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Students use science fair winnings, award students and support new teachers

(L-R) Keaton Wimbish, John Childers and Matt Johnson.  The FIRST Foundation held a yard sale that netted over $200 and will be used to recognize outstanding Fayette County Science and Engineering Fair students, and to support teachers new to the school system.  Photo/Submitted.

The Fayette Innovations in Research, Science and Technology (FIRST) Foundation is gearing up to offer an additional award this year to recognize outstanding student achievements in science.

FIRST presented its inaugural middle school award last year at the Fayette County Science and Engineering Fair to a Whitewater Middle School student whose project took first place honors.

FIRST will continue to recognize outstanding science fair students with the addition of a new high school award that will be given at the 2015 Fayette County Science and Engineering Fair in January. Read More»

McIntosh falls 49-13 at Drew

The McIntosh Chiefs’ place in the subregion standings was decided before the kickoff of Friday night’s game against the Drew Titans, but the outcome was important in determining the order of the top four teams going into next Friday’s Region 4-AAAAA play-in games.

Already assured of fifth place in Subregion A, the Chiefs tried to play spoiler and put a wrench in Drew’s quest for one of the top two spots but after an early 7-0 lead they saw the home team take control the rest of the way for a 49-13 Titans’ win at Southern Crescent Stadium in Riverdale. Read More»

Students go all out for reading

More than 10,000 Coweta County students were read the book “Bunny Cakes” during this year’s “Read for the Record” event on Oct. 21. Pictured from left during a visit to Smokey Road Middle School and showing off their bunny ears are Ruth Hill Elementary School kindergartners Bayron Mesa, Derrius Grant and Haylie Brown. Photo/Submitted.

More than 10,000 Coweta County school children participated in the national “Read for the Record” event held Oct. 21. The annual event was part of a worldwide effort to promote early childhood education and support literacy.

School system spokesman Dean Jackson said 10,220 students were read “Bunny Cakes” by Rosemary Wells, as a part of the 2014 Read for the Record event.  Read More»

Wildcats down Tigers 30-0

On their last home game of the 2014 season, the Whitewater Wildcats (5-3, 1-2) picked up an important Region 5-AAAA win by pitching a 30-0 shutout against the Fayette County Tigers (3-5, 1-2).

Jay Ashley and Christian Wafford, two of the more than 20 seniors honored before the game, scored a pair of touchdowns apiece for Whitewater.

After forcing a punt on the opening drive of the game, the Wildcats drove from their own 24 into the red zone before the Tigers’ defense stiffened and Liam Voigt came out to kick a 36-yard field goal. Read More»

SAT scores on the rise

The scores have been tabulated and all three Coweta County high schools showed gains on their average scores for the college entrance exam (SAT) during the year, while state and national averages decreased slightly during the same period.

Coweta County’s average score on the SAT was 1,496 in 2014, an increase of 21 points over the previous year, said school system spokesman Dean Jackson.

“Coweta County’s average SAT score in 2014 was 51 points above the state of Georgia’s average of 1,445 and one point below the national average of 1,497,” Jackson said. Read More»

Academic growth: Fayette elem. kids mostly average

Academic growth: Fayette elem. kids mostly average

Highest across-the-board growth achievements at Peeples Elem. School Read More»

Fayette soars on SAT scores

While Fayette County students increased their average SAT score for the second consecutive year, blew way past the state average, and outpaced the national average, school officials are thinking of adding an expensive international ranking to the mix that would require more student testing.

“I know there is the sense that we test too much and we would have to deal with that if we decide to do this,” School Superintendent Joseph Barrow told school board members when he introduced the possibility. Read More»

Family fun

Family fun

Braelinn Elementary Family Game Day was a huge success. The weather couldn’t have been better when family members came together to have fun and fundraise. Families competed against each other in eight events from archery to racing giant tricycles.  A majority of the teachers came out to support the students as they participated and played. Even Principal Bell and Principal Munoz warmed up the track in the huge tricycle race. Photo/Submitted.

New facility

New facility

The Starr’s Mill high school cheerleaders helped with the ribbon cutting of the new athletic building at the south Fayette campus last week. Coaches of the team are Mandy Ratliff, Todd Saye, Emily Woodward. Also present at the ribbon cutting were members of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce and Starr’s Mill principal, Audrey Toney. Photo/Submitted.

Barrow named to Ga. Ebola Response Team

Superintendent Jody Barrow.

Fayette County School Superintendent and Ga. School Superintendent’s Association President Jody Barrow has been named by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Ga. Ebola Response Team which was created by executive order on Oct. 20.

According to Deal spokesperson Sasha Dlugolenski, the Ga. Ebola Response Team will assess current state health and emergency management procedures and produce necessary recommendations to minimize any potential impact of the disease in Georgia. Read More»

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