Written by Melanie Lumpkin

John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School has much to celebrate!

State School Superintendent Richard Woods recently announced the 2019 Georgia Scholars, and Davidson had nine seniors awarded this distinction. Through the Georgia Scholar program, the Georgia Department of Education identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life—carried exemplary course loads, performed excellently in all courses, successfully participated in interscholastic events, and assumed active roles in extracurricular activities. Davidson’s 2019 Georgia Scholars are: Mia Brewster, William Cawthon, Reid Fly, Anna McCabe, John McDonough, Matthew Morgan, Connor Talley, Sarah Strickland, and Stanny Zaw.  “The 2019 Georgia Scholars exemplify our mission of educating the whole child,” Superintendent Woods said. “They are well-rounded students who have engaged with a wide array of educational opportunities—from traditional classroom learning to community service. I congratulate each of these students and wish them well as they embark on their next steps after high school.”

Secondly, Davidson senior Jenifer Silva Arreola earned the Georgia Seal of Biliteracy from the Georgia Department of Education.  This highly sought seal is awarded to eligible seniors who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. Jenifer maintained a 3.0 or higher in all of her language classes and passed the AP Spanish exam! ¡Felicidades!

Last, but not least, Reid Fly and Kaiwen Wang will receive National Merit Scholarships for high achievement in PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index Scores. Of the 1.6 million entrants from across the United States, only 7,500 students are chosen! We celebrate your academic talents!

RCSS Autism Awareness Events

April is World Autism Awareness Month and the Richmond County School System is celebrating the individuality and uniqueness of all students! To kick off the month-long recognition and bring about awareness of autism, the Diamond Lakes Mime Team performed a series of routines and Langford Middle School held an autism awareness walk and a balloon release to recognize and celebrate their students with autism.  Many students throughout our system are also wearing blue—the official color of Autism Speaks and a symbol of acceptance. Thanks to the Diamonds and the Lions for sharing these special events with us and for advocating for all students with special needs!

Richmond County Black History Celebration

The Richmond County School System celebrated Black History Month in the biggest of ways! Through art shows, plays, musicals, guest speakers, wax museums, programs, and murals, all of our students were able to celebrate and be inspired by artists, scientists, doctors, politicians, and many other notable black figures from the past and the present.

We hope you enjoy these photos of events from all over the system.

RCSS Celebrates Black History Month: Dr. Charles Thomas Walker

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Dr. Charles Thomas Walker was born into slavery in 1858.  His father died the day before he was born, and his mother died in 1866, just one year after the 13th Amendment was ratified. Despite the challenges of his childhood, C.T. Walker was determined to rise above his circumstances and use religion and education to etch out a legacy for many generations. At 15, Mr. Walker was baptized and shortly after, enrolled in the Augusta Theological Institute, housed in the basement of Springfield Baptist Church—one of the oldest Baptist Churches in the United States. After many financial hardships, Dr. Walker, at age 18, was licensed to preach. It was just a few years later that Reverend Walker became the minister of modern day Tabernacle Baptist Church which is located on his namesake, Laney-Walker Blvd. During this time, C.T. Walker also began traveling around the world.

Reverend Walker’s powerful pulpit messages were heard by black and white believers from all over the country; William Taft and John D. Rockefeller were amongst congregations that would travel to Augusta to hear his words of unity and inclusion.  In 1900, Dr. Walker moved to New York City and pastored Mt. Olivet Baptist Church; under his leadership, it became the largest black church in the U.S. 

RCSS honors Reverend C.T. Walker for his efforts toward unity and equality. C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School stands as a reminder of his dedication to ideals that are etched into the minds of thousands.

Coding for the Grinch with Diamond Lakes Elementary

Fourth grade students at Diamond Lakes Elementary School put their coding skill sets to work to complete an interactive coding assignment and received a sweet prize. After the winter break, students will go on to learn about robotics and gaming.

“My students mean the world to me and if Coding with the Grinch, green popcorn, and green juice gets them excited about learning, well I think room 302 has learned to change the Grinch's Heart and our students mindsets as well!”

-Mrs. Mills, Technology Instructor

Freedom Park K-8 School and C.T. Walker Magnet School Chess Competition

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Freedom Park School and C.T. Walker Magnet School participated in an intense and exciting Chess Competition this week. The competition was held at Freedom Park School which is located on Fort Gordon. This is the second year the schools competed and organizers hope to continue the tradition and include more schools next year. While both schools presented first-rate teams, the title goes to the Walker Wildcats! Keep playing and having fun!

 

State Superintendent Richard Woods Visits Butler High School

State School Superintendent, Richard Woods, visited Butler High School Wednesday, October 24th to visit with students and hear about their positive experiences with the AVID program (Advancement Via Individual Determination).

The highlight of the tour was Mr. Woods interviewing a panel of students to hear about the benefits of AVID; when Einnaja Brown was asked by Mr. Woods how the program has helped her, she quickly responded, “AVID has taught me self-discipline and inspired me to be something in life!” Corrie Winston, another participant and student athlete, responded, “AVID has taught me to work as part of a team.” Mr. Woods was inspired by the student panel and pleased to see how the AVID program “started small, and now the students are ambassadors and have the discipline, motivation, and commitment to change lives.” School board members, Dr. Pringle and district leadership were also present for the visit which highlighted the positive programs Butler’s cluster schools have implemented to improve school culture and performance.

AVID has taught me self-discipline and inspired me to be something in life!
— Einnaja Brown, Butler High School Student