The Clinch Connection

Clinch County School System

Superintendent's Message

Wow, what a semester! Our students, teachers, and staff members have been going non-stop since August 5! Our new career pathways and dual enrollment options have been a success! We added an additional college English course on our campus. One of our dual enrollment construction students, Keith Smith, placed second at a South Georgia Skills Competition. Our Timber Harvesting students have made visits to many local timber companies including Superior Pine, Dupont Woodyard, Axon Timber, Sessoms Trust, and many, many more!

Our younger students have also had interactive learning experiences this semester. From school-wide events such as the Mobile Dairy program to classroom activities such as Georgia Power Heat Energy demonstrations, students have been actively engaged in their learning environments.

We have very talented students in our system! They have been performing in many areas! Our high school drama class hosted a murder mystery and invited audience participation. It was a lot of fun and a new twist to one of our favorite activities. Our band students in grades 5-12 recently presented a beautiful Christmas program. Third grade and PreK students have been making multiple caroling appearances throughout the town and schools to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.

It's a great time to be a Panther! Let's work together to improve our community and help "Grow Clinch!" Please feel free to contact me any time if you ever have any questions or concerns.


Better Together! Our PK-12 Facility

Our architects and construction management firm are continuing to work on getting us a set of plans that will be the final product for our new PK-12 facility. Staff members have been meeting with the architects to provide feedback on the initial set of floor plans. After that feedback has been received, the architects will go back to the drawing board to update plans to present to the next set of stakeholders. We look forward to sharing this information when the preliminary plans have been updated. We still anticipate breaking ground for the school this summer!
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What's Happening In the Schools?

3rd Grade Visits Lee Container and the Pig Palace!

After learning about the capacity of containers, our third grade students took a local field trip to Lee Container. They learned how plastic containers are made and loved seeing it happen right in front of them!

Before returning to school, the students made a stop to visit the facility that is housing our FFA hogs. Through the generous support of Lee Container and the Lee Family Foundation, our agriculture department will be able to hold its first county hog show in decades at the former Suzie's Friends facility. Seventeen students in grades 3-12 are growing and grooming hogs in preparation for the February event. We are excited about this opportunity and send a big "THANK YOU" to the Lee Foundation for helping make this great program happen for the students in our community.

Clinch County School System Pig Palace

Federal Grant Provides Teacher Surface Pros & Updated Student Chromebooks

The Clinch County School System received $391,000 through the Federal Emergency Connectivity Fund grant for the purchase of 1000 student Chromebooks as well as Surface Pro laptops for certified staff members. The Federal American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) supplemented the purchase with an additional $158,000. The intent of the grant is to help systems plan and prepare for future pandemic crises such as COVID. Students can use the Chromebooks during the normal school day when class is in session or in the event they have to quarantine or stay home for extended periods of time. Teachers can use the Surface Pros to plan for and deliver regular, daily instruction or to provide virtual instruction should the need arise in the future.
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Our Own "Farm to Table"

With the added stress of learning during the pandemic, getting outside to connect with gardening is more important than ever! Third grade students are participating in "Bonnie Plants Cabbage Competition". Through this hands-on science lesson, students are learning about backyard ecology and plant life cycles by GROWING colossal cabbages and reaping hefty harvests!
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Pumpkin Carving Contest

During October, classes at CCEMS had a pumpkin decorating contest! Students in all grades helped create works of art and winners were announced in each grade.

More Info on Our System Webpage

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Central Office, (912) 487-5321:

Lori James, Superintendent,

Denise Brown, Assistant Superintendent,

Jason Bell, Director of Operations,

Liane Register, Director of Finance,

Alison Smith, Director of Student Services

Clinch County Elementary/Middle School, (912) 487-5385:

Caroline Lankford, Principal,

Jared Hart, Assistant Principal,

Heather Bell, Assistant Principal,

Chase Daniel, Learning Coordinator*,

Clinch County High School, (912) 487-5366:

Jerri Lynn Spivey, Principal,

Susan Fortner, Assistant Principal,

Rance Morgan, Learning Coordinator*,

*our Learning Coordinators are funded through the federal CARES grant.

**Initial Release Date 12/17/21