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Dougherty County School System Notebook

News and notes from around the DCSS

Monroe High students graduate from Albany Tech

Twenty-three Monroe Comprehensive High School students graduated from Albany Technical College on May 2. The graduates were participants in the dual enrollment program that allows students to attend college tuition free while still enrolled in high school earning both college and high school credit simultaneously.

Research has shown that dual enrollment students make an easier transition to college and are more tenacious in their studies. By earning college credit while in high school, these students will have an opportunity to graduate early from an Associate or Bachelor level program.

This year’s dual enrollment students graduated from the Child Care Specialist and Patient Care Assisting programs at Albany Tech. Parents or students interested in the dual enrollment program at Monroe High School can contact Kendra Huff, CTAE supervisor, for more information.

Turner Elementary student wins Young Citizenship Award

On May 9, at a luncheon at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds, Turner Elementary School student Kayla Monge was named the 2013-2014 recipient of the Exchange Club of Albany’s Young Citizenship Award. Kayla was nominated by her principal, Dr. Deborah Jones, her teachers, counselor, and student body for this award. Kayla was nominated because of her leadership, citizenship, conduct, and attitude.

She builds and maintains positive relationships through her academic, social, and communication skills and values cooperation, self-respect, punctuality, and commitment to the educational process. She has proven to be a dependable and confident member of the student body. Kayla was presented with a certificate, a dictionary, and a $50 cash award by Exchange Club of Albany members Wallace Bonner and Barry Davis.

Dougherty High CTI students compete at state conference

Four Dougherty Comprehensive High School Career and Technical Instruction (CTI) students participated in the 33rd State Leadership Conference at Rock Eagle 4-H Center April 24-26. The conference is designed to build relationships, future workforce, technical and leadership skills to help students become successful citizens. The two-day conference offered competitive events for CTI students from all over the state with students receiving certificates, medals, trophies, and plaques.

Dougherty High participants were Lavoski Daniels (participation medal), Makiyah Randall (1st Place, Nutrition and Food Science), Trimesha Redding (Outstanding School Plaque), and Dy’won Thompson (Leadership Achievement Certificate). Marjorie Slaughter chaperoned the students on the trip. Tracy Canty is CTI coordinator at Dougherty High.

Southside FFA members place at state convention

Members of the Southside Middle School Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter attended the 86th Georgia FFA Convention and participated in the 86th Georgia FFA Agriscience Fair. The leadership conference, which allows students to participate in various competitive events, was held May 1-3 at the Macon Centreplex.

Southside’s FFA Chapter was represented by state finalists Ki’shambria Thomas, Shakira Green, Kayla Smith, and Ciara Childs. Shakira Green placed third in Division I, Food Products and Processing. Kayla Smith finished fourth in Division I, Environmental Services and Natural Resources.

Lake Park archery team places at national competition

On May 9, the Lake Park Elementary School Archery Team traveled to Louisville, Ky., to compete at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) National Tournament. Lake Park placed 27th out of 114 elementary schools in the competition, a vast improvement from the previous year when the team placed 63rd at nationals.

The NASP National Tournament was once again certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest archery tournament in the world with a record number of 10,443 archers shooting over a three-day period. The Lake Park team is coached by Jeremy McKinley.

Monroe Students complete Georgia BEST training course

Several Monroe Comprehensive High School work-based learning students recently completed the Georgia BEST training course. Georgia Business Ethics Student Training (BEST) was created by the Department of Labor to address the soft skills gap giving students an advantage when moving into the workforce.

The training course addressed the ten soft skills standards of 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 who completed the training course are Jasmine Blakely, Tinesha Brown, Terriyunna Davis, James Guest, Calvesha Hawkins, Brittany Hobbs, Terel Lewis, Shania Lofton, Akheema Miller, Tiara Jones, Manzera Paul, Tyshira Price, Brea Whitaker, and Lamyah Wimberly. Linda Jackson is work-based learning coordinator at Monroe High.

Career day at West Town Elementary

West Town Elementary School held a career fair on April 25 inviting community leaders to share information about their chosen professions with students. Fair participation included representatives from Alarm Sales and Installation, Albany Fire Department, Albany State University, Bush Animal Clinic, Chick-fil-A, Darton State College, District Attorney’s office, Dougherty County Coroner, Emergency Medical Services, JC Penney, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Pop’s Detail Shop, WFXL and Albany Water, Gas and Light.

The presenters provided informative sessions to students in grades K-5 about their respective careers. Several presenters provided hands-on activities demonstrating their occupations. In preparation for the career fair, students came to school earlier in the month dressed as the occupation of their choice. West Town’s school counselor, Felecia Hawkins, coordinated the events which provided students with an opportunity to learn first-hand about a variety of occupations.

Live Oak Elementary holds career day event

On April 29, Live Oak Elementary School held its annual Career Day. Students in grades 3-5 learned about various jobs from the different career clusters they have studied.

Speakers for the day included Kyle Wilkerson (architect), Becky Belcher (DOCO Federal Credit Union), Kimberly Bruner (Sun Trust Bank), Michelle Thomas (fitness instructor), Nicole Williams (local attorney), Eddie McBride (Phoebe-Go Noodle), Lillie Chester (cosmetologist), and Kevin Austin (chef). Other career representatives included Albany Dougherty Drug Unit, Westover High School Junior ROTC, TWI Counseling, Marine recruiter, Gang Unit, STAR, Albany Police Department, Fire Prevention, M&M Mars, and Albany Water Gas and Light. The Live Oak Career Day was planned by counselor Kyla Lee.

Turner Elementary mentoring programs conclude successful year

On May 13, the Turner Elementary School mentoring programs celebrated the end of a successful year with a pizza party sponsored by retired educator Coach Jessie Massey. The Turner mentoring programs are designed so that students are paired with faculty and staff members to promote a healthy school climate. The DREAMGIRL program, for girls in grades 3-5, encourages academic achievement by teaching Dignity and Respect through Education, Attitude and Mentoring. The M.A.L.E. program, for boys in grades 2-5, promotes standards of excellence through speakers conveying what it means to have pride in your school and community. Each group teaches students how to be leaders and positive role models in the classroom and the community.

Local Zaxby’s manager speaks to Monroe business students

Antonio Lane, general manager at Zaxby’s, volunteered his time to speak to Nicole Mallory’s Business Communication and Presentation class at Monroe Comprehensive High School on May 12. Lane talked to the students about the importance of first impressions and provided tips for making a good first impression. He also discussed the interview process and how managers observe potential employees’ demeanor even when picking up the application. He taught students the proper way to request an application and the materials they should have with them when applying for employment. Lane held a short role-playing session for students during which they tried to convince him to recommend them for a job. Afterward, he provided constructive feedback to each student to help improve their first impression. The overall presentation helped students improve their potential employability.

Lake Park Elementary holds career week

Lake Park Elementary School held Career Week May 5-9. Parent volunteers spoke in each classroom sharing their careers with the students. All sixteen of the career clusters were represented in the assigned grade level in which the cluster was taught. A school wide career fair was held in the gym on May 8. During the fair, students visited booths and spoke with representatives from different careers. Students were encouraged to dress up in the career of his or her choice.

Turner Elementary concludes “Biggest Loser” Challenge

In February, 25 Turner Elementary School faculty and staff enrolled in the Biggest Loser Competition sponsored by Albany Area Primary Health Care. Each participant paid an entry fee which would ultimately go to the “biggest loser.” During the competition, participants were encouraged to set goals such as, “I will eat a healthy breakfast daily; I will not drink soda, or I will get 5 servings of fruits and vegetables three days per week.”

The participants were encouraged to walk every Monday and Tuesday to help with their success and several regularly utilized the school gym. The Turner-based school health clinic staff was available at any time to answer questions about diet or exercise.

In May, the participants compared their starting and ending weights. The person with the largest percentage of weight loss won the total of all the entry fees.