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COMMUNITY PRIDE 2016

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Education ▲ Mayor Jan Moore was the guest speaker at the fifthgrade graduation ceremony. ▲ Hosted Ag Day for the entire school with help from Farm Bureau, Southern States and the community. ▲ First lady Sandra Deal observed classes doing "brain breaks" as part of the Power Up for 30 initiative. ▲ Received the 2015 Relay for Life of Bulloch County Best Team T-shirt Award and the Golden Pillowcase Award. ▲ Hosted an American Red Cross Blood Drive for staff and students willing to give charitable blood donations. ▲ Hosted a Veterans Day breakfast for local veterans. ▲ Participated in the Reginald Dawson Elementary Math Competition. The thirdgrade team placed first, and the fourth-grade team placed third. ▲ Bulloch County Technology Fair winners include Ann Parker, Dorothy Mortimore, Thom Mortimore, Avery White and Claire Pagliarullo. ▲ Over 50 third-, fourthand fifth-grade students participated in Latin Club, led by Amanda Wall, SZE parent. ▲ Increased technology usage by installing wireless capabilities and purchasing additional Chromebooks from school and PTO funds.

Stilson Elementary School ➤ Mascot: Stingers ➤ Principal: Pam Goodman ➤ Assistant principal:

Stephen Hoyle

➤ School achievements: ▲ The district awarded

Stilson Elementary bus driver Betty Mikell the annual Bus Driver of the Year Award, dictating achievements in bus driver safety, rules and regulations. ▲ Chazz Shuman and Katie Knifpher placed first in GSU Community Art contest. ▲ Dawson Zeigler and Kylie Buchan placed first at Bulloch County Tech Fair ▲ Hadley Saxon and Brandon Miller both placed second at Bulloch County Tech Fair both receiving a three year grant from Governor's Office of Student Achievement ▲ Career Day was held to allow parents and community members to share their careers with students. ▲ Duct Tape Fashion Show was held for parents and community. Fourth and fifth grade students created clothes and accessories using duct tape and recycled materials. Those students then put on a fashion show of their creations.

Langston Chapel Middle School ➤ Mascot: Blue Devils ➤ Principal: Dr. E. Bonnie

Gamble-Hilton

➤ Assistant principals:

Sandra Kirby, Marty Holder

➤ School achievements: ▲ Student REACH for

Success recipient.

▲ REACH Georgia Scholars student recipients Chris Angel, Taylor Cone and Jadon Jones were chosen as three of the top five applicants from the original 57 eighth-graders to apply for the REACH Georgia Scholars. Each student receives special counseling and coaching throughout their high school career as well as opportunities to gain college admission by participating in various programs and activities. ▲ Parent volunteer and LCMS School Council member Katie Olson is currently serving on the State School Superintendent's Parent Advisory Committee for the second year. ▲ Eighth-grade science teacher Travis Brooks was named LCMS Teacher of the Year. ▲ Hosted a Math and Science Night for students and their families to promote interest in math and science. The night also included a career fair featuring over 20 careers. ▲ Hosted the first LCMS Rockin' Blue Devil 5K Run/ Funwalk at SHS. ▲ LCMS Talent Search participants received awards in the Georgia TRIO Student Leadership Conference at Georgia Southern University. The Talent Search participants placed second in the Essay Writing Competition, first in the High Q Competition, second in the Spelling Bee, third overall in the Academic Bowl, third in the Written Exam and third in the Super Quiz. Students also placed individually: Ciaja Wallace, second place in the Written Competition and third place in the Spelling Bee Competition; and Nicole Riggs, second place in the Spelling Bee Competition. ▲ The Langston Chapel Middle School Symphonic Band achieved straight Superior ratings at the Georgia Music Educator's Large Group Evaluation. ▲ The Langston Band had 29 band students participate in the first-ever All Bulloch County Honor Band in May 2015. These students rehearsed and performed with the best band students in Bulloch County. ▲ Brodie Van Wagenen, percussion, and Sabrina Ballard, French horn, were accepted to the GMEA District One Honor Band. Van Wagenen scored high enough to compete on the state level. Yami Patterson, alto sax, was named first alternate. ▲ LCMS Chorus had 12 students to participate in the GMEA District 1 Honor Chorus held in Savannah: Chris Angel, Dakota Baker, Tatyana Carter, Victoria Collins, Jordyn Hunter, Yami Patterson, Christia Parrish, Jarmlin Roberts, Valerie Skrak, Chris "CJ" Simmons, Nigel Washington and Gunner Womack. ▲ Five sixth-grade chorus students were selected to participate in the GMEA sixthgrade Statewide Honor Chorus event held in Warner Robbins. Grace Kazak, Olivia Olson, Sandra Scott, Brianna Sipp and Mari Wade

First Baptist Church

Preschool

were the first sixth-grade chorus students selected for this event. ▲ LCMS Chorus member Dasean Burwell became Langston Chapel Middle School's first chorus member to pass both auditions for the GMEA All State Chorus in over 10 years. ▲ 14 young men were selected to perform Savannah Sings! Invitational Chorus Festival held in January. Chris Angel, Josiah Brown, Dakota Baker, Alexy Luca Bravo, Benjamin Cannady, Nick Hall, Jayden Hall, Trippe Killebrew, Benjamin Perry, Jamarlin Roberts, Chris "CJ" Simmons, Danny Wise, Nigel Washington and Gunner Womack all sang in the Festival Men's Chorus Ensemble at the chorus festival. ▲ Eighth-grader Brodie Van Wagenen won first place in 3D Modeling and second place in Animation at the Bulloch County Technology Fair. He will advance to the State Tech Fair. Seventhgrader Kevin Davoud placed third in Animation. ▲ For the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Writing Contest, the school-level winners from LCMS were Amelia Marsh (first place), Alaina McDonald (second place) and Samariah Smith (third place). ▲ 2015 Nan Rushing Write Off: sixth grade — Allison Saunders, first place Spelling; Kevin Devough, first place Vocabulary; Breanna Sipp, second place Writing; and Janiya Joseph, third place Capitalization/ Punctuation; seventh grade — Joshua Groover, second place Spelling; Brodie Van Wagnen, third place Usage; and CJ Simmons, second place Mental Concentration; eighth grade — Breanne Simmons, first place Spelling; Sean Gilleland, first place Vocabulary; Chi Chi Okafor, second place Language Expression; Gavin White, third place Mental Concentration; Maria Kartchner, first place Writing; and Robert Lloyd, first place Capitalization/Punctuation.

Southeast Bulloch Middle School

➤ Mascot: Knights ➤ Principal: Mike Yawn ➤ Assistant principal:

Tony Natson

➤ School achievements: ▲ REACH Georgia

Scholars student recipient Conley Roberson was chosen as one of the top five applicants from the original 57 eighth-graders to apply for the REACH Georgia Scholarship. ▲ Students participating in William James tennis ranked No. 1 and overall region Tennis champs for 2015. ▲ Most Improved Custodian Team for September in the district's Clean School Awards. ▲ Student district winner for the Georgia Council on Economic Education's Stock Market Game. ▲ Georgia STEM Day participants conducted education activities for student learning in math, science, engineering and technology. ▲ The school participated in Random Acts of Kindness Week. Participators collected over $1,100 in donations for a local charity.

Portal Middle High School ➤ Mascot: Panther ➤ Principal: Dr. Karen Doty ➤ Assistant principal:

Penny Oglesby

➤ School achievements: ▲ Highest Custodian

Inspection results were awarded to Portal Middle High School in Aaugust, with outstanding cleanliness inspection results. ▲ Student REACH for Success recipient. ▲ REACH Georgia Scholars student recipient Jean Deflin-Uscanga was chosen as one of the top five applicants from the original 57 eighth-graders to apply for the REACH Georgia Scholars. Each student receives special counseling and coaching throughout their high school career as well as opportunities to gain college admission by partici-

pating in various programs and activities ▲ Portal Middle High School conducted the Teen Maze drug and alcohol awareness program ▲ Highest level of progress in Georgia's Title 1 schools. ▲ Horticulture program received a $1,000 grant. ▲ Awarded Georgia Reward School for Progress for the third year in a row for schools showing large amounts of academic progress throughout the year. ▲ Georgia School Climate Survey: rated 4 stars out of 5 by students, faculty/staff and parents. ▲ Graduation rate rose to from 72.6 percent to 84.9 percent. ▲ Shannon Hattaway named Teacher of the Year. ▲ Partnerships with Georgia Southern University and Ogeechee Technical College. ▲ VFW "What Freedom Means to Me" essay contest winners (2015): middle school winners — Madeline Johnson (first), Heidi Sawyer (second), Delaney Davis (third); high school winners — Cris Cross (first), Madison Miles (second), Lorala Aldredge (third); middle school district winners — Madeline Johnson (second place), Heidi Sawyer (third); high school district winner — Chris Cross (first); high school regional winner — Chris Cross (third). ▲ Approval and groundbreaking for Athletic Complex facilities in January 2016 (to be completed by August 2016). ▲ Seven triathletes (2014– 15): Madison Bishop, Dashonda Morgan, Claudasia Mosley, Uniqua Mosley, Aleaha Wiggins, Ryan White and Malik Williams. ▲ Bulloch Blues participation in the 2016 Citrus Bowl Parade (director: John Gleissner). ▲ Band marched in Veteran's Day Parade (director: John Gleissner). ▲ Chess Team earned multiple championships for 2015–16 (sponsor: Lisa Smith).

▲ Drama Team won third place in Region One Act competition with their performance of "The 10 Best/Worst Things about High School." Tiffany Coleman and Kimball Shaw earned medals for All Star Cast distinction (Director: Deena Scarboro). ▲ FFA Area IV Meats Evaluation and Technology contest September 2015. Both junior and senior teams.

Southeast Bulloch High School ➤ Mascot: Yellow Jackets ➤ Principal: Donna Clifton ➤ Assistant principals:

Jack Webb and John Page

➤ School achievements: ▲ Joseph Muldrew attend-

ed the Governor's Honors Program in the area of Agriscience. ▲ Carl "L.A." Anderson signed a grant-in-aid to play soccer at King University. ▲ Addison Trower and Harlee Blair placed in HOSA Regional finals and advanced to HOSA State competition. ▲ Hayley Fritch was elected HOSA State Vice President for 2015–16 school year. ▲ The Varsity Math Team, consisting of Joseph Muldrew, Annie Mullins, Robin TanakaBlitch and YiNing Zheng, placed third out of 36 teams from 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A schools at the 2016 Georgia Southern University Mathematics Tournament. ▲ STAR Student: Sara McCracken; STAR Teacher: Linda Fix. ▲ Advanced Chorus rated as the top large mixed choir at the first-ever Invitational GSU Choral Competition (Sing at Southern). ▲ SEBHS Choral program had 11 student make the prestigious All-State Choir: Natalia Dominquez, Melodie Gapac, Jackson German, N'Keiya Hagins, Will Harden, Jenny Heller, Jordon Lee, Olivia Riner, Christopher Schmidt, Robin Tanaka-Blitch and Josiah Williams. ▲ Layla Martin placed first in Multimedia Applications at the Bulloch County Tech Fair. ▲ 16 band members were selected for the Southeastern United States Honor.

➤ Mascot: Yellow Jackets ➤ Principal: Dr. Torian

White

➤ Assistant principal:

Roger Inman

➤ School achievements: ▲ The Archibald Chapter

of Daughters of the American Revolution announced sixthgrader Jonah Jones as the DAR Essay winner for the contest. ▲ Southeast Bulloch held Math Night and other problem-solving activities that allowed students to enhance their academic skills in a variety of fun and engaging activities. ▲ Hosted three curriculum nights for students focusing on the aspects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. This allows students to further enhance in math, sciences and technical skills for the future.

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