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Education Notebook - Sept. 1, 2013

Westover High Marine cadets

Westover High Marine cadets

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Brystan Carthon

Albany High FBLA Earns Gold Seal Chapter Award

After earning a Silver Level Award, the Albany High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter was recently awarded the Hollis and Kitty Guy Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit. This award recognizes outstanding local chapters that have actively participated in projects and programs identified with the goals of FBLA.

Some of the criteria for this award include participation in Business Achievement Awards, promoting FBLA, and participating in state and national projects. Albany High’s chapter successfully met the criteria to be recognized and awarded for their achievements. FBLA advisors at Albany High are Jamie Fredrickson and Carene Talley.

Westover Cadets Visit Parris Island

During summer break, the Westover Comprehensive High School cadets conducted an orientation visit and cadet leadership camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C.

Forty cadets observed ongoing training being conducted at Parris Island and had an opportunity to participate in the rappelling tower, gas chamber, and confidence and obstacle courses. Students were also briefed at the Iwo Jima and Purple Heart Exhibits, observed live firing at the rifle range, and participated at the indoor simulated marksmanship training center.

Cadets participated in a core values discussion, attended a morning colors ceremony, and attended a recruit graduation ceremony while practicing their leadership skills as they performed in key leadership roles. Westover’s cadets are lead by Major Mitchel Carthon and First Sergeant Harry Johnson.

Albany High FBLA Attends Summer Leadership Summit

Incoming chapter officers from Albany High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended the Summer Leadership and Officer Training Summit at Crisp County High School recently. The workshop is held annually to introduce officers to their responsibilities and to promote prosperous FBLA chapters.

Student attended breakout sessions pertinent to their office and received guides explaining their roles. Attendees also participated in beneficial activities to build leadership skills and boost camaraderie among chapter members. At the closing of the training session, the students met with faculty advisers to plan activities and events for the upcoming school year. FBLA advisors at Albany High are Jamie Fredrickson and Carene Talley.

ISECS’ Brystan Carthon Attends Robotics Camp

International Studies Elementary Charter School student Brystan Carthon recently attended Robotics Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home of SpaceCamp and NASA’s official Visitor Information Center at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

The one-week educational program promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on team work, leadership, and decision-making. Brystan was part of the Robotics Camp Program which is specifically designed for trainees who have a particular interest in science, engineering, and aerospace.

He spent the week working with a team that conquered the air, land, and sea with state-of-the-art robotics. Brystan and crew completed their training in time to hear retired Space Shuttle astronaut Colonel Bob Springer speak at their graduation.

Turner Elementary Holds School Health Fair

Turner Elementary School held a health fair recently. The fair was sponsored by the school and Albany Area Primary Health.

In attendance were representatives from Georgia Families, AAPHC Glover Dental, Wellcare, Peachstate, Right From the Start Medicaid, Network of Trust, and Allergy and Asthma Clinics of Georgia. Body mass index, blood pressure and glucose testing for the adults were performed by nurses from Albany Area Primary Health Care. Many parents and students won prizes donated by Wellcare, Albany Area Primary Healthcare, and Georgia Families.

Local FedEx Ground Crew Makes Donation to DCSS

When the local FedEx ground crew manager, Billy Bridges, started hearing about preparation for back-to-school, he started thinking about children whose families might not be able to afford to provide all the supplies needed for school. He asked his staff to help him gather supplies for those children in need and this presented them to Partners in Excellence assistant Dot Sadler to be distributed as needed in the school system.

The supplies donated included pencils, composition books, erasers, glue, notebooks, pens, crayons, and more. The DCSS is grateful for caring community partners who lend a hand to help others who may be less fortunate.

Albany Christian Church Donates Supplies to Northside

Albany Christian Church has developed a strong partnership with the faculty, staff, and students at Northside Elementary School. During the summer Vacation Bible School, Pastor Chris Hill asked participants to donate school supplies for the students at Northside. The donations exceeded his expectations. Members and supporters of the church donated pencils, paper, glue, crayons, and more to ensure that the students were well prepared for the first months of the new school year. The faculty, staff, and students at Northside are grateful for the support that they consistently receive from the Albany Christian Church congregation.

Radium Middle Holds Annual Title I Meeting

Radium Springs Middle Magnet School of the Arts held its annual Title I meeting for parents, guardians, and community stakeholders recently. Information such as Title I requirements, the flexible learning plan, expectations, and discipline was discussed in detail. Parent facilitator Melva Simmons presented an overview of Parents Right to Know, teacher and paraprofessional certification, school report card, AYP flexibility waiver, and other topics.

Kimberly Thompson spoke in more detail about the flexible learning plan. Assistant principal Dr. Roderick Pollock spoke about behavior and expectations for students and principal Valerie Williams commented on all topics and answered parents’ questions. Dougherty County Board of Education member Dr. Lane Price was present for the meeting.

DCSS Science Teachers Participate in Summer Workshop

Fifteen science teachers from the four Dougherty County School System high schools, Albany Early College, and South Georgia Regional Achievement Center participated in the Teacher Quality Grant Workshop sponsored by Columbus State University during summer break. The project guided inquiry is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the Teacher Quality Grant Office at the University of Georgia.

The lead facilitator was Dr. Anil Banerjee, Associate Professor of Chemistry at CSU. Dr. Deniz Peker, Dr. Brian McCarthy, and Michael Anderson provided instructional support. Teachers experienced scientific content, pedagogy, hands-on activities, and lab experiments in biology, chemistry, and physics. Follow-up sessions will occur in fall 2013 and spring 2014.