From Floyd County Schools: “This is a friendly reminder that our End of Grades Milestones testing for grades 3-8 will begin next Monday, April 16. Here are some helpful tips for Floyd County families to be “Test Ready” from Director of Advanced Programs and Assessment, Mrs. McCall Govignon:
1. Get a good night’s sleep each night before testing.
2. Eat breakfast!
3. Make sure your child is prepared by going to http://www.gaexperienceonline.com/ to practice.
4. Be on time to school.
5. Please avoid checking your child out of school on testing days.
6. Remain Positive- Children feed off of our behavior. Staying calm will help our child stay calm. Try to avoid conflict or arguments the mornings of testing.
The schedule for EOG Milestones testing for Floyd County students is as follows:
- Third-eighth graders
April 16- ELA -Reading Evidence Based Writing
April 17 and 18- ELA Sections 2 and 3
April 19 and 20- Math
- Fifth-eighth graders only
April 23- Science
April 24- Social Studies
After six Georgia Northwestern Technical College students became national qualifiers in 2016 and 11 earned spots in 2017, no one expected the bar to go up much higher. Except for the team itself, of course.
When the competition floor finally slowed to a stop in Atlanta,this past weekend, 13 Bobcats had earned spots on the GNTC team headed to nationals in Baltimore, Maryland the week of June 23. The event will be held during the National Leadership Conference this summer.
The theme for this year’s state competition was “Step Up, Stand Out!” GNTC PBL Advisor Dione Waddington stated just after the awards ceremony, “That’s exactly what they did. They stepped up and stood out.” GNTC qualified 13 of its 15 students who had earned spots in Atlanta. And, 14 of those 15 placed in at least one event.
Those qualifying for national spots were:
Alejandro Cruz of Chatsworth, Georgia and Jesanyelis Gonzalez of Dalton, Georgia (1st– Business Ethics); Bryan Tapia of Rome, Georgia and Marvin Tomas Gaspar of Rome, Georgia (2nd – Business Ethics); Sprite Dyer of LaFayette, Georgia (3rd – Computer Concepts); Sprite Dyer of LaFayette, Georgia (2nd – Cyber Security); Thomas Scott of Adairsville, Georgia (1st – Entrepreneurship Concepts); Cynthia Kirk of Rockmart, Georgia (1st – Financial Concepts); Bradley Ramirez of Dalton, Georgia and Carlos Miranda of Ringgold, Georgia (1st – Hospitality Management); Bradley Ramirez of Dalton, Georgia and Carlos Miranda (3rd – Human Resource Management); Kelly Cook of Rome, Georgia, Thomas Scott of Adairsville, Georgia, and Byron Campos Gomez of Calhoun, Georgia; (1st – Integrated Marketing Campaign); Allie Long of Ringgold, Georgia (1st – Information Management); Cynthia Kirk of Rockmart, Georgia (3rd – Macroeconomics); Marvin Tomas Gaspar and Bryan Tapia (4th – Management Analysis and Decision Making); Allie Long of Ringgold, Georgia (5th – Management Concepts); Kimberly Glover of Rocky Face, Georgia (2nd – Management Concepts); Maria Nichols of Dalton, Georgia (5th – Networking Concepts); Kimberly Glover of Rocky Face, Georgia (3rd – Organizational Behavior & Leadership); Kelly Cook of Rome, Georgia (1st – Small Business Management Plan); and Byron Campos Gomez of Calhoun, Georgia (1st – Social Media Challenge.)
Dyer, Tapia, and Kirk competed in the state level competition last year but missed out on the trip to nationals. This year, all three, as well as 10 other Bobcats, will be preparing for the big event in New England the fourth week of June.
In total, GNTC would take home 20 awards for their business skill knowledge and career-related performances in Atlanta, Georgia. Competitions against the best in the state tested the understanding of dozens of career paths.
On the national stage in 2017, GNTC’s Selena Spivey finished eighth in the nation in Computer Animation, Elisabeth Harp finished 8th in Networking Concepts and Ronal Bueso and Jonathan Herrera earned a top 15 finish in Business Sustainability. Colleges from the University of Alabama, to the University of Nebraska, to Georgia Northwestern Technical College went head to head in competitions testing career skill abilities in dozens of different areas of expertise.
Advisors for the award-winning PBL squad are GNTC’s Waddington, Patty Hart, and Mark Upton. PBL, along with the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), is the largest and oldest student business organization in the nation. Students will participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events at the NLC. This year marks the 76th anniversary of the professional skills organizations.