PGM Military Flagship School

PGM Military Flagship School
Posted on 01/06/2021
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Pine Grove Middle School 2020-21 Military Flagship School Award 

 

January 6, 2021 – The Georgia Department of Education has selected Pine Grove Middle School (PGM) as one of seven 2020-21 winners of the Military Flagship School Award, State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced today.  

 

The Military Flagship School Award recognizes schools going above and beyond to provide a supportive environment for military students and families. Military Flagship Schools provide specific outreach to military families and recognize and accommodate their unique needs.  

 

“It’s my goal that Georgia will have the most military-friendly schools in the nation, addressing and accommodating the needs of the military families who make sacrifices on our behalf,” Superintendent Woods said. “As someone who grew up in a military family myself, it is a joy to honor these seven schools for going above and beyond to serve and support military children."

 

"As a child of a naval officer who has moved fifteen times in my life, I know firsthand how important it is that a school welcome its military children," said Representative Dave Belton, Chairman of the Georgia House Study Committee on Military Affairs. "Perhaps even more important, the Pentagon has stated over and over again that quality schools are their number-one focus for new missions and the jobs that they provide. This program is absolutely vital, not only to the military children who we gratefully serve, but also to the economic health of Georgia. I applaud Superintendent Woods for his vision and of course our wonderful teachers."

 

All schools were eligible to apply for the Military Flagship School Award, and applications were evaluated by members of the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission. 

 

Schools were asked to provide specific examples of their outreach to military families, including:  

  • Services and programs offered to support the needs of military students and their families 
  • Training provided to school personnel to help them understand support the needs of military children 
  • Opportunities provided by the school to help military parents and their children connect with and feel supported by the surrounding community 
  • Efforts to help military parents and their children feel engaged and respected within their new school by creating opportunities to get involved. 

Every selected school allows excused absences for students during a parent’s overseas deployment departure or arrival day; allows enrollment with military orders, military ID, or shot records for 90 days until the family finds a home or lease; and allows online or phone registration for incoming military members from overseas Department of Defense military bases. 

 

Each winner will receive a special visit (as COVID-19 protocols and guidelines allow) from Superintendent Woods and other officials and will receive a banner to display in their school advertising their status as a Military Flagship School.

 

Pine Grove Middle School – Lowndes County Schools 

At Pine Grove Middle School, establishing procedures and services to support military-connected students is a top priority. School Counselors work to ensure an empathetic environment that focuses on the specific needs of military-connected students through individual counseling, small groups, and referral to on-base or community counseling as needed. The school partners with the Moody Air Force Base Youth Center to provide a bus route so students can easily participate in afterschool programs. Staff receive ongoing professional development to help them understand how to address the specific needs of military students and families. Upon entering the school building, there is a display highlighting military students and their achievements, and Moody Squadron banners hang in the hallways. The school also takes advantage of the specialized skills and technological abilities of airmen at Moody AFB. The Moody Weather Division has co-taught lessons to sixth-grade students studying meteorology, and Pine Grove was the first middle school in South Georgia to receive GaDOE STEM certification – an accomplishment the school attributes to the efforts of Moody AFB as a STEM partner.