Goshen Celebrates STEAM

The Richmond County School System is proud to recognize Ms. Jean Taylor, Goshen Elementary’s STEAM teacher, for receiving the 2019 Georgia STEM STAR Scholar Award. Only 23 Georgia teachers received this recognition which comes along with $500 to use in continued STEM education initiatives. The Georgia Youth Science and Technology Centers present these awards each year to recognize outstanding work in engaging and improving student learning in STEM disciplines. RCSS is honored to have Ms. Taylor share her talents and innovation with our students.

To showcase STEAM initiatives and its agricultural focus, Ms. Taylor and the Goshen staff recently hosted “Farm Day on the Field.” This collaborative event included Georgia Grown, Nutrition Services, and local farmers. Students were able to view animals, enjoy a hayride, explore a maze, and manipulate several crops and herbs. The day of the event, all school lunches were prepared using locally raised crops in celebration of the Locally Grown and Feed My School initiatives. Students were also able to participate in several STEAM challenges. Students and staff enjoyed every moment of this fun-filled day! 

"Students, Teachers Achieving Results" (STAR) Grant Winners


Congratulations to our 2019 “Students, Teachers Achieving Results” (STAR) Grant winners. Through the generous support of Savannah River Remediation, a technology-based company that takes an active role in the development of future engineers, mathematicians and scientists, our teachers received grants up to $1,000 to enhance elementary school science and mathematics programs. Our innovative teachers will use the money to purchase STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) kits to support STEM projects. Our winners were:


Beverly Lassiter-Southside Elementary

Jennifer Donaldson-Southside Elementary

Catherine Douglas-Lake Forest Hills Elementary

Carly Gilchrist-Goshen Elementary

Jean Taylor-Goshen Elementary

Shelia Shuler-Lamar Milledge Elementary

School Social Workers Collaborate with Local Agencies


Through the efforts of our school social workers, the Richmond County School System collaborates with the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope and SafeHomes of Augusta to provide McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance services to students. RCSS is proud to offer our students free tutoring from certified teachers and transportation to and from school. Our school social workers work closely with both agencies to ensure our homeless students are provided the same opportunities as their peers.

Thanks to this collaboration, many students and families have been uplifted and lives have been changed in the Augusta area!

2019 Job Shadowing Day

“If you can DREAM it, you can DO it.” – Walt Disney

In continued celebration of CTAE Month, students from across Richmond County were able to spend a day job shadowing in a variety of careers. Local businesses from throughout the CSRA were able to provide students with real-world experiences. Some CTAE students spent the day job shadowing in car dealerships; others learned more about the beauty industry; while some pitched potential stories with news stations, gained insight into the radio business, and shadowed workers in the healthcare industry. Several other partners also allowed our students to observe the daily tasks of multiple professions.

A special thank you is given to all of the businesses that continue to provide amazing opportunities and support to our students.  Thank you for helping us ensure that our students are college/career ready!

The Season of Giving

Tis’ the season of giving!

We want to start by saying thanks to the students from The Academy of Richmond County and the Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School who spent their afternoon providing meals for families at the Ronald McDonald House.

The Richmond County School System is also very thankful for the many businesses and organizations that have contributed to our students; we appreciate you!

Special thanks to LifeWay Book Store for providing stuffed animals for all students at Sue Reynolds; Fort Gordon soldiers who provided tons of toys for students at Hornsby Elementary School; A Few Good Men and Women who provided bikes to students with the highest i-Ready math and reading scores; and lastly, thanks to the local Publix stores for providing all students in the Special Education program at A. Brian Merry new toys!

Copeland Elementary Visits Augusta Museum of History

Copeland Elementary School's kindergarten classes embarked on a fun filled day at the Augusta Museum of History.  Students were able to blast through the past as they toured the interactive museum and learned about music, culture, politics, fashion, transportation, and influential Augustans. This exciting journey through the CSRA’s history was a perfect way to end a study on life in the past. Thanks to the Augusta Museum of History for collaborating on such an enjoyable event.

Richmond County School System celebrated National Red Ribbon Week

National Red Ribbon Week was celebrated in style at Westside High School with a community-wide Red Ribbon Rally. The rally was a collaborative effort of Garrett Elementary, A. Brian Merry, Warren Road, Westside High, and Laney High.  

William Avery, current President of Basketball Operations for the Augusta 706ers and member of Westside’s 1995 state championship basketball team, Duke University standout, and Minnesota Timberwolf, assisted with the official ribbon cutting. Devon Harris from Full Circle Refuge Juvenile Justice Ministries was the guest speaker. Twenty local agencies and vendors were also on-hand to offer information on a variety of topics and resources.

Our goal is to give hope to families and allow them to see that dugs do not have to destroy lives . . . with the wraparound resources available today, families have more support than ever!
— Dr. Lutricia Parkman, School Counselor, Garrett Elementary

Richmond County School System Dads on Duty

Deer Chase Elementary School recently hosted their third annual Dads on Duty event. About 100 dads, grandparents, uncles, and community leaders participated in this Title 1 literacy initiative. As the event began, the men lined the entrance to the school and greeted incoming students with high-fives. They were then given the opportunity to read aloud to students from different grade levels. Based on the smiling faces, all participants and students benefited from this reading and parental involvement program.

Richmond County School System Parade for GHSA Basketball Final Four

Laney Parade

The Richmond County School System hosted a parade this past weekend to honor the four High School teams who advanced to the Final Four in the AA classification of the Georgia High School Basketball Tournament. The parade featured the Boys’ and Girls’ teams from Laney High School, the Girls’ team from T.W. Josey High School, and the Boys’ team from Glenn Hills High School along with bands, cheerleaders and supporters from each school. Aquinas High School, who won the GHSA 1A private state championship, also participated. The parade route began at Dyess Park and proceeded down James Brown Boulevard to Laney Walker Boulevard before turning on to Twelfth Street and ended as the parade returned to Dyess Park down D’Antignac Street. Click on the photos below to see our coverage! 

Laney Alumni Continue the Legacy of Lucy Craft Laney


On a spectacular Saint Patrick’s Day evening, the Lucy. C. Laney High School Alumni Association held their annual Hall of Fame banquet to honor those alumni who embody the teachings and legacy of Lucy Craft Laney. During the evening, the Alumni Association inducted Honorary Alumni and added to their impressive list of Hall of Fame members, including Ms. Betty Beard, Reverend Johnny Hatney, and Mr. Charles Walker. One of many highlights of the evening included a demonstration of support by the alumni for the students currently attending Laney High School. Surrounded by the superintendent and several prominent community members, Mr. Johnny Nimes, president of the LCLHSAA, presented Mr. Virgil Smith, principal, with a check for $10,000. These funds will be used to support various student activities and is truly a blessing for Laney High School’s future alumni.

Lucy C. Laney Wildcats Take Home GHSA State AA Girls' Basketball Championship


Congratulations to the Lucy C. Laney Lady Wildcats for winning the GHSA State AA Girls’ Basketball Championship. The Lady Wildcats defeated the T.W. Josey Lady Eagles in a great game at the Macon Centreplex! Congratulations to both teams on an outstanding year and for representing Richmond County at such a high level.

Richmond County School System Students Participate in C-SPAN and Comcast Bus Tour

"We had the best time, I'm incredibly interested in exploring technology and entering the world of communication," said Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School students as they boarded the C-SPAN bus. The Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School was selected to participate in Comcast and C-SPAN’s '50 City Bus Tour' to promote the use of innovation through technology. This interactive demonstration teaches students how to utilize a variety of technological resources for school purposes and provided students with lectures from C-SPAN members and a meet-and-greet with Mayor Hardie Davis. 

We had the best time, I’m incredibly interested in exploring technology and entering the world of communication.
— Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School Students

RCSS Partners with the Augusta Regional Airport for Summer Shadow Program

The Richmond County School System (RCSS) has partnered with the Augusta Regional Airport to offer high school students the opportunity to shadow multiple aviation departments.

This Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) program is designed to provide students that are interested in the aviation industry the opportunity to shadow professionals within each field; to gain knowledge and experience through the use of observation and hands-on opportunities. Two students, Donquarius Rhodes from the Academy of Richmond County and JaQuan Hall (pictured) from Lucy C. Laney High School, have spent four weeks of their summer shadowing professionals in aviation fields such as, Airfield Maintenance, Aircraft Maintenance, Avionics, Line Service, Airport Operations, and Airport Engineering. 

RCSS Receives Educator HERO Award

Dr. Angela Pringle, and the Richmond County School System (RCSS), were recognized by the American Red Cross - Augusta Chapter at their HEROES Breakfast on June 7, 2017. The RCSS received the Educator Award for actions taken during the Hurricane Matthew evacuation of Savannah, Georgia. The HEROES are selected by a committee which is comprised of community leaders from the Red Cross’ 15-county jurisdiction. We are proud of this honor and we thank the Red Cross for their continued partnership.