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With the more than 500 oak trees being potted up to distribute to local residents are, left to right: Kehon Parham, Newnan Utilities Compost; Billy Ward, Newnan Utilities Compost; Newnan Mayor Keith Brady; Stephanie Butcher, UGA Extension Agent/Coweta County; Jeff Sibley, Georgia Forestry Commission; Seth Hawkins, Georgia Forestry Commission; Donna Dietz, Coweta MGEV president; Terry Quigley, Georgia Forestry Commission; Helen McGregor, Super-Sod & Soil3; Willie Boston, Georgia Forestry Commission; Karen Mansour, Coweta/UGA agriculture and natural resources program assistant; Lynn Smith, MGEV and state representative; Ed Atkinson, "Rooting for Newnan" committee chair; Don Lambeck, Coweta MGEV "Rooting for Newnan" Committee Chair; Sonjia Lambeck, Coweta County MGEV.
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o help restore some of the thousands of trees lost to the March 26 tornado, the Coweta Master Gardener Extension Volunteers have part-
nered with the Georgia Forestry Commission, Newnan Utilities and Super Sod to pot up 500 oak trees for Coweta residents. The Rooting for Newnan trees are 1 year old, and will be watered and maintained until winter – the best time to plant them. Plans are
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to distribute the trees the third Friday in February, Georgia's Arbor Day. The available trees are cherry bark oak, swamp chestnut oak, northern red oak and white oak. All were carefully chosen for their health and adaptability to living
in yards. The trees were donated by the Georgia Forestry Commission, and master gardener volunteers took the bare root trees and potted them. They are in special root ROOTING . 4
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orthgate High School English teacher Hilary Perry has been named the Coweta County School System’s 2021 Teacher of the Year. Perry’s selection was announced Thursday at the annual Teacher of the Year ceremony hosted by the Coweta County Board of Education at the Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. Perry was chosen as Coweta’s top teacher from among 31 school-level Teachers of the Year and from among three finalists including Sarah Trotter, a special education teacher at Willis Road Elementary School, and Amanda Bowles, a math teacher at East Coweta High School. The ceremony featured 2019 Teacher of the Year Ashley Nelson of Ruth Hill Elementary School. Nelson was the school system’s nominee for state Teacher of the Year and served as the keynote speaker. All 31 Teachers of the Year were honored Thursday night – and Nelson, as the system’s
state TOTY nominee – served as both honorees for the past two years. The Coweta Teacher of the Year ceremony was canceled last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s suspension of the TOTY program at that time, and recognitions were held over until this year. Perry has served as an English teacher for grades 9-12 at Northgate High School since 2013. She is chair of the school’s English department and is a member of Northgate’s leadership team. Perry began her career in 2003, teaching high school English in Rockingham County Schools in Virginia. She also has taught English in Marshall, Missouri; Hazelton, Pennsylvania; and at East Coweta High School. “Hilary Perry is a ‘students’ teacher,’” said Ken Kesselring, a Coweta Schools administrator and Perry’s former principal. “When a student looks at their schedule in August and they see Hilary Perry is their English teacher, a smile appears on the face of the student. That is because the student knows they will be loved and respected every day they walk into English class.” Kesselring shared a letter that a student of
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Perry’s recently sent. The student said during the transition from online learning during the early days of the pandemic to in-person learning in the fall, “Mrs. Perry’s teaching never changed. It didn’t matter if we were online or in person, we were all equally engaged and checked on. I look back at this … difficult year and couldn’t imagine a better teacher teaching TEACHER . 3 Beloved, be vigilant to cling to and find life in Father God, His love, and His eternal kingdom. Jesus prayed, “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” John 17:3 I challenge you to look upward and reset your thinking today by reading and asking the Holy Spirit for revelation of Ephesians 1. Align your heart and mind accordiing to these truths that reveal who you are in Jesus Christ: redeemed, forgiven, chosen, the recipient of a great inheritance, and so much more. Knowing yourself in your Savior girds you with everlasting joy!
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me. I feel that I have learned so much from her class, and I think we all learned so much from her because we knew she cared about us.” “Because her students feel loved and respected, they will do their best to succeed because they don’t want to let Mrs. Perry down,” Kesselring said. All school-level teachers were honored during the ceremony. They include: • • • • • •
Dani Kelly, special education (Arbor Springs Elementary) Adrienne True, pre-K (Arnco-Sargent Elementary) Dana Lovvorn, fourth grade math (Atkinson Elementary) Dana Miller, second grade (Brooks Elementary) Becky Lowery, third grade (Canongate Elementary) Shannon Millard, special education
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(Eastside Elementary) Laura Bass, REACH/gifted education (Elm Street Elementary) Catherine Drake, fourth grade English/ language arts (Glanton Elementary) Regenia Ware, fifth grade math (Jefferson Parkway Elementary) Kiesha Carroll, fourth grade English/ language arts (Moreland Elementary) Barbara McDowell, first grade (Newnan Crossing Elementary) Dede Rowan, early intervention program (Northside Elementary) Mechelle Geter, fifth grade (Poplar Road Elementary) Mary Thompson, REACH/gifted education (Ruth Hill Elementary) Jen Scruggs, second grade (Thomas Crossroads Elementary) Kristie Stewart, first grade (Welch Elementary) Patsy Hart, fifth grade science (Western Elementary) Viveca Edwards, kindergarten (White Oak Elementary) Sarah Trotter, special education (Willis Road Elementary) Melanie Smith: eighth grade science, (Arnall Middle)
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Katie Bott, eighth grade English/language arts (East Coweta Middle) Rebecca Bowman, seventh grade science (Evans Middle) Jerilyn Robinson, sixth grade math (Lee Middle) Alonza Wood, math (Maggie Brown Middle) Matt Nash, health/physical education (Madras Middle) Kelley Ritter, seventh grade special education (Smokey Road Middle) (2020 only) Pat Patten, audio engineering (Central Educational Center) Amanda Bowles, math (East Coweta High) Chris Swanson, economics (Newnan High) Hilary Perry, English (Northgate High) Angela Dettmering, social studies (Winston Dowdell Academy)
Teachers of the Year are selected by their fellow certified educators at each school for the quality of their teaching, professional development, teaching philosophies and methods, community involvement, contributions to education, and their ability to inspire students of
all backgrounds and abilities to learn. Honorees represent grade levels from kindergarten through 12th grade and a range of educational disciplines including elementary grade instruction, math and English, special education, gifted education, physical education, sciences, arts and language arts; media specialists also are eligible. Nelson addressed the 2020-21 Teachers of the Year at the event, noting that it had been two years since the last Teacher of the Year ceremony, when Elm Street music teacher Josh Tate addressed his fellow teachers, calling them “beacons of hope.” “Little did any of us know that night just how significant his message would be as we moved into the 2019-2020 school year,” Nelson said. “Each of you are here tonight because your fellow educators chose you to represent your school,” she said. “Of all the dedicated, hard-working, purposeful teachers at your school, they chose you. They chose you because you are a difference-maker. They chose you because you don’t just teach your students, you love teaching your students. They chose you because you make your school a better workplace.They chose you because, in the words of Mr. Tate, you all are the lights – the beacons of hope.”
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Separating oak saplings to pot them up for the Rooting for Newnan project are Master Gardener Extension Volunteers Lynn Smith, Nancy Coats and Mark Hess.
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bags from Soil3, which provide drainage and ease in transplanting. Soil3/Super Sod and Newnan Utilities donated a special soil mix for the trees. To sign up to receive trees, visit https://bit.ly/RootingforNewnan-Coweta . If people want to plant their trees earlier than February, they can contact Karen Mansour at the Coweta County Extension Office, 770-254-2620. However, trees shouldn't be planted until cooler weather sets in in the fall. "Everybody has said – what a great idea," said Newnan Mayor Keith Brady. "We need something like this and I think there is going to be more of this," he said. "On behalf of the city of Newnan, thank you to every group who has done anything or who will do anything" to help
regrow the lost trees, he said. Over the next year, the trees can put on a foot or two or height, said Seth Hawkins, a GFC community forester. "This is awesome," said Hawkins. While there is work to replace publicly owned trees along rights-of-way, "a vast majority of a city's tree canopy is on private property," he said. "These residential tree giveaways are key." The loss of the city's tree canopy will have to be addressed, said Brady. “It’s a generational thing. It's going to be our children and grandchildren who really enjoy the fruits of what we're doing today." Newnan has been a Tree City USA for over 30 years, and "we cherish that designation," Brady said. "The trees that were lost, our grandparents and great-grandparents saw them growing. All we saw was the end result," said Terry Quigley, chief forester at the local GFC office. "It will take at least two generations to have all these shade
trees back." Though trees take a long time to mature, "it's fun to watch them grow," he said. "In 20 years, you can hang a swing in it. In 30 years, maybe you can build a treehouse." Hawkins and the master gardener volunteers can help homeowners make the best decisions on how – and where – to plant their trees. Putting the right plant in the right place is key. The cherry bark and swamp chestnut oaks are the fastest growing of the four. White oaks are a "crowd favorite" but are slower growing, Hawkins said. The Northern red oak grows faster than the white oak. All four varieties are adapted to urban landscapes and are hardy. As "good compartmentalizers," they heal well after damage or pruning. Some other types of oaks – particularly the very common water oak – don't handle damage nearly as well. Swamp chestnut and cherry bark oaks tend to grow in swampier areas, and some people might think they wouldn't
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Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Gary Brown, who came up with the name for Rooting for Newnan, waters the trees at the MGEV greenhouse.
be good in yards, said Hawkins. But it's oxygen content – not the wetness of the soil – that makes them thrive in those areas. "A lot of those swamp species make some of the best urban-tolerant trees," he said. "I think these four species will be great not only from a survival point of view, but they are good canopy trees," he said. When planting a tree that will grow as large as an oak, it's important to give it plenty of room, he said. Ideally, an oak needs 960 square feet of open soil area. "The worst thing you can do is cram an oak tree into about 100 square feet of soil," Hawkins said. Trees shouldn't be placed too close to the house, or where they will grow into power lines. Roots can go out as far as a tree is tall, Hawkins said. But it's most important to protect the "critical root zone," which runs as far as the tree's drip line – how far out the limbs and leaves go. And when it comes to planting near a tree, shrubs or ornamentals are fine, if you find gaps
in the roots. But grass? Not so much. "The worst thing you can have is turf grass right up to the roots," Hawkins said. Sod, in particular, is nearly impenetrable, and very little water can get through it to the tree's roots. If you look at a healthy tree in the woods, you'll see leaf litter, sticks and other mulch-like things underneath a tree. "I tell people to, ideally, mulch to the drip line," Hawkins said. "For a big tree, any mulch is better than none." Hawkins said that when he does yard work, he will blow the leaves around the roots of trees, and that's a great way to take care of them. The Georgia Forestry Commission website, gatrees.org , has lots of resources on how to properly plant your trees, he said. The GFC sells small trees every year, of many varieties. The minimum order is 10 of one variety, and orders open up in July. For more information, visit gatrees.org .
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Schaefer nationally recognized as Promising Young Writer
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nnabeth Schaefer, a student at Lee Middle School, has been recognized as a Promising Young Writer by the National Council of Teachers of English. The Promising Young Writers Program represents NCTE’s commitment to early and continuing work in the development of writing. The school-based writing program was established in 1985 to stimulate and recognize writing talents and to emphasize the importance of writing skills among eighthgrade students. Schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, American schools abroad, and the Virgin Islands are eligible to nominate students. This year, schools nominated 90 students. Of 90 students nominated by schools this year, 56 received the highest award – Certificates of Recognition – and 34 received Certificates of Participation. Each student submitted two pieces of writing, one themed piece on “Change” and one piece that is representative of the student’s best work.
Two independent judges evaluated each submission holistically on content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development and style. Schaefer’s entries included a short story entitled “Healing from the Wounds of the Past” and a poem entitled “Looking at Life Through a Different Lens,” which was shared with Lee Middle School teachers and staff members at their March faculty meeting. “Annabeth has been a featured writer in Lee’s Howl Literary Magazine, and she has represented the school each year in the Young Georgia Author’s Competition,” Howl sponsor and Lee Middle media specialist Jennifer Doonan said. “Without question, Annabeth is a talented writer who will continue to impress her readers with both her insightful poetry and her imaginative prose.” While a student at Lee, Schaefer has participated in the band, chorus, art club, literary club, Beta club and drama club. She is also a member of the STEAM Team and an honor student. For more information about the Promising Young Writers Program, see http://www. ncte.org/awards/promising-young-writers .
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