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HB 251

HB251 School Transfer Option Based on Space Availability

 

The 2009 Georgia General Assembly approved House Bill 251 (HB251) giving parents/guardians the option to request that their children attend any school within the school district based on space availability. School districts determine available classroom space after all assigned students have been enrolled. 

 

In accordance with the law, Houston County School District created a process for parents to exercise this school transfer option and a process to determine space availability.  Openings are grade specific. 

 

Complete information regarding HB251 is posted to the Board of Education website at www.hcbe.net/hb251

  To read the complete news release, please follow this link.

HB224

HB224 School Transfer Option Based on Space Availability

 

The 2017 Georgia General Assembly approved House Bill 224 (HB224) for military service members who live in base housing. HB224 allows military families the option to request any school within the school district based on space availability if the family resides on base. School districts determine available classroom space after all assigned students have been enrolled.

 

In accordance with the law, the Houston County School District created a process for parents to exercise this school transfer option and a process to determine space availability. Openings are grade-specific within schools

 

Complete information regarding HB224 is posted to the Board of Education website at www.hcbe.net/hb224.

  To read the complete news release, please follow this link.

NHS AFJROTC

NHS AFJROTC Receive Outstanding Instructor Awards; Maj. Jolissaint GA ROTC Teacher of the Year

 

Three Northside High School Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) GA-062 instructors were recently honored by headquarters. Maj. Dennis Jolissaint, Chief Charles Mize and MSgt. Laura Sauls were each presented a 2019-2020 Outstanding Instructor Award (OIA) by HQ AFJROTC.

 

Senior Aerospace Science Instructor (SASI), Maj. Jolissaint will also be honored as the Georgia Association of Career and Technical Education (GACTE) Teacher of the Year, JROTC Division. This honor also makes him a nominee for the overall GACTE Teacher of the Year. The 2020 conference and ceremony presentations and overall winner announcement will be a virtual celebration held July 15-16, 2020.

  To read the complete news release, please follow this link.

Meet & Greet Dates

New Student Orientations and Meet & Greet Opportunities

 

Houston County schools have scheduled orientations for new students and opportunities to meet teachers before the first day of school, which is scheduled for Aug. 4, 2020. The schools hosting Meet and Greet events invite students and their parents to stop by to meet teachers and see their classrooms. High schools have also scheduled orientations for freshmen and any other new students. 

 

To see the complete schedule of meet and greet opportunities, please visit https://www.hcbe.net/meetgreetFor more information, please contact your child’s school.

 

  To read the complete news release, please follow this link.

Dr. Dustin Dykes Named NMS Principal

Dr. Dustin Dykes Named Principal of Northside Middle School

The Houston County Board of Education named Dr. Dustin Dykes the principal of Northside Middle School during the Board meeting held May 27, 2020. Dr. Dykes has served as the Assistant Principal for Instruction (API) at Thomson Middle School since 2012.

Dr. Dykes has worked in the district for 17 years. Prior to serving as Thomson’s API, he was the school’s assistant principal for discipline from 2009 to 2012. He also worked at Northside High as an intervention support specialist

Northside Middle is located at 500 Johnson Road in Warner Robins. For more information, please contact Dr. Dykes at Dustin.Dykes@hcbe.net.

To read the complete news release, please follow this link.

HCSD SNP Annual Awards

School Nutrition Program Presents Awards

The School Nutrition Program (SNP) honored its top employees during the annual School Nutrition Awards Banquet on May 22, which was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The System Manager of the Year, Director’s Choice, Employee of the Year and Award of Excellence were announced for the first time.

Congratulations to the following honorees:

  • System Manager of the Year – Wanda Keene, Northside High;
  • Director’s Choice – James Bryant, manager at Warner Robins High; and
  • Employee of the Year – Jennifer Graham, Matt Arthur Elementary.

Meredith Potter, Director of School Nutrition, presented the awards during the virtual ceremony which may be viewed by clicking the image to the left. 

To read the complete news release, please follow this link.

Virtual Summer School

Middle and High School Summer School Offered Virtually

The Houston County School District is offering summer school online at the middle school and high school levels June 8 – July 17, 2020. Students who need classes to graduate on time may pay to take core academic courses or electives. Registration opens May 22, 2020, and closes June 3, 2020.

Middle school students needing to recover core academic courses and high school students who are behind in credits may register for up to four courses (2 credits). Enrollment priority will be given to current seniors and rising seniors.

Students may register online for Houston Virtual Summer School at www.hcbe.net/summerschool

To read the complete news release, please follow this link.

Summer Meals for Kids

Summer Meals Offered for Children

The Houston County School Nutrition Program will continue operations this summer, offering meals free of charge to children ages 18 and under, through July 29, 2020. Children do not need to be enrolled in the Houston County School District to receive meals.

Meals are offered at four schools: Northside High, Huntington Middle, Matt Arthur Elementary, and Tucker Elementary. Two breakfasts and two lunches will be provided on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the car rider or bus lane. In addition, seven mobile routes will continue traveling scheduled routes through Houston County neighborhoods to serve children who are unable to access one of the school sites.

To read the complete news release, please follow this link.

Army ROTC Bootstrap Scholarship Winner

Perry High Student Awarded Army ROTC Bootstrap Scholarship

 

Perry High School senior Cadet Colonel Abbie Spears has been selected for an Army ROTC 3-year college scholarship. The Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL) partnered with Army ROTC to provide at least 20 “Bootstrap Scholarships” for Georgia high school seniors.

 

Those awarded this scholarship are outstanding scholars, athletes and leaders who met this criteria: play varsity sports; involved in school and community; and have a minimum of a 1,000 on the SAT or 19 on the ACT. C/Col. Spears exemplifies these qualities.

 

Spears plans to attend Georgia Southern University to pursue a degree in nursing. Bootstrap Scholars commit to serve in the U.S. Army for at least four years active duty, plus four years Individual Ready Reserves. An option is to serve eight years in the Reserve or National Guard.

 

To read the complete news release, please follow this link.

HCSD Middle GA Regional Positive Athlete Winners

Four Students Awarded Regional Most Positive Athlete

Four Houston County School District students have been named Middle Georgia Regional Positive Athletes for 2020. A Positive Athlete exhibits these traits: optimism, encourager, servant leader, heart for others, admits imperfections, always gives 100 percent and puts the team first.

More than 5,000 student-athletes and coaches from over 420 high schools were nominated, and only about 7% will be recognized as a regional winner.

Congratulations to the following Most Positive Sports Athletes: Marika Claiborne, Warner Robins High, Senior – Girls Cross Country; Mikayla Hampton, Veterans High, Senior – Girls Tennis; Annabelle Putman, Perry High, Junior – Adapted Sports; and William Rankine, Houston County High, Freshman – Swimming and Diving.

To read the complete news release, please follow this link.

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Northside High Awarded AFJROTC Distinguished Unit with Merit

Northside High Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) GA-062 has been selected as one of 79 units to receive the 2019-2020 AFJROTC Distinguished Unit with Merit Award. This award recognizes AFJROTC units that have performed well above and beyond normal expectations. These units have also distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the AFJROTC citizen development mission for America.

USAF Col. Stephen Sanders stated, “The Distinguished Unit with Merit Award recognizes the personal growth and accomplishments of the cadets, the contributions of the instructors as mentors of the cadets, and the support of the school and community. The Distinguished Unit with Merit Award is limited to the very best of the best of our nation’s 890 Air Force JROTC units.”

To read the complete news release, please follow this link.

Tennis Complex Reopens

Tennis Complex Reopens May 11

The Houston County School District will reopen its Tennis Complex on May 11, 2020. The facility has been closed during Governor’s Kemp executive order to shelter in place.

To reserve a court online at hcbe.tennisbookings.com, create an account to login and reserve the preferred date and time. The cost is $5 per person, per hour. An automatic tennis ball machine is available for rent, to include the tennis ball mower and use of the court, for $30 for one hour. Fees are paid online and will be used toward facility maintenance and operating costs.

For more information, visit the district website’s Facilities page and select “Tennis Complex.” The complex is located at 110 Bear Country Boulevard in Warner Robins, beside Freedom Field Stadium.

To read the complete news release, please follow this link.

HCHS FCCLA National & State Awards

Houston County High Wins National & State FCCLA Awards

Houston County High School’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter has recently won several national and state awards. Congratulations for receiving the following FCCLA national honors:

  • National Families First Program Award Winner 
  • National Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety (FACTS) State-Level Program Winner

Recognition is also deserved for the following state honors:

  • State Chapter of the Year, the highest chapter award bestowed by Georgia FCCLA;
  • State Administrator of the Year Award - Karma Hayes;
  • State STOP the Violence National Program Award Winner; and
  • Honor Roll with Distinction Award.

To read the complete news release, please follow this link.

2020-2021 HCSD TOTY

Congratulations to Houston County's 2020-2021 Teachers of the Year

Houston County schools have selected their 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year. The honorees will be recognized during the district’s Opening Session for the next school year. The 2020-2021 Houston County Teacher of the Year and four finalists will be announced for the first time during the event. Congratulations to our Teachers of the Year!

Each school has its own selection process. To select the district-wide winners, an educator from outside the district evaluated the school-level nominees' written applications. After this preliminary judging, 10 semi-finalists were selected for one-on-one interviews with a panel of out-of-district judges consisting of personnel with experience in the educational field. After an intensive and lengthy review of written applications and face-to-face interviews, the judges select the top five teachers. The 2020-2021 district-wide Teacher of the Year and four finalists will remain a surprise until announced during Opening Session.

To read the complete news release and see the complete list of honorees, please follow this link.

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