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Rocky Plains Elementary School celebrates five year anniversary
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Employees of Rocky Plains Elementary School celebrated the school’s five-year anniversary on July 24. The school opened its doors for students in 2005. The start of the 2009-2010 school year will mark the school’s fifth year and faculty and staff took time to celebrate and reflect on the milestones and accomplishments they have achieved, including making AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) each year it’s been open Dr. Miranda Jones welcomed the employees and special guests, who included current and former central office administrators and PTO members.

A slide show presentation to highlight the many events that have taken place since 2005-2006 was then shown to the audience. Each of Rocky Plains’ Teachers of the Year (all of whom still call Rocky Plains home), Ms. Veda  McManus, Dr. Natalie Ochs, Mr. Matthew Garwood, and Ms. Arlene Hyman, also spoke during the special celebration. The Honorable Horace Johnson, Newton County Superior Court, who served as the dedication speaker when the school opened, commended the faculty and staff for not only their many accomplishments but also their dedication to the students and the Rocky Plains community. Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley praised the staff for its many accomplishments and for staying true to the pledge they took when the school was dedicated back in 2005 – “joining together to give our young people the best educational opportunities.”

Visit the Newton County School System's online photo gallery to view pictures from this special event at