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Northside High School Junior Night

Northside High School is holding a Junior Night on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. in the Ray Horne Auditorium.  Information will be presented about the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT) and other graduation requirements. 

A College Fair will also be a part of the event with about 12 exhibitors on display in the cafeteria from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

To help ensure success in high school, parents and students will receive information about the GHSGT, preparation, tutoring and subject matter. 

Schools Plan Events for Black History Month

Schools in Houston County have activities planned in observation on Black History Month.  Miller Elementary and Eagle Springs Elementary have special events. 

Miller Elementary School will host the Ugandan Thunder Children’s Choir on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. 

The choir hails from the Royal School and Orphanage of Mityana, Uganda.  Consisting of 18 children - 13 girls and five boys, ages 8-11 - the choir is touring the southeastern United States through June. 

Concerts typically last 90 minutes and consist of Ugandan drum songs, track songs in the Lugandan language as well as songs in English, including songs familiar to Americans. 

Miller’s student body will experience the Ugandan sounds and culture through this program.

Students to Compete in Regional Science and Engineering Fair

The Houston Regional Science and Engineering Fair will be held Feb. 2 – 4, 2011, at the Robins Air Force Base Museum of Aviation in the Century of Flight Hangar.  An awards ceremony will be held Friday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m. 

More than 600 middle and high school students from Houston County and Peach County public and private schools will compete, a Houston County Board of Education press release says.

The fair is open to the public from 10:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4.  Students will setup their display boards on Tuesday, Feb. 1, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Judges will interview participants on Wednesday, Feb. 2. 

Three individual grand prizes will be awarded - one for the junior division and two for the senior division.  One team grand prize will also be awarded to a senior team. 

Houston County Alum Returns with Published Poetry

Houston County Alum Returns with Published Poetry

Jacob Watters, a 1998 graduate of Houston County High School, has published his first book of poetry, Curbside Assistance and the Benefit of Mistakes.  He is pictured with his book which features a former classmate from Perry, Fl., Carrie Parker, on the cover.  

His book is described online as:  “Written in simple, flowing language and often with rhyme and meter which readers may find more similar to the beat of modern rock or pop music than classic poetry, Curbside Assistance and the Benefit of Mistakes is a collection of poems written in homage of friends, family, nature, god, love, failure and success.”  “Having Never Said” memorializes Parker who died at age 20, a Houston County Board of Education news release says. 

After graduating from Houston County High School, Watters went to Valdosta State University and then to the Georgia Campus - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Ceremony for Governor's Honors Nominees

The Houston County Board of Education will hold a breakfast to honor the 2011 Governor’s Honors Nominees on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 7 a.m, a Houston County Board of Education news release says. 

Sixty-six students will be recognized at a breakfast at the Herman Ragin Center followed by a recognition ceremony at 7:30 a.m.

The students were nominated by their teachers based on academic achievement and the students’ passion for a certain area such as agriculture, chemistry, mathematics, social studies, visual art, theatre, music or technology. 

The program began in 1964, making 2011 the 48th year of GHP. 

The nominees will be interviewed beginning January 29, 2011, by a state committee which will select finalists for the program.  Students will be notified on March 25, via the Governor’s Honors Program Web site, of their status. 

WRHS Students Compete in Regional Construction Challenge

Warner Robins High School (WRHS) students will compete in the regional Construction Challenge competition this Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, in Atlanta.  High school teams from Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee are competing. 

The competition begins at 10:00 a.m. and the closing ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. WRHS students hope to qualify for the international finals which will be held in March. 

 The Construction Challenge requires students to use innovation, mathematics, engineering and design skills.  It is connected to an industry actively looking for talented and motivated individuals for a wide range of well-paid jobs. 

Students who participate in the competition will learn about interesting and lucrative careers such as engineering, project management, service technicians, and marketing. 

Scoliosis Screening Offered at Houston County Middle Schools

Scoliosis Screening Offered at Houston County Middle Schools

The Houston County Board of Education is offering free Scoliosis screenings for all middle school students Jan. 25 – 27, 2011, and Feb. 1, 2011. 

The screening will be offered to all sixth and eighth graders in cooperation with the Houston County Health Department. 

For the screening, students should wear undergarments and single layers of comfortable clothing such as a t-shirt.  Parents will be notified only if a child does not pass the screening. 

 Scoliosis is a physical condition characterized by an abnormal curvature of the spine.  Most cases of scoliosis are mild but severe cases can be disabling.  Scoliosis affects two to three percent of the population - about 6 million people in the U. S.  The primary age for the onset of scoliosis is 10 to 15 years of age, when rapid growth is occurring or just before puberty.