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DCSS Celebrates Black History Month

Douglas County Schools have planned many speakers, activities and events for Black History Month.

Black History Month is being celebrated during the month of February. Schools in Douglas County have planned many speakers, activities and events which are listed below.

Performances/Speakers

Beulah Elementary School
On Feb. 28, there will be a school-wide presentation "Black History - Past to the Present." One of our substitute teachers is assisting the fifth grade teachers in preparation for the performance. The performance will include a PowerPoint, a short skit on Rosa Parks, a poem, and dance. Kindergarten - 2nd grades will see the performance at 9:30 and 3rd - 5th grades at 8:30 in the cafe.

Bright Star Elementary School
Black History Month performance at the PTA meeting on Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Kindergarten students and the Bright Star Singers will be performing. On March 1, Black History Month activities will conclude with a performance by the Drama Club, Bright Star Singers, Douglas County High School Step Team,
Bright Star Elementary Alumni, and New Manchester High School student performances. This activity will be at 8:10 to 9:30 a.m. for third – fifth grades and from 9:45 to 11:00 a.m. for kindergarten – second
grades.

Chapel Hill Elementary School
Students will present a play on Thursday, February 28th called "Black History We Love" about famous African Americans they love. The play will be coordinated by one of the second grade teachers, Nikki Jones.

A black history month program will be held where our chorus will sing, students will perform monologues, poems, and dances.

Dorsett Shoals Elementary School
A Special Assembly will be held on Friday, Feb. 8 at 8:30 a.m. in the gym. The theme is: Dream It, Believe It, Achieve It. Special guests will be Mr. Walter Hendrix, Mentor, Coach, and Staff Member; Pastor Holmes, Parent and Local Pastor; and Mrs. Smith, Partner In Education, Community Changer, and
Business Owner. The Dorsett Shoals Chorus will perform under the direction of our music teacher, Mr. Sills. The Black History Assembly will be lead by Dorsett Shoals students.

Eastside Elementary School
A play called "Nat Love" will be presented on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m.

Factory Shoals Middle School
Factory Shoals Middle School will have a Celebrate Cultural Diversity through their Black History Program on Friday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. Daily facts and important events in Black History will be presented during morning and afternoon announcements throughout the month of February. Mr. Isaac Newton Farris, Jr., nephew of Martin Luther King, Jr., will be speaking to the after school program students on Friday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m.

Lithia Springs High School
The Black History program is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 25, during 1, 3, 6, and 8th period in the auditorium. (Parents are welcome.) This will be a 45 minute program and will include performances by the Chorus, Drama Team, Jazz Band, Step and Dance teams. The Art classes will provide artwork for the stage.

Mason Creek Middle School
On Feb. 15 at 2:30 p.m. in the gym, Mason Creek Middle School will be honoring Local History Makers. The selected honorees are three of the first African American teachers to integrate Douglas County High School. These former teachers, Ms. Georgia Danley, Ms. Priscilla Graham, and Mrs. Dorothy Sparks, live in the Mason Creek School District and are still very active in education and in the community. The speaker for this occasion will be Senator Donzella James.

New Manchester Elementary School
Each class has chosen an influential African American to study and showcase on the bulletin board outside of the classroom. This will allow students and visitors to see the displays and learn how these individuals have impacted our nation in a positive way. We also have a group who is working on a play.

This will be recorded and shown on closed circuit the last two days of the month so that all classes can view when appropriate in their study.

New Manchester High School
On Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. during our advisement period which is from 10:05-10:35, our Fine Arts department will have a program for the student body. This program will include all departments - choral, band, dance and drama in the following respects: drama - two students will recite poems by famous Black Americans ("I too Sing America" by Langston Hughes and "And Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou); chorus - will sing two songs; band will perform two selections one of which will be "Lift Every Voice"; and dance - will present a number. Speakers have been invited for presentations during Black History Month.

Turner Middle School
Black History Month celebration will be held on Feb. 28 at 9:30 a.m. in the school gym. Keynote speaker to be announced later. There will also be performances by the chorus, band and a few students.

Yeager Middle School
The month will culminate with Diversity Night: A Celebration of Food, Music, and Cultures on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria. Homerooms on all three grade levels are encouraged to take a table in the cafeteria to do a presentation of some sort, whether it be a display, food
presentation, clothing presentations, music, etc.

Other Activities

Alexander High School
The media center will display books and artifacts from historical figures. The social studies department has a hallway display of historical events and people related to Black History Month.

Annette Winn Elementary School
Each grade level will learn about famous Americans and students have been assigned a project that will relate to Black History Month. A broadcast presentation is made each morning for broadcast throughout the school. Each 5th grader will research and write an informational paper about a famous African American.

Arbor Station Elementary School
Black History Month will be celebrated by having fifth grade students read biographical information about prominent African Americans on morning announcements. There is a display in the media center. We are also having a Taste of Soul (soul food luncheon) in the café on Feb. 27. All students will
write an essay describing the famous African American they admire most.

Beulah Elementary School
Facts on famous Black Americans will be presented during the morning announcements.

Bright Star Elementary School
Daily moments in Black History will be read on the WBSES morning news. A Black History Month T-shirt contest will be held. Staff members read their favorite trade book related to Black History. These were recorded and will be played throughout the month of February. Each homeroom will highlight one famous African American during the month.

Chapel Hill High School
Announcements will be made every morning regarding a prominent figure in black history.

Chapel Hill Middle School
Each day will begin with a selected reading concerning a prominent figure in Black History over the public address system. Each grade level will have assigned areas from which to write Research Essays. The topics are as follows: 6th grade - Sports and Entertainment; 7th grade - Arts and Sciences; and 8th
grade - Politics and American History. Students are encouraged students to research varied historical figures.

Chestnut Log Middle School
To celebrate Black History Month, a trivia question will be read during the morning announcements each day. One winner per grade level will be selected. We will end the month with a special Black History Month dance.

Eastside Elementary School
Famous African Americans will be featured daily on the school news, WBNN (morning announcements), for the month of February.

Fairplay Middle School
Focus on Black History Month will be through the morning announcements. This year we are trying to focus on more current folks who have contributed to present day inventions.

Lithia Springs Elementary School
The Youth Villages at Inner Harbor will be sending their Drummers on a date to be announced. Each class will select an historical figure from their curriculum (if that applies) and create a short 2 to 3 minute skit. The skits will be taped by a member of the Black History Committee and streamed in the cafeteria during lunch.

Lithia Springs High School
The theme for the month will be "The Dream Is Still Alive." There will be an Essay Contest. The winner will receive a prize through PBIS. The Media Center will have a Black History Fact of the Day Trivia Question.

New Manchester High School
Each morning there will be an announcement and a trivia question where the first student with the correct answer gets a prize. On Tuesday, Feb. 12 during advisement, the art department will have a Power Point covering black history and art.

Performance Learning Center
Each week in February the PLC is highlighting a prominent African American person that has made a contribution to the everyday lives of our students.

South Douglas Elementary School
Announcements will be made recognizing the contributions that African Americans have made and the impact they have had on our country.

Turner Middle School
Black History Month will be celebrated with an African Americans Inventor’s Exhibit on Feb. 25 through March 1. This exhibit will showcase inventions by African Americans. The celebration will be held on Feb. 28 at 9:30 a.m. in the school gym. Keynote speaker to be announced later. There will also be performances by the chorus, band and a few students.

Winston Elementary School
Every grade level will participate in a variety of activities. Examples include researching and writing about prominent African Americans; read books and present reports which include a poster, mural, diorama or Power Point presentation. Students will have the opportunity to take “field trips” to view the projects of their neighboring classrooms. Daily announcements will be made.

Yeager Middle School
As part of Black History Month, a different discipline will be studied with focus on the following contributions: Science, Literature, Social Sciences, Mathematics, and the Arts. While we want to commemorate Black History Month in February, we believe that we must also endeavor to celebrate all of the cultures in our schools. To that effect, we will be participating in the following during the month of February: 1) Black History Moments to be read as part of PA announcement by students. The History of Black History Month will be read by the Principal; 2) Feb. 4 through 8: African-American Week; 3) Feb.
11 through 15: Hispanic Week; 4) Feb. 18 through 22: Winter Break; and 5) Feb. 25 through March 1: Asian/European/Other Cultures Week.

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