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DCSS Notebook - Oct. 14

Southside Middle softball champions

Southside Middle softball champions

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Pictured left to right are Cancer Stomp participants Laytona Stephenson (Live Oak principal), Jade Kavanaugh (kindergarten teacher), and Marilyn Fowler (office secretary)

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Pvt. Amon Gordon

DCSS Officials Share BOE Decision on Early Intervention

DCSS superintendent David Mosely and human resources director Farrell Young recently discussed the Dougherty County Board of Education’s decision to offer Early Intervention Program (EIP) support to the youngest of system students. The superintendent reported that the program will help students in kindergarten through second grade to catch up their academic skills to perform at or above grade level. The effort will require a million dollar commitment to place 21 new teachers in the system’s 14 elementary schools. “Research shows that students who can’t perform on grade level by grade three have the most difficult time catching up in later years,” said Mosely. “Working with these children will make a big difference in the success of the system in the future.”

State Supt. Barge Names Parent Advisory Council

State School Superintendent John Barge has named 36 parents from all over Georgia to serve on his 2013-14 Parent Advisory Council (PAC). Included in this year’s PAC membership is Rance Pettibone, Sr., from Dougherty County. As members of the council, these parents will meet three times this year with the State Superintendent to discuss education issues in Georgia. Their primary focus will be increasing parent and family engagement to ensure student success.

“I am looking forward to getting to know these parent advisors and discuss how our policies affect their children on a daily basis,” said Barge. “Having parent involvement is critical to ensuring student success, and hearing directly from parents is the best way to ensure their children get what they need to be successful after high school.”

The meetings will allow parents to provide feedback and input on new policies, projects, and materials that influence students and their families. The Superintendent’s PAC will share the information they learn with community members, other families and schools. They will also serve as advisers and ambassadors in their respective communities.

Parents are nominated to serve on the PAC by their local school district at the beginning of each school year. Members are chosen by a committee of Georgia Department of Education representatives based on the applicant’s response to questions.

Southside Middle Wins City-Wide Softball Championship

The Southside Middle School softball team won the city-wide championship with a score of 9-1 in a game against Radium Middle Magnet School of the Arts on earlier this month at Highland Park. Eddrianna Higgins, 7th grade pitcher, allowed only one run and Denver Bryant, 6th grade short stop, hit an inside the park home run to seal the win. The Southside team was undefeated in regular season games. The team was made up of mostly new players with only a small number of returning players for the current season. Softball coach at Southside is Gloria Isaac and assistant coach is Shaun Foreman.

Albany High SkillsUSA Students Hold 9/11 Memorial

The Albany High School SkillsUSA chapter held a 9/11 memorial event last month. Students purchased red, white, and blue balloons to release on that afternoon in honor of those affected on 9/11. The money raised from the sale of balloons was donated to a displaced family in the community who had lost their home to a fire earlier in the week. Before the balloon release, plaques were presented to representatives from The Albany Fire Department, Albany Police Department, Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Medical Services, and Dougherty County Police in appreciate of the work they do as first responders in emergency situations. The memorial event brought students, faculty, and staff at Albany High together in a unified display of honor, respect, and support. Tiauana Smith is president of the Albany High SkillsUSA chapter and Marcus Glass is faculty advisor.

Live Oak Elementary Participates in “Cancer Stomp”

Live Oak Elementary School students and staff took part in the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia’s “Cancer Stomp” festivities at The Veranda on Sept. 14. Students sold popcorn in-house to raise money for the event. Jade Kavanaugh organized a duck pond game for all participants. Children enjoyed picking up floating ducks and receiving prizes based on the shapes on the bottom of the ducks. Prizes included tattoos, candy, whistles, and small games. Live Oak staff members volunteered to supervise the duck pond in shifts.

Alice Coachman Parents Pick Up Reading Tips and Breakfast Treats

Approximately 115 parents picked up reading tips, honey buns, and juice on last month as they dropped their children off at Alice Coachman Elementary School. Laura Bridges, Dolores Floyd, and Vivian O’Neal greeted parents as early as 7 a.m. while handing out packets which included suggestions such as “have your child read menus, road signs, game directions and other everyday information; make sure your child always has something to read when waiting for appointments or riding in the car; as your child reads a book, ask questions such as what/who is the book about or what is your favorite part; search for fun and silly poems on the internet then read them to your child and have him/her read them to you.” Parent coordinator Patricia Hall organized the event.

Albany High Alum Speaks to Career Options Students

Last month, Pvt. Amon Gordon, U.S. Marine Corps ensign and Albany High graduate, volunteered his time to speak to Carene Talley’s Career Options classes about the importance of education and finding a career. He spoke about his experience attending Albany High School and stressed being involved in extracurricular activities. Gordon explained to the students that they should take advantage of the educational opportunities available and choose a career pathway that is related to their future goals. He described his experience as a Marine in boot camp and explained the educational and employment opportunities in military service.