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Ten CHS seniors sign certificates of intent on Future Educators Signing Day
Cali Jones

Ten Carrollton High School seniors who have decided to study education in college signed certificates of intent at the Georgia Future Educators Signing Day May 17.

 

 

Avery Brown is attending Jacksonville State University. Seated with Avery is her mother, Meri, and sister, Adalis Brown. Standing are Sally Ingui, Carrollton High School career center specialist, and Ian Lyle, Carrollton High School principal.

 

 

Kadence Collins is attending the University of West Georgia. Seated with Kadence is her grandmother Lisa Collins. Standing are Sally Ingui, Carrollton High School career center specialist, and Ian Lyle, Carrollton High School principal.

 

 

Olivia Crews is attending the University of West Georgia. Seated with Olivia is her mother, Amy Lackey. Standing are Sally Ingui, Carrollton High School career center specialist, and Ian Lyle, Carrollton High School principal.

 

 

Emma Hudson is attending the University of West Georgia. Seated with Emma are her parents, Joel and Lori Hudson. Standing are Sally Ingui, Carrollton High School career center specialist, and Ian Lyle, Carrollton High School principal.

 

 

Natalie Johnson is attending Kennesaw State University. Seated with Natalie is Sally Ingui, Carrollton High School career center specialist. Standing is Ian Lyle, CHS principal. 

 

 

Lexi Laye is attending the University of West Georgia. Seated with Lexi is her mother, Jennifer O’Neal. Standing are Sally Ingui, Carrollton High School career center specialist, and Ian Lyle, Carrollton High School principal.

 

 

 

Marisa Lopez is attending the University of West Georgia. Seated with Marisa is her mother, Deana Lopez. Standing are Sally Ingui, Carrollton High School career center specialist, and Ian Lyle, Carrollton High School principal.

 

 

 

Madison Mosier is attending the University of West Georgia. Seated with Madison are her parents Brian and Kristen Mosier. Standing are Sally Ingui, Carrollton High School career center specialist, and Ian Lyle, Carrollton High School principal.

 

 

Briley Sims is attending Jacksonville State University. Seated with Briley is her mother, Beth. Standing are Sally Ingui, Carrollton High School career center specialist, and Ian Lyle, Carrollton High School principal.

 

 

Jackson Waldroup is attending the University of West Georgia. Seated with Jackson is his mother, Shannon. Standing are Sally Ingui, Carrollton High School career center specialist, and Ian Lyle, Carrollton High School principal.

 

Senior Adulting Day prepares CHS students for next steps
Julianne Foster

Long-time CHS teacher Mark McCormick, known for wearing a bow tie every day, demonstrated how to tie neckties and bow ties first on himself and then helped students with their own hands-on practice to perfect the techniques.


Common life skills preparation featured at 16 stations

CHS culinary arts teacher Carmen Dill explains to students the anatomy of the formal dinner table to not only teach them how to set it, but also to teach them how to use the arrangement in case they are ever invited to a formal dinner setting.
 

Before the month of May is over, graduating seniors officially will enter the world of adulthood – even if they aren’t quite ready – but this year Carrollton High School decided to do something about that by launching what is sure to become a special addition to graduation preparation.

The inaugural Senior Adulting Day was held May 6 in the Pope-McGinnis Student Activity Center. The event featured 16 different stations for seniors to visit to learn anything from sewing on a button to changing a tire to understanding the basics on how to take out a loan to buy a car. PHOTOS

CHS Assistant Principal and Career, Technical and Agricultural Director Elizabeth Sanders headed up the event with help from other school support staff who work closely with students on a daily basis.

“Our principal, Ian Lyle, came up with the idea and charged a group of CHS staff members to organize and facilitate the event,” said Sanders, who received assistance from Courtney Walker, assistant principal; Sally Ingui, career specialist; and Kristin Cochran, the school coordinator for Partners for Advancing Student Success.

One of the popular hands-on activities was learning how to tie a tie, taught by the iconic CHS teacher known for wearing a bow tie every day – Mark McCormick, long-time social studies teacher. 

McCormick demonstrated how to tie a necktie and bow tie and then tied the two types on individual students. Students then practiced on each other to perfect their technique. Briley Sims was one of those students. She said his station was one of her favorites.

“Today has been fun,” she added. “It’s good to know these things for the future and it’s good to learn them now before we head to college. I’ve enjoyed the more interactive stations the best.”

Learning how to sew on a button was another popular station that made students feel accomplished once they succeeded in the task.

“The senior students were very engaged during the event,” said Sanders. “During the planning phase, we really tried to alternate hands-on and listening stations so the students kept their engagement throughout the duration of the event. The volunteers did an amazing job with teaching the seniors skills they should know upon graduation. The students were very respectful and engaged in every single station.” 

Other stations included details about obtaining insurance, maintaining HVAC systems, correcting a tripped electrical breaker, setting a formal table (and how to practice proper dining etiquette), writing a check, understanding credit cards, dressing professionally, understanding basic construction skills, understanding professional interaction skills, filing taxes,  maintaining fitness and health, and how to find a good, affordable place to live.

“We are very excited to continue this event for years to come and continue to grow the event on more life lessons we want to instill in our students during the last few days they are with us at Carrollton High School,” said Sanders.

One of Senior Adulting Day skills taught that day will come in handy right out the gate – how to write a thank-you note.
 

Gill to serve as executive director of CCS Education Foundation
Cali Jones

The Carrollton City Schools Board of Education approved a new hire to serve as the Director of the Carrollton City Schools Education Foundation at the board meeting Tuesday night. 

Kristen Gill will be the new director of the Carrollton City Schools Education Foundation beginning next month. Pictured with Kristen are her husband, Jay, and their two children, Adair and James.

 

Kristen Gill will step into the role beginning next month, following Laurie Fleck, who has served as executive director of the foundation since 2017 and is also the director of community engagement for the district. 

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the foundation board for five years,” said Fleck. “Together we have accomplished some great things and provided more opportunities for students at CCS. However, now is the time to cast our vision for the future. That requires us to expand our capacity within the organization by hiring a dedicated executive director whose sole responsibility is managing and growing the foundation. Kristen is the perfect person to take this on and keep us on a trajectory to fulfill our goal of a three million dollar endowment by 2028.  I’m so excited to see the work she will do and the growth that will occur because of her stellar work ethic and creative insight. We are fortunate to have her join our team. “

Gill received her undergraduate degree in public relations from Georgia Southern University and went on to get her masters in education from the University of Georgia. She taught at Fulton County before being recruited to work for Pearson Education, conducting sales presentations and teacher training. 

Most recently, Gill has taught classes online at the University of West Georgia. She also finished a two-year term serving as the Parent Teacher Voluntary Organization (PTVO) president at Carrollton Elementary School.

Gill said she is looking forward to serving as director of the foundation.

“I’ve had the opportunity to serve on the teacher grants and scholarship committees, and that gave me a first-hand look at the creative work happening in the classrooms as well as a look at the remarkable students who are Carrollton High School graduates,” she said. “Seeing the money that has been raised go directly back to the classrooms and to our students helps reinforce the importance of our foundation. It is exciting to have the opportunity to join this team to continue to enhance the experiences for our students and to support our hard-working educators.” 

Superintendent Dr. Mark Albertus said Gill will be a great asset to the foundation. 

“Kristen Gill understands the work of the foundation given her background with non-profits, public relations, and education,” he said. “She is deeply engaged in our Carrollton community and sees the importance of providing opportunities for students beyond the classroom. Laurie Fleck has done an exceptional job leading the foundation for the past five years and the success of exceeding one million in assets has reinforced the work that has been done and the opportunity that exists to provide more field trips and experiences for students in our schools. Mrs. Gill will work with her team in this dedicated role and we appreciate the board of Education for supporting this position. I know that Mrs. Gill will be a great addition to our organization.”

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