April 2015  
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Welcome to Heard County High School.  We hope you find our website useful.  As a staff we are committed to communicating with our stakeholders.  Our website is just one of the many ways we get information out in a timely manner to students, parents, and community members.  

Parents:  We encourage you to use the faculty/staff tab to search for your child's teachers.  On each teacher page you will find a calendar which lists daily activities, notes, upcoming quizzes/tests and other useful information.  It is our goal for you to know what is taking place inside our classrooms on a daily basis.

Students:  Are your teachers using Remind101?  If they are be sure you sign up for the app and receive reminders from your teachers regarding homework and other upcoming events for your classes.

Community Members:  Stay up to date with Heard High happenings by connecting with us on social media.

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"Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy, and mutual valuing."  -Rollo May

Mr Kay

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

Current High School Trends
If you were to walk through the halls of almost any local high school, you would notice some trends popular among students. I would like to focus here on just two of these: the current communication methods and fashion trends among teenagers. Communication in teenagers tends to happen through their cell phones. But instead of using our cellphones for their original purpose of calling people, we use them for anything but that. There are many different ways that we communicate, including Snapchat, Instagram, text, Facetime, ooVoo, Twitter, and sometimes even Facebook (which seems to have decreased in popularity among teenagers recently). It seems that some high school students find communicating through their cellphones easier than interacting in person. Many teenagers meet more friends by using social media.  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...
How to get Over A Breakup- Taylor Swift Style
With Valentine’s Day recently passing, it is only acceptable to discuss the breakups that follow after. Henceforth, here is your one and only breakup guide, Taylor Swift Style.  READ MORE...
Every Summer has a Story
Summer, it is what everyone looks forward to all year. It is what all the new songs are about. It is a break that is needed by all students. You probably do not even know what you are doing for summer break and since you have not planned anything, you will probably end up reading The Fault in our Stars a hundred times and then some. You will watch the same Netflix movie over and over. You will eat so many different types of Oreos like, the birthday cake flavor, the new mint flavor, maybe even the double stuffed and how about the chocolate covered Oreos? If you know that is how your summer is going to be and you want to make a change, start planning now.  READ MORE...