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2020-2021 School Calendar

  • At the June 8, 2020 Board Meeting, the Board of Education approved four calendar reduction days. This decision impacts all employees. Details regarding the calendar reduction days are bulleted below, and a revised calendar is attached. Any posted calendars need to be replaced with the attached calendar. If you have any questions, please let me know. 
    • January 4th and March 19th are no longer professional learning days. These are now added to the holidays for both students and employees as Calendar Reduction Days.
    • Workdays will end at 3:30 PM rather than 7:30 PM on October 15th and March 23rd. Originally, teachers and administrators were conferencing with parents from 3:30 until 7:30 on both of these dates. Conferences will now conclude at 3:30 PM. Those not working until 7:30 PM were tracking the 8 hours on timesheets; this will no longer be necessary.
    • Employees will no longer have a flex day. Originally, employees were tracking 8 hours on timesheets; the hours were worked between July 1st and June 1st. This will no longer be necessary.

    For clarification, professional learning days will now include the following dates: July 29, 30, and 31; January 5; and June 1 and June 2.   

    2020-2021 Revised School Calendar

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  • Dear Parent/Guardian:

    Georgia House Bill 251 provides an Intradistrict transfer option to students when a school within their system has additional classroom space available within a particular school.  This option does not apply to Hart County considering the district is a charter system.  However, the system does offer parents the opportunity to request a transfer of schools at the elementary level following the process described below.

    Parent Responsibilities

    As a parent or guardian, you can request to have your child transferred to another public school within the school district of residence as long as the school district has determined that there is available classroom space at the school after all assigned students have been enrolled. If you choose to transfer your child to another school within the district, the law requires you to assume all costs and responsibilities related to the transportation of your child to and from the school as long as your child remains at that school.

    Transfer requests will be reviewed and approved or denied on the basis of a lottery in the event a particular school has available space and the number of transfer requests exceeds the remaining available capacity. Once available classroom space is reached at a school, no more transfers will be accepted at that school. Since it is possible that you may not receive your first choice, you may indicate more than one choice on the enclosed Transfer Request Form.  In order to process your request and be considered in the first lottery drawing for any available spaces, you will need to complete and submit the ‘Transfer Request Form’ by the close of business on July 15, 2020.  You will be notified of the status (approved or denied) of your request no later than the twentieth day of school. 


    The following schools and grade levels within those schools currently have space for transfers:

    • Hartwell Elementary-All Grade Levels
    • North Hart Elementary-All Grade Levels
    • South Hart Elementary-All Grade Levels

    If you have questions regarding this process, please call 706-376-5141 or email jcarter@hart.k12.ga.us.

    Transfer Request Form 


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  • Hart County families, please note the following dates and information regarding Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year:

    South Hart Elementary:  Tuesday, June 16, 2020

    Hartwell Elementary:  Wednesday, June 17, 2020

    North Hart Elementary:  Thursday, June 18, 2020

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  • yga  Hart County Schools are proud and excited to announce 12 students from all five Hart schools have been named as FY20 Young Georgia Authors in the statewide competition. Sponsored by the Georgia Language Arts Supervisors (GLAS) and the Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) network with support from the Georgia Department of Education, the purpose of the Young Georgia Authors (YGA) writing competition is to encourage students to develop enthusiasm for and expertise in writing, to provide a context to celebrate writing successes, and to recognize student achievement in arts and academics.

    For more than two decades, this competition has been open to any student enrolled in Georgia public schools, kindergarten- 12th grade. In Hart County, competition winners were selected at every grade level.  

    From Hart, the following students were named for their stories:

    • Kindergarten: Grayson Morris, South Hart Elementary School
    • First grade: Sam Moss, North Hart Elementary School
    • Second grade: Asher Marchman, Hartwell Elementary School
    • Third grade: Joniyah, Glaze, Hartwell Elementary School
    • Fourth grade: Kaelynn Shapland, South Hart Elementary School
    • Fifth grade: Jackson Carter, Hartwell Elementary School
    • Sixth grade: Juliette Cason, Hart County Middle School
    • Seventh grade: Lake Dickenson, Hart County Middle School
    • Eighth grade: Isabella Chitwood, Hart County Middle School
    • Ninth grade: Madeline Owens, Hart County High School
    • Tenth grade: Ken’Asia Johnson, Hart County High School
    • Eleventh grade: Chess Mitchell, Hart County High School
    • Twelfth grade: Omari Durrett, Hart County High School

    Hart County High School Winners, L-R: 

    Ken’Asia Johnson, tenth grade; Madeline Owens, ninth grade; Omari Durrett, twelfth grade; Chess Mitchell, eleventh grade


    Hart County Middle School Winners, L-R: 

    Bella Chitwood, eighth grade; Lake Dickenson, seventh grade; Juliette Cason, sixth grade

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    North Hart Elementary School Winner, Sam Moss:

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    Hartwell Elementary School Winners, L-R: 

    Asher Marchman, second grade; Joniyah Glaze, third grade; Jackson Carter, fifth grade


    South Hart Elementary School Winners, L-R: 

    Grayson Morris, kindergarten; Kaelynn Shapland, fourth grade

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    Congratulations to these students for their hard work and creativity! 

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  • By Drew Dotson

    The Hartwell Sun

    Wednesday, January 8, 2020

    smith logo   A glimpse into history that is usually reserved for the Smithsonian Museums in Washington D.C. has arrived in downtown Hartwell. Four unique poster exhibits are on display this month at the Hartwell Art Center.
    The exhibits were provided to Hartwell Main Street  Program by the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition.

    The program offers exhibitions to museums, libraries, science centers, historical societies, community centers, botanical gardens, schools and other institutions across the country. The program provides printable posters for the communities to display for educational purposes for free.

    “Oftentimes in communities across the country we don’t have the opportunity to go to Washington D.C. to see the Smithsonian, so they work to bring the Smithsonian to communities,” Hartwell Main Street director Jason Ford said.

    There are currently four poster exhibits at the art center, each with about eight posters. The Choosing to Participate exhibit  encourages people to participate in the government and shows how they can get involved. Destination Moon tells the story of the Apollo 11 mission and has photos of the moon landing. Righting a Wrong is about the incarceration of Japanese people and Japanese-Americans during World War II. World War I: Lessons and Legacies examines the way the war led to changes in America’s culture, technology, economy and role in the world.

    The exhibits are currently at the Art Center and will be there until Feb. 1. The exhibits are free and open to public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.   

    More exhibits are available through the SITES program and Ford is hoping to add more in the future if there is good feedback from the community. He is also hopeful that the school system will make use of the exhibit and that it can become an attraction in downtown for residents of Hartwell and Hart County.

    “I like the idea of the educational component, the history component, and just having something a little bit different in our downtown to give people the opportunity to come into town, see a little bit of the art, see a little bit of the posters,  get a little bit of dinner, get a little bit of shopping and you can make a day of it,” Ford said.

    There will be an opening reception for the exhibit from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 6, at The Art Center is at 338 E. Howell St. in downtown Hartwell.

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  • banner  Five Georgia school districts are included on the College Board’s 10th Annual AP District Honor Roll, with Hart County Schools among them, the organization announced this week.

    “Our teachers are doing a great job preparing students at an early age. One of our goals is to provide equal access to the curriculum for all students. We are committed to finding a pathway for every student. I am grateful to our high school administrators and teachers for standing in the gap to provide the best education possible. We are #onehartbeat,” said Hart County School Superintendent Jaybez Floyd.  

    The AP District Honor Roll is a roster of districts that are increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. The five Georgia districts honored are:

    • Coweta County Schools
    • Dade County Schools
    • Forsyth County Schools
    • Hart County Schools
    • Whitfield County Schools

    “Our number-one focus is on expanding opportunities for students in Georgia’s public schools,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “I commend these districts as they expand access to advanced coursework for their students, while maintaining a high standard of performance.”

    The College Board describes its AP District Honor Roll as “a roster of districts that are simultaneously expanding opportunity and improving performance.” Districts identified had to, since 2017, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP exam scores of 3 or higher.

    “With more students participating and succeeding in AP…more students are getting a head start on college by earning college credit during high school,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president of AP and Instruction at the College Board. “We are pleased to honor the teachers and administrators who have worked to clear a path for more students of all backgrounds to advance through AP.”



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  • We're so excited to announce and invite you to the dedication ceremony of the Hart County High School basketball court! Please join us at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, for this exciting ceremony! 

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  • Parents, this is a great Facebook Live event to help you digital natives understand the ever-changing world of digital media and how it effects our students! Take part in the 3rd annual Pioneer RESA Technology "A Parent's Guide to Raising Digital Natives" at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, Nov. 11! Take part, here https://www.facebook.com/pioneerresatech/

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  • toty  Hart County Charter System is excited to announced the new class of Teachers of the Year for the 2020-2021 school year!

    Jenny Martin, a special education teacher, has been named the Teacher of the Year for Hartwell Elementary School. Emilee Patrick, a 5th grade English and Language Arts teacher, has been named Teacher of the Year for North Hart Elementary School. Kathleen Teel, a Tier Intervention teacher for RTI/MTSS, has been named Teacher of the Year for South Hart Elementary School. Earl Fouch, a 6th grade math teacher, has been named Teacher of the Year for Hart County Middle School. Christie Simpson, a science teacher, has been named Teacher of the Year for Hart County High School.

    These five teachers will move on to an interview process with judges from various counties within the state, on November 4, and a Teacher of the Year for the county school system will then be named at a Teacher of the Year luncheon on November 15.

    In order to be eligible for Teacher of the Year recognition, teachers are nominated and voted upon their peers and principal, and should be a certified classroom teacher in public pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, including special education, physical education, art, music, media specialists and ROTC teachers. They also are teachers who inspire students, are dedicated and skilled in active teaching, play an active role in the community and are respected by both students and their parents.

    Update: On November 15, Hart County High School Teacher of the Year Christie Simpson was named as the district-wide Teacher of the Year in Hart County! She will now move on to submit an application to be a nominee for Georgia’s Overall Teacher of the Year. Congratulations, Mrs. Simpson! 

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  • excellence
    The school year if off to a great start with several recognitions for Hart County Charter System leaders. The Hart County Board of Education has been awarded the "Award of Excellence" presented by the Georgia Education Workers' Compensation Trust for dedication to safety. In recognition of an outstanding safety year.
    As well, Hart County Finance Department has for the 4th year in a row, received the award for Distinctions for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
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  • boe  The Hart County Charter System is proud to announce it has been recognized for its achievement and status as a Georgia School Boards Association’s (GSBA) 2019 Exemplary School Board. 

    This is the first year for Hart County to earn Exemplary Status, which comes as a true honor not only for the school system, but for the community as a whole, said Jay Floyd, Superintendent of the Hart County Charter System.

    “This recognition is an honor for our community,” Floyd said.

    The recognition program is designed to showcase best practices in school governance and leadership. GSBA recognizes good school board governance to foster educational community cultures in order to advance student learning and achievement. 

    The Hart County School Board of Education exceeded the criteria set by the GSBA to earn the honor of a 2019 Exemplary Board. This year, only 50 of the 180 public school boards in Georgia earned the Exemplary Board status.

    The Hart County School Board is teamed by Chair Kim Pierce, Vice Chair Richard Sutherland, and members Matthew Honiotes, Dennis Dowell and Lonnie Robinson. It is the mission of Hart County schools and the board to prepare all students to meet tomorrow’s challenges by providing quality educational opportunities today, which is being acknowledged and recognized by the GSBA honor.

    “This board has a great work ethic and they deeply care about our community,” Floyd said. “They have aligned our Charter Goals with our System Strategic Plan and the Budget Process. They have worked hard putting in extra training hours to support our students during the last three years.”

    The GSBA Governance Team Recognition Program was developed by Georgia superintendents and board members based on the state board of education’s standards for effective governance to recognize exemplary leadership. In 1998, the Georgia School Boards Association was one of the first school board associations in the nation to develop a program of standards for local boards of education. The GSBA Board recognition program is a three-tiered program.  For more information on the program, the GSBA website for awards and recognition.  

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  • feedback   The Hart County Charter System is looking toward the community for input and feedback as to the comprehensive needs for our schools. Input is specifically needed for the school system’s 2019 - 2020 Comprehensive Needs Assessment and District Improvement Plan, and the Title I School-wide Improvement Plans and the 2019 - 2020 Hart County Charter System Parent/Family Engagement Plan.

    Citizens of Hart County are invited to provide comment on the se plans and suggest any possible changes. The documents for both plans are the basis of how the school district will budget and spend federal funds to enhance the academic achievement of all students.


    Parents and community members will review the 2018 – 2019 documents, providing input on changes, which may be considered for the upcoming school year. The plans will be available for review in the Professional Learning Room from 1- 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 and 10 a.m. to Noon on Wednesday, April 17.


    The Professional Learning Room is located in the Board of Education Office, 284 Campbell Drive in Hartwell. Parents who review these documents will be encouraged to provide written feedback.  In addition, the documents are available for review on the Hart County Charter System’s website at www.hart.k12.ga.us. 

    Comments are welcomed and can be emailed to jcarter@hart.k12.ga.us or lamar.scott@hart.k12.ga.us.


    For more information, contact Jennifer Carter, Associate Superintendent, or Lamar Scott, Title I Director, by email or by phone at 706-376-5141.

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