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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Surveys are open now at http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2016
Instructions for completing the Speak Up survey
1. Go to this link: http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2016
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).
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