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Notice for Parents/Guardians at St. Marys Elementary

UPDATE 04/28/2017 12:47 PM
The water has been restored to St. Marys Elementary. As a precaution, students will continue to use bottled water instead of using the drinking fountains and the cafeteria will continue to take all necessary precautions until the St. Mary Public Works Department confirms that the water is safe for drinking. 


04/28/2017 11:00 AM

Attention Parents of St. Marys Elementary Students: 
Due to a water main break at the north east corner of Pt. Peter Road and Osborne Street, the downtown area of St. Marys will have low water pressure and/or water interruption until the break is fixed. St. Marys Public Works is working diligently to repair the break and restore water to the area. St. Marys Elementary School is experiencing a disruption to water service due to this break and Camden County Schools is working to ensure that this temporary interruption in service does not affect the educational day. 

School Nutrition will be providing pre-prepared lunches to students. Bottled water is being brought from surrounding schools and the Operations Department will be providing hand sanitizer and bringing in water to flush the toilets manually. Although this is a major disruption, we do have a plan in place to respond to this unintended disruption. Despite the unintended consequences of a disruption such as this, we have a plan in place that will allow students to continue their school day with as few distractions as possible. 



 

News Around the Schools
CCHS Theater Department Brings the Little Mermaid to Stage

CCHS Theater Department Brings the Little Mermaid to Stage


The CCHS Theater Department amazed and delighted audiences recently with their production of Disney's The Little Mermaid. From the talented orchestra to the beautiful voices of the cast to even the tiniest seagull dancers, every minute of the show was perfection. We are proud of our wonderful performers and can't wait to see where their talent takes them!

Crooked River Honored as Title I Highest Performing School

Crooked River Honored as Title I Highest Performing School

Congratulations again to Crooked River Elementary for being honored as a Highest Performing School for five consecutive years. Crooked River teachers and staff recently had a visit from Superintendent Will Hardin and the Central Office Administrators who presented the school with a banner to recognize their awesome achievements.

CCHS Students Win Art Contest

CCHS Students Win Art Contest

 

The Camden County Georgia Farm Bureau hosted an art contest for local high school students. The artwork entered into the contest was to be a representation of the agricultural life in the student’s county. Pictured (left to right): Mr. Grayson Day, CCHS art teacher; Haley Halstead, first place; Morgan Brimhall, second place; Fineen Ryan, third place; Priscilla Ring, fourth place; Kimi Johnson, Camden Farm Bureau Office Manager; Jim Godley, Camden Farm Bureau President.

CMS Students Treated to a Blast from the Past

CMS Students Treated to a Blast from the Past

 

Recently sixth-grade students in Mrs. Walker’s CMS Language Arts class were treated to being part of living history when Assistant Principal Mrs. Leatha Massey brought the 60's to life. Students recently finished reading the novel Leon’s Story about a man growing up in the rural south in a sharecropping family and then later marching during the Civil Rights Movement. Mrs. Massey was able to share her own unique history with the class and bring the struggles and the triumphs of the Civil Rights Movement to life for the students. From being raised in humble circumstances to having the opportunity to pursue her education at Morris Brown University and meet Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Mrs. Massey's story was inspiring and an incredibly important window into history. To learn more about this story, click here.

SMMS Bobcats Share Sources of Strength

SMMS Bobcats Share Their Sources of Strength

 

 

If you visited St. Marys Middle School recently, you would have seen members of the SMMS Bobcat family, both faculty and staff, wearing brightly colored beads. While the beads may have been inexpensive, the sentiments behind them were priceless.
As part of the Sources of Strength initiative at SMMS, students were asked to present the beads with a little note of gratitude to the trusted adults in their lives at SMMS. Over 1000 beads were shared with teachers, counselors, paraprofessionals, administrators and custodians.
It was beautiful to see a visual representation of the powerful impact that having a trusted adult can have on the life of a child. To learn more about Sources of Strength, visit www.sourcesofstrength.org

Mary Lee Clark K-Kids Help Furry Friends

Mary Lee Clark K-Kids Help Furry Friends

Mary Lee Clark Go Green/K-Kids hosted a Teacher's Pet Contest to benefit the Humane Society of Camden County . Teachers submitted pictures of their pets and the students voted on the cutest one by donating supplies. Cooper McCollough was the top dog, raising the most items for the contest earning him 171 points. Together, the students donated 85 towels, 199 lbs. of dry food, 73 cans of food, 39 toys, 14 lbs. of kitty litter, 34 bags/boxes of treats, 9 leashes, 4 bowls, 1 laundry detergent and 400 trash bags! These students have a heart of gold for our furry friends!

CCHS Alumni Give Back to Middle School Band Students

CCHS Alumni Give Back to Middle School Band Students

Recently, the St. Marys Middle School Symphonic Band were preparing for their Large Group Performance Evaluation which was held on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Wayne County High School in Jesup, GA. In preparation for this event, a workshop was held to offer band students a more specialized teaching experience. Former band students and Camden County High School graduates, visited for the weekend and shared their expertise with the Symphonic Band Students. This was a wonderful opportunity for the middle school band students. Not only did the students grow musically, but they were able to learn from someone who was "once in their shoes." To learn more, click here.

SMMS Student Headed to State Geography Bee

SMMS Student Headed to State Geography Bee

Aaron Dino, a St Mary's Middle School eighth grader, has qualified to compete in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee. Aaron will compete at the state competition on March 31st. One champion from each state and territory will advance to the National Geographic Bee Championship, which will be held May 14-18 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. We wish Aaron the best of luck as he represents Camden in the next phase of competition!

Matilda Harris Student Featured in Nature Magazine

Matilda Harris Student Featured in Nature Magazine

Morgan Caudle, a second grader at Matilda Harris Elementary, recently had an article published in the Tails of the Low Country Magazine. Morgan, who loves science and her bearded dragon, BD, is a talented artist and writer. She contributed an article about Crested Geckos for the magazine’s Kids Corner. We can’t wait to hear more from this talented writer and author. Way to go, Morgan!

Becci Curry Named Media Specialist of the Year

Becci Curry Named Media Specialist of the Year

Congratulations to Mrs. Becci Curry! She has been selected as Camden’s Media Specialist of the Year. Mrs. Curry is the Media Specialist at St. Marys Elementary and she was chosen by her peers to represent Camden County at the Georgia Media Specialist of the Year competition. We wish her the very best as she completes the next step of the process. The state Library Media Specialist of the Year is selected from the district winners. The state winner will be announced at the GLMA Summer Institute in June.

CCS Recognized by Congressman Buddy Carter



Camden County Schools Recognized in Washington by Congressman Carter

Camden County Schools continue to receive honors as an outstanding school system. On March 10, 2017, before the 115th Congress of the United States, Representative Earl "Buddy" Carter recognized Camden County Schools for being ranked 7th in the state of Georgia by Niche. Representative Carter's recognition of our school system will be a permanent part of the Congressional Record of the 115th Congress which is housed in the Library of Congress. Our thanks to Representative Carter for sharing our success with his colleagues in Washington.To read the full text of his remarks, click here.

Because of You

Because of You: Petty Officer Kasinda Cuthbert

Volunteering at Kingsland Elementary is a family affair! Petty Officer Kasinda Cuthbert is the Goddaughter of Retired Senior Chief Mackey who worked with KES when he was active duty. Senior Chief Mackey spent many days volunteering at KES in the Media Center and organized others to assist at the school as well. His Goddaughter is now enlisted and is stationed in Jacksonville. Petty Officer Cuthbert comes in on her days off to work with some of KES students. Media Specialist, Debbie Bailey, says,  "I have her working with a small group of girls for 30 minutes then a small group of boys for 30 minutes. The goal is to assist these students with making good choices. Her Godfather worked with small groups like this when he volunteered in the Media Center. She will continue to work with the same two groups to develop a good rapport and hopefully be able to assist them with making good choices."

When asked about her volunteer mission, Petty Officer Cuthbert said,“My biggest goal with the group is to teach them there are consequences to actions, and they have to put in effort and maintain respect to their leaders (parents, teachers ,etc.) to achieve their dreams...(lawyers, military, doctors ,etc.). I'm adamant about reaching back and giving the same guidance that was given to me.”


Stakeholder Information

Public Notice – Asbestos Management Plan

This is to notify all persons who work or attend class in Camden County Schools that management plans have been developed for friable and non-friable asbestos-containing materials for all buildings in the system.  The management plans show the location of the asbestos-containing materials and assumed asbestos-containing material.  Anyone may review or retain a copy of the plans.  Individual school plans are on file in the in the principal’s office at each school.  All plans are on file at the Administrative Office, Camden County Board of Education, 311 S. East Street, Kingsland, GA 31548.

CCRPI: College and Career Ready Performance Index

Georgia was one of 10 states granted a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act in February 2012. The state created a new accountability system called the College and Career Ready Performance Index, which  rolled out on May 7, 2013.
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Senate Bill 289: Online Enrollment Opportunities

Pursuant to Senate Bill 289, the Camden County School System is providing notice regarding online enrollment opportunities for students. Students may enroll in online courses beginning in the 2013-2014 school year to participate in full-time or part-time instructional opportunities as provided by the Georgia Virtual School or enter into a contract with an online provider approved by the school system.

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Camden County Civil Rights Compliance

As required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Camden County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission to its programs, services, or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. Camden County Board of Education Career and Technical Education department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission to its programs, services, or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations.More
New Student Registration

Are you new to our school system? Registration for new students is available online.

 Please note:

Pre-K classes for 17-18 are at maximum capacity. Your Pre-K child will be placed on the 17-18  waiting list once registration is complete.

Click here for a link to our registration page. 

2016-2017 Kindergarten Registration

2017-2018 Kindergarten Registration Dates

FY18 Kindergarten Registration: May 3rd & 4th

Click hereto learn more about Kindergarten registration.

Registration will be done online. Click here to read and print a brochure about the online process. 

 

 

Information for Georgia Milestones Assessments

Do you have questions about the Georgia Milestones Assessment?

Click here to view The Parent's Guide to New Tests in Georgia created by the National PTA, click here to read information from the Georgia Department of Education. These two resources provide helpful information about the Georgia Milestones Assessment System. If you still have questions, please feel free to contact your child's school. We are always here to help!

Georgia Milestones Resources

Sample of Online Test and Testing Format

You can click here to view a sample of the online test and learn more about the testing format. If you continue to have questions, please contact your school or our Central Office at 912-729-5687.

Camden County Schools Testing Calendar

You can view the Camden County Schools Testing Calendar by clicking here.

Georgia Milestones Parent Q&A Brochure

The Georgia Department of Education has created a comprehensive and helpful list of frequently asked questions. You can view it here.

Understanding Georgia Milestones Learner Achievement Levels

The four achievement levels on Georgia Milestones are Beginning Learner, Developing Learner, Proficient Learner, and Distinguished Learner. The general meaning of each of the four levels is provided below:

Beginning Learners
do not yet demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students need substantial academic support to be prepared for the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.

Developing Learners
demonstrate partial proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students need additional academic support to ensure success in the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.

Proficient Learners
demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are prepared for the next grade level or course and are on track for college and career readiness.

Distinguished Learners
demonstrate advanced proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are well prepared for the next grade level or course and are well prepared for college and career readiness

Parent's Guide to EOG/EOC Student Report

Individual Georgia Milestones student reports are released every year when they are sent to our system by the Georgia Department of Education. You can view a Parent's Guide to EOG/EOC Student Report here to learn about the format and information included in the student reports. 

Georgia Milestones PowerPoint Presentation

The Georgia Department of Education has created a PowerPoint presentation to give parents and stakeholders a better understanding of the Georgia Milestones Assessment results. The presentation is titled "The Rearview Mirror and the Road Ahead". To view the presentation, please click here
Character Word of the Month

April Character Word

 In the CCHS Theater production of "A Christmas Carol", Ebeneezer Scrooge must learn humility and generosity before he can appreciate the true meaning of the Christmas season.

Humility

Putting others first by giving up what you think you deserve