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Chiefettes at National Dance Team finals

Chiefettes at National Dance Team finals

The McIntosh Chiefettes dance team recently competed at the UDA National Dance Team Championship where they made it to the final round of competition and placed 18th out of 81 teams.

Previously they were crowned 2014 State Champions in Pom and Jazz at the UDA Georgia Dance Championships, the fifth year in a row they have won double state titles.Cortland Anderson won the Solo division, while Darby Smith placed third, Ally Cox fourth, Kristen Plunkett sixth and Kirsten Fink ninth. Cassie Burk placed third in the Junior Solo division. Read More»

Chiefs, Tigers, Patriots win first-round games

Three local boys' teams prevailed in their first-round state basketball tournament games Saturday.

In AAAAA, the McIntosh Chiefs won at home 69-53 over Lakeside-Evans 53 to move into the round of 16. Their next game is on the road at Northside-Columbus, who beat Richmond Hill 75-63.

The Whitewater Wildcats saw their season come to an end in Warner Robins, where they fell 60-47.

In AAAA, the Sandy Creek Patriots downed Dalton 67-40 to earn a second-round game on the road against Johnson-Gainesville, who won 83-71 over Stone Mountain. Read More»

Coweta names finalists for teacher of the year

Pictured from left are Coweta County 2013 Teacher of the Year finalists Donna Hightower (Thomas Crossroads Elementary), Randy Robbins (East Coweta High School) and 2013 Teacher of the Year Dr. Lyn Schenbeck (Central Educational Center). The three were among 31 Coweta County Teachers of the Year honored by the Board of Education and the Newnan Pilot Club last year at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. Photo/Special.

The Coweta County School System has named the 2014 teachers of the year for each of its 31 public schools. Chosen by their peers, the teachers will be honored at a ceremony on May 1. The May 1 meeting will also include the announcement of the school system’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. Read More»

First science national honor society formed at Whitewater HS

Members of the society. Photo/Special.

Thanks to the efforts of Whitewater High senior Jackson Kirchner, the school system’s first national honor society for science has been formed.

History was made at Whitewater High on the evening of February 3 when 108 of the school’s juniors and seniors were inducted and became charter members of the county’s first ever Science National Honor Society. Over 150 students at Whitewater met the eligibility requirements and were invited to join. Read More»

University of West Ga. gets $284K to help school teachers

The University of West Georgia has received $284,326 in teacher quality grants to enhance the teaching of science, mathematics, language arts, reading and social studies at public and private elementary, middle and high schools. Read More»

Coweta schools to open Friday, Fayette resumes after school activities

The Coweta County School System announced Thursday night that all schools will be open for normal operating hours on Friday, February 14.

Coweta County school bus drivers rode their regular routes Thursday afternoon, to check for any trouble areas. What few were found were addressed with the help of the Coweta County government, said school system spokesman Dean Jackson. Read More»

Finalists named for Fayette Teacher of the Year

Better than an apple for the teacher — Fayette County Board of Education Vice-Chair Dr. Bob Todd (R) congratulates a surprised Dr. Kelly Jackson, music teacher at Crabapple Lane Elementary School in Peachtree City, for being named a finalist for teacher of the year. Photo/Special.

It is a “first” for the Fayette County Teacher of the Year program: all three finalists teach elective subjects: drama, music, and business/computer science.
This year’s finalists are David Spearman, drama, Starr’s Mill High; Kelly Jackson, music, Crabapple Lane Elementary; and Alexandra Vlachakis, business/computer science, Sandy Creek High.
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Fayette schools closed Wed. and Thurs., Coweta schools closed Wed.

Fayette County public schools will be closed Wednesday and Thursday and Coweta County public schools will be closed for students and staff on Wednesday. Both systems will close due to winter weather conditions forecast for the local area.

Fayette schools spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach said schools will be closed for students and staff on Wednesday and Thursday. All extra-curricular activities for the two-day period have also been cancelled. Read More»

Fayette, Coweta schools to hold classes Tuesday

Schools in Fayette and Coweta counties will be open Tuesday. Fayette County has, however, cancelled all after-school and extracurricular activities due to the threat of impending weather.

Fayette County School System spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach on Monday afternoon said plans call for Fayette schools to be open Tuesday.

“Based on the weather information we have we’re planning to have school on Tuesday,” Berry-Dreisbach. “The winter weather is expected to come into the area on Tuesday evening after schools ends.” Read More»