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SEMS takes second

The South Effingham Middle School competition cheerleaders placed second out of eight teams in the 2010 Falcon Frenzy, hosted by East Laurens on Oct. 9.

October 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Discovering Columbus Day

Blandford Elementary kindergarten classes celebrated Columbus Day with many fun events.
Students brought in boats made at home for a school wide boat parade. Classes also held Ivory Soap boat races and enjoyed Coke floats.
Hunter Street of Ms. Rahn's class was the winner of the grade level boat races.

October 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Schools to hold flu vaccine clinics

For the second consecutive year, the Effingham County Board of Education and the Effingham County Health Department are partnering to bring flu vaccine to students in grades Pre-k through 12. The CDC has requested school vaccine clinics at each school for students in order to increase participation and protection.
Parental permission forms for student vaccine, as well as a cover letter from Dr. Skelton, medical director of Chatham-Effingham County Health Departments, are being sent home with students. Permission forms are due back to the school nurse by Oct. 20. Flu clinics will begin the first week of November.
The flu ...

October 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

SES Fall Festival

October 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Marching Mustangs take Coastal Empire Classic

The beat was on at the 29th annual Coastal Empire Classic marching band competition held at Rebel Field on Saturday, with performers and spectators packing the stands.
Including Effingham County High School Rebel Regiment's exhibition performance, more than 1,200 students in 11 bands from all over Georgia performed at this year's contest.
The Coastal Empire Classic is one of the most established and prestigious marching competitions in the state, and has been held primarily at Rebel Field since it was founded in 1981. The Classic has been an event for high school marching bands to showcase their ...

October 11, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education

School system to host resource fair

The Effingham County School System and the Bulloch Team of Right From the Start Medicaid Project are hosting the first Harvest Community Resource Fair in the Lowe's parking lot on Oct. 30 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Families are encouraged to attend and learn about local resources including food pantries, free school uniforms, employment support for individuals with disabilities, respite care, mental health assistance, healthcare, pregnancy care and much more.
There will be activities for the children including a costume contest at noon for 1-10 year olds sponsored by the ECHS Science Club. Food will be available ...

October 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

More to cheer about for SEHS

South Effingham High School Mustang Cheerleaders, coached by Kim Fritts and Kim Morgan, participated in the East Laurens High School Falcon Frenzy on Oct. 9, where they placed first in their division and won the People's Choice award. Ware County came in second, and Griffin placed third in the competition.

October 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Fields of Faith

Hundreds of students came to Effingham County High School last Wednesday as part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' "Fields of Faith" event. "Fields of Faith" is structured as a student-to-student ministry. A "Fields of Faith" is held in each one of the three counties, Effingham, Bryan and Chatham, represented by the Coastal chapter of the FCA. Ed Pulkinen is the area director for FCA.

October 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Local schools recognize National Fire Prevention Week

National Fire Prevention Week was Oct. 3-9 , and the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) theme for this year was: Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With. In recognition of Fire Prevention Week, each Effingham County school held a fire drill on Oct. 1.
The school system has also requested fire safety demonstrations in November or December by the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commission's Fire Safety House, a mobile education unit used to reiterate important fire safety education messages. It is a two-story mobile unit with dimensions of approximately 8x28x11. The house is equipped with a ...

October 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Farm Bureau to award ag scholarships

Georgia Farm Bureau will award a total of $14,250 in scholarships to 10 high school seniors who plan to pursue a college degree in agriculture, family and consumer sciences, or a related field, Stuart Exley, Effingham County Farm Bureau president, recently announced.
The top three students will each receive a scholarship of $3,000. The remaining seven students will each receive a $750 scholarship. Students are eligible to submit an application if they, a parent or legal guardian were a member of Georgia Farm Bureau as of Sept. 1, 2010.
Applicants must plan to enter a unit of the ...

October 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

A drop for system’s SAT scores

After an increase in SAT scores a year ago, the Effingham County school system experienced a drop in the scores for the class of 2010.
Average SAT scores for 2010 across the state saw a dip from the previous year, although Georgia's SAT participation rate was 74 percent, among the top 10 in the nation. While Georgia's mean score dropped from 1,460 to 1,453 from 2009 to 2010, Effingham saw a 14-point drop from 1,441 to 1,427.
The SAT is an aptitude exam made up of three parts worth 800 points apiece, mathematics, critical ...

October 07, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education

ECS pitches in

On Oct. 1, the upper school students of Effingham Christian School donated their time to work at the Treutlen House. One of the goals of a distinctly Christ-centered and classical education is to teach students to be servants within their community.
The students in grades fifth-11th had a fun time raking leaves and trimming hedges. They learned that serving others can be rewarding work. Effingham Christian School is located on Goshen Road, off Highway 21. To learn more, visit the Web site
Scholarships are still available for the 2010-11 school year for grades pre-k to 11th. The ...

October 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

YCLA ready for another year

On Sept. 9, the Effingham YMCA kicked off its second year of its student leadership training initiative called The Christian Leadership Academy. This academy, a seven-month program beginning in September and ending in April, is designed to take 12 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.
Those participating in this year's CLA are: Bryce Blewett, Tyler Burress, Kameron Dickerson, Amelia Edenfield, Caitlyn Fears, Morgane Hargrett, Jessi Kicklighter, Colson Lee, Felicia Lunsford, Kailyn Mikulsky, Kiley Ward, Vanessa Williams and Chanelle Wright.
These ...

October 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

No surrender at sleepover

Seventy-five eager fourth-graders fidgeted around the edges of a circle in the grass of their soccer field, as Chico Francisco of the Muskeegee American Indian tribe performed a traditional warriors dance. Alex Schaner explained to the students that Francisco never stepped backwards because they never retreat and never surrender.
The fourth grade classes at Springfield Elementary camped out at the school Friday as a conclusion to their lessons on Native American culture.
Teacher Lauren Locklair said they wanted students to see what it's like to sleep outside, and with help from one of the SES teacher's husband, the ...

October 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

‘Double, double, toil and trouble’ at SEHS

The South Effingham High School Drama Club wanted a challenge to start the year off with the selection of Shakespeare's "Macbeth," and they lived up to it. More than 400 showed up for the club's Thursday, Saturday and Sunday performances. The club special ordered costumes, which gave the play an authenticity. Standout performances came from the lead roles of Macbeth, by Colton Williams, and Lady Macbeth, Casey Moran, and Macduff, by Jordon Bala.
Above left and right, Williams (Macbeth) convincingly loses his mind as the apparition of Banquo, played by Dylan Grace, appears, as Lady MacBeth tells the ...

October 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

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