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Braelinn's poetry recitation winners

Braelinn's poetry recitation winners

Congratulations to the Braelinn Grade-Level Poetry Recitation Winners. These students won at their respective grade levels in the school’s poetry recitation contest and will go on to compete at the county level next quarter. The reciters were judged on the following elements: difficulty of the poem, memorization and accuracy, stage presence, articulation, interpretation and style. From left are Nicole Smith (1st), Allie Watson (2nd), Barrett Hester (4th), Olivia Wernecke (3rd), and Elena Wernecke (5th). The Kindergarten winner, Ashlyn Oates, is not pictured. Photo/Special.

'Taunted' Whitewater High student charged for gun threats

Officials working to substantiate whether student threatened to harm other students

UPDATED 3:17 p.m. A 16-year-old Whitewater High School student has been charged by sheriff's deputies for making "a series of threats" against other students, officials said. Read More»

FCHS’s holiday concert with the band benefits CARE

For the first time ever, the Fayette County High School Band holiday concert, scheduled for tomorrow night, will benefit high school students in need.
The band has partnered with the school system’s CARE (Children at Risk in Education) program to help fulfill requests from high school students on the program’s Angel Tree. School counselors recommend students for the Angel Tree if they and their families are in need of financial assistance. Parents must work or be actively looking for work in order for students to qualify. Read More»

Kedron salutes veterans

Kedron salutes veterans

Kedron Elementary School honored America’s veterans and those who currently serve with a school wide musical, “The American Dream,” and patriotic artwork. Pictured are students who have relatives serving in our armed services. They are Lyong-kyong McDonald, Victoria Anthony, Do-Kyong McDonald, Lyann Hernandez, and Gloria Hernandez. Photo/Special

Oak Grove's top poetry reciters

Oak Grove's top poetry reciters

Congratulations to the Oak Grove Grade-Level Poetry Recitation Winners. These students won at their respective grade levels by memorizing lengthy poems and reciting for the school. Oak Grove’s winners will continue to the county-level to recite with the other school winners across Fayette County. In the front row, from left, are Tyndall Phillips (KDG), Ashley Sikes (1st grade), and Leo Maneein (2nd). In the back row are Haruka Nakatsuji (3rd grade), Abby McMichen (4th), and Carson Langham (5th). Photo/Special.
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Local band gives world premiere

Composer Robert W. Smith and band director Ricky D. Williams. Photo/Special.

On Veterans Day, the Bennett’s Mill Symphonic Band gave the world premiere of a piece of music composed especially for them. “Mekong,” written by the well-known composer Robert W. Smith, is dedicated to all veterans of the Vietnam War. “Mekong” was commissioned in memory of TSGT (Retired) Tommy R. Williams, a victim of Agent Orange Cancer, through a grant from the Woodruff Salutes the Arts in Education that was awarded to band director Ricky D. Williams.  Read More»

School level Teachers of the Year announced

The first step toward finding Fayette’s 2011 Teacher of the Year (TOTY) is complete.

Last month teachers at all 29 schools voted for the person they thought most deserved to be their school’s TOTY. These school-level nominees are now competing to become one of three finalists who will be selected as the county’s overall winner. Read More»

Crabapple Elementary School welcomes local author

Crabapple Elementary School welcomes local author

Crabapple Elementary School in Peachtree City welcomed award-winning children's author Carole Marsh as she talked about her newest "Real Kids, Real Places" mysteries. Students listened to "the stories behind the stories," as Marsh shared interesting facts about the well-known places used as the settings of the books. "My passion is turning children into avid readers. They become readers when you make stories come alive for them from the earliest age. My most enjoyable days are spent with a roomful of children who ask lots of questions and want to learn," Marsh states. Read More»

Is flu on the rise in some Fayette schools?

There have been a undetermined number of student illnesses recently in Fayette County public schools. While those illnesses may or may not be influenza, schools have sent letters to parents urging them to take the necessary precautions. Statewide, there have been few hospitalizations and no deaths related to the seasonal flu types A and B.

“We’re not tracking numbers, but we have had a lot of kids out and a number of our schools are saying it is the flu,” said school system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach. Read More»

Minter Elementary showcases first Thanksgiving

Minter Elementary showcases first Thanksgiving

Mrs. Hall’s second-grade class at Sara Harp Minter Elementary School presented “The Pilgrim Story,” a reenactment of the first Thanksgiving in 1620. Students showcased the reenactment through words, music and songs. Over 60 parents, grandparents and family members were in attendance. After the play, the class and their visitors enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast just as the Pilgrims and Indians of long ago. In the front row, from left, Andrew Francis, Weston Tuttle, Grant Owen, Jim Lauson Walls, Courtney Wagner and Emma Vessell. In the back row are Max Zellweger and Alexis Stewart. Photo/Special.

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