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Bulloch County Schools' elementary campuses will host Kindergarten Registration on May 1-5, from 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must by five years old by Sept. 1, 2017.


Current Bulloch County Schools pre-kindergarten students do not need to register for kindergarten if they are remaining at their same elementary school for kindergarten.  If they are attending a different school, please participate in Kindergarten Registration.


Parents and guardians may pick up a registration packet from their zoned elementary school and return it by May 5. For the most complete information, review our 2017-18 Kindergarten Registration Flyer available at www.bullochschools.org/kindergarten or attached below.  


Susan ParrilloEnjoy our Teacher of the Year Profile series each Thursday in the Statesboro Herald February 23 - June 1. Sallie Zetterower Elementary School's teacher of the year is Susan Parrillo.  This is her story:


My name is Susan Parrillo, and I am a fourth-grade English language arts and reading teacher at Sallie Zetterower Elementary School. I have been an educator for 20 years, 12 of those with Bulloch County Schools and Sallie Z. I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the State University of New York College at Cortland, which is a well-known teachers college. Prior to my move to Georgia, I taught in Greenville, NC and Fairfax, VA. 


I believe I was born to teach. It’s in my DNA. My maternal grandfather was a principal, and my older brother and several cousins are all retired educators. My biggest influences to become a teacher; however, came from my elementary school teachers at Salem Hyde Elementary in New York: Miss Carey, Mrs. Klim and Mrs. Hall. They created vivid and abundant memories for me and my classmates. Eventually, I knew I had to create these types of memories and experiences for all the students I would teach throughout my career.


Creating lasting memories for students may seem like a daunting and expensive task, yet I found the answer to be very simple: BOOKS! The best way is to read books to them. Then, read more books to them, and after that, read even more books to them. Early on in my career I came to realize how much students loved it when I read aloud to them.


I show students how reading books takes them on an adventure of a lifetime. Every book I read out loud to them provides those magical words penned inside to make connections and crystal clear visualizations in order to take our class on an exciting adventure together. My hope is that I instill a love for reading in each and every one of them.


Once I have my students hooked on books and the doors have swung open to all the adventures they can experience, I focus on their thinking. Reading is thinking. With these adventures and memories we’ve created through reading books, they are then surrounded by ideas.  Ideas they can write about. I have developed many students who are readers into writers. 


It is equally important that parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and volunteers read to children.  Children need to see someone other than their teachers read to them. Reading is a way to teach children that their education is important. An education is the ticket to wherever they want to go.


Chapter, members & advisors

win multiple honors at state conference


Statesboro High School FCCLA ChapterFive Statesboro High School students are headed to national competition in Nashville this summer after winning top honors in their respective competitions at the Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Conference March 16-18, at the Classic Center in Athens. Along with these top honors, nine additional members, the Chapter and their faculty advisor also received awards.  


Quashanda Huff, Christina Rountree, Daisy Dyches, Keylee Phillips and Angela Smith will represent Georgia FCCLA in July as they compete in life event planning, teaching & training, interior design, and chapter website. At the state conference, Huff won the Gold Award for her Life Event Planning project. Rountree and Dyches won Silver for FCCLA Chapter Website.  Phillips won Silver for her Teach & Train project, and Smith won Silver in Interior Design.


Other Chapter members receiving awards included the following: Alexis Johnson, Silver Award in Career Investigations; Hannah Kidd, Silver Award in Early Childhood Education; Victoria Collins and Mary Deloach, Silver Award in Advocacy; Krystin Brostek and Matthew Gilleland Bronze Award in Culinary Arts; Christina Rountree and Bhumi Patel, Statesman Awards; and Angela Smith,  First Place in the Interior Design  Proficiency Test. 


Statesboro’s FCCLA Chapter was recognized for the largest chapter membership increase in Region Nine growing from 18 to 62 members, thanks to the leadership of the Chapter’s faculty advisors, Bethany Gilliam and Cindy Hart. The pair accompanied 14 members of the Chapter to the state conference. Gilliam was also recognized for her selection as a GA FCCLA Master Advisor. She is a family and consumer sciences teacher, and Hart teaches culinary arts. 


The Statesboro High FCCLA Chapter, is a co-curricular student organization for the school’s Culinary Arts and Family & Consumer Sciences Career Pathways within the school system’s Career Technical and Agriculture Education program. Nationwide FCCLA helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has over 160,000 members and over 4,500 chapters in 50 states.