Dear Students, Parents, Teachers & Friends of Education,

National Champions

Under the guidance of teachers Mr. James Hale and Mrs. Ashley Best, 14 Winder-Barrow High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) members, advisors and guests traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana for the 89th National FFA Convention. This year, the theme of the convention and expo was "Transform Purpose to Action," and the WBHS FFA transformed their purpose to action by excelling in the Hall of States Exhibit and by being ranked as a 3-star chapter, the highest award an FFA chapter can receive. WBHS FFA members had the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and meet people from across the country, from the state of Alaska to Puerto Rico and from the state of Maine to Hawaii.

The Hall of States is an exhibit where any state FFA association can set up a booth to teach other members, advisors and guests about their own state's agriculture. This year, the WBHS FFA chapter was selected at the state level to represent all of Georgia with a booth that was centered around Georgia's top ten commodities. The booth featured live laying hens, a pecan guessing game, and a word search. The WBHS FFA members working the booth taught FFA members from across the nation about Georgia's agriculture and even had prizes to give away, such as student-made wooden keychains and Georgia grown peanuts, donated by the Barrow County Farm Bureau. After a selection committee judged the booths, WBHS FFA Chapter was selected as the national winner for the Hall of States! The chapter was awarded with a banner and was featured on various social media platforms.

The Agricultural Education Program Manager, John (Chip) Bridges stated, "To compete on the national level and achieve the title of National Champion is an impressive accomplishment, but I can't help but to believe that the experience alone will have profound impact on the lives of these students and provide them with the skills needed to be a successful and productive member of society regardless of the future career path they may choose." 

Cloverbots Compete At FIRST Lego Competition

The Barrow County Head, Heart, Hands and Health (4-H) Middle School Robotics team, the Cloverbots, competed at the District FIRST Lego League competition held at Athens Academy on December 3, 2016. The students compete in three categories: Robot performance and design, Project, and Core Values. The Cloverbots were the top performers for the core values portion of the competition. This award recognizes a team that is able to accomplish more together than they could as individuals through shared goals, strong communication, effective problem solving and excellent time management.

The team members are: Erica McLocklin (6th grade, HMMS), Kelly Coles (7th grade, RMS), Mya Buhite (6th grade, HMMS), Lauren Richardson (8th grade, BCMS), Isabella Bane (7th grade, BCMS), Colton Rutledge (6th grade, WMS), Mia Gonzales (7th grade, RMS), Dade Pelfrey (6th grade, WMS), and Evelyn Rogers (7th grade, homeschool). The team was coached by Tiffany Coles and Curtis Mathis.

To our Barrow County School System
families and community,
May your holidays sparkle with love and the year ahead
be full of happiness.

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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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December 19
Teacher Planning

December 19-January 3
Student Winter Holiday

January 4
Start of 2nd Semester

January 4
Report Cards

January 10
BOE Meeting

January 16
MLK Holiday
(Weather Make-up)

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