WES - Elementary Agricultural Education Pilot Program

posted Aug 10, 2018, 5:43 AM by LAVERNE ROME   [ updated Aug 10, 2018, 5:44 AM ]

One Lowndes Ship
The Georgia Department of Education chose Westside Elementary School to have an Elementary Ag program for the 2019-2020 school year! This will be a huge help to the exploratory classes at WES as it means adding a 5th teacher in the rotation. This year will be the planning and development year so that we can hit the ground running next year. Thanks to Stephanie Peterson, 2nd-grade teacher, for completing the grant application!

LMS' Britton Davis Named Finalist

posted Aug 9, 2018, 4:24 PM by LAVERNE ROME

Britton Davis
Britton Davis, a 7th-grade student at Lowndes Middle School, has been named a top 12 finalist in the National FFA Agriscience Fair. He will travel to Indianapolis, IN in October to present his project to National Judges for the opportunity to be named top three in the nation.  Britton worked with local farms to complete his research on the "The Effect of Pine Bark Powder on the Haemonchus Contortus Worm."

LHS’ Joyce Liu Scores a Perfect 1600

posted Aug 9, 2018, 4:03 PM by LAVERNE ROME

Joyce Liu
Lowndes High School Senior Joyce Liu took the SAT in June.  She scored 1600 which is a perfect score on the college entrance exam.  Joyce plans to follow a pre-med path and major in Biology.  She is considering several post-secondary schools including Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, Duke University, and UNC-Chapel Hill, and Georgia Tech.

LCS' 2018-2019 System Teacher of the Year

posted Aug 2, 2018, 9:14 AM by LAVERNE ROME

Stephanie Peterson and Wes Taylor
Congratulations to our Lowndes System Teacher of the Year, Stephanie Peterson!  Stephanie is a 2nd-grade teacher at Westside Elementary School.  As a teacher, Stephanie has high expectations of her students.  As much as she pushes learning, she also teaches her students life lessons about being better people, taking care of others, and being the best they can be.  Her tireless, out-of-the-box teaching style engages all students while motivating them through personal relationships and enthusiasm.

Congratulations also to our school-level Teachers of the Year!  Thanks to our partnership with our local State Farm Insurance Agents, all of our Teachers of the Year will receive a fully-paid trip to The Ron Clark Academy, in Atlanta, Georgia!

Group Photo of Teachers of the Year
Julie Hoff, LHS; Wendy Newman, HMS; Daniel Farnum, MBE; Sandy Alcidonice, PGM; Stephanie Peterson, WES; Dr. Candi Strassburg, PMLC; Wendy Spell, CES; Stacie Youngblood, PGE; Sue Van Nortwick, LMS; Jessica Dillard, DES; Dottie Davis, HES; and Joy Robinson, LPE.

Community Eligibility Provision - CES and MBE

posted Jul 27, 2018, 8:43 AM by LAVERNE ROME

Clip Art of Community Eligibility Provision
Special Assistance Certification and Reimbursement Alternative II and CEP

July 27, 2018 – Valdosta – Lowndes County Schools is participating in the National School Lunch Program Special Assistance Provision for Free Meal Reimbursement in School Year 2018-2019.  Through CEP (Community Eligibility Provision), a school district or a single school may offer meals at no charge to all students. Continued participation in this provision eliminates the procedure of distributing and processing free and reduced-price meal applications each school year.

The following schools from the Lowndes County School System will be participating School Year 2018-2019:
  • Clyattville Elementary School-Breakfast and Lunch
  • Moulton Branch Elementary School-Breakfast and Lunch
By participating in the Community Eligibility Provision and eliminating the need for meal applications, Lowndes County School Nutrition will reduce administrative and printing costs.  Families also benefit from the elimination of completing and submitting meal applications.  

Children need healthy meals to learn. Lowndes County School Nutrition offers healthy meals every school day at no charge to your child(ren). Our food service receives support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. We receive federal reimbursement for every student meal served based on additional money for meals served to children from households with income at or below the amounts on the Income Chart.  

Nondiscrimination Statement: In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or 

(3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

New Employee Orientation

posted Jul 25, 2018, 1:08 PM by LAVERNE ROME

Group Photo of New Employees
We are so excited to host new employee orientation today for over 100 newcomers. Please take a moment and help us welcome these new employees to our Viking Family!


Called Meeting of Lowndes County Board of Education - July 13

posted Jul 12, 2018, 7:31 AM by AL ROWELL   [ updated Jul 12, 2018, 7:31 AM ]

The Lowndes County Board of Education will have a Called Meeting on Friday, July 13 at 6 a.m.  The purpose for this meeting will be to discuss the new LHS Construction Project.

Destruction of Records for Students with Disabilities

posted Jul 9, 2018, 1:26 PM by AL ROWELL   [ updated Jul 11, 2018, 12:46 PM ]

Graphic: Public Notice
PUBLIC RECORD: Destruction of Records for Students with Disabilities

The Lowndes County School System’s Department of Special Education announces its intention to destroy data collected, maintained or used in the provision of a free appropriate public education for special education students who were born between January 1, 1983 and December 31, 1995 and who were enrolled in the Lowndes County School System.  Records of students who were born before January 1, 1982 have been destroyed per previous public notice and are not retrievable. 

These records may be needed by the student or parent for Social Security or other reasons. If you, as the student or legal guardian of a former student, who was born between January 1, 1983 and December 31, 1995 would like copies of these records prior to destruction, contact the Office of Special Education at 229-316-1851.

Records of students who were evaluated by a school psychologist but not placed in a special education program are maintained for a period of five years after the date of the evaluation. 

These records will be destroyed after December 31, 2018 unless there has been a request for a due process hearing under P.L. 94-142 or a complaint has been filed with the Office of Civil Rights, under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Open House Information

posted Jul 9, 2018, 11:25 AM by LAVERNE ROME   [ updated Jul 16, 2018, 1:18 PM ]

Open House Clip Art
Open House for ALL Elementary Schools

Friday, August 3 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm        

Hahira Middle School Orientation Schedule

Yearbook photos will be taken

Monday, August 6 for all grades

6th Grade Orientation A-L      8:00 am - Not a drop in event

6th Grade Orientation M-Z    10:00 am - Not a drop in event

7th Grade Orientation            12:30-1:30 pm –This is a drop in event

8th Grade Orientation            2:30 -3:30 pm – This is a drop in event


Lowndes Middle School Orientation Schedule

Thursday, August 2 for all grades

6th Grade Open House/Orientation:    12:00 pm- 3:00 pm

  • Students with last names A - M    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Students with last names N - Z      1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

7th and 8th Grade Open House/Orientation:   4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Pine Grove Middle School Open House

Monday, August 6 for all grades

8:30 am – 10:00 - 6th Grade Open House

11:00 am – 12:30 pm - 7th and 8th Grades Open House


Lowndes High School Fee Days and Freshman Orientation

Yearbook photographs will be taken

Students can purchase parking decals, lockers, and yearbooks.  Prepayment is available online through the school website – printed receipts must be presented at fee days.

Tuesday, July 31: Fee Day

8:00-12:00 for 10-12 graders to purchase yearbooks, football passes, parking decals and take yearbook pictures, get club information, etc)

8:00 am - Seniors 

9:15 am - Juniors

10:30 am - Sophomores

Thursday, August 2: IGNITE 2022!    5:30 - 7:30 pm

Freshman Orientation - Meets in the new gym at 5:30 - Students and Parents will visit their VIP teacher, learn how to use parent portal to view schedules, get information on clubs and extracurricular activities, purchase football passes, etc.

For Release - Hahira Middle Technology Students Win at Nationals

posted Jun 28, 2018, 2:14 PM by LAVERNE ROME

HMS' TSA Group at National TSA Conference
The Hahira Middle School Technology Student Association (TSA) finished off a remarkable year by attending the 40th annual National TSA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Ten students from the team that won the Georgia TSA state championship back in March, traveled to Atlanta on June 22nd to compete against students from all across the United States, Germany, Turkey, and Japan. 

Despite most events having 50-100 entries, Hahira Middle made the semifinals in five events and won trophies in two. 

Sisters Molly and Maggie Davis won first place for their Construction Challenge project in which they built a sensory room for special needs students. Isabel Autrey and Ruby Ruff received a third-place trophy (their second national trophy in two years) for their interactive Children’s Story entry titled Dana the Dino Ranger. Ruby also placed in the top ten along with her sister, Lyla Ruff, in an event titled Forensic Science. After the girls made it to the semi-final round by having one of the top scores on the written test, they earned a spot on stage by showing off their ability to use forensic technology to solve a mock crime scene. Hank Peagler and Zayne Ridge also cracked the top ten with their Community Service Video entry that documented their fundraising efforts for the American Cancer Society. 

Hank and Zayne also made the semifinals for their Inventions and Innovation project that featured an app titled Bus Buddy that would assist substitute school bus drivers in the navigation of their route. The final semifinalist was Jon Liu in the event titled Video Game Design that required him develop, build and launch an E-rated online game. Sixth graders Ford Scott and Wade Lavender competed in Dragster Challenge, CADD, Coding, System Control, and Website Design throughout the five-day event. 
These students, along with the support of their parents, teachers and community partners proved they have what it takes to compete and lead in a technical world. 

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