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Schools: Weather Delays and Closings for Monday, January 10, 2011

Houston County public schools

Central Georgia Technical College, all campuses, for both day and night classes

Georgia Military College in Warner Robins will open at noon.

Macon State College, all day and evening classes in both and Warner Robins and Macon, closed

Sacred Heart Catholic School, including extra-curricular activities

Warner Robins Christian Academy

Warner Robins Montessori Academy

Westside Baptist Academy



Four Houston County Schools Earn State Awards for Academic Performance

Four Houston County schools have won five Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS) awards from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement for the 2009-2010 school year. 

Bonaire Elementary, Quail Run Elementary, Matt Arthur Elementary and the Houston County Career & Technology Center (HCCTC) are four of 345 schools in Georgia recognized for significant student achievement. 

The awards are presented in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Education.  The SSAS award structure combines criteria for making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) with Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) scores achieved by elementary and middle schools and Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) scores for high schools. 

BMS Robotics Team Advances to Lego Super Regional Contest

BMS Robotics Team Advances to Lego Super Regional Contest

Bonaire Middle School’s Robotics team will compete at the Georgia FIRST Lego League Central Georgia Super Regional Qualifier this Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at 9 a.m. at the Museum of Aviation. 

The team won first place in Robotic Design at the First Lego League Qualifier held at Columbus State University in December.

Bonaire Middle’s students were judged against other middle school students from all over South Georgia in areas of teamwork, robotic performance and technical research. 

The students have been programming robots to carry out medically related tasks.  The team placed in the top seven out of about 20 teams.  

The students are members of the Technology Student Association.  Vicki Walker and Roland Williams serve as advisers and team coaches.    

Houston County Board of Education Announces 2011-2012 School Calendar

The Houston County Board of Education approved the 2011-2012 school calendar at the Dec. 14 Board meeting. 

Next school year’s calendar is based on input gathered via surveys, the news release says. 

Students will begin school on Aug. 1, 2011, and the last day of the school year will be May 25, 2012. 

“This calendar was designed based on an employee survey done this past October as well as results from a parent and employee survey conducted in 2007,” said Board Chairman Tom Walmer.  “Our stakeholders indicated that they prefer a calendar similar to the format we currently use and that they like the fall and winter breaks.” 

Superintendent Dr. Robin Hines said, “Our teachers have asked for preparation time and opportunities to meet with parents, so we have built-in flexibility during the 10 days teachers work and students are off.  We did our best to design a calendar that fits the preferences of our teachers and parents.”

Quail Run Party for Family who Lost All in Fire

A Quail Run Elementary School family lost everything in a house fire last Thursday.

The family has children in the first, fourth and tenth grades.  Quail Run Elementary will have a Christmas party for the family Thursday, Dec. 16, at 5:00 p.m.

In a school news release, Quail Run Elementary Counselor Rochelle Smith said, “We have some surprises for the family.  I have been overwhelmed with the generosity of the families at Quail Run.  This is a wonderful example of how people pull together when there is a tragedy.”

Quail Run Elementary is located at 250 Smithville Church Road in Warner Robins. 

Dr. Cheryl Thomas serves as principal. 

For more information, call Smith at 478-953-0415, ext. 36417.

Huntington Middle School Chorus to Perform at McDonald's

Huntington Middle School Chorus will sing at McDonald's on Thursday, Dec. 16.

From 5-8 p.m., a portion of McDonald's sales will benefit the chorus program. The money will be used to help defray the cost of trips and paying for music, Choral Director Quinyonia Kearse says.

McDonald's is located at 123 Russell Parkway.

Lake Joy Primary School Jump Rope Team Hosts Pajama Drive

Lake Joy Primary School's Lil’ Leapin’ Lions jump rope team is having a blanket and pajama drive to benefit the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The school is collecting new pajamas, blankets, knit caps and slipper socks through Wednesday, Dec. 15. Send in any of the items listed above for the patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

For more information, contact Amy.Shepherd@hcbe.net