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‘Georgia Grown’ is celebrated at East Jackson Elementary

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Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black sits with students as a video plays. See more scenes from the celebration in Farah Bohannon's photo gallery below.

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black sits with students as a video plays. See more scenes from the celebration in Farah Bohannon’s photo gallery below.

By FARAH BOHANNON

fbohannon@clickthepaper.com

East Jackson Elementary School believes in serving up “Georgia Grown” food in its cafeteria while helping to keep Jackson County economically strong.

On Sept. 24, students, teachers and staff gathered in the school’s gymnasium to kickoff the school’s Farm 2 School activities. Also in attendance were several local farmers in attendance looked forward to sharing what they do on a daily basis along with Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, Chef Josh Aaron of Jefferson’s The Savory Spoon, School Superintendent Dr. April Howard, Jackson County Schools’ Director of Nutrition Dr. Debra Morris and East Jackson Elementary chef Rich Freeman.

 

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Jackson County 4-H offering orientation sessions

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Jackson County 4-H orientation

BB Rifle
(for 5th—8th graders only!)

Want to learn to safely engage in target sports? Join Intro to BB Class: BB 101!  This is a great way to enhance decision making, develop character and boost self confidence.  The class meets on Tuesday and some Thursday evenings from October-December with the option of trying out for the spring All-Star season.  Youth need a volunteer to participate with them (no
experience necessary.)  Orientation is Tuesday, September 30th at 6:30 p.m. $25  Parents are asked to attend with youth.

Horse Club

Do you love animals?  Want to learn more about horses?  Join us for Horse Club!

Kick off is Sunday, September 28th from 1-4 p.m. at 7098 Holly Springs Rd.  We have monthly meetings on Sundays.  $80 Fee.  Parents are asked to attend with youth.

Archery
(for ages 9-19)

Join the team of the 2014 National Junior Buckmaster Champs!  No previous experience required!  Learn shooting safety, enhance your skills, and make new friends!  Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays from October—May.  (Summer season is offered too!)  Activity Fee of $80.00 covers practice t-shirt, polo shirt, insurance, entry fee for State  Outdoor Match, targets, and miscellaneous supplies.   Orientation is 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 7 at old SJES gym.  Parents are asked to attend with youth.

 

Broad Prize for Urban Education announcement hosted by GCPS

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SKOLS-Broad-Prize-GCPS-pic14118The BIG DAY is almost here when the winner of the 2014 Broad Prize for Urban Education will be announced!

Gwinnett County Public Schools is hosting a Broad Prize Watch at the Instructional Support Center on Monday, Sept. 22. The agenda for the event calls for the press conference and announcement of the winner to begin at 11 a.m.

While a large audience is expected at the watch held at the ISC, those who may not be able to attend can watch announcement online as the Broad Foundation has set up a live webcast from the event, broadcasting the entirety of the day— starting with a panel discussion at 9 a.m. and concluding around noon with the announcement of the winner.

Advance registration is required and may be accessed at www.broadprize.org under “Features” on the main page. Registration must be completed prior to 9 a.m. ET on Sept. 22.

Gum Springs Elementary is launching leader ‘ship’

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Helping promote leader “ship” at Gum Springs Elementary School are Principal Alisa Hanley, not pictured, and the “7 Habits team including teachers, front row: Tracy Kofke (2nd), Jennifer Wade (2nd), Angie Konarski (5th), LaShea Branton (3rd); back Row: Amy Myers (3rd), Christie Matovina (1st), Katee Gebo (art), Donna Wilson (1st), Darla Paiter (SPED), Carol Smitherman (Pre-K), Alice Lyle (Pre-K) and Jennifer Simmons (Kindergarten).

Helping promote leader “ship” at Gum Springs Elementary School are Principal Alisa Hanley, not pictured, and the “7 Habits team including teachers, front row: Tracy Kofke (2nd), Jennifer Wade (2nd), Angie Konarski (5th), LaShea Branton (3rd); back Row: Amy Myers (3rd), Christie Matovina (1st), Katee Gebo (art), Donna Wilson (1st), Darla Paiter (SPED), Carol Smitherman (Pre-K), Alice Lyle (Pre-K) and Jennifer Simmons (Kindergarten).

By FARAH BOHANNON
fbohannon@clickthepaper.com
Gum Springs Elementary students and teachers will be embarking on a new learning adventure this year.
It is an adventure that can be used both academically and personally, and it is something that students can hold onto into adulthood. The school has a nautical theme planned and will set sail on the GSES leader ”ship” where both students and teachers will apply the seven habits of leadership to their lives.
Principal Alisa Hanley says they will work on good habits and leadership skills while striving for academic excellence.
Hanley and a group of teachers that make up the “7 Habits” team members collaborated over the summer after reading “The Leader In Me” by Steven Covey to come up with the best possible school-wide curriculum that promotes leadership and its seven habits — be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek first to understand, then to be understood, synergize and sharpen the saw.
A grant was written, and GSES received books to go along with the leadership theme as well as with the curriculum they created. The teachers on this team thought long and hard about how to help students from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade learn the seven habits to where they would understand it according to their ages and be able to apply them to their lives.
“The group of teachers that met over the summer to create our leadership curriculum became really passionate about this,” said first grade teacher Donna Wilson. “It was great to see so many of us spending our free time perfecting this curriculum. Our seven habits team is also a great representation of the entire school.”
Wilson also believes that this curriculum will showcase each student’s unique abilities. Academics are certainly important, but each child does not have to compete to be the best mathematician or reader. Teachers will discover the student’s passions and interests and use those to help them succeed in different ways. If a child realizes he or she has a unique talent that the teachers see as important, it offers an incredible incentive to never give up and put 100% into school.
GSES students will study one leadership habit each month of the school year, but they will all build on one another and hopefully be used outside of school as well. Teachers quote the habits throughout the school day and use them while teaching and when settling disputes or arguments between students.
“The seven habits of leadership curriculum will be executed at school, but it can certainly be used at home as well,” said fifth grade teacher Angie Konarski. “I think we as teachers are learning from it, too.”
Third grade teacher LaShea Branton is a mother to two children and says she finds herself using the seven habits of leadership at home as well as at school.
“I believe that the parents of the children we teach can apply the seven habits to their lives as well,” said Branton. “I know this is true because I find myself stating the seven habits at home as a parent, not only when I’m teaching at school.”
GSES students have their own agendas where they write homework assignments, test dates, project dates, and the like, but Hanley says there are also areas where they can add personal goals or anything that will inspire them to do their best. The planners are colorful, cheerful and full of inspiration.
“The seven habits of leadership are embedded into the student planners,” said Hanley. “Every page mentions something about one of the habits so the kids can always remember to apply it to their lives.”
Konarski says the planners filled with leadership inspiration will help students gain important life skills.
“We as adults use planners,” said Konarski. “I think that using a planner teaches good life skills because it helps with planning ahead and time management.  As a functioning member of society, it’s important that we know how to figure out what to do next instead of constantly being told what to do. We want to teach our students to be independent and confident. These skills are also important when it comes to working in groups.”
GSES students will participate in several group projects throughout the year to learn how to work closely with others. Teachers will facilitate and ensure the children use the seven habits to achieve success with fellow group members as well as academically. The ability to work in groups and adapt to different personalities is a trait that is important to carry throughout adulthood. GSES teachers believe that introducing this at a young age is beneficial.
“Our kids will learn to agree to disagree,” said Hanley. “It happens every time a group works together, and it is not always easy.” This happens between adults frequently, so learning how to synergize as children will make things somewhat easier once said children become adults in the working world.
GSES Principal Alisa Hanley, the teachers and the students have embarked the Leader”ship”, have set sail and are ready — both teachers and students — to become successful leaders in Jackson County and beyond.

7 Habits from ‘The Leader in Me’

Be proactive
Begin with the end in mind
Put first things first
Think win-win
Seek first to understand, then to be understood
Synergize
Sharpen the saw

Students sign their names, leave messages to become part in school’s history

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The beams signed last week by students at West Jackson Intermediate an West Jackson Primary schools were erected on Monday on the new classroom addition at the  intermediate school which will become a K-5 facility. WJPS will be transforming into a future middle school. See photo galleries below by LeAnne Akin and Melissa Dyer of Bowen & Watson Inc.

The beams signed last week by students at West Jackson Intermediate an West Jackson Primary schools were erected on Monday on the new classroom addition at the intermediate school which will become a K-5 facility. WJPS will be transforming into a future middle school. See photo galleries below by LeAnne Akin and Melissa Dyer of Bowen & Watson Inc.

Students from West Jackson Intermediate School (WJIS) and West Jackson Primary School (WJPS) officially became part of the new addition to WJIS Thursday, Aug. 21, when they signed a steel beam that will be used in the construction of the new wing.
Delivery of more than 200 tons of steel earlier this week marked the beginning of vertical construction for the 36,326 square-foot, 25-classroom addition. In preparation for the structural steel there has been 32 tons of rebar, 562 cubic yards of concrete and 1400 foundation block installed.
“This is not only an exciting milestone for the project but also an opportunity for the children to be included in the construction process of their new addition,” said Bowen & Watson project superintendent, Andy Ricks. “Our goal is that they will fondly remember this day and be proud their names are written within the structure of this building.”

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