GLISI par­tic­i­pants rec­og­nized

BOE awards Change Team cer­tifi­cates of ap­pre­ci­a­tion

The Covington News - - School Beat - By Jenny Thompson

The New­ton County School Sys­tem Change Team re­cently par­tic­i­pated in the sec­ond school im­prove­ment con­fer­ence held at the Ever­green Con­fer­ence Cen­ter in Stone Moun­tain.

The Change Team is also par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Ge­or­gia Lead­er­ship In­sti­tute for School Im­prove­ment ( GLISI).

“ It is a very in­ten­sive, ex­cel­lent growth op­por­tu­nity for our school lead­ers,” said Su­per­in­ten­dent Steve What­ley.

The pur­pose of the con­fer­ences was pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion to help ed­u­ca­tors in­crease grad­u­a­tion rates, re­duce drop- out rates and im­prove over­all stu­dent per­for­mance in their schools.

Par­tic­i­pants are Holly Dubois, Shari Thomas and ReNae Mal­com, all from Fairview El­e­men­tary; Scott Sauls and Brook Khod­abakhsh from Cousins Mid­dle; Dave Eas­ter­day, Deb­bie Stephens and Al­li­son Jor­dan from Al­covy High; sys­tem Di­rec­tor of Test­ing and GPS She­lia Thomas; As­so­ci­ate Su­per­in­ten­dent for Cur­ricu­lum and In­struc­tion Linda Hay­den and Su­per­in­ten­dent Steve What­ley.

What­ley said th­ese ad­min­is­tra­tors and teach­ers go above and be­yond tra­di­tional pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment through par­tic­i­pa­tion in GLISI.

“ We re­fer to them as GLISI- fied,” What­ley said.

In other news from Tues­day night’s board meet­ing:

• The board ap­proved dates for el­e­men­tary and mid­dle sum­mer school as well as Ge­or­gia High School Grad­u­a­tion Test Re­me­di­a­tion Sum­mer School.

El­e­men­tary sum­mer school will be held from 8: 30 a. m. to 11: 30 a. m. June 2 through 26, with no class on Fri­days, at Mid­dle Ridge El­e­men­tary School.

Sum­mer school will be avail­able only to third grade stu­dents who did not pass the read­ing por­tion of the CRCT and to fifth grade stu­dents who did not pass the read­ing or math sec­tion or both.

There is no tu­ition cost and the county will pro­vide trans­porta­tion.

Stu­dents will have an op­por­tu­nity to re- take the CRCT on June 24 and 25.

Mid­dle sum­mer school will take place June 2 through 26, Mon­day through Thurs­day, for stu­dents who failed a class. Tu­ition is $ 150, ex­cept for eighth grade stu­dents who failed the read­ing or math sec­tions of the CRCT.

First ses­sion will last from 8: 30 a. m. to 11: 30 a. m. and sec­ond ses­sion will last from noon to 3 p. m.

Stu­dents zoned to at­tend Cle­ments and Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial will at­tend sum­mer school at Cle­ments and stu­dents zoned to at­tend Cousins and In­dian Creek will re­port to Cousins.

Trans­porta­tion will be pro­vided.

High school grad­u­a­tion test re­me­di­a­tion will be held June

School im­prove­ment lead­ers: 30 through July 11, ex­cept on July 4 at New­ton High.

Re- test dates are as fol­lows: science and lan­guage arts, July 14; so­cial stud­ies and math, July 15; writ­ing, July 16.

For more in­for­ma­tion about sum­mer school, con­tact the NCSS de­part­ment of pub­lic re­la­tions at ( 770) 784- 2908.

• NCSS will hold a teacher job fair from 9 a. m. to 2 p. m. Satur­day at East­side High School. Prin­ci­pals for the county’s 21 schools will be on hand to in­ter­view ap­pli­cants with teach­ing cer­tifi­cates, cur­rent ré­sumés and a com­pleted sys­tem ap­pli­ca­tion. Ap­pli­ca­tions can be down­loaded from www. new­ton­coun­tyschools. org/ per­son­nel.

Sub­mit­ted photo

New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion Chair­man Al­mond Turner, left, con­grat­u­lates this year’s par­tic­i­pants in the Ge­or­gia Lead­er­ship In­sti­tute for School Im­prove­ment Shari Thomas, Linda Hay­den, RaNae Mal­com, Re­nee Mal­lard, Brook Khod­abakhsh, Su­per­in­ten­dent Steve What­ley, Al­li­son Jor­dan, Dave Eas­ter­day, Deb­bie Stephens, She­lia Thomas and Scott Sauls.

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