Lowndes Board of Education Attends Annual Retreat

posted Jun 13, 2017, 2:16 PM by LAVERNE ROME

Lowndes County School Board members, Superintendent Wes Taylor and assistant superintendents Ken Overman and Rodney Green spent the day Monday reflecting on the 2016-17 school year and planning for the future.  The group gathered at the central office for its annual retreat to review the Strategic Plan, student achievement results, and the 2017-18 budget.

 Superintendent Taylor set the tone for the day with a devotion entitled, “The Importance of Trust and Communication” followed by his Annual State of the System Report.  Mr. Taylor highlighted multiple achievements received across the system on the regional, state, and national levels.  As evidenced by multiple metrics the Lowndes County School System is excelling, however, there is always room for improvement and we are constantly looking for ways to increase student achievement and improve the infrastructure of our system. 

The board reviewed strategic goals and action plans and discussed how the financial stability of the district supports continued academic improvement.  Board Chairman Eric Johnson stated, “One of our goals is to increase transparency in our financial practices, policies, and actions.  We conducted our retreat locally and we invite the public to view our eBoard site where you will find board meeting agendas, presentations, financial reports, and meeting minutes.”

Taylor indicated that he thought the retreat was a success and he was proud of the way the board worked together to help move the system forward.  “We have an effective instructional plan in place which is implemented by caring and competent teachers and we are being good stewards of the resources we have been entrusted with by the tax payers of Lowndes County.  The future of the Lowndes County School System is bright and exciting.” 

Congratulations! LCS 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year!!

posted May 19, 2017, 11:09 AM by LAVERNE ROME   [ updated Jun 5, 2017, 4:46 AM by Al Rowell ]

Clyattville Elementary School - Jacqueline Portis 
Dewar Elementary School - Christie Allen 
Hahira Elementary School - Julie Padgett 
Lake Park Elementary School - Emily Byrd 
Moulton-Branch Elementary School - Lee Brown 
Pine Grove Elementary School - Shayla Davis 
Westside Elementary School - Tracie Hart 
Hahira Middle School - Greg Terry 
Lowndes Middle School - Dr. Terri Hundley 
Pine Grove Middle School - Rhenda Parker 
Lowndes High School - Brittany Williams 
Horizon Academy - Lisa Mallow 

G.R.E.A.T. Award - Sarah Lee

posted May 12, 2017, 7:27 AM by LAVERNE ROME

Sarah Lee, LHS, is the May student GREAT Award winner!  Sara is an excellent student and very involved in many LHS organizations...often in leadership roles, but what makes her so special is her personality.  She always has a smile on her face.  She is pleasant to her teachers and to ALL students.  Sarah embodies each attribute of the GREAT award.  Everything she does is with a positive, enthusiastic attitude.  She willingly offers to help in any and all situations, showing responsibility to both her work and any other task where she can lend a helping hand.  Sarah does great work and frequently finishes projects early. In addition to her leadership abilities, she is also an extremely talented artist.  From decorating halls and sheets during homecoming to painting Vikings and Vikettes in bathrooms, Sarah has graciously given her time and shared her talent with the students and faculty at LHS. Sarah is often noticed in her Drawing II and AP classes giving advice, constructive criticism, and help to other students. In every piece of Sarah's work, her love and pride for her school shines through.  While Sarah's artistic ability is visible throughout the school, it is also her character, dependability, and attitude that has made her a GREAT LHS student.

Aside from school clubs and activities, Sarah was voted to be the Speaker of the House for the 72nd Georgia Youth Assembly; she also served as State Clerk for the United Nations Assembly. Sarah was selected to be the Student Ambassador for the Georgia Secretary of State program. Sarah was also chosen for the Washington Youth Tour 2016 as a Georgia EMC Delegate. Sarah was also nominated to attend Governors Honors Program for Art two years in a row!  Sarah is smart, enthusiastic, sweet, driven and extremely creative and is most deserving of the GREAT award. She has been a blessing to LHS and we will most definitely miss her but wish her all of our best as she begins her college career at UGA! Congratulations Sarah!!

G.R.E.A.T. Award - Elissa Tomlinson

posted May 12, 2017, 7:27 AM by LAVERNE ROME

Elissa Tomlinson, Media Specialist at Westside Elementary School, is the May employee GREAT Award winner!  Elissa is very genuine and encouraging to all she encounters.  She works tirelessly to ensure that the students and teachers have the tools they need to be successful.  She has created an atmosphere in our media center that is warm and inviting to students enticing them to develop a love of reading.  Her sweet spirit and kind and loving personality make her an invaluable asset to our school.

She never appears to have a bad day because she is always smiling and laughing. She is the kind of person that will figure out how to get something done. Elissa works with all the teachers to create a media center that is truly the heart of the school. She knows how to have fun while still learning and teaching others. Through personal battles, she maintains a positive and grateful spirit – Westside Elementary School LOVES Elissa Tomlinson!  She is deserving of the GREAT award for these reasons and many more.  Congratulations Elissa!!

2017 Retirees

posted May 11, 2017, 1:29 PM by LAVERNE ROME

Prior to the May school board meeting, Superintendent Wes Taylor and the Lowndes Board 
of Education honored the 2017 retirees in a reception hosted by the Lowndes Education Improvement Foundation (LEIF).  The forty retirees represent a total of 1,025 years of service to Lowndes County Schools!  Each retiree was presented a personally engraved crystal apple.  

From Clyattville Elementary School:  Robin Cobb, Teacher, 30 years; Katherine Moore, Teacher, 31 years; Debra Pollock, Paraprofessional, 31 years; Peggy Wisenbaker, Paraprofessional, 47 years.  From Dewar Elementary School:  Naomi Markins, School Nutrition Assistant, 11 years.  From Hahira Elementary School:  Penny Lewis, Teacher, 22 years; Betty Robinson, Paraprofessional, 23 years.  From Lake Park Elementary School, Bridgett Corbett, Teacher, 17 years; Brenda Humphrey, Media Specialist, 19 years; Annie Wilkerson, Custodian, 22 years; Teresa Williams, Teacher, 28 years.  From Moulton-Branch Elementary School:  Carla Lunceford, Secretary, 11 years.  From Pine Grove Elementary School:  Janet Blalock, Teacher, 24 years; Valeria Christie, Teacher, 30 years; Vonda Hardnett, Teacher, 27 years; Delia McCray, Paraprofessional, 29 years; Charles Miley, Custodian, 11 years; Linda Riggle, Paraprofessional, 22 years;  Laura Swindle, Teacher 31 years.  From Westside Elementary School:  Georgi Banks, Teacher, 30 years; William Batchelor, Teacher, 24 years; Shirley Bradley, School Nutrition Assistant, 27 years; Annie McCormick, School Nutrition Assistant, 38 years.  From Hahira Middle School:  Patricia Burk, Teacher, 25 years; Russell Redshaw, Teacher, 15 years.  From Lowndes Middle School:  Teresa Aviles, Teacher, 24 years; Sharon Dickert, Teacher, 30 years.  From Lowndes High School:  Anne Bowen, Teacher, 24 years; Josie Brooks, Assistant Principal, 36 years; Beth Northcutt, Teacher, 20 years; Linda Phelps, Teacher, 23 years;  Jackie Rentz, Teacher, 17 years; Clay Smith, Teacher, 37 years; Kathy Wenck, Teacher, 8 years; Phyllis Williams, Teacher, 19 years.  From Transportation:  Patricia Evans, Bus Driver, 38 years; Jenny Jenkins, Bus Driver, 16 years;  Terrie Norris, Bus Driver, 37 years.  From Central Office:  Sharon Flythe, Director of Nutrition, 37 years; Owen Prince, Director of Information Technology, 34 years.

PGM - Only STEM Certified Middle School South of Macon

posted May 1, 2017, 2:27 PM by LAVERNE ROME

Pine Grove Middle School (PGM) is the first middle school in South Georgia and the 9th middle school in Georgia to earn the Georgia Department of Education’s (GaDOE) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Program certification. 

The Georgia Department of Education is dedicated to preparing students for 21st Century workplace careers by providing high quality educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. In Georgia, STEM education is defined as an integrated curriculum (as opposed to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics taught in isolation) that is driven by problem solving, discovery, exploratory project/problem-based learning, and student-centered development of ideas and solutions. The Department of Education members visited PGM on Monday, May 1, 2017. 

The state has a very rigorous certification process, and the administration, staff, and students have been working to meet the Department of Education’s STEM certification criteria for the past four years.  The GaDOE team reviewed evidence of the quality of the school’s STEM program by sitting in on student presentations, conducting classroom observations, interviewing school administrators, faculty, parents, students, and community partners in education to verify the school’s commitment to connecting STEM experiences in the classroom to the local community and world at large. 

On behalf of the administrators, Mrs. Ivy Smith and Mr. Sam Clemons, Jr., and Dr. Monica Dyess, the STEM coordinator, PGM would like to thank the twelve student presenters, the 15 STEM teachers and their classes, and the central office staff for their support on this historic day.  The representatives from the GaDOE along with Governor Deal will return at a later date for an award ceremony where PGM will be presented with the state’s STEM banner.

Georgia Tech's Stamps President's Scholarship Recipients

posted Apr 25, 2017, 2:11 PM by LAVERNE ROME

A special congratulations to Lowndes High School seniors Jack Crawford and Ethan Wetherington!  They are recipients of Georgia Tech's prestigious Stamps President's Scholarship (SPS).  The Stamps President's Scholars Program is Georgia Tech’s premier merit-based scholarship. It is a nationally prestigious merit scholarship program that helps exceptional students become meaningful leaders throughout society. Since its inception in 1981, the program has maintained as its objective the selection and enrollment of students who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, progress, and service and have strong potential to become leaders on campus and in the community.

These young men will become part of a group of approximately 40 students selected to participate in the Stamps Presidential Scholars Program.   30,000 applicants, 8,000 enrolled, 40 in SPS, and two from Lowndes High School!  This honor includes a full-ride scholarship covering all tuition, mandatory fees, housing,meal plan, books, personal expenses and a stipend for a laptop.   And last years’ freshman index indicated the cost for attendance was approximately $27,000 in state. 

These young men will also be required to participate in opportunities that will extend them out further into the GT community, the nation, and the world. They will participate in retreats, lectures, conduct research and expand their world view – some of the Tech Treks have included destinations like Belize, Croatia, Scotland, Iceland, Argentina just to name a few.  They will received $15,000 in enrichment grant funds to attend conferences, travel abroad, pursue a business patent, conduct research – whatever their passions. These students are expected not only to receive the financial benefits this scholarship affords, they are also expended to pay it forward to society. 

Congratulations to Jack and Ethan for an outstanding accomplishment. They will make a difference in our world and will no doubt continue the rich legacy of outstanding and accomplished Lowndes High School alumni!

GREAT Award - Tara Phelps

posted Apr 25, 2017, 1:31 PM by LAVERNE ROME

Tara Phelps, Lake Park Elementary School, is the April employee GREAT Award winner!  Tara hails from a very rare breed. She is soft-spoken, genuine, patient, caring, dedicated, outgoing, positive, forgiving, non-judgmental, and the list goes on.  Day after day she quietly demonstrates her unfaltering commitment to our LPE family, all while effortlessly fulfilling her role in the success of our school.

When considering the qualifications of a GREAT award winner, Tara Phelps is an outstanding example of all this award encompasses. Tara is such a valuable member of our LPE staff. She is a source of positivity that lifts up all those who come in contact with her. She has great instincts about the needs and concerns of young children and knows that relationships are the key being a successful counselor. Tara can absorb, understand, and consider ideas and points of view from other people without debating every point.

As a counselor, she is willing to share information, knowledge, and experience.  She takes the initiative to keep others informed. She shows compassion and warmth to parents and staff members and is someone people know they can count on. Tara uses the power of a smile to positively impact those at LPE and no matter what challenges the day may bring, she leaves with the same smile.  Congratulations Tara!!

G.R.E.A.T. Award - Nathan Faircloth

posted Apr 25, 2017, 1:20 PM by LAVERNE ROME

Nathan Faircloth, Pine Grove Middle School,  is the April student GREAT Award winner!  He is a prime example of a superior citizen! He is ALWAYS kind to others no matter who they are. He is often seen
 going out of his way speaking to a Special Needs child, asking them how they are doing, encouraging them, and just making them feel important. If a new student arrives, he will be the first to welcome them and tell them to let him know if they need help. He is always cordial and polite to everyone he passes while speaking to them and telling them to have a great day!  He is truly a blessing to this world. His attitude is forever positive and uplifting.  He is a prime example of kindness, selflessness, positivism, and leadership

Nathan exemplifies all characteristics of the GREAT award. He always displays a positive attitude with teachers, and classmates in and out of the classroom. He always gives his best effort in any task he accomplishes. He's enthusiastic about academics, athletics, and representing Pine Grove Middle School as an ambassador.   Nathan’s qualities include: dedication, enthusiasm, and being an overall positive leader are just as prevalent outside of school.  He is a passionate, enthusiastic, and cheerful individual in which he makes a favorable impression on anyone he comes in contact with.  He is a very humble young man, always very mannerable, and always there to lend a helping hand.  Congratulations Nathan!!

2017-2018 School Calendar - Modified and Approved

posted Apr 18, 2017, 9:50 AM by LAVERNE ROME   [ updated Apr 18, 2017, 9:51 AM ]

The Lowndes County Board of Education approved a modified   2017-2018 School Calendar at the April 17, 2017 board meeting.       The modification reflects changing Fall Break 2017 to October 6 and 9, instead of October 13 and 16.

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