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How parents can help children succeed in class What to expect when moving up


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INSIDE What’s inside this section

Transitions Homework College

School Rules

Moving up in grades brings changes 3

Parents need to be part of the equation 5

New president will lead Coastal Georgia 9

Fashion Sports

Returning to class is lesson in style 10

Football season opening with high hopes 12


New Brunswick High School will open 20

Going to school involves more than learning to read and write. It also involves learning to follow certain rules. The full rules for students in Glynn County public schools are available online at under the “parents” drop-down menu. The quick-start version of those rules is: Conduct • Students must attend school regularly and punctually, and strive to achieve in all activities. • Student must have appropriate sup-

plies necessary for classes. • Assault, both physical and verbal, is prohibited. • Cell phones are prohibited during the school day. • Obscene and defamatory speech, writing or other interactions are prohibited. • Students must share any information regarding matters which could endanger health and/or welfare of students or other members of the school community. Dress

First day of school School starting dates, by county or private school • Brantley County – Aug. 7 • Glynn County – Aug. 8 • Camden County – Aug. 13 • McIntosh County – Aug. 14 • Brunswick Christian Academy – Aug. 6 • Emmanuel Christian School – Aug. 8 • Heritage Christian Academy – Aug. 8 • St. Simons Christian School – Aug. 8 • Christian Montessori School – Aug. 12 • Frederica Academy – Aug. 14

• Clothing with logos that promote sex, tobacco, drugs, vulgar speech or obscenities is prohibited. • Safe shoes must be worn. • Girls’ tank tops must have straps that are two inches wide or more. Bare midriff or other revealing clothes are prohibited. • Tight, unclean, torn or tattered clothing is prohibited. • No sagging pants are allowed. • No hats, headbands, bandannas, sunglasses or other head coverings are allowed.

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TRANSITIONS Students encounter milestone changes By SARAH LUNDGREN The Brunswick News

Making a transition to a new school or new grade can be difficult, particularly when it is a big change, like starting elementary, middle or high school. New expectations and a different workload can add up quickly. For parents watching their child make one of those big transitions to first grade, sixth grade or ninth grade, here is some advice from teachers who have guided countless children through those changes: Starting first grade Joy Jensen, a first-grade teacher and the first grade team leader at Oglethorpe Point Elementary School, says starting elementary school is a time for parents to tell children what new and exciting things they will learn. They will have lots of fun, but there are some changes ahead. To do it right: Foster your child’s independence: “One of the most significant changes from kindergarten to first grade is the level of independence required for student success. A parent can help set their child up to succeed by fostering their confidence and independence,” Jensen said. “This could be accomplished through beginning to give the child more responsibility at home. First-graders enjoy their new status as ‘big boys and girls’ and really thrive with high expectations.”

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Leslie Forcina, a Risley Middle School sixth and seventh grade counselor, left, shows t-shirts given to new sixth grade students to Instructional Coach Rebecca Smith.

Continue to communicate with your child and the teacher: “Parents should check folders nightly for teacher notes, practice work or books that have been sent home for homework. If a question arises, write a note or email the teacher,” Jensen said. “Glynn County teachers also have individual websites linked from their school website with a wealth of information, resources and a link to the teacher’s email.”

First grade is the foundational year of elementary school: “Students must learn to apply all of their readiness skills and master more complicated processes, such as independent reading, independent writing and higher level math skills. In terms of homework, many teachers will assign a weekly spelling list with associated spelling activities,” Jensen said. “In addition to spelling homework, reading is a

daily requirement, as well as math practice work. Reading is the primary focus of first grade, and a parent can have a huge impact on their child’s literacy success. These activities shouldn’t take a lot of time each evening once the students have learned the process, but the beginning of the year can be a challenge for some children.” Read, read, read: “Reading with a child daily is the best way to support them in learning to read,” Jensen said. Moving into sixth grade Once the foundation for a child’s education is laid in elementary school, next comes the in-between period of middle school. Often a difficult time of students dealing with adolescent changes, Rebecca Smith, instructional coach at Risley Middle School, says there are some things to be aware before your child enters sixth grade: Workload and accountability will change: “Most teachers in middle school have over 100 students, so they do not always have the opportunity to check behind each student to make sure he or she has written homework and other assignments down for their parents to see. The level and amount of homework may take more time than a student or parent is use to spending after school,” Smith said. “Many of our middle school students have extracurricular activities after school, so don’t forget to add Continues on Page 8

MY SCHOOL Frederica Academy offers new programs In its 43rd year as southeast Georgia’s premier college preparatory school for grades pre-kindergarten through 12th, Frederica Academy has created new programs and student-centered initiatives that will make the coming school year one of the most engaging and enriching in its history. These programs will shape curriculum and launch new experiences for students in every grade and every subject. In Lower School, one such initiative will span pre-kindergarten to fifth grade with a yearlong, themed experiential approach that connects science, social studies, writing, reading, math, Spanish, art and music as students travel through time learning about “Great Changes in the Twentieth Century.” During the course of the year, students will be transported through each decade of the 20th century highlighting key themes unique to the era. Annmarie Torres, Lower School director, noted: “We know as educators that the most important way children learn is through experiences that bring meaning to their learning. The more ways one introduces children to a concept, the more likely they will make the connections in their mind and will retain that information. This type of integrated

curriculum allows our students a number of touch points that connect the subject to every aspect of the learning environment, whether it is in math, music, art or science.” Torres continued, “At Frederica Academy, we not only strive for academic excellence, we also emphasize an appreciation for the arts and music,” adding that the Lower School is expanding its fine arts program to include a new strings class for fourth- and fifth-grade students that will be offered in collaboration with the Coastal Youth Symphony. An exciting new opportunity awaits Middle School students this August with the school’s one-to-one laptop program that will equip all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students with a personal laptop to be used throughout the school year as part of an innovative program to better position students to keep pace as 21st century learners. New environments are also a component of the curriculum in Middle School through Carpe Vitam, an experiential learning enrichment program. This fall, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students will spend a week getting to know their classmates by braving unfamiliar challenges in new and different environments. Sixth-grade students will travel to Savannah for a coastal ecology

journey, seventh-grade students will escape to the Carolina mountains for an outdoor adventure, and eighth-grade students will explore Washington, D.C. Michael Temple, Middle School and Upper School director added, “These destinations integrate and align with each grade’s curriculum, facilitate tremendous bonding experiences for our students and are engaging laboratories for learning.” Middle School experiential learning will also feature a new “mini-mester” this year. The mini-mester is a two-week thematic, cross-curricular, project-based learning experience customized for each grade. Each program will include on-campus and offcampus, hands-on learning that leverages the abundance of our area’s natural and historical resources. Frederica’s Middle School has also developed a new advisory program that groups sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students by gender in order to better assess academic progress and facilitate discussions regarding social awareness, character development and age-appropriate peer issues. In Upper School, new programming and experiences begin on the very first day with the launch of a comprehensive assimila-

tion program for ninth-grade students. The “Freshman Experience” will help ninthgraders transition to high school and accelerate their preparedness for the college admission process and for their college career.  The program’s focus will encompass the full spectrum of the school’s mission to enrich each student’s mind, body and spirit. An enhanced advisory program for students as they progress from ninth through 12th grade is also in place for all Upper School students. The Upper School has expanded its Advanced Placement (AP) portfolio, developed a new Honors Program, and is offering an added level of convenience for SAT and ACT test-takers with additional test dates being offered on the Frederica Academy campus throughout the year. And new records are also ahead this year, as Frederica Academy looks forward to graduating the largest class in the school’s history. Greg Griffeth, head of school, stated: “I am very proud of our innovative culture and these new initiatives. We are eager for our students to return for what will be a special year.” – Provided by Frederica Academy


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MY SCHOOL College of Coastal Georgia links to careers Did you know that the College of Coastal Georgia’s Career Services Office provides free services to CCGA alumni as well as to students? It’s true. CCGA graduates have a lifetime membership to the Career Services “club” with programs that include: • Resume and cover-letter assistance – Students and alumni can use the resume builder in Coastal Careerlink to develop an effective resume or cover-letter in just a few clicks. They can then submit the resume or cover-letter for a professional staff review, receiving feedback and tips to ensure employers see their qualifications and skills in a concise, professional format. • Job search assistance – Coastal Careerlink contains a database of employers who are actively seeking CCGA students and graduates to fill positions. They can instantly submit resumes directly to employers with open positions. The system contains over 6 million national job listings through partner institutions. Coastal Careerlink provides contact information, websites, social media sites, videos and background information on more than 100 local employers as well. Student and alumni resumes can be added to the college’s online resume books where employers search for our qualified job candidates. • Interview preparation – Interviewstream is Career Services’ online mock interview system. Interviewstream allows participants to practice interview skills online from anywhere using any computer/tablet/smartphone with a webcam. Students and alumni can choose from 6,000 interview questions to craft an interview for a particular industry or use one of the customized interviews designed by Career Services staff. After conducting the interview, participants can

Brian Weese watch their performance and even submit the video to Career Services staff for a professional review. Contact Career Services to activate a personal Interviewstream account. In addition, the office hosts monthly Mock Interview Mondays on campus to give students and alumni the opportunity to practice their interview skills in a lowpressure but highly informative setting. The Mock Interview Monday schedule is posted on Coastal Careerlink, where a 30-minute time slot can be reserved. • Autumn 2013 campus events – Career Services will hold a Fall Job and Internship Fair on Oct. 2. Approximately 50 local employers will be recruiting for both permanent and seasonal full-time and part-

time positions. A Graduate School Expo will be held later in the fall. Schools from Georgia and northern Florida will attend to share information about post-graduate programs. In addition, the office regularly hosts Employer Spotlights throughout the semester. These events are like mini job fairs featuring just one corporation or organization. Employer Spotlights are a great way to network with a specific employer in a one-on-one setting. Students and alumni can view upcoming campus events and even RSVP via Coastal Careerlink. • Workshops – Career Services offers multiple workshops throughout the year. Upcoming workshops include Knock ‘em Dead – Job Fair Techniques That Really

Work, Ace That Interview, Dining Etiquette and Resumes That Sizzle. The workshop schedule is also posted on Coastal Careerlink. Space is limited, so prompt RSVPs are recommended. • Keeping in Touch – Coastal Careerlink and Facebook are Career Services’ two primary tools for spreading the word about upcoming events and opportunities, but Twitter is also used to announce programs and new job openings. Career Services’ Pinterest boards post useful information on topics such as job searching, resume writing and dressing for success and Career Services LinkedIn page even provides a great way to reconnect with other CCGA alumni. • Opportunity knocks – The Career Services Office is seeking CCGA alumni to share experiences and expertise with current students through presentations, workshops, meet-and-greet opportunities and other networking events. Area employers are invited to use Coastal Careerlink free of charge to post openings and recruit the best candidates in southeastern Georgia. For more information about student and alumni career services at the College of Coastal Georgia, email Career Services Coordinator Brian Weese (bweese@ccga. edu). Career Services is one of several programs offered by the College of Coastal Georgia which provide students with exciting degrees, internships and servicelearning opportunities focused on dynamic careers and which promote community partnerships and economic development throughout Southeast Georgia. Learn more by visiting – Provided by College of Coastal Georgia

MY SCHOOL Brunswick Christian Academy is ministry Brunswick Christian Academy, a ministry of the First Free Will Baptist Church of Brunswick, has been leading the way in private Christian education since 1974. BCA is one of the oldest self-supporting private schools in our area, serving students from many surrounding counties. BCA offers care as early as 7 a.m. and as late as 6 p.m. We currently offer K3 through 12th grade using the A Beka curriculum at a very affordable rate. (K5 through 12th grade tuition averages around $80 per week.) All of our students are taught in an interactive, learning and fun environment to encourage every child to achieve their greatest potential. BCA Daycare is more than playing; it is about learning. Our day care students are taught Bible, phonics, writing, art, language arts and numbers. It’s always fun learning with the class pet, Thumper. Pre-kindergarten students take things a step further in learning. Curriculum includes Bible, phonics, writing, language

arts, art, numbers, Spanish and sign language. Students learn a Bible verse for each letter of the alphabet as well as many poems and songs. We offer day care and pre-kindergarten in full- or half-day programs. Elementary students are sure to succeed with the solid A Beka curriculum that includes routine drills, visual aids and solid teaching. Kindergarten through fifth grade students also enjoy the privilege of educational and fun field trips, pep rallies, cheer leading, drama and much more. BCA’s middle and high school students participate in drama as well as fine arts competitions at regional and state levels in addition to a college prep curriculum. BCA is recognized by the Georgia Board of Regents for college admission as well as by the GA 411 and Hope Scholarship. BCA is also a testing site for the SAT and a site for the Georgia driver’s education training. SPORTS!! Everyone loves a good game and with many sports to choose from there is always a game to see. BCA offers

Brunswick Christian Academy sports for grades six through 12, including basketball, volleyball, flag football, softball and chess. Free tutoring as well as low student-toteacher ratios are just a couple of pluses offered by our concerned, dedicated teachers who instill Christian values into the students. Brunswick Christian Academy is now accepting student’s with Individualized

Education Programs. Brunswick Christian Academy is accredited by the Georgia Private School Accreditation Council (GAPSAC) and is a member in good standing of the Georgia Association of Christian Schools and the American Association of Christian Schools. Set your child up for success today! – Provided by Brunswick Christian Academy


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HOMEWORK Parents are part of successful equation By SARAH LUNDGREN The Brunswick News

Ask any Glynn County teacher what is one of the most essential factors in a child’s education, and he or she will respond with, “parents.� While classroom learning is key to a child’s future success, what happens in the home is just as important. From helping with homework to helping a child research on a topic, there are many ways to delve deeper into a student’s education. Sometimes, it can be as simple as asking a child what happened at school today. Among advice from teachers to parents is: Communicate: Find time to talk to your child about what he or she learned at school. It will key you in to what your child finds interesting. When you’re reading with your child or watching a movie, ask what he or she thinks about a particular subject or scene. This can clue you in on what your child is actually comprehending, allowing you to help, if necessary. “Just a few minutes a day questioning your child about their academic learning and actually going through their book bag and notes can go a long way in helping them be accountable for their learning,� says Joy Dawson, an eighth-grade science teacher at Needwood Middle School.

Joy Dawson, teacher at Needwood Middle School.

Take time to talk with your child’s teacher. In her 28 years of education, Dawson says involved parents have had a direct impact on students’ achievements and accountability in her classrooms: If parents care, their child care. Creating a dialogue among parent, child and teacher helps establish a framework that tells your child you want him or her to succeed and are there to help. Read, read, read: Reading is one of the most essential skills needed in any person’s life. Teachers agree that a solid foundation in reading can benefit just about every aspect of a child’s education. It can even help them improve in subjects such as math

and science. Reading to or with your child, or having him or read to you, is good way to get things started. Renee Sowell, a fourth grade teacher at Altama Elementary School, says that a child often learns fluency, pronunciation and a basic knowledge of words from listening to parents read aloud. For older students who are proficient readers, parents can still encourage them to read aloud or just keep up with reading in general. Taking a family trip to the library, allowing your older child to explore interests outside of the classroom, can help encourage reading, especially with students who don’t seem to be enjoying assigned reading. Make it fun: Learning doesn’t have to be boring. Whatever the topic might be – even reading a book – can become interactive. Teachers say that making a subject interactive helps bring a topic to life for a child and creates a better understanding. Make the entire family a part of movie nights based on a book your child is reading, or get together and watch an educational program on something that interests him or her. Even making dinner together allows

your child to learn how to follow recipes and apply math skills in measuring. For students learning a foreign language, label things in your house in that language so you, as a parent, can get in on the action and lessons are reinforced at home. Utilize all types of resources: The Internet, the public library, your student’s teacher, the newspaper and television are all options for continuing your child’s education at home. There are many websites that your child can play games on to increase studying, or even allow for a refresher course for parents who might not remember a topic. Websites like, starfall. com and have online options for parents and children and that can be done at home to make learning fun. Every Thursday, The Brunswick News publishes a column called The Homework Project. In the column, teachers provide creative suggestions for parents on a variety of areas involved in their child’s education. Renee Sowell, teacher at Altama Elementary.

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SCHOOLS Contact information and principals Satilla Marsh Elementary School 360 South Port Parkway, Glynn County, 265-3675; Kathie Matthews, principal.

Glynn County public schools Altama Elementary School 5505 Altama Ave., Brunswick, 264-3564; Michelle Drew, principal.

Sterling Elementary School 200 McKenzie Drive, Glynn County, 279-1509; Kelly Howe, principal.

Burroughs-Molette Elementary School 1900 Lee St., Brunswick, 267-4130; Joseph Lanham, principal.

Glynn Middle School 635 Lanier Blvd., Brunswick, 267-4150; Matthew Blackstone, principal.

C.B. Greer Elementary School 695 Harry Driggers Blvd., Glynn County, 267-4135; Anna Wiles, principal.

Jane Macon Middle School 201 Mckenzie Drive, Glynn County, 265-3337; Michele Seals, principal.

Glyndale Elementary School 1785 Old Jesup Road, Glynn County, 267-4139; Fern Way-Currin, principal. Golden Isles Elementary School 1350 Cate Road, Glynn County, 264-6822; Tere Miller, principal. Goodyear Elementary School 3000 Roxboro Road, Brunswick, 267-4170; Karen Smith, principal. Oglethorpe Point Elementary School 6200 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, 638-6200; Carter Akins, principal. St. Simons Elementary School 805 Ovean Blvd., St. Simons Island, 638-2851; Katy Ginn, principal.

Glynn County private schools Frederica Academy 200 Murray Way, St. Simons Island, 638-9981; Greg Griffith, head of school. St. Simons Christian School 1060 Coquina Circle, St. Simons Island, 634-8177; Karl Graustein, headmaster. Emmanuel Christian School 1010 Old Jesup Road, Brunswick, 265-9647; Spencer Johnson, superintendent. Brunswick Christian Academy 4227 U.S. 17, Brunswick, 264-1230.

Needwood Middle School 669 Harry Driggers Blvd., Glynn County, 261-4488; Jim Pulos, principal.

Heritage Christian Academy 4265 Norwich St., Brunswick, 264-5491; Cindy Zangla, administrator.

Risley Middle School 707 South Port Parkway, Glynn County, 280-4020; Lori Joiner, principal.

Christian Montessori School 111 Menendez Ave., St. Simons Island, 638-1692; Renee Crane, head of school.

Brunswick High School 3920 Habersham St., Brunswick, 267-4200; Toriano Gilbert, principal.

Brantley County Atkinson Elementary School 4327 Highway 110 East, Waynesville, 778-6098; Lori Ann Lee, principal.

Glynn Academy 1001 Mansfield St., Brunswick, 267-4210; Scott Spence, principal.

Hoboken Elementary School 224 Church St., Hoboken, 458-2135; Kim Morgan, principal.

Nahunta Elementary School 9110 Main St., Nahunta, 462-5166; Tim Sawyer, principal. Nahunta Primary School 479 South Circle, Nahunta, 462-5179; Brandon Carter, principal. Waynesville Primary School 5726 Old Waynesville Road, Waynesville, 778-3068; Adrian Thompson, principal. Brantley Middle School 10990 U.S. 82, Nahunta, 462-7092, Angela Haney, principal. McIntosh County Todd-Grant Elementary School 1102 C.A. Devillars Road, Darien, 437-6675; Cassandra Noble, principal. Oak Grove Intermediate School 500 Green St., Darien, 437-6655; Carolyn Smith, principal. McIntosh County Middle School 500 Green St., Darien, 437-6685; Kathy Wade, principal. McIntosh County Academy 8945 U.S. 17, Darien, 437-6691; Terrance Haywood, principal.

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SCHOOLS Camden County Crooked River Elementary 3570 Charlie Smith Sr. Highway, St. Marys, 673-6995; Sheila Sapp, principal. David L. Rainer Elementary 850 May Creek Drive, Kingsland, 729-9071; Deborah Milstead, principal. Kingsland Elementary School 900 West King St., Kingsland, 729-5246; Charles Curry, principal. Mamie Lou Gross Elementary School 277 Roberts Path, Woodbine, 576-4800; Mike Wooden, principal. Mary Lee Clark Elementary School 318 Mickler Drive, St. Marys, 882-4373; Angela McManigal, principal. Matilda Harris Elementary School 1100 The Lakes Blvd., Kingsland, 729-2940; Heath Heron, principal.

St. Marys Elementary School 600 Osbourne St., St. Marys, 882-4839; Thomas McClendon, principal. Sugar Mill Elementary School 2885 Winding Road, St. Marys, 882-8191; Nancy Boone, principal. Woodbine Elementary School 495 Broadwood Road, Woodbine, 576-5245; John M. Blackerby, principal. Camden Midde School 1300 Middle School Road, Kingsland, 7293113; Mark Durham, principal. St. Marys Middle School 205 Martha Drive, St. Marys, 882-8626; Michael Wooden, principal. Camden County High School 6300 Laurel Island Parkway, Kingsland, 729-7318; John Tucker, Principal.


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a little time in for homework. If a student does not have a homework assignment to complete, he or she would benefit from reviewing what he or she did in class on that particular day. Students will be expected to work more independently and with others to complete projects and assignments.� Introduce yourself and your child to their new school before the first day: “Glynn County middle schools have a day when sixth graders can come in and tour the building. During this time, students will have the opportunity to receive their schedules, tour the building and to meet their teachers and administrators before the district’s scheduled open house,� Smith said. “At home, parents can talk with their students to see if they have any hesitations or questions about coming to middle school. They can reassure them that they will be there for them – even though the student will act like they don’t want them around – and also let them know that there are adults in the building who are there to not only educate them but look out for them.� Keep up with how your child is doing: “Communicating with their students about what is going on in school will let the students know that you are concerned and there for the them. Ask how the day went, what was the best part or the worst. Ask what projects they have to complete,� Smith said. “Check their agenda nightly. We encourage our parents to come in for a conference. We also offer conference nights – at least one per semester. Conferences are not just for times when things are not going well. Parents should come in and talk with teachers to get a better sense of their student’s day and what type of assignments the students are responsible for completing.� Keep up with what’s going on around school: “Make sure teachers have the correct contact information, read the team newsletters that are sent via email. If a parent does not have an email account, ask the teacher to send written information,� Smith said. “Check teacher websites for events and assignments.� Stepping up to ninth grade Starting high school comes with both excitement and nerves for many students – it’s the beginning of the end. With greater freedom on the horizon, many forget how much more responsibility will come along with it. Diann Meeks, assistant principal at Glynn Academy, suggests: Don’t just let your freshman loose: “One of the biggest hurdles is that once kids get to high school, parents try to give them a bit more autonomy in the ninth grade. But a ninth-grader really does need to be monitored,� Meeks said. “They will likely have homework every night, there are some who will go home and say they don’t. Parents need to help their students organize designated time and space for studying without electronic devices. Discuss their

Students entering middle schools this year will need to learn to balance extracurricular activities and homework.

daily activities, communicate with them. Help establish a balance between homework and extracurriculars, help them organize a calendar or planner.â€? Prepare your student from Day 1 and help them keep up: “Kids need to come prepared. Come to school the first day with pencils and paper ready to go. We have too many (curriculum) standards to cover now and we start on Day 1 with academic learning,â€? Meeks said. “Help your child maintain focus throughout the year, there isn’t room for slacking. High school is more rigourous than ever, every child in high school is expected to be college-ready when they graduate. It didn’t used to be like that.â€? • Help them identify with their new school: “When a kid comes, we strongly recommend they get involved in extracurricular activities. The child who just comes to school to go to class doesn’t have as vested interest in being here,â€? Meeks said. “We have everything from chess club to drama to foreign language to sports, chorus, band ... we truly see a correlation between students who do extracurricular activities and their high school success. Go to the games after school, get involved.â€? • Use the resources available as a parent: “Parents need to take advantage of all of the tools and resources we provide to help them assist their student. There are teacher websites with calendars and agenda assignments, the Glynn County School System has Parent Portal that can be accessed. Parents should check it daily to see if assignments are turned in or not,â€? Meeks said. “Communicate with teachers through these websites, emails and phone calls. All parents/guardians can access Infinite Campus, and if you have any questions or need guidance, visit the registrar’s office. Many high school counselors also send out news blasts via email. If you don’t have Internet access and can’t get to the library, come here.â€?


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COLLEGE New president will build on solid foundation By SARAH LUNDGREN The Brunswick News


fter one month as president of College of Coastal Georgia, Gregory Aloia says his excitement about the college only continues to grow. When he succeeded president Valerie Hepburn on July 1, Aloia was overwhelmed with how far the institution had come since its transition to a four-year baccalaureate college four years ago. “There are so many good things already taking place here, I’m just capturing that momentum,” Aloia said. “You can’t measure what Dr. Hepburn put in place. As I’m getting to know the different areas, I see this campus is not only beautiful, but the infrastructure and technology is phenomenal. I’ve met with all major areas so far, from housing and student services to athletic to faculty to deans, meeting with all other administrative units, all I find is great things taking place.” Education has always been a strong factor in Aloia’s life, and being a part of College of Coastal Georgia continues that. Following his undergraduate years, he sought a master’s degree in special education and continued to dedicate many of his future ventures to the field. Aloia has also carried a variety of titles,

Gregory Aloia, College of Coastal Georgia president

such as professor, dean or head of programs at Illinois State University, Florida Atlantic University and Arkansas State University. From his most recent role as president of Concord University in Athens, W.Va., Aloia sees many similarities between his former school and College of Coastal Georgia, as well as many things he carries close to his heart, such as service learning. “College of Coastal Georgia is still small enough students can make a personal con-

nection with faculty and build on that connection outside the classroom. An undergrad can get involved in so many quality leadership opportunities and organizations here, and what you learn outside the classroom, like service learning, those gains are intangible,” Aloia said. “You can’t just stand up and teach it, you have to experience it, and they have that here.” He sees countless positives for both traditional and non-traditional students at the college, as well as commuter students and full-time residents. Not only are there many degree options, but the dedication of staff to each student will bring even more opportunities to their lives than at a larger school. “When I was a graduate dean, I’d get letters of recommendation from faculty on highly qualified students. If they came from large institutions, it would say, ‘Greg was in my class, he’s a mature student, hard worker, we met in my office at pre-registration and it seemed that he was dedicated,’” Aloia said. “A letter from a faculty member here would say, ‘I’d had him since freshman year in Biology101. I’ve watched him grow and become a critical thinker. I’ve seen him solve problems in this other class, lead discussions in that class ...’ That letter stands out. It’s the magic of a place like Coastal Georgia.” Aloia says his primary goal is to con-

tinue to build and bring his enthusiasm to the initiatives in place at the college. With growth potential for on-campus housing and the addition of the former Hawthorne motel for student housing, Aloia sees many visions for making the campus here in Brunswick a global campus. “I think as we grow in our on house, there’ll be a merger of commuter students with on-campus students. As we grow on the residential side, the non-traditional, parttime, working parent type of students that have brought richness to classrooms will continue to join our student union,” Aloia said. Just as the college made the transition from a small junior college to a thriving, ever-evolving baccalaureate college, Aloia says it can transform any student who walks through its doors. He hopes to meet many of the students face to face, one of his signature traits, and see just how they feel after beginning a semester. “We want to change your life in this journey. We want to get you ready to be a citizen in the 21st century, give you global, service learning experience so that when you finish the journey, we’ve given you the tools to take on this dynamic world,” he said. “We do that with outstanding faculty and dedicated staff who want each of you to be successful.”


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SPORTS Football season kicks off with high hopes By DAVE JORDAN

and BUDDY HUGHES The Brunswick News

The high school football season that took place during the fall of 2012 can be characterized by one word: change. Schools changed classifications, schools changed regions and one school’s team changed from just getting its feet wet at football to winning a state championship. Changes are inevitable again in the 2013 season, which kicks off Aug. 23, when Glynn Academy and McIntosh County Academy butt heads. Looking back to look ahead, here is what to expect from Brunswick High School, Glynn Academy, Frederica Academy, McIntosh County Academy and Camden County High School: Brunswick High School With reclassification, the Pirates were slotted into Region 1 of the state’s highest grouping of schools, Class 6A. Battling perennial state powers Camden County, Lowndes and Valdosta, plus a resurgent Colquitt County squad, Brunswick managed just one region victory — a 50-37 romp at home over Tift County to close out the season — and finished 4-6 overall, missing the state playoffs for the second time in head coach Victor Floyd’s five seasons. The Pirates were not lacking in star quality, though, with standout quarterback Cory Dixon leading all region signal callers in total offense with a combined 2,047 yards and wideout Chris Trimmings hauling in a nearschool record 45 passes and posting nearly as many return yards as receiving yards. Highlights included a 28-26 win over crosstown rival Glynn Academy in Game 2 of the season and an offense that averaged 384 yards of total offense every time out. After seeing a half dozen of his teammates

sign letters of intent to play in college, Dixon returns for his senior season in 2013 with an eye toward playing at the next level, and the Pirates figure to be just as potent offensively as ever. The schedule takes the Pirates to Wayne County and Ware County in non-region play and to Colquitt County, Valdosta and Tift County for Region 1-6A contests. Groves, Lowndes, Coffee and Camden County come to Glynn County Stadium to play the Pirates, as does Glynn Academy on Aug. 30. Brunswick High 2013 Schedule Aug. 16 McIntosh Co. Academy (scrimmage) Aug. 24 at Wayne Co. Aug. 30 Glynn Academy Sept. 6 Off Sept. 13 at Ware Co. Sept. 20 Groves Sept. 27 Off Oct. 4 Lowndes Oct. 11 Coffee Oct. 18 at Colquitt Co. Oct. 25 Camden Co. Nov. 1 at Valdosta Nov. 8 at Tift Co.

Glynn Academy Coach Rob Ridings’ Red Terrors were slotted into Class 5A beginning in 2012 and for the first time in recent memory, were not aligned in the same region with rival Brunswick High School. Running up offensive numbers rarely seen at Glynn, the Terrors rattled off six straight wins to close out the regular season and into the first round of state before falling, 34-27 at Whitewater in Round 2 of the playoffs. Glynn, which finished 8-4 and won eight games for the third straight season, was led by Jonathan Alford, whose rushing yardage (1,896) and touchdown count (31) established new standards at the school that has

Glynn Academy Football been playing football since the early 1900s. Alford and six of his Terror teammates will be moving on to play in the college ranks. While the GA offense was racking up 34.4 points per contest, the Terror defense pitched four consecutive shutouts down the stretch in its new Region 3-AAAAA and held opponents to 14.1 points per game overall. Change will mark the 2013 campaign as well for Ridings and his Terrors, as three top assistants from the GA coaching staff have moved on to new positions at Frederica Academy on St. Simons Island. Their replacements already in the fold, the Terrors will look to meet and exceed their string of eight-win seasons. The Terrors’ schedule takes them to Darien to open the season Aug. 23 against McIntosh County Academy and also includes road games at region foes Ware County, Groves, Effingham County and Windsor Forest. Glynn gets Wayne County, Richmond Hill, Bradwell Institute and Jenkins at home, and meets Brunswick High School in Game 2 at Glynn County Stadium.

Glynn Academy 2013 Schedule

Brunswick High Football

Aug. 16 Aug. 23 Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 10 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8

Liberty County (scrimmage) at McIntosh Co. Academy at Brunswick High Off Wayne Co. Off Richmond Hill at Ware Co. at Groves Bradwell Inst. at Effingham Co. at Windsor Forest Jenkins

Frederica Academy Change actually marks both the past season and the upcoming one at the private school on St. Simons Island. For starters, the Knights played a truly competitive schedule in 2012 for the first time in the school’s history, playing in Region 2 at the Class A level in the Georgia Independent School Association. After finishing 6-2 against non-region and sometimes junior varsity opponents in 2011 — the inaugural season of Frederica football — the Knights played down from Class AA in 2012 and made the most of it, finishing 11-2 and bringing home both a region and a state championship. Frederica won its final nine games after beginning 2-2 and capped off a magical season with an even more unbelievable finish in the state final. Down, 30-7, entering the fourth quarter, the Knights scored the game’s final 27 points and broke the hearts of region foe Robert Toombs Academy with a stunning, 34-30, win under the oaks at Frederica Field. The Knights have a change at the top entering 2013 as former Glynn Academy assistant coach Brandon Derrick has taken over the reigns as head coach from Clint Morgan, who began the FA program and has now moved on to Tattnall Square Academy in Macon. Coming with Derrick from GA are Geoff Cannon and Ben Burkett as Frederica expands its football coaching staff from four to nine. The Knights, who will compete for one more season in Region 2-A, also play just nine games in 2013, dropping Randolph Continued on Page 14


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Southern from last year’s schedule due to the school’s dropping its program. Frederica opens on the last Thursday of August against David Emanuel Academy, the first of three straight at home at the outset. The Knights go to Pinewood Christian, Curtis Baptist, Crisp Academy and Robert Toombs Academy and host, in addition to David Emanuel, Memorial Day, St. Andrew’s, First Presbyterian and Fullington Academy.

Frederica Academy 2013 Schedule Aug. 29 David Emanuel Sept. 6 Memorial Day Sept. 13 St. Andrew’s Sept. 20 at Pinewood Christian Sept. 27 at Curtis Baptist Oct. 4 First Presbyterian Oct. 11 Off Oct. 18 at Crisp Academy Oct. 25 Off Nov. 1 Fullington Academy Nov. 8 at Robert Toombs Academy

McIntosh County Academy The Buccaneers will look to take the next step in 2013 after more than doubling their win total last season in the second year under head coach Keith Gosse. McIntosh went from 4-7 in 2011 (Gosse’s first year) to 9-3 last year, with a win in the Class AA playoffs. After losing its first two games of the season to Glynn Academy and eventual Region 2-AA champion Vidalia, McIntosh closed out the regular season with eight straight region victories to finish in second place. That earned the Bucs a home playoff game in the first round, a 27-6 win over East Laurens. The season would come to an end in the second round with a 49-21 loss at Brooks County. Quarterback Darry Herrington was McIntosh’s biggest offensive weapon last year, throwing for 1,341 yards and 15 touchdowns while also rushing for 462 yards and a teamhigh 11 scores. The rising senior is expected to be under center once again with some of his top weapons also back in the fold. Rising junior Nick Cummings led the Bucs in rushing yards with 781 and also scored seven touchdowns. Cummings was part of a running back rotation that also featured Romello Palmer, Gerald Rhymes and Ulysses Carswell — all rising seniors. McIntosh will look to avenge its only two

McIntosh Academy Footbal regular season losses of 2012 in its first two games this fall. The Bucs welcome Glynn Continued on Page 15

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Academy to Darien on Aug. 23 in the season opener for both teams before jumping into their nine-game region schedule with a home contest against Vidalia on Aug. 30. 2013 Schedule McIntosh County Academy Aug. 23 Glynn Academy Sept. 6 Vidalia Sept. 13 at Atkinson Co. Sept. 20 at Bryan Co. Sept. 27 at Bacon Co. Oct. 4 Toombs Co. Oct. 11 Off Oct. 18 at Jeff Davis Oct. 25 Metter Nov. 1 Long Co. Nov. 8 at Benedictine Camden County High School The theme of change is also taking route at Class 6A power Camden County High School, as new head coach Welton Coffey takes over the program from Jeff Herron, who left to take the job at Class A private school Prince Avenue Christian. Coffey is no stranger to the Wildcats, having served as an assistant coach under Herron since 2006, when he was hired away from Valdosta. Coffey inherits a program that went 154-18 and won three state championships under Herron. Coffey will also have to succeed without a bevy of talented players now suiting up for SEC schools. Quarterback Brice Ramsey and all-purpose performer J.J. Green are

Camden Co. High Football

at Georgia, linebacker Jarrad Davis signed with Florida and offensive lineman J.P. Vonashek is at South Carolina. The Wildcats do return two highly touted prospects. Senior Kalvaraz Bessent could take over the Green role as a two-way star. Bessent is a four-star rated prospect by scouting service and ESPN. Senior defensive back Chris Williams has also earned high acclaim by ESPN and Rivals and, like Bessent, could also see time on offense. Both Bessent and Williams have already committed to play for defending national champion Alabama as part of Nick Saban’s 2014 recruiting class. The Wildcats open their season in the Georgia Dome Aug. 24 against North Gwinnett in the annual Corky Kell Classic. The defending Region 1-6A champions begin region play at home Sept. 27 against Valdosta, and come north to face Brunswick at Glynn County Stadium Oct. 25. 2013 Schedule Camden County High School Aug. 24 North Gwinnett Aug. 30 Baker Co., Fla. Sept. 6 Johnson Sept. 13 Beach Sept. 20 Off Sept. 27 Valdosta Oct. 4 at Coffee Oct. 11 at Tift Co. Oct. 18 Off Oct. 25 at Brunswick Nov. 1 Lowndes Nov. 8 Colquitt Co.


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AFTER CLASS Extracurriculars broaden experiences Rare is the child today who returns home immediately after school. Many school-aged children now have busier schedules than their parents. Involvement in an extracurricular activity can help kids make friends while they learn about responsibility. Some extracurricular activities even allow kids to apply lessons learned in the classroom in real-world situations. “Kids have a lot of down time that needs to be filled. They can fill that time with extracurriculars at school or at an organizations like ours,” said Brian Dolan, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia. “It’s extremely important to mold the whole child. Sports, arts, beta club, chess club, etc.. they (extracurricular) help grow the mind, body and soul,” Dolan said. Extracurricular activities boost students confidence levels and encourage camaraderie, students who are involved at school or other areas around the community are more likely to graduate at all levels of academia. Many students play a sport as their Brian Dolan extracurricular

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activity. In fact, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations, participation in high school sports increased for the 23rd consecutive year in 2011-12, when nearly 7.7 million studentathletes participated in high school athletics. Such heavy participation in sports can make it easy for parents to encourage their youngsters to go out for a school team. But not all youngsters want to play sports, and even those who do might not be able to make a team. Beyond sports, there are other ways to develop team-building and leadership skills

in extracurricular activities. Volunteering is a great way for schoolaged kids to spend some of their free time. Student volunteers can often pick when they want to perform service, and that can make it easier on kids who want to focus on their performance in the classroom. Some youngsters might not know the difference between a first down or the first inning. But many kids who are not inclined to play sports may be inclined to play a musical instrument. And some kids are inclined to play both a sport and try their hand at music. By the time a student reaches college, the opportunities for extracurricular activities increase along with the course offerings. Jaime Parker-Lewis, director of the Campus Center and Student Life at College of Coastal Georgia, says, “Students who are engaged earn higher grades, are more likely to persist to graduation and report higher satisfaction with the college experience.” College of Coastal Georgia has lots of active extracurricular opportunities for its students, including athletics, wellness activities such as kayaking and intramural sports, a student fitness center with group exercise classes and equipment for individual use. There are also events sponsored by the college, such as movies and dances, educational fairs and the opportunities to

participate in more than 30 student-run organizations. Events at the college can be attended by as few as 20 people involved in a club or as many as 300 students at an athletic event. Parker-Lewis says dances and movies are the most popular events among students, but many students take advantage of the fitness center and the game room on a daily basis between classes. Students who are involved in clubs or student run organizations learn valuable lessons in leadership and organization they will take with them to their careers or wherever they go. “Involved students learn leadership skills that will transfer to any major or career. Students may just attend one event sponsored by our office or a student organization and find themselves leading or starting their own organization within the next year,” ParkerLewis said. For students unsure about whether to venture beyond the classroom, campus activities can provide numerous benefits. Joining a student club or organization is a great way for college students to meet fellow students, professors and other people of note on campus. This is especially beneficial for first-year college students, whose social circle may otherwise be limited to roommates or fellow residents of their dormitories.

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he new school year in Glynn County will begin Aug. 8, but the new year for the county’s newest school building won’t arrive until five months later, on Jan. 8. That is when the $57 million Brunswick High School in the 3800 block of Altama Avenue will open for students and the existing building at 3920 Habersham St. will fade into history. Even though construction fell behind schedule because of rain, the building definitely looks like a school and classrooms already look like classrooms – just without equipment and students. The new building will be almost double the size of the one it will replace, at 354,000 square feet, compared to the old school at 187,740. The school initially will accommodate 1,700 to 1,750 students, with room for up to 2,000 as enrollment increases. Compared to the existing school where students will begin the school year, the cafeteria, media center, gymnasium, core classrooms and science laboratories will all be larger. In the existing building, some programs have to share classroom space. In the new, the choral and drama classes, for example, will have their own rooms. As for the gymnasium, it will have a capacity of 2,064 spectators for sporting events and a total occupancy of 3,040. For now, students anticipating the start of the new school year have only eight days to wait. For Brunswick High School students, the big day will arrive when they return for second semester. In the meantime, this is what the new Brunswick High School looks like as a work in progress.


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A courtyard is under construction, above, with work on a gymnasium continuing

Drama room, with view of Altama Avenue, above. Below, 0ne of several science labs.

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MY SCHOOL St. Francis Xavier educates whole child “As summer vacations wind down in the Golden Isles, faculty and staff at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School are focused on the coming school year.” Dr. Terry Mermann, principal, says, “It is a familiar time of year, one full of planning and reflection. It is a time to concentrate on proven successful learning strategies, and also incorporate new approaches.” “At St. Francis, we educate the whole child through academic, co-curricular, faith formation and service programs,” Dr. Mermann says. “We emphasize academics in conjunction with how we treat one another and how we function in society.” Classroom learning, which spans prekindergarten to eighth grade, covers a core curriculum of math, science, social studies, language arts and religion. Additional instruction includes Spanish, physical education, art, music, computer technology and research and study skills. In middle school, honors classes are offered to eligible students. The school’s approach to scholastics has had laudable results. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Education named St. Francis Xavier a National Blue Ribbon School, one of only 50 in the country that year. This designation is based on being in the top 90th percentile in national standardized test scores during a 10-year period and on

Terry Mermann consistent high academic standards and achievement. On the annual Terra Nova national standardized test, St. Francis students continue to score consistently higher than state and national averages. After they graduate, St. Francis students often move onto honors classes in high school and finish in the top of their classes. “And, we have had our share of valedictorians and salutatorians over the years,” Dr. Mermann says. “Our graduates will tell you that the self-discipline and study skills they

learned here served them very well in high school and college.” Education outside the classroom occurs in several forms at St. Francis. In addition to regular field trips, students participate in the Model United Nations program, science fairs, quiz bowls, geography bowls and spelling bees. Middle school has a National Honors Society chapter and Student Council. Sports include volleyball, basketball, soccer, and cheerleading. Students are also encouraged to participate in art club, chess,

and robotics. Regional winners attend state competitions. “All of these facets of our educational program are rooted in Gospel values nurtured through daily prayer,” Dr. Mermann says. Religious education here is founded on teaching Gospel values that empower the children to grow in their faith and to treat others as they would want to be treated. “We work very diligently to reinforce the same moral teachings the children learn from their parents at home,” he says. Dr. Mermann emphasizes that parents are the first teachers of their children. Their dedicated involvement also plays a big role in the success of the school. “Our parents are very active at St. Francis, and they lend vital support to our many programs.” A number of parents who have children at St. Francis attended the school on Union Street themselves. Some of the children even have grandparents who graduated from St. Francis. Opened in 1900 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Francis Xavier Catholic School has been a center of spiritual and academic formation in the Golden Isles for more than a century. From its initial 65 students, it has grown to an enrollment of 235 in grades preschool through eighth. – Provided by St. Francis Xavier Catholic School


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NEW PRINCIPAL Katy Ginn St. Simons Elementary School assistant moves up By SARAH LUNDGREN The Brunswick News

In barely a week, Katy Ginn will be welcoming returning students and introducing herself to new ones at St. Simons Elementary School when pupils head back to classes Aug. 8. Though she is a familiar face around the campus, she’ll be introducing herself with a new title. Ginn was named principal of the school, following the retirement of Suzanne Clements. Ginn, the only new principal of a Glynn County public school this year, will be stepping into her mentor’s shoes after almost six years as assistant principal at the school. “I’m absolutely thrilled and honored. We’re very excited about what we’ve accomplished over the last few years, and we’re ready to do more great things,” Ginn said of the next school year as principal. It’s been a long time coming for Ginn, a University of Georgia graduate, with more than 13 years in the education system, all in Glynn County. Starting as an English teacher at Glynn Academy in 1999, she took a break for graduate school. After a year off to complete a master’s degree and education specialist degree from Georgia Southern University at Statesboro, she worked as a counselor at Burroughs-Molette Elementary School from August 2002 to August 2005. After starting the 2005-2006 school year as a counselor at St. Simons Elementary School, she was promoted to assistant prin-

cipal in December 2007, a position she held through this past school year. Combining her counseling background with her knowledge of the school, Ginn sees a winning Katy Ginn combination for building relationships with everyone involved – pupils, teachers, parents and the community. “It’s nice that I already know the students, teachers, parents and community members who are involved in our school. I’m a part of this community, and I’ve got an understanding of the expectations for the school and its leadership,” Ginn said. Having spent six years alongside Clements, Ginn hopes to carry on all she brought to the school in her time as principal. St. Simons Elementary has been a stand-out school in the state, as a four-time Georgia School of Excellence winner and its recent capture of the state Family Friendly Partnership Award. “She taught me to be true to yourself and your goals, and to stay focused,” Ginn said of Clements. “You need to make decisions based on what’s best for the children and our school.”

MY SCHOOL Southport Childhood is a time like no other. It is a time for exploring … for creating …for discovering about ones’ self. It is a time for meeting the world, for learning how to learn and for being accepted. A time for being allowed the time to be a child. Southport Academy administration and teachers are committed to teaching young children the skills they need to learn and succeed. We believe that most of life’s learning, including how to learn occurs in the first five years of life. Since each child learns at his or her own pace, our teachers will look to him or her to determine the next stage of development. This “can do” approach is a basis of our philosophy at Southport Academy. This “can do” viewpoint allows our society’s precious future to become confident and to enjoy successes in an atmosphere of respect warmth and love. Through careful selection of well-trained teachers who value, respect and sensitively respond to the unique needs that children hold, we feel that children will learn best

with a hands on approach to learning. Opened in 2008 by owners, Patrice and Jonathan Havens, Southport Academy boasts a 6,000 square foot state-of-the-art modern facility with access-control security, video and audio monitoring and has lower than required teacher-to-student ratios to ensure the proper attention. More than a “day care,” Southport Academy uses A Beka curriculum, providing the very best in education and showing students the love God has for them. Your child’s time at Southport Academy must be a blossoming time. We respect parents as the most significant providers of care and nurture. Stop by today or call Patrice for a facility tour and see what awaits your young precious one and your family. Southport Academy is at 314 Southport Parkway (Exit 29, adjacent to Satilla Marsh Elementary School and around the corner from the new Risley Middle School): 912264-5554. – Provided by Southport Academy

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MY SCHOOL Christian Montessori educates for future Your children – our future. At Christian Montessori School (CMS), we cherish and plan for your child’s future. Our primary goal is to assist young children in reaching their fullest potential. We are committed to nurturing the educational and spiritual life of our students on their journey to become lifelong learners. The school was established in 1990 combining Montessori curriculum with Christian principles which instills the building blocks and foundational truths that will influence children for life. CMS is the first and only Montessori school on St. Simons Island and is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is an Associate Member School for American Montessori Society (AMS). Montessori focuses on the “wholeâ€? child, which allows each child to grow academically, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. You may ask what sets Montessori apart from the traditional way of learning. Individual instruction which allows the child to learn at his or her place following their own individual work plan is what sets us apart. Our children have two places to learn – an indoor and outdoor environment which encourages self discipline and self exploration. A child who is 2½ years of age enters

our primary environment as the youngest student learning from children that range from ages 2 ½ through 6 years of age. The beautiful concrete materials are arranged in a certain way to promote order, which in turn creates independence. The goal of the primary curriculum is to help the child develop mastery of self and environment, self discipline and social competence. Using methods and materials developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, the directress (teacher) provides a sequence of tasks sufficiently challenging and interesting to engage the child. These tasks are broken down into five areas of learning: practical life ( daily living skills), sensorial, mathematics, language and cultural arts. The Spanish, Art, Physical Education and Christian education programs are a part of the core curriculum in the primary classes. For the already accelerated preschool child, the Montessori elementary classroom provides a smooth transition to the larger world beyond kindergarten. The elementary program provides a full expression of the Montessori principles of self-directed, individualized learning in a truly integrated curriculum. By building on the basic skills acquired in the primary program, the elementary child now moves from the concrete to abstract reasoning and problem

solving. Our elementary program offers two levels. Lower elementary is first through third grades while upper elementary is fourth through sixth grades. While these students are transitioning from concrete materials to abstract, they still use Montessori materials to master abstract mathematical operations. In time, the materials are soon transcended and the child now has a solid conceptual understanding as well as a true appreciation for the properties of mathematics. In Language Arts, the student improves listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through literature studies that also promote comprehension. Spelling, grammar, punctuation, word study and reference skills are integrated throughout each assignment. Fully integrated to reflect the interconnection of life, the human relations curriculum includes Geography, History, Science, Anthropology, Geology, Music, And Art. Foreign Language, Christian education, physical education/wellness, and computer skills round out the students’ academic curriculum Elementary students go on several field trips throughout the year. They participate in local academic events, such as the science fair. Both elementary classrooms are equipped with laptop computers for

research and word-processing work. Time management skills are honed by requiring students to create and complete their own weekly work plans. Enrichment opportunities at CMS for elementary students include yoga, chess, art, student council and creation of the school newspaper. At each stage of development, the child acquires the tools necessary for critical thinking, decision making and respect for all. Under the guidance of a certified Montessori educator, the child engages in work which results in a love of life and learning, fosters independence and ensures self-esteem and personal growth. We invite you to come and observe all of the incredible things going on at CMS. We are excited to see all of our returning students, families while looking forward to getting to know our new students and their families. Our highly trained, versatile staff continues to grow by leaps and bounds, and we are fortunate to have our current staff with the addition of the new staff. We welcome Renee Crane, our new head of school, who brings a tremendous amount of knowledge of education, Montessori and leadership. – Provided by Christian Montessori School

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TECH College plans home By SARAH LUNDGREN The Brunswick News

As the demand for a skilled work force grows across the nation, institutions like Altamaha Technical College stand out. With a variety of degree and certification programs and several campuses, south Georgia residents have many options. Lonnie Roberts, interim president, says Altamaha Tech is a viable option for students, both just graduated from high school and for those already in the work force. “Many of our students ‘fit the bill’ of what one may consider a non-traditional student, so oftentimes what may be considered a non-traditional student in overall academia is considered a traditional student on our campus,” Roberts said. “Such college students are choosing to return to our college to enhance their employment opportunities, and, with Altamaha Technical College’s graduate placement rate of 98.2 percent, this is an encouraging factor in itself when students hear this.” No matter what age, Altamaha Tech accommodates students on its five campuses –

the main campus in Jesup and satellite campuses at Brunswick, Kingsland, Baxley and Hazlehurst. The Brunswick campus is shared with the Golden Isles Career Academy, but construction is on its way for Altamaha Tech to have its own Glynn County campus. Though not all programs are offered on each campus, there are almost 90 diploma or certificate opportunities among the five. Associate’s degrees in applied science include such fields as criminal justice, culinary arts and marketing. Diplomas include fields such as air conditioning and childhood education, with 50 options available for technical certificates. “We also have training programs that benefit employers. Our economic development programs can be designed for individual businesses’ needs. These programs can really save employers money, because employees don’t have to leave the area to get the training that is needed,” Roberts added. “Programs can be tailored for training employees on site or in a college classroom setting. “These options include flexibility with day, evening and online classes, admissions assistance with financial aid, transfer credits and

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Altamaha Technical College health care assistant students watch a video in their Intro to Healthcare class at the Golden Isles Career Academy.

planning a class schedule that works with the student’s lifestyle,” he said. “Five locations are within the service area, and (we have) typically lower tuition rates, which make college an affordable alternative.” Financial aid is also an option at Altamaha Tech, including the HOPE grant, the Pell grant for those who qualify and many scholarships. “Students need to know that there has been a positive change to the HOPE program in 201,” Roberts said. “(Technical College System of Georgia) students using the HOPE grant had been required to maintain a 3.0 GPA at those checkpoints. Starting with fall

semester 2013, the checkpoint GPA will be reduced to 2.0.” Whether a person has a plan for the future or is still looking, Roberts encourages prospective students to take a look at all the technical college has to offer. “Go online and look at all of our programs that we offer. If there is a program that interests, call admissions and ask for an appointment to be arranged with the instructor of that program,” he said. “Come for a visit and see the classrooms and equipment that are relative to the program, and ask the instructor to share what opportunities are available for graduates of the program.”

MY SCHOOL Heritage Christian pursues missions Heritage Christian Academy is excited to welcome another school year. Our students are certainly among the best and the brightest. We have already welcomed 40 new students for the 2013/2014 school year. The academy was established as Christian Renewal Academy in 1984 as a ministry to serve families from all denominations who desired a Biblically based, quality education for their children. We have students representing over 30 churches in our community. Our curriculum, principles, and moral standards are grounded in the historic Christian faith. We are fully accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission, which is recognized by the University System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Education. We are a member of the Association of Christian Schools, as well as the Georgia Independent Schools Association. We offer classes from 3-year-old preschool to the 12th grade. All HCA faculty members are fully certified college graduates. The student-teacher ratio is 12:1, and we are committed to maintaining small class sizes. HCA upholds academic excellence with a Christian world view. All classes are expected to adopt a mission project. Last year, our students filled shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, visited the nursing home, rang the Salvation Army bell and worked in their distribution center, served at the Manna House, and sent gently used school uniforms and stuffed animals to children in Mexico, raised 7,000 pounds

of food for local pantries through Feed the Need, adopted a family at Christmas, supported Ronald McDonald House, sent shoes to Haiti by participating in Lose the Shoes, and bought bricks for Jubilee Blanc school in Haiti. Our 3- and 4-year-old program is a fiveday, full- or half-day prekindergarten that teaches the valuable foundations of reading while maintaining a fun atmosphere. Our elementary students participate in several art exhibits, library, music, PE, accelerated reader, Computer Lab, Spanish, spelling bees and a book adventure sponsored by Sylvan. We had several state spelling bee champs this year. Our fourth and fifth graders take an annual trip to 4-H camp, either on Jekyll Island or at Rock Eagle (which are units of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension). Middle school students are offered the opportunity to play several sports, and also participate in an enrichment class, several art exhibits, computer technology classes, PE, music, drama, and health. Qualifying eighth-graders may participate in ninthgrade classes and earn high school credit. The middle school takes an annual trip to Ebenezer Alive! where they participate and learn about Colonial Georgia. Eighth-graders annually page at the state capital. Our high school students are encouraged to participate in many extracurricular activities, such as Leadership Glynn, Praise Team, Student Council, BETA Club, science fair,

yearbook, drama, band, literary competitions, One Act Play, journalism, and various art exhibits and sports teams. Qualifying juniors and seniors may joint-enroll at the College of Coastal Georgia through the ACCEL program. This allows them to earn high school and college credit. HCA High School students take an annual trip. This year’s destination was Atlanta. Ninety-two percent of graduating seniors matriculate to colleges, including College of Coastal Georgia, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Georgia Southern University, Valdosta State University, University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Toccoa Falls College, Oral Roberts University, Berry College, Evangel University, Shorter University, Emmanuel College, University of Alabama and the United States Military Academy at West Point, to name a few. HCA 2012 seniors averaged 1524 on the SAT, compared to the state average (1452) and Glynn County average (1384). They are eligible to earn the HOPE scholarship, STAR student scholarship, and Governor’s scholarship. They receive the full recognition of the Georgia Board of Regents for admission to colleges and universities. HCA participates in literary and music competitions at the regional and state level. We boast students who have earned several literary awards and students who have been invited to participate in the Governor’s Honors Program. Our middle and high school athletic programs offer students the opportunity

to develop character and physical abilities through sports and school spirit. We have competitive JV and varsity athletics. Our students are encouraged to try out for our basketball, volleyball, tennis, cheerleading, track, cross-country, and golf teams. Our athletes often place in the state tournaments, earn all-conference awards, and have been offered athletic scholarships to colleges. We have several outstanding athletes, including Alexis Edwards, who has accepted an athletic volleyball scholarship to Andrew College, and Johnny Zangla, who placed third in the 3,200 meter run at the state track meet. We remain committed to the development of Christian character through a quality athletic program. If you desire a quality Christian education for your child, please don’t let finances stand in your way. We can show you how House Bill 1133 can make private school affordable for your family simply by redirecting your Georgia state income tax dollars. Contact Debbie Kennedy for more information. HCA is also pleased to participate in the Senate Bill 10 Special Needs Scholarship. If your child qualifies for special education in public school, has an IEP and can meet our admissions requirements, he or she may also qualify for a scholarship from the state to attend HCA. Contact Heritage Christian Academy at 912)-264-5491, or visit our website at www. – Provided by Heritage Christian Academy


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MY SCHOOL Emmanuel Christian teaches to inspire Choosing a school to inspire wisdom, discipline and faith for your child can be an ongoing search. Look no further, you will find Emmanuel Christian School, located at 1010 Old Jesup Road in Glynn County, is the perfect fit. You will find that Emmanuel Christian School meets every standard of educational experience required of an accredited school. With the caring attitude of the teachers and administration, parents can feel comfortable knowing that their children are receiving what they need to prepare them for the future. The educational philosophy of Emmanuel Christian School is based on a God-centered view that all truth is God’s truth, and that the Bible is the inspired and the only infallible, authoritative word of God, which contains this truth. God created all things in six days and sustains all things. Therefore, the universe and man are dynamically related to God and have the purpose of glorifying him. Because man is a sinner by nature and choice, he cannot know how to glorify God himself. He can do this only by choosing God’s free gift of salvation through his son,

Jesus Christ, thereby committing his life to the lordship of Jesus Christ. ECS staff will provide the student, as well as the parent, the necessary awareness of God and responses to his word so that when the Holy Spirit brings conviction of sin, he will readily and with understanding accept Christ as his savior. Christian education can then carry out its purpose. This philosophy also channels our energies to promote high academic standards while helping the students to achieve skills in creative and critical thinking using the best-integrated curriculum available. The objective of our instructional program is to enable the student to pursue the post-secondary education of his or her choosing, whether in college, university or in vocational training areas. Our aim socially is to provide a Christian perspective on the total world-view from which will come a balanced personality and a proper understanding and acceptance of a person’s role in life at home, at work, at play and at worship—all grounded in the Christian concept of love. The school permits the parents to carry out their responsibility to God for the

education of their children. This is the prerogative, not of the state, but of the parents. Therefore, Emmanuel Christian School assists the family in this responsibility and requires the support from the home. Our responsibility for the student encompasses the spiritual, mental, intellectual, physical, social and emotional areas. These are inseparable and through them run the insistent thread of the spiritual. Therefore, it must be our aim to shun the tendency to teach the Bible compartmentally or on the intellectual level alone— the scarlet thread must be woven throughout the total curriculum. ECS is dedicated to this objective. It is apparent, then, that the types of activities we employ or permit in the classroom or school program will either facilitate or militate against our basic philosophy. The spiritual must permeate all areas – else we become textbook-oriented rather than student oriented. Carried out, this philosophy dictates that we cooperate closely with parents in every phase of the student’s development, always offering assistance in understanding the purposes of ECS. This cooperation enables us to better accomplish our goals for our

students. It is our philosophy that also makes us uniquely different and preserves our Christian distinctiveness. Classroom learning at ECS is designed to challenge the mind and inspire the spirit. The course offerings provide each student with specific courses they need to best achieve their academic potential. Each curriculum is developed to build strong fundamental skills, and teachers work closely in grade-level teams to ensure curriculum continuity. Students begin the basic study of the Bible, science, math, English, history and also other electives. Emmanuel Christian School is accredited under the Georgia Private School Accrediting Council (GAPSAC) and is a member of the Georgia Association of Christian Schools and American Association of Christian Schools. Call Emmanuel Christian School today at 912-265-9647 or check out its website at to find out more information on how this school is the perfect Christian choice for your child. – Provided by Emmanuel Christian School

MY SCHOOL Altamaha Technical College has flexibility Altamaha Technical College invites area residents to consider enrolling in one of its 45 technical college programs for the fall semester. Opportunities to increase one’s skill and training levels – either for advancement in one’s current position or to begin a new career – are available at Altamaha Technical College. Fall semester begins Aug. 19. Altamaha Technical College is a public, two-year, regional, multi-campus college that plays a vital role in producing a highly skilled, academically sound, 21st century workforce. Today’s job market requires almost 80 percent of its workforce to have more than a high school diploma yet less than a four-year degree. At Altamaha Technical College, students can choose from more than 80 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate of credit programs. Being successful today means having the knowledge and skills employers want. Our faculty understands that and provides hands-on training in state-of-the-art classrooms and labs. You will learn from experienced faculty on the same equipment found in business and industry. In 2009, Altamaha Technical College accepted the transfer of seven programs from the College of Coastal Georgia and grew an additional 38 programs of study to support manufacturing, business, logis-

tics, health organizations and the hospitality industry. Today, 45 programs are housed at the Golden Isles Career Academy in Brunswick and plans are developing to expand the college into its own freestanding campus facility on land adjacent to its current location. Altamaha Technical College anticipates that a community the size of Glynn County will enable the college to reach almost 4,000 students. Altamaha Technical College’s strategic mission empowers existing industry, businesses, medical organizations and individuals to thrive in the face of this tough economy and global competition. Here are some notable facts and figures about Altamaha Technical College: • Financial Assistance - More than 80 percent of Altamaha Technical College students receive financial aid, including funding through the HOPE Grant and Scholarship Program. Additional scholarships are available from the Altamaha Technical College Foundation and other federal, state and private sources. Beginning fall semester 2013, requirements to retain the HOPE Grant have been lowered to a 2.0. Additional funds are available for commercial truck driving, early childhood care and education and practical nursing. • Customized Training - Altamaha Technical College supports existing businesses and industries with customized

corporate contract training – designed exclusively for each workplace. Courses offered match the organization’s needs – ranging from soft skills to highly technical skills, such as lean manufacturing, nuclear maintenance and laser realignment. • Job Placement - Altamaha Technical College creates instant taxpayers because our students get jobs. A little over 98 percent of our graduates are hired in the area they are trained. A job placement specialist on staff helps students and graduates fine-tune their resumes, polish their interviewing skills and connect with employers. • High School Dual Enrollment - Over 300 Glynn County high school students have taken advantage of Altamaha Technical College’s dual-enrollment program. Students pursuing a job or an early start to college can take Altamaha Technical College classes while attending high school. Some of the college’s dual-enrollment coursework is offered at the Golden Isles Career Academy, using work-based learning and apprenticeships. • Academic Assistance - There are more than 8,000 Glynn County citizens over the age of 25 without a high school diploma or GED. Since 2010, the college’s five academic support centers in Glynn County have served more than 2,100 citizens. These centers provide free tutoring

and GED test preparation. • Flexible Class Schedules - Classes are offered day, evening and online. The fast pace of our degree programs is another attraction; students can earn a certificate in as little as six weeks and a degree in two years. • Class Offerings - Programs offered at the Golden Isles campus include machine tool technology, welding, business administrative technology, medical assisting, EMT/paramedicine, practical nursing, cosmetology, marketing/management, criminal justice, drafting, commercial truck driving, industrial systems technology, air conditioning (HVAC), culinary arts, computer information systems and automotive technology. Altamaha Technical College encourages prospective students to speak to an admissions counselor today by calling 912-2804000. Altamaha Tech representatives want to talk to you about your future and how you can gain the skills and training you need to succeed. Look for the College on the web at or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook. com/altamahatech. The Golden Isles campus at the Golden Isles Career Academy is located at 4404 Glynco Parkway in Brunswick. – Provided by Altamaha Technical College


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