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Board of Education Welcomes Special Guests, Stellar Performers

The Hart County Board of Education was delighted to have several special guests, and a pair of Stellar Performers at its regular meeting on October 17, 2022.

Invention Convention

Prior to the meeting, several North Hart Elementary fifth-grade students showcased projects from last week's "Invention Convention'' where students worked together to design and create an invention that solves an everyday problem. 

Students started the project by researching famous inventors. Using research skills gained from Reading/ELA, students collected general information on 16 important inventors and recorded the information in a chart. Students then picked their top three inventors to learn more about before deciding on one inventor to research for a slideshow and an informational writing assignment. 

After learning about the writing process, ways to organize their research, and informational writing during Reading/ELA, students planned their inventor informational writing using a graphic organizer before completing the writing assignment.

Now it’s time to start inventing! Students brainstormed about problems in their lives that they would like to find a way to solve. In groups, they chose which problem they wanted to solve. Then, group members brainstormed ideas on inventions they could create to solve their problem.

Groups planned their inventions using descriptions and labeled diagrams. They discussed the materials they would need and who would be responsible for bringing in items. Members of the Hart County High School STEAM Club came to help the students with this step.

The inventors then worked in groups to bring their inventions to life. The high school STEAM club was kind enough to work with the students again on this portion of the project. Students’ inventions were then displayed at the Agriscience Center when the 5th graders traveled there to present their inventions. Parents were invited to come to the Invention Convention to see the students’ amazing work.

Four of the groups presented their inventions to the Hart County Board of Education on Monday, October 17. 

Click here to view the Invention Convention photo gallery.

Stellar Performers

Advisory Council

Peyton Gaines and Hudson Milner, HCHS students, were recognized as Stellar Performers. State Superintendent Richard Woods selected Peyton and Hudson to serve on his 2022-2023 Student Advisory Council. The council consists of 67 Georgia students. 

While Hart County High School has had students selected to the advisory council in the past, this is the first time two students have been selected in the same year at Hart County High School.

Throughout the year, these students will meet with Superintendent Woods to provide feedback on the impact of state policies in the classroom. Members of the Student Advisory Council will also discuss other education-related issues, serve as the Superintendent’s ambassadors to their respective schools, and participate in service projects to benefit schools and students.

Connected Resilient Communities


University of Georgia Archway Director Dr. Michelle Elliott and Hart County Archway Professional Rosanna Cruz-Bibb recognized members of the 2022 Northeast Georgia Ag Expo planning committee for all of their efforts to host the event, earning our community silver designation in the Connected Resilient Communities initiative.

Elliot presented members of the committee with plaques designating Hart County with a silver medal in its Connected Resilient Communities initiative, which was launched last year.

“Workforce development and agriculture were an area of opportunity that rose to the top for resiliency building in Hart County. Today, I’m here to recognize part of those efforts focused on resiliency in the areas of workforce development and agribusiness,” Elliot said. “The community has earned a silver designation for completing extraordinary planning, collaboration, and partnership with UGA through the development of the Ag Exposition that was held in August of this year.”

The Northeast Georgia Ag Expo welcomed more than 700 visitors at its second annual gathering in August 2022. More than 40 exhibitors, including agriculture representatives from the University of Georgia and local agriculture professionals, participated in the expo.

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