Schools

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»

Hester wins at Regional Recitation Festival

Hester wins at Regional Recitation Festival

Barrett Hester, a fourth grader at Braelinn Elementary, won first place in his age division at the regional recitation contest on Feb. 2. The Griffin RESA Literacy Days Festival honors those from third through fifth grades who have already won their county competitions in either recitation, writing, or drama to compete at the regional level. Read More»

Over 30 science projects headed for regional contest

What’s the most natural light bulb for cosmetic purposes? Do electric golf carts leave a smaller carbon footprint than gas ones? Does the color of the greenhouse affect plant growth? And what about tomato plants, can hydrogen peroxide affect their growth?

These are just a few of the questions raised by student science projects that took first place at the 2011 Fayette County Science and Engineering Fair. A total of 31 high and middle school projects earned first place honors. Read More»

Kedron ASP celebrates Mozart's birthday

Amelia Fox, second grade; Kalil Fox, second grade; Thomas Keohane (Mozart), second grade; and Brianna Doty, third grade, paint to Mozart’s music.

At a mere 255 years of age, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart celebrated his birthday last month with after school program (ASP) students at Kedron Elementary.

The students have celebrated Mozart’s birthday on January 27 for the last nine years. Since Mozart could not be there in person, a student dressed up like the composer and walked around the school answering questions about him and directing everyone to the birthday party.

As part of the celebration, students created paintings while listening to Mozart’s masterpieces, letting their brushes glide against the paper to the music. Read More»

School’s in

School’s in

Nearly an inch of snow fell across Coweta County Wednesday night but this time it could not stop East Coweta Middle School and the other schools across the county from holding classes on Thursday.

Charter Schools USA receives SACS accreditation

Nearly two dozen schools in Georgia and Florida operated by Charter Schools USA (CSUSA) have received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS/CASI). A first for an education management company, Charter Schools USA operates the Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia that opened in 2010.

The AdvancED Accreditation Commission last week approved corporate accreditation for Fort Lauderdale-based Charter Schools USA (CSUSA). AdvancED is the national commission that confers SACS/CASI accreditation. Read More»

Workshop for college bound students with disabilities, 6;30 p.m., Mar. 15

High school students with disabilities, and their parents and educators, are invited to attend a workshop, Transition to Post-Secondary Options, on March 15 at Whitewater High from 6:30-8 p.m.

The workshop is designed to help parents and educators guide young people with disabilities in making appropriate decisions about higher education options. Read More»

Planting knowledge for 1st-graders

Planting knowledge for 1st-graders

Alex Kontos and Gabe Earl hold a book they wrote to tell first-graders about how plants stabilize a creek bank. They and other members of Laura Brown’s class at Cleveland Elementary School are participating in a Disney Environmental Challenge project. The class is creating a native plant walking trail that informs the public of the role native plants play in keeping small, local creeks clean and how important this is for the Chattahoochee/Flint River basins. They’ve planted some native plants behind the school and will hold a “Plant Fair” Feb. 15 at the school. Photo/Special.

Parents can register children early for kindergarten

Parents with children entering kindergarten for the 2011-2012 school year can register their students at the Welcome Center from through April 1. Georgia law requires students to be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2011 to be eligible for kindergarten.

Early registration is encouraged to avoid long wait times. The Welcome Center is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday with extended hours every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The center is located at 205 LaFayette Avenue in Fayetteville. Read More»