Rachel Black is the March student GREAT Award winner! Rachel is the epitome of a GREAT student. Throughout her elementary school career, teachers have relied upon Rachel to help out in their classrooms because Rachel is a very responsible student. From helping her peers to running errands, Rachel is a teacher's "go-to" student. Rachel takes any task given to her seriously and responsibly. Rachel is a student that is ALWAYS willing to help a classmate in need. This year, she has been helping one of her classmates on a daily basis getting to and from her classes. In third grade, Rachel always "looked after" one of her special needs classmates to make sure he understood what to do and where to go. The teacher didn't ask her to do that. She has that innate quality to jump in when she sees a need to be met. Rachel's attitude and enthusiasm for learning and life is exemplary.
Principal, Beth Lind, stated, “Rachel has an overall spirit of kindness and a maturity beyond her years. Rachel would make an excellent teacher! In fact, if she does go on to become a teacher, I want her to come back to Westside Elementary so that I can hire her. She is just one of those students that it is an absolute pleasure to work with.”
Tracey Cumbie is the March employee GREAT Award winner! Tracey is an employee that represents all the GREAT Award stands for. She is described as being the life of the Hahira Elementary School’s cafeteria! She brings a smile and enthusiasm into our lunchroom at HES. She knows the students and greets them by name each day. She is enthusiastic and is always promoting contests and activities to get the students excited about the lunchroom and healthy eating habits. She is professional in her dealings with other employees and always treats everyone with respect and a smile! She keeps the cashier line running smoothly and is never too busy to answer a question from a student, teacher, or parent. We appreciate Tracey for all she does for Hahira Elementary.
Congratulations Tracey Cumbie!
Do you want to know more about the Lowndes County Schools? Recently updated, our "Lowndes County Schools At a Glance" document provides a snapshot of our outstanding school system, including basic demographic information and also data on how our students perform on various assessments compared to the state. The performance of our students reveals that as One Lowndes, we strive
for world-class educational excellence every day.
Congratulations to Lowndes High School’s 2017 STAR Student, Brooklyn Strickler. When asked her feelings on being named LHS’ STAR Student, Brooklyn said, “It is an amazing feeling – I feel really accomplished.” Brooklyn, the oldest of seven children, is the daughter of James and Kathleen Strickler.
The STAR Program, which is an acronym for Student Teacher Achievement Recognition, is designed to recognize high school seniors who have the highest SAT score in a single sitting in their graduating class and meet all the other program requirements, such as being named in the top 10%. The STAR program is sponsored on the state level by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation. Local sponsor of Lowndes High School’s STARs is the Kiwanis Club of Valdosta.
Brooklyn Strickler is a phenomenal student who has achieved four years of coursework in three years. She will graduate this year, which is her third year of high school. She has applied to several colleges, many of which are Ivy League schools, but has not made her decision yet as to which she will attend. She is leaning toward choosing Brigham Young, but has not fully decided.
Although Brooklyn has a lot of really great teachers, she chose Mrs. Becky Martin as the 2017 STAR Teacher. Brooklyn said, “Mrs. Martin stands out.” Brooklyn feels that Becky Martin supports her students inside and outside of the classroom. She says, “Mrs. Martin has a unique teaching style that prepares well-rounded students.” Mrs. Martin has been teaching for 22 years; 18 of those at Lowndes High School. Mrs. Martin teaches AP Calculus and really enjoys the challenge of working with gifted and motivated students.
The Lowndes Middle School 8th Grade Math Team was successful in taking first place out of twelve teams competing from across South Georgia at the Math Counts Competition held at Mathis Auditorium! Congratulations to Bryson Bennett, Savannah Pannell, Emily Anderson, Camden Humphrey, and their Coach, Amie Brasher on their success!
Congratulations to Katie Chappuis, February employee GREAT Award winner. Ms. Chappuis is the principal at Dewar Elementary School and is described as an amazing administrator! She is a visionary leader, always planning, not only for today, but for the dreams and aspirations we have collectively for the future of our school. She has a deep love for the students and the faculty at Dewar. Mrs. Chappuis strives every day to make DES a better school because she KNOWS we are capable of greatness. She is Genuine, Resourceful, Energizing, Ambitious, and Trustworthy. She leads by example and strives for excellence. She is well liked and respected by all who know her and by all who work with her. She is truly a GREAT gift and an asset to Dewar! Congratulations Katie Chappuis!!
Jadie Thompson is the February student GREAT Award winner! She is a 5th grade student at Pine Grove Elementary School. Jadie makes straight A’s, is a great friend, and a helping hand to everyone. She participates in the archery team that is going to State, Chorus, Art Club, and Math Club. Jadie is always happy to be at school. She is supportive of her classmates and has a gentle and loving spirit toward everyone. She is very helpful and trustworthy. Jadie is such a well-rounded individual and will no doubt go on to do great things in her future! She sets the example as a quiet leader among her peers, showing them a perfect example of what is expected. Jadie Thompson is a model Pinegrovian! Congratulations Jadie Thompson!!
Students in the Technology Students Association (TSA) at Hahira Middle School (HMS) recently received hands-on experience in project management. Conner Chancy, Brayden Whidden and Maddox Whidden are participating in a construction challenge event offered by TSA and will compete in Athens, GA in early March. The event requires the team to submit a scale model/prototype with a portfolio that documents the use of their leadership and technical skills to fulfill an identified community need related to construction.
This year, HMS TSA focused their efforts on encouraging citizens to get outside and be more active. To accomplish this goal, the team designed and developed a proposal for a fitness trail that the local community could utilize to get more exercise and become more health conscious. The students created documentation, display boards and prototypes to pitch the idea to local officials. The prototypes were designed using 3D modeling software and printed with a 3D printer located in their technology lab. The proposed fitness trail was appropriately titled the “Beefit Trail” to match the Hahira Honeybee theme.
The team met with Hahira City Manager, Mr. Jonathan Sumner, to complete a feasibility analysis and assess their goals. Mr. Sumner was able to give the students valuable feedback on how to proceed with a project of this nature. These young men gained valuable experience in communicating with local officials, planning a task, coordinating schedules and time management.
The LHS Mock Trial Team won their 8th consecutive Region Title. Luke Watson won Best Witness twice, Rhett Redshaw won Best Attorney twice, Troy Crow won Best Attorney, Reese Veuleman won Best Witness, Emma Emery won Best Attorney, Alyssa Hewett won Best Attorney, Rachel Wolverton won Best Witness three times and Coach Michelle White won Best Coach in the Region.
Congratulations to our Vikings who are going on to play at the next level!
Dagen Anderson #88 LS - Player of Week Parkview, Colquitt - VSU
Tucker Barnes #55 OL - Player of week Bayside – Brown University
Brent Carter #3 DB - Player of week Valdosta, Norcross – Western Illinois
Danny Corbett #56 OL - Butler
Elgin Griffin #90 DL - Player of Week Bayside and Tift Game- Eastern Arizona
Devon Holmes #40 DL - Player of Week Newton- Savannah State