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July 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


STC gets the keys to a Kia

WEST POINT-Dr. Kathy S. Love received a Kia "key to the future" during a special event held Wednesday at the Kia Georgia Training Center in West Point, when Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia Inc. (KMMG) donated 20 of the all-new Kia Sorentos to the Technical College System of Georgia. The colleges receiving the cars were chosen based on the size of enrollment in their automotive programs.

July 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


STC to offer solar energy programs

SAVANNAH - Since President Obama's visit to Savannah Technical College earlier this year, interest in the college's solar energy program has skyrocketed.

July 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Giving them a cheer!

Last week 75 girls from kindergarten to seventh grade participated in the Mini Mustangs Cheer Camp with the SEHS varsity football/competition and junior varsity cheerleaders.

July 26, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


System earns national accreditation

School Superintendent Randy Shearouse announced that the Effingham County School System was granted District Accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the national commission that confers the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) accreditation seal.
This means that the district and all of its schools are accredited, and that the Effingham County School System is recognized across the nation as a quality school system.
The accreditation process involves three ongoing components: 1) meeting high quality standards; 2) implementing a continuous process of improvement; and 3) engaging in quality assurance through internal and external ...

July 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Yearbook staff molds top honors at camp

Members of the ECHS Rebel Yearbook staff traveled to Collins Hill High School from July 20-22 for Walsworth Yearbook Camp.
The ECHS Rebel Yearbook won third place in theme and cover design.
Holly Nance won second place in online design. Staffers placed among the top three copy writing stories during an interview and story writing exercise.

July 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Ogletree named to dean’s list at UGA

ATHENS-The University of Georgia has announced that Samantha G. Ogletree of Guyton has been named to the Dean's List for the spring 2010 semester.
Students named to the Dean's List have earned a 3.5 grade point average or higher out of a possible 4.0.
Dean's List designation requires that students take at least 14 credit hours and receive no unsatisfactory or incomplete grades.

July 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


State’s technical colleges set enrollment record

ATLANTA-An unprecedented 22 percent jump in the number of students attending the state's technical colleges has set a new annual enrollment record for the Technical College System of Georgia. The system's 26 colleges enrolled 190,842 students in fiscal year 2010, which ended on June 30. The total smashes the previous record high enrollment set in 2009 by more than 34,000 students.
At Savannah Technical College, total enrollment was up 13 percent from the previous year, with the college serving 9,639 students in 2009-10 up from 8,531 in 2008-09.
"It was a record-setting year ...

July 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


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


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Effingham Teacher of the Year a finalist for state honor

The reigning Effingham County teacher of the year, Ebenezer Middle School English and language arts teacher Heather Cocke, has been named one of 10 finalists ...

April 27, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Quick thinker

Anna Kate Taylor of South Effingham Elementary School won the Exchange Club of Effingham County's annual Quick Think-a-Thon, held at Ebenezer Middle School.

April 27, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Hillman among GSU’s winners at Savannah ADDYs

STATESBORO-Six Georgia Southern students, including Ashley Hillman of Bloomingdale, took home awards at the local level of the 2016 American Advertising Awards (ADDY) in ...

April 27, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Effingham Exchange Club honors students

The Exchange Club of Effingham County honored its ACE (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) Award nominees and its nominees for the Youth of the Year ...

April 20, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Three at SEHS named Georgia Scholars

South Effingham High School students Parker Gordy, Dallas McCorkendale and Matt Stier have been named Georgia Scholars.

April 20, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Georgia 4-H to enlist oysters to help fight Tybee erosion

This summer, Georgia 4-H is recruiting an army of oysters to help ensure the future of the organization's coastal environmental education center.

April 20, 2016 | Staff report | Education


GSU's Enactus team takes regional competition

The Georgia Southern Enactus team competed and won at the Enactus Regional Competition in Atlanta on April 1. The student-led organization focuses on providing economic ...

April 13, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Walls delivers as keynote speaker at SSU Honors Day

Richard Walls, a native of Springfield and a junior at Savannah State University was chosen recently to represent the College of Liberal Arts and Social ...

April 13, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Tuned into the all-state band

Four middle school students from Effingham County were selected to participate in the Georgia Music Educators Association Middle School All State Band in Athens on ...

April 13, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Two Effingham students join Phi Kappa Phi honor society

BATON ROUGE, LA-The following local residents recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective ...

April 13, 2016 | Staff report | Education


School system looking to boost budget at lower millage rate

The Effingham County School System is planning on a bigger budget for the coming fiscal year - but perhaps with a lower millage rate.

April 13, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


State says OK to strategic waiver application

The state Department of Education has given its approval to the Effingham County School System's strategic waiver application.

April 13, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


Kight wins Exchange Club speech contest

Rebecca Kight, a senior at South Effingham High School, won the Exchange Club of Effingham County's speech contest. The theme was citizenship, and Kight ...

March 30, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Finding their way

Effingham County High School students navigated their way through the Teen Maze on Wednesday, getting a glimpse at what good decisions' impacts - and the circumstances ...

March 29, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


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