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For Release - Hahira Middle Technology Students Win at Nationals

posted Jun 29, 2018, 2:44 AM by LAVERNE ROME

 Hahira Middle Technology Students Win at Nationals

The Hahira Middle School Technology Student Association (TSA) finished off a remarkable year by attending the 40th annual National TSA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Ten students from the team that won the Georgia TSA state championship back in March, traveled to Atlanta on June 22nd to compete against students from all across the United States, Germany, Turkey, and Japan.

Despite most events having 50-100 entries, Hahira Middle made the semifinals in five events and won trophies in two.

Sisters Molly and Maggie Davis won first place for their Construction Challenge project in which they built a sensory room for special needs students. Isabel Autrey and Ruby Ruff received a third-place trophy (their second national trophy in two years) for their interactive Children's Story entry titled Dana the Dino Ranger. Ruby also placed in the top ten along with her sister, Lyla Ruff, in an event titled Forensic Science. After the girls made it to the semi-final round by having one of the top scores on the written test, they earned a spot on stage by showing off their ability to use forensic technology to solve a mock crime scene. Hank Peagler and Zayne Ridge also cracked the top ten with their Community Service Video entry that documented their fundraising efforts for the American Cancer Society.

Hank and Zayne also made the semifinals for their Inventions and Innovation project that featured an app titled Bus Buddy that would assist substitute school bus drivers in the navigation of their route. The final semifinalist was Jon Liu in the event titled Video Game Design that required him develop, build and launch an E-rated online game. Sixth graders Ford Scott and Wade Lavender competed in Dragster Challenge, CADD, Coding, System Control, and Website Design throughout the five-day event.

These students, along with the support of their parents, teachers and community partners proved they have what it takes to compete and lead in a technical world.

School Choice Window Reopens through July 11

posted Jun 27, 2018, 8:10 PM by AL ROWELL [ updated Jun 27, 2018, 8:11 PM ]

It is the goal of Lowndes County Schools to provide as much choice to our residents as economically possible. However, the system must first meet the needs of students within the school attendance zones before allowing school choice transfers and accepting new tuition students. The growth of our system and the continuation of austerity budget cuts can make this extremely difficult especially at our larger schools.

At this time the system is accepting requests for school attendance zone changes and tuition requests – both for qualifying property owners and non-qualifying property owners - for the 2018-2019 school year. Parents/guardians have until July 11, 2018 to complete and submit a request.

More information and forms can be found on the Student Registration Page.

LHS' Shayla Jackson is the new MISS HIGH SCHOOL AMERICA!

posted Jun 26, 2018, 12:19 AM by LAVERNE ROME

Shayla Jackson

LHS' Shayla Jackson was crowned the new MISS HIGH SCHOOL AMERICA!

The competition was held in Little Rock Arkansas, and Shayla represented Lowndes County well, speaking on her B.R.A.V.E. platform.

Shayla Jackson is a sophomore at Lowndes High School, an honor roll student, co-captain of her junior varsity volleyball team, a model, and a pageant queen.

“Raising awareness about the hearing impaired, and the effects of childhood bullying have become a passion for me,” said Shayla.

Summer Schedule

posted Jun 20, 2018, 10:55 PM by LAVERNE ROME [ updated Jun 26, 2018, 12:22 AM ]

Summer Schedule Clip Art

The Lowndes County Board of Education office and all Lowndes County Schools will be closed Friday, June 22 & 29. We will also close July 4-6.

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, 10:04 PM by LAVERNE ROME

GSBA Quality School Board Status

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 19, 2018, 4:00 AM by LAVERNE ROME

Honor Roll

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.

| Attachments: CES - 4TH NINE WEEKS HONOR ROLL 2017.pdf DES - 4TH NINE WEEKS HONOR ROLL 2017.pdf HES - 4TH NINE WEEKS HONOR ROLL 2017.pdf LOWNDES MIDDLE SCHOOL HONOR ROLL WITH DISTINCTION 4TH NINE WEEKS 2017.pdf LPE - 4TH NINE WEEKS HONOR ROLL 2017.pdf MBE - 4TH NINE WEEKS HONOR ROLL 2017.pdf PGE - 4TH NINE WEEKS HONOR ROLL 2017.pdf PINE GROVE MIDDLE SCHOOL HONOR ROLL WITH DISTINCTION 4TH NINE WEEKS 2017.pdf

WES - 4TH NINE WEEKS HONOR ROLL 2017.pdf

Safety and Security Review

posted Jun 18, 2018, 8:47 PM by LAVERNE ROME

School Safety Clip Art

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 15, 2018, 12:23 AM by AL ROWELL [ updated Jun 15, 2018, 12:24 AM ]

Called Meeting for LCBOE

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 7, 2018, 2:32 AM by LAVERNE ROME

Nutrition Director

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, 9:34 PM by LAVERNE ROME

Called Board Meeting

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.