Douglas County Schools Celebrate Black History Month
All schools in Douglas County will celebrate Black History Month with fun and educational activities and programs. Many of the programs are open to the public as noted.
Annette Winn Elementary students will enjoy a Love and Unity Dance on February 10 and a National African American Read-In on February 24. Students in 3rd-5th grade will participate in a Poetry Slam during February. The public is invited to view the Art Gallery on February 27, 5:00-6:00 p.m. and stay for the Black History Program which begins at 6:00.
Arbor Station Elementary will present “Midnight at the Black History Museum” on February 28, 6:00 p.m. At least 100 students will participate in this full theatrical production under the direction of Ms. Tarjatta Rose. The community is invited to attend. Students will also learn about Black History through morning announcements and informational bulletin boards.
The community is invited to Beulah Elementary’s celebration of Black History. “Brick by Brick” will feature a jazz band, African American dance, student soloists, a poetry reading, student presentations on the lives of famous African American change-makers, and choral presentations. The program takes place on February 28, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Classroom activities during the month will also provide opportunities for students to learn about historical African American figures.
Bill Arp Elementary teachers and staff will tie their instruction to address the many contributions of African Americans. The morning news program and afternoon announcements will present Black History Month facts and quotes.
Bright Star Elementary will host a Black History performance by students on February 28, 6:00 p.m., for parents and relatives. Black historical figures will be featured on bulletin boards and in morning announcements throughout the month.
Students at Burnett Elementary will enjoy a performance by an African drumming team on February 17. Students will learn about notable African Americans through research projects, theater, and songs.
Chapel Hill Elementary will celebrate Black History Month with an assembly that includes songs, skits, dances and facts related to famous African Americans. Mr. James Saint, music teacher, will lead students in the song "Lift Every Voice and Sing" at the conclusion of the program.
Students at Dorsett Shoals Elementary will learn about famous figures in black history during classroom activities. Cultural Day will take place on February 10 with the 4th grade Future Leaders making presentations throughout the day.
Eastside Elementary welcomes the community to its Black History program “Celebrating Excellence” on February 28, 1:00 p.m. During the month, the school news team will highlight famous African Americans inventors, Partners in Education will read to students about famous African Americans, and writing activities will revolve around Black History Month.
Factory Shoals Elementary will hold two special evening programs. The Black History program will take place on February 9, 5:00-6:30 p.m., and guest speaker Adam E. Herndon, author and descendant of the famous African American entrepreneur Alonzo Herndon of Atlanta, will speak at a program on February 16, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Parents and Partners in Education are invited to both events. FSES will also display information on African American inventors on February 9 and 10.
At Holly Springs Elementary, students will complete a project based on a famous African American. Parents are invited to view the projects on February 16 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. and stay to see each grade level, chorus, and dance team perform from 7:00-8:00.
Lithia Springs Elementary will celebrate with activities during the school day including guest speakers and will host a Black History Month Celebration on February 7, 6:00 p.m. The celebration will feature the Youth Villages African Drumming Group, a student wax museum, a performance by the chorus, and a guest speaker. The public is invited.
Mason Creek Elementary will highlight Black History Month in art class through the making of African masks and in music class with African drumming, spirituals, Motown, and jazz and blues. Every Friday in February will feature a performance based around Black History Month.
Mirror Lake Elementary students will learn about famous African Americans through reading books, watching documentary clips, research, writing, and trivia contests.
Mt. Carmel Elementary will hold a Live Black History Museum throughout the school day on February 24. Visitors are welcome to attend. Famous African Americans will be featured during morning announcements each day.
New Manchester Elementary will feature doors and bulletin boards decorated to highlight a historical African American. The morning news program will highlight African American history, and students will learn about the contributions of Marian Anderson and Georgia Washington Carver during health lessons.
North Douglas Elementary students will present a Black History Wax Museum February 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Parents and community members are invited.
South Douglas Elementary will recognize famous African Americans during morning assembly throughout the month of February. Adults and students will present information on the accomplishments and contributions of these individuals.
Sweetwater Elementary will sponsor a trivia contest featuring an African American hero each day. Every Friday students who dress as a famous African American will have the opportunity to march in a parade. Teachers will decorate bulletin boards to honor African American heroes.
Winston Elementary students will learn about Black History through classroom activities and morning announcements. The media center will collect and display biographies of famous African Americans for student check out.
Chapel Hill Middle School will hold three school-wide assemblies for all students on February 8. The assemblies will feature keynote speaker Judge Glenda Hatchett, television personality and social justice pioneer. Other activities include a school-wide art contest featuring artwork which celebrates Black History Month, morning announcements featuring a prominent figure in Black History, and writing assignments.
Chestnut Log Middle School will celebrate Black History Month with a program featuring student performances on February 28. In addition, Black History facts will be announced over the intercom daily.
Factory Shoals Middle School will celebrate Diversity/Black History Month with a Diversity Program on February 24, 9:00 a.m. featuring State Representative William K. Boddie and Ms. Monique Rivarde. The program is open to the community. Additional activities include historical announcements on the Knight News Show, a Mix-It-Up Lunch where students sit with other students they normally do not sit with, the reading of articles about diversity, equity, and justice during reading classes, and the viewing of the video “Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot” during social studies class.
Fairplay Middle School will focus this year on civil disobedience. Information will be introduced through school announcements, and students will have the opportunity to participate in an essay contest and win a cash prize.
Mason Creek Middle School will celebrate Black History Month with classroom activities. The Drama Club will present skits honoring historical figures in late February.
Stewart Middle School will host an International Night on February 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m. and a Modern Black History program on February 23, 7:00 p.m. Students will perform and elected officials will speak at the Modern Black History program. The public is welcome at both events.
Turner Middle School’s Black History Month program, “A Legacy of Purpose,” is scheduled for February 24, 9:00-10:30 a.m. The program will feature keynote speaker Casey Bethel, 2017 Georgia Teacher of the Year, along with performances by Turner Middle School’s band, chorus, and dance team. Students from Annette Winn Elementary will also perform. Parents are invited. TMS students will also participate in classroom activities to celebrate black history throughout the month.
Yeager Middle School will host its annual Humanitarian/Black History Month assembly February 27, 9:30 a.m. Parents and relatives of Yeager students are welcome to attend.
Alexander High School will honor Black History Month with a media center display featuring notable literary figures and their works and hallway displays highlighting people from the African Diaspora who have made significant contributions to society. Social studies classes will feature Black History in lessons as appropriate to the standards. Guest speaker Dr. Melvin Pender, former Olympian, retired military officer, and community leader, will address students and staff on February 7.
At Chapel Hill High School, black history information, literature, and events will be incorporated into lessons, and daily announcements will highlight historical figures. The school will host a poetry theater and an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Greek roundtable.
At the College and Career Institute (CCI), students will participate in the Black History Book Club through Newsela, an online reading subscription program. Facts about Black History Month will be presented each day.
Students at Douglas County High School will hear from several speakers who lived during the times of segregation and integration. Daily announcements will feature famous African American historical figures, and a tentative field trip to the Civil Rights Museum in Atlanta is planned.
Lithia Springs High School will celebrate Black History month by highlighting the accomplishments, struggles, and contributions of African Americans. Activities include: daily video presentations, a Black History trivia contest, and an African American art gallery. This celebration will culminate with an electrifying showcase of art, music, dance, and spoken word entitled, "Black Narratives: The Journey from Then to Now." The public is invited to join in the fun on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at 2:30 pm and 6:00 pm in the auditorium as students and staff celebrate the achievements of African Americans. The program will feature special guests and various student performances. Tickets are $3 for students, $1 for PTSA members with membership card and $7 for non-PTSA members which will include membership.
At New Manchester High School, the public is invited to the annual Black History Month Show honoring Icons in the Arts. The performance will take place on February 9, 7:00 p.m. in the NMHS Fine Arts theater, located at 4925 Highway 92/166, Douglasville, GA 30135. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults. This show promises to be an entertaining and educational experience. Tickets are only available at the door the day of the performance.
The Performance Learning Center will focus on little known facts in Black History. Students will increase their knowledge through playing trivia games with prizes and participating in daily announcements.
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