Coming in Wednesday’s Young Romans, we visit Main Elementary School and spend a morning with students learning about “The Great Fire” in Amanda Mayo’s sixth-grade class and get some math tutoring from Mrs. Whitaker’s fourth-grade class.
The cast of “The Fantasticks” at Model High has faced many ups and downs in getting their production of the musical going.
Members of the Model High Band, under the direction of Tim Burton and Brandi Crider, entertained visitors to Walt Disney World in Orlando recently.
The loud noises from the woods this morning may well have been the sound of a shotgun as turkey hunters headed out at sunrise to mark the start of the regular spring turkey season.
A gasp composed of part disgust and part surprise was heard as Beth Loomis looked under the microscope.
Watching the father of the Internet and one of the founders of Apple play on an iPad together is an unusual experience, but if you’d stepped into the Huffman Athletic Center at Darlington Thursday, you would have seen it.
Southeast Elementary School is a busy place to be right now, and it is all because of one of the core components of every child’s education: Math.
Laura Graben, a senior at Model High School, has earned a $1,000 2014 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship. Graben can use the money next school year at a college or university.
Graben has a 4.0 GPA as a student in the Honors Preparatory program at Model High. She has earned many academic honors including course awards in Honors Biology, Spanish III, Honors American Literature, Honors World History, Honors Chemistry, AP Calculus and AP World History. She won the excellence in Anatomy and Physiology award and has been inducted into the National Honor Society. Graben was selected for the Governor's Honors program in math at the local and state level as a sophomore and junior. She is in the Model SAT/ACT 1700 Club, represents the school on the Student Advisory Board, served as Key Club vice-president as a junior and president as a senior, and was selected as the Optimist Student of the Month for September, 2013.
Graben is also active in the sports program at Model. She is on the girl's soccer team, cross country team, and the volleyball team.
Accomplishments inside the classroom and in extracurricular activities have earned Graben early admission status at the University of Georgia.
Words of encouragement and appreciation flowed freely Tuesday night as students who make a difference in the lives of educators got their recognition.
If you want to see the quietest, yet obviously jubilant, celebrations ever, look no further than the second-floor hallway at the Sheffield-Thompson Building at Shorter University during quiz bowl competition.
Students, their families and teachers paused to check out the sheets of paper posted on the wall that kept track of team scores for the day.
Seventh-graders from Coosa Middle School immediately tried to shout, but when shushed by parents because of competition still going on, began to whisper “yesssssss” and perform the world’s most silent high fives. Parents joined in with the hushed happiness, taking photos of the scores and smiling.
Coosa’s seventh grade placed first for their grade level with a score of 585 at the 12th annual Academic Quiz Bowl for Floyd County Schools. Students in the Kaleidoscope gifted program from the four county middle schools gathered at Shorter University to face each other through nine rounds of tough questions.
Model Middle School’s sixth grade won their grade level with 605, and Armuchee Middle School’s eighth grade won theirs with 830.
Overall, Model Middle School took home the first-place trophy with a total score of 1,700, Armuchee Middle’s team came in second with 1,645, Pepperell Middle School placed third with 1,470 and Coosa Middle School was fourth with 1,455.
“I think the best thing about the quiz bowl is that it is very challenging and fun,” said Brinley Smith, from Coosa Middle’s sixth grade team.
“And you get to meet new people,” chimed in her teammate Kara Middleton.
“This is so important, because it gives the kids an opportunity to be exposed to a college environment,” said Allison Espy, who works with the gifted program at Floyd County School’s central office and also teaches at Garden Lakes Elementary. “They also get to really experience teamwork and competition.”
Other teachers helping with the event agree that the whole day is a great experience for their students.
“One of the kids on the team came up to me saying, ‘Yes! I got a sports question right!’,” laughed Crissy Arrington, gifted teacher at Pepperell Elementary. “He was just so happy. Another student told me he was so excited he couldn’t even sleep last night.”
“It is really good to see them so excited about academics,” agreed Apryl Hawkins, who oversees all the high school gifted programs at Floyd County Schools and also is in charge of the intern program.
Many of Hawkins’ interns, high school students in Floyd County, were helping out at the quiz bowl, keeping score and turning in score sheets to the command center so the teachers could post the scores. Several of them made comments about the stiff competition between the middle school teams.
Parents also enjoyed the event.
“It is an honor to see them,” said Jonathan Bartleson, whose son, Aaron, was on the Model sixth grade team. “My wife was here this morning watching and I came for the afternoon. We had so much fun preparing for this. You just cannot believe the amount of anticipation it builds.”
One heartfelt statement from a retired gifted teacher who came to the quiz bowl to read questions for the day, may sum it up best.
“Every time I worry about the future of the nation, I think about quiz bowl,” said Kay New. “When I am here, I thoroughly enjoy the day. To look out at these faces and see the sportsmanship and how they work together, it is a wonderful thing.”
Students and their families scurried through the hallways between rounds of questions Monday, and then secluded themselves in classrooms where the sound of buzzers indicated the competition had commenced.
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Every day, a different young artist's artwork is featured on the front page of the Rome News-Tribune. Here is a gallery of young artist images from February's front pages.
Rome Middle School student John Knauss is heading to the state competition for the second year in a row after winning the District 1 spelling bee Saturday.
Lucy Virginia Lansing heard the horror stories about teacher Joanna Chesnut.
Jack Bevis, a senior at Pepperell High School, has completed his Eagle Scout project — a gift to Pepperell Middle School students.
Rome Middle School student John Knauss spelled his way to a third championship at the Rome City Schools Spelling Bee.
Natalie Horah, Gabby Jones, Chris Mauer, Carolyn Nida and Tejas Reddy have been selected to perform this weekend as part of the GISA All-Select Middle School Band.
Every day, a different young artist's artwork is featured on the front page of the Rome News-Tribune. Here is a gallery of young artist images from January's front pages.
Every day, a different young artist's artwork is featured on the front page of the Rome News-Tribune. Here is a gallery of young artist images from December's front pages.