Smokey Road’s Barron receives statewide honor

Smokey Road Middle School Principal Dr. Laurie Barron has been named as Georgia’s 2012 Middle School Principal of the Year by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals. Photo/Special.

It was an honor that is hard to beat. And it was one that named Coweta County’s Smokey Road Middle School Principal Dr. Laurie Barron the 2012 Georgia Middle School Principal of the Year. Read More»

McIntosh students take top prize at RESA science fair

From left are Dr. Sharon Boyer, Coordinator of Science for the Fayette County Board of Education, Ben Naber and Jonathan Ciecka. Photo/Special.

McIntosh freshman students Jonathan Ciecka and Ben Naber captured one of two top prizes at the Griffin Regional Science and Engineering Fair (RESA) for their project on Bloodspatter Analysis.

Securing one of the top two spots earned them an all-expense-paid trip to the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) being held this year in Pittsburgh, Penn., May 13-18.

Intel ISEF, a program of the Society for Science and the Public, is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. Read More»

Work at Drake Stadium on track for mid-May completion

Work on the $4.8 million project to re-work the seating and provide other modifications at Newnan High School’s Drake Stadium is ongoing and expected to be completed by mid-May. That was the word at the Feb. 14 meeting of the Coweta County Board of Education. Read More»

Peeples Elementary recycling cell phones to save gorillas

Lainey Camp with some cellphones. The graph in the background is being used to chart progress. Photo/Special.

Peeples Elementary School is currently accepting recycled cell phones to help with a project to save gorillas.

Gorilla forest homes in Congo are being destroyed  due to the mining of coltan. Coltan is a small substance that is found in cell phones and other small electronic games.

So far, the students at Peeples Elementary have collected over 180 cell phones.

These collected phones will be fixed and resold to first time users outside of the United States, some will be given to charities, and those that are no longer usable will be recycled. Read More»

Coweta Science Fair winners advance to regional contest

Coweta Science Fair winners advance to regional contest

The 2012 Coweta County Science Fair held recently at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts in Newnan featured 72 projects from nine schools. The 26 First Place entries will represent Coweta schools in the West Georgia Regional Science Fair on Feb. 17. The Senior Grand Champion was Toryn Garrett from Northgate High; the Junior Grand Champion was Jessica Pfliger from Arnall Middle; and Arthi Shankar from Madras Middle won the Coweta Water Education Team’s Water Issue Award. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Welch Elem. 5th grader county’s best speller

Tevyn Fudge, of Welch Elementary school, was the winner of Coweta County’s 2012 district-wide Spelling Bee, held at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Feb. 6.

Fudge, a 5th grader at Welch, became the county’s 2012 spelling bee champion in the 35th round of the annual bee. It was the second time that Fudge had appeared on the Centre’s stage as a top Coweta speller. He won the second-place spot in last year’s county-wide bee. Read More»

All of Fayette’s high schools make state’s AP Honor List

All five of Fayette’s public high schools made Georgia’s 2012 list of AP (Advanced Placement) Honor Schools, with each earning recognition in multiple categories based on the results of AP exams.

AP classes offer rigorous college-level learning options to students in high school. Students who receive a 3, 4 or 5 on AP exams may receive college credit. AP classes and exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. Read More»

Fayette schools pick finalists for Teacher of the Year award

Fayette County School System's Teach of the Year finalists (L-R) Chris Cannon, Jacqueline Mullen and Malia Bergstrom. Photos/Special.

The Fayette County School System has announced its three finalists for Fayette County Teacher of the Year 2012. They are Chris Cannon from Sandy Creek High School, Malia Bergstrom from Fayette County High School and Whitewater High School’s Jacqueline Mullen.

School system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach said there was no doubting a career in journalism for Chris Cannon, an advanced placement government and economics teacher at Sandy Creek High. Read More»

Turtle tracking in Fayette’s woodlands goes high tech

Turtle tracking in Fayette’s woodlands goes high tech

An Eastern box turtle in hibernation has just been covered with a protective layer of leaves after having the radio transmitter battery replaced (below). Those participating in the Feb. 4 wildlife tracking project at the city nature preserve off Burch Road in Fayetteville included (L-R) biologist Dennis Chase, Fayette County High School students Kasmyne Pender, Anna Gehring and J.T. Fernandez and FCHS science teacher Gini Ann Loeffler. Photo/Ben Nelms.

19 Fayette schools cited by state for high academic performances

The Georgia Governor’s Office of Student Achievement has recognized 19 of Fayette County’s 28 public schools for high academic performance during the 2010-2011 school year.

Across Fayette’s system, 11 elementary, four middle and four high schools received award designations of platinum, gold, silver or bronze based on their performance on state curriculum exams and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status.
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