Sand Hills GNETS
Ms. Talithia F. NewsomeDirectorPhone: 706.796.7791
Dr. Marie KlofenstineRichmond County CoordinatorPhone: 706.796.7791
Mrs. Johnnetta GodbeeProgram EvaluatorPhone: 706.796.7791
Welcome to Sand Hills, where students can and do learn in an environment that capitalizes on the individual's academic and behavioral strengths. We believe that by using proactive interventions students will learn to direct their energies in positive directions, using effective coping skills and developing a positive self image, which will lead each student to equality of opportunity and full participation in today's society.
Sand Hills' Mission is to teach students the values and skills they need to live a successful life filled with a sense of belonging, a love for learning, and compassion for others. Our Vision is to see students learn or rediscover skills that will help them to benefit from academic instruction in the least restrictive school environment available to them. Learning to use words to communicate ideas and feelings and discovering the value of being a group member enhances a student's ability to achieve. By working cooperatively with our students, their parents, local school personnel, and other community agencies our students will become life long learners and productive citizens.
Our academic curriculum is the Georgia Performance Standards. Classes are staffed with Highly Qualified, certified teachers and paraprofessionals. Classrooms are developed to provide a positive learning environment, focusing on each student's success and ability to learn. We strive to offer students a new perspective to help them achieve their academic, social, and behavioral goals so that they can make the choices to be successful in school.
Richmond County Sand Hills' classes are currently housed at Performance Learning Center located at Tubman, 1740 Walton way.
Sand Hills students living in McDuffie, Lincoln, Warren, Wilkes, and Taliaferro counties attend classes in 511 Main Street in Thomson, Georgia.
Sand Hills is one of 24 GNETS Programs (Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Supports) and is funded through a State Grant and Federal VI-B money. Support from Local School Systems is also essential to the efficient operation of the Sand Hills Program.
This school year, several Richmond County Schools were recognized by the Georgia
Department of Education for outstanding PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and
Supports) Implementation. The 2018 PBIS recognized schools are: Glenn Hills Elementary,
Tobacco Road Elementary, Butler High School, and Sand Hills GNETS. These schools
qualified as a result of their training and commitment, fidelity instruments, outcome data,
and recognition as active PBIS schools. Congratulations to the PBIS coaches,
administrators, faculty, and students from these schools; your efforts and dedication to
increasing positive behaviors are noted!
Congratulations to Mrs. Valerie Mundell, receptiant of the Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC Innovative Teaching Mini Grant