Novelis “Can Man”
Visits the Head Start Centers
On March 25th, the students and the staff members at the Head Start/Pre-K & Early Head Start had an opportunity to be visited by the Can Man and representatives from the Novelis, Inc. of Greensboro, Georgia ...Read more
Allen Awarded Scholarship
to Paine College
Hancock Central High senior, Karesha Allen, recently joined the ranks of scholar athletes who have committed to taking their talents to college. Allen, a standout in track and field, accepted a four year scholarship to run track at Paine College in Augusta, Georgia.
Allen is one of Hancock Central High’s shining stars having competed in more than 80 track meets in the last three years. A gifted athlete, Allen took part in state competition during her freshman year of high school in the 100 and 200 meter sprints. She led her team to victory in the 4x100 meter relay, running the 1st leg ...Read more
Hancock Central High’s FBLA
Advances to State Finals
Hancock Central High School’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) journeyed to Swainsboro High School to take part in the FBLA Regionals Competition and advanced to the State Finals in two categories. Students representing Hancock Central High participated in events in the areas of Economics, Introduction to Business Communication, Marketing, Impromptu Speaking and Entrepreneurship ...Read more
Ready, Set, Play
Due to a deficit among other outstanding debts at the entrance of academic year 2011, severe cuts were made in the daily operation of schools including education, administrative positions, hiring practices, and athletics. Because of meticulous and thrifty financial spending and a strong request from members of the board, baseball, softball and cross country sports are returning to the District beginning the 2014 school year in Hancock Central Middle and Hancock Central High Schools ...Read more
Three Bulldogs Commit on
National Signing Day
CCGPS – A Consistent, New,
and Rigorous Curriculum
Georgia began its transition to the Common Core State Standards on July 8, 2010, when the Georgia State Board of Education adopted those standards. The plan is to have full implementation in English/Language Arts and Mathematics in Kindergarten through ninth grade in the 2012 – 2013 academic year. As a result, the state is preparing teachers with professional learning for successful implementation through Regional Educational Service Agencies (Oconee RESA). Below is the Common Core State Standards Timeline…
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M.E. Lewis Elementary School and
Hancock Central Middle School
The AdvancED Accreditation Commission has awarded M.E. Lewis Elementary School and Hancock Central Middle School accreditation with the Southern association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement. We are proud of the Hancock County School family, parents, stakeholders and significant citizens for their efforts of achievement and support. Please read the article below highlighting the specifics.
Hancock County School Family
Hancock County Schools Celebrate
School Board Appreciation Week
Hancock County Board of Education pictured from left to right: Ms. Azzalee Williams-Askew, Mr. Anthony Gilchrist, Mrs. Annie Ingram, Ms. Pamela L. Ingram and Mrs. Denise Ransom
Supporting your mission is our mission. We have approved research-based resources that align with the school’s mission and focus on reinforcing traditions and celebrating education which creates the most positive culture. Our initiative is to support the district in encouraging on time graduation (91%) and college and career readiness ...Read more
Georgia’s High School
Graduation Rate Continues to Increase
Georgia’s 2013 public high school graduation rate increased almost two percentage points over the previous year – from 69.7 percent in 2012 to 71.5 percent in 2013 – and over four percentage points from 2011 (67.5 percent). This is the third year Georgia has calculated the graduation rate using the adjusted cohort rate formula.
“Under a more rigorous calculation method, the trend still shows that the percentage of our high school students graduating increases year to year,” said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. "Despite the economic challenges our districts are facing, we have more high school students graduating today than we have had in several years, which is a testament to the hard work of our students and teachers. We must continue our progress to ensure all students cross the finish line, because without a high school diploma, their options are very limited.”
The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the cohort based on when a student first becomes a freshman. The rate is calculated using the number of students who graduate within four years and includes adjustments for student transfers. In contrast, Georgia’s former graduation rate calculation defined the cohort upon graduation, which may have included students who took more than four years to graduate from high school.
The U.S. Department of Education requires all 50 states to use the cohort rate to calculate graduates.
Links to Graduation Rate Data
Read Across America
Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2 – Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Under bright sunny skies, school staff and community volunteers delighted hundreds of scholars in grades Early Head Start to eighth grade with Parent Involvement coordinators in charge of the events, Ms. Natasha Mapp and Mr. Linton Ingram. The District applauds them all. Great Job! ...View more pictures
M.E. Lewis Elementary School
Showcases Exemplary Educators
Kids win when educators work as one. These educators, who have been rated exemplary, have provided a cutting-edge learning experience with a customized curriculum. According to Mr. Charles Jones, principal of M.E. Lewis Elementary, “Our teachers care about their students in ways that are perceptible to them. They overtly transfer this understanding to their students. Teachers need to know students’ name, their hopes and dreams, and connections between their lives and the curriculum. Teachers need to care if students are absent from school and why. Teachers need to plan for high expectations. Students who feel valued at school score significantly higher on standardized tests and more academically motivated than students who are not. This is why these educators have been recognized as exemplary because they care and value their scholars.” ...Read more
African American Scholars Recognition
On Thursday, February 27, 2014, Georgia Regents University honored the top two African American Scholars who are seniors at local high schools. Each year Georgia Regents University holds the African American Scholars Recognition Program to recognize high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. In recognition of this achievement, a Georgia Regents University Certificate of Academic Achievement and an award are presented to these scholars ...Read more
Hancock Central Middle/High School Scholars
Will Soon Bid Farewell to Printed Textbooks
Economics students in Jessica Letze’s class use their iPads regularly in class to research and aid in classroom discussion.
The members of the Hancock County Board of Education, (Annie S. Ingram, Chair, Azzalee W. Askew, Vice Chair, Anthony Gilchrist, District 1, Denise Ransom, District 2, and Pamela Ingram, District 4) have advocated for classrooms to provide a window into high technology which can be used successfully to help our scholars learn. In 2012, the Board of Education approved and supported each scholar in grades in 6th – 12th and instructional educators in grades Head Start to 12th grade to have individual iPads. As a result of this high tech device, End – of – Course Economic Test scores increased 62% percent passing rate in 2012 to 77% passing rate in 2013 yielding a 15% gain. This is also true for passing rate of the writing assessment mandatory for graduation. In 2012, 87% of the scholars passed. In 2013, 91% of scholars passed yielding an increase of 4%. Although technology has played a viable role in this increase, the instructional staff has also utilized powerful practices such as a guaranteed and viable curriculum, challenging goals and effective feedback to parents and scholars, safe and orderly environment, parent and community involvement, and collegiality and professionalism ...Read more
Superintendent Gwendolyn Jefferson Reeves motivated middle school scholars through selected literature. Superintendent Reeves used the book, “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters” by John Steptoe, to motivate and urge scholars to realize the greatness they possess.
Pictured from left to right: Rep. Bill Hitchens, Rep. Jan Jones, Senator Buddy Carter, Rep. Alisha Thomas-Morgan, Dr. Susie Jones, Rep. Randy Nix, Superintendent Gwendolyn Jefferson Reeves, Rep. Joyce Chandler, Senator Lindsey Tippins, Rep. Brooks Coleman, Rep. Jason Spencer and Rep. John Burns
Take A Road Trip
On Tuesday, November 19th, selected members of the Georgia Legislature scheduled listening sessions throughout the state of Georgia in key areas addressing and listening to the concerns of school related issues from parents, stakeholders, members of the Board of Education, superintendents and others. Topics of interest included austerity restoration, funding formula, flexibility/accountability with the CCRPI, guns in schools, teacher/leader evaluation system, governance with charter, waiver allowances, effectiveness of Common Core, SPLOST dollars to fund schools, and proposed House Bill (HR 550) election of local school superintendents... Read More
New School Vaccination Requirements
In our on-going efforts to keep parents apprised of issues affecting the educational status of our scholars, the Hancock County School District submits the following notice concerning vaccinations received from the Georgia Department of Public Health North Central Health District.
Effective July 1, 2014, children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are entering 7th grade must have received one booster dose of pertussis containing vaccine (TDaP) and one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine. This new rile also applies to new entrants who are entering grades 8 through 12 in a Georgia school ... Read more
When Fathers and Sons
Break Bread Together,
Amazing Things Can Happen
Head Starters are not the only ones enjoying a hearty breakfast. A record breaking number of fathers joined their sons for breakfast on Thursday, March 13, 2014. They talked about sports, cars, spring break and their classwork and favorite books. Research states, “When parents are a part of their child’s education, they tend to achieve in school and make good choices in life.” Mr. Gary Hill coordinated this affair. Mr. Hill is a Family Service Worker in the Head Start program ...Read more
To Dance with My Daughter Again
The Mission of the Girl Scouts of America builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Today, there are 3.2 million Girl Scouts and 890,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers. According to the fact sheet about Girl Scouting, the organization empowers girls. It states, “In Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Through a myriad of enriching experiences, such as extraordinary field trips, sports skill-building clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges, and environmental stewardships, girls grow courageous and strong ...Read more
It Is Our Duty to Care, Too
A nursing home is normally the highest level of care for older adults outside of a hospital. Scholars in the Hancock County School District know the importance to see how people age and what happens when we are unable to continue caring for ourselves in old age, and to gain both appreciation for this process and respect for the patients in the healthcare facilities. The administration of Providence and Sparta Healthcare Centers described the many wonderful things about their patients in reference to what they have accomplished in life and the nature of now living in a nursing home. “The administrators are upbeat, positive, and respectful,” according to one of the scholars. Dr. Tanger Ward, principal of Hancock Central/Middle High School asserted, “Our scholars know the meaning of service and goodwill to all men. We are preparing them to be of service to others and change agents of the world.” ...Read more
Special Education Department
Hancock County School District’s Special Education Department: Pictured left to right back row: Nastassia Cobb, Minnie Roberson, Renette Binns, Brigget Andrews, Tracee Scott, Calandra Jones, Ree Barnes, Annie Usry and Rashad Abad. Front row left to right: Adrienne Harris, Shonquita Horton, Sarranda Scott, Janice Redden, Elishia Smith, Tulsi Nakka, Jamey Johnson, Mary Cumming, Raquel Jones, LaTonja Davis, Natasha Mapp and Charissa Harris. Not Pictured: Moira Acree, Cynita Flournoy, Charles Forrest, Calea Jackson, Taka Taylor, Patricia Thomas, Lillie Webb and David Wells.
Receives A Perfect Score
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that states review the data of each Local Educational Agency (LEA) to evaluate the LEA’s performance in meeting requirements and purposes of the IDEA. After a review of the data, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is required to make the following LEA determinations: Meets Requirements; Needs Assistance; Needs Intervention or Needs Substantial Intervention...Read More
Special Education & Supports
Taka Taylor (Parent Mentor)
Office Hours: Mon-Thurs (8am-1pm)
706-444-6652 ext. 299
Parent Satisfaction Survey
: M.E Lewis Elementary and Hancock Central Middle School has been chosen by the Georgia Department of Education to complete Parent Satisfactory Surveys for the 2013-2014 School Year...Read More
Taka Taylor (Parent Mentor)
Hancock County Schools Awarded 21st CCLC Grant
At the July 19, 2013 State Board of Education meeting, Hancock Central Middle/High School was awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant in the amount of $439,898 for the 2013-2014 school year. As a result of the grant, students attending Hancock Central Middle/ High School will be afforded the opportunity to participate in academic and enrichment courses during after school and summer school tutorial programs ...Read more