Education

Gordon County School officials, regional lawmakers, school board members and other guests joined the students and staff of Tolbert Elementary School on Monday morning in celebration of the school’s designation as an Apple Distinguished School.

Greater Community Bank’s Donna McEntyre, COO and Calhoun City president, and Jamie Foster, marketing, visited Calhoun High School recently to provide financial literacy to the LeadWorthy Group. This program, led by Lisa Drake and Misty Lewis, prepares students for leadership roles in both th…

Calhoun High School hosted its annual Apply to College Day on Tuesday. Seniors at CHS were provided with the opportunity to meet with college admissions counselors, submit college applications, as well as speak to recruiters from the Armed Services.

Danny Lowrance, who currently serves as the District Instructional Coordinator of Math and Science, was recently chosen as the new assistant principal for Ashworth Middle School. Mr. Lowrance will replace Marilark Murray, who will retire at the end of the semester.

Congratulations to the Red Bud Middle School teacher and staff of the month recipients. Pictured, from left, are Violet Lapikas, Rosie Silvers, Principal Amy Stewart, Kristen Matherly and Jennifer Angel. These ladies were chosen by their peers for their hard work and dedication to students f…

Hundreds gathered to salute and pay tribute to veterans at Gordon Central High School on Monday morning. Retired and enlisted military officials and their loved ones were honored with patriotic music, customs and speeches at the Veterans Day ceremony presented by the Gordon Central JROTC.

The Calhoun Middle School debate team had a number of wins at the November tournament for the Atlanta Urban Debate League at Vickery Creek Middle School in Cumming recently. In all, the team won 13 medals.

The Georgia Department of Education announced this week that the graduation rate for students involved in Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) programs has risen to 96.54% in Georgia. This rate, which applies to students who complete a Career Pathway, exceeds the statewide gr…

Calhoun resident Brandon Dyer told judges of a car accident caused by a distracted driver that left him severely injured but put him on the path to obtaining his General Education Development diploma, and now his marketing management degree, through Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC).

Calhoun City Schools will host its 14th annual technology competition on Thursday, Nov. 21. Winners of that competition will travel to regional competition in January and, possibly, to state in March.

Belwood Elementary School partnered with Calhoun First Baptist Church to host a community Bright Little Minds Mom’s Morning Out on Monday. School officials say great information and resources were provided to support early language and literacy development. Parents were able to ask questions…

Calhoun High School is fortunate to offer the GRAD Scholar Program to support high school graduation. The purpose of this new program is to recognize and support those students who are struggling academically, behaviorally, and/or personally but have the desire and capability of graduating f…

Jake Raines climbed into his GRT race car, clicked the steering wheel into place, and fired up the engine, revving it so loud students in nearby buildings poked their heads out to investigate the sound, on Tuesday afternoon at Calhoun High School. His racing partner, Brandon Putnam, held his…

The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) announced this week the appointment of Jim Langford as its new executive director. Langford brings many years of business, public service and nonprofit experience to the organization, most recently as the co-founder and president of…

The Gordon County Chamber of Commerce Drugs Don’t Work Task Force organized and presented its annual Red Ribbon Week Art Reception recently at the Harris Arts Center.

Gordon County Schools saw an increase in state accountability scores over those of 2018. CCRPI scores were released today by the Georgia Department of Education. The CCRPI is Georgia’s statewide accountability measurement as required by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Gordon County 4-H’ers had major showings with their livestock during the Georgia National Fair Oct. 3-13. The fair hosted shows including the Georgia Junior National State Market Goat and Market Lamb Show as well as the steer, heifer, market heifer, commercial dairy heifer, breeding ewes, ma…

Gordon Central High School thespians won their fourth consecutive Region One-Act play competition with a performance of “Bright Star” on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Model High School. The performers, led by a team of seniors who have never lost at regionals, will now travel to Thomaston on Nov. 9 …

The goal of Governor Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia initiative is to graduate an additional 250,000 college students by 2020 with relevant postsecondary degrees for an ever-changing workforce. One of the programs created to help achieve that goal is Realizing Educational Achievement …

Several students were awarded for their Drugs Don’t Work poster design contest entries. Pictured from left are Zachary Hill (second place), Isabelle Fantom (first place), Ava Hall (third place) and Red Bud Middle School Principal Amy Stewart.

Student artists from across Calhoun and Gordon County took a visible stand against drugs on Monday evening at the Harris Arts Center, where their Red Ribbon Week posters were on display for parents and community members to admire.

Students were honored at the fourth annual REACH Georgia Scholars signing ceremony for Gordon County Schools on Monday. REACH Georgia is a mentoring and scholarship program providing promising students the support to graduate from high school and achieve post-secondary success.

Sam Thomas, general manager of WJTH Radio Station, is proud to announce, and welcome, Vickie McEntire to the position of media account executive. McEntire is a Calhoun native and received the 2018 Georgia Author of the Year Award for her second children’s book, Little Bird & Myrtle Turtle.