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12/17/10
TOCCOA, GA - The Partners for Success program plays a huge role in Stephens County in supporting our students and families, but many people are unsure the exact role it plays in educating our students.  Partners for Success is the Family Connections collaborative body in Stephens County whose vision~ is that every child have the opportunity to reach his/her full potential for good health, be secure from abuse and neglect, succeed in school and become a productive, economically self-sufficient member of our community.~Their mission is to identify and monitor areas of community concern and to mobilize the community and its resources in a common effort to develop solutions.

 

Most recently, Partners for Success spearheaded the Coat drive for our students.  In all, 126 new and used coats have been collected and distributed with the help of the partners for success coordinator Toni Childress and the SCSS  social worker and school counselors.  The coat drive was a huge success and widely supported by the community.   Partners for Success will continue collecting coats until Jan 14th.

 

Bringing community resources to our students and families is what Partners for Success is all about.  Other programs under the Partners for Success umbrella include the mentoring program, the tutoring program at the elementary schools, eye exams for students, and the Read at Home program.  

 

  • Mentoring: 78 adults mentoring 99 students (99 hours per week)
  • Tutoring program: 50 students receive one-on-one tutoring during the school day / the AmeriCorps tutors also provide homework help through the afterschool program.
  • Sight for Students: 8 students have received a gift certificate for eye exam and glasses if needed this school year.  
  • Read at Home program serves 860 children birth to five with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
We know if we continue to work together in Stephens County, identify the gaps in services, streamline services, and share resources, children will be better served and we will see more improvements as a result. Helping students get ready for school and succeed in school is why Partners for Success exists in Stephens County
It takes us all working together at all levels to effect change in the lives of Stephens county’s  children and families.
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11/18/10

TOCCOA, GA - October 29, 2010 Toccoa Elementary School has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.



“Principal David Jacobson is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Sherrie Whiten, superintendent of Stephens County School System. "Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”



Buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Stephens County School System improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire system and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings.
 

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR.”
 

To earn the ENERGY STAR, Stephens County School System took the following actions:

  • Monitoring temperatures in buildings
  • Making sure lights are off in unoccupied areas
  • Working with custodians and staff on implementing these behaviors where they can throughout the day and night
  • Making sure thermostats cut off at the correct time and on at the correct time

 

EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale is eligible for the ENERGY STAR. Buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship, and warehouses.
 

ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products, new homes, and commercial and industrial buildings. Products and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved nearly $17 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 30 million vehicles.


For more information about ENERGY STAR visit www.energystar.gov/buildings.
For more information about Stephens County School System visit www.stephens.k12.ga.us

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11/18/10

EASTANOLLEE, GA - October 29, 2010 Big A Elementary School has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.


“Principal George Sanders is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Sherrie Whiten, superintendent of Stephens County School System. "Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”


Buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Stephens County School System improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire system and by making  cost-effective improvements to its buildings.


“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR.”


To earn the ENERGY STAR, Stephens County School System took the following actions:

  • Monitoring temperatures in buildings
  • Making sure lights are off in unoccupied areas
  • Working with custodians and staff on implementing these behaviors where they can throughout the day and night
  • Making sure thermostats cut off at the correct time and on at the correct time


EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale is eligible for the ENERGY STAR. Buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship, and warehouses.


ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products, new homes, and commercial and industrial buildings. Products and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved nearly $17 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 30 million vehicles.


For more information about ENERGY STAR visit www.energystar.gov/buildings.
For more information about Stephens County School System visit www.stephens.k12.ga.us

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11/18/10

TOCCOA, GA - October 29, 2010 Liberty Elementary School has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.


“Principal Terri Powers is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Sherrie Whiten, superintendent of Stephens County School System. "Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”


Buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Stephens County School System improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire system and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings.


“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR.”


To earn the ENERGY STAR, Stephens County School System took the following actions:

  • Monitoring temperatures in buildings
  • Making sure lights are off in unoccupied areas
  • Working with custodians and staff on implementing these behaviors where they can throughout the day and night
  • Making sure thermostats cut off at the correct time and on at the correct time


EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale is eligible for the ENERGY STAR. Buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses,  hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship, and warehouses.


ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products, new homes, and commercial and industrial buildings. Products and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved nearly $17 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 30 million vehicles.


For more information about ENERGY STAR visit www.energystar.gov/buildings.
For more information about Stephens County School System visit www.stephens.k12.ga.us

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11/18/10

October 29, 2010 Stephens County Middle School has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.


“Principal Tony Crunkleton is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Sherrie Whiten, superintendent of Stephens County School System. "Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”


Buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Stephens County School System improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire system and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings.


“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR.”

To earn the ENERGY STAR, Stephens County School System took the following actions:

  • Monitoring temperatures in buildings
  • Making sure lights are off in unoccupied areas
  • Working with custodians and staff on implementing these behaviors where they can throughout the day and night
  • Making sure thermostats cut off at the correct time and on at the correct time

 

EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale is eligible for the ENERGY STAR. Buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship, and warehouses.


ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products, new homes, and commercial and industrial buildings. Products and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved nearly $17 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 30 million vehicles.

For more information about ENERGY STAR visit www.energystar.gov/buildings.
For more information about Stephens County School System visit www.stephens.k12.ga.us

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11/17/10

TOCCOA, GA - Stephens County High School’s results on the September, 2010 administration of the Georgia High School Writing Test indicate great work is occurring within the classrooms of Stephens County High. 96% of this year’s 11th grade first time test takers met or exceeded the standard on this test, compared to 86% last year—an increase of 10%.

Not satisfied with last year’s writing test results, the staff of SCHS revised and renewed its efforts to make quality writing a top priority.

Some of the key work included:

  • 10th grade became a writing focus course (with focus on persuasion and young adult literature/themes)
  • Common Writing Rubrics were created 9th – 11th grades
    • 9th grade focus – on thesis, topic sentences and supporting details
    • 10th grade focus – persuasive writing/persuasive techniques
  • Other subjects were encouraged to write within class
  • A/B schedule allowed all students to start school with a language arts class and have language arts all year long
  • 11th grade teachers focused on writing the 1st month of school – used GADOE website to show models and the state grading rubric
  • Increased collaboration within subject area departments facilitated by instructional coaches


We are proud of the efforts of our students and staff. Congratulations on a job well done!

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11/16/10

The Teacher of the Year Program (TOTY) annually spotlights the teaching profession and recognizes outstanding public school teachers at the local and state levels. The program is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education. It is a prestigious awards program to focus attention on excellence in teaching.  Each school selects a teacher of the year. The following were selected earlier to represent their schools:

Teachers of the Year

Big A Elementary...................Jill Sexton

Eastanollee Elementary..............................Whitney Geiger

 Liberty Elementary....................................Lisa Segars

Toccoa Elementary..................................Teresa O’Shields

Stephens County Middle School..........................Geoffrey Dillard

Stephens County High School..........................Christine Dutton

 

Stephens County is proud to announce that Whitney Geiger has been selected as the school system teacher of the year.   Mrs.Geiger is an exemplary teacher and we are pleased she will be representing Stephens County.  All six teachers of the year candidates will be recognized at a luncheon later this year. 

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