BLUE RIDGE, Ga. –
To News Media Members,
The following West Fannin Elementary educators presented at the 2019 STEM/STEAM Forum in Athens, GA on Monday, October 21. Marcie McDonald, Amber Mitchell, Kim Patterson, Milly Rice, Lucas Roof, Miranda Roof (representing Blue Ridge Elementary, East Fannin Elementary, and West Fannin Elementary), and Ben Sexton. These educators presented to teachers and administrators across the state of Georgia about best practices in STEM/STEAM education and STEM/STEAM project-based learning.
Also, the following students presenting at the 2019 STEM/STEAM Conference in Athens, GA on Tuesday, October 22. Ava Acker, Albany Cole, Avery Collis, Lillie Dean, Madison Earley, Izzie Jabaley, Reese Lewis, Logan Long, Danica Padrutt, and Lauryn Sherbert. These current and previous West Fannin students were chosen to present their yearlong scientific investigative research projects from last school year.
It is an honor for these students to present at the STEM/STEAM Forum because people from all over the state submit presentation proposals. However, not all proposals are accepted. Presenting at a conference of this size and magnitude will help provide these students with the confidence and public speaking ability that they need to propel them forward. This is the type of experience that these students can put on a resume, college application, or job application.
We are proud of these educators and students for representing the Fannin County School System and for having a positive impact on STEM/STEAM education throughout the state of Georgia.
We are also extremely proud of and grateful for our West Fannin educators, students, parents, and community partners for working diligently and allowing exciting opportunities like this to exist.
— By Lucas Roof – WFES Principal
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Last evening, April 2nd, the students of Fannin County Middle School participated in the Invent It Challenge. Winners were chosen for 1st and 2nd places, Most Original, and Best Seller. Below is a description of the Invent It Challenge for 2019.
The Invent It Challenge is an annual competition that inspires students around the world to unleash their inner inventor! The competition was created 8 years ago by Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center and Cricket Media, with the goal of educating, engaging and empowering kids across the globe to learn and use the invention process to make change in our world. Since then, thousands of kids around the globe have tried their hands at inventing through the Challenge, and many have gone on to patent their ideas!
Every year, students document their use of Smithsonian’s 7 step Spark! Lab Invention Process, to brainstorm new inventions to solve global problems. For the 2019 Dr. InBae Yoon Challenge, participants will focus their minds and talent on generating inventions that enhance and improve the daily lives and activities of older adults.
Often entire classroom of students enter either individually or as teams. Teachers and home school parents love it as their students get to apply their STEM skills in an engaging real-world challenge. The high-quality, free curriculum provided by the Smithsonian and Cricket Media make participating a smooth learning experience for students, educators, and parents alike.
(L-R) Gracey Greene, Gracie Stewart, Judd Watson
Students in Mrs. Pack’s STEM class at FCMS were asked to design a house that minimized heat loss. Once the framework of their houses is completed, the students will add different types of insulation to maintain the condition of the air inside. At the end of the project, the designs will be checked with a thermal energy device and the students will hear from an expert about saving energy.
Two members of the Fannin County Band program earned positions in the 2019 Georgia All-State Band. This elite group was selected from the top musicians from across the entire state of Georgia. Potential members must pass two rigorous auditions which include scales, two prepared selections, and playing a short example on first sight. Emma Barnstead (junior – french horn) and Brenna Harper (eighth grade – euphonium) were both selected based on the final auditions help in January.
The students who passed the final audition were placed by grade level into fully instrumented bands of 120 members each. These bands meet in Athens, Georgia for two and a half days the first weekend in March to rehearse and prepare an exciting program of innovative and challenging music under the direction of world class conductors from all over the country. The event concluded with stunning performances by each of the groups in the Classic Center.
Congratulations again to the outstanding young musicians on their tremendous accomplishment!
Mae Tidman spoke to our ALPHA students at West Fannin Elementary on Tuesday, March 5th. Mae is a makeup artist for the filming industry in Atlanta. This will tie in nicely with ALPHA’s field trip to The Atlanta Movie Tour on March 21st. The students thoroughly enjoyed hearing her share her story. She has worked on the set of Goosebumps, Creed 2, Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, and many more. Mae is a product of the Fannin County School System. She attended West Fannin Elementary and Fannin County Middle, graduated from Fannin County High School, and attended Georgia Tech. She also worked at Turner Broadcasting with the Cartoon Network.
Fannin County Middle School 8th grade teams have announced Students of the Month for February. 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 February are: Simone O’Neal, daughter of Gregory & Kimberly O’Neal of Blue Ridge; Lucus Hanson, son of Kevin & Kandi Hanson of Mineral Bluff; Lexus Brannon, daughter of Tim & Kimberly Brannon of Blue Ridge; and Lucas Whitaker, son of Tabetha Whitaker and Corey Whitaker of Blue Ridge.
Pictured Left to Right:
Lucas Whitaker, Simone O’Neal, Lexus Brannon, and Lucas Hanson
Fannin County Middle School 8th grade teams have announced Students of the Month for January. 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 January are: Gracie Patton, daughter of Randy & Bethina Patton of Morganton; Daniel Gibson, son of Crystal Greer of McCaysville; Brianna Hulsey, daughter of Willie & Tina Hulsey of Blue Ridge; and Cadan Williams, son of Eric & Holli Williams of Mineral Bluff.
Pictured Left to Right:
Gracie Patton, Cadan Williams, and Brianna Hulsey – Not pictured Daniel Gibson
ELLIJAY, Ga – The Appalachian Judicial Circuit’s District Attorney, Alison Sosebee, began her campaign today in Fannin Middle School and Gilmer High School with presentations for students about the rising trend of vaping in all forms.
Speaking to the students she shared some of the responses that authorities have begun included harsher penalties for vape devices in general, not to mention the felonies possible with controlled substances. Using drugs in the vape devices like the popular Juul brand devices is only a part of growing concerns as authorities and administrations fear for students who expect non-nicotine flavored water vapor in devices they may find friends with when in reality these devices could contain anything from Heroin to Synthetic Marijuana.
Sosebee also invited Georgia Bureau of Investigations Special Agent Dustin Hamby to speak about the Bureau’s involvement. Hamby noted that almost 90% of his cases tied to drug usage in some way. He goes on to note that he’s had three murders in his career directly related to drug usage.
Sosebee recalled the story of a case she and Hamby shared about a guy who had taken drugs with a close friend. Under the influence, he grew greatly agitated at his friend and violently murdered him without full realization. He spoke further about how little it takes to blow up into major consequences in situations like vaping unknown substances.
Sosebee also noted that they are finding that many students and users of vape devices believe them safer than regular cigarettes. She noted that not only is there zero research to support his claim, but there is also no research or regulations on vaping devices right now. No one can tell you everything that is in Vape Juice, nor if people at smoke shops are adding extra ingredients. She called the students this generations guinea pigs for testing if vaping as they would be the cases that doctors study thirty years from now to determine the actual effects that Vaping can have in both short-term and long-term effects.
Only the first day, Sosebee is expected to travel to Fannin High, Pickens High, and Pickens Middle schools in the next two weeks along with possibly adding Gilmer Middle as well.