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DECA Members Headed for International Competition

DECA Members Headed for International Competition

FAYETTEVILLE -- (submitted by Melinda Barry-Dreisbach) More than 110 members strong, Sandy Creek High’s newly formed DECA Chapter is having a very successful year. A total of 11 chapter members placed at the regional competition and qualified for the State Career Development Conference that was held last month in Atlanta. Jamarcus Mathis, a freshman, placed in the top 6 in Hotel and Lodging Management and is now heading for the DECA International Competition in Orlando, FL at the end of April.

Mathis’ fellow chapter members who also competed at the state level are Brittiana Pullie, Principals of Hospitality and Tourism; Victoria Sparks, Advertising Campaign; Twila Henderson and Tommy Harvey, Sports and Entertainment Marketing; Corey Kent and LeVoyd Wardlow, Travel and Tourism; Hong Cheng and Omari Allen, Financial Services; and Marcus Harmon and Paul Lindo, Hospitality Services.

Orchestra to Make Community Donation to Give Kids the World

FAYETTEVILLE – (submitted by Melinda Barry-Dreisbach) The Whitewater High School Orchestra is paying it forward to an organization that helped one of its own while dealing with a life-threatening illness.

The Orchestra is scheduled to perform at the Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee, FL on April 2. Give Kids the World is a nonprofit organization that provides memorable, magical, cost-free experiences to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families by arranging visits to the Central Florida attractions. Children and their families stay at the Give Kids the World Village during their visit.
Back in 2004, one of the orchestra’s families was granted a wish by the organization. They and their child, who was diagnosed with leukemia, stayed at the village and visited Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Universal Studios, all at no cost to the family.

Parenting Expert, Dr. Bisa, Author of National Preschool Curriculum WINGS to appear on Focus Atlanta

Parenting Expert, Dr. Bisa, Author of National Preschool Curriculum WINGS to appear on Focus Atlanta

Author & Parenting Expert, Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis, known as Dr. Bisa, released the 2nd edition of WINGS: The Ideal Curriculum for Children in Preschool, available since January 2011 along with five sets of supporting materials for infants, toddlers, preschoolers/pre-k, family/group child care, and after-school programs. The updated WINGS Curriculum Parent Handbook also includes new information on play and learning, along with more resources and forms to support home-learning.  The first edition was launched in 2009 when Dr. Bisa made good on her promise to produce an affordable curriculum that meets and exceeds national standards. Dr.

Near Sweep By Middle Schools at Academic Bowl

Near Sweep By Middle Schools at Academic Bowl

FAYETTEVILLE -- (FBOE) Fayette’s middle schools dominated the Regional Academic Bowl at Griffin RESA, only missing a third place victory for a complete sweep.

Rising Starr and Flat Rock took first and second place, respectively. Fayette Middle secured fourth place. The contest included schools from Butts, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Newton, Pike, Spalding, and Upson counties.

This year has been extremely successful for Fayette Middle; the school was also the Region 6 co-winner of the PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) Academic Bowl for Middle Grades.

FCHS Wind Ensemble to Perform at 34th Annual University of South Carolina Band Clinic

FCHS Wind Ensemble to Perform at 34th Annual University of South Carolina Band Clinic

FAYETTEVILLE – (FBOE) The Fayette County High Wind Ensemble has the honor of being the only out-of-state school invited to perform at the 34th Annual University of South Carolina Band Clinic in February.

The ensemble is one of three invited as guest performers; the other two are local bands from Columbia, South Carolina. Fayette County High’s wind ensemble will perform “Toccata Marziale” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, “Ballade” by Darren Jenkins, “Third Symphony, Mvt.

North Fayette Students Celebrate National School Counseling Week

North Fayette Students Celebrate National School Counseling Week

FAYETTEVILLE, GA -- (FBOE) The school counseling programs at North Fayette and Robert J. Burch Elementary schools are “ramped” up just in time for National School Counseling Week February 7-11.

Both schools have been notified that they have received the Recognized American School Counselor Association Model Program (RAMP) designation, certifying that their school counseling programs exemplify the characteristics that facilitate student success.

The RAMP designation, awarded to schools that align with the criteria set in the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model, recognizes schools that are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment.

Selection of Fayette’s Top Teacher Underway

Selection of Fayette’s Top Teacher Underway

FAYETTEVILLE -- In Fayette County, two science teachers and a math teacher have emerged as top contenders in this year’s Fayette County Teacher of the Year contest.

None of them envisioned teaching as a career; instead they wanted fame and fortune until a miraculous realization about themselves changed their lives forever. Read their stories and you will know why they have been selected as “the best of the best.”

On his way to becoming a specialist at nuclear image reconstruction programming, Keelan Seabolt, a physics teacher at Sandy Creek High, discovered he was missing something: personal satisfaction.

Seabolt says he never thought about teaching as a career even though his mother and sister were successful math teachers. His dream was to become a successful research scientist. While studying physics at Georgia Tech, he got his first taste of teaching.