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SWAINSBORO HIGH SCHOOL…Where TRADITION Never Graduates, But STUDENTS DO!
It is with great pleasure we welcome our students, families, and the community to the 2014-2015 school year at Swainsboro High School. SHS students and staff are to be congratulated for their successes in 2013-2014. They have demonstrated our motto, “Building a Foundation for Future Success!” Though many of our traditions never graduate, our students do!
To assure a scholarly focus, Emanuel County Schools, grades 6-12, have adopted a new dress code. To assist parents and students in preparing for the upcoming term, dress code information may be found on the system and school websites @ http://emanuel2.shs.schooldesk.net/. In consideration of our roles as mentors and models for our students, our faculty has elected to adhere to more conservative professional dress for this school term.
Our Bring-Your-Own Device remains in effect and is available on our school website. The policy permits the responsible and respectful use of non-disruptive electronic devices for educational purposes. Cell phones for non-educational purposes are still not permissible.
As we look forward to the year ahead, it is important to remember opportunities are here for the making at Swainsboro High School. This past May, a record number of students were recognized as honor graduates, and on National College Decision Day, they along with many of their fellow graduates declared their intent to attend a specific college. To help make those commitments possible, 2014 SHS graduates were awarded more than a half million dollars in scholarships. This fall, SHS graduates will be found on college campuses throughout the great State of Georgia and as far away as Yale University. With these successes in mind, we are looking forward to all that is in store for the Class of 2015.
To take advantage of the opportunities available, students in grades nine through twelve need to commit to their best when entering the halls of SHS in August. Our Freshmen Orientation will be held from 1-2 p.m. on August 4, and our Open House for grades 10-12 will follow from 4 to 6 p.m. The school year will begin at 7:55 a.m. on August 6. All SHS students are encouraged to take advantage of the many challenging and rewarding curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities SHS has to offer. Our students’ active participation is important to the foundation they will need to make their pursuit of personal success a reality.
On the academic front, teachers at SHS have been working diligently to ensure assessment and instruction are consistent with the depth of knowledge and application our state mandates in all core academic and elective subject areas. In 2014, Swainsboro High School’s College and Career Readiness Index (CCRPI) score improved 12.6 percentage points overall. The greatest gains were made on the achievement gap indicator where SHS earned 83 percent of the points available. All other CCRPI indicators saw modest gains or a steady score. We are looking forward to making additional gains in the coming term.
In Fine Arts, our band, choral, and visual arts programs are an integral part of our instructional programs and will continue to be accessible to all students at SHS. Band and choral students have received honors in several areas. The Swainsboro High School Band of Gold continues to be recognized for superior performance. Our newly formed culinary arts team now partners with the Fine Arts department to showcase student talents at our Taste of the Arts programs.
The discipline required for success in the classroom is enhanced by the discipline developed on the competitive field or court. Rewarding athletic opportunities are available to SHS students up for the physical challenge. SHS athletic teams compete in state-playoffs in most sports. Most notable in 2013-2014 were another state weightlifting championship, Lady Tiger Softball Sweet 16 state play, SHS Competition Cheerleaders seventh place title at state, SHS Tiger Boys basketball Elite Eight play, three Wrestling’s region titles, Tiger Girls Cross Country region championship and Tiger Boys Cross Country region runner-up ranking, Tiger and Lady Tiger tennis advancement to state play, and both Tiger and Lady Tiger golf team region championship titles. Additionally, for students in pursuit of an intellectual challenge, we have Academic Team and Chess Team opportunities. SHS Chess placed 10th overall at the High School State Championships and first place among all first-time competing schools in 2014.
Our co-curricular activities will continue to provide our students with the opportunity to develop talents and refine career soft skills. In 2013-2014, SHS BETA and Future Business Leaders of America members competed successfully at the state and national levels. Members of Technology Student Association, Future Farmers of America, Junior Army Training Corp, and 21st Century Leaders are successful in district and regional competitions as well. The opportunity for any male student to participate in a male mentorship program at the high school level was made possible in 2013-2014 as the result of our partnership with East Georgia State College’s AAMI program. We look forward to continued student success on the co-curricular front.
At SHS students exemplify time-honored traditions during their high school years, and many of our graduates continue to contribute as SHS alumni. To encourage our students, families, and community, this term we will recognize and celebrate the success of SHS graduates through a link on our school website. We encourage our alumni to visit our school website in August for details on how to participate.
The faculty and staff of SHS are honored to share in the successes of our students, parents, and community members. We are Swainsboro! At Swainsboro High School we are committed to building a foundation for future success for our students, our school, and our community. We are hopeful you will join us in this commitment. We are looking forward to another great year of progress at SHS! Go Tigers!
January 22- 9th grade Parent/ Student meeting at 6:00 p.m.
February 19- Grades 9-11 Registration Night 6-7:30 p.m.
October 15- 8:00a.m. ASVAB/PSAT
October 24- Academic Champions
October 25- ACT at SHS 7:45 a.m.
November 18- Apply to College Day for all seniors
February 7- ACT at SHS 7:45 a.m.
May 5- 9th-11th Honors Invitational Program 9:00 a.m.
May 7-Senior Honors Night 6:00 p.m.
Bring Your Own Device – Student Policy
Use of certain devices is permitted at Swainsboro High School as described below. Electronic devices are classified as disruptive, non-disruptive, and mobile phone devices. Permissibility of each type of device is described as follows:
Disruptive Electronic Devices
1. Recording devices, radios, pagers, laser pointers, and other electronic devices are deemed distracting to the educational environment. As such, these devices are not permitted in any area of SHS.
· Use of cameras on non-disruptive devices and cell phones to take still pictures or video is not permitted on school grounds, including transportation, unless under the direct supervision of a classroom teacher, counselor, or administrator.
2. The misuse of permissible electronic devices in a manner distracting to other students or school personnel is not allowed. The misuse of electronic devices includes, but is not limited to:
· Use of any electronic device in a classroom or other area of SHS not authorized by school personnel.
· Listening to video or audio (this includes use of ear buds or ear phones).
3. Ear buds and earphones may not be used or worn in any hallway or commons area between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
1. Non-disruptive devices are defined as electronic devices primarily used for educational purposes.
2. The categories of non-disruptive devices are (a) laptops, (b) net books, (c) tablets, & (d) e-readers.
3. These devices may be used:
a. During classroom instruction and in the Media Center as permitted and directed by school personnel.
b. During an approved privilege period as permitted and directed by school personnel.
1. Use of cellular phones (including smart phones) for the purpose of text or voice communication is not permitted during school hours.
2. Cellular phones may only be used as directed by school personnel. Otherwise, cellular phones are to be turned off or muted during school hours.
Consequences of inappropriate use of electronic devices
1st offense – Device confiscated for 2 school days.
2nd offense – Device confiscated for 5 school days.
3rd offense – Device confiscated for 10 school days.
4th offense – Device confiscated for the remainder of the school year.
· Refusal to relinquish a device violating this policy will result in an automatic Class II offense.
· SHS is not responsible for the theft, damage, or loss of a device brought to campus.
Students must have an acceptable use policy signed and on file at SHS. Students may connect to the internet using their internet provider.
Lost or Damage Device
SHS assumes no responsibility for theft, loss, or damage of an electronic device brought to school. Students bring these devices to school at their own risk.
Theft is a crime of opportunity! Students are directed not to leave their Smartphone or any other electronic device unattended. Putting one of these items on a table, in a class, etc. and walking away invites theft. Taking one of these items to the gym and placing it on the bleachers, in a book bag or in an unsecured locker invites theft. SHS administrators receive reports daily of thefts due to the owner of these items leaving them unattended. DO NOT LEAVE THESE ITEMS UNATTENDED! SHS staff routinely warns students they must keep an eye on their electronic devices. It takes less than a minute for a theft to occur.
ATTENTION STUDENTS AND PARENTS
Earning Units of High School Course Credit by Testing-Out
Beginning in school year 2013-14, a student may demonstrate subject area competency by testing-out of any course that has an associated End of Course Test (EOCT). Click here for more information.
Grade level parent night dates will be posted soon!
Congratulations to the SHS FBLA
Kristen English - 3rd place in Future Business Leader, awarded the outstanding State Officer Scholarship
Hannah Gomez, Miley Keyton, Maci Lively - 5th place Local Chapter Annual Business Report
Hannah Gomez, Madelyn Barber - 7th place Business Ethics
Alex Rios - awarded Outstanding Member Scholarship
Superior Gold Chapter - only awarded to top 20 schools in state
6th place in Chapter of the Year
Congrats to the SHS Technology Student Association
They participated in the State Leadership Conference this past week in Athens.
William Collum, Manny Aleman, and Ricky Strange placed 1st in Systems Control
William Collum, Janet Sanchez, Rhianna Gribbin, and Cora Williams placed 2nd in Digital Video Production
Congratulations to the SHS Band of Gold
For earning all superior ratings at the Georgia Music Educator Association Large Group Evaluation
Newest 1500 Club Members
Hunter Moore, Mercedes Hepworth, Dorminy Johnson, Madison Lawson, Lorie Love, Naomi Mason, Sierra Peebles, Celeste Rodriguez, & Chelsey Strowbridge
System Winners for Governor's Honors Program
Alexis (Lexi) Stephens - Communicative Arts - SHS
Lelyn Stewart - Fine Arts (Dancing) - SHS
SHS Awarded the 2014 Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award for Region 3-AAA. Click here
to read full article on this award that says so much about our community, athletes, and coaches.
Anna Leigh named SHS Teacher of the Year