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NFL FLAG Essentials Program Comes to SCCPSS Schools 

Falcons Bring NFL FLAG Essentials Program to SCCPSS

On Friday, April 22, 2016, physical education teachers from the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System participated in the Atlanta Falcons NFL FLAG Essentials Program. Nearly 40 Elementary Physical Education Instructors along with other faculty members engaged in a training session at Jenkins High School’s gymnasium. This was a first for both the SCCPSS District and the Atlanta Falcons NFL FLAG Essentials Program in Chatham County.


The Atlanta Falcons are providing NFL FLAG Essentials Kits to elementary schools in Chatham, Muscogee and Bibb counties. The kits, which include footballs, flag belts, posters and a PE curriculum, are hoped to result in getting kids to be more physically active. In addition to the schools receiving NFL FLAG Kits, Physical Education teachers from each school are trained on the NFL FLAG curriculum book. These sessions are intended to help guide P.E. teachers on the new kits so that they can be implemented fully in the school’s physical education or after school programs.

NFL FLAG Essentials Training

The training was led by NFL FLAG Essentials Trainer Ellen Abbadessa. Former Falcon Buddy Curry and mascot Freddie Falcon were also in attendance for autographs and photos. NFL FLAG Essentials Kits are designed to provide a turn-key package of equipment, curriculum, training and recognition for P.E. teachers and students to increase participation and excitement in physical activity through FLAG football.

To see more photos from the training click here.


Foundations in Personal Finance

Fifth Third Bank Georgia is expanding the sponsorship of Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance course in the Savannah Chatham County Public School System for the 2015-2016 school year. After successfully sponsoring the program at Beach High, Groves High, Jenkins High, Johnson High, Woodville Tompkins, and Savannah High during the 2014-2015 school year, Fifth Third Bank Georgia is providing the funding to expand the program and reach more students during the upcoming school year. The bank will sponsor the course for an additional four schools on top of the six from last year. The additional schools include Islands High, Savannah Arts, New Hampstead, and Windsor Forest High.


This year marks the fifth consecutive year that Fifth Third Bank has sponsored Foundations in Personal Finance. Since 2010, the Bank has helped educate more than 600,000 students across the bank’s footprint. In the current fall 2015 semester, Fifth Third expects that more than 140,000 students will take the course in the Midwest and Southeast and more than 600 students in Savannah. “The students enjoyed the applicable life situations and were able to create both long term and short term financial goals,” said Beach High School teacher, Monica Daughtry. 


“Fifth Third Bank is committed to improving lives in the communities we serve,” said Chris Kirkpatrick, Savannah Region President, Fifth Third Bank Georgia. “Here in Savannah we have made a concerted effort to provide our workforce the necessary skills to be successful gaining employment with our ever growing local economy.  We have world class organizations, excellent public school offerings and quality universities in place to make that a reality for Savannah.” 


“Being the curious bank, we asked ourselves, how can we help that mission? We decided to help our future workforce learn the financial skills enabling them to handle their personal finances once they are part of the great workforce we have here in Savannah. We sponsor Dave Ramsey’s course at an important juncture—as these teens embark on first jobs, college planning and expenditures independent of their parents. We know that Foundations is a great course that will teach students how to avoid debt, save deliberately and spend wisely,” Kirkpatrick added.   


Foundations in Personal Finance is a comprehensive, flexible and turn-key personal finance curriculum. It is designed to be taught by the teacher in school, aided by video lessons from Dave Ramsey and his team of experts. It has been recently updated and features a blended learning site with calculators, tools and resources, a new 504-question TestGen® computerized test bank, a brand new print and digital teachers’ guide and four new chapters. The program also includes 100+ classroom activities focused on providing 21st century personal finance knowledge and skills in a student-centered, competency-based approach to learning. Foundations in Personal Finance is presented in 12 chapters, divided into four units: Saving and Budgeting; Credit and Debt; Financial Planning and Insurance; and Income, Taxes and Giving. 


The program has been in place in Savannah Chatham Public Schools since 2014 and adds to the rich learning experiences offered in the classroom.  Students are challenged with rigorous academic expectations and the teachings of the program add an enriched element to the advancement of problem solving and critical thinking skills.  The combination of personal finance with mathematical lesson plans is an effective process that blends instruction and real world scenarios to create relevant experiences for students.  “Community partners can make a real difference in education,” said Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Ann Levett.  “We are thankful for the commitment from Fifth Third Bank and look forward to another successful school year where students gain the benefit of high quality learning experiences that prepare them for the next step in college or a career.”

Student Expo - A Major Success!
For the sixth year in a row, the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) presented the Student Success Expo and STEM Festival to help students prepare for the future.  The event took place on Saturday, January 10, 2015, and could not have been realized without the support of community and business partners who all contributed in various ways to ensure that parents and students had an opportunity to learn about school academic pathways, college opportunities, and the wide range of career opportunities offered in the Savannah-Chatham area.
 Student Expo   Welcome Expo

The Expo was designed to showcase SCCPSS programs and give students and parents a first-hand opportunity to connect with our schools, and other professionals in various industries.  The response was amazing.  With almost 13,000 in attendance on the day, visitors learned about school pathways in Medical and Allied Health, Engineering, Logistics, Visual and Performing Arts and so much more! 


Dr. Angie Lewis, the Director of the SCCPSS Office of College & Career Readiness, says the annual event exemplifies how the business and education community can come together to enhance a student’s transition into college and careers. “We are grateful for the support of our business partners and the leadership from our Career Education Advisory Council,” she said.  “Our parents and students benefit by seeing the connection educational pathways have with local industry and career options.”


With student performances at center stage, school informational booths, and exciting student competitions, there was certainly something for everyone.  Students of the Woodville Tompkins Technical and Career High School helped to host the VEX Robotics competition where young engineers competed with the robots they designed and built for this game-based engineering challenge.


Deshaun Williams of Woodville Tompkins  Robotics Competition  Robotics Competition


In an interview with WSAV News, Woodville student Deshaun Williams was excited about his future outlook.  "I feel more prepared and more confident in what I'm going to do when I graduate and graduate college," he said.  Programs like those found at Woodville Tompkins, and many other schools across Savannah-Chatham County, are having great impact on student preparation for college and careers.


And for parents looking to explore academic options, the Expo was just the place to learn what SCCPSS schools have to offer.  The Specialty Program application process for the 2015-16 school year also kicked off on January 10th, and with 23 specialty options offered, students are finding great opportunities that set the foundation for future doctors, lawyers, and engineers. 


Expo Visitors  Butler Elementary  Coastal Middle  Savannah Tech


Plus, new this year, parents enjoyed Family Academic Strategy Time from the SCCPSS F.A.S.T. Committee.  Informational sessions about assessments, technology, after-school programs and other important topics were offered to help students get the best possible educational experience from our school system.


Special thanks to our partners from the SCCPSS Career Education Advisory Council, Georgia Power, Gulfstream, and the Georgia Department of Education for helping to making the annual Student Success Expo and STEM Festival another great success!







2014 Medical Preceptorship Program
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

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:

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.



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.

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.” 

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