Schools

Coweta school chief Bass to retire, Barker named new superintendent

Coweta County School System Superintendent Blake Bass announced this week that he will be retiring at the end of March.

Coweta County School System Superintendent Blake Bass will retire from his position on March 31, 2011, leaving a career that began in 1976. The announcement Wednesday was followed by one from the Coweta County Board of Education that named school system Director of Administrative Services Dr. Steve Barker as the new superintendent. Read More»

Tyrone's Sandy Creek High School wins Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award

Coweta-Fayette EMC’s Marketing Vice President, Mary Ann Bell, presents the Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award to Sandy Creek High School Principal Roy Rabold. Back (L-R) Coach Chip Walker; Jamal Ware, Alex Chisum and Gavin Rocker; Jake Hancock and Ben Williams; Cheerleading Coach Ashley Watkins; Athletic Director Ken Wood; and Cross-Country Coach Col. Doug Pearson. Front (L-R) Maegan Kennedy; Brittany Hobbs; Bell; Rabold; Myisha Anderson; and Bria Carmichael. Photo/Coweta-Fayette EMC.

Good sportsmanship stands as one of the most important principles a person can exhibit, according to the directors and employees at Coweta-Fayette Electric Membership Corporation (EMC), which recently honored Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone with the 2010 Georgia High School Association’s Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award.

Mary Ann Bell, the electric co-op’s Vice President of Marketing, presented the sportsmanship trophy to coaches and athletes at the high school on Nov. 4. The award represents good conduct exhibited during the 2009-10 school year. Read More»

McIntosh play wins region, going to state

McIntosh play wins region, going to state

The McIntosh drama department has staged their production of “Bang, Bang, You’re Dead,” a few times now, (there is a free performance, donations accepted, tonight at the school at 7 p.m.), and the show always gets an emotional reaction.

“We haven’t had a show where people didn’t cry,” said McIntosh drama teacher, Tanya Gruber. “It reaches people of all ages in very different ways. Kids can empathize with characters who feel that no one is listening and parents can see elements of their relationships in the ones presented in the show.” Read More»

Coweta teacher keeps job after felony charge is downgraded

Charges against a Coweta County school teacher were downgraded from aggravated assault to two misdemeanor charges relating to an alleged poisoning incident in January involving her husband. The Coweta County School System said Willis Road Elementary School teacher Rebecca Allwine will maintain her employment with the school system. Read More»

Characters abound at Senioa Charter Academy

Characters abound at Senioa Charter Academy

There were plenty of interesting critters at the Coweta Charter Academy in Senoia Oct. 29 celebrating Book Character Day. One of those was “Dot the Fire Dog.” Underneath all the disguise was kindergartner Neely Ward from Ms. Patar’s class. Photo by Kimberly Dewinter.

McIntosh, Whitewater top Fayette graduation rates

The Georgia Department of Education (DOE) announced last week that statewide high school graduation rates have risen to an all-time high of nearly 81 percent. While great for Georgia, the Fayette County School System for the same period showed a metro Atlanta-topping graduation rate of 94 percent.

The county’s individual high schools saw graduation rates ranging from 91-97 percent, according to figures released by the Fayette County School System. Read More»

Whitewater band wins second Grand Championship

Whitewater band wins second Grand Championship

The Wildcat Marching Band had an outstanding performance last Saturday, Oct. 30 at the "LaFayette Marching Classic" at Fayette County High School. In Prelims the band placed 1st in the Class 4A division, receiving all superior ratings for band, percussion, and color guard. The color guard and percussion also placed placed 1st in Class. Read More»

Quilters at Fayette Montessori's Pioneer Day

Quilters at Fayette Montessori's Pioneer Day

Quilters Guild of the Southern Crescent community outreach recently attended Fayette Montessori School for their Pioneer Day. Students learned about the art of quilting and completed a quilt block.  Join Quilters Guild of the Southern Crescent at an upcoming meeting, contact qgscpresident@gmail.com. Photo/Special.

Kedron kids sing songs of Seuss

Kedron kids sing songs of Seuss

The second grade students at Kedron Elementary School recently performed “Seussical the Musical” based on books by Dr. Seuss. They performed songs from “McElligott's Pool,” “Horton Hears a Who,” “Oh the Thinks You Can Think,” and “Green Eggs and Ham.”

Sara Harp Minter students study early exploration of the Americas

Sara Harp Minter students study early exploration of the Americas

Fourth grade students at Sara Harp Minter Elementary have been studying Early Exploration of the Americas. Their studies culminated by choosing a minimum of 3 detailed projects on Early Exploration. Projects reflected their understanding of challenges and problems solved by early explorers who had limited technology to guide them. Students created New World Menus, Papier-mâché globes showing routes taken by explorers, built ships reflective of the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria, and showed their artistic abilities by drawing monsters, giant creatures, and mermaids in the ocean. Read More»