Anthony Sabia awarded the Ann Higdon Math Award

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Anthony Sabia, son of John and Jennifer Sabia, recently won the Ann Higdon Math Award. He earned the highest score on the Math portion of the 17-18 Milestones Test. Anthony is pictured with his 8th grade Math teacher, Vicki Henry.

Breakfast & Lunch Menus for August

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Acccomplishments told, retirees honored at Fannin Schools end-of-year meeting

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The Star Teacher and Student of the Year for the Fannin County School System were Sarah Welch, left, and Jordan Newman, respectively.

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Several school system accomplishments were mentioned and this school year’s retirees were honored at the end-of-the-year meeting of Fannin County Schools at the Performing Arts Center Wednesday, May 30.

Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney kicked the meeting off by announcing 198 students recently graduated from Fannin County High School.

“That’s reflective of the wonderful work that is done by the faculty and staff and leadership at Fannin County High School,” Gwatney added, “but it also speaks volumes for what happens at elementary and middle schools to prepare the students to get them to these levels.”

Gwatney also thanked the Board of Education for a 1 percent across-the-board permanent pay increase for school system personnel.

“And as I stand here before you today, always remember that you are a member of the greatest and most honorable profession,” the superintendent told the countless number of educators and school employees in attendance. “Ladies and gentlemen, ours is the one profession in which all professions must pass.”

Later, Board of Education member Steve Stanley praised Gwatney’s own leadership asking everyone in attendance, “Don’t you guys think that Dr. Gwatney did a great job this year?”

To this, the audience responded with a resounding round of applause for the superintendent.

Lewis DeWeese, BOE chairman, also spoke of the change he saw this year under Dr. Gwatney. “I’ve been saying it for the last year or so, our system has a new spirit, a new friendly, open, honest willingness to share (and) work together,” DeWeese stated.

BOE member Bobby Bearden also took a moment to thank the employees of the school system saying, “It’s been a blessing and an honor to work with people like you.”

Several awards and achievements, received both for schools and individuals throughout the school year, were recognized at the meeting.

This school year’s Teachers of the Year were also mentioned again during the meeting. Those educators included Erin Colbert, from Blue Ridge Elementary, Kathy Culpepper, from East Fannin Elementary, Amber Mitchell, from West Fannin Elementary, Nathasha Anderson, from Fannin County Middle, and Shan Culpepper, from Fannin County High. Culpepper also held the distinction of being Teacher of the Year for the entire school system.

The Star Teacher and Student of the Year for the Fannin County School System were Sarah Welch, left, and Jordan Newman, respectively.

Sarah Welch and Jordan Newman were also recognized this past school year for being the Star Teacher and Star Student of the Year for 2017-18, respectively.

Regarding the high school, Fannin County High School (FCHS) was also ranked statewide and nationally in U.S. News’ annual Best High Schools rankings. According to those rankings, FCHS was ranked 63 in the state and 2,593 in the nation. This was the third time in the last four years FCHS has been ranked by U.S. News in this category with the previous years being 2015 and 2017. The high school also earned a Silver Award for falling in the top 12 percent nationally.

Fannin County Middle School (FCMS) was also praised for its accomplishments, most notably in that the school placed first in an online Reading Bowl and fourth in face-to-face competition. FCMS also earned an honorary degree in life science.

Blue Ridge Elementary received recognition for earning a High Progress Award among Title 1 schools. High Progress Award schools are among the top 10 percent of Title 1 schools based on the three-year average of College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) progress scores.

East Fannin Elementary held the distinction this school year of being one of only five Family-Friendly Partnership Schools in the state of Georgia.

Also, West Fannin Elementary enjoyed the success of becoming the 36th Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) certified school in the state.

Twenty-five educators in the school system became certified as Level 1 Google Educators this school year. This status indicates that an educator is able to successfully implement Google Suite for Education into their teaching practice in order to enhance teaching and learning.

The Fannin County Schools nutritional program participated in the Shake It Up initiative this past school year.

The school system’s nutrition program participated in the Shake It Up initiative, which is a state-wide initiative to change the culture school nutrition in three areas: tasty meals, friendly cafeterias and happy schools. The nutrition programs at all five county schools received the Gold Award in this initiative.

The school system also took time to honor this year’s retirees throughout Fannin County Schools. Those retirees included:

· From Blue Ridge Elementary, media specialist Robbie Callihan and nutritionist Mildred Johnson;

· From East Fannin Elementary, teachers Katie Holloway and Lynn Weeks, academic coach Crystal Cooke, and paraprofessional Sandra Ross;

· From West Fannin Elementary, nutritionist Wanda Stewart and teacher Betty Holsonback;

Fannin County Schools honored 27 retirees from the school system at its end-of-the-year meeting Wednesday, May 30.

· From Fannin County Middle, teachers Cindy Wood and Linda Nave, and nutritionists Judy Glasgow, Sue Postell, and Gayle Queen;

· From Fannin County High, secretaries Robin Kirby and Gail Bennett, paraprofessional Phillip Nastyn, teachers Terry Callihan and Kim Kribbs, and nutritionists Amanda O’Neal and Leslie Perenich;

· System-wide deaf/hard of hearing teacher Marcie Harper and speech therapist Pam Lapham;

· School bus drivers Margie Kolesky and Sheryl Campbell;

· From the school system maintenance department, Archie Bice; and

· From the Central Office, accounts payable bookkeeper Connie Grindstaff and Associate Superintendent Betsy Hyde.

“What an honor this has been,” Gwatney told the retirees. “I wish you all the best.”

Following the ceremony, the rock band Apollo, which is comprised of three Fannin County students, played a spirited version of the Foo Fighters’ classic anthem “My Hero” as a tribute to the retirees as well as the existing educators and employees of the Fannin County School System.

Concluding the day’s event, Gwatney stated, “Ladies and gentlemen, we aspire to guide and lead the future, but most of all, you remember why we’re here. It’s for the kids. Everyone have a great summer.”

 

Author

Jason Beck

Born in Merrillville, Indiana, raised in Cleveland, Tennessee, and currently resides in Copperhill, Tennessee. Graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1996 and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, eventually earning a B.A. and M.A. in English. Hobbies include hiking, camping and fly-fishing. Interests include baseball, hockey and cliff jumping.

Annual Chess Club Tournament

Fannin Middle

Chess club at Fannin County Middle school held there end of the year tournament yesterday. We had 8 participates through the year.

Pictured above: (Left) James Squires 8th grade 3rd place, (Middle) James Kyle 7th Grade Winner, and (Right) Braiden Haag 7th grade 2nd place.

Special Olympics Week proclaimed in Fannin County

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Fannin County honored its special athletes today, and officially proclaimed both in the City of Blue Ridge and in Fannin County that the week of May 16, 2018 be Special Olympics Week.

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Mayor Donna Whitener signs proclamation declaring Special Olympics Week for the City of Blue Ridge.

Crowds gathered shortly before 10:30 a.m. this morning in the free parking area of downtown Blue Ridge. Among those present were Special Olympic supporters, teachers, proud parents, Blue Ridge and Fannin County law enforcement and emergency personnel, representatives from Fannin County’s educational system, and of course, the athletes.

This year marks a very special anniversary for the olympics. Having begun in 1968, the Special Olympics celebrates its 50th year.

Blue Ridge Mayor Donna Whitener was present to kick off festivities as she announced that the City of Blue Ridge was officially acknowledging this week as Special Olympics Week and delivered a proclamation stating such from the city.

A lighting of the ceremonial torch set activities in motion, and the athletes were cheered on as they made their way up East Main Street to the Fannin County Courthouse participating in the Fannin County Torch Relay.

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Chairman Stan Helton signs proclamation for Special Olympics Week in Fannin County.

The celebration continued at the courthouse where the procession was greeted by Fannin County Chairman Stan Helton. Helton announced to the crowd that Fannin County too would like to recognize this week as Special Olympics Week and signed an official proclamation as well.

The Special Olympics will take place tomorrow, May 16, at Fannin County Middle School (FCMS). The opening ceremony will be at 9 a.m. in the FCMS gym.

Elementary athletes and Mineral Springs athletes will compete from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Middle and High School athletes will compete from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

 

 

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FCMS – 8th Grade Awards Night

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Please find below all the students that were honored on 8th Grade Awards Night.  The group photo includes everyone honored.

Students of the Year:  Sawyer Moreland and Sydney McGill. 

Reading

8A Jimmy Williams

8B Derrick Jones

 

Advanced Reading

8A Leah Pope

8B Rachel Bruce

Language Arts

8A Jimmy Williams

8B  Anthony Sabia

Advanced Language Arts

8A Reagan York    

8B Sydney McGill

Math

8A Kalliee Stanley

8B Graycee Mintz

Advanced Math

8A Sawyer Moreland

8B Kiersten Holloway

Science

8A  Dylan Collins

8B Lexy Long

Advanced Science

8A James Squires

8B Ashlyn Burger

Georgia Studies

8A Sawyer Moreland

8B A.J. Covey

CONNECTIONS AWARDS

Visual Arts:  

Sydney McGill

Introduction to Digital Technology:  

Will Watkins

Career Education:

A.J. Covey

Physical Education:

Boy: Levi Pierce

Girl:  Erin Gonzales

Technology:

Sydney McGill

Agriculture:

Rob Russell

Chorus:

Caitlin Raper

GENERAL AWARDS

Spelling Bee

8A Reagan York

8B Chloe Carter

Perfect Attendance

8A

Aubree Beavers
Ashlyn Burger
Xavier Crowley
Jackson Davis
Toby Davis
Cater Johnson
Juston ‘JT’ McDaniel
Emily Mealer
Garret Mervine
Jacob Queen
Christalee Rios-Espinoza
Max Roberson

8B

Luke Baggett
Logan Carroll
Aaliyah Green
Kirsten Holloway
Annabel Lillard
Aerial McKinney
Hayden Rose
Kinsley Sullivan
Nathan Thomas

Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Winner:   

Each year Fannin County Middle School participates in the Old Unicoi Trail National Society  of the Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest. This year the topic was World War I and its effect on our nation. Over three hundred students competed in the essay competition and from those the overall winner of her age group is

Leah Pope

REACH Scholars:

REACH Georgia’s mission is to ensure that Georgia’s academically promising students have the academic, social, and financial support needed to graduate from high school, access college, and achieve postsecondary success.  REACH Scholars are selected in middle school and sign a contract along with their parents to maintain grades, remain crime, drug, and behavior issue free, and meet with a volunteer mentor and academic coach until they graduate from high school. To be awarded their $10,000 scholarship, each Scholar must continue to meet program requirements until high school graduation.

Our 2017 – 2018 FCMS REACH Scholars are

Ricardo Arellanes

Aubree Beavers

Hunter DeMar

Aaliyah Green

Kaigan Mull

Principal’s List: Students must have all grades above a 93 for a grading period to receive the Principal’s List Award.

Ricardo Arellanes Alvarado Ryanne Jay Newman
Aubree Jade Beavers Daisy Elizabeth Oliver
Jolie Danielle Breeden Leah McKenzie Pope
Rachel Reagan Bruce Raven Lynn Porter
Ashlyn Skye Burger Amber Elizabeth Quinton
Chloe Alayna-Erin Carter Jacob Avery Raines
Alyson Renea Chastain Samantha Morgan Sadler
Anthony James Covey Hallie Elizabeth Shuler
Hunter Scott DeMar James  Squires
Erin Julianna Gonzales Kinsley Ellington Sullivan
Kirsten Summer Holloway Emily Noel Turner
Cater Andrew Johnson Drake Benton Usry
Jacob Daniel Kuna Kaitlyn Dawn White
Annabel Lee Lillard Reagan McKenzie York
Sydney Grace McGill Jenna Rae Young
Sawyer Aaron Moreland Kathryn Grace Young

Presidential Awards

The following students have qualified for a Silver Presidential Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for either making

  1. Straight A’s for 6th and 7th grades and through the fall semester of 8th grade OR
  2. For exceeding on state tests for either 6th or 7th grades.  The students who receive this award only have to meet one criterion.

The following students qualify for an Outstanding Academic Achievement Award:

Cater Andrew Johnson
Ethan Richard Jones
Ryanne Jay Newman
Samantha Morgan Sadler

Students receiving the Gold  Presidential Awards for Outstanding Academic Excellence are required to meet the following highly rigorous criteria:

  1. GPA in all subject areas must be 90-100 in 6th & 7th grade school years and fall semester of 8thgrade AND
  2. High Achievement in reading or math on state test for the 6th and 7th grade. The students who receive this award have to meet both of the rigorous criteria.

The following students qualify for the Presidential Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence:

Ricardo Arellanes Alvardo

Rachel Reagan  Bruce

Ashlyn Skye Burger

Kirsten Summer Holloway

Sydney Grace McGill

Ann Higdon Math Award – Is awarded annually to the student with the highest score on the Georgia Milestones exam. It is awarded annually in memory of FCMS math teacher Ann Higdon. This award will be presented when the Milestones results are returned from the state.

Citizenship Awards

8A     Adaelyn Ray & Jackson Davis

8B     Carly Cox & Kaleb Couch

Students of the Month 8A

August – Leah Pope & Seth Reece

September – Cassidy Culpepper & Sawyer Moreland

October – Ashlyn Burger & Ricardo Arellanes

November – Raven Porter & Cater Johnson

December – Adaelyn Ray & Jackson Davis

January – Aubree Beavers & Corbin Head

February – Emily Turner & Noah Hess

March – Reagan York & Toby Davis

April – Becca Ledford & Coy Mealer

May – Erin Gonzales & Hunter DeMar

Student of the Year for 8A

Sawyer Moreland

Students of the Month 8B

August – Annabel Lillard & A.J. Covey

September –Sydney McGill & Trey Riccitiello

October – Kirsten Holloway & Christopher Gaitanoglou

November – Rachel Bruce & James Squires

December – Kathryn Young & Hunter Ramey

January – Carly Cox & Giovanni Leal

February – Aaliyah Green & Scott Pulliam

March – Kaylie Kendall & Kaleb Couch

April – Aly Chastain & Tripp Hill

May – Lexi Long & Carter Mann

Student of the Year for 8B

Sydney McGill

 

Food Allergy Awareness Week in Blue Ridge, Fannin County May 13-19

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[Featured image: Mayor Donna Whitener, seated, signs a proclamation declaring May 13 through 19 to be Food Allergy Awareness Week in Blue Ridge. Seen here at the proclamation signing are, from left to right, Abigail Baliles, Jennifer Addington, Whitener, and City Clerk Kelsey Ledford.]

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Blue Ridge Mayor Donna Whitener and Fannin County Board of Commissioners Chairman Stan Helton both signed a proclamations Wednesday, May 2, declaring May 13 through 19 to be Food Allergy Awareness Week in the city of Blue Ridge and in Fannin County.

According to the proclamations, “An estimated 15 million people in the United States have food allergies, including 6 million children under the age of 18.”

In addition, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates food allergies result in over 200,000 ambulatory care visits per year involving children under 18. “Reactions typically occur when an individual unknowingly eats a food containing an ingredient to which they are allergic,” the CDC states.

A copy of the proclamation signed Wednesday, May 2, by Board of Commissioners Chairman Stan Helton declaring May 13 through 19 to be Food Allergy Awareness Week in Fannin County.

On hand for the proclamations was Jennifer Addington, local resident and co-founder of the Northeast Georgia Food Allergy Support Group (NGFASG), and her daughter Abigail Baliles. Increasing allergy awareness in Fannin, Gilmer and Union counties, the NGFASG is formally recognized by Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) and Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT), both nationally trusted sources of food allergy information in the United States.

Abigail, a seventh-grader at Fannin County Middle School, suffers from egg, peanut and tree nut allergies, which are three of the eight most common food allergies, according to FARE. “Nine out of 10 allergic reactions in the U.S. occur from milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish,” FARE states.

Addington said although Abigail’s allergies were detected early in her life, the severity of her daughter’s allergies at times can affect the normalcy of a typical middle school aged child, citing school functions such as taking field trips as one common activity where her the safety of her daughter has to be closely considered.

Symptoms of allergic reactions can be mild or severe. Mild symptoms can include a breakout of hives, eczema, redness of skin around the eyes, itchy mouth or ear canal, nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing, odd tastes in the mouth, and/or uterine contractions. Severe symptoms can include obstructive swelling of the throat, lips and/or tongue, problems swallowing, shortness of breath, turning blue, a decrease in blood pressure, feeling faint, confused and/or weak, loss of consciousness, chest pain, and/or a weak pulse.

“Severe symptoms, alone or in combination with milder symptoms, may be signs of anaphylaxis and require immediate treatment,” FARE explains. “Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that comes on quickly, often impacts the whole body, and may cause death.”

The proclamation encourages increased awareness of the causes and symptoms of food allergies and anaphylaxis among the citizens of Blue Ridge and Fannin County.

For more information on how one can support the Northeast Georgia Food Allergy Support Group (NGFASG), contact Jennifer Addington at jennifer@northeastgafoodallergy.org or visit the website at www.northeastgafoodallergy.org.

For more information on food allergies, visit the FARE website at www.foodallergy.org.

 

 

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Born in Merrillville, Indiana, raised in Cleveland, Tennessee, and currently resides in Copperhill, Tennessee. Graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1996 and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, eventually earning a B.A. and M.A. in English. Hobbies include hiking, camping and fly-fishing. Interests include baseball, hockey and cliff jumping.

Fannin County Middle School students of the month for May

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Fannin County Middle School eighth-grade teams have announced Students of the Month for May. Students are chosen by their academic teachers for this distinction. Qualifications for this honor include outstanding citizenship, good attendance, respectfulness toward faculty and peers, and a good academic standing.

Students chosen for May are: Erin Gonzales, daughter of Richard and Kelly Gonzales, of Blue Ridge; Hunter DeMar, son of John and Cathy DeMar, of Mineral Bluff; Lexi Long, daughter of Benny and Kristin Long, of Mineral Bluff; and Carter Mann, son of Jamie Petrillo, of Blue Ridge, and Joel and Leslie Mann, of Mineral Bluff.

Pictured are, from left to right:
Carter Mann, Lexi Long, Erin Gonzales, and Hunter DeMar.

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