LCS Participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record

posted Oct 20, 2017, 3:10 PM by LAVERNE ROME

Rodney Green reading to Kindergarten class at LPE
On October 19, 2017, Lowndes County Schools' kindergarten students participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®.  Members of the Lowndes County central office staff visited schools and spent time reading to students. This is the 12th anniversary of Jumpstart’s annual campaign, which gathers over 2 million people together around the world to read the same book on the same day. Read for the Record brings
much needed attention to inequities in early childhood education, inspires adults to read with children, spurs policymakers and organizations to take action towards transformative change in early education, and puts books in the hands of children across the country.

This year’s campaign book was Quackers written by Liz Wong. The book is about understanding, acceptance, and learning it’s ok to be whoever you want to be.

LCS Honor Roll Announced - 1st nine weeks

posted Oct 16, 2017, 1:50 PM by LAVERNE ROME

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

REACH Signing Day

posted Oct 4, 2017, 3:31 PM by LAVERNE ROME

Wes Taylor, REACH Students, and family members

Five Lowndes County students are now REACH Scholars and received $10,000 for college in a special Signing Day Ceremony.  REACH stands for Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen.  

Eight-grade students Faith Cockren, Nya Johnson, Katelin Thomas, Carlton Lewis, and Nicolas Serrano were selected for the REACH scholarship.  These students were selected by a committee of retired educators, Ron Irwin, Betty Thomas, and Ann Rodgers.

It is all a part of the Lowndes County Schools’ REACH program, which focuses on providing academically promising students with financial assistance to pursue postsecondary opportunities.  Many of these students may be the first in their families to attend college. This initiative tries to ensure students a fair chance to be successful in academic pathways beyond high school.

Georgia's First Lady Sandra Deal was in Lowndes County, as guest speaker, to deliver an encouraging and congratulatory speech to our REACH Scholars.  First Lady Deal stressed the importance of hard work and education.  

Each student must keep at least a 2.5 GPA, have a good attendance record, and exhibit good behavior. They are also required to meet with a mentor regularly and select a participating Georgia college or university to attend after graduating high school.    

Congratulations REACH Scholars!!

Lowndes High School's Graduation Rate 90%

posted Oct 3, 2017, 7:55 AM by LAVERNE ROME

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Lowndes High School’s Class of 2017 graduation rate is 90%, which is well above the state average. LHS’ graduation rate is up from 86.1% with the Class of 2016. Georgia’s high school graduation rate has increased for the sixth straight year, from 79.4 percent in 2016 to 80.6 percent in 2017.

The graduation rate among subgroups at Lowndes High School indicate 93.3% for Asian/Pacific Islander students; 91.9% for African American students; 91.5% for Hispanic students; 91.2% for Multi-Racial students; 88.9% for Caucasian students; 82.1% for Economically Disadvantaged students; and 71.6% for Students with Disabilities.

Superintendent Wes Taylor says, “These results are the validation of the hard work that goes on in all of our classrooms, K-12.  We celebrate these high marks and offer congratulations to students, teachers, and administrators for these significant gains.”  LHS’ Principal, LeAnne McCall, stated, “We are certainly proud of our graduation rate for the Class of 2017.  Being one of 50 school districts in Georgia with a graduation rate of 90% and above truly reflects our system’s commitment to excellence.  This accomplishment is an affirmation of the outstanding work of the teachers, administrators, and countless support personnel at Lowndes High School as well as our entire school system.  Our graduation rate is the essence of our system motto, “We are ONE Lowndes.”

This is the first year Georgia’s graduation rate has risen above 80 percent using the adjusted cohort calculation now required by federal law. Fifty Georgia school districts recorded 2017 graduation rates at or above 90 percent.

The graduation rate continues to rise as Georgia’s schools and districts increase students’ access to unique, personalized learning opportunities that keep students engaged – including Career Pathways, dual enrollment, AP and IB programs, work-based learning, and internships. Local districts and schools are utilizing data more effectively to identify students’ individual learning needs; there is increased emphasis on a balanced curriculum that supports the whole child and a positive school climate that allows students to learn in a safe, supportive environment.

Lowndes High School's SAT Scores

posted Oct 3, 2017, 7:52 AM by LAVERNE ROME

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Lowndes High School’s average SAT score is 1065 which is higher than the state average score.  Georgia students recorded a mean total score of 1050 – a mean Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) score of 535, compared to the national mean of 533, and a mean Math score of 515.  The average score for all test takers is 1060.  LHS Principal LeAnne McCall stated, “Lowndes High School students continue to outperform their peers across the state.  Our mean SAT score on this newly redesigned assessment measure is 15 points above the state mean score.  Our performance is a reflection of the dedication of our faculty and staff to ensure LHS students are considered college and career ready.  We are certainly pleased with the accomplishments of our students.”

 Georgia students outperformed the nation in evidence-based reading and writing (ERW) on the SAT, according to results released by the College Board earlier this week. The results also show that a higher percentage of Georgia high school students met the College Board’s College and Career Readiness Benchmark for that subject area.

 Significantly more Georgia students take the SAT than the nationwide percentage – with 61% of Georgia graduates in the class of 2017 taking the SAT during high school, compared to 47% of graduates nationally.

 2017 SAT results set a new baseline for future year-to-year comparisons and cannot be compared to previous results. Results from earlier reports were based on the old SAT, which was based on a different score scale and different benchmarks. The 2017 results reflect test-takers from the 2017 graduating class who took the new SAT (93% of the cohort). They do not factor in performance on the old SAT

Annual Salute to the Military Event

posted Oct 3, 2017, 7:45 AM by LAVERNE ROME

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Lowndes High School will host its annual Salute to the Military Event this Friday, October 6, 2017, at Martin Stadium on the campus of Lowndes High School during our home game against Mt. Zion. Gates will open at 6:30 and pre-game activities will begin at 7:30. All active duty and retired military along with their family members will receive free admission to the game. The active duty or retired military member will need to present their military identification card at the visitor’s gate. Superintendent Wes Taylor and Principal LeAnne McCall invite you to attend this special event as we salute our military and their families!!

Senior Night

posted Oct 3, 2017, 7:41 AM by LAVERNE ROME

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Friday, October 6 will be Senior Night! All football, band, cheerleader, and ROTC seniors will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony. Lowndes will host Mt. Zion - 8:00 PM kickoff!

Georgia Pre-K Week

posted Oct 3, 2017, 7:36 AM by LAVERNE ROME

Pre-K Class at Clyattville Elem. School
Pre-K Class at Clyattville Elem. School

Clyattville Elementary received a visit from State Senator Ellis Black in recognition of Georgia Pre-K Week.  Georgia Pre-K Week is a celebration of Georgia's Pre-K and other quality early education centers in Georgia. The goal of Pre-K Week is to increase support for quality early education in Georgia by providing state and local leaders with a firsthand experience of quality early learning. Now in its seventh year,  three out of every four current state legislators have participated in Pre-K Week as well as countless other state and local leaders.

Fall Break - October 6 & 9

posted Oct 2, 2017, 12:37 PM by LAVERNE ROME

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Friday, October 6 and Monday, October 9 will be Fall Break for students and staff. Classes will resume on the normal schedule Tuesday, October 10. Have a safe and relaxing break!!

Lowndes Students Selected to Serve on State School Superintendent Advisory Council

posted Sep 25, 2017, 10:33 AM by LAVERNE ROME   [ updated Sep 26, 2017, 2:25 PM ]

Congratulations to Nealy Hiers, Lowndes Middle School 8th grader, Nolan Harbison, Pine Grove Middle School 8th grader, along with two Lowndes High School Student Council Students, Katelin Stecz and Lauren Burgess, as they were selected to serve on State School Superintendent Richard Woods' 2017-18 Student Advisory Council.  These students were chosen out of a pool of 1500 students!  

The State Superintendent of Schools' student advisory council is a group of students in grades 7-12 who discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students throughout Georgia. 

Members meet three times throughout the school year with State Superintendent Woods and are advisors who act as liaisons between the Department of Education and the students of Georgia.
Nealy Hiers, LMS Student
Nolan Harbison, PGM Student
, Katelin Stecz and Lauren Burgess, LHS Students


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