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Southwest Georgia S.T.E.M. Charter is a PUBLIC, tuition-free school system with a statewide attendance zone and a focus on Calhoun, Clay, Dougherty, Lee, Quitman, Randolph, Stewart, Sumter, Terrell, and Webster counties.


Announcements:

Official Correspondence from the Southwest Georgia STEM Charter Board Office:

 Good evening,

We would like to take this time to communicate with parents, guardians, students, and the community about concerns being expressed about changes that have been made to the school’s official calendar, particularly our start date and other school events (open house) typically associated with the first week of school.

As most of you know, Southwest Georgia STEM Charter is entering into its 4th year of operation. While we have been ecstatic about the growth that we have seen each year since the initial opening of the school, there are many growing pains that are associated with the rate of growth that we have seen during the past 3 years. The student population was 78 the first year of operation, 208 the 2nd year, 350 the 3rd year, and beyond 350 for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year (to be announced after official attendance is confirmed).

Over the summer we have added a total of 5 additional grade-level classrooms, a STEM classroom, a science lab, a stand-alone robotics classroom, and a 2,000 square foot media center. Out of the nine additional rooms added, 8 of those rooms are the result of new construction.

When we bid these jobs out, of course, the most important information school officials seek from contractors is the projected end date of the projects. Because of our past experience with new construction and remodels, we added a substantial amount of time to the projected end date provided by the contractors when we developed an official school calendar, required to be submitted to the Georgia Department of Education by May 31, 2018.

With that said, onsite school officials forge forward with planning for the upcoming school year that focuses on academics/curriculum, staffing, and improvement plans, registration, and scheduling. While construction is underway, school officials have to handle normal planning and rely on many outlying factors beyond their control and watch contractors progress with the projects, hopeful that everything will come together as planned.

For things to come together as planned, the primary contractors have to rely on various subcontractors: plumbers, electricians, drywall installers and finishers, internet providers/installers, fire alarm installers, intercom installers, etc. to complete each job as scheduled, and each subcontractor has to rely on the subcontractor scheduled before him/her to remain on schedule and meet the scheduled completion date for that particular job.

In addition to the contractor and subcontractors relying on each other, compliance officials are thrown into the mix: the local and state inspectors. Because we live in a small rural community, we are not afforded the luxury of having multiple people serving in these types of jobs locally, and the state fire marshal is based out of the Atlanta office and he services a wide territory. We do not get to choose the date the compliance officials come; we have to operate on their schedule, which often causes delays along the way. Until we have satisfied all compliance requirements at certain intervals of time and completed all projects to specification, we cannot allow students to enter those areas.

We are sure many of the concerns are a result of simply not knowing the cause of the delays. Many of the delays have not occurred until recently, and it has been a waiting game. The daily goal of school officials has been to provide the crews with any additional support that we can to help them achieve their goals and to get students back in school as soon as possible. The daily results have been very situational, with some days being more productive than expected and vice versa. We have one crew that has worked day and night for 30 days straight—7 days a week, often leaving the property at 2:00 a.m. We had one of our contractors get overheated today because of the extreme temperatures they have endured over the last 2 weeks. We also have had many community people, parents, grandparents, teachers, administrators, board members, business leaders, and students provide physical and monetary support to help get school back in session without further delay.

The primary barriers at this time center around pending scheduled inspections for the Pre-K/Kindergarten building (scheduled for tomorrow) and leveling/grading hazardous areas on the grounds near 3 of the construction sites that were altered or disturbed because of removal of old structures or are a result of digging and burying electrical or plumbing materials. Most open trenches and holes were covered and filled today, but a few are still open pending completion of work in those areas tomorrow.

We ask each of you for understanding as we deal with these outlying matters that are beyond our control, and I especially ask you to praise the work of our new principal, assistant principal, new teachers and staff, and former teachers and staff for all of the work and support provided during efforts to get SGSC students back in school, but especially for their patience. Many of them just gained access to their rooms this week to work to make their rooms a welcoming place for our students. They are the innocent bystanders during this process, and they worry about what each of you think and how you respond. They love what they do and they love our students. They are excited about starting a new year and welcoming all of our new and former students.

Ms. Almon and I have been in constant collaboration since this afternoon and were able to provide an alternative plan that will allow all grades to begin as scheduled on Friday but will involve Pre-K and 1 kindergarten class to meet on the first day in alternate classrooms that will not be their permanent rooms.

The building will open for all students at 7:30 a.m. Parents/guardians may accompany their children to the classrooms to meet teachers. We will make changes to breakfast schedules to allow parents this much needed time and access. We will have tables set up in designated areas of the school to direct parents to assigned classrooms and to provide parents with essential information and answer any questions they may have.

Car riders will be dismissed at 2:55 p.m. Bus riders will follow the schedules below:

The buses are currently scheduled to run on Friday as follows:

The designated bus stop for Sasser will be the Kountry Korner. Morning pick-up is scheduled for 6:50 a.m., and afternoon drop-off is scheduled for 3:45 p.m.

The designated bus stop for Dawson will be the Piggly Wiggly. Morning pick-up is scheduled for 7:00 a.m., and afternoon drop-off is scheduled for 3:35 p.m.

The designated bus stop for Richland is Axis Dance Studio (Old Pick’, Save Morning Pick-up is scheduled for 7:00 a.m., and afternoon drop-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

The designated bus stop for Lumpkin is Five Star Bank. Morning pick-up is scheduled for 7:10 a.m., and afternoon drop-off is scheduled for 3:20 p.m.

The designated Cuthbert bus stop is Miller Supply. Morning pick-up is scheduled for 7:30 a.m., and afternoon drop-off is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.

The designated bus stop for Preston is the courthouse. Morning pick-up is scheduled for 7:00 a.m., and afternoon drop-off is scheduled for 3:35 p.m.

The designated bus stop for Centerpoint is the Volunteer Fire Dept. Morning pick-up is scheduled for 7:10 a.m., and the afternoon drop off is scheduled for 3:20 p.m.

The designated bus stop for Parrott is Alston’s Store. Morning scheduled pick-up is 7:20 a.m., and the afternoon drop-off is scheduled for 3:10 p.m.

Ms. Almon has put in many long hours as the leader of our school, and she has worked diligently to ensure that our students are provided with a wide range of learning opportunities this year and to make SGSC a place to be proud of. When announcements go out that involve the school as a whole, remember, most often, she is just the messenger. In support of all of her hard work and the hard work of faculty and staff, we want to allow them to continue to forge forward with their efforts to be ready to open.

With that said, please direct any further questions you may have to the Southwest Georgia S.T.E.M. board office:

Amy Sammons, Superintendent: Phone 229-262-3071

E-mail: amyfoster@sowegastemcharter.org.

 

The school clinic will also be open to meet with parents to arrange administration of any medications that need to be administered to students on the first day.

 

Thank you,

The Southwest Georgia STEM Charter Board Office

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: 
NEW ONLINE PAYMENT SYSTEM AVAILABLE

 

Parents/Guardians:

 Southwest Georgia S.T.E.M. Charter is pleased to announce that its online payment system for breakfast and lunch is now available to parents/guardians.

The online payment system will enable parents to view and pay student breakfast/lunch balances via credit card and to prepay for breakfast/lunch online by logging into the Parent Portal within Infinite Campus.

We are pleased to be able to provide such a convenience.

Forgot Login information? Contact Nicole Horn at 229-345-3033, or e-mail her at nhorn@sowegastemcharter.org to obtain login instructions.

  

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:

LETTERS OF INTENT TO RETURN TO SOUTHWEST GEORGIA S.T.E.M. CHARTER FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR ARE BEING SENT HOME TODAY, JANUARY 22, 2019, WITH ALL CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENTS. THE INTENT LETTERS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE SCHOOL BY FEBRUARY 14TH. PARENTS MUST INDICATE WHETHER STUDENTS ARE RETURNING OR NOT RETURNING FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR. THE FEBRUARY 14TH DEADLINE IS FIRM.

OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR NEW STUDENTS DESIRING TO ATTEND SOUTHWEST GEORGIA S.T.E.M. CHARTER DURING THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR WILL BEGIN ON JANUARY 28TH AND END ON FEBRUARY 14TH. ONLY CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENTS CAN SUBMIT A LETTER OF INTENT TO RETURN. IF A LETTER OF INTENT IS NOT SUBMITTED BY CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENTS BY THE DEADLINE, ENROLLMENT IS NOT GUARANTEED FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR.

CURRENTLY ENROLLED PRE-K STUDENTS WILL NOT RECEIVE A LETTER OF INTENT BECAUSE PRE-K IS NOT INCLUDED AS PART OF SOUTHWEST GEORGIA S.T.E.M.'S CHARTER. PRE-K IS A BRIGHT FROM THE START PROGRAM. CURRENTLY ENROLLED PRE-K STUDENTS MUST WAIT UNTIL THE OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD (JAN. 28TH-FEB 14TH) TO REGISTER FOR KINDERGARTEN.

ALL POTENTIAL NEW STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE A NEW STUDENT APPLICATION. REGISTRATION FOR NEW PRE-K STUDENTS WILL ALSO BE HELD FROM JAN 28TH-FEB.14TH.

APPLICATIONS FOR NEW STUDENTS APPLYING FOR ANY GRADE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED UNTIL JANUARY 28, 2019.

 

 


 

School Newsletters 2018/2019

SGSC September 2018 Newsletter

SGSC October 2018 Newsletter

SGSC November 2018 Newsletter

 

 School Calendar

2018/2019 Student School Calendar

 


 

Supply Lists 

The 2018/2019 school supply list for Pre-K-5th and 6th-8th can be found here. Please let us know if you have any questions.

 

We still have openings in the following grades. 

2nd-8th

We are still taking wait list applications for other grades. 

If you have any questions, please call us at 229-345-3033. 

 


 

  

 



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