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Susan Satterfield’s and Mary Ludeman's Pre-K classes at North Jackson Elementary School recently celebrated National Kazoo Day. Here, they are playing their homemade Kazoos, a "make and take" activity from the Bright from the Start training "Reading and Exploring Informational Text."

Marlana Meehan's fourth-grade class at South Jackson Elementary School recently completed a science unit about sound. The students were tasked with creating their own musical instrument that would provide different pitches and tones.

Camille Whalen, family and consumer science teacher at Commerce High School, presented at the Georgia Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences  Winter Conference in Savannah. The presentation, "You Expect Me to Teach Two Pathways: Oh My!" provided lessons, project ideas, and classroom organization tips to FACS teachers who teach not one pathway but two. The presentation helps teachers successfully bounce between the nutrition and food science and the early childhood education pathways. Common standards were also examined between the two pathways.

Tyner places in area FFA event

Jackson County Comprehensive High School FFA member Darren Tyner recently placed third in the Area II FFA Agricultural Electrification Career Development Event. The event was held at Jackson EMC in Jefferson.

Participants in the FFA Agricultural Electrification Career Development Event demonstrate the proper use of electrical tools, present a speech/demonstration on an electrical energy-related topic, answer problem solving questions pertaining to electrical wiring and rural electrification and complete an assigned wiring problem based on The National Electrical Code.

This CDE also provides opportunities for FFA members to demonstrate their skills in electrical wiring, critical thinking and communications. The Electric Membership Corporations throughout Georgia sponsors these activities as a means of promoting education in the safe, efficient use of electrical energy.

The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Tyner, a senior, is the son of Brad and Jessica Tyner of Hoschton. Micah Story and Greg Gilman are his FFA advisors.

The FFA Agricultural Electrification Career Development Event is sponsored by Georgia’s Electric Membership Corporations as a special project of the Georgia FFA Foundation.

Jefferson Academy and Jefferson Middle School students cycled through 30 rounds of words before two finalists were announced for this year’s Spelling Bee. Bella Jube, (left) eighth grade, was declared the overall champion, while Sophia Rose Hobbs, (right) sixth grade, was named runner up. Jube will move on to the upcoming Regional Spelling Bee.

Loralai Eager (left) was the winner of the recent Gum Springs Elementary School spelling bee. She is pictured here with runner-up Lily Casper (right).