White County High School, Ninth Grade Academy named to list of Georgia’s Highest Performing Schools

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — White County schools continue to receive recognition for academic excellence.

Last month, Tesnatee Gap Elementary School and Mount Yonah Elementary School were named to the list of Title 1 Highest Performing Schools in Georgia.

When state School Superintendent Richard Woods named the Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools for 2018 this month, White County High School (WCHS) and the Ninth Grade Academy (NGA) were recognized in three categories: AP Challenge Schools, AP STEM (science technology engineering mathematics) Schools and AP STEM Achievement Schools.

AP Challenge Schools are schools with enrollments of 900 or fewer students and students testing in four of the core areas (English, math, science, and social studies).

AP STEM Schools are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science A).

AP STEM Achievement Schools are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40 percent of exam scores on AP math and science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

White County School Superintendent Dr. Jeff Wilson said, “I am so proud of the work that Mr. (John) Osborne, Mrs. (Mary Ann) Collier and staff at NGA/WCHS are doing to help our students achieve at the highest level. This is a testament of the increased rigor we have seen at every level of our school system.”

AP exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. AP courses are one of several ways Georgia students can access college-level learning at the high-school level. Students who receive a 3, 4, or 5 on an AP exam may receive college credit.

 

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Students in Dawson, White and Lumpkin counties stage walkout to honor those killed in Parkland, Fl.

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Dr. Rob Brown

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Students all across the nation staged a 17-minute walkout Wednesday organized by Empower, a youth branch of the Women’s March. National organizers say the walkout was staged to “demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence.”

However, in heavily Republican counties like Dawson, Lumpkin and White, the walkouts were more about a respectful memorial to the 17 students and faculty killed at a Parkland, Florida, high school last month and less about making a political statement.

Lumpkin County Schools

Lumpkin County School Superintendent Dr. Rob Brown said about 125 students at Lumpkin County High School and 25 at Lumpkin County Middle School participated.

“It was all about showing respect for the students and faculty involved in the Parkland tragedy,” Brown said.

While some Georgia school systems threatened to punish students who walked out of classes, that was not the case in Lumpkin, White or Dawson counties.  “We believe First Amendment rights are just as important in schools as they are in the rest of society,” Brown said.

Students at both schools stood around the American flag in observance of the 17 minutes. “The principal encouraged the kids to work on their social skills by talking to students they don’t know and getting to know them,” Brown said.

White County Schools

Dr. Jeff Wilson

Students in White County schools were also welcome to join in the walkout. School Superintendent Dr. Jeff Wilson said 200 White County Middle School students participated along with about 50 at the high school and 15 at the Ninth Grade Academy.

“We respect their right to express themselves as long as it’s respectful and doesn’t disrupt the other students,” Wilson said.

The walkout had a very unique significance at WCMS thanks to a teacher, Melanie Lawhorn, and her students, who developed the “Warriors for Kindness” project. The project, which is posted on the school’s website states, “In order to honor the lives of the 17 individuals lost in Parkland, Florida, White County Middle School students are performing 17 random acts of kindness during the one-month anniversary week.”  The acts of kindness are being logged and will be mailed to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as a sign of support and love for the community.

Dawson County Schools

Dr. Damon Gibbs

School Superintendent Dr. Damon Gibbs said the event in Dawson County was respectful and non-disruptive.

“We allowed our students to gather in remembrance of those killed in Parkland, Florida, as well as to express their desire to see an end to school violence of any kind,” Gibbs stated.

Staff was assigned to hold discussions with students and answer any questions that they had.

“We respect the right of our students to express their opinions in a respectful and non-disruptive way,” Gibbs said. “We are also seeking their opinions about how we can make our schools safer in the future.”

 

 

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White Co. High, 9th Grade Academy Closed Today

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Classes at White County High School and the Ninth Grade Academy have been cancelled for today.

White County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeff Wilson said there is a problem with the water pressure at both schools and that water will be off most of the day.

Wilson said other White County schools will remain open and that staff will report on time to both the high school and Ninth Grade Academy.

No word yet on whether the schools will have to remain closed on Thursday.

Fetch Your News will have more details when they become available.

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Monday is Back to School Day for White Co. Students

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — The first day of the new school year in White County is Monday, Aug. 8. But there is still a lot to do before welcoming students back.
For example, there are a host of Open Houses scheduled this week.

White County High School and the Ninth Grade Academy will host Open House Wednesday Aug. 3 starting at 4 p.m.

On Thursday, Jack P. Nix, Mossy Creek and Tesnatee Gap Elementary Schools and White County Middle School will hold Open Houses on their campuses from 4-7 p.m. Jack P. Nix will hold a Governing Council Parent Election at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Last week, the school system welcomed 38 new employees and gave them an orientation. This week Open Houses are scheduled.

 

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