Dear FCSS Community:
It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that Mrs. Sandra Mercier passed away earlier today.
Mrs. Mercier dedicated her life to our community through the field of education. She began her teaching career with the FCSS in 1972, and her service spanned five decades. She completed 26 years as a classroom teacher and served longest as “the” senior English teacher of FCHS. Mrs. Mercier was chosen as the STAR Teacher five times, was FCHS’s Teacher of the Year, and was selected as the 1999 FCSS Teacher of the Year.
In addition to her outstanding career as a teacher, Mrs. Mercier entered leadership in 1999 as an assistant principal at FCHS. In 2000, she was promoted to the central office to serve as a director, and from 2002 to 2007, Mrs. Mercier served as Superintendent. After retirement, she returned to serve as a member of our Board of Education.
Through her impeccable methodology, Mrs. Mercier taught countless students how to write and to think in a variety of ways; she did the same for many of our district’s current teachers and leaders. Generations looked up to her, and her legacy will impact many more to come. Please join me in keeping the family in thoughts and prayers.
Arrangements are available at the following link.
Dear FCSS Community:
This Sunday, November 11, is Veterans Day. An important tradition of the Fannin County School
System is having an annual Veterans Day program at each school. I am thankful that our schools
pause at this time each year to salute those who have served, as well as those who continue to serve,
our nation as a part of the United States Armed Forces. These events mean so much to the men and
women who have worn the uniform and take part – either as a spectator or a participant – in our
ceremonies. I am proud of our schools for all of their hard work to honor our veterans.
You are invited to any/all of the upcoming Veterans Day programs. They are scheduled as follows:
Monday, November 12
9:00 a.m.: West Fannin Elementary School
1:00 p.m.: East Fannin Elementary School
Tuesday, November 13
1:00 p.m.: Blue Ridge Elementary School
Wednesday, November 14
9:00 a.m.: Fannin County High School
1:00 p.m.: Fannin County Middle School
Americans turn to our military as a source of national strength. Freedom is not free, and our military
covers the cost to preserve it. There is a great pride in our nation’s veterans; because of them, we are
free. Thanks to today’s military, we will remain free. My very best wishes go to each veteran and
active member of the military. May God Bless America!
Michael Gwatney, Ed.D.
BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – It may seem like a small gesture to some, but for those in Gilmer County, Georgia, a simple jersey is relating a lot more than meets the eye as they receive a memorial jersey to honor Gilmer’s middle school principal, the late Larry Walker.
With a special moment before the middle school football games between these two schools on September 19, Fannin County School Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney took to the field with Gilmer County School Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs and Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney Alison Sosebee for a special ceremony in order to present the jersey hosting the emblems of both Gilmer and Fannin.
After a few words about Walker’s life and a moment of silence honoring him, Gwatney and Downs shared their own moment holding the jersey together. The announcers explained the meaning of the ceremony saying,
“The jersey being presented to the Gilmer Middle School football team bears the name of Walker with the #1. Also on the jersey is the Fannin County School insignia and the Gilmer County School insignia. The jersey being presented is in memory of Larry D. Walker, principal of Gilmer Middle School, and signifying Fannin County and Gilmer County are together as one, both in spirit and community.”
With the funeral today, many are still dealing with the loss as they prepare their final respects. Others are coping in their own ways. But as a community comes together and the true reach of one man comes into focus, they are responding to the show of support. Kayann Hayden West offered her thanks on social media saying, “Thankful for the support of our community and the Walker family up and down the 515 corridor. Rivals on the field but united in purpose and heart.”
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