The Houston County school system, in collaboration with Microsoft, is providing all middle and high school students, faculty and staff up to five free downloads of Microsoft Office 2013 Pro Plus for personal use. This is a full Office suite, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, Publisher, Outlook and Lync.
A school email address is provided to all secondary students. This hcbe.net email address must be provided to receive a valid install license. For more information, students or parents may contact their schools.
PEACH COUNTY HOLDS SPELLING BEE
Peach County held its spelling bee Feb. 6.
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The winner was Bryson Patterson from Byron Middle School with second place going to Arsema Netsereab, also from Byron Middle School. The third-place winner was Emma Harris from Kay Road Elementary School. All the contestants received certificates and a Peach County spelling bee charm. The top three winners received medallions, and Bryson, the winner, received a handmade black and gold afghan and a “spelling bee” cake.
HOUSTON COUNTY HOLDING PRE-K REGISTRATION
The Houston County school system will register children for pre-kindergarten Feb. 23 through March 20 for the 2015-2016 school year. Parents are encouraged to register during specific dates assigned to their school to help prevent long waits.
About 1,300 children are expected to be registered for pre-K in the county.
Applicants will be entered into a computer system for a lottery drawing. No priority is given based on the order of registration. All children registered by March 20 will have an equal chance of computer selection, regardless of the registration date.
Registration will be held at the Central Registration office from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., with the exception of Wednesdays. Wednesday hours are from 8 a.m. to noon. Dates planned for registration by elementary school zone are Feb. 23–27 for Lindsey, Parkwood, Quail Run and Westside elementaries; March 2–6 for C.B. Watson, Lake Joy, Eagle Springs, Miller and Northside elementaries; March 9–13 for Bonaire, Centerville, David Perdue, Hilltop and Shirley Hills elementaries, and March 16–20 for Kings Chapel, Langston Road, Matt Arthur, Morningside, Russell and Tucker elementaries.
Pre-K students must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1. Only a parent or legal guardian may register a child.
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL IN HOUSTON COUNTY RECEIVES AWARD
Dustin Dykes, Thomson Middle School assistant principal for instruction, was presented the Georgia Outstanding Assistant Principal award for District 11. He was recognized at the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals conference in Savannah.
Dykes was one of five assistant principals in the state to receive the award for his “outstanding service to the children of Georgia.”
HELMS AWARDS FIRST DEGREES
Helms College, the first post-secondary, Title IV eligible college in the world founded by a Goodwill, reached a significant milestone during commencement exercises at its Macon Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality campus by conferring its first associate degrees to new graduates.
The historic ceremony, which included 58 graduates from the culinary program of Helms College and the health sciences and spa services programs of Helms Career Institute, took place Jan. 28 at the Anderson Conference Center, one of the experiential learning venues operated by Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the Central Savannah River Area.
WESLEYAN RECEIVES GRANT FOR NURSING SCHOLARSHIPS
This month, Wesleyan College was awarded $5,000 in grant funds from the Flint Energies Foundation, which will be used to fund nursing scholarships for Middle Georgians. The Wesleyan nursing program started in August 2013. Currently, 25 students are enrolled in their second year, and 30 are enrolled in their first year.
In 2001, Flint Energies adopted a way to enable members to raise money for local charities and service organizations -- Operation Round Up. Participating members allow Flint Energies to “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar.
The electric cooperative’s members contribute nearly $200,000 annually to the Flint Energies Foundation, which supports worthy causes in the 17 counties it serves. Operation Round Up is a way for members to add voluntarily to those funds in their own unique way.
MERCER PROFESSOR WINS SOCON AWARD
Ha Van Vo, associate professor of biomedical engineering in Mercer University’s School of Engineering, has been named the Southern Conference’s inaugural Faculty Member of the Year, Commissioner John Iamarino announced.
Vo will be recognized at halftime of the title game of the Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Championship, presented by General Shale, on March 9 in Asheville, North Carolina. He also will receive complimentary tournament tickets, lodging and hospitality, and a $4,000 stipend from the conference.
MERCER STUDENT NEWSPAPER WINS STUDENT PRESS AWARDS
Student journalists who work for The Cluster, Mercer University’s student newspaper, won awards at the Georgia College Press Association’s annual conference Feb. 7. The Cluster won second place for Best Website and third place for General Excellence. The complete list of individual awards includes:
Nick Wooten, first place in Feature Story for his piece on Capricorn Records.
Brett Felty, first place in Best Review for his review of “Boyhood.”
Jenna Eason, second place in Best Photo for a photo from the Ocmulgee Indian Celebration.
Patrick Hobbs, second place in Photo Essay for his photos from the NCAA basketball tournament.
Writers Jeremy Timmerman and David Schick compiled this report.