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Board of Education Names Dr. Justin Finney as Next Superintendent for the Harris County School District
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HCSD Board of Education names next Superintendent. Dr. Justin Finney will take over the position when Mr. Roger Couch officially retires at the end of the 23-24 academic year.

Following a comprehensive search process that commenced in October 2023, at a called meeting on Feb. 27, the Harris County Board of Education announced Dr. Justin Finney as the next superintendent of the Harris County School District (HCSD). Dr. Finney's appointment comes after a mandatory 14-day waiting period following the announcement of his selection as the finalist by the Board.

HCSD Board of Education Names Dr. Justin Finney Next Superintendent

“I’m humbled and honored to have been named the superintendent of the Harris County School District,” Finney stated when asked about his appointment. “We have some challenges, but we also have great opportunities. I’m looking forward to working with our faculty, staff, and parents on how we can take this district from great to one of the premier districts in Georgia as it takes all of us to help students to succeed.”

Bringing with him 24 years of extensive experience in public education, Finney has been a pivotal member of the HCSD community, serving most recently as the assistant superintendent of business services and technology for the district during the past six years. His journey in education spans various roles, including teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal.

After the board announced his appointment, Finney thanked the Board of Education for the opportunity and thanked Superintendent Roger D. Couch for his leadership and mentorship over the last six years. “It has been my privilege to learn and grow at the central-office level under Mr. Couch’s leadership. He has stabilized this school district and led us through a pandemic while providing new facilities, such as the new Harris County Carver Middle School, the Science and Technology Center, the new indoor athletic complex, and the new tennis complex, and so many other improvements. I’m thankful that he will continue to be just a call away.” Couch will continue to serve as superintendent through May 31, 2024. Finney will assume the responsibility as of June 1, 2024.

The search for a new superintendent commenced promptly after the announcement of Couch's impending retirement, initiating a six-month process overseen by the Harris County Board of Education. Employing the expertise of search consultants King-Cooper and Associates, the Board meticulously reviewed 18 applications, conducted thorough candidate screenings, and engaged in comprehensive interviews before naming Dr. Finney as the finalist for the role.

A graduate of Columbus State University (CSU), Finney holds a B.S. Ed. Degree in Social Studies Education, alongside master's, specialist, and Ed.D. degrees from the same institution, specializing in curriculum and leadership. Prior to his career in education, Finney served 12 years in the military in U. S. Army Special Operations.

Finney's educational journey commenced in 2001 as a coach and teacher at Rothschild Middle School in Muscogee County, followed by a tenure at CSU from 2004-2007. He assumed administrative roles, serving as assistant principal at Harris County Carver Middle School in 2007 and later as principal of Mulberry Creek Elementary from 2010-2018, before ascending to the position of HCSD assistant superintendent in 2018.

In his pursuit of superintendency, Finney has diligently pursued professional development opportunities, including specialized training programs offered by the Georgia School Superintendents Association, as well as completing the rigorous Superintendent Professional Development Program.

Outside of his professional endeavors, Finney has been married to his wife, Terri, for 29 years, and together they have two grown children, Michael, and Madison, as well as two grandchildren.

Garnett Ray, chair of the Board of Education, expressed enthusiasm regarding Finney's appointment, stating, “We are delighted to have someone of Dr. Finney’s experience and ability to be our next superintendent. He has been a committed and loyal employee of Harris County schools. We have had a very deliberate and thorough search process, and I appreciate how well the Board has worked together through the search process.”

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

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Photo: Upon being formally announced as the next superintendent for the Harris County School District, Dr. Justin Finney stands with the members of the Harris County Board of Education in the historic building on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024. The structure has been used for the purpose of education in Harris County since its construction in 1930. Left to right: Scott Greene, Harry Proctor, Shane Lipp, Bridgett Oliver, Dr. Justin Finney, Dr. Monica Sparks, Garnett Ray (chair), and Steve Goodnoe (vice chair)

About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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Seeing input for 2025-26
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Input sought for 2025-2026 academic calendar; deadline is Friday March 1

The Harris County School District (HCSD) strives to develop the school calendar for two years in advance. It is now time for HCSD to prepare the 2025-2026 school calendar.

“Over the last few years, we’ve developed a formula for setting the academic calendar that works. With this process, we’ve done so with a goal of planning two years ahead of time, so that educators and parents can plan accordingly,” shared HCSD K-4 Curriculum Director David Dennie. “The process includes asking for input from stakeholders such as parents and teachers, which is the stage we are at now.”

To develop the calendar, there are certain criteria that must be met. These include:

Start teacher in-service days on the second working day of August

  • 180 student days
  • Ten (10) professional learning days
  • Spring Break aligned with Muscogee County
  • Student days divided as evenly as possible by nine weeks per semester
  • Attempted observation of federal holidays
  • Stakeholder (parent, teacher, and community) input

When creating the calendar using the above criteria, students would return to school for two days after Memorial Day. This is a situation that we have not had in the past six years; therefore, we do not have feedback on how faculty/staff, parents, students, and community members would respond to this type of calendar. In an effort to show multiple options, we are providing four sample calendars for feedback.  Please note, this is NOT a VOTE or a SELECTION of the final calendar – this is a time to gather feedback and make adjustments.

The differences for each version are:

2025-2026 Calendar Options

All calendars –

·         Begin on Monday, August 4, 2025, with teacher in-service
·         Have 180 student days
·         Have 10 professional learning days
·         Have Spring Break aligned with Muscogee County

·  Version A –  www.harris.k12.ga.us/2526a
 

Input Sought 25-26 Calendar A

 

    • August 8 – Students begin school
    • January 7 – Students return from winter holiday break
    • May 27 – Last day for students
    • 88 days/92 days balance between 1st and 2nd semester

·  Version B – www.harris.k12.ga.us/2526b

Input Sought 25-26 Calendar B
    • August 7 – Students begin school
    • October 13 – Columbus Day no longer off
    • January 7 – Students return from winter holiday break
    • May 22 – Last day for students
    • 4th teacher in-service day moved to the end of the year
    • 90 days/90 days balance between 1st and 2nd semester

·  Version C – www.harris.k12.ga.us/2526c

Input Sought 25-26 Calendar C
    • August 8 – Students begin school
    • Thanksgiving holiday shortened to 3 days
    • January 7 – Students return from winter holiday break
    • May 22 – Last day for students
    • 90 days/90 days balance between 1st and 2nd semester

·  Version D – www.harris.k12.ga.us/2526d

Input Sought 25-26 Calendar D
    • August 7 – Students begin school
    • October 13 – Columbus Day teacher in-service
    • January 2 – Teacher in-service day
    • January 6 – Students return from winter holiday break
    • May 22 – Last day for students
    • 89 days/91 days balance between 1st and 2nd semester

Spring Break for all calendars will be the same and will align with the Muscogee County School District.

Stakeholder input is being collected through midnight on Friday, March 1. Parents will receive an email, text, and/or phone call (depending on their preferences set in Infinite Campus) from Infinite Campus Messenger with instructions on how to view the draft calendars and complete the survey using a Google Form. For a paper version of the information, the community may visit the HCSD Central Office (132 Barnes Mill Road Hamilton Georgia 31811) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“The survey includes an additional feedback area so that those completing the survey can add their logic in the comments,” stated Dennie. “Once feedback has been received, we will narrow the calendar options down to two and send them out to the community again for input.”

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Georgia.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

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About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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Mobile Learning Lab Schedule Announced for March
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The Harris County School District’s (HCSD) award-winning Mobile Learning Lab calendar* has been set for March 2024.

“The Mobile Learning Lab is available for Harris County citizens of all ages who need tutoring or to simply access the internet for career-related opportunities. There is a multitude of enrichment and remedial resources available for students in elementary through high school. We have a mobile library with a diverse collection of books in the rear of the bus, a variety of interactive, learning games, necessary supplies such as pencils, paper, pens, calculators, etc. to help complete school assignments, and most importantly, a dedicated, knowledgeable staff to assist those who visit” said Shelia Baker, HCSD assistant superintendent of support services. “We want to remind parents that reading with your children every day is one of the best home strategies to prepare students and keep them prepared for school. The Mobile Learning Lab is one of many opportunities to encourage reading and other academic skills beyond the classroom.”

The Mobile Learning Lab is open from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations:

March 2024

Pine Mountain: Pine Lane Apartments
Every Tuesday and Thursday (March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28)

Hamilton: Harris County Community Center
Monday, March 18

Pine Mountain Valley Dollar General or Fire Station
Monday, March 4
Monday, March 25

Shiloh: City Hall
Every Wednesday (March 6, 13, 20, 27)

Cataula/Old Cataula Elementary School
Monday, March 8
Monday, March 29

The purpose of the Mobile Learning Lab is to provide technology access and literacy activities for students and adults in the district. It is equipped with Wi-Fi Internet access, laptops, and books for students in the district. To enrich their learning experiences, students can access applications they are already using within their classrooms as well as resources to continually promote college and career readiness. In addition, the Mobile Learning Lab is available to assist adults who may be pursuing educational and work-related career opportunities. The Mobile Learning Lab earned the Harris County School District’s (HCSD) Board of Education (BOE) the Leading Edge Award for the innovative “Teaching and Learning Resources” initiatives from the Georgia School Boards Association.

A calendar for the operation of the Mobile Learning Lab for the 2023-2024 school year is posted at www.harris.k12.ga.us (on the main page, scroll down to News & Information).

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Georgia.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

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About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

 

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Called Board Meeting to Announce Next Superintendent
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Called Board Meeting to Announce Next Superintendent

MEDIA ADVISORY/INVITATION

WHO: The media and the public are cordially invited to a meeting of the Harris County Board of Education.

HCSD Finney Supt Board Meeting Reception Feb 2024

WHAT: The purpose of this meeting is to formally announce the appointment of Dr. Justin Finney as the new superintendent of the Harris County School District effective June 1, 2024. Following the meeting, a reception will be hosted in his honor.

WHEN: 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 27, 2024

WHY: This meeting serves as an important milestone in the educational leadership of the Harris County School District and provides an opportunity for the community to meet and welcome Dr. Finney.

WHERE: Harris County Board of Education, 132 Barnes Mill Rd., Hamilton, GA 31811. For those unable to attend in person, the event will be live streamed at www.harris.k12.ga.us/suptinduction.

R.S.V.P: Kindly coordinate your media outlet’s attendance by contacting Rachel Crumbley via email at rmcrumbley@gmail.com.

Your coverage and presence are greatly appreciated. We look forward to your participation in this significant event.

 

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Water Main Repaired, Classes Resume
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Water service has been fully restored at both Harris County High School and Harris County Carver Middle School following an unexpected disruption earlier today. As a result, classes will resume as normal tomorrow for both the high school and middle school students.

The water service disruption, which occurred early this morning, prompted the temporary closure of both campuses to ensure the safety and well-being of students and staff.

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

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About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Georgia. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to educational excellence for every child,” Harris County School District continually strives to provide students with what they need to become the future workforce and society. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or the Facebook or Twitter pages (@HCSDga).

 

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Superintendent Finalist Announced
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After a search that began in October 2023, the Harris County Board of Education has named Dr. Justin Finney as the finalist for the superintendent of the Harris County School District (HCSD). Finney has 24 years of public education experience, and for the past six years has served as the assistant superintendent of business services and technology for the district. He has also been a teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal. 

HAMILTON, GA (FEBRUARY 8, 2024) – After a search that began in October 2023, the Harris County Board of Education has named Dr. Justin Finney as the finalist for the superintendent of the Harris County School District (HCSD). Finney has 24 years of public education experience, and for the past six years has served as the assistant superintendent of business services and technology for the district. He has also been a teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal. 

The naming of the finalist culminates five months of intense search activity by the Harris County Board of Education. Soon after Roger D. Couch announced his upcoming retirement, the Board employed search consultants King-Cooper and Associates. With the help of the search firm, the position was advertised, 18 applications reviewed, candidates screened, and lengthy interviews conducted. With the naming of the finalist, the Board must now wait at least 14 days before taking an official vote to employ Finney.

He is a graduate of Columbus State University (CSU) with a B.S. Ed. Degree in Social Studies Education. Finney also has a master’s degree, specialist degree, and the Ed.D. from Columbus State University. His Ed.D. is in curriculum and leadership.

Finney began his educational career as a coach and teacher at Rothschild Middle School in Muscogee County in 2001. He taught at CSU from 2004-2007 before becoming assistant principal at Harris County Carver Middle School in 2007. He served as principal of Mulberry Creek Elementary from 2010-2018 and became an HCSD assistant superintendent in 2018. In addition to his work in Harris County, he has served as a part-time Instructor at both CSU and Piedmont University in Demorest, Ga.  His duties as assistant superintendent includes oversight of business services, technology, and operations.

To further help prepare himself to be superintendent, Finney has attended the Georgia School Superintendent’s Association special training programs in facilities, human resources, and budgeting.  He also completed the Superintendent Professional Development Program, a two-year special training program for aspiring superintendents.

Finney has been married 29 years to his wife, Terri. The couple has two grown children, Michael and Madison.

Garnett Ray, chair of the Board of Education, stated, “We are delighted to have someone of Dr. Finney’s experience and ability to be our next superintendent. He has been a committed and loyal employee of Harris County schools. We have had a very deliberate and thorough search process, and I appreciate how well the Board has worked together through the search process.”

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

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About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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Parents & Students are invited to a Virtual Pre-Georgia Milestones Info Session - Nov. 16
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HAMILTON, GA (NOVEMBER 13, 2023) – To best prepare students in grades 9-12 for the fall Georgia Milestones testing, the Harris County School District (HCSD) is sharing several tips for students and parents. The testing will assess students’ mastery of essential skills and knowledge in American Literature, Algebraic Concepts & Connections, Biology, and U.S. History.

 

HCSD HCHS GA Milestones Nov 2023

 

“Our goal is to support students in best preparing for these tests,” said Donna Patterson, HCSD director of secondary curriculum, “We encourage all parents and guardians to visit our website. It provides both information about upcoming testing, useful resources, and tips to help parents prepare their children for testing. Also, we are offering a Zoom session to share information and to answer questions for parents ahead of the testing period.”


“County Curriculum Conversations” Zoom
To prepare for fall semester testing, the Curriculum and Instruction Department will host virtual “County Curriculum Conversations” (CCC). These Zoom sessions will focus on various curriculum and instruction topics relevant throughout the year. The first session will focus on Georgia Milestones testing from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16. There will be a discussion about Georgia Milestones testing, preparation, purpose, and results for approximately 20 minutes, followed by a Q&A session. While the session will be recorded and be available to the public, participants who wish to attend live must register in advance at www.harris.k12.ga.us/ccc


Testing Dates

For fall 2023 semester, Georgia Milestones testing will take place from Dec. 6 to 12 (see below for schedule).


Attendance
Students should be in attendance on these dates. “It is imperative that students are present for all their testing dates,” said Patterson. “Students perform better when standardized tests are taken as scheduled versus on a makeup day. Please check your calendars and reschedule any appointments as needed to ensure your child’s presence.”


Tips

A few tips for test-taking include:

·         Practice in advance for familiarity prior to testing dates to become familiar with how it works. Students can visit www.harris.k12.ga.us and click on “Community Resources” for details on how to become accustomed with the Georgia Milestones testing program.

·         Be well-rested with a good night’s sleep.

·         Eat a well-balanced breakfast.

·         On test days, arrive on time, or a little early.

·         Read the instructions and questions/answers thoroughly and review your work.


"We are committed to providing our students with the best possible education, and the Georgia Milestones testing is an essential component of our well-balanced assessment system," said Patterson. "We encourage parents to be actively involved in their child's education and to take advantage of the resources and support available to them.”

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.


About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

The End of Grade (EOG) and End of Course (EOC) schedule for students is as follows:

Harris County High School/Performance Learning Center (PLC)/Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)
American Literature: Dec. 6-7
Biology: Dec. 8
US History: Dec. 11
Algebraic Concepts & Connections: Dec. 12 

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 Career Day at HCSD EOC/S.T.E.P.S. Opens Students' Eyes for Future Opportunities
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HAMILTON, GA (NOVEMBER 13, 2023) -- On Friday, November 3, 2023, students from Harris County School District’s (HCSD) Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) and S.T.E.P.S, which stands for Success Transitional Educational Program for Students, participated in a first-ever career day. The event aimed to expose students to various career paths, providing them with valuable insights and hands-on experiences.

 

HCSD EOC STEPS Career Day Nov 2023


Throughout the day, students navigated through the school, visiting 14 different stations where they engaged with professionals from diverse fields. These professionals generously shared their experiences and knowledge, creating an interactive environment where students could ask questions and explore potential career choices. Activities at each station ranged from checking their pulse and using a tourniquet to physical challenges like doing push-ups with an Army Ranger, trying on firefighter helmets and masks, and practicing essential skills such as rolling a fire hose and tying knots. In addition, students had the opportunity for personal conversations with professionals, including business owners, pastors, a lawyer, and a mental health counselor. Notably, many of these professionals were Harris County High School graduates, emphasizing the local connection.
 

Megan Wright, HCSD EOC/STEPS Counselor and event organizer, expressed her gratitude, stating, “The students, faculty, and staff of the EOC and S.T.E.P.S extend our heartfelt thanks to each professional who dedicated their time to inspire and guide our students. Despite being in an alternative setting, we are committed to ensuring that our students receive the same opportunities and experiences as every child deserves.”

 

Ariane Stecher, the facility’s administrator, praised Wright for her exceptional planning and execution of the event, stating, “Mrs. Wright did an excellent job planning and executing this event for our students. She is a first-year counselor at our school, and she has taken the initiative to formulate meaningful relationships with our students, support our staff, and provide relevant and meaningful activities for our students.”

 

Reflecting on the event's impact, Stecher added, “To see our students interact and engage with a variety of professionals was a fulfilling experience not only for them but for us as a staff as well. Our entire staff is grateful to Mrs. Wright for providing our students with this opportunity.”

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

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Photo (left to right):

Top: Lorenzo Dowdell (personal trainer); Travis Contreras (painter); Chandra Wilson (lawyer); Tanner Childs (youth pastor); Desmond Thornton (entrepreneur); Sam Coley (physical therapist and associate pastor); Dylan Jordan (Army Ranger); Michael Stecher (manager); and Davis Wright (firefighter)


Bottom: Courtney Arsenault (registered nurse); Caitlyn Barfield (occupational therapist); Anna Owenby (occupational therapist); Cierra West (CNA); Kelly Crawford (counselor); Joyce Redmond (human resources); Not pictured: Maya Shakoor (Army Reserves)

 

About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Georgia. It serves 5,500 +/- students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to educational excellence for every child,” Harris County School District continually strives to provide students with what they need to become the future workforce and society. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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Rotary Club of Harris County Honors Exemplary Teacher of November 2023
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HAMILTON, GA (NOVEMBER 10, 2023) – The Rotary Club of Harris County continues its tradition of recognizing outstanding educators within the Harris County School District each month, spotlighting those who ignite a passion for learning in our youth.

This November, Zachery "Coach" Moss, a dedicated special education teacher at the Harris County School District's Educational Opportunity Center, received the honor of being named the November Teacher of the Month. Colleagues describe Coach Moss as genuine, charismatic, and deeply caring, emphasizing his natural talent for fostering positive relationships with students.


In acknowledgment of his exceptional contributions, Coach Moss was invited to share his insights at a Rotary breakfast meeting, where he received a certificate and a $25 gift card.

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

Photo: (left to right): Emily Byrd, Rotary's director of youth services, presents a certificate to Zachery Moss, Harris County High School teacher, recognizing him as the Rotary Club of Harris County's Teacher of the Month for November 2023.

About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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HCSD Assistant Superintendent Named to a Columbus State University Hall of Fame
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HAMILTON, GA (NOVEMBER 3, 2023) – On Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023, the Harris County School District (HCSD) celebrated the induction of Assistant Superintendent of Business Services and Technology Justin Finney into the prestigious Columbus State University’s (CSU) College of Education and Health Professions (COEHP) Hall of Fame.

The distinguished induction ceremony and reception were in the lobby of CSU’s Frank Brown Hall, where honorees were introduced and asked to share remarks alongside their families and special invited guests.

In response to this significant honor, Finney expressed, “When my military career ended abruptly due to an injury, I found myself at a crossroads. A person in my chain of command suggested I consider teaching. With approximately three months left in the Army to transition out, my commanders allowed me to register for classes at Columbus State University. My visit to the College of Education set me on my current path. This institution has been a lifesaver for me, providing the knowledge, skills, and guidance necessary to thrive as an educator and leader. I owe much of my success to CSU College of Education and the exceptional mentors who guided me, including Virginia Causey, Tom Hackett, Tom Ford, Jim Brewbaker, Pat Duttera, Lisa Shaw, and many more.” Notably, Justin Finney was the first student to receive a doctoral degree from CSU.

Finney's educational journey includes roles as an assistant principal and principal within the HCSD. He has also served as the CSU history education program coordinator and the southeast chief of staff for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). Since 2018, he has excelled in his current role as Assistant Superintendent of Business Services and Technology.

Superintendent Roger Couch remarked, “Having worked alongside Dr. Finney for several years, I can attest that this honor is well-deserved. He tirelessly ensures that the children of Harris County have clean and safe buildings, secure transportation, and access to the technology needed for academic success. We are proud to have him on our team.”

Justin Finney has earned his Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Science in Education, Educational Specialist degree, and Doctorate degrees, all from Columbus State University. He has also completed the Georgia School Superintendents Association’s Superintendent Professional Development Program Certificate.

 

In addition to his educational contributions, Finney chairs the action team for the Harris County School District Strategic Planning Committee. He is a member of the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders and has demonstrated a willingness to give back to his community in various professional, community, and military capacities.

He and his wife, Terri, reside in Fortson, Ga., and are the proud parents of two children, the younger of whom graduated from the Harris County School District, and two grandchildren.

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

 

Photo (left to right): Dr. Margie Yates, Columbus State University (CSU) interim dean, College of Education and Health Professions; Dr. Justin Finney, HCSD assistant superintendent of business services and technology; and Dr. Pat McHenry, Columbus State University (CSU), interim provost and executive vice president.

 

Photo 2 (left to right): Stacey Carlisle, Terri Finney, Justin Finney, Roger Couch, Shelia Baker, Allyson Douthit
 

About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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HCSD Survey Seeks Community Input for a New Superintendent Search
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HAMILTON, GA (NOVEMBER 2, 2023) - The Harris County School District (HCSD) is actively searching for its next superintendent. To ensure a comprehensive selection process, the King-Cooper Associates, the firm leading the search, has launched a survey to gather input from faculty, staff, parents, and stakeholders.

The survey can be accessed at: www.harris.k12.ga.us/suptsearch and will be open for responses until Friday, Nov. 17, 2023.

The Board of Education, in partnership with King-Cooper and Associates, has outlined a provisional timeline, with applications being accepted until December 8, 2023. The Board is committed to engaging the community and employees while preserving applicant confidentiality until finalists are chosen. The survey is being developed to gather input on desired superintendent qualities.

In the upcoming weeks, the Board will create a leadership profile outlining the necessary skills and competencies for the role. This profile will guide candidate selection and interviews.

The anticipated timeline for the search is four to five months, with interviews scheduled for late January.

The search for a new Superintendent follows the announcement of Roger D. Couch's retirement at the end of the current school year.

For more information about position requirements, the survey, survey results, and other details, please visit: www.harris.k12.ga.us/suptsearch.

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For additional information, please visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or contact (706) 628-4206.


About the Harris County School District
The Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system in Hamilton, Ga., serving approximately 5,700 students. HCSD encompasses four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. Guided by the vision of "one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society," HCSD is dedicated to providing an outstanding education for every student in Harris County. For further information, please visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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 Parents Encouraged to Support School with Publix Partners Program
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PARENTS ENCOURAGED TO SUPPORT SCHOOL WITH PUBLIX PARTNERS PROGRAM

HAMILTON, GA (NOVEMBER 1, 2023) – The Harris County School District (HCSD) is excited to invite our community to continue supporting the education of our students through the Publix Partners program this school year.

 

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"Everyone buys groceries, and if there is a Publix store nearby, whether you're a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, neighbor, or friend, you can participate and choose to support one of the participating schools in the Publix Partners program," said Shelia Baker, HCSD Assistant Superintendent of Student Services. "We hope everyone will take a little time to set up their account, select a Harris County School, and simply enter their phone number each time they check out or use the Publix app. It's that simple."

 

To sign up and support our schools, follow these three easy steps:

 

  1. After creating or logging in to your "Club Publix" account, click on your Account Profile, scroll to the right, and select "My Publix Partner." Search for and choose a Harris County School and click save.

 

  1. During each Publix transaction, enter the phone number associated with your "Club Publix" account at checkout. If you need assistance, don't hesitate to ask the cashier for help. Alternatively, pay with the Publix app, and your purchase will be automatically credited.

 

  1. Publix will generously donate a portion of qualifying purchases to the school of your choice. To date, Publix Partners has contributed more than $24 million to Georgia schools, and $40 million to more than 5,000 schools across the Southeast. One of the top 10 in Georgia is just across the county line in Columbus, Ga.

 

To learn more, please visit www.publix.com/partners.

 

"For those who have previously selected a school, we extend our heartfelt thanks. However, please be aware that each July, the accounts are reset, so we kindly request everyone to choose their school of preference again," Baker added. "While we are grateful for funding from various sources, it is often earmarked for specific expenses. Donations through programs like Publix Partners help our school principals provide essential resources for teachers and students. Your support goes a long way in helping our students succeed."

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206. 

 

Note to editors: Upon request, interviews may be arranged. 

 

About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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Rotary Club of Harris County Honors a HCSD Teacher of the Month for October 2023
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HAMILTON, GA (OCTOBER 31, 2023) – Each month of the school year, the Rotary Club of Harris County honors one of the Harris County School District’s outstanding educators who inspire a love for learning in our youth.

 

Kim Douglass, a dedicated seventh-grade science teacher at Harris County Carver Middle School (HCCMS), was named the Teacher of the Month for October 2023. In her fourth year at HCCMS, Douglass is known for her unwavering commitment to her students and the school.


HCCMS Principal Jennifer Taylor praised Douglass, saying, "Everything she does is for the benefit of her students. She is quick to volunteer and creates a nurturing and academically enriching environment in her classroom."

As part of her recognition, Douglass was invited to share her insights at a Rotary breakfast meeting and received a certificate along with a $25 gift card.

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

Photo: (left to right): Emily Byrd, Rotary's Director of Youth Services, presents a certificate to Kim Douglass, Harris County Carver Middle School Teacher, in recognition of her selection as the Rotary Club of Harris County's Teacher of the Month for October 2023."

About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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Rotary of Harris County Honors HCHS October Student of the Month
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ROTARY OF HARRIS COUNTY HONORS HCHS OCTOBER STUDENT OF THE MONTH

HAMILTON, GA (OCTOBER 31, 2023) – The Rotary Club of Harris County, in its ongoing commitment to acknowledge and support education in the Harris County School District, designated Harris County High School Senior Om Patel as the "Student of the Month" for October 2023.

 

HCSD HCHS Rotary Student of the Month October 2023

 

Om is a member of the Science National Honor Society. He plans to attend Georgia Tech in the Fall and become a software engineer.

 

Tammy Bailey, HCHS guidance counselor, expressed gratitude for the Rotary Club's dedication to recognizing students, stating, "We appreciate our local Rotary's commitment to the 'Student of the Month' program. This recognition is highly valued by our students and serves as a notable addition to their college applications."

 

Each honoree receives a certificate and the opportunity to attend a Rotary meeting, where they introduce themselves and share their backgrounds. These students are also eligible candidates for Rotary's annual post-secondary scholarship program, aiding them in their educational journey towards graduation.

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

 

Photo: (left to right): Rotarian Emily Byrd, club director of education & youth services; Honoree Om Patel, a senior at Harris County High School.

 

About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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 State Senators Honor HCSD Teacher, Coach, and Author Tamara Johnson with Proclamation for Dedication and Service
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HAMILTON, GA (OCTOBER 30, 2023) – In a remarkable recognition of unwavering dedication, exemplary achievements, and servant leadership, Tamara Johnson, a distinguished teacher and coach at Harris County Carver Middle School (HCCMS), was honored with prestigious proclamations from State Senator Ed Harbison and Lt. Governor Burt Jones of Georgia.

With an impressive 21-year tenure in the Harris County School District, Johnson has made an indelible impact as an educator and coach. Her extraordinary contributions include guiding students to victory in nine volleyball championships and three basketball championships, as well as positively influencing the lives of countless students throughout her illustrious career.

The proclamations, awarded by Senator Harbison and Lt. Governor Jones, not only commend Johnson's outstanding service to the Harris County School District but also celebrate her tireless advocacy for the youth, both within the classroom and on the sports court. Furthermore, her dedication extends to the realm of storytelling, as she authored the internationally acclaimed children's book, "Black Girl Magic," which empowers girls to discover their inner strength and potential.

 

Reflecting on this prestigious recognition, Johnson expressed her deep gratitude, saying, "I'm glad to have this honor and the people that are here because they have been very influential in my life since I was small, and there are role models here who helped shape and guide me within the community."

The proclamations from Senator Harbison and Lt. Governor Jones underline the profound impact of Johnson's dedicated service and the positive influence she has exerted in the Harris County School District. They acknowledge her exceptional contributions, which extend beyond the classroom and sports arena into the realm of literature, enriching the lives of young readers with her book.

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

Editor’s Note: Interviews available upon request.

 

Photo (left to right): HCCMS Coach Tamara Johnson and Georgia Senator Ed Harbison.

Photo : HCCMS Coach Tamara Johnson

 

About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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 Creekside Intermediate School Celebrates Success at Beta Leadership Summit; Qualifies for Nationals
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CREEKSIDE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL CELEBRATES SUCCESS AT BETA LEADERSHIP SUMMIT; QUALIFIES FOR NATIONALS

CATAULA, GA (OCTOBER 30, 2023) – Creekside Intermediate School recently participated in a regional Beta Leadership Summit, hosted by the National Beta Club on October 23-24, and emerged as award-winning champions. The National Beta Club, a prominent non-profit youth organization with a legacy spanning over 80 years, is dedicated to grooming the leaders of tomorrow. The Beta Leadership Summit is a dynamic event that incorporates group activities, guest speakers, and team-building competitions, all designed to nurture well-rounded student leaders.

 

HCSD Creekside Beta Leadership Summit Oct 2023

 

Creekside Intermediate School displayed exceptional leadership skills and brought home a total of four awards. The school has also secured a spot in three categories to compete in the National Beta Club Summit. Their accomplishments include:

 

National Beta Outstanding Leadership School: Creekside Jr. Beta received this prestigious award in recognition of their remarkable leadership skills and commitment to making a positive impact.

 

HCSD Creekside Beta Leadership Summit Project Proposal Oct 2023

 

National Qualifier Awards for Project Proposal: Rebekah Figel, Avery Daniels, Brandon Powell, Hayden Smith, and Sydney Vannatta clinched a National Qualifier Award for their outstanding Project Proposal challenge. Their project, "Helping Hands," involves collaborating with the New Mountain Elementary School’s Hill Hilltop Harvest Community Garden to grow and harvest vegetables for the community.

 

HCSD Creekside Beta Leadership Summit Collaboration Connection Oct 2023

 

National Qualifier Award for Collaboration Connection: Boone O'dell, Ava Mcadon, Caleb Schuster, Issac Cooper, and Blake Hood received a National Qualifier Award for their exceptional performance in the "Collaboration Connection" challenge. This challenge pushed teams of five students to engage in quick, creative, and critical thinking challenges.

 

HCSD Creekside Beta Leadership Summit Lead Outside the Box Oct 2023

 

National Qualifier Award for Lead Outside the Box: Nila Copeland, Kylee Bland, Mack Wilson, Kira Hallissey earned a National Qualifier Award for their outstanding performance in the "Lead Outside the Box" challenge. In this challenge, teams of four students tackled a real-world problem and presented their solutions effectively.

 

These students have dedicated their time to volunteering at the Harris County School District’s H.O.P.E Center in Hamilton, Ga., which greatly contributed to their success in the "Lead Outside the Box" challenge.

 

Latina Maddox, sponsor of Creekside Intermediate, expressed her excitement for the awards while highlighting the students' demonstration of collaboration, responsibility, commitment, and leadership throughout the event. She added, "I am even more proud of them for the collaboration, responsibility, commitment, and leadership they demonstrated at this event."

 

The students' dedication to community service is a testament to their commitment to leading by serving others.


The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For additional information, please visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or contact (706) 628-4206.

 

Photo 1 (left to right): Creekside Jr. Beta Leadership Summit

Bottom Row: Sydney Vannatta, Kylee Bland, Kira Halissey, Kaien Simmons, Calebe Schuster, Dylan

Maxfield, Evan Koller Rebekah Figel, Aspen Street

Top Row: Logan Stump, Khole Bussey, Rob Jones, Blake Hood, Tyson Bohler, Ava McEldoon, Avery

Daniel, Hayden Smith, Issac Cooper, Colt Ponder, Mack Wilson, Nila Copeland, Madelyn

Woosley, Sammie Mathis, Branden Powell, Izzy Lawson, Mason Weddle, Lawson Fuller, Latina

Maddox, Sponsor

 

Photo 2 (left to right): Project Proposal Team of Sydney Vannatta, Hayden Smith, Rebekah Figel, Branden Powell, and Avery Daniel.

 

Photo 3 (left to right): Collaboration Connection Team of Blake Hood, Issac Cooper, Boone O’Dell, Caleb Schuster, and Ava Mceldoon.

 

Photo 4 (left to right): Lead Outside the Box Team of Kylee Bland, Nila Copeland, Kira Hallissey, and Mack Wilson.

 

About National Junior Beta

With more than 500,000 active members and 8,750 clubs nationally and internationally, National Beta has become the nation’s largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization. National Beta promotes the ideals of academic achievement, character, service, and leadership among elementary and secondary school students. National Junior Beta includes grades 4-8 and National Senior Beta includes grades 9-12. Visit betaclub.org for more information.


About the Harris County School District
The Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system in Hamilton, Ga., serving approximately 5,700 students. HCSD encompasses four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. Guided by the vision of "one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society," HCSD is dedicated to providing an outstanding education for every student in Harris County. For further information, please visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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Mobile Learning Lab Schedule Announced for November 2023
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MOBILE LEARNING LAB SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR NOVEMBER 2023

HAMILTON, GA (OCTOBER 28, 2023) – The Harris County School District’s (HCSD) award-winning Mobile Learning Lab calendar* has been set for November 2023.

 

“The Mobile Learning Lab is available for Harris County citizens of all ages who need tutoring or to simply access the internet for career-related opportunities. For elementary students, there is a mobile library in the rear of the bus,” said Shelia Baker, HCSD assistant superintendent of support services. “We want to remind parents that reading with your child every day is the best way to prepare students and keep them prepared for school. The Mobile Learning Lab is one of many opportunities to encourage reading.”

 

HCSD Mobile Learning Lab

 

The Mobile Learning Lab is open from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations:


November 2023

Pine Mountain: Pine Lane Apartments

Most Tuesdays and Thursdays (November 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 28, 30)

 

Hamilton: Harris County Community Center

Monday, November 27

 

Waverly Hall: Bobby Lowman Recreation Center

Monday, November 6

 

Shiloh: City Hall/Fire Station

Most Wednesdays (November 1, 8, 15, 29)

 

Whitesville: Dollar General

Monday, November 13

 

The purpose of the Mobile Learning Lab is to provide technology access and literacy activities for students and adults in the district. It is equipped with Wi-Fi Internet access, laptops, and books for students in the district. To enrich their learning experiences, students can access applications they are already using within their classrooms as well as resources to continually promote college and career readiness. In addition, the Mobile Learning Lab is available to assist adults who may be pursuing educational and work-related career opportunities. The MLL earned the Harris County School District’s (HCSD) Board of Education (BOE) the Leading Edge Award for the innovative “Teaching and Learning Resources” initiatives from the Georgia School Boards Association.

 

A calendar for the operation of the Mobile Learning Lab for the 2023-2024 school year is posted at www.harris.k12.ga.us (on the main page, scroll down to News & Information).

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Georgia.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

 

*Subject to change
 

Note to Editor: Images and interviews are available upon request.

 

About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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Local Business Employees Support HCHS with Unique Charity Initiative
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LOCAL BUSINESS EMPLOYEES SUPPORT HCHS WITH UNIQUE CHARITY INITIATIVE

HAMILTON, GA (OCTOBER 26, 2023) – Kimble’s of LaGrange has launched an innovative employee program that not only benefits its staff but also contributes to the well-being of the local community. Under this program, employees have the option to exchange one percent of their salary for a paid day off. The accumulated proceeds are then allocated to select local charities, with the company matching the employee contributions.

 

HCSD HCHS Kimbles Employee Donation October 2023

 

In the month of October, the Harris County High School (HCHS) Criminal Justice program was chosen as the recipient of these generous funds. Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley joined William Pendergraph, Kimble’s President - Correctional Division, and Kimble’s dedicated employee, Harris County resident, and HCHS alumnus Daniel Davis to present a $2,500 check to HCHS Criminal Justice Teacher Linda Brockwell.

 

"This marks the inaugural year of our employee program, and we are delighted to have so many participants and funds donated so far to worthy causes," Pendergraph announced. "When I invited Daniel to accompany me in presenting the check, his response was an enthusiastic 'absolutely.'"

 

Kimble’s has a history of supporting the HCHS CTAE Criminal Justice pathway. For several years, the company, which is the contracted provider managing the commissary services for the Harris County Jail, has consistently donated two percent of proceeds to the program.

 

For information on how to make financial or monetary contributions to any program within the Harris County School District, please contact info@harris.k12.ga.us.

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

 

Editor’s Note:  Interviews are available upon request.

 

Photo (left to right): Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley; Linda Brockwell, HCHS Criminal Justice Teacher; Daniel Davis, Kimble’s; William Pendergraph, Kimble’s President

 

About Kimble’s
Famous for their Ole School Corn Flake Chewy bars, Kimble’s offers catering throughout Georgia. They also manage vending and distribution in detention centers and prisons throughout the southeast. The main consumers of Kimble’s vending products are those individuals inside the prisons and correctional institutions.

 

About Harris County Work-Based Learning Program

Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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Park Elementary Selected to Present at GaDOE State STEAM Forum
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PARK ELEMENTARY SELECTED TO PRESENT AT GADOE STATE STEAM FORUM

HAMILTON, GA (OCTOBER 26, 2023) -- Five Park Elementary teachers were chosen to present at the 2023 State STEAM Forum for the Georgia Department of Education in Athens, Ga., on Oct. 23-24.

 

HCSD Park Teachers with GA Supt Oct 2023

 

 

HCSD Park Teachers Adaptive STEAM Pres Oct 2023


Adaptive STEAM Classrooms

Park sent Special Education Teachers Meghan Hagan, Lacey Rabon, and Brandy Thomas to share their knowledge of what STEAM looks like in special education adaptive and resource classrooms. Their presentation, “Making STEAM Adaptive for All,” addressed how they believe, as advocates for inclusive education and personalized learning, that tailoring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education to meet the diverse needs of all learners is essential for promoting equity, engagement, and success in the classroom.

 

In their presentation, they explored the importance of making STEAM education adaptive and accessible to all learners, regardless of their abilities, backgrounds, or learning styles. By implementing adaptive strategies and leveraging technology, educators can create an inclusive learning environment that empowers every student to thrive and unleash their potential. Through practical examples of implementing the Engineering Design Process, they demonstrated how adaptive STEAM approaches can address the individual needs of learners and lead to meaningful learning outcomes.

 

HCSD Park What kind of art is this Ga STEAM Forum Oct 2023

 

Integrating Art in STEAM

Teachers Courtney Boggus and Heather Westad in their presentation, “What kind of art is this?,” shared how art integration in content area subjects is a powerful educational strategy that engages students' creativity and critical thinking skills while deepening their understanding of academic concepts. Their presentation aimed to introduce theater and visual arts into various content area subjects, such as Science, Mathematics, History, and Literature. By incorporating these artistic elements, they believe students will have a more immersive and enjoyable learning experience, fostering a deeper connection with the subject matter and enhancing their overall academic performance.

 

HCSD Park Teachers Ga STEAM Forum Oct 2023

 

Westad, a first-grade teacher, shared about the conference, “We certainly enjoyed this experience and appreciate the opportunity we were afforded to share our STEAM teaching methods and ideas with fellow educators from across the state. We hope others will be able to use what we shared in their own classrooms, and it is helpful in their path to STEAM certification.” 

 

The forum is a two-day workshop that focuses on improving STEM/STEAM education for youth through learning new ways to teach STEM/STEAM in the classroom, raising awareness of job opportunities in STEM/STEAM fields for students, and providing grants to local STEM/STEAM teachers.

 

Of the four elementary schools in the Harris County School District, Park Elementary is the third and most recent school to earn STEAM certification.

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For additional information, please visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or contact (706) 628-4206.

Note to Editor: Images and interviews are available upon request.


Photo 1832 (left to right): Park Elementary School teachers that were selected to present at the 2023 Georgia Department of Education’s STEAM Forum included Brandy Thomas, Lacey Rabon, Meghan Hagan, Heather Westad, and Courtney Boggus.
 

Photo 3606 (left to right): Park Elementary School teachers pose at 2023 Georgia Department of Education’s STEAM Forum with Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods including Courtney Boggus, Meghan Hagan, Brandy Thomas, Lacey Rabon, and Heather Westad.
 

Photo 1831 (left to right): Park Elementary teachers Brandy Thomas, Lacey Rabon, and Meghan Hagan present “STEAM Adaptive for All” at 2023 Georgia Department of Education’s STEAM Forum.

 

Photo 8533 (left to right): Park Elementary teachers Heather Westad and Courtney Boggus present “What Kind of Art is This” at 2023 Georgia Department of Education’s STEAM Forum.


About the Harris County School District
The Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system in Hamilton, Georgia, serving over 5,500 students. HCSD encompasses four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. Guided by the vision of "one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society," HCSD is dedicated to providing an outstanding education for every student in Harris County. For further information, please visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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Georgia State School Superintendent Appoints HCHS Senior to Student Advisory Council
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GEORGIA STATE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT APPOINTS HCHS SENIOR TO STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL

HAMILTON, GA (OCTOBER 26, 2023) – A Harris County High School (HCHS) student has been appointed to the State School Superintendent Richard Woods' 2023-2024 Student Advisory Council. Over the course of the year, these 69 high school students from Georgia will convene with Superintendent Woods to discuss the impact of state policies within the classroom.

 

HCSD HCHS Madeline White State Student Advisory Council Oct 2023


Madeline White was handpicked by State Superintendent Richard Woods to serve on the council.


"Harris County High School is honored that Superintendent Woods has selected one of our students to serve on his State Advisory Council. Madeline is an exceptional choice, as she embodies a well-rounded student and will splendidly represent our school and community," remarked HCHS Principal Lindie Snyder.


"Georgia's public schools are dedicated to serving students, and it is crucial that we receive direct feedback from those most directly affected by statewide policies," Superintendent Woods emphasized. "My Student Advisory Council is a valuable resource each year, providing insights as we make decisions that directly impact the classroom. This year's Council comprises an esteemed group representing schools across the state, and I eagerly anticipate our collaboration to enhance educational opportunities for all of Georgia's children."


Every year, any student in grades 10-12 attending a Georgia public school, including charter schools, may apply for consideration on the Student Advisory Council. The application includes short essay prompts that invite students to share their perspectives on public education.


This year, the selected students addressed a broad spectrum of educational issues in their essays, including curriculum and graduation requirements, the influence of federal- and state-mandated assessments in the classroom, the significance of teacher recruitment and retention efforts, and access to opportunities and resources for students in rural areas.


The council's composition ensures representation from each of Georgia's Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) regions, reflecting the diversity of students in rural, suburban, and urban schools. To represent all regions of the state, GaDOE selects students based on the strength of their essay responses, resulting in multiple students from a single district in some cases.


The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Georgia. For additional information, please visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or contact (706) 628-4206.


Note to Editor: Images and interviews are available upon request.


Photo: Harris County High School Senior Madeline White was selected to serve on the Georgia State School Superintendent's Student Advisory Council for the 2023-2024 school year.

About the Harris County School District
The Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system in Hamilton, Georgia, serving over 5,500 students. HCSD encompasses four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. Guided by the vision of "one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society," HCSD is dedicated to providing an outstanding education for every student in Harris County. For further information, please visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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HCSD Launches Superintendent Search
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HCSD LAUNCHES SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH

HAMILTON, GA (OCTOBER 25, 2023) – The search for the next superintendent of the Harris County School District is underway.

 

On Tuesday, October 24, the Harris County Board of Education, in collaboration with King-Cooper and Associates, a Georgia-based firm supporting the search process, outlined a provisional timeline that specifies applications will be accepted until December 8, 2023.

 

The Board is committed to conducting a comprehensive search that engages the community and employees while safeguarding applicant confidentiality until finalists are identified. King-Cooper and Associates will distribute vacancy announcements, and the search details will be accessible on various websites. A survey is in development to gather input on desired qualities for the next superintendent from District employees and community members.

 

In the coming weeks, the Board will formulate a leadership profile detailing the requisite skills and competencies. This profile will guide the Board in selecting and interviewing potential candidates for the position.

 

The search for a new Superintendent became necessary upon Roger D. Couch's announcement of retirement at the end of the current school year.

 

The anticipated timeline for the search is four to five months, with interviews scheduled to commence in late January.

 

For information regarding position requirements, the survey, survey results, and more, please visit www.harris.k12.ga.us/suptsearch, accessible through the website's main navigation.


The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For additional information, please visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or contact (706) 628-4206.


About the Harris County School District
The Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system in Hamilton, Ga., serving approximately 5,700 students. HCSD encompasses four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. Guided by the vision of "one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society," HCSD is dedicated to providing an outstanding education for every student in Harris County. For further information, please visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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 Rotary Club of Harris County Honors September 2023 Teacher of the Month
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HAMILTON, GA (OCTOBER 24, 2023) – The Rotary Club of Harris County presents a monthly award to honor teachers for their wonderful work to encourage the love of learning in our youth.

The Teacher of the Month for September 2023 was Harris County High School’s Avian Baker, who teaches English.

Principal Lindie Snyder shared, “With a passion for teaching that shines through every lesson, Ms. Baker is a true inspiration to her students. She creates a safe and effective learning environment by building positive relationships with her students and setting high expectations that reflect her belief in their abilities.

Baker's commitment to supporting her students extends beyond the classroom. She tutors students, helps with the Mobile Learning Lab, coaches the dance team, and assists with the boys' and girls' basketball teams. Her presence is valued by the students both during class and at extracurricular events.

Snyder added, “Ms. Baker's well-rounded approach to teaching and positive influence on those around her make us proud to call her a Harris County High School Tiger.”

Baker was invited to speak about her classroom and her interest in being an educator at the weekly Rotary breakfast meeting. As part of the recognition, the honorees receive a certificate and a $25 gift card.

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.
 

Photo (left to right): Emily Byrd, Rotary’s Director of Youth Services, presents a certificate to Harris County High School Teacher Avian Baker with her sister, Addison Baker, and mother, Shelia Baker, looking on.

 

About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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High School Choral Director Honored with Georgia-ACDA Young Director Award
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HAMILTON, GA (OCTOBER 24, 2023) – The Harris County School District (HCSD) is proud to announce and celebrate the exceptional achievements of one of its own educators, Antoine Bray. Currently serving as the head choir director at Harris County High School (HCHS), Bray has been awarded the prestigious Georgia-American Choral Directors Association Young Director Award.

"To be back at Harris County High School doing the very thing I love so much is a blessing. To be recognized and honored for it is humbling and I'm so appreciative," Bray commented on the honor.

Michelle Folta, associate professor of choral and general music education at Columbus State University, expressed her strong endorsement of Antoine Bray for the Georgia-ACDA Young Director Award. She emphasized his energy, leadership, and passion, highlighting the lasting impact he is sure to make in the choral music field. In her nomination letter, she stated, “Antoine Bray's remarkable journey in the field of music education is a testament to his passion, dedication, and undeniable talent. A highly skilled and energetic individual, he has consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellence in his role as a choral director.”

Bray's journey in music education began at Columbus State University, where he piloted the post-baccalaureate music education program and became the program's first graduate. His dedication to realizing his dream of directing choirs was evident as he worked with the children's choir, Rothschild Middle School. Under his leadership, the choir flourished, thanks to his energetic approach and enthusiasm in every rehearsal.

Bray, a 2012 HCHS graduate, has made significant contributions to his alma mater, where he now serves as the head choir director. In his short tenure, he has already increased the number of participants and made a notable enhancement in their musical skills. He has also instilled a sense of community and ownership within the choir program, fostering an environment that encourages growth and creativity.

Beyond his role in the classroom, Bray has taken on music directorship for local theater productions and conducted the Infantry Chapel Choir at Fort Moore. He is an active participant in various choral ensembles, including the Columbus State University Choral Union and Orpheus Men's Ensemble. His talents have been recognized as he has served as a section leader and guest conductor in these ensembles.

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For additional information, please visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or contact (706) 628-4206.


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Photo: Harris County High School choir director, Antoine Bray, has been awarded the Georgia-ACDA Young Director Award.

About the Harris County School District
The Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system in Hamilton, Georgia, serving over 5,500 students. HCSD encompasses four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. Guided by the vision of "one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society," HCSD is dedicated to providing an outstanding education for every student in Harris County. For further information, please visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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Park Elementary Honored as a Title I Reward School by the Georgia Department of Education
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PARK ELEMENTARY HONORED AS A TITLE I REWARD SCHOOL BY THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

HAMILTON, GA (OCTOBER 24, 2023) – The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) has recognized Park Elementary School in the Harris County School District (HCSD) as one of the Reward Schools for the 2022-2023 academic year.

 

The Reward Schools designation recognizes Title I schools making the greatest improvements. This year, 157 schools in 77 school districts were identified as Reward Schools.

 

State School Superintendent Richard Woods emphasized the significance of this recognition, stating, "It is essential that we recognize and celebrate schools making great strides as we maintain our focus on continuous improvement for all Georgia schools. The schools on these lists have made significant efforts in overcoming barriers, meeting challenges, and producing great gains for their students. I applaud the 2022-23 Distinguished and Reward Schools leaders, teachers, parents, and communities for creating opportunities for student success."

 

To earn the Reward School designation, institutions must rank among the top 5% of Title I Schoolwide and Title I Targeted Assistance schools in terms of content mastery scores from the two most recent years of statewide assessments. They must also be Title I schools, not currently identified as Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) or Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) schools. Detailed criteria can be found here.

 

Park Elementary's Principal, Allyson Douthit, shared her pride, saying, “Park students, faculty, and staff are to be commended for yet another prestigious designation. Through the consistent use and vigilant implementation of district programs, Park Elementary has outperformed other Title I schools in Georgia. This achievement is due to the unmatched dedication of all within our Park Family. It’s a true testament of why Park is the Place to Be."

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

 

About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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 Harris County High School JROTC Invites Veterans and the Community to Commemorate Veterans Day
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HARRIS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL JROTC INVITES VETERANS AND THE COMMUNITY TO COMMEMORATE VETERANS DAY

HAMILTON, GA (OCTOBER 23, 2023) -- Harris County High School (HCHS) is proud to host a special Veterans Day ceremony to honor the dedication and sacrifices of our Veterans. The event, organized by the HCHS Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), will take place on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023, at the HCHS Auditorium, located at 8281 GA-116, Hamilton, GA 31811.

 

HCHS Veterans Day Ceremonies Nov 2023

 

To ensure that as many Veterans as possible can join in the commemoration, two ceremony times will be offered, at 8:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Veterans are welcome to attend either session. Lt. Col. (RET) Michael Feret, who heads the JROTC Department at HCHS, expressed his enthusiasm for the event, saying, "We are deeply honored to host this Veterans Day ceremony, and we extend a heartfelt invitation to all Veterans to participate. Your service to our country deserves recognition and gratitude."

 

Veterans attending the event are invited to share their stories, enhancing the day's significance. In preparation for the ceremonies, Veterans are encouraged to submit a photograph along with their name, branch of service, years served, and details of any significant deployments or conflicts in which they were involved. Submissions can be sent to 24pixlerd@harriscountyschools.org or 25auta@harriscountyschools.org. The submission deadline Nov. 6, 2023.

 

On the day of the event, parking will be available at the rear of the school, near the gymnasium in the bus ramp area. This ceremony is open to the public, allowing the entire community to join in paying tribute to our esteemed Veterans. "We believe this is a great opportunity for our community to come together and express our gratitude to those who have served our country," stated Lt. Col. (RET) Michael Feret.

 

For more information about the Veterans Day ceremony, please contact Lt. Col. (RET) Michael Feret at feret-m@harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4278, ext. 2031.

 

This ceremony is free to attend, and no advanced reservations are required. HCHS eagerly anticipates this special day as an opportunity to express deep gratitude for the service and sacrifice of our Veterans.

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

 

About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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Harris County Carver Middle School FBLA Honored with Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit
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HARRIS COUNTY CARVER MIDDLE SCHOOL FBLA HONORED WITH GOLD SEAL CHAPTER AWARD OF MERIT

HAMILTON, GA (OCTOBER 23, 2023) – Harris County Carver Middle School's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter is proud to announce its recognition with the prestigious FBLA Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit for the 2022-2023 academic year.

 

HCSD HCCMS FBLA Gold Seal October 2023

 

This remarkable achievement positions HCCMS FBLA among the top 15% of chapters nationwide, encompassing high school and collegiate levels.

 

The Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit is a testament to the chapter's outstanding performance in competitive events, dedicated involvement in community service initiatives, exemplary leadership development among its members, and a commitment to activities that promote American enterprise.

 

Ashley Daniel, FBLA Advisor at HCCMS, commented on the achievement, saying, "The HCCMS FBLA leadership team designed and executed an exceptional program of work last year. This award not only reflects the impact that the HCCMS FBLA chapter is making within the Harris County community but also within the broader FBLA community. I am tremendously proud of their accomplishments and eagerly anticipate their future success."

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206. 

 

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Photo (left to right): Lena Riley, Baylee Garver, Jayla Turner, Katy Kozee, Caroline Hartung, Abbie McMurtry, Taylor Harris, Madison Perry, Madelyn Stewart, Adriana Bush, Ally Motycka, Natalie Shirley, Braidyn Cole, Easton Smith, Nolan Cummings, Sean Nimke, Charlie Sawtelle, and Turner Durham


About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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Harris County High School JROTC Shines at Area 5 Raiders Match
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HARRIS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL JROTC SHINES AT AREA 5 RAIDERS MATCH

HAMILTON, GA (OCTOBER 23, 2023) – In the fierce competition at the Area 5 Raiders Match on Oct. 7, 2023, at Chattahoochee High School, 16 exceptional students from Harris County High School (HCHS), showcased their prowess and determination, securing an impressive third place overall out of 10 formidable teams hailing from the Chattahoochee Valley.

 

HCHS JROTC Area 5 Raiders Match 2023

 

Testing their limits in both physical and mental domains, the team engaged in a range of demanding events, including the Team Run, Tire Flip, Letter Rescue, Obstacle Course, and Rope Bridge. The team's dedication and intensive training, starting at the onset of the school year, propelled them to secure the second position in the Team Run and an impressive third in the Tire Flip event.

 

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Michael Feret, HCHS JROTC Senior Army Instructor, commended his students' exceptional performance at the event, stating, "Their determination and teamwork were evident in their outstanding placements. We're immensely proud of their achievements and the hard work they've put in, demonstrating the true spirit of JROTC. First Sergeant Retired Sutton did an outstanding job in preparing the Cadets with rigorous training that paid off. We anticipate great things as we progress through the season."


The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For additional information, please visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or contact (706) 628-4206.


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Pictured (left to right):

First row: Kevin Porter, Omar Castillo, Grace Waddell, Adam Aut

Second row: Luke Ussery, 1SG Sutton (Coach), Carolina Luis-Rodriquez, Sophia Cantu, Adyson Baker

Third row: Levi Cosmah, Kaydi Hamilton, Heath Koppel, Zachary Williams, Owen Couturier, Jaymez Whitaker 


About the Harris County School District
The Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system in Hamilton, Georgia, serving over 5,500 students. HCSD encompasses four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. Guided by the vision of "one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society," HCSD is dedicated to providing an outstanding education for every student in Harris County. For further information, please visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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 One of Five Classes Worldwide, Creekside Students Learn from NASA Astronaut and Artist
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ONE OF FIVE CLASSES WORLDWIDE, CREEKSIDE STUDENTS LEARN FROM NASA ASTRONAUT AND ARTIST

CATAULA, GA (OCTOBER 23, 2023) – A Creekside Intermediate School sixth-grade class had a unique opportunity, actually only one of five classes in the world, to learn from NASA Astronaut and Artist Nicole Stott during their Earth Science class.

 

Creekside Astronaut Lesson Oct 2023

 

Teacher Jeannie Bulloch and her class engaged in a live chat with Stott, a veteran NASA astronaut known for her two spaceflights and 104 days in space, including a spacewalk and various historic missions, such as capturing a free-flying HTV cargo vehicle and being part of the final Space Shuttle Discovery flight. Stott also made history by creating the first watercolor painting in space.

 

Creekside Astronaut 2 Oct 2023

 

Additionally, Stott's experience as a NASA Aquanaut was highlighted, having lived and worked during an 18-day undersea mission on the Aquarius habitat in preparation for spaceflight.

 

Following her retirement from NASA, Stott founded the Space for Art Foundation, leveraging her spaceflight experience and artistic skills to inspire creative problem-solving for planetary challenges and promote the synergy between science and art.

 

The live chat featured science communicator and founder of Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants, Joe Grabowski, who joined the conversation, enriching the students' learning experience.

 

Bulloch summarized the experience by saying, “students were able to gain insight from someone who has ventured into space and are able to spark inspiration and curiosity.”

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

 

Photo 1 (yellow hoodie): Blake Hood inquired on the possibilities and opportunities of students to be able to participate and train in the field of space science.

 

Photo 2 (blue shirt): Ashton Epolite asked Astronaut/Artist Nicole Stott to explain how it feels to exit and enter the atmosphere. 

 

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About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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Harris County Carver Middle School Named National Beta School of Distinction
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HARRIS COUNTY CARVER MIDDLE SCHOOL NAMED NATIONAL BETA SCHOOL OF DISTINCTION

HAMILTON, GA (OCTOBER 20, 2023) – The Harris County School District proudly announces that Harris County Carver Middle School (HCCMS) achieved the status of a 2022-2023 National Beta School of Distinction. This recognition is a result of the school's impressive increase in club membership, exceeding 10% compared to the previous year.

 

HCCMS National Beta Club School of Distinction 2023

 

The National Beta School of Distinction Award is a prestigious honor acknowledging Beta clubs dedicated to academic excellence, exemplary character, leadership, and service. This accolade is specifically designed to recognize schools that have shown growth in their membership compared to the previous year. In the current year, only 2,643 Beta Clubs across the country have received this distinction.

 

In a congratulatory letter to the school, Bobby Hart, CEO said “This national award speaks highly of your commitment to academic excellence and illustrates your dedication to preparing students for their future.”

 

Award recipients will receive a National Beta School of Distinction banner to proudly display as a symbol of their accomplishment.

 

Jalin Murphy, HCCMS faculty member and Jr. Beta club sponsor, shared, "Achieving this status in our first year of active participation in National Beta events reflects the caliber of our students and our commitment to academic achievement and community leadership. With the increased diversity in our membership this year, we look forward to personal, academic, and community development both as a club and as a school community."

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.
 

Photo (left to right): The 2023-2024 Jr. Beta Officers, left to right: Paige Ponder (chairperson), Adriana Bush (regional leadership representative), Ashlyn Ogletree (secretary), Nicholas Reed (vice president), Quinton Smith (historian), Kaylee Wilbanks (president), Rachel Figel (reporter), Jalin Murphy (club sponsor).

 

About National Beta  

With more than 500,000 active members and 9,000 chapters nationally and internationally, National

Beta has become the nation’s largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization. National

Beta recognizes outstanding achievement, promotes character and social responsibility, encourages service involvement to school and community, and fosters leadership skills. National Junior Beta

includes grades 4-8 and National Senior Beta includes grades 9-12. The National Beta program offers more than $300,000 annually to its Senior Beta Members. Visit betaclub.org for more information.


About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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Harris County High School Senior Named September 2023 "Student of the Month" by Rotary Club of Harris County
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HARRIS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR NAMED SEPTEMBER 2023 "STUDENT OF THE MONTH" BY ROTARY CLUB OF HARRIS COUNTY

HAMILTON, GA (OCTOBER 18, 2023) – The Rotary Club of Harris County, in its ongoing commitment to acknowledge and support education in the Harris County School District, designated HCHS Senior Victoria "Tori" Hyder as the "Student of the Month" for September 2023.

 

HCSD HCHS Rotary Student September 2023

 

Tori is an active member of Church in the County, where she teaches children's Sunday school, and the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a Masonic youth organization focusing on leadership and community service. She has been involved in numerous community service projects through this organization.

 

A Georgia Merit Scholar and an AP Scholar with honor, Tori is deeply engaged with the HCHS theater department, both on and off the stage. She is the daughter of Janet and Joe Hyder and resides in Fortson.

 

Tammy Bailey, HCHS guidance counselor, expressed gratitude for the Rotary Club's dedication to recognizing students, stating, "We appreciate our local Rotary's commitment to the 'Student of the Month' program. This recognition is highly valued by our students and serves as a notable addition to their college applications."

 

Each honoree receives a certificate and the opportunity to attend a Rotary meeting, where they introduce themselves and share their backgrounds. These students are also eligible candidates for Rotary's annual post-secondary scholarship program, aiding them in their educational journey towards graduation.

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

 

Photo: (left to right): Rotarian Emily Byrd, club director of education & youth services; Honoree Victoria Hyder with her parents looking on.

 

About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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 Harris County District Receives School Supply Donation from WRBL and Kia Autosport of Columbus
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HARRIS COUNTY DISTRICT RECEIVES SCHOOL SUPPLY DONATION FROM WRBL AND KIA AUTOSPORT OF COLUMBUS

HAMILTON, GA (OCTOBER 17, 2023) – Kia AutoSport of Columbus, in partnership with WRBL-TV News 3, successfully gathered generous donations of school supplies for students in the Columbus-area, including those within the Harris County School District (HCSD).

 

Kia Donations 2023

 

The local Kia AutoSport dealership collaborated with WRBL-TV News 3 to initiate a campaign for collecting school supplies. Under the guidance of Kia General Manager Melanie Lee, the team collected a substantial number of school items. At the conclusion of the campaign, WRBL personnel delivered the supplies to the school districts in Muscogee, Harris, and Russell counties via a brand-new Kia.

 

Shelia Baker, HCSD assistant superintendent of support services, expressed the district's excitement and gratitude for being included once again in this vital school supply distribution. The donated supplies, ranging from essential items like pencils and erasers to backpacks, personal hygiene products, and cleaning supplies, were evenly distributed among the schools. They were presented to a counselor from each school within the District to ensure a smooth delivery and dispersal process.

 

One way the supplies are distributed is through a new program called, “Help Yourself Shelf.” Each school counselor has one outside of their office. Those students who need items have been introduced to the shelves and know that they are welcome to get what they need without asking, thus maintaining a sense of dignity.

 

"We are immensely honored and grateful on behalf of our students who sometimes lack the supplies they need. This type of giving brings relief to some of our parents and smiles to the faces of many kids. These materials will definitely be used to equip our students, and our schools deeply appreciate this support," said Baker. “Our community partners like Kia AutoSport of Columbus and WRBL continue to show us time and time again how generous they are and we couldn’t be more thankful for them.” 

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Georgia.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call 706-628-4206.

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Pictured (left to right):  Kristin Roberts, Mulberry Creek Elementary Counselor; Shelia Baker, HCSD Assistant Superintendent); Jessica Burnett, New Mountain Hill Elementary Principal; Emily Henderson, Park Elementary Counselor: Sean Myers, Pine Ridge Elementary Counselor; Ashley Chapman, Creekside Intermediate School Counselor; Steve Hammonds, Harris County Carver Middle School Counselor; Coartney Hugley, Harris County High School Counselor; Megan Wright, EOC/STEPS Counselor; Roger Couch, HCSD Superintendent

 

About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Georgia. It serves +/-5,500 students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to educational excellence for every child,” Harris County School District continually strives to provide students what they need to become the future workforce and society. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or the Facebook or Twitter pages (@HCSDga).

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 Park Elementary Teacher, A Top 10 Finalist for Georgia Teacher of the Year, Honored by Blue Bell Creameries
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HAMILTON, GA (OCTOBER 17, 2023) – Recently, Jennifer Lean, a Top 10 Finalist for Georgia's Teacher of the Year from Park Elementary, was celebrated by Blue Bell Creameries for her remarkable achievements in the field of education. Blue Bell Creameries presented her with a cooler of ice cream as a token of appreciation, extending this gesture of goodwill to the entire student body, teachers, and staff.

More than 650 teachers, staff, and students of Park Elementary gathered to enjoy a delightful ice cream party, generously sponsored by Blue Bell Creameries. The event was a celebration of Lean's dedication to her students and the educational community. Lauren Lewis, Blue Bell’s public relations manager, expressed their admiration for educators, stating, “Here at Blue Bell, we believe that one of the most vital roles is educating our youth. Our company places a strong emphasis on education and holds educators in high esteem.” The joyful occasion saw smiles and laughter as everyone relished the delightful ice cream treats provided by Blue Bell Creameries.

The Harris County School District and Park Elementary extends its heartfelt gratitude to Blue Bell Creameries for their generous support in honoring the remarkable achievements of Jennifer Lean and the positive impact she has made on the lives of her students and the educational community.

For more information about the Harris County School District, please visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or contact at (706) 628-4206.

 

Photo (left to right): Three Blue Bell Creameries Representatives present Jennifer Lean with Blue Bell ice cream with Park Elementary Principal Allyson Douthit and Ga. Rep. Vance Smith Jr. looking on.

 

About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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 HCHS "Sound of the County" Marching Band Invitational Set for Saturday, Oct. 21
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HCHS "SOUND OF THE COUNTY" MARCHING BAND INVITATIONAL SET FOR SATURDAY, OCT. 21

HAMILTON, GA (OCTOBER 17, 2023) – The public is invited to the seventh annual Harris County High School (HCHS) Sound of the County Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, at HCHS’s Tiger Stadium on Durham Field.

 

High school bands currently expected to compete include Crawford County, Howard, Northside, Columbus, Manchester, Bowdon, Southland Academy, Houston County (Ala.), Calvary Christian, and Troup County.

 

This event, a festival and contest, is educationally driven. The adjudicators are experienced music educators specially selected to evaluate each performance group. They were chosen based on their observation of ensembles, clinics, and previous positive, beneficial, and educational commentary.

 

“The goal of this event for the participating bands is to provide meaningful feedback and experiences for each student, contributing to the growth of each program and fulfilling the programs’ missions and philosophies. Bands of all sizes and styles will participate,” explained HCHS Band Director Dr. Christopher Libby. “For the spectators, this event features great concessions, excellent judges, outstanding hospitality, and excellent facilities.”

 

Libby added, “The exhibition band to be featured is our very own Harris County High School’s 'Sound of the County' Tiger Band. They will be performing their show ‘Lion King.’”

 

The gates will open at 11 a.m. on Oct. 21, and Southland Academy will commence at 12 p.m. There will be a dinner break from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The HCHS band will perform at 6 p.m. 

 

Spectator admission is $10 per adult, $5 per child ages 6 to 12, and free for children ages 5 and younger. Proceeds will go to the Harris County Band program for the purchase of new instruments.

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

 

Note to Editor: Images and interviews are available upon request.

 

About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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Board of Education Recognizes National School Lunch Week
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BOARD OF EDUCATION RECOGNIZES NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK

To recognize National School Lunch Week, the Harris County Board of Education recently recognized representatives of the school nutrition program with a proclamation honoring their commitment to nourishing young minds. After a three-year hiatus, the Georgia School Nutrition Program has returned the annual celebration of National School Lunch Week.

HCSD National School Lunch Week 2023


Left to Right: Jessica Hickok, Park SNP Manager; Brad Johnson, Director of School Nutrition; Amy Synoground, HCCMS SNP Manager; Jessie Hudson, School Nutrition Bookkeeper and Supervisor; Stephanie Robinson, NMHE SNP Manager; Shirley Karm, MCE SNP Manager; and Krystal Baggett, Creekside SNP Manager.

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HCSD Superintendent Announces Plans to Retire at the End of the School Year
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HCSD SUPERINTENDENT ANNOUNCES PLANS TO RETIRE AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR

HAMILTON, GA (OCTOBER 6, 2023) – The Harris County School District (HCSD) Superintendent has announced plans to retire at the end of the current school year.

 

“With his guiding hand, Roger Couch navigated the district through substantial change, growth, and challenges, including the profound impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” shared Garnett Ray III, chair of the Harris County Board of Education. He expressed gratitude, stating, “We were fortunate and blessed to have Mr. Couch come out of retirement to serve as superintendent in a time of need. His leadership during challenging times has been invaluable. We wish him an enjoyable retirement, and he will always be welcome to be a part of the Harris County School District.”

 

Couch's journey with the district began years ago, serving as the principal of Harris County High School. He emerged from retirement to step into the role of interim superintendent, showcasing exceptional leadership and dedication.

 

“This group of people, and many who have served here during the last 20 years, have worked really hard to make the Harris County School District better,” Couch shared as he reflected on his tenure. “I’m pleased and excited to have had the opportunity to work with those people to advance the district. I’m immensely grateful for the chance to have worked with this incredible team, ensuring our students have every opportunity to succeed academically and beyond.”

 

The announcement of his retirement at this time allows the Harris County School District to commence a thorough and thoughtful search for the next superintendent, ensuring a strong and capable leader for the district's future. Couch will continue to serve through the end of this school year, allowing for a seamless transition.

 

As Couch embarks on this new chapter, the Harris County School District acknowledges his significant contributions and wishes him a retirement filled with happiness and endless adventures.

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Georgia.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call 706-628-4206.

Note to Editor:  Interviews available upon request.

 

About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Georgia. It serves +/-5,500 students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to educational excellence for every child,” Harris County School District continually strives to provide students what they need to become the future workforce and society. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or the Facebook or Twitter pages (@HCSDga).

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October 2023 Mobile Learning Lab Schedule Announced
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OCTOBER 2023 MOBILE LEARNING LAB SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

HAMILTON, GA (SEPTEMBER 27, 2023) – The Harris County School District’s (HCSD) award-winning Mobile Learning Lab calendar* has been set for October 2023.

 

HCSD Mobile Learning Lab


“The Mobile Learning Lab is available for Harris County citizens of all ages who need tutoring or to simply access the internet for career-related opportunities. For elementary students, there is a mobile library in the rear of the bus,” said Shelia Baker, HCSD assistant superintendent of support services. “We want to remind parents that reading with your child every day is the best way to prepare students and keep them prepared for school. The Mobile Learning Lab is one of many opportunities to encourage reading.”

 

The Mobile Learning Lab is open from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations:


October 2023

Pine Mountain: Pine Lane Apartments

Every Tuesday and Thursday (October 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 31)

 

Hamilton: Harris County Community Center

Monday, October 2

 

Waverly Hall: Bobby Lowman Recreation Center

Monday, October 16

 

Shiloh: City Hall/Fire Station

Every Wednesday (October 4, 11, 18, 25)

 

Whitesville: Dollar General

Monday, October 23

 

Mike Tracey Arena on Hwy. 116 

Thursday, October 26 Harris County Public Library ‘s “Trunk or Treat"

 

The purpose of the Mobile Learning Lab is to provide technology access and literacy activities for students and adults in the district. It is equipped with Wi-Fi Internet access, laptops, and books for students in the district. To enrich their learning experiences, students can access applications they are already using within their classrooms as well as resources to continually promote college and career readiness. In addition, the Mobile Learning Lab is available to assist adults who may be pursuing educational and work-related career opportunities. The MLL earned the Harris County School District’s (HCSD) Board of Education (BOE) the Leading Edge Award for the innovative “Teaching and Learning Resources” initiatives from the Georgia School Boards Association.

 

A calendar for the operation of the Mobile Learning Lab for the 2023-2024 school year is posted at www.harris.k12.ga.us (on the main page, scroll down to News & Information).

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Georgia.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

 

*Subject to change

 

Note to Editor: Images and interviews are available upon request.

 

About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Georgia. It serves 5,500+/- students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one educational opportunities center. With a vision of “one community committed to educational excellence for every child,” Harris County School District continually strives to provide students with what they need to become the future workforce and society. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or the Facebook or Twitter pages (@HCSDga).

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 Drive Led by Elementary Students Begins to "Team Up Against Pet Food Insecurity"
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DRIVE LED BY ELEMENTARY STUDENTS BEGINS TO "TEAM UP AGAINST PET FOOD INSECURITY"

HAMILTON, GA (SEPTEMBER 26, 2023) – New Mountain Elementary School (NMHE) students in Fortson, GA, are launching the "Team Up Against Pet Food Insecurity" campaign, running from Sept. 25 to Oct. 9. Partnering with the Harris County Humane Society, this community service-learning initiative integrates STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) to support shelter animals and instill empathy in students.

 

2022 File Photo of Pet Food collections HCSD NMHE

 

Alison Valero, a fourth-grade teacher at NMHE, highlighted the significant increase in demand for pet food, especially among those struggling financially. This drive, led by the fourth-grade teachers, aims to help both shelter animals and pets in local households, especially for the elderly who often rely on their pets for companionship.

 

The Harris County Humane Society, a 501(c)3 organization operating since 1991, focuses on rescuing homeless animals, promoting responsible pet ownership, and educating the community about animal welfare.

 

Anita Wadley, NMHE assistant principal and STEAM coordinator, announced a collaboration with Pine Ridge Elementary to collect pet food and supplies for the Harris County Animal Shelter. They have identified specific items needed for two critical Humane Society programs:

  1. Outreach Food Bank (including Meals on Wheels, FOCUS, and Senior Centers)
  2. "A Needs to Care Program" (serving animals in Harris County)

 

The campaign outlines the items to be collected by grade level, encouraging community participation:

 

Items the students will be collecting the following items by grade level:

Pre-K: Paper towels and trash bags

Kindergarten: Soft cat treats

First Grade: Dog treats

Second Grade: Kitten food (Dry or Wet)

Third Grade: Dry cat food

Fourth Grade: Dry dog food

 

Empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls are also welcome.

 

For additional details or to make a donation, contact Alison Valero at valero-a@harris.k12.ga.us.

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Georgia.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

 

Note to Editor: Images and interviews are available upon request.

 

About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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 District to Host Public Forum Regarding Upcoming Bond and ESPLOST Referendums Sept. 28
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DISTRICT TO HOST PUBLIC FORUM REGARDING UPCOMING BOND AND ESPLOST REFERENDUMS SEPT. 28

HAMILTON, GA (SEPTEMBER 25, 2023) – The Harris County School District (HCSD) is hosting a public information meeting on Thursday, Sept. 28. The objectives of the meeting are to provide citizens with information regarding:

 

  • The Board of Education’s plans for facilities, construction, and funding processes to meet the challenges of community growth and rising student populations.
  • A special election on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, which encompasses bond and ESPLOST (Education Special Local Option Sales Tax) referendums. These initiatives aim to secure funding for essential construction and capital projects within the Harris County School District. The ESPLOST continuation, which has been active since 1997, has significantly contributed to the development and upkeep of school facilities. Notably, it facilitated a significant upgrade of the school bus fleet, ensuring 100% air conditioning, along with various other improvements. Funding for these initiatives primarily comes from sales tax paid by visitors to our community.

The meeting is set for 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28, in the boardroom of the HCSD Central Office (132 Barnes Mill Road, Hamilton, GA 31811).

 

Questions regarding this public meeting can be submitted to Justin Finney, assistant superintendent of business services and technology, via email at finney-j@harris.k12.ga.us.

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Georgia.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

 

Editors: Images and interviews are available upon request

 

About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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 HCSD Announces Teacher of the Year and Support Person of the Year
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HAMILTON, GA (SEPTEMBER 21, 2023) – The Harris County School District (HCSD) announced the Teacher of the Year and the Support Person of the Year at the 50-yard-line before Friday night's Harris County High School football game.

District Teacher of the Year

Jalin Murphy, a seventh-grade teacher at Harris County Carver Middle School (HCCMS), has been chosen as the District Teacher of the Year. Murphy, in his fourth year at HCCMS, holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language Literature and a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from Columbus State University. He passionately imparts self-identity, critical thinking, and creativity to his students. Murphy also holds significant positions within the school system, including English Language Arts Department Chair, Jr. Beta Club sponsor, basketball cheer co-coach, assistant coach of girls' track and field, and the new president of the Harris County Association of Educators.

“Winning the District Teacher of the Year title is an immense honor made possible through the support and expertise I've garnered from the dedicated faculty and staff at Harris County Carver Middle School, Harris County High School, and the district office. Additionally, the support from my incredibly creative and talented students and the Harris County community motivates me in countless ways,” Murphy shared regarding receiving the honor. “I see it as an opportunity to offer a different perspective in education and a form of representation for the students who typically go unseen, unnoticed, or unheard, as well as students I relate to, students who relate to me, and every student in between.”

HCCMS Principal Jennifer Taylor praised her teacher’s honor: “Mr. Murphy’s dedication to his students and his passion for educating all types of students have set a standard of excellence that inspires our school and district. He is a shining star in his craft, and his achievement as District Teacher of the Year is a testament to his outstanding contributions to education.”

Murphy, originally from Bainbridge, Ga., resides in Columbus, Ga. He will now represent Harris County in the selection process for the Georgia Teacher of the Year and, if successful, in the subsequent selection process for the National Teacher of the Year.

District Support Person of the Year


Park Elementary Special Education Paraprofessional Kay McGuire has been recognized as the District Support Person of the Year. McGuire, specializing in assisting students with behavior exceptionalities, emphasizes inclusivity and fosters a nurturing learning environment for every child at Park Elementary.


In response to the news, she said, “It is an honor to be recognized as Harris County School District’s Support Person of the Year. I am blessed to work with Mrs. Hagan and all the other amazing teachers and staff at Park. We have a fantastic team that loves our Tiger Cubs. We want every child here to be successful. Some days can be a challenge, but I truly love these children and want them to know I am here for them.”

“Mrs. McGuire specializes in assisting students with behavior exceptionalities, with a specific focus on inclusion. Her role goes far beyond providing support in the classroom; she plays a pivotal role in fostering an inclusive learning environment where every child feels valued, respected, and encouraged to reach their full potential,” shared Allyson Douthit, principal of Park Elementary. “She is a dedicated and skilled professional who has had a profoundly positive impact on the lives of the students at Park. Her contributions to our school community extend beyond the classroom, as she is a role model for inclusion and an advocate for the well-being and success of all students.”

McGuire has lived in Harris County for 17 years. She and her husband, J.D., live in Waverly Hall. They have been married 25 years and have three children: one who graduated from Harris County High School (HCHS) in May 2023 and two currently attending the school. Tyler is in eleventh grade and Maci is in ninth grade.

Kay McGuire, a special education paraprofessional at Park Elementary, has been recognized as the District Support Person of the Year. McGuire specializes in assisting students with behavior exceptionalities and emphasizes inclusivity, fostering a nurturing learning environment for every child at Park Elementary.

In response to the news, she said, “It is an honor to be recognized as Harris County School District’s Support Person of the Year. I am blessed to work with Mrs. Hagan and all the other amazing teachers and staff at Park. We have a fantastic team that loves our Tiger Cubs. We want every child here to be successful. Some days can be a challenge, but I truly love these children and want them to know I am here for them.”

“Mrs. McGuire specializes in assisting students with behavior exceptionalities, with a specific focus on inclusion. Her role goes far beyond providing support in the classroom; she plays a pivotal role in fostering an inclusive learning environment where every child feels valued, respected, and encouraged to reach their full potential,” shared Allyson Douthit, principal of Park Elementary. “She is a dedicated and skilled professional who has had a profoundly positive impact on the lives of the students at Park. Her contributions to our school community extend beyond the classroom, as she is a role model for inclusion and an advocate for the well-being and success of all students.”

McGuire has lived in Harris County for 17 years. She and her husband, J.D., live in Waverly Hall. They have been married 25 years and have three children: one who graduated from Harris County High School (HCHS) in May 2023, Addison, and two currently attending the school. Tyler is in eleventh grade, and Maci is in the ninth grade.

The announcement included recognizing the teacher and support person nominated from each school, including:

School – Teacher of the Year/Support Person of the Year

Harris County High School – Emilee Braddy/ Anna Balestracci

Harris County Carver Middle School – Jalin Murphy/Victoria Gillum

Creekside Intermediate School – Jeannie Bulloch/Susann Murphy

Mulberry Creek Elementary School – Lindsay Lewis/Jackie Pierce

New Mountain Hill Elementary School – Morgan Allen/Cortni Madrigal

Park Elementary School – Meghan Hagan/Kay McGuire

Pine Ridge Elementary School – Celeste Garrett/ Misti Jones

EOC/STEPS Teacher of the Year – Andrea Small-Jules/NA

Central Office Support Person of the Year – NA/Deb Slayton

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

 

Photo 1 (left to right): Jalin Murphy, District Teacher of the Year, and Kay McGuire, District Support Person of the Year, and HCSd Superintendent Roger D. Couch.

 

Photo 2: All of the HCSD Teachers of the Year and Support Personnel of the year assemble at the 50 yard line prior to the announcement of the district winners.

 

About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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 Six HCHS Cheerleaders Secure Victory with Travel Team; Receive Proclamation in Columbus
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SIX HCHS CHEERLEADERS SECURE VICTORY WITH TRAVEL TEAM; RECEIVE PROCLAMATION IN COLUMBUS

HAMILTON, GA (SEPTEMBER 14, 2023) – Six varsity cheerleaders from Harris County High School (HCHS) played a significant role in the triumph of the Columbus-based United Cheerleading's Nova Pythons competitive all-star cheerleading squad. The team emerged victorious in the Summit Championship for the L3 Senior Coed medium division earlier in the year. In recognition of their achievement, the Columbus City Council honored the team over the summer break.

 

HCSD HCHS Cheerleaders ESPN Nova Pythons 2023

 

Mayor B.H. "Skip" Henderson III of Columbus commemorated the occasion by issuing a proclamation designating Sunday, April 30, 2023, as Nova Python Day.

 

Melody Lindsey, a cheerleader parent who also serves as a HCHS cheer coach, expressed immense pride in the students’ representation of the HCHS program on the travel team and their ability to showcase its core values.

 

HCSD HCHS Cheerleaders Nova Pythons Proclamation 2023

 

Lindsey explained that teams work tirelessly throughout the season to earn an invitation, or bid, to compete at the annual Summit Championship, organized by Varsity All Star. The event, described on its website as an innovative, prestigious, competitive, and unforgettable end-of-year experience for teams from various levels, attracts participants from the United States, Canada, Norway, Japan, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Out of all the all-star cheerleading teams, comprising 2,337 teams and 37,000 athletes, only 15 percent receive an invitation to compete at the Summit National Championship. The chances of becoming a Summit Champion are approximately 0.03 percent.

 

Through their talent, hard work, dedication, and determination, along with the support of their exceptional coaches and a remarkable routine, the Nova Pythons defied the odds and earned the title of Summit Champions. This spirited and committed Nova Pythons team proudly brought the Championship title and the renowned championship ring back home to Columbus and Harris County.

 

On an international stage, the Nova Pythons team for the 2022-2023 season represented both the city of Columbus and Harris County. Six members of our Harris County High School's Varsity Cheerleading team for the 2023-2024 season—namely Ivy Story, Lily Webster, Hanna Wills, Avery Bulloch, Kaylor Johannes, and Delani Swan—contributed significantly to this achievement.

 

Lindsey stated, “They represented Harris County and Harris County High School exceptionally well, utilizing their talents to secure the victory and make us proud.”

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

 

Photo Proclamation: In a special ceremony at the Columbus, Ga., City Council meeting on June 27, 2023, the Nova Pythons, including the HCHS Cheerleaders, were recognized. Mayor B.H. "Skip" Henderson III issued a proclamation declaring Sunday, April 30, 2023, as Nova Python Day. Pictured from left to right: Ivy Story, Avery Bulloch, Delani Swan, Hanna Wills, and Lily Webster. Kaylor Johannes is not pictured.

 

Photo ESPN: The Nova Pythons from Columbus, Ga., a competitive all-star cheerleading team in the Senior Level 3 COED category representing United Cheerleading, took the stage at the prestigious Summit National Championship at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Disney World on April 29, 2023. After advancing to the finals, the team competed on April 30, 2023. The Nova Pythons for the 2022-2023 season included six members from the HCHS Varsity Cheerleading team. Pictured from left to right: Hanna Wills, Lily Webster, Avery Bulloch, Kaylor Johannes, Delani Swan, and Ivy Story.


About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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 HCHS Welding Students Earn Certifications; Gain Access to Career-Related Database to Improve Employability
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HCHS WELDING STUDENTS EARN CERTIFICATIONS; GAIN ACCESS TO CAREER-RELATED DATABASE TO IMPROVE EMPLOYABILITY

HAMILTON, GA (SEPTEMBER 13, 2023) – Students at Harris County High School (HCHS) are taking proactive steps to enhance their employability by earning valuable certifications. Through the Welding and the Industry Fundamentals and Occupational Safety classes led by instructor Mark Howington, students achieved remarkable success during the 2023 spring semester.

 

A total of 469 industry credentials were earned, accompanied by the completion of 34 projects and 16 students securing part-time jobs. Howington expressed his satisfaction, stating, "Most of the students had no resumes before starting the class, but now all of them have a resume and an OSHA-10 Hour safety card. We achieved a 100 percent completion rate on the OSHA-10 credential."

 

To further strengthen their career prospects, students have registered themselves on the Construction Ready Profile platform, which was launched in January 2023. This system enables students to create a comprehensive resume that showcases their acquired credentials, experiences, education, jobs, and projects within the Metals pathway. Upon turning 18 and graduating, students' profiles will become publicly accessible, allowing companies to connect with them for potential future employment opportunities.

 

Additionally, the students have enrolled with the National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER), where they underwent assessments in employability, communication, basic safety, hand and power tools, and welding. The NCCER maintains a record of their accomplishments, further contributing to their professional growth.

 

HCSD HCHS Ryan Gilbert Welding Diving School

 

“I started the Harris County High School metals program with no welding experience. My father has a career in the metalworking industry as well as my grandfather. They both weld often in their careers, so I have always been inclined to learn the welding trade,” shared HCHS Class of 2022 Graduate Ryan Gilbert, “Throughout my time in the program, I not only learned to weld but achieved professional certifications in shielded metal arc welding. I contribute this success in the program to the fundamentals of metalworking and safety that are taught in the classroom, and all the tools and resources that were made available to me. I learned countless skills and work ethics that will carry with me for the rest of my life, and I will always remember the time I spent with Mr. Howington.” Gilbert is now attending the Diver Institute of Technology in Seattle, Wash., where he is scheduled to graduate on September 28. He added, “The HCHS Metals program helped guide me in my career choice by allowing me to discover my talents in the welding and metal working trades. I am planning on working in the offshore oil and gas industry.”

 

HCSD HCHS Ryan Gilbert underwater

HCSD HCHS Ryan Gilbert Welding School

 

To view video of Ryan Gilbert at work doing underwater welding, click here.

 

"The students' achievements highlight their commitment to personal and professional development," said Tyler Dunn, Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE)/Science & Technology Center Director at Harris County High School. "By earning industry certifications and leveraging the Construction Ready Profile and NCCER registration, these students have gained a competitive edge in the job market and increased their employability."

 

“Harris County High School's CTAE program is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary for their post-high school endeavors,” HCHS Principal Lindie Snyder shared. “Our goal is to prepare our students for the workforce by whatever path they choose to get there.” In 2020, the placement rate for CTAE Career Pathway completers was an impressive 96.4%, with graduates pursuing postsecondary education, advanced training, military service, or employment within six months of graduation.

 

Across Georgia, CTAE programs offer students a well-rounded high-school experience that prepares them for their future. With over 100 Career Pathways available, ranging from financial technology to flight operations, students can acquire practical skills, earn industry-recognized credentials, and engage in work-based learning and apprenticeship opportunities. At HCHS, the CTAE program provides pathways in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Architecture & Construction; Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communication; Business Management and Administration; Computer Science/Information Technology (IT); Education and Training; Government and Public Administration; Health Science; Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security; Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics; and Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics.

 

Regardless of their chosen path, Career Pathway completers are well-prepared for higher education, military service, apprenticeships, or immediate entry into the workforce. Notably, HCHS's Construction and Metals programs recently received industry certification, ensuring that completers of the construction pathway can obtain nationally recognized certifications for relevant positions.

 

Furthermore, Harris County Carver Middle School, within the district, offers programs that allow students to explore various career areas in support of the high school's pathways, including Agriculture, Business Education, Computer Science, and Engineering & Technology.

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For more information, please visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or contact (706) 628-4206.
 

Note to editors: Interviews may be requested.


About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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Under Friday Night's Lights, Teacher and Support Person of the the Year to be Announced
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HAMILTON, GA (SEPTEMBER 11, 2023): Friday night the “Teacher of the Year/Support Person of the Year” from each Harris County School District location listed below will be recognized and the district representatives will be announced. The candidates are:

School – Teacher of the Year/Support Person of the Year

Harris County High School – Emilee Braddy/ Anna Balestracci

Harris County Carver Middle School – Jalin Murphy/Victoria Gillum

Creekside Intermediate School – Jeannie Bulloch/Susann Murphy

Mulberry Creek Elementary School – Lindsay Lewis/Jackie Pierce

New Mountain Hill Elementary School – Morgan Allen/Cortni Madrigal

Park Elementary School – Meghan Hagan/Kay McGuire

Pine Ridge Elementary School – Celeste Garrett/ Misti Jones

EOC/STEPS Teacher of the Year – Andrea Small-Jules/NA

Central Office Support Person of the Year – NA/Deb Slayton

After recognizing each of these honorees, the District will announce the District Support Person of the Year and District Teacher of the Year.

The person selected as the District Teacher of the Year will represent Harris County in the selection process for the Georgia Teacher of the Year, who will then represent the state in the selection for the National Teacher of the Year.

In addition to this recognition, each honoree will be invited to the annual “Evening with the Stars” in May that recognizes faculty and staff accomplishments and retirements for the school year.

Event Details: 

Time: 7:10 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Date: Friday, September 15, 2023

Where: 50-yard line of Durham Field at Tiger Stadium, 8281 Ga Highway 116. Hamilton, GA 31811

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Georgia.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

 

Note to editors: Interviews and photos may be requested.

 

Photo (left to right):

Front row: Susann Murphy (Creekside), Celeste Garrett (Pine Ridge), Victoria Gillum (HCCMS), Jeannie Bulloch (Creekside), Jackie Pierce (Mulberry)

Middle row: Anna Balestracci (HCHS), Debbie Slayton (Central Office), Andrea Small-Jules (EOC/STEPS), Meghan Hagan (Park), Kay McGuire (Park), Misti Jones (Pine Ridge), Lindsay Lewis (Mulberry Creek)

Back row: Emilee Braddy (HCHS), Jalin Murphy (HCCMS), Cortni Madrigal (New Mountain Hill), Morgan Allen (New Mountain Hill)

 

About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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 To Fight Food Insecurity, New Mountain Hill Elementary Launches "Adopt A Garden Bed" Campaign for Hilltop Harvest Community Garden
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TO FIGHT FOOD INSECURITY, NEW MOUNTAIN HILL ELEMENTARY LAUNCHES "ADOPT A GARDEN BED" CAMPAIGN FOR HILLTOP HARVEST COMMUNITY GARDEN

HAMILTON, GA (SEPTEMBER 5, 2023) – New Mountain Hill Elementary is taking a proactive stance against food insecurity through their innovative "Adopt a Garden Bed" campaign. This initiative is designed to support the community while providing purpose-driven, hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) education to its students.

 

HCSD NMHE STEAM Community Garden

 

Through their STEAM program, students at New Mountain Hill Elementary are engaged in empathy-driven projects, including the cultivation of fresh vegetables in their Hilltop Harvest Community Garden. The harvested produce is then donated to individuals and families facing food insecurity within the local community.

 

In their ongoing efforts to combat this issue, New Mountain Hill Elementary has already contributed over 400 bags of fresh vegetables to the FOCUS Food Pantry and donated muscadine jelly to the Harris County School District’s H.O.P.E. Center’s Food Pantry.

 

This year's "Adopt a Garden Bed" campaign invites community members to make a tangible difference. By adopting a garden bed in the Hilltop Harvest Community Garden, individuals or businesses provide essential supplies such as soil, plants, and nutrients. Various sponsorship levels are available to accommodate diverse contributions:

 

Seed Level: $20 or more - Acknowledgment in the yearbook.

Sprout Level: $50 or more - Recognition in the yearbook and a shared garden plaque.

Garden Level: $100 or more - Mention in the yearbook and an individual plaque.

Harvester Level: $250 or more - Yearbook recognition, individual plaque, garden entrance banner display, and social media coverage.

 

Contributions can be made in-kind or financially, and official donation receipts will be provided to all contributors.

 

"We are excited to launch the 'Adopt a Garden Bed' campaign, which not only supports our garden but also recognizes the invaluable partnership of our community members," said Anita Wadley, assistant principal and NMHE STEAM coordinator. "By joining forces, we can make a substantial impact in the fight against food insecurity in our community."

 

To participate in the campaign or learn more about the initiative, please contact Anita Wadley at (706) 323-1144 or via email at wadley-a@harris.k12.ga.us.

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For more information, please visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or contact (706) 628-4206.

 

Note to editors: Interviews and photos may be requested.


About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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HCHS Athlete Named Wendy's "Giant of the Week" by WTVM After Tie-Breaking, Game-Winning Field Goal
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HCHS ATHLETE NAMED WENDY'S "GIANT OF THE WEEK" BY WTVM AFTER TIE-BREAKING, GAME-WINNING FIELD GOAL

HAMILTON, GA (SEPTEMBER 5, 2023) – Logan Shelnutt, the starting kicker for Harris County High School (HCHS), received the prestigious Wendy's "Giant of the Game" player of the week award from WTVM after his game-winning field goal broke a 27-27 tie for the first week of the season.

 

HCHS Football Kicker Logan Shelnutt Wendys Giant of the Week and Tommy Watson


Shelnutt was taken by surprise during the 4th Block JROTC Battalion by HCHS Head Football Coach Tommy Watson and a WTVM representative. He was presented with a certificate and received a backpack, Beats headphones, and a Wendy's gift card.


Coach Watson recalled, "Logan knocked through the winning JV game against Troup last year…I just knew I had to get the ball to the 25-yard line" when discussing the critical field goal.

Reflecting on the play in the game against Russell County, Shelnutt said, "I didn't want to celebrate too early, so I waited until it went through the uprights, but as soon as I felt Matt, the holder, pick me up from behind, I knew it was good."


The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Georgia.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

 


About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Georgia. It serves 5,500 +/- students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to educational excellence for every child,” Harris County School District continually strives to provide students with what they need to become the future workforce and society. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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 HCHS Student Honored with Rotary of Harris County Youth Leadership Award
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HCHS STUDENT HONORED WITH ROTARY OF HARRIS COUNTY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD

HAMILTON, GA (AUGUST 28, 2023) – Lily Snyder, a student at Harris County High School, was selected to participate in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp, which took place in July.

 

Lily Snyder Rotary Leadership Award

 

This enriching experience was made possible by the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Harris County. RYLA is a dynamic leadership program that cultivates leadership skills, fosters new friendships, and offers an enjoyable experience. The Rotary Club of Harris County annually selects a student to attend this program.

 

Photo: Rotarian Emily Byrd (right) presents HCHS's Lily Snyder (left) with the esteemed leadership award.

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Middle School Students Excel at National Technology Conference
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MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS EXCEL AT NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE

HAMILTON, GA (AUGUST 18, 2023) – Exceptional achievements were celebrated as students from Harris County Carver Middle School (HCCMS) showcased their prowess at the National Technology Student Association (TSA) Conference. The event, which took place in Louisville, Ky., from June 28 to July 2, saw HCCMS students bring home two national trophies and a collection of finalist pins.

 

HCCMS Middle School Nationals TSA 2023

 

Having demonstrated their excellence at the state level competition in March, the students of the Harris County School District (HCSD) represented Georgia with distinction at the National TSA Conference. The Kentucky International Convention Center hosted an assembly of nearly 7,000 attendees, including students, parents, and advisors.

 

Comprised of 10 dedicated students, the HCCMS contingent participated in 16 diverse events, engaging in competitive scenarios, attending leadership sessions, and establishing connections with fellow TSA members from across the nation. The conference featured international representatives from countries such as Germany, Turkey, and American Samoa.

 

The impressive list of national awardees and their respective categories includes:

 

Third Place

·         System Control Technology (MS): Shubham Rao, Nicholas McAllister, Addison White

·         Promotional Marketing (MS): Addison White


Fourth Place

·         Forensic Technology (MS): Elizabeth Ricker, Paige Timmons


Fifth Place

·         Community Service Video (MS): Landon Layfield, Spencer Bowden, Parker Cummings, Addison White


Ninth Place

·         Chapter Team (MS): Spencer Bowden, Parker Cummings, Elizabeth Ricker, Brandon Smith, Paige Timmons, Addison White


Tenth Place

·         Mass Production (MS): Landon Layfield, Spencer Bowden, Brandon Smith


The team also actively participated in additional events, encompassing areas like Biotechnology, Children’s Stories, Dragster Design, Electrical Applications, Flight, Inventions and Innovations, Junior Solar Sprint, Mechanical Engineering, Microcontroller Design, and Prepared Speech.

 

HCCMS's triumphant journey was made possible with the dedicated involvement of HCSD teachers and the guidance of TSA Advisors, Paul Markert and Sabra Bowden. Additionally, the invaluable contributions of parent volunteers, who offered transportation, chaperoned, mentored, and coached the students, were instrumental in their remarkable success.

Great Job Everyone! Here's to next years conference!

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

 

Note to editors: Upon request, interviews may be arranged.

 

Photo (left to right):

Front Row: Nicholas McAllister, Shubham Rao, Brandon Smith, Addison White, Paige Timmons

Back row: Spencer Bowden, Nolan Markert, Landon Layfield, Parker Cummings, Elizabeth Ricker, and Parent TSA Advisor Paul Markert


About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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Students Place Eighth in Nation at FBLA National Leadership Conference
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STUDENTS PLACE EIGHTH IN NATION AT FBLA NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

HAMILTON, GA (AUGUST 18, 2023) – Students from Harris County High School’s (HCHS) traveled to Atlanta to find success at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference, June 27-30, 2023.

 

HCCMS Students at FBLA National Conf in ATL 2023

Railey Spurlock from Harris County High School (HCHS) and the team of Gracelyn Wilkinson and Cameron Atkins from Harris County Carver Middle School (HCCMS) had outstanding performances. These exceptional individuals showcased their remarkable talents, dedication, and business acumen as they competed against the brightest young minds from across the nation.

 

HCCMS FBLA Atl Nationals 2023

Gracelyn Wilkinson and Cameron Atkins participated in the Critical Thinking performance category, where they secured an impressive eighth place in the nation. Representing Georgia, they faced off against 26 teams from across the country. In this category, participants analyze complex business case studies, evaluate different alternatives, and present innovative solutions in a dynamic and time-sensitive setting. They then present their findings live to a panel of judges. 

 

Railey Spurlock showcased her exceptional business leadership skills in the Public Speaking category. Competing with poise and confidence, Railey delivered a well-organized, compelling, and substantial speech that she developed herself. Her remarkable talent and outstanding presentation earned her a spot in the semifinals and garnered great reviews from the judges.

 

Railey Spurlock FBLA Nationals 2023

 

As part of their visit to Atlanta for competition, the students had the privilege of exploring some of Atlanta's iconic attractions with their FBLA peers, including attending an Atlanta Braves game, participating in a block party at Centennial Park, exploring the wonders of the Georgia Aquarium, and experiencing the World of Coke.

 

Co-FBLA advisors, Ashley Daniel (HCCMS) and Deb Hughes (HCHS), attended the competition with the students.

 

Daniel shared, "We are extremely proud of our students who competed at FBLA national competition. Their commitment to excellence, professionalism, and the skills they displayed in their respective categories are a testament to their exceptional abilities, and we applaud their achievements on the national stage."

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206. 

 

Note to editors: Upon request, interviews may be arranged.

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About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga). 

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High School Volleyball Team Earns Ninth Consecutive Honor for Academics from the USMC & American Volleyball Coaches Association
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HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL TEAM EARNS NINTH CONSECUTIVE HONOR FOR ACADEMICS FROM THE USMC & AMERICAN VOLLEYBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION

HAMILTON, GA (AUGUST 18, 2023) — The United States Marine Corps and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) have announced that a total of 1,349 collegiate and high school volleyball teams have earned the prestigious USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award for the current season. Harris County High School has once again achieved this distinction, marking its ninth consecutive year of recognition.

 

HCHS 2022 Volleyball Academic Award

 

"I continue to take immense pride in our players. While achieving success on the court is undoubtedly rewarding, it's important to emphasize their roles as students first and athletes second, which lends even greater significance to this award," stated Rob Grant, Head Volleyball Coach and educator at HCHS. The team stands as the sole representative from west-central Georgia to receive the award this year, making them one of only 15 high schools, out of a pool exceeding 500, across the state to attain this honor.

 

AVCA CEO Jaime Gordon remarked, "The dedication displayed by our coaches in guiding their student-athletes toward personal excellence is vividly demonstrated by the academic milestones celebrated today. Historically, accomplishments in the classroom have strongly paralleled triumphs on the court, a correlation mirrored by the multitude of championship programs being recognized."

 

According to ACVA, this year's tally of honored programs sets an all-time record. The USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award, introduced during the 1992–93 academic term, commends volleyball teams that maintain a consistent year-long grade-point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale, or 4.1 on a 5.0 scale.

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, GA. For additional information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.
 

Note to Editor: Interviews are available upon request.

 

Photo (left to right): Pictured is the 2022 Harris County High School volleyball team whose grades were used to earn the prestigious USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award.

Front Row: Emma Kate Marlowe, Chloe Galyon, Macie Waldron, Emily Calhoun, Emma Patterson, Emma Grace Lane, and Alyssa Johnson

Back Row: Mercori Green, Coach Rob Grant, Isabella Solis, Ashton Whearley, Harper Sprayberry, Kennedy Long, and Kayden Collins

 

About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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Curriculum Logo
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DISTRICT ANNOUNCES THIRD VIRTUAL "COUNTY" CURRICULUM CONVERSATIONS TO HELP PARENTS HELP THEIR STUDENTS

HAMILTON, GA (AUGUST 15, 2023) – The Harris County School District (HCSD) is excited to announce the upcoming installment of the "County Curriculum Conversations" series. This virtual event is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, via Zoom and aims to provide parents and guardians with valuable insights into supporting their children's education through effective usage of Chromebooks and an understanding of content filtering for internet safety.

 

The County Curriculum Conversations initiative underscores the district's unwavering commitment to cultivating a collaborative relationship between parents, educators, and the community. These conversations aim to empower parents by equipping them with the tools and information required to understand and bolster their child's academic journey.

 

In the upcoming session, participants will have the opportunity to interact with Johnathan Smith, the HCSD’s technology director. Smith will guide parents in effectively using Chromebooks for instructional purposes, offering troubleshooting solutions for common challenges, and information related to the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). Moreover, he will explain the process of content filtering, enabling parents and guardians to feel secure about their students' internet access and proficient use of technology.

 

To secure a spot in this event, interested participants can register through the HCSD website at www.harris.k12.ga.us/ccc, filling out the registration form. Upon successful registration, participants will receive an email containing Zoom meeting details along with any necessary instructions, ensuring a seamless virtual experience. For those unable to attend, a recording of the event will be made available for viewing.

 

Dave Dennie, HCSD's elementary director of curriculum, expressed, "As we embark on a new school year, our priority is to equip students and parents with the tools they need for academic success." He added, "By collaborating and equipping parents with this knowledge, we believe we can significantly enhance our students' education. We invite all parents and guardians to join us for this session."

 

For more information about the County Curriculum Conversations or any other inquiries related to curriculum and instruction in the Harris County School District, please contact Dennie for grades K-5 at dennie-d@harris.k12.ga.us or Donna Patterson, HCSD secondary director of curriculum, for grades 6-12 at patterson-d@harris.k12.ga.us.

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, GA. For additional information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.
 

Note to Editor: Interviews are available upon request.

 

About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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GPB Features Mulberry Creek Elementary's Pursuit of STEAM Certification
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GPB FEATURES MULBERRY CREEK ELEMENTARY'S PURSUIT OF STEAM CERTIFICATION

HAMILTON, GA (AUGUST 11, 2023) – Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) has released a new video highlighting the achievements of Mulberry Creek Elementary (MCE) in Cataula, Ga., on their journey to their anticipated STEAM certification. The video serves as a practical guide for other school districts across Georgia interested in following MCE's model to achieve their own certification.

 

HCSD Mulberry Creek GPB Screening August 2023 1


Obtaining a STEAM certification holds paramount significance for both a Georgia school and its students. In an increasingly technology-driven and interdisciplinary world, a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) certification signifies a commitment to providing holistic education that transcends traditional boundaries. For the school, it showcases a dedication to fostering innovation, critical thinking, and collaboration among students, preparing them for the dynamic demands of the modern workforce. By integrating science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, the certification ensures students develop a well-rounded skill set that bridges the gap between creative expression and analytical prowess. This, in turn, equips them with the tools to solve complex problems, adapt to rapid technological advancements, and contribute meaningfully to society. The STEAM certification not only elevates the school's reputation but also empowers its students with the diverse skills and mindset needed to excel in an interconnected and rapidly evolving world.

 

HCSD Mulberry Creek GPB Screening August 2023 2

 

The video features MCE's innovative curriculum, teacher empowerment, community engagement, and certification approach that led to their selection for this project. Principal Amy Allen commented, "The video showcases our students' enthusiasm and engagement, helping us nurture well-rounded and forward-thinking individuals."

 

HCSD Mulberry Creek GPB Screening August 2023 3

 

The video will be screened for Mulberry Creek teachers on Friday afternoon. It can be viewed at https://www.gpb.org/education/learn/school-stories/stem-steam-in-action/certification.

 

The journey for each school is different and on a different timeline. When MCE achieves certification, they will be the fourth of four elementary schools in the Harris County school District to earn this distinction.
 

For additional information about the Harris County School District, located in Hamilton, GA, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.
 

Note to Editor: Interviews are available upon request.

 

About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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HCHS Shotgun Team Achieved Remarkable Success at National Tournament
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HCHS SHOTGUN TEAM ACHIEVED REMARKABLE SUCCESS AT NATIONAL TOURNAMENT

HAMILTON, GA (AUGUST 8, 2023) – The Harris County High School Shotgun Team showcased exceptional talent and determination, earning their spot on the winner's podium multiple times at the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Tournament in Marengo, Ohio. Amid fierce competition from teams representing 34 states, the HCHS shooters demonstrated their prowess. A total of over 4,000 shooters, comprising 350 teams, participated in the event, collectively launching an impressive 2.5 million shells at 12 semi-truck loads of clay targets.

Tinsley Rigsby Shotgun Team 2023

 

In the discipline of International Skeet, Tinsley Rigsby secured the team's first medal by placing third in the Ladies Varsity category. Her remarkable performance was complemented by achieving an outstanding score of 189 out of 200 in American Skeet. Tinsley's exceptional shooting average and academic achievements earned her recognition as an esteemed All-Scholastic Team Member.

 

HCHS Shotgun Team IA Squad

 

The IA Squad, composed of JJ Bridges, Sims Benson, and Tripp Meyer, showcased their exceptional teamwork and skills by clinching two third-place finishes. They achieved one in Doubles Skeet, scoring 257 out of 300 targets, and another in American Skeet, with a remarkable score of 544 out of 600 targets.

 

Numerous HCHS shooters, including the youngest participant Rookie Cameron Posey, achieved personal bests across various events. Caleb Patterson and Rylan Culpepper both hit perfect rounds of 25 out of 25, a thrilling moment celebrated by the team and Coach Angie Everson. "Personal growth paves the way for championship success," Coach Everson emphasized.

 

Garrett Baker, an emerging name in the shotgun community, showcased his exceptional skills by participating in five main events, a children's charity sporting clay shoot, and multiple side events, likely tallying more than 1,200 rounds in just six days. In Sporting Clays, Garrett scored 167 out of 200, earning him seventh place. His performance in trap doubles garnered him 181 out of 200, securing a fourth-place position. Furthermore, Garrett's outstanding performance in Handicap Trap, scoring 179 out of 200, earned him a well-deserved third-place medal. Notably, in trap singles, he achieved the team's highest score of 194 out of 200, placing second in the Intermediate Entry category.

 

HCHS Shotgun Garrett Baker

 

Coach Everson expressed her pride, stating, "Our team's accomplishments at this national tournament reflect their hard work and dedication."


The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Georgia.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

 

Note to Editor: Images and interviews are available upon request.

 

Photo: Tinsley Rigsby - International Skeet Medalist: Tinsley Rigsby secures the team's first medal by placing third in the Ladies Varsity category of International Skeet. Her exceptional shooting skills are complemented by her academic excellence, earning her recognition as an All-Scholastic Team Member. Tinsley achieved an impressive score of 189 out of 200 in American Skeet.

 

Photo: IA Squad Triumphs: The IA Squad, composed of JJ Bridges, Sims Benson, and Tripp Meyer, shines bright with their third-place finish in Doubles Skeet, scoring 257 out of 300 targets. Their exceptional teamwork also secured them a third-place victory in American Skeet, with a score of 544 out of 600 targets.


Photo: Garrett Baker's Spectacular Performance: Garrett Baker's exceptional performance resonates as he excels in various events, showcasing his skills within the shotgun community. His achievements include Sporting Clays (167/200, 7th place), trap doubles (181/200, 4th place), Handicap Trap (179/200, 3rd place), and trap singles (194/200, 2nd place in Intermediate Entry).

 

About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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Harris County High School Agriscience Teacher Attends Professional Development Institute
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ATHENS, GA (AUGUST 8, 2023) -- Jay Borden, agriscience educator at Harris County High School, recently attended a Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education professional development institute at the University of Georgia in Athens to teach the Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources CASE curriculum.

 

CASE is an instructional system that is changing the culture of agriculture programs in the United States through teacher professional development; inquiry-based, student-focused lessons; assessment; and certification. Teachers use the curriculum to elevate student experiences in the agriculture classroom and prepare students for success in college and careers emphasizing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). CASE is an initiative of The National Council for Agricultural Education.

During the CASE Institute, Borden spent 72 hours working through nearly every lesson in the year-long curriculum and learning how to deliver lessons in an inquiry-based way that will shift focus in the classroom from teacher-led to student-directed learning. 

“I am excited to incorporate some of the hands-on activities and the higher order thinking activities into our Basic Agrscience classes. With our county-wide initiatives to incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics across our K-12 curriculum, I believe that the CASE system is a part of that direction for agriculture science,” said Borden.

For more information about CASE, visit case4learning.org.

Photo: Jay Borden discusses the lab using digital pH meters to test acids and bases with CASE Certified Instructor, Patricia Smith, from New Jersey.

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 HCHS Student Achieves Top 12 Finish at FFA Nationals
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HCHS STUDENT ACHIEVES TOP 12 FINISH AT FFA NATIONALS

HAMILTON, GA (AUGUST 8, 2023) – Harris County High School's (HCHS) FFA Chapter has proudly secured a distinguished top 12 finish at the FFA Nationals.

HCHS FFA Top 12 Finish Lily Snyder

Lily Snyder, a member of HCHS FFA, has achieved the remarkable honor of being named a silver finalist for the Environmental Science and Natural Resources Management – Entrepreneurship/Placement category at the 2023 National FFA Agricultural Proficiency Awards. Amongst fierce competition, Lily's exceptional performance earned her the top position in Georgia, a feat that granted her the privilege to represent her state on the national stage.

Jay Borden, HCHS agriculture teacher and FFA sponsor, expressed immense pride in Lily's achievement, highlighting her exceptional performance despite having up to two fewer years of records compared to some of her competitors.

"Lily is a very hard worker and absolutely loves working outdoors. She is a leader among her peers and a great model for how to achieve success in your chosen field. Her field of choice includes forests, wildlife, and ponds to manage,” Borden shared.

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Georgia.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

 

Photo: Lily Snyder of Harris County High School, pictured at the Georgia FFA Convention following her triumphant first-place victory in the State of Georgia. Her accomplishments have secured her a remarkable top 12 finish at the national level, earning her a well-deserved silver accolade.

 

About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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Second Harris County High School Graduate Earns Prestigious Military Scholarship
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SECOND HARRIS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE EARNS PRESTIGIOUS MILITARY SCHOLARSHIP

HAMILTON, GA (AUGUST 8, 2023) – A 2023 Harris County High School (HCHS) graduate and JROTC cadet is the second in school history to earn the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame (GMVHOF) scholarship.

 

HCHS Military Scholarship 2023

Hunter Schadt was presented a $4,000 scholarship certificate by GMVHOF Founder Col. Paul Longgrear (USA-Ret) of Pine Mountain, who also is the creator of this military scholarship program.

 

Son of Thomas and Christina Schadt, Hunter plans to attend the University of North Georgia. The first semester he plans to use the money for the required uniforms that cost $1,800. This is the second time a HCHS graduate has received the scholarship in the last two years.


Longgrear shared, "Our purpose is to influence the patriotic attitudes for local and national leaders by rewarding students who choose to participate in JROTC and ROTC, thereby inspiring citizens to be more Constitutionally oriented.”

 

According to the GMVHOF Director and Chairman of the Board, Col. Rick White (USA-Ret), to qualify for the scholarship, Georgia high school seniors must possess competitive GPA and SAT scores, have been enrolled in JROTC, be accepted into the ROTC program of an accredited four-year college or university, and express the intent to serve in the U. S. Military upon graduation.

 

In 2023, 10 of 15 recipients had an overall “A” average for their high school GPA. Applications were received from 15 cities and 11 school districts across Georgia.  Recipients will be attending Georgia Gwinnett College, Georgia Southern University, the University of North Georgia, and Valdosta State University. Including this year’s scholarships, $152,000 will have been invested to develop future military leadership.

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Georgia.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.
 

Note to editors: Interviews may be requested.

 

Photo (left to right): GMVHOF Founder Col. Paul Longgrear (USA-Ret), HCHS Graduate and JROTC Cade Hunter Schadt, HCHS Principal Lindie Snyder, HCSD Superintendent Roger D. Couch, Ga. State Representative Vance Smith Jr., Thomas Schadt, and Christina Schadt

 

About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Georgia. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to educational excellence for every child,” Harris County School District continually strives to provide students with what they need to become the future workforce and society. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or the Facebook or Twitter pages (@HCSDga).

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September 2023 Mobile Learning Lab Schedule Announced
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SEPTEMBER 2023 MOBILE LEARNING LAB SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

HAMILTON, GA (AUGUST 8, 2023) – The Harris County School District’s (HCSD) award-winning Mobile Learning Lab calendar* has been set for September 2023.

 

“The Mobile Learning Lab is available for Harris County citizens of all ages who need tutoring or to simply access the internet for career-related opportunities. For elementary students, there is a mobile library in the rear of the bus,” said Shelia Baker, HCSD assistant superintendent of support services. “We want to remind parents that reading with your child every day is the best way to prepare students and keep them prepared for school. The Mobile Learning Lab is one of many opportunities to encourage reading.”

 

MLL

 

The Mobile Learning Lab is open from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations:

 

September 2023

Pine Mountain: Pine Lane Apartments

Every Tuesday and Thursday (September 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28)

 

Hamilton: Harris County Community Center

Monday, September 11

 

Waverly Hall: Bobby Lowman Recreation Center

Monday, September 18

 

Shiloh: City Hall/Fire Station

Every Wednesday (September 6, 13, 20, 27)

 

Whitesville: Dollar General

Monday, September 25

 

The purpose of the Mobile Learning Lab is to provide technology access and literacy activities for students and adults in the district. It is equipped with Wi-Fi Internet access, laptops, and books for students in the district. To enrich their learning experiences, students can access applications they are already using within their classrooms as well as resources to continually promote college and career readiness. In addition, the Mobile Learning Lab is available to assist adults who may be pursuing educational and work-related career opportunities. The MLL earned the Harris County School District’s (HCSD) Board of Education (BOE) the Leading Edge Award for the innovative “Teaching and Learning Resources” initiatives from the Georgia School Boards Association.

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Georgia.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

 

*Subject to change
 

Note to Editor: Images and interviews are available upon request.

 

About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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 "One Stop Shop" Community Resource Fair Deemed Success
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"ONE STOP SHOP" COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR DEEMED SUCCESS

HAMILTON, GA (AUGUST 8, 2023) – The inaugural "One Stop Shop" Community Resource Fair organized on Sat., July 29, by the Harris County School District achieved resounding success.

HCSD One Stop Shop

Through sign-in sheets and counts by the Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center, the event attracted an impressive turnout of 319 participants, alongside the dedicated participation of over 50 volunteers and vendors. The event also featured the presence of five food trucks and a lively bouncy house, enhancing the festive atmosphere. Notably, the fair's impact extended beyond festivities, as over 300 sets of school supplies were distributed. These supplies play a vital role in supporting students' preparation for the upcoming school year, reflecting the fair's commitment to fostering a strong educational foundation within the community.

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"One Stop Shop" Community Resources Fair to Prepare for New School Year Announced for July 29
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HAMILTON, GA (JULY 10, 2023) – The public is invited to a free “One Stop Shop” Community Resources Fair in Harris County in a structured, fun environment for families to take advantage of having a variety of resources from the school district and other partners in one setting, especially students in the Harris County School District (HCSD). To read the complete release, click the title above.

"ONE STOP SHOP" COMMUNITY RESOURCES FAIR TO PREPARE FOR NEW SCHOOL YEAR ANNOUNCED FOR JULY 29

HAMILTON, GA (JULY 10, 2023) – The public is invited to a free “One Stop Shop” Community Resources Fair in Harris County in a structured, fun environment for families to take advantage of having a variety of resources from the school district and other partners in one setting, especially students in the Harris County School District (HCSD).
 

“We invite all Harris County families to take advantage of this ‘One Stop Shop’ event,” shared Shelia Baker, HCSD assistant superintendent of support services. “We will issue free school supplies, physicals and screenings will be conducted, and parents will have opportunities to ask questions and sign up for various programs with the school district and others. It is our hope that students will be fully prepared to start school, and parents and guardians will be ahead of the game before the first day of school, which is August 8. There will also be bouncy houses and food trucks; therefore, we invite everyone to come out and join us on July 29.”


Families will have the opportunity to:

  • Enroll into the HCSD School-based Telehealth Program in partnership with Mercer Medicine Harris County
  • Have a Sports Physical conducted (could be a minimum cost, students should bring required school forms/paperwork for physicals)
  • Have Hearing, Vision and Dental screenings conducted by Harris County Department of Public Health
  • Complete School Meal Applications
  • Chat with representatives from the HCSD and community partners/agencies
  • Chat with health professionals about the variety of services and options for medical coverage
  • Receive free school supplies

 

Food trucks will be onsite for purchases and bouncy houses for children to enjoy.

 

The health fair will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 29, at the Harris County Community Center, 7509 Hwy. 116, Hamilton, Ga. 31811.

This event is made possible by the Harris County School District and the Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center.

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Georgia.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

 

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About the Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center
The Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center partners with rural counties to improve health outcomes in their communities. Informed by the data and community stakeholders, their diverse team develops targeted improvement projects, evaluates rural health care delivery systems and their fiscal stability, conducts Rapid Action Assessments based on the health risk status of the County, and maintains their rural physician and health care access point locator.


About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,600+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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Creekside Intermediate School Mourns Unexpected Loss of Teacher
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HAMILTON, GA (July 18, 2023) – The Harris County School District (HCSD) received the news of the untimely death of Richard Barnes, an esteemed member of the district for 10 years. To read the complete release, click the title above.

CREEKSIDE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL MOURNS UNEXPECTED LOSS OF TEACHER

HAMILTON, GA (July 18, 2023) – The Harris County School District (HCSD) received the news of the untimely death of Richard Barnes, an esteemed member of the district for 10 years.


Richard Barnes, a devoted sixth-grade social studies teacher at Creekside Intermediate School, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday. His journey with the HCSD began as a paraprofessional and substitute teacher, and over time, he transitioned into a full-fledged educator. Throughout his tenure, Barnes garnered deep respect from both the school community and the broader Harris County community, as his unwavering dedication to education shone through.

Principal Jennifer Sappington of Creekside Intermediate School expressed, "Mr. Barnes held a commanding presence both in the classroom and in the hallways of Creekside. He was an exceptional educator and a vital part of our Creekside family, leaving an enduring impact on the lives he touched."

Sappington added, "Our Creekside family extends our heartfelt condolences to his immediate family, particularly his three daughters, Emily, Madison, and Karsyn. Mr. Barnes will be dearly missed by all."

The family will receive friends at the funeral home at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, followed by a service at 3 p.m., at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary - Columbus, 4071 Macon Rd, Columbus, Georgia 31907. Donations to benefit his children may be made at any Truist Bank to the account of “Children of Richard Barnes-Katherine “Gabbi” Picardo.”

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Georgia.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

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About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Georgia. It serves nearly 5,700 students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to educational excellence for every child,” Harris County School District continually strives to provide students what they need to become the future workforce and society. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or the Facebook or Twitter pages (@HCSDga).

 
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 The Public is Invited to the HCHS Marching Band's "South of the County" Showcase
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HAMILTON, GA (JULY 27, 2023) – Harris County High School’s Marching Band (HCHS) is thrilled to announce its upcoming event, the "Sound of the County” Showcase," which will take place on Friday, July 29, 2023. To read the complete release, click the title above.

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO THE HCHS MARCHING BAND'S "SOUTH OF THE COUNTY" SHOWCASE

HAMILTON, GA (JULY 27, 2023) – Harris County High School’s Marching Band (HCHS) is thrilled to announce its upcoming event, the "Sound of the County” Showcase," which will take place on Friday, July 28, 2023.

 

The Showcase will highlight selections from their competition halftime show, "The Lion King," along with a brief drumline feature. This demonstration of dedication comes from the students who this summer have tirelessly honed their craft under the guidance of the new HCHS Band Director, Dr. Christopher Libby. This event not only allows the students to showcase their talents before the start of the school year but also fosters a sense of community and appreciation for the arts in Harris County.

 

 "We are extremely proud of our students' hard work and commitment this Summer. The Sound of the County Band Showcase is an opportunity for them to shine and demonstrate their passion for music," said Libby. The band is currently marching 86 students, more than the 77 in 2022. Libby added, “I fully expect that number to grow as the school year gets rolling.”

Event Details:

Date: Friday, July 28, 2023

Time: Begins at 6 p.m. (Lasts approximately 10-15 minutes)

Location: Tiger Stadium, 8281 GA-116, Hamilton, GA 31811

 

The event is open to the public, and admission is free. Families, friends, and members of the community are encouraged to attend and show their support for the talented young musicians of Harris County High School. While the concession stand will not be in operation, the Kona Ice Truck will be selling its cooling treats. Attendees should dress and prepare for the weather.

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For more information, please visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or contact (706) 628-4206.


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Photo: Members of the Harris County High School Sound of the County Marching Band Dance Team, JaV’yunna Jackson, Kaylee House, Grace McMillen, Alyse Vaillant, and Anna Williams, rehearse for the halftime show set to “The Lion King.”

About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

 

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 Grant Awarded to Harris County School District to Foster Teacher Development
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GRANT AWARDED TO HARRIS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO FOSTER TEACHER DEVELOPMENT

HAMILTON, GA (JULY 25, 2023) – The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) has announced that the Harris County School District has received a $10,000 grant to support its "Teaching as a Profession" (TAP) Pathway course within the Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) program at Harris County High School (HCHS).

 

HCHS's "Teaching as a Profession" program, led by Jennifer Robinson, has shown remarkable progress. In May, a signing ceremony witnessed 15 graduating seniors commit to pursuing education-related majors in college. Recognizing the importance of maintaining a balance between retiring and new teachers, the grant will enable the school district to sustain its program and cater to students considering a career in education, according to Tyler Dunn, HCHS's director of CTAE and the Science & Technology Center. He expressed gratitude for the support and guidance of Columbus State University's College of Education and Health Professions, particularly Kimberly Cason and Roger Hatcher from the Department of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Counseling, who played a vital role in securing the grant.

 

HCHS Principal Lindie Snyder acknowledged the significant contribution of the school district, emphasizing the instrumental role played by Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Stacey Carlisle and all the school principals in creating opportunities for TAP students to gain hands-on experience in real classrooms. While such programs typically only expose students to children in the daycare and Pre-K settings, HCHS students have had the privilege of working with children in Pre-K up to sixth grade, which is an impressive opportunity.

 

Assistant Superintendent Carlisle shared her conviction in the need for exceptional and qualified candidates, highlighting the value of cultivating their own talents through the TAP program. By providing educational opportunities and subsequently employing these students within the district, the district aims to foster the growth and support of their own community.

 

For the upcoming fall semester, approximately 20 percent of the HCSD’s new hires are either graduates of HCHS or HCSD paraprofessionals transitioning into teaching. Five paraprofessionals from the class of 2023, who served as teacher cadets in the past academic year, will commence their teacher preparation program while attending college.

 

State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced the $350,000 grant awarded by the GaDOE program to provide financial support to 38 school districts offering Teaching as a Profession Pathway courses. During its June meeting, the State Board of Education approved Superintendent Woods' recommendation to allocate these funds, which are intended to enhance professional learning for teachers in the program and recruit high school students to participate in the Pathway.

 

Superintendent Woods stated, "We remain committed to supporting programs that cultivate the next generation of Georgia educators. Teaching is a profession that impacts all other professions, and we strive to provide the best educational opportunities for students aspiring to become teachers."

 

Recent years have witnessed a decline in student enrollment in Educator Preparation Programs in Georgia, leading to challenges for school systems in recruiting and finding teachers. The Cultivating Teachers Grant aims to address these concerns by providing professional learning opportunities and recruitment support to school districts offering Teaching as a Profession Pathway courses. Teaching as a Profession is among over 100 Career Pathways available to Georgia students through the Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education program, offering students the chance to acquire real-world skills and earn recognized industry credentials.

 

For more information about employment in the district, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us/employmentor call Human Resources at (706) 628-4206 ext. 1226.

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

 

About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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Property Millage Rate Public Hearings; Rate to Remain Unchanged
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PROPERTY MILLAGE RATE PUBLIC HEARINGS; RATE TO REMAIN UNCHANGED

HAMILTON, GA (JULY 18, 2023) – Three public hearings have been set by the Harris County Board of Education to announce its plans for the property tax millage rate. At the August 2023 meeting, the Board is planning to set the 2024 rate for maintenance and operations at 16.500 mills, the same rate as 2023.

 

Why Does the Value of a House Increase?

Each year, the Board of Tax Assessors is required to review the assessed value for property tax purposes of taxable property in the county. When the trend of prices on properties that have recently sold in the county indicates there has been an increase in the fair market value of any specific property in the county - many which have recently been sold higher than fair market value, the Board of Tax Assessors is required by law to re-determine the value of such property and increase the assessment.  This is called a reassessment.

 

What Does the Legal Notice Mean by Increased Property Taxes?

It is worth explaining that the wording of the legal notice is required by Georgia code. The notice’s reference to “increase in property taxes” refers to the fact that when the millage rate is applied to the increased property values, the taxpayers will be paying an increased amount of taxes. The school board has no influence on the increase in property values. And by reducing the millage rate, the school district hopes to reduce the impact of those increased property values on the citizens.

 

Citizens Invited to Public Hearings

The citizens are invited to three public hearings regarding the property tax millage rate. These hearings will be in the auditorium of the Central Office of the Harris County Board of Education, located at 132 Barnes Mill Road in Hamilton, Ga., the following dates and times:

 

  • 10 a.m., Thursday, August 3, 2023
  • 6 p.m., Thursday, August 3, 2023
  • 6 p.m., Thursday, August 10, 2023

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

 

About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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 HCHS Celebrates Academic Honors from College Board National Recognition Programs
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HCHS CELEBRATES ACADEMIC HONORS FROM COLLEGE BOARD NATIONAL RECOGNITION PROGRAMS

HAMILTON, GA (SEPTEMBER 8, 2023) – Harris County High School (HCHS) is proud to announce that 23 of its students have earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs. These prestigious awards recognize exceptional academic achievement and provide a platform for students to showcase their accomplishments to colleges and scholarship programs seeking diverse talent.

HCHS Honorees College Board 2023

 

 

The HCHS students receiving these honors include:

 

• Ariana McKinney: NAARA

• Ava Castleberry: NRSTA

• Connor Archilla: NHRA, NRSTA

• Destiny Bess: NAARA

• Hayden Hesler: NRSTA

• Isabella Zuerner: NRSTA

• Isabelle Campeau: NHRA, NRSTA

• James Gatewood: NRSTA

• Jaxsen Scott: NRSTA

• John Drew: NRSTA

• Kaitlin Lawrence: NRSTA

• Kennedi Miller: NRSTA

• Lane Miller: NRSTA

• Lorenzo Musolino: NHRA, NRSTA

• Michael Thomas: NAARA, NRSTA

• Noah Faulk: NRSTA

• Nyah Rivera: NAARA, NHRA

• Parker Hicks: NRSTA

• Patrick Killough: NRSTA

• Takya Marshall: NAARA, NRSTA

• Tate Williams: NRSTA

• Wesley Zhou: NRSTA

• William Drew: NRSTA

 

"We’re thrilled to celebrate our students and recognize them for the great work they’ve been doing. We’re proud of their strong academic performance in the classroom and on College Board assessments like the PSAT/NMSQT®, PSAT™ 10, and AP® exams,” said Tammy Bailey, HCHS counselor. “There’s so much that makes our students unique, and receiving this honor reinforces this as an asset for their future."

 

Eligible students meet the following criteria:

 

• GPA of 3.5 or higher.

• Exceptional PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 assessment scores, ranking within the top 10% of assessment takers in each state for each award program, or earning a score of 3 or higher on 2 or more AP Exams in 9th and 10th grade.

• Attendance at a school in a rural area or small town, or identification as African American/Black, Hispanic American/Latino, or Indigenous/Native.

 

These deserving students are invited to apply on BigFuture during their sophomore or junior year and receive their awards at the start of the next school year, allowing them to showcase their achievements as they plan for the future. Simultaneously, colleges and organizations using College Board’s Student Search Service™ can connect directly with these talented awardees during the recruitment process.

 

“It’s increasingly challenging for students to stand out in the college recruitment process. We're exceptionally proud of the National Recognition Programs for celebrating students who are sometimes overlooked but have demonstrated outstanding academic abilities,” said Tarlin Ray, senior vice president of BigFuture® at College Board. “This benefits not only the students but also colleges and universities committed to recruiting diverse and talented individuals.”

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Georgia.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call 706-628-4206.

 

Award Key:
National African American Recognition Award (NAARA)
National Hispanic Recognition Award (NHRA)
National Rural and Small-Town Award (NRSTA)
National Indigenous Award (NIA)

 

About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Georgia. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to educational excellence for every child,” Harris County School District continually strives to provide students what they need to become the future workforce and society. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or the Facebook or Twitter pages (@HCSDga).

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Harris County Schools Host Cross-Campus Event Focused on Challenges Youth Face Today
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HARRIS COUNTY SCHOOLS HOST CROSS-CAMPUS EVENT FOCUSED ON CHALLENGES YOUTH FACE TODAY

HAMILTON, GA (SEPTEMBER 7, 2023) – The upper-level schools of the Harris County School District are hosting a cross-campus event featuring Yvonne Harvey-Williams, an award-winning author, and CEO of Speak2inspire LLC.

 

The event's primary objective is to foster an evening of open dialogue between parents and their children, focusing on addressing the challenges our youth face today. “Our vision is to unite parents, neighbors, schools, and the broader community to collaborate in nurturing the well-being and development of our youth,” shared Ariane Stecher, HCSD administrator for the EOC/STEPS program. “Under the banner of ‘Raising Our Tigers Right,’ we aspire to strengthen the bonds within our community and revive the timeless concept of ‘it takes a village’ to raise our children.”

 

This event seeks to empower parents to actively engage with their children, schools, and the community. It aims to inform parents about the myriad stressors facing students in today's world, including pressures from peer groups, the influence of media, mental health concerns amid the pre/during/post-COVID era, the significance of selecting the right friends, and the necessity for involved parents and families. Williams will emphasize the importance of establishing healthy boundaries and being strong, positive adult role models to guide and nurture our children, ultimately equipping them to become productive, successful adults who positively contribute to society.

 

Yvonne Harvey-Williams recently delivered an inspiring presentation to middle and high school-age students, focusing on key messages such as "Anything that does not enhance the quality of your life... cut it off" and "It's not how you start, it's how you finish."

 

"Anytime I visit," Williams commented, "the students and staff are so receptive, attentive, engaging, and respectful. As a speaker, I appreciate that so much. The greatness pours out of the entire student body. The authentic love and care for their students from the staff is evident and obvious."

 

Williams has deep ties to the community, with her children, husband, and her Georgia family all having attended school in the Harris County School District.

 

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Harris County High School auditorium

Address: 8281 GA-116, Hamilton, GA 31811

 

Students and parents from Harris County High School, PLC, EOC/STEPS, and Harris County Carver Middle School are invited to attend.

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Georgia.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

 

About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Georgia. It serves 5,500 +/- students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to educational excellence for every child,” Harris County School District continually strives to provide students with what they need to become the future workforce and society. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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Harris County High School Shotgun Team Successful at State Tournament
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HARRIS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SHOTGUN TEAM SUCCESSFUL AT STATE TOURNAMENT

HAMILTON, GA (JULY 3, 2023) – The Harris County High School (HCHS) Shotgun team competed in the State Championship in Savannah, Ga., June 8-11, 2023. 

 

HCHS Shotgun Team State  Tournament 2023

“We competed against 23 other teams, with more than 500 shooters. Once again, Harris County took the podium multiple times,” said Coach Angie Everson about her team. "I am always excited to watch our kids compete. They continue to bring all that they have prepared for to the competition field - the mental game, the fundamentals, and confidence in themselves - knowing they are ready to represent. I am very proud of our athletes. The loss of Colin [Henson] at the beginning of the season was heartbreaking, but it led to a stronger team bond. We shot for Colin this season and the state-wide shotgun family supported us as well, which was truly amazing to see and feel."

 

Here are the results from the state championship:

Trap:

2nd place IE Squad: Garrett Baker, Rylan Culpepper, James Forbes, Owen Dean, Tripp Reeves

2nd place IA Squad: Sims Benson, JJ Bridges, Triston Richmond, Asa Duke, Tripp Meyer

1st place Open (Mixed) Squad: Ryleigh Webster, Tinsley Rigsby, Trey Wyche, Tristan Kocak, Trenton Meyer

1st place rookie individual: Beaux Richmond

3rd IE individual: Garrett Baker

3rd IA Individual: Sims Benson

High School HOA (Highest Overall) Champion in Trap 

Harris County Top Scores in Trap: (Male) Tristan Kocak 97 (Female) Ryleigh Webster 90

 

First-place rookie shooter, Beaux Richmond, said about his first year on the team, "I had a lot of fun shooting with my friends and thought the state championships were really challenging." He is looking forward to shooting again next year.

 

Sporting:

High School HOA Champion in Sporting

Harris County Top Score in Sporting: (Male) Jackson Henson 80 (Female) Ryleigh Webster 62

 

Super Sporting: 

3rd Rookie Individual: Cameron Posey

2nd IA Individual: Asa Duke

Harris County Top Scores in Super Sporting: (Male) Asa Duke 41/50 (Female) Alli Gray Everson and Ryleigh Webster 23/50

 

Skeet:

3rd place IA Squad: JJ Bridges, Sims Benson, Tripp Meyer

2nd IA Individual: JJ Bridges (Tied for first but bumped to 2nd due to reverse run count)

High School HOA Champion in Skeet

Harris County Top Scores in Skeet: (Male) JJ Bridges 98 (Female) Tinsley Rigsby 93

 

Maddox Diehl, the shotgun team's only senior this year, said "In my eight years of shooting, I met a lot of interesting people who have changed my view on life and about shooting sports. I've had coaches who have taught me many things and I have enjoyed spending my time on the field. Now that I've graduated, I am going to miss the team, but I have picked up a sport that I can participate in for the rest of my life." He ended up shooting a perfect round of skeet for the team.”

 

Harris County will have eight shooters to represent the team in the national competition in July at the Cardinal Center in Marengo, Ohio. They will be competing against more than 3,500 shooters in all the disciplines.

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Georgia.  For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.


Note to Editor: Images and interviews are available upon request.

 

Photo: IA Skeet team: Sims Benson, Tripp Meyers, Tristan Richmond, and JJ Bridges


About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.gAa.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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 It's time for Qualified Families to apply for Free and Reduced School Meals; New Online Application to Simplify the Application Process
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IT'S TIME FOR QUALIFIED FAMILIES TO APPLY FOR FREE AND REDUCED SCHOOL MEALS; NEW ONLINE APPLICATION TO SIMPLIFY THE APPLICATION PROCESS

HAMILTON, GA (JULY 1, 2023) – Important news has been announced regarding free and reduced-price meals for students in the Harris County School District (HCSD). Starting from July 1, families can access the "Harris County Household Application for Free and Reduced-Price School Meals" for the 2023-2024 school year but this year, for the first time, the process is primarily available online at www.EZMealApp.com.

 

"It is very important for all families who qualify for free and reduced meals for their school-aged children to complete the application form," Shelia Baker, HCSD assistant superintendent of support services, emphasized. “Our goal is to ensure that no child goes hungry while at school.  We also do not want any parent to accrue a balance for school meals that could be free or reduced price. To make the process easier for our families, the form will be available online starting July 1."

 

The application form will be available in the following ways, starting from July 1:

 

· To complete online, visit www.EZMealApp.com, sign up, and follow the steps.

 

· To print and complete, visit the HCSD website (www.harris.k12.ga.us) and find the form under the "School Nutrition" tab.

 

· To get a paper form, visit:

 

o HCSD School Nutrition Office (132 Barnes Mill Road, Hamilton).

 

o Harris County One Stop Shop Community Health Fair on Saturday, July 29.

 

o Sneak-A-Peek events at each school (HCCMS and Creekside on Aug. 3, elementary schools on August 4, and HCHS on Aug. 7).

 

o Students can request an application on the first day of school (Aug. 8).

 

Parents are encouraged to complete the online application or return the paper form as quickly as possible. The deadline for application submission is Tuesday, Sept. 19. Completed paper applications should be returned to the child's homeroom teacher or school cafeteria manager. September 19, 2023, is also the expiration date for forms that were approved for the 2022-2023 school year.

 

For additional information or any inquiries, please contact Johnson at (706) 628-4172 or email johnson-brad@harris.k12.ga.us.

 

The Harris County School District is located in Hamilton, Georgia. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.


Note to Editor: Program graphic is attached.

About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Georgia. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to educational excellence for every child,” Harris County School District continually strives to provide students with what they need to become the future workforce and society. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or the Facebook or Twitter pages (@HCSDga).

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 Deserving HCHS Student Named Rotary Club's August 2023 "Student of the Month"
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DESERVING HCHS STUDENT NAMED ROTARY CLUB'S AUGUST 2023 "STUDENT OF THE MONTH"

HAMILTON, GA (SEPTEMBER 12, 2023) – In a continuous effort to recognize students and support education within the Harris County School District, the Rotary Club of Harris County selects one Harris County High School (HCHS) senior as the "Student of the Month" each month.

 

HCHS Student of the Month August 2023

 

August 2023's honoree was HCHS Senior Jaxsen Scott, a student with an impressive list of academic achievements, including serving as the co-president of the Science National Honor Society and receiving the AP (Advanced Placement) Environmental Science Award.

 

HCHS guidance counselor Tammy Bailey expressed gratitude for the local Rotary's dedication to honoring students, saying, "We are fortunate to have our local Rotary devote time to this 'Student of the Month' program. I believe the students value this recognition, and it adds a valuable accolade to their college applications."

 

In addition to receiving a certificate, honorees have the opportunity to attend a Rotary meeting, where they introduce themselves and share a bit about their backgrounds. Furthermore, these selected students become eligible candidates for Rotary's annual post-secondary scholarship program, which supports them in their journey toward graduation.

 

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or call (706) 628-4206.

 

Image (left to right): Rotarian Emily Byrd, club director of education & youth services; Honoree Jaxsen Scott; Dawne Basha, Jaxsen's parent; Court Dowis, club president.

 

About the Harris County School District

Georgia’s Harris County School District (HCSD) is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Ga. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to the well-being and preparation of every student for life-long success in a global society,” the HCSD strives to ensure an excellent education for every student in Harris County. For more information, visit www.harris.k12.ga.us or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@HCSDga).

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