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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


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


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Finishing at the top

The top three in the South Effingham High School class of 2016 will be seated next to each other Saturday night. They still may quite ...

May 24, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


Getting down to science at ECMS

Effingham County Middle School held its annual math and science night, with students getting a hands-on experience in several fields.

May 18, 2016 | Staff report | Education


ECHS cadets make it six straight Distinguished Unit Awards

The headquarters of the U.S. Air Force Junior ROTC announced recently that Effingham County High School, Unit GA-938, has been awarded the Air Force ...

May 18, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Georgia Heritage presents scholarships to SEHS students

Georgia Heritage FCU announced two college scholarship award winners for 2016. Both scholarship recipients are graduating from South Effingham High School in May.

May 18, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Pate named to dean’s list at Brenau

GAINESVILLE-Elyssa Sheridan Pate from Guyton achieved Brenau University dean's list honors for the spring 2016 semester. Pate is a 2017 student majoring in ...

May 18, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Local students earn honors at Georgia College

MILLEDGEVILLE-Hunter Gnann of Springfield has completed courses with exemplary marks and made the president's list for 2016 spring semester at Georgia College in ...

May 18, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Calling it a career

The Effingham County School System bade a fond farewell to 26 teachers, administrators and staff who are retiring at the school year's end.

May 18, 2016 | Staff report | Education


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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