Dear Students, Parents, Teachers & Friends of Education,

Akin's Ford Sponsors Apalachee
Georgia Aquarium Trip

March 15, over 170 students and teachers from Apalachee High School had a great time on a Sponsored Education Admissions (SEAs) field trip to the Georgia Aquarium. Kelly Strunk and Dustin Cannarella were able to secure this sponsorship by Akin's Ford to take all of the Advanced Placement Biology and Advanced Placement Environmental Science students to the aquarium. It was a wonderful experience for the students, many of whom had never been to the aquarium despite our proximity, specifically timed to re-energize the students for a strong last quarter of the school year. We have a lot of great photos of the students interacting with the exhibits taken by the chaperones, and we are currently in the process of using these to put something together to show our gratitude to Akin's Ford for their generous contribution to our students' educational experiences.

Congratulations to Dustin Cannarella who was featured in Georgia Geographic Alliance. Click here.

County Line Elementary & Barrow

Book Partnerhip Awarded "Tiny Grants"

Governor Nathan Deal announced 20 award winners for the Innovation Fund Tiny Grant program, a competitive grant opportunity that provides funding to traditional public schools, charter schools and school districts to implement small-scale programs that directly engage students. County Line Elementary was awarded for Applied Learning with a Focus on STEAM Education and Barrow Book Partnership was awarded for Birth through Age Eight Language and Literacy Development.  

"The Innovation Fund Tiny Grant unites education leaders and students to provide Georgia's students with the ability to engage in today's most innovative academic areas," said Deal. "As we look to ensure that our children reach new heights in educational achievement, we must promote opportunities for more effective academic growth and success in the classroom. Congratulations to the award winners and we look forward to seeing the impact each Tiny Grant will have on the futures of Georgia students."

Programs funded by Tiny Grants must align with one of the three following priority areas: applied learning with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) education, development and replication of blended learning school models and birth-to-age-eight language and literacy development. 

Grantees will evaluate the impact of the programs on student engagement and achievement and submit their findings to the Governor's Office of Student Achievement at the end of the grant period.

When I Grow Up

Bethlehem Elementary celebrated Career Week during March 13-17. The week featured a Trace Your Career Path dress-up emphasis offering students the opportunity to dress in the color or spirit wear of the schools that represent the AHS cluster, college day on Thursday, and career dress-up on Friday. College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) lessons were taught throughout the week on all of the 17 career clusters.

The Career Day culminating celebration on Friday, March 17 included a rotation of 18 speakers for 3-5th graders with 15 of the 18 representing STEAM careers. Representing Barrow County Schools in that rotation were Kevin McCage and Nicole Trunk, and also Shannon Basford, a 2012 graduate of Apalachee High School. Additionally PK-2nd grade students were treated to Touch a Truck. Touch A Truck 2017 showcased the vehicles of 10 local agencies including Barrow Fire and Rescue and the Barrow County Sheriff's Office. Students were especially thrilled with the Jackson Emergency Electric Membership Corporation (EMC), the bulldozer and plow unit from the Georgia Forestry Commission, and of course, Burgundy's Ice Cream Bus. Bethlehem Elementary is appreciative of the support of the community in bringing the world of work to our STARS. Pictures click here
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Dr. Chris McMichael

Board Members
Debi Krause
Garey Huff Sr.
Connie Wehunt
Michael Shelley
Lynn Stevens
Rickey Bailey
Suzanne Angle
Rolando Alvarez
Mark Still 


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March 1-April 15
BCSS Fine Arts Festival

April 3-13
Georgia Milestones

April 4
BOE Meeting

April 7
Pre-K Lottery Drawing

April 14
Teacher Planning
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April 17-21
Spring Break

April 25
BOE Work Session

April 27
Progress Report

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Barrow County
School System:

Boldly Committed to
Student Success

Ensuring an exceptional education that leads each student to become a high achieving and responsible citizen.

179 West Athens Street
Winder, Georgia  30680
(770) 867-4527
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