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Community Summit for Middle Grade Students

Registration now open for #Choices: A Community Summit for middle school students

For Immediate Release (City of Savannah)
Date: August 19, 2014

The City of Savannah and the Savannah Youth Council in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance will host #Choices: A Community Summit for middle school students on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Savannah Civic Center. Students enrolled in grades 6th-8th and their parents are invited to attend.

Registration is required by Sept. 5. Attendees can register online at Parents are encouraged to attend with their children to participate in the parents’ forum, which will be held at the same time. A free dinner will be provided to all participants.

Students will engage in a series of roadmap exercises to help illustrate the positive outcomes of making the right choices for high school and college. The event will offer practical guidance and real-life examples to help youth think - and learn - more about who they are and what they want to be. It also can help them begin to see planning as a life-long strategy to achieving success.

#Choices is funded by America’s Promise Alliance as part of its Grad Nation initiative. The Grad Nation initiative brings together individuals, organizations and communities to work together to end America’s dropout crisis and increase the graduation rate.

For more information, contact Carliss Bates at (912) 651-6703.

Medical High School Preceptorship Program

During the 2013-2014 School Year, the Georgia Medical Society, Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools, Memorial Health University Medical Center, and St. Joseph’s/Candler Health Systems celebrated the sixteenth year of an innovative collaboration that provides high school seniors and internship with local physicians.

Ten high school students shadowed Savannah physicians for an entire day of observations in operating rooms, on hospital rounds, and in doctors’ offices.

The Medical High School Preceptorship Program is the first of its kind in the State of Georgia sponsored by a medical society.  Such preceptorship programs more often occur at the college level.

Principals at all Savannah-Chatham County high schools were asked to choose student participants.  The outstanding student success could not have been possible without the support of our community partners who make this beneficial program possible.

This program gives bright and promising high school students a unique opportunity to see first-hand the human side of medicine and surgery.  The student participants are now moving on to the top colleges and university systems in the country, taking with them a first hand experience in the medical field.

Congratulations to the 2014 Medical Preceptorship Program Students:

Surjania Awer, Johnson High School

Winter Beaton, Groves High School

Francesca Bowman, Islands High School

Aliyah Curtis, New Hampstead High School

Briana Fennell, School of Liberal Arts at Savannah High

Terica Harris, Savannah Early College

Jordan Howard, Jenkins High School

Shakti Vinod Patel, Windsor Forest High School

Paula Small, Savannah Arts Academy

Daijah Thibodeaux, Beach High School


Savannah High School Partners with SCMPD for Roll Call

Savannah Metro Police Department’s Roll Call in the Streets and Career Fair

Students in the Law and Criminal Justice Program at the School of Liberal Studies at Savannah High got some one-on-one career advice with Savannah Metro Police during the Roll Call in the Streets event that occurred on Thursday, April 10, 2014. 

During Roll Call in the Streets, the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department moves the Roll Call meeting held before and after each shift from the precinct to a public place. Major James Barnwell said these events are important because they get the police department involved with the community. 

“We are in partnership with the community and with Savannah High School by its law enforcement  educational career pathway which teaches the kids who are aspiring to be police officers, lawyers, and judges,” Barnwell said. The Roll Call in the Streets events are usually hosted in the summer, but Barnwell said the event at Savannah High School is a way to get a jump start on the summer programs. “It’s a way to reach out to the kids and let them see how we interact with the community and what type of resources we have to offer them. Also, it serves as recruiting if any of the students are interested in becoming a police officer or want to become part of our Explorer program.” 

The Metro Police Department’s Explorer program invites students from age 15 up to 21 to experience police work through a ride-along with an officer. Barnwell said participants receive a uniform and a badge as they observe the officers’ duties.  During the Roll Call event students had the opportunity to meet officers and ask questions about the Explorer program or future careers in law enforcement.  

“I was just talking to a student who is really interested and wanting direction as to what to do to become part of the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department,” Barnwell said. 

 Dr. Toney Jordan, Principal at Savannah High School, said hosting the Roll Call in the Streets at the school was a way to show students the positive side of law enforcement and vast array of career opportunities that are available.  He said the opportunity to interact with the Metro Police Officers is vital for his students in the Law and Criminal Justice Program. 

“For students to have this hands-on experience can really make the difference in terms of the route they take in criminal justice,” Jordan said. “In my mind, I may decide I want to be a beat officer, but then I come out here and get a chance to actually sit in a helicopter. That may spark an interest in aviation as well. It’s an opportunity to open all facets of criminal justice to our students. This is just the first of many community events that we’ll be having here at Savannah High School with the Law and Criminal Justice program.” 

Dr. Angie Lewis is the director of CTAE, the district’s Career Technical and Agricultural Education program.  

“This is a prime example of business and industry coming together and working with the school district,” Lewis said. “One of the things mandated by the state is to have community involvement and partnership. This is a prime example of what Chatham County is doing on a large scale within our pathways, and this will give the students an opportunity not only to learn in the classroom, but also outside of the classroom.” 

Kayla Oates, a junior at Savannah High School, said events like this help open students to the potential for future careers. 

“I’m more into the whole computer science and engineering field, but I’ve always been fascinated by law,” Oates said. “I’m looking at careers that can incorporate both. This allows us to see these different careers because some of us won’t even think of looking at this. It gives us a chance to see them firsthand and actually hear from people who work in these professions.” 


Telfair Museums and Gulfstream Sponsor Annual Fourth-grade Field Trip for SCCPSS Students

The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System is excited to continue a long-running partnership with the Telfair Museums and Gulfstream with the annual fourth-grade field trip. This year, students viewed the exhibit Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain.

Channing Wood and Avery Rose, fourth-grade students from the Tybee Island Maritime Academy, learned about the specific techniques Henri used.  

“We noticed that he focused more on the face and the clothes than on the background,” Wood said. “He really liked to focus on the person.”

“He used a lot of details and shadows and bright colors,” Rose added. 

According to Kip Bradley, Studio Programs Manager at Telfair Museums, the annual field trip is one of the longest running school programs at the museum.

“The museum’s been doing it since it was initially established as the Telfair museum or shortly thereafter,” Bradley said. “We had ladies that went out to the schools with slide lanterns that were lit by candles and had little glass slides in them they could show works with.” 

Bradley said in recent years the museum has focused on fourth-grade students because they feel they have the most impact on students at that age.

“It helps to get them engaged in art and coming to the museum,” he said. “It brings them out into the community and shows them an environment and artwork that can enrich their lives beyond school.” 

Students not only viewed art by master artists, they also had the opportunity to create art. They participated in a workshop to practice observational drawing and writing using sketchbooks that were hand-made by museum employees.

“The sketchbooks are a great opportunity for us to show the kids that they can incorporate art into their everyday life,” Bradley said. “The sketchbook is something that everybody can do in small amounts of time. And we encourage them to look for the primary idea or main subject of something that they’re looking at and ask them to draw them and describe it in a brief sentence.” 

The museum showcased three thousand sketchbooks, one for each student who participated, as its own exhibit, showing students their work was as important as art found in other exhibits. Bradley said it was exciting to see students continue the process after the workshop ended.

“A lot of the kids, when we took the sketchbooks away from them, would reach in their bag and whip out a notebook and continue drawing, so they really got engaged with the idea of capturing what they were looking at and what they were experiencing in their drawings,” Bradley said. 

Cole Cunningham used his sketch time to practice a shading technique.

“I’m drawing a swan,” he said. “It was kind of easy to sketch it out and now I’m shading it in to texture it just to make it look more like a swan. I chose a swan because I thought it would be really cool to draw because swans are graceful and stuff.” 

Opportunities like this one provided by the Telfair Museums and Gulfstream provide engaging learning opportunities and connect students to the broader community. For more information on how you can team up with the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System as a community partner, please visit or call (912) 395-5538.


To see more photos from the event, please click here.


SCCPSS Partners with United Negro College Fund for 2014 Fundraiser

The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System Division of Communications and Community Engagement is working to create awareness that will support a successful fundraising campaign to benefit the United Negro College Fund.

SCCPSS believes in and supports opportunities for all students, especially in their endeavor to achieve post-secondary success. We are happy to be working with UNCF in support of their fund-raising efforts as it aligns with our Vision statement: From school to the world, all students prepared for productive futures.  

UNCF is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. Since its founding in 1944, UNCF has raised more than $3.6 billion to help more than 400,000 students receive college degrees at UNCF-member institutions and with UNCF scholarships. UNCF plays a critical role in enabling more than 60,000 students each year to attend college. Currently, UNCF helps support over 300 students in Georgia totaling over $1 million, including recipients here in Savannah. The program administers more than 400 scholarship programs and 91 cents of every dollar collected goes directly to support its students.


In collaboration with UNCF, SCCPSS has a designated giving site that may be used to make a one-time donation or repeating gifts.  If you would like to get involved and support the goals of the United Negro College Fund, please visit the following website: For additional information about any of the UNCF programs please visit or call 1-800-331-2244.




SCCPSS Partners with Georgia Historical Society for 2014 History Festival - Schedule of events to culminate with annual Georgia Day Parade!

In September, Dr. W. Todd Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society, Ms. Swann Seiler, Corporate Communications Support Manager for Georgia Power, and Dr. Thomas B. Lockamy Jr., Superintendent of Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS), gathered to announce the 2014 Georgia History Festival’s Historical Figure and highlight the continued partnership with SCCPSS. 

The Georgia History Festival is the signature K-12 educational program of the Georgia Historical Society and offers enriched educational experiences for Savannah-Chatham students of all ages.  The 2014 festival begins January 31, 2014, with a kickoff celebration at the State Capitol.  The celebrations conclude with the annual Georgia Day Parade, hosted right here in Savannah.  Students of all grade levels gather, dressed in colonial costumes, and march down Bull Street to take part in a celebration that brings history to life!  The 2014 Georgia Day Parade will take place on February 12, 2014.  Each year, the Festival has a specific theme based on a historical Georgian.  At a press conference held on September 24, 2014, in Savannah’s Chippewa Square, this year’s historical figure was announced as Savannah’s own, Flannery O’Connor. 


O’Connor inspired readers and storytellers with her work.  She published two novels, 32 short stories, and numerous reviews and commentaries.  As a tribute to her contribution to literature, the Georgia Historical Society has honored her as the 2014 Georgia History Festival’s Historical Figure, on the 50th anniversary of her passing.  “We honor Flannery O’Connor, not only for the body of work she left, but for her legacy as a Georgian who continues to influence writers, filmmakers, and lovers of great literature to this day,” said Dr. Groce.

“It is always and honor to work with community partners who bring such vibrant educational events to our schools,” said Dr. Lockamy.  “The school programs and the culminating parade provide an excellent opportunity to inspire students and engage them with a truly interactive learning experience.” 

The Georgia Historic Society is the oldest historic organization in the South, celebrating 175 years.  The education and research based practices of the society helped to establish the Georgia Historical Society Educational Program.  The program is dedicated to educating students about the founding of the colony, and other famous achievements that have come out of the state of Georgia.

2014 GEORGIA DAY PARADE - February 12, 2014, starting at 10:30 a.m.  

Forsyth Park, Savannah, Georgia

For a full list of the 2014 Georgia History Festival events, please visit


The First Tee of Savannah
Building great character, sportsmanship, and values through the game of golf.

First Tee of Savannah is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to providing young people with character-building and life skills lessons using golf as the platform. Through The First Tee, young people discover how skills essential to success on a golf course can also help them flourish in life.

In partnership with Georgia Power, the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, and the First Tee of Savannah, Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools will implement The First Tee National School Program.


The program helps students develop an appreciation for the positive personal and social values associated with the game of golf.  Students engage in safe, fun lesson activities while gaining an introduction to a lifelong recreation and health-enhancing activity.   

“Savannah Chatham Public Schools are so pleased to be partnering with The First Tee of Savannah and Georgia Power for the benefit of our schools,” said Sharon Sand, Chief Academic Officer for the school district. “The First Tee offers opportunities for our students to practice character education through the lessons learned in this program.”

The character education lessons taught through The First Tee National School Program place a focus on honesty, judgment, respect, and responsibility.  The program also provides health lessons along with basic golf instruction.  Starting in the 2013-14 school year, all elementary and K-8 schools in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System have implemented the National School Program as part of physical education instruction.


Nationwide, there are more than 2.6 million students at 5,300 schools in 800 school districts participating in The First Tee National School Program.

Georgia Power has long supported education initiatives leading to a better-trained, highly motivated workforce, which helps ensure a sound economic future for Georgia.  “We are proud to be associated with The First Tee organization and to help bring this very successful program to Savannah-area students,” said Georgia Power Coastal Region Vice President Cathy Hill.

Launched in 2004, the National School Program curriculum was developed by The First Tee along with leading experts in physical education and positive youth development.  It is aligned with and meets national standards developed by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).  Physical educators delivering the program are formally trained and certified by The First Tee and use safe, developmentally appropriate lesson plans and equipment in their classes.

About The First Tee of Savannah
The First Tee of Savannah is a 501 (c) (3) youth development organization that teaches young people life skills and character education through the game of golf. We serve youth ages 6-17. The Savannah chapter was established in July 2004 and is one of 188 chapters internationally. The First Tee of Savannah aims to impact, influence, and inspire youth. What makes The First Tee unique from other youth organizations are the Nine Core Values taught seamlessly through the game of golf. Since the chapter’s inception, we have introduced hundreds of youth to The Life Skills Experience™.

For more information on how to get involved with The First Tee of Savannah visit their website: