Dougherty County School System notebook for Jan. 27

News and notes from around the DCSS

West Town Elementary’s Jaleria Johnson was the winner of the 2013 Ready Georgia essay contest

West Town Elementary’s Jaleria Johnson was the winner of the 2013 Ready Georgia essay contest


Jasmine Stephens was Morningside Elementary’s Spelling Bee Champion while Wesley Williams finished in second place.

Robert Cross Middle Wins Regional Academic Bowl Competition

The Robert A. Cross Middle Magnet School Academic Bowl Team won its Regional Bowl Competition on January 11 in Americus. The Robert Cross team was victorious in each of its six games. In game one, they beat Cohn Middle with a score of 150 to 125. The second game against Webster was won with a score of 205 to 5. In game three, Robert Cross bested Midland by 170 to 95. Game four resulted in a win of 160 to 20 against Radium. The game five result was Robert Cross 95, Veterans 40, and game six ended with Robert Cross scoring 70 to Staley’s 60. The qualifying game for entry in the state competition was against Brookstone Middle in which Robert Cross won with a score of 90 to 45.

Fourteen schools from Muscogee, Dougherty, Randolph, and Webster Counties participated in the competition which was hosted by faculty members from Georgia Southwestern State University.

West Town Fifth Grader Takes Top Honors in State Contest

West Town Elementary School fifth grader Jaleria Johnson won first place in the 2013 Ready Georgia essay contest. For the fifth year in a row, Georgia’s third, fourth and fifth-graders commemorated National Preparedness Month by entering Ready Georgia’s art, essay, and video contest. During the Fall, students submitted entries that creatively reflected the theme “Don’t Be Scared, Be Prepared” and illustrated their personal experiences or knowledge of disaster preparedness. As first place winner in the state, Jaleria received a prize package from Ready Georgia. Jaleria is a student in Teresa Neff’s fifth grade class at West Town.

Albany High FBLA Places in Region Competition

Albany High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended the annual region leadership conference at Moultrie Technical College on January 17 where students participated in various business competitions. The following members were recognized for their achievements:

— 1st place, Parliamentary Procedure - Brad Cato, Chauncey Grant, Wesland Brown, Joshua Lewis

— 1st place, Sports/Entertainment Management - Rhomeikia Chappele, Raymond Hart, Allison Griswold

— 2nd place, Parliamentary Procedure - Porscha Morton, Poria Welch, Ca’Teama Sanders, Brittany Orange

— 2nd place, Math (advances to state) - Justin Evans

— 3rd place, Entrepreneurship - Alexia Singleton, Santana Shingles, Justin Evans

— 3rd place, Future Business Leader - Jordan McCoy

— 4th place, Impromptu Speaking - Jonathan Spencer

— 4th place, Job Interview - Malcolm Danmola

— 5th place, Client Service - Aja’ Jeffries

— 7th place, Business Communication (advances to state) - Lindneshia Hudson

— 7th place, Math (advances to state) - Jordan McCoy

— 9th place, Intro to Technology Concepts (advances to state) - Gionni Brown

Albany High School’s FBLA advisers are Jamie Fredrickson and Carene Talley.

Radium Middle Wins Girls Basketball Championship

The Radium Springs Middle Magnet School of the Arts girls’ basketball team won the Middle School Basketball Championship on Jan. 16. Radium defeated Southside Middle in play at Albany High School by a score of 32 to 31.With time running out, Alissa Jones scored the winning three-point shot to give the Radium Panthers a one-point win. In addition to Alissa, the team was led by 8th graders Kelsey Davis, Jahn’ne Brown, and Keleeshia Ellis. The Radium team was undefeated in regular season play. The Radium team is coached by Verlisa Potts along with assistant coach Tarra Mallard.

Merry Acres Braves Claim District Basketball Championship

With a season record of 9-2, the Merry Acres Middle School boys’ basketball team brought home the district championship on Jan. 16. Battling against Albany Middle in their third meeting of the season, the Merry Acres team trailed until halfway through the fourth quarter when they gained momentum and in the last seconds were up by 1 point. The Indians then fouled team member Jordan Brown to stop the clock. Albany Middle called their last time out to freeze Jordan before he shot his free throws. Jordan hit both free throws to put the Braves up by 56-53. The Indians then charged down the floor in a 3-point attempt and their player was fouled with 8 seconds remaining in the game. With the crowd intently watching, Albany Middle made two shots missing the third. The Braves’ Austin Ochie got the rebound for the win with a final score of 56-55. The game leading scorer was Jordan Brown with 18 points. Numerous rebounds and steals were had by Austin Ochie, Jerod Holt, Courtney Williams, Donovan Wright, Octavious Richards, and Nick Brown. The Merry Acres team is coached by Art Anderson and assistant coach Erin Menefee.

National Publication Recognizes Westover Students

The United States Achievement Academy (USAA) is a national organization that offers an outlet for student recognition and scholarship opportunities. Teachers play the most important role in the recognition of USAA students by making recommendations of deserving students to the organization. Acting on the teachers’ recommendation, USAA follows up by offering its recognition program and membership for parental approval. Westover students Lyman Chen and Dontavious Scott are listed by USAA as National Science Merit Award Winners for 2012-2013. Their nominating educator is Sisy Rachel Zachariah.

Lyman Chen’s honors and activities include chorus, cross country, karate, National Honor Society, science club, soccer, Taekwondo, and yearbook staff. Dontavious Scott’s honors and activities include academic award, FCCLA, Future Business Leaders of America, honor roll, religious activities, and student council.

Since its founding, the recognition of excellence among America’s students has been the aim of the United States Achievement Academy. Students who reserve copies are honored with a personalized page in an edition of the USAA yearbook.

Albany High Holds 3rd Annual Interview Fair

Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) students participated in the third annual Interview Fair held at Albany High School Jan. 15-16. Sophomore, junior, and senior students were interviewed by members of the local community during their CTAE class periods. Each student spent time prior to the interview dates preparing a resume and cover letter, as well as completing a job application. On the date of the interviews, each student arrived professionally dressed for his or her interview with representatives from local colleges and businesses. Interviewers were representatives from Albany Technical College, Albany Probation Office, Albany Fire Department, Regions Financial Corporation, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Fox31-WFXL, Albany State University, Dougherty County School System, and Lilypad. Career Technical Service Organization officers (Future Business Leaders of America, SkillsUSA, and Health Occupations Students of America) and work-based learning interns acted as receptionists and ambassadors throughout each day. The interview fair is organized by Jamie Fredrickson with the assistance of Bill Jones and the Albany High CTAE Department staff.

ISECS Students Participate in King Day Celebration

Members of International Studies Elementary Charter School’s United Nations Club attended the King Day Celebration on Jan. 20 at the Albany James H. Gray Civic Center. The students led the guests in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, first in English and then in Spanish. The U.N. students were accompanied by ISECS U.N. coordinator Kristin Williams, Spanish teacher Lidia Olds, and IECS first grade teacher LaShaunda Washington. ISECS students have participated in the King Day Celebration for many years.

Georgia Department of Labor Holds Workshop at Albany High

On Jan. 7, Glatcie Hall, service specialist from the Georgia Department of Labor, made an employability and soft skills presentation to Albany High School’s Work Based Learning students. Hall’s presentation was followed by a question and answer period. She discussed a variety of employment information including the job search, job applications, resume and cover letter writing, business etiquette, and soft skills needed in the workplace. She also interacted with students and gave them many employment related handouts to aid them in their careers. Carene Talley, work based learning coordinator Albany High, set up the event for her students.

Community Volunteers Make Morningside Spelling Bee a Success

Morningside Elementary School held its annual Spelling Bee on January 17 with the help of a number of volunteers from throughout the community. The volunteer caller for the event was Sheila Thomas, Early Childhood Professor and Program Coordinator for Teachers at Darton College. Judges were Latonya Peterson, Criminal Justice Professor and Coordinator of Online Instruction at Argosy University; retired DCSS educator Valerie McKendrick and retired Assistant Superintendent Carlos Keith. Gwen Killins served as the recorder for the event.

Fourteen students competed in the program. All of the competitors worked hard to prepare for the big day but only one student could take home the title. Jasmine Stephens was the champion and Wesley Williams won second place. Dr. Gistacy Brown is spelling bee coordinator at Morningside Elementary School.

Monroe FCCLA Sponsors Book Drive to Promote Literacy

The Monroe Comprehensive High School chapter of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) recently hosted a book drive to collect new and gently used books. FCCLA members realize the difference that reading can make to students and wanted to share their joy of reading with others. The successful book drive allowed the students to donate books to both Lippitt Drive Head Start and to the Monroe High media center. The books that were donated ranged in reading level from kindergarten through grade twelve. Pictured are FCCLA member Znastasha Green and one of the childcare teachers at Lippitt Drive Head Start. Keyla Johnson is FCCLA advisor at Monroe High.

Lincoln Music Teacher Selected to GMEA Leadership Symposium

The Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) recently announced that Lincoln Elementary Magnet School music teacher Anita Clay Moody has been selected to participate in the GMEA Leadership Symposium. GMEA district leaders recommend music teachers from their districts who show extraordinary potential to become leaders in GMEA. From those recommendations, top music teachers are invited to attend the leadership symposium.

Founded in 1938, GMEA’s mission is to promote the advancement of music education in Georgia. The symposium was held in Savannah on Jan. 29 leading up to the annual GMEA In-Service Conference Jan. 30 - Feb. 1.