BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Fannin County Schools start back Wednesday, August 7, 2019!
The official calendar 2019 – 2020 calendar is as follows!
Note: Days for Spring Break and holidays can be used to make up days missed due to inclement weather or other reasons.
7:30 – 8:00 Students report to the cafeteria with breakfast being served starting at 7:40 am.
8:05 – 9:30 Block 1 Class
9:36 – 11:01 Block 2 Class
11:07 – 1:04 Block 3 Class and Lunch
1:10 – 2:35 Block 4 Class
2:40 – 3:10 FLEX Time/Block
West Fannin Elementary School Daily Schedule:
8:15 – 8:40
8:40 – 10:50
10:50 – 11:45
11:45 – 1:30
1:30 – 2:00
Gross Motor Skills
2:00 – 2:45
8:15 – 9:50
9:50 – 10:40
10:40 – 11:20
11:20 – 12:20
12:20 – 1:15
1:15 – 2:45
8:10 – 8:55
8:55 – 9:50
9:50 – 10:40
10:40 – 11:30
11:30 – 12:25
12:25 – 1:25
1:25 – 2:45
8:05 – 8:55
8:55 – 9:50
9:50 – 10:45
10:45 – 11:40
11:40 – 12:40
12:40 – 2:45
8:00 – 8:55
8:55 – 11:00
11:00 – 12:00
12:00 – 12:55
12:55 – 3:00
8:00 – 8:50
8:50 – 10:55
1st Block/1st and 2nd Period
10:55 – 11:50
11:50 – 12:50
12:50 – 3:00
2nd Block/3rd and 4th Period
8:00 – 9:55
1st Block/1st and 2nd Period
9:55 – 11:50
2nd Block/3rd and 4th Period
11:50 – 12:35
12:35 – 1:25
1:25 – 2:10
2:10 – 3:00
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This year twelve students completed the Teaching as a Profession pathway, earning college credit. In order to receive the credit, they demonstrated mastery in many topics by passing a very difficult national assessment. The exam included laws that govern education, instructional strategies, history and philosophies of education, and theories of childhood development. In addition, they worked many hours with an elementary or middle school teacher. This program helps them see what it’s really like to be an educator and gives them the opportunity to be a positive role model to younger students in our community.
Pictured from L to R (Back Row) – Olivia Akins, Briana Mathews, Jase Huff, Blake Rogers, Hunter Gray, Kayleigh Russell, Kendall Postell
(Front Row) – Macy Greene, Faith Swartzell, Jessica Westcott, Kaelyn Hensley
Not Pictured – Emily Ingle
Fannin County High School’s annual National Honor Society Installation, Induction and Honor Cord Ceremony was recently held in the school’s Performing Arts Center.
The officers for the 2019-20 School who were installed are: Hannah Cruse, President; Lora Gwatney, Vice-President; Lexi McGill, Secretary; and Zack Nelson, Treasurer.
Membership into the National Honor Society is based on four criteria: Scholarship, Character, Integrity and Service. This year four additional seniors, eight new juniors and fifty-four sophomores were inducted. According to FCHS Principal, Erik Cioffi: “Being inducted into the National Honor Society is a great achievement as the requirements are rigorous.”
There were seventy-four National Honor Society members who received senior honor cords and will wear them at graduation on May 24. “We are certainly proud of all of new members and seniors and congratulate them on their outstanding accomplishments,” stated Mr. Cioffi.
FCHS National Honor Society SENIORS RECEIVING HONOR CORDS
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Installation of National Honor Society Officers
Current 2018-2019 Officers New 2019-2020 Officers
Walker Gregory, President Hannah Cruse, President
Hannah Dickey, Vice-Pres. Lora Gwatney, Vice-Pres.
Gene Carbonell, Secretary Lexi McGill, Secretary
Cole Roberson, Treasurer Zachary Nelson, Treasurer
NEW NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERS
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Students in the Teaching as a Profession pathway learn what it’s like to plan and teach a lesson for students with various disabilities. Teaching students in Mrs. Dyer’s class were assigned a learning objective to teach. Their challenge was to create an interactive lesson that would include students with and without a physical or learning disability.
In the scenario pictured, teaching student, Olivia Sisson, created and led a lesson about vowels to her fictitious kindergarten class. A couple of the students pretended to have a sight disability and Olivia did a fantastic job differentiating her lesson so that they were able to master the objective.
Recently the Fannin County High School FFA wildlife team placed 16th in the Area I Career Development Event. Team Members consisted of Patrick Connor, Noah Hess, Kiaya Jones, Levi Pierce, and Shelby Pierce. The competition was held at Pickens County High School and there were 30 teams in the competition from Area I.
The Wildlife CDE is designed to promote wildlife management to students. Students are expected to demonstrate skills based on their instruction in wildlife management courses, including wildlife management, forestry, and natural resource management. The contest includes team and individual portions, including identification and exams. The Fannin County FFA Advisor is Cherie White
FFA is a national organization of over 600,000 members, with more than 39,000 student members in Georgia preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program in public schools. 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.
Picture from left to right: Levi Pierce, Noah Hess, Patrick Connor, Kiaya Jones, and Shelby Pierce
Fannin County High School (FCHS) will host 8th Grade Student/Parent Information Night, Thursday, February 28. The program will start at 6 p.m. in the FCHS Performing Arts Center. However, parents and students are encouraged to arrive at 5:30 p.m. in order to visit with teachers of pathway courses and view displays and exhibits.
Starting promptly at 6 p.m. Fannin High administrators and counselors will present information for all 8th grade parents and students in order to prepare for the transition to high school. Attention will be devoted to the registration process, the courses of study and extra-curricular activities available to all incoming 9th graders.
According to FCHS Assistant Principal, Theresa Dillard, “this informational session is an excellent opportunity for future 9th graders to start becoming familiar with the high school expectations and lay a strong foundation for their future.” For additional information, please contact the counselors at FCHS or Fannin County Middle School.
Fannin County High School FCCLA participated in Region STAR Event Competitions on Saturday, February 9th at Archer High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Combined, the students participated in 9 competitive events. (Listed Below) All students scored in the top 2 in the region and will advance to State Competition on March 15-17, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Advocacy- Sydney Tarpley, 10th Grade
Career Investigation- Hope Parris, 12th Grade
Chapter Service Project Display, Courtney Earls and Haley Parks, 11th Grade
Chapter Service Project Portfolio- Alexis Hill and Larissa Hughes, 10th Grade
Chapter in Review Portfolio- Victoria Tanner and Lisa Thomas, 11th Grade
Early Childhood Education- Sierra Reynolds, 10th Grade
Focus on Children- Chloe Clemmons, 12th Grade
Leadership- Cady Finley, 10th Grade
Promote and Publicize FCCLA!- Bobbi Pippin, 11th Grade
Students have been working on these projects since late September and their hard work has paid off. They have so much to be proud of!
FCHS KINDNESS CERTIFIED
During the week of January 28, Fannin County High School joined with over 24,000 schools to participate in The Great Kindness Challenge sponsored by Kids for Peace. This was a global campaign that also spanned 113 countries. Faculty, staff and students were given a list of “Challenges” to complete during the week. Some of the 50 challenges from which they could choose included: smile at 25 people, pick up trash on campus, say good morning to 15 people, sit with a new group of kids at lunch, read a book to a younger child, step up for someone in need, and write a thank you to your teachers, administrators, counselors, and support staff. To kick off the week of challenges students in several classes met on the football field to create a symbolic heat and students and staff also wore a specific color each day during the week to support the challenge. While one student did comment, that “in our school we do these types of activities on a daily basis,” the week did provide the opportunity to remind everyone of the impact being kind can have on the world. Upon completion of the challenge, Fannin County High School was recognized as a “2019 Kindness Certified School” by Kids for Peace. The expectation is to participate in this challenge on an annual basis and it is sponsored by the PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) Committee.
Chloe Clemmons hosted a Grandparents’ Night on January 17th at Fannin County High School. Chloe is completing a project for the Family Career and Community Leaders of America STAR Event Competitions which will be help on February 9, 2019. Her project is called Focus on Children, and her main focus is Childhood Literacy. Chloe partnered with Sarah Welch, Fannin County Literacy Coordinator, to host the Grandparents’ Night. At the event, a variety of organizations shared about the resources that are available to custodial grandparents in our community. If you are raising a grandchild and were unable to make it to the event, please contact Lauren Owenby at Fannin County High School and the resources can be sent to you. Chloe will continue her efforts to work with individuals and organizations to provide opportunities to strengthen literacy for children in the Fannin County community.
Pictured above are the speakers from local organizations who were represented at the Grandparents’ Night.
Patsy Reed (Boys and Girls Club of America), Kathy Henson and Jeffrey Cash (Department of Child and Family Services), Donna Earl (Fannin Literacy Action Group), Chloe Clemmons (FCCLA Vice President), Sherry Morris (Family Connections), Darcy Arnall (Fannin County Library), Amanda Newton-Chastain (Main Street Pediatrics), and Sarah Welch (Fannin County Literacy Coordinator)
Dual enrollment allows students to attend college while in high school earning college credits and fulfilling graduation requirements at the same time. It is a great opportunity for students to get a head start on their college classes. Pictured, Ms. Dillard, right, discusses dual enrollment possibilities with Shea Ross. Ms. Dillard gave a presentation on dual enrollment to all Mountain Education Charter students during Student Appreciation Week.
High school athletics are a huge part of character development for our young men and women, teaching them how to overcome adversity, work together, balance studies with extracurricular activities, and last but not least: It is their first legitimate introduction to health and fitness.
You may have heard of the “Five Parts of Physical Fitness” before – but there are actually 11 components of what a coach evaluates when assessing the physical fitness of an athlete.
3. Body Composition
4. Cardiovascular Endurance
7. Muscular Endurance
8. Muscular Strength
10. Reaction Time
We use these components of physical fitness in our everyday lives, but the first true test of each of these measures typically comes by way of high school sports. Strength coaches help their athletes with endurance, strength, power and balance. Conditioning coaches help their athletes with cardiovascular endurance, reaction time, coordination and agility. All coaches typically impact an athletes body composition, flexibility and speed.
The one coach who assists the athletes with all of the above, however, is the athletic trainer. Day or night, when there is a ball game, a wrestling tournament, a track meet, or even at power puff flag football; the athletic trainer stands ready to help the athletes prevent accidents, stay hydrated, and in worst-case scenarios; diagnose and treat injuries as they occur. Oftentimes their hard work is overshadowed by the gameplay itself, but when a player goes down these coaches show their true value by coming to the immediate aide of all involved. Humbly waiting in the shadows of the sidelines, the athletic trainer answers the call that no one else would ever want to.
Fannin County High School’s head athletic trainer is Jeremy Keith King, a 2007 FCHS graduate who went on to study Sports Medicine with an emphasis in Athletic Training at Valdosta State University. Coach King graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in 2011 and after completing his internship at Northeast Medical Center/The Rehabilitation Institute in Gainesville, Ga, he began his career at Fannin County High School.
In 2013, he was hired as the Head Athletic Trainer for FCHS, and he was offered a full time teaching position in Healthcare Science.
When asked about his experience, King shared that he’s worked closely with multiple doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists and EMT’s; as well as many other sports medicine professionals. “To come home to my high school and serve as the head athletic trainer and instructor of the Sports Medicine program is a dream come true for me,” King told TeamFYNSports.
We asked one of his students/trainers about her experience learning from the head athletic trainer and participating in the Sports Medicine program at FCHS. Trudy Cobb is a senior, and could be seen carrying water bottles to players, coaches and even GHSA officials at each home and away football game this year.
“It’s a great experience to get to learn things that people my age don’t usually know,” Cobb told TeamFYNSports. “Coach King is a great teacher inside the classroom working with all high school grade levels, but in OUR program we learn SO MUCH MORE.” Cobb shared that she has been introduced to many healthcare professionals by King, and she felt that has helped her understand and develop a genuine interest in sports medicine as a potential career.
“I truly think that the key to knowing if you want to be in that career, you should immerse yourself into those type of situations,” Cobb explained, “but through [King’s] program, I have learned the hands-on of taping an ankle and working on rehabilitating athletes. You have to know the ins-and-outs of each and every sport because not only are you watching – and hopefully enjoying – the games; you must also know the essential motions of movements that the particular athletes you are working with use. It’s an experience that I am very blessed to have been a part of through my years in high school.”
Although his position at FCHS is a demanding one, King still makes time for his family and his other passions.
“I am happily married to Christa [King] and we have two daughters, Evie and Lyla,” said King. “They attend Fannin County schools.” He added that he and his wife recently welcomed their son, Thaddeus, to “Rebel Nation” this year.
King is also a member of the Blue Ridge Rugby Club and he is a proud member of the Phi Sigma Kappa National Fraternity. “I currently still serve as a mentor and advisor for new members [of Phi Sigma Kappa] and I serve on the Alumni Board of Executives,” King explained.
TeamFYNSports had an opportunity to catch up with Coach King, and since this is the time of year so many people tend to look at their new year resolutions, we thought we’d ask him if he had any advice for anyone getting out to the gym to try and shed a few pounds after a relatively sedentary holiday break. Here’s what he had to say:
“From an injury prevention measure, know your limitations. Don’t feel like you have to show out, your body can not just pick up right where it left off. Slowly ease yourself back into a workout program and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Gyms have personal trainers there to give you feedback and help you – if they don’t – consider a different gym. Also, don’t forget about the diet and stretching parts of a workout program. If you are wanting to get stronger or healthy, the diet is an important part of it. Our body needs “good” fuel to run on, especially if we are asking more from it. Stretching is important before and after a workout. Get a good dynamic (moving) 10-minute warm-up in before your start and a good cool down period before you stop. Static stretching (holding a stretch) is best after you are done with you entire workout. Remember it is all a process and results do not happen overnight, so stick with it even when you feel like giving up.”
We also asked King what was the most common cause for injuries in high school sports. His answer came as no surprise:
“#1 is accidents, stepping on another players foot, a plant and twist of the knee, getting hit. They are all freak accidents that you can’t control. That is where most injuries occur, but there are preventable injuries that happen too. The number one cause of “preventable” injuries in high school sports in my opinion is not stretching enough or not stretching adequately. Whether it is a dynamic warm up or static stretching after practice, kids just don’t do it enough. Our coaches do a great job having warm ups and giving kids time to stretch but if the kids don’t actually put the effort into it then it doesn’t do much good.”
If you’re a parent of a student athlete at FCHS, you may have already known who Coach King was; do us a favor the next time you see him and shake his hand. This is one coach who has put his whole life into his education, then turned around and brought his skills back to Fannin County to apply them in our community.
We are fortunate to have Coach King as the FCHS Head Athletic Trainer.
The coaches at Fannin County High School have had the pleasure of coaching some talented individuals over the years. Some athletes shine on the field, others in the weight room, and many are just great students. That’s nothing new in a school that boasts some of the best teaching, coaching and administration the state has to offer.
What’s rare is finding an athlete that encompasses the “total package” – a great student, talented athlete, and a pristine example within the community. A coach can go his entire career hoping to mold and mentor such an athlete. Jon Ayers took over the baseball program at FCHS four years ago, and upon his arrival, he met Will Shirah; i.e. the total package. The credit not only goes to Ayers and the FCHS coaching staff for polishing Shirah’s performance on the baseball field and in the classroom; but also to his parents, Cliff and Julie Shirah, who have raised more than a great baseball player. They’ve raised a fine young man.
Academically speaking, Shirah’s awards nearly outweigh his baseball trophy case. Ranked #1 out of 204 students, the Hugh O’Brien Leadership Award Winner has already earned 25 college semester hours as a Dual Enrollment student with a perfect (4.0) grade point average. A member of the National Honor Society as a sophomore, a member of the FCHS Academic Team both his junior and senior years, and recognized with Student Athlete Community Service Network’s All Area Honors; it’s no surprise Shirah was Senior Superlative voted “Best All Around” student at Fannin County High School.
When Shirah isn’t throwing 90mph fastballs across the plate at the baseball diamond, he’s throwing mashed potatoes and dinner rolls on plates at the Feed Fannin Thanksgiving Dinner as a Charity Good Samaritan volunteer – much slower than the fastballs, thankfully.
Shirah also volunteers to help prepare bags of food, furniture and clothing for homeless and indigent families with his church group at the Copper Basin Crisis Center. He’s a Fellowship of Christian Athletes event leader and actively works with multiple Christian outreach programs such as Fields of Faith.
He is a member of the United Community Bank Junior Board, along with 11 other seniors, which gives back the community by participating in monthly events such as Relay for Life and more.
Shirah’s work as a volunteer with the Fannin County High School Baseball Camp will be missed when he leaves for college, but he will undoubtedly also be missed at First Baptist Church where he regularly helps in the nursery. His resume for community service serves as a role model and positive example for everyone around him, a trait his coaches and parents each shared with everyone in attendance at Shirah’s college commitment signing.
His grades are superior, his involvement in the community is respectable, and his attitude is humble; but his performance on the baseball field is phenomenal.
Shirah has lettered his freshman, sophomore and junior years at FCHS. He was also named All Region First team (7-AAA) all three of those years. He received the pitching award all three years, and he averaged 1.7 K’s per inning pitched with 190 K’s in 108 innings (Author’s note: In baseball scorekeeping, a swinging strikeout is recorded as a K). He received the batting award as a freshman and a junior.
Shirah was recently named to the Preseason All State Region 7-AAA team and he was selected to be on the cover of the 2018 Georgia Dugout Club Preview Magazine. He’s also been named to the Rawlings PG National Preseason Underclass All America Team for the third year in a row. In 2016 and 2017, he made the All-Tournament team in the 17u and 18u World Championships.
Shirah was named to the Top Prospect Team at PG Jr Nationals and Nationals (an invitation only event held in Ft Myers, FL for the nation’s top rising high school junior and senior baseball players).
Truth be told, there are too many accomplishments in Shirah’s high school baseball career to list them all. His ability to play the game has garnered national attention – including baseball recruitment (and/or offers) from Stanford, Notre Dame, Virginia, North Carolina, Duke, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Penn State, Harvard, Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, and last but not least: Georgia Tech.
On Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 3:45pm, Will Shirah thanked his coaches, parents, friends and teammates. He gave credit to his faith and everyone who supports him as he put pen to paper and signed his commitment to play baseball for the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets. We look forward to following his continued success in the future.