Fannin County Young Farmer Advisor Rhonda Mathews and 5 Fannin County High School Agriculture students volunteered at the Fannin County Family Connection Food Pantry on November 15. There was much work to be done and many families to serve. Students who participated were Ryan Smith, Jay Masters, Ashley Frye, Rachel Mashburn and Layne Epperson. The students agreed they would like to volunteer again and had a great experience.
Ten Fannin County High school HOSA members participated in the Georgia HOSA Fall Leadership Conference November 5-6 at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta. HOSA advisor Anne Soriero said the students attended leadership and team building workshops, they were also able to network with healthcare students from across Georgia. Some students competed at the conference and Abbey Arvidson received second place in the Speaking Skills competitive event. After the conference, the students toured Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta, the tour focused on the Health Science programs offered at Chattahoochee Tech.
Pictured for L to R Top-Jonas Garcia, Nelson Soriero, Cat Mathus, Ginny Hastings
L to R bottom-Joshua Taylor, Jhenna Arvidson, Abbey Arvidson, Sarah Morgan and Emily Quinn
HOSA members went to Pruitt Health of Blue Ridge on Thursday, October 19th and did a craft with the nursing home residents for Halloween. The students and residents had a great time!
From L to R, Front-Becca Miller, Sydney Nicholson, Emily Falstrom, Trudy Cobb, Kate Weaver, Emily Hamilton, Stephen Dillard
From L to R, Back-Tristen Dillard, Mackenzie Moreland, Taylor Cobb, Bailee Cobb, Sydney Collins, Maddie Weaver, Joshua Taylor, Michael Dillard
FCHS Hosts Career Day
Fannin County High School hosted Career Day on October 25. Over 40 different careers were represented with students being able to choose two sessions to attend. The variety of topics covered by presenters included duties of the careers, education and/or training needed for the career, salary and benefits associated with the careers, along with how to keep the career once obtained. The soft skills needed to maintain a job were described as: being on time to work, dressing appropriately for the job, working productively on a team; and maintaining a positive attitude in the face of adversity. Principal Erik Cioffi expressed his gratitude to the community for their support and willingness to participate in this important event.
Jessie DeCosta, a senior at Fannin county High School, has been selected by the Georgia State School Superintendent, Richard Woods, to be a member of his 2017-18 Student Advisory Council. DeCosta was one of 75 high school students selected from a pool of 1,500 applicants. The middle school council has 65 members from throughout the state, as well.
The members meet four times a year at the State Department of Education in Atlanta to discuss the impact of state education policies, as well as other related educational issues, along with serving as the Superintendent’s ambassadors to their respective schools and participating in service projects to benefit students and schools.
Students were chosen based on the strength of their essay answers, which focused on their ideas for public education as well as their community service experience. DeCosta is a senior at FCHS who has been active in the Family Community Career Leaders of America where she served as President last year and competed on the national level. She is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the FCHS School Governance Team, the UCB Junior Board of Directors and is active in her church and youth group. When FCHS Principal Erik Cioffi was asked about DeCosta’s appointment, he replied “Jessie is an outstanding student who will be an asset to the Superintendent’s Council. We are proud of her for her willingness to take such an active role in her community, her state and public education.”
BLUE RIDGE, GA – Fannin County’s Board of Education shared news of tremendous savings at their regular monthly meeting held on Thursday, October 12, 2017.
Since its implementation in 2005, the Energy Cap system has saved Fannin County Schools an approximate $5,408,511.
The Energy Cap software, which is used nationally, is a utility bill tracking and sustainability system. This software streamlines billing and accounting, as well as provides analysis reports. It then rates the school system’s buildings for energy efficiency.
Fannin County High School showed the largest cost avoidance since the system’s implementation with approximately $1,773,267 in projected savings.
This news was met with approval from all board members. Fannin County Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney pointed out, “As we make our facilities better and more appropriate for our kids, we’re able to save money in the operation of those facilities.”
West Fannin Elementary School’s (WFES) Principal Lucas Roof presented the board with an update on the happenings of WFES. The school is seeing great success with its Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) program.
The STEM program was put into action by former principal Robert Ensley and STEM teacher Kim Patterson. The program has grown in the last four years, and WFES is hoping to become STEM certified by the state of Georgia this year.
A pre visit by the state is scheduled for November of this year. Roof stated about the STEM certification, “We feel like that it is something that is going to happen for us this year, and if that happens that is going to be big for our school.”
Fannin County High School Principal Erik Cioffi was also present with a request to revise policy in regards to early graduation.
Cioffi stated that with the current policy a student may be denied early graduation for “missing just one piece.”
The current policy contains nine requirements that students must meet to qualify for early graduation. Cioffi said that some students might fail to meet one of these requirements due to circumstance beyond their control.
He used the example that a student may face medical issues which would require the attendance rate to drop below 95%. He said, “that just didn’t make sense to us that that would prevent them from going.”
The change would add wording to the policy that states the Superintendent or designee could waive any of the criteria on a case-by-case basis.
This change in policy will be tabled for a thirty day period, after which board members will meet to vote on the approval or denial of the changes.
The Board of Education will hold its next Workshop and Meeting as regularly scheduled in the second week of November.
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Fannin County High School FFA
Blue Ridge, Ga– __The Fannin County_FFA Alumni Chapter held their annual youth fair on September 30, 2017 at Fannin County High School.
Fannin County students, ages 6-18 participated in livestock competitions for both FFA and 4 H. A total of 28 students participated in showing the following animals: sheep, goats, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, and poultry. The following students took home grand champion in the following areas: Alexis Ware – sheep and horses, Summer Rogers- goats, Zoe Miller- rabbits and guinea pigs, and Poultry. Reserve grand was Shayelyn Millsaps for sheep, Aaron Walden – goats, Shelby Patterson for horses, Ashley Frye for rabbits, for guinea pigs, and Alexis Ware for poultry.
Class winners in showmanship were
Alexis Ware – sheep
Jayci White – jr goats
Shelby Postell- sr goats
Alexis Ware- horses
Class winners rabbits – buck- Zoe Miller
Does – Ashley Frye
Guinea pig sows – Zoe Miller
Poultry – Grand- Zoe Miller, reserve- Alexis Ware
Listed are all the participants of the youth fair in 4 H – Jayci White, Zoe Miller, Colton Patterson, Keats Miller, Scout Miller, Jordyn Valla, William Valla, Brady Payne, Destiny Tatum, and Moriah Owenby.
FFA- Hannah Cain, Alivia Chancey, Zachary Franklin, Tayelor Long, Kelly Locke, Tommy Ledford, Ashley Frye, Hailee Mealer, Shaelyn Millsaps, Shelby Postell, Asher Patterson, Summer Rogers, Sam Phillips, Bretton Williams, Alexis Ware and Kiaya Jones.
The Fannin County FFA would like to thank Fannin County Farm Bureau, the Fannin County FFA Alumni Chapter and Cohutta County Store for sponsoring the event. A special thanks also goes out to the judges : Keith Panky, Roxanne Young, Brittany Whitener, and Tyler Messer .
The Georgia FFA Association has a membership of more than 37,000, making it the third largest association in the nation. The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, changed its name in 1988 to reflect the growth and diversity of agriculture. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
Alexis Ware and her horse
FFA and 4H members exhibiting their goats.
(pictured from left to right: Hailee Mealer, Kelly Locke, Jayci White, Tommy Ledford, Summer Rogers, and Alvia Chancey.)