LHS Student Receives New AFJROTC Flight Academy Scholarship

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Cadet Spencer Ruepp - LHS Student
Cadet Spencer Ruepp, an 11th grade Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) student at Lowndes High School has received a scholarship to attend one of six partnering universities participating in a private pilot license training program over the summer of 2018.

 Cadet Ruepp is one of 120 AFJROTC cadets around the world to receive the scholarship from Headquarters AFJROTC, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.  There are more than 120,000 high school students enrolled in AFJROTC at over 880 high schools in the U.S. and overseas.

 The scholarship for Cadet Ruepp will cover transportation, room and board, academics and flight hours required to potentially earn a private pilot license, and is valued at approximately $20,000. 

 The Flight Academy Scholarship Program is a new Air Force-level initiative in collaboration with the commercial aviation industry to address the national civilian and military pilot shortage.  AFJROTC has been charged by the Air Force Aircrew Crisis Task Force to bring back the “luster of aviation” to high school students and increase diversity in aviation fields.

 Those participating in the program do not incur a military commitment to the Air Force or other branch of service, nor does completing the program guarantee acceptance into one of the military’s commissioning programs.

 The mission of AFJROTC is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community while instilling values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and sense of accomplishment.  When looking to fill tomorrow’s career needs with the best candidates, there is simply no better place for the nation to look than AFJROTC!

Beth Baker GMSA Teacher of the Year

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Beth Baker - PGM
Congratulations to Mrs. Beth Baker who was recently named 2018 Georgia Middle School Association Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Middle School Association Board of Directors! Beth will be recognized at the GMSA Annual Conference that will take place from February 25 – 27, 2018 in Valdosta, Georgia at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center.

We are extremely proud of Beth!

LHS Off-Broadway

posted Jan 19, 2018, 5:19 AM by LAVERNE ROME

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LHS Off-Broadway presents 
The Scarlet Pimpernel January 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the LHS Lecture Hall (A/B Wing).  Tickets are $10 for regular seating and $15 for VIP seating (first 5 rows).  Reserve your tickets today by contacting Sheri Dorsett at
This spectacular musical is based on the novel of the same name by Baroness Orczy, and it is set in England and France during the Reign of Terror, right after the French Revolution.  Sir Percy Blakeney and his friends determine to rescue souls from "La Guillotine," and essentially become the first literary super-heroes.  

This production is family-friendly, action-packed, and full of comedy.  We can guarantee you will be impressed!  There are over 70 students involved in our show, and a cast list is attached.

LCS Honor Roll Announced - 2nd Nine Weeks

posted Jan 17, 2018, 2:57 PM by LAVERNE ROME

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Congratulations to our honor roll with distinction and honor roll students on your accomplishments during the second 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.



The standard reporting period for all grades is 9 weeks.

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.

School System Update

posted Jan 17, 2018, 10:56 AM by LAVERNE ROME

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Lowndes County Schools will operate on our normal schedule this week. At this time, we have NO plans for school closings or early dismissal! We are monitoring the weather and are in communication with Emergency Management officials.  If this changes, we will notify parents and community stakeholders. For updates, please check back here or our social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). As always, the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority!

MLK Jr. Contest Winners

posted Jan 16, 2018, 9:11 AM by LAVERNE ROME   [ updated Jan 16, 2018, 9:12 AM ]

Congratulations to our Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Poem and Poster Contest Winners!!

Poetry- Grades K-5

First Place Mae Cook Westside Elementary School
Second Place Devontay Sheely Clyattville Elementary School
Third Place Ian Stephens Clyattville Elementary School

Poetry- Grade 6-8

First Place Dylan O’Neal Pine Grove Middle School
Second Place Delaeh Norton Lowndes Middle School
Third Place Baines Blanton Pine Grove Middle School

Poetry- High School

First Place Destiny Young Lowndes High School
Second Place Hunter Peagler Lowndes High School
Third Place Madison Miller         Lowndes High School

Posters- Grades K-5

First Place Malik Gray Horizon Academy
Second Place Emmerson Shiver Clyattville Elementary
Third Place Sydnee Boyette Moulton Branch Elementary

Posters – Grade -5

First Place Elizabeth  Artley Moulton Branch
Second Place Audri  Richardson Hahira Elementary
Third Place Mason Tourtellott Clyattville Elementary

Posters- Grade 6

First Place Megan Lockhart Pine Grove Middle 
Second Place Jonah Houser Pine Grove Middle
Third Place Jack Lockhart Pine Grove Middle

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

posted Jan 14, 2018, 2:24 PM by LAVERNE ROME   [ updated Jan 14, 2018, 2:27 PM ]

Clipart of Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
All Lowndes County Schools and system offices will be closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 15. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 16.

SAFE Award Winners

posted Jan 11, 2018, 2:01 PM by LAVERNE ROME   [ updated Jan 11, 2018, 2:19 PM ]

Mr. Faircloth, Mr. Taylor, Ms. Salvage and family member

Congratulations to the December and January S.A.F.E. (Safety Awareness for Everyone) Award Winners.  The December winners are Jane Salvage and Catherine Rawls, from Hahira Middle School.  The January winners are Eva Wilson and Marie May from Lowndes High School.

These ladies were recently recognized by the Lowndes Board of Education and each received a $50 gift card.  All SAFE Award winners will be entered into a $100 drawing at the end of the school year.  This program is sponsored by Valdosta Insurance Services.  

A top priority for Jane Salvage is providing the cleanest and safest learning environment for our students.  Jane is often the first to respond when an unexpected clean-up situation arises.  She pays particular attention to the floors and is known as the "wax on, wax off" queen of HMS. 

Ms. Bussey, Mr. Taylor, Ms. Rawls, and family member
Catherine Rawls always shows a positive attitude. She is very energetic and gets along well with her work partners, teachers, and staff. Her demeanor is very loving and caring. Her work habits are never-ending.

Eva Wilson is described by LHS faculty and staff as a ‘standout custodian’ for her commitment and proactive approach which has led to positive changes in the school’s climate.  Eva is a great role model to her peers and for her meticulous efforts in building rapport with staff members and students. 

Marie May is a great school nutrition manager to her staff.  Marie goes above and beyond to keep LHS kitchen as safe as possible. Her safe habits run the gamut of physical safety as well as food safety. Marie is an exemplary example of safety in the kitchen!

Ms. McCall, Mr. Taylor, Ms. Wilson, Ms. Page 
Ms. McCall, Mr. Taylor, Ms. May, Ms. Page

Lowndes BOE Chairman and Vice Chairman

posted Jan 11, 2018, 12:27 PM by LAVERNE ROME

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The Lowndes County Board of Education elected a new chairman and vice chairman to serve one term.   Dave Clark of District 5 was elected as chairman, and Eddie Smith of District 7 was elected as vice chairman during the board's regular meeting.

We greatly appreciate the service of all of our board members!

Kelly Gordon Receives Grant

posted Dec 19, 2017, 8:07 AM by LAVERNE ROME

Katie Chappuis, Kelly Gordon, and Georgia Power Official
Kelly Gordon, Dewar Elementary School PE teacher, received a $1000 New Teacher Assistance Grant from Georgia Power.  To be eligible for this grant, the teacher must be nominated by a professor or a mentor teacher, graduate in the top 25% of her class, and secure a full-time position upon graduation.  Congratulations to Kelly for being one of only fifty grants awarded in the state of Georgia!!  

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