Dougherty County School System Notebook - Dec. 15, 2013

DCSS to hold math workshop; Hugh Mills Stadium staff recognized

Hugh Mills Football Staff Named to Top Ten by GHSA

For the fourth consecutive year, the Hugh Mills Stadium football staff has been selected as one of the top ten staffs by the Georgia High School Association. The top ten staffs for each year work one of the state semi-final football games. The Hugh Mills staff worked at the “AA” Lamar County vs. Benedictine football game in Barnesville on Friday, December 6.

Albany Middle Dance Line Places 2nd in Region Competition

The Albany Middle School Dazzlers dance line recently participated in the Battle of the Dance Lines competition in Atlanta. The group competed against eight metro Atlanta middle schools placing 2nd in the Junior Division. The competition judges commended the Dazzlers on their technique and style. The AMS Dazzlers include Kanaya Goodson, Kierra Alford, Epicouruia Frazier, Jazmine Calloway, KeNasia Ware, Tyera Thomas, and Eriel Route. The award-winning group also features hip-hop soloist Sean Stafford. Iija Sheffield is the Dazzlers’ sponsor.

Lincoln Student Council Serves the Community by working at food bank

The Lincoln Elementary Magnet School Student Council participates in service projects throughout the school year. The group’s service project for November was assisting at Oakridge Baptist Church’s food bank. This is the third year that the student council has helped with this project and the students always enjoy the activity. When the students arrive at the food bank, they prepare bags by filling them with dry and canned goods. As the recipients arrive, the students assist them with carrying their grocery bags to their vehicles. This is just one of many ways in which the Lincoln student council serves people in our community.

HealthMPowers Visits Sherwood Acres

Sherwood Acres Elementary School faculty and students were visited recently by HealthMPowers, an organization that travels throughout the state with programs to assist schools with healthy life-style choices. Each grade level attended an assembly that taught health and nutrition in a fun way. Grades K, 1 and 2 learned how to be “Super Health Heroes” by eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains along with exercising for 60 minutes a day. Third, fourth, and fifth graders learned “spy skills” on their “Mission Nutrition” that can help them identify healthy choices by reading labels carefully.

The teachers participated in a health fitness appraisal to assess their body mass index, flexibility, upper body strength, and dietary habits. As a follow-up activity, Sherwood students are playing “Catch Your Teacher Being Healthy” during one week of school. Each teacher will have a card that can be initialed by a student when a healthy choice such as drinking water or eating fruits and vegetables is exhibited. Teachers are aiming to have their cards filled by the end of the week. Brenda Marley coordinated the event for the school.

Northside Elementary Hosts “Muffins for Moms”

Northside Elementary School hosted a “Muffins for Moms” workshop for more than 60 mothers, grandmothers, and aunts on November 21. Parent facilitator Trasontra Williams from Lamar Reese Magnet School of the Arts, spoke to the participants about “Setting the foundation for their children.” She encouraged them to be present in the lives of their children, be a voice for their children, and to continue to play a role in their education. The agenda also included new promotional requirements presented by principal Maqueta Griswold and SenCarda Jordan from Albany Area Primary Health Care. Northside school counselor Tyjuna Burton spoke to the parents about the 10 things moms can do to help their children succeed in school. The event was coordinated by parent facilitator Jessica Jenkins and her team.

Local Baker Shares Entrepreneurship Skills with Westover marketing class

Smallcakes Cupcakery owner Lindsay Bridges visited Rasheda Haines’ marketing class at Westover Comprehensive High School on November 19 to share entrepreneurial concepts with students and discuss how her company uses marketing in its daily operations. Bridges told her story of how she became a franchise owner and the steps required to start a franchise business. She discussed the advantages and disadvantages of entrepreneurship and spoke about the organizational skills, drive, and leadership skills required of a successful entrepreneur. The students enjoyed the opportunity to hear how some of their classroom marketing activities are applied in the real world.