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GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS CONTINUES GROWTH IN STATE ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES
Gordon County Schools showed marked increases in its district CCRPI scores for 2016-17, scoring well above the state average and earning one of the highest CCRPI scores when compared to surrounding school districts. All levels – elementary, middle, and high- saw increases in scores over last year, with many of Gordon County’s individual schools seeing remarkable gains in their respective school scores. FULL STORY
GORDON COUNTY STUDENTS NAMED NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
pictured L-R: Issac Worsham and Carol-Ann Worsham
pictured L-R: Gracy Sexton and Brooklyn Carr
Students from both Gordon Central High School and Sonoraville High School were named National Champions in FFA. Gordon Central's Carol-Ann Worsham and Issac Worsham placed first in the nation in the area of Power, Structural and Technical Systems with their project on solar energy. Sonoraville High School's Gracy Sexton and Brooklyn Carr placed first for their Animal Systems Agriscience Project. Dr. Sara Clark, advisor of the SHS FFA program, worked diligently with the Sonoraville High School students to prepare for this competition, and Mrs. Trish Williams mentored and trained Carol-Ann and Isaac for for well over a year for this competition, leading to their successful endeavors.
2017 REACH GEORGIA SCHOLARS NAMED
pictured L-R: Front- Dr. Kina Mallard, Rhinehardt University President; Macario Sevilla; Mikayla Muse; Juliana Reyes; Kevin Neal; Stephanie Chavez; and Dr. Susan Remillard, Superintendent
Back- Charlie Walraven, BOE member; Bobby Hall, BOE Member; Larry Massey, Jr., BOE Member; Senator Chuck Payne; Jamey Angland, Graduation Coach; Mike Evelti, Student Services Director; and Trace Vaughn, Graduation Coach
In a ceremony held on October 4, five Gordon County middle school students were named REACH Georgia scholars. The REACH Georgia Scholarship “rewards students for self-accountability, promotes parent involvement and provides motivation and support; all factors that we know are critical in student educational achievement,” said Governor Nathan Deal at the launch of the program. Receiving scholarships from Ashworth Middle School were Mikayla A. Muse and Macario A. Sevilla, and from Red Bud Middle School, Stephanie Chavez, Kevin B. Neal, and Julianna Reyes.
SPIEKER RECEIVES #GCS2NDMILE AWARD FOR SEPTEMBER
The September #GCS2ndMile Award was presented to Mr. Tim Spieker. Tim is an integral part of the technology team that has worked tirelessly over the last few months to distribute close to 7000 iPads through the district's 1:1 initiative. Tim was nominated by Chuck Langston, a member of his team who has worked with him throughout the process, "Tim has gone above and beyond during the 1:1 deployment. He has taken on much of the extra work of configuring the devices, while managing his normal workload." Tim, who has been with the Gordon County Schools' Technology Department since 2009, is a true reflection of the spirit of the #GCS2ndMile Award. “Tim is an exceptional member of Gordon County Schools’ family. He is loyal to our district, and he is always willing to step up and make work anything we need him to do. He never complains about the extra responsibilities, and he is the first to step up to learn something new. We are very blessed to have him in our community,” said Dr. Susan Remillard, superintendent. Tim will be honored at the October Board of Education meeting on Monday evening.
SEGURSKY TO ASSUME ROLE AS DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION
Ann Cross, Director of Special Education and long-term employee of Gordon County Schools, announced to the Board of Education last month that she would be retiring at the end of November.Under her leadership, the Special Education Department for Gordon County has flourished, with significant gains in student achievement for students with disabilities.
Filling the Director’s seat upon Cross’ retirement will be Alecia Segursky, a familiar face in Gordon County’s Special Education Department. The Board of Education approved Segursky’s appointment to the position during its Board of Education meeting on September 14.
Alecia has been with Gordon County Schools since 1995, where she began as a teacher at Ashworth Middle School. In 2006, she was named Assistant Special Education Director and has held many additional responsibilities throughout her time as a district-level administrator, including System Assessment Coordinator and District PreK Project Coordinator. Segursky holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and graduate degrees in Educational Leadership.
Upon being approved for this position, Segursky stated, “I am extremely honored and blessed to have the opportunity to serve as Gordon County Schools Director of Special Education. I am looking forward to continuing my work with students with disabilities, their families, and all staff.” Ann Cross, who has worked with Alecia for many years in her current position, is confident that the stellar work of the department will continue under their new director, “Alecia is an excellent candidate for this position. Her entire career has been spent ensuring that every student with disabilities lives up and surpasses his potential. She has been a local, state and national presenter as an expert in special education, and in keeping with the district’s theme for this school year, is truly a model for what it means to go the 2nd mile.”
A retirement reception honoring Ann Cross will be held on November 14 from 3-5 p.m. at the Gordon County College and Career Academy. Alecia will assume her new role effective December 1.
September has been designated as the month to nominate SUPPORT PERSONNEL who demonstrate what it means to go the 2nd Mile- to go above and beyond what is expected of them. Do you know anadministrative assistant/secretary, bookkeeper, technical support technician, instructional technology coordinator, instructional coach, or other district support personnel who has demonstrated what it means to go the 2nd Mile? Nominate him/her for our #GCS2ndMile Award! NOMINATIONS are DUE SEPTEMBER 27; to be recognized at our October BOE meeting. Nomination forms are now available. Others will be recognized throughout the year, and nominations can be made up until the deadline for the award each month. For more information on the Award, visit our website under the Board of Education tab.