Announcements


Summer Schedule

posted Jun 20, 2018, 10:25 AM by LAVERNE ROME

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The Lowndes County Board of Education office will be closed Friday, June 22 & 29.

Central Registration will be CLOSED June 22 - July 15.

Central Registration will re-open with normal office hours on Monday, July 16, 2018.

 **2018-2019 Student Schedules for K-8 students will be available to view on Parent Portal on Friday, July 13, 2018, at 5:00 PM**

Lowndes County School System Achieves 2018 GSBA Quality School Board Status

posted Jun 20, 2018, 9:34 AM by LAVERNE ROME

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The Lowndes County School System is proud to announce the achievement and status of the Georgia School Boards Association’s (GSBA) 2018 Quality School Board recognition. 

The recognition program was designed to showcase best practices in school governance and leadership. GSBA recognizes good school board governance to foster educational community cultures in order to advance student learning and achievement. 

The Lowndes County School Board met and/or exceeded the criteria set forth by GSBA to earn this honor of a 2018 Quality Board.  The criteria may be reviewed at https://gsba.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/FY18-Board-Recognition-Chart.pdf

The GSBA Governance Team Recognition Program was developed by Georgia superintendents and board members based on the state board of education’s standards for effective governance to recognize quality leadership.

In 1998, the Georgia School Boards Association was one of the first school board associations in the nation to develop a program of standards for local boards of education.

The GSBA Board recognition program is a three-year, three-tiered program.  For more information on the program, you may visit the GSBA website for awards and recognition.                         https://gsba.com/board-development/awards-recognition/

LCS Honor Roll Announced - 4th Nine Weeks

posted Jun 18, 2018, 3:30 PM by LAVERNE ROME

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Congratulations to our honor roll with distinction and honor roll students on your accomplishments during the fourth 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 every 9 weeks and recognized for their achievement by the school and district.

 ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL
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.

Safety and Security Review

posted Jun 18, 2018, 8:17 AM by LAVERNE ROME

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Superintendent Wes Taylor led a system-wide Safety and Security Review at the Lowndes County School Board Meeting held June 4, 2018.   Mr. Taylor expressed safety as a priority in the school district and emphasized the importance of creating a culture of security in which all employees are cognizant of their surroundings and utilize focused supervision of our children at all times.  He also recognized the relationship between the Lowndes County School Board and the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office including the addition of two officers at LHS and defined the distinct difference in the missions of the two entities.  In the event of an active shooter situation, our staff takes care of our students and the officers will advance to the threat to neutralize it as soon as possible.  He also referenced a concentrated effort to reduce bullying and improving discipline in each of our schools and on school buses.  

Steve Coleman, Safety Coordinator with Lowndes County School System, addressed the progress made in recent months on each campus including Controlled access, certified safety plans,  additional fencing and security cameras, and lockdown drills as well as implementing teaching behind locked doors and staff identification badges being worn beginning in 2018-19.   Mr. Coleman also discussed the assistance the school district has received from the Safety and Security Office at Moody Air Force Base in providing a Vulnerability Assessment and local Homeland Security Officer, Casey Cope in reviewing our safety plans.
    
Lieutenant Kerry Quinn, Lowndes County Sheriff's Office and School Resource Officer, shared the roles and responsibilities of the School Resource Officers in each school and explained the extensive training they receive in providing safe and secure schools for our students and staff.  They also conduct active shooter training on our campuses and provide the services of drug dogs when needed.
   
Roger Christie, Transportation Director explained the aspects of safety and security related to transporting students safely to and from school, on field trips, and extra-curricular activities.  He spoke of ensuring safe bus stops, pre and post-trip bus inspections, bus evacuation drills, and the random drug testing of drivers. 
   
Mr. Al Rowell, Technology Director handled the Cyber Security aspect of the presentation and the various technological components utilized to keep students and staff safe as well as safeguarding student and employee data. 
     
Mr. Taylor closed the presentation to the board by reminding them that safety and security is a team effort.  Our greatest resource is our people and we are committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment in the Lowndes County School System.

Called Meeting for LCBOE June 18

posted Jun 14, 2018, 11:53 AM by AL ROWELL   [ updated Jun 14, 2018, 11:54 AM ]

Lowndes County Schools
The Lowndes County Board of Education will have a Called Meeting on Monday, June 18, at 6 pm  for discussion of a new LHS construction project construction manager and for personnel.

LCS’ Nutrition Director Earns Credentials

posted Jun 6, 2018, 2:02 PM by LAVERNE ROME

Donna Hendley
In 1997, the SNS (School Nutrition Specialist) Credentialing program came into existence to help elevate professional standards, strengthen the image of school nutrition professionals, and enhance personal performance.

On April 12, 2018, LCS’ Director of Nutrition, Donna Hendley, took and passed the exam to become one of the 1,450 SNS Credentialed School Nutrition Professionals nationwide. The exam is a comprehensive 4-hour exam that tests knowledge in the four learning areas of the School Nutrition Program set by USDA. The SNS credential is valid for 3 years, during which time, in order to keep the SNS Credential School Nutrition Professionals, must complete 15 hours of training per year, this will also meet USDA Professional Standards annual training requirements.

Impressive accomplishment ~ Congratulations Mrs. Hendley!

Called Board Meeting - May 31 - 7:00 AM

posted May 30, 2018, 9:04 AM by LAVERNE ROME

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The Lowndes County Board of Education will hold a Called Board Meeting 
Thursday, May 31, 2018, at 7:00 AM.  The meeting will be held at the Lowndes County Board of Education Office, 1592 Norman Drive, Valdosta, Georgia, for personnel matters only.

LHS' Top Ten Graduates - Class of 2018

posted May 29, 2018, 7:49 AM by LAVERNE ROME

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Lowndes High School hosted an Academic Signing Ceremony for the Top Ten Graduates of the Class of 2018. The students will be attending various post-secondary institutions including the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Mercer University, University of North Georgia, Berry College, Emory University, Georgetown University, and Brigham Young University.  Students listed in order of class rank are Katelin Stecz, Chad Hyer, Sarah Pearson, Katharine Courson, Kathryn Rothenhofer, Bailey Pieplow, Mary Catherine Stamey, Aneri Patel, Gracie Hall, and Abigail Walker.

Graduation Update

posted May 25, 2018, 7:58 AM by LAVERNE ROME

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Graduation will be held on Saturday, May 26th, in Martin Stadium beginning at 8:30 am.  Doors will open at 7:30 am.  Small umbrellas will be permitted in the stadium.

If there is inclement weather at 8:00 am or if weather radar indicates thunderstorms moving into our area, the ceremony will be moved to the LHS Gymnasium with a start time of 9:00 am.  Doors will open at 8:15 am.  At graduation practice, graduates will receive 4 tickets for guest admittance to the gymnasium. We will have E-wing classrooms and the theater available for live stream viewing for all other guests.  

Graduation may also be viewed online from the live stream connection available here and on the LHS' webpage. http://www.esenetworks.com/live-events.aspx?id=4591

If the ceremony is moved to the gymnasium, notification will be sent at 8:00 am via a phone call out and email.  We will also post a notification on the LHS webpage.  PLEASE bring tickets with you to graduation.  Only those with tickets will be permitted into the gymnasium.

Thank you in advance for your patience as we work to make this event safe and memorable for the Class of 2018!

2018 LCS Retirees

posted May 24, 2018, 6:52 AM by LAVERNE ROME

2018 LCS Retirees

Before the May Lowndes Board of Education meeting, the 2018 retirees were recognized at a special reception, hosted by Lowndes Education Improvement Foundation (LEIF).  Thirty-three employees were honored for their dedication and service with Lowndes County Schools.  These outstanding men and women represent a total of 669 years of service.  They have made a positive impact on boys and girls in our wonderful school district.

Ms. Sharon Sutton, Clyattville Elementary School, 16 years of service; Ms. Dolores Zipperer, Clyattville Elementary School, 36 years of service; Ms. Tia Heard, Dewar Elementary School, 24 years of service; Ms. Margaret Powell, Dewar Elementary School, 19 years of service; Ms. Patricia Leigh Roberts, Hahira Elementary School, 18 years of service; Ms. Lori Orr, Hahira Elementary School, 11 years of service; Ms. Teresa Kelley, Lake Park Elementary School, 30 years of service; Ms. Beth Lynette Newham, Lake Park Elementary School, 30 years of service; Ms. Mary Spivey, Lake Park Elementary School, 14 years of service; Dr. Mimi Wetherington, Lake Park Elementary School, 31 years of service; Ms. Marjorie Sue Purdy, Moulton-Branch Elementary, 22 years of service; Ms. Barbara Jackson, Pine Grove Elementary School, 10 years of service; Ms. Mickie Jones, Pine Grove Elementary School, 18 years of service; Ms. Linda Wilson, Pine Grove Elementary School, 20 years of service; Ms. Bertha Gray, Pine Grove Elementary School, 18 years of service; Ms. Donna Dalton, Westside Elementary School, 17 years of service; Ms. Rejinia Patrick, Westside Elementary School, 24 years of service; Ms. Ellen Hess, Westside Elementary School, 21 years of service; Ms. Annie Ruth Parker, Hahira Middle School, 10 years of service;  Ms. Tana Baker, Hahira Middle School, 14 years of service; Ms. Tina Bullard, Hahira Middle School, 18 years of service; Ms. Kelly Stubbs, Hahira Middle School, 30 years of service; Ms. Robin Schnake, Pine Grove Middle School, 10 years of service;  Dr. Samuel Clemons, Horizon Academy, 34 years of service; Ms. Dora Zajac, Horizon Academy, 21 years of service; Ms. Brenda Robinson, Horizon Academy, 19 years of service; Dr. Derald Jones, Parker Mathis Learning Center, 18 years of service; Mr. Randy Ellis, Lowndes High School, 11 years of service; Ms. Margarita Petty, Lowndes High School, 15 Years of service; Ms. Laverne Hill, Lowndes High School, 16 years of service; Ms. Milene Powell, Transportation, 16 Years of service; Mr. Gary Poe, Transportation, 13 Years of service; and Mr. Ruben Battle, Transportation, 45 years of service.

We wish our retirees well as they embark upon a new chapter in their lives!

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