Education

In 2017, Catoosa County Public Schools (CCPS) began to consider establishing a college and career academy to address the “the middle-skill gap” -- skills that require some college but not a four-year degree.

Naomi Elementary students had a dress rehearsal performance Dec. 12 to prepare for their Student Spotlight Night. The school's Drama and Storytelling team, Dance team, Young Voices Ensemble and Vocal Ensemble performed for their peers. Students were then surprised to find out that they had a…

Gilbert Elementary Principal Beth Pelham kisses a goat after the school raised $447.31 for Backpack Blessings and placed second in the county's fundraiser. Throughout the academic year, Backpack Blessings provides students at participating Walker County and Chickamauga schools with nutritiou…

The Chickamauga Board of Education met Monday, Dec. 9, where Gordon Lee High School cheerleaders were given special recognition for winning the Class A championship.

The Chickamauga school board met Dec. 9 to recognize Gordon Lee High School senior Kevin Swaggerty, who won the Quest Bridge Scholarship for college.

Congratulations to Ringgold Elementary School for winning the Judges' Award this year for “Best Use of Theme!” During Red Ribbon Week this year, students were reminded to “Send a message! Stay drug free!” STEAM teacher Alisa Nepp designed and decorated the cafeteria doors and entrance way to…

Once a month 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students at Rock Spring Elementary participate in clubs. Students choose a club to participate in for a semester. Choices include reading club, board game club, character club, dance club, classical movie club, makerspace club, Keeping the Elderly Young At…

LaFayette High School student Levi Pettigrew won the Area 1 Senior Lawnmower Operation CDE and LaFayette Middle School student Michael Hamilton won the Area 1 Lawnmower Operation CDE Junior Division. They will both be representing LaFayette at the state Future Farmers of America (FFA) compet…

The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture, formerly the Georgia Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, is offering $65,000 in scholarships to Georgia students pursuing a degree in agriculture, veterinary medicine, family and consumer sciences or a related field, Bernard Sims, Catoosa County Fa…

This school year, Daley Culberson, a junior in Ridgeland High School’s Honors Academy and member of Georgia State Superintendent's Student Advisory Council, approached Chattanooga Valley Elementary School teachers with the idea of “adopting” community veterans as a service project.

The top 10 sellers from the Rock Spring Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, or PTO, Moon Pie fundraiser on Nov. 18 enjoyed a limousine ride and Chick-fil-A. One hundred fifty-five boxes were sold between the top 10 students. The PTO will use the funds raised in this fundraiser to build a…

For the fourth year in a row, NHC Healthcare of Fort Oglethorpe donated money — through The Foundation for Geriatric Education, a nonprofit started by NHC founder Dr. Carl Adams — to the health occupations programs of each of Catoosa County’s three high schools based on specific requests fro…

Two Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) students — including one from Ringgold who does charity work in Walker County — were recently chosen by the Jake Puryear Detachment 1020, Rome Marine Corps League to receive grants of $1,000 each based on letters submitted by the students to …

After a week of character-building fun, Ringgold Elementary celebrated raising $6,945 with the APEX Fun Run. Students asked friends and family to make a per-lap donation to benefit the school. Every student at RES ran or walked laps during their connections block and enjoyed lively music and…

Paul Ruud, North Georgia Electric Membership Corp. representative, presents a $2,000 check to Kim Erwin, principal of Ringgold Elementary School. The school thanks Ruud and NGEMC for the donation, which will be utilized for the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Mathematics)…

Congratulations to the Ringgold Elementary School cross country team for another great season. And a huge “thank you” to Mr. and Mrs. Giannamore, teachers at RES, for sponsoring the cross country team. Front row, from left: Georgia Beasley, Molleigh Johnson, Kaydence Buxman, Matt Wright, Mar…

State Sen. Jeff Mullis of Chickamauga received the Friend of Education Award from the Walker County Association of Educators on Monday, Oct. 4, at the Chickamauga Public Library.

Gilbert Elementary School’s GatorBytes VEX Robotics Team competed Nov. 9 in the VEX Robotics Tournament in Cummings, Ga. Their hard work paid off. They placed first in the categories of skills and teamwork, qualifying them for the state tournament. Their skills run puts them in second place …

REACH is a state initiative to provide Georgia’s academically promising 8th grade students with the academic, social, and financial support to graduate from high school and college prepared for work.

In celebration of Red Ribbon Week, kindergarten students at Graysville Elementary School enjoyed a special visitor on Oct. 29. The Red Rabbit (Darian Seals), along with counselor Susan Blair, shared lessons with students about staying drug-free. Discussions about how medicines should be take…

During the last week of October, Ringgold Elementary School, along with other schools in the county, celebrated Red Ribbon Week. Students learned about making good choices to remain drug-free! Each day students and staff dressed according to certain reminders for positive life choices. For i…

Chattanooga celebrity Marcia Kling visited the first-graders at Woodstation Elementary School on Thursday, Oct. 24. She shared two stories with the students in the library during her visit. The students loved having her visit and enjoyed spending time with her. Each Friday, Principal Ernie E…

On Thursday, Oct. 24, Woodstation Elementary School held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the dedication of its new track to the students and families of the Woodstation community. The Woodstation Singers sang their song, “Woodstation Home.” Catoosa County Schools Superintendent Denia Reese was…

Teachers who weave a supportive environment for students at school may need help with their own frayed social-emotional needs at home.