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.

Writing Fair Winners

posted Apr 13, 2017, 9:19 AM by LAVERNE ROME

The annual Lowndes County Schools Writing Fair was recently held, and we are pleased to announce our winners. Entries will be displayed at the Colonial Mall of Valdosta April 17 – 23, 2017.  First place entries will be submitted to the Young Georgia Authors state competition with winners being announced this summer.  

The purpose of the Young Georgia Authors writing competition is to encourage students to develop enthusiasm for and expertise in their writing, to provide a context to celebrate their writing successes, and to recognize student achievement in arts and academics.  

First, second and third place Lowndes County Schools system-wide winners are as follows:

Grade K 
1st Place: Janiyah Brown of Clyattville Elementary School
2nd Place: Sophia Lindsey of Lake Park Elementary School
3rd Place: London Norris of Moulton Branch Elementary School

Grade 1
1st Place: Ethan Ellis of Hahira Elementary School
2nd Place: Veronica Carter of Clyattville Elementary School
3rd Place: Bella Wilfong of Lake Park Elementary School

Grade 2 
1st Place: Walker Leviton of Hahira Elementary School
2nd Place: Bethany Spell of Clyattville Elementary School
3rd Place: Braelynn Grenier of James L. Dewar Elementary School

Grade 3 
1st Place: Madison Newman of James L. Dewar Elementary School
2nd Place: London Moye of Clyattville Elementary School
3rd Place: Philip Snellgrove of Moulton Branch Elementary School

Grade 4 
1st Place: Riley Klein of Lake Park Elementary School
2nd Place: Ethan Larson of Clyattville Elementary School
3rd Place: Wyatt Weldon of Hahira Elementary School

Grade 5
1st Place: Ginsey Lawlor of Lake Park Elementary School
2nd Place: Hannah Bass of James L. Dewar Elementary School
3rd Place: Michelle McCoy of Pine Grove Elementary School

Grade 6 
1st Place: Dionne Jones of Pine Grove Middle School
2nd Place: Cadence Bellant of Hahira Middle School
3rd Place: Christopher Youmans of Lowndes Middle School

Grade 7 
1st Place: Megan DeWitt of Hahira Middle School
2nd Place: Blythe Lindsey of Lowndes Middle School
3rd Place: Isabella Koyama of Pine Grove Middle School

Grade 8 
1st Place: Madison Tomberlin of Hahira Middle School
2nd Place: Savannah Pannell of Lowndes Middle School
3rd Place: Christian Grizzle of Pine Grove Middle School

Grade  9 – 1st Place: No Entry Submitted

Grade 10 – 1st Place:  Trevor Clayton of Lowndes High School

Grade 11 – 1st Place: Paige Giddens of Lowndes High School      

Grade 12 – 1st Place: No Entry Submitted

LCS Honor Roll Announced - 3rd nine weeks

posted Apr 11, 2017, 5:28 PM by LAVERNE ROME

Congratulations to our honor roll with distinction and honor roll students on your accomplishments during the third nine weeks. It is the goal of Lowndes County Schools to set high expectations for all students and provide recognition for academic success. Students who meet challenging and rigorous academic achievement goals are rewarded each 9 weeks and recognized for their achievement by the school and district.

Grades 3-8:  Must have an overall grade point average of 90 or above in all subjects with no grade below a 70.

Middle School Honor Roll with Distinction:  Must have a grade point average of 95. Grades in each subject area must be a 90 or above. 

For grades 9-12:  Must have a grade point average of 90 or above with no grade below a 70 in any subject.

Purple Up - The Month of the Military Child, April 2017

posted Apr 10, 2017, 7:49 AM by LAVERNE ROME

April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, the Month of the Military Child is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.  The Month of the Military Child is part of the legacy left by former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. He established the Defense Department commemoration in 1986.

Lowndes County Schools will wear purple to show support for Military Children in our district and across the world on Friday April 14, 2017.

Miss LHS 2017 - Rachel Wolverton

posted Apr 1, 2017, 11:41 AM by LAVERNE ROME   [ updated Apr 1, 2017, 11:42 AM ]

Congratulations to Rachel Wolverton!  She was crowned Miss LHS 2017. Rachel is a junior at Lowndes High School and is the daughter of Mark and Carolyn Wolverton.  Congratulations also to the 1st runner up, Claire McClane and 2nd runner up,  Kaileigh Kirk!  A special thanks to all of the young ladies who participated. 

Spring Break

posted Mar 30, 2017, 2:35 PM by LAVERNE ROME

Monday, April 3 – Friday April 7 will be Spring Break for students and staff.  All schools and system offices will be closed.  Classes will resume on the normal schedule Monday, April 10.  We wish everyone a safe and relaxing break!


posted Mar 29, 2017, 9:43 AM by LAVERNE ROME

The Lowndes Education Improvement Foundation (LEIF) will be hosting its Annual Distinguished Alumnus and Awards Banquet on April 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Lowndes High School Cafetorium.   Saint Augustine Road and Lake Park Chick Fil A, Cheddar’s, and Olive Garden are the presenting sponsors for the banquet.  

Dr. Lee Bradford Lucas will be honored as the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus.  Lee Bradford Lucas is a 1992 graduate of Lowndes High School.  While attending Lowndes, Lee played on the tennis team, was a mat girl, and was state vice president and national award winner for the Future Business Leaders of America.  Following high school, Lee received her bachelors degree from Stetson University and continued her education earning a doctorate in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from the University Of South Florida College Of Medicine.  One of Lee’s patents is currently being used in the final stages of clinical trials for a new melanoma treatment.  Lee was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health when the human genome was completed and was proud to return to her alma mater at Lowndes to share that momentous occasion.  She continued working in the medical field by building a specialized heart valve surgery program at a local hospital and earning her RN.  

Currently, Lee lives in Fort Myers and is the founder/owner of LeeDr which specializes in healthcare referrals.  When not working or driving taxi service for her three beautiful children, she volunteers as a board member for her kids’ school, serves in a national position for her sorority, and is a baseball team mom.  Lee says she holds dear the instruction and encouragement she received from the faculty while attending Lowndes High School.

LEIF will also be honoring students from each school for their academic achievements, as well as outstanding parents and teachers. The foundation’s main goal is to support Lowndes County Schools by utilizing tax-deductible donations to provide improved educational opportunities for students within the school systems.  Tickets for the banquet may be purchased for $10 at the Board of Education office located at 1592 Norman Drive.  All proceeds of the event will benefit LEIF.  For further information, please contact LaVerne Rome at 229-245-2250.

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