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Camden County Wildcat 2017 AAAAAAA State Champions

Please help us congratulate the Camden County Wildcat 7A State Champion Wrestlers!!
Camden County won the GHSA Dual State Championships with a score of 50-15 over Archer in the finals to capture the Class 7A state title. The Wildcats jumped into the new Class 7A this year after winning two consecutive Class 5A Dual titles in 2015 and 2016. This was Archer's attempt at a fifth straight team title in Georgia’s highest classification. Camden County opened the state tournament with a 69-12 win over Rockdale County, and followed it with a 56-18 win over Brookwood and a 57-8 victory over Mountain View in the semifinals. This makes Camden's third consecutive state title and fourth in school history with their first state title in 2012. 

News Around the Schools
Coach Welton Coffey Named Athletic Director 

Camden County Schools Names Welton Coffey Athletic Director for the 2017-2018 School Year

Coach Welton Coffey will assume the duties and responsibilities as Athletics Director for Camden County Schools at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. This appointment was made in light of the retirement of long time Camden County Administrator, Gary Blount. Mr. Blount has served students as an educator for 45 years and played a key role in the success of the school system as a principal, assistant superintendent, deputy superintendent and most recently as athletic director. To read the full media release, click here.

CCS Welcomes Coach Robert Sphire as Head Football Coach 

 

Camden County Schools Welcomes Coach Robert Sphire as Head Football Coach


Camden County Schools is pleased to announce the hiring of Coach Robert (Bob) Sphire as Head Football Coach for the Camden County High School Wildcats. With 282 wins as a head coach during his coaching career, Coach Sphire brings with him a winning record and commitment to continue to build on the strength and character of the Wildcat football program. Mr. Gary Blount, Athletic Director, said “Coach Sphire is recognized as one of the best football minds and most effective coaches in the state. We feel he has the expertise, attitude and tenacity needed as we compete in one of the most competitive divisions and regions in Georgia.”
During his time as coach for the North Gwinnett High School (NGHS) Bulldogs, Coach Sphire’s teams achieved an overall record of 110-29 during eleven seasons. During the course of his career, Coach Sphire coached two championship teams, two finalist teams, and enjoyed numerous semifinal, quarterfinal, and playoff appearances with an annual qualification for the playoffs in 24 of the past 25 years. In addition to bringing trophies back to their school, Coach Sphire’s players have gone on to play college football in the SEC, ACC and Big 10 conferences as well as play for NFL teams like the Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars. Click here to read the full media release.

Camden DECA Hosts Region III Competition



Camden DECA Hosts Region III Competition


On Thursday, December 1st, Camden County High School DECA Chapter hosted the 2017 Region III Competition.  150 students from Appling County High School, Brunswick High School, Camden County High School, The School of Liberal Studies at Savannah High School, Ware County High School, Vidalia High School and Woodville-Thompkins Career Academy competed in 20 different events for the opportunity to advance to the State Career Development Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia on February 16-18 at the Hyatt Regency.  Those students that place at the State Conference will have the opportunity to advance to the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) and compete against DECA students from all over the world in Anaheim, California on April 26-29.  In conjunction with the Camden DECA Chapter, the Camden County High School Culinary Program, under the direction of Mr. Gregg Harrell, provided the participants with a spaghetti lunch.  To read about the awards won by Camden students, click here. 

Camden School Board Earns Exemplary Board for Third Year

 

Camden County Schools Earns GSBA Exemplary School Board Status for Third Year

Camden County Schools is proud to announce the achievement and status of the Georgia School Boards Association’s (GSBA) 2016 Exemplary School Board recognition.  The Camden County Board of Education is one of only thirty-nine school boards in the state to earn this recognition. This is the third year in a row that Camden County Board of Education has been recognized as an Exemplary School Board. 
The Camden County Board of Education met and or exceeded criteria set forth by GSBA to earn the title of Exemplary Board. The GSBA Board recognition program is a three-year, process in which all board members must meet requirements in three performance tiers to earn recognition by GSBA. 

SMMS Students Collect for Camden House

 

St. Marys Middle Students Collect Donations for Camden House

 

Madison Hand, Gabriela Laboy-Cruz and Destiny Johnson are Camden Kids with a purpose!
After speaking with Dr. McManigal, these St. Marys Middle School students contacted Camden House, a local domestic violence shelter, to find out the most useful items to assist families affected by domestic violence. All the students and staff donated items to help those in need. Their goal was to collect 100-200 items such as soaps, towels, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, cleaning products, laundry baskets, etc. They far exceeded their goals with 300+ items to donate to the shelter.
Camden House, Executive Director, Twyla Green met the girls and accepted their donations with much appreciation on behalf of the women and children who receive services from our shelter. What a wonderful way to show support for those who need us most!

 

CCHS Student Earns FBLA Statesman Award

 

CCHS Student Awarded FBLA Award


Congratulations to CCHS student, Amber Parson, for being awarded the FBLA Leader of America Statesman Award. The Georgia Future Business Leader of America Statesman Award is a new honor that recognizes members who have achieved mastery of basic FBLA information and facts.   
Hundreds of students attended the Fall Leadership Conference in Athens, Georgia on November 15-17  where they competed for this award by taking a written test. Only those students that scored higher than 90% received this recognition.  It came as no surprise when Camden County High School’s own Amber Parson achieved another FBLA accomplishment.  Amber’s adviser is Jacqueline Hart who was the 2016 Georgia FBLA Region 3 Adviser of the Year.
Congratulations to Amber and Ms. Hart for their outstanding achievements!


Kingsland Students Bring Holiday Cheer to Wounded Service Members

Kingsland Students Bring Holiday Cheer to Wounded Service Members

Mrs. Wanda Johnson, the PreK Special Education teacher at Kingsland Elementary, knows from her own military service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center just how difficult the holidays can be for service members who are being treated at the hospital. This year, Mrs. Johnson decided to work with her wonderful students to make a little holiday magic for those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.
Mrs. Johnson and her class created holiday crafts that they are sending to service men and women who may need a little extra cheer this season. Pictured with their crafts are from left to right - Bailey Murrhee, Wyatt McCutcheon, and Rikki Ann Mobley) . Top from left to right: Mrs. Wanda Johnson and Mrs. Wendy Cash.

Coach Beahm Honored at CMS Game

Coach Beahm Honored at CMS Game

Camden Middle School coach, Brian Crum, recently took the opportunity to honor his former coach, John Beahm from Matilda Harris Elementary, at one of the middle school basketball games by having him come to the floor to be recognized. Coach Crum and his players stated that Coach Beahm has always supported the students in their activities long after they left the elementary setting.

John Beahm follows his students through middle and high school, and many times through college and beyond. Coach Beahm stated that he enjoys seeing how his students grow and excel in sports beyond the elementary setting, and is glad to know that he had a part in laying the foundation of lifelong physical activity.

 

Pictured left to right:  Atriel Washington, Jamie Felix, Coach Brian Crum, Keith Giddens, Coach John Beahm, Jacob “Pork Chop” LeClair, Shaun Hardy, and Micah Morris.

 

Character Word of the Month

January Character Word

Fourth grade students at Kingsland Elementary know that reading is a great way to gain knowledge and success.

KNOWLEDGE

Discovering something new so you can be better at whatever you do

 

Because of You

"Because of You" is a new feature on our Camden County Schools Facebook page and website. We will share ways that parents and community members are dedicating their time and talents to support our students and schools.

Because of You: Ms. Tracy Edwards, David L. Rainer Elementary

Tracy Edwards, a DLR parent volunteer, has helped create and organize PAWS,  Parents Always Willing to Support, the David L. Rainer parent volunteer group.   Mrs. Edwards and Mrs. Dixon, our guidance  counselor, have trained over 100 parent volunteers since the creation of PAWS. As PAWS President, Mrs. Edwards has coordinated various fundraising efforts for DLR, including maintaining our online school store, the Annual Color Run, Fall Festival, Fifth Grade Dance, Santa Shop, Holiday Family Night, and many other events that make our school a special place to be.  Because of Mrs. Edwards, and the PAWS  volunteers, David L. Rainer Elementary  continues to thrive and be a PAWSome place for our students, parents, faculty and staff. 

2017 Niche Best Schools Report


Camden County Schools Ranked 7th in Georgia by Niche

Niche.com recently identified Camden County Schools as the 7th ranked school district in Georgia in their recent “2017 Best Schools” report. Niche, a national company based in Pittsburgh, PA, uses statistical analysis and user reviews to rate K-12 schools, colleges and cities. Visitors to Niche.com use the school and cities rankings to determine the best places to purchase homes, relocate or establish businesses. Niche uses data from multiple state and national sources and user surveys to grade schools in academics, teachers, culture and diversity, health and safety and extracurricular offerings. Camden County Schools ranked 16th last year, moving up 9 spots in just one year. In the 2017 report Niche assigned the Camden County School district and every school within the district received an overall “A” rating in their 2017 Best Schools in America report.

Niche also creates state and national rankings in a number of different areas. In addition to the Best District ranking, Camden ranked favorably in every other area as well.

4th out of 170 districts with the best teachers in Georgia
4th out of 169 districts as the safest school district in Georgia
5th out of 169 districts as the best place to teach in Georgia

5th out of 163 districts as best system for student athletes
10th out of 165 districts as the most diverse school district in Georgia

Information for Georgia Milestones Assessments

Do you have questions about the Georgia Milestones Assessment?

Click here to view The Parent's Guide to New Tests in Georgia created by the National PTA, click here to read information from the Georgia Department of Education. These two resources provide helpful information about the Georgia Milestones Assessment System. If you still have questions, please feel free to contact your child's school. We are always here to help!

Georgia Milestones Resources

Sample of Online Test and Testing Format

You can click here to view a sample of the online test and learn more about the testing format. If you continue to have questions, please contact your school or our Central Office at 912-729-5687.

Camden County Schools Testing Calendar

You can view the Camden County Schools Testing Calendar by clicking here.

Georgia Milestones Parent Q&A Brochure

The Georgia Department of Education has created a comprehensive and helpful list of frequently asked questions. You can view it here.

Understanding Georgia Milestones Learner Achievement Levels

The four achievement levels on Georgia Milestones are Beginning Learner, Developing Learner, Proficient Learner, and Distinguished Learner. The general meaning of each of the four levels is provided below:

Beginning Learners
do not yet demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students need substantial academic support to be prepared for the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.

Developing Learners
demonstrate partial proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students need additional academic support to ensure success in the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.

Proficient Learners
demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are prepared for the next grade level or course and are on track for college and career readiness.

Distinguished Learners
demonstrate advanced proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are well prepared for the next grade level or course and are well prepared for college and career readiness

Parent's Guide to EOG/EOC Student Report

Individual Georgia Milestones student reports are released every year when they are sent to our system by the Georgia Department of Education. You can view a Parent's Guide to EOG/EOC Student Report here to learn about the format and information included in the student reports. 

Georgia Milestones PowerPoint Presentation

The Georgia Department of Education has created a PowerPoint presentation to give parents and stakeholders a better understanding of the Georgia Milestones Assessment results. The presentation is titled "The Rearview Mirror and the Road Ahead". To view the presentation, please click here
PreK and Kindergarten Registration

2017-2018 PreK and Kindergarten Registration Dates

FY18 PreK Registration: April 5th & 6th
FY18 Kindergarten Registration: May 3rd & 4th

Stakeholder Information

Public Notice – Asbestos Management Plan

This is to notify all persons who work or attend class in Camden County Schools that management plans have been developed for friable and non-friable asbestos-containing materials for all buildings in the system.  The management plans show the location of the asbestos-containing materials and assumed asbestos-containing material.  Anyone may review or retain a copy of the plans.  Individual school plans are on file in the in the principal’s office at each school.  All plans are on file at the Administrative Office, Camden County Board of Education, 311 S. East Street, Kingsland, GA 31548.

2015-2016 Promotion and Retention Guidelines

Information about the promotion and retention guidelines for the 2015-2016 school year for students in grades 3-8 may be found by clicking here and answers to frequently asked questions may be answered here. If you have questions, please contact your school or the Camden County Schools Central Administrative Offices at 912-729-5687.

CCRPI: College and Career Ready Performance Index

Georgia was one of 10 states granted a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act in February 2012. The state created a new accountability system called the College and Career Ready Performance Index, which  rolled out on May 7, 2013.
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Senate Bill 289: Online Enrollment Opportunities

Pursuant to Senate Bill 289, the Camden County School System is providing notice regarding online enrollment opportunities for students. Students may enroll in online courses beginning in the 2013-2014 school year to participate in full-time or part-time instructional opportunities as provided by the Georgia Virtual School or enter into a contract with an online provider approved by the school system.

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Camden County Civil Rights Compliance

As required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Camden County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission to its programs, services, or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. Camden County Board of Education Career and Technical Education department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission to its programs, services, or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations.More
New Student Registration

Are you new to our school system? Registration for new students is available online. 

Note: This registration is only for the 2016-2017 school year. When registration for the 2017-2018 opens, a new link will be provided.

Click here to access our online student registration. 



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