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BUILDING UP TO A NEW SCHOOL YEAR
A new Brunswick High School will open New leaders will guide island school, college
THE GUIDE TO THE 2013 SCHOOL YEAR IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, PRIVATE SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
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
Moving up in grades brings changes 3
Parents need to be part of the equation 5
New president will lead Coastal Georgia 9
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 www.glynn.k12.ga.us 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 www.ccga.com. – 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 childâ€™s education, and he or she will respond with, â€œparents.â€? While classroom learning is key to a childâ€™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 studentâ€™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 youâ€™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. â€œJust 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,â€? 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 childâ€™s teacher. In her 28 years of education, Dawson says involved parents have had a direct impact on studentsâ€™ 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 personâ€™s life. Teachers agree that a solid foundation in reading can benefit just about every aspect of a childâ€™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 donâ€™t seem to be enjoying assigned reading. Make it fun: Learning doesnâ€™t have to be boring. Whatever the topic might be â€“ even reading a book â€“ 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 studentâ€™s teacher, the newspaper and television are all options for continuing your childâ€™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 studyisland.com, starfall. com and pbskids.org 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 childâ€™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.â€? Introduce yourself and your child to their new school before the first day: â€œGlynn 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 districtâ€™s scheduled open house,â€? Smith said. â€œAt 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 â€“ even though the student will act like they donâ€™t want them around â€“ 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.â€? Keep up with how your child is doing: â€œCommunicating 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,â€? Smith said. â€œCheck their agenda nightly. We encourage our parents to come in for a conference. We also offer conference nights â€“ 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 studentâ€™s day and what type of assignments the students are responsible for completing.â€? Keep up with whatâ€™s going on around school: â€œMake 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,â€? Smith said. â€œCheck teacher websites for events and assignments.â€? Stepping up to ninth grade Starting high school comes with both excitement and nerves for many students â€“ itâ€™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: Donâ€™t just let your freshman loose: â€œOne 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,â€? Meeks said. â€œThey will likely have homework every night, there are some who will go home and say they donâ€™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: â€œKids 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. â€œHelp your child maintain focus throughout the year, there isnâ€™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 didnâ€™t used to be like that.â€? â€˘ Help them identify with their new school: â€œWhen a kid comes, we strongly recommend they get involved in extracurricular activities. The child who just comes to school to go to class doesnâ€™t have as vested interest in being here,â€? Meeks said. â€œWe 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€? â€˘ Use the resources available as a parent: â€œParents 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. â€œCommunicate 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 registrarâ€™s office. Many high school counselors also send out news blasts via email. If you donâ€™t have Internet access and canâ€™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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Short dresses in bright colors and striking patterns will be a hit with upper-class girls this year, including this from The Vintage Shop. $50. At Gentlemen’s and Lady Outfitters, with stores at Glynn Place Mall and Shops at Sea Island.
Living at the coast, what is more appropriate than a nautical style mini-dress. This one is by Theme. $68. At Meo’s Suite, St. Simons Island.
Long-sleeve, layered T-shirts for boys are by Wes and Willy. $7. At Seaquels, Glynn Place Mall.
Bright colors are in with all clothing for fall, none more so than tennis shoes. Both men and women will be sporting neon colors on their feet, like these Nike styles. $80-$130. At Lady and Gentleman’s Outfitters, with stores at Glynn Place Mall and Shops at Sea Island.
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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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