Spencer Pipkin chosen to serve on GSPA Student Advisory Board

posted Jan 13, 2017, 12:22 PM by LAVERNE ROME

The GSPA, Georgia Scholastic Press Association, has chosen Lowndes High School Senior Spencer Pipkin to serve on their first Student Advisory Board.  He is one of three Georgia students on the board and represents the southern part of the state.  In order to be considered for the advisory board, students were required to submit an essay explaining their interest and how they thought the advisory board would help GSPA.  The duties of the students serving on the board include promoting the GSPA organization, leading a presentation and assisting at the Fall Conference,  and attending various board meetings.  They also will be assisting with facilitation of award ceremonies and presenting at the Spring Workshop both of which will take place in April.

The Georgia Scholastic Press Association was founded in 1928 by the faculty of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of Georgia.  Membership is open to school-sponsored newspapers, yearbooks, literary magazines, radio/television and online publications or productions in middle and high schools in Georgia.  They produce a newsletter for members called The Bulletin six time a year.   GSPA provides opportunities to network, opportunities for skill development, and provides tools to bring programs and publications to the next level.

Alishia Gaston chosen to serve on iCivics Educator Network

posted Jan 13, 2017, 12:16 PM by LAVERNE ROME

Lowndes Middle School 8th grade Social Studies and Civics teacher, Ms. Alishia Gaston has been chosen from over 210 applicants to serve as part of the 2017 iCivics Educator Network. Her mission will be to help design curriculum resources for 

The iCivics Educator Network was established in 2011 to amplify the iCivics mission through service within the civic education community.  The Network is an absolutely crucial part of implementing Justice O’Connor’s vision to ensure every student receives a high-quality civic education, and becomes engaged in – and beyond – the classroom.   Ms. Gaston's appointment will be an invaluable part of helping the iCivics organization keep their promise to their more than 140,000 teacher members of their organization and their millions of students.

Lowndes County Schools Earn Awards for Greatest Gains in Student Achievement

posted Jan 10, 2017, 7:53 AM by LAVERNE ROME

Dewar and Hahira Elementary schools in Lowndes County recently earned awards from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA).  On January 5, 2017, Governor Nathan Deal announced that 218 Georgia public schools in 53 districts will receive 2016 Highest Performing or Greatest Gains school awards, an increase of 31 schools from last year. The 2016 Greatest Gains award winners consist of 139 schools across 50 districts, and the 2016 Highest Performing award winners consist of 130 schools across 22 districts. Fifty-one schools in 14 districts are award winners in both categories.

In each category, there are four school award levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.  Dewar Elementary School was recognized as a 2016 GOSA Greatest Gains (Bronze Tier) School.  Hahira Elementary School was recognized as a 2016 GOSA Greatest Gains (Silver Tier) School.

Wes Taylor, Superintendent of Lowndes County Schools stated, "The achievement recognition of Dewar Elementary School and Hahira Elementary School in the Greatest Gains category is exceptional considering the increasing academic expectations of our students and teachers. The hard work of the administrators, teachers, students and parents is to be commended."

Greatest Gains schools exhibit high growth in student achievement by earning a three-year average CCRPI (College and Career Readiness Performance Index) Progress Score in at least the 93rd percentile in the state. Additionally, schools must remain in the same CCRPI Single Score range over the last three years.

Katie Chappuis, Principal of Dewar Elementary School stated, “We are excited and proud about receiving this recognition. The gains that have been made are the direct result of the consistency, determination, and the hard work of our faculty, staff and students.”  Iris Mathis, Principal of Hahira Elementary School stated, “This was a true team effort at Hahira Elementary School.  We are very proud of the efforts and accomplishments of our teachers and staff, but we are especially proud for our students and the attainment of their goals and accomplishments.  We continue to work toward raising our levels of achievement each and every day.”

Student of Character

posted Jan 10, 2017, 7:47 AM by LAVERNE ROME

Miles Green, a fifth-grader at Hahira Elementary School, was recognized as a Student of Character. Miles tied for fifth place among 56 students, for the regional “Math is Radical” competition at Lowndes High School.  He won a tiebreaker, but there was only one trophy for fifth place, and Green gave it to the student he beat in the tiebreaker.

LaVerne Rome wins GSPRA Award

posted Jan 10, 2017, 7:42 AM by LAVERNE ROME

LaVerne Rome, Director of Public Relations for Lowndes County Schools has received the Marie Wofford Professional Growth Award presented by the Georgia School Public Relations Association (GPSRA).  The award was presented at the annual GSPRA Conference in Augusta on December 6.  

The Marie Wofford Professional Growth Award honors a GSPRA member who is a newcomer to the field of school public relations.  Nominees must have two or fewer years of experience in school public relations.  LaVerne was nominated by Jennifer Steedley, Director of Public Relations for Valdosta City Schools and selected by the current GSPRA board.  Though she is new to the field of school public relations, she has been with the Lowndes County Schools since 2005.  In addition to the Public Relations Director, LaVerne also serves as the District Parent Involvement and CPIE Coordinator, and she oversees the Lowndes Education Improvement Foundation (LEIF).

When she became the Director of Public Relations for Lowndes County Schools, she immediately joined the Georgia Public Relations Association (GSPRA).   LaVerne serves on the Board of Directors for Lowndes Drug Action Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Workforce Education Support Team.  Past awards and recognition include winning the 2008 Partnership District Award in Parent Involvement and being selected to serve on the State Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council in 2010.

Chartered in 1973, the Georgia School Public Relations Association (GSPRA) is a professional organization for school communicators and school-community relations specialists. GSPRA is an affiliate of the National School Public Relations Association and has been designated a Blue Ribbon Chapter of NSPRA for the past twenty-five years. GSPRA members have also earned the prestigious Awards for Distinguished Service in both the single project and year-round project categories.

G.R.E.A.T. Award - Lacy Castor

posted Dec 14, 2016, 2:06 PM by LAVERNE ROME

Lacy Castor is the December student GREAT Award winner!  Lacy, a 5th grade student at Lake Park Elementary School, consistently exhibits all of the characteristics of a GREAT award winner.  She always tries her best in everything that she does, and never gives up when challenged. Lacy is a very responsible student who will do more than required in order to be successful. She encourages others and is a leader during class activities. Lacy is kind to her classmates and quickly volunteers to help others if she sees someone needs help. She moves quietly throughout the school building and continually shows respect for her teachers and peers. Lacy is a role model for her fellow students and a true joy to teach!  Congratulations Lacy!

G.R.E.A.T. Award - Melanie Sainz

posted Dec 14, 2016, 2:00 PM by LAVERNE ROME

Melanie Sainz is the December GREAT Award winner!  She is the epitome of what the GREAT program stands for and should be recognized for all of her hard work in helping LMS become the school it strives to be.  She helps new and veteran teachers with strategies for instruction and classroom management.  Melanie goes above and beyond to ensure we have everything we need to be successful in the classroom!

As a teacher leader, she has more than earned the respect of all those around her.  Nothing is beyond her!  Whether it's unpacking standards, mentoring new and struggling teachers, preparing the school for yet another Title I monitoring visit, or planning for benchmark or standardized testing, she simply never says "no"!  She’s gracious, responsible, enthusiastic, she has a great attitude, and is the consummate team-player.  She is more worthy of this award than most.  

Parents, Families, and Community Invited to Join in Speak Up Survey

posted Nov 29, 2016, 7:50 AM by Al Rowell   [ updated Nov 29, 2016, 7:52 AM ]

Project Speak Up Participation Badge
We would like to invite the parents/families of our students and the greater community to provide their input on the role of technology in education and their feedback on how they see technology being used in the Lowndes County Schools.

Speak Up is a National Research Project. Data findings are shared each year with federal, state and local policymakers to inform education programs, policies and funding.  

Instructions for completing the Speak Up survey

2. Click on the appropriate survey (Student, Educator, Parent, Community member).
3. Follow the given instructions to access the survey. Begin by entering your school zip or clicking on the drop down button and select your state, then go to the next line and type in your school name to find your school.
4. Schools will provide information to their students. Students will choose their grade level and enter in their school specific password (available from their school media specialist).

Thank you for providing your ideas and input on our instructional program!

G.R.E.A.T. Award - Lolli Smith

posted Nov 17, 2016, 2:30 PM by LAVERNE ROME

Lolli Smith, 5th grade student at Hahira Elementary School, is the November G.R.E.A.T. Award winner!  Lolli exemplifies responsibility by always completing her assignments and being prepared for class. She shows pride in her work by making sure it is extremely neat and completed correctly.  Lolli brightens everyone's day because whenever you see her, she has a smile on her face and exudes a positive attitude.  In class, she always participates in class discussions and is very attentive.  Lolli is the epitome of a GREAT student!  She represents all of the key points of the GREAT Award program.  She is a wonderful leader in our school.  She has been an anchor on our morning news program and is active on the school Safety Patrol.  Lolli is an excellent student and a great role model for younger students at HES.  Congratulations Lolli!

G.R.E.A.T. Award - Kathy Brady

posted Nov 17, 2016, 2:23 PM by LAVERNE ROME

Kathy Brady is the November G.R.E.A.T. Award winner.  She is the Administrative Assistant at the Maintenance Department.  Ms. Brady is described as being helpful to everyone, supportive, organized, and willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to get her job done.  She is further described as caring, cheerful, and hardworking!  She not only does her job extremely well, but she deals with the challenges of keeping the maintenance department straight.  Ms. Brady is a very valuable part of her department and is well deserving of this award.  Congratulations Kathy!!

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