Dear Students, Parents, Teachers & Friends of Education,

AHS Yearbook Staff Receives National Recognition

The Apalachee High School yearbook staff was recognized by the Journalism Education Association for Scholastic Journalism Week. One of the AHS student-life articles was selected to be a part of the Communities We Cover campaign. "This is a national recognition, and I am so proud of all the staffers- in particular Katy Costley, who wrote the featured work" said teacher Elyse Cleveland.

JEA is showcasing student media from across the country in their "The Communities We Cover" staff spotlight series. Staff were asked to submit stories they produced that gave a voice to and helped to tell the stories of members of their community. Student journalists are agents of empathy. Great journalism brings awareness, adds perspective, sparks productive conversation, and helps to heal.

Principal Jennifer Martin had this to say "Wow! This is an incredible honor. You have truly taken this program to another level and our students are flourishing as creators, leaders, and publicists. Congratulations!!" Click here to read article.

Thank You from Coach Brandon & Lady Doggs

Congratulations to the Winder-Barrow High School Lady Doggs Basketball for making it to the Elite 8. Their historic season ended on Tuesday in the Elite 8 round of the state basketball tournament. Winder-Barrow High Principal Dr. Al Darby, shared this email with us. We are so proud of the successes our Lady Doggs experienced this season. Furthermore, we are blessed to have Brandon Thomas as our ladies coach. Below is what he sent last night to our staff after the game. I said to him, "this is the best email I've ever read especially after a loss". So humble and appreciative of all the support his program received this year. BTW what a crowd... so awesome!

Hello WB folks,

The girl's basketball staff wanted to give a BIG THANK YOU to all the support the ladies received this season. I know we all have a lot of choices on what to do with our time and money and we appreciate so many of you deciding to be a part of the journey with us. Our girls certainly made some special memories and accomplished a great deal.

Just to give you a few stats for the WB family to hang its hat on:
Our girls record of 24-6 is the best winning percentage in a single season of any girls bball team in school history. 16 of the wins came over teams with winning records.

Our girls faced 9 all-state players this season on other teams and had wins over two teams that are currently in the final 4 (Flowery Branch & Wesleyan). They faced 3 region players of the year and defeated two of them.

Our girls finished 2nd in a national level tournament over Christmas break, with their only loss coming to nationally ranked Monacan, VA who is trying to three-peat as state champs. Frankly, they haven't had a team come as close to beating them since we played them in December as they are 27-0. While in Myrtle Beach, they defeated  (20-4) South Shore, NY and (25-4) Wesleyan, GA as well as (13-10) Dreher, SC.

Our team won the first region title for the girls since 1962.

I could go on. We had some individual awards as well and will surely have a few more. We are proud and thankful. However, it's time to keep getting the job done in the classroom. No cutting corners or getting slack. If you have any problems with work ethic or attitude from any of the young ladies that play basketball here, continue to let us know.

Thanks again for the love and support of the team. Let's go Soccer, Baseball, Track, Tennis, and Rifle team. Keep chasing those rings.

Coach Thomas    
Barrow Teachers Bring Love for Reading

Barrow County was well represented on Friday, February 24, at the first Read With Malcom Luncheon in Atlanta. Not only were there teachers and administrators attending the luncheon to celebrate Malcom Mitchell's youth literacy initiative, but two Barrow schools received awards. Malcom visits schools to promote literacy at Reading Rallies and came to Holsenbeck Elementary in December of 2015. He was so impressed with the whole school participation that he awarded the School Spirit Award to Holsenbeck. Nikki Tyson and Felicia Wright, accepted the award.

Tracey Hixson, 5th grade teacher at Kennedy Elementary school was awarded the 2017 Innovative Educator Award by Malcolm Mitchell at the Literacy Luncheon. Mrs. Hixson was recognized for her innovative teaching strategies and creative ways of teaching her students and instilling a love for reading.

Malcom Mitchell, a former UGA football player and current New England Patriot's wide receiver and Super Bowl Champion, is deeply committed to changing the face of youth literacy through his Share the Magic Foundation, a non-profit, that works to put books in the hands of all children, helping them understand that reading leads to success. Barrow County Schools is proud to partner with Malcom and help all our students embrace the positive effects of reading.

Front row: Jodi Sorrells, Sally Steward, Makenzie Holdren, Nikki Tyson
2nd row; Tracey Hixson, Meridith Wages, Pat Lanthier, Jackie Robinson, Malcom Mitchell, Felicia Wright, Susan Wages, Mindy Reid
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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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