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KCES Students Win International Poetry Contest

Kings Chapel Students Win International Poetry Contest

Three second-grade students at Kings Chapel Elementary School won awards in the 2021 Presidents’ Day Contest.  The international competition was sponsored by the Jimmy Carter National Historical Park.  Kings Chapel’s students won all three prizes in the kindergarten through second grade division.  

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Liddie Harrell ~ Grand Prize;
  • Daylon Woolfolk ~ 2nd place; and
  • Max Chandler ~ 3rd place.

Principal William Ray commented, “Kings Chapel is proud to have three student winners of this prestigious contest.  Our teachers do an excellent job helping students build on their writing and language arts skills.  To have their poetry recognized in this way is very exciting!”  

To read the complete news release, please click here.

All Five High Schools Named AP Honor Schools

All Five High Schools Named Advanced Placement Honor Schools Again

All five local high schools have been named 2021 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools by State School Superintendent Richard Woods. Supt. Woods announced AP Honor Schools in eight categories on Feb. 24, 2021, based on the results of the 2020 AP courses and exams.  

Houston County's high schools are recognized in three categories:

  • AP Access and Support Schools;
  • AP STEM Schools; and
  • AP STEM Achievement Schools.

“Congratulations to all five of our high schools,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark Scott.  “We are especially proud that this is the seventh consecutive year our schools have earned this prestigious recognition.  Our AP students take the most rigorous classes available, and I commend them on their hard work and goal to earn college credit while still in high school.” 

The 2020 graduation rate for Houston County’s students who completed at least one AP course was 100 percent.  All five high schools have been recognized as AP STEM Schools since 2015. 

To read the complete news release, please click here.

PHS 4A One Act State Champs!

Perry High Wins One Act State Championship

Perry High School was named the One Act State Champion at the Georgia High School Association Class AAAA Theatre Competition on Feb. 13 for its performance of Emma Reeve’s Hetty Feather. In addition to winning first place, several students also won individual awards for their performance: Best Actor ~ Logan Jacobs, and All-Star Cast ~ Julie Edes and Levi Shelton. 

Joseph Sendek is the Perry High theatre director.

Perry High offers the following five opportunities to see this state championship musical:

  • Feb. 18, 19, 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Sendek said, “As always, our mission is to perform to the best of our ability, to tackle every obstacle as a group, and leave the audience entertained. Our cast, crew, and musicians delivered a powerful piece of live theatre and we are beyond honored to receive this recognition. You don't want to miss this fantastic production!"

  To read the complete news release, please click here.

WRHS 5A One Act State Champs!

Warner Robins Wins One Act State Championship

Warner Robins High School was named the One Act State Champion at the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Theatre AAAAA Competition on Feb. 13 for its performance of Roald Dahl’s Matilda, the Musical. In addition to winning first place, individual students won the following awards: Best Actress ~ Drew James; and All-Star Cast ~ Christian Carter, Ashton Harden and Mandie Smythe. This is the school’s first one act state championship.

Nicholas Sostillio and Shelby English are the Warner Robins High theatre directors. The adult production team includes Trey English, Cherri Engen, Richard Frazier and Jessica Teemer.

Warner Robins High offers five opportunities to see its award-winning musical in the Performing Arts Center as follows:

  • Feb. 18, 19 and 22 at 7:00 p.m.; and
  • Feb. 21 at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

“What an exciting year in Demon Country,” exclaimed Sostillio. “We are honored to be named the State Champion for the first time in school history. This group of students pushed through quarantines and adapted schedules to come out on top. We are very proud of our students’ work and accomplishments!”

  To read the complete news release, please click here.

SNP Peanut Butter Usage Award

School Nutrition Wins Georgia Peanut Commission Award

Houston County School District’s School Nutrition Program (SNP) was recently honored by the Georgia Peanut Commission. The district was given the “Peanut Butter Usage Award” for its 2020 pandemic feeding program. Georgia’s peanut farmers recognized the critical effort school nutrition partners made to feed the state’s most food-vulnerable students when COVID-19 caused a closure of schools. Houston was one of four districts to win top honors.

The Georgia Peanut Commission worked with the Georgia School Nutrition Association to highlight the efforts of school districts in the areas of innovation, volume, and community engagement. Each winning district received a trophy, 123 cases of peanut butter for the feeding program, and a Georgia Peanuts dish towel and spatula for each team member. The cases total 720 jars of 16 oz. peanut butter.

“We love to see industry partners recognizing the effort school nutrition programs put forth to help our communities during this time,” said Meredith Potter, HCSD Director of School Nutrition. “Uncrustables are certainly a popular menu item, and we are glad to be able to support Georgia’s peanut farmers while feeding the children of Houston County.”

  To read the complete news release, please click here.

HCBOE Government Service Award

Board of Education Honored with Government Service Award

The Houston County Board of Education received the 2020 Sherrill Stafford Government Service Award from the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 9. Chamber Chairman Shane Gottwals and Past Chairman Jay Flesher presented the award during the Board of Education meeting.

“While we saw many individuals and government agencies step up in a big way in the face of the uncertainty presented in 2020 to keep our community healthy and safe, the most notable and immediate response was led by our very own Houston County Board of Education,” remarked Gottwals. “Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Scott, Mr. Fred Wilson, and the entire Board of Education, the Houston County School District has been a model for systems across the country on how to implement safety measures and provide necessary resources to continue providing quality education to the children of our community.”

The Sherrill Stafford Government Service Award is part of the Chamber’s annual Pinnacle Awards program. The Houston County School District’s central office is located at 1100 Main Street in Perry. For more information about the district, visit https://www.hcbe.net. For more information about Robins Regional Chamber and the Pinnacle Awards program, please visit https://www.robinsregion.com/.

  To read the complete news release, please click here.

VHS Students Win AFJROTC Flight Academy Scholarships

Veterans High Students Awarded AFJROTC Flight Academy Scholarships

Two members of the Veterans High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) have been selected to receive a Flight Academy Scholarship from Headquarters AFJROTC. Jade Voigt and Joshua Smith are two of 230 AFJROTC cadets chosen for this scholarship to attend an accredited private pilot license training program this summer.

More than 1,340 cadets from units around the world applied for this scholarship valued at approximately $22,500. It covers transportation, room and board, academics and flight hours required to potentially earn a private pilot license. The Flight Academy Scholarship Program is an Air Force-level initiative in collaboration with the commercial aviation industry to address the national civilian and military pilot shortage. The Flight Academy allows aspiring young aviators to get their Private Pilot’s Certification, at no cost, during an eight-week summer course at partner universities.

Lt. Col. (ret.) Jessica R. Chapman leads the Veterans High AFJROTC program as the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor. Lt. Col. Chapman feels extremely blessed to continue to build the strong legacy and character development of our future leaders. In celebrating this achievement, she highlights a quote from Gen. Colin Powell: “All work is honorable. Always do your best because someone is watching.” 

To read the complete news release, please click here.

Class of 2021 Graduation Information

Class of 2021 Graduate May 28 & 29

Commencement ceremonies for the 2021 Houston County School District high schools will be held May 28 and 29, 2021. All five ceremonies will be held in Perry at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Reaves Arena.  The graduation commencement schedule is posted at www.hcbe.net/graduation.

In accordance with the Department of Public health guidance, seating will be limited and each graduate will receive a specific number of tickets for their ceremony.  Closer to the event, the number of tickets and other details will be provided to graduates and posted online.  Graduation ceremonies are also live-streamed over the internet from the Board of Education website at http://www.hcbe.net/.  

The Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter (GNFA) is located at 401 Larry Walker Parkway in Perry.  For information about the ceremonies, please contact the individual high schools or visit the district website at www.hcbe.net/graduation.  

To read the complete news release, please click here.

Virtual Teacher Recruitment Fair

Virtual Teacher Recruitment Fair Opens Feb. 24

The Houston County School District will host a virtual Teacher Recruitment Fair beginning Feb. 24 at 4:00 p.m.  Teachers seeking employment are invited to explore the virtual platform on the Land the Job You Love webpage.

Each of the 39 campuses' unique culture will be highlighted in a presentation, which includes messages from the principal, teachers, parents, and students.  After visiting the virtual fair, candidates are invited to apply online.  As part of their application, they are encouraged to submit a short video to introduce themselves to the principal and other lead administrators.    

To learn about the district and community, view the “My Home, My Houston” video.  For more information, contact Human Resources at 478-988-6244 or visit the district’s website, www.hcbe.net.

To read the complete news release, please click here.

eSPLOST

Board Approves Resolution to Continue E-SPLOST for Schools

On Dec. 8, 2020, the Board of Education approved a referendum resolution to continue the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (E-SPLOST). An E-SPLOST is a one-cent sales tax that lasts a maximum of five years or until an established cap is reached.

Houston County voters will be asked to vote on a continuation of the one-cent sales tax for education on Mar. 16, 2021. Early voting will be offered Feb. 22 – Mar. 12 at three sites.

A continuation of the E-SPLOST will provide funds to improve safety and security, facilities, technology, and transportation. Overall the funds would be used to create safer and better learning environments.

The current E-SPLOST ends March 31, 2022. This referendum asks to continue the one-cent E-SPLOST for five years, from April 1, 2022, to March 31, 2027, or until a cap of $190 million is reached, whichever comes first.

To read the complete news release, please click here.

Pre-K Registration

Pre-K Registration March 1 - 26 

The Houston County School District will accept applications for the 2021-2022 Pre-Kindergarten program March 1 - 26, 2021. Approximately 1,300 children are expected to register for Pre-K. 

Pre-K students must be four years of age on Sept. 1, 2021. Children who will be 5 years old on Sept. 1, 2021, and are not currently enrolled in one of the school district’s Pre-K classrooms, should register as a kindergarten student for the 2021-2022 school year. 

 

Central Registration hours are: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

For more information about the application and registration process, please contact Central Registration at 478-741-3610; for information about the Pre-K program, contact the Coordinator for Special Programs at 478-988-6330, or blanche.lamb@hcbe.net. One may also visit https://houstoncountys.schoolinsites.com/pre-k

To read the complete news release, please click here.

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