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Landram receives ABAC grant

TIFTON-Afton Landram from Springfield was the recipient of a $500 tuition grant at the recent Stallion Day recruitment event at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
Mr. ABAC, Cain Thurmond, and Ms. ABAC, Savannah Brown, made the presentation. Landram plans to enroll at ABAC in 2011.

December 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Schools want input on calendar

The Effingham County Board of Education is once again is surveying teachers, student, parents and community members as a calendar for 2011-12 is deliberated, including a non-traditional option that includes more week-long breaks.
Through an online survey at the BoE Web site and through staff surveys from each school, close results have surprised central office staff between the first traditional option, with 194 votes, and the nontraditional option, with 179. Superintendent Randy Shearouse heard comments on these options Monday afternoon from his advisory board composed of teachers of the year from each school.
Paula McCormick from Guyton Elementary, who's ...

November 29, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


2010-11 Teacher of the Year

Every day, people look at Brenda Reid like she's crazy when they hear she teaches middle school.
"My heart is just middle school. I love this age," she said. "… I feel like I can relate to these kids, like I can make a difference for them; that I can be that one, maybe calming effect for them."
A mother to five, Reid said she remembers how that age can be difficult.
For the complete story, see Tuesday's edition of the Effingham Herald, our special county-wide edition.

November 23, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


School system ready for yet another chapter at old ECMS

Demolition and renovations continue at the facility that housed Effingham County Middle School students less than two years ago and is being renovated to foster pre-kindergarten in fall of 2012.
The facelift will entail tearing down two wings, modifying two wings, re-roofing and turning would-be open areas into a playground, and a car pickup lane.
"(By reusing these spaces) we're gonna kick the can on down the road in terms of when we need our next elementary school, which our goal there is to maximize that time," said Dr. Slade Helmly, Effingham schools' director of administrative services.
For the ...

November 23, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


Effingham students bask in glow of media festival

The International Student Media Festival celebrates outstanding classroom media projects. Students and teachers from kindergarten through college are honored in a three-day event that includes workshops, screenings of winning entries, and an awards ceremony.
It has now grown to be one of the oldest and largest events of its kind. The Festival has been sponsored by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology since 1974. AECT is an education professional association that has been a leader in promoting the use of technology to improve teaching and learning.
Student media projects such as live action video, Web site design, animation and ...

November 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Stang Zone’s cash registers ring with school spirit

A line of students stretched out to the cafeteria, waiting patiently, as teachers and visitors cut ahead, to enter a small room tucked below the distinctive mural reading "Mustangs, where the legend lives."
Inside, Sherri Baggott's entrepreneurial ventures class manned their stations. All the strategies and principles they learned in the previous introductory courses materialize, as the 15 students take the reins of the Stang Zone.
"Well, I'm hoping that they will talk about this in future job interviews," Baggott said, "and say, 'I have worked on a point of sale system; I have worked on a cash ...

November 23, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


Teacher, former student address ECMS’ Veterans Day event

Staff Sgt. Lucas Hynes told the students, staff, fellow veterans and visitors at Effingham County Middle School that he loves serving his country as a member of the Georgia Army National Guard. Hynes was one of two guest speakers at the ECMS Veterans Day program on Nov. 10.
Hynes graduated from ECHS in 2000 and also attended ECMS and Springfield Elementary. In high school, he played soccer and football, was the president of his senior class, and also played the saxophone and the French horn in the ECHS band. Hynes joined the Army National Guard during his senior year in ...

November 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


A thanks to SEHS band

Bobby Edwards of the West Chatham Detachment of the Marine Corps League presented Sean McBride and the South Effingham High School wind ensemble a certificate of appreciation.
McBride and the SEHS wind ensemble performed at the closing ceremonies for the Moving Vietnam Wall in Pooler.
The West Chatham Detachment of the Marine Corps League hosted the Moving Wall in Pooler. The SEHS Band played patriotic songs and the national anthem for the closing ceremony. The SEHS NJROTC Color Guard presented colors at this ceremony.

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


MES fall festival

Marlow Elementary pre-k and kindergarten held a fall festival with pumpkins, games, petting zoo, crafts and a hay ride.

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


SEHS FBLA takes part in American Enterprise Day

South Effingham High Future Business Leaders of America celebrated American Enterprise Day on Nov 15. Proclaimed by President Jimmy Carter as a celebration of the free enterprise system, capitalism and market economy, American Enterprise Day is important in educating youth on the advantages and importance of private business ownership in our country.
Club president Brandon Cody prepared a presentation explaining American Enterprise Day and shared it during all lunches on Nov. 15.
Other FBLA members participated by wearing professional dress attire to school on Monday.

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Veterans Day at Sand Hill

Keeping with tradition, Sand Hill Elementary held its annual Veteran's Day Program on Nov. 10.

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Red Ribbon Week at SEMS

Effingham County Sheriff's Deputy Carl Gordy handed out drug free pledge cards at lunch to students at South Effingham Middle School, during Red Ribbon Week (Oct. 23-31).
Students participated in various activities throughout the week, including wearing a hat to go along with the theme, "Use your head; don't use drugs."

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Parents, students get involved with the Rincon Elementary School PTA

The Rincon Elementary School PTA met on Nov. 4 in the school cafeteria. Many families were present to participate in the business meeting and to watch their children perform in a PE "Tailgate Party." The students wore their favorite sports shirt or outfits as they performed various exercises and sport routines.
It was announced that Gov. Sonny Perdue has proclaimed November "Parent Engagement Month," and parents were encouraged to become actively involved in the pursuit of an excellent education for their children. Handouts were distributed giving information about various ways parents can become involved in their children's success in ...

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Schools honor veterans

November 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Marching Mustangs in tune, in step

A Friday afternoon with 137 high school band students in one room rarely seems like anything other than chaos.
But on command, the cacophony of voices speaking over each other, instruments tuning and equipment shifting halts for instructions to file on a bus to the last South Effingham High School Mustangs' football game, the night before the statewide band contest that would soon cap this five-contest season as the Marching Mustangs' most successful to date.
"Everything that we've been working toward, we've accomplished so far, and we're gonna see if it will ultimately lead to the top ...

November 11, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


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