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Vol. 2, No. 6 October 18, 2004 system bid list, to We’re proud of . . . receive information on ■ Barbara Anderson, State Bridge Crossing ES; Charlene how to do business with Collier, Sandtown MS; Kathryn Cook, Taylor Road the system and to view MS; Moretta Dixon, Seaborn Lee ES; Regina Dotson, current solicitations. Liberty Point ES; Liz Marinelli, Chattahoochee HS; Employees and Cindy Miller, Esther Jackson ES; Toni Samuels, New departments also can Prospect ES; Lakeisah Watkins, High Point ES, and order from vendors who Kam Weldon, Palmetto ES—this year’s “graduates” of have negotiated Fulton’s Cross-Training Program for School Bookkeepers. contracts with Fulton, These 10 bookkeepers went through an intensive 40 and access “virtual hours of hands-on training between July and September mall” to order supplies 2004 on such topics as cost center budget procedures, and other materials using purchase cards, grant procedures, position tracking online. and personnel issues. The bookkeepers were supported ■ John LaForge, Coordinator of Music Curriculum— in their training by mentors Terry Black, Dunwoody recently named to the Advisory Board of the National Springs ES; Eileen Checkelsky, Wilson Creek ES; Center for Educational Partnerships in Music. Pamela Couch, Hillside ES; Alice Eskew, Gullatt ES; Patty Houghton, Hopewell MS; LaTarsha Martin, ■ Conley Hills ES Principal Delores Hall and teachers McNair MS; Marie Morris, High Point ES; Annie Tonia Edmond, Patricia Miller, Irene Walton-Norman NeSmith, Stonewall Tell ES; Phyllis Smith, Alpharetta and Kristin Siembieda—presenters of a workshop entitled HS, and June Summerlin, E. C. West ES. “Writing Isn’t Whack: It is W.A.C., Writing Across the Curriculum” at the fall conference of GACIS, the Georgia ■ Kia Edwards, Conley Hills ES; Lana Nelms, S.L. Lewis Association of Curriculum and Instructional Supervisors. ES; Cecile Traut, Mimosa ES; Kay Blohm, Dolvin ES, and Carol Smith, E. C. West ES—chosen by state ■ Linda Holt, Hapeville ES, and Lula Memminger, consultants to serve as Georgia Prekindergarten Mentor Campbell, Liberty Point and E. C. West elementary Teachers during 2004-05. This is the second year in a schools—chosen by state consultants to be Georgia row that Kay and Carol have been selected. Resource Coordination Mentors for the second year in a row for 2004-05. ■ Purchasing Department Director Wilma A. Gibbs and her staff—winners of a 2004 Best of the Web and Digital ■ Paul Hulsing, third grade teacher at Crabapple Crossing Education Achievement Award for the department’s web ES—chosen the Wal-Mart Georgia Teacher of the Year site from the Center for Digital Education, a national because of his contributions to education and the positive research and advisory institute. The Center recognizes impact he has on his students. education web sites that improve web-based service delivery through site efficiency, functionality and ■ Therese McGuire, Coordinator of Health and Physical innovation. Our Purchasing Department’s web site Education—named the Advocate of the Year by the (www.fcspurchasingdept.org) allows potential vendors Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, and contractors to register online and be placed on the Recreation and Dance (GAPHERD). October 18, 2004 Rapport ONLINE page 2 ■ Maureen Wales, adapted physical education teacher at ■ Joseph C. Woodruff, Assistant Principal, DeKalb Alpharetta ES and Roswell HS—named the Georgia County School System, to Assistant Principal of Webb Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Bridge MS Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, ■ Henry E. Adams, Special Educator/Special Projects, Recreation and Dance (GAHPERD). Paulding County Schools, to Assistant Principal of Tri- ■ Centennial, Chattahoochee, Milton, North Springs, Cities HS Northview, Riverwood, Roswell and Westlake high schools—schools with 2005 National Merit and National Achievement Scholarship Finalists. Coming up… ■ Riverwood HS – regional winner of the 2003-04 Governor’s Cup SAT Challenge for Region 6AAAA, Community meetings to discuss high school based on the highest average increase on SAT scores for academic needs – All interested community members last year’s senior class. and staff are invited to attend meetings at the following ■ Woodland Charter ES, Spalding Drive Charter ES, times and places to review data on Fulton’s high school Dunwoody Springs ES, Sandy Springs MS and North academic programs and potential program models, and Springs HS – recipients of a $100,000 grant from the provide input and feedback: Georgia Department of Education to study best practices • 7-8:30 p.m., in Talented and Gifted (TAG) certification, English to Thursday, October 21, speakers of other languages (ESOL) certification and Alpharetta HS instruction in assessment. • 7-8:30 p.m., Monday, November 1, Banneker HS On the move The meetings are Congratulations to… being held as part of a needs assessment of academic programs among high school students. The assessment ■ Joseph Dell, Technical Support Specialist, Curriculum is designed to identify student needs that are not being Department, to met and where those needs are concentrated, and study Coordinator of state-of-the-art programs from across the country. Needs Instructional Resources to be examined include additional magnet programs, in Instructional Services nontraditional high school schedules and settings, ■ Brigitte Paraham, partnerships with higher education, ESOL (English to School Psychologist, to speakers of other languages) centers, interventions for Coordinator of 504 and students with discipline problems and advanced academic Student Support Team in the Curriculum Department programs. ■ Cathey Goodgame, Teacher, Autrey Mill MS, to Assistant Principal of Autrey Mill MS. Welcome to… ■ H. Gregory Barfield, Foreign Language/ESOL Division Chair, Cobb County School District, to Coordinator of Foreign Language ■ Abdul K. Lindsay, Clinical Nutrition Manager, Sodexho’s Corporate Services, to Area Supervisor for School Nutrition October 18, 2004 Rapport ONLINE page 3 School Bus Safety Week—October 17-23 is National Carlene Mapson, Renee Rainey, School Bus Safety Week, a great time to recognize our Barbara Savage, Janet Thomas 600 bus drivers and other transportation staff for safely 11 years: Nada Backowski, Robert Dunagan, transporting students to and from school every day. The Barbara Duncan, Charlene Haas, theme for this year’s safety week is “Shhh…Railroad Pamela Huddleston, Samuel Johnson, Crossing,” a reminder to everyone that bus drivers must Tammy Landrum, Gloria Moore, stop at railroad tracks and listen for an oncoming train Marcanne Netherland, Jennifer Oxford, before safely crossing the tracks. Mary Phillips, Barbara Price, Helen Smith, This is a great time to also express appreciation to our Jimmy Strickland, Sandra Strickland, 548 bus drivers who received safe driving awards in Larry Webb, Cynthia Eitmann, August, including the following drivers who were Patricia Greene recognized for 10 or more years of safe driving: 10 years: Deborah Holland, Emma Howard, 29 years: Jean Smith Charles Lindsey, Tonya Marshall, Joe Ann McCoy, Sharon Pullen, 26 years: Patricia Dove Terrell Redd 25 years: Laverne Peck, Marie Pierce, Helen Samples 24 years: Frances Hardin, Mildred Mack 23 years: Kate DeLong, Barbara Goodman, Viola Jones 20 years: Elaine Fleming 19 years: Sheary Caldwell, Nancy Freeman, Lea Ogozelec 18 years: Joyce Blackwell, Gail Coleman, Pamela Johnson 17 years: Sandra Cook, Sandra Fountain, Carolyn Grimes, Gail Perry, Carol Shelnutt 16 years: Maureen Brooks, Linda Copeland, 2004-05 Employees of the Year to be recognized Mildred Dixon, Latrell May, Robert Stacey, at The Main Event—Friday, October 22, is the date for Deborah Waters this year’s The Main Event, the annual employee/ partnership luncheon sponsored by the Fulton Education 15 years: Melissa Arnold, Sheila Bearden, Foundation to recognize employees of the year. This Betty Fuller, Dolores Glassford, year’s theme is “Educators . . . Architects of the Future.” Corine Irwin, Margaret King, Beverly Smith ■ Adell Atwood, sixth grade Math Teacher at Elkins Pointe MS, is this year’s Overall Teacher of the Year/Middle 14 years: Linda Burnette, Laura Lietch, School Teacher of the Year. Sharon Medley, Robert Mitchell, Kathy Nestlehutt, Herman West, Adell is a former businesswoman who left a 22-year Brenda Wheatley career in interior design and public relations to pursue a career in education after four days of substitute teaching 13 years: Jean Bernstein, Lenora Cargile, became an eight-week position. Her first full-time teaching Rosalyn Doe, Leah Kearns, Pamela Lane, assignment was at Northwestern MS in 2000. When David Logan, David Marks, Elkins Pointe MS opened the following year, she Paulette Mercer, Mechelle Needham, transferred and has remained there since. Carlos Richards, Mary Jean Smith, Wade Smith, Sylvia Stevens, Beverly Ward Adell has a four-part teaching philosophy: 1) Love Them, 2) Listen to Them, 3) Learn from Them and for Them, 12 years: Roland Hoke, Edna Jarrard, and 4) Lead Them. As the district’s overall Teacher of Patricia Jordan, Billie Lovelace, the Year, Adell now represents Fulton in the Georgia October 18, 2004 Rapport ONLINE page 4 Teacher of the Year program, which will announce a a day camp counselor, he first learned the power of winner in spring 2005. teaching when he gently coaxed a terrified 13-year-old ■ Deborah Mason, School Assistant at Woodland Charter to wade into the deep end of a YMCA pool. As a result ES, is this year’s Overall School Professional of the Year. of his influence, the child became one of the YMCA’s Deborah operates the school science lab, which has nearly expert swimmers. 170 visitors a day. She studies the state science curriculum Richard became a high school English teacher, first in and plans correlating activities for use in the lab, which Cherokee County, and in 2001, at Milton HS. He features hands-on science lessons, including a rotating challenges students to think about life through the zoology exhibit for students to learn about different characters in their literature books, encourages students animals and their habitats. to find their voices in writing, and stresses the importance Deborah researches new science programs for teachers of the classics while still emphasizing the works of and suggests activities to use in their classrooms. In contemporary authors. addition, for several years she has coordinated the Imagine These systemwide employees of the year were chosen That science enrichment program summer camp, attended from among support professionals and teachers of the by students across metro Atlanta. year from schools and buildings throughout Fulton. ■ Beckey Jones, Manager of the Professional Learning Resource Center North at the Kimball Bridge Center, is Elementary School Teachers of the Year this year’s Overall Support Professional of the Year. As Abbotts Hill Hembree Springs a 17-year veteran employee, Beckey models lifelong Laura Benscoter Sandra Yeske learning through her support of professional development Alpharetta Heritage and often takes several courses each year to improve her Mary Lou Welch Arthur Blevins skills. Barnwell High Point Every day Beckey makes decisions regarding the Margaret Melville Michelle Fernandez instructional resources and workshop materials offered Bethune Hillside at the Professional Learning Resource Center. These Aila Dakue Dark Georgana Potesta resources are used to prepare teachers for the classroom Brookview Hamilton E. Holmes and for staff development courses. In addition, her work Eleanor D. Cornelius Mari Early with vendors has saved Fulton thousands of dollars by Campbell Lake Windward streamlining shipping and delivery procedures. Timmeko Parks Gail Clements ■ Beth Poole, Kindergarten Teacher at Creek View ES, is College Park Seaborn Lee this year’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year. A Mona Haygood Christine Walker former accountant, Beth has turned her love of numbers Conley Hills S.L. Lewis into a love of teaching, helping young children master Kristen Siembeida Amy Steward their numbers and alphabet, and instilling other Crabapple Crossing Liberty Point fundamentals of learning. Gay Middleton Renee Cook-King Feeling that a business background, strong communication Creek View Manning Oaks and organizational skills, and an enthusiasm for the Beth Poole Beth Nation classroom would be a successful combination, Beth Dolvin Medlock Bridge returned to North Georgia College and State University Debbie Seagraves Chris Sinon to earn a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education Dunwoody Springs Mimosa and a Specialist’s degree in Teacher Leadership. She Kimberly Jenks Kristin Kletzel began teaching in 1997 at Sweet Apple ES and four years Findley Oaks Mountain Park later transferred to Creek View ES. MaryLou Andrews Linda Beeman Beth savors her students’ enthusiasm toward learning Gullatt Mt. Olive and the delight in their eyes when they accomplish Kimberly Mackey Deneatrice S. Gammage something they thought impossible. She helps students Hapeville New Prospect gain confidence in their abilities and develop a positive Darolyn McConnell Colleen Chambers first impression of school. Heards Ferry Love T. Nolan ■ Richard Williams, ninth grade English Teacher at Milton Clara Bradwell Denise Fisher HS, is this year’s High School Teacher of the Year. As October 18, 2004 Rapport ONLINE page 5 Elementary School Teachers of the Year, cont. Elementary School Northwood Spalding Drive Charter Professionals of the Year Susan Wildes Lynn Tomaselli Oak Knoll State Bridge Crossing Abbotts Hill Liberty Point Toki Huff Lynn Smith Pam Jenkins Harriet Graves Ocee Stonewall Tell Alpharetta Manning Oaks Juliana Stallard Kenya Greer Peggy Lloyd Kathy Penteado Palmetto Summit Hill Barnwell Medlock Bridge Yuvonka Fenece Avery Leisel Owen Sharon James Mary Frances Barrett Parklane Sweet Apple Bethune Mimosa Shirley Butler Karla Lazzari Hattie Ruff Diane M. Lancaster Randolph Tubman Brookview Mountain Park Arnetta A. Eady Harriet Morgan Kevin Robinson Diane Peoples River Eves Evoline C. West Campbell Mt. Olive Beth Cox Clay Hildebrand Kathy Peek Claire Barnes Roswell North Woodland Charter College Park New Prospect Lynn Coleman Annie Walker Cresit Cunningham- Freda Manning-Rumph Dowdell Love T. Nolan Conley Hills Carl Golden Middle School Teachers of the Year Bernice Johnson Northwood Autrey Mill Northwestern Crabapple Crossing Martha O’Connor Deborah Panciera Sandra D. Keith Patricia Ann Clark Oak Knoll Bear Creek Ridgeview Creek View Geanice Lewice Martha Owens Mike Gibson Cathy Aielli Ocee Camp Creek River Trail Dolvin Susan Hughes Phyllis Johnson Mary Peterson Lisa Sutton Palmetto Crabapple Sandy Springs Dunwoody Springs Lisa Donald Sandra Moss Pam Rivers Leonor Diaz Parklane Elkins Pointe Taylor Road Findley Oaks Tammy Harris Adell Atwood Linda Clay Charlotte Hayes Randolph Haynes Bridge Webb Bridge Gullatt Phedelia E. Singleton Marie Yelvington Robin Yackley Mary Buquoi River Eves Holcomb Bridge Paul D. West Hapeville Brenda Anusiem Rachel Hill Eleanor Brookins Kim Latham Roswell North McNair Woodland Heards Ferry Mike Carver Johnnie Ford Shakira Shabazz Shiranne Simmons Spalding Drive Charter Hembree Springs Jonathan Worrell High School Teachers of the Year Frankie Webb State Bridge Crossing Banneker North Springs Heritage Dorian Johnson Annette A. Davenport Sol Aboulafia Cynthia Hardy Stonewall Tell Centennial Northview High Point Denise Cooper-Paige Todd Willis Anu Bhardwaj Lakeisha Watkins Summit Hill Chattahoochee Riverwood Hillside Deidre Fann Alan Wind Ron Marstall Helene Leibowitz Sweet Apple Creekside Roswell Hamilton E. Holmes Judy Zuber Lametric Patterson Alex Chrzanowski Edwena Fields Tubman Independence Tri-Cities Lake Windward Debra A. Olateru Gaganjot Singh Bruno Paige Mary Benoit McClarin Westlake Evoline C. West Seaborn Lee Dawn Cash Yvette Gunn Douglas Edwards Johnnie B. Levell Milton Woodland Charter S.L. Lewis Deborah V. Mason Richard Williams Annie Clark October 18, 2004 Rapport ONLINE page 6 Middle School Professionals of the Year F.I.Y. Autrey Mill Northwestern (Fulton Information for You) Michael Harrell Bryan Neely Bear Creek Ridgeview New Fulton County directory available —Looking Sandra Thomas Sarah Good for an up-to-date list of Fulton County schools, offices and departments with accurate phone numbers and Camp Creek River Trail directions? Well, look no further than your own office Efrem Roberts JoAnn McDaniel or computer. Crabapple Sandy Springs Renee McComas Elizabeth Minton A new, hard copy 2004-05 Fulton County Directory is being sent to schools and departments throughout the Elkins Pointe Taylor Road Cindy Thomas Terri Howard system and will be available in school and department offices. The directory includes general information, phone Haynes Bridge Webb Bridge numbers of schools and departments, a list of Diane Stephenson Jane Masterson Administrative Center staff and phone numbers, frequently Holcomb Bridge Paul D. West requested numbers and driving directions to all Fulton Virginia Hallam Kam Weldon schools and other buildings. McNair Woodland Raymond C. Wright, Jr. Lillian Price The directory is also available electronically. Open Outlook, click on Public Folders, click on All Public Folders, click on ICRO, click on Telephone Directory High School Professionals of the Year and then open 04-05 Telephone Directory.doc. Banneker North Springs The information for the directory was compiled and is Jacquelyn Smith Brenda L. Watts being kept up to date by Communications Professional Assistant Linda Almond with the assistance of Centennial Northview Frederick Green Keith A. Johnson Communications Professional Assistant Liquan Elliott. If you have questions, suggestions or comments, contact Chattahoochee Riverwood Linda at 404-763-6834 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Kesha Strong Emma Prothro Creekside Roswell Robin W. Smith Cynthia Joyner Student Discipline Office adopts new drug Independence Tri-Cities intervention program – Insight Intervention Cathryn McWilliams Tanya Brown Program is the name of the new in-house drug McClarin Westlake intervention program, adopted for use in 2004-05 by the Sandra McKissic Barbara Barton Office of Student Discipline and the Office of Safe and Milton Drug-Free Schools. This positive alternative to suspension Mark Billish for students caught for possession, intoxication or distribution of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs on school premises replaces the SUPER (Substance Abuse Administrative Support Employees Prevention and Education Resource) program that has of the Year been used recently. Administrative Center Transportation Insight is facilitated by assistant principals, counselors, Daphne Ellison Patsy Bohannon family service workers, health and physical education The Meadows Warehouse teachers, and school resource officers. The facilitators Operations Center Mike Eidson present the educational program in which students are Irving Ray Stegall encouraged to examine the effects of drug use on their Jo Wells Center Staff Development Nicole Fletcher lives. For more information, contact the Office of Student Beckey Jones Discipline at 404-763-5600 ext. 151. October 18, 2004 Rapport ONLINE page 7 Growing from good to great in Fulton County Editor’s note: Providing excellent customer service is one way to help move from good to great. For many of us, our customer service skills are put to the test on the telephone, when parents, community members and others call with questions and concerns. Following are Fulton County’s Telephone Etiquette Guidelines, which can also be found in the new 2004-05 Fulton County Directory (see related article on page 6). go the extra mile to s • Extend yourself – ministrative office respond to the calle r ■ Cov er phones in all ad . p.m. on work days from 8 a.m. to 4:30 a “l ive” as much as possible Make sure all calle rs are greeted with ■ Avoid transferring calls, ation ly-requested inform voice. • Keep frequent at your fingertips return e before the third ring and have someone ■ Answer the phon • Take a message on another call). the call (even when you’re to transfer a call, fo llow • If you do need lf and your school these procedures: ■ Alw ays identify yourse the will be transferred when you answer - Tell the caller they and/or department the telephone num ber phone. - Give the caller ing transferred to which they are be en ngs, one is answered, th hen another line ri - Wait until the ph ■ If you are on a call w swer have a transfe r call to hold while you an announce that you ask the first caller and briefly explain the topic e the second call. om the first caller r be transferred mor ait for agreement fr - Do not let a calle • W on hold than once before placing them cond caller, ask them • After greeting the se call is angry or upset ... complete the first ■ If your caller to hold while you caller to try to understand the ent from the second • Listen closely • Wait for agreem before placing them on hold problem or issue the caller’s • Acknowledge oncerns, but remai n ller needs ustration/feelings/c no matter who the ca fr ■ Own the call – , they get their firs t neutral. to talk with eventually t they would like to u. Ask the caller wha impression from yo ests • ller’s needs or requ have done. sue. • Listen to the ca needs or requests (t o lve or resolve the is estate the caller’s • Propose steps to so at • R rstand them) of action. (Note: Th make sure you unde • Agree on a plan ” since r how the informat ion ing to disagree Explain to the calle could mean “agree • es when a caller led or issue can be hand next steps to be th ere certainly are tim n not be done.) that ca ller the requests something • Repeat to the ca propriate. the caller taken by you and/or e caller on a plan • Follow up, if ap t with th • Seek agreemen of action October 18, 2004 Rapport ONLINE page 8 ■ Discussed future calendar options for the school system School board in action with Chattahoochee HS students Riaz Virani and Ryan At its October 12 and 14 meetings, the Board of Van Parys, and Centennial HS Principal and FCSS High Education . . . School Principals’ Association President Ron Wade ■ Adopted the Policy ■ Discussed the balanced school calendar in Floyd County Governance® model with Floyd County Schools Superintendent Kelly Henson and draft policies ■ Approved an Executive Limitation policy that designates and, in accordance the superintendent’s successors in an emergency: Deputy with Policy Superintendent for Academics Dr. Vickie Perdue Scott Governance, and Chief Human Resources Officer Randy Reece. transferred current policies to district Upcoming Board meetings procedures under the superintendent. …October 28, 5-7 p.m. – Roundtable, Administrative ■ Approved personnel action (see On the Move, page 2) Center ■ Approved an implementation grant for Amana Academy …November 9, 4:30 p.m. – Board meeting, Dunwoody Charter School, which is expected to open in fall 2005 Springs ES ■ Approved the first reading of 2005 legislative priorities …November 11, 5 p.m. – Workshop, Administrative Center (tentative) ■ Approved a contract with Stevens Learning Systems, Inc., to purchase language laboratories for middle and …November 11, 6:30 p.m. – Board meeting, high schools Administrative Center ■ Authorized the sale of property for right-of-way/easements …November 18, 5-7 p.m. – Roundtable, Dunwoody at Wilson Creek ES Springs ES ■ Authorized the hiring of Kessler International to conduct The 2004-05 calendar of Board meetings, workshops an audit of the school system’s SPLOST and capital and roundtables can be found on the county web site projects under the Board button at the top of the front page. Please check the web site frequently for updates. Our Mission is to educate students to be responsible, productive citizens. Our Vision The Fulton County School System is a place where all children learn to their full potential in a safe, nurturing environment supported by involved and committed staff, family, and community in helping to prepare them for a successful future. Rapport ONLINE is produced every two weeks during the school year and once a month during the summer by the Fulton County Schools Communications Department. For comments, questions or to submit information: Ellen Rogalin, 404.763.6830 or Rogalin@fultonschools.org. It is the policy of the Fulton County School System not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age or disability in any employment practice, educational program, or any program, activity or service. If you wish to make a complaint or request accommodation or modification due to discrimination in any program, activity or service, contact Compliance Coordinator Randy Reece at 786 Cleveland Avenue SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30315, or phone 404-763-4585; TTY 1-800-255-0135.
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