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School Board Recognitions for October 8, 2019

Presentation of Colors

The Hiram High School JROTC presented the colors at the Oct. 8, 2019 Board of Education meeting.


Hiram High School JROTC team. From left are: Pvt. Ryan Gravett, 2nd Lt. Destiny Smith, Sgt. Maj. Dynasty Smith, and Cadet 1st Lt. Diamond Sanders.



Golden Radish Award (Platinum)

The Paulding County School District's Nutrition Services Department, which does an amazing job serving more than 22,000 breakfasts and lunches every day and almost 4 million meals per school year, recently received the Golden Radish Award for excellence in farm-to-school nutrition for the fourth consecutive year, and for the second consecutive year at the award's highest Platinum level.

The Golden Radish Award is given to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in Georgia who are doing extraordinary work in farm to school. The Award is presented by the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Department of Public Health, the UGA Cooperative Extension, Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, and Georgia Organics. Winning LEAs are recognized by the leaders of these six groups every October.

At the Oct. 8, 2019 school board meeting, board members recognized Nurtition Director Karen Mathis and Nutrition Wellness Manager Kimberly Blackmon for their outstanding work in earning the statewide Golden Radish honor.


The Board of Education recognizes Kimberly Blackmon, Nutritrion Wellness Manager, and Karen Mathis, Nutrition Director (with award), for receiving the Golden Radish Award for excellence in farm-to-school nutrition for the fourth consecutive year, and for the second consecutive year at the award's highest Platinum level.



Character In Action

Each month, students are chosen by their teachers and/or administration of their schools as excellent representatives of positive character at school. This month, students were recognized for the character trait of Patriotism, which was character word for the month of September.  Students recognized are from Dugan Elementary, New Georgia Elementary, Union Elementary, and South Paulding High School.


Annabella Gravley - Dugan Elementary School

Annabella, a 5th grader, was nominated by her teacher and classmates for this award because she is very involved in the community and seems to have a special interest in the democratic process. Bella likes to participate in classroom discussions involving the policies and procedures that govern our country.


Lois Meadows - New Georgia Elementary School

Lois, a 5th grader, is a student who has through-out her elementary years at New Georgia has always demonstrated Patriotism and all the character traits every day. She is an excellent role model for our school.


Stephen Rapalee - Union Elementary School

Stephen is a 5th grader and a valued member of his Cub Scouts pack 301 and shows pride in his work in that program. He is also the leader of our Union Elementary Flag Crew.  He treats the flag with reverence and respect and leads his other team members in the pledge each morning.  Stephen shows love for his community and his country and is therefore our representative for Patriotism.  


Katelyn Bousquette - South Paulding High School

Katelyn is a 12th grader and is one of the most patriotic students I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Katelyn often refers to her love of our country and her willingness to one day serve our people.  She is incredibly active in the JROTC program.  As a section leader in the Marching Band, she focuses on community through servant leadership and sacrifices her time to support others.  She is a tremendous representative of our band program, our school, and our country.



This month's Character In Action students pose with the Board of Education. Holding certificates, from left, are: Stephen Rapalee - Union Elementary School, Lois Meadows - New Georgia Elementary School, and Katelyn Bousquette - South Paulding High School.


Juvenile Court Presentation

The Honorable Carolyn Altman, Paulding County Juvenile Court judge, presented to the Board of Education and discussed the Juvenile Court's partnership with the school system, as well as ongoing trends and observations including truancy issues and diversion programs. "Difficult and challenging behaviors don't happen in a vacuum," she said, before noting that the Juvenile Court and school system can work together to identify concerning behaviors among youth and provide services and interventions before those behaviors escalate.