have been nominated locally to apply for GHP in eight different areas.  The students are in the process of completing their online applications to the state, and GHP will announce its 2018 cohort of finalists on March 30.  If any Bulloch County students are selected as finalists, their four-week program of study would be June 17 – July 14 at Berry College.

 

This year’s nominees are the following: Southeast Bulloch High School: Sarah Grace Hunter, Agriculture Science; Abigail McMillan, Music (Voice); Melissa Mackelprang, Science; Statesboro High School: Michael Vescio, Science; Austin Halaby, Mathematics; Julian Schwartz, Music; Eletria Biswas, Science; Kristin Wubbena, Music; Shirling Xu, Communicative Arts; Carter Swaby, Science; Emmanuel Okungoba, Engineering; Maggie Smith, Communicative Arts; Brody VanWagenen, Visual Arts; Sarah Harvey, Visual Arts; and Randall Hamilton; Music. Portal Middle High School did not nominate students this year due to an alternate learning opportunity for its students this summer that conflicts with the GHP dates.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 12/12/17




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GA Department of Education LogoMattie Lively & Langston Chapel Exit; William James Remains

 

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) announced this week that 61 schools, including two from Bulloch County, have exited the state’s Focus and Priority Schools list due to improvements in student achievement and narrowing the achievement gap between its highest and lowest performing students. Mattie Lively Elementary School and Langston Chapel Elementary School, both met the state’s criteria to exit the Focus Schools list. William James Middle School remains on the Focus List.  None of the district’s schools have ever been placed on the Priority List. 

 

 “Our teachers have worked diligently over the last three years looking at data, examining areas where we could improve, and working collaboratively to increase student achievement,” said Dr. Carolyn Vasilatos, principal of MLES. Having previously served as the school’s assistant principal, Vasilatos became the school’s principal in 2015, just as MLES was initially placed on the Focus Schools list. 

 

“We are very proud that our hard work has paid off,” Vasilatos added. “We gained 16.5 points on CCRPI in just three years, and we are now within .4 points of the state average and plan to continue to make gains.” 

 

The state released its 2017 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) in October based on student and school performance data from the 2016-2017 school year. CCRPI is the state’s public school accountability tool and is used to determine Focus and Priority schools to which additional support can be directed.

 

“I’m super proud of our faculty for the hard, collaborative work they’ve invested to narrow our school’s achievement gap,” said Pam Goodman, principal of LCES. Goodman, a veteran administrator, is in her second year as the school’s principal. 

 

“We can clearly see evidence with MLES and LCES that there has been a focused, faithful and team-based effort to change how they approach student learning,” said Bulloch County Superintendent of Schools Charles Wilson. “We believe better results are yet to come for William James and all of our schools, and we are very proud of their efforts.”

 

Based on current criteria, Focus Schools are the lowest-performing 10 percent of Title I schools in the state based on achievement gap data. That data examines the gap between a schools' lowest performing 25 percent of students and the state average, and the progress those students make. Priority Schools are the lowest-performing 5 percent of Title I schools based on achievement data, plus schools with a graduation rate below 60 percent for two consecutive years.

 

MLES and LCES were placed on the Focus List in 2015, based on the current criteria. WJMS and Julia P. Bryant Elementary School (JPBES) were placed on the list in 2012, based on different criteria that primarily addressed achievement gaps between higher performing and lower performing students and student sub-group populations (white, black, students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged, English for Speakers of Other Languages) not meeting grade-level and state performance targets on state standardized tests.  JPBES met the achievement criteria to exit the list in 2015. See this year’s exit criteria.

 

Bulloch’s Focus List schools each received additional support and resources from the district and GaDOE to help address specific needs identified by the schools’ faculty and parents. WJMS’s new principal, Julie Mizell, in her first five months has worked with her team to create and implement a bold school improvement plan to address needs and improve student achievement.

 

“WJMS has put into place many interventions that work to create the environment necessary for increased student growth and achievement for all students,” Mizell said.  Since July 2017, Mizell and her faculty have implemented some 16 key improvements like the following: a revision to the school’s schedule to protect instructional time; created a faculty leadership team to regularly analyze data; conducted a school-wide self-assessment of current practices to identify critical areas where professional learning was needed; and teachers established learning targets for daily learning.

 

“While these interventions have been put into place this year, ongoing continual school self-assessment and monitoring of practices will provide the data for next steps as we lead the charge for academic growth and achievement,” Mizell added.  “We believe that administration and teacher actions will lead to the attainment of the educational environment in which all learners will experience success.”

 

GaDOE Proposes New Lists as Part of ESSA Plan
In 2012, as part of Georgia’s Elementary Secondary Education Act waiver, the state was granted flexibility from some provisions of No Child Left Behind, and GaDOE was required to identify Priority and Focus schools.  In September, Georgia submitted its transition plan for the federal government’s new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The U.S. Department of Education has 120 days to review and approve it. If the GaDOE plan is approved, schools who need additional support will be then be identified as Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) schools instead of Focus and Priority. 

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Published: 12/8/17




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Southeast Bulloch Middle SchoolGov. Nathan Deal & GOSA present SEBMS

Bronze Award for Greatest Gains 

 

Governor Nathan Deal and the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) have recognized Southeast Bulloch Middle School as one of Georgia’s top schools for gains in student achievement. As part of the annual Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS), GOSA awarded SEBMS a Bronze Award in the Greatest Gains category based on the school’s College and Career-Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). Only 50 school districts in the state had schools honored in this category, and SEBMS is one of only 139 schools to receive the designation.

 

“As a school community, we are elated to receive this recognition,” said Dr. Torian White, principal of SEBMS. GOSA looks at schools’ three-year average Progress Score on the CCRPI to calculate the Greatest Gains awards. “These gains would not be possible without the persistence, diligence, and high expectations of our remarkable teachers, support staff, students and parents,” White added.  “I am humbled to work with a group of outstanding professionals who are committed to supporting our students through their middle school journey.”

 

The SSAS awards were developed by GOSA and approved by the State Board of Education.  They feature two categories: Highest Performing and Greatest Gains.  Highest Performing schools must earn a three-year average CCRPI Achievement Score that ranks in at least the 93rd percentile. Greatest Gains schools must earn a three-year average CCRPI Progress Score that ranks in at least the 93rd percentile. Each award category has a Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze tier.

 

SEBMS had Bulloch County’s highest overall CCRPI score for the past two years (81.9 for FY ’16 and 81.1 for FY ’17).  The school’s 2016-2017 performance ranks it locally in the top 10 of 50 schools within the First District Regional Education Service Area (RESA) and in the top 150 of GA’s 587 public middle schools.

 

In a statement released by GOSA, Gov. Deal said, “Congratulations to the educators and administrators in Georgia’s award-winning schools, who have exceeded expectations in preparing their students. By implementing the best methods for teaching young minds, educators at Highest Performing and Greatest Gains schools are going above and beyond to help their students develop the skills needed for future success.”  

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Published: 12/1/17




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Brandi Johnson Receives GA Culinary Arts Student of the Year at GRACE Awards GalaJohnson is GA Culinary Arts Student of the Year


Brandi Johnson, a senior at Southeast Bulloch High School, was named the state’s Culinary Arts Student of the Year at the Georgia Restaurant Association’s (GRA) annual GRACE Awards Gala on October 29, in Atlanta.  She was recognized due to her selection as the Georgia ProStart Student of the Year by the Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia (HEFG).

 

Johnson was nominated by SEBHS Culinary Arts Teacher Cynthia Lovett and chosen by HEFG from all nominees statewide. As an honoree she will be featured in the November issue of Restaurant Informer Magazine, as well as other various marketing pieces for GRA and HEFG.
 
For a student seeking a career in the hospitality and tourism industry, the GRACE Gala was a networking opportunity with the state’s top restaurant, hospitality and food services industry leaders.  Johnson’s passion for culinary arts at SEBHS began after she took home third place in her very first solo culinary arts competition. This compelled her to join the school’s five-person culinary arts team and compete in Georgia ProStart events.
 
As a team, Johnson and her fellow chefs have placed first at region, second place at state, and in March 2017, they won the Georgia ProStart Championships along with $12,000 each in scholarships to the Art Institute of Atlanta to further their culinary careers. The team the advanced to the National Prostart Invitational in Charleston, S.C., where they competed against approximately 400 other student chefs to claim second place.
 
In an interview with HEFG for the GRACE Awards, Johnson said, “I wanted to advance my knowledge and experience in Culinary Arts, and ProStart has changed my life by letting me experience things in the hospitality industry I never saw possible.” ProStart gives students opportunities to learn about the art of cooking and managing restaurants by training with professional chefs and getting valuable classroom instruction.
 
Johnson has taken multiple culinary arts courses within SEBHS’s Hospitality & Tourism career cluster, which includes the Culinary Arts career pathway. SEBHS offers students 17 different career pathways in seven career field clusters as part of Georgia’s Career Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) program. Johnson is also employed as a work-based learning student with SEBH’s culinary program. 

 

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Pictured: SEBHS Culinary Arts Teacher Cynthia Lovett, Brandi Johnson, and Nesha Mason,Executive Director of HEFG
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Published: 11/29/17




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Bulloch County Schools and the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education hosted a signing ceremony for the school system's 2017 REACH Georgia Scholars. See more about this needs-based college scholarship program at www.bullochschools.org/REACHGA.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 11/20/17




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Picture of Holly Leaves for Winter Events ListingBulloch County Schools serves children whose families come from 19 different countries. There are more than 24 different native languages spoken by children who attend our 15 campuses. This treasure of international diversity makes the art, drama, music, literature and customs of different countries even more meaningful. 

 

Throughout the year our fine arts, language arts, foreign language, history and social studies teachers help students learn about the contributions and influences that other cultures have had on history, language, music, art, drama, and literature. This is especially true during the month of December as children learn about the winter holiday traditions that are celebrated in our community, like Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah. We invite you to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season at these school events. A complete event listing is attached or visit www.bullochschools.org for a complete listing and an online calendar.

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Published: 11/20/17




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Charles Wilson, SuperintendentThe Bulloch County Board of Education has renewed Superintendent Charles Wilson’s contract for one year.  In a 5 to 1 public vote taken Thursday, Nov. 16, during the Board’s scheduled meeting at Julia P. Bryant Elementary School, the Board extended Wilson’s contract through July 31, 2019. The Board met in executive session Thursday to host final discussions and then reconvened into public session. The vote is the culmination of an annual evaluation period of the Superintendent’s performance that began earlier this fall.The Board was required to notify the Superintendent of his contract status prior to Dec. 31.
 
Board members Dr. Stuart Tedders, Steve Hein, Jay Cook, Heather Mims and Cheri Wagner voted in favor of renewing the contract. Glennera Martin cast a nay vote. Board member Mike Sparks had to depart the meeting after the main public session due to illness, and Maurice Hill exited the executive session before it adjourned and did not cast a vote.
 
In making its decision, the Board reviewed the Superintendent’s progress on goals and initiatives it has prioritized since hiring Wilson in July 2012.  Wilson, who was previously the school system’s chief financial officer, has a master’s in business administration and is a licensed certified public accountant. In its desire to have a strong financial leader, a candidate who could successfully lead and implement a community-crafted strategic plan, and someone who could help enhance the performance culture of the school system, the Board selected Wilson as its superintendent in 2012.
 
In 2012, Wilson received a two-year contract. The Board initially required Wilson to complete the requirements to obtain a non-provisional L5 leadership certificate within those first two years.  Wilson completed it within the first year.  According to Wilson, by his own volition, he also went back to school to obtain a six-year specialist’s degree in educational leadership from Georgia Southern University.  He now has a professional L6 education leadership certificate.
 
During its previous two contract reviews, the Board presented Wilson with the following goals and initiatives, all of which, according to a statement from the Board provided by Chairwoman Cheri Wagner, are well in place: (1) Establish a school funding model; (2) improve the district’s school improvement planning and quarterly impact check process; (3) establish professional learning communities; (4) improve the system’s minority recruitment efforts; and (5) manage the process to continue the Education Special Local Option Sales Tax and identify projects.
 
With Wilson’s new contract, the Board has set new Board Directives to again guide the superintendent in areas of focus centered on the district’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. According to Wagner for the 2017-2018 school year the Board has directed Wilson to continue the implementation of professional learning communities and school improvement plans, as well as improve school climate and morale.  He is also tasked with continuing the district’s work with implementing a Guaranteed Viable Curriculum and continue monitoring and furthering diversity in recruitment.
 
With the renewal of his contract, it is also the Board’s expectation that Wilson will refine the Strategic Plan areas in place and continue to develop those areas that are not fully in place.  Additionally, the Board expects Superintendent Wilson and his staff to focus on and implement the Board's directives.

 


 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 11/17/17




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Bulloch County Board of EducationThe Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its scheduled work session on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m., in the media center of Julia P. Bryant Elementary School, located at 421 West Main Street in Statesboro. The discussion topic for the work session is the district's progress with implementing professional learning communities (PLCs).  Dr. Tom Bigwood, will make a presentation about the district's progress with PLCs as well.


Watch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive . Access meeting agendas and packets at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets.  

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 11/16/17




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Tammy Davis Teacher of the Game WinnerSynovus and Georgia Southern University College of Education (COE) announced another Teacher of the Game winner on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Langston Chapel Middle School as part of their "Here's to Teachers" campaign. 

 

Davis was nominated by a former LCMS student, Chamaurie Jackson, who is now a high school sophomore. In her essay Jackson wrote, "Without Ms. Davis I wouldn’t be as serious as I am about life. She may be a science teacher, but she can teach anyone about life lessons and how to survive."

 

Davis has been inspiring and encouraging students for 26 years, 22 of those in Bulloch County. She's taught eighth-grade Physical Science at LCMS since the school opened in 1998, and this year she began a new role at the school teaching seventh-grade Advanced Science and Learning Lab Math and Reading.

 

Jackson's essay went on to say that "Not only did Ms. Davis speak inspiration but she made science fun and clear. It was the first time I finished the whole year with an A in each 9 weeks. Ms. Davis helped me strive for better and whatever I wanted to do in life, she made me believe it." 

 

Davis will be featured on Paulson Stadium's jumbo screen during GA Southern's home football game on Nov. 18, and she and the other four Teacher of the Game winners will also be honored on the field during the game. This last Eagles home game is a special Education Appreciation Day for all educators and COE alumni. 

  

Other Teachers of the Game winners from Bulloch County Schools include Jay McNeely of Nevils Elementary School, Simone Lane of William James Middle School, and Talmeshia Parker of Statesboro High School.

 

Pictured: Chad Wiggins and Kim Brannen of Synovus, Tammy Davis and her students, Dr. Tom Koballa, Dean of GA Southern College of Education and John Ramfjord of GA Southern.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 11/10/17




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Board of Education members for 2017The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its regular session on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m., in the board room of the district's Central Office, at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro.  Key items on the agenda include the following: (1) a report on the district's 2016-2017 College and Career Ready Performance Index; (2) an update on the 2018-2019 School Calendar; and (3) an update on the district's new volunteer protocol.

 

Prior to the meeting, from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., the Board will host a reception and signing ceremony for the district's new REACH Georgia Program Scholars.

 

Watch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive . Access meeting agendas and packets at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 11/9/17




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Foundation’s support of state program makes college possible for 25 local youth

 

Bulloch County Schools (BCS) will honor six new REACH Georgia Scholars at a signing ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 5:00 p.m., at the Board of Education’s central office. Each scholar now has $20,000 to fund their post-secondary education thanks to local financial support from REACH Georgia, the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education, and matching funds guaranteed by Georgia colleges and universities. Bulloch County Schools was one of five pilot districts for the program beginning in 2013, and the system has now named 25 total scholars with a total of $500,000 earmarked to invest in their future college and career success.

 

Chosen from hundreds of eligible, eighth-grade applicants, the students, and their families, will be recognized by Superintendent Charles Wilson, members of the Board of Education and Dr. Deborah Mangrum, the program’s local coordinator. Members of the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education (Foundation)’s Board of Trustees will also be on hand for the ceremony.  

 

This year’s REACH Scholars are the following: Jordan Glover and Camilla Williams of William James Middle School; Kiara Raymond of Portal Middle High School; Teresita Mendoza of Langston Chapel Middle School; and Joanna Reyes and Maritza Figueroa of Southeast Bulloch Middle School. Each of the scholars’ parents will be in attendance at the ceremony to pledge their support for the program and encourage their children to keep a college education in focus. 

 

REACH Georgia is a needs-based mentoring and scholarship program designed to ensure that the state’s academically promising students have the academic, social, and financial support needed to graduate from high school and complete college. The Georgia Student Finance Corporation (GSFC) holds the scholarships for scholars until they graduate from high school. 

 

Each scholar now has up to $20,000 available to them to attend college. This overall $100,000 investment is made possible by REACH Georgia, the Foundation, and local post-secondary partners, like Georgia Southern University, East Georgia College and Ogeechee Technical College, who have agreed to double-match each of the original $10,000 scholarships.


Opening doors for Georgia youth, who may not have the opportunity to seek post-secondary education due to financial constraints, is primarily why Governor Nathan Deal began the program. “This program is a strategic investment in our students and our state,” said Governor Deal in a statement released by REACH Georgia. 

 

To be eligible to apply for REACH Georgia, students must meet the following requirements: (1) be currently be in the eighth grade at a participating, eligible Georgia middle school; (2) demonstrate financial need; (3) have legal status in the U.S. (U.S. citizen or legal resident); (4) have and agree to maintain above average attendance and behavior; (5) have grade reports reflecting minimum grades of 75 or better in each core course (2.5 GPA); (6) have and agree to maintain a crime-free and drug-free record; and (7) have the support of a parent, legal guardian, or other committed adult.

 

Bulloch County Schools notifies eligible students and their parents and asks them to apply. A local committee of community leaders and educators review the applications and select 10 finalists. The committee then conducts face-to-face interviews with the finalists, and selects the winners. 

 

Bulloch County Schools now has 25 REACH Georgia scholars. All but one of the district’s 20 previous scholars has continued to meet the program’s rigorous requirements. Each one receives mentoring and coaching through middle and high school, as well as opportunities to participate in various programs that will assist them in college selection and admission. The school system’s first REACH GA cohort will graduate from high school this year. Each continues to fully meet the program’s requirements.

 

As a pilot school system, BCS was originally awarded a total of ten $10,000 scholarships by the state, five for 2013 and five for 2014. The Foundation donates $7,500 annually ($1,500 per student) to help fund the $10,000 base scholarships.  More than 63 colleges and universities in Georgia have agreed to double-match and some triple-match these scholarships. All funds raised (100 percent) for REACH Georgia locally will go to future recipients.  

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 11/7/17




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ESPLOST AdvertisementBulloch County affirmed the Board of Education's referendum to continue the Education Special Local Option Sales Tax with a vote of 2,953 in favor to 694 against. The unofficial results were posted Nov. 7, with all precincts reporting.

 

"We are very excited about the opportunities this (ESPLOST) provides us," said Bulloch County Superintendent of Schools Charles Wilson.  "We are very appreciative of the trust and support this community has provided us."

 

The current ESPLOST III will expire on Dec. 31, 2018, and ESPLOST IV will run Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2023. 

The new ESPLOST will be used to fund capital improvements identified by two community committees. A complete list of projects can be found at www.bullochschools.org/ESPLOST

 

The projects, which were identified by principals, will provide necessary improvements to the district's 15 schools and two alternative learning centers in the following areas: safety and security upgrades; instructional and technology resources; buildings and land; and equipment and vehicles.

 

ESPLOST IV collections of about $850,000 per month will begin flowing to the school system on Feb. 28, 2019. Current ESPLOST III revenue will be received through Dec. 2018. According to Troy Brown, the district's chief financial officer, those funds are fully dedicated to repaying the principal and interest on bonds that were issued in previous years for school construction and renovation projects.  All prior bonds will be paid-in-full by ESPLOST III collections, so all ESPLOST IV funds will go directly to the new identified projects.

 

The Board of Education will now have two options: (1) issue up to $40 million in bonds either before or after ESPLOST IV collections begin in Jan. 2019; or (2) utilize a pay-as-you-go method of completing projects as revenue is collected monthly.

 

If the BOE issued bonds it could act on key projects much sooner and lock in a low interest rate; however, the disadvantages to that choice are bond issuance costs and and the reduction of revenue to complete projects due to bond costs.

 

If the BOE decides on the pay-as-you-go method instead of issuing bonds, 100 percent of the revenue will be used for projects and no funds will be used for bond issuance fees. The disadvantage is that projects will take longer to begin and end as the district waits for monthly collections. 

 

Since 2003 the BOE has used leveraged Bulloch County’s growth as a regional retail sales and tourism hub to fund capital improvement needs for local public schools. ESPLOSTs reduce the need or extent of property taxes or future millage rate increases. E-SPLOSTs also cause the tax burden to be shared more fairly among property and non-property owners.

 

Voters in 2003 were the first to affirm a referendum to establish a one-penny E-SPLOST. In 2005 and 2009, voters agreed to extend the tax to continue the investment in public school infrastructure. Each of the three previous E-SPLOSTs were affirmed by Bulloch County voters by more than 90 percent.

 

The three previous E-SPLOSTs generated approximately $148 million. This allowed the BOE to successfully complete these and other projects: build six new schools; renovate and expand seven additional schools; build three high school athletic complexes; partner with the Statesboro Bulloch County Parks & recreation facility to build the Mill Creek Regional Park Tennis Center  and upgrade the softball and baseball facilities for school and SBCP&RD use; meet the demands of a digital age by providing faculty and students with instructional technology, wireless Internet infrastructure, increased Internet bandwidth and fiber connections; improved the district’s telecommunications system and information systems support; and add additional buses to the school system’s fleet for the daily transport of more than 5,400 children.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 11/7/17




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Veterans Day Flag artVeterans, active-duty military, and public welcome to attend 

 

Several Bulloch County schools are hosting Veterans Day programs, and they each cordially invite veterans, active duty military personnel and the public to attend. There’s no better way to teach students the patriotic rituals, symbols, and songs of our country than to give them an opportunity to meet and honor those who have served and fought to protect our freedoms.  

 

November 8, 9:30 a.m. – Portal Elementary School Veterans Day Program & Musical
Portal Elementary School will host its annual Veterans Day program which honors local veterans and celebrates through music the sacrifices these Americans have made for our country. Under the direction of PES Music Teacher Debbie Cartee, students will sing patriotic numbers.  All local veterans are invited to attend, and they will be recognized during the program.  

 

Thursday, November 9, 2 p.m. – Langston Chapel Middle School Veterans Day Program – 
Langston Chapel Middle School will present its annual Veteran's Day Program, "To Care for Him Who Shall Have Borne the Battle,” on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., the LCMS gym. The program will pay tribute to all veterans and local military heroes by highlighting sacrifices made while serving our country. The program will be held in the school’s gym. 

 

Captain Brantley Lockhart of the Georgia Army National Guard will serve as master of ceremony, and the special guest speakers are Captain Hugh Henry of the Georgia Army National Guard and Commander Emil N. Kemp and Past Commander Dr. Enos V. Garvin. 

 

This student-led program will feature the LCMS Chorus along with the Statesboro High School Army JROTC Color Guard and Exhibition Team. A Missing Man Ceremony, led by JROTC will also be conducted in honor of our nations missing in action and prisoners of war.  The community and all veterans and current military are invited to attend. There will be a Meet and Greet from 12:30- 1:30 pm with light refreshments for veterans from all conflicts and branches of the military. For more information, contact: 212-8720.

 

November 10, 9:00 a.m.- Mattie Lively Elementary School Veterans Day Program
Mattie Lively Elementary School students will participate in a school-wide assembly to honor America’s veterans. Children will learn about the sacrifices of those who serve in our country’s military and honor guests and faculty who are veterans.  The Statesboro High School JROTC Color Guard will assist with the assembly.

 

November 10, 9 a.m. – Langston Chapel Elementary School Veterans Day Program
Patriotic songs, history, and readings by students will highlight this salute to veterans.  Local veterans, parents and the public are welcome to attend.

 

November 10, 1:00 p.m. – 13th Annual Mill Creek Elementary Veterans Day Parade
Join MCES staff and students as they honor veterans during their 13th Annual Veterans Day Lunch & Parade. All veterans are invited to a special luncheon in the cafeteria at 12 noon, prior to the parade.  Please RSVP for the lunch by calling 212-8780.  The parade will begin at 1:00 p.m. in front of the school. Special reserved seating available for veterans. Enjoy each of the school’s grade levels as they salute veterans and enjoy patriotic music sung by students under the direction of MCES Music Teacher Lisa Ponder.

 

November 10 William James Middle School
3rd Annual Veterans Day/Military Appreciation Day; School-wide assembly at 8:30 a.m.

 

William James Middle School will honor veterans and active-duty military during their annual Veterans Day and Military Appreciation program. They encourage all who have served our great country or who are currently serving in any of the military branches (Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines or Navy) to come out and be recognized by their staff and students. 

 

They will begin the day with a school-wide assembly at 8:30 a.m. All veterans and active-duty military in attendance will be recognized.

 

The local National Guard Armory will be on campus throughout the day as well to teach students about the equipment and careers in the  

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 11/7/17




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GA Department of Education LogoMajority of schools post increases in CCRPI scores;

High school: District, PMHS, & SHS exceed state;

 

Overall school climate rating drops to 2.93 from 3.13; 

Satisfaction: Parents 79%; Teachers 77.7 %;

Student health 69.9%

 

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) released three of its annual school accountability measures on Nov. 2:  College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI); School Climate Star Ratings; and Georgia Student Growth Models.  In the coming weeks, this data will be used to update the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement’s (GOSA) School Report Cards and determine Bulloch County Schools’ compliance with its Strategic Waivers School System contract with the state. To see the GaDOE’s news release and scores statewide, visit http://bit.ly/GeorgiaCCRPI. Bulloch County Schools six-year CCRPI trend data is available at www.bullochschools.org/testing

 

CCRPI, the official school-accountability tool used by the Georgia Department of Education and the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), has been used by the state since 2012. CCRPI results are based on a 100-point scale: Achievement (50); Progress (40); and Achievement gap (10). It measures school improvement and 3rd through 12th-grade students’ performance on the Georgia Milestones assessments. There are also 10 possible bonus points for schools’ improvement initiatives that exceed the bar and challenge points for progress of students who are economically disadvantaged, English language learners or students with disabilities. 

 

“We are very pleased to see the academic progress that some of our schools have been able to accomplish,” said Bulloch County Superintendent of Schools Charles Wilson. “This is a testimony to the dedication and hard work of our teachers, as well as their courage to change how we approach student learning.”  

 

That hard work and courage can best been seen in the teacher-led professional learning communities (PLCs). Over the past five years the school system has implemented systemic changes in the way its schools provide the individualized attention and instruction students need to succeed. PLCs and data analysis tools and support are key pieces. 

 

PLCs give teachers time to collaborate, learn and plan with their grade-level and subject-level peers. One way the district supports their efforts is to provide real-time data tools and analysis to best track student performance in the classroom and guide instruction.  While each school is at a different implementation stage, the schools who have fully embraced PLCs, and who best use data to guide their instruction and school improvement planning experienced the greatest achievement scores and/or significant gains on CCRPI this year.  

 

Bulloch’s CCRPI Highlights

• Majority (8 of 15) of district’s schools posted gains in 2017 over 2016. 

• Overall district CCRPI score for middle and high schools increased, with the district’s high school score exceeding the state’s. 

• The district’s overall elementary school score was just slightly lower than 2016, and just 2.6 points lower than the state’s, but four of the district’s nine K-5 schools posted significant increases of 5.9 to 10.2 points. 

• Portal Middle High School (79.6 up 2.3 points) and Statesboro High School (77.7 up 6.1 points) achieved significant increases and both exceeded the state score. This contributed to the district’s overall high school score of 78, which was one point higher than the state’s (77) and an increase of 3.9 points over 2016.  

• While the district’s middle school score (71.5) was slightly lower than the state’s (73), two of the four middle schools posted gains. Langston Chapel Middle School increased 1.4 points to 65.9, and William James Middle School increased 2.4 points to 65.9.

• Southeast Bulloch Middle School achieved the highest CCRPI score of all schools in the district (81.1). 

• While the overall district elementary school score (70.3) did not exceed the state’s (72.9), the district did continue to narrow the gap slightly, and three of the district’s nine elementary schools outperformed the state score: Brooklet Elementary (79.5), Julia P. Bryant Elementary (78.3), and Nevils Elementary (73.0). 

• The highest gains were made by three of the district’s elementary schools: Mattie Lively Elementary (+8.9), Portal Elementary (+10.2) and Sallie Zetterower Elementary (+5.9).

  

“While we are celebrating our progress, we realize that we still have work to do,” Wilson said. “We want to build upon our successes and dig more deeply into areas in which we are still struggling. Our district staff will be working closely with schools to provide support and adjust their focused plans for improvement.”

 

Changes to CCRPI

CCRPI’s calculation methods and benchmark targets have changed every year, and further changes are proposed. For this reason it is not possible to directly compare year-to-year CCRPI scores. Also, over the past five years, the GaDOE has changed the statewide academic standards from Common Core to the Georgia Standards of Excellence and replaced the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests and End-of-Course Tests for grades 3-12 with the Georgia Milestones Assessment System (GMAS), so the standards and statewide assessments used to determine progress and achievement are different.. 

More changes are on the way. According to the GaDOE, State Superintendent Richard Woods has proposed changes to the CCRPI calculation as part of Georgia's state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which was submitted to the U.S. Department of Education on Sept. 18. If approved, the new calculation will apply to the 2018 CCRPI. The new federal ESSA, which replaced the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (also known as No Child Left Behind) requires states to overhaul their school accountability systems.  

 

For 2018, Georgia’s proposed changes simplify CCRPI to 37 measurement indicators instead of the current 70, and while standardized test scores will be important, they will count for less in the overall score.  This is due to new measures that award points for enrolling students in Advanced Placement courses and for providing fine arts classes.  Also, test achievement is currently based on the percentage of students who show proficiency, but the proposed changes award schools more points if students achieve higher scores which demonstrates mastery of content.

 

The GaDOE goal for the CCRPI redesign is to make the scores easier for parents and other stakeholders to view and understand. For more information about the proposed changes and to offer feedback, visit http://bit.ly/GACCRPI.

 

CCRPI and Bulloch’s Strategic Waivers School System (SWSS) Contract

These FY ‘18 CCRPI scores, based on student achievement from the 2016-2017 school year, are the baseline accountability year for Bulloch County Schools’ Strategic Waivers School System (SWSS) contract with the Governor's Office of Student Achievement. 

 

The Bulloch County Board of Education voted to pursue SWSS status at its Nov. 6, 2014 meeting. The legally-binding five-year contract (2016 -2021) with the state gives the district flexibility from certain state education laws and regulations in exchange for performance. Under the contract, the district’s 15 schools must meet student growth targets. It will be several weeks before the GaDOE releases the CCRPI’s remaining Exceeding the Bar data, which will determine if any schools will require additional academic support from the district. 

 

Georgia Student Growth Model Data

In addition to CCRPI, the GaDOE released Student Growth Model data. This is a metric designed to help educators, parents, and other stakeholders better understand and analyze the individual progress students make year to year. It provides a deeper look at student growth by school and school district. In previous years the district has provided these as a printed report. Beginning this year, these individualized student reports along with helpful instructional resources to use at home are available to parents via their online Parent Portal account.

 

School Climate Star Rating

The School Climate Star Ratings are provided by the GaDOE as an informational tool for schools, parents, and communities. The ratings are reported with the CCRPI, but the results are not part of the CCRPI scores. 

 

School climate refers to the quality and character of school life. School climate sets the tone for all the learning and teaching done in the school environment, and it is predictive of students’ ability to learn and develop in healthy ways. Four components are used to calculate School Climate Star Ratings, and each is worth 25 percent: (1) School Climate, which includes data from the state’s annual parent, student and employee surveys; (2) school-wide attendance for students, teachers, administrators and staff; (3) student discipline; and (4) a safe and substance-free learning environment.

 

• Bulloch County’s average School Climate Star Rating dropped from 3.13 to 2.93 out of a possible five stars. 

• The majority of schools earned a three-star rating; Two schools earned a four-star rating; and Three schools earned a two-star rating.

• Parent satisfaction is 79 percent.

• Employee/teacher satisfaction 77.7 percent. All schools met the state requirement of having at least 75 percent of employees respond to the survey.

• Age-appropriate Georgia Student Health Surveys are administered annually to 3rd – 12th-grade students. Schools are required to have at least 75 percent of students participate. For elementary students it measures how students feel about school safety and the climate of their school.  For middle and high school students it measures how students feel about these topics plus questions about graduating from high school, school dropouts, alcohol, drugs, bullying, harassment, suicide, nutrition, and sedentary behaviors. The district’s overall average of how students feel about their school climate and health is 69.9 percent. 

• Average daily attendance for teacher’s and administrator’s district wide was 96.1 and 97.3 percent respectively.

• Student attendance is a concern for the district.  For CCRPI, the state looks at students missing fewer than six days of school. No school in the district met the state benchmarks for this area. For School Climate Ratings, the state measures average daily attendance based on any and all absences whether they are excused or unexcused. For this area, average daily attendance for students was only 69.43 percent. Student attendance is affecting both CCRPI and Climate Star Ratings, especially unexcused absences. The district reminds parents of the importance of daily attendance and proper documentation when students are absent.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 11/7/17




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12th District Congressman Rick Allen with Statesboro High artistsStatesboro High artists win four of five

Congressional Art Competition awards

 

Four artists from Statesboro High School were honored by Congressman Rick W. Allen (R-GA-12) on Saturday, Oct. 21, in Augusta, for winning four of the top five awards presented by the 12th District’s 2017 Congressional Art Competition. The teens received their awards during a special ceremony during the Georgia Carolina Fair. Selected by a panel of distinguished judges, the students’ artwork will now be displayed in Congressman Allen’s Washington D.C. and District offices from May 2018 through May 2019.

 

Gracen Price’s work entitled, “Dirt Road,” was the contest’s first runner-up. Madison Wilkes’ work entitled “Water Tower,” was second runner-up, and Brooke Jarrett’s work, “Tractor,” won third runner up.

 

Shirling Xu won the People's Choice Award. This award was chosen by constituents in the 12th District who voted online for their favorite work of art from postings on Congressman Allen’s official Facebook page.

 

The school’s participation in the competition was coordinated by SHS Art Teacher Hayley Bond. All entries in the competition were original in concept, design and execution, and each depicts a scene from the 12thDistrict of Georgia. To see these local artists' work visit http://bit.ly/StatesboroArt.

 

Each year the United States House of Representatives sponsors the Congressional Art Competition for high school students.  The Artistic Discovery Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents.  Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

 

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Pictured above: (L-R) - Brooke Jarrett (3rd Runner up), Grace Price (1st Runner Up), and Madison Wilkes (2nd Runner Up) with Congressman Rick Allen. Not Pictured: Shirling Xu.

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 11/3/17




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Youth Heroes Volunteer Service AwardsThe American Red Cross (ARC) of Southeast and Coastal Georgia is seeking nominations for its 2018 Youth Hero Awards. To nominate a Youth Hero visit www.redcross.org/southeastgeorgia by Dec. 31.

 

Nominees need no affiliation with the ARC, but should be local middle or high school students who are enrolled in a public, private, or home school, and have at least 30 hours of valid volunteer work in 2017. Ideal candidates are those who intentionally give back to their community by volunteering at school, religious organizations, various non-profits, camps and more.  Prior Youth Hero winners are not eligible.

 

According to a recent youth development study cited by the Red Cross, youth volunteers are twice as likely to get better grades in school, 25 percent more likely to positively contribute to their family and community, and twice as likely to continue their volunteer efforts as adults. "Through volunteer initiatives, youth adopt mentors who lead by example, serve as a source of guidance and inspire young adults to achieve their goals with confidence," said Esther Sheppard, executive director for the ARC of Southeast and Coastal Georgia.  
 
Winners will be selected and announced in January, and they will be honored at an awards breakfast in Savannah during National Volunteer week in April 2018. Bulloch County Schools was proud to have 10 of its students honored with Youth Hero Awards in April 2017.For more information contact Esther Sheppard at 912-651-5300 x349 or esther.sheppard@redcross.org.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 11/1/17




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E-SPLOST AdvertisementEarly voting ends Frid., Nov. 3, at 5:00 p.m;

Election is Tues., Nov. 7, from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

 

The Bulloch County Board of Education has placed an Education Special Local Option Sales Tax (E-SPLOST) referendum on the ballot for the Nov. 7 election. The referendum asks Bulloch County voters to choose whether to extend the current one-cent E-SPLOST for five additional years (2019-2023). The E-SPLOST is the only item on the Bulloch County ballot.

 

A fourth E-SPLOST is projected to raise approximately $51 million to fund the following capital improvements for all schools: safety and security upgrades, technology, instructional resources, playground equipment, classroom furniture, building renovations, buses, and middle/high school athletic facilities improvements . To see a complete list of proposed capital improvements, visit www.bullochschools.org/esplost .

 

Early voting for the city/county election will end on Friday, Nov. 3., at 5:00 p.m. Early voting takes place Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., at the Bulloch County Board of Elections at 113 North Main St., Suite 201, in Statesboro. The Bulloch County Board of Elections encourages voters who are voting in both the City of Statesboro (Mayor's race) and Bulloch County (E-SPLOST) elections to consider early voting because it may prevent you from having to vote at two separate precincts.

 

Election Day 

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. If you are a resident of the City of Statesboro, the Board of Elections recommends that you consider early voting. 

 

On Nov. 7, there will be just two voting places for Statesboro residents to vote in the city's mayoral election, where the three-candidate mayoral race is the only thing on the ballot. Residents of City Council Districts 1 and 2 will vote at Statesboro I Precinct, which is at the William James Educational Complex. Residents of council Districts 3, 4 and 5 must vote at the Statesboro II Precinct, which is the Pittman Park United Methodist Church. The E-SPLOST referendum is not on the City of Statesboro's election ballot. It is on the Bulloch County election ballot. 

 

Bulloch County voting precincts are different. Statesboro residents who want to vote in the Bulloch County E-SPLOST referendum will need to go to the voting precinct where they vote in county and state elections. For Statesboro residents, there are four of these:the William James Complex; the Fair Road Precinct at the Kiwanis Fair Grounds; the Church Precinct at Statesboro Primitive Baptist Church; and Pittman Park Precinct, at Pittman Park United Methodist Church. This may result in a voter having to travel to two separate voting precincts if they wish to vote in both the mayoral and E-SPLOST elections. 

 

Past E-SPLOSTs 

Voters have approved three E-SPLOSTs since 2003. Previous

E-SPLOSTS raised more than $148 million for our school system and allowed us to do the following: 

1. Build six new schools 
2. Renovate and expand seven additional schools 
3. Build three high school athletic complexes 
4. Partner with the Statesboro Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department to build and upgrade the tennis, softball and baseball facilities at Mill Creek Park for public and school use 
5. Meet the demands of a digital age by providing faculty and students with the instructional technology, wireless Internet infrastructure, increased Internet bandwidth and fiber connections, improved Voice Over Internet Protocol telephone system, and more 

See a video slide show of these projects at

 https://youtu.be/F84DNKBHmw8

 

For complete information about past E-SPLOSTs and the proposed E-SPLOST IV, visit www.bullochschools.org/esplost.

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Published: 10/30/17




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Talmeshia Parker of Statesboro High SchoolSynovus and Georgia Southern University College of Education (COE) announced another Teacher of the Game winner on Thursday, Oct. 26, at Statesboro High School as part of their "Here's to Teachers" campaign. 
 
Talmeshia Parker, a ninth-grade Pre-Advanced Placement Literature teacher at SHS, is the fourth of five Teachers of the Game winners, who are being selected this fall based on student nominations. Parker was nominated by Tatyana Carter, a sophomore at SHS, who had also been a student of Parker's at Langston Chapel Middle School. Carter, along with Superintendent Charles Wilson, SHS administrators, and dignitaries from Synovus and the COE surprised Parker in her classroom. 
 
Carter shared that when she was a student at LCMS, Ms. Parker set aside a time called Problems With Parker. Carter and her classmates would share their problems in a confidential-friendly environment and Ms. Parker would offer advice.

 

"We talked about serious issues, and she would always tell us things about how to be proper young ladies. It really amazed us to see that someone cared enough to tell us what was real, regardless of whether we liked it or not. She is one of the best teachers I have ever had,"  said Carter. 


Parker will be featured on Paulson Stadium's jumbo screen during GA Southern's home football game on Nov. 4, and all the Teachers of the Game winners will be honored on the field during the Eagles' last home game on Nov. 18, which is a special Education Appreciation Day for all educators and COE alumni.
 
Other Teachers of the Game winners from Bulloch County Schools include Jay McNeely of Nevils Elementary School and Simone Lane of William James Middle School.

 

Thank you to SHS's Audio-Video, Technology & Film students for making this video of the presentation possible  https://youtu.be/iYcpo7ooQKE

 

Pictured: Talmeshia Parker (center) with representatives of Synovus, GA Southern College of Education, Statesboro High School, and Bulloch County Superintendent of Schools Charles Wilson.

 

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Board of Education 2017

The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its scheduled work session on Thursday, Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m., in the Transitions Learning Center's Cafeteria, located in the Central Office at 150 Williams Road, in Statesboro. Guests can enter the double doors at the side entrance under the portico for direct access to the event.

 

The agenda for the meeting will include a brief presentation about the Education Special Local Option Sales Tax referendum, which is on the ballot for the Nov. 7 election.  This will be followed by a public question and answer session. 

 

In order to facilitate as many questions as possible and to ensure that all guests are comfortable to present their questions to the Board, we will provide index cards and pencils for guests to write down their questions. A moderator will collect the questions, sort them into subject categories, and then the superintendent, school system administrators, and or the Board will participate in answering each question. We will continue until all questions have been answered.  All questions will be added to the district’s E-SPLOST FAQ document online at www.bullochschools.org/esplost.

 

Watch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive . Access meeting agendas and packets at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets.

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Red Ribbon Week LogoAll of our schools are celebrating national Red Ribbon Week in various ways October 23 – 27. Our elementary and middle school students around the district can be seen wearing everything from all red to camouflage to mismatched clothing to pajamas for themed days that remind them of their drug-free commitment. Older students compose songs and poems to reflect the positive choice they were making to be drug-free and participate in special events. Each school’s events provide opportunities for educators, parents, businesses, the media and law enforcement to work together to keep our students and community drug-free. 

 

This year’s theme is “Your Future is Key so Stay Drug Free,” and each day’s off-beat attire combined with special projects and guest speakers help reinforce that message to students.  Students and the community can take the pledge to be drug free and take a stand against alcohol and drug abuse at www.redribbon.org.

 

While we celebrate Red Ribbon Week once a year, key partners like the Bulloch County Commission on Human Services, the Bulloch Alcohol & Drug Council, the Bulloch County Sheriff Department’s Drug Resistance Education Program (DARE), school resource officers, the Statesboro Police Department, the Statesboro Bulloch County Parks & Recreation Department, the Averitt Center for the Arts, and the Boys & Girls Club all help us serve and improve the lives of children and help keep them drug free throughout the year.

 

Officially celebrated since 1988, Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program, with more than 80 million people participating each year.  Wearing red ribbons during the week also pays tribute to Special Agent Enriqué “Kiki” Camarena. A deceased U.S. Drug Enforcement Agent, Camarena was kidnapped and killed in 1985, while investigating drug traffickers.  Georgia began participating in Red Ribbon Week in 1987.

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Published: 10/25/17




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Ansley Mays 2019 Bulloch County Teacher of the YearAnsley Mays is the 2019 Bulloch County Teacher of the Year (TOTY).  Mays received the honor Oct. 12, during a special reveal reception at the Bulloch County Board of Education. She was one of 15 school-level teacher of the year candidates who competed for the title.

 

In May of 2017, Mays was selected by the faculty of Sallie Zetterower Elementary School to be their school-level teacher of the year. She had served as the school's STEM Lab teacher. Mays now serves as a first-grade teacher at Brooklet Elementary School.

 

Rhonda Leggett of Mattie Lively Elementary School was the first runner up, and the remaining top-five candidates, in no rank order, were Matthew White of Statesboro High School, Carrie Feltman of Julia P. Bryant Elementary School, and Stephanie Hodges of Portal Elementary School. 

 

Mays will now represent Bulloch County in the 2019 Georgia Teacher of the Year contest whose application and selection process runs January through May of 2018, when the Georgia TOTY will be announced.  The winning state candidate will represent Georgia in the 2019 National TOTY competition, which is why the local competition’s cohort year matches the national competition for which he or she may be eligible. 

 

Since 2008, Bulloch County Schools’ teachers of the year have finished in the top 10 for the state competition three times.   Bulloch County Schools’ TOTY has won the state title twice: Julie Lanier, Marvin Pittman Lab School, 1985; and Jemelleh Coes, Langston Chapel Middle School, 2014.

 

Last night the school system also recognized the Bulloch County Schools Pre-Kindergarten Teacher of the Year Tiffany Phillips of Mill Creek Elementary. Phillips, was selected by the district's pre-kindergarten program to represent Bulloch County in the Georgia Department of Early Learning's Teacher of the Year Program for public and private early learning sites.

 

These are our school-level teachers of the year, who competed for Bulloch County Teacher of the Year.

 

Lisa Sherrod, Brooklet Elementary School

Carrie Feltman, Julia P. Bryant Elementary School

Heather Gonzales, Langston Chapel Elementary School

Christine Stripling, Langston Chapel Middle School

Rhonda Leggett, Mattie Lively Elementary

Meagan Beasley, Mill Creek Elementary School  

Danitra Britt, Nevils Elementary School

Stephanie Hodges, Portal Elementary School

Tendai Haggins, Portal Middle High School

Ansley Mays, Sallie Zetterower Elementary

Cindy Mott, Southeast Bulloch Middle School

Aimee Civalier, Southeast Bulloch High School

Matthew White, Statesboro High School

Plysheltia Drayton, Stilson Elementary School

Brian Hall, William James Middle School

 

Look for an upcoming profile article about Ansley Mays. Our remaining school-level teachers of the year will be profiled weekly in the Statesboro Herald beginning in February.

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Published: 10/13/17




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Red Cross to use funds for victims of hurricanes

in TX, FL, GA & Puerto Rico

 

Statesboro High Donation to American Red CrossStatesboro, GA - Statesboro High (SHS), a high school in south Georgia, which was closed for six days itself due to Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, presented the American Red Cross a check for $8,261.95 on Sept. 28, for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The school, which had originally planned a fundraiser on Sept. 8, for hurricane victims in Texas, had to quickly reschedule and reorganize the event when Hurricane Irma’s path shifted and closed Statesboro High’s school district for three days.

 

See a video of the event by students in SHS’s Multimedia and Film class at https://youtu.be/pFsmJe6cCt0

 

Esther Sheppard, executive director of the American Red Cross of Southeast & Coastal Georgia accepted the donation during a Bulloch County Board of Education (BOE) meeting. The funds were proceeds from a barbeque chicken fundraiser SHS hosted on its campus on Sept. 22, for victims in Texas, Florida, Georgia and Puerto Rico.

“I just can’t say enough thanks for all the people involved,” said Jake Collins, a tenth-grade mathematics teacher at SHS, who had the fundraising idea, but was overwhelmed by the outpouring of school, community and business support which quickly turned the event into a major relief effort.

 

“When a crisis hits, the Statesboro community stands up and says what can we do to help,” said SHS Custodian Daniel McCullough. McCullough was one of more than 60 faculty and staff who volunteered alongside students from the school’s student organizations like Beta, DECA, and FBLA. Current and former members of the Bulloch County Board of Education also helped grill, sell tickets, and pack and deliver plates.

 

Claxton Poultry in nearby Claxton, was one of the first major businesses to step up and help by donating 1,000 chicken halves. “We were just totally excited by the tremendous community turnout,” said Collins, who enlisted several SHS alumni and faculty alumni to help cook like Kenny Tucker and Vernon Littles.

 “I always try to give back to the school (SHS) and organizations that need help,” said Littles, who is a 1984 graduate and student athlete of SHS and a former Bulloch County BOE member.

 

In addition to Claxton Poultry, other major sponsors included Ellis Meat Market, Lewis Printing, McCook’s Pharmacy, Southern Pharmacy, FRED’s Pharmacy, Savannah River Mortgage, Sea Island Bank, SERVPRO and Dairy Queen.

 

The school’s Culinary Arts Instructor Cindy Hart, her students, faculty, parents and more than 40 community volunteers prepared side dishes of coleslaw, green beans, and deserts.

 

Statesboro High School’s faculty, staff, students, parents and alumni have a heart for service. In 2005, they raised $10,000 for the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief when Hurricane Katrina hit the United States. Many of its students, along with those from other schools in Bulloch County helped Bulloch Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) pack 2,300 bags of groceries for Hurricane Irma victims in Brunswick and Glynn County.

 

The school is also the hub for the community’s Feed the Boro campaign which provides Thanksgiving meals to those in need. SHS’s student organizations like the Chess Club and National Art Honor Society send chess sets around the world to Uganda for Sports Outreach Institute (SOI) and paint murals for local non-profits.

 

"I was overwhelmed by the veracity of donations and the number of community volunteers signing up to help, but again this is Statesboro,” said Collins. “People see the devastation and want to help and this was a local way to do it.  I'm just blessed to help."  It is the prayer of Statesboro's  and Bulloch County’s students and teachers that these funds help families in need to recover and rebuild.

 

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Published: 10/11/17




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Board of Education 2017The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its scheduled regular session on Thursday, Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m., in the board room of the district's Central Office, located at 150 Williams Road, in Statesboro. 

 

Prior to the meeting, the Board will host a reception and program from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., to honor the school level teachers of the year and name the 2019 Bulloch County Teacher of the Year, who will represent the district in the Georgia Teacher of the Year program and possibly advance to the national competition in 2019. From 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., they will also honor the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education's Fall 2017 Innovation Grant recipients.

 

The agenda for the meeting will include an update on the Education Special Local Option Sales Tax referendum, which is on the ballot for the Nov. 7 election.  Other business includes revisions to the School Admissions policy, the Fiscal Year 2018 Board Training Plan, and a proposal to purchase school buses.

 

Watch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive . Access meeting agendas and packets at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets.

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Junior & Senior teams advance to state;

Dominate Area IV event for sixth straight year

 

Portal FFA Meats Evaluation TeamPortal Middle High School’s National FFA Organization Chapter (FFA) competed in the Area IV Meats Evaluation Career Development Event (CDE) at Toombs County High School in September, where both the Junior and Senior level teams won their respective events and will advance to state for the sixth straight year.

 

“I can’t remember the last time we didn’t do well at Area competition, but the competition at state is always tough,” said Dr. Tom Marshall, PMHS’s FFA advisor and instructor for its agricultural courses within the school’s Career Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) program. “There will be many really good teams there.”

 

PMHS’s Senior Meats Evaluation Team for grades 10-12 includes AJ Barnes, Brooks Sharpe and James Jackson. The Junior team for grades 6-9 includes Mackenzie Miller, Katie Fondren and Katelyn Hudson.  The Senior team competed against three schools at Area IV competition: Screven, South Effingham and Jefferson County. The Junior team competed against 10 schools from Screven, Effingham, Washington, Jenkins, Burke, and McDuffie counties.  

 

The Senior team won first place on the strength of its overall team score of 774 in eight different tasks, plus Barnes, Sharpe and Jackson posted the first, third and fifth-place top individual scores respectively against 12 individual competitors. Barnes received the High Individual Award .The Junior team had an overall team score of 658, and Mackenzie Miller achieved the second highest individual score out of 27 competitors.

 

The National FFA Meats Technology and Evaluation CDE, at the area, state and national level, is a competitive event that helps students develop the skills needed for careers in the meat animal industry. Students complete three different rotations, and they must learn over 100 cuts of meat before the contest.

 

During the event, members evaluate beef carcasses for quality and yield grade, identify various meat cuts and place carcasses, identify wholesale and/or retail cuts, take a knowledge test of their skills and competencies in evaluating and identifying meat carcasses and products, compete in a merchandising event, and solve a meat formulation problem. 

 

Teams who win at the state level earn the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA Convention & Expo. The National FFA Meats Technology and Evaluation CDE is sponsored by Cargill Meat Solutions, Hormel Foods Corporation, Kraft Foods and Tyson Foods, Inc. as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 

In 2012 Portal FFA’s Meats Evaluation Team of Josie Barnes, Kimberly Phillips, Kyle Phillips, and Brantley Spence won the Area IV and Georgia Meats Evaluation CDEs and advanced to nationals held during the 86th Annual National FFA Convention at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. The team competed against 43 teams and 159 individuals and won Silver emblems in both team and individual competition. This year’s Junior and Senior teams will head to Athens on Nov. 11, for the 2017 Georgia FFA Meats Evaluation & Technology CDE held in the Meat Science Lab of the Edgar L. Rhodes Center for Animal and Dairy Science at the University of Georgia. 

 

The National FFA Organization is a co-curricular student organization for students within high school CTAE programs. FFA is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members and 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.              

 

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Pictured: (L-R) Senior Team: Brooks Sharpe, A.J. Barnes, Morgan Jackson; (L-R) Junior Team: Mackenzie Miller, Katie Fondren, Katelyn Hudson.  

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Board of Education members 2017The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for two special sessions on Monday, October 9, and Tuesday, October 10, at 6:00 p.m., in the Superintendent's Office (adjacent to Board Room) located at 150 Williams Road, in Statesboro. Once the Board convenes, it will conduct a public vote to enter into executive session. If approved by a majority, the Board will convene an executive session  to discuss the superintendent's annual evaluation. 

 

Georgia's Open Meetings Act (O.C.G.A. § 50-14-1) and open records laws permit government agencies to convene an executive session to discuss personnel or for other purposes specified by law. The law allows the general public and press to be excluded from the executive session portion of the meeting. The Board cannot vote during executive session. When personnel issues discussed in executive session have officially been closed or resolved, the personnel records or findings become public.

 

The agenda for both meetings is as follows:

 I.        Convene 

 

 II.       Executive Session
          -Superintendent’s Annual Evaluation

 

III.      Adjourn

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 10/9/17




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Georgia Southern University's Center for Sustainability will host its fifth annual GreenFest on Saturday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., in downtown Statesboro. The event is a great opportunity for family learning and fun centered around sustainable living.

 

The Center for Sustainability uses the event to educate the public about sustainable solutions throughout Bulloch County, and to share green resources and eco-friendly ideas in an outdoor festival atmosphere. Nearly 40 vendors and exhibitors will share sustainability information and green products to encourage a “green” lifestyle. Festival-goers can enjoy live music, free sustainability workshops, children’s activities and more.

 

Featured workshops this year include rain barrels (make your own – pre-register here online), green cleaning products, and natural dyes (bring a cloth item to dye). The weekly Mainstreet Statesboro Farmers Market will also offer festival visitors fresh and delicious local produce, baked goods and more. Smoothie King will host the Blender Bike activity to blend your own smoothie.

 

Keep Statesboro Beautiful will also host a service opportunity for beautification along the Blue Mile, so volunteers can get their hands dirty and make a difference in the community. Check in on the courthouse lawn to participate.

 

You can also see entries in the third annual Pallet Challenge which will be on display during GreenFest along Siebald Street, and winners will be announced at 12 noon. Last year’s competition drew entries from as far as Savannah and included pallet planters, picnic tables, coolers and even a pallet car.

 

For a full schedule of the GreenFest events and to register for the Pallet Challenge and other various activities, visit http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/sustainability/events/greenfest/.

 

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Published: 10/3/17




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Jay McNeely Teacher of the Game WinnerSynovus and Georgia Southern University College of Education announced another Teacher of the Game winner on Friday, Sept. 22, at Nevils Elementary School as part of their "Here's to Teachers" campaign. 

 

Jay McNeely, a fourth and fifth-grade teacher, is the second of five Teachers of the Game winners who will be selected this fall based on student nominations. McNeely had 10 different students nominate him. The common theme of their essays was that he never gives up on his students. They, along with the entire fifth-grade class, were on hand in the school's gym to help dignitaries from Synovus and the COE surprise McNeely. 

 

"Have you ever had a teacher who inspired you to be the best you can be?" said Pedro Villegas. "I do, and he's Mr. McNeely. The best teacher I will ever have."

 

These same feelings were shared by other students like Trevion Cone. "Mr McNeely told us he isn't asking for perfect. He wants us to try and not give up." 

 

"No matter what I'm struggling with, he is there to help," said Mariana Cooper. "He never gives up on me, and he comes up with fun stuff for us to do."

 

"It s just when I'm down and need help, that he's there to cheer me on,"  Jazzaniah Roberson added. "It makes me feel alive and ready to go to school."

 

McNeely and Simone Lane of William James Middle School, who was the first Teacher of the Game winner, will be honored on the field and on Paulson Stadium's video Board during the GA Southern Eagles' home football game on Oct. 4. Three additional Teachers of the Game winners are yet to be announced. They will be recognized at other Eagle home games.

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Board of Education 2017The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its scheduled work session on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m., at the district's Central Office in Statesboro. The Board will hear presentations from the following schools about their school improvement efforts and special projects: Portal Elementary, Statesboro High, and Sallie Zetterower.  The Board will also participate in a Georgia School Boards Association webinar.

 

Watch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive . Access meeting agendas, packets,and minutes at www.bullochschools.org/board. Please note that there is not a packet for this meeting because there are no action items only presentations.

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Published: 9/27/17




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Stilson Receives Walmart GrantStilson Elementary School has received a $1,500 grant from the Walmart Distribution Center in Statesboro as part of the Walmart Community Grants program. Stilson’s Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Lab teacher, Jenny Hendrix, applied for the grant to help provide additional consumable supplies for her students’ projects. 

 

“Our STEM lab gives students hands-on experiences and real world challenges, however, without the help of community members and businesses like Walmart this would not be possible,” Hendrix said. “STEM can be very expensive with over 400 students coming into my STEM lab each week.  Last year we used over 250 rolls of masking tape.” Hendrix shared that her students love to build and design projects, but it takes various materials for this to happen.  The Walmart Community Grant will be used to purchase items like masking tape, popsicle sticks, cups, string, duct tape, balloons, and various other building materials. 

 

The grant will also be used to expand the STEM Lab’s outdoor garden space where the students are learning the science of agriculture, weather, soil and water quality, and providing their lunchroom with fresh lettuce, radishes, red, white, and purple potatoes and oregano.  

 

In a statement issued by Walmart about their Community Grant program, the company said, “We strongly believe in giving back and are proud to support organizations that improve communities where our customers and associates live and work.” 

 

Pictured: Jenny Hendrix (back, left) and one of her STEM Lab classes with Walmart Distribution Center representative (center) and SES Principal Tanita McDowell (right)

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Check out this video of Statesboro coming together today to serve. 

 

https://youtu.be/pFsmJe6cCt0

 

This is the true spirit of Statesboro High School its faculty, staff, students, parents and alumni...helping those in need. Whether it's raising nearly $20,000 for American Red Cross Hurricane Relief in 2005 with Katrina to today with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, to being a hub for Feed the Boro at Thanksgiving to sending chess sets around the world to Uganda for Sports Outreach Institute (SOI), SHS has a heart of service. Thank you to all of the businesses and individuals who helped make the Sept. 22 fundraiser for American Red Cross Hurricane Relief a success.

 

Statesboro High School was closed unexpectedly for three days due to Hurricane Irma, which caused them to reorganize and reschedule their original BBQ Fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey. Their fortitude will result in nearly $10,000 for the American Red Cross.

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Published: 9/22/17




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These are a few post-Hurricane Irma announcements.

Statesboro High BBQ Fundraiser for

American Red Cross Hurricane Relief
Statesboro High School's rescheduled BBQ Fundraiser for Hurricane Relief is today from 4-7 p.m. The school has sold nearly 1,000 tickets, which will enable them to donate nearly $10,000 to the American Red Cross' Hurricane Relief Fund. Many local and area businesses like Claxton Poultry, Ellis Meats, Fred's Pharmacy, McCook's Pharmacy, and Southern Pharmacy and others have made this a community-wide effort to help the regions in the United States ravaged by hurricanes.

There are still tickets available. The tickets are $10 per person and are being sold today at the northeast rear corner of the school from 4-7 p.m.  The plate consists of 1/2 bbq chicken, coleslaw, green beans, and dessert.

Plates can be picked up at the rear of the school between 4-7. You can walk up and carry out, dine in the cafeteria, or a drive-through line is available. If you are a Statesboro High School Blue Devil fan, it's a great way to enjoy dinner on campus with fellow alumni in the cafeteria before tonight's Homecoming Game against Appling County.

Thank you to SHS's Jake Collins and all the faculty, staff, students and parents of SHS for their efforts and their fortitude to reorganize and reschedule the event when it had to be rescheduled from its original date due to Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Irma No Make-up Days Required for Missed Days
Superintendent Charles Wilson has announced that there will be no required make up days for the three school days missed during Hurricane Irma.

USDA's Disaster Relief Provides

Free School Meals in Bulloch Co. Sept.21-29
Bulloch County Schools will provide free school lunches to all students, on Sept. 21 through Sept. 29, thanks to Hurricane Irma disaster relief support from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The school district already provides free breakfast for all students, but will add lunches for the next seven days to help families offset any hardships incurred due to the storm. The USDA announced Tuesday, that children in Florida and 35 Georgia school districts would receive free meals

In a statement released by USDA, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue of Georgia said the relief helps ensure all those dealing with the aftermath of Irma have food, and recognized the importance of public schools in disaster response.

“Schools play a vital role in ensuring that America’s children get the nutrition they need all year long through USDA’s nutrition assistance programs, but the need they fill is even more apparent in the wake of storms like Hurricane Irma,” Perdue said.

Other flexibilities announced for affected areas of Georgia include:
◾Providing school systems the option to operate the Seamless Summer Option during the school year to continue serving students meals when schools have unanticipated closures. This was a measure Bulloch County Schools had already planned to implement had Hurricane Irma caused extended school closures in Bulloch County.
◾Allowing schools not directly affected by the hurricane to use their commodity foods to provide plated meals to shelters or other school food service operations.
◾Allowing two schools to operate at the same location and claim meals separately for reimbursement through National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.
◾Reducing administrative burden on schools dealing with hurricane recovery by approving several waivers and extensions of timelines related to administrative and operational activities.

The 35 Georgia counties included in the relief package include the following: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Chattahoochee, Chattooga, Clinch, Coffee, DeKalb, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glynn, Habersham, Hall, Jeff Davis, Jenkins, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Treutlen, Ware, and Wayne), as well as Gainesville City Schools.

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/22/17




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Bulloch County Schools will provide free school lunches to all students, on Sept. 21 through Sept. 29, thanks to Hurricane Irma disaster relief support from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The school district already provides free breakfast for all students, but will add lunches for the next seven days to help families offset any hardships incurred due to the storm. The USDA announced Tuesday, that children in Florida and 35 Georgia school districts would receive free meals 

 

In a statement released by USDA, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue of Georgia said the relief helps ensure all those dealing with the aftermath of Irma have food, and recognized the importance of public schools in disaster response.

 

“Schools play a vital role in ensuring that America’s children get the nutrition they need all year long through USDA’s nutrition assistance programs, but the need they fill is even more apparent in the wake of storms like Hurricane Irma,” Perdue said. 

 

Other flexibilities announced for affected areas of Georgia include:
◾Providing school systems the option to operate the Seamless Summer Option during the school year to continue serving students meals when schools have unanticipated closures. This was a measure Bulloch County Schools had already planned to implement had Hurricane Irma caused extended school closures in Bulloch County. 
◾Allowing schools not directly affected by the hurricane to use their commodity foods to provide plated meals to shelters or other school food service operations.
◾Allowing two schools to operate at the same location and claim meals separately for reimbursement through National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.
◾Reducing administrative burden on schools dealing with hurricane recovery by approving several waivers and extensions of timelines related to administrative and operational activities.

 

The 35 Georgia counties included in the relief package include the following: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Chattahoochee, Chattooga, Clinch, Coffee, DeKalb, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glynn, Habersham, Hall, Jeff Davis, Jenkins, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Treutlen, Ware, and Wayne), as well as Gainesville City Schools.

 

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/21/17




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Resources for Recovery flyerThe SHINE Clubhouse of Statesboro will host a free Resources for Recovery showcase on Saturday, Sept. 30, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., at Statesboro High School.  The event will show families the different resources Bulloch County has to offer for children and youth with mental health, substance abuse and co-occuring disorders.

 

The S.H.I.N.E. Resiliency Support Clubhouse of Statesboro is one of six support clubhouses in the state offered through the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (BHDD). Locally, it is part of Pineland BHDD.

 

According to the Georgia BHDD, SHINE is a resiliency support clubhouse that provides comprehensive and unique services for children and families coping with the isolation, stigma, and other challenges of mental health disorders. The clubhouse programs provide supportive services that include educational supports, employment services, peer support, family engagement, social activities, and other initiatives geared to engage children and youth and assist them in managing behaviors and symptoms. They also offer after school activities.

 

Bulloch County Schools' counselors, social workers, Special Education Department and Student Support Department partner with resource organizations like Pineland to serve students. For more information about the Resources for Recovery event or SHINE's services, contact Akilah S. King, program manager for SHINE Clubhouse, at 912.764.1964 or 
aking@pinelandcsb.org

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/21/17




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Liz DriggersLiz Driggers, a Health and Physical Education teacher and coach at Statesboro High School has been selected by the Georgia Department of Education to serve on the 2017-18 State School Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council.
 
The council is comprised of teachers from across the state representing elementary, middle, and high schools and all subject areas.  The purpose is to meet in small groups and participate in informal conversations regarding issues that are of concern to teachers and to share ideas with State Superintendent Richard Woods and Chief of Staff Matt Jones.  

 

The council meets twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring.  The Teacher Advisory Council's first meeting is Friday, Oct. 20, at the GaDOE's office in Atlanta.

 

Driggers is a graduate of Georgia Southern where she is a double Eagle earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health and physical education and kinesiology. She also earned a specialist’s degree in the Pedagogy of Coaching from Valdosta State University. In October 2015, Driggers was selected as Bulloch County Schools' 2017 Teacher of the Year. Her seven-year teaching career has all been in Statesboro High School and Bulloch County Schools.

 

Driggers is a strong advocate for education as a career. "As an educator, one of the greatest things you can do is to inspire the next generation to become a teacher," she said.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/15/17




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Here s to Teachers graphicSynovus, Georgia Southern University College of Education and Bulloch County Schools congratulates the first Synovus Teacher of the Game, Simone Lane of William James Middle School.  Dignitaries from these sponsors plus Superintendent Charles Wilson surprised Ms. Lane in her classroom on Sept. 1. Mikaela Dekle, the student who nominated her, was also on hand to read the winning essay she wrote about her.

 

Now a sophomore at Statesboro High School, Dekle shared that Lane, her former sixth-grade science teacher, "Not only was a teacher to me, she was a mother figure at my lowest point of my life when I wanted to give up. Some things she said to me still stick with me till this day." Dekle added, "She definitely deserves to be recognized for her amazing mentoring and motherly acts."

 

Synovus and the Georgia Southern University College of Education asked fourth grade through twelfth grade students to nominate teachers who have made a difference in their lives.  They have been thrilled to receive over 600 nominations.  A teacher will be chosen and announced at each home game as the Synovus Teacher of the Game. 

 

Through its "Here's to Teachers” campaign, Synovus would like to say thank you to all teachers for the impact you have made and continue to make in the lives of young people.

 

Ms. Lane was to have been recognized on the field and video board at the Sept. 9 GA Southern home football game. Due to Hurricane Irma, she will now be recognized at the Oct. 4 home game. Synovus and GA Southern will select a Synovus Teacher of the Game for each Eagles' home game this football season.

 

To see a video of the announcement at William James Middle School, click here.

To see pictures of the announcement, click here.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/15/17




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Georgia Pre-kindergarten Week logoGeorgia Pre-Kindergarten Week is October 2 -6, and Bulloch County Schools' pre-k faculty and students look forward to celebrating the 25th year of this early learning program in our state.

 

"It’s an opportunity to showcase the program's success, increase awareness and strengthen community support for our youngest learners," said Dr. Yvette Ledford, director of the school system's pre-k program

 

The school system’s Pre-K sites are set to welcome parents, special guests and elected officials into their classrooms during the first week of October. In its seventh year, Georgia Pre-K Week showcases the state-funded pre-kindergarten program which was started in 1992, and heralded as a national model. Since that time more than 1.5 million students have been served statewide.

 

Legislators Support Pre-Kindergarten

Celebrity readers including more than 100 legislators statewide will visit Pre-kindergarten centers in their districts to read to children, meet with teachers, tour Pre-K classrooms and observe learning. Local legislators, like Rep. Jan Tankersley, have made reading to students during Pre-K Week an annual tradition. This year’s state-adopted book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This book uses vivid illustrations and sequence to teach the life cycle of a butterfly.

 

Pre-K Week Classroom Activities

Classrooms will incorporate book-themed activities each day during Pre-K Week. Below you will find a schedule of events: 

  • Make-It Monday-Making new creations with art, math, and language
  • Taste It Tuesday-Encouraging students to taste different foods
  • Wellness Wednesday-Promoting wellness with healthy nutrition & fitness habits
  • Think About It Thursday-Using critical thinking skills to solve problems

Family First Friday on October 6

Families are invited to visit pre-k classrooms during a designated time during the school day. Contact your school for details.  

 

Families are also invited to visit the Averitt Center for the Arts’ third-floor Youth Gallery in downtown Statesboro where pre-kindergarten students’ artwork will be exhibited throughout the month of October. The exhibit will open during Main Street Statesboro’s First Friday event from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 6. Pre-K faculty will be present to greet guests.

 

Bulloch County Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten Program

Bulloch County Schools has 19 pre-k classes located at 12 sites on the district's elementary and high school campuses. The classes serve a total of 416 students. Bulloch County Schools also serves special needs students through its Preschool Intervention Program. The school system has 38 pre-k teachers and assistant teachers. Principals and assistant principals serve as site directors at their campuses, and Dr. Yvette Ledford at the central office is the program's project director.

 

History of Georgia Pre-K Week

Georgia Pre-K Week is organized by Voices for Georgia’s Children and endorsed by Bright from the Start, Georgia's Department for Early Care and Learning (DECAL). Synovus and Georgia Power Company are corporate sponsors for the statewide event. Established in 2003, Voices for Georgia's Children is a nonprofit child policy and advocacy organization that envisions a Georgia where children are safe, healthy, educated, employable, and connected to their family and community. Their mission is to be a powerful, unifying voice for a public agenda that ensures the wellbeing of all of Georgia’s children.

 
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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/15/17




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Board of EducationWatch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive . Access meeting agendas and packets at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets.

 

The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its scheduled regular session on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m., in the school system's Central Office Board Room, located at 150 Williams Road, in Statesboro.  Key topics for discussion include the Fiscal Year 2018 Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Act of 2006 federal grant funding for the school system's Career Technical & Agricultural Education program; a proposal to renew the district's iReady assessment software; the Board of Education's Board Governance Training, and a proposed revision to Board Policy JBC - School Admissions.  

 

The Board was scheduled to hear a presentation from Sharpe Solutions about the annual evaluation of  Langston Chapel Elementary School's 21st Century Community Learning Centers for grades K-2 and 3-5. Sharpe Solutions is unable to attend due to Hurricane Irma, and this presentation will be rescheduled.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/14/17




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Updated 9/13/17: Langston Chapel Middle School, Stilson Elementary, Sallie Zetterower Elementary, and Southeast Bulloch Middle School have rescheduled their Title I Annual Meetings due to Hurricane Irma. See list below for updated times.

 

Opportunity to ask, learn & take part in education

 

PTitle 1 Graphicarents and the community are encouraged to take part in Bulloch County Schools’ series of annual Title I Parent Meetings in August and September.  The school system has 13 Title I schools, which includes all campuses except Southeast Bulloch High School and Statesboro High School.

 

Ask, Learn & Give Feedback

The sessions are an opportunity for parents and the community to ask questions, give feedback. and learn about each Title I school’s proposed plans and goals for improvement.  Principals and faculty will share their Parent & Family Engagement Plans, the School - Parent Compact, and the Parent's Right to Know. Parents can also learn more about the Title I resources available to them and review how Title I funds are used.

 

Get Involved & Find Resources to Help Your Child Learn

Each school’s parent and family engagement liaison will share ways to be involved with the school and your child’s education.  They will also share about the schools’ Family Resource Centers. They are a library of unique tools you can check out to help your child at home with homework or give extra help to learn a concept. 

 

Title I Schools’ Annual Parent Meetings

 

BES      Tuesday, 9/26/17          8am - 9am 

      

JPB       Thursday, 9/14/17        5:30pm - 6:30pm

              Thursday, 9/14/17        7:30am - 8:30am

 

LCES      Thursday, 8/31/17       8:00am - 9:00am 

LCES      Thursday, 8/31/17       6:00pm - 7:00pm

 

LCM      Tuesday, 9/19/17         8:30am-9:30am 

LCM      Tuesday, 9/1917         6:00pm -7:00pm

 

MLES      Tuesday, 8/22/17        6:00pm - 7:30pm

MLES      Thursday, 9/21/17      7:30am - 8:30pm

 

MCES      Thursday, 9/21/17       7:15 am-8:15 am

                 Thursday, 9/21/17       1:00pm - 2:00pm

 

NES         Thursday, 9/21/17       8:00am - 9:00am

 

PES          Tuesday, 8/29/17        5:30pm - 6:30pm

 

PMHS       Tuesday, 9/26/17         10:00 am-11:00 pm

                 Tuesday, 9/26/17         5:30pm - 6:30pm

 

SZES         Thursday, 9/28/17        8:00am - 9:00am

SZES         Thursday, 9/28/17        6:00pm - 7:00pm

 

SBMS      Tuesday, 9/19/17          6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

                 Thursday, 9/21/17        8:15am - 12:15pm

 

SES           Monday, 9/18/17          6:00pm - 7:00pm

SES           Friday, 9/22/17             8:15 am - 9:15pm

 

WJMS       Tuesday, 8/29/17          6:00pm - 7:00pm

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/13/17




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We are very thankful that Bulloch County did not receive widespread damage from the storm and that no one was seriously injured. 

 

All of our schools will reopen on a normal schedule on Wednesday, Sept. 13, except Nevils Elementary. We will make a decision about Nevils Elementary by 8 p.m. tonight. All of our schools have power and water, except Nevils Elementary, which does not have water, but workers are addressing the issue.

 

We understand that families were affected by the storm in different ways. If you decide you are unable to return when schools reopen, provide a parent note when you return, and your school's principal will work with you and decide if absences are excused. If you are an employee, and you will not be here Wednesday, please communicate with your principal or supervisor.

 

None of our schools were damaged during the storm. Our Transportation Department and School Food Services Department made proper preparations before the storm to ensure fuel supplies and the safety of our food supplies.

 

Bulloch County is up and running today. After meeting with the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency, law enforcement, public works and local utility providers, it is safe to reopen our schools. All other public, private and charter K-12 schools in Bulloch County are reopening Wednesday as well.

 

If you evacuated out of the area and are driving back, the Georgia Department of Transportation encourages you to use alternate state and federal highway routes. These are usually under utilized and Interstates 16, 75, and 95 may be very crowded.

 

We understand that Georgia Southern and Ogeechee Technical College are closed on Wednesday. Their operations and decisions will usually differ from ours because GA Southern has to consider its student housing on campus and the fact that both GS and OTC have faculty and student bases from not only surrounding counties but statewide. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/12/17




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The Bulloch Volunteer Organization Active in Disasters (VOAD) is providing meals at First Methodist Church and setting up mobile meal deliveries to Bird Road, Cypress Lake, and Plantation Mobile Home Parks, and Park Place Apartment Complex and Hill's Mortuary Parking Lot at approximately 1:30 p.m. today. If you or someone you know is in need of food, this is a free service to our community for those in need.

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/11/17




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Make plans for schools to be open for a normal day on Wednesday; however, a final decision about specific school schedules will be made by 5 p.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 12.  Road crews and electric utilities are out in force this morning clearing roadways and restoring power. Their progress by late afternoon will give us a clearer picture, this is why we are delaying our decision from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

None of our schools were damaged during the storm. As of 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, all of our schools have electricity except Nevils Elementary, Portal Elementary and Portal Middle High School. Depending on the progress of electric utility crews in these areas, we will know by 5 p.m. if these schools can reopen.

 

Our Transportation Department and School Food Services Department made proper preparations before the storm to ensure fuel supplies and the safety of our food supplies.

 

We understand that families were affected by the storm in different ways. If you decide you are unable to return when our schools reopen, provide a parent note when you return, and your school's principal will decide if absences are excused.

 

If you are without power, Southeast Bulloch High School's George Roebuck Field House will be open Tuesday until 5 p.m. for anyone to use its restroom and shower facilities.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/11/17




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Continue to remain off roadways.  The mandatory curfew issued by the Bulloch County Sheriff's Department is in effect until further notice.

 

Tornado Watches & Warnings

We are under a tornado watch until 10 p.m Monday.

 

School Closings & Projected Reopening

Bulloch County Schools will be closed Monday, Sept. 11, and Tuesday, Sept. 12, for all students and employees. This schedule will not change. Our tentative plan is to reopen Wednesday; however, we will assess conditions on Monday and Tuesday and make a final decision and announcement by 1 p.m. on Tuesday. 

 

Monitor the media and our communications for any further updates about how our schedule may be affected for the remainder of the week. We will provide updates at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily during the storm. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/11/17




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New Information

According to Bulloch County EMA, there are power outages throughout Bulloch County. Do not contact 911 to report power outages. 

 

Remain off roadways.  The mandatory curfew issued by the Bulloch County Sheriff's Department is in effect until further notice.

 

Tornado Watches & Warnings

According to Bulloch County Emergency Management, tornadoes are one of our significant threats.  The greatest potential for tornadoes exists between 4:00 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday. Expect heavy rain of six or more inches.

 

School Closings & Projected Reopening

Bulloch County Schools will be closed Monday, Sept. 11, and Tuesday, Sept. 12, for all students and employees. This schedule will not change. Our tentative plan is to reopen Wednesday; however, we will assess conditions on Monday and Tuesday and make a final decision and announcement by 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Monitor the media and our communications for any further updates about how our schedule may be affected for the remainder of the week. We will provide updates at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily during the storm. 

 

Schools Not Activated as Shelters

Because Bulloch County is in Hurricane Irma's path, the American Red Cross and Bulloch County EMA did not activate our schools to be used as shelters to house evacuees.  There are volunteer-staffed good-Samaritan shelters available. Visit bullochscountyvoad.org for a complete list.

 

Schools to be used for Staging Grounds

Some of our schools will be used as staging grounds for the Georgia Department of Transportation's personnel and outposts for the Bulloch County Sheriff's Department.  Do not be alarmed if you see these or other first-responder vehicles at our schools.

 

Please note these updates from the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and the Sheriff's Department.

 

Mandatory Curfew Begins Sunday 11 p.m. Until Further Notice

The Bulloch County Sheriff's Department has issued a mandatory curfew in Bulloch County. It begins at 11 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, and remains in effect until further notice. Stay off the roadways. 

 

Utilities - Roadways - Restoration

Expect falling trees and power outages.  Be prepared for extended power outages. There will be a period during the storm where it will not be safe for utility, law enforcement and public safety employees to work. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/11/17




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New Information

According to Bulloch County Emergency Management, tornadoes are one of our significant threats.  The greatest potential for tornadoes exists between 4:00 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday.

 

Our plan is to resume school on Wednesday; however, we will assess conditions on Monday and Tuesday and make a final decision about reopening by 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

 

Because Bulloch County is in Hurricane Irma's path, the American Red Cross and Bulloch County EMA did not activate our schools to be used as shelters to house evacuees.  There are volunteer-staffed good-Samaritan shelters available. Visit bullochscountyvoad.org for a complete list.

 

School Closings

Bulloch County Schools will be closed Monday, Sept. 11, and Tuesday, Sept. 12, for all students and employees. This schedule will not change. Monitor the media and our communications for any further updates about how our schedule may be affected for the remainder of the week. We will provide updates at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily during the storm. 

 

Schools to be used for Staging Grounds

Some of our schools will be used as staging grounds for the Georgia Department of Transportation's personnel and outposts for the Bulloch County Sheriff's Department.  Do not be alarmed if you see these or other first-responder vehicles at our schools.

 

Please note these updates from the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and the Sheriff's Department.

 

Mandatory Curfew Begins Sunday 11 p.m. Until Further Notice

The Bulloch County Sheriff's Department has issued a mandatory curfew in Bulloch County. It begins at 11 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, and remains in effect until further notice. Stay off the roadways. 

 

Weather Predictions

Tropical storm-force winds will arrive in our area tonight at 8 p.m. and into the early morning hours of Monday.

 

Early Monday through Monday afternoon expect tornado watches and warnings. According to Bulloch County Emergency Management, tornadoes are one of our significant threats.  The greatest potential for tornadoes exists between 4:00 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday.

 

Expect heavy rain of six or more inches.

 

Utilities - Roadways - Restoration

Expect falling trees and power outages.  Be prepared for extended power outages. There will be a period during the storm where it will not be safe for utility, law enforcement and public safety employees to work. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/10/17




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Bulloch County Schools will be closed Monday, Sept. 11, and Tuesday, Sept. 12, for all students and employees. This schedule will not change. Monitor the media and our communications for any further updates about how our schedule may be affected for the remainder of the week. We will provide updates at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily during the storm. 

 

Some of our schools will be used as staging grounds for the Georgia Department of Transportation's personnel and outposts for the Bulloch County Sheriff's Department.  Do not be alarmed if you see these or other first-responder vehicles at our schools.

 

Please note these updates from the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and the Sheriff's Department.

 

The Bulloch County Sheriff's Department has issued a mandatory curfew in Bulloch County. It begins at 11 p.m. on Sunday, and remains in effect until further notice. Stay off the roadways. 

 

Tropical storm-force winds will arrive in our area tonight at 8 p.m. and into the early morning hours of Monday.

 

Early Monday through Monday afternoon expect tornado watches and warnings.

 

Expect heavy rain of six or more inches.

 

Expect falling trees and power outages.  Be prepared for extended power outages. There will be a period during the storm where it will not be safe for utility employees to work. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/10/17




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School Closing GraphicBased on the latest information available about Hurricane Irma, Bulloch County Schools will be closed Friday, Sept. 8 through Tuesday, Sept. 12, for all students and employees.  We encourage you to monitor Bulloch County Schools and local media for regular updates about how the storm may affect school operations beyond Tuesday. 

 

Communications During an Emergency

The Superintendent, Chief Operations Officer and Public Relations Specialist maintain regular contact with the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency during all weather and safety events that affect our school system. 

 

As Hurricane Irma begins to impact our area, Bulloch County Schools will regularly communicate status updates at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily beginning Sunday, Sept. 10, across the following mediums:

 

Email, Telephone & Cellular Telephone

·         One Call Now email blasts and call outs to all contact numbers and addresses for parents and employees.

·         Gmail - email blast to all employees and Board of Education 

·         Emails to WTOC, WSAV, WTGS, WJCL, Statesboro Herald, Coastal Courier, All on Georgia – Bulloch, and Radio Statesboro (Eagle 102.9) news editors and assignment editors for mass broadcast and publishing.

 

Social Media

·         Social media posts to district and school Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds.

·         Social media messages to Statesboro Fire Department, Statesboro Bulloch County Parks & Recreation, Bulloch County, Bulloch County Sheriff, City of Statesboro, Visit Statesboro, Bulloch VOAD, Statesboro Police Department, Downtown Statesboro, Statesboro Magazine, and Bulloch EMA to communicate to their followers

·         Social media messages to key media outlets’ Twitter/Facebook feeds for WSAV, WTGS, WJCL, WTOC, Coastal Courier, Eagle 102.9, Statesboro Magazine, All on Georgia - Bulloch to communicate with their followers

 

Websites

·         Bulloch County Schools’ website

·         Websites of print, radio and television media affiliates

 

Print, Television, Online & Radio Media

We provide updates to these media outlets for them to publish and broadcast: 

WTOC – Channel 11 (CBS Affiliate)

WTGS – Channel 24 (Fox Affiliate)

WJCL – Channel 28 (ABC Affiliate)

WSAV – Channel 3 (NBC Affiliate)

Radio Statesboro – Eagle 102.9

Statesboro Herald

Coastal Courier

All on Georgia - Bulloch

 

Loss of Telephone, Cellular & Internet Service

In the event that we lose telephone, cellular telephone, and Internet service for more than 24 hours, our status messages will be hand delivered to Eagle 102.9 and Bulloch County EMA.  Radio will become the primary mode of communication if all other mediums are inaccessible. Bulloch County EMA and Bulloch VOAD will use Eagle 102.9 for continuous updates. Hurricane preparedness plans encourage citizens to have access to a radio with batteries. 

 

If radio towers are down and Eagle 102.9 is unable to broadcast, this will signal that conditions are severe, and this should communicate to everyone that schools will be closed until further notice and communications and regular updates restored.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/7/17




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Bulloch County Schools LogoHurricane Irma: School schedules to be announced Friday Bulloch County Schools will make an announcement on Friday, Sept. 8 by 1:00 p.m., about how its school schedules will be affected for the week of Sept. 11 – 15, due to Hurricane Irma. Based on the latest information from the National Weather Service and the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), Hurricane Irma may affect Bulloch County early next week. On Friday the community will have the benefit of more precise information from the Bulloch County EMA. The school system is also monitoring Tropical Storm Katia and Tropical Storm Jose, which could follow Irma over the next 10 days. 


Bulloch County Schools encourages families to monitor announcements from Bulloch County EMA, local and area media, and the school system’s website, social media, and One Call Now messaging system.  This is how updated information about school schedules will be provided. Be sure to update any changes to your contact information with your child’s school. 


Be prepared for school schedules to possibly be interrupted. This will either be caused by Bulloch County being in the impact zones of these storms or the school system’s facilities being used by the American Red Cross. If activated by the ARC, up to six schools could be used as shelters for evacuees or staging areas for local and state emergency response units, electric utilities, law enforcement and the Georgia Department of Transportation. Those schools are William James Middle, Langston Chapel Middle, Southeast Bulloch Middle, Statesboro High, Portal Middle High and Southeast Bulloch High. If Bulloch County is determined to be in the impact zone of these storms, ARC will not open shelters in Bulloch County. 


At this time Hurricane Irma is a Category 5 storm with winds of 185 miles per hour (mph). Predicting the storm is hard five days out; however, it is not too early to plan. We have made preparations for operations, facilities, food and fuel. We encourage you to have a plan for your family. Bulloch County Schools always maintains contact with Bulloch County EMA with weather events and any situations which may affect the safety of our students.  
 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/6/17




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Labor Day Holiday GraphicAll of Bulloch County Schools' campuses and Central Office will be closed on Monday, September 4, for the Labor Day holiday.  Tuesday, September 5, is a holiday for students. This is a collaborative planning day for teachers and administrators.  The district's Central Office will be open on Tuesday.

 

Bulloch County Schools' 2017-2018 Calendar is published inside the Student Handbook which was distributed to all students at Open House and the first day of school.  The calendar is also available online at www.bullochschools.org/calendarsandmenus. We encourage families to familiarize themselves with the 2017-2018 School Calendar in order to be prepared for holidays and breaks.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 9/1/17




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2017 Trig-Star State WinnersCompetition connects Trigonometry with mapping & surveying careers
SEB claims championship for 11th time;
SEB & PMHS take first & second for third time in six years

 

Southeast Bulloch High School’s (SEBHS) April Cintron won the 2017 State Trig-Star Championship and Alexis Royals of Portal Middle High School placed second. This marks the 11th state championship for SEBHS and the third time in five years that SEBHS and Portal have placed in the top two. Cintron and Royals advanced to the state competition after achieving the highest preliminary scores at both the school and county levels. 

 

Cintron was recognized at the Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia’s (SMSG) annual meeting and summer convention in Savannah on July 22. She and SEBHS Math Teacher Susan Boddiford each received a check for $750. This is the 12th year that a student from one of Bulloch County Schools’ three high schools has won the state-level event.

 

“I think the key to our success is a combination of the financial reward associated with winning at the state level, the knowledge that our school as had state winners so it is realistic to actually win, and a friendly rivalry within the classes to see who can score the highest within our school,” said SEBHS Math Teacher Susan Boddiford.  

 

“Prior to the competition, we spend one to two days in class showing them a sample format of the test and working through old test questions. I then leave it to them to practice any additional problems on their own time.”

 

More than 10,000 students each year participate in the Trig-Star competition. TRIG-STAR champions are mathematics students who have demonstrated in competition that they are the most skilled among classmates in the practical application of trigonometry. The competition for the annual honor is a timed exercise which involves solving trigonometry problems that incorporate the use of right triangle formulas, circle formulas, the law of sines, and the law of cosines.

 

Trig-Star is sponsored locally by the Statesboro surveying firm of James M. Anderson & Associates, at the state level by the SMSG and nationally by the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS). The contest helps promote how those skilled in mathematics can seek careers in the surveying and mapping industry.

 

Any student who participates in the Trig-Star competition and plans to enroll in a college degree program or a four-year program leading to a bachelor’s degree in surveying and mapping (the Land Surveying Profession) is eligible to apply for the NSPS Foundation Trig-Star scholarship of $5,000. The applicant is not required to have previously won at any level of competition, but must have participated in the contest offered at their high school.

 

The competition is open to any student who is sponsored by a local surveying company. The SMSG registers the entire state for the Trig-Star, so there is no cost to a local surveying company to sponsor a school. If you are a surveyor and are interested in becoming a sponsor for your community’s local high school(s) in the 2017-2018 competition, contact Jim Anderson at James M. Anderson & Associates, Inc.  912-764-2002

 

In addition to Cintron, these are the district’s past Trig-Star State Champions and second-place winners from SEBHS, PMHS and Statesboro High: 
2016 - Wyatt Turner, State Champion, SEBHS; Faith Adams, 2nd Place, PMHS  
2015- Anastasia Mullins, State Champion, SEBHS
2014 - Crystal Nevius, State Champion, SEBHS, and eighth in nation out of 37 states
2013 -Emiry Blitch, 2nd Place in State, SEBHS
2012- Francis Allen, State Champion, SEBHS; Mitchell Duckworth, 2nd Place, PMHS
2011- Whitney Shuman, State Champion, SEBHS
2010 Samuel Hicks, State Champion, SEBHS, and seventh in nation
2009- Julie Shen, State Champion, Statesboro High School, and sixth in the nation
2008 - Casey Woodrum, State Champion, SEBHS
2007-Toby Sanders, State Champion, SEBHS
2006- Vance Schearback, State Champion, SEBHS.


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Pictured: April Cintron and SEBHS Math Teacher Susan Boddiford receive awards from Jim Anderson, owner and local surveyor with James M. Anderson & Associates of Statesboro and sponsor of the Bulloch County Trig-Star Competition; and Alexis Royals and PMHS Math Teacher Dennis Moore receive recognition from Jim Anderson of James M. Anderson & Associates.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/30/17




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SHS BBQ Fundraiser GraphicIn an effort to serve those who need assistance following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, the students and faculty of Statesboro High School are sponsoring a BBQ Chicken Dinner Fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 8, from 4 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. All proceeds benefit the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.  

 

"Claxton Poultry has come on board as our major sponsor by donating 1,000 chicken halves," said SHS Math Teacher Jake Collins, who is coordinating the event. "I am overwhelmed by the veracity of donations and the number of community volunteers signing up to help, but again this is Statesboro. People see the devastation and want to help and this is a local way to do it.  I'm just blessed to help."  

 

SHS Seeks Additional Commercial Grills & Volunteer Cooks 

Collins and his volunteers have 10 large grills, but are seeking additional ones if local businesses or individuals would like to donate the use of their large commercial grills. SHS has a team of cooks ready too, but if any local cooking teams or individuals would like to volunteer to help cook on Friday, contact Jake Collins at jcollins@bullochschools.org.

 

BBQ Plates, Tickets, Pick-up, Dine-in, or Delivery

The BBQ plates will include one-half chicken, green beans, coleslaw, bread, and dessert. Tickets for plates are $10 each and may be purchased at Statesboro High School, McCook's Pharmacy, Southern Pharmacy, Fred's Pharmacy, or from SHS teachers.  Advance ticket purchases are preferred, but walk-up orders are welcome as supply of unsold plates lasts.

 

They will be distributed on the SHS campus behind the school on the northeast side of the building near the entrance to the old Junior Varsity Gym. Drive-thru pick up service is available from 4-7 p.m., or patrons may pick up their plate and eat in the SHS Cafeteria prior to the school's home football game against Screven County High School. Delivery service is also available to business locations with group orders of 10 or more.

 

Statesboro and Bulloch County were affected by Hurricane Matthew last year but escaped the extensive damage being experienced in Texas. It is the prayer of  Statesboro's students and teachers that these funds help families in need to recover and rebuild.

 

SHS and Collins conducted a similar fundraiser in 2005, with Hurricane Katrina and raised more than $10,000 for disaster relief. If you are unable to participate in this fundraiser, consider donating to the American Red Cross' Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund by texting HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10. For more information, contact Jake Collins at jcollins@bullochschools.org.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/30/17




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Sarah Grace HunterSarah Grace Hunter, a member of the Southeast Bulloch High School National FFA Organization Chapter, has been selected to serve as an Area 4 Junior Representative for the Georgia FFA Association. Hunter began her term on Aug. 4, as area officers from across the state met at Camp John Hope in Fort Valley for the Georgia FFA Area Officer Training Conference.

 

Forty-eight new officers from six areas of the state attended the two-day orientation and training conference. Officers met with regional agricultural education staff, the Georgia FFA leadership program specialist, the FFA executive secretary, and the state FFA advisor to discuss their roles and responsibilities. They also learned decision making skills, developed a team leadership philosophy, explored their roles as FFA ambassadors, and set goals for the coming year. 

 

Throughout this school year, Hunter and her fellow officers will represent Area 4 FFA members at a variety of  meetings, career development events, leadership conferences and area training activities. Their first assignments will be the upcoming FFA Leadership Rally in September at Camp John Hope and FFA Day at the Georgia National Fair in Perry, GA, on Oct. 10. Each officer team is charged with creating booths and displays that showcase the benefits of FFA and agricultural education.  This spring, Hunter and her fellow Area Officers will plan and host the Area 4 Banquet and Award Assembly. Area officers also serve as members of the courtesy corps at the 90th State FFA Convention in Macon, on April 26-28.

 

The National FFA Organization is part of SEBHS’s agricultural education programs and is one of four co-curricular student organizations available to SEBHS students within the school’s 20 career pathways.  SEBHS’s Career Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) program offers 14 agricultural-related career pathways for students to pursue within Georgia’s Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Career Cluster: Ag Leadership in Animal Production, Plant & Landscape Systems, Horticulture & Forest Science, Agricultural Mechanics Systems, Forest Mechanical Systems, Forestry/ Wildlife Systems, Horticulture & Animal Science, Food Animal Systems, Plant & Landscape Systems, Plant & Floral Design Systems, Animal/Mechanical Systems, Horticulture Mechanical Systems, Horticulture & Forest Science, and Forestry & Animal Science.

 

SEBHS’s FFA is a 2-Star Gold Emblem Chapter and has multiple members who have achieved National Proficiency Awards. In addition to Hunter’s service at the Area level, chapter member Laura Beth Bland is currently serving as Central Region State Vice President for the Georgia FFA Association. The Chapter is advised by SEBHS Agriculture Education Teachers Brian Elrick and Hannah Elrick.  

 

The Georgia FFA Association has a membership of more than 37,000, making it the third largest association in the nation. The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, changed its name in 1988 to reflect the growth and diversity of agriculture. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/30/17




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Military Academies LogosLocal event provides info. to students in grades 8-12 

 

Rep. Rick Allen (R-GA-12) will host a Military Academy Day on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., at the Military Science Building, located at 4526 Old Register Rd., on the campus of Georgia Southern University. All students in grades 8 – 12 and their families are invited to attend. Interested students are asked to RSVP by Sept. 1, to Paul Lynch at paul.lynch@mail.house.gov or 912.243.9452.
 
The event will provide information on each of the nation’s five Service Academies: United States Military Academy (West Point), United States Naval Academy, United States Air Force Academy, United States Merchant Marines Academy, and the United States Coast Guard Academy.  Admissions liaisons from each will be available, and it is an opportunity to leran about the application and nomination process, which is extremely competitive, so early preparation is encouraged.
 
The admissions criteria includes the following: strong academic performance and standardized test scores, athletics or other extracurricular activities, leadership experience, community involvement, and a Congressional nomination (except for the Coast Guard Academy, which is a national competition that does not require nomination).
 
Our nation’s Military Service Academies offer a full, four-year education including tuition, books, and board.  Graduates receive a bachelor’s degree and are commissioned as officers in their respective branches of service. There is also an obligation of military service that must be met. This is an excellent post-secondary option for students who want to combine their military interests with a college education. See the attached flyer for more information.

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/29/17




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Graduation graphicPortal, Statesboro and Southeast Bulloch High Schools

host commencements May 24-26

 

Bulloch County Schools’ three high schools will host graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2018 on May 24 – 26, at each campus’ athletic complex.  Portal Middle High School’s commencement is Thursday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m., Statesboro High School’s is Friday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m., and Southeast Bulloch High School’s is Saturday, May 26 at 8:30 a.m. The three events will be live streamed and archive videos placed on the school system’s website.  

 

Last year the school system renewed the district’s former tradition of hosting the annual events at the three high schools. “This change was well received by members of the Class of 2017,” said Superintendent Charles Wilson. “These stadiums hold many memories for our graduates, and we are appreciative to our faculty and staff across the district who come together to plan these ceremonies.” 

 

Because the ceremonies will be outside, weather conditions were a major factor in setting the times for graduation. In May our area is subject to extreme heat and late afternoon thunderstorms. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be moved to each schools’ gymnasiums and seating will be limited. Graduation times are staggered to accommodate those who need to attend more than one ceremony.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/29/17




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Here s to Teachers advertisementGeorgia Southern University and Synovus/Sea Island Bank launched a “Here’s to Teachers” campaign on Aug. 28, to highlight educators, teaching as a profession and the University's College of Education. They will announce the first Teacher of the Game on Friday, Sept. 1 in Bulloch County.

 

The educator will be the first of five Synovus Teachers of the Game winners who will be honored during the Eagles’ upcoming home football games. Nominated by students, winning teachers will be special guests at Paulson Stadium during home games, and the University will recognized them on Paulson Stadium’s video board and social media platforms on game day.

 

In a statement released by the university, Dr. Thomas Koballa, Dean of the College of Education said, “We are excited to partner with Synovus for this opportunity to showcase some of the many talented and influential educators we have working in this area. It is vital that we take the time to honor those who choose a career in teaching."

 

Synovus is accepting nominations from third - twelfth grade students at any of Bulloch County's public, private and charter schools. According to GA Southern's press release, students can nominate a teacher, past or present, by submitting one to three paragraphs answering the question, “How has this teacher made a difference in your life?” Entries may be submitted via email to jennalawson@seaislandbank.com with the subject line of “#herestoteachers” or in writing at any Synovus/Sea Island Bank location. Entries must be received by midnight, August 31.

 

Each “Synovus Teacher of the Game” will receive game day tickets and Bishop Pregame Social passes. “Here’s to Teachers” will culminate with the final Eagles home game on November 18, when all five teachers will be honored on the field at half-time.

 

This is the second time Synovus/Sea Island Bank has sought to honor local educators. In 2015, it received more than 500 entries for its "What My Teacher Means to Me" campaign. Local middle school students wrote essays about teachers who had a significant impact on their lives.

 

“The words of students proved what we already know: Teachers matter — to students, the community, and the future,” said Kim Brannen, Senior Vice President at Synovus/Sea Island Bank in a statement released by the University. “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Georgia Southern University Athletics and the College of Education to honor teachers in this way.”

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/28/17




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Board of EducationThe Bulloch County Board of Education has rescheduled its August work session to Thursday, Aug. 31, at 6:30 p.m., in the Central Office Board Room in Statesboro. The Board will discuss the school system's balanced continuous improvement model that is being used to achieve student and educator growth. 

 

Watch meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive . Access meeting agendas and packets at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets.

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/23/17




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Solar Eclipse GraphicBulloch County Schools will be open on Monday, Aug. 21.  We will have an extended school day to accommodate eclipse activities, safely supervise children, and reduce traffic on the roads during the eclipse which lasts from 1 - 4 p.m.

 

NASA has issued guidelines for safely watching the eclipse. Our faculty have planned safe inside and outside viewing options for students that follow these guidelines. Schools that have outside plans are using ISO certified glasses or pinhole projectors.  

 

Help us teach children how to experience and enjoy a solar event safely by reinforcing these tips: 

 

Never look directly at the sun without appropriate protection. This will severely hurt your eyes. There are ways to safely view an eclipse with either ISO certified glasses or a pinhole projector.


Complete the Solar Eclipse Parent Form.

This is a significant learning opportunity, so we are excited to share it with students. If you have not turned in your Solar Eclipse Parent Form, please do so Monday. This will let us know how you choose for your child to experience Monday's eclipse.


Follow the teacher's instructions.

Our schools and faculty have developed their own lessons and viewing events related to the eclipse. Our district’s academic support directors have worked to gather a number of outside and inside viewing resources from NASA and others to help our faculty.  They can be found at https://goo.gl/GzK542 if parents want to use these to support their own activities.

 

The Solar Eclipse Parent Notice and the Solar Eclipse Parent Form in English and Spanish are attached for reference.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/18/17




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Langston Chapel ElementaryStatesboro Fire Dept. responds to call ; No injuries reported

 

Langston Chapel Elementary School was evacuated Thursday evening at approximately 5:45 p.m. by Principal Pam Goodman after an irritant in the air began making several people cough. Goodman contacted 911 to ensure safety. The Statesboro Fire Department responded immediately, and after a two-hour thorough investigation of the building, SFD Battalion Chief Jason Baker gave Goodman an “all clear” to re-enter the building and be open for normal school operations on Friday.

 

Goodman stated that there was nothing visible in the air and no odor. Three crews of SFD personnel checked the entire campus for any gas or chemical leaks.  They checked all equipment, ventilation systems, and lighting systems for possible issues.  With their meter devices, they did find a water fountain that was overheated. It was located in a hallway near the cafeteria where the parent meeting had been held.  Fire Department personnel expressed that this could have been the cause.

 

The school system’s maintenance personnel responded to the scene as well. They have disconnected the water fountain until it can be repaired. Goodman will inspect the building again early tomorrow morning to ensure the building remains clear to welcome students and employees. Parents were called and emailed Thursday evening to make them aware of the incident and make them aware that the school will be open on Friday.

 

About 50 parents, faculty and some children were gathered for a scheduled meeting to discuss the school’s after school programs for grades K-5, which are funded by 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grants.  The meeting did not resume.  Families left the premises immediately after the evacuation.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/17/17




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Chapter, members, & advisor win multiple awards

at national conference 

 

FCCLA Members at NationalsFour Statesboro High School students captured Gold and Silver awards in STAR event competitions during the Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference in Nashville, July 2-6. The wins capped off a successful year for the chapter which included 14 Region competitors that resulted in 12 state and five national qualifiers.

 

“The best moment for me is watching my students shine and grow,” said Bethany Gilliam, the SHS chapter advisor.

 

At nationals Angela Smith won a Gold medal in the Interior Design Occupational event. The three Silver medalists were Keylee Phillips in Teacher and Train Jr., Quashanda Huff in Life Event Planning Occupational, and Christina Rountree in FCCLA Chapter Website Occupational. The students advanced to nationals after winning top honors in their respective competitions at the state FCCLA Conference in Athens, March 16-18. Bhumi Patel represented Georgia as a FCCLA Region 9 officer at the conference, and Hannah Kidd competed in Early Childhood Education, an event for which she won silver at state competition.

 

“As an adviser my greatest joy will always be the excitement and sense of self my students get from being members of FCCLA,” Gilliam said.

 

The SHS chapter also received Gold-level recognition for its efforts to recruit, retain, and recognize members as part of the national FCCLA “Go for the Red,” membership campaign, and Gilliam was recognized for achieving Master Advisor status.

 

“Each time I have the honor of taking students to NLC, I come away with a renewed sense of excitement for FCCLA,” said Gilliam. “I can find no better organization for allowing students the chance to grow on a personal level and in their leadership skills.” Gilliam, who is an alumna of the SHS FCCLA chapter and shares advisor duties with Cindy Hart, a culinary arts instructor at the school.

 

According to FCCLA Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) events are competitions in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. They provide members a way to develop and apply skills they are learning in their academic courses. The NLC was also a way for students to gain valuable experiences, network with FCCLA members from all over the country, and learn how to empower themselves through FCCLA. 

 

The Statesboro High FCCLA Chapter is a co-curricular student organization for the school’s Culinary Arts and Family & Consumer Sciences Career Pathways within the school system’s Career Technical and Agriculture Education program. Nationwide FCCLA helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has over 160,000 members and over 4,500 chapters in 50 states.

 

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Pictured (L-R): Keylee Phillips, Hannah Kidd, Christina Rountree, Angela Smith, Quashanda Huff, Bhumi Patel

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/16/17




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Broadway in the Boro GraphicStatesboro High School’s Drama Department will present its eighth annual dessert theatre, “Broadway in the ‘Boro,” on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 6:00 -8:30 p.m. The event leads with dessert in the school cafeteria, and the show begins at 7:00 p.m., in the fine arts auditorium.  Proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and the SHS Fine Arts Department.

 

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5.00 for students and children 12 and under.  They are available from the SHS Fine Arts Department and SHS Drama Teacher Eddie Frazier.  Please enter the school’s main doors the night of the show.

 

Broadway in the ‘Boro raises more than $1,000 each year for LLS, a disease that has affected many in the community. “Monies for blood cancer research typically fall behind those contributed to the more high profile diseases such as breast cancer,” said Judi Downs, a local LLS volunteer.  According to Downs, LLS is the world’s largest voluntary organization dedicated to blood cancer. LLS’ mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/15/17




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State School Superintendent Richard Woods is seeking middle and high school students to serve on his 2017-2018 Student Advisory Council. These students will meet with Superintendent Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom, along with other issues related to education, and will serve as the Superintendent’s ambassadors to their respective schools.

Applicants must be enrolled in a Georgia public middle or high school for the 2017-18 school year. To apply:

Middle school students will meet October 3January 17, and April 10. High school students will meet October 4January 18April 11.

 

“The Student Advisory Council is an absolutely invaluable resource for the Georgia Department of Education team as we make decisions that impact students and classrooms,” Superintendent Woods said. “Nothing can replace the opportunity to hear directly from students about their experience in Georgia’s public schools and what we can improve. I’m looking forward to meeting and working with this year’s Student Advisory Council members.”

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/13/17




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Solar Eclipse Education GraphicSee attached Parent Notice & Parent Form

in English & en Español

 

Bulloch County Schools will be open on Aug. 21.  We will not be closing due to the total solar eclipse. We will extend the school day to accommodate eclipse activities and to ensure safety. Attached is the Solar Eclipse Parent Notice and Solar Eclipse Parent Form. These were emailed to parents on Friday and will be sent home with students this week. 

 

Our district’s academic support directors have worked to gather a number of outside and inside viewing resources from NASA and others for our faculty to use for planning. They can be found at https://goo.gl/GzK542 if  parents want to use these as well to support your own instructional activities and a safe experience.

 

If you would like to see a simulation of what Bulloch County will experience during the entire solar event, visit this link and enter your town in the text box  https://eclipsemega.movie/simulator.  Also, if you would like to help NASA collect science during #Eclipse2017, follow NASA on Facebook and Twitter for their NASA Citizen Science videos.

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Published: 8/11/17




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Solar Eclipse Graphic

Bulloch County Schools will be open on Aug. 21.  We will be extending the school day by a few minutes to accommodate eclipse activities and to ensure safety, so we have a delayed dismissal schedule on that day for all schools. We will be communicating more specific information and times with parents, so we ask them to expect information to come home and to be featured on our emails, websites, social media and media outlets.

 

This is the first total solar eclipse visible in Georgia in 38 years, so we consider this to be a dynamic STEM learning opportunity for our educators and students that can be experienced safely as has been done in past years.  The school system acknowledges that some families may want to experience this event as a family. We will excuse student early dismissals and absences with a parent note. 

 

Our district’s academic support directors have worked to gather a number of outside and inside viewing resources from NASA and others for our faculty to use for planning. They can be found at https://goo.gl/GzK542 if  parents want to use these as well to support your own instructional activities and a safe experience.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/9/17




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Bulloch County Board of Education

 

The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its August regular session on Thursday, Aug. 10, 6:30 p.m., at the district's Central Office. Watch the meeting live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive. A complete Board packet for the meeting will be posted at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets

 

Key topics for discussion include the following: (1) the Education-Special Local Option Sales Tax IV intergovernmental agreement between the BOE and the Board of Elections; (2) the Fiscal Year 2018 Maintenance & Operations Millage Rate; (3) the acceptance of year four of two 21st Century Community Grants at Langston Chapel Elementary School for grades K-5; and (4) a capital outlay project application for Fiscal Year 2019.

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/8/17




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Bulloch County Board of Education

School District invites public input

for Consolidated Improvement Plan
 

Bulloch County Schools, the County's local education agency (LEA), is inviting parents and community members to participate in a Consolidated LEA Improvement Plan (CLIP) Revision meeting on Wednesday, August 16, 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the board room of the William James Educational Complex at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro. 
 

The CLIP integrates requirements for planning across all Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) programs and Georgia's Professional Learning Program, and it eliminates the need for LEAs to submit separate plans for individual programs. The CLIP has three major components: (1) ESSA and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Plan Descriptors, (2) System Profile, and (3) LEA Implementation Plan. The CLIP must be approved in order to receive funding from state and federal programs.
 

If you need additional information, contact Bulloch County Schools' Federal Programs Director Georgianna Darsey at 912.212.8500 or gdarsey@bullochschools.org. 

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/7/17




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Bulloch County Schools' Gifted Services is conducting a fall review of children who have transferred into the school system and existing students who were previously nominated for gifted services but missed the spring review. The schools will accept nominations through Aug. 25, from teachers, parents of transfer students, students, or peers for any students who meets the specifications for this window. Nominations for all other students will be accepted during the main testing window in January 2018. Any nominations received after the test window closes will be held until the Spring 2018 review.

 

Nominations should be submitted to the QUEST facilitator at the child’s elementary or middle school by Aug. 25.  For convenience, an online nomination form is available for each elementary and middle school at www.bullochschools.org/giftededucation.  

 

Bulloch County Schools does not test a child for gifted service more than once in a calendar year.  Students, who were tested in Spring 2017 are not eligible to participate in this fall review.

 

Once the nominations are closed, the eligibility team at each school will review the data submitted to determine if a student requires a formal evaluation for gifted services. A nomination does not guarantee formal evaluation.

 

Gifted Services are based on need, and the review team must establish that there is evidence of a need for services before evaluation can take place. At that time, the parents/guardians of the identified students will receive a Permission to Test Form to sign and return to their child's school.  Testing will follow the receipt of this form.  Testing will begin after teams have taken time for the data review and the receipt of permission to test. 

 

If selected to participate in the formal evaluation process, a student will take standardized tests in Mental Ability, Achievement, and Creativity. Grades or a Rating Scale will be used to assess a student's motivation. Notification of evaluation results will be sent in by the end of the semester. More information about these test options is available at www.bullochschools.org/giftedservices.

 

Bulloch County Schools does not use private test data to determine eligibility.  It may be used as a referral for further evaluation. 

 

Bulloch County Schools' gifted services program is called QUEST. The curriculum provides opportunities that enhance the following students' skills in communication, problem Solving, creative and critical thinking, research and study, guided independent study, and self evaluation beyond what they already receive in these areas in the regular classroom setting. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/7/17




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No injuries or damage to schools; Normal operations resumed

 

Picture of Langston Chapel ElementaryThe Statesboro Fire Department (SFD) responded to a fire alarm in the kitchen at the campuses of Langston Chapel Elementary and Middle Schools Wednesday morning just after 8:45 a.m. All students at both campuses were promptly and safely evacuated as a precaution until firefighters issued an all-clear report to return to normal school operations at 9:17 a.m. There were no injuries or damage to school equipment, and no children were in the cafeteria at the time of the incident.

 

Kitchen personnel were beginning preparations for lunch when a piece of commercial kitchen equipment’s pop-off valve made a loud noise and released a large amount of steam, which was mistaken for smoke. Kitchen staff pulled the fire alarm, which alerted SFD to the scene.

 

SFD, along with a Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department school resource officer assigned to the schools, quickly assessed the situation and helped ensure the facilities were safe for all students and personnel to return for normal school operations. Bulloch County Schools’ Chief Operations Officer Paul Webb, School Nutrition Director Meagan Blanchard, and Maintenance Director Glenn Rogers also responded to the scene.

 

As a precaution, all food that was already in preparation prior to the incident was discarded.  For today only, students will be served a sack lunch option of sandwiches and fruit. Accommodations will continue to be made for any students with documented food allergies. The normal menu options will be served tomorrow.

 

The Langston Chapel Schools have separate cafeterias for student dining, but the schools are connected by a common kitchen. This necessitates both campuses being evacuated in the event of a fire alarm. Both principals reported that students and faculty followed evacuations promptly and perfectly.  

 

All schools practice fire evacuation procedures throughout the year, and all schools are required to have at least one fire drill the first week of school. Bulloch County Schools encourages all parents to review the safety protocols for its schools and buses which are listed in the back pages of the Bulloch County Schools Student Handbook which students received at Open House or the first day of school. With this and all emergency situations, law enforcement and public safety personnel advise parents and the community to remain out of the area until any and all emergency situations are cleared.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/2/17




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Board of Education OfficeIt was great to have our hallways bustling with activity and our desks filled with children ready to learn on Tuesday as we kicked on another successful school year.  The first day ran very smoothly.  These are a few highlights about day one.

 

Transportation

  • A team of 113 drivers, 22 bus monitors, 21 maintenance personnel and 7 mechanics ensured that more than 5,300 students were transported safely to school this morning. They will transport approximately that same number home this afternoon. More than 50 percent of our students ride a bus to and from school.
  • We have more than 102 bus routes. Only one bus had mechanical issues, and the children were loaded onto a different bus to carry them to school.  We also have some needed bus route changes for Brooklet Elementary, so we are working to smooth those out for these families.
  • Our bus drivers travel more than 6,200 miles each school day. We commend our driving force.
  • Bus drives will provide transportation for more than 1300 fieldtrips and athletic events this year.
  • Our bus drivers will log more than 1.3 million miles by the end of the school year.
  • Our drivers will conduct bus safety training for all students during these first few weeks of school.  We train all students even if they are not regular bus riders because at some point they will ride a bus for a fieldtrip or athletic event.
  • We encourage parents to review the bus safety information and tips with their child.  They can be found in the back of the Bulloch County Schools Student Handbook that each student received at either Open House or the first day of school.
  • Watch for school buses loading and unloading children. Georgia is one of the top states in the nation for school bus fatalities.  Ninety percent (90%) of these occur while loading or unloading a school bus. Each year Bulloch County Schools’ bus drivers document an alarming number of vehicles that fail to obey traffic laws in regards to a stopped school bus. While these incidents happen throughout the County, they are especially high around the Chandler Road and Lanier Drive areas in Statesboro, where the school system has multiple bus stops for children who reside in the apartment complexes in that area.  Please remember to watch for the extended stop signs and flashing lights on a school bus.
  • Traffic will be heavier than normal the first few weeks of school as many children who ride the bus may be car riders for the first few days.  Please allow for extra travel time to ensure you arrive on time for school.
  • Bulloch County has received a good deal of rain the past few weeks, and this week’s forecast calls for more possible thunderstorms. All dirt roads in Bulloch County are passable at this time but that can change with an afternoon shower of 2-4 inches. The Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency and the county’s Transportation Department are monitoring dirt roads for possible issues.  Bulloch County Schools will remain in consultation with Bulloch County EMA as they monitor weather and road conditions and how they may affect bus transportation.
  • We encourage parents to caution their student drivers to drive slowly and leave plenty of time and space for breaking. Parents may also want to evaluate if their student drivers have adequate experience with driving in wet conditions, and if not, parents may want to provide transportation for them.
  • Never drive through water over a road as it takes only several inches of water to disable some vehicles.

School Attendance

  • Student enrollment for the first day of school was 10,611 students.  Attendance last year on the first day of school was 10,073.
  • We ended the 2017-18 school year with an enrollment of 10, 550.  We expect our first day attendance to increase over the next two weeks and end the school year at near 10,800 students.

School Nutrition

  • Breakfast continues to be free for all children.  We also offer grab-and-go options for our older students to encourage them to start the day off right with a nutritious breakfast.
  • Our school nutrition program worked through the summer to provide eight weeks of free meals for all children in Bulloch County.  We served 2,716 breakfasts and 25,066 lunches. We know serving nutritious meals in the summer and during the school year helps keep the children’s bodies and minds in shape for learning. More than 32 percent of children ages 1-17 in Bulloch County live at or below the poverty line.
  • This year we will build on our partnership with local and area farmers to provide fresh grains, produce, fruit, meat and dairy products in our cafeterias.  Last year we spent more than $59,000 with local farmers.
  • We will also continue to partner with our high school agricultural education programs’ hydroponics and horticulture projects which help provide fresh produce and herbs for their schools’ cafeterias and culinary arts programs.
  • The USDA did require our school system to make a slight increase in lunch costs. Elementary lunches are now $2 and middle and high school lunches are $2.25.  Our reduced-price lunches remain at .40 cents.
  • We encourage parents to download the MySchoolBucks mobile application or use its website to manage their child’s school lunch account.

Instruction

  • Thank you to our more than 750 teachers who put in a full five days of pre-planning to ensure we were ready to welcome children.
  • We appreciate the work they are doing in their professional learning communities to monitor student progress and provide individualized instruction.
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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 8/1/17




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children loading a school busWatch for School Buses Loading & Unloading Children

Georgia is one of the top states in the nation for school bus fatalities.  Ninety percent (90%) of these occur while loading or unloading a school bus. Each year Bulloch County Schools’ bus drivers document an alarming number of vehicles that fail to obey traffic laws in regards to a stopped school bus.  While these incidents happen throughout the County, they are especially high around the Chandler Road and Lanier Drive areas in Statesboro, where the school system has multiple bus stops for children who reside in the apartment complexes in that area.  Please remember to watch for the extended stop signs and flashing lights on a school bus.

Bulloch County Schools has more than 5,200 children who ride school buses to and from school. In the mornings a single bus can carry up to 48 children and 23 – 27 in the afternoon.  Let’s all do our part to keep them safe.

 

Heavy Traffic Around Schools

Traffic will be heavier than normal the first few weeks of school as many children who ride the bus may be car riders for the first few days.  Please allow for extra travel time to ensure you arrive on time for school.

 

Dirt Road Conditions Due to Rain

Bulloch County has received a good deal of rain the past few weeks, and this week’s forecast calls for more possible thunderstorms. All dirt roads in Bulloch County are passable at this time but that can change with an afternoon shower of 2-4 inches. The Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency and the county’s Transportation Department are monitoring dirt roads for possible issues.  Bulloch County Schools will remain in consultation with Bulloch County EMA as they monitor weather and road conditions and how they may affect bus transportation.

We encourage parents to caution their student drivers to drive slowly and leave plenty of time and space for breaking. Parents may also want to evaluate if their student drivers have adequate experience with driving in wet conditions, and if not, parents may want to provide transportation for them.

Never drive through water over a road as it takes only several inches of water to disable some vehicles.

 

School Bus Safety for Children

Georgia’s Pupil Transportation Department has recognized Bulloch County Schools’ School Bus Training Program for its excellence. For more than 30 years, the program ensures all Pre-K – 12th grade students receive training.  It’s important for all students to learn how to be safe even if they are not regular bus riders, because at some point they may ride a school bus for a fieldtrip or athletics. Help us reinforce these school bus safety tips, which are also featured in the Student Handbook which each student received either at Open House or the first day of school.

1.            Arrive at the bus stop five minutes before the bus is scheduled to come.  Do not try to board a moving bus.

2.            Have all items in your book bag before you leave home so you do not drop anything.

3.            Never chase after a bus.

4.            Never walk to another bus stop.

5.            Never allow your parents to drive you to another bus stop.

6.            If you drop something, leave it and move to a point out of the Danger Zone.   Do not pick it up without getting instructions from the bus driver.

7.            Always stay away from the front and rear bus tires.

8.            Before crossing the road, make eye contact with the driver and get the “thumbs up” signal which indicates it is safe to cross.

9.            When unloading at school:

•             Walk (don’t run) straight towards the school.

•             Stay away from the bus so your driver can see you.

•             Keep walking until you get out of the Danger Zone (15 feet away from the bus).

10.          When loading at school:

•             Walk straight towards to bus door and be sure your driver can see you.

•             Stay away from the front and rear bus tires and board the bus quickly.

•             Never chase after a moving bus.   Once the bus starts moving, you should stop moving.

                                                                                                                                                

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 7/31/17




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Parent and Family Engagement Policy GraphicEngaging our families in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication is important to help ensure every child is successful in school. As you attend Open House and begin a new school year, we encourage you to speak with our teachers and administrators about how you can visit, volunteer and have a voice in your child's school.

 

Attached is Bulloch County Schools' District Parent & Family Engagement Policy for 2017-18. It was developed jointly and agreed upon with parents and family members of children participating in a Title I, Part A programs. It was adopted by the school system on June 9, 2017 and will be in effect for the 2017-2018 academic school year. The school district will distribute this policy in multiple ways to all parents on or before September 1, 2017.

 

Look for upcoming opportunities to share input.

Annual Parent Survey

March 12-23, 2018

 

Title I Review Meetings

March, 2018 – Local school sites

 

District Family Engagement Review Meeting

April 24, 2018 – Central Office

 

District Parent Advisory Council Meetings

July, 2017 & May, 2018 - Central Office

 

School Council Meetings

Quarterly – Local school sites

 

Speak Up for Education

February 2018 - Statesboro High School

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 7/27/17




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School Supplies GraphicWe are ready to welcome you and your children back to school.  Visit our online Back-to-School Toolkit on our website for all the information you need.

OPEN HOUSE 
Please join us for Open House at each of our schools tomorrow, Thursday, July 27.  Our elementary schools will be open from 4:00 -6:00 p.m., and our middle and high schools will be open 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. This is a great time to visit your new teachers, make sure your school has your correct contact information, pick up important information and learn about ways to keep engaged with activities at school. 

NEW STUDENT & TRANSFER STUDENT REGISTRATION
Bulloch County Schools' new and transfer student registration for children in grades K-12 will continue through July 31. Our school offices are open from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m for registration. We encourage you to register any new or transfer students before the first day of school.

If your child attended Bulloch County Schools last year, but you have either moved to a new residence that places you into a new school zone and school, or you were approved for a school choice (House Bill 251) school transfer, please contact your previous school to request a transfer of records to your new school and visit your new school to register.

 

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

 Remember the first day of school is Tuesday, August 1. Traffic will be heavier than normal the first few weeks of school as many children who ride the bus may be car riders for the first few days.  Please allow for extra travel time to ensure you arrive on time for school.

AFTER SCHOOL OPTIONS
In Bulloch County we are proud to partner with the Statesboro Bulloch County Parks & Recreation Department, the Averitt Center for the Arts, and the Bulloch County Boys & Girls Club, all of whom provide safe, enriching opportunities for your children when the school day ends.

  • The Averitt Center for the Arts is hosting a Fall Class Registration event on Saturday, July 29, from 10 a..m. - 1 p.m. downtown. There will be fun activities including a bounce house. Meet the Averitt Center's art instructors and learn how fine arts can help your child thrive. 
  • The Statesboro Bulloch County Parks & Recreation Department operates on-site after school programs at each of our elementary schools.  They are accepting registrations now at the Honey Bowen Building at 1 Max Lockwood Road in Statesboro. They will be open until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, for a late-night registration. They offer a RECES program with pickup by 4:00 p.m. for $20 per week, and an OUR TIME program with pick up by 6:00 p.m. for $40 per week.

We look forward to a great year.  Be sure to follow Bulloch County Schools' conversations online on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 7/26/17




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2017 Bulloch County Board of EducationThe Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for a scheduled work session on Thursday, July 27, at 12 noon.  Please note the time change due to Open House events at the school system's 15 campuses. There will not be a Board packet or live stream video of this meeting.  The Board will only be meeting in executive session to discuss personnel recommendations as the district works toward finalizing new employees it is hiring for the 2017-2018 school year.

 

Meeting dates, times, and places are subject to change with advanced notice. The Board of Education may only change one Regular Session meeting once the annual schedule of meetings is published each January. Work Session Meetings are not required. They are always tentatively scheduled and may be rescheduled or cancelled.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 7/24/17




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ABC Letter BlocksBulloch County Schools will welcome its youngest students and their families to campuses this week during the school system's annual Open House for all grades. The district's 12 pre-k sites will follow their host school's Open House time.  Elementary school Open House is Thursday, July 27, from 4-6 p.m., and 5 - 7 p.m. for middle and high schools. 

 

The Georgia Pre-K program also requires pre-kindergarten parents to attend a mandatory orientation session separate from Open House. The session introduces parents to the program, explains state requirements, and provides time for parents to ask questions. Pre-K students do not have to attend the orientation session.

 

This is a list of the mandatory Pre-Kindergarten Orientation Session dates and times:  

Brooklet Elementary School  - August 10, 3:00 p.m.
Julia P. Bryant Elementary School - July 26, 5:00 p.m.
Langston Chapel Elementary School - July 26, 5:00 p.m.
Mattie Lively Elementary School - August 9, 6 p.m.

Mill Creek Elementary School - August 22, 6 p.m.

Nevils Elementary School - July 27, 3 p.m. 

Portal Elementary School - August 7, 6 p.m.

Portal  Middle High School - July 27, 5 p.m.
Southeast Bulloch HIgh School - July 25, 6:30pm
Stilson Elementary School - July 19, 3:00 p.m. (Already Held)
Sallie Zetterower Elementary  - August 8, 6 p.m.
Statesboro High School - August 10, 5 p.m

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 7/24/17




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Number of students demonstrating proficiency increases in majority of tested subjects

 

District’s strong emphasis of literacy skills shows positive impact for Reading & Literature

 

The Georgia Department of Education released the Georgia Milestones Assessment System’s (GMAS) End-of-Grade (EOG) and End-of-Course (EOC) test scores for Spring 2017, on July 20, for each school district and its schools. The assessments were administered to all third-twelfth grade students in April. Georgia law requires a comprehensive summative assessment program in grades three through 12.

 

Bulloch County Schools offers both semester-long and year-long courses at the high school level, so EOC tests are administered in both the winter and spring. While the state scores release for EOCs only includes the spring scores, Bulloch County Schools is releasing a combined winter and spring report to provide a full report on student performance for the year.

 

There were five tested EOG subjects and eight for EOC.  This was the third year of Georgia’s new standardized testing system which aligns to more rigorous academic standards. The higher bar for student proficiency is aimed at better preparing students for college and career and providing a more realistic picture of academic progress.

 

GMAS assesses student learning along four levels of achievement: Beginning Learners, Developing Learners, Proficient Learners and Distinguished Learners. Proficient Learners and Distinguished Learners demonstrate proficiency or advanced mastery in the knowledge and skills necessary at a grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. Proficient and Distinguished Learners are considered prepared for the next grade level or course and are on track for college and career readiness.

 

The GMAS’s EOC and EOG tests include multiple choice, short answer and open-ended questions to better gauge students’ content mastery. Students in grades 3-4 and 6-7 were tested in Reading, English language arts and mathematics. Students in grades 5 and 8 were tested in these same subjects plus science and social studies. Science and social studies assessments are only required fifth and eighth grades as a result of Senate Bill 364, which became law in May 2016.

 

In grades 9-12, students who were enrolled in 9th Grade Literature & Composition, American Literature & Composition, Coordinate Algebra, Analytic Geometry, Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, Physical Science, U.S. History, or Economics took a Georgia Milestones End of Course assessment. Bulloch County Schools’ middle schools offered its advanced students the opportunity to take freshman-level high school courses like Physical Science and Coordinate Algebra. As a result, these students also took an EOC in order to obtain high school credit for those courses. Their scores are included in the release.

 

This was the first year that all EOC and EOG tests were administered online. The district has prepared for this transition over the last three years by increasing classroom technology instruction and application, and providing online testing practice at school and home.  The district also upgraded its technology infrastructure to support online testing by increasing its bandwidth, providing dedicated cache servers to ensure students’ work would not be lost due to unforeseen technology interruptions, and providing on-site school technology liaisons and additional technology personnel during testing.

 

The state now monitors all online testing.  During the district’s 2016-17 testing windows for all state assessments, the Georgia Department of Education’s analysis of Bulloch County did not find any students for which technology interruptions impacted the student’s scores. If the DOE analysis determines that technology interruptions impacted a student's test score, the school system receives a list of affected students.

 

Bulloch County Schools’ GMAS Performance Highlights

  • At the state and district level, scores remain lower as students and teachers continue to adjust to more rigorous academic standards and assessments.
  • Bulloch County Schools increased or matched its overall proficiency (proficient and distinguished learners) in 16 of the 30 tested subjects and grade levels. The highest increases were in Ninth Grade Literature where student proficiency increased 18.4 percentage points and American Literature where student proficiency increased 16.4 percentage points.
  • The district’s students outperformed, matched or closely mirrored their statewide peers in 16 of the 30 tested subjects. This was most evident in seventh and eighth grades where student performance exceeded the state in seven of the eight tested areas. They also met or exceeded their peers in school systems within the First District RESA in seven of eight assessments.
  • In these four key tested areas, Third-grade Reading, Fourth-grade Reading, Seventh-grade Reading, and Eighth-grade Reading, at least 70 percent or more of the students achieved at the proficient or distinguished learner level. Strong reading proficiency is an indicator of future post-secondary success.
  • The district’s emphasis on improving literacy skills and raising student’s Lexile reading levels is evident as the majority of schools showed gains in Reading on the EOG for grades 3-8. In grades 3, 5, and 8, Georgia Milestones results inform promotion/retention decisions in the areas of reading (grades 3, 5, and 8) and mathematics (grades 5 and 8). Eighth grade students posted the highest percentage of students reading on or above grade level (Proficient/Distinguished) at 77 percent.  Third grade students demonstrated 72 percent proficiency in Reading and fifth grade demonstrated 69 percent.
  • Mathematics continues to be an area for improvement. For the gateway years of grades five and eight, students posted only 34 and 33 percent proficiency respectively in math.  In the EOC, proficiency dropped 2.8 percentage points to 61.5 percent in Coordinate Algebra; however, proficiency rose in Analytic Geometry from 60.1 percent to 65.8 percent.
  • Six of the district’s nine elementary schools showed gains in six or more of the 11 tested areas for grades 3-5.
  • The area with the least gains was Third-Grade English Language Arts for EOG and Analytic Geometry for the EOC; however, the district and all high school scores in Analytic Geometry exceeded the state.

Note: The EOC and EOG scores charts are attached

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 7/21/17




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Back to School Supply Drive LogoTormenta FC is helping children in need succeed by hosting Back to School Supply Night during their home soccer game on Saturday, July 15, 8:00 p.m., at Erk Russell Park in Statesboro. The event supports the United Way of Southeast Georgia and Prevent Child Abuse Bulloch County's annual school supply drive for the community's most at-risk children.  

 

Tormenta FC encourages all fans to bring school supplies to the game, which is the team's last regular season game before they possibly head to post-season play. Visit the school system's website at www.bullochschools.org/backtoschool for suggested supply lists.

 

Donations from the game will be added to community collections from the supply drive's local drop-off points at BB&T, Citizens Bank, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Renasant Bank, Sea Island Bank,Queensborough National Bank, Bulloch First, Colony Bank, and CORE Credit Union. United Way and Prevent Child Abuse Bulloch County will give all donations to Bulloch County Schools for distribution through each school's counselor. They have privately identified the children who most need these supplies to be successful.

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 7/12/17




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Bulloch County Board of Education 2017The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its July regular session on Thursday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m., at the district's Central Office. Watch the meeting live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive. A complete Board packet for the meeting is available at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets

 

Key topics for discussion include the following: A resolution for a fourth Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST); the Transitions Learning Center School Improvement Plan; the district's Three-Year Comprehensive State Technology Plan; and an intergovernmental agreement between the district, the Bulloch County Commission, and the Bulloch County Sheriff's Department

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 7/10/17




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Brooklet & Nevils Receive Reward School Status
Julia P. Bryant Elementary Receives Bronze Award for Progress

 

GA Department of Education LogoBrooklet Elementary and Nevils Elementary achieved Title I Reward School status for 2016-17. The Georgia Department of Education awards the designation to schools with the highest absolute performance over three years for the All Students group on statewide assessments. 

 

Reward Schools are Title I schools that fall into one of two categories: Highest Performing or Highest Progress. This is the fifth year in a row that Brooklet Elementary has been named a Highest-Performing School. BES is in the top five percent of Title I schools in the state.  Nevils Elementary is a High-Progress School.  The school is among the 10 percent of the state’s Title I schools making the most progress in improving the performance of the All Students group over three years on the statewide assessments. 

 

The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) awarded Julia P. Bryant Elementary a Bronze Award in the Greatest Gains category for exhibiting high growth in student achievement as part of GOSA’s Single Statewide Accountability System. The recognition means that JPBES’s academic growth over the last three years has been in the top seven percent of schools in the state. JPBES was one of only 127 Greatest Gains schools in the state, and one of only 27 schools to receive a Bronze Award.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 7/6/17




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Members of Portal Middle High Stock Market TeamA team of eighth-grade students from the QUEST gifted program at Portal Middle High School (PMHS) won the Georgia Stock Market Game for the region in May. 

 

Members of the winning team, Alayna Smith, Mattie Smith, Maggie Nesmith, Ashleigh Baxley and Katelyn Hudson, were honored by members of the local financial community. Renasant Bank hosted a luncheon for the team. They met with Renasant’s Financial Advisor & Regional Sales Manager Pat Rice, Wells Fargo’s  Financial Advisor Kristie Crooms, and Synovus Securities’ Ray McKinney to learn more about stocks.  

 

The Stock Market Game is an educational program developed and administered by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Foundation. The game is also sponsored by more than 650 securities firms and major corporate sponsors, such as, Merrill Lynch, Wachovia Securities, Standard & Poor’s, McGraw-Hill, and the New York Stock Exchange Foundation. 


The Stock Market Game is a teaching tool used to build financial literacy. The game builds students’ skills and knowledge in saving, investing, and global markets. Educators have found that the game teaches critical thinking, decision-making, cooperation, communication, independent research, saving and investing. Research found through a survey conducted by Learning Point Associates in 2008 found that participation in the game improved student performance in mathematics and increased financial literacy.

 

In the game, each team began the stimulation with a virtual cash account of $100,000. The goal was to create the best-performing portfolio by only trading stocks and mutual funds listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market or the New York Stock Exchange. 

 

The Stock Market Game’s extensive rules cover how teams can manage stock transactions and portfolios, how to borrow additional funds, broker’s fees, and more. Winners are determined based on either a portfolio’s equity or the percentage return above or below S&P 500 Growth. 

 

QUEST is the K-8 gifted program in Bulloch County. Eighth-grade QUEST students across the district complete a unit of study about economics and the U.S. Stock Exchange. PMHS’s QUEST instructor is Anna Spence. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 7/6/17




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Board of Education Members for 2017The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its scheduled regular session on Thursday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m., at the school system's Central Office, located at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro. Watch the meeting live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive.

A complete Board packet for the meeting is available at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets

 

Key topics for discussion include a report about the Seamless Summer Feeding Program from Megan Blanchard, the district's school nutrition director. The Education Special Local Option Sales Tax IV Resolution discussion will be tabled until a future meeting.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 6/8/17




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Winners of the Chloe Moon Dart Art ScholarshipMemorial scholarship named for former Sallie Z student expands

 

Three elementary school students are recipients of this year's Chloe Moon Dart Art Scholarship to fund fine arts instruction at the Averitt Center for the Arts. Named for a former Sallie Zetterower Elementary School student, the memorial scholarship is presented annually to a fourth-grade child who shares a passion for art like the award’s namesake. The scholarship, which is managed by Chloe’s family, has now grown from one recipient annually to three due to support from local sponsors.

 

This year’s recipients, who were identified by their school’s art teacher, are Sweeden Rose of Sallie Zetterower Elementary, April Richmond of Nevils Elementary, and Caroline Deal of Mattie Lively Elementary (pictured L-R above). The students were honored during end-of-year awards ceremonies at their schools. The scholarships will fund the winners' participation in one of the many week-long art camps or go toward fine arts instruction at the Averitt Center for the Arts.

 

“Every year the Ogeechee Lodge #213 has sponsored the scholarship,” said Consuela Brown, Chloe’s mother. “Last year we were able to expand it to two scholarships, and this year we are proud to expand it to three. We really appreciate the help from Ogeechee Lodge #213, Josh Tucker Attorney at Law, and Franklin Chevrolet. We are able to keep Chloe’s memory alive through these scholarships.”

 

The scholarship was started in 2014, by Carlee Fuller James, who was Chloe’s art teacher at Sallie Zetterower Elementary. Chloe was the youngest member of her Art Club at the school. James hand crafts an award to present to the recipients each year. Brown shared that the very first scholarship was presented to Chloe’s best friend, Emily Altman. 

 

Chloe Moon DartChloe (pictured at left) was the daughter of Brown and Jerome James Dart. She was a fourth-grade student at Sallie Z, when she passed away after a tragic accident on November 3, 2013, when she was only 10 years old.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 6/5/17




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Back to School Toolkit adSchool offices open for two sessions this summer

 

Bulloch County Schools' new and transfer student registration for children in grades K-12 is June 5 - June 14, and July 10 - July 31, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Visit your zoned school to register your child before the first day of school, which is Tuesday, August 1.

 

The school system’s website, www.bullochschools.org/backtoschool has the information you need for the new school year including registration forms and a reference check list of required documents. Having forms already completed and necessary documentation on hand will reduce wait times.

 

All elementary, middle and high school offices, except for Langston Chapel Middle School, will be open during these dates, and personnel will be available to assist you with registration. LCMS will only accept registrations during the July session dates.

 

If your child attended Bulloch County Schools last year but you have moved into a different school zone or were approved for a school choice (House Bill 251) transfer, please contact your previous school to request a transfer of records to your new school and visit your new school to register.

 

For new and transfer student registration, please allow at least one hour to complete paperwork and register for classes, especially for kindergarten, middle, and high school students. For these grade levels, you may want to consider contacting the school for an appointment. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 6/3/17




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USDA Summer Nutrition Program LogoBulloch County Schools to feed children

ages 1-18 at school & mobile sites

 

Bulloch County Schools will operate a Seamless Summer Nutrition Program for all children ages 1 – 18. Breakfast and lunch will be served on weekdays from June 5 – June 30 and July 5 – July 21 (excludes July 3-4, due to the national holiday). The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. All meals are free and no enrollment is required.

 

This summer Bulloch County Schools' Food Services Department is expanding the program to include multiple mobile sites. They will provide breakfast at six school sites and lunch at 15 school and mobile sites. All meals must be eaten at the sites. All school-based and mobile sites are open to any child in Bulloch County. Participation at each site is not limited to a child’s school zone or public school attendance.  Any child is welcome at any site. Bulloch County Schools is an equal opportunity provider.

 

Children need healthy food all year long to flourish and be successful. According to the University of Georgia's Initiative on Poverty and the Economy, Bulloch County has more than 31 percent of children ages 1-17 living at or below poverty level. That is seven percent higher than the state's 24 percent. The IPE also revealed that poverty levels in Georgia are higher than they have been in more than 40 years. Georgia is one of eight states where half of all of the nation's poorest children live, and the average age of a homeless child in Georgia is nine years of age.

 

With the additional mobile sites, the school system is seeking adult and teen volunteers from local faith-based, civic and student organizations to help make this summer a success. The mobile sites are a "meals-on-wheels" type solution, so volunteers will provide their own transportation to deliver and distribute meals at the predetermined sites.

 

For more information or to volunteer, contact the Bulloch County School Nutrition office for more info at 912-212-8620 or mblanchard@bullochschools.org. A complete listing of sites and operation times is listed below.

 

Breakfast

Brooklet Elementary

600 West Lane Street, Brooklet

8:00-8:30

Julia P. Bryant Elementary

421 West Main Street, Statesboro

8:00-8:30

Mattie Lively Elementary (June Only)

204 Debbie Drive, Statesboro

8:15-8:45

Portal Middle High

27245 US Hwy 80, Portal

8:00-8:30

Sallie Zetterower Elementary (June Only)

1200 Cawana Road, Statesboro

8:30-9:00

Statesboro High

10 Lester Road, Statesboro

8:00-8:30

 

Lunch

Bird Road Mobile Home Park

Bird Rd & Lanier Drive, Statesboro

11:30-12:00

Brooklet Elementary

600 West Lane Street, Brooklet

11:30-12:00

Cody Lane Mobile Home Park

Cody Lane, Statesboro

11:30-12:00

Cowboy Way Mobile Home Park

Cowboy Way & Northwest Passage, Portal

11:30-12:00

Cypress Lake Mobile Home Park

1 Cypress Lake MHP, Statesboro

11:00-11:30

Hill's Mortuary Parking Lot

58 Packinghouse Road, Statesboro

11:30-12:00

Julia P. Bryant Elementary

421 West Main Street, Statesboro

11:30-12:00

Mattie Lively Elementary (June Only)

204 Debbie Drive, Statesboro

10:45-11:15

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church

6790 Kennedy Bridge Road, Register

12:00-12:30

Park Place Apartment Complex

230 Lanier Drive, Statesboro

11:30-12:00

Pecan Grove Mobile Home Park

263 Pecan Grove Drive, Statesboro

12:00-12:30

Plantation Mobile Home Park

20551 US Hwy 80, Statesboro

11:30-12:00

Portal Middle High

27245 US Hwy 80, Portal

11:30-12:00

Sallie Zetterower Elementary (June Only)

1200 Cawana Road, Statesboro

11:00-11:30

Statesboro High

10 Lester Road, Statesboro

11:30-12:00

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 5/30/17




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Holly SawyerStudy abroad in Ireland or Italy; Buy a car- a Honda to replace her Jeep; and Travel – These are just some of the things on Holly Sawyer’s list of things to do as she prepares to graduate May 26, as Portal Middle High School’s valedictorian.

 

“I’ve always considered myself the luckiest person alive. My family has helped and supported me, and I want to share my blessings with them, and anyone I can.”


The 18-year-old daughter of Joy Sawyer, a local attorney, Holly has attended Portal ‘s schools since first grade. Her senior year has been spent mostly at Georgia Southern University as a Move on When Ready student. “MOWR was great for me. I was ready for college.” Sawyer’s course load of chemistry, psychology, English and public speaking classes helped her simultaneously fulfill both her complete her remaining high school credits and earn college credits, a benefit of the state’s changes to dual enrollment.  


Sawyer is currently a communications studies major at GA Southern, where she plans to remain to finish her core classes. “I love writing. I think it’s a beautiful art.” She later plans to transfer to the University of Georgia and major in public health and minor in chemistry. “She has been accepted into the university’s Bells Honors Program.  This opportunity will provide her with not only academic challenges but leadership development and service learning projects. She will also have an undergraduate research project as part of the honors program’s Capstone Project. Though classified as an incoming freshman, she’s actually just a few short hours from being a sophomore thanks to MOWR.


Sawyer is very practical in her thinking when it comes to financing the college experience. “Having the Zell Miller Scholarship and Bells Honors Program Scholarship will cover my tuition and books, and I can live at home, so staying at Southern to finish my core classes will help me save money for when I transfer to U.G.A.  I want to transfer later to Georgia because I need a different experience. I’ve been here all of my life, but I do want to stay here until I can afford it myself.”


“I’m going to miss Portal, especially Band, Dr. Marshall’s Horticulture classes, and school lunch. I’d get it to go every day before I went to my college classes. I really liked our school lunches at Portal.”


"It is really an honor to have had Holly in my classes and as an officer in FFA during her high school career,” said Dr. Thomas Marshall, PMHS’s Agriculture teacher. “She is hard-working and focused and successful in everything she attempts. She has a bright future ahead of her." 


Holly also played flute in the school band for three years. “She could not be in band this year, because she was taking a full load at college,” said John Gleissner, PMHS’s band director. “She’s extremely bright. A little hard headed, but only when she is pursuing what she knew to be right. She is fun and represented the Portal Panther Spirit well in everything she did."  Sawyer was the school’s mascot for two years.


“This year has been very different for me,” said Sawyer. With work and classes I haven’t been around much at Portal or home.”  She’s especially missed spending time with her younger sisters, Heidi (15) and Haven (12), both of whom also attend PMHS. “The hardest I’ve ever laughed has been the times when we were together. They both work hard like me, but that comes from my mom. She’s the strongest woman I know.”


Holly is looking forward to traveling with her mom after graduation. “I’ve always wanted to go to San Francisco, Yosemite, and to see the Redwood Forest. We’re flying out for four days just me and her.”
“Holly has brought a lot of happiness to my life,” said Joy Sawyer, Holly’s mom. “She’s so much fun. She loves to explore and loves people. I’m not looking forward to her leaving home, but I can’t wait to see her fly.”

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 5/28/17




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Joseph MuldrewJoseph Muldrew, 18, is the son of the Honorable Michael Muldrew, Judge, Ogeechee Judicial Circuit, and his wife Laurie Muldrew, a math instructor at Ogeechee Technical College. Being named valedictorian and STAR Student was no surprise.  He’s maintained the highest average of his 200-plus graduating class since they were freshmen.


“I’m going to miss my teachers,” he said. “A lot of them have dedicated themselves to my academic success, and I’m indebted to their sacrifice.”

 
That success now includes a full-ride scholarship to Mercer University as a Stamps Foundation Scholar. Mercer selects only five recipients for this honor from its incoming first-year students. The scholarship includes a $16,000 enrichment stipend to study abroad, perform undergraduate research, support unpaid internships, attend conferences and aid in his development as a leader in his field of study, neuroscience.  Joseph then plans to attend medical school and eventually join the ranks of academia and conduct clinical research in the field of psychiatry. 


“I’m very interested in psychiatry, abnormal psychology, and mental disorders that plague people, especially depression. I believe there is no deeper nor rewarding experience than helping my fellow man.” Joseph says his life’s mission is to develop new treatments for mental disorders. He hopes to break down barriers preventing many patients from receiving care they desperately need.  


His interest in helping others is evidenced by his volunteer work.  As president of SEBHS’s Beta Club he recognized the need for peer tutoring and mentorship at neighboring Southeast Bulloch Middle School. Working with SEBMS’s administrators, he established a free, accessible tutoring program for students. He organized and advertised weekly tutoring sessions to potential students and their parents.  He managed a volunteer staff of more than 90 fellow Beta Club members, who conducted hour-long sessions on campus for 6th-8th graders.


 “I saw significant progress with some students in their personal devotion to their studies, career focus and friendships. We sought to provide a place where they felt they belonged and valued. The SEBHS Beta Club has promised to continue this service program, and I’m happy about that.”  


“Joseph possesses a sterling character, which leads him to devote himself to service-oriented groups like Beta Club,” said Linda Fix, his Beta Club advisor and English teacher. “I will remember him as a kind, humorous student, an agile thinker, and a brave and skillful writer.”


Seeing a need and taking the initiative to address it is another reason he was chosen as a Stamps Scholar. The program emphasizes engaging in philanthropic efforts worldwide and demonstrating a passion for improving local communities. 


Joseph has also volunteered his time and talents with Young Life, Youth Leadership Bulloch, SEBHS’s Student Council and East Georgia Regional Hospital.  As a student volunteer in the emergency room, he has performed the duties of a certified technician by administering electrocardiograms and urine tests, cleaning medical equipment, and transporting patients. 


“Beyond delivering blankets, meals, and even vomit bags, I wanted to ensure all patients received the care and attention they deserve.” Joseph expressed that it was in those times when he would be called to a lonely patient’s room, and he was able to make them smile through their pain that he was reminded why he wants to devote himself to service. “Through interacting with patients and working alongside medical professionals, I discovered my element.”


Joseph shared that Bulloch County is classified as a Geographic High Needs Health Professional Service Area for mental health. Due to social stigmatization, low mental health literacy, and lack of insurance coverage, many patients in need of psychiatric care continue to struggle with untreated and undiagnosed mental disorders. 


“While volunteering in the ER, my heart ached whenever I entered a patient’s room who had experienced suicidal ideation or attempted suicide. If that patient had received effective psychiatric treatment, then tragedies like these may have been prevented.” 


He believes fusing together his passions for psychology and medicine into a career as a psychiatrist seems natural. “One day, I hope to return to Bulloch County trained to replenish the debilitating shortage of psychiatrists.”  


Until then he is eager to join his older brother, Daniel, at Mercer. Daniel is an environmental engineering major. Though Joseph is seeking service opportunities on campus he also has his eye on Mercer’s fraternity and student government options. 


“Joseph is an extremely intelligent student who is highly self-motivated and put his best effort into anything he attempts, said Susan Boddiford, his STAR teacher, math instructor, math team coach and Quiz Bowl Coach.  She and other Bulloch County faculty have helped prepare him for success and are eager to see his continued success.

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 5/28/17




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Neha Aggarwal“Neha is one of those people you meet whom you know will contribute greatly to this world.” That’s how Dr. R. Jannet Kocerha, describes Neha Aggarwal, Statesboro High School’s valedictorian and  STAR student for SHS, Bulloch County and Region Eight.

 
The 18-year-old daughter of Dr. Sudhir Aggarwal, a local oncologist and his wife Neelam, a math professor at Georgia Southern University, Neha h wants to impact the world through science. She will be a pre-medical student at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill this fall.


“It’s not just about the science for me but how science fits into the world,” Neha said. UNC, one of the top five public research universities in the United States, selected her as one of its Colonel Robinson Scholars, an honor that comes with a full scholarship and both research and global studies opportunities. She plans to major in biology and chemistry with a minor in neuroscience.  She also has an interest in global studies.  


“I am really privileged to have this opportunity. Yale, Duke and Emory were options as well, but they did not offer the immediate access to research opportunities I need for medical school.” 


Neha has already been honing her research skills as a dual-enrolled Move on When Ready student at Georgia Southern.  She was an undergraduate research assistant with an ongoing bio-chemistry research study on anti-cancer drugs. 


“She has generated key results researching anti-cancer therapeutics,” said Dr. Kocerha.  Neha’s exceptional scholastic abilities in her college chemistry and research courses led Dr. Kocerha and her faculty peers to select her for one of their top department honors, the General Chemistry Achievement Award.

“She is a multi-talented student who excels at everything she does and will undoubtedly be a future leader in the medical field." 

 

GA Southern also selected her to be a member of their Model United Nations Team for the National Collegiate Conference in New York. Each year they choose one outstanding high school student in the region from the Model U.N.’s secondary level competitions. Neha was the first student from Statesboro selected in more than 20 years. “I could talk about Model U.N. all day. It really is a way for STEM-oriented students like me to give more attention to the humanities like history.”

 

Science is Neha’s passion, but she makes a concerted effort to immerse herself in courses and activities that stretch her skills in areas like fine arts and writing. “Neha is easily one of the best students that I have had the pleasure to work with in my 29-year career,” said Bruce Law, her STAR Teacher and an English language arts educator at SHS.

 

 “To Neha’s credit, she is a gifted thinker and writer who is adaptable and open to new ideas. She has softened the sharp edges of her scientific approach to become one of the most unique and complete writers I’ve had the pleasure to read. “


Neha achieved a perfect score on both the College Board’s national Advanced Placement Language and Composition Test and the Georgia Milestones Assessment System’s End-of-Course exam for American Literature. “Her strength is a scientific mind—an analytical mind of theory and fact that has little room for art and ambiguity,” Law said. “But as an example of her drive and dedication, she began polishing her writing style four years ago through our school’s advanced English and Journalism classes.”  


She has risen through the school newspaper’s reporter and editorial staffs to section editor.  A position she was dedicated to each day after her classes at GA Southern.  “She is the one student I feel best embodies that ideal of discovery, contemplation, reflection, and excellence,” Law said.


Neha’s mother encourages her daughters to explore, discover and cultivate new experiences.  In Neha’s exuberance for life and conversation, you see the fruits of that guidance.  “My mom took us to Michael’s for painting lessons as children and emphasized fine arts.” Neha also learned to play the piano and clarinet. These interests led her to be a member of SHS’s National Art Honor Society, and she’s served as the chapter’s president for the past two years.  


“It’s one of my most treasured clubs at SHS because you can gather talented art students to impact the community.”  Neha and her classmates have painted murals for Fostering Bulloch and the Statesboro Regional Library and provided public art activities for children at the Main Street Farmers Market.


Her mother also shared her gift of mathematics. “My mom is not just a math professor. She’s a math enthusiast,” Neha laughed. “We did math for fun, so I’m confident in it. I’ve never had an aversion to it.” During Neha’s junior year she was selected for Governor’s Honors in math.


Born in Arlington, VA, Neha and her family, which includes older sister Nidhi, moved to Statesboro in June 2012. Nidhi was also SHS’s valedictorian and SHS’s and Bulloch County’s STAR student.

 

“She is my best friend,” Neha said. “She is so busy at UGA, but she still makes time for me. We are such goofs around each other.”


Like her mother, Neha has a special gift to encourage and inspire others. “I have always tried to inspire my students,” said Bruce Law. “Rarely does a student come along where that role is reversed. With her, the traditional cookie cutter approach to education is amplified as a fallacy. To inspire her, the teacher must in turn, be inspired, to think and teach outside the given bounds. This is the gift that she and others like her, have given to us—to inspire others through the inspiration they share.”

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 5/28/17




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Board of Education 2017The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet on Thursday, May 25, at 6:30 p.m., in the Central Office Boardroom, located at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro. Key topics for discussion include the following: HVAC replacement bids for Mill Creek Elementary and Portal Elementary; the City of Statesboro and Statesboro High School Youth Engagement Report; and discussion about the superintendent's minority recruitment recommendation.  

 

A complete Board Packet is attached or may be accessed online at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets. Watch Board meetings live or later at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 5/25/17




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Chuck RockettMy name is Chuck Rockett, and I am a Georgia History teacher at William James Middle School, where I have served for 13 years. I’ve been teaching for 25 years, and I have taught every content subject while coaching six different sports.  I have a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Georgia Southern University. 


My original career goals did not include teaching. I made a conscious decision to become an educator after a job in outside sales. Both of my parents modeled a life of learning and encouraged me to follow my heart. My decision was to become an outstanding educator and one whom students would remember. I returned to GA Southern and obtained a master’s degree in middle grades education with an emphasis in science and math. 


My mother teacher and both of my sisters were teachers.  When I decided to go into education, my father told me that education is a serious career, and I would be entrusted with the futures of students, the community, state and nation.  I set out each day with this thought in mind, and I rise to its challenge.


 Working in a public middle school setting, I encounter many things that fall outside of traditional teaching responsibilities. Often I am transformed into an advisor, counselor, confidant and protector. As a teacher, I have learned that teaching is a lifestyle that extends well beyond the contracted hours. 


I remember myself at various points in my journey, and I celebrate every milestone in the learning process because I know this is not the end of my students’ journey.  It is my understanding of diversity that helps me develop lasting relationships with my students and inspire them to learn and achieve. I made a commitment to show students they are important. I help them learn they must be their best selves. Students who realize they are performing and learning at their personal best begin to learn for the sake of learning and understand I am a partner in their academic journey.


I have the wonderful opportunity to enrich students’ lives. I try to make every day special for them.  Facilitating an engaging and interactive learning environment is critical to student success. If you enjoy your job, students enjoy coming to your class. 


As a teacher I pride myself on being fair and democratic while fostering an environment where students feel capable of success. I gain the respect of my students and this diminishes hindrances to the learning process. My educational philosophy is demonstrated in this teaching style every day. I make it a priority to make personal connections and establish trust among my students. I use humor to engage them and always add a personal touch to my lessons. 


As a history teacher I am sure to include culturally relevant lessons and include examples that relate to all students. When students feel included, they are inclined to perform better in school.  By students knowing that I care has motivated them to be successful on the state test.  For the past six years, over 90 percent of my students have passed the CRCT or Georgia Milestones Assessments, and each year I have a growth rate of over 75 percent. 


            I am a teacher because teaching gives me complete pride and fulfillment in a profession in which I believe I am truly making a difference. I am blessed to call my passion and love of teaching my work. What a privilege it is to be a witness to lives being transformed.

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools
Published: 5/23/17




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Portal Middle High Graduation Walk

Schools in Portal hosted their very first graduation walk on May 19, at Portal Elementary for the Class of 2017. The close-knit, 55-member graduating class of Portal Middle High School has been together since their pre-kindergarten days at neighboring PES. Friday's walk was a chance for the senior class to reminisce, hug former elementary teachers, encourage their younger peers, and enjoy a special reception in their honor.

 

The graduates were greeted by PES faculty, staff and students, including Dr. Debbie Cartee, the school's music teacher, who like many faculty members taught them for seven years from prekindergarten through fifth grade. "These are my babies," Cartee said as the entire line of graduates each stopped to give her a hug.

 

After weaving their way down each grade level's hallway while "Pomp and Circumstance," played over the building's public address system, the seniors joined PES's students in the gym.  There Dr. Laurie Mascolo, principal of Portal Elementary, spoke briefly about working hard to attain success.  Mascolo also used the time to reward PES students for their hard work on the recent Georgia Milestones Assessments.  She had challenged the children to do their best, and if they did, one student would get to cut her ponytail. "It doesn't take much work to grow my hair," Mascolo said. "But it does take work to grow you. We are proud of your success and the success of the Portal High graduates."