INSPIRE ACADEMY'S ANNUAL POINSETTIA SALE

18 days ago

LAFAYETTE –

Agri-Science students at Inspire Academy in LaFayette have been busy over the past few weeks preparing for their annual Christmas poinsettia sale. A total of 400 festive plants will go on sale to the public beginning Monday, November 22, 2021, at 7:30 a.m. CST.

 

“The plants are $6.00 each and can be wrapped in either green, gold, or silver foil,” said Agri-Science instructor Jordan Harris. “The main hours of the sale will be from 7:30 until 11:00 a.m. CST, Monday through Friday, but anyone wishing to make a purchase at a more convenient time can simply call the school and make arrangements for pickup.”

 

No plants will be sold during the Thanksgiving holiday period, but purchases will resume on Monday, November 29, and continue while supplies last.

 

All proceeds from the sale benefit other Agri-Science activities conducted in conjunction with studies provided through Future Farmers of America.

 

Shown in the attached photo, from left, are Agri-Science students Dylan McClelland, Donovan Floyd, Will Templeton, Joshua Combs, Parker Letson, Marylisa Cole, and Kenyon Oliver.

 

 


By David Bell


STUDENTS CELEBRATE CONSTITUTION DAY

2 months ago

LAFAYETTE – Students in the Chambers County School District participated in the annual observance of Constitution Day on Friday with various activities and events. It was on September 17, 1787, that delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the United States Constitution, the world’s longest surviving written charter of government.

 

At Lafayette Lanier Elementary, students read a book about the Constitution, completed a Readworks assignment entitled “We the People,” and worked on a Constitution Day WebQuest.

 

The student body at Bob Harding-Shawmut Elementary drafted and signed their own Constitution pledging to “learn and have fun, follow the rules, and show Tribe Pride.” The document also insured the freedom to “love learning, love coming to school, and love making lots of friends,” while including a promise to “make our parents, our school, and our teachers proud.”

 

Social Studies students at J. P. Powell Middle School covered a variety of topics on American Values that included respecting the flag and liberty, justice, and freedom, as well as the importance of decision making and how the lives and opinions of everyone is important. In addition, students used an interactive iCivics assignment entitled “Race to Ratify” to celebrate Constitution Day.

 

The local observance was designed to raise civic awareness among school students by reviewing and celebrating the blessings and freedoms our founding fathers secured for us. Since its ratification in 1788, the Constitution has been amended 27 times, and the first ten amendments constitute the Bill of Rights.

 

Shown in the attached photo are students at Bob Harding-Shawmut Elementary displaying a flag they created with their own handprints.



By David Bell

HEREOS DAY AT FAIRFAX ELEMENTARY

2 months ago

       

VALLEY – Students at Fairfax Elementary School were given an opportunity this week to give back to the men and women who work as first responders to keep them safe. Heroes Day is an annual event at the school, and students bring items of use to their local heroes in a show of appreciation for the jobs they do each day.

 

            “The kids really look forward to this every year,” said Principal Beth Chandler. “Many of them have parents who work in public safety, and various agencies visit our school throughout the year. So, the students take pride in making this presentation possible.”

 

            Agencies receiving the gifts included the Valley Police Department, Chambers County Sheriff’s Department, East Alabama Fire Department, 911 Communications Center, EAMC-Lanier Hospital, LaFayette Fire Department, and Wellstar Health System.

 

            “We also want to thank our Fairfax parents for donating so many wonderful items for our outstanding local first responders,” Chandler added.


By David Bell

INSPIRE ACADEMY STUDENTS COMMEMORATE VICTIMS OF TERRORIST ATTACKS

2 months ago

LAFAYETTE – Agri Science students at Inspire Academy in LaFayette took time from their normal curriculum this week to honor and remember those who died in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on American citizens. The names of each victim have been written in colored chalk on the sidewalks surrounding the Academy campus.

 

            “None of these kids were even born in 2001, and the only perspective they have comes from what they see and read in recorded history,” said Agri Science instructor Jordan Harris. “I was just a nine-year-old fourth-grader myself, but I will never forget that day as long as I live.”

 

            “We wanted to give our students the experience of realizing on a personal level how devastating this event was in terms of lives lost,” Harris added. “They were each given a list of names and a piece of chalk, and by physically writing the names of those who died, it really showed them the full impact of that day.”

 

            Almost 3,000 people were killed when a group of Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial aircraft and used them as human-laden missiles. Two were intentionally flown into the World Trade Center twin towers in New York City, one struck the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and the fourth plane was overtaken by passengers during the hijacking event and crashed in a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

 

            This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the attacks, and memorial services will be conducted locally and across the nation on Saturday, September 11, 2021.

 


By David Bell

ANGLIN RECEIVES CAREER GUIDANCDE AWARD

2 months ago

LAFAYETTE – Laura Anglin, Career Coach at Inspire Academy in LaFayette, has been named the recipient of the 2021 Career and Guidance Award from the Alabama Association for Career and Technical Education. The organization recognizes school counselors and career development professionals who have demonstrated commitment to connecting students with opportunities for success, shown innovation in career exploration and development, and have advocated for career and technical education as a viable option for all students.

 

            “Mrs. Anglin has worked with me on my college applications and scholarships and has also given me tips on how to perfect my resume,” wrote the student who nominated Anglin for the award. “She has been just a great person to talk to about my future life and career. I was awarded the Southern Union Technical Scholarship to help further my education in cosmetology. I highly appreciate her taking time with me and every student, whether they want to attend college or not. She is very hard-working and has the determination and dedication to help anyone who comes her way!”

 

            Anglin will represent the State of Alabama as 2021’s Career Guidance Award recipient at National ACTE’s regional conference in 2022.

 

            The primary focus of the Alabama Association for Career and Technical Education is combining educators, industry leaders, government officials, and other stakeholders to develop a competitive workforce through advocacy, professional development, and public relations.

 

            Shown in the attached photo, at left, is Inspire Academy Director Ken Sealy presenting Anglin her award.

 

By David Bell

FAIRFAX ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RECEIVES A SPECIAL GIFT

2 months ago

         



VALLEY – Fairfax Elementary School Principal Beth Chandler recently posted on her school’s Facebook page the need for a used refrigerator in a Special Needs classroom. The post was seen later that evening by a 2020 Valley High graduate who decided to respond.

 

            “It was around midnight when I saw it, and I immediately woke up my dad and told him there was something I had to do,” said Sunshine Cotney. “I asked for his help to buy a new refrigerator that we could deliver to the school.”

 

            That delivery was received Wednesday, August 4, by a thankful group of educators.

 

            “Sunshine has had a special place in her heart for kids who are mentally and physically challenged since she was a second-grader at Shawmut Elementary,” said Bogey Cotney, Sunshine’s father. “She’s a very caring, compassionate person.”

 

            Sunshine is currently studying elementary education at Southern Union State Community College and plans to transfer to Auburn University to pursue a degree in Special Education. She also has an invitation to come back and visit the class she gifted.

 

            “I’ve just been amazed by the generosity of this community,” said new Special Needs teacher Shane Reynolds. “We are very grateful for this young lady’s kind thoughtfulness on our behalf.”


Shown in the above photo, from left to right: Shane Reynolds, Para-Pro Angela Smith, Sunshine Cotney, Principal Beth Chandler, and Para-Pro Teresa Walton.


By David Bell

INSPIRE ACADEMY INSTRUCTOR RECEIVES STATE HONOR

2 months ago



           

LAFAYETTE – Josh Bryan, an Industrial Agri Science instructor at Chambers County’s Inspire Academy, was recently selected as Advisor of the Year by the Alabama Future Farmers of America Foundation, Inc. Bryan was one of three FFA affiliated educators to receive the honor and will represent the Central District of Alabama.

 

            Recipients are selected annually through a nomination process, and Bryan was actually nominated by one of his students.

 

            “I love my job, especially the interaction I have with the kids I teach,” said Bryan. “They are the ones who inspire me.”

 

            Bryan was presented an Advisor of the Year jacket at the Alabama FFA Foundation Wall of Honor and Awards Banquet in Montgomery.

 

            “We are grateful for what our recipients do to shape and mold the young lives of their students,” said Grace Ellis, Development Officer with the Alabama FFA Foundation. “They are better young men and women because of their teachers’ influence.”


By David Bell

CCBOE HIRES NEW ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT

LAFAYETTE – During their regular monthly meeting on February 17, 2021, the Chambers County Board of Education voted to hire Mr. David Owen to serve in the position of Assistant Superintendent for the Chambers County School District. He will assume his new duties effective March 3, 2021.

Since 2018, Mr. Owen has served as Headmaster at Chambers Academy in LaFayette, and was responsible for developing school curriculum, hiring staff, conducting employee evaluations, budgeting, leading professional development, overseeing admissions, and program planning directly benefiting the education of students. His previous experience also included the positions of High School Administrator, College Adviser, and teacher at Springwood School in Lanett; Assistant Principal, Coach, Administrative Assistant, and teacher at Beulah High School; Administrative Assistant, teacher, and coach at Beauregard High School; teacher and coach at Grealdine High School in Grealdine, AL; Assistant Principal, Athletic Director, teacher, and coach at Centre Middle School in Centre, AL; teacher and coach at Cherokee County High School in Centre, AL; teacher and coach at Ohatchee High School in Ohatchee, AL; and teacher and coach at Crenshaw Christian Academy in Luverne, AL.

Mr. Owen obtained his bachelors degree in Health and Physical Education, with special emphasis in Athletic Coaching and minoring in History, from the University of Alabama. He later earned a master’s degree in School Administration from Troy University and a master’s endorsement in History from the University of Alabama at Gadsden. “I personally feel both very blessed and thankful to have this opportunity to serve in this capacity for the Chambers County School District,” said Owen. “I believe my perspective and experience from 35 years of service in education will allow me the foundation needed to serve the children of Chambers County in making positive change. ”

“We are very pleased to welcome David to our administrative staff,” added School Superintendent Casey Chambley. “He will play a key role in our efforts to insure the best educational experience possible for our students.”

Owen was one of thirty applicants for the job and among eight finalists. He is married to the former Theresa Gullatt and they one adult son. The family currently resides in Opelika.

By David Bell

STATE REPORT CARDS

2 months ago

ALABAMA STATE REPORT CARD

RELEASED FOR CHAMBERS COUNTY SCHOOLS


CHAMBERS COUNTY, AL – The Alabama Department of Education has released the Alabama State Report Card, containing a letter grade for schools and school systems across the state.

            The Report Card reflects several different factors including academic achievement, academic growth, and chronic absenteeism, as well as graduation rates and college and career readiness for high schools.

 

            The Chambers County School District as a whole received a letter grade of C, and a numerical rating of 76.

 

            “While we are certainly not ecstatic over receiving a ‘C’, we are pleased that our results were in line with the state average,” said Chambers County School Superintendent Dr Kelli Hodge. “In a discussion with principals, I reminded them that the Report Card grade was based on the performance of a single test. We don’t give report card grades to children based on just one assignment. While ‘C’ is average, and most people are supposed to score average, we are not satisfied with staying average. We will use this information to help us improve, but we will not discount all of the areas in which our schools are already showing improvement.”

 

            The State of Alabama introduced the State Report Card this year in compliance with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act passed by Congress in 2015, which requires states to report on student academic achievement. The goal of the Report Card is to provide a starting point and to offer easy-to-understand and concise information showing how a school is doing.

 

            However, most of the data used for the State Report Card score was taken from the ACT Aspire Summative Assessment that the State of Alabama used to measure the educational standing of students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 from 2012 until 2017. In June 2017, the State Board of Education voted unanimously to terminate the use of ACT Aspire as the state summative assessment, yet included its data as a major component of the Report Card formula.

 Therefore, the Chambers County Board of Education has joined a growing number of school boards across the state that have adopted a resolution for a Vote of No Confidence for the report card because of the criteria established for measuring assessments, including “chronic absenteeism” that does not recognize excused absences.

 “We are not opposed to a report card that uses multiple measures in an equitable way to report successes or lack thereof in achievement, growth, college and career readiness, graduation rates and student success,” said Hodge. “We are opposed to a report card based on one test that has been discontinued for a number of concerns, including limited reliability and not being aligned with state standards.”

“We welcome a report card that recognizes the millions of dollars in scholarship money our students receive, one which recognizes students who graduate with credentials, college acceptance or military commitments,” Hodge added. “We want a report card that does not unfairly categorize students who work hard to keep up or catch up after having cancer, losing a home to fire, attend school-sponsored events or just have the bad luck of being sick several times in one year.”

According to the data used to measure academic growth and achievement during the 2016-2017 school year, the State Report Card indicated the following results for individual schools in the Chambers County District:

• Bob Harding Shawmut Elementary School – Score: 74 (C) 

• Fairfax Elementary School – Score: 70 (C)

• Five Points School – Score: 75 (C)

• Huguley Elementary School – Score: 86 (B)

 • John P. Powell Middle School – Score: 58 (F)

• Lafayette High School – Score: 74 (C)

• Lafayette Lanier Elementary School – Score: 78 (C)

• Lafayette Eastside Elementary School – Score: 66 (D)

• Valley High School – Score: 75 (C)

• W. F. Burns Middle School – Score: 77 (C)

“While the Report Card definitely has its flaws, it is one tool to highlight what we are doing well and where we need to improve,” said Hodge. “It is not meant to be the only measure of a school’s performance. Rather, it gives us an opportunity to encourage honest conversations about what we need to do to help our students succeed. We are all in this together. Schools, parents and our communities have a role to play in educating our children.” Hodge also pointed out that current initiatives are in place to help schools improve academic achievement, such as parent development workshops conducted at Lafayette  Eastside Elementary designed to teach parents how to encourage reading at home through daily interaction with their children. And, at J. P. Powell Middle School, family math, science and fitness nights are held each month, as well as after-school tutoring in math and reading each week. Similar activities are scheduled on a regular basis in schools throughout the district.

“There will always be opportunities for improvement, and our efforts to provide the best educational experience possible for our students will continue without ceasing,” said Hodge. “We welcome insight, suggestions and involvement from parents and the community to insure our success.”

Additional data and details about the factors used to determine grades for each school are available on the Alabama Department of Education’s website at www.alsde.edu. Parents can also see how their children’s school compares with others of similar demographics.

By David Bell

What if...

2 months ago

What if...

Please take a moment and watch our new video. We are asking the public to think outside the box for ideas which are in the best interest and most beneficial for our kids and the future of the Chambers County School District. In a few weeks an online survey will be posted for the public to begin having input. We are also completing a demographic study to help us with future enrollment projections, and we are completing a facilities assessment at all of our campuses. After the survey results are in, we will hold town hall meetings to present the results and begin the conversation of how to proceed.

Please share this video. It is hosted here on our Webpage. It will be also be posted to our Facebook page.  Please share this video.

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