Students in the Fannin County Middle School STEM class got to experience walking and observing on a giant Mars map accompanied by a robotic rover that was awarded through a grant submitted by Mrs. Pack, the STEM Teacher. The grant was sponsored by Buzz Aldrin and the ShareSpace Foundation. To purchase the giant map and robot, this would have costed the school $5,000.00. However, with the grant, the school was able to receive it for free. The grant included a 25’ x 25’ giant Mars map, a set of books about the mission to Mars co-authored by Buzz Aldrin and Marianne Dyson, a remote controlled robot, as well as the curriculum to accompany the map and robot.
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
This year the Fannin County Middle School REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) scholars attended three field trips. The scholars received first-hand experience with visits to the University of North Georgia Blue Ridge, Young Harris College, and Berry College. While on campus students participated in informational sessions designed to give them insights into how to best plan and prepare for their future college careers.
Pictured L to R: Corbin Kendall, Dadrian Flowers, Emily Salas, Bryan Stiles
Fannin County Middle School is so excited to announce that our media center is now a full functioning learning commons. The transition was challenging but with the help of many the conversion was a success. The new furniture has been installed and all 14,000 books are now on the shelves after being delivered on January 2nd. The installation crew worked tirelessly and completed the installation process on January 3rd. The Media Center staff started putting the books on the shelves on January 4th and we were open for business by January 7th. All grades levels visited the library to renew and checkout books the week of the January 14th. We are so grateful that we received the L4GA grant which funded our remodel. Now we have flexible furniture that is conducive to collaboration, communication, and creation. The Learning Commons is a hub for participatory learning. Students are able to enjoy state of the art technology, resources, and flexible seating options in order to maximize their learning experience. The kids are so eager to come down to the Learning Commons to read in our new soft seating areas, use their new Chromebooks to complete their assignments, and utilize our new media tables to collaborate with group members while working on group projects. Transforming our Library Media Center into a state of the art Learning Commons has been a huge success! We couldn’t be more excited about the future. This is one step that our school has taken in order to ensure that we are providing all students with an education that prepares them to be successful and meet future challenges.
The 7th and 8th grade band from Fannin County Middle School traveled to Douglasville, Georgia on Saturday, April 6 to compete in the Music in the Parks festival. Middle school and high school bands, orchestras, and choruses from Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina participated in the event sponsored by Six Flags Over Georgia and hosted by Douglas County High School. The FCMS Band earned the highest score out of the bands in Middle School Class A and brought home the First Place trophy.
In March, 8th grade FFA member Emilee Thomas represented Fannin Middle in the FFA Creed Speaking competition. For this competition, she has to recite the 5 paragraph standards for all FFA members, as well as answering questions about the history. She advanced to the preliminary round at Ashworth Middle School and she placed fourth in North Georgia.
Middle School Recordbook
Annelise Hughes, a 6th grade FFA member at Fannin Middle, competed in the Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Record Book competition. She received a silver medal for her hard work. For the competition, she created a video about agriculture in Blue Ridge. She toured around local chicken farms and even local agribusinesses such as “A Taste of Amish.” The Record Book competition teaches students how to keep records of their activities towards a single goal.
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
Carlos Roberto Neal
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
|Chasity Nicholson||Roxie Ross|
| Emily Queen
Martin Logan Brady
The West Fannin Photography Club meets every Wednesday. Along with school sponsors Miranda Roof and Charlene Hubbard, local photographer Anna Watkins volunteers her time to lead the photography club students through a variety activities that improve their skills. In addition, the photography club has been fortunate to have guest speakers who have shared their talents and passion.
Recent Fannin County High School graduate, Ethan Taylor (pictured above), spoke to the WFES Photography Club students in March. Ethan is an uprising Georgia Tech Student and an aspiring photographer. He taught the students about aperture, dark rooms, composition, editing, lighting, ISO, lead lines, framing, and so much more. The students thoroughly enjoyed listening to Ethan share his love of photography.
Bryce Ware, current 8th grade student at Fannin County Middle School, spoke to the WFES Photography Club on Wednesday, April 3rd. He shared how he became intrigued with photography, how light bends when entering different camera lenses, and his favorite shots to capture. He also brought his collection of usable antique cameras and photography equipment that span all decades from the 1950s to the current day. The WFES Photography Club enjoyed hearing Bryce share his passion for and expertise in photography.