Dear Students, Parents, Teachers & Friends of Education,

Young Georgia Authors

Barrow County has two students who were winners for the Young Georgia Authors writing competition at the Regional Educational Service Agencies (RESA) level! Congratulations to Abigail Hiles, Third Grade, Holsenbeck Elementary (L) and Ireland McCage, Seventh Grade, Bear Creek Middle School (R). Their entries have been sent to the state level as representatives for the Northeast Georgia region.

The purpose of the Young Georgia Authors (YGA) writing competition is to encourage students to develop enthusiasm for and expertise in their writing, to provide a context to celebrate their writing successes, and to recognize student achievement in arts and academics.  This prestigious competition has been engaging Georgia students for more than two decades and is open to any student currently enrolled in Georgia public schools, grades K-12. The competition is sponsored by the Georgia Council of Teachers of English (GCTE) with support and cooperation from the Georgia Department of Education.

Yargo Elementary Has 2 First Place Winners

Barrow County 5th grade students participate in the 4-H program each year. Throughout the school year, students work on creating a presentation for Project Achievement. Students then present their projects for an opportunity to move on to the county competition. Several 5th grade students from Yargo Elementary were selected to go to the county competition on Saturday, March 25th. Yargo had two 1st place winners! Rylee Schmidt (R) won 1st place in the Horse category and Cuinn O'Brien (L) won 1st place in the Sports category! A big congratulations to these students!

4-H is a global network of youth organizations whose mission is "engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development". The 4-H name represents four personal development areas of focus for the organization: head, heart, hands, and health.

Full STEAM Ahead!

Lee Bane, Barrow County School System Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) coordinator, accepts the ceremonial $6000.00 check for the forthcoming technology grant on behalf of Barrow County Schools. Braselton Rotary Club President Chad Bingham, President-elect Nathaniel Langley and John Wheeler, who assisted in coordinating the grant project for Langley 2017-18 presidential year. A Rotary District 6910 matching grant is being sought to complete the project which will benefit all students and teachers served through the Center for Innovative Teaching.

Lee explained the BCSS STEAM program will use the funds to integrate a zSpace system (virtual reality learning experience) into the innovative teaching experience. For example, a seventh grade science teacher will be able to provide a virtual frog dissection class as a part of the biology experience.

Pictured above: President Chad Bingham, Lee Bain, President-elect Nathaniel Langley and John Wheeler.
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Congratulations to BCMS Grayson Curott for advancing to GSEF, the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair. This was located at the Classic Center in Athens, Ga. Grayson's project, "What A Drag" was among hundreds of other students' projects across the state. Grayson received the "Office Of Naval Research Naval Science Award".
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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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