Congratulations to the Fannin County High School (FCHS) VEX Robotics Teams on their recent competition at Gilmer County High School (January 11th). Students from the Engineering program at FCHS designed, built, and competed against other teams from around the State of Georgia in the VEX Robotics Tower Takeover game.
Isaiah Cargle is a senior who has been competing in VEX for four years.
Lexi McGill and Samantha Rosas represent the first all female robotics team at FCHS, and they recently won a $1,000 Girl-Powered Grant through Robot Events. This was their first competition with their new robot!
Bryce Ware and James Kyle competed in VEX and Lego Robotics at the middle school, and this is their first year at the high school level.
These students also have the opportunity to compete at the Technology Student Association (TSA) State Conference in Athens, GA in March.
“I am very proud of these students for competing in such a challenging event. All three teams placed in the top 25, and they have started a strong foundation for the robotics program at FCHS for the future.” Bubba Gibbs, Engineering Teacher and Technology Student Association Advisor.
Featured Image (L-R) Isaiah Cargle, James Kyle, Bryce Ware, Lexi McGill, and Samantha Rosas
Blue Ridge, Ga. – School safety continues to be a top priority for the Fannin County School System. Assistant Superintendent and District Emergency Planning Coordinator Darren Danner wants to remind the citizens of Fannin County of a very important tool the district utilizes to keep the children in our area safe.
SafeSchools Alert is Fannin County School District’s tip reporting service. This online service can allow students, teachers, and parents to report incidents of bullying, intimidation, harassment, weapons, drugs or other threats, and remain anonymous.
“The best information we can get, is what we hear from the kids,” Danner spoke of SafeSchools Alert’s importance and the role the students themselves can play in keeping their schools safe for all. “They’re (students) are on the frontline, so to speak. They see what’s happening. They know what’s going on.”
SafeSchools Alert can be accessed on Fannin County School System’s website by scrolling to the bottom and clicking the SafeSchools Alert icon located at the bottom left of the page. SafeSchools Alert also offers an app that can be downloaded onto mobile devices, and it is this app that students generally choose to use.
According to Danner 95 to 98 percent of tips from the student body come from the use of the downloadable app.
Once a tip has been submitted, SafeSchools Alert will send out numerous emails to faculty within the district. Danner acknowledged that not all tips are reliable, but that some have proven to be very accurate and that all tips are taken seriously and looked into.
“The district has used this going on two years now,” Danner continued. “We’ve had some things that have been put to rest very quickly because of this.”
The Fannin County School System urges everyone that has information about a threat to report it.
Blue Ridge, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Education took time during their Jan. 9 regular monthly meeting to recognize a special group of personnel that work every day to keep the children of Fannin County safe.
“Our relationship with the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office is special,” Fannin County School Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney spoke of the importance of Fannin County’s School Resource Officers (SROs).
Jan. 9, 2020 marked National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. This day is set aside for citizens to show their support for their local law enforcement.
Gwatney displayed a photo and recognized each individual SRO, as well as Assistant Superintendent Darren Danner whose duties, among others include District Emergency Planning and School Resource Officer Coordinator.
Currently the following officers are stationed at each of the five schools in the district:
- Lt. Darvin Couch – Fannin County High School
- Deputy Anthony Walden – Fannin County Middle School
- Deputy Thomas Kay – East Fannin Elementary School
- Deputy Tracy Summers – West Fannin Elementary
- Deputy Jim Burrell – Blue Ridge Elementary School
Before presenting a certificate to Fannin County Sheriff Dane Kirby, Gwatney concluded, “I am thankful for these individuals. I’m thankful for the relationship that we have with the Sheriff. We couldn’t do it without them.”
Upon accepting the certificate, Kirby acknowledged that Gwatney’s sentiment goes both ways: “We really do cherish this relationship.”
YOUNG FARMERS ASSOCIATION
PRESENTS: Ag Talk and Monthly Meeting
FFA and 4-H Youth Spotlight Night-
Summer Experiences in Agriculture.
Also, Meet the new FCHS Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor Ms. Emily Dean
August 19, 2019
Fannin County Ag Facility
43 Station Ridge Blue Ridge
( please use the new entrance off of Hwy 515)
FCYFA Monthly Meeting will follow Ag Talk
Meal sponsored by Uncle B’s Feed Supply
Anyone interested is welcome to attend
FCYFA members attend free of charge
Non FCYFA members we ask you pay $5.00
Questions or for Additional Information firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-455-2545
Fannin County High School underclassmen parking passes will go on sale Tuesday, August 6 at 2:00 in the PAC. The process used with seniors in the spring will be followed. Juniors will be served first and IF there are any remaining parking spaces they will be available for sophomores. It is recommended that students arrive at the PAC by 1:45 pm. The annual parking pass fee remains the same at $30.
For more information contact the school.
Recently I’ve started watching the show Friday Night Lights again. Let me just say- this is partially important because I’m not a big TV show person. I don’t have the patience to sit through an hour-long episode nor do I usually have the time to keep up with a series. But I figure with pre-season football kicking in and the fall season quickly approaching, revisiting a show that revolves around high school football is one of the best ways to get me hyped up for what’s to come.
Watching this series has also made me think about a couple of things. For one, why do we as a society rally so much around a sport that’s played by boys no older than 18-years-old? Second, do we put too much pressure on athletes who play the game? And finally, is the hype and the pressure truly worth it?
I think the answer can be summed up pretty easily- yes. And why? For love of the game.
But the love of the game is different for each of us. We’re not all going to attend every single football game or spend thousands of dollars to sit in Sanford every Saturday. We all have our limits, and in my opinion that’s perfectly okay.
I like to say that there’s something about having a team that you love that will get inside of you and never leave. I find it fascinating that there are towns across America like Dillon, Texas that will show up in the thousands to support their Panthers. Coaches and players are local celebrities, and you get your butt in the stands every Friday night just as religiously as a pew on Sunday morning. I came from a high school of nearly 4,000 students and a county of almost one million people, but the same spirit that rallies much smaller towns across the country still pulses through mine.
Yes, oftentimes I’m afraid that means we put too much pressure on the athletes who play the game. In my own personal experience, at the high school level we had so many students that it was nearly impossible to know the daily goings-on at the field house. But it was that age-old cycle of that when we would win, the coaches and players would be praised. One loss and the attitude switched faster than the direction of a twister.
But one of the many great things about this country is we have the freedom of choice in many of our decisions. Even though the athletes and coaches who play these games catch a lot of grief, they still have the choice to walk away. Some do. But for those who don’t? I’d venture to say it’s for love of the game.
When it comes to putting pressure on athletes, especially young ones, I believe the relationship is a two-way street. They should know what they’re doing, but despite all the love we have for the game, we need to understand when enough is enough. I’ve heard the term “daddy ball” thrown around a lot before, and it makes me sad to think that there are parents out there who try to live through their children. It’s important to love and support them, but even more important to let them develop their own love for their game.
Finally, like I mentioned earlier, everyone’s love for the game is different. My Papa Skip, who I probably talk to the most about sports, has a different appreciation for them than I do. I’ll use UGA football as an example. He attended classes at UGA- I never have. He still goes every year to the UGA/Florida game in Jacksonville- I’ve only gone once. He pays each year to have season tickets for the home games- I CERTAINLY don’t do that, although when he doesn’t want them I get first dibs (thanks Papa!)
The point I’m trying to make is while we all may say we love sports, we each love them differently. We each have a certain line we’re willing to cross. But at the same time, come Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday or playoffs, we rally behind our team. And we each get our butts in the stands. Why? For love of the game.
Fannin County Young Farmers Association members traveled to Moultrie, Georgia to attend the Sunbelt Agriculture Expo on October 16-17. The Sunbelt Ag Expo 2018 celebrated its 41st year and had over 1200 exhibitors that encompassed 100 acres of exhibit space with over 4000 different product lines. The group also toured the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association in Macon, Carroll’s Sausage in Ashburn, The Museum of Georgia Agriculture, The Georgia Peanut Commission and Rutledge Farms all in Tifton. This trip is an annual event.
*Pictured front row left to right: Rhonda Mathews, Sandy Dungy Gilda Lyons, Jeff Queen, Eli Queen
Back row left to right: Mark Wollschlager, Nick Wollschlager, Darrel Davis, Kenny Holland, Bill Bragg, Kenny Queen,
Jasper, Ga – The Pickens County Board of Education hosted a no-threat lockdown today on the campus of Pickens High School.
Parents and citizens saw the Pickens County Sheriff respond to concerns saying:
We currently have a team of deputies and K-9 units participating in a controlled sweep of the Pickens High School campus. While the school is being checked, students are being placed in a non-emergency lockdown status. Students are safe and no threat exists at the school.
When questioned about the lockdown, Pickens County Schools Superintendent Dr. Carlton Wilson said the K-9 sweep was scheduled for a few weeks ago, but had to be pushed back due to scheduling conflicts with Cherokee County who supplies the K-9 units. As the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has retired its last K-9 unit for medical reasons, Wilson stated it is a part of the agreement with Cherokee County to utilize theirs.
With the lockdown and sweep completed, Wilson informed FYN that no drugs were located during the sweep today. Though he noted it was not directly related to the rising use of vape devices, Wilson did respond to questions about the trend saying that it is a concern in the school system.
Sweeps like this is a part of the school’s enforcement of its code of conduct as well as state and federal law. Though Wilson said there is more going on behind the scenes in the system’s response to the rising vape concerns and to school security in general, he declined to release details saying, “There is a number of things that we are doing and things that we are working with the Sheriff’s Office, some of that we just can’t publicize at the moment.”
More information on these steps like the K-9 sweeps and other programs the school already has in place over its years in operation can be found at the upcoming Monday, September 24, day of events involving the Office of the Sheriff, the District Attorney, and Pickens School district as they hold a meeting for parents for information and the ‘Chat with the Superintendent’ at Pickens High School at 6 p.m.
Wilson went on to note that the school system is being forced to change the way it views vaping devices. While he notes that it is against the law for underage kids to possess cigarettes and vaping devices and they have enforced the law, he did state that the school system may have, at times, not utilized the most extreme forms of discipline available in every situation involving the use of nicotine. He went on to say, “Now that this added ability of being able to vape just about anything, that brings it to a whole different level.”
As part of the school’s efforts to inform parents and students about the dangers that vapes present with not knowing what is in them, the board is working with the District Attorney and the Sheriff’s Office. Wilson said, “We may have looked at vaping in the past as more of a replacement for a cigarette, and not as a delivery device for drugs… Going forward, we probably would.”
He added later, “We’re going to have to really start disciplining to the fullest extent that we can, given to us by our Code of Conduct or either by the Law to keep our children safe.”