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Schools Kick off Black History Month Celebrations

Assemblies, a comedian, field trips, living museums – These are some of the creative ways the schools in Douglas County will celebrate Black History Month in February. Black History Month is an opportunity for schools and the community to focus on the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Every U.S. president since 1976 has designated the month of February as Black History Month. The idea of historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans, Black History Month was established in February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

Most of the events are closed to the public due to limited space, but the public is invited to events at some of the schools including Lithia Springs Elementary, Turner Middle School, Factory Shoals Middle School, Lithia Springs High School, Yeager Middle School, North Douglas Elementary, Mt. Carmel Elementary and New Manchester High School.


Annette Winn Elementary will have a Black History Month performance by the Chorus, Step Team, and Bucket Brigade on February 23 at 6:00 p.m.  Due to limited space, the performance will not be open to the public.

Arbor Station Elementary grade levels will focus on notable African Americans in these categories:

Kindergarten- Sports

First Grade-Inventors

Second Grade- Musicians

Third Grade- Entertainment

Fourth Grade- Politicians

Fifth Grade- Education/Scholars

Each grade level will display information about the person they are studying on bulletin boards displayed outside the classroom. Bulletin boards should be completed by February 5th.

"Who Am I......." questions over the intercom.  Each grade level will be responsible for their question.  Below you will find the date for each grade level:

February 1- 5th grade

February 4- 4th grade

February 18- 3rd grade

February 23- 2nd grade

February 25- 1st grade

February 29- Kindergarten

Each grade level will have a “Read In” on a book written by an African-American author.  Some grade levels will do their read in on the half day (February 10).

A covered dish Soul Food Luncheon for the staff will be held February 10.

Beulah Elementarywill celebrate Black History Month with the following activities:

Dr. MLK Activities:  “My Dream Today” (Clouds) Presentation, Pastor Bailey will perform two songs (keyboard). 

Classroom Activity: The Black History Month committee has come up with a fun and stress-free activity for all classes to participate and recognize important African Americans who had a positive impact in our society.  Each class will choose a famous or inspiring African American to do a classroom project on.  Then they will create a display on a bulletin sized paper.  We will display them all over the cafeteria on February 25th.   There will be a list of famous African Americans to choose from.    

Spotlight African American Historical Figure:  Students will do research and present a famous African American figure each day on our news broadcasting program and at each assembly.  Parents are also invited to participate.

Black History Program on February 25 at 6:00 p.m.

Bill Arp Elementary has made the following plans for Black History Month:

Kindergarten classes will rotate each Thursday of February for a black history lesson.

1st Grade will be doing a unit on George Washington Carver and Harriet Tubman.

2nd Grade is working on a Famous Georgians unit. They will be doing a unit of study on Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King Jr. and their contributions to civil rights.

3rd Grade will be doing a unit on Thurgood Marshall and reviewing other famous black Americans like Frederick Douglass and Mary McLeod Bethune.

4th Grade will be studying the poetry of Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou and timeline activities through social studies.

5th Grade will review famous and influential African Americans discussed previously this year such as George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, and the Tuskegee Airmen, among others. Students will create a Civil Rights timeline and create their own “I Have a Dream” paper.

Special Education will be reading leveled readers about famous black Americans. Our ALP program will be studying Musical Harlem, Jazz dance and poetry, and the Underground Railroad.

Program Challenge will examine quotes from famous African Americans such as Booker T Washington and do research on African American scientists culminating with a cereal box project.

Music Classes will be learning about and performing in class various songs and music attributed to African American influence.

Bright Star Elementary Schoolwill celebrate its 5th annual diversity weekin addition to Black History Month. Activities include:

January 25-- Students signed the "No Place for Hate Pledge"

January 26--Cultural Show & Tell--All students are encouraged to wear and bring in something that is a special representation of their culture.

January 27--Mix it Up Lunch-Students will be given the opportunity to mix it up and get to know other students at Bright Star during their lunch times by sitting at a different table with different students.

January 28--Cultural Visitors--African Drummers from Youth Villages will be performing during specials times.

January 29--"We are the World" Parade and School Wide Unity Chain--Each class will design a flag for their classroom and pick a name for their country. We will have a parade ending in the gym with all students and staff holding hands and creating a human chain to represent that we are all united here at Bright Star.

February 2--Night at the Museum--Wax museum representing cultural diversity and Black History Month

March 1--Black History Performance will take place at 6:00pm.

Burnett Elementary School will be honoring Black History Month with a host of learning opportunities that are related to the Georgia Performance Standards and more! The students will be studying African Americans who left their mark on the world through written biographies, hands-on projects, theatre, media trivia, stepping, drumming, singing etc. Burnett Elementary will explore and highlight significant experiences of African Americans with the following activities:

Throughout the month of February, the Burnett Cubs Broadcast will showcase Black History Trivia on an ongoing PowerPoint presentation where each class can compete for a specific classroom prize.

Students and teachers will participate in the “Black History within Your Standards” door/hallway contest. There will be one prize for each grade-level with the most informative and creative door.

K-5th African American Research Project- Each grade level will research and present information about an African American.

Our Black History program featuring a Red Carpet Talk Show of African Americans trendsetters native to Georgia will be on February 26th at 1:00p.m. The BUES chorus, dance team, and step team will be performing.

Chapel Hill Elementary School will celebrate in the following ways:

Students from each grade level will present information on famous black men and women during our bi-weekly Cheetah News Network (CNN) broadcast.

Our gifted students in grades 3-5 will create a Living Museum of Black Historians.  This event will be held on February 25 from 9:00-11:45.  All students will be given the opportunity to tour the living museum. 

Music classes will focus on songs pertaining to Martin Luther King, Jr. and famous jazz singers and musicians will be studied.

Individual teachers will incorporate activities related to Black History Month throughout the month into the daily curriculum. 

Dorsett Shoals Elementary will celebrate in the following ways:

The music teacher will spotlight an African American Musician in each class.  Artists include Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, etc.

First grade will compare and contrast elements from the book, The Crayon Box That Talked, to character traits of Dr. King. First grade teachers will also introduce two Historical African Americans monthly from now until May.

In the after-school program, students will learn about Jackie Robinson (who was also born in Cairo, Georgia) on February 19 and on February 26 will learn about Rosa Parks.  Teachers will read stories about them and provide activity sheets.


Eastside Elementary has made the following plans for Black History Month:

Celebrating Excellence Black History Program

Our school News Cast WBNN will highlight Famous African Americans Inventors.

Partners in Education will be coming to read to students using a book about Famous African Americans.

We will be integrating Lucy Calkins Writers Workshop to write stories about Famous African Americans.

Factory Shoals Elementary and the No Place for Hate Student Team will celebrate each morning by highlighting a notable African American during morning announcements. FSES will also have a Black History Month program during the annual Social Studies Night in which each grade level will give a presentation focusing on the following:

Kindergarten - Inventors

1st grade - Song

2nd Grade - Famous Firsts

3rd - Poetry

4th - Skit

5th - Dance

Program Challenge - Wax Museum showcasing famous African Americans and their contributions to society

Chorus performance

Classroom guidance lessons for the month with focus on diversity, tolerance and acceptance with a special emphasis on famous African Americans who overcame adversities.

Art and Essay Contest - Open to all students in grades K - 5


Holly Springs Elementary will have an African Drummer group from Youth Villages perform for the school during an assembly on February 26, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.

We are also hosting a Black History Month Celebration on Thursday, February 25, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. The following activities are scheduled:

                Fourth grade – Inspiration

                Kindergarten – Song

                Third Grade – Who Am I?

                First and Second Grades – Song

                Fifth Grade – Inventors

                Fifth Grade girls (a small group) will perform African dances

From 6:00 – 6:30, parents will tour the building to view student projects and artifacts honoring Black History.

Each day in February, the morning news crew will celebrate the accomplishments of a famous African American.

Lithia Springs Elementary will host a Black History celebration on Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:30 PM.  It is open to the public and all of our grade levels will be performing.

Mason Creek Elementary students will view a mini-video from the African American experience during morning assembly. We try to select African Americans who are not as well-known but accomplished greatness to introduce to students. At bus dismissal we pose a trivia question and students will submit answers to be shared in morning assembly. Other activities include:

Art: 3rd through 5th grades making a freedom quilt

Music: Week 1 is African drumming, week 2 is African American spirituals (we talk about the Underground Railroad and songs that were used while traveling on that path), week 3 is Motown (Supremes, Jackson 5), week 4 is Jazz and blues (Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, BB King, Louis Armstrong).

Media Center: Display of selected books and posters on the lives and accomplishments of famous African Americans.

Grade levels: Reading and writing activities centered on famous African Americans and events that helped shape our culture.

An Ka Fo Drum & Dance: February 19 at 1:00 p.m.

African Drummers from Inner Harbor: February 26 at 1:00 p.m. 

Mirror Lake Elementary students in pre-K and kindergarten will hear stories from picture books about various African Americans who have made a difference in our country. Pre-K students will help to create a Peace Quilt which will be on display in the office. Students in first through fifth grades will research and report on various African Americans and how their influence helped to shape our country. Students will also recognize and explain their positive character traits such as patriotism, accomplishment, dedication, perseverance, etc.  Students will be selected to read their report on the morning announcements during the month of February.

Mt. Carmel Elementary will observe Black History 2016 with each teacher incorporating significant events, people, etc. into their lesson plans where applicable to the grade level standards. Our 3rd through 5th grade students will participate in a research project and selected students will showcase their findings in our LIVE AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM on February 23 beginning at 5:00 p.m. We are also excited to have Comedian Dewayne Hill come and share with our students on February 17 with two shows (9:30-10:30 and 1:00-2:00) and the community is invited to attend for a cost of $5. His show is entitled "Magic with a Message". Each day will begin with a student-led spotlight during the morning announcements of a notable figure in African American history and every Monday we will highlight an African American author. Finally, each week we will feature ten different notable African Americans in our "HIS-story HER-story" display in the main lobby of MCES.

New Manchester Elementary School has planned the following grade level activities for Black History Month:

Kindergarten – Museum: Bulletin board displaying African American accomplishments/contributions and a door decorating contest.

First Grade – Each class is learning about a Black History figure and completing reading, writing, and art activities to share with the other first grade classes.

Second – A Black History program is scheduled for Feb. 26 at 10:00a.m. in the Media Center. Students will be presenting their projects on famous African Americans. This event is only for students and their parents/family.

Third Grade – Students will enhance research skills by researching famous African Americans and writing and sharing poems about their significance.

Third grade Program Challenge will be making “little speeches” during the morning announcements about famous African Americans.

Fourth/Fifth Grade - Students will be doing African American author and illustrator studies in classrooms and will rotate those studies through the grade level.

North Douglas Elementary will host a 'Black History Night at the Wax Museum' on Thursday, February 18, from 6:30-7:30.  Students will select an individual to research and prepare a brief speech/dialogue to share.  That evening parents and or other guests are invited to visit the museum to listen and learn as the students portray their selected person. Throughout the month of February, North Douglas will also spotlight individuals on the morning news who have made a significant impact in the world, past and present.  Daily trivia questions and prizes are also given not only in the daily news but also in grade level classes.

South Douglas Elementary will recognize famous Black Americans during morning assembly throughout the month of February. We will talk about their contributions and the impact they have made on our country/world. Selected students will also be asked to speak at morning assembly on the famous Black Americans they have studied. Student presentations will be spread out to cover the month of February.

Sweetwater Elementary will celebrate Black History Month in the following ways:

Daily Trivia - Morning announcements - Drawing for correct response

Display of famous Black Americans - Scavenger Hunt using narratives of display for students

Door display on each classroom door featuring a Black American

Each week feature a category of Famous Black Americans before 2000, then the last day of the week students will be invited to dress up and walk the hall "Walk of Fame." Week 1: Inventors; Week 2: Athletes/Entertainers; Week 3: Activists; Week 4: Doctors/Scientist

Other classroom activities will include: storytelling and poetry slam

Winston Elementary School students across the grade levels will be engaged in research about prominent African Americans in history.  They will share what they have learned through posters, power point presentations, life size images, and skits.  Famous African Americans will also be spotlighted on our morning newscast, and the media center will create a display of literature related to famous African Americans.  A variety of websites and technology resources will also be included in instructional lessons including the "Carver National Monument Park” website, United Streaming Video Clips, and YouTube.  

Middle Schools

Chapel Hill Middle School will observe Black History Month in the following ways:

We will hold three school-wide assemblies for all CHMS students on Wednesday, February 10th. The assemblies will feature student readers, dances and a speaker. Our assembly speaker is Mr. Rennie Curran. Mr. Curran is a motivational speaker, author, musician and a professional football player.  He is also a former University of Georgia football player. He will speak about his journey to success in life. 

A school-wide art content will also be held. All students may submit artwork which celebrates Black History Month. 

Each day will begin with a student-led reading during the morning announcements of a prominent figure in Black History. 

Students are encouraged to participate by writing on a selected BHM figure:

6th grade from the fields of Sports and Music

7th grade from the fields of Science and the Arts

8th grade from the fields of Politics and the state of Georgia

The students with the best essays can elect to read them during the morning announcements. 

Finally, each teacher can incorporate significant events, people, etc. into their class warmups or lessons where applicable to the standards are being taught.

Chestnut Log Middle School will celebrate in the following ways:

Black History Program, February 25

HBCU History Day. Students/Staff will wear HBCU paraphernalia and read historical facts about HBCU's on the intercom.

Bulletin Board acknowledging a variety of Black Historical Figures

Black History announcements featuring daily facts about Historical Black Figures

Black History essay/poster contest. Students will create an essay or poster on an important historical black figure.

Factory Shoals Middle School will celebrate Black History Month in the following ways:

Diversity Program: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s nephew, Isaac Newton Farris, Jr. will speak to FSMS students and staff on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 9:00 (open to the public).

KNS (Knight News Show): Will feature historical facts about rich contributions African Americans make and have made to our society.

FSMS Media Center: Will have books and articles (Black History) available for students to read and/or check-out

Knights Mix-it Up Lunch: Students may sit with other students that they don’t normally sit with. Goal: To promote students getting to know/learn about each other

Reading Classes: Students will read articles about diversity, equity and justice from Teaching Tolerance.

Social Studies Class: Students may watch the videos: Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot and Black History Month - Black History @

Chorus Classes: Students are learning about and singing songs associated with black history. Students will perform at the FSMS Diversity Program.

Fairplay Middle School will highlight current influential Black Americans daily on the announcements.The school will sponsor an essay contest, and inspirational quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. and other influential African American leaders will be used throughout the month.

Mason Creek Middle School students will watch vignettes on important figures in Black History on Wednesdays during the month of February. This will be incorporated as part of our character education groups. The Media Center will display books that feature black authors and prominent history events. During the month of February the 8th grade Georgia Studies classes feature prominent figures in Georgia History that fought against slavery and helped during the desegregation era.

Stewart Middle School will have a “Black History from A-Z” exhibit in the media center the week of February 8. Stewart will host an International Night on February 23 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Turner Middle School will host a Black History celebration on February 25. See below for details.

Theme- A Radiant Light of Hope

Keynote Speaker- Mr. Casey Bethel, Douglas County Schools Teacher of the Year, 2015-2016

Date- Feb. 25, 2016

Time- 9:15-10:45

Activities- Assembly involving Annette Winn Elementary Step Team, Beulah Elementary Chorus, and Turner Middle School Band and Chorus

The program is open to the public.

The reception is for invited guests only.

Yeager Middle School has an annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Assembly in which we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and all that he stands for. We commemorate this occasion by honoring a Yeager student, a Yeager teacher and a Yeager community member who exhibits humanitarian qualities. This assembly consists of a student, teacher and community person receiving a plaque and being recognized as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian of the year. The assembly will also include a guest speaker, who is our community humanitarian recipient from last year's program. The recipient was Monique Rivarde.  Moreover, the assembly will include poetry, singing and dance performances from our staff and/or student body. This will take place at Yeager Middle School on January 29th, at 2:30pm.

We also celebrate Black History Month by asking students trivia questions about notable Black Americans and give out prizes during our morning and afternoon announcements. In addition, the teachers and staff coordinate lessons and activities with each other about Black Americans and their accomplishments. We will then culminate the month's activities into an International Night of Diversity. This includes teachers displaying art, projects, pictures, food and music from various nationalities. Parents and students attend this event around 6:00pm and enjoy the sights and festivities that are displayed in the various halls of the school. This event is free and will last for about an hour and a half, and will take place at the end of February.

 High Schools

Alexander High School will honor Black History Month in the following ways:

Media Center Display, highlighting notable literary figures and their works

Hallway Display illustrating people from the African Diaspora from different walks of life: Music, Business, Politics, Sports, Dance, Arts, Literature

Social Studies classes will feature lessons that pertain to the standards that are currently being taught.  Additionally, lesson integration across content areas can be infused into the standards as appropriate.

Chapel Hill High School will have a “This Day in Black History” announcement each day and a “Who am I?” trivia contest throughout the month. CHHS will also host movie nights for students highlighting themed events, and the International Club will sponsor activities to highlight cultural aspects of Black History Month.

Douglas County College and Career Institute will take the full-day Academy students to the King Center for a field trip in February. The half-day CCI students will participate in trivia activities at the CCI in addition to activities at their base high schools.

Douglas County High School will celebrate in these ways:

Individual Community Speakers (African American) will speak on “Douglasville Then and Now” each week in February.

The College and Career Center will focus on HBCUs.

The Media Center will focus on African American books.

Daily African American Facts will be included on the intercom during morning announcements.

A field trip to the Civil Rights Museum in Atlanta is in the planning stages.

Lithia Springs High School will have a Black History Month Program on February 10, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in the auditorium. Guests are welcome to attend. We will also have Black History Trivia each morning/with daily and weekly prizes. Staff and students will wear t-shirts featuring their favorite HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) on February 5 and their fraternity or sorority paraphernalia on February 19. In an effort to support the citizens of Flint Michigan, the Black History Committee will collect cases of water and ship them to Michigan, through Kroger on Howell Mill Road.

New Manchester High School Visual Arts will present a quilt to honor the performer Alvin Ailey as well as visual artists Kara Walker and Faith Ringgold. The sophomore class from this year and last year’s group will have a collaboration work to honor pop icons Michael Jackson and Queen Latifah created on scratchboard, and the current junior class group will have a group of collage works displayed to honor visual artist Romare Bearden. The Black History Show will be Thursday, February 18, at 7 p.m. and a school-performance 4th period on Friday, February 19. The show will include performances and presentations from all Fine Arts areas.  Each area has been asked to select one African-American pioneer from their field. A video that details the life and works of that person will play before each presentation.  The presentations will reflect either the work of the pioneer or the works of African-Americans in the fields of: theatre, dance, visual arts, instrumental music, and vocal music.



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