Ivey-Watson Named Field of the Year   
Ivey Watson Field

Gainesville City School System's Ivey Watson Field has been named Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) 2015 High School Baseball Field of the Year. The award is given to members who manage baseball, football, soccer, softball, and other sporting grounds at the professional, collegiate, school (K-12), and parks and recreation level. Ivey Watson Field was selected based on sound management practices and maintenance of the field to the highest standards.
"The Field of the Year Award is a testament to the personal and professional contributions by a select group of sports turf industry leaders," says Kim Heck, CEO of STMA. "The process of selecting winners each year becomes more difficult as the candidate pool grows and the industry continues to progress with innovative technologies, state-of-the-art equipment, and best practices."
A panel of fifteen judges independently scored entries based on playability, appearance of surfaces, utilization of innovative solutions, effective use of budget, and implementation of a comprehensive agronomic program. Winning fields will be featured in a 2016 issue of SportsTurf Magazine.
Adrian Niles, Director of Maintenance and Operations, stated, "I am thrilled that Ivey Watson has been selected as "Field of the Year" by Sports Turf Magazine. It is an honor and speaks well of our district's support and staff's commitment to excellence. "
GCSS Athletic Field Manager David Presnell said, "I think it's a testament to my staff and administration. My staff understands the level of excellence that's expected and really has taken it to the next level. No matter the circumstance, we strive to provide the best possible playing surface for our student-athletes."      
Built in 1986, Ivey Watson Field is located on the shores of Lake Lanier and is home to the Gainesville Red Elephants baseball team. It has a rich history, hosting five state championships. The field celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
GHS Head Baseball Coach Jeremy Kemp commended the staff for their outstanding work and stated, "There is no place like playing at Ivey-Watson. The fans, the atmosphere, and the history are all second to none, and to top it all off the playing surface is always immaculate thanks to David Presnell and his staff."
Student Make-Up Day - February 15, 2016

Don't forget to mark your calendars! Monday, February 15, 2016 will be a student make-up day, and students should report to school.  The district had implemented this date within the 2015-2016 school calendar to be utilized in case of inclement weather.   
Student Group Visits State Capitol 
GHS Youth Leadership Hall group with Gov. Deal and Legislators

Youth Leadership Hall students had an opportunity to tour the Capitol and visit with the Hall County delegation. Representative Emory Dunahoo talked to the students about the process of  how a bill becomes a law in state government. Other speakers who took time away from their busy schedules to meet with the students included State Representatives Carl Rogers, Lee Hawkins, and Timothy Barr. The students visited the Senate Chambers with Senator Butch Miller and saw historical artifacts at the Georgia History Museum in the Capitol. 

The purpose of the tour was to familiarize the high school students with the processes and procedures of the state government. Legislators spoke to the students about their  duties and about their commitment to serving the citizens of Georgia.  At the end of the tour, students were more knowledgeable about the Hall County delegation and the significance of their roles as legislators.
Enota Hosts Multiple Intelligences Fair 
A judge admires a student project

On January 28th, Enota presented its annual Multiple Intelligences Fair to parents and the community. The MI Fair always has a lot to offer but one of the best features is student projects. Students worked diligently for weeks to demonstrate their unique "smart", and  the results were amazing. 

Enota coach Tommy Jones had a chance to extensively review the projects, and he was very impressed. "I liked a project that made a map of America with string art. I had never seen anything like that before," he stated. "Another good one was a replica of the Mayflower with minute detail. It was really cool." Enota media specialist Kyle Sanders was also really impressed with a detailed papier-mâché elephant created by a student.

Everyone did an amazing job creating projects and preparing for the event. Parents and the community saw the amazing talent and creativity displayed by students. 

Thanks to all of the families, judges, and students that helped make Enota's Multiple Intelligences Fair a huge success! 
Gainesville Exploration is #FamilyStrong 
Families show their support of GEA
Gainesville Exploration Academy's brand is #FamilyStrong, meaning students. parents, teachers, and the community all work together to create a family atmosphere in which everyone feels welcome and appreciated.  GEA's climate exhibits this brand because everyone works hard to ensure student success.

Parents and families have the most direct and lasting impact on children's learning and development of social competence. When parents are involved, students achieve more, exhibit more positive attitudes and behavior, and feel more comfortable in new settings.  When schools actively involve parents and engage community resources, they are able to respond more effectively to students' needs.

At GEA, family involvement is instrumental in fostering a nurturing learning environment and in building strong, lasting relationships between teachers, parents, and students that directly impact students' academic achievement. 

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