The DCSS Update is published during the school year to let our subscribers know of the many honors and awards our students and staff members receive. The Update also lists upcoming activities and events taking place throughout the school district.
Deadline for submission of articles for consideration of inclusion in the DCSS Update is 12:00 noon on Thursday before publication date.
Sherwood Acres Student Wins Exchange Club Citizenship Award
For the second consecutive year, the winner of the Young Citizenship Award from the Exchange Club of Albany is a student from Sherwood Acres Elementary School. Alaina Lewis was chosen from the pool of fifth grade nominees as the winner of this annual award recognizing young community leaders.
Alaina has an outstanding record of achievement. Most notably, she is the Valedictorian of her class, the Spelling Bee winner for the school, and a member of the Junior Beta Club. She was honored at the Exchange Club meeting and luncheon on May 14. Her mother, Joann Lewis, is Media Specialist at Sherwood Acres. Her father, grandmother, aunt, and three siblings attended Sherwood Acres as well. Eddie Johnson, Principal, and Margaret Hatcher, Counselor, nominated Alaina for the award and were in attendance at the luncheon. Alaina and her family were surprised and pleased with the recognition as they did not know she had been nominated.
Barry Davis of the Exchange Club coordinates the nominations and award ceremony. Alaina was presented with a certificate, a thesaurus, and a check for $50. It was a proud moment for both Sherwood Acres and Alaina. The Dougherty County School System thanks the Exchange Club for recognizing the young leaders in our school system.
DCSS Appreciates its Community Volunteers
The Dougherty County School System Volunteer Office recently held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception. This year DCSS had 106 volunteers within the schools with 100 or more hours that were honored with lunch and a gift. Volunteers serve in various capacities within the schools by working in front offices and media centers, and assisting with special events, dismissal, lunch duty, and monitoring halls.
The reception also included a brief program presided over by Tameeka Daniels, DCSS Volunteer Coordinator. The program also included Marcus Humphries, Westover High School “I Care” Intern; Rebecca Land , Technology Specialist; Milton Griffin, Region 2 School Board Member; and DCSS Superintendent Dr. Sally Whatley. Representatives from each school were in attendance to present certificates and gifts to their volunteers. The Dougherty County School System and the Volunteer Office thanks all of our volunteers for their service during the 2009-2010 school year.
Monroe Students Receive HVACR OSHA Certification
Twenty Monroe Comprehensive High School Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) students recently received their Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10 certification. OSHA is a part of the U.S. Department of Labor which establishes, issues, and enforces national workplace safety regulations. These regulations are designed to make job areas and practices safer for US workers. OSHA works toward preventing injuries, illness and death in the workplace. The OSHA 10 certification is a credential acknowledging the students’ ability to effectively recognize and reduce the risks of job site hazards.
Students pictured who received the certification are (front row) Joshua King, Kimorrow White, Davontai Batten, Gregory Leverette, Brinston Range, (back row) Desmond Gunn, Walter Green, Bobby Williams, Jonathan Thomas, Eddie Jones, Hodaviah Winkfield and Kierdelae Wilson. Students not pictured were Xavier Brown, TroVaraus Calloway, Kalinji Glenn, Gregory Gray, India Peterson, Barry Diamond (AHS), Darious Lamar (AHS), and Conrad Taylor (AHS). Monroe’s HVACR instructor is Travis Ouzts.
Alice Coachman Students Collect Items for Oil Clean Up
Alice Coachman Elementary School Student Council officers Tamia Bell, Devan Kimble, Megan Jackson and Jasmine Jenkins, along with members of the school’s WACE Morning News Crew Brittany Wilson, S’umeshia Harris and Te’Oni Haskins, pose with oil spill clean-up items donated by students, teachers and staff. The bottles of Dawn dishwashing liquid, Pepto-Bismol and towels will be delivered to a local Harvey’s Supermarket to be sent to the Gulf Coast to help workers clean and treat wildlife that has come in contact with oil as a result of the spill caused when an oil rig exploded and sank April 20.
Sylvester Road Celebrates Cinco de Mayo
Students at Sylvester Road Elementary School celebrated their first annual Cinco de Mayo celebration organized by Yetay Anderson. The students learned the meaning of the celebration and enjoyed Hispanic music and food. Some students and teachers, including Sylvester Road’s Teacher of the Year Olympia Danford (pictured), were chosen to hit candy filled piñatas. The students and staff enjoyed this enriching learning experience.
Pre-K Students Celebrate the “Week of the Rainbow”
In recognition of the colorful 2009-2010 school year, the DCSS Pre-K Program held a week of activities filled with excitement for the students, staff and parents May 10-14. Each day during the week the students and the staff were dressed in a special color to represent the day. Monday was red and Tuesday was yellow. The color for the day on Wednesday was blue and included a field trip to the Parks at Chehaw.
Thursday was the End of the Year Program with the theme of “We are the World.” Students performed to a packed audience of parents, grandparents and well wishers. They presented songs, poems and routines demonstrating many of the skills learned during their year in Pre-K.
The color of the day for Friday, Ice Cream Day, was orange. Each day treats were given to the classrooms that had 100% participation by dressing in the color for the day.
Magnolia Accelerated Readers Treated to Fun Outing
At the beginning of this school year, Dr. Jackie Frazier, Principal at Magnolia Elementary School, promised her students that if they met their Accelerated Reader goal she would have a party for them. On May 12 Dr. Frazier made good on that promise for 159 of Magnolia students. The students were treated to a trip to Wilder’s World where they had a pizza lunch and enjoyed all of the activities. Magnolia emphasizes to its students that reading is the first step to becoming a great student and Dr. Frazier was pleased to recognize her students in this way. Pictured is Mausolus Nix who had 163 AR points for the year.
Elvis Rocks with Lincoln at AR Sock Hop
Elvis, better known as Mike Wilson, performed at the Lincoln Elementary Magnet School Accelerated Reader Sock Hop as students celebrated their reading accomplishments for the 2009-2010 school year. Snacks were provided while students danced and watched the show in the gym on May 14. Students also participated in an Ice Cream Party, Movie with Popcorn Party, Denim Day, and Crazy Hat Day. One fifth grader reached a total of 394.8 points, earning the right to have lunch from Zaxby’s with Lincoln Principal Cheryl Holmes.
Lincoln students worked very hard this year reaching a total of 23,571.7 AR points. Each month classes competed with one another on their grade level to obtain the trophy for the highest number of AR points. The classes finishing the year with the highest numbers were Glenda Holloway’s first grade class with 459.2 points (second semester only), Sabrina Small’s second grade class with 1,359.0 points, Diana Jones’ third grade class with 1,198.2 points, Martha Owens’ fourth grade class with 2,032.5 points, and Andre Kirby’s fifth grade class with 1,448.1 points.
Eartha Watkins Chosen for Delegation to South Africa
Eartha Watkins, Band Director at Robert A. Cross Middle Magnet School and DCSS Lead Band Coordinator has been selected from a national search of music educators to serve as a member of a delegation of music educators representing the Citizen Ambassadors Program. The delegation will travel to South Africa in August 2010 to visit South African schools and collaborate with their music educators in the areas of music curriculum, teaching methods, teacher training, and traditional music.
Watkins, a 25-year veteran music educator in the Dougherty County School System, has served as Band Director at Robert A. Cross Middle Magnet School, Dougherty Comprehensive High School, and Monroe Comprehensive High School and is currently the Lead Band Coordinator for DCSS. She has also served as a mentor for student teachers from Albany State University and Georgia Southern University. As a member of the Freedom Singers, Watkins has traveled across the nation teaching about the music of the Civil Rights Era and is licensed through Remo Corporation as a Drum Facilitator.