Sumter County Primary School recently held its February Superhero Student of the Month Breakfast. Students and parents were served a full breakfast of grits, eggs, sausage, and biscuits. Afterwards, Mrs. Allison Morrison, Ms. Jadera Gilmore, and Mrs. Pam Douglas recognized the superhero panther cubs, read remarks written by their teachers, and presented them with certificates of achievement. The school’s leadership team members comprised of lead teachers, lead paraprofessionals, and administrators stand behind their Superheroes! Everyone enjoyed the exciting morning.

Blurring the Lines Between Classroom and Community

Yolanda Coley

Staff Reports

Yolanda Coley believes in bringing the community into the classroom while taking back into the community the passion for change that drives her as an educator. The Sumter County Intermediate School Teacher of the Year finds ways to do both while teaching math to fifth graders. “I believe that students are most motivated and interested when they are given a voice in the learning process through finding connections between the curriculum and their own lives and interests,” she said. Ms. Coley uses recipes as a way to learn fractions and uses the duties of a pharmacist to teach whole numbers. “I believe these types of activities are the most memorable because they are hands on and not the traditional way of teaching.”

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ASHS Student Named STAR Student

Left to right: Kalman DeMott, Debra Hughes)

Submitted By Layne Tumlin, ASHS

High School senior Kalman DeMott has been named as the Americus-Sumter High School 2017 PAGE STAR Student. DeMott chose Debra Hughes, ASHS Band Director, to share in the award as his STAR teacher. The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) is sponsored, administered and promoted by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE). Since its creation by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce in 1958 the STAR program has honored nearly 26,000 students and teachers. In order to qualify tor STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.


ASHS’s January Teacher Of The Month

Pictured left to right: Kimothy Hadley, Bangalore Arunkumars

Submitted By Layne Tumlin, ASHS

Mr. Bangalore Arunkumar has been chosen as the Americus-Sumter High Teacher of the Month for January 2017. Each month one ASHS teacher is selected to receive the award for exhibiting exemplary service to students and parents. Principal Kimothy Hadley presented Mr. Arunkumar with the award in a small ceremony on Monday, February 27th. Mr. Arunkumar hails from a long line of educators spanning several generations. He has a Specialist in Education from Columbus State University and is certified in “broad field science” with nine years experience teaching various science disciplines, including human anatomy, biology, and chemistry. He currently teaches chemistry at ASHS.

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