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Dougherty County School System Notebook -- Sept. 2, 2014

DCSS Notebook

21st Century Community Learning Center grant extended

Dan Gillan, president and CEO of the Albany YMCA, met with Supt. Butch Mosely recently to sign a grant agreement that extends the 21st Century Community Learning Center program to the system’s third school this year. The grant provides after school instruction with emphasis on reading and mathematics improvement to students in Alice Coachman, Live Oak and (new this year) Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary Schools. In addition to the academic component, the grant provides character instruction and swimming instruction for students.

“This is a great community partnership that benefits our students and we have accountability results that show its value,” said Mosely. “I hope the students have the opportunity to learn to swim as we are in an area with an above average rate of drowning for school-aged children.”

FedEx delivers school supplies for students

This summer Christina Strickland, office administrator of the Albany FedEx Ground location, Manager Billy Bridges and Matthew Ethridge collected school supplies for students in the Dougherty County School System. Drivers and employees recognize that some children have need for support with school supply items and made donations again this year. Social Services director Marion Stevens accepted the materials with Supt. Butch Mosely and social workers Santrina Ball and Tracy Colbert.

Local high school alumni donate supplies to Alice Coachman Elementary

With the help of the local alumni of Monroe Comprehensive High School and Dougherty Comprehensive High School, children throughout the community kicked off the school year with the supplies they need to succeed. Tyshiba Maxie, a graduate of Monroe Comprehensive High School, donated school supplies to Alice Coachman Elementary School. The supplies included pencils, erasers, backpacks, and notebooks. The event was organized by Ronald McClain, MCHS Class of 1994, and Earnest Brown, DCHS Class of 1995.

Teachers participate in math endorsement program

The Dougherty County School System Elementary Mathematics Department and Southwest Georgia RESA (Regional Education Service Area) worked in partnership throughout last school year to provide the K-5 Mathematics Endorsement Program to teachers. The program consists of four courses. The first course was Pedagogy in Mathematics/Understanding Number and Operations which focused on content-specific pedagogy including multiple strategies in the use of manipulatives. The other three courses were Understanding Geometry and Measurement, Understanding Algebra, and Understanding Data Analysis and Probability. Completion of the program has provided teachers with a stronger foundational background of the developmental concepts for student learning enhancing their own instructional delivery through effective strategies and assessments. These teachers are now considered elementary math teacher leaders.

Staff who received the Elementary Mathematics Endorsement are Demetria Carter (Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary), Veronica Reese (Sherwood Acres Elementary), Jazmine Gilbert (Lake Park Elementary), Victoria Robinson (Northside Elementary), Naomi Bullard (Morningside Elementary), April Gooddine Bush (Northside Elementary), Christopher Jones (Northside Elementary), Zatambra Jones (Northside Elementary), Tina Caldwell (Live Oak Elementary), Wanda Hamilton (Sherwood Acres Elementary), Alphonese Wilson (Instructional Specialist), and Ernest Jones (Professional Learning Credit).

Merry Acres cheerleaders hold fundraiser at Harvey’s

Last month, the Merry Acres Middle School cheerleaders held a fundraising event at Harvey’s Supermarket. During the “Cheer for Change” fundraiser, the squad demonstrated cheers and jumps for Harvey’s patrons while they shopped. The funds raised from the event will go toward the purchase of uniforms for the cheerleaders.

Books-a-Million sponsors book drive for MLK Elementary

During summer vacation, Books-A-Million at the Albany Mall sponsored a book drive to benefit Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School. The school received 326 new paperbacks which will be used as reading program incentives during this school year. The book drive was coordinated by the Books-A-Million assistant general manager Lexy Gilbert and the school’s media specialist Cyndy Lyle. Books-A-Million is one of MLK’s Partners in Excellence.

M&M Mars donates supplies to Monroe High

Representatives from the M&M Mars Corporation donated school supplies for students at Monroe Comprehensive High School. The supplies will be used to assist students in becoming college and career ready.