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August 22, 2014

CHARTER SYSTEM PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULE

The Colquitt County School System is seeking to become a charter system in the state of Georgia. On April 28, 2014, the Colquitt County Board of Education voted unanimously to petition the Georgia Department of Education for Charter System status. Since that time, numerous community and internal committees have met to discuss the benefits and challenges that would be addressed in the Charter System petition.  Click here for full press release.

August 22, 2014

Williams' Principal Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Willie J. Williams Middle School Principal Dr. Jamie Horne completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at a recent student assembly.  The local KFC agreed to donate $100 on behalf of Williams Middle School if Dr. Horne took the challenge.  Special thanks to KFC for its donation! 
For the video, click here.

August 14, 2014
 
Now that school has officially opened, I trust we will all share in the excitement of a new school year.  We have worked hard all summer in preparation for the first day when we welcomed 58 new teachers and over 9600 students.  

Student enrollment continues to increase, which has been the trend for the past several years.  Academics and student achievement will continue to be our focus in this new year.  You will hear more about the words Charter System as the school year progresses, which is an exciting means for us to explore new flexibilities in how we deliver education in our school system.  Click here for full message.
August 13, 2014
 

Georgia's First Lady Shares About Bus Safety

Georgia's First Lady Sandra Deal visited Colquitt County School System on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.  The focus of her visit was to highlight school bus safety.  Mrs. Deal spoke to several buses of students and emphasized the importance of obeying all traffic laws.  Many school transportation-related incidents occur when motorist pass buses illegally and ignore school zones.  Mrs. Deal shared, "I hope to bring awareness that will save the life of a child."  During the last school year, two Georgia students were killed in school bus-related crashes at their bus stops.

 
August 8, 2014

 IMPORTANT MILESTONE FOR NEW COLQUITT COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
COMMEMORATED AT JULY 29 STEEL TOP-OUT CEREMONY


Close to 300 people came together July 29 on the site of the New Colquitt County High School to celebrate the completion of the structural steel phase of this project in a topping-out ceremony.  Before placing the last steel beam, it was signed by subcontractors and their company’s management, the project architect, construction management team and job site personnel, school principal, school Superintendent and Board of Education members, several school system staff members, and numerous city and county dignitaries including Colquitt Co Board of Commissioners, Colquitt County Manager, City Council members, and Moultrie’s City Manager. 
Click here for full press release.
August 7, 2014
 
School Nutrition Managers Attend Culinary Training

Three Colquitt County School Nutrition managers continued to attend school over the summer.  

Tonya Parker, Norman Park Elementary, and Beverly Kimbrough, Funston Elementary, attended the one-week Level II Culinary Training at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. Wayne Hendrixson, Cox Elementary, attended the one-week Level I Culinary Training at the University of Georgia in Athens.  

Managers were taught by college professors and professional chefs.  The training included culinary techniques, updated nutritional guidelines, and methods of efficient operations.
 
 
July 23, 2014

Colquitt County Schools Win ANOTHER Striving Reader Grant

Colquitt County’s earliest learners will soon benefit from additional funding awarded to the Colquitt County School System.  This grant comes on the heels of the system receiving the Striving Reader Comprehensive Literacy Grant for kindergarten through fifth grade in the amount of $1.943,638 in February 2014. Click here for full press release.

July 21, 2014

 

 The Colquitt County Choir Program held its 2nd annual choir camp, July 14-18th.  The 35 participants in Grades 7-12 learned and performed pieces by Haydn, Schubert, Hogan, Vecchi and Albrecht.

July 15, 2014***Attention all Home School Parents***

As of July 1, 2012, Home school services are coordinated by the Georgia Department of Education.  You must go through the Georgia Department of Education (GADoE) in order to register your child for the 2014-2015 school year and for all other home school requests.  Declarations of Intent and monthly attendance forms should NOT be submitted to Colquitt County School System.


Changes have been made to the homeschooling law in Georgia. There are two major changes that homeschoolers need to be aware of:

·  The first is that they will no longer turn in their paperwork to their local school districts. Now they will report directly to the Georgia Department of Education.

·  The second major change is that homeschoolers will only be required to turn in attendance forms once a year to the Georgia Department of Education instead of turning in a monthly attendance form to their local school district. 

 
Click here for more information

July 15, 2014 

 


Colquitt County School Board Member Training

Annually, Colquitt County Board of Education members representing the county’s six districts receive training to further improve their leadership skills and become more effective school leaders.


Click here for full press release.

 

July 11, 2014

Mrs. Lisa Strickland Named Pre-K Director / Early Learning Grant Coordinator

The Colquitt County Board of Education voted to approve the appointment of Mrs. Lisa Strickland as the Pre-K Director/Early Learning Grant Coordinator on July 9, 2014. Mrs. Strickland is replacing Mrs. Lynn Clark, who retired.  Click here for full press release 

 
June 16, 2014
Georgia Announces New Testing System

June 4, 2014 – The Georgia Department of Education will implement a new testing system,
the Georgia Milestones Assessment System (Georgia Milestones) during the 2014-2015
academic year. The new system will replace both the CRCT and the EOCT.
Click here for full press release

 

 

June 12, 2014

Mr. Frederick Smith Named C.A. Gray Junior High School Principal

The Colquitt County Board of Education voted to approve the appointment of Mr. Frederick Smith as the principal of C.A. Gray Junior High School beginning July 1, 2014. 

Click here for full press release.

 
May 13, 2014
  Dr. Jamie Horne Named Willie J. Williams Middle School Principal

The Colquitt County Board of Education voted to approve the appointment of Dr. Jamie Horne as the principal of Willie J. Williams Middle School beginning July 1, 2014. Dr. Horne will be replacing Principal Doug Howell who has been named the Director of Student Services. 

Click here for full press release.
March 25, 2014

 New Principals Hired for Norman Park Elementary and Stringfellow Elementary

 
Mr. Stacey Rutledge

The Colquitt County Board of Education voted to approve the appointment of Stacey Rutledge as the principal of Norman Park Elementary School beginning July 1, 2014.  Mr. Rutledge will be replacing Principal Keith Adams.  Adams is slated to take the helm of Sunset Elementary School replacing retiring Principal Bruce Owen.  Click for full press release.

The Colquitt County Board of Education voted to approve the appointment of Dr. Travet “Tret” Witherspoon as the principal of Stringfellow Elementary School beginning July 1, 2014.  Dr. Witherspoon will be replacing retiring Principal Darlene Reynolds.  Click for full press release.

 
Dr. Tret Witherspoon

May 2, 2014

Colquitt County Schools Seek Charter System Status

The Colquitt County Board of Education at its meeting April 28, 2014, voted unanimously to petition the Georgia Board of Education for charter system status and authorized the superintendent and staff to begin work on the application. With timely approval of Colquitt’s petition by the State Board, the school system will begin operation under the charter on July 1, 2015. Click here for full press release.

 
April 24, 2014
SMART SNACKS IN SCHOOL

USDA recently published practical, science-based nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold to children at school during the school day. The standards, required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, will allow schools to offer healthier snack food to children, while limiting junk food. Click here for full story.
April 22, 2014

College and Career Readiness Results: CCHS and Gray Surpass State Averages

The Georgia Department of Education released its latest College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI).
According to the 2013 report, Colquitt County's schools received an average single score of 63.7 out of a possible 100 points. C.A. Gray Junior High School received the county’s highest individual score (75.2), surpassing the state average for its grade grouping. Colquitt County High School’s score (74.6) reflected an increase of 8.4% from the previous year, also surpassing the state average.  
Click for full press release. 

April 15, 2014

 Community Eligibility Provision Extends to Colquitt County High School

School Year 2013-14 served as the pilot year for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision program. Colquitt County School System is currently participating in this pilot program offering breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students at each qualifying location and to all students in grades pre-k through 9th grade.  Click for full press release.

 

 

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Colquitt County School System is committed to providing all students with a safe and civil school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect. In accordance with federal, state, and local policies, procedures and practices, Colquitt County School System expressly prohibits the bullying, harassment or intimidation of any person, by any means or method, which occurs on school property, on school vehicles, at designated school bus stops, or at school related functions or activities, or by use of data or software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, computer network, or other electronic technology of a local school system. Students who witness bullying or who are victims of bullying behaviors should make a report to a teacher or school administrator so that an appropriate investigation can take place. If, after an investigation, a student is found to be in violation of the Code of Conduct bullying policy, the student shall be disciplined by appropriate measures up to, and including, suspension and expulsion. Retaliation following a report of bullying is strictly prohibited and may result in strong disciplinary action. For more information on the Colquitt County School System’s policies on bullying click HERETo report a bullying incident, complete this FORM and submit it to any school administrator.


  The Colquitt County School System uses the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification system.  We began implementing E-verify on  November 1, 2011.  Our federal User Identification Number is 451541 .

Mission Statement:  The Colquitt County School System is committed to the daily pursuit of excellence in student achievement while working with parents and the community to serve the needs of all children in a positive and safe environment.

The Colquitt County Board of Education is an equal opportunity provider and employer and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in relation to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, political affiliation, disability, genetic information and testing, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. We prohibit retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.