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System falls shy of AYP standard

Initial reports from the Georgia Department of Education indicate the Effingham County School system does not meet the Adequate Yearly Progress target for 2010.
These do not include summer retests and graduates. But BoE central office eyebrows were raised as they showed Effingham County High and Middle schools not meeting AYP with areas of concern in both the black and economically disadvantaged subgroups, placing the system accountable.
"What this tells us and calls us to do is continue to work to ensure that our instructional program meets the needs of all learners, regardless of subgroup. It is a challenge," said ...

July 22, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


System beating state average on test scores

Test results are in from the 2009-2010 school year, and in general Effingham County continues to trend upward and outperform the state.
For the Georgia Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, first-fifth grade students in the system had a higher percentage of students meeting and exceeding standards across all five grade levels and in all of the 21 content areas covered. Fourteen of those areas showed improvement from the year before, with two areas matching their previous scores and the rest still with 90 percent or more students meeting or exceeding standards.
Of the 15 content areas for the middle grades, CRCT scores ...

July 19, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


School board approves some larger class sizes

The Effingham County Board of Education has approved a resolution allowing district schools to increase class sizes if necessary in the coming school year.
"(W)e are asking for a lot of flexibility when we actually have class sizes that are still in many instances relatively small," Assistant Superintendent Greg Arnsdorff told the board. "This is kind of looking at what could be a worst case scenario if we move through the year, things don't get better - more students enroll, and we don't get any further funding from the state."
With an eye toward current economic constraints facing ...

July 19, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


Savannah Technical College gearing up for semester switch

Savannah Technical College is preparing for the conversion from the quarter to semester system, which will begin with the fall semester in August 2011.
Beginning in the summer of 2010 and continuing through summer 2011, Savannah Tech and its 25 sister colleges will offer one-on-one advisement sessions and individualized academic plans to all affected students.
"We're confident that this change will serve our students well moving forward," says College President Dr. Kathy S. Love.
The conversion will not affect students' state or federal financial aid, including Georgia's HOPE grant and scholarship programs. Annual tuition under the new semester ...

July 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


FBLA officers, advisors attend SLOTS

Hannah Boyd (treasurer), Vanessa Williams (secretary) and Robbie Moore (vice president), FBLA officers from Effingham County High School, along with advisors Karen Waltz and Sherry Duff attended the 2010 Summer Leadership and Officer Training Summit (SLOTS) at Crisp County High School in Cordele on June 29.
This training camp is meant to prepare local chapter officers and other leaders for upcoming duties and roles. Each officer attended a breakout session relating to their specific office and they were given an officers manual describing their duties for the upcoming year. The advisors met with
Monty Rhodes, state FBLA advisor, for updates ...

July 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


CCA students tops in ITBS

Students at Covenant Christian Academy knocked it out of the park on the ITBS test again. Each spring CCA administers the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS). This exam helps administrators evaluate the effectiveness of their curriculum and teaching methods. Judging from the scores, they're doing something right.
The academy's 2010 ITBS national percentile rankings are:
Kindergarten 99th percentile
1st grade 86th percentile
2nd grade 78th percentile
3rd grade 69th percentile
4th grade 92nd percentile
6th grade 99th percentile
8th grade 99th percentile
Kindergarten, sixth grade and eight grade classes at CCA scored in the top 1 percent ...

July 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


YMCA taking applications for next Christian Leadership Academy

The Effingham YMCA is now receiving applications for the YMCA initiative called The Christian Leadership Academy.
The Christian Leadership Academy, a seven-month program beginning in September, is designed to take 12 rising high school sophomores and juniors from Effingham County public and private schools and train them in the skills of leadership done from a Christian perspective.
"We're really excited about this program,"said Kim Dennis, director of the Effingham YMCA, "The Christian Leadership Academy helps us achieve our mission of 'putting Christian principles into practice' by instilling in young people the values that are necessary to be a ...

July 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Technical colleges prepare for the switch to semesters

Georgia's 26 technical colleges will convert from the quarter to semester system beginning with the fall semester in August 2011.
The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) has made a commitment to its 190,000 students to assist them through the conversion with minimal disruption to their studies. Beginning this summer and continuing through summer 2011, the state's technical colleges will offer one-on-one advisement sessions and individualized academic plans to all affected students. Emphasis will be made on easing any student concerns about the conversion and their course credits, graduation dates and financial aid.
The change to a ...

July 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


State university system pumps in $12B to economy

A newly released report states that Georgia's public university system made a $12.7 billion economic impact on the state's economy during fiscal year 2009, continuing its record of growing contributions to the state's economic prosperity. The 35 institutions of the University System of Georgia (USG) generated nearly three percent of the state's total jobs during that time.
The Selig Center for Economic Growth in the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business analyzed data collected between July 1, 2008, and June 30, 2009, to calculate the University System's FY2009 economic impact. This work ...

July 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


SSU shows its impact on the Coastal Empire

Savannah State University continues to be a major economic engine in the state, pumping $136 million into the Savannah metropolitan economy during fiscal year 2009, according to a study conducted by the Selig Center for Economic Growth in the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business.
The report, released Thursday, updates similar studies conducted on behalf of the Intellectual Capital Partnership Program, an initiative of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents' Office of Economic Development. The $136 million represents a $9 million increase since the FY08 report.
In addition to the $136 million in total economic impact ...

July 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


GSU has plans for bringing engineering to schools

Georgia Southern University is working to bring engineering education to middle and high schools around the country, and a major part of that effort will take place this week at a summer institute for teachers.
Georgia Southern is hosting Project Lead the Way, which is a national effort to equip middle and high school teachers with the information and skills they need to incorporate engineering into their curriculum. Teachers from around Georgia and the U.S. will spend two weeks at the University participating in hands-on lessons and activities they can take back to their classrooms.
"This is an incredible ...

July 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Late clinics scheduled for school immunizations

The Effingham County Health Department will hold back-to-school immunization clinics July 13 and 27, from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. each day, at the Effingham County Health Department, 802 Highway 119 in Springfield.
School-aged children are required to get certain immunizations before going back to school. The Effingham County Health Department offers immunizations Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. year-round; however, to make it convenient for parents to get their children immunized, the Health Department will extend clinic hours on July 13 and July 27 until 6:30 p.m.
Parents ...

July 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Online learning growing at STC

SAVANNAH-With the start of the 2010 summer quarter this week, students taking online classes at Savannah Technical College will notice a few changes, including a new Internet address for the online courses, easier to view announcements and new rules for testing.
"The news and announcements should help us improve communication with our online students," said distance education specialist Sherry Heidkamp, who coordinates the college's online programs.
The number of online courses offered has topped 100, up from 68 two years ago. At the same time, the number of credit hours earned online has nearly doubled from 6,325 ...

July 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Young Farmers selected as state’s best

LEXINGTON, Ky.-Effingham County Young Farmers Program in Springfield has been selected as the 2010 Georgia Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Agricultural Education Program. Dr. Freddie C. Waltz serves as instructor for the program.
This award, given by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), recognizes the nation's most successful agricultural education programs by highlighting the local programs and teachers that achieve success. Winners are educators who have developed an outstanding agricultural education program at either the postsecondary or adult education level. Applicants are judged on a variety of criteria, including teaching philosophy, effective classroom and experiential instruction, development of partnerships ...

July 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


AASU honors Pace

Ethan Pace of Clyo has been named a Presidential Scholar at Armstrong Atlantic State University.
To earn that distinction, AASU students must maintain a 4.0 grade point average during two consecutive semesters in the same academic year while carrying a minimum of nine credit hours each semester.
Pace met those requirements for the fall 2009 and spring 2010 semesters.

July 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


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Schools open to more than 11,000 students

The Effingham County School System welcomed 11,255 students through the doors on the first day of school Thursday, not counting the number of children ...

August 04, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Back-to-school blowout packs 'em in

The annual back-to-school blowout drew another big crowd to the Effingham County High School gym, as students and parents picked up school supplies, infor

August 03, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Cool treats for a good cause at The Learning Treehouse

Summer campers at The Learning Treehouse hosted an Alex's Lemonade Stand to raise money for childhood cancer research. Campers, in grades kindergarten through fifth ...

August 03, 2016 | Staff report | Education


FCCLA members shine with gold at STAR events

Two students from Effingham College and Career Academy (ECCA) FCCLA and one student from South Effingham County High School (SEHS) FCCLA joined more than 8 ...

August 03, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Proposed school calendars available online for review and comment

The Effingham County Board of Education has the proposed 2017-18 and 2018-19 school year calendars available for public comment. The comment period runs through Aug ...

August 03, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Buses ready to roll — with route numbers

With the Effingham County School System's fleet of buses ready to roll for the Aug. 4 start of the school year, parents are being ...

July 28, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


SEHS cheer team holds Mini Mustangs camp

The South Effingham High School cheerleading teams held their annual Mini Mustangs cheer camp.

July 27, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Little Rebels cheer camp

The Effingham County High School cheerleading teams held their annual Little Rebels cheer camp, with Thursday as pajamas day.

July 27, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Alford keeps ailing chairman in mind at board meeting

As he chaired the Effingham County Board of Education's meeting Thursday night, vice-chairman and District 2 member Troy Alford's thoughts were with the ...

July 27, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


State, shoppers gear up for sales tax free weekend

This weekend, July 30 and 31, certain items will be exempt from sales taxes.

July 27, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Miller named to Champlain College spring dean’s list

BURLINGTON, VT-Zackary Miller of Springfield has been named to the Champlain College dean's list for the spring 2016 semester.

July 27, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Council approves plans for new Rincon Elementary

Rincon City Council members paved the way for work on the planned Rincon Elementary School to start.

July 26, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


Local students elected for G-P Foundation Employees’ Children scholarships

Four local students recently were selected as recipients of Georgia-Pacific Foundation Employees' Children Scholarships. Katherine Cope, a graduate of South Effingham High School, Hayley Fritch ...

July 20, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Effingham students earn dean’s list honors at Ga. State

ATLANTA-Four Effingham County students have been named to the dean's list at Georgia State University for spring 2016.

July 20, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Robinson named to Brewton-Parker dean’s list

MOUNT VERNON-John Thomas Robinson of Guyton qualified for the dean's list at Brewton-Parker College of Mount Vernon for the spring 2016 semester, announced ...

July 20, 2016 | Staff report | Education


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