Scoggins makes math fun for MCHS students
BY CHRISTINE SIMMONS
Is it really possible to make something like math fun and interesting?
Mrs. Sandra Scoggins possesses this rare ability, and she quotes,
"I feel God has called me to be a high school teacher, to
be a helper and friend, not a counselor."
Even in her high school years, Mrs. Scoggin's ambition was to
become a math teacher, and, as in everything else, she has been
Mrs. Scoggins graduated from MCHS and went on to earn her master's
degree in teaching from UGA. Once, she tried to change her major,
but said, "No matter what I do, I just can't get away from
math!" She gained her first teaching position as a seventh
grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary. From there she transferred
to the same position at South Madison Middle, and eventually
became a math teacher at the high school. Her decision to return
to Madison County to teach was based upon her love for the people
and the sense of familiarity.
Mrs. Scoggins states that the most rewarding experience of being
a teacher is watching the "lightbulb" come on with
her students. She is a firm believer that students should support
and care for one another. Not only does Mrs. Scoggins enjoy helping
at school, but she is also very active in her church and home.
Mrs. Scoggins has been teaching for over 28 years and will be
eligible for retirement after next year, but she firmly states
that she will remain for a good time yet. After all, so many
students need and depend on her! She is truly a great woman;
she is Mrs. Sandra Scoggins.
FFA week observed at Madison County High School
BY MANNY TRUJILLO
In the past few days, various people in our school were clad
in boots, overalls, camouflage or FFA jackets. Last week was
Established in 1917 by the Smith Hughes Act, FFA was organized
by farmers in Virginia. FFA students learn various skills, including
electricial wiring, welding, gardening, animal science and public
Jerry Taylor, Ag teacher and FFA sponsor, says one of the most
important purposes of FFA is to build leadership skills.
There was a special theme for every day of this week. Monday
was FFA T-shirt day, Tuesday was overall day, Wednesday was boot
day, Thursday was camouflage day, and Friday was FFA jacket day.
Each day there was a different FFA-related trivia activity, Future
Farmers of America is an organization which makes a positive
impact on the community of Madison County.
Madison County students of the week named
BY MEGAN MCCAY
On Monday morning, eight "Students
of the week" for Feb.14-18 were recognized for being outstanding
students. These included: Chris Luera, Shelley Bates, Joe Zorbanos,
Joseph Jones, Malinda Brock, Chris Butler, Micah Crowe and Tyler
These students got to decide whether to take a parking pass,
in order to park in the teacher parking lot, or an early to lunch
pass for them and a friend. Congratulations to these students
for their effort and hard work!
Colbert Elementary holds DARE graduation
Colbert Elementary's fifth grade students
graduated from the DARE program on Feb. 7.
Lt. David Patton instructed the students in a 17-week program
that taught of the dangers of using drugs and being associated
with violent groups such as gangs. The students learned that
the choices they make now will have tremendous effects on their
In addition to the instruction, the fifth grade students were
required to write an essay about what they had learned from the
Two students from each fifth grade homeroom were selected as
essay winners and received Darren lions, the mascot of the DARE
program. The eight essay winners were Josh Arnold, Beth Ann Bardin,
Jordan Brown, Meagan Callaway, Angel Dalton, Scott Hackett, Brandi
Lavender and Edward Lordman. All graduating students received
a DARE shirt and diploma.
A Partner in Education from Trus Joist, Mr. Scott Sherman, served
as the guest speaker for the DARE graduation. Mr. Sherman told
an audience of students, family members, staff and community
supporters that never starting drugs was the best policy and
that those offered drugs should say no and walk away.
He stressed how drugs and the workplace can be a dangerous combination.
Mrs. Doris Harris, principal of Colbert Elementary, said that
if only one person chose to turn away from a life of drugs as
a result of the DARE program, then the program would be a huge
Georgia high school graduation test dates
scheduled in March
The Georgia Graduation Test for any junior
or senior needing to re-take or make up these tests will be given
The Writing Test will be Mar. 7 and the Language Arts, Math,
Science, and Social Studies will be given Mar. 14-16.
School officials say these tests must be passed in order to receive
a high school diploma.
Progress reports were given out Feb. 23.
MCHS senior parents' meeting set
A financial aid meeting for parents of
Senior Madison County High School parents will be held Mon.,
Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the MCHS cafeteria.
MCHS counselors, along with Michelle Garrison, Financial Aid
Co-ordinator, will be conducting the meeting.
Parents or guardians of any MCHS senior planning to attend college
or technical school after graduation are invited to attend, and
should bring the following information: Financial Aid Package,
a copy of their completed 1999 income taxes, and a copy of the
student's completed 1999 income taxes if they have one.
Financial Aid Packages can be picked up by seniors in the Guidance
Office at the high school, or a few will be available at the
"You need to check with your senior to see that he or she
does this," Patricia Royston, records clerk at MCHS said.
"That way you can look over the application to be familiar
"This process of completing the financial aid information
must be done in order for an eligible student to receive the
HOPE Scholarship Funds," Royston added. "If you have
not had the chance to have your income taxes completed, you should
plan to attend in order to know how to fill out the form when
you are ready. We encourage all parents to attend. The information
received will be of benefit to you."