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.”
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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As we begin a new school year, the Fannin County School System Transportation Department will hold an awareness meeting this Friday, August 2, at 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot at West Fannin Elementary School. Personnel from the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office, Blue Ridge City Police Department, McCaysville Police Department, and the Georgia State Patrol have been invited to join us as we share information about the importance of watching for children around our bus stops throughout Fannin County. This will be a short meeting, and a new extended bus stop arm will be unveiled. A photo opportunity will be available.
Please contact Transportation Director Denver Foster for more information.
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.
West Fannin’s school wide spelling bee was on Friday, January 11th. The spelling bee went 26 rounds with the winning word being “custard”. The overall winner was Kaylee Trotter (4th grade) and the runner up was Trystan Davenport (5th grade).
Back row, left to right: Evan Thurman (4th), Fox Sharp (5th), Trystan Davenport (5th), Reid Hilton (5th)
Front row, left to right: Katelyn Clark (4th), Avery Collis (4th), Kyla Imhoff (5th), Kaylee Trotter (4th)
Third graders at West Fannin recently participated in a STEM project with Glenn Springs Holdings. Students were asked to help with remediation of the Copper Basin area. Students researched plants and trees native to the area. They grew plants from seeds and propagated trees in the greenhouse. On May 9, students traveled to North Potato Creek Water Treatment Plant located at the Tennessee Mine Shaft to plant the native plants and trees. Students also learned how the water treatment system works and toured the Copper Basin Museum.
The Fannin County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, creed, or disability in admission to its programs, services, and activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. For additional information or referral to the appropriate system coordinator, contact the system superintendent’s office at 2290 East First Street, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513 or 706-632-3771.
Our Upcycling STEM Fair was a big success! We had over 50 students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade voluntarily participate. We were so impressed with the projects and the effort from our students. Each project was available to buy via silent auction and we had numerous bidding wars. Students had to compute the total cost of their project, taking into account materials and time, in order to figure out if they had a profit or a loss. We raised a little over a $1,000 for our STEM program.
Thank you to our PTO for providing prize money. There were 3 different levels of prizes. Kitty Davis from 3 Monkeys came to pick an overall winner from each grade level. Congratulations to Reese Lewis (3rd), Anthony Herrera (4th), and Adriana Allen (5th). These students won $75 and a Unicorn Spit party for their class (this is a paint 3 Monkey’s uses…check it out). Highest bid in each grade level took home $50, congratulations to Reese Lewis (3rd), Alexia Bennett (4th), and Matthew Ensley (5th). The final award was for judges choice and these students won $25. Congratulations to Roy Green (3rd), Natalie Bottongino (4th), and Blake Carroll (5th).
Thank you parents for helping, encouraging, and participating!
Upcycling STEM Fair 10: Adriana Allen (5th grade) with an old coffee maker she turned into a fish tank. She won best overall in 5th grade.
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