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School board approves calendar for next two academic years

Vacation times will change in future years

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The school board approved calendars for the next two academic years at its February 9th meeting.

After looking at more than 15 options, the board was presented the top two choices favored by staff at their meeting last week for both the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 academic years. The board ended up choosing calendars that differ from this year’s calendar for vacation days and school ending dates. This year’s calendar follows a format pretty consistent with recent years.

Optimist Club presents 2012 STAR Students and Teachers

star-studentsThe Optimist Club of Jasper will host the annual STAR Banquet on Thursday, Feb. 23. The banquet will be held at 7 p.m. at Chattahoochee College, 100 Campus Drive, Jasper. Anyone interested in attending the banquet should contact Reservation Coordinator Rodney Buckingham by e-mailing him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Banquet tickets are $22 per person and the dinner will be catered by the Woodbridge Inn.

Rick Jasperse, Georgia House of Representatives District 12, will be the guest speaker.

This year the Optimists will recognize the PHS STAR Student and Teacher along with 9 STAR finalists. Each student and teacher was given a questionnaire, and below you will find responses from each of this year’s STARS.

The STAR Student for this year is Reuben Burnley and the STAR Teacher is Mr. Patrick Gallagher.

Yellow Creek character area creates “firestorm” among residents

 

Officials say misinformation to blame

County officials are postponing a presentation from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs in regard to a “character area” study for the Foothills area.
Officials say the meeting has been pushed back in order to streamline it with the development of a state-mandated five-year county development plan happening later this year. But talk of the proposed character area study already has residents in the area stirred up.
Many Yellow Creek residents have made angry calls to the county planning and development office complaining that implementation of additional zoning requirements would be unfair to property owners there.  These officials say, however, that unrest among these residents is by and large a result of misinformation.

State to begin weighing students

 

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Parents  may see reports

by end of academic period

With administrators making it very clear the action comes by state law, Pickens schools, like all public schools in the state, are set to begin weighing and recording the weights of P.E. students.
The SHAPE program mandated by the state legislature requires schools to weigh all students in classes taught by certified physical education teachers. This means in Pickens County all elementary students and most middle school students will face the scales at least once each year. High school students are only required to take P.E. once during high school’s four years, so they will only be subjected to the new rules once.
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Pickens High first at district reading bowl

Harmony Elementary finishes second

The Pickens High Reading Bowl team celebrates their first place finish Saturday at Chestatee Academy. Harmony Elementary finished second at the same event.

Both teams will advance to the regional level in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, which challenges teams to answer questions from a list of books posed by judges in a Jeopardy style competition.

See photos of all Pickens teams who competed Saturday and more from the battling bookworms in our print edition this Wednesday.