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
North Hart Elementary School Winner, Sam Moss:
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
Congratulations to these students for their hard work and creativity!
By Drew Dotson
The Hartwell Sun
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
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.
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.”
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!
Parents, this is a great Facebook Live event to help you 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/.
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!
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.
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.
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.
For more information, contact Jennifer Carter, Associate Superintendent, or Lamar Scott, Title I Director, by email or by phone at 706-376-5141.
Our schools are seeking input in planning! Have any idea or suggestions? Read on to learn more:Hart County Charter System officials invite citizens to give their input on the Hart County Charter System’s 2019 - 2020 Comprehensive Needs Assessment and District Improvement Plan.These documents are the basis of how the school district will budget and spend federal funds to enhance the academic achievement of all students.In addition, officials are seeking input for the 2019 - 2020 Title I School-wide Improvement Plans and the 2019 - 2020 Hart County Charter System Parent/Family Engagement Plan.Parents and community members will review the 2018 – 2019 documents, providing input on changes that should be considered for the coming school year. The plans will be available for review in the Professional Learning Room from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 and 10a.m. to Noon, on Wednesday, April 17th.The Professional Learning Room is located in the Board of Education Office at 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.comFor more information, contact Jennifer Carter, Associate Superintendent, or Lamar Scott, Title I Director, by email or by phone at 706-376-5141.
Hart County Charter System officials invite citizens to give their input on the Hart County Charter System’s 2019 - 2020 Comprehensive Needs
Assessment and District Improvement Plan. These documents are the basis of how the school district will budget and spend federal funds to enhance the academic achievement of all students.
In addition, officials are seeking input for the 2019 - 2020 Title I Schoolwide Improvement Plans and the 2019 - 2020 Hart County Charter System Parent/Family Engagement Plan. Parents and community members will review the 2018 – 2019 documents, providing input on changes that should be considered for the coming school year. The plans will be available for review in the Professional Learning Room from 1:00 – 3:00 on Tuesday, April 16th and 10:00 – 12:00 on Wednesday, April 17th.
The Professional Learning Room is located in the Board of Education Office at 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
For more information, contact Jennifer Carter, Associate Superintendent, or Lamar Scott, Title I Director, by email or by phone at 706-376-5141.
It is certainly a historic time for the Hart County Charter System, as both the Hart County High School Boy’s and Girl’s basketball teams will be heading to the state finals this Thursday in Macon, a result of the joint wins this weekend in Savannah during the Final Four play-offs.
In light of these remarkable win, Hart County Schools will have an early release day on Thursday. Students, teachers and administrators will be released at noon (12 p.m.) on Thursday so supporters can make the trip to Macon. Superintendent Jay Floyd met with the school’s executive committee and principals Monday morning and decided to accommodate supporters by letting schools out early this Thursday. However, schools will remain on schedule Friday, with students, teachers and administrators expected to be present as normal.
As in previous years, fan buses to the Macon game will be available, with buses loading at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the high school. Buses will be loaded on a first come, first paid basis. Tickets for riding the fan bus are $10 per person. To purchase an advance ticket, contact the high school at 706-376-5461.
Congratulations to both our girl and boy high school basketball teams on this great accomplishment and Go Dogs!
Hart County Schools Recognize Students Well-Being with Community Health Fairs
Two fire trucks were parked outside the front entrance to Hart County Middle School on Thursday morning, while the common area at Hart County High School was flooded with students Friday morning, and Hart County Sheriff’s Office vehicles was parked just outside.
It would be easy to question, is something amiss at these two schools this week? Actually, the opposite was true.
In collaboration with Communities in Schools and Hart Partners, Hart County schools hosted community health fairs at each school during the two days, one at the middle school and one at the high school. The mission of each event was to highlight for students the community resources available to them locally, to help them partake in healthy lifestyles, and stay fit- physically, emotionally and mentally. These are all aspects of education which can lead to more productive and proactive students.
According to repeated studies and research by the Center for Disease Control, healthy students are better learners and are more apt for academic achievement, while likewise have greater incentive to create a future lifestyle which reflects well-rounded, healthful habits throughout their adult lives.
A variety of local partners were on display at each school, ranging from the non-profit MedLink corporation and St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital, to advocates for the YMCA, Harmony House advocacy center, and Teen Textline crisis prevention service. In addition, representatives with emergency and protective services such as the local police and sheriff’s departments, EMTs, and U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers, were also on hand.
More than two dozen local industries and businesses were represented on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Hart County High School Career Day Expo, as part of the CTAE Month celebration. From the City of Hartwell and the Hartwell Telephone Company, to several branches of the military and more, the community showed up to show off to students possible local employment options once they finish high school and post-graduation options.
The career day expo is in conjunction with Georgia’s CTAE (Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education) month. Along with the career day, Hart County High School has also hosted a college day expo this week, and will bring in a financial wellness presentation, with host Dwayne Dye, on Friday.
Hart County High School students were exposed to a variety of post-secondary options Tuesday, as representatives and recruiters from colleges located throughout the state. From Brenau University to Georgia College and more, filled the Fine Arts Center to show students what they can look forward to after graduation.
The college day expo is in conjunction with Georgia’s CTAE (Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education) month. Along with the college event, Hart County High School will also host a career expo tomorrow, as well as a financial wellness presentation, with host Dwayne Dye, on Friday.
SkillsUSA Region 2 Championships were held at North Georgia Tech in Clarkesville, Ga. on January 31, with students from Hart County High School taking an active part in the event.
These championships offer students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and be recognized for them through competitive activities in occupational areas and leadership. There were 33 school represented at this completions. Hart County entered in several of the 30 contest offered. We bought home
1st place in T-Shirt Design - Tesia Freeman, every member who attended received a t-shirt with Hart County winning design furnished by SkillsUSA,
1st place Architect Drafting - Harleigh Finley
1st place Auto Finishing - David Galvin
2nd place Technical Drafting - Carter Hunt
2nd place Quiz Bowl Team – Janasia Gaines, Storrie Langston, Andrew Carlson, Kayla Ethridge
3rd place First Aid/CPR - Avery Miller
First and Second place winner represent Hart County and North East Georgia at State Conference in March in Atlanta. Ethan Sellers will also be advancing in HVAC.
Other students who competed were Megan Crump in Job Interview, Taylor Steele in Cosmetology, Selina Gutierrez in Esthetics, Brenden Winburn in Electrical Construction Wiring, Jacob Coil in Carpentry, Ethan Stroud in Auto Service Technology, Karra Jordan Pin Design and Tahtiyana Maxwell in T-shirt design.
Hart County will have many more students who will be starting competing at state level. If you would like to help sponsor any of our wonderful students, just get in touch with any of the HCCS advisors.
Registration information for pre-kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year is now available! Registration will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, April 22, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 26. All registration will be held at the Hart County Agriculture Center, 1951 Bowman Highway. For more information, please call 706-376-5141.
Pre-Kindergarten Registration FAQ:
Who can register?
- Any child who will be 4 years old on or before Sept.1, 2019
- Any child who is a resident of Georgia
If applicable, please bring:
- custodial papers or legal guardianship documentation
- child’s Medicaid card
- proof of food stamps, TANF, and/or SSI
Hart County Elementary Schools are pleased to announce registration for the 2019-2020 Pre-Kindergarten Program. Pre-K classes are located at Hartwell Elementary School, North Hart Elementary School, and South Hart Elementary School. Transportation will be provided when a student attends school within his/her attendance zone.
What do I bring to register?
- Proof of age –Original Birth Certificate
- Proof of Georgia residence (See examples below)
- Ga. Certificate of Immunization Form 3231
- Social Security Card for the CHILD
- 22 children registered on the Hartwell Elementary lottery list will be randomly selected to attend the Pre-K located at Hartwell Elementary.
- 44 children registered on the North Hart lottery list will be randomly selected to attend the Pre-K located at North Hart Elementary.
- 44 children registered on the South Hart lottery list will be randomly selected to attend the Pre-K located at South Hart Elementary.
Location: Hart County AgriscienceCenter, 1951 Bowman Hwy, Hartwell, Ga, 30643
Dates and Times: Monday, April 22, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, April 26, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
An interpreter for Spanish speaking parents will be available from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 22nd and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m on April 26th.
Examples of proofs of residence: Current (within 60 days) utility bill from Ga. Power, Hart EMC, or Hart Communications (land line only); property tax bill; deed or lease agreement (notarized when parents and student live in a home belonging to another); construction contract or non-contingent sales contract.
For more information, please call (706) 376-5141.
Parents of students in Hart County Schools, please take a moment to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey at gshs.gadoe.org/parents. This effort is part of the Georgia Department of Education School Climate Star Ratings project.Please only take for the survey for the school(s) your child or children attend.Find the survey here: https://bit.ly/2zKVjlj.
After 25 years in the classroom, Dannette Bowers-Davis has become a reputable part of the Hart County Charter System, making a positive impact on hundreds of high school students. It was with great pleasure today, Nov. 16, 2018, that School Superintendent Jay Floyd opened an envelope to reveal Bowers-Davis as the school system-wide Hart County Schools Teacher of the Year.
To be named as the system wide teacher of the year, nominees submitted video and went through an interview with three out-of-county panel judges. Bowers-Davis will now move on to the state level Teacher of the Year competition. The state winner will be revealed in the spring.
Having taught World History, Civics/Government and U.S. History at Hart County High School, Bowers-Davis has spent more than two decades educating Hartwell students. She is motivated daily by watching her students unveil the history behind their country, piecing apart the backbone of America and helping high school students connect the dots that make up the fabric of the nation.
“I love seeing students’ eyes when the lightbulb goes off when they understand the many concepts we have to cover,” she said. “U.S. History allows me to delve deep into the students’ minds and allow them to think critically.”
Known throughout the school system for her catch phrase, “Back that thang up,” Bowers-Davis is not only a character with a kind heart, she is a force field of energy, which ensures her students never leave her classroom without a passion for learning.
“Even though I have five years before I can retire, I still see myself in Room 207 saying, ‘back that thang up’,” she said. “This is a phrase I have used for years to explain to my students that they must provide evidence to prove their statements. Therefore, I see myself in education teaching the children of my former students.”
Bowers-Davis has been married to William Davis, deputy sheriff for Elbert County’s Sheriff’s Department, for 22 years, and has three children: Brandi Davis, Corey Davis and Paul Davis. As well as an excellent teacher, she is likewise an excellent coach, serving as assistant coach for the girl’s basketball team at Hart County High School.
Also nominated for Teacher of the Year were Kimberley Ayers, kindergarten teacher at South Hart Elementary School; Stacy Martin, special education teacher at North Hart Elementary School; Andrea Gibbs, a third grade teacher at Hartwell Elementary School; and Kelley Gaines, an engineering and video production teacher at Hart County Middle School.
The current ESPLOST V referendum will be presented to Hart County voters on the upcoming November 6 ballot. ESPLOST V is a continuation of the one-penny sales tax, which has been in place in Hart County for 20 years and supports the school system’s efforts to continually improve educational efforts within our county.
ESPLOST V projects will allow the Hart County Charter System to enhance student safety and security, replace outdated technology, prepare for growth, and maintain current facilities.
The facts and information about the ESPLOST V can be found on our website, at ESPLOST V, under the programs tab. We encourage you to learn more about ESPLOST V before you head to the polls on November 6.
Sept. 21, 2018-- Hart County Charter School System leaders are proud to announce their selections for the 2020 Teacher of the Year award. Selected among this year’s crowded field of talented teachers at the school system’s five schools are Andrea Gibbs, Hartwell Elementary School; Stacy Martin, North Hart Elementary School; Kimberly Ayers, South Hart Elementary School; Kelly Gaines, Hart County Middle School; Dannette Bowers-Davis, Hart County High School.
In the course of the next five weeks, the Hart County Charter System will provide weekly information posts about each teacher, profiling their background, areas of interest and why they love being a part of the Hart County educational experience. Hart County Charter System officials are excited to celebrate these five outstanding teachers and highlight their hard work and dedication to the students of Hart County.