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Westside Elementary STEM initiative teaches children & feeds the hungry

Westside Elementary STEM initiative teaches children & feeds the hungry

HOUSTON COUNTY, GA – Westside Elementary School has received 20 Tower Gardens to grow organic food on the campus using a vertical aeroponic system.  On May 14 at 10:00 a.m., Principal Dr. Cynthia Hammond and Superintendent Dr. Robin Hines will “plant” the first seeds in the towers.

This science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiative grows plants from seeds using water and nutrients.  Soil, pesticides and light are not required.  Each compact tower can grow as many as 44 plants in about 30 days.  The farm can produce a variety of vegetables and fruits such as raspberries, tomatoes, cabbage, basil and cilantro. 

IMPACTorg and Americans for Schools are partnering to provide Westside with the Tower Gardens as a pilot program.  If all goes well, all 38 Houston County schools will be offered similar aeroponic or aquaponic farm systems. 

Houston County restaurant ratings

Houston County restaurant ratings

See how Houston County restaurants rated with the Georgia Department of Health from March 25-April 25:

Mercer Football hosting summer camps for youth

Mercer Football hosting summer camps for youth

Mercer Football hosts summer camp sessions for youth, middle school and high school.

Check details and other sports summer camp session availability.

Houston County Schools new student registration now online

Houston County Schools new student registration now online

HOUSTON COUNTY, GA – The Houston County School System now offers online registration.  A quick and easy tool to use, parents may conveniently begin the enrollment process for a new student prior to completing the process at the district’s Central Registration.  The form is posted to the Houston County Board of Education website on the Central Registration webpage or one may click here for the direct link.  English and Spanish versions are available.

 

Report cards for Georgia schools released

Report cards for Georgia schools released

ATLANTA (AP) - State education officials say Georgia's elementary and middle schools improved overall during the last two years. But high schools on average are struggling to boost their students' performance.

That's according to new data released on Monday. The state is releasing two years of scores for school districts, including an update to previously released 2012 numbers.

The original 2012 numbers were the result of a similar system, rating schools on a scale of 100.