PAWSativity Corner

Welcome to PAWSativity Corner where we will feature what's happening or what's new within
Gilmer County Schools! 

Thank you for your continued support to our district and remember "It's a GREAT day to be a Bobcat!"

This week we feature Ellijay Elementary School's Holiday Extravaganza. Ms. Katie Mayfield, EES Music Specialist worked with students from all grade levels to showcase the many talents of EES!

Click on the link below to see their performance!

Ellijay Elementary School Holiday Extravaganza Video

Also we would like to congratulated our newly elected and re-elected Board members who were sworn into service on 12/18/2020
Board Members and Judge
Featured from Left to Right; Board Members: Doug Pritchett, Michael Parks and Joe Pflueger
along with Probate Judge Scott C. Chastain

Ms. Mikella Rutter was able to arrange for the "Be Pro, Be Proud" lab to visit GHS on Thursday 1/14/2021 and Friday 1/15/2021. Ms. Rutter placed us on an extremely long waiting list, and due to a cancellation they were able to visit us early. She reports we were the first district outside metro Atlanta that they visited.

"The mobile lab is what they call "The Workforce Workshop". It is organized through the Cherokee County Office of Economic Development and funded through grants. On board the rig, the students start by having a discussion with Scott Callahan, the organizer, who tells his personal success story of making over six figures a year with just a Class A license which he received through an 8 week course. The rest of his discussion with the students is geared towards making them aware of high-need, recession proof jobs in Georgia that they can pursue without a four year degree. At the end of the discussion, the students are encouraged to sign up for the "Be Pro, Be Proud" Movement which ultimately connects them to technical training programs and employers across the state.
Group standing in front of trailer

Walmart of East Ellijay made a generous donation to the district. Store Manager Tom Horton and Claims Supervisor Mary Bianchi presented Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs, Assistant Superintendent Kim Cagle and Director of Operations Bob Sosebee with 13 boxes all full of face masks for our staff and students.

Walmart Mask Donation
Featured left to right: Store Manager Tom Horton, Claims Supervisor Mary Bianchi, Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs, Assistant Superintendent Kim Cagle and Director of Operations Bob Sosebee

Also on 2/12/2021 Gilmer County Schools donated a 2001 Blue Bird bus to our local EMA who plans to convert the bus to a Mobile Command and Communications vehicle.
EMA School Bus Donation
Featuring left to right: Transportation Supervisor Samantha Amos, EMA Director Keith Kucera and
Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs

GA Speaker of the House David Ralston stopped by Gilmer High School to meet students and hear more about the Life Skills Transition Program headed by Jessica Hensley.
Speaker Ralston visits GHS
Featuring Speaker David Ralston along with students, staff and community members


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