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Dr. Ann Hopkins

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Georgia Milestones PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joy Edwards   
Friday, 20 November 2015 15:34

Dear Parents,

As you may recall, the state assessment changed last school year (2014-2015) from the Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) and End of Course Test (EOCT) to the Georgia Milestones Assessment System in grades 3 through 12. Through this new assessment system, students in grades 3 through 8 participated in the End of Grade (EOG) assessments while students in high school participated in the End of Course (EOC) assessments associated with the eight EOC courses. Due to this change, there was a delay in the receipt of score reports. The reports have recently arrived and should accompany this letter if your child participated in the Georgia Milestones Assessment last school year in the Banks County School System.

The following are differences to be noted within the new Georgia Milestones Assessments:

  • Format – The CRCT and EOCT were comprised of all multiple choice questions. The Georgia Milestones Assessments included open-ended, or constructed response questions, in the areas of English language arts and mathematics.
  • The Georgia Milestones Assessments scoring system is comprised of 4 achievement levels
    • Level 1 – Beginning Learner
    • Level 2 – Developing Learner
    • Level 3 – Proficient Learner
    • Level 4 – Distinguished Learner

(detailed descriptions of each level are located on page 1 of the score report)

The purpose of the assessment is to not only measure how well students have learned the knowledge and skills outlined in the state content standards, but to provide information regarding each student’s strengths and weaknesses. The report breaks down the results by domain for each assessment, which will inform teachers the areas to look to accelerate, monitor, or remediate learning. You will also notice a comparison portion of the report that indicates how your child’s performance compares to other students within the school, throughout the state and nation.

Beginning this school year (2015-2016), student scores on Georgia Milestones Assessments will be used in the following ways, as directed by the state of Georgia:

  • Promotion/retention based on performance in the area of reading in grades 3, 5 and 8
  • Promotion/retention based on performance in the area of math in grades 5 and 8
  • EOC scores will count as 20% of final course grade

Please note: The scores being sent home today were NOT used for these purposes.

The Georgia Department of Education has developed Frequently Asked Questions documents that can be accessed at the following sites: (general information); (End of Grade); and (End of Course). If you have additional questions, please contact the testing coordinator at your child’s school. We look forward to working with you to continue to help each of our students succeed.

Banks County Schools Employees of the Year Reception PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ann Hopkins   
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 15:53

The Banks County Employees of the Year were recognized at the November 16, 2015 reception prior to the Board Meeting. We would like to again congratulate all of our Teachers, Paraprofessionals, and Classified Employees of the Year.

Banks County Schools Employees of the Year

We are also proud to announce our 2015 Banks County Teacher of the year Mrs. Katie Purcell!

Katie Purcell and Stan Davis

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 November 2015 16:30
Banks County Schools Employees of the Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ann Hopkins   
Monday, 14 September 2015 08:36

Banks County School System is pleased to announce the Teachers, Paraprofessionals, and Classified Employees of the Year.


Banks County Primary School

Teacher of the Year:  Amy Howe

Paraprofessional of the Year:  Lisa Wade

Classified Employee of the Year:  Chrissy Cosper


Banks County Elementary School

Teacher of the Year:  Katie Purcell

Paraprofessional of the Year:  Shelly Lewis

Classified Employee of the Year:  Denise Coleman


Banks County Middle School

Teacher of the Year:  Chris Fuller

Paraprofessional of the Year:  Beckie Pittman

Classified Employee of the Year:  Sam Mayfield


Banks County High School

Teacher of the Year:  Will Foster

Paraprofessional of the Year:  Teresa Royston

Classified Employee of the Year:  Jennifer Lehotsky

Congratulations to each of these individuals.  A reception to honor all Employees of the Year will be held in November.

Congratulations BCHS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 14 August 2015 07:49

US News and World Reports recognizes Banks County High School as 1 of America's Best High Schools. US News and World Reports ranks and honors schools on the basis of Student/Teacher Ratio, College Readiness, Math Achievement, and English Language Arts achievement. Banks County High School is ranked in the top 15% of High Schools in the state of Georgia and in the top 30% of schools nationwide by US News and World Reports.

This honor recognizes the hard work and dedication of the staff,  students, and community of Banks County.

US News Website:

Last Updated on Friday, 14 August 2015 07:54
School Registration / Open House Dates PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 09:33

School Registration Starts August 3rd, 2015.

Hours for each school are listed below:

Banks County Primary (K - 2nd): 9:00am - 3:00pm

Banks County Elementary (3rd - 5th): 8:00am – 12:00pm &  1:30pm – 3:00pm

Banks County Middle (6th - 8th): 9:00am - 3:00pm

Banks County High (9th - 12th): 8:30am – 11:30am

Open House Dates:

Banks County Primary (K - 2nd): August 5th, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Banks County Elementary (3rd - 5th): August 5th, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

6th Grade Orientation: August 5th, 6:30pm

Banks County Middle (6th - 8th): August 5th, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

9th Grade Orientation/Cookout: August 4th, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Banks County High (9th - 12th): August 6th, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

First Day of School August 7th, 2015

All Necessary Parent forms can be found by clicking here: Parent Forms

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 August 2015 04:49
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