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Congratulations to John Krippner !!


Doug Westmoreland presented The Extra Mile Award to John Krippner, PE Teacher at South Habersham Middle School. Daphne Penick and the teachers and staff of South Habersham Middle School made the nomination and in their nomination state:

Coach Krippner has been a SHMS rebel for a very long time. He started out as a student at South Habersham Junior High and landed his first teaching job as a science teacher at South Habersham Middle School in 1993. He continues to pour his heart into his alma mater. Coach Krippner made a transition from science teacher to PE instructor in the last few years but science is  still in his blood. This is where the reasons begin about why he should receive this award. One of our science teachers had an unexpected surgery and she was out for numerous days. Coach Krippner jumped right into her classes and carried on and the students never missed a beat. He also makes PE a place that students want to be - well - most of the time. Sometimes they get mad when he plays a game with them and he wins. Coach Krippner also takes the initiative to help coordinate our incentive days, our REAL night, and our career fair which is quite an undertaking. He is also very loyal to SHMS after school hours. He finds a way to make it to almost every after school activity so he can be involved with our students. Coach Krippner is very deserving of this award.

Mr. Krippner received a framed certificate of recognition and a gift certificate to Zaxbys.


Congratulations to Jessica Morales!!


Russ Nelson presented the Clarkesville Rotary Club Service Above Self Award to Jessica Morales, Title I Parent Coordinator at Hilliard A. Wilbanks Middle School. Marybeth Thomas, Chris Chitwood and the teachers and staff of Wilbanks Middle School made the nomination and in their nomination state:

Mrs. Morales is an invaluable member of the Wilbanks Team.  In less than one year at WMS, Mrs. Morales has significantly helped improve an environment of accessibility to our parents and our community.  She has done this by not only removing the language barrier, but also by developing positive relationships with students and families.  Mrs. Morales continuously communicates with all parents about academic, behavioral, and emotional needs and successes.  This school year, she has helped change the climate of the school, especially in our front office, by welcoming our Hispanic community to WMS.  She has done this by spending countless hours of meeting, calling, sending out letters to improve parental involvement at our school.  Mrs. Morales has often found herself volunteering and coming to the school when needed to translate outside of work hours (like at an after-school event).  Mrs. Morales coordinates parent meetings on and off campus to be more accessible to families in our community.  At the beginning of the year, she helped us organize a trip to the City of Cornelia to meet with parents since many of them had transportation issues and were not able to make it to open house at WMS.  Mrs. Morales even provides transportation to parents to utilize community resources. She sees a need with our students’ families and she does what she can to help them.  In education, we all value positive parental involvement in our schools.  Mrs. Morales works tirelessly to improve ours daily.  We can’t think of anyone has had made more of an impact at our school than Jessica Morales.

Mrs. Morales received a framed certificate of recognition from the Clarkesville Rotary Club and a gift certificate to Midtown Grill.






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