Week of September 10-14, 2012

the Griffin-Spalding County School System's 

employee e-newsletter 

published by the school & community services department 
system-wide straight talk

Employees of the Month

Nutrition: Tonya Green, Anne Street's head cashier, has been filling as interim manager since the start of school.  She has done an excellent job supervising the kitchen and staff.  Tonya has been working with the new manager as  she transitions into her new position.  Tonya will be taking some great learning experiences with her as she begins the Manager-in-Training program next week.  Thank you, Tonya!



Transportation: Robert McDowell has worked in transportation for over 4 years.  He works as a mechanic helper in our garage.  Robert is a dedicated employee who helps out all around the bus yard.  He pulls video tapes to review, assists in the office with filing, and goes out in the field to repair bus damage to mailboxes when necessary.  Currently, with our shortage of bus operators, Robert covers an open route in the mornings  and afternoons.  


Central Office:

Dawn Davidson and Connie Gill for doing an outstanding job opening Central Registration.  They have demonstrated all of our system values - competency, open communication, loyalty, defined autonomy, and respect - in the midst of dealing with parents, Central Office staff, and school staff. 





Our students are in our hearts

Dr. Curtis Jones


On Thursday of this week, I had the good fortune and opportunity to attend the Griffin High School JROTC commissioning ceremony.


For those of you who are unfamiliar with this event, it's when the JROTC cadets who are seniors and leaders of the program have their rank presented to them.


On this particular day, the guest of honor was LTC (R) Allan Imes. Col. Imes shared with the cadets some of his leadership experiences - his most challenging experience, his most disappointing experience, and a few other leadership lessons.


As I watched the cadets listening to Col. Imes, I was impressed with their attentiveness and their discipline and their eagerness to move into leadership positions.


The highlight of the event though was when each cadet was called to the front of the room and their rank was pinned on them by family members. Seeing the pride and the love that the family members had for the cadets and seeing the pride that the cadets had in being a part of that program was truly amazing.


I agree with the comments of Col. Imes when he said, "Now that you are the leaders, everyone at the school has higher expectations for you. No matter where you go, no matter what time of day or week, those higher expectations will be in place."


I have no doubt the students will rise to the occasion.


Congratulations to those who are the newly appointed leadership at Griffin High School's JROTC program!


On a different note, it is with sadness that I offer my condolences to the family of Griffin High School ninth grader, Yukia Willis. As some of you know, Ms. Willis passed away Thursday night. As her family and friends come to accept what has happened, please keep them in your thoughts and your prayers. We stand ready to help in any way we can.



Two schools win awards from Governor Deal

 From Beth Gaff, Principal at Crescent Elementary School:


We just found out that our school has been awarded the Gold Medal in The Governor's SHAPE Honor Roll program!!!   


We are one of 34 schools in the state who won this top honor.  Thank you to Nurse Jennifer and Mrs. Whedon, our counselor, for completing our application.  Way to go!!!     



From Laura Jordan, principal at Jackson Road Elementary School:


Jackson Road is excited to have been one of 34 schools in the state awarded the Gold Medal in The Governor's SHAPE program.   


Thank you to our PE teacher, Ms. Andrea Woodroof, for her leadership in becoming a healthy school.  Great Job!





Board Briefs
Kennedy Road Middle School to welcome Dexter Sands as principal


Griffin, GA--- On Tuesday, September 4, the Griffin-Spalding Board of Education appointed Dexter Sands, current Assistant Principal at Spalding High School, as principal of Kennedy Road Middle.


Dexter, a Griffin High School graduate, has been an administrator in the Griffin-Spalding County School System since 2006.


Prior to becoming an assistant principal, he taught 9th and 8th grade math at Spalding High School, Kelsey Avenue Middle School and the Opportunity Academy.


Last week, Spalding High School Principal Derrell Jeffcoat chose Dexter Employee of the Month for Spalding High School.


He said, "For the last 11 years Dexter has been a vital part of SHS! As a classroom teacher who was named Teacher of the Year by his peers to the assistant principal that everyone loves, respects, and admires greatly, Mr. Sands has been behind the many successes of our students and school.  


"The SHS family wishes all the best to one of the classiest Jaguars of all time! Good luck and know that you will be missed. We are proud for you!"


Dexter completed his undergraduate degree in middle school education at Mercer University, his MA at Columbus State University and his Ed. S. at Lincoln Memorial University. Both post-graduate degrees are in Educational Leadership.






Your 2012-13 Teachers of the Year were welcomed and congratulated by the board of education at its meeting Tuesday, September 4!

(Photo courtesy of Thomas Hoefer, Griffin Daily News)



Board Briefs

Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education

Resolution in Support of Quality Public Education



The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education believes that a system of quality public education is one of the essential foundations of America's past, current, and future greatness; and


The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education believes that quality public education for every child, regardless of heritage or circumstance, is the key to equality, freedom, and the realization of individual potential; and



The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education believes that without quality public education a great divide will exist between the educated and the uneducated, corresponding to a divide between the prosperous and the impoverished; and



The state of Georgia's economic condition has resulted in a significant decline in state funding for the public schools that serve the educational needs of over ninety percent of Georgia's children; and



This severe funding challenge has caused Griffin-Spalding County's Schools to experience ongoing increases in class sizes, fewer instructional resources, reduced compensation for teachers due to four consecutive years of employee furloughs and reduced work schedules, and



Advocates for a system of school vouchers, state-approved charter schools, and other educational options that divert public school funds away from local community schools; and



The erosion of financial support for public education serves to deepen the inequalities and diminish the opportunities for every Georgia child to be well-educated, achieve the American dream, and contribute to this nation's greatness; and



The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education believes that the Georgia Supreme Court ruled correctly in declaring it unconstitutional for an appointed state commission to approve charter schools over the objection of the duly elected local board of education, which is accountable to the taxpaying public; and



The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education opposes the state's establishment of a separate system of state-authorized public charter schools that are funded through a funding formula that unilaterally takes critically needed funds from local public school districts and redirects them to the state-controlled charter schools, thereby further debilitating the significantly underfunded existing system of funding for public education for all Georgia students; now, therefore;


Be It Resolved  

That the Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education urges the Governor and State Legislators to commit to adequately fund quality public school education for all K-12 students in Griffin and Spalding County and throughout Georgia; to acknowledge the countless, unheralded successes of public schools in the state; to cease efforts to erode local control of public schools, and to encourage the innovation, flexibility, and accountability that are necessary for Georgia's public schools to continuously improve; and


Be It Further Resolved:

That the Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education does hereby request that voters of the State of Georgia oppose the Constitutional amendment relative to state approval of charter schools, which will be on the November 6, 2012 General Election ballot; and


Be It Further Resolved:

That the Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education authorizes and directs the Superintendent to transmit an official copy of this resolution to the Governor, appropriate State Representatives and Senators, the State Board of Education, and the Georgia Department of Education.


This 4th day of September, 2012.


James R. Westbury, Jr., Chair                                 Curtis L. Jones, Jr., Ed. D. Superintendent

Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education             Griffin-Spalding County School System




Orrs FBI 9-12

These gentlemen participated in the Orrs Elementary School's first "Fathers Being Involved" (F. B. I.) program by reading to students. Mr. Dexter Martin, Principal,  presented them with a "Father's Being Involved" hat, and invited them back to participate in our next event. This new program was a huge success!!!


Wellness corner - a message from Human Resources

Quick tip
In a positive place

Crash diets can be stressful on your body and mind. That's why they often fail - because they leave you feeling frustrated and deprived. But, when you're taking care of yourself with proper nutrition and regular exercise, it can be great for your frame of mind, too.

 You may be looking at a fad diet if it:
  • Sounds too good to be true
  • Offers quick and dramatic results
  •  Eliminates foods that are normally part of a healthful diet - such as carbohydrates or dairy products
  • Focuses largely on a single food - such as grapefruit or cabbage soup

Here are three steps that can help tip the scales in your favor:

1. Make your calories count. Eat a variety of healthful foods. Choose fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products. At the same time, cut back on foods that are high in saturated and trans fat, sugar and salt.

2. Keep portions in check. Using smaller plates and bowls is one way to do this.

3. Move more. For long-term weight control, regular exercise is a must. For safety's sake, talk with your doctor before significantly increasing your physical activity.
Discover more information and resources at myuhc.com�. Click "Health & Wellness." Type "weight loss" into the search field.

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Anna Burns
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Griffin-Spalding County School System

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