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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


Board of Regents adopts $2.1B budget

A $2.1 billion fiscal year 2012 budget request approved by the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents includes new dollars to meet year over year student enrollment growth of 18,914 students.
"This budget request mirrors the times," said USG Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. "We are focusing our efforts and our budget request on our core mission of teaching, research and service and the need to serve the continued and significant increase in enrollment at our 35 degree-granting institutions."
The biggest driver of the regents' request is a 7.8 percent increase from FY09 to FY10 ...

August 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


A moving experience at GSU

Georgia Southern University is preparing to meet, greet and check in more than 2,000 students to nine residence halls from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., today for the campus' annual event, Operation Move-In.
This decades-long tradition is intended to streamline the often stressful moving process for University students, and more than 200 volunteers from the faculty, staff, student organizations and the Statesboro business community plan to pitch in. Georgia Southern University President Brooks Keel and his wife, First Lady Dr. Tammie Schalue, as well as Provost Jean Bartels will welcome students and their families checking in that ...

August 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


School system hopes to close fiscal year strong

Slow revenue collections atop a turbulent year of cuts in state funding have left the Effingham County School System dangling in the red and hoping to make it to the black before Aug. 30.

August 09, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


School bells are ringin’

August 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


SSU preps for record enrollment

SAVANNAH-Early indicators suggest Savannah State University will have another year of record-breaking enrollment, which exceeded 3,800 last fall.
Approximately 700 new students registered for classes during the new STAR - student testing, advisement and registration - sessions held during the summer. New students who did not attend the summer STAR sessions will go through advisement and registration Tuesday.
On Aug. 7, administrators and student leaders welcomed approximately 700 first-time college students to new student orientation where they were introduced to university services and resources. "Making the Right Connections" was the theme for orientation, which continues through today. Prior to the ...

August 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Getting the word out

Amanda Starling and Jan Hall of the Effingham County 4-H present a sign warning of the dangers of texting while driving to the Effingham County commissioners.
There is a sign at Effingham County High School and the group also was awarded money for seven additional signs. The group focused on risky teen driving for its project, Starling said.
The additional signs will be placed at Baker Pond and along Sand Hill, Blue Jay, McCall, Hodgeville, Clyo-Stillwell, Old Augusta and Old River roads.

August 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Smith graduates from Randolph-Macon Academy

FRONT ROYAL, VA-Paul Smith graduated from Randolph-Macon Academy on May 29. He is the son of Ronald Smith of Rincon and Kay Choi of San Diego.
Academically, Smith received an Honorable Mention on the National German Exam. He also participated in the academy's Air Force JROTC program.
He plans to attend Michigan State University College of Social Science in the fall.
Randolph-Macon Academy, founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12. Students in grades 9-12 participate in the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. R-MA is affiliated with the ...

August 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Local teens receive award for activism

The Savannah-Area Teen Age Republican Club received national recognition July 23 as the most outstanding new TARS club in the nation. Chartered on March 24, the club is 14 members strong and leads the area's conservative youth movement.
Teens from Effingham, Liberty, Bryan, and Chatham counties participate in the group. David Twibell and Katie Twibell of Rincon are the club's two newest members. The club wishes to thank Mrs. Laurie Twibell for her help with the scrapbook.
While attending the weeklong National Teen Age Republican Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., Mark Taylor, Chairman of the Savannah-Area TARS ...

August 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Career Academy opens doors

Many prominent faces in Effingham County assembled as the first outsiders to step foot in the schools systems newest edition during the open house and ribbon cutting of the Effingham Career Academy on Thursday afternoon.

August 05, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


ECHS honors its first leader

Current Effingham County High School Principal Yancy Ford declared Aug. 4 as Ross Rountree Day in honor of the school's first principal.

August 05, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


School council members to be elected this month

The General Assembly requires that all public school systems in Georgia have school councils in place for the purposes of bringing communities and schools closer together in a spirit of cooperation to solve difficult education problems, improve academic achievement, provide support for teachers and administrators, and bring parents into the school-based decision-making process. All Effingham County Schools will hold elections for the upcoming year. Elections will be held to fill expiring terms, new terms and vacancies in unexpired terms.

August 05, 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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