21st CCLC enters local pumpkin decorating contest

Each 21st CCLC afterschool program class entered a pumpkin in the JC’s Shaved Ice Pumpkin Decorating Contest this month. The middle school class was awarded 1st place, 4th grade took 2nd place, and 5th grade was awarded 3rd place. Because the top three awards were given to 21st CCLC participants, Mr. John Crowe, the owner of JC’s Shaved Ice, graciously provided all students with a shaved ice party!

Middle Grades - 1st Place

Middle Grades – 1st Place

 

4th grade - 2nd place

4th grade – 2nd place

5th grade - 3rd place

5th grade – 3rd place

3rd grade - Honorable Mention

3rd grade – Honorable Mention

 

Students wait patiently in line for their shaved ice treats!

Students wait patiently in line for their shaved ice treats!

 

Mr. John Crowe and the 1st Place winners

Mr. John Crowe and the 1st Place winners

 

 

 

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2013 Regional SAM Contest Winners

Three students in Cochran/Bleckley County were regional contest winners in the annual Communities In Schools Student Achievement Month (SAM) contest. These students will  move on to the state competition and will vie for prizes valued up to $1,000.

Creative Expression Elementary Grades Winner: Ieisha Horne, 2nd Place

Creative Expression Elementary Grades Regional Winner: Ieisha Horne

Middle Grades Creative Expression Winner: Malik Fowler, 1st Place

Middle Grades Creative Expression Regional Winner: Malik Fowler

 

Computer Technology Middle Grades Regional Winner – Amanda Horne

The SAM event boosts the confidence of students who are struggling in school and recognizes them for their achievements. The contest helps students achieve new goals and gain a better understanding of the importance of academic achievement and staying in school. Dedicated staff members and volunteers encourage students and ensure they complete SAM entries, which helps them assume responsibility for self-improvement and self-discipline. “Our local affiliates and their volunteers work hard to assist students and establish relationships with local service agencies, businesses, health care providers, and parent and volunteer organizations”, said Carol Lewis, Chief Operating Officer for Communities In Schools of Georgia. “We know that bringing these types of services into the schools help children and their families succeed.”

Communities In Schools (CIS)  is the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization. CIS partners with local school districts and community organizations to connect resources and services to kids at-risk of dropping out and their families. ICF International conducted a five-year evaluation and compared results to over 1.600 studies screened by the Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse. The evaluation shows that the CIS model is one of a very few organizations proven to keep students in school and the only one to document that it both increases graduation rates and decreases dropout rates. In Georgia, 41 CIS local affiliates provide services through the CIS model to more that 140,000 students in hundreds of school and community-based sites. Key initiatives include mentoring, tutoring, parent engagement, literacy, after-school programs, youth leadership, and Performance Learning Centers. PLCs provide another learning option for high school students who are not succeeding in the traditional school setting. Communities with CIS programs have seen an increase in their high school graduation rates, a decrease in violence and disruptions, and an increase in attendance and academic achievement. For more information, visit http://www.cisfccochranbleckley.org or call 478-934-4300.

You may call the main office of Communities In Schools of Cochran/Bleckley County and Family Connection Community Partnership, Inc. at 478/934-4300 for information on any of our other initiatives including the 21st Century Community Learning Center After School program, Abstinence Education and Youth Development program or any of our Safe Schools/Healthy Students program services which include Mental Health services, Family Case Management services, Parents As Teachers program, or Wellness and Prevention programs.

February Parent Meeting: Healthy Lifestyles

Ms. Ann Pettis, 4-H Education Program Specialist, brought a team of awesome Senior 4-Hers to the CIS/FC February Parent Meeting on February 28, 2013. These 4-H students presented to parents and students on a variety of topics which included proper care of cattle, healthy eating (especially at fast food restaurants!), and dairy sciences. All presenters were extremely knowledgeable in his or her field. In fact, several students have won several local and state awards for their expertise, presentations and portfolios!

Parents were encouraged to enroll their student(s) in 4-H activities, clubs and summer camp. For more information about 4-H and how your child can get involved, please contact the Bleckley County Extension Office at  (478) 934-3220.

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CIS/FC Appreciates Mentors

Original article published by The Cochran Journal on 2/19/2013.

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As a highlight of January being National Mentoring Month, Bleckley County Middle School hosted a Mentor Appreciation Breakfast on Friday, January 25, 2013 for Mentors serving in the CIS/FC Mentoring Program. Over 40 Mentors, Mentees and guests were in attendance for the fun-filled event.

Bleckley Middle School is proud to have 25 Mentors volunteering their time to meet once a week with their Mentee for an entire school year. Together they enjoy all types of activities such as drawing, cards, basketball, painting, jewelry making, board games and lots of laughter and conversation. The program is designed for both the students and adult to form a strong trusting friendship and to have FUN!

In addition to mentoring, Communities in Schools of Cochran/Bleckley County and Family Connection Community Partnership, Inc. provides the following initiatives for our school system: 21st Century Community Learning Center After School Program, Abstinence Education and Youth Development program and Safe Schools/Healthy Students program services which include Mental Health services, Family Case Management services, Parents As Teachers program or Wellness and Prevention programs.

If you are interested in more information about the mentoring program or would like to sign up for training next fall, please contact Gretchen Wilson-Tuck, CIS/FC Site Coordinator at 934-4300 or email gtuck@cisfccochranbleckley.org

2013 Student Achievement Month – Local Contest Winners

For the past ten years, Communities In Schools of Georgia has held an annual Student Achievement Month contest. Designed to recognize Georgia students who are sometimes overlooked and often expected to underachieve, this year there were more than 200 entries from elementary, middle and high school students who receive Communities In Schools services.

Bleckley County students competed at the local level in the categories of computer technology and creative expression on February 7, 2013. First and second place winners were honored for their achievement and will move forward to the regional competition in March. Winners at the regional level will move on to the state competition.

 

2013 Student Achievement Month winners

2013 Student Achievement Month winners

 

Middle Grades Computer Technology Winners (Left to right) Amanda Horne, 1st Place and Sherita Amerson, 2nd Place

Middle Grades Computer Technology Winners (left to right) Amanda Horne, 1st Place and Sherita Amerson, 2nd Place

Middle Grades Creative Expression Winner: Malik Fowler, 1st Place

Middle Grades Creative Expression Winner: Malik Fowler, 1st Place

Creative Expression Elementary Grades Winner: John Michael Teagle, 1st Place

Creative Expression Elementary Grades Winner: John Michael Teagle, 1st Place

Creative Expression Elementary Grades Winner: Ieisha Horne, 2nd Place

Creative Expression Elementary Grades Winner: Ieisha Horne, 2nd Place

 

 

 

 

Decorated Door Contest at 21st Century Community Learning Center

Original article published by The Cochran Journal. Article and photos by Tanya Kirkpatrick.

Four classrooms. Four doors. Four judges. One pizza feast donated by Pizza Hut awaiting delivery to whichever classroom was declared the winner in the 21st Century Community Learning Center Door Decorating Contest held Wednesday, December 12, 2012.

Each of the doors had a Christmas theme – strings of lights, garlands, snowmen – but all four judges agreed that the Fourth Grade classroom’s door was a step above the others in terms of creativity, originality execution and neatness.

The stockings hung on the paper “mantle” were colored by the students and both the wreath and the flames of the fire in the fireplace were actually cut-outs of the students’ hands on construction paper. “Framed” pictures of the students and brightly colored candles placed on the mantles capped off the illusion if a cozy holiday fireplace.

Second Place was awarded to the snowman themed door. Third Place went to the door decorated with lettered pennants and Christmas ornaments, and Honorable Mention was given to the final door, which was adorned with a single string of “lights”, each bearing a student’s name.

It was obvious that everyone worked hard on their door to best represent the spirit of Christmas and The Cochran Journal was honored to be one of the judges in the competition.

The winning door

The winning door

 

December 2012 Parent Meeting: Cookies with Santa

To celebrate the holiday season, Santa made a special appearance at the CIS/FC December parent meeting! Parents and students sang Jingle Bells as Santa made his grand entrance on December 18, 2012. Santa chuckled and waved as students eagerly lined up to tell him their wish lists. Santa gave each child homemade cookies as a token of the Christmas spirit.

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Students and parents also participated in Christmas trivia. The family with the most correct trivia answers won a prize. Congratulations to Brendan and Brandon Hudson on their very merry win!

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