Education briefs

November 14, 2012 

Houston elementary schools first winners of state award

Miller and Morningside elementary schools were two of three schools in Georgia selected as the first winners of the Georgia Department of Education’s Family-Friendly Partnership School Award. Linwood Elementary School was named a finalist, one of six in the state.

The award is given annually to as many as 10 Title I schools that work to make families feel welcome and engage parents in their children’s education.

As part of the selection process, schools received phone calls and visits from officials posing as parents seeking information or help. Georgia Department of Education staff members also conducted interviews with employees, parents, students and community members.

Miller and Morningside were chosen because they offer the best customer service to their families whether serving them by phone, in person or online, according to a news release.

Houston school board seeks historical items

The Houston County Board of Education introduced an archives page for the History of the Houston County Board of Education website. The public is invited to submit items to be considered for posting.

One of the items, which was scanned and posted is a Georgia Department of Education booklet from 1915 titled, “Educational Survey of Houston County Georgia,” which contains a school photo and description of each school from that time period.

To send material to be considered for this site, please e-mail it to SchoolHistory@hcbe.net. The link to the archives site is: www.hcbe.net/history-of-the-houston-county-school-system.aspx.

The central office is located at 1100 Main St. in Perry. For more information, e-mail Beth.McLaughlin@hcbe.net or call 988-6390, extension 0.

Feagin Mill named Green Ribbon School

Feagin Mill Middle School has been named a Green Ribbon School as part of a program that “helps children connect with nature by making it easy and fun for teachers and students to use the environment to learn,” according to a news release.

The school is one of three in the state and 63 worldwide to receive the designation, the release states.

Feagin Mill Middle projects, led by computer science teacher Bobby Brian Lewis, included a “Biggest Loser” competition where teachers committed to eat healthy and lose weight and an ink cartridge and cell phone recycling program.

-- Staff reports

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