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Sandy Creek Selected for Pilot French Program

Sandy Creek Selected for Pilot French Program

A partnership between two schools, Sandy Creek High and Lycee Emmanuel Héré in Nancy France, promises to provide a unique learning opportunity for students.

Sandy Creek is one of seven high schools in the state selected by the Georgia Department of Education to participate in a pilot program aimed at bringing French students in contact with their counterparts in France. Sandy Creek was chosen because of its successful French program headed up by teacher Stephane Allagnon.

For one week last month, the school hosted a French ambassador student, André Peltier, from its partner school. Peltier stayed with Sandy Creek’s American ambassador student, Omari Allen.

Peltier spent his time learning all he could about the American school system.

Fayette County Celebrates National Mentoring Month

Fayette County Celebrates National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month and the Fayette County School System’s Friends Mentoring Program is inviting the community to get involved.

During National Mentoring Month, those who were shaped by the mentors in their lives are invited to pay it forward by becoming a participant in the Friends Mentoring Program. Mentors meet weekly one-on-one with their students at school for one hour. The program focuses on assisting children in developing relationship skills, building positive life skills and improving academic proficiencies.

Thank Your Mentor Day will be celebrated on January 25.

Board of Education Member, Terri Smith, Elected to GSBA

Board of Education Member, Terri Smith, Elected to GSBA

Fayette County Board of Education member Terri Smith has been elected as a District Director for the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA).

As a District Director, Smith will serve on the association’s Board of Directors representing GSBA’s District 6, which includes the school systems of Bremen City, Carroll County, Carrollton City, Clayton County, Coweta County, Douglas County, Fayette County, Griffin-Spalding County, Heard County, Henry County, Meriwether County, Pike County, Thomaston-Upson County, and Troup County.

District Directors are elected for three-year terms at district meetings by a majority of the district members present and voting. The Board of Directors manages the affairs and business transactions of the association, and employs the executive director.

"We are extremely pleased to have Terri Smith join our Board of Directors," said GSBA Executive Director Jeannie M. (Sis) Henry.

Students Perform in U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Students Perform in U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Four Fayette Band students were in San Antonio, TX over the weekend to perform at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome.

Iessah Watson (piccolo), Fayette County High; Tristin Thompson (mellophone), Fayette County High; Phillip Hayes (marching baritone), Fayette County High; and Ryan Alli (sousaphone), Starr’s Mill High, were selected to be part of 125-member All-American Marching Band from hundreds of nominations received across the nation.

North Fayette Students Remember Soldiers at Christmas

North Fayette Students Remember Soldiers at Christmas

Sweet treats and holiday cheer are on their way to brighten soldiers’ holidays in Afghanistan thanks to students in the After School Program (ASP) at North Fayette Elementary.

The students wanted to show appreciation for one of their own, Jimi Moutrie, who is serving in the US Army in Afghanistan and will be spending Christmas there this year. Jimi is the son of fifth grade teacher Kendra Brown and regularly visits the ASP program when he is home on leave.

“The students wanted to show their appreciation to our soldiers for their bravery in Afghanistan by preparing a box full of treats and greeting cards to send to them,” says Margie Bennett, the school’s ASP site coordinator.

The students sent enough treats and cards for Jimi to share with his fellow troops.This is the second time North Fayette ASP students have sent gifts to Afghanistan this year.

Wright Honored for Service on Board of Education

Wright Honored for Service on Board of Education

After eight years of serving the community on the Fayette County Board of Education, Vice Chairman Lee Wright took his final votes at the board’s regular meeting on December 14.

Wright, who chose not to run for reelection, will officially end his term on December 31. The board recognized his service by presenting him with a plaque of appreciation during the meeting.

Sam Tolbert, who won the primary election in November, will replace Wright.

Fundraiser Proves Successful for Joseph Sams School

Fundraiser Proves Successful for Joseph Sams School

Choirs from Cleveland Elementary, Inman Elementary, Fayetteville Intermediate, Bennett’s Mill Middle, Fayette Middle and Fayette County High, along with the high school’s wind ensemble, collected the concert’s largest donation in its 5-year history, and more than doubled what was raised last year.

The concert was held December 4 at Harp’s Crossing Baptist Church. All of the proceeds raised directly benefit the Joseph Sams School. This marks the second consecutive year the special needs school has been the concert’s benefactor.

The idea for the concert originally began five years ago with Lisa Howe, assistant principal of Fayetteville Intermediate who was teaching music at Cleveland Elementary at the time, retired Fayette County High Band Director Kenny Beard and Fayette County High Choral Director Richard Prouty. They wanted to find

In previous years, the concert collected toys for Toys for Tots.