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Dougherty County School System Notebook - Feb. 23, 2014

Good news and notes from around the DCSS

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Lake Park wins region archery contest

The Lake Park Elementary School Archery Team recently competed in the 3rd annual Regional Archery Tournament in Lee County. The team came in first place and solidified an automatic berth to the State Archery Tournament to be held in Perry on April 8.

Lake Park also swept the individual awards for elementary boys with Nathan Masters placing 1st, Danilo Dillard in 2nd place, and Jacob Boyd, 3rd place.

The girls took the top two elementary individual awards, with Haley Hoffpauir in 1st place and Anna Johnson, 2nd place.

This is the fifth year Lake Park has competed in archery. The team has advanced to the state and national tournaments each year it has competed. The coach is Jeremy McKinley.

Westover drafting students compete at SkillsUSA

Several students in Westover Comprehensive High School’s drafting classes participated in SkillsUSA regional competition on Feb. 7 at Moultrie Technical College. Students who placed in competition were:

— 1st Place, Quiz Bowl: Thomas Langstaff, Will Bice, Dillon Notz, Kelly English, and Jack Plowden

— 1st Place, Technical Drafting: Lane Hatcher

— 1st Place, Extemporaneous Speaking: Tyler Sheffel

— 2nd Place, CPR/First Aid: Dylan Armstrong

— 3rd Place, Architectural Drafting: Edward Bass

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The mission of SkillsUSA is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. Stephen Woodard is drafting instructor at Westover High.

SkillsUSA is a career technical student organization serving high school students enrolled in training programs such as technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupation.

Albany Middle students named to honors band

Albany Middle School band members Ocsheanna Arnold, Joshua Vasquez, and Trinity Patrick have been selected to participate in the South Georgia Regional Honor Band at Valdosta State University in April. Placement for the top chair positions is based on the scores at the final round of the All-State audition. The Albany Middle School Band is under the direction of Jessica UDell.

District Social Studies Fair results

The district Social Studies Fair was held recently, with winning district projects earning spots in the Southwest Georgia Regional Social Studies Fair in Columbus.

Middle School Division:

— 1st Place: Zykia Ewings, Merry Acres, “U.S. Public School Closures: What are the Reasons? What are the Challenges?”

— 2nd Place: George Darrisaw, Robert A. Cross Magnet, “Inki Dinki Do, What did the Incas Do?”

— 3rd Place: Avery Huntley, Merry Acres, “How Do Teenagers Spend Their Money”

High School Division:

— 1st Place: Grant Brunson, Adam Clenney, Juliette Hu; Westover Comprehensive; “Examining Genocide: A Global Crisis”

— 2nd Place: Keirston Williams, Albany, “Marijuana Who’s it Really For”

— 3rd Place: Francheska Smith, Albany, “Freedom of Religion; How Can They Share Common Ground?”

Schools added to Heart Safe list

Three Dougherty County schools have been added to the list of Heart Safe Certified Schools. Jackson Heights conducted its Code Valentine mock drill on Jan. 22, and Sherwood Acres and Lake Park participated in drills on Jan. 24. The three schools now are recognized by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Phoebe’s Network of Trust as “Heart Safe” schools.

Faculty and safety team members were required to respond quickly and appropriately during the mock drills and can now have confidence in their CPR/AED abilities and protocols related to unresponsive victims. All DCSS schools have CPR/AED personnel and, after they complete the mock drill, will be added to the list of Heart Safe Schools, which in addition to the three new schools includes Robert A. Cross Middle Magnet, Jackson Heights Elementary, Sherwood Acres Elementary and Lake Park Elementary.

Alice Coachman conducts Career Day

Students at Alice Coachman Elementary School had an opportunity to think about 20 different careers at the school’s Career Day Fair on Feb. 7. Students dressed as doctors, teachers, lawyers and athletes. SunTrust, Wal-Mart, and the Water, Gas, and Light Commission provided students with information about their companies, the types of jobs available, and the education they would need to be hired. Eddie McBride, the community education manager in Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital’s Network of Trust School Health Program, combined fun with nutrition education in the music room, where students learned about healthy snacks while they danced to DVDs projected onto a large screen. Seventeen high school programs also presented information about their career-related activities. The fair was organized by school counselor Dolores Floyd.

Lamar Reeses explores career pathways

Lamar Reese Magnet School of the Arts students participated in the annual Exploring Career Pathways Day on Feb. 7. This counseling career initiative was intended to connect the purpose of quality education with the career pathways planning process which will extend through post-secondary education. Many of the 17 career pathways clusters were represented by area career professionals, including representatives from Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, the Dougherty County Sherriff’s Office, the Albany Police Department, the Albany Fire Department, Mitchell EMC, WFXL, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Office and other career professionals. School counselor Tonya McDuffie coordinated the event.

Southside Middle holds literacy workshop

Southside Middle School conducted a parent literacy progra, “Fired Up to Read,” on Feb. 5. Patrice Hodges, language arts teacher, was the featured speaker. Hodges emphasized the importance of parents reading with their children at home on a daily basis.

Parents also heard about the ongoing reading enrichment program at Southside. The Star Program is one of many programs utilized by reading teachers to improve students’ reading abilities. The program was explained in detail outlining its benefits for students who are excelling as well as those who have fallen behind.

Southside parent facilitator Patricia Maples talked with parents about the continuing standard of excellence held by the Southside Middle faculty and explained the criteria required to be designated as a Reward School. Parents were encouraged to visit her office for ongoing classes and information. Title I materials and information were distributed to parents.

Kindergarten classes explore world currencies

Master Sgt. William Tolleson, a Mentor in Action (M.I.A.) participant from MCLB-Albany, visited kindergarten classes at International Studies Elementary Charter School last week to show them various currency he has collected from his duty stations and travels around the world.

Tolleson brought paper currency and coins from several countries, including Japan, Kenya, and Tajikistan. The students had an opportunity to examine the money as it was passed around the class. ISECS kindergarten students were studying how money is used as a system of exchange around the world. Students also completed activities in which they compared a U.S. dollar and a foreign bill and drew pictures of them. Tolleson helped the students complete a Venn diagram on which the students noted similarities and differences in the color, shape and images on the two currencies.

Monroe Students attend ‘deadly force’ seminar

On Feb. 3, students in Monroe Comprehensive High School’s law and justice program attended a “Use of Deadly Force” seminar hosted by the Albany State University Police Department. Assistant chief Gregory Elder explained the Georgia statute on use of force and how it may be justified in court. Students were exposed to various types of use-of-force situations that police officers frequently encounter.

They had an opportunity to ask questions and were guided in making decisions about whether specific scenarios justified use of force. Elder encouraged students to use a tactical approach by avoiding use-of-force situations when possible. Richard Williams is law and justice instructor at Monroe High.