Dougherty County School System Notebook - Oct. 27, 2013

Westover Student Recognized for Academic Achievement

Westover Comprehensive High School student Aubreana Moore was recently selected to become a member of the National Society of High School Scholars which recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship, and community commitment. Moore was recognized for the hard work, sacrifice, and commitment she has demonstrated to achieve an exceptional level of academic excellence.

Formed in 2002, The National Society of High School Scholars recognizes academic excellence at the high school level and encourages members of the organization to apply their unique talents, vision, and potential for the betterment of themselves and the world. Currently there are more than 830,000 Society members in more than 160 countries.

High School Bands Compete at Marching Festival

Earlier this month, the Albany High School Marchin’ Chiefs and the Dougherty Comprehensive High School Phantom Trojan Marching Band competed in the Hawkinsville Invitational Marching Festival. Both bands received Superior ratings in all categories, earning them the sweepstakes award. The categories on which they were judged were Drum Major, Percussion, Color Guard and Overall Band. The Marchin’ Chiefs are under the direction of Trevor Baxter and the Phantom Trojan Band is under the direction of Joseph Martin.

Turner Elementary Establishes Teaching Gardens

Administrators, teachers, parents, and community volunteers assisted Turner Elementary School students in planting teaching gardens on October 9. The gardens will be used as a teaching tool to encourage healthy eating and to improve students’ learning in core content areas. Lessons will focus on teaching new nutrition concepts, increase student understanding of where their food comes from, and will provide students with positive experiences with vegetables along with hands-on practice in context to science, math, language, and social studies.

Several volunteers assisted students in grades K-5 with planting the school teaching garden. They include Linda Harris (Albany Parks and Recreation), Kristi Hodge (Albany State University), Kristin Caso (Albany Parks and Recreation), Amber Bell (Southwest Project for Community Education), Blaine Allen (CNS Director), Dygante McCoy, Joyce Henderson, Jessica Daniels, and Tammy Bullock (parents), Terressa Fields (School Nutrition Services), and Cassandra Ransom (school counselor).

Westover Students Observe National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. The goal is to encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyber-bullying by increasing awareness of its prevalence and impact on all children of all ages. Earlier in the month, Westover joined schools and communities across the country by wearing blue shirts in support of the 5th annual Blue Shirt Day - World Day of Bullying Prevention.

Westover’s student council invited community leaders to participate in the event, visited Children’s Friends Childcare Center to talk about bullying, and sent bullying prevention information to parents. Parents also participated and showed their support by wearing blue for the day.

Westover’s student council sponsored the “Blue Out Day” event. Student council sponsor is Latoya Jackson.

ASU CAAM Partners with Morningside Students

Albany State University’s Center for the African American Male (CAAM) invited Morningside Elementary School students to a “fishing rodeo” recently. During the event, Albany State students partnered with Morningside students to spend the afternoon fishing and sharing life experiences. Pictured is Keon Woods, one of the Morningside students who enjoyed an afternoon of fishing with the ASU students.

Founded in 1988, the Center for the African American Male was designed to promote positive influence, education, and growth. Since its inception, CAAM has worked to increase retention, promote positive self-image, and engage in mentorship collaborations and, through sponsored research, to provide critical information relating to African American males in our community.

Turner Elementary Receives Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant

Turner Elementary School is the first school in the Dougherty County School System to receive a fresh fruit and vegetable grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. Each week during the regular school day all students at Turner have an opportunity to try fresh fruits and vegetables as a healthy snack. Blaine Allen, director of Child Nutrition Services, and Elizabeth Cole, Turner’s cafeteria manager, talked with kindergarten students on October 9 about the importance of healthy eating. Several community leaders were present and also encouraged students to always sample the fruits and vegetables offered daily.

DCSS Holds Annual System-Wide Title I Parent Meeting

The Dougherty County School System Title I Office, along with the schools’ parent facilitators, conducted the annual Title I Parent Meeting on September 30 at Monroe Comprehensive High School. More than one hundred parents and guardians convened in a collaborative learning session, seeking information about the Title I program, its requirements, and parent involvement. Attendees offered input on Title I funding for resources to enhance academic achievement.

The group was greeted by Rance Pettibone, a member of the State Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council and Dr. David Coley, interim Title I director of the Dougherty County School System. Testing coordinator Renee Bridges offered a presentation of the Spring 2013 assessments along with discipline and attendance concerns.

MLK Elementary Holds Parent Workshop

Parents of students at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School recently picked up some tips regarding homework and study habits. MLK school counselor Kenisha Baker presented a workshop on ways parents can help their children attain academic success. Points covered included removing all distractions at home during homework time, teaching children to be organized and prepared, and encouraging children to participate in school. Parent coordinator Vicki Sproul organized the event.