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Our system annually publishes a series of stakeholder surveys.  We survey our students, staff, and our parents/stakeholders.  Your input is invaluable to us as we evaluate programs, procedures, and consider new ways to best meet the needs of our students as they achieve in the classroom, the athletic field, in fine arts, and in our community.  This survey is open through Friday, May 19.
Monroe Messages
Newsletter of Monroe County Schools

Message from the Superintendent

On behalf of the Board of Education and the Administration of Monroe County Schools, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to our teachers and support staff as we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week in our school system. Quality teachers are the foundational element of the educational process that impacts student achievement the most in schools across our nation.

In Monroe County, we are extremely fortunate to have talented teachers and support staff who are passionate about the work they do each day for children. Our teachers exhibit a commitment to excellence that defines who we are as a school district and helps pave the way for continued student success.

This commitment to excellence allows us the ability to achieve our district mission, which is to motivate and inspire a passion for learning so all students grow, learn, and succeed. I am so appreciative of our teachers and the blessings they give us each day.

Thanks for all you do! It is truly great to be in Monroe County Schools!  

Dr. Mike Hickman, Superintendent
Congratulations Georgia Media Festival Winners
Congratulations to students and staff who produced state winning projects at the Georgia Media Festival.  Individual and small group projects will be recognized at Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting.  Whole class projects will be recognized at the respective school.  Thank you to students, parents, teachers, and media specialists who made these winning projects.  This is our highest number of state winners for Monroe County Schools!
Producer(s) Title of Project Grade of oldest student School
Zach Butler Life by Desire 10th MPHS
Anna Hightower MPHS National Signing Day 2017 10th MPHS
Colton Thomas McClure, Colton Perkins, 
Hunter Perry, Michael Schnock, Andrew Hoskins
Life of Thomas 12th MPHS
Ellie Adams & Faith Jones Then & Now 6th MCMS
Emma McLeod Horsemanship 6th MCMS
Sarah Boyer, Katie Thomason, Elizabeth Bennett, 
Lauren Hamm, Ava McKallip, Charlotte Wilcox
Script - a Literacy Magazine 8th MCMS
Emma McLeod & Riley Dunn Full Out 6th MCMS
Reagan Peacock & Libby Holloway A Day at Amerson River Park 3rd TGS
Ella Magda & Mrs. Stroud's Class Pronoun Rap 5th TGS
Jewell Boykin Bullying 5th TGS
Zoe Oglesby, Kinsley Reynolds, Morgan Craine, Zaria Wilson Math (Love Yourself Parody) 5th TGS
Hayden Tonn & Walker Tonn From Farm to Fork 5th TGS
Aubrey Newman, Jake Grant, Trevor Boutwell,
Madison Grier, Isabel Sneddon, Taylor McClanahan, 
Ethan Thomas, Dylan Blume, Jacaria Munford
The Attack on Pearl Harbor 5th HES
Anderson Bailey, Olivia Elder, Caden Taylor The Story of Bigfoot 4th HES
Trinity West, Juniper Fisher, 
Kate Shippey, Rylan Kirby, Robert Kelley
How to Create a Snowman Snack K HES
Slade LeComte, Mike Alford, Kamryn Vannier, 
Keilin Evans, Aniston Adkerson, 
David Cavender, Ivy Roberts
Our 100th Day of School K HES
Mrs. Cawthon's Class Shapes at School K HES
Mrs. Watts' Class Shapes on the Go K HES
Mrs. Steed's Class How to Make Peanut Butter 1st HES
Dr. Ayers' Class The Bottle Buddy Show 1st HES
A'Trinity Campbell, Kyanah Sims. Houston Hill, 
Matthew Moore, Joseph Holmes, 
Zakaria Flowers, Payton Prue
ROAR on the Playground K HES
Ms. Davis' Class Charlie's Adjective Adventure 2nd HES
Mrs. Smith's Class Seed to Cucumber 2nd HES
Mrs. Williams' Class The Static 5th HES
Landen White Lawyers 5th KBS
Tristan Sikes Atlantic Ocean Habitat 3rd KBS
Mrs. Cooley's 2nd Grade Class Water 2nd KBS
Tara Atkinson Marine Biologist 5th KBS
Sam Nickel My Brother K KBS
Max Nickel, Claire Copeland, 
Brinley Hutchinson, Alexis Scarborough, 
Casyn Eaton
The Red Pencil 4th KBS
 


Website for Monroe County Fine Arts Center debuts:  http://www.monroefinearts.org  

The new Monroe County Schools Fine Arts website is now live.  The new internet site will be used to publicize Monroe County student music and drama performances, as well as promote appearances by visiting artists.
The website can be found at monroefinearts.org.  
Visitors will find a host of photos of events held at the Fine Arts Center since its opening in December, along with upcoming schedules, announcements of future events, and other information.
Monroe County Schools invites you to bookmark this site and visit it often.
Public Notice:  Destruction of Old Special Education Records of Former Students
The Monroe County Public School is planning on destroying old Special Education records in July 2017.  The records to be destroyed are for persons who were served in special education born in 1995.  If you desire to have your records, please contact the Department of Instructional Student Support 478-994-2031 x1604 or x1605.  Records not picked up by July 30th, 2015 will be destroyed.


Meet Jake Davis, Monroe County Schools'
New Transportation Director
Monroe County Schools recently welcomed a new transportation director.  Mr. Jake Davis joins us from Newton County Schools.   "We are excited about the different experiences and talents Mr. Davis brings to Monroe County Schools and to the Transportation Department. We all wish him well in his new role," stated Dr. Mike Hickman.

Meet Jake Davis 

I grew up in Mansfield, GA in Newton County, attended Newton County Schools, and graduated from Eastside High School in Covington. I then attained my Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, GA. Currently, I am a resident of Jasper County.

I began my career in pupil transportation by working as a school bus mechanic while attending college. After obtaining my CDL and turning 21, I began driving a school bus for Newton County Schools. Upon graduating from college, I began working full-time as the routing and software specialist. In this role, I was responsible for school bus routing and software support for a district that operates 210 school buses. Since that time, I have served in the roles of school bus safety and training supervisor as well as operations manager for the department. As operations manager, I was responsible for fleet maintenance, safety and training of staff, school bus routing, and other administrative functions.

During my first two weeks with Monroe County Schools, I have been very impressed with how welcoming the staff has been. I have been equally impressed by how the school system is dedicated to providing a high quality education to all students. Transportation plays a huge role in many students' educational day, and along with that comes a huge responsibility for us as a department. I am looking forward to working with the transportation team and other stakeholders to provide safe and efficient transportation for Monroe County students.
Help Your Child Prepare for Georgia Milestones Test with the Practice Online Site
Testing continues at Mary Persons High School this week for End of Course and AP tests.

Next Year's School Supply Lists Are Here
Monroe County Schools released the 2017-2018 school supply lists, and these are available at http://www.monroe.k12.ga.us for your reference.  The elementary list applies to all three elementary schools.  The middle school list is below. Each teacher provides a syllabus at high school which includes supply needs.  For a PDF of the elementary school list, click here.   For a PDF of the middle school list, click here.


A Message from Monroe County Schools Nurses: Be Prepared for Tornado Season
Peak tornado season starts in the spring, so it's important to be prepared and know the facts apart from the myths. Some myths surrounding tornadoes could be deadly to believe.
MYTH No. 1: Green clouds indicate a tornado is forming.
A misconception is dark green and blue clouds signal a tornado. These clouds are typically only an indication of strong thunderstorms, not necessarily a tornado.
Tornadoes can form when green clouds are present, but these clouds shouldn't be used as an indicator for tornadoes. Instead, experts recommend heeding all severe storm and tornado-related warnings.
MYTH No. 2: Seeking shelter under an overpass is safe
Another myth is seeking shelter under an overpass is safe. Experts warn an overpass is not a safe shelter if a tornado is approaching.  Debris is a concern as the tornado can slam cars and other objects underneath bridges.  If you happen to be caught on the highway and cannot get out of the path of a tornado, seek shelter in a ditch or remain in your car.
MYTH No. 3: Opening windows equalizes pressure.
A classic myth is people should open windows in their home before a tornado strikes. This myth emerged because people thought they should let air pressure equalize, which would limit damage to the house. Regardless, if a tornado is approaching, it is unsafe to spend time opening windows rather than getting into shelter.
MYTH No. 4: Take shelter in the southwest corner of a basement.
Another misconception surrounds the safest location to seek shelter in a house. Some believe the southwest corner of a basement is the safest, but this is a myth.  The safest place to take shelter during a tornado is an interior room or bathtub on the lowest floor of the building, as far as possible from exterior walls and windows. Strong tornadoes can easily hurl debris through brick and cement walls.  Rooms having more walls versus ceiling or floor area will offer more protection than a large, open room or floor plan.
MYTH No. 5: Tornadoes form only on flat land.
Some believe certain areas by rivers, mountains, valleys, tall buildings or other geographical or man-made features are protected from tornadoes.  Tornadoes form almost anywhere if the right ingredients come together.  While certain geographic areas are prone to tornadoes than others, tornadoes are not impeded by bodies of water or mountains.  A body of water won't protect you from a tornado.  If a tornado forms on land, it is still able to cross bodies of water such as lakes and rivers. Tornadoes can even form over water.
MYTH No. 6: All tornadoes are visible as they approach.
Some people wait to see a tornado to believe it, but this is very dangerous because sometimes a tornado funnel will not be visible.  While you may be able to spot some tornadoes from a distance, others may be wrapped in heavy rain and barely visible at all. Debris, sand, and dark skies can hinder visibility.  A loud roar is a good indicator because tornadoes give off a continuous rumble, similar to a train sound. Debris will also make loud noises as it hits objects.
Listen out for severe weather warnings, practice in times of good weather for possible severe weather, and take precautions to protect you and your family.
Modified from http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/6-life-threatening-tornado-myths-debunked/70001152
Acc ess to FREE eBooks and Audiobooks 24/7

Monroe County Schools have been building an online colle ction of ebooks and audiobooks for four years.  All of these resources are available to your student year round.  Audiobooks and ebooks can be downloaded to a phone, tablet, laptop, or computer.  The site is https://monroecsdga.libraryreserve.com.   You can find the link to Overdrive on the system website or any school website.  Students use their same username and password credentials that are used to access the computers at school.  eBooks may be downloaded to a device anytime, anywhere.  Users can also download the Overdrive app through the Google Play or Apple iTunes store.  Did your student forget to bring home a book for nightly reading?   No worries -- just download an ebook or listen to an audiobook through a browser on any internet capable device.  Overdrive is offering special titles for checkout this summer.  Media specialists are available to assist parents and students with Overdrive.