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Dougherty County School System Notebook - May 11, 2014

News and notes from around the DCSS

Westover CTI students place at state conference

Several Career and Technical Instruction (CTI) students from Westover Comprehensive High School competed at the CTI State Leadership Conference held at Rock Eagle April 23-25. Tykerai Gervin placed second in clinical skills, Christopher Small placed second in graphic arts, and Britavian Hightower was awarded the Outstanding Senior Scholarship. Kim Preyer is CTI coordinator at Westover.

Lincoln Chorus receives superior ratings

The Lincoln Elementary Magnet School chorus sent a small ensemble of its members to perform in the annual Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) solo and ensemble evaluations held at ABAC College in Tifton on April 26. The ensemble received a superior rating for its performance of “To Music” by Betty Bertaux, and was awarded “ones” in all eight categories. Lincoln was also represented by Trinity Pike, Sky Johnson, Helen Darrisaw, and Makeba West in the solo evaluations. Each scored superior ratings for their individual performances.

The students representing Lincoln were Pike, Gala Marcus, Johnson, Jacoby Whigham, Catherine Talley, Alessandra Coley, Laniya Robinson, Julia Solomon, Ellison Allen, West, and Darrisaw. The Lincoln Lions Chorus is under the direction of Anita Moody.

Radium Middle Orchestra earns superior rating at festival

The Radium Springs Middle Magnet School of the Arts orchestra participated in the Wild Adventures Music Festival on April 30 in Valdosta. The orchestra received a superior rating, the highest ranking available. This was the second consecutive year that the group earned the superior rating. The Radium Middle orchestra is directed by Laszlo Stan.

Westover High girls golf team is region runner-up

The Westover Comprehensive High School girls golf team finished the 2014 season as runners-up in the region golf tournament held April 22 at the Cairo Golf Country Club. Team members are Tazaria Anderson, Tazah Howard, Maddie Armona, Gai’lyn Polite, Tonie Smith, Thai Boyd, Danielle Keith, and Talia Sisroe. The team is coached by Major Mitchell Carthon.

Albany High students earn GaBEST certification

Fourteen Albany High School Work Based Learning (WBL) and Youth Apprenticeship (YAP) students earned certification in the Georgia Department of Labor’s Georgia Business Ethics Student Training (GeorgiaBEST). GeorgiaBEST is an initiative created by the Georgia Department of Labor’s Workforce Solution Team to produce an emerging workforce that is prepared to face the challenges of a global marketplace.

The training, modeled after the business world where employees are assessed by their employers on performance, teaches ten areas of ethics and soft skills. The standards assessed include appearance and professional image, attendance and punctuality, attitude and respect, social media ethics, discipline and character, oral and written business communication skills, productivity and academic performance, responsibility and organization, self-management and time-management, and teamwork and work habits.

Students receiving certification were Keaunna Ash, Bianca Ashley, Jimtavis Clyde, Michael Craig, Keaundria Crutchfield, Nikkita Gordon, Cierra Howard, Dennis Jenkins, Sydney King, Brittney Orange, Tiauna Smith, Da’Nique Wright, Javaughn Zackery, and Lindneisha Hudson.

Albany High WBL coordinator Carene Talley and DCSS YAP coordinator Lovetta Dudley facilitated the program for these students.

Westover student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders

Westover Comprehensive High School student Kennedi Howard recently attended the 2014 Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C. Kennedi was selected to represent her school at the event based on excellent academic performance, leadership ability, and a desire to serve humanity as a physician or medical scientist. Kennedi was one of a group of high school students who share the same passion, ability, and potential. Participants had an opportunity to watch a live surgery while asking questions of the surgeon in real time and to be mentored by prominent medical school academic leaders.

SGRAC collects canned goods for Liberty House

South Georgia Regional Achievement Center (SGRAC) recently sponsored a community service day during which students, staff, and parents collected canned goods to be donated to Liberty House. The generous gift was received by Liberty House representatives Deborah Hill and Lucinda Barnes. The students chose to support this organization because of its mission of assisting abused women and children.

The community service day was the finale of an early CRCT kick-off week sponsored by principal Dr. Davis Hamilton and the SGRAC Cultural Committee. For each day of the week, students concentrated on a specific subject while enjoying an activity such as wearing crazy hats and socks. The highlight of the week was the canned goods drive that allowed students, parents, and staff an outlet to give back to their community.

Coordinators for the kick-off week included principal Hamilton, assistant principal Tijuana Burroughs, Brenda Morrow, Michelle Veal, and Najla Ali.

Monroe FBLA members ‘March for Babies’

Monroe Comprehensive High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students took time out from their weekend activities to participate in the “March for Babies” walk sponsored by March of Dimes on April 26. March of Dimes provides services to families who experience premature birth and FBLA supports March of Dimes by donating and volunteering throughout the year.

According to the March of Dimes, “when you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year.” For this year’s walk, the Monroe students assisted with setup, working at rest stations, and providing encouragement to walkers. The annual walk is particularly meaningful to Monroe High faculty member Nicole Mallory who was born prematurely and has had students who were affected by the result of premature births.

MLK Elementary holds Career Day

On April 25, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School held Fifth Grade Career Day. The event was meant to help fifth grade students extend their learning about potential careers in the fields of information and technology, marketing, sales, and service, finance and government, and public administration. Volunteers from various community businesses and universities spoke about specific careers previously discussed during classroom guidance lessons throughout the school year.

The speakers included Mary Barkley from the DCSS Information Technology Department and representatives from Young Marines, SunTrust Bank, Albany Fire Department, Albany Police Department, Central Monitoring Services, Inc., Albany State University, and Troy State University. School counselor Kenisha Baker coordinated the career fair.

Alice Coachman Elementary pays tribute to its namesake

Alice Coachman Davis, an Albanian and the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal, was honored by teachers, students, community, and family members at Alice Coachman Elementary School’s Field Day Opening Ceremony on April 25. Davis was a member of the U.S. Women’s Track and Field Team at the 14th Olympiad held in London in 1948. She won the high jump event with a world record-setting jump of five feet, six inches. Hers was the only gold medal won by the Women’s Team.

The program, which was conducted by students, included a narrative of Alice Coachman’s history, a performance of “The Wind beneath My Wings” by teacher Betty Bouyer, and tribute poems written and presented by teachers Diane Hill and Steven Godwin. Students Darius Soilberry and Emani Stanton sang “I Believe I Can Fly,” the school’s cheerleading squad performed a dance, and the school’s Teacher of the Year, Lisa Williams-Hall, presented a gift basket from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to their Sorority Sister Alice Coachman Davis. Music teacher Daniel Laster led the student body in the school song, which also honors the Olympian.

Superintendent David C. Mosely, Gail Solomon, Alice Coachman Elementary’s current and second principal, and Pat Victor, the school’s first principal, spoke about Alice Coachman’s achievements and urged students to be inspired by her. Solomon presented Mosley with an inscribed copy of the recently published book “Touch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper” by Ann Malaspina.

Alice Coachman Davis was unable to attend because of health issues. She was represented by family members and friends including her daughter, ACE PE Coach Evelyn Davis Jones, and her husband Brad, granddaughter Bahiyyah Abdullah, cousin Cassandra Grant and friend Dorothy Daniels.

Masons bring Ga CHIP Program to Lincoln Elementary

From April 29 through May 1, more than 400 students at Lincoln Elementary Magnet School participated in the Georgia Child Identification Program (CHIP). Sponsored by the Georgia Masonic Charities Foundation, Inc. and implemented by Dougherty Lodge 591, Lincoln parents were offered an opportunity to participate in the identification program. Students whose parents gave permission were photographed, digitally fingerprinted, and had identifying data collected that would assist in the event that they needed to be located and identified.

CCPLC holds open house event

The DCSS College and Career Performance Learning Center (CCPLC) held its annual open house on April 16. Staff and students opened their doors to administrators, guidance counselors, and community leaders for presentations by both staff and students. Topics included the school’s online Edgenuity curriculum, status of the CCPLC, dual-enrolled students, the intake process, and partnerships with Communities In Schools (CIS) and Albany Technical College. Guests received a tour of the facility and observed students working on advanced educational software.

CIS director Virginia Monroe, spoke about the partnership and school objectives. Academic coordinator Gloria Baker expressed the need for and importance of the program within the community, its impact on the students who attend, and the overall mission and vision of the program. The open house coordinating committee members were Anusa Betsill, Shamonica Howard, Dierra Dunn, and Helen Carson.

Albany State president visits Westover High

Albany State University president Art Dunning visited Westover Comprehensive High School recently. Dunning spoke to Westover students who have committed to Albany State University and those who are thinking about attending in the Fall. He told the seniors that Albany State University is a good educational facility where they can receive a quality education for a reasonable price. He also said that he chose to visit Westover as part of his outreach to the Albany community.

Turner Elementary future leaders give back to community

On April 21, future community leaders from Turner Elementary School, along with City Commissioner Clinton Johnson, gave back to their community by participating in “Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful.” The students displayed school spirit during the annual Stash-the-Trash Great American Cleanup litter pick-up event. The students volunteered their time showing initiative and skills to get the job done.

Phoebe donates AED to Westover Athletic Department

Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. More than 350,000 people will suffer from sudden cardiac arrest this year . It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere and at any age. An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest. Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital recently donated an AED to the Westover Comprehensive High School Athletic Department. The AED will be located in the athletic field house. Angie Barber presented head coach Octavia Jones with the AED.