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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

Another title for EMS

Ebenezer Middle School hosted the Coastal Empire Middle School Region Cheerleading Championship on Nov. 5 and took first place, winning the regional title. The South Effingham Middle School cheer team placed second.
The team members from Ebenezer include: Hunter Jordan, Brooklyn Williams, Chelsea Eddy, Kaley Pigman, Summer Shropshire, Devon Muller, Taylor Johnson, Adasha Plunkett, Shelby Clements, Diamon McKinney, Vanessa Collini, Taylor Cocke, Kailey Ward, Abbey Sikes, Caroline Johnson, Haylie Rush, and Abbie Dickerson. The team is coached by Shawn Baker and LaToya Jefferson.
The stunt group from Southeast Bulloch Middle School won the Lib Off. Members of this group included ...

November 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

SEHS FBLA brings a smile to Backus Hospital

Twenty-five members of South Effingham High School's Future Business Leaders of America spent their afternoon Oct. 26 creating goody bags for the children of Backus Children's Hospital in Savannah.
Donations were brought in by the members of FBLA throughout the month of October. Halloween treats, candy, and small toys are just a few examples of some of the donations that poured in for this benefit. The goody bags brought smiles and hope to the patients and their families.

November 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

STC to offer new drafting certificate

SAVANNAH-Beginning in January, Savannah Technical College will offer a new technical certificate of credit in the Drafting department.
The new program, CAD Operator, will be offered mostly online and will allow students hands-on training with AutoCAD. It covers basic drafting and
AutoCAD commands as well as all types of fastener drawings (welding symbols, bolts and screws) and auxiliary drawing, which allows the object to be seen in different views.
This preparation will allow the CAD operator to assist architects and/or engineers in visualizing functionality of the design before the manufacturing or building process resulting in greater efficiencies and ...

November 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Enrollment explodes at state’s schools

The University System of Georgia's (USG) fall 2010 enrollment has climbed to 311,442 students, yet another record high. That's an increase of 9,550 students, or 3.2 percent, over the fall 2009 enrollment, which at the time was the record.
USG Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. announced the figures Wednesday, as the system released its 2010 Fall Enrollment Report. The report provides data on enrollment by institution, by gender, by race and ethnicity, and breaks down students by class (freshmen, sophomore, etc.) and in-state/out-of-state.
"Individuals continue to seek out the opportunity that higher education uniquely ...

November 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

GSU engineering program gets green light

Georgia Southern University has received approval by the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents to offer baccalaureate degrees in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering with classes set to begin in fall 2011.
"There are defining moments in the life of every major university. The approval to offer engineering degrees at Georgia Southern is definitely one of the most notable in our institution's more than 100-year history," said Brooks Keel, Ph.D., president of Georgia Southern University. "An adequate supply of engineers is critical not only to the goal of fostering a statewide environment that nurtures high-tech industry ...

November 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Sunny saving for the school board

The Effingham County school board approved a bid to biy a 40 kilovolt-ampere solar panel system using funds from an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant approved earlier this year.
The school system's energy specialist, Eric Harris, applied for the $300,000 grant as a way to expand his budget to include more energy projects.
The funds are part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act and were approved through the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority.
The grant was written for a 30 KVA solar panel. However, the $245,000 bid from Bonitz of Georgia Inc. of Savannah approved by ...

November 08, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education

School system gets comforting numbers

After a shaky start to fiscal year 2011, the Effingham school system reported promising numbers from tax collections at its Nov. 3 meeting.
Although the September financial report presented at the meeting showed only $307,143 collected, Ron Wilson, finance director of the Effingham school district, told the board that October brought in $800,000 and that the first two days of November were particularly encouraging. Nov. 2 saw $1.276 million collected, and on the morning of the meeting, an additional $1.316 million was collected. Wilson said year-to-date collections were at $4.327 million as of Nov. 3 ...

November 08, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education

EMS homecoming queen

Ebenezer Middle School crowned Brooklyn Williams as its 2010 homecoming queen.
She is pictured with first runner-up Kayla McCarthy, second runner-up Taylor Coleman and EMS Principal Ramona Lovett.

November 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

ECHS claims second place

Effingham County High School Competition Cheerleaders were awarded 2010 Region 2AAAA runner-up at the region cheerleading competition at West Laurens High School on Nov. 6.
First place went to Evans High School, with Ware County placing third and Greenbrier placing fourth. All four teams will advance to the state competition in Columbus.
Team members include: Tori Pippin, Cassidy Henry, Brooke Johnson, Taylor Price, Kyndle Calhoun, Meaghan Crowley, Abi Johnson, Dana Brown, Mandy Roberts, Doneshia Kennedy, Alissa Kelly, Nikki Hamilton, Kendall Claxton, Caitlyn Fears, Kellie Badger, Mallory Ansel, Michelle Pratt, and Mattie Saxon. The team is coached by Katie Ward.

November 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Cooke to perform with Young Harris choir

YOUNG HARRIS-Young Harris College student Hannah Cooke, a freshman education major from Springfield, will perform at "An Evening at the U.S.O." featuring the Young Harris College Choir on Friday and Saturday to benefit the YHC Choir's European Tour in May 2011. Cooke is a graduate of Effingham County High School.
This tribute to the 1940s big band era will delight audiences of all ages with costumes, Cokes, popcorn and great music. Familiar favorites include "Beyond the Sea," "Chattanooga Choo Choo," "It Don't Mean A Thing," "As Time Goes By" and many more. Veterans are encouraged ...

November 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Mock ‘humbled’ by win

Surrounded by friends and well-wishers, Mose Mock received congratulations for his victory in Tuesday night's Effingham County Board of Education District 4 seat.
Mock, a retired teacher, beat incumbent James Dasher 1,880-656, capturing 74.1 percent of the vote.
"I was flush with joy, excitement, humbleness and fatigue," said Mock, whose father also once served on the school board. "I'm so humbled. So many people encouraged me and supported me.
For the complete story, see Friday's edition of the Effingham Herald.

November 04, 2010 | By Calli Arnold and Patrick Donahue | Education

School board adopts policy on restraint

After a month of deliberation and public comment, the Effingham County Board of Education adopted a seclusion and restraint policy that will limit the already rare use of physical restraint in schools and formalize training for faculty and staff.
"Typically, and thank goodness, we don't have to do this very often," said Cindy Knight, assistant coordinator for exceptional children, speaking on behalf of the school system. "Restraint would be like the very last resort."
Procedures for such incidents have been in place, however, the state Board of Education mandated all school districts to update and pass a policy to ...

November 04, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education

Tops in class

The Effingham County High School competition cheerleaders won first place in the AAAA division at the 4th Annual Rebel Invitational Cheerleading Competition at ECHS on Oct. 31.
The varsity competition cheerleaders are coached by Katie Ward.
The ECHS junior varsity competition cheerleaders also placed first in their division at the competition.

November 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

ECHS FBLA attends competition at Fair

Ten of the ECHS FBLA members attended the 2010 Fall Motivational Rally/Competition in Perry.
Students were introduced to the State and Region officers for the 2010/2011 term. Award winners from the National Conference were announced and congratulated. Guest speaker Brian Fiese, author of the book "No Teacher Left Behind," entertained and motivated the students with a speech about "The Secret to Success-Hard Work."
Once the rally was over, all 10 students competed in the following events: Accounting I, Desktop Publishing, Business Procedures, Computer Applications, Future Business Leader, Sports Management, and Entrepreneurship.
After the competition, the members went ...

November 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

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