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  • NPHS Wins Big at Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition

    Posted by Suzanne Wooley at 1/30/2017

    Congratulations to the following North Paulding High School students who placed in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition!


    Katherine Hannum: Honorable Mention: oil painting, "Me and My Brain"

     me and my brain artwork


    Alyssa Kautz: Gold Key (highest honors): mixed media, "Addiction"

     kautz artwork


    Morgan Minter: Silver Key: oil painting, "Madison," AND Gold Key: chalk pastel, "Decay"

    decay artwork  

      madison minter portrait

    The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is the nation's longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition initiative for creative teens. These three students are now among a list of notable alumni recipients, including Richard Avedon, Truman Capote, Stephen King, Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford and Andy Warhol.

    Alyssa Kautz and Morgan Minter's Gold Key Award pieces will be displayed at SCAD for a month before the awards ceremony.

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  • 2016-2017 Paulding County Reflections Winners

    Posted by Suzanne Wooley at 1/27/2017

    2016 - 17 Paulding County Reflections Winners



    Jasper Leggett, Ragsdale

    Maggie Taylor, BHES

    Chloe Ragsdale, BHES

    Lucas Machado, Roberts

    Charlee Ann Higham, Shelton

    Walker Adams, McGarity

    Eloise Slack, New Georgia

    Elizabeth Ledford, Abney

    Arianna Hopkins, Ragsdale

    Kylie Nash, New Georgia

    Ian Eubanks, Poole

    Ethan James, New Georgia

    Natalie Johnson, Moses

    Mackenzie Cronon, HJMS

    Caleb Clevenger, McClure

    Lizzie Townsend, Moses

    Haley Peek, EPMS

    Kynslee Reece, McClure

    Madison Clemente, SPHS

    Madison Clevenger, NPHS

    Bethany Bean, EPHS

    Taylor Potter, NPHS


    Dance Choreography

    Annalese Moses, Nebo

    Bailey Cochran, Ragsdale

    Chloe McAllister, Abney

    Clare Pohl, Poole

    Reagan Collins, Ragsdale

    Dellani Cochran, Roberts

    Ella Kate Freemam, Northside

    Madison Waters, Nebo

    Mia Lecca, Shelton

    Emily Wiest, Nebo

    Campbell Smith, BHES

    Daira Wiederhold, Ritch

    Madison Hufstetler, EPMS

    Nyla Gilkes, Moses



    Dominic Willis, Northside

    Annalese Moses, Nebo

    Ellie Horton, Allgood

    Marissa Willis, Nebo

    Zoey Lee, Northside

    Cade Horton, Allgood

    Jillian Ickes, Abney

    Ivey Hayes, Northside

    Olivia Clark, Poole

    Kristal Garland, Nebo

    Ashely Brunsed, McClure

    Cailin Todd, Dobbins

    Haley Peek, EPMS



    Josie Dankert, Hutchens

    Jasper Leggett, Ragsdale

    Juliana Neal, Roberts

    Morgan Gonzales, McGarity

    Lauren Fraga, McGarity

    Fiona Wheaton, Poole

    Nina Vaughan, Abney

    Savannah Wilder, New Georgia

    Calliope Horn, McGarity

    Skylar Parker, BHES

    Sebastine Chimafor, Shelton

    Megan Warlow, New Georgia

    Sarah Hodges, Moses

    Seemal Chaudhary, HJMS

    Naomi Bacchus, EPMS

    Alexandra Godfrey, McClure

    Shelby Williams, Austin

    Gillian Johnson, Dobbins

    Aubree Goff, SPHS

    Silas Luc Watts, PCHS

    Katie Jennings, SPHS

    Danielle Davis, PCHS

    Korie Amritt, SPHS

    Allana Allen, SPHS

    Shawna Davis, PCHS


    Visual Arts - 2D

    Amy Ventura, New Georgia

    Audrey Joita, Shelton

    Sutton Plett, Shelton

    Brennan McBride, Shelton

    Raegan Harris, McGarity

    Kaelyn Syck, McGarity

    Kyrie Freeman, New Georgia

    Dylan Weston, Poole

    Cooper Floyd, Shelton

    Avery Plett, Shelton

    Ashelyn Pemberton, Panter

    Keelie Armstrong, Nebo

    Rylie Jacobs, SPMS

    Mallory Proctor, EPMS

    Blakely Winkles, Moses

    Olivia Knapp, SPMS

    Suzette Anaya, McClure

    Payton Worthington, HJMS

    Grace Pruitt, EPHS

    Olivia Ruzicka, EPHS

    Claire Waters, EPHS

    Eric Okanume Jr, HHS

    Laura Doyle, SPHS

    Zainab Thompson, PCHS

    Jessica McKaughan, EPHS

    Chandler Mott, SPHS


    Visual Arts - 3D

    Annalese Moses, Nebo

    Olissa Dowell, Hiram Es

    Akiley Love, Panter

    Macie Crabbe, Northside

    Ryleigh Mulkey, Poole

    Ellie Altman, Hutchens

    Olivia Barton, Hutchens

    Madison Leathers, Poole

    Chezney Brady, HJMS

    Lucas Newsome, Scoggins

    Ashley Hunt, McClure



    Jasper Leggett, Ragsdale

    Annalese Moses, Nebo

    Liam Hayes, Northside

    Elijah Leggett, Ragsdale

    Tate Ragsdale, Poole

    Katie Thompson, Panter

    Kristal Garland, Nebo

    Caroline Brubaker, McClure

    Angel Emetache, Ritch

    Mya Bacchus, EPMS

    Morgan Ragsdale, HJMS

    Raeanna Hickson, NPHS


    Special Artists

    KJ Moses - Dugan - Dance

    McKenzie Carey - Scoggins - Dance

    Sebashtean Jerles - Poole - Literature

    Alejandro Ortiz - Poole - Literature

    Thomas Lenner - McGarity - Literature

    Bailey Janssen - Northside - Photography

    Ava Little - Ragsdale - Photography

    Javon Newbold - Allgood - Photography

    Sebashtean Jerles - Poole - Photography

    Ionna Pinho - Abney - Visual Arts

    Kensley Stacy - EPMS - Visual Arts

    Michael Cruz - Northside - Visual Arts

    Faith Brasch - HJMS - Visual Arts

    Jaiden Hensley - Ragsdale - Visual Arts

    Marshal Brummitt - SPHS - Visual Arts

    Amaya Thompson - SPHS - Visual Arts

    Brayden Thornton - McGarity - Visual Arts

    Emma Giauque - McGarity - Visual Arts

    Fola Tracie Olowokene - EPMS - Visual Arts

    Darren Tanner - Roberts - Visual Arts

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  • Author Carolyn McKinstry Visits Dobbins Middle School

    Posted by Suzanne Wooley at 1/27/2017

    Carolyn McKinstry, author of "While the World Watched," spoke to Dobbins Middle School students on Thursday, January 19th.


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    Mrs. McKinstry speaking to student body


    Mrs. McKinstry is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. She was present on September 15, 1963 at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, when it was bombed. Four of Carolyn's young friends were killed. She was among thousands of students hosed by firemen during the 1963, and survived a second bomb explosion that damaged part of her parent's home in 1964. Carolyn was also a subpoenaed witness in the 2002 trial of Bob Cherry, one of the three men convicted of the 1963 church bombing.

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    Mrs. McKinstry answering a question by student Ben Sleszynski


    carolyn mckinstry with dr. ross

     Dr. Ross, LeeAnn Hinchberger and Mrs. McKinstry


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    LeeAnn Hinchberger, Mrs. McKinstry, Quadriyah Williams

    (student that initially spoke to Mrs. McKinstry to see if she would visit our school)


    carolyn mckinstry

    Mrs. McKinstry reviewing student projects


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    Mrs. McKinstry reviewing student projects


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    Mrs. McKinstry reviewing student projects


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    Mrs. McKinstry with LeeAnn Hinchberger, Mike Ussery, LaTressa Davis (7th Grade ELA Teachers)


    Dobbins Middle School's 7th grade Language Arts classes use Mrs. McKinstry's book, "While the World Watched" during their unit on Civil Rights. It serves as the anchor for the leaders and events that are discussed during the units. The students complete many research and writing lessons based on these events in history.


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  • SPMS Honors Students on All A Honor Roll

    Posted by Suzanne Wooley at 1/20/2017

     SPMS honored all students that made the All A Honor Roll for the 2nd 9 week grading period with a luncheon.  They were treated to pizza and drinks as well as an ice cream bar.  

    SPMS All A Honor Roll (Pictured left to right: Yamynn Collier, Caelan Hill, Blake Voyles, Kayla Bloor, Emily Brooke-Powell)

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  • Hiram ES Celebrates 2nd Nine Weeks' Top Readers

    Posted by Suzanne Wooley at 1/17/2017

    Hiram Elementary had their Book Bash celebrating the Top Readers for the 2nd nine weeks.  These students enjoyed a celebration in their honor given by Angie Clower, media specialist.  Ms. Clower provided the students with a special snack and many fun activities.  Students were chosen by their teacher as the top reader for their excellent work and progress made in Reading.  We are very proud of our top readers’ perseverance and the hard work they have shown.  Way to go Hornets!

    hiram elementary book bash kindergarten winners

    Kindergarten: Christina McFarlane, Camille Israel, Jaes Peck, Damian Echols, Mason Romo, and Elijah Norris

    hiram elementary book bash first winners

    1st Grade: France Thompson, Justice Williams, London Magee

    hiram elementary book bash second winners

    2nd grade: Morgan Cooper, Arianna Slew, Kameron Guest, Alicia Trice, Luke Bennett, Ezekial Anzeumafack

    hiram elementary book bash third winners

    3rd grade: Keira Sherrell, Dezire Fisher, Amaya Scott, Aidan Gouty, Hayden McDaniel, Williams Simko

    hiram elementary book bash fourth winners

    4th grade: Dalet Jose, Madelyn White, Tytianna Smith, Kiyra Woodall, Gabriel Sarceno

    hiram elementary book bash fifth winners

    5th grade: Jordan Johnson, Elana Palmer, Tyler Langford, Alex Baklini

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  • Cape Day 2016

    Posted by Suzanne Wooley at 10/26/2016


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  • PSCO Officers Teach Students How to Ride Bikes

    Posted by Suzanne Wooley at 10/18/2016

    facebook post of pcso officers

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  • Learning with Legos at Hiram Elementary

    Posted by Suzanne Wooley at 10/13/2016

    Hiram Elementary students were treated to a great STEM event!  The Hiram Elementary PTA won a Builder Bunch fieldtrip from our PTA Training they attended in Athens over the summer. Schools from all over the state competed and several prizes were given, but they won the GRAND prize of the in-school field trip.

    lego day at hiram es



    lego day at hiram es



    Representatives from Builder Bunch came to our school to do a STEM activity with each class in the school.  Builder Bunch provides In-School Field Trip Programs for students to  learn while they get to play with LEGO® bricks. The program combines engineering, art, product design and architectural based LEGO® curriculums to serve as the topic for each semester’s field trip.


    lego day at hiram es



    lego day at hiram es



    Our students constructed bridges that could hold the most weight while using the least amount of LEGO® bricks.  What a great way to have fun while learning!


    lego day at hiram es



    lego day at hiram es



    Thank you to our Hiram PTA officers for all you do for our school.


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  • Author Visits New Georgia Elementary

    Posted by Suzanne Wooley at 5/13/2016

    Author and illustrator of My Little Maxine, Sharon Elkin, visited Mrs. Dukes’ and Mrs. Raiford’s kindergarten class at New Georgia Elementary.  The book emphasizes responsibility, and the students enjoyed asking many questions regarding the book and her role as the author/illustrator.  Thank you Mrs. Elkin for taking the time to visit and share your wonderful book! 


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  • Local Flat Stanley Travels to Hollywood

    Posted by Suzanne Wooley at 4/13/2016

    You've heard about Flat Stanley, right? If not, he's the cardboard cutout little boy that travels around the world. One local second grader sent his Flat Stanley on his own adventure -- and he went "Dancing with the Stars."


    The following is Flat Stanley's adventure, as written by Gaye Wismann of Carmarillo, California:


    Hi, my name is Flat Stanley. I belong to Gabriel Jerrell who is a student in Mrs. Stokes 2nd grade class in Dallas, Georgia. Gabriel sent me to visit my Aunt Bonnie who lives in Florida. We had a great visit. Well, Bonnie has a friend who lives in California. Her name is Miss Gaye. She has a son-in- law named Alex East, who is a field producer on the TV show, Dancing With The Stars. They invited me to come visit with them in California. So, Bonnie packaged me up and sent me on a plane to Sunny California. When Miss Gaye received me in the mail, she was so happy to meet me.


     Miss Gapic 2 ye introduced me to her son in law Alex. He was really cool. He took me to the set where they film the show Dancing With the Stars. He brought me in the main Ballroom and in the restricted areas where the stars practice and hang out.





    During my visit at the Dancing With The Stars studio, I met so many people! I met most of the stars on this season’s show and also I met a lot of the professional dancers.





    I met Peta Murgatroyd with her dance partner Nyle Dimarco. They were very nice. Peta took me for a spin around the floor and taught me some cool dance moves. I’ll have to teach them to Gabriel when I get home. Nyle was the winner of America’s Next Top Model. He is very remarkable because he is deaf and he is such a great dancer. He taught me how to say “I love to dance” in sign language.




    I also met Tony Devolanni and his dance partner Marla Maples and her daughter Tiffany Trump. Mrs. Maples was Donald Trump’s wife and their daughter is Tiffany. They were very pretty.


    I then was introduced to the professional dancer named Sharna Burgess. She was very pretty! She speaks with an Australian accent. She is dancing this year with the pro football player Antonio Brown. He was not there for me to take a picture with.




    I also met Sasha Farber and his dance partner Kim Fields. They were both very sweet. Kim Fields is known for her role as Tootie Ramsey on the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life and also she starred on Bravo’s Atlanta Housewives.




    I then met the professional dancer, Karina Smirnoff. She was cute, she liked to joke around. Her partner was Doug Flutie, who is a former NFL quarterback.




    I was able to meet and chat with Keo Motsepe and his dance partner Jodie Sweetin. They were fun to talk with. Keo is from South Africa and is a little hard to understand but he is very nice. Jodie is best known for her role as Stephanie Tanner on the sitcom Full House.




    While walking with Alex down the restricted area, we ran into Witney Carson and Von Miller. Witney was already dressed in her Disney costume for their Dress rehearsal for Monday night’s show. She is going to be Cinderella. She is so beautiful! Von Miller was this year’s NFL Super Bowl MVP. He is a very big guy but very nice. He will make a great prince.




    And look who else we ran into! Mark Ballas and his dance partner Paige VanZant. They were being pretty silly and having a lot of fun. Paige VanZant is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Women’s Strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She is so cute and so strong.




    In the ballroom, Val Chmerkoskiy and his dance partner Ginger Zee were practicing there dance and stopped to meet me. I was so honored. Ginger is the chief meteorologist for Good Morning America and the weather editor for ABC News. And guess who was standing by watching these two dance? It was Max Chmerkoskiy, Val’s brother. He also let me take a picture with him. He is not dancing this season but I found out He and Peta Murgatroyd are engaged to be married. WOW!


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    Alex introduced me to his boss Dan who was sitting with Wanye Morris, one of the singers in Boys II Men. Wanye is dancing with Lindsay Arnold this season. She was still in her dressing room getting dressed for the Dress rehearsal so I didn’t get to meet her.




    Here are some of the dancers from the show’s Dance Troupe. Dennis, Kerril, Shannon, Allen, Artem Chiguintsev, Haley and Britney. Artem Chiguintsev was partners with Mischa Barton this season but she was eliminated from the show last week.


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    Well I have had a very exciting week in California . It was a lot of fun! I even sat on the beach, overlooking the Pacific Ocean waiting to see the sun set over the water. I’m so used to seeing the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. This really is very romantic, do they make a Flat Stacy?

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