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ECHS JROTC takes on new mission

The Effingham County High School Air Force Junior ROTC has taken on a new mission this year: care packages for military members overseas.
It started early in the school year when a cadet mentioned the Adopt-A-Soldier program in Savannah to Maj. Danny Burgstiner, an instructor at the school, and it took off from there.
On initial contact the JROTC program was not only able to adopt four soldiers overseas, it turns out of them was one of their own, PFC Robert Purvis, a 2009 graduate of JROTC and ECHS. Purvis is currently serving in Afghanistan.
The other three are Sgt ...

November 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


School system to adopt new restraint policy

The Effingham County Board of Education will vote Wednesday on a new policy on restraint or seclusion, which will limit the use of physical restraint and require specialized training for faculty.
Passing the local policy has been mandated from the state Board of Education's July decision to ban seclusion rooms and restrict the use of physical restraint. The state BoE was prompted to act after a 13-year-old Gainesville student hanged himself in 2004. The student, who attended a school for those with emotional and behavioral problems, reportedly was left alone in a seclusion room in his last hours.
"But ...

November 01, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


Elementary school honor rolls

Blandford

October 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Marlow Elementary goes pink to fight breast cancer

On Oct. 25, Marlow Elementary participated in a "Pink Out" to raise awareness for breast cancer. The staff members were encouraged to wear jeans along with pink shirts to signify their support for three staff members who have battled breast cancer, along with 39 others whose lives have been affected by the disease.

October 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


SEHS FFA team advances to state

October 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


EMS cheerleaders tops at meet

The Ebenezer Middle School cheerleaders won first place in the Coastal Division of the 12th Annual Sweet Onion Cheer Classic at Vidalia High School on Oct. 23. In addition to the first place win, the team won the grand champion title by scoring higher than any middle school team in the competition.

October 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


BoE to dip into its TAN funds

The Effingham County Board of Education will be dipping into its Tax Anticipation Notice to make ends meet through November after sluggish tax collections.
At the Oct. 21 school board meeting, Superintendent Randy Shearouse walked board members through recent developments in the budget that lead them to withdraw $3.5 million from the $5 million TAN loan approved in early January.
"There are some things you probably could've done maybe to avoid it," said Shearouse, "but you'd have to hold off on doing some things that we really need to do."
For the complete story, see Tuesday's ...

October 25, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


Two dozen earn AP Scholar status

Twelve students from South Effingham High School and 12 students from Effingham County High School have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program (AP) Exams. The exams were taken in May after completing the challenging college-level courses.
The following AP Scholars are seniors this year at SEHS: Andrew Faircloth, Robert McLaughlin and Austin Freeman (AP Scholar with Honor). The AP Scholars from SEHS who graduated last spring are: Alexis Fuhrman, Rachel Gadomski, William Hatcher, Amanda Hein, Audry Hyde, Sarah Mobley,
Melanie Richtman, David Stapleton and ...

October 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


FBLA goes to Motivational Rally

On Oct. 14, 14 members and two advisors from South Effingham High School Future Business Leaders of America attended the Motivational Rally and State Fair in Perry.

October 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Mercer University inducts two locals into honor society

MACON-The following area students were recently inducted into the Mercer University chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, a first-year student honor society.
Sophomore Rebecca Callaway, of Rincon. Callaway is a student in the university's College of Liberal Arts.
Sophomore Ashlie Rubrecht, of Springfield. Rubrecht is a student in the university's College of Liberal Arts.
Phi Eta Sigma invites students of good character who have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.5 during one of the first two semesters of their first year to join the organization. Inductees receive a pin in the ...

October 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


School bus safety contest winners

October is School Bus Safety Month and, in recognition of this, elementary school students participated in a bus safety poster contest. Those pictured were selected as local winners in their grade category and their posters will now advance to the state level competition.
K-2
1st place, Emma Hammock, first grade, Sand Hill Elementary
2nd place, Piper Doten, first grade, South Effingham Elementary (not pictured)
3rd place, Summer Thomas, second grade, Rincon Elementary
3-5
1st place, Caitlyn Hammock, third grade, Sand Hill Elementary
2nd place, Sarah Jones, fifth grade, South Effingham Elementary
3rd place, Emilie McCumbers, fifth grade, Rincon Elementary

October 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


ECHS takes fourth at SkillsUSA

Members of Effingham County High School's SkillsUSA chapter competed and took home several prizes and an overall fourth place ranking at the first SkillsUSA Champions Rally at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. Close to 900 members and advisors from 50 schools across Georgia joined together in Reaves Arena for a day of motivation and competition.
Christina Hillman, a senior at ECHS, represented Effingham County as the SkillsUSA state president. The keynote speaker was Keith Brown, who did an exceptional job capturing the audience's attention and including many members of the audience in his presentation.
Cash prize premiums ...

October 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


ECHS to host annual PROBE Fair

The annual PROBE College Fair will be held at Effingham County High School on Oct. 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the ECHS lunchroom. ECHS and South
Effingham High School juniors and seniors, along with their parents, are invited to attend and explore their many options for post-secondary education.
College representatives will be available to discuss specific admission requirements, scholarships, campus life, financial aid, housing, etc. Contact your high school counselor's office for more information.

October 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


STC to hold info session for commercial truck driving

SAVANNAH-Savannah Technical College will host two information sessions for those interested in becoming commercial truck drivers today at 2 and 6 p.m. in Room 148 at the Liberty Campus, 100 Technology Drive in Hinesville.
The session will include admission and financial aid information, entry testing and give prospective students an opportunity to have their questions answered in advance of class beginning Oct. 25. To begin the admission process, students need to bring a photo ID. There is a $20 application fee.
The CDL program is covered by the HOPE grant for eligible students.
"Students who enroll for this ...

October 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Jeans Day at SES

Faculty and staff at Springfield Elementary School hosted a jeans day in order to raise money for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer awareness fund. The school was able to raise over $500 to support the cause.

October 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


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Schools open to more than 11,000 students

The Effingham County School System welcomed 11,255 students through the doors on the first day of school Thursday, not counting the number of children ...

August 04, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Back-to-school blowout packs 'em in

The annual back-to-school blowout drew another big crowd to the Effingham County High School gym, as students and parents picked up school supplies, infor

August 03, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Cool treats for a good cause at The Learning Treehouse

Summer campers at The Learning Treehouse hosted an Alex's Lemonade Stand to raise money for childhood cancer research. Campers, in grades kindergarten through fifth ...

August 03, 2016 | Staff report | Education


FCCLA members shine with gold at STAR events

Two students from Effingham College and Career Academy (ECCA) FCCLA and one student from South Effingham County High School (SEHS) FCCLA joined more than 8 ...

August 03, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Proposed school calendars available online for review and comment

The Effingham County Board of Education has the proposed 2017-18 and 2018-19 school year calendars available for public comment. The comment period runs through Aug ...

August 03, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Buses ready to roll — with route numbers

With the Effingham County School System's fleet of buses ready to roll for the Aug. 4 start of the school year, parents are being ...

July 28, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


SEHS cheer team holds Mini Mustangs camp

The South Effingham High School cheerleading teams held their annual Mini Mustangs cheer camp.

July 27, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Little Rebels cheer camp

The Effingham County High School cheerleading teams held their annual Little Rebels cheer camp, with Thursday as pajamas day.

July 27, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Alford keeps ailing chairman in mind at board meeting

As he chaired the Effingham County Board of Education's meeting Thursday night, vice-chairman and District 2 member Troy Alford's thoughts were with the ...

July 27, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


State, shoppers gear up for sales tax free weekend

This weekend, July 30 and 31, certain items will be exempt from sales taxes.

July 27, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Miller named to Champlain College spring dean’s list

BURLINGTON, VT-Zackary Miller of Springfield has been named to the Champlain College dean's list for the spring 2016 semester.

July 27, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Council approves plans for new Rincon Elementary

Rincon City Council members paved the way for work on the planned Rincon Elementary School to start.

July 26, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


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