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Starting the year together

Pre-K teachers at Marlow Elementary School started off the year with units "All about Me" and "Families." Parents and grandparents were invited to come read to the students during small group and circle time.

August 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Georgia a winner in Race to the Top

Georgia has been selected as a winner by the U.S. Department of Education for the second round of "Race to the Top" grants. The state is projected to receive $400 million over four years to implement its plan.
"While this has seemed more like a marathon at times, now the real race begins," said Gov. Sonny Perdue. "I want to thank our Race to the Top teams, including teachers, principals, superintendents and other education professionals, for their hard work in preparing a great application.
This is truly a unique opportunity to implement a Georgia-created plan that will accelerate our ...

August 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Rutland earns degree from Louisiana Tech

James Brian Rutland of Springfield was awarded a doctor of philosophy at Louisiana Tech University's summer quarter commencement.
Commencement exercises were held Aug. 19, with diplomas awarded to 276 graduates.

August 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


STC offer building courses online

SAVANNAH-This fall, students studying Construction Management will be able to take four of the required major courses online for the first time including Blueprint Reading, Construction Safety, Materials and Fasteners, and Construction Drafting I. These courses are required for both the diploma and associate degree in Construction Management.
"We're giving our students more options," said department head and instructor Dan Krautheimer. "If someone can't get to campus during the day, they'll be able to take some of the construction classes online."
The college plans to offer four more courses online beginning in January 2011. The more ...

August 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Schools to continue drug testing

The Effingham County Board of Education approved a new student drug testing program at its Aug. 19 meeting that will subject five students from each high school to a screening every month during the school year.
For the past three years, 10 Effingham high school students were drug tested each week with grant funds. Although the grant ran out, the board members believed the drug tests serve as a deterrent.
"But I think the important thing here is how many kids, hopefully, we keep from trying drugs simply because they knew they could be tested,"
Superintendent Randy Shearouse said.
Students ...

August 23, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


Dental sealant program coming to SES

Springfield Elementary School, in conjunction with Oral Health America: National Sealant Alliance and the Georgia Oral Health Prevention Program, will provide preventive dental procedures for eligible children attending the school. The program will start in September. Consent forms are being sent home with students and must be filled out and returned to the school in order for children to participate.
Dental screening exams, cleaning, fluoride treatment and sealants will be provided as needed. A sealant is a thin, plastic, clear coating that is bonded to teeth to help keep food and bacteria from attaching to teeth and causing decay.
"Sealants ...

August 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


State FFA visits

Several members of the state FFA officer team recently visited Honey Ridge Plantation. They were hosted by Sam Zemurray. Zemurray and Mose Mock, former FFA advisor, discussed cattle management.

August 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


ECHS FFA kicks off another year with annual peanut boil

Aug. 12 marked the beginning of another exciting year for Effingham County High School FFA members.
After school on Thursday, the FFA had its annual peanut boil. There were approximately 50 members and guests present for the meeting. ECHS FFA was very excited to have such a great turnout and to have Sen. Jack Hill and Reps. Ann Purcell and Jon Burns present to help kick off the 54th year of Effingham County High School FFA. The ECHS FFA has monthly meetings for its members to get together, have fun, and build leadership skills.
Last year, ECHS FFA had 211 ...

August 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


One sweet ride

When the wheels on the school bus go round and round to take six students across the state to a competition, the trip gets expensive - especially if the chaperone isn't licensed to drive a bus.

August 19, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


East Georgia College breaks ground on school’s first residential facility

A longtime dream of student housing located on the campus of East Georgia College became reality on Thursday with a groundbreaking for a new 200 bed residential facility. Faculty, staff, students, EGC Foundation members, local legislators, University System guests, construction teams and friends of the college gathered in overwhelming numbers to support the addition of a student housing complex to the landscape of the college.
The complex, located on North campus, will add a new dimension to what has always been, since 1973, a commuter college. It will bring about many changes at EGC and create greater economic impact on ...

August 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Hudson tells students to put their lives in ‘check’

South Effingham High School students got the new school year off on the right foot Monday with a visit from Orrin "Checkmate" Hudson of Be Someone who encouraged them set up for success by being problem-solvers.
"Most of the stuff I'm teaching young people … is that your position in life is as a problem solver and if you can solve problems, that's how you get paid," Hudson said. "The bigger the problem the more you get paid."
Hudson has been working as a motivational speaker for youths for nearly 10 years. Growing up in Alabama, Hudson remembers stealing ...

August 16, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


SEHS student attends USAF Honors Camp

Rachel Orphanoudakis, a NJROTC cadet at South Effingham High School, attended the U.S. Air Force Honors Camp hosted by the University of New Mexico and the U.S. Air Force in Albuquerque, N.M. This program invites only 58 high school students from across the country annually, and the invitees are in the top 1 percent of the students in the JROTC program.
The five days of camp involved outdoor leadership and team-building activities, airplane safety briefs, flying a Civil Air Patrol airplane, building a rocket car and numerous tours on Kirtland Air Force Base. The program members also ...

August 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Quick thinker

Katlyn Davis from South Effingham Elementary School won the Quick Think-a-Thon held June 19 at the Sea Palms resort on St. Simons Island. Davis, the daughter of Allen and Magan Davis, won a $500 savings bond. The Quick Think-a-Thon is sponsored by local Exchange Clubs, including the Exchange Club of Effingham County.

August 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


School board reviews its own report card

The Effingham County Board of Education reviewed the school system's progress in an in-depth analysis of student performance, personnel effectiveness and the learning/working environment at its Aug. 4 meeting.
The central office compiled information from the last four school years based on the balanced scorecard performance management design, which is traditionally applied to corporate strategy.
"A board member wanted to get this started to get a snap shot of what we're doing and look for areas of improvement and also to determine, for us strategically, what's most important for our system," Superintendent Randy Shearouse said.
Criteria ...

August 12, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


School board approves later start times for some middle school games

Kickoff for fall sports is closing in and for middle school stakeholders this year's game times can be stretched a little farther than last year.
The Effingham County Board of Education tweaked its athletics policy at their Aug. 4 meeting to allow flexibility in scheduling for middle school sports. The Georgia High School Association, the organization that governs interscholastic sports for most of the state, decided to allow local boards to determine game scheduling policies.
"When I met with principals in the spring, we talked about what games we could do, and you can't do them all because ...

August 12, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


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Hughes to move next door from ECMS to lead ECHS

The Effingham County Board of Education has named Billy Hughes as the next principal at Effingham County High School.

May 17, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


School system near top of district in CCRPI

Though its numbers took a dip from a new set of measurements, the Effingham County School System remained one of the top performing districts in ...

May 11, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


Blandford holds International Arts Festival

Blandford Elementary students took to the front of the school for the annual International Arts Festival.

May 11, 2016 | Staff report | Education


May Day at Rincon Elementary

Rincon Elementary held its annual May Day festivities, with Charlay Dixon, right, crowned as May Queen. First runner-up was Layla Merciers and second runner-up was ...

May 11, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Students to make amends after food fight

Some Effingham County High School students have to make amends before being allowed to graduate, following an incident last week.

May 11, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Declaring their futures

More than 250 seniors from the Effingham County High School graduating class of 2016, which numbers 450, made their college choices known at the College ...

May 04, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Caring for cows earns UGa’s Alward student-employee award

Kayla Alward wins recognition for dedication to campus job - caring for dairy calves.

May 04, 2016 | Staff report | Education


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