It's a Sellout! Info on Lowndes-Valdosta Streaming and Passes

posted Aug 18, 2017, 5:45 AM by AL ROWELL   [ updated Aug 18, 2017, 5:46 AM ]

Lowndes vs Valdosta       Friday August 18, 2017       Martin Stadium - 8:00 Kickoff
The Lowndes – Valdosta game is a sellout – no tickets remain for sale.  Please see below how GHSA and other passes will be handled. 
As will all home Lowndes games that sell out, this game will be streamed live by the LHS Technology Student Association, ESE Networks, and the Voice of the Vikings.  Please use the following link for accessing the streaming of the game.
The cost of the live stream will be $9.99.  Viewers will want to visit the site before kickoff and follow the easy instructions required to order the game. 
GHSA and GAOA passes will be honored for this game to the extent possible.  Reserved seats have been set aside on both sides of the stadium for GHSA and GAOA passes.  On the home side these seats are in Section E, and on the visitor side these seats are at the top of Section K.  Theses seating areas are limited, and once all these seats have been filled the game will be deemed a complete sellout and no further passes will be honored
Individuals with GHSA and GAOA passes will not be admitted to the sidelines or end zones.  Only those individuals on the authorized sideline list and possessing correct sideline credentials will be allowed on the sidelines and in the end zones. 

LCS Plans for the Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

posted Aug 14, 2017, 5:56 PM by LAVERNE ROME

August 21, 2017, a total eclipse will shadow a seventy mile-wide path through fourteen states, beginning in Oregon and exiting the Charleston, South Carolina coast.  For Georgians, the range of view is one hundred percent in the northeast corner of the state to ninety percent partial view in the majority of the state.  The entire event will touch the U.S. at maximum strength for one hour, thirty-three minutes.  The partial eclipse will pass by Lowndes County starting at 1:11 pm, reaching maximum eclipse at 2:43 pm and completely fading from view by 4:08 pm.

The timing of the eclipse will coincide with dismissal time for our elementary students.  The safety of our students is a priority in the Lowndes County School System, and we considered various options surrounding the solar eclipse.  As a precautionary measure we will dismiss school early on Monday, 8/21/17 at the following times:

Elementary Schools:  1st Load – 11:30 am -  2nd Load – 12:00 pm
Middle Schools – 12:30 pm
Lowndes High School & Parker Mathis Learning Center – 12:00 pm

We recognize the historical significance of the event and the days leading up to the eclipse will present multiple learning opportunities for our students including safety information.

To prevent eye damage, no one should look directly at the eclipse.  NASA has a website devoted to eclipse information which includes various educational tools located at  

Solar Viewing Safety Tips from the American Astronomical Society and NASA

1. The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters (“eclipse glasses” or handheld viewers) that meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products.  

2. Ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun.  Neither are homemade filters created from neutral density filters (such as those made for camera lenses, smoked glass, exposed film, “space blankets,” potato chip bags, DVDs, and any other materials you may have heard about for solar viewing.

3. Seek expert advice before using a solar filter with a camera, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.

4. Never look at the Sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer.

5. A solar filter must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, or camera lens.

6. If you are within the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the Moon completely covers the Sun’s bright face, and it suddenly gets quite dark.  Experience the splendor of totality.  Then, as soon as the bright Sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to glance at the remaining partial phases.

7. If you are outside the path of totality, you must always use safe solar filters to view the Sun directly.

(These Solar Viewing Safety Tips were presented at the January 2017 American Astronomical Society Meeting.)

LHS' Mock Trial Team

posted Aug 10, 2017, 12:01 PM by LAVERNE ROME

Lowndes County Schools are bustling with students as the school year started this week, but Lowndes High School’s Mock Trial Team has been busy all summer as they received some great news!  Two Mock Trial students will attend the Georgia Bar Academy for Students and take The Georgia Bar Exam in front of real judges and a jury at the Bar Association this month.  The two students are Sophomores Alyssa Hewett and Madison Johnson.  The award winning team has also been invited to the 2017 Angela R. Mathew Harvard Mock Trial High School Seminar Program in November.  The team which includes Madison Johnson, Alyssa Hewett, Kenna Fussell, Kalaysia Kier, Payton Johnson, Emma Emery, Troy Crow, Jeremy Troiano, Reese Veuleman, Luke Watson, Kris Morse, and Rachael Krause will travel to Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

It is a great honor to be included as only the top teams in the nation are invited to this exclusive program.  The seminar program, now in its twelfth year, tailors the “Harvard Method” to high school competitors.  The invitation letter states,  “It is our philosophy that success at Mock Trial comes from a balance of knowing how to prepare and how to deviate from the plan, think on your feet, and be creative. In our two-prong program, students spend part of their time in a series of interactive lectures, taught by our team's experienced competitors, including regionally and nationally recognized attorneys and witnesses. The rest of their time is spent in what we call "breakout sessions," during which teams work individually with a member of Harvard Mock Trial on a hypothetical case, developing theories, writing examinations and statements, and preparing for a scrimmage at the end of the seminar.” 

Mock Trial Coaches Mike and Michelle White are excited about this opportunity for their team and are looking forward to another great year of learning and competitions.

21st Century Community Learning Center Grant

posted Jul 26, 2017, 8:07 AM by LAVERNE ROME

The Georgia Department of Education announced that the State Board of Education approved the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant to be awarded to the Boys and Girls Club of Valdosta – Project Vision.  The grant was submitted in collaboration with Lowndes County School System and Dr. David Monetti, Professor of Psychology at Valdosta State University.  The grant amount of $1.4 million, over the course of five years, will be used to enhance academic achievement at Lowndes Middle School.  Funding is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act, and is made available for a total project period of five years, contingent upon successful implementation of the subgrant and continued availability of Federal funds for each of the five fiscal years of the award.
The purpose of the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program is to provide opportunities for academic enrichment and tutorial services to help students meet academic standards.  The program is designed to offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities that reinforce and complement the regular academic program.  21st Century Community Learning Center grants also provide families an additional opportunity for active participation and meaningful engagement in their child's education.

 This 21st CCLC will offer academic and personal enrichment programming for students who attend Lowndes Middle School. This program, which will be managed by the Boys and Girls Club, will offer a comprehensive, three-hour after school program that will run Monday through Thursday. The after school program will offer assistance in all academic areas, homework assistance and organizational skill.  It will also offer art and outdoor educational opportunities.  Field trips will be offered and meals/snacks will be provided.  "The Boys & Girls Club of Valdosta has seen the profound effects that a 21st Century Learning Center Program has made in our community over the past seven years.  We are now excited to be able to offer the same type services to the youth at Lowndes Middle School" stated Bill Holt,  Vice President of Operations at the Boys & Girls Club of Valdosta.

Bill Haskin, Principal at Lowndes Middle Schools stated, "I'm so excited to be working with the Boys and Girls Club to bring in a program that will provide an opportunity for our most at-risk students.  A lot of hard work was put into earning this grant, and it shows the level of support and commitment from our community and the Lowndes County School System in providing our students every opportunity to succeed.  Lowndes Middle School will become a school for extended, robust learning at all levels, and this grant will help to fulfill that goal.  What a great start to our new year!"  Superintendent Wes Taylor added, “The 21st Century Community Learning Grant will assist us in providing additional quality learning opportunities for our students in an after school setting.  Our partnership with the Boys and Girls Club on this endeavor is another example of how we work together with various community entities to provide a first class educational experience for our students.”

Lowndes Board of Education Meeting

posted Jul 19, 2017, 4:04 PM by LAVERNE ROME

The Lowndes Board of Education invited Legislators to its July 17 board meeting.  State Senator Ellis Black, along with State Representatives Amy Carter, John Corbett, and Jay Shaw
were in attendance.  The Legislators addressed the state budget for education; indicating that 41% of the state budget is allocated for K-12 education.  They also discussed House Bill 139, the Teacher Retirement System, and tax revenue.

Other agenda items included providing federally funded tutoring services for the neglected and delinquent population housed at Raintree Village and the Georgia Sheriff’s Boys Ranch, grocery bids for school nutrition, central office warehouse renovations, HVAC updates at Hahira, Moulton-Branch, and Dewar Elementary Schools.  Assistant Superintendent, Ken Overman, gave a finance report and an update on Seven River Farm.  Revisions to the Student and Parent Handbook were also discussed.

During executive session, the board discussed the personnel list, which included hiring four new teachers, an assistant principal at Lowndes High School, as well as, naming a Director of Student Services.  Property and legal matters were also discussed.

HMS' TSA Group attends National Competition

posted Jun 26, 2017, 7:44 AM by LAVERNE ROME

Hahira Middle School's  TSA group recently completed an exciting week at National Competition in Orlando, Florida. The group reached semifinals in dragster and Junior Solar Sprint. They placed in the top ten for Video Game design, Community Service, System control and Mass Production. Ruby Ruff and Isabel Autrey won first place for their Children's Story.

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!!

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