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Dougherty County School System Notebook

News and notes from around the DCSS

DCSS Academic Decathlon Results

The Dougherty County School System held its district level Georgia Academic Decathlon competition on January 13. The theme for this year’s competition was the 20th Century. As a part of the competition, school level team members took seven tests in social science, science, mathematics, art, economics, language and literature, and music. While the tests reflect different academic disciplines, they are all related to the 20th Century theme. Students of varying academic levels (A, B, and C averages) comprise a team making participation in Academic Decathlon open to a cross-section of students.

Three high schools, Albany High, Dougherty Comprehensive High, and Westover Comprehensive High competed in the district decathlon. Delivering a strong performance in the SuperQuiz portion of the competition, Albany High School earned the 2014 District Level Champion award and will compete at the state level in February. Additionally, Dougherty and Westover both received wild card invitations and will participate in the state level competition as well.

The Georgia Academic Decathlon held its first competition in 1987. The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) has sponsored the competition since 1993.

Dougherty High FBLA Participates in Region Leadership Conference

Dougherty Comprehensive High School FBLA participated in the Georgia FBLA Region I Leadership Conference at Moultrie Technical College on January 17. FBLA members who placed in region competition are:

— Alauna Daniels, 9th place, Introduction to Business Communications (state qualifier)

— Sabriyyah Pollock, 6th place, Introduction to Business Communications (state qualifier)

— Travious Acree, 5th place, Impromptu Speaking

— Shakayla Hall, 3rd place, Word Processing

— Quantavious Crowley, Jaquetta Davis, and Sabriyyah Pollock, 3rd place, Emerging Business Issues (state qualifiers)

— Starasia Sims, 2nd place, Computer Applications

Dorothy Lewis is the primary FBLA advisor at Dougherty High.

Art Department Receives Donation of Watercolor Books

The DCSS Art Department recently received a collection of painting and watercolor books from Betty Ramsey, a retired school system employee. Ramsey worked for 31 years in several positions including secretary to past superintendents Paul Robertson and Bill Gardner. While working at then Albany Junior High School, the art teacher, Eline Livingston Ware, inspired her to begin working with oils and watercolor. Over the years, she collected many books on these media which she recently donated to the Art Department’s library where they will be available for teachers to use with their students.

SunTrust Presents Financial Literacy to Albany High Classes

Reba Stewart, assistant vice president of SunTrust Bank South Georgia, spoke to students in Albany High School’s senior English classes on January 16. The topics of her presentation were “How to be a Better Money Manager” and “Check it Out.” Stewart explained to the students how to open a checking account and how to choose a bank. She also encouraged them to determine how to spend their money and gave them practical approaches to spending less and saving more for their future. Carene Talley, work-based learning coordinator at Albany High, and Pam Heard, English department chairperson, coordinated the event.

Local Organization Promotes Reading

Faith, Family, and Common Sense, a local organization headed by Rance Pettibone Sr. along with his wife, Sandra Jones-Pettibone, is sponsoring a reading promotion for students in grades K-12. At the end of the reading promotion, a student and their family from elementary, middle, and high schools levels will be chosen to receive a 3-day, 2-night vacation along with an extra $500. For more details and to obtain an application packet, please contact the parent facilitator at your child’s school.

Pettibone is a member of the State Superintendent of Schools’ Parent Advisory Council.

MLK Elementary Honors Dr. King

On January 17, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School presented a program to celebrate the life and legacy of their namesake. The theme of the program was “Keeping the Dream Alive.” Each grade level paid tribute to King’s memory through quotes, poems, songs, skits, and recitations. The school chorus entertained the audience of students and parents with several musical selections. At the end of the program, one of the school’s Partners in Excellence, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, presented principal Vontressa Childs with a donation to help fund student learning incentives. The program was coordinated by teachers Carolyn Harris and Mary Dunnum along with other committee members.

Pre-K Students Learn About Statue of Liberty

Students attending the Pre-K extended day program at Sylvandale were surprised January 10 with a lesson on the Statue of Liberty when the national spokesperson for Liberty Tax, Brittney Wajtaszek, and local business owner Becky Elder, stopped by their school. The children were involved in fun, interactive activities. They had to use their imaginations and a tape measure while working in groups to get an idea of the size of the statue’s nose, eyeballs, fingers and feet. The students also learned that the statue was a gift from the people from France to celebrate America’s Declaration of Independence. They enjoyed a musical game which required them to pass a torch around the circle. Each student received a bag of goodies and their very own Statue of Liberty hat. The boys and girls had the experience of visiting the famous statue without ever leaving their classroom.

Students at Lamar Reese Apply Concepts of the Assembly Line

Thanks to donations from students, teachers, and community partners, students in Carmen Hicks fifth grade social studies class at Lamar Reese Magnet School of the Arts had an opportunity on January 22 to apply the concepts that they recently learned from their studies of Henry Ford, inventor of the Model T Ford. In their lesson, the students learned the processes of an assembly line, the division of labor, and mass production. The assembly line process allowed for cars to be produced faster and cheaper bolstering the post-World War I U. S. economy. Following assembly line principles, students assembled ingredients for the mass production of sandwiches as practical application of their lesson on planning, marketing, cooperation, and production. Guest diners for the event included faculty, staff, parents, and donating partners of Lamar Reese Magnet School of the Arts.

Merry Acres Students Attend ASU’s CAAM Winter Conference

On January 24, 27 sixth grade students from Merry Acres Middle School attended the 6th Annual Center for the African American Male (CAAM) Winter Conference hosted in Albany State University’s ACAD Building. The students enjoyed a full day of activities and interactive sessions designed to encourage good decision making while reinforcing principles of leadership and civic mindedness. Center director Antonio Leroy reminded the students of their role in society and their responsibilities to their families, their schools, and the community. Guest speaker for the conference was Lee May.

Dougherty High FBLA Members Participate in Community Service

Members of the Dougherty Comprehensive High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Jobs for Georgia Graduates (JGG), and Career, Technical Instruction (CTI), along with the Terrell County High School FBLA chapter, completed a connecting of the chapters and community service activity on January 20. The students volunteered at Mt. Zion Baptist Church’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration by serving as ushers and assisting the event coordinators with the activity. The students earn community service hours and chapter points for completing the volunteerism component of FBLA, CTI and JGG.

The annual event is sponsored by the HEART (Hands Extended Across Reaching Together) Organization, Inc. and The Procter & Gamble Paper Products Company. The volunteer activity was coordinated and supervised by Barbara Marshall, Dougherty High FBLA’s professional member and supporter and Brenda Blackshear, Dougherty High’s JGG adviser.

MLK Elementary Presents Parent Involvement Workshop

Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School held a parent involvement workshop on January 22. Sandy Bamford from Family Literacy Connection presented “Tips for Raising Successful Children.” She shared handouts and tips with parents about how to help children be successful in school. Parents played a game called “Child-O” for prizes. The workshop was coordinated by the school’s parent facilitator Vicki Sproul.