Education

Heritage High School’s Class of 2020 held a traditional graduation ceremony Thursday night, July 30, at the school’s football stadium (Jeff Sims Field at Heritage Stadium). Photos from the Ringgold and Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe high school graduation ceremonies will publish in our Aug. 12 edition.

Caitlin Nichols (left) and David Camp of the Catoosa Education Association present Kim Erwin of Ringgold Elementary School with infrared thermometers for the 2020-21 school year.

Daniel Ray has worn many hats during his time at Chickamauga's Oakwood Christian Academy, so it only makes sense that the next hat be some sort of crown.

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A request to scrap end-of-year tests for Georgia public schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic drew overwhelming support from students, teachers, parents and others during a two-week comment period, state school officials said Thursday, July 23.

For parents looking for new ways to help keep children learning while outside of the classroom this summer, Georgia Power’s education team has created a series of interactive videos that allow students to discover science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through activities at home.

ATLANTA - All University System of Georgia (USG) students, faculty, staff and visitors to the system’s 26 college and university campuses will be required to wear masks starting July 15. 

Every Tuesday and Thursday evening over the next few weeks on the Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Catoosa County Campus, employees of four Northwest Georgia industries will be training in the basics of programmable logic controllers (PLC).

Gordon Lee and Ringgold high school officials announced that the students-athletes who were involved in an online video chat that featured the repeated use of a racial slur will not be allowed to take part in athletics or any other extracurricular activities, according to published reports.

The Foundation at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) has awarded a $500 scholarship to one qualified student at each of the 26 high schools and five college and career academies in the Northwest Georgia region. Two students at Trion High School received a scholarship of $250 each.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College is proud to announce the students on the president’s and dean’s lists for the 2020 spring 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 ho…

Julie Robbins and Anita Gaines will serve as Battlefield Primary School’s principal and assistant principal for the upcoming school year.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College is removing potential enrollment obstacles for the upcoming fall semester by offering a Free Application Week, offering Open Educational Resources for core classes and waiving the entrance exam.

A pair of West Side Elementary School fourth-graders, Kylee Carden and Michelle Massey, recently represented Catoosa County Public Schools in the statewide Georgia Student Technology Competition and earned first place in the Productivity Design category for grades 3 and 4.

Faith Pennigton was voted Battlefield Elementary School’s Teacher of the Month for May. Pennington teaches Horizon, which is the gifted program. Abby Stephenson, a fourth-grader, thanked Pennington for a wonderful year.

West Side Elementary School teachers voted Suzette Carter (center) as their 2019-20 Teacher of the Year. Pictured with Carter is Principal Robert Mountjoy and Assistant Principal Lori Welborn.

First-grade teacher Sara Pickens and paraprofessional Leslie Cooper bid student Ameya Edwards goodbye at Battlefield Primary School.

Paige Daniels Goggans was voted 2019-20 Teacher of the Year at Battlefield Elementary School. Goggans’ peers said she was an “incredible team player and effective educator who meets students where they are.”

The Foundation at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) awarded $6,450 in scholarships to 16 students, including two Susan Lynne Greene Memorial Scholarship recipients and one recipient of the Thomas Brown Scholarship.

Ringgold High School student and JROTC cadet Cordelia Marie Westbrook Sisemore has been presented with the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame (GMVHOF) JROTC Medal.

As the school year wound down amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the faculty and staff at West Side, Cloud Springs, and Battlefield elementary schools braved the rain to hand out report cards and collect computers on Friday, May 22.

Ringgold Elementary School third-grade teacher Mishana Peters dressed up as over 30 characters during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each of her daily online lessons was taught by a new character to the delight of her students. Catoosa County’s digital learning began mid-March and was completed by mid-May.

In late April, a group of Catoosa County citizens took on the task of trying to put together non-school-sanctioned proms for each of the three high schools in the county after COVID-19-related shutdowns forced all three proms to be canceled.

The Bank of LaFayette and the Community Bankers Association of Georgia announce and congratulate the winners of the annual Julian & Jan Hester Memorial Scholarship, including Bryanna Whitaker, who will attend Mercer University.

On May 1, Gov. Brian Kemp announced that because of the impact of COVID-19 all state agencies should begin to prepare for a 14% reduction in funding. That includes K-12 public schools.

Soon-to-be graduates returned to their roots at Cherokee Ridge Elementary School May 12 to catch up with former classmates and reminisce with former teachers, staff and school administrators.

The Walker Retired Educators’ Association (WREA) is an organization of retired educators from the Walker County and Chickamauga City schools and is a chapter of the Georgia Retired Educators’ Association. WREA endeavors to promote public education. Each year, the association awards a scholar…

A Georgia Northwestern Technical College Drafting Technology program student watched as workers installed a reception desk of his own design in the Governor’s Office at the Georgia State Capitol Building.

Students of North LaFayette Elementary School show off some of their recent classwork and projects as distance learning continues in wake of COVID-19. Teachers and administrators continue to look for creative ways to stay connected with students and to keep them engaged in the learning process.

For North LaFayette Elementary School, like other schools in Walker County and the more than 2,000 other schools all over the state, distance learning in the wake of COVID-19 has proved to be a difficult challenge, but not an unconquerable one.