Dear Students, Parents, Teachers & Friends of Education,

Region Champions

On Saturday January 14th, at Loganville High School, Bethlehem Elementary Shooting Stars capped off a great day with their first ever Region Championship. The Stars posted a score of 2934 to finish first. TJ Wilson was first with a 274 and Abigail Rhoades was second with a 266. With the win, Bethlehem earns an automatic berth to the State tournament which will be held on March 3rd in Perry, Ga.

Bethlehem Elementary had many archers contribute to their championship. Kayla Wilson finished 5th with a 254, Jeff Nguyen 250, Lili Danis 245, Brayden Cato 245, Zoie Daugherty 236, Chase Carter 236, Nicole Tinoco 234, Mason Peppers 234, Brianna Ashe 233 and Jyrah Hughey 227.

Front Row - Dixie Oakes, Liam King, Bowie Couch, Diego Martinez, Delainey Drum, TJ Wilson, Abigail Rhoades, Brianna Ashe, Hannah Hollingsworth, Brayden Cato, Anna Claire Kirkpatrick, Aaron Kimelman, Jeff Nguyen

Back Row - Mason Peppers, Chase Carter, Lili Danis, Lillian Larkin, Jyrah Hughey, Kayla Wilson, Nicole Tinoco, Coach Brandi Duke, Lacy Skinner, Zoie Daugherty, Coach Ronney Miller (n ot pictured - Elias Hunt and Lucas Ventura)

Yargo Elementary Supports Veterans

On January 10th, the AMVets Chapter 12 of Winder presented recognition plaques to Yargo Elementary School's (YES) administrators, teachers, staff, and students for their "unwavering commitment and dedication to veterans, our local heroes". Each year, in celebration of Veteran's Day in November, Yargo Elementary hosts a military tribute to veterans. This year's program was included the presentation of colors by the Apalachee High School JROTC followed by a musical tribute of songs by YES students for the veterans in attendance.

Elizabeth Bennett, YES Music Teacher, produces and directs the patriotic program each year. Auxiliary President Sandy Bush said, "the veterans look forward to this every year, and especially the students singing to them." Ms. Bush went on to say, "Kindergarten, First and Second grade students learned "I Love America" and sang it to us this year!" In addition, the students made cards with handwritten notes for all the veterans.

In conjunction with the patriotic program this year, Yargo students and staff conducted a one day canned food drive for the local Veterans Homeless Shelter in Winder. Ms. Wall's kindergarten class collected the most cans with Kindergarten student Adalyn M. collecting and contributing 100 cans! Following the program the AM VETS Chapter 12 members delivered the 1200 donated items to the shelter along with YES's handmade student cards and notes.

Pictured L-R:   AM VET Chapter 12 members David Ray & Tina Watkins; student Adalyn M.; YES music teacher, Elizabeth Bennett; YES Kindergarten teacher, Valerie Wall; Auxiliary President, Sandy Bush; President Michael Bush.

Getting An "A" In Efficiency

The Barrow County School System had a wonderful end of the year gift from Georgia Power when they stopped by with a huge rebate check! This is another great example of how BCSS business & community partnerships further enhance and support our students, educators, and facilities.

The Barrow County School System received a $31,485.94 rebate check from Georgia Power for energy efficiency at the new Russell Middle School. Collectively, the rebates are for HVAC, LED lighting, and occupancy sensors among other technology that exceed standard build code requirements. "BCSS has always been a great steward of tax payer money when making long term decisions for school facilities. By maximizing the rebate program from Georgia Power, BCSS builds a super-efficient building and gets money back as well," said Nathan Bartlett, Key Account Manager for Georgia Power. 

Pictured L-R: Adam Emrich and Nathan Bartlett from Georgia Power; Joe Perno, BCSS Assistant Superintendent for System Operations; Superintendent Dr. Chris McMichael; Greg Webb, BCSS Project Manager. 
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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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January 31
BOE Work Session

February 3
Progress Reports

February 7
BOE Meeting

February 20
Teacher Planning
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February 28
BOE Work Session
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School System:

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