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 Move On When Ready

Move On When Read (MOWR) is Georgia's new dual enrollment program that allows high school students (9th - 12th grade) to earn college credits, or even a certificate, diploma or associate degree, while working on their high school diploma.  MOWR replaces Accel, HOPE Grant for dual enrollment and the previous Move On When Ready.  MOWR is designed to make it easier for students to take advantage of all the options to enroll in college courses while still in high school.

   - Student Eligibility

    * Any student attending a public or private high school in Georgia or an eligible home study program

    * Student's high school or home study program has completed a Participation Agreement

    * 9th through 12th grade

    * No residency requirement

    * Students must sign an advisement form with their high school or home study program

    * Participating students can attend more than one post-secondary institution at a time & receive awards

      at both

    * Admissions requirements at the chosen post-secondary institution(s) must be met

    * Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as required by the post-secondary

      institution(s) selected

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Hope Scholarship


  Academic Eligibility for Hope

    * 3.0 high school GPA as calculated by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) in core

     curriculum courses (English, Math, Science, Foreign Language, Social Sciences)

    * Rigor requirements (Rigor courses:  Advanced Math, Advanced Science, Foreign Language, Advanced

      Placement [AP] in core subjects, International Baccalaureate [IB] in core subjects, Dual Credit

      Enrollment courses in core subjects taken at an eligible postsecondary institution.) (Students graduating

      from high school on or after May 1, 2017 must earn four full credits from the previous list.)


To maintain HOPE eligibility, a student must maintain a 3.0 GPA at designated checkpoints (end of every spring semester and at 30, 60, and 90 attempted semester hours; end of every spring quarter and at 45, 90, and 135 attempted quarter hours).  If a student's GPA falls below a 3.0, they will lose the HOPE Scholarship and will only be eligible to regain it once.


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Zell Miller Scholarship

    *Rigor requirements and one of the following:

    - Designated valedictorian or salutatorian OR

    - 3.7 high school GPA as calculated by GSFC in core curriculum classes AND Test component - 1200

       SAT combined scored (Critical Reading & Math) or 26 ACT composite score


In a Public Institution, the Hope Scholarship, pays for a portion of standard tuition (Complete award

amount charts are available on GAcollege411.org), and the Zell Miller Scholarship pays the full standard

tuition (up to 15 credit hours).


To maintain the Zell Miller Scholarship, a student must maintain a 3.3 GPA at designated checkpoints (end of every spring semester and at 30, 60, and 90 attempted semester hours; end of every spring quarter and at 45, 90, and 135 attempted quarter hours).  If a student's GPA falls below a 3.3, they will lose the Zell Miller Scholarship, but may still be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship.  Students can regain the Zell Miller Scholarship only once.


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HOPE Grant

  Academic Eligibility

    *  No high school graduation requirement

    *  Must be enrolled in a certificate or diploma program at a University System of Georgia (USG) or

       Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) school


  Award Amount

    *  Portion of standard tuition, up to 15 credit hours; Award amount chart available on GAcollege411.org


  Maintaining

    *  Cumulative 2.0 GPA at designated checkpoints at the end of every semester (30/60 paid semester

        hours) or every quarter (45/90 paid quarter hours);

    *  Only eligible to regain the HOPE Grant once


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Zell Miller Grant


  Academic Eligibility

    *  No high school graduation requirement

    *  Must be enrolled in a certificate or diploma program at a University System of Georgia (USG) or

       Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) school

    *  Cumulative 3.5 or higher post-secondary GPA each term

    *  First term awarded retroactively after earning a 3.5 or higher GPA


  Award Amount

    * Full standard rate of tuition, up to 15 credit hours; Award amount chart available on GAcollege411.org


  Maintaining


    *  Cumulative 3.5 or higher post-secondary GPA required each term

    *  Eligible to regain Zell Miller Grant if minimum GPA earned at the end of the next term


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Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG)


  Academic Eligibility

    *  Enrolled in certain high-demand certificate and diploma programs at a University System of Georgia

       (USG) or Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) school

    *  HOPE Grand and Zell Miller Grant eligibility requirements apply

    *  Dual credit and / or joint enrollment students not eligible


  Award Amount

    *  Awards are a fixed amount per term based on the program and number of hours enrolled

    *  Approved programs and award amounts available on GAcollege411.org


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HOPE GED Grant


  Academic Eligibility

    *  Earned a GED diploma from Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) after June 30, 1993


  Award Amount

    * $500 voucher that can be used for tuition, books or other educational costs at an eligible post-

      secondary institution

    *  Voucher expires 24 consecutive months after issue date


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Unity Day

The Middle School celebrated Unity Day, on Oct. 21., which is National Bullying Prevention Day.  The Middle School participated in  activities the entire week of Oct. 19-23 to help promote bullying prevention.

Monday - Students signed a large orange banner hung in the hall which showed their commitment to no bullying, and promise to do their part to prevent bullying.

Tuesday - We made chains from orange strips to show our unity against bullying.  Students wrote a word on their chain link that told how then could help put an end to bullying.  We displayed our chains in the hall.

Wednesday - Students took a "test" about bullying.   An informational sheet also went home to  parents about how they can help their child and prevent bullying.

Thursday - Students were given orange cups that were placed into the fence around the football field that spelled  the word "UNITY" to show our unity as a school against bullying.

Friday - Teacher, staff, and students wore orange to bring attention to Unity Day against bullying.

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Red Ribbon Week

 

 Red Ribbon Week activities were done Oct. 26-30.  The Red Ribbon Week campaign started in 1988.  Enrique "Kiki" Camerena grew up in a dirt-floored house with hope and dreams of making a difference.  Kiki decided to join the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.  The DEA sent Kiki to work undercover in Mexico investigating a major drug cartel.  On February 7, 1985, five men appeared at the agent's side and shoved him into a car.  One month later, his body was found in a shallow grave.  He had been tortured to death.  In honor of his memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin.  The National Family Partnership organized the first Red Ribbon Campaign which we continue today.

Each day that a student participated in a Red Ribbon Week activity, they were given a coupon that was entered into a drawing for 4 goodie bags that were given away at the end of the week.

Monday - Students were asked to sign the large red banner to show their support of Red Ribbon Week and not doing drugs.  They were also asked to wear red.

Tuesday - Students were asked to "put a cap on drugs" by wearing their favorite baseball cap.

Wednesday - Students were asked to "stomp out drugs" by wearing boots.

Thursday - Students were asked to "shade out drugs" by wearing sunglasses.

Friday - Students were asked to "sock it to drugs" by wearing their craziest socks, and to show them off by wearing them stuffed into their pants' legs.  We also enjoyed a red dessert in the cafeteria at lunch.

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REACH Signing Ceremony

On September 30, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Media Center of Turner County Middle/High School, the 2015-2016 REACH Scholars signed their commitment contracts.

REACH stands for Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen.  It was started by Governor and Mrs. Deal in 2012 as an integral part of the Complete College Georgia Initiative, and is a needs-based mentorship and scholarship program designed to encourage students, starting in middle school, to persist in their educational pursuits. Students are provided with the academic, social, and financial support needed to graduate from high school, access college, achieve post-secondary success, and be prepared for the 21st Century workforce.

Starting at the end of the 7th grade, teachers nominate students that they feel will be successful in high school and college - and do not have attendance, discipline, or academic issues.  They also nominate students that could possibly be the first generation to go to college.  The nominated students are then given application packets to be filled out by the parents, the nominated student, teachers, and community members.  When students start the 8th grade, Chamber of Commerce members interview the students and choose 4  to become the REACH Scholars for that year.  The funding was provided by REACH our first year of participating in the program, but is now funded by individuals and businesses in the community.

The scholarship granted is $10,000 spread over 4 years of college.  Many colleges double the scholarship and some even triple it - with a possible $30,000 being awarded over 4 years.  The students and parents must sign a contract that states that they will stay out of trouble, have good attendance, grades of at least a "C" average, and promise to graduate from high school and college.

Last year there were 23 school systems that were participating in Governor & Mrs. Deal's initiative.  In fact, Mrs. Deal came and spoke at last year's signing ceremony at Turner County Middle/ High School.

This year’s REACH Scholars are: 

Tyler Dorminey

Ivan Zapote

Dykeriah Jackson

Kayla Sodaitis

 

Cordele’s TV station, WSST, was on-site to film this exciting event.

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Conflict Resolution

Ten ways to Provoke Conflict:

1.  Blame or Accuse

2.  Insult or Putdown

3.  Threaten

4.  Use Sarcasm

5.  Make Generalization

6.  Name-Call

7.  Judge

8.  Give Orders

9.  Confront

10.  Play Psychologist


Ten ways to Avoid Conflict:

1.  Flip a Coin

2.  Split The Difference

3.  Skip It

4.  Walk Away

5.  Laugh It Off

6.  Give A Little/ Get A Little

7.  Own Up

8.  Deal With It Later

9.  You’re Probably Right

10.  Apologize