CHIPLEY — Superintendent Sandra Cook and school board attorney Thomas Gerald Holley both bid farewell to the Washington County School District at the School Board meeting on Monday.
Holley is retiring from serving as the district’s attorney after 42 years. “I’m retiring from this, but I still plan to practice a little law on the side,” he said, joking with the board members.
Later in the meeting, the board approved advertising a request for proposal for a school board attorney, which would begin the process of seeking a replacement for Holley.
Cook was defeated in the Primary Election by Republican candidate Joe Taylor, who was elected Superintendent during the Nov. 6 General Election, where he defeated Democratic opponent Pat Aukema Dickson for the position.
“I want to thank everyone who works in the school district for what they do every day,” Cook said. “Everybody in the district puts forth effort to do their best for our children, and you never know when what you do will make a difference in the life of a child.”
Cook said she is looking forward to moving on “to bigger and better things,” but she said she appreciated getting to serve as superintendent for four years.
“Thank you for everything, it’s been a great opportunity.”
The board also recognized the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Bobby Haddock as a platinum Washington County Business Partner Sponsor, and Tyndall Credit Union as a silver sponsor.
“Over the past three years, Sheriff Haddock has donated $2,500 to the schools,” Cook said. Tyndall Credit Union has donated $750 over the past two years, she added. “This type of support is wonderful, and we really appreciate all our sponsors do for our schools.”
Chipley High School Principal Steve Griffin gave a school update, including telling the board about the high school’s new website where clubs, sports and organizations have links. “It is not complete, but we are excited about what it will offer to the CHS nation,” he said.
Griffin also noted that the “Spirit of the Tiger” Marching Band recently earned straight “superior” ratings at the Florida Bandmasters Association District 2 Assessment, making this the 20th consecutive year the band has earned a superior at District Marching Assessment.
CHS will be represented by two band students selected for the Tri-State Honor Band held in Tallahassee in December, and has two other band students named to the Florida All-State Band that will be performing in January in Tampa.
Also, Chipley Band parents have accrued 970 volunteer hours so far this school year, Griffin said. Of all the students at CHS, 33 percent of them participate in a CHS performing fine arts group — band, chorus or theater.
UPDATE REPORT delivered by CHS Principal Steve Griffin
Did you know…….
FLVA and Dual Enrollment Online Classes
· 115 CHS students are enrolled in a wide array of courses that include core courses, AP courses, and elective courses such as Creative Photography, Journalism, Spanish and Latin?
· Some students are engaged in rigorous activities such as translating myths into Latin, teaching Spanish to their parents, and creating problem/solution service projects for the City of Chipley?
· These on-line students are very “tech savvy” and are continually increasing their technology skills by scanning documents, participating in DBA’s (Discussion-Based Assessments), incorporating Word Art into their documents, and engaging in various other technological activities.
· CHS Science Club has a website:chsscienceclub.weekly.com that will be a link to the new CHS website
· The club has 40+ members
· Biology students are using technology such as IPads and probe ware to perform high complexity labs and assignments. (Includes “low level” performing students_\) STEM class
· On Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 Chipley High Schools Science Club hosted their first open laboratory. The members of the Science Club invited the 4th graders from Kate Smith Elementary and the 8th graders from Roulhac Middle School to participate in scientific experiments and investigations. During the chemistry laboratory the 4th graders preformed and experiment called Operation Slime, while the 8th graders Observed Chemical Changes, both of these experiments were to increase understanding of how to identify that a chemical change has taken place. Concerning the Biology laboratory the 8th grade students used microscopes and IPads to identify various organisms found in pond water. The 4th graders performed fingerprint analyses on themselves and were able to compare and contrast their fingerprints with each other. The students also used the IPads to explore earth and space applications, as well as, test for color-blindness. The Science Club members worked weeks in advance to prepare the lessons that were taught. Mrs. Henderson and Mrs. Kelly were facilitators while the Science Club members performed and/or guided the students through the experiments.
· The guidance department is sponsoring a Financial Workshop on Nov. 29 for our Junior and Senior students and parents. Food will be provided in the cafeteria at 5 p.m. and at 6 p.m. the workshop will begin in the auditorium. A representative from the Florida Department of Education’s financial aid department will be present. The parents will learn what types of financial aid is available and how to apply for it
· We have 55 beginning students, 24-second year business students and 4 third year business students enrolled in our Microsoft IT Academy? They have been enrolled and have started working on lessons online to prepare them for Microsoft Certification.
· The second and third year students took the Microsoft Word Specialist Certification test the end of October on Certiport.
· All business students took a practice test in Microsoft Word Specialist in October on Certiport – our new testing program for certification.
· FBLA has gown to 30 students this year and we are in hopes of contacting businesses in the community to be business partners. This is not only for support financially but to serve as an advisory board and provide speakers for classes and meetings.
· CHS has a new website http://chipleyhigh.fl.wsh.schoolinsites.com/. Clubs, sports, and organizations will have a link. It is not complete, but we are excited about what it will offer to the CHS nation!
Project Lead The Way
· We have 75 students participating in our Pre-Engineering program.
· Key Club president, Mary Helen Wilson, publicized both the purpose of Key Club, and upcoming Key Club events during an interview with Paul Goulding of the Goulding Agency. The interview is posted at http://m.facebook.com/?refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2F&rdr#!/pgoulding1?user=10000128527354 for those who would like to watch it.
· The Chipley High School Key Club is supported Breast Cancer awareness by selling Pink ‘Tuff Enuff’ T-shirts, which were worn by the spectators during the last home football game on October 26. The Key Club raised a $300 profit that was then donated to the Women’s Imaging Center of Northwest Florida Community Hospital to provide indigent women diagnostic mammography or ultrasounds to aid in early detection of breast cancer.
· The Chipley High School Key Club raised funds in the amount of $408.90 for UNICEF by working in conjunction with the RMS Builder’s Club (the little brother to Key Club). All RMS Homerooms participated, and the Key Club members treated the homeroom raising the highest donation per grade to a ‘cupcakes’ party.
· English students are using the Nook purchased with last year’s title 1 funds
· The “Spirit of the Tiger” Marching Band recently earned straight “Superior” ratings at the Florida Bandmasters Association District 2 Assessment, making this the 20th consecutive year the band has earned a Superior at District Marching Assessment.
· CHS will be represent by two band students selected for the Tri-state Honor Band held in Tallahassee in December, and has two other band students named to the Florida All-State Band that will perform in January in Tampa.
· Chipley Band Parents have accrued 970 volunteer hours so far this school year. 33% of the students at CHS participate in a CHS performing fine arts group (band, chorus, theater).
· Did you know that creating out CHS yearbook is a $40,000 endeavor that is supported by over 30 business in our community as well as many parents?
· Concert Choir attended District Music Performance Assessment in Panama City this past spring for the first time in over 20 years and received a Superior and two Excellent reviews with an Excellent in Sight-reading.
· Jazz Choir competed at Festival Disney three years in a row, receiving Superior Ratings and placing second in the specialty choirs division.
· CHS will compete for the first time ever as a District One Theatre Troupe in the Florida Theater Festival. The club has 55 members.
· We officially moved over to the new land lab early in September. We currently have a cow with a two-month-old calf, four heifers and 10 young pigs. All of the animal will be shown by FFA members at the Washington County Youth Fair in March.
· This past weekend we had students exhibit animals at the North Florida Fair in Tallahassee: Carol Boswell earned Reserve Champion Heifer; Alena Blevins earned 3rd place with her heifer; and Taylor Birge first place with two of her heifers.
· This year’s volleyball team had a great season ending with 20 wins and 7 losses. On Saturday the girls fell one game shy of advancing to the final four.
· Did you know on October 11, 2012 approximately 300 students from Chipley High School toured the United States Army Special Operations Simulation Trailer. Based out of Fort Knox, Ky., this trailer is 1 of only 5 in the united states that travens around the country providing studentsthe opportunity to experience vehicle, helicopter, weapon and parachute simulators.
· Chipley HS JROTC will be competing in the Air Force Association “Cyber Patriot competition”. We are the only High School JROTC program in the Panhandle to compete.
· Chipley HS JROTC has already completed over 600 Community Service hours this year.
· The Sheriff’s Department recently sponsored a Texting and Drinking Simulator on campus for the students to tour. Approximately 250 of our students were able to participate in this safety awareness event.