Education

Winners of the 2018-19 Rock Spring Elementary School spelling bee are (from left) Zoie Cordle, first place; Emma Edgeworth, second place; and Parker Lawrence, third place. / Contributed

Approximately 2,000 people bundled up for freezing temperatures as they headed to Whitfield County, Georgia to honor more than 200 Georgia Northwestern Technical College graduates who walked the stage at the college’s Fall 2018 Commencement Ceremony at the Dalton Convention Center Tuesday, Dec. 11.

On Tuesday, Dec. 4, five students from Ringgold Elementary School competed in the Catoosa County Tech Fair.

Nothing spreads the joy of Christmas faster than the voices of children singing holiday carols! The students of Gilbert Elementary School were in the spotlight at the GES Christmas Chorus Sing-along Program. The gymnasium was a packed house, as students from all grade levels sang classic hol…

Santa dropped in on the All Pro Dads’ meeting Thursday, Dec. 6, at Rock Spring Elementary School to listen to Principal Kandy Gilstrap read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” and to take last-minute gift requests from Jesse and Jade Forester (with their dad, Jeremy) and from Fischer and Hunt…

Boynton Elementary School's PTO invited Santa to come to the school to visit each child. Children were able to meet with Santa and have their pictures made with him. Also, PTO sponsored a Santa Shop where students were allowed to purchase gifts for their families. Many volunteers worked for …

LaFayette High School junior Levi Pettigrew won first place in the Area 1 High School Lawnmower Operation and Maintenance Career Development Event held at the Chattooga County Agriculture Facility in Summerville. In the event, Levi had to successfully maneuver a zero-turn mower through a cha…

When it came time for her school to decide on a service project, Graysville Elementary School second-grade teacher Robin Peace knew what she wanted to do. “I’m passionate about animals,” says Peace. “Not everyone can adopt a rescue animal, but we can all help in some way.”

Debra Hicks and her Horizon students at Ringgold Primary School hosted a “Veterans Day Jubilee” on Friday, Nov. 9. There were more than 90 guests — local veterans and their families — in attendance. The RHS band was also in attendance and played patriotic pieces for the program. / Contributed

Kim Clawson, Rock Spring Elementary assistant principal and also the school Perfect Attendance Princess, along with guest princess Beth Pelham, assistant principal at Gilbert Elementary, and the Gilbert Gator, celebrate with some of the RSE students who a”CHOMP”lished perfect attendance in O…

After Heritage High School media specialist Rhonda Sixto had settled on the book she wanted students to read over last summer’s vacation, a thought popped into her mind: Wouldn’t it be cool if she could get the Colorado-based author to come to the school? It took many months of planning, but…

Ridgeland High School's Air Force Junior ROTC was awarded the 2018 Youth Patriotism Award for Walker County at a ceremony held Saturday, Nov. 3, at The Colonnade in Ringgold. Accepting the award for AFJROTC were cadets Alexis Quarles and Seth Cline. / Contributed

On Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 pm, join the staff of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park for a special two-hour car caravan tour exploring the role of Chickamauga Battlefield and Fort Oglethorpe during the First and Second World Wars. This program begins inside the Chickamauga Battl…

Fairyland Elementary School Aquaponics Lab has been four years in the making, but the day is finally here! The Aquaponics Lab is becoming a reality as construction on the floating dock began this past week, Oct. 29-Nov. 2. A big thanks to all the donors who supported us over the past several…

During Ringgold High School’s Homecoming Week, some special visitors came to Graysville Elementary School. Some members of the homecoming court came to read and work with kindergarten and first-grade classes. They read stories and shared time together. The students were thrilled to have thes…

Over 69,000 FFA members from across the country attended this year’s National Convention in Indianapolis. A local group from LaFayette High School and LaFayette Middle School was lucky enough to get to see President Donald Trump and Secretary of Ag Sonny Purdue address the organization Satur…

At Rock Spring Elementary School, students get to ring the bell when they accomplish personal academic goals. Recently, first-grader J.B. Johnson makes his clang and third-graders Bristol Ray and Katie Everett signal their success. Mrs. Oliver's and Mrs. Sandford's pre-kindergarten students …

Michael Aaron Asbeury of LaFayette has accepted an invitation of lifetime membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), the nation's pre-eminent certified honor society for high-achieving first- and second-year collegiate students.

Top coupon book sellers for Ringgold Primary School, pictured with Principal Nancy Gurganus, are Eleanor Morgan (Mrs. Thomas' class) and Bryant Massengale (Mrs. Morgan's class). Both students are in kindergarten.

Jordyn Cockburn, the Future Farmers of America instructor at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, might not think all students should become farmers, but she does think they should have exposure to different elements of farming so they at least get the chance.

Walker County Schools celebrated their graduation rates — 84.52% for LaFayette High and 90.8% for Ridgeland High —- with this beautiful and delicious cake for the school board. / Contributed

Walker County Schools celebrated their graduation rates – 84.52 for LaFayette High and 90.8 for Ridgeland High -- with this beautiful and delicious cake for the school board. / Contributed

The Catoosa County Board of Education has been recognized by the Georgia School Board Association (GSBA) as an Exemplary School Board for the third consecutive year. Only 35 out of the 180 school boards in Georgia were recognized for this award at the 2018 annual GSBA conference.

Catoosa County Public Schools is participating in the REACH scholarship program. REACH is a state initiative to provide Georgia’s academically promising eighth-grade students with the academic, social, and financial support needed to graduate from high schools and college prepared for work. …

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