March 2015  
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We will be registering current 11th grade students on the following dates:

Monday, March 2 - Friday, March 6

*Parents are encouraged to meet their 11th grader at HHS anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the Front Office*

Rodney Kay

MapHeard County High School is located in a rural area of west Georgia. It is the only high school in a community of roughly 12,000 people, and educates approximately 600 students in grades 9-12. One of the challenges presented by the Heard County community is the recent economic downturn. For the 2012-2013 school year, 60% of Heard County High School students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The average household income is $42,685, which is less than the national and state average. 20% of Heard County residents live at or below the poverty line.

Some of the unique challenges associated with the community served by Heard County High School include recent budget cuts and financial challenges. While every effort is made to maintain a low teacher-student ration, average class size has risen from 19 students to 26 students over the past five years. Additional challenges stem from the 10.7% unemployment rate in the Heard County community, as students are presented with limited employment options as they graduate and seek local employment.Consequently, the school has faced decreased funding from the local tax base.

Despite the current financial challenges, construction of the beautiful and modern new Heard County School was completed with SPLOST funding. Students, faculty, and staff have enjoyed the new building since the 2009-2010 school year. Perhaps due to the small size of the community,the people of Heard County are a solid and cohesive support system for all students. Community members frequent sporting events, participate in fundraising activities of all extra-curricular groups, and consistently express interest in and support of the academic achievement of students.

The 2014 Lady Braves won the AA State Championship.  Senior, Cali Harrod, was named as the AA Softball Player of the Year and Coach Matt Hornsby was named the AA Coach of the Year.  First Team All-State honors were also given to Jordan Watson, Anna Shellnutt, and JoJo Beyer.  Second Team All-State selections were Madison Whitehead and Alexis Raines; while Hannah Sanders and Hannah Stephens were named as Honorable Mention.

The 2014 Football Braves made their first appearance in the State Football Semi-Finals in many years, and the Braves garnered many post season honors as well.

Mrs. Tammy Garces was recently named the FLAG (Foreign Language Association of GA) Teacher of the Year for 2015.  Heard County High School was also placed on the AP District Honor Roll for the first time in school history for increasing achievement and increasing the participation rate in minority students.

The students at Heard County High School have mastered the Georgia Performance Standards as evidenced by their scores on the state required End-of-Course Tests. American Literature and Ninth Grade Literature EOCT passing rates are routinely above ninety percent, while exceed rates are consistently above state average. The English department has also witnessed an increase in passing rates on the Georgia High School Writing Test,culminating in a 100 percent passing rate in 2010. Since 2010, Heard County High School has remained at or near the top in the West Georgia area for passing rates on the GHSWT.

Heard County High School received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Economics from the State Superintendent in 2008 and 2009, the only two years the awards were given. The students at Heard County High School have consistently scored at the top or in the top few schools in the state of Georgia in terms of both passing and exceed rates on the Economics EOCT. Success in United States History has been equally successful, as more than 90 percent of students passed during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years. Additionally, students regularly exceed national averages on the AP United States History exam. Heard County High School will also add to its growing number of advanced placement courses in 2013-2014 when AP Microeconomics will be introduced.  AP Biology will be offered in the Spring of 2015.

The math and science departments have also realized increases in student achievement. The science department attained an average 97% rate on the GHSGT before it began to be phased out and has achieved a steady improvement in EOCT pass and exceed rates for both Biology and Physical Science. Additionally, Heard County High School was awarded the Distinguished Improvement Award in Biology from the State Superintendent in 2009. The math department has achieved an average 95% pass rate on the GHSGT, while transitioning through three curricula. (QCC, GPS, and CCPGS).

For the past three years, Heard County High School Spanish students have taken the top prize in the West Metro Foreign Language Competition. The Spanish Advanced Placement program had five students pass the AP exam last year; three students scored a 5, and two students scored a 4. The Spanish department is also proud to have had a student successfully meet all the stringent application procedures for the Governor's Honors Program. Two students have participated, with one being chosen to the State Student Council that serves to advise the Governor on student issues.

The Certified Nurse Assistant program is a dual-enrollment partnership program with West Georgia Technical College that has led to CNA certification for 43 students since the 2007-2008 school year. Many of these students are now employed as CNAs, or have been accepted to nursing programs where they will continue their studies and complete a nursing degree program. Seventeen students have completed the health occupations pathway and passed the end of pathway examination.

What's Happening

Jordan Watson
Lady Braves Ready for Action
Posted on 08/01/2014
The Heard High Lady Braves softball team faces high expectations once again as they prepare for the start of the 2014 season in a couple of weeks. The squad is aiming for a third consecutive trip to the GHSA Class AA State Tournament in Columbus  READ MORE...
2014 All State Softball
Local Haunted Houses
October is coming to an end and Halloween is just around the corner. Halloween is the time of carving pumpkins, dressing up, and going to spooky haunted houses. Speaking of haunted houses, how many have you been to so far?  READ MORE...
Senior Girl Representatives
Homecoming is rapidly approaching and the Senior Girl Representatives eagerly await to be all glitzed up under the Friday Night Lights. This years’ court consists of; Taylor Brazeal, Cassidy Cole, Hannah Fairbanks, Cali Harrod, Natalie Moncus, and Kiara Robinson.   READ MORE...
Underclassmen Homecoming Representatives
Homecoming representatives for the ninth grade are Caylee Meacham and Emory Jones. Caylee’s accomplishments include are getting the TEAM Award in the 6th grade, being a leader for FCA in 8th grade, and having all “A’s”. She has been a band member since the 6th grade. Caylee loves to play the guitar and sing. She is also very active in her church youth group. After high school, Caylee wants to go to college and become a professional singer. She would also like to travel the world witnessing to people about Jesus. When asked why she thought she was chosen her response was “I put my best foot forward everyday and try to be the best person I can be.” Emory Jones was Loco Rio’s Player of the week in 2013 and at the Bravey Awards, he received Male Athlete of the Year for 2014. Emory loves Reese’s. He has been playing football and basketball since he was 4 years old and he is also an only child. His goals after high school are to further his education at a D1 university where he hopes to continue playing football and study Sports Medicine. Emory says he was chosen as homecoming representative because he has a positive relationship with his peers and he is looked up to as a leader.  READ MORE...
Homecoming Preview
Homecoming 2014 is just around the corner, with dress- up days, class competitions, parades, and assemblies, it’s no doubt that Brave Nation is excited for next week’s events. Homecoming week is always extremely busy, but Heard County High School is eagerly awaiting the festivities and memories that will be made in this week to come.   READ MORE...
Miss America
The Miss America organization was founded in 1921. Since its inception, the categories have always been beauty, interview, swimwear and talent. It has also always been known as the pageant system with exceptionally talented contestants. If you were to google past winners’ talents you would find acts like opera, classical piano, ballet on point, lyrical dance, tap dance, classical singing, and the list goes on and on. Most of the past winners are women that have studied their particular talent since the age of 5 or 6 years old. They have attended performing arts schools perfecting their skills. Although talent is not the only portion of competition at Miss America, it's the one phase most people will remember. That is why right now there is a huge uproar concerning the newly crowned Miss America. Why you ask? Well, her talent was actually sitting on the national stage with her legs crossed singing Pharrell Williams’ song entitled "Happy" while using a single red cup to tap the rhythm with the song  READ MORE...
Pound for Pound: The Best Football Player in the State
The 2014 football season has gotten off to a rocky start for the Heard County Braves after suffering losses to two power house top 10 football teams, Fitzgerald and arch-rival Callaway. While the Braves have taken on the most ambitious non-region schedule in the history of its football program, thus far, the brightest performance for the Braves has been that of tailback Duranta Dunson. In a time when most high schools in AA and up have the luxury of two-platooning their players, Dunson is a key player on both sides of the ball, racking up all-American offensive and defensive stats without the rest that many players across the state have the privilege of getting during games.  READ MORE...
Band Preview
The Heard County Marching Braves officially start the 2014 season on August 30, 2014.The 85 member, class AA, marching band will proudly present this year’s halftime show “To Boldly go: a journey to space and back” in Macon, Georgia. Drum major, Lilly Scott states that,” I am excited for the upcoming season. The band is going to be a lot better than last year. We’re been working very hard, and we are only going to get better than last year. I am looking forward to an excellent season.” This year’s halftime show is an original piece by Heard County marching Braves’ director Armand Tyson. When asked about the show Mr. Tyson stated, “The music for “To Boldly Go” is much different than anything else this band has ever played. I am looking forward to see the crowd’s reactions. I feel like this is going to be a great season for us.”  READ MORE...