Janice Thomason retires at Sunny Hill
Sunny Hill Elementary School honored Ms. Janice Thomason May 22 on
her retirement after 34 years of teaching in Haywood County
Schools. Janice taught seventh-grade science for 12 years, then
Chapter Reading and served as computer lab manager. Janice is
looking forward to traveling and spending time with her family.
Sunny Hill Principal Dorothy Bond presented Ms. Thomason with a
plaque in appreciation of her service. Others honored at the
ceremony were Mrs. Betty Harris, a long-time cafeteria worker at
Sunny Hill who is retiring, Haywood County School Board Chairman
Patricia Gruenewald and Director of Schools George Chapman, who
are also both retiring.
Sunny Hill Impact classes end year with African
Impact classes taught by Ms. Brittany Anderson at Sunny Hill
concluded their study of Africa by enjoying an African feast of
rice, beans, and bananas. Students dressed in African clothing for
their dining experience. During this unit, they studied various
geographical areas and cultures of Africa, made brochures, and
created schools. Students in the class are Brent Ward, Cassidy
Hendrix, Taylor Call, Walker Thornton, Jada Brooks, Payton Jarratt,
Kenston Thomas, and Ms. Brittany Anderson.
Sunny Hill welcomes troops home
Sunny Hill Elementary students, faculty and staff
greeted the 1175th as they returned home on May 13. Students and
faculty dressed in red, white, and blue to greet the soldiers of
the 1175th in front of the school as they made their entrance into
Brownville. The school had a wonderful display of flags, and the
students waved their banners and posters. Sunny Hill has been a
proud supporter of the 1175th for several years.
Fourth graders visit Sunny Hill School
Fourth-grade students from East Side Elementary
School toured Sunny Hill Elementary on May 8 to meet the
principals and learn about Sunny Hill before they enter in the
fall of 2008. As students met in the gym and were taken on tours
of the school, they were given a chance to ask questions and learn
about the various classes, clubs, and rules of the school.
Students create a “Memory Box”
The students in Ms. Bell’s fifth-grade class
recently completed a study of the book “The Memory Box” by Mary
Bahr. In this story, a young boy and his grandparents create a
special memory box during a summer visit. During the class
discussion of the book, the students created their own memory
boxes to share with the class. Pictured with their memory boxes
are (left to right) Breon Shaw, Paige Houge, Taylor, Jakeeva
Houston, Samantha Floyd.
Sunny Hill hosts “Out of the Mist” puppet show
Sunny Hill Elementary students were delighted to
see a puppet show named “Out of the Mist...a Dragon,” presented by
the Wood & Strings Theater from Crossville, Tennessee, on May 9.
Students were shown the beauty and creativity in the art of
puppetry from various geographical areas of the world. The
professional touring company was made up of four puppeteers. The
Banraku Puppets of Japan were the hosts of the tale. Represented
in the puppet show were Punch and Judy puppets representing
England, Kwakiutl representing North American Indians, and Wayang
Kulit shadow puppets representing Indonesia.
Sunny Hill Intramurals “nets” fifth- and
Fifth- and sixth-grade students at Sunny Hill
Elementary had a chance to participate in their own “May Madness,”
at basketball intramurals held by Coach Tim Seymour during the
week of May 12-16. Winners and all-stars were chosen on the final
day of the competition.
Fifth-grade winners, pictured with their teacher,
Mrs. Anna Roberts, were Jalen Benton, Alandis Delk, Emmit Gooden,
Kayla Shaw, Ricky Taylor, and Dustin Staggs.
From Barbara Garrett’s homeroom, the sixth-grade
winners were Sedarius Delk, Devonte Briley, Devonte Douglas, Kevon
Hill, Veunte Woods, and Marguese Bell.
Fifth-grade all-stars were James Davidson, Joel
Bond, Summer Cunningham, Idalias Flagg, Xavier Ballard, Kyler
Douglas, Jordan Varnardo, Dequavious Bateman, Jalen Benton, Emmit
Gooden, Ricky Taylor, Nigel Peeples, David Johnson, and Detarion
he sixth-grade all-stars were Patrick Cephus,
Jeffrey Starks, Martez Comage, Xavier Delk, Tarcus Hughes,
Keyshawna Jelk, Montravious Currie, Devonte Briley, Sedarious Delk,
Devonte Douglas, Jawon Brown, Cassionica Harris, James Vance, and
Former student visits Sunny Hill
Jarvis Varnardo visited Sunny Hill Elementary on May 13 to talk to
a select group of boys in the Winner’s Circle Boys Club about
values, such as respect and responsibility. He is a graduate of
Haywood High School and is completing his sophomore year at
Mississippi State, where he is a star basketball player. He has
earned the distinction of being the Number 1 shot-blocker in the