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Page 6C August l5, 20l8 K.B. Sutton Elementary faculty sits together waiting for the 20l8 Monroe County School Convocation to start. (Photos by Diane Glidewell) MC ools motivate sic lo an enl sioslic to Hot enew yea Diane Glidewell newsf-memcrnet Monroe County Schools held its Annual Kick-off Convocation for faculty and staff on Monday, July 30, a week before students filled classrooms for the first day of the 2018-19 school year. With a theme of “There’s a Kid in All of Us” and four candy buf- fets offering a choice of nostalgic favorites to fill bags after the program, school employees left full of optimism and sugar. A highlight of the Convocation was a magic show by Jason Anderson, a fifth grader at Hubbard Elementary. Beginning with dice disappearing before the eyes of every~ one in the Fine Arts Au- ditorium, moving to cards switching places and the whole deck changing to Six of Hearts, Jason was Mary Persons' band members and cheerleaders put some pep into getting ready for a new school year at the annual Convocation. amazing all of the em- ployees of the Monroe County School System on his own when he asked for an assistant from the crowd. Lew’e the Clown rushed on stage to help WITH YOUR PAID SUBSCRIPTION TO THE REPORTER! 0 Out of County: ln-County. him out. Lew’e (aka/ Lee An- drews) is a 2010 graduate of Mary Persons who is achieving success doing what he loves. Superin- tendent Dr. Mike Hick- man introduced Lew’e as a student who thought outside the box and has an amazing career,_albeit not a conventional one. Lew’e performs at over 300 shows per year and has performed in seven countries. Lew’e and his wife, Rebecca, own the second largest online clown sup- ply company in the world and have purchased the American Clown Acad— emy, which will hold its first camp in Monroe County Aug. 13-17. A highlight of the camp for locals will be the op— portunity to see some of the entertainment skills perfected with the help of talented instructors at “The Big Top Show” on Thursday, Aug. 16 at the Fine Arts Center. Pro- ceeds from the $5 admis— sion will benefit Monroe County Schools. After Jason and Lew’e worked together to delight the crowd, Lew’e presented Jason with pri- vate magic lessons from a professional magician, $250 worth of magic sup- plies and encouragement to continue doing what he loves to do. As a finale for Jason, Monroe County Schools’ five Teachers of the Year were called to the stage to challenge him on a Rubik’s cube puzzle. The teachers from Mary Persons, Monroe County Middle School and each of the three elementary schools worked furiously, but Jason beat them all. Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman told the staff that as they cel- ebrated Monroe County Schools’ successes and set new goals to remember how they were motivated as students and that cer— tain values stand the test of time, like wanting to fit in, to feel a part of a fam- ily or a team and to feel protected, safe and loved. “We can still all relate to what children want and need,” said Hickman. that teaching was always something he wanted to do, from the time he was playing school with School personnel load their bags at one of the tour candy bars otter Convocation. They could also choose popcorn. Following the child- centered theme, students from each of Monroe County Schools spoke about their school’s achievements during the preceding year. Libby Holloway represented T.G. Scott Elementary, John Wyatt Sanders spoke for Hubbard Elementary, and Jasmine Walton gave highlights from KB. Sut— ton Elementary. Eighth grader Sydney Stapleton represented Monroe County Middle School, and Senior Brianna Mor- ganrspoke on behalf of Mary Persons. Principals introduced the new additions to each of their schools, and Assistant Superin— tendent Jackson Daniel introduced Central Office personnel who have taken on new roles. .2018 Teacher of the Year Tamarkis Taylor said his consins. His mother was a crossing guard for Monroe County Schools for 32 years; his grand- mother, Connie Taylor, was a paraprofessional for 32 years; and his grand- father was a bus driver. He shared his advice for teachers as the new year begins. “Be the teacher your 'students remember,” said Taylor. “They may forget what you teach them, but they will never forget how you make them feel.” After encouragement from Board chairman Nolen Howard to think outside of the box and help children do so, the Mary Persons band-and cheerleaders sent the school employees forth to grab a bag of candy, board school buses back to their schools and get ready to start a new year of learning. A C’UHB “HGE‘OC’T‘XE‘CD'T‘M'X‘