Education

On Dec. 10, the annual Spelling Bee was held at Graysville Elementary School. Students in fourth and fifth grades compete for the titles. It is always an exciting time for the classroom winners to compete against each other. This year’s winners were Lyla Watson representing fifth grade and L…

Georgia Northwestern Technical College has announced the students on the President’s and Dean’s Lists for the 2019 fall semester. To be eligible for the President’s List, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.8 or higher during the semester with a course load of at least 12 credit hours. To b…

Lamar Brown accepted a check for $4,762.41 on behalf of the Catoosa County Children's Fund from Heritage High School's Student Government Association on Friday, Jan. 17. HHS's SGA raised money throughout the fall from two separate fundraisers: Emperor of the Taj during homecoming week and a …

Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk (left) attended Battlefield Elementary School’s CHAMPS graduation. Also pictured (from left) are Kent McCrary, principal; Lauren Smith, assistant principal; and Officer Tommy Frye. CHAMPS is sponsored by the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office.

During the research stages of Catoosa County Public Schools’ {span style=”text-decoration: underline;”}From HERE to CAREER Academy, Schools Superintendent Denia Reese says a lot of effort was put into learning what industry and business leaders felt was needed.

Four Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) students have been selected as the college’s semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Trish Wiggins, coordinator for the college’s GOAL program.

Two Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School seniors have been awarded a $25,000 scholarship through the 2020 Horatio Alger National Scholarship program.

On Dec. 19, Ringgold Elementary School students with excellent behavior were rewarded with a “Snow Ball.” As a part of the school's PBIS program, students were able to purchase admission into the “ball” for a couple of hours of fun in the snow. The RES gym was transformed into a winter wonde…

The Ringgold Elementary School Singers shared their favorite holiday music with friends and family Dec. 12 at Ringgold High School. The beautiful Robin Christian Theater was filled with students, parents and community members as songs of the holidays were performed by the 68-member choir mad…

Ringgold Elementary School sincerely thanks its long-time partner, Ringgold Kiwanis Club, for the club’s faithful support of the RES family. Each year the club holds the first December meeting in the RES gym, where they enjoy a delicious breakfast while listening to the Ringgold Singers Chri…

On Dec. 13, fourth- and fifth-grade spelling bee winners participated in the school-wide bee at Ringgold Elementary School, led by J103 Radio Personality and former RES parent, Ted Gocke. Two students from each fourth- and fifth-grade homeroom represented their classmates, with three winners…

The Ridgeland Honors Academy has the holiday spirit. In the past month, these 210 students have collected over $6,000 worth of donations that were requested by the Family Crisis Center of Walker, Dade, Catoosa, and Chattooga counties; Walker County Animal Shelter and feeder schools to Ridgel…

While his fellow graduates were walking across the stage in December, Dusty Powell was driving through Oklahoma on his way to the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., where he would begin work the following week.

With a new year — and decade — arriving last week, Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC), which has several campuses including campuses in Walker and Catoosa counties, is looking back on the past year to the changes, accomplishments and new opportunities of 2019.

Rock Spring Elementary School kicked off Christmas break Friday, Dec. 20, by playing music as their students arrived in the morning and by dressing up as Christmas ornaments, elves, Rudolph, Yukon Cornelius, Bumble and even Eddie from the “National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.”

Thanks to food donations from residents of LaFayette and Northwest Georgia, Ty Willeford’s Edward Jones office collected non-perishable canned goods, which have been donated to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. From Oct. 21 through Dec. 13, residents of LaFayette and Northwest Georgia were enc…

On Dec. 18, students at Graysville Elementary School held their first Tiger Pride ceremony. Every student was recognized for academic growth in math or reading. Top Lexile levels were recognized, as well as Math Masters with highest scaled scores on the STAR test. Students with highest AR po…

Fifth-grade students at Naomi Elementary School have a video conference call to Toronto, Canada, with Alyssa at Prodigy, an online math instructional/game program. The students provided feedback about what works well in the program and what changes they would like to see made. School adminis…

Students in Mr. Camp’s class at Battlefield Elementary School have fun decorating Christmas cookies.

Boynton Elementary School recently held the annual spelling bee. Coordinator Tristine Givens hosted both fourth and fifth grades. The winners will participate in the upcoming county spelling bee.

Naomi Elementary School teachers and administrators say they think the school's Christmas tree this year is the most beautiful tree they have ever had. The students worked together to create handmade ornaments to decorate the tree this year and are proud of their final product.

C.H.A.M.P.S. is an educational program developed by the Georgia Sheriff’s Association for fifth grade students. It is a highly successful program that is taught in the Walker County School District. The CHAMPS acronym is Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety, which instruc…

Andrew Lemons had played around with writing apps, but had never successfully produced one. That all changed when the LaFayette High School 10th-grader was encouraged by his social studies teacher, Matt Logan, and his guidance counselor, Gwen Gregory, to enter the Congressional App Challenge…

Rock Spring Elementary School had a busy week preparing for the holidays and recognizing teachers for being "Difference Makers."

Dressed in hair nets and gloves, four members of Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s student organization Phi Beta Lambda measured out 12-ounce bags of macaroni noodles before sealing and packaging them at the Chattanooga Area Food Bank.

In 2017, Catoosa County Public Schools began to consider establishing a college and career academy to address “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.