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DCSS Notebook -- Sept. 22

Zari Fleming

Zari Fleming

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Pictured are, top from left, Lynell Hubbard (counselor), Ronald Lewis (principal), Daniel Simmons, and Pat Victor (principal coach); with students, bottom from left, Freddie Bush, Elizabeth Bedon, and Naquavia Wright.

Westover’s Zari Fleming Admitted to National Honor Society

Late last month, Claes Noble, founder and Chairman of The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS), announced that Zari Fleming from Westover Comprehensive High School has been selected to become a member of the organization. The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship, and community commitment. Their vision is to build a dynamic international organization that connects members with meaningful content, resources, and opportunities.

Its aim is to help student students like Zari to become members of a unique community of scholars that represents the very best hope for the future. NSHSS members enjoy benefits such as scholarship opportunities, academic competition, free events, member-only resources, publications, participation in programs offered by educational partners, personalized recognition items, and publicity honors.

Wal-Mart Supports Jackson Heights Teachers with Gift Cards

The East Albany Wal-Mart store, a Partner-in-Excellence with Jackson Heights Elementary School, recently presented 20 teachers with $50 Teacher Rewards Cards to be used to purchase classroom supplies. A random drawing was held by Brian Simon, principal of Jackson Heights, to select the recipients and the presentations were made by store manager Joe Martinez and assistant manager Maranda Anderson.

Kelly Word, personnel manager, thanked the teachers and acknowledged their dedication and sacrifice to their students. She told the teachers that Wal-Mart wanted to help offset the money spent out of their own pockets for classroom supplies during this back-to-school season.

To do that, Wal-mart has launched its fourth annual Teacher Rewards program which will provide up to $4.5 million to teachers across the country this fall. After the presentation the teachers were treated to refreshments compliments of Wal-mart.

St. Paul’s Church Donates Uniforms to Lincoln

Betsy Holman and Anne Wilkin from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church are heading up an outreach program to help children attend school in new uniforms. Teachers submited names of students in need of uniforms to the school counselor who then coordinated with Betsy Holman.

This year, 22 Lincoln students have each received two sets of uniforms to help them start the year off right. The donations are a big help to students whose families are unable to provide the necessary clothing. This is a wonderful and caring outreach program that helps all children dress appropriately for school.

Morningside Elementary Welcomes New Mentor

Morningside Elementary School’s new mentoring program, Success for All, welcomed a new mentor last week. Daniel Simmons from Mt. Zion Baptist Church spoke to students about setting goals and what it takes to be successful in school. Students had an opportunity to share their goals and plans. Simmons challenged the group to continue to strive for success and focus on being respectful, following school rules, and making better grades. Students who receive good reports from teachers and staff will be rewarded with free admission to an Albany State University football game and will have a chance to meet the football team.

Pictured are (top row, l-r) Lynell Hubbard (counselor), Ronald Lewis (principal), Rev. Simmons, and Pat Victor (principal coach); (bottom row, l-4) with students Freddie Bush, Elizabeth Bedon, and Naquavia Wright.

Southside Middle Holds Annual Title I Meeting

Southside Middle School held its annual Title I meeting earlier this month. Johnny Scott, principal, discussed the Title I requirements, Parents-Right-to-Know (Hi-Q) teacher qualifications, ESEA flexibility wavers, College and Career Ready Performance Index, and the school’s status. Steven Dudley, assistant principal, elaborated on Response-to-Intervention (RTI), Common Core Curriculum/CRCT, and discipline. Patricia Maples, parent facilitator, discussed the definition of Title I, parent/school compacts, and parent policy revision. Title I expenditures and the parent resource center were also discussed.

Those attending the meeting, received information on ways they can participate in decision-making related to the education of their children’s academic success and how to become an active participant on committees such as Parent Advisory Council and PTO. In addition, information on the new Infinite Campus parent portal was provided.