HUGULEY ELEMENTARY'S JANNA COLE RECEIVES STATE HONOR
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LAFAYETTE – Janna Cole, secretary and bookkeeper at Huguley Elementary School, has been selected as the Alabama State School Board’s “Secretary of the Year” in District 2. She was nominated for the honor among other nominees from the counties of Cleburne, Clay, Randolph, Tallapoosa, Chambers, Lee, Russell, Barbour, Coffee, Dale, Henry, Geneva and Houston.
“Without Mrs. Cole, our jobs would not run as smoothly as they do,” said Huguley Principal Philip Jenkins. “She is a life jacket when many of us are drowning in meeting daily deadlines while serving our students’ needs. Janna is the heartbeat of the school that allows all of us to function at our very best. She inspires us daily with her smile, her grace, her positivity, and her listening ear.”
The award was presented to Mrs. Cole during a recent meeting of the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS). In her introduction for the honor, Janna was described as someone “who’s influence is felt by each child and faculty member. From hand-painted murals for the school, to filling a closet with spare clothing, to a word of encouragement for an overwhelmed teacher, Janna’s love for her position is apparent on her face and in her work.”
Since 1969, the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools has focused on children, while providing high quality professional development and other needs for school and school system administrators. As Alabama’s premier school leader organization, CLAS represents over 4,000 members, working each day to help improve K-12 public education by providing exemplary services for administrators.
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
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.
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.
INSPIRE ACADEMY STUDENTS COMMEMORATE VICTIMS OF TERRORIST ATTACKS
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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.
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.
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.”
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.
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