St. Joseph’s School receives donation for science and math programs

St. Joseph’s Catholic School recently received $1,000 from Walthall Oil Company and Exxon Mobil to be used in the school’s science and math programs. St. Josephs’s Catholic School is a parochial school affiliated with St. Joseph’s Church in Macon. The check was present to principal Dr. Kaye Hlavaty by Walthall Oil Company Vice-President Shawn Heacox.

The school enrolls students from 3K through 6th grade. The 3K program offers a half (morning) and full day schedule. For information contact the school at 478-742-0636.

Dr. Kaye Hlavaty and Shawn Heacox
Dr. Kaye Hlavaty, the principal at St. Joseph’s School receives a check for $1,000 from Walthall Oil Company Vice-President Shawn Heacox. The donation will go to help support St. Joseph’s math ans science programs.

St. Josephs School to host open house Sunday January 29

If you have ever wondered what a Catholic School has to offer, this Sunday January 29th is your chance to find out. As part of Catholic Schools week, St. Joseph’s Catholic School opens its doors for a drop in open house from 12 – 2:30 PM.  Visitors will get a chance to meet with faculty, staff, school board members and parents to get a feel for the school and to determine if Catholic school is right for their child.

St. Joseph's kindergartners 100 days
St. Joseph’s kindergartners celebrate their 100th day in school. Photo courtesy St. Joseph’s.

St. Joseph’s School is now enrolling students from 3K to 6th grade. According to their website, “Catholic Schools seek to prepare our children in mind and spirit during the most formative and vulnerable time of their lives so that they can live lives full of hope, joy, and peace, no matter what challenges they meet. Each day in the Catholic School presents opportunities for students to put their values to use–in the classroom, at lunch, and during recess.”

Tuition uses a graduated 3 tier system and is as follows for the 2016-2017:

4K – 6th
Standard rate: $7,764 per academic year
Catholic rate: $6,219 per academic year
Stewardship rate: $5,665 per academic year

3K (Second number is morning session rate)
Standard rate: $6,100/$3,900 per academic year
Catholic rate: $5,400/$3,200 per academic year

The school is located at 905 High Street in Macon. Call (478) 742-0636 for more details.

St. Joseph’s School: Mission Moments in the Classroom

Macon Community News invites local schools to submit updates to better inform the residents of Macon and Middle Georgia about the good things happening in education. These updates are from St. Joseph’s Catholic School.

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Credit – St. Joseph’s Catholic School

St. Joseph’s Catholic School Mission Statement:

St. Joseph’s Catholic School, a parish community guided by the Gospel values and Catholic tradition, is dedicated to educating, nurturing, and encouraging, the minds, body, and spirit of every child, creating lifelong learners and stewards of the Faith.

Each week our teachers submit Mission Moments in the Classroom. These are moments, actions, or statements from students in the class that directly reflect our mission statement. We love seeing our mission statement in action in the daily lives and education of our students. Below are some recent Mission Moments from our classrooms.

  • “Can I put this extra money I have in our class mission jar?”
  • Sixth grade is planning opportunities to serve our school community through, Student Council, the House System, and Missions Committee.
  • The students have warmly welcomed new friends and have helped each other in the classroom.
  • “I let my brother hit first when playing baseball just like Abraham from the story.”
  • “Today I prayed with a student who was concerned about a sick relative. His parents were so thankful for this.”
  • We acknowledge genuine acts of kindness in the classroom each time they occur.”
  • The students are actively adding prayers to the classroom prayer wall.

If your school or organization would like to publish an update, announcement or bulletin, please use our submission page. The submission should be ready for publication, but may be edited by us for style or formatting. We may be in touch after your submission for verification, to request photos or get more information.

Georgia National Fair in full swing

The Georgia National Fair in Perry opened on Thursday, October 6, and will run through Sunday, October 16, 2016, at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.

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There are plenty of exciting rids for the kids at the Georgia National Fair. Photo by Doug Deal.

Families from all across the state travel to Perry to experience all of the best in wholesome fun. Be prepared to walk A LOT, although there are accommodations including handicapped parking and trolley transportation from the parking lots to the fairgrounds. Still, comfortable shoes and clothing are a wise choice.

There are many choices of food vendors selling everything from traditional fair foods like corn dogs, funnel cakes, and turkey legs, to Greek specialties, steak sandwiches, and grilled veggies. There are also treats ranging from Mayfield ice cream to apple dumplings, and of course, caramel apples and lots of cotton candy. New food vendors this year include Cedar River Seafood, the Donut Shop, and Coolicious Treats.

Among the most popular attractions at the Georgia National Fair are the midway rides, which include a Ferris wheel, a small roller coaster, and a high swing. A special selection of kiddie rides includes spinning cups and a child-sized roller coaster. Several rides are proportioned so that parents can ride with their children. The Agri-lift carries riders high above the midway, and rentable paddle boats let families enjoy time on the water below.

A note about the rides: on weekdays and the final Sunday of the fair, ride-all-you-want armbands are available, but they are not sold for the first full weekend of the fair, or on the second Saturday. Tickets for rides are approximately a dollar each, although purchasing in bulk gives a discount on ticket price, and most rides cost 3-5 tickets, though some cost even more. Also, some attractions, like the paddle boats, are cash pay. On Terrific Tuesday, arm bands are discounted, so if you love rides, or have children who do, it may be well worth it to make a weeknight trip.

The rides aren’t the only fun at the fair. The Georgia National Fair website has a map of all the attractions, as well as printable schedules for daily performances, livestock shows, horse competitions, and special events. Plan ahead!

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The Wiggle-Worm is a popular ride with younger children. Photo by Doug Deal.

Among the fun performances scheduled for the fair include daily magician shows, sea lion performances, a petting zoo with special feeding times, and many other daily concerts and performances. Every night at 10 p.m., the fair closes with fireworks over the pond.

One of the coolest opportunities for families is the chance to go see the Royal Hanneford Circus inside the fair, and admission is already included in your fair entrance fee. Showtimes are 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. daily, with an additional 2 p.m. show on Saturday.

Between livestock and equestrian shows, fairgoers can roam through the barns and see the cows, sheep, horses, rabbits, chickens, and other animals on display at the fair. Unlike in past years, children can’t hold the baby chicks, but watching them is always fun.

There are many educational exhibits at the Georgia National Fair. These include livestock and wildlife exhibits, and agricultural and gardening exhibits. The Miller-Murphy-Howard Building, Heritage Hall, and the Georgia Grown building house these exhibits. One of the newest exhibits is the bee story, devoted to Georgia’s beekeeping and honey producing industry. In the Georgia Grown building, fairgoers also have the opportunity to support Georgia agri-industry by purchasing homegrown products sold at the Georgia Grown Pavilion.

Nearby, in the McGill Marketplace Shops, vendors offer everything from leaf-guard gutters to handmade fudge and jewelry to boots. It’s a great place to start your holiday shopping. If you have a Thomas train fan, be sure to check out the train tables set up in the back corner, where your little engineer can play with trains while you relax on nearby benches.

At the Georgia National Fair, there is truly something for everyone. Fun fair foods, exciting rides and performances, free concerts for lovers of all kinds of music, livestock shows, equestrian shows, educational exhibits, and much, much more. There is no better way to enjoy all of the best that Georgia has to offer, and it’s a great way to celebrate fall in Middle Georgia.

For more information, including daily schedules and ticket information, please visit the Georgia National Fair website at