Schools

Group asks BoE to loosen school day, ditch 6-period standard

One of life’s little certainties for students and teachers is the six-period school day. That may change.

Several staff and students from Fayette County high schools presented to the Fayette County Board of Education last week a proposal they hope could lead to altering the county’s 26-year history of having six class periods each day. Read More»

FIS students celebrate 'Williamsburg Day'

FIS students celebrate 'Williamsburg Day'

History became reality recently for all fourth graders at Fayetteville Intermediate School. The classes celebrated “Williamsburg Day” to conclude their unit of study on Colonial Life. The students were engaged in various centers throughout the day to experience what life might have been like during colonial times. Pictured in period costumes are Miss Amanda Underwood, FIS fourth grade teacher, and Mr. Jimmy Jones, volunteer, with Carlee Houston, Brieann Heinssen, and Zack Scott, who are fourth graders at FIS. Photo/Special.

Starr’s Mill debate team brings home three Novice/JV championships

From left to right:  Brent Huang, Georgia Brunner, Valerie Harrison, Derrick Weeks, Paige Neary,  Greg O’Brien, Diana Ricketts, Taylor Martin, Mallory Hu.  Not pictured: Austin Russell and Emily Myers. Photo/Special.

The Starr’s Mill Speech and Debate team competed against twenty-two other teams from across Georgia at the inaugural GFCA Novice and JV State Championship, winning three championship trophies.

Georgia Brunner and Austin Russell are the JV Public Forum Debate State Champions.  Brent Huang is the Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate State Champion.   Paige Neary and Diana Ricketts are the Novice Duo Interpretation State Champions.  Read More»

Blaze's Masquerade Ball, Mar. 19

Blaze's Masquerade Ball, Mar. 19

Sara Harp Minter Elementary proudly announces their upcoming pageant “Blaze’s Masquerade Ball” on Saturday, Mar.19 in the Sara Harp Minter cafeteria. The pageant is open to young ladies 0-18 years old. This is the fourth year that the school has held the pageant which proceeds the elementary school. Beautiful rhinestone crowns, sashes, and trophies will be awarded! For more information, please contact Eileen Corley at corley.eileen@mail.fcboe.org or Tiffany Gilreath at gilreath.tiffany@mail.fcboe.org or you may call 770-716-3914. Read More»

Students juggle technology at Bennett's Mill Middle

 Master juggler Chris Cassidy (center), along with Demi Tega (left) and Brian Doyle, give a celebratory performance for the successful completion of a 10-foot bridge in the background.

How is juggling connected to technology? Well, there is no connection, but juggling teaches eye/hand coordination and self-confidence, traits that might prove useful in building something like a bridge.

Seventh grader Chris Cassidy teaches a five-minute juggling course to fellow students during their technology period at Bennett’s Mill Middle.

About six to eight students participate in the juggling lessons each week, says technology teacher Jim Uttley.

A recent accomplishment by fellow student Andrew Hogan prompted a celebration from the jugglers. Read More»

Dad accuses school of over-‘kill’ with ISS for girl, 10

Should a 10-year-old girl with no discipline record be suspended from classes for exclaiming in the school hallway to a girl friend, “I‘ll kill her”?

One middle school principal said, “Yes,” and one father last week let the Fayette County Board of Education know how he felt about that. Read More»

Senoia willing to annex Coweta Charter Academy

The Senoia City Council last week voted unanimously to accept an application for the annexation of Peachtree Baptist Church on Ga. Highway 16 just west of the city, the site of the new Coweta Charter Academy. The resolution adopted by the council is being forwarded for review to the Coweta County Commission. Read More»

Coweta Pre-K lottery registration March 7-18

Parents who wish to secure a spot for their child in next year’s Coweta County School System Pre-Kindergarten classes can do so at their child’s district school between Monday, March 7 and Friday, March 18.

During that time, parents can apply for a spot in the limited-space Pre-K classes for the 2011-12 school year. Pre-K application ends at noon on Friday, March 18, and drawing for spots will be held at schools at 1 p.m. on March 18. Read More»

All 5 Fayette high schools make state’s Advanced Placement honor roll

Each of Fayette County’s five public high schools were among more than 350 high schools statewide to be included on Georgia’s 2011 list of AP (Advanced Placement) Honor Schools. The majority of Fayette’s high schools earned recognition in multiple categories based on the results of AP exams. Read More»

Student film wins UGA competition

From left are members of Neon Productions Alana Carithers, Carolyn Craddock, Emily Breault and Candice Dottin. Photo/Special.

Emily Breault, a 2008 graduate of Starr’s Mill High School, and now a Mass Media Arts major in the Grady School of Journalism at UGA, recently won first place in the drama category in a short film competition sponsored by Campus Moviefest. She and three fellow students formed Neon Productions for the creation of student films. Their award winning film is called “The Hub” and is a dramatic expose of Atlanta as the hub of underage sex trafficking. Breault was director of photography, lead editor and music supervisor to the film. Read More»

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