Special to the Journal
Westover Celebrates Second Consecutive Year of AYP
William Chunn, Principal of Westover Comprehensive High School, treated the school staff members to ice cream and cake to celebrate their school’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) accomplishment. Westover is the only metro Albany high school and one of only 136 high schools in the state to make AYP this year.
Superintendent Dr. Joshua Murfree addressed the staff during the celebration and Chunn challenged the teachers to start working on AYP 2011 from the first day of school. Westover High School has made AYP for two consecutive years and is raising the bar “beyond all expectations” to make AYP 2011 and become a school of distinction.
100 Black Men of Albany Continue Mentoring Program at Merry Acres
The 100 Black Men of Albany organization is pleased to continue the fourth year of its mentoring program at Merry Acres Middle School. “Mentoring the 100 Way” is a national mentoring program developed by Dr. Joshua Murfree. Members of the organization represent a myriad of professions including businessmen, physicians, attorneys, bankers, politicians and retired principals and teachers.
These professionals participate by mentoring and leading by example. Each year the organization focuses on at least two areas of student development. College preparation will be targeted for the 2010-2011 school year. The book “Prepped for Success” will be used to guide students and parents through the college planning process. The organization will teach the “Ace the SAT” program to help raise students’ test scores and increase their chances for college admission.
Merry Acres students within the program work with mentors who monitor their school attendance records, report cards and classroom behavior. The students will tour several Georgia colleges in the spring of 2011. Jesse Harris is the program coordinator at Merry Acres Middle School for the 100 Black Men of Albany group.
Trooper Prince Explains New Texting Law to Westover Students
Trooper Earl Prince visited Westover Comprehensive High School recently to update students on the new texting law that became effective July 1. His interactive presentation held the students’ attention in Esther Barwick and Kristen Champion’s first and second period classes.
Trooper Prince’s presentation included an explanation of Senate Bill 30 which outlaws text messaging and related activities on cell phones while driving. The ban does not apply to cell phone calls. Violators face a fine of $150 and young drivers with instructional licenses will be prevented from applying for a regular license if guilty of two texting violations in a year. The law took effect on July 1 and enforcement began on Aug. 1.
The new law prohibits drivers with restricted licenses who are under 18 from using wireless devices such as cell phones and texting units. Violators can be fined up to $150 plus possible license suspension.
Albany High Teacher Publishes Research Articles
Dr. Carolyn Taylor, a veteran language arts teacher at Albany High School, recently published two research articles, “Empowerment through critical literacy: Teaching that inspires hope,” Southeastern Teacher Education Journal, Fall 2009, and “The literacy dilemma and No Child Left Behind,” Southeastern Teacher Education Journal, Spring 2010.
Dr. Taylor is working on an autobiographical account of her life and she has plans to complete an educational research book. Dr. Taylor is a member of the Curriculum Pedagogy Group and earned her doctorate from Georgia Southern University in 2004.