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Bulloch County Schools LogoIn accordance with state law (O.C.G.A. § 20-2-2131), parents or guardians, who have a child enrolled in a public school, may request to transfer the child to another public school within the Bulloch County School System. as long as the school district has determined that there is available classroom space at the school after all assigned students have been enrolled. Bulloch County Schools annually accepts school choice/transfer requests during the month of May. The window for public school choice/transfers (HB 251) for the 2017-2018 school year is open Monday, May 1, at 7:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m, on Friday, May, 19. For complete information, a Transfer Request Form, and a list of schools with available classroom space, visit www.bullochschools.org/schoolchoice.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 4/28/17

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Vickki CarterEnjoy our Teacher of the Year Profile series each Thursday in the Statesboro Herald February 23 - June 1. Southeast Bulloch Middle School's teacher of the year is Vickki Carter.  This is her story:

 

My name is Vickki Carter. I am an eighth-grade English language arts teacher at Southeast Bulloch Middle School, where I have taught for three years.  I have been an educator for 19 years, previously serving in Pierce County Schools and in Clay County, Florida. I received my bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Language Arts and Social Science from Brewton-Parker College. I received my master’s  degree from Troy University and  my specialist’s degree from Valdosta State University.


Anthony Robbins once stated, “Our beliefs about what we are and what we can be precisely determine what we will be.” This has certainly been true in my life and in my role as a teacher. You see, I have been a classroom teacher since the tender age of five! 


My first classroom was my parents’ garage complete with a blackboard, a teacher’s desk, and two student desks my dad collected from the demolition of an old school building in South Carolina. Numbered among my first students were several stuffed animals from my bedroom.  As a five-year-old, that is what I thought teaching was all about.  After over 20 years as an educator, I realize that a teacher’s contributions happen both inside and outside the classroom. I am absolutely determined that my greatest contribution in the field of education is an emphasis on relationships among teachers and students as well as relationships among colleagues.


Children thrive in a classroom with a teacher who greets them by name each day, provides a safe, non-threatening environment, holds them accountable, and is genuinely concerned about them as valuable human beings. Positive, healthy relationships among faculty and staff members within a building make an impact on students as well.  Our students closely observe and learn from our attitudes and actions. When relationships are healthy and supportive, students will typically work harder to achieve.


My success as an educator is a direct correlation to the success of each student I teach.  I have determined several common denominators that make a successful, outstanding teacher: caring, empathy, fairness, and respect to each and every student, staff member, faculty member and parent. Also, a strong command of your content area and the best, most creative practices for presenting that knowledge is an absolute necessity. 


Very few professions exist that give us an opportunity to literally change our world. In education, we possess the unique privilege and responsibility of developing the potential within the mind of each child who looks to us for encouragement, guidance, counseling, love, knowledge, and the ability to cut the strings and become an independent learner. There is much joy in helping a child achieve a goal that he never dreamed possible.

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 4/28/17

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Georgia Southern Baseball AdvertisementGeorgia Southern Athletic Marketing and GA Southern Baseball are congratulating our school system for "Rockin' the Georgia Milestones" and supporting the 2nd Annual Reading Carnival by hosting Bulloch County Schools night at their game against Little Rock Arkansas on Saturday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m, at J.I. Clements Stadium in Statesboro.

 

Admission
All Bulloch County Schools elementary and middle school students can get in the game for only $5, with no identification necessary. NCAA Rules prevent offering this discount to high school students.

 

First Pitch
The 2018 Bulloch County Schools Teacher of the Year Susan Reagan, or Mill Creek Elementary School, will be throwing out the first pitch at 6:30, so don't miss it.  Ms. Reagan is a reading teacher, who has given the gift of literacy to many children. 

 

New & Gently Used Book Donations 
Georgia Southern is allowing us to collect new and gently used books at the game for the 2nd Annual Reading Carnival coming up on May 20, 10- 2, at Statesboro High School. Look for our bin under the concourse at the main entrance if you would like to donate books.

 

Bark in the Park
Saturday's game is also Bark in the Park Night, so bring your dog to the park for a fun and furry time. 

 

Hope to see you there, and help us thank Georgia Southern University, their Athletic Marketing Department, and Georgia Southern Baseball.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 4/28/17

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Bulloch County Board of Education MembersThe Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its scheduled work session on Thursday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m., in the board room of the district's Central Office in Statesboro.  The Board will consider adopting the tentative Fiscal Year 2018 Budget. 

 

Via these links Bulloch County Board of Education meetings can be watched live or later and Board Packets and presentations accessed:
◾Access meetings live or later from any web-enabled computer or digital device at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive . Any PowerPoint presentations made during a meeting are displayed within the live and archived video.
◾Access meeting agendas and packets (pdfs) at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 4/27/17

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Kindergarten Registration advertisementBulloch County Schools' elementary campuses will host Kindergarten Registration on May 1-5, from 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must by five years old by Sept. 1, 2017.

 

Current Bulloch County Schools pre-kindergarten students do not need to register for kindergarten if they are remaining at their same elementary school for kindergarten.  If they are attending a different school, please participate in Kindergarten Registration.

 

Parents and guardians may pick up a registration packet from their zoned elementary school and return it by May 5. For the most complete information, review our 2017-18 Kindergarten Registration Flyer available at www.bullochschools.org/kindergarten or attached below.  

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 4/21/17

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Susan ParrilloEnjoy our Teacher of the Year Profile series each Thursday in the Statesboro Herald February 23 - June 1. Sallie Zetterower Elementary School's teacher of the year is Susan Parrillo.  This is her story:

 

My name is Susan Parrillo, and I am a fourth-grade English language arts and reading teacher at Sallie Zetterower Elementary School. I have been an educator for 20 years, 12 of those with Bulloch County Schools and Sallie Z. I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the State University of New York College at Cortland, which is a well-known teachers college. Prior to my move to Georgia, I taught in Greenville, NC and Fairfax, VA. 

 

I believe I was born to teach. It’s in my DNA. My maternal grandfather was a principal, and my older brother and several cousins are all retired educators. My biggest influences to become a teacher; however, came from my elementary school teachers at Salem Hyde Elementary in New York: Miss Carey, Mrs. Klim and Mrs. Hall. They created vivid and abundant memories for me and my classmates. Eventually, I knew I had to create these types of memories and experiences for all the students I would teach throughout my career.

 

Creating lasting memories for students may seem like a daunting and expensive task, yet I found the answer to be very simple: BOOKS! The best way is to read books to them. Then, read more books to them, and after that, read even more books to them. Early on in my career I came to realize how much students loved it when I read aloud to them.

 

I show students how reading books takes them on an adventure of a lifetime. Every book I read out loud to them provides those magical words penned inside to make connections and crystal clear visualizations in order to take our class on an exciting adventure together. My hope is that I instill a love for reading in each and every one of them.

 

Once I have my students hooked on books and the doors have swung open to all the adventures they can experience, I focus on their thinking. Reading is thinking. With these adventures and memories we’ve created through reading books, they are then surrounded by ideas.  Ideas they can write about. I have developed many students who are readers into writers. 

 

It is equally important that parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and volunteers read to children.  Children need to see someone other than their teachers read to them. Reading is a way to teach children that their education is important. An education is the ticket to wherever they want to go.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 4/21/17

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Chapter, members & advisors

win multiple honors at state conference

 

Statesboro High School FCCLA ChapterFive Statesboro High School students are headed to national competition in Nashville this summer after winning top honors in their respective competitions at the Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Conference March 16-18, at the Classic Center in Athens. Along with these top honors, nine additional members, the Chapter and their faculty advisor also received awards.  

 

Quashanda Huff, Christina Rountree, Daisy Dyches, Keylee Phillips and Angela Smith will represent Georgia FCCLA in July as they compete in life event planning, teaching & training, interior design, and chapter website. At the state conference, Huff won the Gold Award for her Life Event Planning project. Rountree and Dyches won Silver for FCCLA Chapter Website.  Phillips won Silver for her Teach & Train project, and Smith won Silver in Interior Design.

 

Other Chapter members receiving awards included the following: Alexis Johnson, Silver Award in Career Investigations; Hannah Kidd, Silver Award in Early Childhood Education; Victoria Collins and Mary Deloach, Silver Award in Advocacy; Krystin Brostek and Matthew Gilleland Bronze Award in Culinary Arts; Christina Rountree and Bhumi Patel, Statesman Awards; and Angela Smith,  First Place in the Interior Design  Proficiency Test. 

 

Statesboro’s FCCLA Chapter was recognized for the largest chapter membership increase in Region Nine growing from 18 to 62 members, thanks to the leadership of the Chapter’s faculty advisors, Bethany Gilliam and Cindy Hart. The pair accompanied 14 members of the Chapter to the state conference. Gilliam was also recognized for her selection as a GA FCCLA Master Advisor. She is a family and consumer sciences teacher, and Hart teaches culinary arts. 

 

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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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 4/20/17

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A John Maxwell Team Global Youth Leadership Initiative will be held for all Bulloch County and area youth in grades 8 – 12, on Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. – 12 noon, in the Statesboro High School Auditorium. The free event is the kick off for National Youth Leadership Week April 24-28, and is open to any public, private, charter or homeschooled students.  Guest speakers for the event include Statesboro Mayor, Jan Moore, Langston Chapel Middle School Teacher Tim Mincey, and Dr. Dominique Halaby, who is a professor at Georgia Southern University and member of the Statesboro Downtown Development Authority.
 
The theme is “Building Leaders for a Greater Tomorrow.”  The goal of the event is to inspire and equip young people to lead themselves and others with character, mutual respect and integrity. Youth who attend will get to interact with their peers from other schools and participate in leadership activities, as well as hear from excellent speakers from the community. The event is sponsored in part by the Statesboro Kiwanis Club, Franklin Chevrolet and the Statesboro High School National Honor Society.
 
The event is free, but youth are asked to pre-register their attendance at www.will-amp.com. Walk-ins are welcome.
Like the event on Facebook: fb.me/johnmaxwellteambulloch . For more information, contact Dr. William Amponsah, the event’s coordinator, at wamponsah15@gmail.com.

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 4/19/17

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Southeast Bulloch High ChorusThe national accolades keep coming for the Southeast Bulloch High School Choral Program. Brent Whitaker and his students topped all the participating AA through AAAA-sized choirs in Disney's National Performing Arts Competition in Orlando, March 23-25, by winning the event's overall Gold trophy and claiming the Best-In-Class award in their AA Mixed Choir division.

 

 "We won it all, competing against schools more than twice our size," said Whitaker, chairman of the school's Fine Arts Department and choral director. "We went as a AA Mixed Choir, based on Disney's entry categories, and we rated an overall Superior Rating, which is the highest." Whitaker was pleased with his students noting that they sang three extremely difficult songs for the judges. Judges for these events include distinguished collegiate music educators from some of the country's leading vocal education programs such as Temple University, the University of Michigan, Auburn University, the University of Florida and Rollins College.

 

This particular Disney competitive music festival featured 27 choirs from around the United States. According to Disney, it hosts these events to help vocal groups achieve performance excellence. They also host similar events for concert bands, jazz ensembles, marching bands, orchestras, and vocal ensembles. Disney's Performing Arts events for students are endorsed by the National Association for Music Education and the GRAMMY Foundation.  The events adhere to national performing arts standards as well. 

 

The Choral Program at SEBHS features an Advanced Chorus, a Women's Chorus, and a Concert Chorus. The Choral Program's students are consistently selected as some of the state's premier vocalists for the Georgia Music Educators Association's All-State Chorus and All-State Reading Chorus. Many go on to be part of collegiate choral programs as well. Actively sought after for events and known for its standing-room only performances, one of the SEBHS Choral Program's most notable recent accomplishments was a Superior-Rated performance at  Carnegie Hall as part of a Choirs of America Nationals competition.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 4/19/17

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Penny AubreyEnjoy our Teacher of the Year Profile series each Thursday in the Statesboro Herald February 23 - June 1. Portal Middle High School's teacher of the year is Penny S. Aubrey.  This is her story:

 

My name is Penny Aubrey. I am a special education teacher for grades 6-8 at Portal Middle High School, where I have taught for six years.  I previously served in the same role at Mattie Lively Elementary for four years.  I received my bachelor’s degree and my master’s degrees in school psychology and in special education from Georgia Southern University.


In 1993, I graduated from Georgia Southern with a degree in political science.  I had dreams of becoming a lawyer, but I had a six-month-old son, Kyler, and I lived in Statesboro before the age of online classes, so law school was put on hold.  It soon became evident that Kyler was not reaching developmental milestones.  This was the beginning of my path toward special education.


I spent most of Kyler’s early years working with therapists and agencies such as Babies Can’t Wait. My experiences led me to return to school to be a school psychologist.  I wanted to make the kind of difference I had witnessed others make for Kyler and our family.
 

I worked in the early intervention field, and I visited families of infants and toddlers with disabilities.  I used what I learned with Kyler to help other families see potential in their own children.  I quickly realized I loved working directly with children and their families.  I loved hands-on interaction and seeing the progress. Although I had earned by degree in school psychology, it was at this same time that Kyler was learning to read, and I was inspired by his teacher to become a special education teacher.


In special education, the smallest accomplishments are actually the biggest. We have the opportunity to teach students several years in a row. This, along with being able to work with fewer students at a time, helps us really get to know our students and to see the progress they make. I believe one of my major accomplishments is for me to teach students to read who have not been able to learn in a general education classroom. The ability to open doors to the world for children by helping them learn to read is an amazing feeling.


My greatest accomplishment during the past school year was to teach my students perseverance and to be an example of how life can be tough.  Everyone has obstacles, even teachers.  I lost my son, Jordan, in August of 2015, and the following month I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I had some very dark days and difficult times.  It was the support, smiles and words of encouragement from my students that made me want to get out of bed each morning.  It kept me going when I wanted to give up.


I am able to look back now and feel proud about my ability to persevere and stay focused on why I chose to become a teacher, the students. Educating students is more than teaching the curriculum.  It is building character. The human spirit is hard to defeat. My students saw me vulnerable.  They made me realize that my success as a teachers in not only measured by test scores but by all the lessons I teach them, including perseverance.

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 4/17/17

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Governor’s Office of Student Achievement helps

fund school’s new STEM Lab with resources

 

Sallie Zetterower ElementaryGovernor Nathan Deal has announced that Sallie Zetterower Elementary School will receive $3,000 from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement’s Innovation Fund. The school’s STEM Lab Teacher Ansley Mays, wrote a grant, Sprouting STEM at Sallie Z and submitted it to the Innovation Fund’s Tiny Grant Program. In March, Governor Deal announced that SZES was one of 20 recipients of Tiny Grants that totaled more than $135,400. Mays will use the funds to create an outdoor STEM classroom to supplement her existing indoor STEM lab. Sallie Z was the only school south of Macon to receive a grant.

 

Mays has been a prolific grant writer this year as she sought to expand the specialty science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) resources for her students. “She has won over $6,800.00 in grants in the first year of her program,” said SZES Principal Julie Mizell. These funds are in addition to a $25,000 grant the district received from Monsanto to provide approximately $1,200 in math and science resources for the school system’s nine elementary STEM labs.  

 

Her other grants have included a 3D printer from Georgia Southern University’s College of Education, a $500 Dr. Joe B. Crane Classroom Grant from the Georgia Agribusiness Council, and two innovation grants from the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education totaling nearly $2,000 3D printer supplies, interactive STEM centers, an iPAD, Osmo program, and STEM literature. Mays and her students have been exploring how science, technology, engineering and math relate to agriculture. As part of their study of plant science, the outdoor classroom will eventually feature aquaponics. 

 

According to GOSA, the Innovation Fund invests in public education entities that aggressively develop and scale programs that enable Georgia educators to improve student performance and tackle our state’s most significant education challenges. In 2011, The Innovation Fund began as a $19.4 million competitive grant competition created under Georgia’s Race to the Top (RT3) Plan. To continue the Innovation Fund’s work beyond RT3, Governor Nathan Deal appropriated state funding for Fiscal Years 2015, 2016 and 2017. Since its inception, the Innovation Fund has invested more than $33 million of state and federal funding through 115 grants to 92 school districts, traditional public schools, charter schools, postsecondary institutions and nonprofit organizations to pilot innovative education programs, ranging in focus from teacher and leader induction and development to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) applied learning, blended learning and birth-to-age-eight language and literacy development. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 4/17/17

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Superintendent of Schools Charles Wilson announced three principal transfers Friday for Brooklet Elementary, Sallie Zetterower Elementary and William James Middle School. Beginning July 1, Marlin Baker will become principal at Sallie Z, Mike Yawn will move to BES and Julie Mizell will lead WJMS. Combined these educators have more than 65 years of teaching experience, and each one has served nearly 10 years as an administrator in the school system. Wilson and the Board of Education are finalizing principal assignments in preparation for the annual renewal of administrator contracts in May.

 

While principal new hires and promotions require Board approval, the superintendent approves transfers of existing principals. “Each of our schools is unique and has individual improvement needs based on the children it serves,” said Wilson. “I want to best match the strengths of our leaders to the needs of our students.”

 

Baker, Mizell and Yawn each have 22 years of experience as educators. Baker has been with the school district for 11 years, nine of those as principal of BES. Mizell has served Bulloch County for 21 years. Her administrative roles have included serving as an assistant principal at Statesboro High, and for the last four years, she has been the principal at SZES. Yawn also has 21 years of service with Bulloch County Schools.  He has led the WJMS team for the past nine years.

 

Other recent principal announcements include the following: the promotion of Stilson Elementary’s assistant principal, Stephen Hoyle, to lead Southeast Bulloch High; and the approval of interim principals Dr. Laurie Mascolo and Jennifer Wade as principals of Portal Elementary and Mill Creek Elementary respectively.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 4/14/17

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Board of Education 2017The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its scheduled regular session on Thursday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m., in the board room of the district's Central Office in Statesboro.  Key topics for the meeting include the following: an awards presentation to the district by the Georgia Department of Audits; the  Fiscal Year 2018 Budget, and updates from the BOE's Minority Recruitment Committee and Education Special Local Option Sales Tax(ESPLOST) Committee. The Board will also consider a recommendation from the Superintendent for a new principal at Southeast Bulloch High School. 

 

Via these links Bulloch County Board of Education meetings can be watched live or later and packets and presentations accessed:
◾Access meetings live or later from any web-enabled computer or digital device at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive . Any PowerPoint presentations made during a meeting are displayed within the live and archived video.
◾Access meeting agendas and packets (pdfs) at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets.

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 4/13/17

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Stephen HoyleSoutheast Bulloch High School will have a new principal beginning July 1. The Board of Education approved Stephen Hoyle on Thursday during its regular session meeting after a personnel recommendation by Superintendent Charles Wilson.
 
Hoyle, the assistant principal at Stilson Elementary School, is a 25-year veteran educator. He has served in Bulloch County’s school system his entire career,  16 years as a classroom teacher at both the elementary and high school levels and nine years as an assistant principal at Portal Middle High School, Nevils Elementary and Stilson Elementary, where he has been for the past five years.
 
The high school environment is not new to Hoyle. He spent 10 years at this grade level as a  credit recovery instructor and in-school suspension coordinator at SEBHS, and then as a physical education teacher and later an assistant principal and athletic director at Portal Middle High School.
 
“I am really excited about taking the next step in my professional career and joining such a tremendous faculty and staff at Southeast Bulloch High School,” Hoyle said. “I look forward to building positive relationships with the students, parents, faculty, staff and community and to continuing the traditions of excellence already established by the Southeast Bulloch family.” Hoyle is already a familiar face to many in the community having served in two of SEBHS’s feeder schools, Stilson and Nevils.
 
Hoyle obtained his bachelor’s degree in education from Georgia Southern University. He holds a master’s degree in education from Cambridge College and a specialist’s degree in education leadership from Valdosta State University. He was one of more than 20 applicants for the position, which was posted in February. The majority of the applicants came from outside the school system.
 
Hoyle succeeds Donna Clifton, who will retire in June after 30 years in education. She served Bulloch County Schools for 23 years, beginning as a fifth-grade teacher at Stilson Elementary and spending her last 10 years as a principal of first SEB Middle School (6 years) then SEBHS (4 years).
 
The district has an established a rigorous screening and selection process for principals which helps ensure the district has leaders in place, who will carry out the school system’s vision and mission. The rigorous process includes candidate screenings for leadership criteria and multiple interviews. While the superintendent makes the final recommendations, the process for new hires does allow for school council input.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 4/13/17

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Southeast Bulloch Middle SchoolGeorgia Southern University has selected two Southeast Bulloch Middle School educators to participate in a prestigious summer research experience for teachers sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). They are two of only 10 teachers selected by faculty from GA Southern's Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology(CEIT) to be part of the university's three-year NSF grant project, "ENgaging Educators in Renewable enerGY." 


Bob Deckard, a sixth-grade science teacher, and Tricia Kirkland, an eighth-grade physical science teacher will participate in the seven-week advanced research experience with Dr. Valentin Soloiu, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Allen E. Paulson Distinguished Chair of Renewable Energy (PI), and Rocio Alba-Flores, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering (co-PI).

 

This experience will involve conducting wind turbine technologies and solar tracking research under the direction of Dr. Soloiu and with faculty members Dr. Mosfequr Rahman and Dr. Rocio Alba-Flores. According to the GA Southern faculty involved in the project, they believe having secondary teachers research with them in the labs will allow the teachers to better prepare the next generation of engineering students and be more aware of the real-world applications of engineering and technology.  


The NSF grant is part of the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program. The goals of the RET program are to “help build long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers, community college faculty, and the NSF university research community by involving the teachers and community college faculty in advanced engineering and computer science research and helping them translate their research experiences and new knowledge into classroom activities”. GA Southern and its CEIT is dedicated to increasing the level of STEM education throughout Georgia with projects like ENERGY.  

 

Source: From Staff Reports - Kania Greer, Georgia Southern University

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 4/10/17

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Kristin Nesmith BlytheEnjoy our Teacher of the Year Profile series each Thursday in the Statesboro Herald February 23 - June 1. Mattie Lively Elementary School's teacher of the year is Kristin N. Blythe.  This is her story.

 

My name is Kristin NeSmith Blythe. I am a fourth-grade math and science teacher at Mattie Lively Elementary School, where I have taught for 11 years. I’ve been an educator for 16 years, previously serving in Screven County. I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education and Educational Leadership from Georgia Southern University.


From a very young age, it was my dream to become a teacher.  On any given day, you could find me sitting in an old child-sized wooden rocking chair in the playroom of my house with dolls lined along the wall. In the front of the room there was a green chalkboard and a dusty eraser.  I would spend hours upon hours teaching my dolls the things I was learning in my real life classroom.


Yet, as I enrolled at Georgia Southern University, I hesitated to declare education as my major due to other interests and fields I wanted to explore.  Growing up the daughter of a law enforcement officer was exciting!  I wanted to follow in my daddy’s footsteps. However, after completing several classes in the criminal justice field, I realized my early desire to become a teacher was much stronger than my desire to “chase the bad guy."


Sixteen years later, my passion for teaching children has not once wavered, but only grown deeper with each passing year.  I have had the opportunity to work with children in first and fifth grades, but the majority of my career has been spent with those in fourth grade.  Each day is a challenge in itself as motivating and engaging lessons are planned, the needs of many diverse learners are met and relationships are established and fostered.  Choosing to pursue the education field has surely been a challenging and rewarding profession. 


Building relationships is an essential component of my personal teaching style.  I strive to make students feel welcome in our classroom and to understand the importance of the role they play in our classroom community.  Students understand that not only am I concerned with their academic success, but also their overall wellbeing.  I encourage students to build relationships with one another as we take the time to encourage each other and celebrate the successes of our peers. 


I consider my job as an educator to be a privilege. I know without a doubt that I am following the path in which God has laid for me.  I have been blessed with 16 years of educating the children of tomorrow, and would never give a second thought to trading it for “the chase” again!  

 

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Published: 4/10/17

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Dr. Deborah CarteeMy name is Debbie Cartee, and I am the music teacher at Portal Elementary School, where I have taught for 16 years. I have been an educator for 29 years, serving previously in Evans County for eight years and Screven County for five years. I received my bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Georgia Southern University. I also earned my master’s in Reading and my doctorate in Curriculum Studies from GA Southern.

 

Three dynamics in my life greatly motivated me to become a teacher: my zeal for reading, my passion for music, and the joy I have in sharing both. I remember feeling the entire world had dropped in my lap when I learned to read my first vocabulary words. I have always been fascinated with making music. I sang and was involved in choirs all my childhood and well into adulthood. Fortunately for me, I was able to receive quality music education throughout my school years. I had several dedicated teachers who helped form my ideas about what I wanted to become, and I will be forever grateful to them.

 

I was the first in my extended family to attend college when I entered Tift College on a music scholarship.  My plans were to prepare for a career in opera or American musical theatre, but before my sophomore year began, my family moved to Statesboro and this led to my transfer to Georgia Southern University.

 

It was during my first year there I discovered I loved teaching others as I worked with children’s choirs and daycare classes.  I also began to appreciate that I had an ability to connect with children. These insights led me to realize that teaching and sharing my music is the profession that would genuinely feed my soul.

 

It is my greatest hope that each of my kids sense I trust and appreciate them as valuable human beings. I believe long after their school days are over, my students will remember they had an adult, one outside their family, who believed in them, and who will be a friend and mentor to them for as long as is possible. I can think of nothing of greater importance than this contribution I have made to our future.

 

I am committed to strengthening my school and the Portal community through school-community activities that encourage a partnership and cooperativeness among all in the district. Two annual musical events I lead are in conjunction with activities sponsored by the Portal Heritage Society: a musical program at the Catface Turpentine Festival and a winter musical program at the Portal Community Nativity. My students and I also produce an annual Veterans Day program for the school and community. 

 

To be successful educators, we must appreciate that teaching is a vocation, a calling, and a labor of love. In my classroom I teach the whole child in an atmosphere that is safe, non-judgmental, challenging, nurturing and fun. I do my best to provide the scaffolding they need to build connections between what they already know and the new understandings we seek to create. I believe we are each born with our own music inside us; therefore, it is vital for children to be active participants to learn by hearing, reading, discussing and most importantly by making music. 

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Published: 4/10/17

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Traditions, growing attendance and

community feedback are top reasons for change

 

Bulloch County Schools is changing the locations and times of its 2017 graduation ceremonies for each of its three high schools. The Class of 2017 will be the first graduates in more than 10 years to receive their diplomas at their home stadiums in Brooklet, Portal and Statesboro. Superintendent Charles Wilson made the announcement Wednesday after hearing from high school principals. “This is a change many students and parents have requested for several years,” Wilson said. The return to district facilities will necessitate new ceremony times as well. The school system is communicating with parents and students this week, eight weeks prior to the events.

 

These are the new dates, times and locations for the graduation ceremonies:
 

Portal Middle High School Graduation:    Friday, May 26, 7:00 p.m., at the PMHS Athletic Complex, located at 27245 Highway 80 West, in Portal.

 

Southeast Bulloch High School Graduation:  Saturday, May 27, 8:30 a.m., at Fred Shaver Field, located at 9184, Brooklet/Denmark Hwy, in Brooklet. Guests are asked to use SEBHS’s and Southeast Bulloch Middle School’s parking lots as well as the lots behind the schools along Black Creek Church Road.

 

Statesboro High School Graduation: Saturday, May 27, 10:30 a.m., at Womack Field, located at 10 Lester Road, in Statesboro. Guests are asked to use the school’s parking lots, the lots behind the building and the vacant field at the rear of campus.  Please do not use the private parking lots of the retail businesses along Lester Road. These are reserved for their customers.

 

Return to Tradition & Community Feedback
Historically, the district held graduation at the individual schools. The school system began holding a series of same-day, staggered ceremonies at Hanner Field House on Georgia Southern University’s campus 10 years ago. Parents, students and faculty have all shared with Wilson and the Board of Education their desire to return the ceremonies to their individual alma maters.

 

“Our high school campuses are second homes to students, especially our seniors, and the stadiums are filled with years of school spirit and traditions,” Wilson said.  “It’s only fitting that our high schools host these milestone events where graduates’ memories are in abundance.”

 

Graduation Attendance Exceeds Hanner Field House’s Capacity
Attendance at SEBHS’s and SHS’s events now exceeds Hanner Field House’s indoor seating capacity. The change in venues will allow these schools to better accommodate guests.  While these schools’ stadium seating capacities exceed that of Hanner Field House, SEBHS and SHS will still use admission tickets for entry. PMHS does not use admission tickets. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be moved to the schools’ gymnasiums and seating limited to four guests per graduate, except at PMHS where the gym can seat all guests.

 

Graduation Times
Because the ceremonies will now be in outside venues, weather conditions were a major factor in setting new dates and times for graduation. In May our area is subject to heat and late afternoon and early evening thunderstorms, so ceremonies in the morning were considered.  

 

PMHS can easily accommodate its guests and graduates in either the school’s stadium or gymnasium due to their smaller size, so weather was not a major deciding factor. For this reason, PMHS decided to host its event on Friday evening.

 

SHS and SEBHS decided to host their events early on Saturday morning to avoid hotter afternoon temperatures and possible late afternoon and early evening thunderstorms. These schools are unable to accommodate all graduates and guests in their gymnasiums or auditoriums.  Also, it was decided to stagger these schools graduation times in order to have enough time between the ceremonies for extended family, media, administrators and the Board of Education to travel to both events.

 

Graduation Invitation Insert
Graduation invitations have already been printed and issued, so the school system and Herff Jones are providing packets of printed cards with the new graduation dates, times and locations. Graduates can insert them inside their invitations prior to mailing invitations. If a graduate has already mailed their invitations, the card can be mailed as a separate postcard.  These will be distributed by April 11 to all graduates even if they did not order invitations from Herff Jones.

 

Herff Jones is also providing one free corrected invitation to each graduate to have as a keepsake. “We regret any inconvenience this change has made for our students and parents,” Wilson said. 

 

Partnership with Georgia Southern University
“GA Southern and its employees have partnered with us for many years and gone above and beyond to provide our graduates, guests and faculty a positive experience, not to mention sacrificing their Memorial Day weekend each year,” said Wilson. The district had discussed making the venue changes next year, but a recent opportunity for GA Southern to host a nationwide athletic event advanced the timeline. Because the semi-final games of this tournament will be held all day on Saturday, May 27, we could not guarantee ease of travel to Hanner Field House or parking for those who attend our graduation ceremonies.

 

“Our mutual decision to move our events allows us to support the University’s opportunity to host the 2017 Sunbelt Conference Baseball Championships the week of May 22-28.” Wilson noted that while GA Southern is fully capable of hosting these multiple events simultaneously, our change allows GA Southern to focus on this nationwide athletic experience and the economic impact it has for all of Bulloch County.  

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 3/30/17

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State Science   Engineering Fair Qualifiers from William James Middle School
Students capture 17 regional awards; six advance to state

 

Six William James Middle School students and their projects are headed to the Georgia State Science & Engineering Fair in Athens, March 30-31, after qualifying in the region competition in February. The school had a record 53 students and 34 projects compete at the 2017 Regional Science & Engineering Fair in Savannah on Feb. 8-9. Their projects won 17 regional awards in addition to the state qualifiers. 
 
“We had a strong showing at this year's Regional Science Fair,” said WJMS STEM Teacher Amy Smith, who coordinates a school-level qualifying event and the students’ participation at the regional and state levels. “We won more awards than last year and we are sending more students to state.”
 
These are this year’s award winners and their projects: Abby Welch & Aidan McGowan , 2nd place Material Science; Andee Mackiewicz & Zoe Pantin, 1st place Chemistry; Brian White, 1st place Mathematics; Caleb Coleman & Megan Redwine, 3rd place Robotics; Ceci Smith, 1st place Robotics (State Fair Qualifier and Dean's award for Innovative potential in STEM-$75 cash award); Chase Page, 3rd place Material Science; David Lippincott & Hunter Saussy - 1st place Energy Physical (State Fair Qualifier, Best in Show Overall 1st Place, and Broadcom Master's Award); Evy Shen, 1st place Material Science (State Fair Qualifier and Broadcom Master's Award); Gabe Rowe, 2nd place Microbiology; Henry Humphries, 3rd place Biochemistry (State Qualifier and Broadcom Master's Award); Jada Coble & Reid Ragan, 2nd place Energy Chemical; and Will Yawn - 2nd place Physics & Astronomy (State Qualifier).

 
​GA State Science & Engineering Fair Qualifiers - Pictured Above (L-R): Will Yawn, Henry Humphries, Hunter Saussy, David Lippincott, Evy Shen, Ceci Smith.


Region Science & Engineering Fair Award Winners – Pictured Below (L-R): TOP- Will Yawn, Hunter Saussy, Brian White, Chase Page, Evy Shen, Henry Humphries, Ceci Smith, Abby Welch, Aiden McGowan. BOTTOM- Andee Mackeiweicz, Zoe Pantin, Caleb Coleman, Megan Redwine, Jada Coble, Reid Ragan, Gabe Rowe​.

Region Science   Engineering Fair Award Winners from William James Middle School

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 3/28/17

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Students win GA ProStart Culinary Competition;

Advance to Nationals

 

Southeast Bulloch High Culinary Arts TeamCulinary Arts students at Southeast Bulloch High School hope to cook up a national championship after winning the Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia’s ProStart Culinary Competition at the Art Institute of Atlanta (AIA), on March 3. The five-member team will now travel to Charleston for the National ProStart Invitational to be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center, April 28 – May 1.  In addition to their state championship trophy, these top high school cooks received a total of $60,000 ($12,000 each) in scholarships to further their culinary arts careers at AIA.

 

At the national event, Brandi Johnson, Will Howard, Josh Howard, Andrew Phillips and Katelyn Mason, along with SEBHS Culinary Arts Teacher Cynthia Lovett, will join nearly 400 other high school students from around the world to test their culinary arts and management skills. The National ProStart Invitational is considered to be one of the country’s premiere competitions for high school students who are studying culinary arts and restaurant management. The students’ skills will be judged by leaders in the industry.  While there the students will also have an opportunity to network with top chefs, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) Trustees, state restaurant association executives, and representatives from some of the top culinary arts and hospitality management programs in the world.

 

According to the National ProStart Invitational’s competition guidelines, students in the management competition will develop a concept for a new restaurant and present it to judges. They are evaluated on their concept, marketing strategies, menu, recipes and food costs, operations and critical thinking skills. In the culinary competition, students will develop a unique menu for a three-course meal, complete with recipes and food costs, and prepare that meal in 60 minutes using two butane burners. They will have no electricity or running water. They will be evaluated on their menu, degree of difficulty, food safety and sanitation, knife skills, cooking procedures, food costing, teamwork, taste and presentation of their meal.

 

The Culinary Arts career pathway is one of 17 different pathways offered within Bulloch County Schools’ Career Technical and Agricultural Education program.  Culinary Arts is one career pathway option in the state’s Hospitality & Tourism career cluster. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 3/28/17

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Students in grades 3, 5 & 8 not meeting required

performance levels will receive remediation & retesting

 

Students to take tests online; GA DOE now considers

online as primary mode of testing

 

Bulloch County Schools’ third- through eighth-grade students will take the Georgia Milestones End-of-Grade Tests (EOG) April 12 – April 27.  The EOGs are state-mandated tests.  They measure how well students have learned the information and skills outlined in the state’s adopted academic standards for English language arts, math, science and social studies. Parents can access additional information about the tests and a message from Superintendent Charles Wilson at www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/gamilestones 

 

EOG Performance Levels

Georgia has developed a specific set of academic performance standards or expectations at each grade level for all students in Georgia public schools. EOGs are like an academic checkup designed to measure how well students are acquiring the knowledge, concepts and skills set forth at each grade level. They give students an opportunity to show what they know.  Student achievement in each content area is classified into four performance levels: Beginning Learner, Developing Learner, Proficient Learner or Distinguished Learner. These results provide teachers with valuable information regarding each child’s academic achievement and progress, so that they can best design educational programs to meet needs.

 

EOG Performance & Promotion

A child’s performance on the EOGs also assists in determining promotion to the next grade level for all students.  The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and the State Board of Education have established specific performance guidelines for third, fifth and eighth grades as follows:

  • Third-grade students must score At Grade Level in the area of reading.
  • Fifth-grade students must score At Grade Level in the area of reading and at the Developing Learner level in mathematics.
  • Eighth-Grade students must score At Grade Level in the area of reading and at the Developing Learner level in mathematics.

Availability of EOG Results

Student test results will be provided to parents and schools as soon as they are made available from the state.  The school system expects preliminary reports to be available by early to mid-May. The official paper copies for parents and students records are expected in early summer.

 

Remediation and Retesting

Children in third, fifth and eighth grades who do not meet the required performance guidelines will be provided remediation and an opportunity to retest. Students will not be compared to each other, but will be measured on how well they are meeting academic standards.

 

EOGs Administered Online

The GaDOE has completely transitioned to online testing for the EOGs.  Online testing is now considered the primary mode of testing. Bulloch County Schools will administer all tests online except for students with a documented need for accommodations.  All students in third through eighth grades will take the English Language Arts and Mathematics tests.  Only grades five and eight will take the Science and Social Studies tests. The tests will be administered in the following order:  English language arts, math, science and social studies.

 

To see what online testing is like, you and your child can visit the Experience Online Testing Georgia website at http://gaexperienceonline.com .The items on the demonstration tests are general and represent multiple grade levels. They do not assess student achievement.  Additional resources to help your student prepare for the EOGs are available on the GaDOE website at http://testing.gadoe.org

 

EOG Question Formats

The EOGs will include the following types of questions in these subject areas:

  • Multiple Choice (selected response) – English language arts, math, science and social studies
  • Short Answer (Constructed Response) – English language arts and math
  • Extended constructed response  – English language arts and math
  • Extended writing response  – English language arts
  • Technology enhanced-evidence-based/multiple part items – English language arts, math, science and social studies

How Parents Can Help

We have learned over the years that your encouragement, as well as adequate rest and good nutrition, are valuable to children’s learning throughout the year, not only when they take tests. These are ways to ensure your child is ready to do their best each day:

  • Ensure children have a good night’s rest.
  • Ensure children have a nourishing breakfast.
  • Ensure children arrive to school on time.
  • Encourage your child to use good study and test-taking skills which include following directions carefully, avoiding careless errors and reviewing work.
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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 3/27/17

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Bus DriversBulloch County Schools' Transportation Department is hiring additional school bus drivers, and applicants receive free training. "We're offering free CDL and School Bus training classes for applicants who would like to apply for our available bus driver positions, so no prior experience is necessary," said Janet Tanner, director of transportation. Starting salary for new drivers is $975 per month plus benefits.

 

The upcoming classes are as follows: (1) The CDL Class is April 18-20, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon; and (2) the Bus Driver Training Class is May 1-5, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. All classes will be held at the Bulloch County Schools Bus Garage  located at 219 Simons Rd,  in Statesboro. To reserve a training spot, applicants should first complete an online bus driver job application available via this link https://goo.gl/a0AJKc. For more information, contact the Bulloch County Schools Transportation Department at 912-212-8640.

 

At Bulloch County Schools, first and second-year drivers go through mandatory training on student management, student privacy, first aid, railroad crossings, bus loading/unloading, fire extinguisher use, backdoor locking/unlocking, bus mechanics, preparing a bus for inspection, driving range, and preparing a bus for end-of-year return. All drivers are also required to test their driving skills on a standard bus range to keep skills sharp and help handle real-world, driving situations.

 

The Bulloch County Schools Transportation Department provides nearly 5,000 children. The mission of the department is to safely deliver children to school each morning in a frame of mind ready to learn and then return them home safely each afternoon. The school system has a fleet of 151 air conditioned buses. Combined, drivers travel nearly 6,000 miles daily across more than 175 different routes with more than 5,500 individual bus stops. Drivers also travel an additional combined 52,000 miles annually for 1300 field trips, bringing the total annual traveled miles by our driving force to 1.5 million miles.

 

Bulloch County Schools' drivers also have a winning legacy when it comes to testing their skills against the state’s best bus drivers. Since 2002, they’ve finished as champion or runner-up five times in the
Georgia Association of Pupil Transportation School Bus Road-e-o. 

 

 

 

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Published: 3/27/17

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Team excels in Nursery/Landscape Career Development EventPortal High Nursery Landscape Team

 

Portal Middle High School’s National FFA Organization Chapter won second place in the State FFA Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event on Saturday, March 17, at the Miller Plant Science Building on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens. Team members Madison Miles, Cayla Morris, Amonica Kirkland, and Tyler Smith became eligible to compete at the state event after winning the Area IV Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event on February 28 in Swainsboro.

 

FFA is one of three co-curricular student organizations available to students within PMHS’s four career pathways.  PMHS’s Career Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) program offers two agricultural-related career pathways: Plant & Landscape Systems and Horticulture & Forest Science. The Nursery/Landscape Career Development Events at the area and state level allow 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. Dr. Tom Marshall is the school’s instructor for these career pathways and the advisor for Portal’s FFA chapter. The Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event is sponsored by the Georgia FFA Foundation.

 

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.

 

Pictured (L-R):Tyler Smith, Madison Miles, Cayla Morris, and Amonica Kirkland

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 3/24/17

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Talmeshia ParkerEnjoy our Teacher of the Year Profile series each Thursday in the Statesboro Herald February 23 - June 1. Langston Chapel Middle School's teacher of the year is Talmeshia Parker.  This is her story.

 

 

My name is Talmeshia Parker, and I am an eighth grade English language arts teacher at Langston Chapel Middle School where I’ve served for four years. Previously I taught English for two years at Daun Elementary School and Muryong High School in Ulsan, South Korea. I earned my bachelor’s degree in English from Valdosta State University, and my master’s degree in Teaching Secondary English from Georgia Southern University. 

 

As a first generation college graduate, I experienced much anxiety about my next steps upon completing my degree. I applied for jobs that would exercise my degree in English: newspaper columnist, technical writer, and grant writer with little certainty of what was to come. I also applied to teach overseas in a South Korean public school. I had never before taught nor left south Georgia, but miraculously I got the job! In the midst of culture shock, language barriers, massive populations and a demanding educational structure, I recognized my gift. I make kids feel special. My experience in South Korea taught me that I love to teach.  

 

My greatest contribution to education is my fervent commitment to challenging my students while making them also feel loved and celebrated. I believe each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, is inviting of shared ideas, and is conductive to learning. 

 

My students know that I have high expectations of excellence and perseverance of them. They understand that I welcome dialogue, and it is my duty to serve them in any way feasible to obtain success. I am committed to celebrating all backgrounds and cultures in my classroom.  I make a point to learn about the students in my classroom by watching their interactions with others, attending their extracurricular activities, and being transparent about my ideas. I look for ways to extend their thinking and challenge their beliefs, so they learn to welcome diversity. 

 

I am a classroom teacher. I walk in that calling each day. A student once asked my, “Ms. Parker, why are you a teacher?” I replied softly, “You.” The good news about education is our students, and it is our duty to highlight and celebrate them. Our classrooms are a place where magic happens. Teachers motivate, counsel, support, and challenge.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 3/24/17

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Fifth & sixth graders from local public, private

& charter schools compete 

 

Teams gathered in a gym on a Saturday morning in March usually means basketball, but in Bulloch County, it’s an annual mathematics showdown, the Penny Sikes Math Tournament. Celebrating its 35th year, this year’s tournament attracted more than 160 fifth and sixth-grade mathletes from 16 local public, private and charter elementary and middle schools who competed in individual and ciphering rounds. The event is organized and hosted annually by the Southeast Bulloch High School (SEBHS) Math Department. 

 

Julia P. Bryant Elementary and Southeast Bulloch Middle School took the Top Overall Fifth Grade and Sixth Grade Team awards after three hours of individual and team competitions. Other Overall Team placements for fifth grade were Sallie Zetterower Elementary, 2nd Place and Brooklet Elementary, 3rd Place. For sixth grade, Langston Chapel Middle was 2nd Place and Bulloch Academy was 3rd Place.

 

The tournament’s namesake was on hand, and SEBHS Math Teacher Pat Collins introduced her during the awards ceremony. Collins shared that he served as a student teacher in Sikes’ classroom in the spring of 1990. 

 

“I want to thank the parents who support these children, and I want to thank the children for being brave enough to be on a team, try something different, and not be afraid to be good at it,” Sikes said. Sikes is a former math teacher and administrator, who retired from Bulloch County Schools in 2003. She began the tournament in 1983, to provide a competitive outlet for math students and as a recruitment tool for math teams. “We started the tournament with fundraising money,” Sikes said. “At the time there were very few math competitions, and we had to go to Armstrong in Savannah if we wanted to compete.” 

 

Bulloch County now boasts three local tournaments: the Georgia Southern Math Tournament in February, the Penny Sikes Math Tournament in March, and the Reggie Dawson Memorial Math Tournament for third and fourth-grade students in April. These tournaments are open to all public, private, charter and home schools in Bulloch County. 

 

“It’s not an easy task, but the teachers at Southeast Bulloch have this event down well,” said Sikes. “I look forward to it continuing.” Each of Bulloch County Schools’ nine elementary and four middle schools competed in the tournament along with Bulloch Academy and Statesboro STEAM Academy. SEBHS’s Math Department faculty (Pat Collins, Susan Boddiford, Amy Bettinger, Kristen Barnhill, Tammy Olliff, Maria Oliver, Ansley Burke, Elizabeth Garvin, Heather Brown and Paula Miller) organize and host the Tournament each year.  They are especially appreciative of Farmers and Merchants Bank’s and Penny Sikes’ long-standing sponsorships that allow students to compete for free. Other local businesses, Ken's IGA, South Georgia Sales, Coca Cola, and Uncle Shugs and Chick Fil A donate food and coupons each year for the students and coaches.

 

Individual Competition
In the Individual Competitions each of the 164 participants took a 50-question, written test. The top-ten students for both fifth and sixth grades received awards, and their scores were factored into the overall team awards.  

 

Victor Lee of Sallie Zetterower Elementary won 1st Place in the Fifth-grade Individual category with a score of 49 out of 50 points. Eric Lim, last year’s fifth-grade champion won 1st place for Sixth-grade Individual with a score of 48 out of 50. The remaining individual scores are as follows: Fifth-Grade Individual – Nicholas Cortes, 2nd, JPBES; Eli Compton, 3rd, JPBES; William Wu, 4th, BES; Hyeonsu An , 5th, JPBES; James Park, 6th, SZES; Cage Hickman, 7th, SZES; Abby Smith, 8th, JPBES; Tyler Sleep, 9th, JPBES; Moses Brunt, 10, BES. Sixth-Grade Individual – Andy Yao, 2nd, SEBMS; Ian Talkington, 3rd, SEBMS; Lillian Kollars, 4th, LCMS; Jude Jones, 5th, SEBMS; Cohen Kessler, 6th, SEBMS; Leilani Bell, 7th, LCMS; Dxyah Andreassen, 8th, LCMS; Sachi Shah, 9th, SEBMS; Jennifer Zheng, 10th, LCMS. 

 

Ciphering Competition
Students competed in teams for Ciphering, which consisted of two, eight-question rounds. Julia P. Bryant Elementary and Southeast Bulloch Middle School won first-place in their respective divisions. Other top teams included the following: Fifth Grade Ciphering – Sallie Zetterower, 2nd Place; Brooklet Elementary 3rd Place; Sixth Grade Ciphering – Langston Chapel Middle 2nd Place; and Statesboro STEAM Academy 3rd Place.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 3/21/17

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Irina Bowen of Langston Chapel ElementaryEnjoy our Teacher of the Year Profile series each Thursday in the Statesboro Herald February 23 - June 1. Langston Chapel Elementary School's teacher of the year is Dr. Irina Bowen.  This is her story.

 

My name is Irina Bowen. I have been a teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at Langston Chapel Elementary School for 12 years. It is owing to these wonderful people I work with, who make a difference in the lives of our English learners, that these have been the greatest years of my professional life.

 

Prior to pursuing a teaching career in the United States, I was a lecturer in British and American cultural studies and a TESOL instructor working with college students in Russia. I was also part of an international project at Ghent University Language Centre in Belgium designing teaching materials for English as a foreign language. 


My interest in language teaching and research stems from my educational and life experiences. I earned my bachelor's (English and German) from USPU, Russia, master's (Applied Linguistics) from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and doctorate (TESOL) from the University of Exeter, UK. 


Embracing diversity and multiculturalism is what education should stand for. My knowledge of cultural diversity is rooted in my familial experiences and my exposure to new cultures through traveling. I have come to understand that a multicultural world is an intricate system of symbols and relationships we may not fully comprehend. However, we should recognize that despite our differences, we are all humans breathing the same air. Accepting and celebrating differences make our world a better place. 


Teaching ESOL is a powerful, unpredictable, and most gratifying experience. Students who come from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds are children of our American society, a homeland where they were born or a new home they arrived at with their parents in search of hope and opportunity. For these children, school is the land of hope and opportunity. It is the only place that can build a bridge between their heritage experiences and a new culture. It is the only place besides family that can help them develop a stronger sense of self-identity and shape their understanding of the dynamics of life in today's world. 


Teaching English to students of other languages, is not just teaching vocabulary and language conventions. It is fostering a powerful thought that language and culture are inseparable where one cannot exist without the other. Learning another language is akin to living a whole new life with its own meaning and logic. Children learning another language opens up new cultural horizons for themselves and explores new communication avenues. Indeed, I want my students to be proficient in English and understand lessons taught in school. But I also want my students to preserve the riches of their cultural heritage and develop bilingual awareness where both languages matter. 


I teach ESOL because teaching a language is what I do best. Language acquisition is a miracle that people do not fully understand. When children learn a language, they seek their own ways to approach learning. To the best of my ability, I advocate for my students and empower them to find their own ways in learning. 

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Published: 3/15/17

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Beth CannonMy name is Beth Cannon, and I am a third-grade reading and social studies teacher at Julia P. Bryant Elementary School. I have been an educator for six years, serving in both Bulloch County and Colquitt County for three years.

 

I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from Georgia Southern University. I am currently completing my Educational Leadership degree from GA Southern.

 

Many factors and individuals influenced me to become a teacher, but the most important was my desire to make a difference in the lives of others, especially children. Year after year, I am left with the fire to make a bigger impact on my students’ and their families’ lives. I challenge myself each year to be everything my students need.  I want them to reflect on their time in my classroom as an everlasting positive experience and what kindles their love for learning.

 

I remind students of their purpose and the expectations I hold for them. I remind them we are a team that must work together to be successful. There are days I make difficult phone calls to inform parents about a tough day. The conversation is not always easy, but I remind parents I am here for them, and we are a team for their child’s success.

 

My hopes and dreams for my students are unimaginable. I love the challenge of helping them achieve. My goal is to make them excited to come back and learn each day. 

 

I chose teaching as a career because I want to make a positive impact on tomorrow’s future. I am excited about the opportunity to work with children of all ages and finding out how each child learns. I know I teach children, but I also learn from them. I am constantly tested on my ability to be a great teacher, the strengths and weaknesses as a teacher, and many other aspects that come with teaching.

 

Being a teacher is not for the weak at heart. It takes a special person to wake every morning with the passion to love someone else’s child as your own and do whatever it takes for that child to be successful. Students need us, both teachers and parents, to love them and instill a desire to continuously learn and grow.

 

Editor's Note: Enjoy our Teacher of the Year Profile series each Thursday in the Statesboro Herald February 23 - June 1.  

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 3/14/17

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Southeast Bulloch Middle School, with assistance from the district's Title I family engagement program, is hosting a series of Spring into Reading events for children in the Nevils, Brooklet and Stilson communities. The events are in celebration of National Reading Month and to support the school district's reading and literacy initiatives. Look for the yellow school bus book mobiles in Brooklet, Stilson and Nevils on the following dates:

  • Stilson community - March 16, 6:15 - 7:45 p.m.
  • Nevils community - March 23, 6 -7 p.m. at the Nevils Recreation Department Pavilion
  • Brooklet community - March 30 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. 

 

"We were very fortunate to have more than 1,200 books donated for these events, and I am very excited about being able to take these out to the families," said Sherry Jordan, who serves as the school system's family engagement.coordinator for schools in the Southeast Bulloch district. For more information contact Sherry Jordan at 912.618.0287 or sjordan@bullochschools.org. See attached flyers.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 3/13/17

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Student's Manufacturing Awareness Week design showcases GA Industry

 

Bethany Boyer wins art contestBethany Boyer, a seventh-grade student at William James Middle School, is the statewide winner of the 2017 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) Student Design Competition for the Grades 6-8 category.  Boyer will be honored during the annual Georgia Appreciation Week Awards Luncheon on April 27, at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta. During the luncheon Governor Nathan Deal will recognize Georgia’s Manufacturers of the Year as well as Boyer and the elementary and high school-level Student Design Competition winners. She received $500 for her winning entry which showcases Georgia industries and products.

 

 “This is the first winner we’ve had from our service delivery area,” said Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore. Moore, who also serves as vice president of economic development for Ogeechee Technical College (OTC), surprised Boyer in the school’s media center where family and friends were gathered to congratulate the young artist. Each year OTC submits both a manufacturer of the year nominee and MAW Student Design Competition entries to the Technical College System of Georgia. The TCSG, the Georgia Association of Manufacturers, Georgia Power Company and the Georgia Institute of Technology are sponsors of MAW and its competitions. 

 

 “We are so excited for Bethany, Bulloch County Schools, and our community,” said Kathleen Kosmoski of OTC. “Kathleen said she felt we had a winner when she was reviewing the local entries,” said Moore.

 

WJMS Art Teacher Autumn Horton encouraged her students and art club members to participate in the contest. “Bethany is a member of our art club, and I am so proud of her,” said Horton. 

 

“I love to draw,” said Boyer. “I’m not quite sure how to spend the money yet.”  Boyer is the daughter of Forrest and Mary Boyer of Statesboro.

 

According to the competition’s guidelines, kindergarten through twelfth-grade students submitted entries which depicted the “importance of manufacturing to their lives and communities.” Manufacturing Appreciation Week is April 24-28. It celebrates the impact Georgia’s 9,456 industries and the nearly 400,000 jobs they provide have on the state’s economy.

 

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 3/11/17

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Bulloch County Schools LogoThe Board of Education approved Superintendent Charles Wilson's personnel recommendations on March 9, at its scheduled regular session. The recommendations included Jennifer Wade being named principal of Mill Creek Elementary and Dr. Laurie Mascolo as principal of Portal Elementary. The two administrators have served as interim principals since the school year began. 

 

The school system posted the two positions in February and conducted a search which resulted in five candidates in addition to Wade and Mascolo.  Three of the five interviewed for both positions.

 

"These ladies courageously and dutifully stepped up last year to serve as interim principal for their schools during uncertain and last-minute conditions," Superintendent Charles Wilson said.  "They led with the heart and values of our district in the face of those conditions. We are very proud of them and to have them as part of our leadership team."

 

Wilson appointed Wade as interim principal of MCES in July 2016, when he transferred the school’s former principal, Patrick Hill to Portal Middle High School after Dr. Karen Doty retired. He appointed Mascolo as interim principal at PES in August 2016, after the resignation of Paul Hudson. Wade and Mascolo had each previously served the district as assistant principals prior to their interim appointments. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 3/10/17

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AdvancED team praises leadership capacity, strategic planning, & community outreach
    
Bulloch County Schools has received international accreditation from AdvancED for another five-year term. The announcement was made March 8, during a called Board of Education meeting where an AdvancED external review presented its summary report. The district will receive a full report in six weeks. 

 

“You are on the brink of doing incredible things,” said John Sedey of St. Paul, Minnesota, the lead evaluator for the six-member external review team who visited the district March 5-9. “You have the right people and pieces in place.”  

 

“What we received from the accreditation report is a testimony to what Bulloch County Schools has become,” said Superintendent of Schools Charles Wilson. “This is a continuous improvement journey toward excellence to give our students what they need and deserve. We are transforming, and I thank each of our employees as well as our community members, who have reached out and come along side of us.”

 

Sedey and his team evaluated the school system based on a set of five standards and two diagnostics. The district’s overall rating of 280.9, is slightly higher than AdvancED’s network average of 278.03 for other accredited systems worldwide. Bulloch County Schools’ leadership capacity (319.44) and resource utilization (302.08) scores far exceeded AdvancED’s respective network averages of 292.76 and 284.48. The district’s teaching and learning impact score of 250.79 is lower than the network’s average of 267.91. 

 

Sedey quickly pointed out that teaching and learning is an area where the team felt actions were in place and the district was poised to make improvements happen, particularly with its work in creating a guaranteed and viable curriculum across all schools. “You don’t have problems, you have challenges,” Seday said. The external review process is not a “gotcha” but a means to stimulate and guide continuous improvement.

 

In Sedey’s 30-minute presentation to the Board, school system employees and community members, he highlighted three areas as “powerful practices,” three “priority improvements,” and two “opportunities for improvement.”  

 

“We are not required to provide systems with any powerful practices, but we are leaving you with three,” Seday said.  “These are things we think you are doing just about better than anyone.”

 

Powerful Practices
•    Bulloch County Schools engages in a comprehensive and inclusive strategic planning and resource management process. 
•    Bulloch County Schools engages families and community in a variety of ways to provide multiple opportunities for input, information, and participation as partners in the education of their children.
•    Bulloch County School System has implemented an exemplary culture of collaboration through professional learning communities that is consistent with the district’s purpose and direction.

 

The AdvancEd team is required to give school districts at least one priority improvement. They provided Bulloch County Schools with three. The school system has two years to work on these identified priorities and submit an accreditation progress report in order to keep its accreditation status. It’s worthy of note that in the district’s 2011 accreditation process, strategic planning was a priority improvement area, and in five years, the school system and community have now made strategic planning a powerful practice.

 

Priority Improvements
•    Implement a comprehensive, vertically aligned, and monitored curriculum that ensures equitable and challenging learning experiences for all students and prepares them for success at the next level.
•    Expand the induction and mentoring program to ensure that teachers and leaders have comprehensive support to implement the system’s instructional process.
•    Implement a coordinated system to ensure that all professional and instructional support staff are trained in the interpretation and use of data to impact instruction.

 

“Continuous improvement is a journey, and we are well positioned to address these things,” said Superintendent Charles Wilson. “The AdvancED team reinforced and validated the areas of needed improvement we had already identified in our self-evaluation process. 

 

The AdvancED team is not required to give districts suggested opportunities for improvement, but it did provide two.  The district may use these to guide its efforts, but is not required to report back on these items as with the Priority Improvements.


Opportunity for Improvement
•    Design and evaluate a formal structure where each student is well known by at least one adult advocate in the school who supports his/her educational experience.
•    Implement and regularly evaluate the consistent use of district grading and reporting policies, processes and procedures at all schools, across grade levels and courses.

 

For more than two years Bulloch County Schools' administrators planned, gathered evidence and conducted a thorough self-evaluation process in preparation for the external review team’s visit. 

To evaluate the system, the AdvancED team reviewed a 60-page

 

Accreditation Report and supporting evidence compiled by a team of Bulloch County Schools’ faculty and administrators. They heard briefings about the system and its work in each of the standards and diagnostic areas.  They conducted focus groups and one-on-one interviews with a total of 237 Bulloch County stakeholders, including Board members (7), administrators (30), support staff (18) faculty (81), parents (20), students (72) and other local citizens (9). “This was quite a large number for a site visit,” Seday said. They also toured seven of the district’s 15 schools and visited 60 classrooms.  

 

AdvancED,  a nonprofit, non-partisan organization, is recognized as a global leader in providing continuous improvement and accreditation services to over 32,000 institutions serving 20 million students worldwide. The accreditation process adds another level of accountability to the school system. In Georgia, school systems must maintain accreditation in order for their students to be eligible to receive HOPE scholarships. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 3/10/17

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Bethany GilliamBethany Gilliam, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Statesboro High School has been selected by Georgia’s Family Community & Career Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter to receive its Master Adviser Award.  Gilliam, who is an advisor for Statesboro’s FCCLA chapter, will be honored on March 17, during the 2017 Georgia FCCLA State Leadership Conference at the Classic Center in Athens.
 
"I am honored to be selected as a Master Adviser from the state of Georgia,” Gilliam said. “I know it would not be possible without my amazing students.”

 

The Master Adviser Award recognizes FCCLA advisers who have been successful in the following: advising an affiliated chapter for a minimum of three years, promoting the organization, operating an integrated chapter with a balanced program of work, facilitating youth-centered activities and keeping abreast of new happenings within the organization. "FCCLA is a wonderful co-curricular student organization with which I am proud to be an advisor,” Gilliam added. 

 

Georgia FCCLA has also forwarded Gilliam’s application to the FCCLA’s national headquarters in Reston, VA, for recognition at the 2017 National Leadership Conference in Nashville, this July. In a statement issued by Georgia FCCLA, the organization said, “We commend Bethany’s demonstrated ability to organize and carry out meaningful FCCLA chapter activities.”
 
Gilliam is a 2008 graduate of Statesboro High, and this is her first year with Bulloch County Schools. The courses she teaches at SHS are part of the school’s Early Childhood Education Career Pathway. She previously taught four years with Long County Schools, where she also served as a FCCLA advisor and had students advance to the state and national levels of competition each year and had two students serve as state officers. 

 

Gilliam is also the FCCLA advisor for the organization’s Region Nine. In this role she oversees the setup of region competitions and serves as an informational resource for fellow advisors.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 3/9/17

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Susan Reagan Mill Creek Teacher of the YearEnjoy our Teacher of the Year Profile series each Thursday in the Statesboro Herald February 23 - June 1.  This year's Bulloch County Teacher of the Year is Susan Reagan of Mill Creek Elementary School. This is her story.

 

My name is Susan Reagan, and I am a reading teacher for kindergarten through fifth-grade students at Mill Creek Elementary School, where I have served for three years. I have helped support the language arts, reading and math skills of children in Bulloch County Schools for 23 years, particularly at Statesboro High, William James Middle and Nevils Elementary.  

 

I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in literature and composition from Chapman University and the University of Virginia. I also obtained my specialist’s degree in learning disabilities and assessment from the University of Georgia.

 

I began teaching because I wanted to impart my love of learning to others. I know that I have granted the gift of literacy to many children. Those children can now read a test to earn a driver’s license, they can read a ballot to vote, in time they will read notes that come home to them as parents, and they will read to their own children at night.  “Literacy is the foundation of a free life,” Frederick Douglass wrote. “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” I know that my students are stronger, more capable because they can read. They are free. That is what influences me to strive daily to be the best reading teacher.

 

One of my proudest moments as a teacher comes from a student I taught at Nevils Elementary. He came to me without the ability to read. After my first week of teaching I received a call from a parent. Anxiety swirled in my stomach. What could I have done? Come to find out she was ecstatic. She told me all about how her son climbed down from the bus with a paper in his hand exclaiming, “Mama, Mama!!! I can READ!” It is moments like this, which push me to become the best teacher I can be.

 

Since those early days of teaching students with disabilities, I have learned a tremendous amount in my field. Every year I feel a greater sense of accomplishment with my students.

 

Teaching can be grueling. There are many factors beyond our control. But then, there’s my classroom. My students enter my room, we close the door, and each day we inch toward a changed world.  In every regard, we as human beings are constantly growing.  I encourage everyone, in every field to do their best. Our future depends upon it.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 3/8/17

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Jennifer CooperEnjoy our Teacher of the Year Profile series each Thursday in the Statesboro Herald February 23 - June 1. Jennifer Cooper is Brooklet Elementary School's teacher of the year. This is her story:


My name is Jennifer A. Cooper. I am a reading and math teacher at Brooklet Elementary School for children in kindergarten - second grade. I’ve been teaching for 24 years, 10 years in Alabama, and 14 years in Georgia, with Bulloch County Schools. I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Jacksonville State University. 

 

Two major factors influenced me in the decision to become a teacher. When I was in third grade, my teacher had us write a paper about our future careers. After pondering the assignment, I felt I was created to be a teacher. From that moment I became passionate about pursuing a future as an educator. Another influencing factor was that I had a parent in the military, so moving often, and being the new kid at school, was a way of life for me. There were a few teachers during those years who took the time to notice me and make me feel special. I never forgot them or the way they made me feel.

 

My philosophy of teaching is deeply rooted in my faith. I fully know I was called into teaching, and have been given the talents to make a difference in this profession. Throughout my 24 years in education, I have anchored my various approaches to teaching around one important idea. I believe it is essential to begin by making students feel accepted, loved, and important. Like the anonymous quote says, “Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” In our overly-scheduled, easily-agitated, and stressed-out world, kind words seem to have often become a forgotten part of daily communication.

 

Teachers can sometimes work with students who have broken hearts and crushed spirits, which can make focusing on academic standards difficult.  It takes very little effort to use words of affirmation and a gentle tone of voice to make students feel loved, welcomed, and unguarded. Dale Carnegie once said, “Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.”  I believe the call of a teacher is to touch the soul as well as teach the mind.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 3/8/17

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Youth Action Team with Senator Jack HillNine students from Bulloch County Schools took their drug and alcohol resistance message to Georgia's Capitol recently as part of Substance Abuse Prevention Day. The students met with Senator Jack Hill and shared about their youth action team's work in Bulloch County and the need for drug and alcohol prevention efforts statewide.

 

Youth action teams are part of the Bulloch Alcohol & Drug Council's services to the community and the school system. The teams help the Council plan and implement peer-focused drug and alcohol prevention and community service projects. Portal Middle High School, Southeast Bulloch Middle School, and William James Middle School each have a youth action team.  

 

It's the Bulloch Alcohol & Drug Council's mission to provide information and education about the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs on youth, as well as, provide referrals to treatment for those families adversely affected.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 3/7/17

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Bulloch County Schools is seeking input from the community, parents guardians, and students about the Title I Parent Involvement Plans and Home + School Compacts for each of its elementary and middle schools. This annual review will help develop plans for the 2017-2018 school year. Please submit feedback via email to Georgi Darsey, the district's federal programs director at gdarsey@bullochschools.org or by contacting a school's family liaison (click link for list of contacts). You can access copies of each school's current Title I documents on a school's website or in a school's Family Resource Room or main office. The review period will end Friday, March 31.

 

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 2/27/17

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Principal selection process begins for  PES, MCES & SEBHS

 

Bulloch County Schools posted principal positions this week for Portal Elementary School, Mill Creek Elementary School and Southeast Bulloch High School. The district’s annual principal contract process, which culminates in May, will begin with a search for these positions due to the retirement of SEBHS Principal Donna Clifton and the expiration of the one-year interim principal contracts for Jennifer Wade of MCES and Dr. Laurie Mascolo of PES. Superintendent Charles Wilson plans to recommend candidates to the Board of Education by March 9 for MCES and PES and by April 13 for SEBHS.
 
“The Board of Education and I are committed to following the district’s established principal screening and selection process to ensure we have leaders in place, who will carry out our vision and mission,” Wilson said. The rigorous process includes candidate screenings for leadership criteria and multiple interviews. While the superintendent will make the final recommendations, the process does allow for school council input.
 
Wilson appointed Wade as interim principal in July when he transferred the school’s former principal, Patrick Hill to Portal Middle High School after Dr. Karen Doty retired. He appointed Mascolo as interim principal at PES in August after the resignation of Paul Hudson. “I have deep respect and appreciation for Ms. Wade and Dr. Mascolo,” Wilson said. “They stepped up during a time of need and kept these schools moving forward.”
 
Wade and Mascolo are both eligible to apply for their schools’ principal positions. “They have led their campuses well this year, and we will give consideration to the work they have done,” Wilson said. Wade and Mascolo each served as assistant principals in the district prior to their interim appointments. 
 
Donna Clifton, who will retire in June after 30 years as an educator, has served Bulloch County Schools for 23 years. She began her career in Effingham County, where she served for seven years. She began her tenure in Bulloch County as a fifth-grade teacher at Stilson Elementary. 
 
After ten years in the classroom, Clifton became an assistant principal at SEBHS, a post she held for two years before being named principal of Southeast Bulloch Middle School. She was principal of SEBMS for six years.  In 2013 Superintendent Wilson appointed her to lead SEBHS after Dr. Trey Robertson accepted an assistant superintendent’s position in Bryan County.
 
During her four years at SEBHS, she has been a staunch advocate for at-risk students. She has led her faculty and students to achieve a more than 10-point rise in graduation rates from 77.2 percent to 89.1 percent.

 

She is also a supportive supervisor. The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) awarded her both the Seven Seals Award and the Patriot Award for her support of the Air National Guard's mission and its airmen, some who have been employed by SEBHS. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 2/14/17

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2017 Spelling Bee Champion and Runner upEric Lim, 11, a sixth-grade student at Southeast Bulloch Middle School, is Bulloch County’s Spelling Bee champion for the second year in a row. He won the title in 2016 as a fifth-grade student at Brooklet Elementary.

 

Thirteen participants from the county’s 14 public and charter schools had a record word competition of 37 rounds, 30 of which were a dual between Lim and his remaining opponent, Eikem Gato of Brooklet Elementary School.  After Gato incorrectly spelled rendezvous, Lim spelled fraulein and mukhtar correctly to claim the championship.


The annual Bulloch County Spelling Bee is sponsored by the local chapter of the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE). Lim will advance to the District 8 Spelling Bee at Savannah State University on Feb. 25. Gato will serve as an alternate should Lim be unable to attend. The winner of the District 8 Spelling Bee will advance to the GAE State Spelling Bee on March 17, at Georgia State University and possibly the Scripps National Spelling Bee in June.  

 

Lim is the son of Sungkyun Lim and Jee Yoon Byun, of Statesboro. Gato, 10, is the son of Worlanyo Eric Gato and Vivian Gato, and the brother of 2015 Bulloch County Spelling Bee Champion Warlanyo Gato.

 

Lim and Gato received trophies and $100 and $50 cash prizes respectively. Each of the other school-level winners received medals. School-level winners were the following: Xavier Deckard, Julia P. Bryant; Valerie Rodriguez, Langston Chapel Elementary; Na’Quoyah Crawford, Langston Chapel Middle; Juliette Brannen, Mattie Lively Elementary; Reya Johnson, Mill Creek Elementary; Michael Hall, Nevils Elementary; Briar Lee, Portal Elementary; Shaneisha Coleman, Portal Middle; Victor Lee, Sallie Zetterower Elementary; Abigail Cave, Statesboro STEAM (Charter School); and Ruby Devoe, Stilson Elementary. Chase Page was the winner for William James Middle School, but he did not participate in the county competition.

 

Judges for this year’s Spelling Bee were Dr. Glayvera Richmond, Marsha Twiggs, Leah Crooke and Carolyn Smith.  The guest pronouncer was America Minc of Georgia Southern.  This year’s GAE Bulloch County Spelling Bee Committee was Penny Oglesby, Chianti Culver, Sherry Thompson, and Ardrena Jackson.

 

Pictured - (L-R): Eric Lim and Eikem Gato

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 2/7/17

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Tamra Lamb

 

 

The Georgia Science Teachers Association (GSTA) selected Tamra Lamb as its 2017 Georgia Science Teacher of Promise at the elementary school level.  Lamb, a fifth-grade science and math teacher at Mattie Lively Elementary School was honored by GSTA at a special awards banquet on Feb. 3, at the Atlanta Evergreen Conference Resort as part of the annual GSTA Science Conference. 

 

“Tamra Lamb is a magnificent educator whom I feel blessed to work with,” said Dr. Carolyn Vasilatos, principal of MLES. “Her passion for science is unparalleled. She’s only been teaching three years, and joined our faculty in July.” Lamb previously served the district for two years at Langston Chapel Elementary School. 

 

Lamb received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in early childhood education from Georgia Southern, where she made an equally strong impression on the faculty. She was actually nominated for the Georgia Teacher of Promise Award by one of her former professors, Dr. Katie Brkich, in the university’s Teaching and Learning Department.  

 

“I have worked with many pre-service and in-service teachers in my six years at Georgia Southern University, but none whom I am as proud to have worked with as Tamra,” Brkich said in her letter of recommendation to GSTA. Brkich further wrote, “Tamra moved to a fifth-grade math and science position this year at Mattie Lively Elementary. She has thrived! She has not only transformed the way her students see and feel about science, but also how the other fifth-grade teachers on her team teach science.” 

 

Lamb and other nominees had to complete an application process which included essay responses about how they would improve science education in their schools and school system, details about recent science lessons, and description of unique or creative lessons they have developed based on Georgia’s science standards. Nominees also had to submit three letters of recommendation. Applications were evaluated by a panel of judges using a rubric.

 

“Ms. Lamb works tirelessly to have an engaging classroom environment with multiple stations and activities prepared for her students,” said Vasilatos.  “She also works very closely with the science educators at Georgia Southern.”

 

The GSTA’s Teacher of Promise awards recognize science teachers with one to three years of experience who demonstrate exceptional promise.  The elementary, middle and high school recipients each received a $750 prize. Kia Mills of AR Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School in Richmond County was GSTA’s middle school-level winner, and Elizabeth Downey of Allatoona High School in Cobb County was the high school-level winner.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 2/6/17

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DARE ProgramThe Bulloch County Sheriff's Department D.A.R.E and G.R.E.A.T Programs are sponsoring a Family Night on Thursday, Feb. 16, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., at Statesboro High School for all Bulloch County Schools' Pre-K - 12th grade students and their parents. Admission is free. The event will feature Retro Bill, the official international D.A.R.E. Safety and Self-Esteem Buddy.

 

 Retro Bill, a Hollywood actor, director, producer and writer, is known as a phenomenal speaker. He is a guest host on E! Entertainment’s “Talk Soup” and the host of America’s National Kids Day. He will speak to students and families about bullying (verbal and social media), drug awareness, gang resistance, and the Six Pillars of Good Character.

 

 Retro Bill will also conduct 45-minute sessions for students at each of the schools Feb. 13 – 17. Parents who are unable to attend Family Night, are welcome to visit their child's school during the school sessions. See the complete schedule of school programs: 
 NES 8:15 am – 9:00 a.m. Monday Feb. 13
 LCE 10 – 10:45 a.m. Monday Feb. 13
 LCMS 2:30 – 3:15 p.m. Monday Feb. 13
 PMHS 8 – 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14
 PES 9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14
 WJMS 2:30 – 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14
 BES 8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15
 SEBMS 9:30 -10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15
 SEBHS 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15
 SZES 8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16
 SHS 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16
 MLES 1 – 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16
 Family Night 6:00 -7:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 @ SHS
 SES 8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17
 JPBES 10 – 10:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17
 MCES 1 – 1:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 2/3/17

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On Jan. 26, the Georgia Department of Education released its 2016 School Climate Star Ratings for schools and its 2016 Financial Efficiency Star Ratings for school districts. Bulloch County Schools' ratings are posted on the district's website homepage at www.bullochschools.org. For the second year in a row the district received four out of five stars for financial efficiency.

 

Climate Star Ratings are based on results from three different surveys: the Georgia Parent Survey, the Georgia School Personnel Survey and the Georgia Student Health 2.0 Survey (one for grades 3-5, one for grades 6-8, and one for grades 9-12).  For more information about these ratings visit 2016 School Climate Star Ratings and 2016 Financial Efficiency Star Ratings. GaDOE provides these ratings as an informational tool for schools, administrators, parents, and communities.

 

Parents, students in third - twelfth grade, and school system employees can provide their input into the 2017 School Climate Star Ratings by participating in the 2017 Georgia School Climate Star Survey going on now through March 3. Students and employees take the surveys at their schools. Parents can take the online survey at

http://apps.gadoe.org/schoolclimate/parents.nsf/Survey.xsp

 

 

More About the Surveys

Georgia Student Health Surveys 2.0 for Grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12

Federal law requires that the student survey questions be made available for review by all interested parties. The Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0 questions are available on our district website. Copies are available to parents or other parties upon request. The GSHS 2.0 is also available in Spanish. Schools are required to survey at least 75 percent of students in each of these grades to receive a Climate Star Rating.

 

Georgia School Personnel Survey

The Georgia School Personnel Survey (GSPS) is modeled after the student survey and includes 31 questions. The GSPS is for all certified and classified staff members who work at least 50 percent of the day in the school. Schools are required to survey at least 75 percent of their faculty and staff to receive a Climate Star Rating.

 

Georgia Parent Survey

The Georgia Parent Survey is modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. Parents can complete the survey using any Internet-enabled device including a personal computer, smartphone or tablet.  For parents that do not have access to the Internet, school administrators will allow parents to complete the survey online at school.  Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.  Again, parents can take the online survey via this link:

http://apps.gadoe.org/schoolclimate/parents.nsf/Survey.xsp

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 1/31/17

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William James Middle SchoolWilliam James Middle School will receive a $2,000 grant from the Northrop Grumman Foundation to help support the school's science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lab. WJMS was one of 20 middle school semifinalists nationwide to receive the grant, after competing in the Foundation's $100,000 Fab School Labs makeover contest. 


"We will use the $2,000 to upgrade our 3D printing lab and add a hydroponics lab with an Arduino Garden Robot to our outdoor classroom area," said Amy Smith, WJMS's STEM teacher. Smith and WJMS appreciate the local and statewide support for their efforts to secure the grant.

 

Nearly 200 public middle schools from throughout the country participated in the Fab School Labs contest. The winning schools received grants of up to $100,000. The five winning schools, chosen by popular online voting are Cottonwood Valley Charter School in Socorro, New Mexico; Del Dios Academy of Arts and Sciences in Escondido, California; Downtown College Prep Alum Rock Middle School in San Jose, California; Harriet Tubman Village Charter School in San Diego, California; and UP Academy Leonard – Lawrence, Massachusetts.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 1/31/17

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The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) released its annual College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores on Dec. 8.  The results are based on both school improvement efforts and third through twelfth-grade students’ performance on the Georgia Milestones assessments during the 2015-2016 school year. Click here for the district's scores and a five-year history. All scores statewide are available at http://ccrpi.gadoe.org/2016

 

According to the GaDOE, there was a significant year-to-year decrease in scores at the elementary level.  Overall as a district, Bulloch County Schools’ elementary schools mirrored this trend while overall middle and high school scores increased. The overall school district score was 71.6 points out of a possible 100, compared to the overall state score of 73.6.

 

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. This is when the U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia’s waiver from No Child Left Behind, also known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and its Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement tool. CCRPI measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale based on multiple indicators of performance.

 

CCRPI scores are also now the basis for accountability in 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. After completing the application process, the contract was approved by the State BOE on Feb. 18, 2016. 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.


These recently released 2015-16 (FY ’16) CCRPI scores are the baseline performance data for Bulloch County Schools’ SWSS contract with the state. Under the contract, the district’s 15 schools going forward must work to meet growth targets which will be released by GOSA in January. 


It is not possible to directly compare year-to-year CCRPI scores. The previous scores listed here are for reference only. The CCRPI’s performance targets and weights have not remained constant from 2012 - 2015. Also, over the past four years, the Georgia Department of Education 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). 


Georgia Student Growth Model Data
In addition to CCRPI, the GaDOE released Student Growth Model data for 2015-16. 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.

 

CCRPI Components
 

Achievement (50 points):

Content Mastery (40 percent/20 points):  Student performance on key statewide grade-level assessments (GMAS).

 

Post Readiness (30 percent/15 points):  How students are performing in areas designated as indicators of their preparation for success at the next grade or education level.

 

Graduation Rate/Predictor (30 percent/15 points):  The four-year and five-year cohort graduation rates for high schools and how well elementary and middle school students are performing in their core academic classes and corresponding state assessments as predictors for high school graduation.

 

Progress (40 points): Student performance on assessments relative to how other students with similar achievement histories are performing.

 

Achievement Gap (10 points): 
•    Gap Size:  The gap between the school’s lowest quartile of achievers’ performance and state assessment averages.
•    Gap Change:  The difference between this year’s and last year’s gap sizes.

Challenge (Up to 10 points - Extra credit points)
•    Performance Flags:  How well student subgroups (particularly Economically Disadvantaged, English Language Learners, Students with Disabilities) achieving relative to subgroups and state performance and graduation targets.
•    Exceeding the Bar Indicators:  What kind of progress students are making with supplemental indicators that impact their college and career readiness.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 12/18/16

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Grant Presentation from Georgia Agribusiness CouncilSallie Zetterower Elementary School is a state winner of a $500 Dr. Joe B. Crane Classroom Grant from the Georgia Agribusiness Council (GAC). The school’s winning proposal, submitted by STEM Lab Teacher Ansley Mays, will begin a hydroponics program. SZES was one of three grant recipients by the GAC’s Education Committee. Other state winners included R.B. Wright Elementary School in Moultrie and Central High School in Carrollton.
 
Bryan Tolar, president of GAC, and Senator Jack Hill were at SZES Dec. 15,.to make a special check presentation to Mays. This is the fourth grant the SZES Stem Lab has received this year.

 

The school was part of a $25,000 America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Grant sponsored by Monsanto, which provided nearly $1,200 in technology and instructional resources to each of Bulloch County Schools' nine elementary school STEM labs. In addition, Mays wrote a grant proposal to the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education from which she received an iPAD, an Osmo program, and STEM literature resources for her students. Georgia Southern University's College of Education also selected a grant proposal from Mays to receive a 3D printer.
 
Teaching how science, technology, engineering and math relates to agriculture is a major focus of SZES's STEM Lab. It features an adjacent outdoor lab in which the school's more than 700 students are learning about plant propagation, water quality, weather, and more.

 

According to the GAC, agribusiness is a $74 billion industry in Georgia, the largest economic engine in the state. GAC President Bryan Tolar said, "This industry is comprised of farmers, processors, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers and more engaged in the business of agriculture. We believe the proposals for these winning programs best encompass the educational aspects of both the business and spirit of this diverse industry." 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 12/16/16

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Prekindergarten and Kindergarten RegistrationBulloch County Schools has set dates to register its youngest students for the 2017 - 2018 school year.

 

Pre-Kindergarten Registration is March 1 - 24. For more information visit www. bullochschools.org/prekindergarten.

 

Kindergarten Registration is May 1 -5. For more information visit www.bullochschools.org/kindergarten.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 12/9/16

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The 2016-17 Georgia School Climate Star Rating Surveys for parents, personnel and students are underway. The surveys are a state accountability tool that is part of Georgia's College & Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).  Parents can take the online survey at

http://apps.gadoe.org/schoolclimate/parents.nsf/Survey.xsp

 
Each of Bulloch County Schools' 15 campuses will be given a Climate Star Rating which comes from the three different surveys: the Georgia Parent Survey, the Georgia School Personnel Survey and the Georgia Student Health 2.0 Survey (one for grades 3-5, one for grades 6-8, and one for grades 9-12).  
 
The combined results of these surveys will be reflected in a Climate Star Rating on each school's College & Career Readiness Performance Index.  The ratings are released publicly by the state as  standalone  results and as part of annual CCRPI scores reporting. Bulloch County Schools' current ratings can be found on the district's website homepage.
 
Georgia Student Health Surveys 2.0 for Grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12
Federal law requires that the student survey questions be made available for review by all interested parties. The Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0 questions are available on our district website. Copies are available to parents or other parties upon request. The GSHS 2.0 is also available in Spanish. Schools are required to survey at least 75 percent of students in each of these grades to receive a Climate Star Rating.
 

Georgia School Personnel Survey

The Georgia School Personnel Survey (GSPS) is modeled after the student survey and includes 31 questions. The GSPS is for all certified and classified staff members who work at least 50 percent of the day in the school. Schools are required to survey at least 75 percent of their faculty and staff to receive a Climate Star Rating.

 

Georgia Parent Survey

The Georgia Parent Survey is modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. Parents can complete the survey using any Internet-enabled device including a personal computer, smartphone or tablet.  For parents that do not have access to the Internet, school administrators will allow parents to complete the survey online at school.  Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.  Parents can take the online survey via this link:

http://apps.gadoe.org/schoolclimate/parents.nsf/Survey.xsp

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 12/2/16

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Special Olympics LogoA free, adapted sports league is now available in Bulloch County for school-aged youth, who are in Kindergarten through 12th grade thanks to the local Special Olympics Committee. Parents can register their exceptional athletes at the Honey Bowen Building between 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. or by calling the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department at 912-764-5637.

 

Athletes can currently participate in a bowling league. All practices and competitions will take place at The Clubhouse located on 2704 Old Register Rd., in Statesboro. Practices are Mondays from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., except for Nov. 28.  That week's practice will be on Nov. 29 instead. Other upcoming practices are Dec. 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 19, Jan. 9 and Jan. 16.

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 11/22/16

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The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its scheduled work session on Thursday, Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m., at the school system's Central Office.  The Board's discussion will focus on adopting a new performance evaluation instrument for the superintendent of schools.

 

The Board embarked on revising the previous evaluation instrument this past spring in order to create a tool aligned with the Board of Education's vision. The proposed evaluation instrument includes rigorous goals and measurement rubrics aligned with the school system's Strategic Plan. The evaluation instrument and more information about its development are attached. All Board meeting packets are also posted on our website at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 11/17/16

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Skills Challenge StudentsStudents from two of Statesboro High School's career pathways, Architecture & Construction and  Audio Video Technology & Film (AVTF), will be competing, videoing, and live streaming their participation in the Third Annual Skills Challenge on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Augusta Fairgrounds. Hosted by the East Georgia Workforce Development Alliance , the event will provide skill building and career networking opportunities for more than 700 faculty, students and company representatives. 

 

Eight schools, including SHS will compete in carpentry, plumbing, masonry and electrical. Six students from Statesboro High's brand new AVTF career pathway are working with ESE Networks to film, edit video and live stream the event for the competition's organizers. Area industries have donated more than $35,000 in sponsorships for the event so that participating schools and their students can compete at no cost.  

 

If you would like to see some of the skills our Career Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) students are learning, view the competition live on Thursday at https://esenetworks.com/live-event.aspx?id=15402&live-event-id=105801.The competitions are from 10 a.m. - 12 noon with an awards ceremony afterwards.

 

The East Georgia Workforce Development Alliance is one of 11 such alliances across the state. Their purpose is to facilitate collaboration between industry members, students, high school counselors, CTAE teachers and school administrators for building skills and workforce development. 
  
#CTAE #CareerPathways #EducatingGAsFuture #SkillsThatBuild

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 11/16/16

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Richard McCombs and Michael RobertsonStatesboro High School’s SECME program was selected as a finalist for the 2016 Georgia STEM Education Awards by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed). The annual statewide awards comprise eight different categories, and SHS was a finalist in the Extracurricular Category.  All finalists were honored at a special awards gala on November 4, at the Loudermilk Center in Atlanta. Though Statesboro High did not ultimately win its category’s top award, the SHS SECME program was recognized separately as having one of the top STEM programs in the state.
 
“We applaud all of our applicants for their excellent work in STEM,” said Tino Mantella, president & CEO of TAG. “It is so gratifying to see STEM education gaining momentum throughout the state of Georgia,” added Michael Robertson, executive director of TAG-Ed.

 

The Georgia STEM Education Awards recognize schools, programs, and companies for outstanding efforts and achievements in supporting and promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education in Georgia.  “It truly means a lot to be recognized as one of the best programs in the state,” said SHS Science Teacher and SECME Advisor Rich McCombs. “SECME is designed to spark the interest of kids from all backgrounds in the fields of science, engineering, technology and math.” 

 

McCombs began Statesboro’s SECME program in 2002. It has grown into a successful STEM opportunity for students from various backgrounds and academic levels. The SHS SECME Team has swept its regional competitions and advanced to national competition the last seven years. The team has been national champions in Water Bottle Rocket three times and finished top three in the nation in VEX Robotics and Mousetrap Car events. Several students from the SHS program have gone on to graduate from post-secondary engineering institutions and are now gainfully employed around the country in engineering fields.   

 

McCombs was also a finalist for SECME’s National Teacher of the Year in 2006, and he won the coveted title in 2013. He and his students are now sharing their experiences by collaborating with SHS’s feeder schools to establish SECME programs at Julia P. Bryant Elementary, Langston Chapel Middle School and William James Middle School. All of which are already achieving at the regional and national level as well.

 

For more information about TAG and the Fifth Annual Georgia STEM Education Awards visit: http://www.tagonline.org/events/stem-education-awards/. 
 
Pictured: Richard McCombs, SHS Science Teacher & SECME Advisory and Michael R. Robertson, Executive Director. TAG Education Collaborative

 

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About SECME
SECME (not an acronym) was founded in 1975 by the Engineering Deans from six Southeastern universities: Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Tuskegee. It is a non-profit alliance that extends to 40 school systems, 37 major engineering universities, and industries and agencies in 15 states, the District of Columbia, and Grand Bahamas. SECME's mission is to increase the pool of historically under-represented and under-served students who 
will be prepared to enter and complete post-secondary studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), thus creating a diverse and globally competitive workforce. SECME provides teacher professional development and coordinates student competitions across the country. Its National Headquarters is housed on the campus of The Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

 

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 30,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy.

The association provides networking and educational programs; celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. TAG hosts over 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 34 professional societies. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG’s community website at www.hubga.com.


About TAG Education Collaborative
TAG Education Collaborative is dedicated to developing science, technology, engineering and math initiatives in Georgia. Through partnerships with statewide STEM programs, TAG-Ed fosters student interest in STEM in order to increase appreciation for the opportunities available through technology careers. TAG-Ed hosts an internship program for high school students, two web-based team challenges for students interested in Health IT and web design, and the Vine Event, an annual fundraiser benefiting STEM education. For additional information, visit TAG Education Collaborative or contact Michael Robertson at (404) 920 – 2038 or mrobertson@tagonline.org.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 11/16/16

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William James Middle School

The Northrop Grumman Foundation announced today that William James MIddle School is one of 25 public middle school semifinalists in its Fab School Labs STEM Lab Makeover contest. To secure the funds, WJMS supporters will need to vote for the school online on Friday, Dec. 9. This is part of a week-long online voting campaign for each finalist, with WJMS being scheduled for this date. The funds would allow WJMS to renovate and upgrade its existing STEM lab into a state-of-the-art science lab.  Amy Smith, the school's STEM teacher was instrumental in preparing WJMS's application. Remember to vote online for WJMS on Dec. 9., on the Fab School Labs Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FabSchoolLabs.

 

For the official press release from the Northrop Grumman Foundation, visit http://www.fabschoollabs.com/newsroom/press-releases/northrop-grumman-foundation-announces-top-25-semifinalist-public-middle-schools-in-2016-fab-school-labs-makeover-contest.html

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 11/15/16

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Donna Clifton Receives Seven Seals AWard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southeast Bulloch High School Principal Donna Clifton was recently awarded the Seven Seals Award by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The prestigious national award is given only to employers at the discretion of the ESGR’s State Chair or its senior leadership. This is Clifton's second honor for her support of Guard and Reserve employees.


According to the ESGR’s official statement, “Donna Clifton has gone above and beyond in her support of the Air National Guard mission and the Airmen who carry it out, including one of Southeast Bulloch High School’s own teachers, Brent Whitaker.  Multiple military deployments can take a toll on any organization, and Mrs. Clifton’s unwavering support has helped to further the mission of our Air National Guard.”


Clifton was nominated by Senior Master Sergeant Brent Whitaker, the SEBH’s acclaimed director of choral operations, who is a member of the Air National Guard and the ANG Band of the South. “Mrs. Clifton has been one of the strongest supporters of Guard and Reserve members that I have ever had a chance to work with,” said Whitaker. “In my line of military service, I have been gone a lot over the years, and often this can happen with little warning.  I have never felt the slightest bit of disapproval from her due to my military service, and, in fact, she has bent over backwards to make sure I am okay and able to juggle everything when these military events call me away. Knowing you have a supportive and caring boss back home makes the absences away so much easier. I couldn’t do my military job on the road as well if I didn’t know she had my back here at home.”

 

According to the ESGR, it presents the Seven Seals Award in “recognition of significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes and supports the ESGR mission, to include the efforts of the more than 4,500 volunteers who carry out ESGR’s mission across the Nation on a daily basis.”  

 

"I have the utmost respect for Mr. Whitaker's devotion to our country,” Clifton said.  “It is my duty to support him not only as a teacher, but also as a reservist. We at SEBHS are proud and honored to have him as a teacher."

 

Clifton has previously received the ANG’s Patriot Award, and now is the first SEBHS principal to receive the Seven Seals Award. The Patriot Award is given to individual supervisors and reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed. 

 

Employees serving in the National Guard or Reserve, or the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member, may nominate individual supervisors and bosses for support provided directly to the nominating service member and his or her family.  Bulloch County Schools encourages its administrators to support Guard and Reserve personnel.

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Pictured L-R: SEBHS Principal Donna Clifton and Chuck Clark, the employer outreach director for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 11/11/16

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FCCLA chapters attend Fall Leadership Conference

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fall Leadership Conference for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapters across the state was a success for Statesboro High as Angela Smith, an officer for her club, received the Statesman Award. The state award is given to a member who demonstrates overall knowledge of FCCLA and its history.

 

Smith and two additional SHS members joined more than 1,200 students and 200 faculty advisors in Covington, September 15-16, at the FFA-FCCLA Center. They participated in leadership workshops, planned their chapter’s program of work and participated in competitions.

 

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. The local SHS chapter is advised by Bethany Gilliam and Cindy Hart.

 

FCCLA is a national student organization that 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 from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.  The Statesboro High FCCLA Chapter has 56 members. For more information on Georgia FCCLA, visit www.gafccla.com.

 

Pictured (L-R): 

Christina Rountree, Krystin Brostek and Angela Smith
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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 11/9/16

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Veterans-Day.jpgOur schools teach all students the patriotic rituals, symbols, and songs of our country. They also learn of the sacrifices our military has made to protect our freedoms. Several of our schools are hosting Veterans Day programs, and they each cordially invite veterans, active duty military personnel and the public to attend.

 

Friday, November 4, 9:30 a.m. 
Portal Elementary Veterans Day Musical Performance

Portal Elementary School Music Teacher, Dr. Debbie Cartee, and the school's chorus will present its annual patriotic musical, "Thank You, Heroes," to honor those who served and who currently serve our country in the armed services. All local veterans are invited to attend, and they will be recognized during the program.  All veterans are also invited to have lunch following the program. 

 

Thursday, November 10, 10:00 a.m.
Portal Middle/ High School Veterans Memorial Dedication

Portal Middle High School is dedicating a new Portal Veterans Memorial at the flag pole of its newly renovated athletic complex. All veterans, active duty military and the public are invited to attend.

 

The Portal Pride Band and Portal Elementary School Chorus will perform at the dedication. The school's middle school VFW Essay Contest Winner Marlie Motes will read her essay at the dedication., and Larry Motes, former mayor of Portal and U. S. Army veteran, will be the guest speaker. 

 

Thursday, November 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

WJMS 2nd Annual Veterans/Military Appreciation Day

William James Middle School will host its 2nd Annual Veterans Day/Military Appreciation Day event on Thursday, Nov. 10, 8:30 a.m. - The school is inviting all veterans and active-duty military to come WJMS on this day to be recognized by the faculty, staff and students. Veterans and active-duty military are welcome to come to classrooms to talk about their training and experiences.

8:30 a.m. - School-wide assembly where all
attending Veterans and Active Duty Soldiers will be recognized.

10:00 a.m. - National Guard Armory vehicles and equipment on display (all day). Students will take tours of the equipment and vehicles during their Connections groups.

 

Thursday, November 10, 12:00 p.m.
Mill Creek Elementary Veterans Day Parade

Mill Creek Elementary School’s staff and students would like to invite all veterans and active duty military to their 12th Annual Veterans Day Luncheon & Parade. The luncheon is at 12:00 noon in the cafeteria. 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 is available for veterans and active duty military.


Thursday, November 10, 2:00 p.m.
Langston Chapel Middle School Veterans Day Program

“Honoring Those Who Served”

(Reception for Veterans & Active Duty Military at 1 p.m.)

All veterans, active duty military and their families are invited to join Langston Chapel Middle School as they recognize our community's military heroes from all branches of service and all conflicts during their annual Veterans Day ceremony.  

 

The school will host a drop-in reception at 1:00 p.m. for all veterans and military guests prior to the main ceremony at 2:00 p.m, in the gymnasium. LCMS parents are also invited.

 

The program will be led by LCMS students.  It features guest speaker COL George Fredrick, of the United States Army. Commander Emil N. Kemp and Past Commander Rev./Dr. Enos V. Garvin, United States Army, and members of the Disabled American Veterans, Local Chapter #8, will also be part of the program.

 

The school’s chorus and band, will perform patriotic music, including “Taps.” The Statesboro High School Air Force JROTC Color Guard and Exhibition Team will present the colors and perform.  Students will also perform the Missing Man Ceremony.

 

Friday, November 11, 9:00 a.m.

Langston Chapel Elementary School Veterans Day Program

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 11/4/16

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The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its regular session meeting on Thursday, Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m., in the board room of the district's Central Office.  Key items on the agenda include a presentation about the district's upcoming AdvancED re-accreditation process, a vote on the application to the Georgia Department of Education for modifications to Portal Elementary and Mill Creek Elementary, a review of the superintendent's evaluation instrument, and new and revised policies.  A complete Board packet for the meeting is available at www.bullochschools.org/boardpackets

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 11/3/16

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Working with Fossils

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bulloch County Schools' third-grade gifted (QUEST) students were geology majors for the day during a recent visit to Georgia Southern University. Students from each of the district's nine elementary schools participated in a variety of STEM learning opportunities.

 

The hands-on activities engaged students in learning about the earth's changes over time, examining and documenting fossils, analyzing and classifying rocks and minerals, collecting and testing well water for ph levels and hardness, and discovering ways GA Southern uses sustainable measures to preserve natural resources 

 

The Georgia Southern Museum's Hall of Natural History was the place students learned about paleontology, fossils, extinction, characteristics of fossils, and using scientific tools to measure and identify teeth fossils. Students from the Geology and Geography Department conducted a walking tour of five stations on campus to help students identify and learn about sustainable features: minerals and society; fossils; soils; groundwater quality and sampling; and groundwater chemistry.

 

GA Southern's Math & Physics Department, its Interdisciplinary STEM Institute, the Center for Sustainability, the Wildlife Education Center, the Multimedia Development Center, and the Garden of the Coastal Plain have all provided STEM opportunities for the district's students. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 11/3/16

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Five-year trend shows district's graduates are closing gap between state & national peers 
 
Bulloch County Schools’ 2016 graduates achieved higher scores than their 2015 peers in all tested subjects for both the ACT and SAT.  While graduates’ scores can typically fluctuate up or down from year to year, the district’s five-year trend data across all tested subjects shows an overall increase in scores for each high school and the system.
 
 “We are making steady progress,” said Charles Wilson, superintendent of schools. “We still have room to improve; however, these results point to the success of the work being done. Our administrators and I see the positive effect of the performance culture we are building.” 
 
Wilson is referring to the strategic shift the Bulloch County Board of Education, its administrators and teacher leaders made almost five years ago. They committed to build a performance culture to support the district’s community-based strategic plan and the move to a new state operating status as a Strategic Waivers School System (SWSS). 
 
“Our focus is continuous improvement,” Wilson said.  “Our principals and teachers are using key strategies for student learning and collaborative, empowered, and innovative teaching practices. We believe this will result in growth for all students."
 
“The steady growth trend on both the SAT and the ACT is certainly encouraging,” said Dr. Ken LeCain, principal of Statesboro High School. “I believe these slow steady increases can be traced directly back to our teachers’ closer scrutiny of academic standards and their endeavor to make our students think more critically.”
 
"We are really pleased with the success of our students, especially in English,” said Donna Clifton, principal of Southeast Bulloch High School. “We devote so much thought and energy to close reading and to extended writing, and our students' success is a reflection of the hard work being done by students and teachers.” 
 
Portal Middle High School’s strategy, due to its smaller size, has been to use its support staff, instructional coordinators and counselors to address individual student academic needs identified by faculty. “We also utilize creative scheduling for prescribed remediation and enrichment for our high school students," said Patrick Hill, principal of PMHS.
 
Since 2012, the district has worked with the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement to train and empower teachers and principals to effect student achievement by better analyzing and using data to lead instruction and change in their schools. Teachers are also collaborating more in teams, called professional learning communities (PLCs). Teachers meet regularly amongst grade levels and academic subject areas to better recognize student needs and provide more individualized, tailored instruction. By developing common classroom assessments, they see real-time how students are mastering concepts and are able to make immediate adjustments as opposed to waiting for annual standardized test results like ACT, SAT and Georgia Milestones.  
 
“This strategy will lead to improved outcomes and opportunities for our students,” Wilson said. “It is a lot of work, it is hard work, and it will require adjustments, but it is the right work,” Wilson added. “I commend our professionals for working together and sticking with it to put this foundation in place. I encourage parents to learn more about how this is happening in their child’s school to better understand the progress being made at all grade levels.”
 
A snapshot of the district's five-year trend data for the SAT and ACT is attached. Complete ACT and SAT College Board reports for the school system and each of its three high schools are available at www.bullochschools.org/testing 
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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 10/18/16

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Twitter Chat ad for ESSA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Georgia Department of Education will host a live Twitter chat on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7 - 8 p.m. to gather feedback about Georgia's plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act. Simply follow them @gadeptofed from your Twitter account, and if you respond, use the #ESSAINGA with your response. 

 

If you'd like to prepare prior to the live chat, this is their script.  Do not post your answer to a question until you see it posted live and remember the hashtag #ESSAINGA.

 

GaDOE Script for Live Twitter Chat

·         Welcome to #ESSAChatGA! Today we'll discuss & gather your feedback on Georgia's plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act. #ESSAinGA

·         You can view the full ESSA legislation here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114s1177enr/pdf/BILLS-114s1177enr.pdf & find more information here: http://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/communications/Pages/ESSA.aspx #ESSAChatGA

·         Today we'll focus on 5 areas: Accountability, Assessment, Edu. of the Whole Child, Tchr & Leader Development, & Fed. Programs. #ESSAChatGA

·         First, though, please introduce yourself & tell us why #ESSAinGA matters to you! #ESSAChatGA

·         First up: Accountability. Through #ESSAinGA we're examining & refining the CCRPI. Here's an overview: [LINK TO ONE-PAGER] #ESSAChatGA

·         Q1 on Accountability: As a parent, teacher, etc. what are the most important things for you to know about your school? #ESSAChatGA

·         Q2 on Accountability: How should a school’s successes or failures be measured? #ESSAChatGA

·         Now on to Assessment. Here's an overview on testing & #ESSAinGA: [LINK TO ONE PAGER] #ESSAChatGA

·         Assessment Q1: What can be done to improve statewide tests for Georgia public school students? #ESSAChatGA

·         Assessment Q2: What do you want to know about yr child’s learning/progress & what kind of test would appropriately measure that? #ESSAChatGA

·         Next up: Education of the Whole Child. Here's an overview: [LINK TO ONE PAGER]. #ESSAChatGA

·         Whole Child Q1: How might kids' passions be engaged in & out of school? How could tech scale those opportunities statewide? #ESSAChatGA

·         Whole Child Q2: If you were to design a strategy w/ 3 main goals for "Educating the Whole Child, what would those goals be? #ESSAChatGA

·         Moving on now to Educator & Leader Development. Here's an overview: [LINK TO ONE PAGER] #ESSAChatGA

·         Ed & Leader Q1: What do you consider to be the most important qualifications for teachers & principals? #ESSAChatGA

·         Q2: What are some of the most powerful partnerships you've seen for preparing, developing & advancing teachers & school leaders? #ESSAChatGA

·         For our final topic, we'll discuss Federal Programs to Support School Improvement. Overview: [LINK TO ONE PAGER] #ESSAChatGA

·         FP Q1: What has worked well in schools to ensure continued improvement? #ESSAChatGA

·         FP Q2: How can Georgia build local capacity to sustain improvements? #ESSAChatGA

·         Final Q: How can we continue to receive stakeholder feedback after the #ESSAinGA planning period? #ESSAChatGA

·         QUOTE TWEET: This would be in addition to @SuptWoods' Student, Parent, Teacher, & Superintendent Advisory Councils. #ESSAChatGA

·         Thank you so much for joining us & sharing your feedback on #ESSAinGA! Remember you can email feedback to essa@doe.k12.ga.us. #ESSAChatGA

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 10/17/16

Audience: Homepage, News Archive and News/Data

Stilson Elementary to Open Thursday; System’s 101 bus routes ran without incident; Student attendance at 92 percent

 

Bulloch County Schools reopened to a normal schedule Wednesday, except for Stilson Elementary, which will open Thursday. The district’s 15 schools, Transitions Learning Center and offices had been closed since Friday due to Hurricane Matthew.  The system has closed for four days this school year due to hurricane conditions with Matthew and Hermine. 

 

“This community has been through a lot these past few days, and we know how important it is for everyone to have their normalcy restored,” said Superintendent of Schools Charles Wilson. “We have a moral obligation to all children in this community.  We believed it was our responsibility to resume school operations as soon as we were able to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment, along with hot meals.”

 

The system notified parents Monday afternoon via its email and telephone messaging system, website, social media and area radio, print and television media outlets that classes would resume on Wednesday.  “We wanted to give parents and employees time to plan ahead to determine their individual situations and make decisions about their ability to return,” said Wilson.  

 

“There are lots of smiles, and it’s been a great day,” Nate Pennington, principal of Nevils Elementary, said about his school's first day back. Like Stilson, some families in Nevils are still without power and water. The district let parents know that they understood some areas received greater damage than others. Parents could address their individual conditions and make the best attendance decisions for their child. Superintendent Wilson encouraged principals and teachers to work with families from confirmed damage areas as they transition back to a normal schedule.

 

The decision to reopen came after Wilson received the latest information about road and power conditions across the county from the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency. By 8 a.m. Wednesday, less than 2,000 residents were without power. More than 95 percent of residents’ in Bulloch County had power due to the tremendous efforts of Georgia Power Company, Excelsior EMC, and line crews from across Georgia and outside the state. 

 

Stilson Elementary School
Georgia Power Company restored electricity to Stilson Elementary just before 8:00 p.m. Tuesday night. Staff thoroughly checked the school Wednesday and prepared it to open Thursday with a normal schedule and food service operations.  

 

Bus Routes
All of the system’s 101 bus routes ran without incident on Wednesday. “All of our drivers, except one, who had a death in the family, reported for work, and they did a great job,” said Paul Webb, BCS’s chief operations officer.  Webb reported that he and his drivers were aware of conditions along their routes. “Our drivers are our driving force,” said Webb. “They are the first face of the district for more than 5,000 students. We encourage drivers to know our students’ families and build relationships with them,” said Webb. “Our lead drivers personally called parents Tuesday night and arranged an alternate bus stop location if a section of road was accessible by car, but not by bus.”  

 

Nevils Area: The Nevils lead driver reported Wednesday that all drivers were able to safely reach all but two students. The lead driver called these parents Tuesday night and arranged an alternate bus stop to help these two children get to school.

 

Stilson Area: Even though Stilson Elementary School was closed Wednesday, Southeast Bulloch Middle School and Southeast Bulloch High School, which serve this area were open. The lead driver reported they were able to safely complete 100 percent of their routes by using different access points and contacting parents Tuesday evening to arrange an alternate bus stop.

 

Brooklet Area: All but three of the Brooklet area’s bus drivers were able to reach 100 percent of their stops on Wednesday. Despite attempts to contact parents to coordinate alternate bus stops or access stops via another route, two of the Brooklet area’s buses only reached 95 percent of their stops and one only reached 75 percent.  

 

School Nutrition Services
Bulloch County Schools’ School Food Services Department worked around the clock through Tuesday to ensure meal preparation was at a functional level by Wednesday. There was some loss of food supplies, but the department was able to replenish supplies and serve hot meals that matched the previously printed menu except at one school, Brooklet Elementary. “Wednesday is chicken day, and we were able to serve the kids’ favorite chicken nuggets at all schools, except Brooklet, where we served Chicken Alfredo,” said Megan Blanchard, school nutrition director. 

 

“Our food vendors were amazing and made quick deliveries to us,” said Blanchard. “Also, all the school nutrition directors in this area support one another. We purchased some of Evans County’s fresh produce for this week that would have gone to waste since they are still closed. This turned out to be a win-win for both counties. It’s how we all support one another in times of need.” Blanchard added that that schools are prepared to accommodate all documented student food allergies as normal.

 

Operations & Maintenance
Paul Webb, the district’s chief operations officer over safety, maintenance, transportation, facilities and school nutrition, directed the district’s response for these areas and served as a liaison to the Bulloch County EMA. As directed by EMA, Webb made district bus, fuel and facilities resources available to assist recovery and relief efforts.

 

The district’s maintenance and grounds crews, under the direction of Glenn Rogers assessed all of the schools over the weekend and worked to repair and clear any storm damage.

 

Attendance
Bulloch County Schools serves a total of 10,505 students, 10,115 without Stilson Elementary, which was closed Wednesday. Not including Stilson, there were 821 students not in attendance due to either storm recovery or other reasons. Again, principals and teachers will work with families in confirmed damaged areas. The district's attendance rate Wednesday was 92 percent.

 

BES                 44 absent, 93.57 % attendance
JPBES             36 absent, 95.35 % attendance
LCES               33 absent, 94.83 % attendance
LCMS               50 absent, 92.69 % attendance
MLES               58 absent, 90.12 % attendance
MCES              23 absent, 96.78 % attendance
NES                 39 absent, 91.45 % attendance
PES                 27 absent, 92.88 % attendance 
PMS                 14 absent, 91.41 % attendance
PHS                 26 absent, 90.00 % attendance
SZES               37 absent, 94.95 % attendance
SEBMS            122 absent, 84.2 % attendance
SEBHS            136 absent, 85.87 % attendance
SHS                 148 absent, 90.92 % attendance
SES                  Closed
WJMS              28 absent, 95.68 % attendance
Total Absent     821 

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 10/13/16

Audience: Homepage, News Archive and News/Data

The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its regular session, today at 6:30 p.m., in the Central Office Board Room.  The Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education will host a reception for Fall Innovation Grant recipients prior to the meeting at 6:00 p.m., in the same location.

 

The Superintendent's Report will include a proclamation for Retired Educators Day, an update on the state of the system after Hurricane Matthew, and a presentation of the system's AdvancED Standard Two work in preparation for reaccreditation.

 

The meeting's agenda includes votes on the purchase of eight school buses and an application to the Georgia Department of Education to make structural modifications to Portal Elementary and Mill Creek Elementary as part of the district's five-year facilities plan.  The Board will also place on the table for review the superintendent's evaluation instrument.

 

Click Here for the meeting's complete Board Packet.  

 

The next meeting is a work session on Thursday, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m., at Statesboro High School.  Prior to that meeting, the district will reveal its 2018 Teacher of the Year at a special reception from 5:30 - 6:30 in the same location.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 10/13/16

Audience: Homepage, News Archive and News/Data

Stilson Elementary School will reopen on Thursday with a normal schedule and normal operations. Thank you for your patience.  We look forward to welcoming everyone back. As the district has announced, parents can make the best attendance decisions for their children based on your individual situations. Our district School Food Services staff has replenished our food supplies, and we will serve our regular menus as published.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 10/12/16

Audience: Homepage, News Archive and News/Data

Except for Stilson Elementary School, all of Bulloch County Schools’ campuses and offices will resume a normal schedule on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Students will not have to make up the four days the district closed for Hurricane Hermine (1 day) and Hurricane Matthew (3). 

 

The community of Stilson, in southeast Bulloch County, is still without power and water. Georgia Power Company estimates that power will be restored sometime Wednesday afternoon. We hope to resume classes at Stilson Elementary on Thursday. We ask our Stilson families to continue monitoring our updates about this school's schedule. The remainder of our 14 schools have utilities, and the majority of our 10,400 students, are able to return to school.

 

Across Bulloch County, we understand that you, or your area, may have received greater damage than others. We also understand some families who chose to evacuate may not have returned to Bulloch County. In this case, as with any major weather event, parents should address their individual conditions and make the best attendance decisions for their child. Our administrators will work with families from confirmed damage areas.

 

As we return to school, we encourage you to use caution and allow for extra travel time to work and school. Bulloch County Schools cannot guarantee bus transportation for all areas due to some road conditions. Again, our administrators will work with any affected families. There may be longer drive times for bus routes and vehicles. School administrators will accommodate for this as well. Parents please assess the abilities of your student drivers.  Encourage them to use caution or consider an adult driver taking them to school.

 

Some schools did lose food due to power outages. Our School Nutrition Department has worked to ensure meal services for Wednesday. However, the published school menus may be altered as we restock and encounter food shortages for some items.

 

These are our current conditions based on the latest information from the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency: 

•    There are less than 4,000 residents without electricity. 
•    More than 50 percent of dirt roads are clear for safe travel.

 

Thank you for your patience during the storm.  Please join us in thanking Governor Nathan Deal, the Georgia Department of Transportation, Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency, the Statesboro Police Department, the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department, Georgia State Patrol, the City of Statesboro, Bulloch County, Georgia Power Company, Excelsior EMC and our Bulloch County Schools Operations Department.  All worked tirelessly to ensure we could reopen.
 
As with this and any emergency situation, we ask you to monitor all our district communications: the district website, district social media, your email and your telephone, and the media for complete information.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 10/11/16

Audience: Homepage, News Archive and News/Data

All Bulloch County Schools' campuses and offices will open and resume a normal schedule on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Students will not be required to make up the missed days. 

 

This decision to remain closed until Wednesday was based on the latest report of conditions around our county from the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency. A significant number of our employees and students' families are still without utilities.  Also, only approximately 20 percent of dirt roads in the county are cleared for safe travel. This affects our ability to provide bus transportation.

 

Our school administrators and district maintenance staff are continuing to thoroughly inspect our facilities to ensure all of our schools are ready to go on Wednesday.  Our school food services staff are working to bring meal preparation to a functional level by Wednesday as well.  Please note that the published menus may be altered.

 

Thank you again for your patience.  If your family is in need of food, the Statesboro Food Bank (old Julia P. Bryant School) and the Christian Service Ministry (Parrish Street) are providing meals.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back on Wednesday.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 10/10/16

Audience: Homepage, News Archive and News/Data

After the latest information from the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency, Superintendent Charles Wilson has decided to close all schools and offices for Monday. We will communicate on a day-by-day basis on our operations. Please listen for specific information from your school as to how this may affect athletics and extracurricular activities.

 

This decision was made after considering several factors. Road conditions will inhibit safe school bus travel. Although, we expect power to be restored to all of our schools today, there are more than 20,000 residents without electricity. Bulloch County Schools also made some of our buses available to Georgia Power in order to shuttle crews to and from their equipment to their temporary shelter facilities. Some of our campuses are still in use as staging areas for responders. We could not ensure proper meal service due to the loss of food at our schools.

 

We ask for your continued patience as we assess the situation day by day and seek current, informed guidance from public safety and utilities about conditions across the county.

 

Please know we understand there may be areas that received greater damage than others. We understand that there may be some families who chose to evacuate and have not yet returned to Bulloch County. In this case, as with any major weather event, parents should address their individual conditions and make the best attendance decision for their child.

 

Continue to monitor our communications for more information as it is available.

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 10/9/16

Audience: Homepage, News Archive and News/Data

Bulloch County Schools' administrators will have a briefing with the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m.  Administrators will make an informed decision after that meeting about our operations for the coming week.

 

Once a decision is made, we will communicate it via all local and area media, our district social media, district website and our email and telephone messaging system. 

 

We ask for your continued patience as we assess our facilities and seek informed guidance from public safety and utilities about current conditions across the county.

 

Please know we understand there may be areas that received greater damage than others. We also understand that there may be some families who chose to evacuate and have not yet returned to Bulloch County.  In this case, as with any major weather event, parents should address their individual conditions and make the best attendance decision for their child.

 

Continue to monitor our communications for more information as it is available.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 10/8/16

Audience: Homepage, News Archive and News/Data

Hurricane Matthew Update- Oct. 8, 2:30 p.m. Communications are now coming back online after being down for about 8 hours Saturday morning. Bulloch County Schools has not yet made a decision about our operations for next week. We ask for your patience as we assess our facilities and seek informed guidance from public safety and utilities about expected conditions going into Monday.


Please know we understand there may be areas that received greater damage than others. In that case, as with any major weather event, parents should address their individual conditions and make the best attendance decision for their child.


Continue to monitor our district social media, district website and local media for more information as it is available.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 10/7/16

Audience: Homepage, News Archive and News/Data

Bulloch County Schools and offices will be open for a full-day schedule on Thursday, Oct. 6.  All of our schools and offices will be closed on Friday, Oct. 7.

 

Hurricane Mathew shifted a little westward over night, thus increasing the potential of more rain and damaging winds for our area.  However, it is still a relatively long way away and a lot of things could still change.

 

Beginning Friday around 2:00 p.m., we can expect to see winds pick up significantly and that will increase into the night.  As it stands now, we are expecting winds between 40-60 mph and rainfall of 4-6 inches.

 

All lanes of Interstate 16 are now west bound only.  No east bound traffic for the rest of today, Friday and Saturday.  Shoulders were cleared of debris yesterday so the DOT will utilize all lanes and shoulders to get traffic out of Florida, southeast Georgia and South Carolina.

 

Since Bulloch County is in the Governor's Emergency area, no local shelters will be utilized. The closest shelter to our area will be in Emanuel County and other counties northward and westward of that county.   GEMA recommends that those that live in mobile homes may want to find a friend or family member who lives in a more substantial structure and stay there Friday night.

 

The Georgia Department of Transportation has asked for and received permission from Bulloch County Schools to use Langston Chapel Middle School and Langston Chapel Elementary School as their staging location beginning Friday.   

 

Georgia Power Company is currently using the Kiwanis Fairgrounds as their staging area; however, Southeast Bulloch High School and Southeast Bulloch Middle School are prepared and on standby for GA Power to possibly use the their gyms and showers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  

 

High winds and power outages are our greatest problems as we move into Friday night and Saturday.  We encourage parents to continue to monitor our website and local media for information about situations that could affect operations next week.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 10/6/16

Audience: Homepage, News Archive and News/Data

Note: We will make a decision on our response and an announcement by 5 p.m. on Thursday.

 

Bulloch County Schools actively monitors all weather events and participates in regular safety briefings with Ted Wynn, director of the Bulloch County Public Safety/EMA. We have been monitoring Hurricane Matthew with EMA since last week. 

 

According to the National Weather Service and our Bulloch County EMA, the storm's current forecasted track will have it off the Georgia Coast at 2 a.m. on Saturday.  No current forecasted model has it making landfall.  Continue to stay informed and have an emergency kit and plan for your family.

 

The Governor has placed 12 counties, including Bulloch, under a state of emergency. This is an administrative action to make state assets available if they are needed.

 

With guidance from our local Emergency Management Agency, the school system will make an informed decision regarding school and extracurricular schedules for the remainder of the week. Bulloch County EMA is our best source for the most accurate information. 

 

We will provide further information as it becomes available. We have another scheduled briefing with EMA at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.  The information we receive at this meeting with guide our school system's final decisions in regards to Hurricane Matthew. We will make an announcement by 5:00 p.m, on Thursday about that decision.

 

With this and all major news and safety events, we encourage parents/guardians to monitor our district website (www.bullochschools.org), district and school social media, local media, their phones, and/or their email for announcements from the district.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 10/5/16

Audience: Homepage, News Archive and News/Data

After a Wednesday afternoon briefing with the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency, Superintendent Charles Wilson has decided to close all of our schools and offices on Friday, October 7, due to Hurricane Matthew.  Schools and offices will be open on a normal schedule for Thursday, October 6. Students will not be required to make up this day. Some athletics and extracurricular activities may be affected both days. Look for information from your school.

 

Continue to monitor our district website, district and school social media, local media, your phones, and/or your email for announcements from the district should anything occur that would affect schedules next week.

 

We appreciate the guidance that the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency provides our school system. Thank you to our students' families for your time and attention as we monitored the situation.  

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 10/5/16

Audience: Homepage, News Archive, News/Data and Pre-Kindergarten Program

Pre-Kindergarten ClassGeorgia Pre-Kindergarten Week is October 3 -7, and Bulloch County Schools' pre-k  faculty are welcoming parents, special guests and elected officials into their classrooms. "It's an opportunity for us to showcase the program's success, increase stakeholder awareness and strengthen community support for young learners," said Dr. Yvette Ledford, director of the district's pre-k program.

 

In its sixth year, Georgia Pre-K Week is a celebration of early learning and the quality education programs for our state's youngest students. The week-long series of events supports the 24th anniversary of the state’s nationally recognized pre-k program.  Local highlights in Bulloch County Schools include themed activities, celebrity readers and a special exhibit of pre-k students' artwork at the Averitt Center for the Arts.

 

The week’s festivities begin Monday, October 3 with school visits from corporate sponsor Georgia Power and Rep. Jan Tankersley. Georgia Power representatives will read to Sallie Zetterower Elementary School's pre-k classes at 10:15. Rep. Tankersley will read to Brooklet Elementary School's pre-k class at 9:30 and Mill Creek Elementary School’s pre-k classes at 11:00. She will also visit Southeast Bulloch High School’s pre-k class on Wednesday, October 5, at 10:00.

 

Rep. Tankersley will read the state-adopted book, "Rainbow Fish," by Marcus Pfister. Tankersley has made reading to students during Pre-K Week an annual tradition. She and more than 100 legislators statewide have committed to visit Pre-k centers in their districts to read to students, meet with instructors, tour the facilities and observe students learning. 

 

New this year in Bulloch County is an exhibit of pre-k students' artwork at the Averitt Center for the Arts. Families are invited to visit the Averitt Center's third-floor Multipurpose Gallery during the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority's First Friday event Friday, October 7, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Pre-K teachers and directors will be present to help celebrate the students’ artwork. 

 

The school system invites legislators, local elected officials, community leaders and the Board of Education to visit its pre-k sites during this week. 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 Pre-K Disabilities Program. The school system has 38 pre-k teachers and assistant teachers. Principals serve as site directors at their campuses, and Dr. Yvette Ledford at the central office is the program's project director.

 

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  Georgia’s children.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 9/29/16

Audience: Homepage and News Archive

Georgia Southern University’s Center for Sustainability, one of the school district's major STEM learning partners, is gearing up for its fourth annual GreenFest on Saturday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., in downtown Statesboro. The more than 40 vendors will showcase all that the region has to offer for sustainable living and green products.

 

Festival-goers can enjoy live music, sustainability workshops, children’s activities and more. Visit this link for a complete schedule of events. 

 

Featured workshops this year include up-cycled vases and planters, pallet birdhouses, and bookmarks and placemats made from recycled Georgia Southern banners. The Statesboro Mainstreet Farmers Market will also offer visitors fresh, local produce.

 

Activities will extend past the Bulloch County Courthouse Square and throughout East, West and South Main streets, along the Blue Mile.  The new Averitt Center for the Arts' new Roxie Remley Center will feature recycled art projects, and there will be bike riding along the Willie McTell Trail. Bicyclists are eligible to enter a drawing for sustainable prizes.

 

The City of Statesboro is hosting a service opportunity for beautification of the Blue Mile. Volunteers can get their hands dirty and make a difference in our community. Check in at the Courthouse Square to participate.


Entries in the second annual Pallet Challenge will also be on display along Siebald Street, and winners will be announced at 12:15pm. Last year’s competition drew entries from as far as Savannah and included pallet picnic tables, catapults, compost bins and even a bunkbed. Register your pallet creation in the competition this year at georgiasouthern.edu/sustainability.


The goal of GreenFest is to educate the public about sustainable solutions throughout the community, and to share green resources and eco-friendly ideas in an outdoor festival atmosphere. For more information and to get involved, visit the Center for Sustainability online at georgiasouthern.edu/sustainability or contact cfs@georgiasouthern.edu, 912-478-5895.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 9/26/16

Audience: Homepage, News Archive and News/Data

Southeast Bulloch High Marching BandSoutheast Bulloch High School's marching band, The Swarm, is hosting its 3rd Annual Band Blast Marching Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24,  at SEBHS's Fred Shaver Field. The day-long event will feature performances by11 bands from throughout the area, who will be evaluated by a panel of judges. The goal of the event is to give the marching bands an early opportunity to perform and receive feedback from judges in preparation for the upcoming competition season in October. Three of Bulloch County School's bands will perform at the event: Portal Middle High School at 3:40 p.m.; Statesboro High School at 6:00  p.m.; and SEBHS at 8:00 p.m. These bands are under the direction of John Gleissner, Lee Collins and Matt Olsen. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 9/22/16

Audience: Homepage, About, News Archive and News/Data

The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its scheduled work session on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 6:30 p.m., in the school system's Central Office Board Room, 150 Williams Road, in Statesboro. The complete Board packet is attached.

 

Key topics include votes on two items: Board Member Proposed Meeting Schedule and the Fiscal Year 2017 Carl D. Perkins Federal Grants and local plan for the district's Career Technical & Agricultural Education program. The Board will also place on the table for review a proposal to purchase eight additional school buses.

 

The Board's work session will focus on directives that the Board has set for itself as a governing body and a school-level perspective on the district's implementation of professional learning communities.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 9/22/16

Audience: Homepage, News Archive and News/Data

SEB High’s Turner Wins State Trig-Star Competition
Portal’s Faith Adams Places Second at State
Competition challenges students to apply math skills to mapping & surveying

 

Wyatt Turner Receives State Trig Star Award from James Anderson.jpgA Southeast Bulloch High School (SEBHS) senior, Wyatt Turner, is Georgia’s 2016 Trig-Star state champion. He advanced to state by having the highest preliminary competition scores at both the school and county level. Turner and his mathematics teacher, Susan Boddiford, each received a monetary award of $750 for the honor.
 
Turner was recognized at the Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia’s (SMSG) annual banquet in Savannah. This is the tenth year that a Bulloch County high school student has won the state-level event, and the ninth time that it has been won by a SEBHS student.

 

Faith Adams of Portal Middle High school placed second in the state competition. Her math teacher is Dennis Moore. One honorable mention is Statesboro High’s (SHS) Neha Aggarwal. Though she did not place at the state competition, she posted a very competitive score. Her math teacher is Tiffany Jackson.

 

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 $5000.00. 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.

 

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Pictured Wyatt Turner, 2016 State Trig-Star Champion receives award from Jim Anderson.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 9/15/16

Audience: Homepage, News Archive and News/Data

Knapp Boddiford National Proficiency Winner.jpgKnapp Boddiford, an affiliate member of the Southeast Bulloch High School National FFA Organization Chapter, is one of four American Star Awards national finalists in the area of Agriculture Placement. This is his third national FFA title. He will attend the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo October 20-22, in Indianapolis, where the National American Star Winner will be named in his area and in three additional categories (Agriculture Placement, Agribusiness, Agriscience, and Farmer). There are a total of 16 finalists across the four categories, and Boddiford is the only one from Georgia and the southeastern United States.

 

Boddiford will receive $2,000 for being named a finalist, and if he is selected as the National Star Winner, he will receive an additional $2,000. Previously he won the National Proficiency Award for Fiber and Oil Crop Production in 2013, and the National Proficiency Award for Diversified Crop Placement in 2014.

 

In 2012 he received his Master 4-H designation in Plant and Soil Science, an honor that advanced him to the National 4-H Congress. In high school he was also selected for the Governor’s Honors Program in the area of Agriscience/Biotechnology.

 

FFA members who have earned their American FFA Degrees are eligible for the American Star Awards. Boddiford has achieved his American Degree, which is the highest achievement level in FFA. Less than 2,000 members a year, out of a membership base of more than 600,000, ever achieve this status. Leading to his American FFA Degree, Boddiford obtained his Green Hand, Chapter, and State Degrees in high school.

 

A 2013 graduate of SEBHS, Boddiford has remained affiliated with his alma mater's FFA Chapter.  FFA active membership continues for three years after graduation, and students may either join a collegiate chapter or remain affiliated with their high school as they complete FFA degree and competition programs.

 

The SEBHS FFA Chapter is a co-curricular student organization open to students within the school's agriculture-related career pathways as part of the Career Technical and Agricultural Education program.  The chapter's advisors are Brian Elrick, Hannah Elrick, and previously Susannah Lanier, who was instrumental in assisting Boddiford with his national-level pursuits.

 

He has been active in the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) FFA chapter but chose to continue to compete in the name of his high school. He is a senior at ABAC, where he is majoring in Diversified Ag with a concentration in Ag Business. 

 

To be eligible for the American Star Awards program, an FFA member must demonstrate skills mastery in agriculture production, finance, management and/or research and have earned an American FFA Degree. State FFA associations nominate American Star Award candidates based on the quality of their American FFA Degree and Star Battery applications. American Star Awards winners and finalists represent the best among the nation's thousands of American FFA Degree recipients. The American Star Awards are sponsored nationally by ADM Crop Risk Services, Case IH, Elanco, Farm Credit and Syngenta.

 

Pictured:  File photo of Boddiford (left) receiving his National Proficiency Award for Diversified Crop Placement in 2014.

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Published: 9/14/16

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Portal Middle High Logo.jpgPortal Middle High School's softball teams will host the 8th Annual Turpentine 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8:00 a.m.  All proceeds will benefit both the middle and high school teams. 

Participants may pre-register by mail or on race day from 7:00 a.m. - 7:50a.m. Runners whose race applications are received by mail by September 16 are guaranteed a t-shirt. Registration fees are $20 per person. PMHS student registration is $5 per person, but does not include a t-shirt.

 

The 5K Run features 14 age divisions from 10 and under through 70 and over.  Awards will be given to the top two overall 5K Run males and females.  The awards ceremony will begin at 9:10 a.m.  


Portal Middle High School is located at 27245 Highway 80 West, in Portal, GA 30450.  This address may be used for registrations by mail. A registration form/race brochure is attached.

 

Directions from Atlanta/Macon: Take Interstate 16 to exit #104. Turn left at the end of the exit onto Highway 121. Continue down Highway 121 for approximately 9 miles. Turn right onto US Hwy 80 towards Portal. The school will be on your right 1/2 mile past the Portal city limit sign.

 

Directions from Savannah: Take Interstate 16 to exit #127 and turn right onto Highway 67. Continue 11 miles to the Highway 301 Bypass and turn left. Continue 7 miles on 301 Bypass and turn left onto Highway 80/25. Continue 4.5 miles and turn left onto Highway 80. Continue on Highway 80 (7 miles) to the caution light in Portal. The school will be on your left just past the caution light.

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Published: 9/13/16

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bitb2016 postercropped.jpgStatesboro High School’s Fine Arts Department will present its seventh annual dessert theatre, “Broadway in the ‘Boro,” on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 6:00 p.m. for dessert with the show following at 7:00 p.m., in the school’s fine arts auditorium.  The event benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and the SHS Fine Arts Department. Selections for the evening include scenes, dances and music from many of the department's successful productions. 


Each year the event raises more than $1,000 for LLS. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5.00 for students and children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door or to purchase prior to the event contact Eddie Frazier  at Statesboro High School 912.212.8860 or dfrazier@bullochschools.org

 

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Elementary school STEM labs & teachers to receive additional math & science resources
 
Americas Farmers Grow Rural Education Monsanto Fund Grant PosterLocal farmers are the key to Bulloch County Schools receiving a $25,000 grant from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education (AFGRE), a program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. After an 8-month nomination, application and national judging process, Bulloch County Schools received the grant based on the merit of the application, need and community support. The grant will provide enhanced math and science learning resources for the school system’s elementary students. The district will celebrate its selection with the Board of Education, school administrators, STEM teachers, Monsanto representatives and local ag leaders during a check presentation ceremony and reception on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 5:00 p.m. in the Central Office Board Room.
 
Farmers from across the U.S. nominate and select AFGRE grant recipients. Earlier this year, Bulloch County Schools reached out to the Statesboro Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce’s Agribusiness Committee and AgSouth Farm Credit to help encourage local farmers to nominate the district for consideration. At least one nomination is necessary before a district can gain permission to apply, but 15 farmers nominated the school system. 
 
Dr. Virginia Bennett, executive director of academic support services and STEM for the school district, developed a grant submission that focused not only on supplementing math and science teaching resources for the Bulloch County’s elementary STEM exploratory labs and STEM teachers, but specifically provide problem-solving tasks and projects related to agriculture as well like plant science, rain water run-off, weather, the water cycle, air currents, building simple machines, circuitry, construction and more. 
 
A group of national science and math teachers reviewed submissions from throughout the country and selected Bulloch County Schools as a finalist. Next, AFGRE’s Farmer Advisory Council, which is composed of approximately 30 farmer leaders from across the United States with an interest in agriculture and education, selected the school system for one of the Grow Rural Education Grants. 
 
Community support for the district’s STEM efforts has also been supported by AgSouth Farm Credit. As part of their 100 Days of Giving campaign, they collected items throughout the summer based on a list developed by the district’s STEM teachers. The company has made multiple deliveries of donated items like basic school supplies, consumables such as straws, Q-tips, craft sticks and cotton balls, and recycled items like 2-liter soft drink bottles, milk jugs and egg cartons. These items are in constant need for various lab projects and experiments.
 
The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program began in 2011. Since 2011, more than $11 million has been awarded to over 700 rural school districts to enhance STEM education. In 2016 AFGRE donated $2.3 million to rural public school districts. For a complete list of winners and to learn more about the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, visit www.GrowRuralEducation.com
 
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About Bulloch County Schools’ STEM Exploratory Labs
Bulloch County Schools debuted its STEM Exploratory Labs this school year after piloting them at Nevils, Mill Creek and Brooklet elementary schools last year. With this concept nearly 5,000 K-5 students cycle through a STEM Exploratory Lab experience at least 45 minutes each week, just like they do art, music, computer and physical education. They are the initial phase in moving all 15 schools toward increased STEM-based instructional practices that will eventually be pervasive throughout the system.
 
In the labs students have an opportunity to solve real-life problems and collaborate on projects related to science, math, technology and engineering. The labs supplement learning that already occurs in these subjects in the regular classroom setting. The labs increase the opportunity for students to make connections in the following ways: 
Apply knowledge and skills learned in their academic classes to problem-solving tasks and projects; 
Collaborate on long and short-term projects with local STEM community partners from Georgia Southern University like the Interdisciplinary STEM Institute, the Center for Sustainability, the Math and Physics Department and other departments, the Wildlife Education Center, Multimedia Development Center, and Fabrication Lab (FAB Lab). Other partners include Ogeechee Technical College's Natural Resources program, the Statesboro-Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Committee and ag leaders, the local University of Georgia Extension Service, the Georgia Youth Science Technology Center.
Improve student familiarity with data collection and how to use data to formulate evidence-based conclusions in order to pursue more advanced, long-term projects with the entities listed above.  
 
All of the school system’s elementary schools now have a dedicated STEM teacher and eight of the schools have a lab up and running. Portal Elementary, for this year, will use a push-in model, where the STEM teacher comes to the students’ classrooms to share these same projects and resources. The school will continue to work toward the full lab concept for the future.
 
About America’s Farmers
The America’s Farmers campaign highlights the importance of modern U.S. Agriculture through communications and community outreach programs that partner with farmers to impact rural America. To learn more, visit America’s Farmers at www.AmericasFarmers.com.
 
About the Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org
 
About the Bulloch County Farmers
These are the local farmers, who helped make this grant possible: Will Anderson, Tommy Anderson, John Emery Brannen, and Barbara Rushing  of Register; Kathryn Bowen, Gina Deal, Amanda Klingel, Shelly Phillips, Trey Renfroe, Alan Spence and Chris Thompson of Statesboro; Neville Rawls and Ray Sanders of Brooklet; Melanie Reddick of Portal and Angela Wofford of Jacksonville, GA.
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Published: 9/8/16

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Xander Smith State Superintendent Advisory Council.jpgSEB Middle’s Xander Smith to serve on

State Student Advisory Council

 

Alexander (Xander) Smith, a seventh-grade student at Southeast Bulloch Middle School, has been selected to serve on State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ 2016-2017 Student Advisory Council. The Council, made up of middle and high school students, will meet throughout the school year to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom, education-related issues, and participate in service projects to benefit schools and students. Out of more than 800 applicants, Smith was chosen to be one of 108 members of the Council based on the strength of his essay responses.
 
“Meeting with my Student Advisory Council has been, and will continue to be, an invaluable part of my decision-making process,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said in a prepared statement from the GaDOE. “To develop child-focused, classroom-centered policies, we have to hear directly from students. We can only improve their educational experiences by bringing them to the table.”

Part of the selection process for Xander and the other applicants across the state was to submit written responses about their ideas for impacting the overall quality of public education in Georgia, and how their educational experience could be improved. 

 

Some of Xanders ideas included the following:
•    Afterschool programs for middle school students
•    Better homework support for students and parents
•    Better organize homework by focusing on one subject per night
•    Set aside the last 30 minutes of school for homework support
•    A student court to work with principals to establish school rules

 

“Xander is an outstanding student with a positive attitude and consistent concern for others,” said Dr. Torian White, principal of SEBMS. “I salute his parents for their cultivation of his gifts, and I'm proud that he will represent SEBMS and Bulloch County Schools.”

In his essay Xander also emphasized the importance of community service in education. “I would encourage schools to incorporate community service into their curriculum,” he said. “An example would be a science class doing community service that involves cleaning up a pond. You would learn about the ecosystems of the pond while making a difference in your community.”  

 

 “His application responses reflect a great depth of thought about ways to enhance adolescents' experience in middle school,” Dr. White said. “I'm particularly impressed with his strong emphasis on community service.”

 

Xander believes schools should provide more opportunities for hands-on learning experiences in the community and at school.  “I like to see what real-world things I can do with what I am learning, and I know that others do as well,” he said.  He also noted his desire for middle school students to take a class on careers. “Career day is fun and educational but this is not enough for me to make a decision on what I want to be when I grow up.”
 
“It is refreshing and valuable to hear these students’ feedback and ideas,” Superintendent Woods said. “This is a fantastic group of students with great ideas for the future of our educational system, and I can’t wait to work with them.”
 
Xander is the son of Tracie and Alex Smith, of Brooklet.  He achieves high academically and is already very active in the community.  He is a member of the Nevils United Methodist Church, where his is active in his youth group.  He is a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, which he credits with providing him leadership skills, self-discipline and respect for others. He is also a member of his Taekwondo class’ SWAT team which allows him to teach classes for younger students.

 

His extracurricular activities also include being a member of Boy Scouts, where he hopes to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. He plays French horn in the SEBMS Band and is a member of Bulloch County 4H.  He also volunteers with the Haunted Forest of Statesboro, which raises funds for the Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County.

 

Xander, Shylaci Sistrunk of Savannah-Chatham County Schools, Grayson Carter of Liberty County Schools, and Will Kroymann of Bryan County Schools were the only Savannah-area middle school students selected for the council. Isabella Martinez of Bryan County Schools and Mary Hamilton of Savannah-Chatham County Schools are high school representatives from this area. Nine Bulloch County Schools students have served on the Council in the past seven years. 

 

The State Superintendent Student Advisory Council will meet September 12, November 7, February 13, and April 10 for middle school students, and September 13, November 8, February 14, and April 11 for high school students at the Georgia Department of Education’s offices in Atlanta.

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Published: 9/7/16

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Hannah Elrick.jpgHannah Elrick, a Southeast Bulloch High School Career Technical and Agricultural Education teacher and National FFA Organization advisor, was named a National Association of Agriculture Educators award winner for Georgia's Region Four.  Elrick will be recognized at the 2016 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas, Nov. 29 – Dec. 3. Elrick is one of two instructors for SEBHS’s 11 agriculture-related career pathways.

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Published: 8/30/16

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Andrew Harvey.jpgAndrew Harvey, a teacher at Portal Middle High School, has been selected as a teacher advisor for WGBH, a public broadcasting station in New England, and their collaboration with NASA. Harvey will help design digital resources for nationwide STEM curricula.  

 

"Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms,” is an initiative to create new instructional models and digital media tools for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning. The digital learning resources will be produced by WGBH in collaboration with NASA*, and will be distributed free of charge through the Public Broadcasting System's (PBS) LearningMediaTM, reaching millions of students and teachers nationally. 
 
Harvey teaches sixth- and seventh-grade science and is also a technology mentor, helping teachers throughout his system with technology. Harvey uses iPads with his students, and says that the success these tools in terms of sparking student growth has taught him the significant role technology plays in student’s lives and the limitless opportunities it presents to connect with others. 

 

He is one of 50 advisers selected from over 650 applicants across the country, from a wide range of grade levels and subjects. The candidates were evaluated by reviewers who took into consideration geography, grade, number of years teaching, and type of school, as well as the candidates’ willingness to innovate in the classroom, resulting in a diverse group of teacher advisers.

 

For more information about the program, visit: http://bit.ly/BringingTheUniverse. This activity is funded by NASA under a cooperative agreement award.

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Published: 8/29/16

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Matthew White Leadership Award.jpgMatthew White, a Career Technical & Agricultural Education teacher (CTAE) and SkillsUSA advisor at Statesboro High School, was awarded the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia's (CEFGA) Leadership Award for 2015-16. He received the honor at a special awards dinner during the 2016 GA Association of Career and Technical Education Summer Conference.  

 

The CEFGA selected White due to his exceptional leadership among his CTAE peers and advancing the quality, delivery and innovation of construction education. “We appreciate all that Coach White does for construction education in our state,” said Zach Fields, director of school relations for the Associated General Contractors of Georgia.

 

“He has shown a level of initiative and work ethic that has really helped elevate construction programs across Georgia," Fields added. "He is a recognized leader among his peers, and he was our unanimous choice for the 2016 CEFGA Leadership Award.”

 

White is an instructor for Bulloch County School’s Architecture and Construction career pathway, which is housed at Statesboro High School. His ability to build partnerships with local and area industry professionals is creating opportunities for success for his students and the community.


Pictured (L-R): Mike Dunham - CEO of Associated General Contractors of Georgia, Zach Fields - Director of School Relations for CEFGA, Dean Cutler - Instructor at East Laurens HS, Bill Chambless - AGC Georgia, Jim Steel - Instructor at Crisp County HS, Matthew White - Instructor at Statesboro HS, and Mike Kenig - Vice Chairman of Holder Construction.

 

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Published: 8/29/16

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IMG_6719.jpgThree years ago, Bulloch County Schools' student chess clubs, began donating chess boards and time clocks to Uganda and Kenya through the Sports Outreach Institute (SOI). How SOI, a faith-based organization, is using food, clean water and the game of chess to impact these countries can be seen on the big screen in Disney's new movie,"The Queen of Katwe," which comes to U.S. theaters Sept. 26.

 

"The Queen of Katwe," is based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a young, female chess prodigy, who grew up in Katwe, Uganda, one of the countries largest slums.  Forced to drop out of school at age nine because her family could no longer afford to send her, Phiona wondered into one of SOI's water and food ministries and also joined their chess program. 

 

She became the first female to win her country's junior chess championship, and at age 17, she began representing her country in international competitions and the Chess Olympiad. Phiona now uses chess to bring international awareness to her country's needs.

 

"Our students have been able to get to kids who are not as fortunate as most of us,but are being trained in chess so they can have a better chance," said SHS Science Teacher Rich McCombs, who is Statesboro High School's Chess Team Advisor.  SHS team members chose to raise funds for this project, and they were joined by fellow students in the district through the Ogeechee River Scholastic Chess Association (ORSCA). "Over the past three years, chess students at SHS and ORSCA have donated 70 chess boards and seven time clocks to SOI," said McCombs. 

 

Pictured above are students from the Som Chess Academy in Uganda, with their shipment of chess supplies from Bulloch County. See Disney's trailer for the upcoming movie, "The Queen of Katwe," via this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4l3-_yub5A

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Published: 8/15/16

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The Bulloch County Board of Education approved Dr. Laurie B. Mascolo as the interim principal of Portal Elementary for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year. Mascolo has been serving as acting principal of the school since July 29, when she was appointed to the position by Superintendent of Schools Charles G. Wilson. She fills the vacancy left by Portal’s former principal, Paul Hudson, who resigned Aug. 1.

 

“I'm ready to serve the students, staff, and Portal community in this new capacity,” Mascolo said after Thursday’s Board of Education meeting.  “We've had a strong start to the school year, and I look forward to supporting opportunities to help our students succeed.”

 

Mascolo served as Portal Elementary’s assistant principal (AP) for nearly four years beginning in October 2012.  She was first a shared AP serving part-time at Portal and part-time as a second AP at Julia P. Bryant Elementary, then was made full-time AP at Portal in July 2014. 

 

She began her career with Bulloch County Schools in October 2009, as a special education program supervisor.  From 1993 – 2008, she was a classroom teacher and served in schools in Farmington and Wilton, Maine, and Manchester and Hartford, Connecticut. She also served as principal of the CREC Polaris Center, a special education school for sixth through twelfth-grade students in East Hartford, CT.

 

Mascolo has a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Georgia Southern University. She received her master’s and specialist’s degrees in educational leadership from Central Connecticut State University, and her bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education from the University of Maine.

 

The Board also approved Farrah Reddick, Portal Elementary’s intervention coordinator, as interim assistant principal. Reddick has served the school system for 18 years, the last eight at Portal Elementary.

 

Reddick is a graduate of Georgia Southern with a bachelor’s degree in middle grades education, a master’s degree in education and a specialist’s degree in reading.  She also has a leadership certification from Valdosta State University. “It is an honor to serve as an administrator in the same community where I was a student myself,” said Reddick.

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Published: 8/12/16

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Focus Schools Host Parent/Guardian Meetings

Faculty & families to collaborate for student learning and academic success

 

Focus Schools: Langston Chapel Elementary, Mattie Lively Elementary & William James Middle

 

Bulloch County Schools’ three Focus Schools, Langston Chapel Elementary School (LCES), Mattie Lively Elementary School (MLES) and William James Middle School (WJMS), will host information meetings with their students’ parents and guardians in August (see below for schedule).  The meetings are a time to learn more about each school’s designation as a Focus School by the Georgia Department of Education and develop a school plan that delivers the necessary support to address the learning needs of children and increase their academic success.

 

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 requires school systems to notify parents and guardians, who have a child attending a Title I school, how well the school is preparing students for college and career, as well as the school’s designation under Georgia’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver. Under the 2015 renewal of Georgia’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver, certain Title I schools are designated as Reward, Priority, or Focus Schools. 

 

Despite the progress made by students at LCES, MLES, and WJMS, the three schools are designated as Focus Schools under Georgia’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver for the 2016-2017 school year.  This designation is based on the school’s three-year average (2012, 2013, and 2014) College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) Achievement Gap score. Schools keep this designation until exit criteria for Focus School status are met.

 

As Focus Schools, these schools’ faculty and administrators will work together with the school district, parents, guardians, and the community to develop school plans that deliver the necessary support to address the learning needs of students and increase their academic success. 

 

An important part of any school’s success is parent participation and support.  The school district and schools welcome involvement by parents and the community for school improvement as we work together to monitor student achievement and set high expectations. 

 

A Title I School is one which has high numbers or percentages of children from low-income families. Title I schools receive additional federal funds to help school districts ensure all children meet academic standards. Only Title I schools receive a Focus or Priority designation.  All of Bulloch County Schools’ campuses are Title I schools except Statesboro High School and Southeast Bulloch High School. Under the state’s school accountability system, Bulloch County Schools has the following:

  • Two Reward Schools:  Brooklet Elementary (BES) and Portal Middle High (PMHS). Under the Reward School designation, BES is a Highest Performing school. It is one of the 81 Highest Performing schools in the state. Portal Middle High School is a Highest Progress, one of 162 to receive the honor in the state. This is the fourth and third years in a row respectively that the schools have made the list.
  • Three Focus Schools: LCES, MLES and WJMS. Focus schools are the 10 percent lowest performing schools in the state based on achievement gaps between student subgroups within a school.
  • No Priority Schools. Priority Schools are the five percent lowest performing schools in the state based on the performance of all students in a school.
  • The district’s remaining Title I schools did not require a school improvement designation based on CCRPI results.

 

FOCUS SCHOOL INFORMATION MEETINGS

 

LCES Focus School Information Meeting: 

Thursday, August 18, 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. at LCES.

 

MLES Focus School Information Meeting:

Tuesday, August 23, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at MLES

 

WJMS Focus School Information Meeting:

Monday, August 29, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at WJMS

 

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Published: 8/11/16

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It was the first day of class for Bulloch County Schools' 15 campuses and Transitions Learning Center. "I visited more than 50 classrooms this morning, and learning was taking place," said Superintendent of Schools Charles Wilson. "I commend all of our faculty and staff for how they have prepared for this day and the year ahead."

 

Superintendent Charles Wilson hosted the district's annual first-day press conference today at the Central Office. These are highlights from the first day.

 

Attendance

Opening day attendance was 10,073 students compared to 9,683 students on the first day last year. The school system ended the 2016-17 school year with an enrollment of 10, 370.  Administrators expect attendance to increase over the next two weeks and enrollment to reach more than 10,500 students by the end of the year. 

 

Transportation

A team of 113 drivers, 17 bus monitors, 21 maintenance personnel and 7 mechanics ensured that more than 5,000 students were transported safely to school on time this morning. They will transport approximately that same number home this afternoon.

Bulloch County Schools' bus drivers travel more than 6,000 each day. They will also provide transportation for more than 1300 field trips and athletic events. Drivers will log more than 1.1 million miles by the end of the school year.During the first few weeks of school, the district's Transportation Department will be providing bus safety training to all students. Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal will visit the school system this month to kick off her school bus safety campaign.

 

Technology

A power outage occurred over the weekend  in the main data closet at Langston Chapel Elementary. It caused overheating which resulted in failure of the main core switch and network equipment  that serves Langston Chapel Elementary and Langston Chapel Middle. As a result, the schools did not have Internet or land line telephone service. Administrators were equipped with cellular telephones and radios for voice communications. Office personnel had access to Internet via mobile devices as needed.

 

Portal Elementary School

Portal Elementary School Acting Principal Laurie Mascolo and her faculty and staff welcomed nearly 400 students to Portal Elementary this morning. "I am proud of the way the school's personnel worked together to provide these children with a great first day," said Superintendent Charles Wilson.  

 

During today's press conference, Wilson made visiting media aware that he had received a written resignation, effective today, from Paul Hudson, an employee of the school. Wilson had suspended Hudson Friday after the Effingham County Sheriff's Department notified him on July 28, that Hudson had been arrested. 

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Message from Superintendent Charles G. Wilson

RE:  Arrest of Portal Elementary School Principal Paul Hudson

 

The Effingham County Sheriff’s Department notified me Thursday, evening, after 9:00 p.m., that they had arrested Paul Hudson, principal of Portal Elementary School, for solicitation in their jurisdiction. I am deeply saddened and disturbed by this information. His alleged actions are not in keeping with the core values we expect all of adults and students in our district.

 

Mr. Hudson has been employed by the Bulloch County Board of Education since 1999. He served as Portal Elementary’s assistant principal from 1999-2001, and became principal in 2001. 

 

Our school district has never received any complaints of this nature about Mr. Hudson from the public, parents or students. He has never been reprimand by our school system for this type of behavior. Mr. Hudson and all of our employees submit to full state and federal criminal background checks prior to employment and then every five years thereafter. Mr. Hudson’s background checks have never revealed criminal behavior. His last background check was in February 2012.

 

My first priority moving forward is to ensure the safety of all the children in our care, especially those at Portal Elementary School. Mr. Hudson has been immediately suspended from all of his duties pending completion of legal proceedings.

 

I met with the Portal Elementary School faculty and staff this morning. I have appointed the school’s assistant principal, Laurie Mascolo, as the acting principal to lead the school.

 

Our district personnel will offer counseling and support to the students, faculty and staff at the school. I will reach out to parents and the Portal Elementary family and work with them to ensure we are ready to meet and prepare their children for success from day one and beyond.

 

If anyone has any information pertinent to this investigation, they are encouraged to contact the Effingham County Sheriff’s Department. We always encourage anyone to report any suspicious behavior to law enforcement.

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Bulloch County Schools released its 2016-17 Annual Report in July. The 16-page report is featured inside the July/August issue of Statesboro Magazine, on the district's website , attached below and at the Central Office.

 

The community can read messages from Board of Education Chairman Mike Herndon and Superintendent of Schools Charles Wilson. The school system's five-year strategic plan, financial highlights and school accountability reports are included as well as special articles and news tips about student and faculty successes.

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Published: 7/28/16

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The Bulloch County Board of Education will have its regular session meeting on Thursday, July 28, 6:30 p.m., in the Central Office Boardroom at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro. Key topics for discussion include e2020 Curriculum Software for high school and middle school course credit recovery, proceeds from the sale of the former Sallie Zetterower property, the Maintenance & Operations Millage Rate for fiscal year 2017 and the district's school zone transfer policy.  A complete Board meeting agenda and packet is attached.

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Published: 7/28/16

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The Bulloch County Board of Education, at its July 28 work session, will place on the table for review the school district's proposed 2016 School Maintenance and Operations millage rate. The Board will vote on the proposed millage rate at its Aug. 11, regular session meeting. The school system's 2016 tax digest, five-year history is attached.  

 

The Board is proposing to roll back the current School Maintenance and Operations Millage Rate of 9.848 mills to 9.804 mills due to an increase in local property values. The lower millage rate may not necessarily mean lower property taxes. This is determined by the assessed value of the owner's property.

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 7/26/16

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For the third consecutive year Prevent Child Abuse Bulloch County and United Way of Southeast Georgia are sponsoring Stuff the Bus, an annual back-to-school supply drive for Bulloch County children in need. Donations of supplies are being collected now through Aug. 5. “We partner with Bulloch County Schools' social workers, who communicate directly with school counselors who have identified children at their respective schools who are in need of school supplies," said Lora Cooper, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Bulloch County. 

 

Citizens who wish to help can drop off school supply donations at the following locations: Farmers & Merchants Bank, Core Credit Union, BB&T, Sea Island Bank, Queensborough National Bank, Renasant Bank, and Citizens Bank. According to Cooper, kindergarten mats and book bags are the most needed items. A flyer is attached below with other suggested items.

 

"We assist children and their families by collecting reserve supplies that can be tapped into now and throughout the year as children run out of these much needed school necessities.”

 

Bob Olliff, executive director of United Way of Southeast Georgia added, “We are hopeful that our efforts will help the children in our school system to have a successful school year."

 

Prevent Child Abuse Bulloch County and United Way of Southeast Georgia are also joining with Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Matthew Catholic Church, two long-time supporters of the Stuff the Bus campaign. Other partners are always welcome. For more information on Stuff the Bus 2016 and how you can help, please call the Outreach Center office at (912) 489-8547 or the United Way office at (912) 489-8475.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 7/21/16

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Bulloch County Schools’ national accreditation process is underway. Parents and guardians are encouraged to give anonymous feedback about the school system’s performance via print or online surveys available through August 31. A link to the survey is available on the district’s website www.bulloch.k12.ga.us and paper surveys are available at each school, beginning with Open House on July 28, and at the Central Office. The printed surveys are available in both English and Spanish.

 

Parent/Guardian Survey Link

(You may select and complete a survey for each school where you have a child)

 

The surveys are prepared and reviewed by AdvancEd, who oversees the accreditation process every five years. AdvancEd is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).

 

Input from the school district’s stakeholders is a key part of the accreditation process. AdvancED will also conduct interviews with focus groups of administrators, teachers, parents/guardians, students, and Board members and make on-site visits to schools and classrooms.  School system employees and kindergarten through 12th-grade students will also be surveyed.  Parents/guardians who do not wish for their child to be surveyed, should notify their child’s school in writing by August 5.

 

This school year the Bulloch County Board of Education and school system administrators will conduct in-depth self-assessments and work with an eight-person quality assurance review team from AdvancED. The team will spend time in the system conducting an extensive internal audit of the school system’s adherence to AdvancED’s standards.

 

Bulloch County Schools was previously awarded District Accreditation in September 2011. In that accreditation, Bulloch County Schools received a “Highly Functional” rating for AdvancEd’s Vision and Purpose Standard, and “Operational,” the second highest rating, for all remaining standards. The team commended the District for its caring and nurturing environments for students, its teaching force, and the genuine love that students, parents and personnel have for their schools.

 

Other previous areas of commendation were the following: (1) District’s proactive fiscal planning and actions that have placed the system on a firm financial foundation during turbulent economic times; (2) commitment to fine arts; (3) a technology plan that was developed, implemented and supported with effective training; (4) value placed on human resources; and (5) effective communication.

 

The 2011 team also noted three areas for improvement: (1) develop and implement strategic planning to tie all aspects of current long and short-range planning together; (2) establishing additional avenues for input from all stakeholders; and (3) developing a specific plan to address population growth of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students and other subgroups that continue to be underserved within the system.

 

The AdvancED accreditation process occurs every five years and is used as an internal evaluation and improvement tool.  School systems participating in the process demonstrate a commitment to providing quality education programs aimed at improving student performance.

 

Advanced is the world's largest education community, serving and engaging more than 27,000 public and private schools and districts in 71 countries. Its mission is to advance excellence in education through accreditation, research, and professional services. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 7/20/16

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Parents and legal guardians of children, who will be new to Bulloch County Schools for the coming school year, should register children for school before August 1, the first day of classes.  All school offices are open July 11 - July 29, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Monday - Friday to register students. Visit the Back to School Toolkit for registration forms and a checklist of documentation you will need at www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/backtoschool.

 

If your child attended Bulloch County Schools last year, but you have moved to a different school zone or were approved for a transfer to a new zone, please contact your previous school to request a transfer of records and contact your new school to register. Like with new students, this should be completed prior to August 1, the first day of school.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 7/19/16

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Bulloch County Schools' Back to School Toolkit provides parents and guardians online resources to prepare for the first day of school. Visit  www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/backtoschool today for everything from registration forms, school supply lists, athletic physical forms, bus safety tips and more.  Remember school begins on August 1.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 7/19/16

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AgSouth Farm Credit of Statesboro is collecting supplies, recyclables, and wish list items for Bulloch County Schools' STEM Exploratory Labs and other STEM initiatives as part of the company's 100 Days of Giving Campaign. If you would like to participate in this campaign to help provide consumable-type items for our teachers' and students' science, technology, engineering and math experiments and projects, see the attached list.  Items may be delivered to AgSouth Farm Credit in Statesboro (40 S. Main Street) or to Hayley Greene at the school system's central office (150 Williams Road)

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 7/18/16

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The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its regular session meeting on Thursday, July 14, 6:30 p.m., at the district's Central Office Board Room. Key topics will include votes on revisions to the Board's Promotion and Retention Policy IHE, the Transitions Learning Center's annual School Improvement Plan, the School Nutrition Department's paper, chemical and food bids, and proceeds from the sale of the former Sallie Zetterower Elementary property. A complete agenda for the meeting is attached.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 7/13/16

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boe logo.jpgThe Bulloch County Board of Education approved to place on the table for review its tentative Fiscal Year 2017 Budget.  The Budget is attached here and is available on the school system's website at www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/budget.  It will also be advertised in The Statesboro Herald.  The Board welcomes public input.  The Budget will be on the Board's June 25 meeting agenda for discussion and possible approval.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 6/9/16

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The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its regular session on Thursday, June 9, 6:30 p.m., at the district's central office, 150 Williams Road in Statesboro.  Key topics for discussion include an update on Senate Bill 386 and its impact to the school system, football and volleyball officials' agreements for middle and high schools, the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget and proposed revisions to the Board's Promotion and Retention Policy IHE.

 

A complete Board packet for this meeting is attached. Packets are also available on our website at www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/boardpackets.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 6/7/16

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In December 2016, Bulloch County Board of Education (BOE) employees will receive a one-time, three-percent stipend in addition to their regular salaries. The BOE unanimously approved the release of funds at its May 26 work session. The benefit, totaling $1.5 million, comes from state Quality Basic Education (QBE) funds.

 

Bulloch’s three-percent stipend will be calculated using each employee’s annual gross salary. Employees will receive a check separate from their regular paychecks prior to the end of the first semester which is December 19.

 

The $1.5 million is not an increase in state funding, but rather a reduction in the amount of austerity funds the state previously withheld from the district based on its QBE funding formula for Georgia school districts. The state’s inability to fully fund its QBE formula has resulted in a loss of more than $48 million to Bulloch County Schools since 2008.

 

Georgia's fiscal year 2017 appropriations bill reduced the amount of withheld QBE funds and provided $300 million for school districts statewide. According to language in the bill it "provides local education authorities the flexibility to eliminate teacher furlough days, increase instructional days, and increase teacher salaries."

 

To account for losses in state funding, in fiscal years 2010 – 2014 Bulloch County Schools had a total of 18 furlough days with a loss of $4,125,800 in salaries to employees.  The school system also had one year, 2014-2015, which had a 179-day calendar instead of 180 days.  During this same time Bulloch County Schools reduced its overall expenses by $11.3 million.

 

With sound financial management, the school system eliminated furloughs in FY ’15, and in FY ‘16 the district returned to 180 instruction days for students. In FY ’16, the BOE also gave all non-certified employees (employees who are not teachers) a five percent raise in their base pay. For certified employees (those with teaching certificates), the BOE increased the local salary supplement, equivalent to a 1.5 percent raise.  The local salary supplement is in addition to the state salary scale provided to educators based on their degrees and years of experience.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 6/3/16

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UPDATE: Three new sites added to our Summer Feeding Program

 

Bulloch County Schools is offering a free Summer Feeding Program on weekdays (Monday – Friday) June 6 – 30. The program will provide breakfast and lunch to all children ages 1 to 18.  Funding for the program is made possible through the school district’s School Nutrition Department as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National School Lunch Program.

 

Breakfast and lunch will be served at the following locations: Brooklet Elementary, Julia P. Bryant Elementary, Mill Creek Elementary, Portal Middle High School, and Mattie Lively Elementary. Two mobile sites will also be stationed in Brooklet at Plantation Mobile Home Park and Cody Lane Mobile Home Park as an extension of the Brooklet Elementary School site’s services. Breakfast is from 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m., and lunch is from 10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  An additional lunch-only site will be at Grace Community Church for June 6-10 only, from 11a.m. – 12 noon.

 

For a school to be considered as a site, a school must have at least 50 percent of its students qualify for free and reduced meals and be within safe walking distance of residential areas. Summer Feeding Program sites also had to meet criteria for approval by the Georgia Department of Education and the USDA.

 

Bulloch County Schools and its School Nutrition Program do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age or gender.  For additional information about the Summer Feeding Program, contact Bulloch County Schools Nutrition Director Megan Blanchard at 912-912-212-8620

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 6/1/16

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IMG_1327.JPGJustin “JD” Motes, Portal Middle High School’s valedictorian, is the 18-year-old son of Earl and Karen Motes of Portal. His ascent to the top of his graduating class began in ninth grade, when he achieved the fourth-highest grade point average. Since then it’s been a steady climb. In tenth grade he was third highest, eleventh grade brought second highest, and this spring he learned he was valedictorian.

 

“JD is an awesome student,” said PMHS Principal Karen Doty.  “He was dual enrolled at Georgia Southern his junior and senior years, in addition to his coursework at Portal. We look forward to watching him continue to be a positive force in the world.”

 

He already has 46 college credits completed making him a sophomore.  “Time at Georgia Southern really pushed me forward as a student,” he said. However, the remainder of his college career will not be spent at Georgia Southern.

 

JD is entering the priesthood. He has been accepted to seminary at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami, in the Dioceses of Saint Augustine.  The Diocese covers the majority of his college tuition, but local scholarship honors, like the $1,000 Rotary Club Scholarship, will also help him reach his goal.

 

A member of St. Matthews Catholic Church, JD said he came to faith when he was 14.  He expressed that he feels a strong calling on his heart to serve others.  As a high school student he has been very active in serving those with Alzheimer’s through volunteer work with Silver Linings.  He also ministers to homebound members of his church.

 

Father Douglas Clark of St. Matthews is JD’s mentor.  He has been teaching JD Latin and Greek in preparation for his seminary studies.  “When I first came here, he took the initiative to come to me and ask for my help,” said Fr. Clark.  “We meet weekly, and he’s also learning Spanish and Italian.  He’s an excellent student, who loves learning. I’ve come to admire him.”

 

While dual enrolled at Georgia Southern, JD took advantage of the university’s study abroad programs.  He spent five weeks in Rome last year, where he took a writing course and refined his Latin and history skills. Of course he visited Vatican City and attended the Mass of Corpus Christi with Pope Francis.

 

“Besides getting hopelessly lost in Rome afterwards, that was a great day,” JD said.  “I even got a selfie with Monsignor Guido Marini, the Master of Celebrations at the Vatican.  He’s pretty famous, so that was great.” 

 

His trip also included seeing the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s famous works, “The Last Judgment,” painted in 1535-1541 along its alter wall and the Chapel’s ceiling painted in 1508-512. He took excursions to Florence, Venice, Pompeii and Sorrento.

 

“JD is a studious, goal-oriented person,” said Lance Parrish, Motes’ high school Civics and World History teacher. “I had the privilege to teach him. He doesn’t care to merely memorize facts and dates; he asked questions and participated in class discussions.”

 

Parrish was also JD’s Model United Nations advisor. “I can attest to his growth as a great debater and his gifted ability to think on his feet. He always requested to represent Holy See as a delegate.” Holy See is the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Rome (Vatican City).

 

JD received honors in eleventh and twelfth grade for his work in Model U.N.  He was also an active member of the Beta Club and a member of Portal’s marching band in ninth and tenth grade.  He plays piano, keyboard and wind instruments.

 

He and his classmates are a close-knit group of only 49 graduates, most of whom have been classmates and friends since pre-kindergarten.  JD believes his times abroad and at Georgia Southern have prepared him to adapt to leaving Portal to follow his dreams.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 5/29/16

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Sara McCracken SEBHS STAR.pngSara McCracken, the 18-year-old daughter of Mark and Julie McCracken, is Southeast Bulloch High School’s valedictorian and STAR student.  “I really worked hard,” Sara said.  “The end of my junior year I realized I had the highest G.P.A (grade point average), so I worked really hard to try and get valedictorian, and I studied a lot for the SAT in the summer.”

 

Her mother agrees that Sara is a very hard-working, determined young lady. “We could not be prouder of her, but we are most proud of her kind heart and how she treats people. Looking at her yearbook and reading what her peers have written to her about her kindness means so much to us.”

 

One of those peers is Sara’s childhood friend and next-door neighbor, Lainey Forbes, SEBHS’s salutatorian. Friends since the fifth grade, they have shared a great deal, so it was only fitting to share Saturday’s graduation podium too. Though heading to different schools in the fall, Sara to the University of Georgia and Lainey to Georgia Southern, these two have never let distance be an obstacle.

 

“Growing up we used an old swimming pool ladder to climb over the white picket fence between our houses so we could play,” Sara said.  The ladder is still there; both young ladies have fond memories of its uses through the years.

 

“We had Nerf wars with her brother, Drew, and his friends, and the ladder was the area of imminent death; you couldn’t get over it without getting shot!” Lainey said. “The McCrackens also have chickens, and they always let us have plenty of eggs, but carrying two or three in each hand while going over that old pool ladder is difficult.”

 

According to Lainey the two have had many play dates over the years, dressing up in pieces of fabric, building small forts out of sticks and pine straw and creating stories about princesses and surviving in the wild.  They will have lots to share about their new adventures during visits home from college. “I’m very proud of Sara for all she’s accomplished, and I’m even more proud that I can say we grew up best friends,” Lainey said.

 

Sara has been accepted into U.G.A’s honors program and is the recipient of the university’s Charter Scholarship and the Zell Miller Scholarship. She plans to major in English.  “I really like literature, so maybe education, teaching or administration.” She also looks to possibly study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country, with three Spanish classes already under her belt, she feels the experience would help with her fluency.

 

Sara has been a dual-enrolled student at Georgia Southern this year, but loves Athens.  “It’s an artsy, laid-back campus.”  She describes her family as very “outdoorsy,” so she loves to hike, ride bikes and backpack.  “I’m looking forward to biking around the Athens area.”

 

Sara is also an accomplished flutist. She was first chair in SEBHS’s Concert and Honor bands. “Sara is that rare gem of a student that only comes around a few times in your career,” said SEBHS Director of Bands Matt Olsen.  “She is great at anything she puts her mind to and has a wonderfully positive attitude about it at the same time. She has been an incredible musician for us.” Though not planning any musical pursuits at UGA, Sara appreciates that the flute is something she will always have for personal enjoyment.

 

In reflecting about graduation and the traditional speech that she and other valedictorians give to their graduation classes Sara said, “SEB is a small school, so you become close to your friends and the people. It’s been great, but I believe our best years are yet to come.” 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 5/29/16

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Cribb, Alexis SHS 2016 Val.jpgAlexis Cribb, Statesboro High School’s valedictorian, is the 17-year-old daughter of Denise and Rickey Cribb of Statesboro.  If you have the pleasure of meeting this great conversationalist, don’t let her accent fool you. She was born and raised in Statesboro. “My parents are from Wisconsin,” she laughs, “And I get my love of talking from my dad.”

 

She credits her parents and the support they have given her for her success. “My parents build me and my brother up and encourage us. My mom makes sure we have really great meals. They see my hard work and tell me how proud they are of me.”

 

That example of encouragement has led Alexis to do the same for others. Through her membership in Statesboro High’s National Honor Society, she was a volunteer mentor this year for a third-grade student at Julia P. Bryant Elementary.

 

 “We met two times a month during the school day at JPBES.  We’d eat lunch together and play card games. Her mother was ill, so one time I brought supplies for us to make her a card together.”

 

Alexis was able to witness the positive effects of listening, encouraging and spending time with someone.  “It was a privilege to mentor her. She did not know I was a valedictorian. I was just there for her.”

 

Alexis’ passion for helping others will serve her well as she plans to be a missionary in South America. “My plan is to attend Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) to pursue a diploma in Echocardiography. It’s a high-demand field and a skill I can use anywhere in the world. Once I graduate, I want to work part of the year and spend the other half of the year in the mission field.”

 

Alexis has been dual enrolled at Georgia Southern (GS) and OTC while in high school. Her coursework at GS included Spanish, another skill she’s mastering for mission work.  “My mother actually began working to make me bilingual when I was four years old. As a child she would have Dr. Leticia McGrath, an assistant professor at Southern, come speak Spanish to me. Then when I was dual enrolled at Georgia Southern, Dr. McGrath was actually one of my first professors.”

 

Another skill Alexis began learning at four years old is the violin. She’s a member of the Averitt Center for the Arts’ Statesboro Chamber Orchestra along with fellow classmate and Bulloch County STAR student Nick Harvey, an oboist.  “We did not have strings at Statesboro High, so this is an outlet for me to play.  I hope to do something further with music in the future.”

 

One of Alexis’ favorite teachers was Richard McCombs, Statesboro High’s environmental science teacher. “I loved his classes. Everything we did was hands-on.” McCombs shared that Alexis is a student who consistently works hard to improve herself both in the academic arena and in her growth as an individual. 

 

“She consistently strives to learn as much as possible about new subjects with new material and develops this into opportunities to help those around her understand concepts with a much greater understanding,” McCombs said.  “From learning how to build a solar oven from scratch to designing a city to be ecologically friendly, Alexis has developed a caring nature of the environment.”

 

“Alexis is a diligent worker who displays an intellectual curiosity and a commitment to excellence,” added SHS Language Arts Teacher Rebecca Smith.

 

Alexis is very humble about being her senior class’ valedictorian. “There are so many kids that are deserving of this honor. We’ve all worked very hard this year.”

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 5/29/16

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hands.jpgBulloch County Schools has several summer camps for students of all ages. Visit www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/summercamps

for complete details on each camp and registration forms.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 5/26/16

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The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its scheduled work session on Thursday, May 26, 6:30 p.m. at the Board of Education, 150 Williams Road in Statesboro.  Key topics for this meeting include the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget, Employee compensation options, and decisions on tabled facilities improvements at Stilson and Nevils. A complete agenda is attached. No published Board packet was necessary for this meeting.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 5/26/16

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From GaDOE Reports

 

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Statewide summer reading resources

Students can visit summerreading.gadoe.org to log the books they read this summer. GaDOE will keep track of books read and recognize winning students, schools, and districts.

 

Georgia’s public libraries, including the Statesboro Regional Library, have summer reading programs and activities throughout the summer. Utilize this resource and sign up for a library card. 

 

For those who have access to a digital device, students have access to more than 10,000 free e-books all summer, thanks to a partnership between myON and Get Georgia Reading. Visit getgeorgiareading.org/myon2016 for directions on how to access these books.

 

Book donations

Thanks to a partnership with Change 4 GeorgiaBetter World Books, and Scholastic, the GaDOE is donating 100,000+ books to Georgia students this summer. Of that total, 25,000 books will go to Georgia’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The remainder will be distributed through the Georgia Food Bank Association and other organizations, as well as through summer reading events hosted by the GaDOE.

 

Prevent Summer Reading Loss

When students don’t read during the summer months, they lose educational ground: research shows that students can lose up to three months of reading ability over the summer. This phenomenon – known as summer loss – can lower achievement potential and widen the achievement gap.

 

Fortunately, this summer reading loss is preventable. Research shows that children who read during the summer don’t suffer the same losses, and may even show some growth in their reading ability.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 5/23/16

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Bulloch County Schools invites parents and the community to share their input about the school system's Consolidated Local Education Agency Improvement Plan (CLIP). The CLIP details the district's programs that receive federal funds. This is an opportunity to ask questions and express ideas about how these federal funds are or should be used.

 

There are two opportunities to participate: Wednesday, May 25, 5-6 p.m. and Tuesday, July 26, 5-6 p.m.. Both sessions will be held in the Bulloch County Board of Education's board room at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro.

 

Key topics for input include the following: 

  • The school system's District Parent Involvement Policy that guides the services, events and resources offered by our parent involvement coordinators.
  • The school system's Consolidated Local Education Agency Improvement Plan (CLIP). The CLIP is a consolidated planning document for each of the federal programs that the school system provides under the Elementary and Secondary Education (ESEA) Act and the Georgia Department of Education's Professional Learning Program. This consolidated plan eliminates the need for Bulloch County Schools to submit a separate planning document for each individual program.
  • If you have a child that receives any of the following services, this meeting may be of interest to you: (1) attends any of our 13 Title I schools (all schools are Title I except SHS and SEBHS); (2) special education; (3) English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL); (4) Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE); (5) migrant; (6) any academic intervention services; or (7) homeless intervention.
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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 5/18/16

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Bulloch County Schools' Transportation Department is seeking bus drivers for the 2016-17 school year which begins August 1. Interested applicants should apply at the Transportation Department's offices at 219 Simons Road in Statesboro. 

 

The school system regularly trains applicants and its existing driving force. The following upcoming classes are being offered for interested applicants: CDL Prep Class, May 25 - 27, 9 a.m. - 12 noon; and Bus Training Class, June 6-10, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 pm.

 

Contact the Bulloch County Schools Transportation Department at 912-212-8645 for more information.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 5/16/16

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11.jpgThe Exchange Club of Statesboro dedicated a Freedom Shrine at William James Middle School, on Monday, May 16. The Club and WJMS faculty hosted a patriotic ceremony for students and the public that featured Col. Randall V. Simmons, Jr. Chief of Staff, Georgia Army National Guard, as the guest speaker. This is the fourth Freedom Shrine that the club has placed in the school system.

 

WJMS Art Teacher Autumn Horton and her students designed and painted a moving, military-themed mural to create a backdrop for the Freedom Shrine. It was unveiled during the ceremony. 

 

The Freedom Shrine, sponsored by the National Exchange Club, is a collection of photographic reproductions of original documents from American history. The display includes the Bill of Rights, the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

 

According to the Exchange Club, the Freedom Shrine program is designed to remind Americans that the freedoms we enjoy today did not come easily and that these gifts must be cherished and protected. More than 12,000 Freedom Shrines have been dedicated in schools, military installations and government buildings since the program began in 1949.

 

The Statesboro Exchange Club has previously installed Freedom Shrines at Southeast Bulloch High, Portal Middle High, and Julia P. Bryant Elementary.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 5/16/16

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Reading Carnival Flyer cropped.jpgBulloch County will host its first Community Reading Fair on Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at Statesboro High School.  Book stations, fun activities, games, inflatables, music, food, book giveaways and more will make this free family event one that you will not want to miss.

 

The Reading Fair is designed to creatively get youth and young adults hooked on reading and inspire and encourage them to read during the summer. Educators and community organizations are collaborating for the inaugural event.

 

The Reading Fair will feature interactive reading stations staffed by school volunteers and local businesses.  Each station is designed to engage the students and pique their interest about a specific book, author or series. Guests are encouraged to visit at least four stations.

 

Leading up to the Reading Fair, Bulloch County Schools is hosting a district-wide reading competition for all Pre-K -12th grade students.  Participants who complete their Reading Passports could win gift cards, eReaders, a bicycle, a laptop or other great prizes.

 

For more information or to volunteer, contact Mary Felton (212-8560 mfelton@bullochschools.org) or Lawanda Allen (541-0805 ldallen@bullochschools.org).

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 5/13/16

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The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its scheduled regular session meeting on Thursday, May 12, 6:30 p.m. at the Bulloch County Board of Education. Key topics for discussion at tonight's meeting include the following: (1) Update from the Facilities Committee on Stilson Elementary and Nevils Elementary roof and HVAC improvements; (2) Report on the 2015 College and Career Ready Performance Index; (3) Update on the district's development of a guaranteed viable curriculum; and (4) Presentations of Fiscal Year 2017 Budget process.A complete Board Packet is attached or available at www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/boardpackets.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 5/12/16

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The Georgia Department of Education released its annual College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) on May 3.  Bulloch County Schools' press release about this data and a snapshot of each school's scores is attached. For more complete results visit http://ccrpi.gadoe.org/2015

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 5/12/16

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 Bulloch County Schools' third- and fourth-grade math teachers hosted the 5th Annual Reggie Dawson Math Tournament on Saturday, May 7, at Statesboro High School. The event is made possible each year by an innovation grant from the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education. Members of the Foundation were on hand during the event and helped present awards to this year's winners.

 

Nearly 150 ‪#‎mathletes‬ from Brooklet Elementary School, Julia P. Bryant Elementary School, Mat...tie Lively Elementary School, Mill Creek Elementary School, Nevils Elementary School and Sallie Zetterower Elementary School competed in individual and team math computation events. The tournament is open to all private, charter and homeschooled students in Bulloch County.

 

This year's mathletes arrived at 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning to compete. The 2016 individual and team winners are the following: Third-Grade Individual - First Place, Katlyn Sullivan, JPBES; Second Place, Campbell Todd, BES; Third Place, Nathan Newkirk, BES; Fourth Place; Elikem Gatto, BES; Fifth Place, Noah Browning, JPBES. Fourth-Grade Individual - First Place, William Wu, BES; Second Place, Nicholas Cortes, JPBES; Third Place, Tylor Sleep, JPBES; Fourth Place, James Park, SZES; Fifth Place, Elise Cleveland, MCES. Third-Grade Team Competition - First Place, SZES Team 1; Second Place, JPBES Team 1; Third Place, BES Team 2. Fourth-Grade Team Competition - First Place, JPBES Team 4; Second Place, NES Team 2; Third Place, JPBES Team 3.

 

The Reggie Dawson Math Tournament is one of three major mathematics competitions held locally to test students’ individual computation and team ciphering skills. The Southeast Bulloch High School Math Department hosts the Penny Sikes Math Tournament for fifth- and sixth- grade students, and older middle and high school students compete in the annual Georgia Southern University Invitational Mathematics Tournament.

 

The competition was named for a former Statesboro High School educator whose life and career were cut tragically short when he lost his battle with cancer in 2010. Local math teachers wanted to honor his memory and the excellent example he set for team work and academic excellence by naming the tournament in his memory.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 5/9/16

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2016-04-14 19.11.05.jpgThe Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts (GDAA) selected the Bulloch County Board of Education (BOE) to receive an Award of Distinction for Excellent Financial Reporting for the district’s Fiscal Year 2015 audit. Caroline James, supervisor of the GDAA’s southeast office, presented the award to Troy Brown, the BOE’s chief financial officer during the BOE’s regular session meeting on April 14.

 

“I am honored to receive this award on behalf of our school district,” said Brown. “One person cannot achieve this by themselves; it takes the concerted efforts of an entire team. I would like to thank my staff, Susan Cassedy, Cindy Higgins, Terri Mullis, and Allie Woodard, who work diligently to ensure that financial accuracy is a priority.”

 

The award is presented annually to qualifying public school systems and two-year and four-year colleges and universities in Georgia, who strive not just for best financial practices but better. Last year only 27 school systems received the award out of the state’s 181 public school districts. The GDAA’s audits of these systems will continue through June, so a complete list of current award recipients is not yet available.

 

“We are very fortunate to have someone like Troy Brown over our Business and Finance Department,” said Mike Herndon, BOE chairman. “His reputation and professionalism is impeccable.”

 

The GDAA is a state agency that exists to provide independent, credible audit services promoting improvement in government. Their auditors annually review the school system’s finances.

 

About the Award of Distinction for Excellent Financial Reporting

This award was created in 2014 to recognize excellence in financial reporting and controls. It encourages governmental organizations to go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and recognizes individual organizations that are successful in achieving this goal.

 

To receive the award, organizations must meet the following criteria: (1) Provide full supporting documentation to substantiate financial statements; (2) Provide financial statements in a timely manner; (3) Ensure all evidence is easy to locate and use for audit; (4) Have responsive managers that resolve all accounting standards and presentation issues in a timely manner; (5) Have key staff readily available and cooperative during the audit and not delay finalizing the audit; (6) Have no significant deficiencies or material weaknesses noted during the audit. Must have no more than three to five control deficiencies reported within the management letter; (7) Have a clear, unmodified audit opinion; and (8) Comply with all Transparency in Government requirements.

 

Bulloch County Schools’ Financial Stewardship

Resource optimization is a key strategic goal area in the school system’s strategic plan. Recognitions like these are an indication of the positive work being done in this area.

 

In the school system’s most recent accreditation process, AdvancEd commended the school system on its proactive fiscal planning and actions that have consistently placed the system on a firm financial foundation. The district’s sound financial management has also been recognized multiple times by Standard & Poor’s (S&P), the nation’s second-leading bond rating firm.

 

Bulloch County Schools’ Fiscal Year 2015 Audit began in November 2015, and concluded in February 2016.  Auditors examined expenditures from all of the school system’s funds, audited the use of federal funds for compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, and concluded with an in-depth examination of the school system’s financial statements. The audit involved virtually all departments within the school system, including business services, payroll, human resources, transportation, food services, federal programs and each school. In addition to the financial aspect of the audit, the GDAA reviews a sampling of employee salary calculations, benefit calculations and various other personnel information. The complete Bulloch County Board of Education 2015 Audit Report, including key financial highlights, is posted on the district’s website at www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/audits.

 

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Pictured (L-R) – GDAA Supervisor Caroline James and BOE Chief Financial Officer Troy Brown.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 4/15/16

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SEB High 2016 state weight lifting champs.jpgSoutheast Bulloch High School’s Weight Lifting Team won the Class AAA State Championship at the Georgia Coaches Association State Weight Meet at Jefferson County High School on March 12. The event also hosted the Class A and Class AA Championships

 

GCA allows schools to bring up to 30 team members to compete in bench press and power clean. The Yellow Jackets 20-man team dominated the meet which featured four schools in the AAA Class.

 

Fifteen team members finished in the top-three of their divisions which led to a combined 120-point finish for the team and the state title. Jonathan Volskay was named the strongest weight lifter in Class AAA.

 

The year-around weight training program at Southeast Bulloch begins in the eighth grade under the direction of Coach Nick Cochran. The high school weight training program is led by Coach Jeremy Gantt and Coach Brandon Peterson.

 

TEAM RESULTS

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: (place and weight class)

Southeast Bulloch 120 points

 

Lane Marsh (2nd place, 140 and Below)

 

Washington County 72 points

 

Josh Proctor (3rd place, 141-150)

 

Jackson 43 points

 

Jonathan Volskay

(State Champion - 1st place, 151-160)

 

Tattnall County 27 points

 

Tyler Zelt (2nd place, 151-160)

 

 

Cecil McCollum (State Champion - 1st place, 161-170)

 

 

Chris Cutter (2nd place, 161-170)

 

 

Nick Joyner (State Champion - 1st place, 171-180)

 

 

Chase Walker (State Champion - 1st place, 181-190)

 

 

Slade Burgin (3rd place, 181-190)

 

 

Jacob Jackson (2nd place, 191-205)

 

Ryan Ruarks (State Champion - 1st place, 206-225)

 

 

Desmond Porter (3rd place, 206-225)

 

 

Paul Allen (State Champion - 1st place, 226-245)

 

Colby Patton (2nd place, 245 and Above)

 

 

Aaron Mikell (5th place, 245 and Above)

 

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 3/17/16

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A nearly $1000 innovation grant from the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education is helping fund a new literacy program at Portal Elementary. Literacy Backpacks will support the school's goal of increasing student reading levels and providie home reading resources for families. The school launched the new initiative Feb. 9, during Portal Elementary's Family Literacy Night.

 

PES's  Reading Intervention Specialist Betsy Mallard wrote the grant to help support the school’s goal of increasing reading skills. Mallard’s vision is to help provide literacy support for families by providing children with a literacy backpack. Children take the backpacks home, enjoy the reading resources and then return them and replace them with another backpack.

 

The backpacks include grade-appropriate books and directions in English and Spanish if needed. The resources allow parents to work with their children at home.  The grant is allowing Mallard to initially serve 45 students in kindergarten – second grade. The backpacks include these children’s books: Angela’s Airplanes; Arthur Meets the President; D.W.’s Library Card; Duck, Duck Goose; Froggy Gets Dressed; Is Your Mama a Llama; Click, Clack, Splash; and The Stray Dog.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 2/9/16

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2016-02-01 19.54.15.jpgCorrectly spelling oubliette and corsair earned Eric Lim, a fifth-grade student at Brooklet Elementary, the title of 2016 Bulloch County Spelling Bee Champion on Monday night.  He was one of 12 participating contestants from the county's 14 public elementary and middle schools and the Charter Conservatory of Liberal Arts & Technology.

 

Lim, the 10-year-old son of Sungkyun Lim and Jee Yoon Byun of Statesboro, received a trophy and a $100 check from the Bulloch County Chapter of the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE).  First runner-up Zandria Foreman, an eighth-grade student from Portal Middle High, won $50.  All participants received medals for being their school-level winner. Awards were presented by Superintendent Charles Wilson and Board of Education Co-Vice Chairman Maurice Hill.

 

This year's guest pronouncer was WTOC Reporter Jaime Ertels.  Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore served as a guest judge.

 

Bulloch's top speller now advances to the District 8 Spelling Bee at Savannah State University on Feb. 27.  The District 8 winner will advance to the state spelling bee and possibly to Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

 

This year's Bulloch County Spelling Bee was held at Statesboro High School.  Besides Lim and Foreman the event featured the following school-level winners: Ethan Hiers, Julia P. Bryant Elementary; Arumy Venegas, Langston Chapel Elementary; Juliette Brannen, Mattie Lively Elementary; Jace Skinner, Mill Creek Elementary; Blaize Terry, Nevils Elementary; Tanyia Williams, Portal Elementary; Chazz Shuman, Stilson Elementary; Allison Saunders, Langston Chapel Middle; Worlanyo Gato, Southeast Bulloch Middle; Alexandra Higdon of Sallie Zetterower Elementary and Micah D'Arcangelo of the Charter Conservatory for Liberal Arts & Technology.  Jalisa Williams of William James Middle School was a school-level winner, but did not participate in the county-level bee.

 

The Bulloch County Spelling Bee is sponsored annually by the GAE. The program committee includes Ardrena Jackson, Chianti Culver, Twindell Darlington, Sherry Canty and Beth Persinger.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 2/2/16

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Pre-Kindergarten Registration, for the 2016-17 year, is March 1 – 11. Parents or legal guardians may register children for pre-k during this two-week period. You do not have to bring your child to registration. For the most up-to-date information about this year’s registration process, evening registration times, lottery drawing dates, required documentation and guidelines, visit our website at www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/prekindergarten.

 

Bulloch County Schools now has 12 Georgia Pre-Kindergarten Program sites. Our state-funded sites are located at our nine elementary schools and our three high schools. Our newest site is Statesboro High School, which is now an approved state pre-k program.  Across the district we have a total of 19 classrooms, with space for 416 children. Our pre-k classes are for the full school day. Classes follow the same 180-day Bulloch County Schools calendar as our K-12 classes.

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 2/1/16

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The Bulloch County Board of Education approved its 2016 meeting dates during its annual organizational meeting on January 14.  The complete list of regular session and work session meetings and their locations can be found on our website.  Board meeting agendas and complete Board meeting packets are posted online as well prior to the meeting.

www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/board

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 1/27/16

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School Climate Surveys Open through Feb. 26

Annual Surveys Let Parents, Employees & Students Evaluate Schools

 

Bulloch 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 Feb. 26, to complete the online survey, at www.bulloch.k12.ga.us.

 

 

The survey is accessible via any Internet-enabled desktop or mobile device and is available in both English and Spanish. Parents without Internet access may contact any school to schedule a time to take the survey there.

 

 

Responses are anonymous and submitted directly to GaDOE for analysis. Results will become part of each school’s Climate Star Rating on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), Georgia’s accountability system that rates schools and school districts on a 100-point scale. Participation in all the surveys is voluntary; however, at least 75 percent of each school’s employees and 75 percent of each school’s students must participate in their respective surveys to receive a Climate Star Rating.

 

 

The Georgia Parent Survey is 24 questions and takes five to ten minutes to complete. By selecting the appropriate school from the survey’s drop-down menu, parents can complete one survey for each of the different schools their children attend.

 

 

The Georgia Student Health Survey II’s and the Georgia School Personnel Survey’s questions are available for review at www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/gaclimatesurveys or by contacting the school. Like with the Georgia Parent Survey, all responses are anonymous and submitted directly to the GaDOE.

 

 

The Georgia Student Health Survey II has three versions: (1) third - fifth grades; (2) sixth – eighth grades; and (3) ninth - twelfth grades. These are brief, 15-minute surveys, but students should take the questions seriously. The results are used to guide Bulloch County School’s climate and counseling initiatives, health curriculum, drug prevention education goals and more.

 

 

Parents, who do not want their child to participate in the Georgia Student Health Survey II, can contact the school and complete an opt-out form, also available on the school system website. Schools will notify parents before they administer the survey to students.

 

 

The GaDOE does not make data from the parent and personnel surveys public, but it does post the student survey results. Bulloch County’s 2014-2015 Georgia Student Survey results are available at www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/gaclimatesurveys.

 

 

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 that are 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 parent, student and employee surveys; (2) average daily attendance for students, teachers, administrators and staff; (3) student discipline; and (4) a safe and substance-free learning environment.

 

 

Bulloch County Schools annually reports its schools’ CCRPI scores and School Climate Star Ratings to the public via the media, social media, website and the district’s annual report, Focus. For the most current information visit www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/testing.

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 12/18/15

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Brooklet Elem. & Portal Middle High Repeat as Reward Schools

 

Brooklet Elementary and Portal Middle High School are again among the state’s top Title I schools according to the Georgia Department of Education’s (GaDOE) list of Reward schools released Dec. 11. Based on 2014-15 data collected for the state’s accountability system, the College & Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI), BES is a “Highest Performing” school, and PMHS is a “Highest Progress” school. Respectively, this is the fourth and third years in a row the schools have made the list.

 

 

“These schools and districts are working against the odds to provide opportunities for their students,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said in a statement released by GaDOE. “These excellent outcomes translate into changed lives for thousands of students.”

 

 

BES is one of 81 Highest Performing schools in the state. Its third-fifth grade students posted higher scores than the state and the district across all subjects (English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies) on the Georgia Milestones Assessment System’s 2015 End of Grade tests.

 

 

“BES owes much of its success to the strong instructional collaboration of our teachers,” Principal Marlin Baker said. “We are committed to developing a culture of innovation in our school.”

 

 

Faculty collaboration takes place in professional learning communities (PLC), a major district-wide initiative. BES’s effective use of PLCs among its subject and grade-level teacher teams teachers in one key to its success. Faculty share best practices, plan curriculum delivery and assessments, analyze student results from assessments, discuss student strengths and weaknesses, and plan interventions.

 

 

Portal Middle High is one of 162 “Highest Progress” schools.  One reason is its steady increase in graduation rates. Now the second highest in the district at 84.9 percent, their graduation rate has increased more than 15 percentage points since 2011.

 

 

“Being considered a Reward School, for three years in a row, is something we plan to celebrate in a big way,” Principal Karen Doty said. “We are extremely proud of our progress which has taken place due to a wide range of initiatives.” 

 

 

Doty points to changing the school’s schedule to a seven-period day, providing remediation opportunities and faculty collaboration as key factors in the school’s steady progress since 2010.

Through needs identified in faculty PLC discussions, the school adjusted its master schedule to maximize instruction and remediation time for students.

 

 

“Students now have more opportunities for one-on-one instruction and feedback,” said Doty. PMHS is also offering after-school tutoring and additional career learning opportunities through partnerships with Ogeechee Technical College and Georgia Southern University.

 

 

Brooklet’s and Portal’s administrators and teacher-leader teams are also effectively using school improvement training provided to them by the district through the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement. “We utilize the GLISI process in order to continually evaluate our school improvement plans,” Doty said. “Our leadership team is guiding and monitoring the goals and initiatives we identified in our school improvement plan.”

 

 

In 2012 CCRPI replaced Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as an indicator of school performance for the state’s Title I schools. “Reward” status is one of four accountability designations for Title I schools (Priority, Focus, Reward and Alert).  Thirteen of Bulloch County’s 15 schools are Title I designees, with the exception of Statesboro High and Southeast Bulloch High.

 

 

A “Highest-Performing School” is a school among the top five percent of Title I schools in the State that has the highest absolute performance over three years for the “all students” group on statewide assessments.  A “High-Progress School” is among the top 10 percent of Title I schools in the State that is making the most progress in improving the performance of the “all students” group over three years on the statewide assessments.  Schools may not receive either of these designations if they have been identified as a Priority, Focus, or Alert school. None of BCS’s campuses are identified as Priority or Alert.

 

 

Bulloch County Schools does not have any schools on the Priority or Alert lists. William James Middle School, Mattie Lively Elementary and Langston Chapel Elementary were designated as Focus schools in July 2015. This was the first designation for MLES and LCES. WJMS has been on the Focus list since 2012. Focus Schools are the lowest performing 10 percent of Title I schools in the state, and receive increased resources and support from the state and school district to address needs. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 12/15/15

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Apples 3.pngLangston Chapel Elementary won $11,500 from the United States Apple Association and its partners to fund a complete playground makeover and 18 iPads for a classroom.  Submitted by LCES teachers Katie Jasionowski and Melanie Kirby, the projects were two of 11 national contest finalists for which supporters voted online via social media and posted pictures of themselves enjoying apples.

 

 

“Apples for Education: Buy an Apple, Help a Student,” sponsored by the United States Apple Association and four apple-pairing food brands, encouraged schools to promote eating healthier with apples and to submit project proposals. The school received word on Dec. 7 that its #PlaygroundMakeover and #iDontHaveipads projects had won first and third place. The playground project received $10,000 and the iPad project received $1,500.

 

 

Jasionowski and Kirby gained support by promoting snacking on apples and any products you can pair with apples, like cheese or sausages from the contest’s co-sponsors Kind Health Snacks, Johnsonville, Roth and Marzetti. They hosted school-wide events like Apple Palooza, involved their students’ families, and encouraged apple eating from the lunchroom to the classroom.

 

 

Supporters took pictures of their apple snacks or themselves enjoying the snacks and uploaded the pictures to an Instagram, Twitter or Facebook account with the tag #Apples4Ed, #iDontHaveiPads, and #PlaygroundMakeover. More than 1,000 images were posted in support of the projects.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 12/8/15

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As predicted, fewer students proficient due to increased rigor;

District believes its initiatives will help raise achievement

 

The Georgia Department of Education released preliminary 2014-15 Georgia Milestones Assessment System scores on Nov. 16, for End of Grade (3-8) and End of Course (9-12). This was the first use of Georgia Milestones, the state’s new comprehensive testing system. This inaugural snapshot, as predicted, reveals that fewer students statewide scored proficient on the more rigorous assessment, including, those in Bulloch County.

 

 

Under the previous Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT), Georgia had some of the lowest expectations for student achievement in the nation as noted by the gap between students’ performance on state assessments and their performance on other national measures of student achievement. The higher bar for student proficiency set by Georgia Milestones is aimed at better preparing students for college and career and providing a more realistic picture of academic progress.

 

 

“This initial data gives us only part of our student performance picture, as student growth results will not be available for several months,” Superintendent Charles Wilson said.However, we will use what we have to inform our current efforts.”  Complete reports of Bulloch County Schools’ data and more frequently asked questions about Georgia Milestones are available at www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/testing

 

 

Bulloch County Schools’ administrators have known that the implementation of more rigorous state academic standards would also lead to more rigorous state assessments for which most students would not be ready. More than 300 educators from across the state, including some from Bulloch County, participated in this standard-setting process.

 

 

“Teachers made a resounding recommendation to raise our state’s expectations for student learning,” said Dr. Melissa Fincher, Deputy Superintendent for Assessment and Accountability at the Georgia Department of Education. For this reason, the school system has placed major focus on its planning processes, assessment and instructional practices and culture.

 

 

“Two years ago our schools began the hard work of implementing key research-based initiatives that we know work when done properly,” said Wilson. “Teachers and administrators now have the planning and assessment tools, professional learning, site-based flexibility, and other resources to impact changes they think matter.  We have some very energetic and committed professionals putting these opportunities into action on behalf of children.”

 

 

A big challenge we have right now is that local schools are in the middle of an implementation gap. “The good news is that we, from the board to the classroom, have committed that we will follow through,” said Wilson. “Our belief that everyone can learn, grow, and find success in a continuous improvement culture that values collaboration and innovation, sums up what we expect. We are in pursuit of student success and we will hold ourselves, and each other, accountable for the professionalism and commitment required. Anything less and we fail our students and each other.” 

 

 

Wilson is encouraging principals to identify effective practices and determine how to replicate those efforts, while also mitigating barriers. In areas where there are patterns of concern, principals and their teacher-leader teams are evaluating whether the school is implementing appropriate solutions to address what is causing them.

 

 

What is important to look for at this point are the bright spots and warning signals showing up in the initial results, along with predictive data we are collecting,” Wilson said. “We have to use the key processes we put in place to investigate what caused positive and negative patterns. We have to use what works and remove what doesn’t.”

 

 

This 2014-15 Georgia Milestones data will not be used for promotion, retention or a percentage of high school course grades; however, the upcoming Winter 2015 EOC, Spring 2016 EOC and Spring 2016 EOG will be used. Parents whose children took the End of Grade (3-8) assessment last year will receive prior to December 18, a four-page, in-depth report on their child’s performance. End of Course reports (9-12) are not yet available from the state.

 

 

The individualized reports provide information that describes how prepared a child is to move on to the next grade level, course or next endeavor. Parents can schedule time to talk with their child’s teacher about the student’s strengths and areas for improvement.  Parent engagement has always been important, but as Georgia raises its academic standards, it is increasingly important for all parents to better support learning at home as well.

 

 

In areas where a child did not demonstrate proficiency, parents can ask teachers to suggest ways to help build their child’s strengths. Bulloch County Schools’ parent liaisons are also a link to helpful resources. If parents would like to see examples of Georgia Milestones questions or practice with their child at home for the 2015-2016 administrations of Georgia Milestones, visit http:gaexperienceonline.com.

 

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Important Information to Know About Georgia Milestones Data

 

The Need to Retire Multiple State Assessments

Georgia changed its assessments because the former testing programs were in existence for more than a decade and no longer met the needs of students, parents, schools, and districts. Georgia Milestones replaces the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT), End of Course Tests (EOCT), and the Georgia Writing Assessments, so it reduces the number of state-mandated tests students take as a result.

 

 

Putting the New Georgia Milestones Data in Context

Scores from Georgia Milestones cannot and should not be compared to the CRCT or other previous state assessments. Georgia Milestones reflects four Achievement Levels rather than just three and also provides English Language Arts scores that include information about reading, writing, and language skills rather than separate scores in those areas as was the case in the past. In short, the scores are not comparable.

 

 

At this point, state and local administrators caution not to use these results to compare school districts, schools and student performance. All schools have different challenges and student demographics. This is most evident in schools with higher populations of students with disabilities, students living in poverty or students, whose native language is not English. And while this has always been true, Georgia Milestones requires much deeper content knowledge, higher reading and writing skills and a much higher level of content mastery. This will affect several local schools like Mattie Lively Elementary, Sallie Zetterower Elementary, Langston Chapel Elementary and Langston Chapel Middle.

 

 

Many other factors related to implementing a new testing instrument also influenced these initial results.  First, Georgia Milestones and the CRCT are two different tests, with different expectations set for student achievement. Georgia Milestones’ expectations are much higher. With the CRCT students could master as few as 50 percent of the test and still meet expectations.  With Georgia Milestones, students must pass more than 70 to 80 percent of the content to be considered proficient.

 

 

Second, in addition to multiple choice, Georgia Milestones includes constructed response and extended response items which require students to generate, rather than select, responses. This is very different for Georgia students. The system also assesses writing and reading at each grade level/course.

 

 

Third, Georgia Milestones, with some exceptions for special education students with specific testing accommodations, will be administered entirely online by the fifth year of implementation. Last year all fourth and seventh-grade students took the test online.  This adjustment may account for some lower results for these students.  This year third, fifth, seventh and eighth grade will take the tests online.

 

 

Georgia students also knew this was a hold-harmless year, which may have caused some students not to do their best.

 

 

How Students Were Scored

Georgia Milestones assesses student learning along four levels of performance, compared to three, as was the case for the CRCT. These designations aim to shift the focus away from just test scores, instead capturing the progression of students’ learning. Additional performance levels help teachers better pinpoint where kids are and give students more opportunities to succeed. Also, 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.

 

  • Beginning Learners do not yet demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students need substantial academic support to be prepared for the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.

 

  • Developing Learners demonstrate partial proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified by Georgia’s content standards. The students need additional academic support to ensure success in the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.

 

  • Proficient Learners demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are prepared for the next grade level or course and are on track for college and career readiness.

 

  • Distinguished Learners demonstrate advanced proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are well prepared for the next grade level or course and are well prepared for college and career readiness.

 

Promotion & Retention/Data Reporting

The 2014-15 data will not be used for promotion, retention or a percentage of high school course grades.  The state has performed a thorough forensic analysis of ever part of Georgia Milestone’s launch from its administration, to the validity of test questions and results. This is why we experienced a one-time, significant delay in scores reporting.

 

 

For this year’s assessments, in order to be considered eligible for promotion, students in third, fifth and eighth-grade must be able to demonstrate that they can read and comprehend grade-level material. Students’ performance on the reading component of the English Language Arts portions will determine whether they are reading on, above or below grade level. Students will receive a Lexile score based on their reading skill. Also, students in fifth and eighth grades must demonstrate an understanding of grade-level concepts and skills in mathematics to be eligible for promotion.  That means achieving at the Developing Learner level or above.

 

 

For more information about Georgia Milestones in Bulloch County visit www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/testing

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 11/16/15

Audience: Homepage, News/Data and News Archive

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) will release scores from the first administration of the Georgia Milestones Assessment System’s End of Grade ( EOG for grades 3-8) and End of Course (EOC for grades 9-12) tests on Monday, Nov. 16. These tests were given last year (14-15). These results will NOT count toward your child’s current promotion, retention or course grades.

 

 

Why the delay in scores reporting? This is a new statewide assessment system, and with the launch of any new product, time should be taken to thoroughly evaluate what went well, what did not and what needs to be improved. The GaDOE has done just that.  They have done an extensive forensic investigation of how the test was administered, how students performed, what test questions need to be edited, etc.

 

 

The 2014-15 scores establish a new baseline to compare 2015-2016 scores. The GaDOE is expected to report this school year’s tests (Winter EOCs, Spring EOCs and Spring EOGs) within two weeks of their administration, so there should not be reporting delays in the future.

 

 

1.  What is the Georgia Milestones Assessment System?

Georgia Milestones is a comprehensive assessment system spanning grades three through twelve. It measures how well students have learned the knowledge and skills outlined in the state-adopted content standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Students in grades 3 through 8 will take the End-of-Grade (EOG) measures in each content area, while high school students will take the appropriate End-of-Course (EOC) measure for the ten identified courses.

 

 

2. Why did Georgia change assessments?

Georgia changed assessments because the former testing programs were in existence for over a decade and no longer met the needs of students, parents, schools, and districts. Georgia Milestones replaced each of the following individual tests: the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT), End of Course Tests (EOCT), and the Georgia Writing Assessments. Georgia Milestones reduces the number of state-mandated tests students take as a result. Further, Georgia Milestones includes open-ended test items in addition to multiple choice items allowing students to demonstrate more clearly what they know. The system also allows Georgia to send a signal of college and career readiness for each of our students.

 

 

3. What value does Georgia Milestones bring to our state and its students?

Under the former testing programs, Georgia had some of the lowest achievement expectations in the nation. Georgia’s commitment to providing a truer picture of student achievement was a paramount consideration in the development of the new assessment. Historically, Georgia has been portrayed as a state with one of the largest “honesty gaps” based on the information its former testing programs provided. In short, Georgia Milestones provides a more accurate view of where we are as a state and where we need to focus our attention to ensure all students are successful and can compete with their peers from across our nation.

 

 

4.  How do teachers feel about the more rigorous standards and assessments?

More than 300 educators from across the state, including some from Bulloch County, participated in the standard-setting process. These teacher-led deliberations closely considered the expectations set forth in our content standards. Teachers made a resounding recommendation to raise our state’s expectations for student learning.

 

 

5. What are key differences between previous state tests and Georgia Milestones?

 In addition to multiple choice questions, Georgia Milestones includes open-ended questions for students to explain their answers. This is a significant change for Georgia. Writing skills are now assessed as part of the English Language Arts tests.  Georgia Milestones is transitioning students to online testing, not paper/pencil.

 

 

6. What are the achievement levels for Georgia Milestones?

Georgia Milestones contains four Achievement Levels rather than just three as was the case with the previous CRCT, EOCT, and Writing Assessments. This allows students, parents, and schools to have a more precise indication of student achievement. The four levels are the following:

 

• Beginning Learners: These students do not yet demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students need substantial academic support to be prepared for the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.

 

• Developing Learners: These students demonstrate partial proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this course of learning, as specified by Georgia’s content standards. The students need additional academic support to ensure success in the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.

 

• Proficient Learners: These students demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are prepared for the next grade level or course and are on track for college and career readiness.

 

• Distinguished Learners: These students demonstrate advanced proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are well prepared for the next grade level or course and are prepared for college and career readiness.

 

 

7. How do test scores this year compare to those of previous years?

Scores from Georgia Milestones cannot, and should not, be compared to those provided by Georgia’s previous tests. Georgia Milestones reflects four Achievement Levels rather than just three and also provides English Language Arts scores that include information about reading, writing, and language skills rather than separate scores in those areas as was the case in the past. In short, the scores are not comparable.

 

 

8. I heard that the Georgia Milestones is harder than our previous tests and that state results are lower this year than in previous years. Is this true? Does this mean that students are doing worse?

Georgia Milestones’ preliminary state-level results did, in fact, indicate that fewer students in Georgia will score as proficient. This does not mean that Georgia’s students know less, or are performing worse, than in recent years. In fact, many indicators, such as Georgia’s National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), SAT, and ACT scores, have shown improvement on the part of Georgia’s students. The achievement standards (expectations) recommended by Georgia educators for Georgia Milestones simply reflect the greater demands of today’s academic, college, and career settings and the stiff competition that students will face as they move into their post-secondary experiences and/or the workforce after high school.

 

 

9. Will I receive a report with my child’s scores?

Yes, prior to Dec. 18, parents will receive a four-page, in-depth report provided by the GaDOE with their child’s End of Grade scores (Grades 3-8).  Spring End of Course reports (Grades 9-12) are not yet available.

 

 

10.  Where can I find out more information about Georgia Milestones and all testing?

Visit the Bulloch County Schools website at www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/testing or contact your child’s school. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 11/13/15

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Graduation Rates

 

2015 Class

# Graduated

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

CCRPI Target

N/A

N/A

77.5

75.60

72.8

70.1

67.4

Georgia

124,892

98,465

78.8

72.50

71.80

69.70

67.40

District

683

577

84.5

75.10

71.70

73.30

69.03

PMHS

53

45

84.9

77.30

76.70

62.30

69.62

SEBHS

240

210

87.5

84.40

77.30

79.30

72.22

SHS

389

322

82.8

69.80

67.50

71.70

67.46

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bulloch County Schools’ 2015 four-year cohort graduation rates rose

significantly according to data released Monday by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE).  The Class of 2015’s rate of 84.5 percent is 9.4 percentage points higher than 2014, and 5.7 percentage points higher than Georgia’s 2015 overall rate of 78.8 percent. For five of the past six years the district’s graduation rate has steadily increased and been higher than the state’s.

 

 

“We see a trend developing not only in our student performance data but also in our measured behaviors as an organization,” Superintendent Charles Wilson said. “This is really important for sustained success.”

 

 

The U.S. Department of Education requires the calculation of adjusted four-year cohort graduation rates based on when a graduating class first enters ninth grade and the number of students who graduate within four years. It includes adjustments for students who transfer out of a school or district. Data for students who took more than four years to graduate, which is reflected in the Five-Year Cohort Rate, are not yet available.

 

 

Bulloch County Schools’ four-year rates rose significantly due in part to the state’s elimination of the Georgia High School Graduation test as a requirement for graduation. For 2015, recent graduates also had a one-year reprieve from the state’s End of Course tests counting 20 percent of their final course grades. This was due to the first administration of the new Georgia Milestones Assessment System for grades 3-12. 

 

 

Statesboro High School (SHS) posted the district’s highest increase of 13 percentage points from 69.8 percent in 2014 to 82.8 percent in 2015. This is also four percentage points higher than the state and 5.3 percentage points higher than the state’s 2014-15 College and Career Ready Performance Index Targets (CCRPI) for graduation rates.

 

 

Southeast Bulloch High School had the district’s highest graduation rate of 87.5 percent, a 3.1 percentage point increase over 2014. SEBHS’s rate is 8.7 percentage points higher than the state and exceeds the CCRPI target by 10 percentage points.

 

 

Portal Middle High's graduation rate was the second highest in the district.  It rose from 77.3 percent to 84.9 percent. This rate is 6.1 percentage points higher than the state and 7.4 points higher than the state’s CCRPI target of 77.5.

 

 

Beyond the effect of testing on this year’s rates, Bulloch County Schools points to the foundation of improvements it has put in place over the past four years as the reason for more students completing high school in four years. The school district began by developing a shared community vision, aligned expectations and a five-year strategic plan.

 

 

With key input from the community and educators, the district has now advanced its focus to improving system resources, installing data analysis tools to better drive instruction, providing employee professional development and adding key initiatives like Pathways to Prosperity and Move on When Ready to best match student academic and career needs with local post-secondary and workforce resources. School administrators and faculty are seeing the positive impact of this work.

 

 

 “Schools are implementing research-based practices in planning and assessment, and our Board of Education provides increasing support to our focused efforts,” Wilson said.  “We have to remember that high schools can't do this alone. We are focusing on student success as an aligned effort from K-12, and every year we continue in this approach, we increase that potential.”

 

 

“Our teachers are working more cohesively with counselors to intervene early with students and focus on the individual needs they have for additional academic and career support,” said Dr. Ken LeCain, of SHS, who is in his second year as the school’s lead administrator. “Our increase was precipitated by the tremendous efforts of our teachers.”

 

 

LeCain also points to the value of professional learning communities (PLCs), a major district initiative, and how effective they are for bringing faculty together to analyze student data to drive instruction and remediation efforts.

 

 

Southeast Bulloch High also uses data analysis to better focus on individual student needs. Principal Donna Clifton noted that her school increases graduation rates by doing the following: provide study hall during the school day; provide tutoring after school; analyze data to track each student cohort; build individual relationships with students; track grades and monitor progress; conference with students; conference with students and parents together; and develop plans for success for individual students and not have a "one size fits all" mentality. 

 

 

One significant way that SEBHS revised its processes to better accommodate students was by allowing both morning and afternoon work-based learning sessions. Students who work and go to school full-time typically have to work nightshifts. However, to be considered a work-based learning student, they were only allowed to work afternoon hours.  This put some students in the position of having to choose work over school. It put them at high risk for dropping out of school. The change allows them to attend their academic classes in the afternoon instead of the morning and still help provide needed income for their families.

 

 

“I am very proud of all of our high schools, as they each have unique challenges,” said Wilson. “The staff at each school has done an excellent job of taking the direction set at the state and local levels, along with the tools provided, to create opportunities for our students.”

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 11/9/15

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November is Parent Engagement Month in Georgia. School systems across the state are highlighting the role parents, guardians and family members play in a child’s education.  In addition, November 19 is National Parent Involvement Day, a time for all schools and families to reflect on the vital partnership needed between them for Georgia’s students and schools to be successful.  In Bulloch County, a parent is engaging in education discussions at the state level on the state superintendent’s advisory council.

Katie Olsen Parent Involvement.jpgKatie Olsen, the mother of two children who attend Bulloch County schools, takes seriously the Georgia Department of Education’s call for parents to play a role in their child’s education.  Having served in multiple leadership and volunteer roles at her children’s schools, she accepted an appointment to the state superintendent of school’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC) in 2014.  She is in the second year of her two-year term.

 

Nominated by Bulloch County Schools Parent Involvement Coordinator Leslie Wiggins, Olsen serves with 35 other parents from across the state. Like Olsen, all were nominated by their local school districts. New members are selected each year by a committee of Georgia Department of Education representatives based on the applicants’ responses to questions on engaging parents and building parent capacity to ensure student success.

 

“Parents are a child’s first teacher and they are no less influential once that child enters school,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “It is essential that we partner with parents to ensure we’re providing the best possible education for every child. My Parent Advisory Council allows me to hear those parent voices and incorporate their feedback into my decision-making.”

 

As members of the council, parents will meet three times during the school year with Superintendent Woods to discuss public education in the state. Their primary focus will be increasing parent and family engagement to foster academic success for students, particularly in Georgia’s Title I schools.

 

The PAC allows parents to gain information and provide feedback on new educational policies and projects that affect students and families. Olsen will return to our district to share the outcomes of the meetings and serve as and advisor and ambassador in our community and schools.

 

In addition to the 30 members appointed by local districts, the six 2014-2015 winners of the Georgia Parent Leadership Awards serve as honorary, one-year members on the PAC. The council also includes representatives of Georgia PTA, Communities in Schools of Georgia, Georgia Family Connection Partnership, Parent to Parent of Georgia, United Way of Greater Atlanta, and Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

 

The PAC’s first meeting for the 2015-16 school year was October 26. Olsen and other members of the PAC had the opportunity to speak with Superintendent Woods in a group forum, hear presentations on various educational programs, and engage in collaborative work groups to provide input on the upcoming statewide Family Engagement Conference scheduled for February 4-6, 2016 in Athens. For more information about the PAC, visit the Georgia Department of Education’s website.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 11/6/15

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Collins & Todd ready to give students' perspective on GA education

 

William Tyler Collins and Tanner Todd, students at Southeast Bulloch High School, were selected to serve on State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ 2015-2016 Student Advisory Council. They are part of a 110-member group of students from middle and high schools throughout the state, who will discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom with the state’s top educator. Collins and Todd will also discuss other issues related to education, and will serve as the superintendent’s ambassadors to our school district.

 

The council’s high school students met for the first time on October 1, and they will meet again on November 12.  A third meeting is scheduled for March 31 as well as two virtual meetings. “Students feel the impact of our decisions every day,” Superintendent Woods said. “If we are going to develop child-focused, classroom-centered policies, we must hear directly from students. We can only improve their educational experience by bringing them to the table.”

 

Collins and Todd were selected from a pool of more than 1,500 students who applied to serve on the council. Students were chosen based on the strength of their essay answers, which focused on their ideas for public education and ways their own educational experience could be improved. The students selected are from charter, virtual and traditional schools throughout the state.

 

“It was refreshing and valuable to hear feedback from these students, as well as their ideas for education in Georgia,” Superintendent Woods said. “This is a great group of students with smart, varied ideas for the future of our educational system. I look forward to working with them and I’d like to thank every student who took the time to apply and share his or her thoughts.”

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 11/6/15

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185.JPGSeveral of Bulloch County Schools’ campuses are hosting events to honor veterans leading up to our country’s national observance of Veterans Day. These events are open to the public. We invite our local veterans and active duty military to attend any of these events.

 

Their presence can help teach our children the importance of our nation’s military and their sacrifices. It also helps children learn to respect our 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. 

 

Friday, November 6, 9:30 a.m.

Portal Elementary “Thank You Heroes” Program

Under the direction of Portal Elementary School Music Teacher Debbie Cartee, students will present a patriotic program, “Thank You, Heroes.” All local veterans are invited to attend, and they will be recognized during the program.  All veterans are also invited to have lunch following the program. 

 

Monday, November 9, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

William James Middle School Veterans Day Events

William James Middle School will honor our veterans and active duty soldiers with a day of activities and speakers. The day will begin with a school assembly from 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and will be followed by activities conducted by the local National Guard Armory.

 

Throughout the day Veterans and active-duty soldiers will be going into classrooms and speaking directly to students and answering their questions. The goal is to not only show support and appreciation for our veterans and active-duty soldiers, but also to allow students and the community to see some of the jobs and duties a serving member of our military experiences.

 

WJMS encourages all of the community, especially our veterans and active-duty military to come share the day with them.

 

Tuesday, November 10, 2:00 p.m.

Langston Chapel Middle School “Honoring All Who Served” Ceremony & Reception

Langston Chapel Middle School invites all veterans, active-duty military and their families to their annual Veterans Day ceremony as they recognize our community's military heroes from all branches of service and all conflicts.  The school will host a drop-in reception at 1:00 p.m. for all veterans and military guests prior to the main ceremony at 2:00 p.m. LCMS parents are also invited to attend.

 

The program will be led by the students.  It features guest speakers Dr. Francys Johnson of the Johnson Law Firm and Commander Jerry Walker and Dr. Enos Garvin of the United States Army’s Disabled American Veterans. The school’s chorus and band, under the direction of Lawanda Allen and Holly Lloyd, will perform patriotic music, including “Taps.”  The Statesboro High School Army JROTC Color Guard and Exhibition Team will present the colors and perform.  Students will also perform the Missing Man Ceremony.

 

Tuesday, November 10, 6:00 p.m.  

Julia P. Bryant Elementary “Let’s Sing America” Student Musical

Under the direction of JPBES Music Teacher Tom Sye, fourth- and fifth-grade students will perform the musical, “Let’s Sing America!” Veterans and active-duty military are invited to attend. The musical celebrates our nation’s symbols and all of America’s great thinkers, heroes, dreamers and doers, who have worked hard to make our country great.

 

Wednesday, November 11, 9:00 a.m.

Langston Chapel Elementary School Veterans Day Program

Langston Chapel Elementary School's faculty and students invite veterans, active-duty military and parents to their Veterans Day program.  They especially want to recognize students' family members who are veterans.  The fourth and fifth-grade students will lead the program, which will feature the Statesboro High School JROTC. 

 

Friday, November 13, 1:00 p.m. (Veterans Luncheon at 12 noon)

11th Annual Mill Creek Elementary Veterans Day Luncheon & Parade

Mill Creek Elementary School’s staff and students would like to invite all veterans and active-duty military to their 11th Annual Veterans Day Luncheon & Parade. The luncheon is at 12:00 noon in the cafeteria. 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 is available for veterans.

 

 

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 11/6/15

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The Statesboro High School Musical Theatre Class is presenting a student matinee and a public performance of "High School Musical" on Thursday, November 19, at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., in the school's auditorium. The show is less than 120 minutes.

 
Matinee tickets for students and parents of students in attendance are $2.00 each. Teachers and bus drivers are free. Please contact SHS Choral Director Lisa Muldrew for matinee reservations and tickets (lmuldrew@bullochschools.org or 212-8860)
 
The public performance of the show is at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.  General admission tickets for the evening show are $5 each and are available at the door prior to the performance. 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 11/5/15

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From Georgia House of Representative Reports
Contact: Betsy Lynch
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
(404) 656-3996
betsy.lynch@house.ga.gov

 

ATLANTA — State Representative Jan Tankersley (R-Brooklet) recently announced that she will offer letters of recommendation to qualified Georgia high school seniors seeking the Georgia Military Scholarship at the University of North Georgia.

 

“The Georgia Military Scholarship is an incredible opportunity for qualified high school students wishing to attend college and serve in the Georgia National Guard,” said Rep. Tankersley. “As I travel around in my district, I am very proud of the potential I see in so many hard-working young people. I know the future of our great state depends on the next generation of leaders, and it is my honor to play a small role in their educational success.”

 

The Georgia Military Scholarship awards 42 scholarships annually, each totaling $70,000 over four years. The scholarship covers the cost of uniforms, tuition, books, fees, room, and board, as well as a monthly stipend. In addition to pursuing a bachelor’s degree from UNG, scholarship recipients will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the Georgia Army National Guard upon graduation.

 

Applicants must be accepted to the University of North Georgia, and are required to present a letter of recommendation from a sitting State Representative or State Senator. To qualify, applicants must also be a legal resident of Georgia, have a minimum 3.0 high school grade-point average, meet the physical and health standards for serving in the Georgia National Guard, and be a freshman entering the UNG Corps of Cadets.

 

The deadline for scholarship applications is February 1, 2016, and interested and potential applicants may contact Rep. Tankersley’s office at (404) 656-7855.


For more information on the University of North Georgia or the Georgia Military Scholarship, please Click Here.

 

Representative Jan Tankersley represents the citizens of District 160, which includes portions of Bryan and Bulloch counties. She was elected into the House of Representatives in 2010, and currently serves as the Chairman of the Intragovernmental Coordination Committee. She also serves on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Economic Development and the Agriculture & Consumer Affairs and Natural Resources & Environment committees.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 11/5/15

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"The Perfect Ending" by B. Dwayne Craft, directed by Joni Mock. Don't miss a special public performance of this one-act play by SEBHS Drama students on Thursday, November 5, 7:00 p.m., in the SEBHS Auditorium. General admission tickets will be available for purchase at the door prior to the performance, and they are $5 for adults and $2 for students.

 

SEBHS competed in the GHSA Region One Act Competition with this play on Friday, October 30, and received "excellent" ratings from all judges. Hugh Granade, Autumn Harrison, and Sara McCracken were named to the All Star Cast and the play won third place.

 

Don't miss this story about Mother, who has a meatloaf in the oven and is well on her way to having the perfect dinner party, but one thing stands in her way—the end of the world as we know it!

 

Is that going to stop her perfect party from happening? Not at all. Come see the hilarious cast of characters that unexpectedly join the party. Mother will have to juggle a grease monkey, looting neighbors, an insurance salesman, her son's juvenile delinquent girlfriend and many other zany characters in an attempt to maintain a perfect house and to be the absolute perfect hostess, right up until the very last moment.

 

Will the world come to an end, or will Mother get to have her perfect dinner party? You'll have to come see to find out.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 11/1/15

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Statesboro High School's drama classes will present two plays based on classic works of literature by Ray Bradbury and William Shakespeare on October 29 and November 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the school's fine arts auditorium.  One will give you a fright and the other a laugh.

 

Just in time for the spookiest time of year, the Thursday, October 29, performance is Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes." Based on his 1962 novel, it’s the story of two teens, who are best friends, Jim Nightshade and William Halloway, and their nightmarish experience with a traveling carnival that comes to their Midwestern town one October.

 

 On Thursday, November 5, students will perform William Shakespeare's “As You Like It.”  The story follows the heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle's court, accompanied by her cousin Celia. The comedy features some of Shakespeare’s most notable quotes.

 

General admission tickets are $5 per show.  They will be available at the door prior the event. All proceeds benefit the SHS Drama Department and its productions.

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Published: 10/27/15

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The Bulloch County Democratic Party and the Bulloch County Republican Party are hosting a bipartisan Education Forum on Saturday, October 31, 10:00 a.m., in the Georgia Southern University College of Education's Auditorium, located inside the College of Education building at 275 COE Drive in Statesboro. Forum topics will focus on testing and accountability in Georgia's public schools.

Bulloch County Schools Superintendent Charles Wilson, Dr. Torian White of Southeast Bulloch Middle School and Becky Petkewich of Brooklet Elementary School are featured panelists for the informational event. See the posted flyer for a list of other featured speakers.

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Published: 10/26/15

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The Bulloch County Health Department will host Influenza (Flu) clinics in our schools beginning Monday, October 26 through early November. Public health agencies recommend an annual Flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older.

 

Flu vaccines are usually available in nasal spray (FluMist) and shot form; however, due to an unforeseen production delay this year, most area providers have limited quantities of FluMist available. For this reason, children who typically receive FluMist, may receive a Flu shot instead. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's school. You may also contact your primary care provider about their FluMist availability.

 

There are sufficient quantities of the Flu shot for all of our school Flu clinics. The Flu shot and FluMist are equally effective.

 

The Bulloch County Health Department has scheduled the exact dates of each school's clinic. Watch for more information from your child's school about your school's Flu clinic date. 

 

Children must have a completed and signed consent form to participate. For elementary school students, the BCHD sent consent forms home with students. For middle and high school students, the consent forms are available from the school nurse. For more information, contact the BCHD at 1-855-473-4374.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 10/21/15

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The Bulloch Alcohol & Drug Council will bring its annual Teen Maze events to Bulloch County Schools' three high schools on Oct. 20, 21 and 29, from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Please do not be alarmed by the site of ambulances, public safety vehicles and personnel, judges, lawyers, coroners, health care professionals, and funeral home vehicles and personnel on our campuses. They will be helping carry out very real, visible and impactful scenarios for the Teen Maze which will reach more than 1,000 tenth-grade students. 

 

The Teen Maze will be at Portal Middle High School on Tuesday, Oct. 20.  It will be at Southeast Bulloch High School on Wednesday, Oct. 21, and Statesboro High School will host the event on Thursday, Oct. 29.

 

The Teen Maze is a unique, interactive learning experience that allows teens to go through life lessons in a practical, safe environment. The event is primarily directed at tenth-grade students, who are beginning to have more independence due to driving and dating.

 

Students enter the maze, but where they exit depends on the choices they make during the exercise. Students are randomly given choice scenarios. The scenarios determine which path the students follow through the maze and which public safety, judicial, medical, education and community support organizations they encounter.

 

Choices range from underage drinking, drug use, risky behaviors, bullying or successfully graduating from high school. Students will be able to experience the consequences of poor decision making with real life examples. The maze is staffed by more than 40 actual employees of public safety, judicial, community support and education entities in Bulloch County.

 

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our community to interact with the youth of Bulloch County,” said Christina Lewis, Teen Maze Volunteer Coordinator.  “Community volunteers are often asked questions by students about the issues they face in the Maze. Students always remark about how it was interesting to talk with real community professionals in a neutral environment. It is a great networking tool and experience for our professionals and students alike.”  

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Published: 10/19/15

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SHS One Act Play Bad Seed.jpgThe Statesboro High School One-Act Play Cast will present, "Bad Seed," for the public on Thursday, Oct. 22, 7:00 p.m., in the SHS Auditorium. General admission tickets are $5 each and will be on sale at the door prior to the show. All proceeds go to assist with costumes for this and other Drama Department productions.

 

The cast will present this same production at the region One-Act Play competition at Glynn Academy on Oct. 24. Come out and help support fine arts in our schools.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 10/13/15

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Bulloch County Schools will name its 2017 Bulloch County Teacher of the Year on Thursday, Oct. 15, at a reveal reception from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., at the school district's central office.  The winner will be named from the 15 candidates selected by school-level faculty.  The winner will represent Bulloch County Schools in the 2017 Georgia Teacher of the Year competition in Atlanta in May 2016, and possibly advance to represent our state in the National Teacher of the Year competition in January 2017. This is why the title features the year 2017, as it denotes the national competition for which the county winner is eligible.

 

The Bulloch County Board of Education and Superintendent Charles Wilson will recognize all the school-level teachers of the year and present them with a special gift. Afterwards he will reveal the judges' selection for this year's top teacher. The Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education will be on hand to present the winner with a check for $1000.

 

In the past seven years, four of Bulloch County Schools’ teachers of the year have been named top-ten finalists in the Georgia TOTY competition. One of those finalists, Jemelleh Coes from Langston Chapel Middle School, went on to become the 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year.

 

Coes was the second teacher from Bulloch County Schools to earn this distinction.  Julie Lanier, a teacher at the Marvin Pittman Lab School (now closed), was the 1985 Georgia Teacher of the Year.

 

Judges for this year's competition were representatives from Georgia Southern University's College of Education, the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education, the Bulloch County Retired Educators Association, and the Bulloch County Board of Education. 

 

These are this year's nominees for the 2017 Bulloch County Teacher of the Year: Krista Branch – Brooklet Elementary; Melissa Bazemore, Julia P. Bryant Elementary; Amanda Prather, Langston Chapel Elementary; Travis Brooks, Langston Chapel Middle;Rachel Pritchard, Mattie Lively Elementary; Ashley Joyner, Mill Creek Elementary; Bob Massee, Nevils Elementary; Tosha Johnson, Portal Elementary; Shannon Hattaway, Portal Middle High; David Brown, Sallie Zetterower Elementary; Shannon Robertson, Southeast Bulloch Middle; Ansley Burke, Southeast Bulloch High; Liz Driggers, Statesboro High; Jenny Hendrix, Stilson Elementary; Autumn Horton, William James Middle.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 10/13/15

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National Manufacturing Awareness Day was Friday, October 2.  Eighth-graders from Bulloch County School’s four middle schools toured industries in the Gateway Industrial Park from 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., to learn about the industries’ various operations and career opportunities at all levels.

 

This year’s local tour includes Viracon, Briggs & Stratton and Great Dane. Viracon is an international architectural glass fabrication company, Briggs & Stratton is a manufacturer of internal combustion engines and the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment.  Great Dane’s local facility is dedicated to manufacturing the Everest refrigerated trailers, the TL model reefer for truckload carriers and the CL model reefer for multi-temp and foodservice operations. These facilities have a variety of degree and skilled labor career opportunities. 

 

The tours were arranged by the district’s Career, Technical & Agricultural Education Department, the school’s guidance counselors and school administrators.  NMAD is held annually across the nation and participating industries use it as an opportunity to showcase their workplaces and help educate and encourage their community’s future workforces.

 

Eighth grade is a key grade level to target for the tour.  These students will begin registering for their 2016-2017 freshman year classes, and developing their high school graduation plans at the end of the first semester.  It’s also when they will learn more about the manufacturing-related career pathways offered at the school district’s campuses (i.e. Logistics, Mechatronics) and the partnerships with local industry and post-secondary institutions that provide work-based learning and Move on When Ready opportunities to help them get an early start on their careers.

 

Local industries have been very supportive of the school system's workforce development programs like Pathways to Prosperity, CTAE career pathways and work-based learning, and Move on When Ready.  Briggs & Stratton has most recently opened its doors to helping build local skills by partnering with the school system’s work-based learning program.  The facility has six internships currently filled by Statesboro High School students.

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 10/6/15

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Bulloch County Schools (BCS) honored five new REACH Georgia Scholars at a signing ceremony September 10, at the Board of Education (BOE)’s central office. Chosen from 57 eligible, eighth-grade applicants, the students, and their families, were recognized by Superintendent Charles Wilson and members of the BOE and the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education (Foundation). REACH Georgia, Move on When Ready and the HOPE Scholarship are programs the school system connects its students and parents to in order to help remove financial barriers to college for its students.

 

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.  Bulloch County is one of five school systems that the state initially selected to pilot the program in 2013. The Georgia Student Finance Corporation (GSFC) holds the scholarships for scholars until they graduate from high school. GSFC Board of Commissioners Member Roy C. Kilpatrick of Statesboro was in attendance at the ceremony.

 

Each scholar now has up to $20,000 available to them to attend college. This $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.

 

This year’s scholars are the following: Conley Roberson of William James Middle School; Chris Angel, Taylor Cone and Jadon Jones of Langston Chapel Middle School; and Jean Delfin-Uscanga of Portal Middle School. “This is a wonderful experience,” said Chris Angel.  “It feels like I can do anything now with my future.”  Angel’s mother, Guillermina Mendez echoed her son’s excitement, “I’m very proud of my son.  It is sight of a better future, full of hope for my son.”
 

Each of the scholars’ parents was in attendance to pledge their support for the program and encourage their children to keep a college education in focus. “This scholarship is the difference between college acceptance and becoming a college graduate for us,” said Alicia Pierce-Jones, mother of Jadon Jones. “Jadon’s future just got a whole lot brighter thanks to the REACH Scholarship.”

 

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 three years ago. “This program is a strategic investment in our students and our state,” said Governor Deal in a statement released by REACH Georgia.

 

“It doesn’t matter where you come from, what matters is where you’re going,” said Taylor Cone.  I plan to use that quote throughout my life.”  Cone, who has her sights set on the medical field and becoming a doctor, receives encouragement from her parents.  “We are so proud of Taylor for all of the hard work and dedication that she puts into her education.  We’ve told her to always follow your hear and never give up on your dreams.”

 

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 five winners.

 

Bulloch County Schools now has 15 REACH Georgia scholars. 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 2013 and 2014 scholars are now freshmen and sophomores in high school.  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. Participating school systems must identify local corporate sponsors to continue the program. This year the Foundation donated $7,500 ($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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Pictured Top:  2015 REACH Scholars (L-R) Jadon Jones, Jean Delfin-Uscanga, Taylor Cone, Chris Angel, and Conley Roberson with (L-R) Superintendent of Schools Charles Wilson, Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education Treasurer Billy Yawn, and Georgia School Finance Commission Board Member Roy C. Kilpatrick.

 

Pictured Bottom:  2015 REACH scholars and their parents.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 10/2/15

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Between  10:30 and 11:00 a.m., Langston Chapel Middle School, Mill Creek Elementary and William James Middle School all received bomb threat via telephone.  School administrators notified public safety personnel and evacuated these buildings as a precaution.  Langston Chapel Elementary, which is adjacent to LCMS was also evacuated. 

 

Superintendent Charles Wilson made the decision to cancel school for these four campuses for the remainder of the day while public safety personnel complete their investigation.  Parents are being being contacted via our electronic messaging system.

 

School buses have been mobilized and students are being taken home.

If your child is a car rider at the Langston schools, pick your child up from the Agricultural Building across the street from the schools.

 

If your child is a car rider at Mill Creek, please pick them up across the street at Mill Creek Park.

 

If your child is a car rider at William James Middle, please pick them up at the front of the school.

 

We will keep you abreast as more information is available.

 

While each school has safety plans in place, and any and all threats received via any means are taken seriously and reported immediately to authorities, the school district cautions any students or individuals that seek to maliciously disrupt a public school.

 

In Georgia it is unlawful for (O.C.G.A. 20-2-1181) any person to disrupt or interfere with the operation of any public school, public school bus, or public school bus stop in any way.   It is also against the school system’s code of conduct for a student to perform any act which substantially disrupts the orderly conduct of a school function, substantially disrupts the orderly learning environment, or poses a real or possible threat to the health, safety and/or welfare of students, staff or others. 

 

Anyone found deliberately initiating or taking part in any such act via any means or purposefully inciting fear and/or disrupting our schools will be prosecuted and punished to the fullest extent of the law. This includes using social media to purposefully spread misinformation or threats.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 9/29/15

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Editor's Note:  Update (5:20 p.m.) -

According to a Bulloch County Sheriff's Department press release, Bulloch County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested a 12-year-old girl Tuesday evening, charging her with making two threat calls that shut down four schools.


According to the press release, BCSO investigators and Statesboro Police Department detectives took a 12-year-old female juvenile into custody around 4 p.m. Tuesday for making the bomb threats. She was transported to the Bulloch County Jail and charged with two counts of transmitting a false public alarm, two counts of disrupting a public school, two counts of reckless conduct, and two counts of terroristic threats. The investigation into the threats to Mill Creek Elementary continues and may result in additional charges.

 

Original Bulloch County Schools Release

Bulloch County public safety personnel issued an all-clear for William James Middle School, Langston Chapel Middle, Mill Creek Elementary and Langston Chapel Elementary at approximately 2:20 p.m. on Tuesday after bombs threats, received by telephone, closed the four schools earlier in the day.  Officers used bomb-sniffing dogs at the schools, but nothing was found. All schools in the district will resume as normal tomorrow.

 

“The school system will continue to cooperate fully with public safety during their investigation,” said Superintendent of Schools Charles Wilson.  Wilson and the school’s Chief Operations Officer Paul Webb, who oversees school safety, were dispatched to the schools during the incident. 

 

“It is unacceptable to what we value as a community for someone to act in this manner against our schools,” said Wilson. “I am confident that with the advanced technology that we have installed on our telecommunications equipment to capture valuable information on all callers, we can and will provide information to help public safety apprehend and prosecute the perpetrator(s) to the fullest extent of the law.” 

 

Disruption of a public school, school bus or bus stop by any means is against the law (O.C.G.A. 20-2-1181). It is also against the school system’s code of conduct for a student to perform any act which substantially disrupts the orderly conduct of a school function, substantially disrupts the orderly learning environment, or poses a real or possible threat to the health, safety and/or welfare of students, staff or others.  

 

Anyone found deliberately initiating or taking part in any such act via any means or purposefully inciting fear and/or disrupting our schools will be prosecuted and punished to the fullest extent of the law. This includes using social media to purposefully spread misinformation or threats.

 

Wilson praised the response and guidance from local law enforcement and school system employees.  “I appreciate the overwhelming response from all public safety personnel:  Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department, Statesboro Police Department, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia State Patrol and the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency. Their actions are always swift and in the best interest of our students and employees.  I also want to thank all of our administrators, bus drivers, faculty and staff.  We have received numerous compliments from parents who appreciated their calm demeanor and organization during the incident. Thank you as well to our parents for their continued support.”

 

To recap, today's events involved Langston Chapel Middle School, Mill Creek Elementary and William James Middle School only. LCMS and WJMS both received threats between 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  MCES received a threat via telephone at approximately 11:40 a.m. All of the threats were received via telephone.

 

School administrators notified public safety personnel immediately and evacuated these buildings.  LCMS and LCES were evacuated to the Bulloch County Agricultural Building across the road from the school.  MCES was evacuated to Mill Creek Park and WJMS evacuated to land adjacent to campus. 

 

Just before 12 noon, Superintendent Charles Wilson made the decision to cancel school for only these four campuses for the remainder of the day while public safety personnel completed their on-site investigations. “We handle all safety incidents on a case-by-case basis and make determinations about school closings. We work closely with law enforcement to make informed decisions based on fact.”

 

In incidents such as these the school system’s first priority is to evacuate the buildings, relocate to a safe area, and account for all students and personnel before beginning the external communications process. The school system communicated with news media and parents simultaneously to ensure the quickest message dissemination and to ensure messages were sent out over multiple mediums. As always, please ensure that we have the most up-to-date contact information for your child in the event of any emergency.

 

In other news today, Stilson Elementary School experienced a power outage due to a blown transformer. There is no indication that this was anything other than a mechanical malfunction. There is no evidence that it was related to the incidents at WJMS, LCMS, LCES and MCES.

 

SES Principal Pam Goodman issued a call out to her parents this morning to let them know that her school was without power, but that lunch and school operations would continue as normal. Georgia Power expects power to be restored prior to school tomorrow.  If this changes, parents will be notified.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 9/29/15

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The Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its regularly scheduled work session on Thursday, September 24, 2015, at 6:30 p.m., in the media center of Portal Middle High School in Portal, GA.

Key topics for this work session include basketball officials agreements for middle and high schools, a bid proposal for a new automated scheduling system for substitutes and school improvement presentations by Statesboro High, Langston Chapel Middle and Southeast Bulloch Middle.  A complete Board packet for the meeting is attached.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 9/24/15

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SEBulloch HS Winner TRIGSTAR 15.jpgAnastasia Mullins, a student at Southeast Bulloch High School (SEBHS), is Georgia’s 2015 Trig-Star champion. She advanced to state by having the highest scores at both the school and county level. Mullins and her mathematics teacher, Susan Boddiford, each received a monetary award of $750 for the honor.  This annual competition helps students apply their math skills and see its application to careers in mapping and surveying.

 

Mullins was recognized at the Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia’s (SMSG) annual banquet in Savannah this summer. This is the ninth year that a Bulloch County high school student has won the state-level event, and the eighth time that it has been won by a SEBHS student.

 

Trig-Star is sponsored locally by the Statesboro surveying firm of James M. Anderson and Associates, at the state level by the SMSG and nationally by the National Society of Professional Surveyors’ (NSPS). The contest helps promote careers in surveying and mapping to students across the country.

 

The test involves four parts, and the student with the highest score in the shortest time wins. Throughout the parts, students are tested on their ability to practically apply trigonometry principals.  The problems incorporate the use of right triangle formulas, circle formulas, and the laws of sines and cosines.

 

More than 10,000 students each year Portal HS Winner TRIGSTAR 15.jpgparticipate in Trig- Star.  Austin Edwards was Portal Middle High’s school-level winner. His math teacher is Dennis Moore.

 

Any student that participates in the Trig-Star competition and plans to enroll in a college degree program that leads to either a two year Associates degree or a four year program leading to a Bachelor degree in surveying and mapping (the Land Surveying Profession) is eligible to apply for the NSPS Foundation Trig-Star scholarship of $5000.00. The applicant does not have to have won at any level of the Trig-Star Contest but must have participated in the contest when 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 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 high school(s) in the 2016-2017 competition, contact Jim Anderson at James M. Anderson & Associates, Inc. at 912-764-2002.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 9/15/15

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Group praises school’s Duck Pond project for environmental education

 

Richard McCombs Accepts Ogeechee Riverkeepers Award for SHS.jpgThe Ogeechee Riverkeeper (OR) selected Statesboro High School to receive its 2015 Educational Partnership of the Year award.  SHS Science Teacher Rich McCombs accepted the award during OR’s annual meeting August 29 at Love’s Seafood & Steaks in Savannah.

 

SHS was selected due to the efforts of its science department's teachers.  Emily Markesteyn (right), RiverKeeper's executive director, made these remarks about SHS during the award presentation.
 

 “Throughout the course of our outreach work, we interact with scores of schools each year. Over this past year, however, many teachers have forgone the one-and-done type programs for the much more involved Adopt-a-Stream monitoring program. And perhaps none have done so more energetically than Statesboro High School. Not only has this partnership exposed nearly 100 students to stream monitoring, but these students have assimilated their Adopt-a-Stream training into a comprehensive restoration project, turning an ugly, overgrown retention pond into a beautiful, carefully monitored duck pond that is now being utilized as an outdoor classroom.  Ogeechee Riverkeeper is so thankful to have been a part of this project, and we are honored to recognize Statesboro High School.”

 

The Statesboro High School Duck Pond project was led by SHS Science Teacher Lee Bratton and funded by $2,000 in innovation grants from the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education. Environmental science students collaborated with university professors, field experts, and other content classes to design, build and maintain the outdoor classroom and science lab for the conservation of wildlife and its habitat. The "Duck Pond" is located on school property, making it easily accessible for daily learning use.

 

Photo Courtesy of Jon Waits and Ogeechee Riverkeeper

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 9/15/15

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McCombs & Caplinger share importance

of community partnerships in teaching STEM

 

State TAG Awards 2015 001.jpgStatesboro High Science Teacher Rich McCombs and Noah Caplinger, a SHS sophomore, were invited to speak at the Technology Association of Georgia's 4th Annual STEM Education Awards at the Carlos Community Center in Atlanta, on August 28. They were part of a panel of speakers that shared their experiences in engaging students in STEM education. 

 

Addressing all the conference’s attendees, McCombs and Caplinger shared how Statesboro High engages community partners to help students see the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Caplinger also shared how STEM-related classes at SHS have made him want to pursue career opportunities in these fields.  McCombs addressed the importance of partnerships with Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Ogeechee Technical College and local businesses and industries, who help students understand workforce needs.

(Pictured: Rich McCombs, Noah Caplinger and Governor Nathan Deal)

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 9/15/15

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New program aims to ensure cleaner, healthier schools

     According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American home is 2,600 sq. ft. with three occupants, and most of us would agree that it’s hard work to keep a home clean. Compare that to local public schools where custodian teams work in shifts from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to keep 15 campuses clean and healthy.

     Bulloch County Schools’ custodians tidy up after more than 11,550 students and faculty daily. They have nearly 1.6 million sq. ft. of bathroom, office, classroom, commons area and athletic facility spaces to mop, wax, scrub and dust daily. Plus, they do windows and take out the trash, up to 150 trash bins a day. This is the challenge that our custodian teams accept each school day and even on weekends when our facilities are rented by community groups.

     To recognize and encourage excellence amongst its custodians, Bulloch County Schools created the Clean School Award. The custodian teams at Portal Middle High School and Statesboro High School were the first recipients of the honor on August 27.

     PMHS received the award for having the highest inspection results. They scored 96.6 points out of a possible 100.  SHS received the award for being the most improved team. They improved their previous month’s inspection score by 14 points, twice as much as the second highest school. "The Clean School Awards create friendly competition between school custodians to see who can have the cleanest school,” said Paul Webb, the district’s chief operations officer, who oversees school nutrition, transportation and maintenance.

     “Thank you for the great job that you do,” said Webb, as he, Mike Copeland and school administrators surprised the teams with their awards. Webb had the plaques immediately hung in the schools’ commons areas, and the awards will travel to the winning schools each month. 

     Under the new program, Mike Copeland, Bulloch County Schools’ warehouse and custodial services coordinator, conducts a monthly walk through of all 15 schools. As he meets with the head custodians, he grades the team’s performance using a cleanliness rubric based on standards developed by the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) and the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI). 

     After scoring each school, Copeland meets with the head custodian and the principal to applaud what is going well and offer suggestions for improving problem areas.  "The great thing is that the staff knows we are coming back the next month and that we will make additional random inspections, so they have a chance to improve and win the next month,” Webb said.

     “A clean school is a healthy school, and we want healthy environments for our students, employees and community,” Webb added.  “A clean school positively affects school climate and public perception."

     This supports research by the National School Climate Center, which found that “schools with positive overall school climates tend to have better test scores and graduation rates.”  Providing modern, functional, safe and clean educational facilities is an important part of ensuring that the school district fosters positive school climates and properly maintains the facilities in which the community has invested.

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Pictured: PMHS’s custodian team – Paul Webb, Charles Rushing, Susie Brown (head custodian), J. Brady, John Keller, Mamie Humphries and Mike Copeland.

 

 

 

 

Pictured: SHS custodian team – James Freeman, John Gay, Mooney Hill (head custodian), Willie Johnson, Daniel McCullough, Samuel McCullough, Dot Oglesby (not pictured), Alice Rich – Hobbs, William Saxton, and Dot Wilkerson. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 9/3/15

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School System Logo Blue for web.JPGThe Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its regularly scheduled work session on Thursday, August 27, 6:30 p.m., in the media center of Southeast Bulloch High School (9184 Brooklet-Denmark Hwy.).  The work session will feature updates on the progress of major initiatives within the school system's Business & Finance, Operations, and Curriculum and Instruction offices. An agenda and Board packet for the meeting are attached.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 8/26/15

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Mallard Gains Career Experience; Ready to Compete in Upcoming Competitions

2013 PMHS National FFA Convention Silver Emblem Winners.jpgPortal FFA member, Lizzie Mallard, recently attended the statewide FFA Floral Design Career Development Event training held at the Georgia FFA/ FCCLA Center in Covington. The two-day training was developed specifically for FFA members to strengthen their floral design skills. The training was led and sponsored by members of the Georgia State Florist Association along with generous donations from many floral companies from across the nation.

The partnership between the middle and high school agriculture programs and the Georgia State Florist Association plays a fundamental role in preparing students through hands on experiences for future careers in the floral industry. 

Read the complete story below.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 8/26/15

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Bulloch County Schools is hosting an important informational meeting about Georgia’s updated dual enrollment program, Move on When Ready.  If you are the parent/guardian of a high school student, please attend one of these upcoming sessions on either Thursday, September 3, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. or Thursday, September 17, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Both sessions will be held at Statesboro High School in the auditorium.

Administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC), the revised Move on When Ready (MOWR) program consolidates the state’s existing dual enrollment options (original Move On When Ready, Accel and HOPE Grant). Now students truly earn dual credit since courses can count toward both their high school and college requirements.

MOWR will make it easier for students to enroll in college courses while they are still in high school and will remove some of the financial barriers that once prevented students from participating in a dual enrollment programs.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 8/24/15

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School System Logo Blue for web.JPGBulloch County Schools is joining with Georgia Southern Athletics and Spring Hill Suites by Marriott of Statesboro to help ‪Paint the Town Blue‬. Our K-5 students are participating in the Georgia Southern University Art Contest 2015. Watch for entry information to come home with your child or check it out below.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 8/19/15

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web versio.jpgUp with People is coming to Bulloch County, August 24-28. Our school system is excited for them to return to our schools.Be sure to see the premier  of Up with People’s new show ‘The Journey,’ at 7 p.m., Friday August 28,  at Statesboro High School. Tickets are on sale now at the Averitt Center for the Arts' box office:  Adults $15 and senior adults and children $10.

Up with People is a global non-profit and educational program that brings the world together through music and service. The cast of Up with People is made up of 100 young adults, ages 17 to 29, who are from 20 different countries.  They travel around the world, stay with local host families, do 800 hours of volunteer work per week and perform a high energy musical show. In every city that they visit they take the time to connect with schools to facilitate cross cultural communication and diversity workshops and have cultural exchange between students. 

Bulloch County Schools’ students and their parents have a unique opportunity to be a part of Up with People’s visit by hosting an international cast member for the week, attending a back stage tour, volunteering with the cast in the community, or helping bring a cultural workshop to their school or extra-curricular organization. For our older students, they may want to consider being a future cast member, where they can travel and earn college credit.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, contact Chelsea Glosser at 216-258-8181 or cglosser@upwithpeople.org. She is part of the Up With People advance team that is already here preparing for the group's visit.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 8/14/15

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School System Logo Blue for web.JPGThe Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its regular session meeting on Thursday, August 13, at 6:30 p.m., in the board room of the William James Education Complex at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro.

Main topics for the meeting include contracting with the Georgia School Boards Association for a periodic review of the local Board's policies, a request to name the vocational/technical wing at Southeast Bulloch High School and a review of the school system's June 2015 financial reports.  The complete Board packet is attached.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 8/13/15

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State SealState School Superintendent Richard Woods is seeking middle and high school students to serve on his fall 2015 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 2015-16 school year. To apply complete an application and send it to Ron Culver at rculver@doe.k12.ga.us by 5:00 p.m., August 31. Click here for an application.

The selected students will be contacted via email. All students can check gadoe.org, under News & Announcements, on September 11 to see if they have been selected.

If selected, middle school students will meet September 28, November 9, and March 28. High school students will meet October 1, November 12, and March 31. The Student Advisory Council will also have two virtual meetings. Details on times and dates will be discussed at the first meeting.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 8/12/15

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School System Logo Blue for web.JPGIn response to recent parent questions about corporal punishment, please review the attached information.  Bulloch County Schools’ main mission is to educate children, not punish them.  In order to offer the best learning environment possible for students and employees, administrators must also ensure that our schools are safe and free of distractions that may interfere with learning. As a result, the Bulloch County Board of Education requires all of its schools to adopt codes of conduct. 

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 8/6/15

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School System Logo Blue for web.JPGBulloch County Schools' 15 campuses and Transitions Learning Center began classes on Monday, August 3, after hosting successful open houses on Thursday. Attendance for the first day was 9,683 compared to an opening-day attendance last year of 9,234. The previous school year ended with an enrollment of 10,192.  Attendance will continue to increase over the next several weeks and is expected to reach around 10,300.   

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 8/3/15

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029.JPGBulloch County’s School Nutrition Program invites your child to participate in our breakfast and lunch services this school year.  Cafeteria staff plan and prepare nutritious meals each day that meet current dietary guidelines.  These are updates on what to expect for the new school year:

  • Free Breakfast Available for All Students in 2015-16
  • Meals Include More Produce & Grains Grown by Local Farmers & Students
  • MySchoolBucks - Online Tool to Pay in Advance & Monitor Lunch Balances
  • USDA Requires Slight Increase in Lunch Costs
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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 8/1/15

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School System Logo Blue for web.JPGThe Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) released its lists of Priority and Focus Schools on Wednesday as part of its Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) accountability waiver.  One of Bulloch's schools was removed from the Focus list, three schools were placed on the list and no schools are on the Priority list. Focus Schools are the lowest performing 10 percent of Title I schools in the state, and Priority Schools are the lowest five percent.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 7/31/15

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School System Logo Blue for web.JPGThe Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its scheduled work session at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 23.  Please note that the meeting will be in the media center of Statesboro High School.  The Board packet for this evening's meeting is attached.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 7/23/15

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School System Logo Blue for web.JPGBulloch County Schools will host Open House for our pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade students and their families at each of our 15 campuses on Thursday, July 30. Open House for our elementary schools will be 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Open House for our middle and high schools will be 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. This event includes the Statesboro High Pre-School, whose open house will be 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

These events are designed to give students and families time to tour our schools, meet your child's teachers, pick up important information and sign up for opportunities to serve in your child's school.

Remember as well that the first day of school is Monday, August 3. If you are new to our system, please register your child at your zoned school before the first day of class. This will enable us to welcome your child, have them assigned to a class(es), and prepare all the materials and services that he or she may need. Our middle and high school offices are open throughout the summer, and our elementary school offices will reopen on July 20.

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Published: 7/16/15

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Mattie Lively Elementary School's assistant principal, Dr. Carolyn Vasilatos, has accepted the role of interim principal of the school for the upcoming year.  Vasilatos will serve while the district conducts a nation-wide search to replace former principal, Todd Williford, who resigned this summer after 21 years to accept a position with an educational software vendor.

Vasilatos is a veteran educator with 19 years of experience, 16 of those with Bulloch County Schools. Before becoming an administrator, she served 10 years at Julia P. Bryant Elementary as a kindergarten and first-grade teacher.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 7/10/15

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School System Logo Blue for web.JPGThe Bulloch County Board of Education approved a Fiscal Year 2016 Budget at its regular session meeting on Thursday, July 9. The Budget does not include a millage rate increase, but does include raises for certified and non-certified employees and additional resources for schools.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 7/10/15

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School System Logo Blue for web.JPGThe Bulloch County Board of Education approved a tentative Fiscal Year 2016 Budget at its regular session meeting on Thursday, June 11. It does not include a millage rate increase, but does include raises for certified and non-certified employees.

     The budget will be available for review and public input until June 25. The Board is expected to vote on the final budget on that date during its scheduled work session at 6:30 p.m.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 6/12/15

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Statesboro High School.jpgBulloch County Schools and Statesboro High School are hosting a second, special graduation ceremony for a few graduates’ family members on Saturday, June 27, at 10:00 a.m. in the SHS Auditorium. These families were unable to witness the complete original ceremony at Georgia Southern University’s Hanner Fieldhouse because the doors were temporarily locked minutes before the ceremony due to safety concerns about the building’s occupancy.

Graduates and their families are encouraged to contact Kathy Hendrix at SHS by Monday, June 22, at 212-8860 or khendrix@bullochschools.org if they would like to participate. After the special ceremony, Georgia Southern University’s Blue Tie Catering will provide an on-site reception for guests.

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Published: 6/12/15

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2014-05-24 13.07.13web.jpg“Do what you are supposed to do and good things will come.” The simple yet effective motto of Statesboro High School’s valedictorian, Anji Li, who graduates at the top of her 357-member senior class this weekend.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 5/31/15

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BraseltonWeb.jpgPortal Middle High School’s valedictorian, Mattie Braselton, is a great admirer of Stephen Hawking. The accomplished theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author once said, “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.”  Once you meet Mattie, you realize that she could have easily spoken these same words.

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Published: 5/31/15

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BoddifordLauren web.jpgIf you had to choose between singing at Carnegie Hall or being named valedictorian of your senior class, which would you choose?  It is not a choice that Southeast Bulloch High School Valedictorian Lauren Boddiford had to make. She achieved both and is also SEBHS’s STAR student.

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Published: 5/31/15

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Several of our high school athletic teams are offering athletic camps this summer for softball, basketball, cheerleading and volleyball. The age ranges vary for each camp  from 3 -17 years old, so check the registration forms for complete details.

The camps are a great opportunity for our kids to stay active over the summer and learn new skills, especially those who are older and preparing for middle and high school athletic teams.  

All camps prefer pre-registration, but walk-up registrations are available for most camps. A list of the camps, along with a contact and link to registration forms, is provided below.

Southeast Bulloch Youth Basketball Camp: John Page, 912-687-3729, jpage@bullochschools.org ; sbhs.bulloch.k12.ga.us/basketball   

Southeast Bulloch Jr. Jacket Cheer Camp: Alison Mathis & Meredith Jones, mmjones@bullochschools.org or amathis@bullochschools.org

Statesboro High School Kids' Cheer Camp: Amy Altman aaltman@bullochschools.orgOnline Registration: http://tinyurl.com/mxllnf8  

Junior Jackets’ Softball Camp: SEBHS Softball Coach Aimee Civalier, acivalier@bullochschools.org; 682-9385; sbhs.bulloch.k12.ga.us

Statesboro High School Volleyball Camp: Bob Massee, bmassee@bullochschools.orgshs.bulloch.k12.ga.us

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 5/26/15

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School System Logo Blue for web.JPGThe Bulloch County Board of Education will meet on Thursday, May 28, 6:30 p.m., for its regularly scheduled work session.  The meeting will be held in the board room of the William James Educational Complex on Williams Road in Statesboro.  An agenda and information packet for the meeting are attached.

Key topics for discussion include policy revisions, technology and software purchases, and school nutrition purchases for the upcoming 2015-16 school year.  The Board will also continue its discussions on the development of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget.

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Published: 5/26/15

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School System Logo Blue for web.JPGMore than 8,000 Georgians could now be eligible to receive their high school diplomas under a new law signed by Governor Nathan Deal on March 30. House Bill 91 – Diploma Recovery, which was sponsored by state Rep. Brooks Coleman (R-Duluth), retroactively eliminates certain state tests that are no longer required for graduation.

The law helps current and former students, who met all other academic requirements for graduation, but who did not receive a high school diploma because they were unable to pass a portion(s) of multi-part state exams. The law extends to the following state exams: Georgia High School Graduation Test; the Georgia High School Writing Test; and the Georgia Basic Skills Test, which was first administered in 1981.

See the attached documents and petition for more information or visit www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/testing

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 5/18/15

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School System Logo Blue for web.JPGAfter several months of discussion, Bulloch County Schools is moving forward with its plan to adjust the  transportation zones for Sallie Zetterower Elementary School (SZES) and Langston Chapel Elementary (LCES) for 2015-16. This change in bus routes will affect approximately 140 LCES students, who currently ride a bus to school. They will be moved to SZES, beginning the first day of school, which is August 3. Attendance zones, which are based on property addresses, are not changing for either school for 2015-16. 

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Published: 5/18/15

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School System Logo Blue for web.JPGIf you are the parent of a student who receives special education services, Georgia law provides you the choice to transfer your child to another public or private school in Georgia. For information about qualifying for the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program for the 2015-2016 school year, please see the attached requirements.

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Published: 5/18/15

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School System Logo Blue for web.JPGBulloch County Schools invites parents and the community to give input to its federal and state programs on Tuesday, May 26, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., in the board room of the William James Educational Complex on 150 Williams Road. This meeting is held each year for the public to express their input on how they would like to see federal funds used in the school system. 

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Published: 5/17/15

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As the parent or guardian of a student currently enrolled in our school district, under state law (House Bill 251) you may request to transfer your child to another public school within Bulloch County Schools for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year if there is available space. This school choice/transfer request window is open Monday, May 4 - Friday, May 22 at 4:00 p.m.  No requests will be accepted after the deadline.  For more details, a list of schools with available space, and a request form, click here.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 5/15/15

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STEMDAY2015.pngThe TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) will host the third annual, statewide Georgia STEM Day on Friday, May 8. Georgia STEM Day is an opportunity for students, educators and organizations to celebrate and engage in activities involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Last year’s event attracted over 620,000 students from 50 different school districts across the state. In Bulloch County, various campuses have special activities planned. 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 5/7/15

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School System Logo Blue for web.JPGThe Bulloch County Board of Education will host its April work session on Thursday, April 30, 2015 in the media center of Southeast Bulloch High School. Key topics for discussion include a transportation zone change for Sallie Zetterower Elementary and Langston Chapel Elementary and the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget.

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Published: 4/30/15

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Bulloch County Schools' nine elementary schools will host Kindergarten Registration for the 2015-2016 school year on April 27 - May 1st. Registration packets can be picked up at your zoned school during school hours.  See the attached flyer or visit www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/kindergarten for more information and for a list of evening registration and testing dates.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 4/25/15

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SHS Little Mermaid logo.jpgThe Statesboro High School Musical Theatre Class and Fine Arts Department is proud to present Disney's "The Little Mermaid, Jr." The show will feature selected members of the Mattie Lively Elementary School Chorus, as well as a few other elementary and middle school students who attend other Bulloch County Schools. For student matinee reservations and curriculum connections, please contact Lisa Muldrew at~lmuldrew@bulloch.k12.ga.us~or call (912) 531-7851. Public performance tickets will be sold at the door prior to the performance.

Student Matinee - Friday, April 24, at 9:00 am. Students and parents are $2.00 and teachers and bus drivers are free.

Public Performance - Saturday, April 25, at 2:00 pm. General admission tickets are $5.00, and $2.00 for children five and under.

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Published: 4/23/15

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School System Logo Blue for web.JPGBulloch County Schools’ third- through eighth-grade students will take the new Georgia Milestones End-of-Grade Tests (EOG) April 21 – May 1.  The new statewide assessment system replaces the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, and will measure progress in the content areas of English/language arts, math, science and social studies. Parents can access additional information about the tests at www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/testing.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 4/20/15

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School System Logo Blue for web.JPGThe Bulloch County Board of Education will host its next regular session meeting on Thursday, April 9, 6:30 p.m., at the district's Central Office, on 150 Williams Road in Statesboro.  The meeting's Board Packet is attached. 

Key items on the agenda include approval of two 21st Century Communities Afterschool and Summer Youth Development Program agreements and continuing transportation zone and Fiscal Year 2016 Budget discussions.  The Board will also consider placing on the table for further review a proposed agreement with Lose & Associates, Inc. to prepare a master plan for middle school athletic facilities, which were identified by the Board's Facilities Committee.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 4/9/15

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School System Logo Blue for web.JPGBulloch County Schools encourages all parents with children, who attend one of the district’s 15 public schools, to complete an online survey from the Georgia Department of Education, the Georgia Parent Survey, regarding the climate and safety of their child’s school(s). Access the survey from any desktop or mobile device with Internet access. If a parent does not have access to the Internet, he/she may contact one of our schools and make an appointment to complete the survey there. 

Click Here to take the survey now, or access it from our homepage at a later time.

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Published: 4/1/15

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School System Logo Blue for web.JPGThe Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) has released the state’s first School Climate Star ratings for schools across the state. The results will help parents, students, and school personnel evaluate their school’s atmosphere.  Six of Bulloch County Schools' 15 campuses achieved an above-average rating of four stars out of a possible five.

Measured by star rankings from one to five, one being unsatisfactory and five being excellent, parents and school administrators can see the perceived atmosphere of their schools in regards to safety, relationships, teaching and learning, and institutional environment and based on the following input from each school:  (1) faculty/staff, parent and student responses to the annual Georgia School Climate Survey; (2) discipline referrals; (3) incidents of bullying, harassment, violence or drug use; and (4) attendance rates by students, teachers and administrators.

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Published: 4/1/15

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Lady Devils bball 2015 Coastal Empire champs 051edit.jpgThe Langston Chapel Middle School Girls Basketball Team won the 2015 Coastal Empire Region Championship on their home court on January 24, capping off a season of determination and hard work. Head Coach Marty Holder and representatives of the Blue Devil squad were presented to the Board of Education by LCMS Principal Evelyn Gamble-Hilton on March 12.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 3/30/15

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Robert Lloyd.jpgRobert Lloyd, an eighth-grade student at Langston Chapel Middle School, was recently selected as one of the state’s best student percussionists by the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) by receiving the honor of First Chair in one of two middle school-level All-State Bands.  Lloyd went through a rigorous audition process against the best percussionists from around the state, and his score was one of the highest. 
He rehearsed and performed with the All-State Band February 26 -28, at the Classic Center in Athens, and worked with nationally recognized conductor, Robert Herrings, from Texas.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 3/27/15

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School System Logo Blue for web.JPGThank you to all of our parents that have selected Bulloch County Schools for their child's pre-kindergarten experience. We are excited to welcome these little ones to our campuses for the 2015-2016 school year.  Our pre-kindergarten lottery drawings for registered students are March 19 -31 at the Board of Education.  Please click here for a complete schedule of each school's lottery drawing date and time.

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Published: 3/20/15

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Langston Chapel MiddleFamilies in Bulloch County are invited to attend Langston Chapel Middle School's free Family Math & Science Night on Thursday, March 26, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m, in the LCMS Gymnasium. The event features a free hot dog supper and hands-on activities and presentations by Savannah's Magic Marc Dunston, the Georgia Southern University Wildlife Center, and the Statesboro Astronomy Club.  Other special activities include graph the lollipop, skewer the balloon, and character sketches.

 

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Published: 3/19/15

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SEBHS Drill Team.jpgThe Southeast Bulloch High JROTC Drill Team dominated the Region Nine Drill Championships on March 7, at Metter High School, by winning seven of eight events.  The team competed against nine of the area’s male and female drill teams in both the regulation armed and unarmed categories. The Yellow Jackets advance to the state drill meet at Griffin High School on March 21.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 3/17/15

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web 2015_NWTF_Convention_IMG_9274-250px.jpgStatesboro High School Science Teacher Lee Bratton was recently awarded the Conservation Educator of the Year Award by the National Wild Turkey Federation at their national convention in Nashville.  Bratton has successfully paired her love of science, nature and hunting to conservation education and shooting sports at SHS.  Through her science classroom and the formation of the nation's first NWTF and Ducks Unlimited chapters at a high school, Bratton is successfully giving students practical conservation projects to apply their science knowledge. http://goo.gl/GWhNR7

 

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Published: 3/16/15

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School System Logo Blue for web.JPGThe Bulloch County Board of Education will meet for its regular session meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, in the boardroom of the district's central office at 150 Williams Road in Statesboro.  An agenda and the Board packet of items to be discussed is available at www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/boardpackets or see the attachment below.

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 3/12/15

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Camp Invention.jpgUpdate: Joy Darley will direct the Camp Invention Illuminate™ program at Georgia Southern University June 22-26, for rising first - sixth-grade students.

Register on or before March 20, 2015 to receive $25 OFF the base price of $220.

GSU is a host site for Camp Invention, a national program backed by the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the U.S. Patent & Trademarks Office.The program allows children to explore science, technology and their own innate creativity, inventiveness and entrepreneurial spirit.

For more information, see the attached flyer or visit http://campinvention.org or call 1.800.968.4332

Early online registration is now open at http://inventnow-web.ungerboeck.com/programsearch/moreinfo.aspx?event=11597

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 3/6/15

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School System Logo Blue for web.JPGBulloch County Schools will host prekindergarten registration March 9-13 for the 2015-2016 school year. Parents may begin picking up registration packets that week at either the Board of Education, any of our nine elementary schools, or our three high school Pre-K sites. For complete details visit www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/prekindergarten.

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Published: 3/6/15

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Langston Chapel MiddleLangston Chapel Middle School is hosting its First Annual Rockin' Blue Devil 5K Run/Funwalk, on Saturday, March 21, at Statesboro High School's Womack Field. Participants can enjoy running or walking to their favorite music.All proceeds benefit the school's Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and athletic teams.  

The 5K run begins at 9:00 a.m., and walkers start at 10:00 a.m. There will be medals for First-, Second- and Third-Place in all age categories and awards for the best Overall Male and Female.

On-site registration on the day of the event begins at 8:00 a.m.; however, early registration is encouraged.  Register online by clicking here. Those who register by March 10, are guaranteed a t-shirt, and additional shirts will be available while supplies last.  Come support the Langston Chapel Middle School Blue Devils.

 

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 3/5/15

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IMG_0343.jpgStatesboro High School’s JROTC Leadership Team will compete for the 2015 Army JROTC Leadership Bowl Championship title this summer. After earning top scores in two preliminary competition rounds against 1,320 other teams, they are one of only 40 Army JROTC Academic Bowl teams in the nation to qualify for nationals. They earned an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete on the campus of The Catholic University of America, June 26-30

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 3/4/15

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images74PL06D2.jpgThe Bulloch County Board of Education has approved the school system's 2015-2016 School Calendar. The 180-day calendar sets the first day of school on Monday, August 3.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 3/3/15

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The Bulloch County Board of Education will host its annual Speak Up for Education event for school councils, parents and the community on Thursday, February 26, 6-8 p.m. at Julia P. Bryant Elementary School. Anyone interested in K-12 public education is encouraged to attend. 

For more information about the event or key topics, visit www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/speakupforeducation.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 2/23/15

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School System Logo Blue for web.JPGThe Bulloch County Board of Education will have a Regular Session meeting on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the boardroom of the school system's Central Office on 150 Williams Road in Statesboro.  The meeting agenda and Board packet are attached.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 2/11/15

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Southeast Bulloch HighThe Southeast Bulloch FFA Chapter is hosting an Art & Essay Contest for all students from its feeder schools: Nevils Elementary, Brooklet Elementary, Stilson Elementary, Southeast Bulloch Middle and Southeast Bulloch High School. Students are asked to draw a picture and/or write an essay about the topic corresponding to their grade level. For details, see the attached flyer or contact Susannah Lanier, at SEBHS slanier@bulloch.k12.ga.us

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 2/3/15

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School System Logo Blue for web.JPGBulloch County Schools' Parent Involvement Coordinators will host Middle School Matters on Saturday, February 7, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Statesboro High School.  

Middle School Matters is a series of workshops designed for parents of children, who are in fifth - eighth grades, with the philosophy that parenting, like all types of education, is an ongoing and lifelong learning process. This is a free event and lunch is provided.

For more information contact the Bulloch County Schools Title I Programs Office at 912.212.8500 or contact the Parent Involvement Coordinator at your child’s school.

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Posted by: Hayley Greene
Published: 2/2/15