Schools

Back to class in Fayette

It’s that time again.

Fayette County’s public schools will open their doors Aug. 7 for the 2014-2015 school year, which will see changes in the school day for middle and high schools.

The school year will include a new fall break and a two-day winter break.

Elementary schools will begin the day at 7:40 a.m. and will run until 2:25 p.m. Read More»

Clayton State program welcomes indie filmmakers

Clayton State University continues to ramp up its presence in the movie and television industry. The university’s Digital Film Tech program is seeking Atlanta-area independent filmmakers (indies) to partner with its course offerings.

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Getting ready for school

Getting ready for school

Nearly two dozen school, education, social service and community organizations held Fayette County’s first “Back to School Expo” Aug. 2 at the county government complex in Fayetteville. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Gearing up for the season

Gearing up for the season

On the march

With the start of the school year as well as football season, marching bands at various local high schools are in full swing, practicing on fields and in parking lots to get ready for Friday night lights. Pictured is a recent practice session of the Wildcat Marching Band from Whitewater High School, whose varsity football season opens Aug. 29 at Starr’s Mill. Photo/Bonnie Hester.

Top cadets

Top cadets

The Sandy Creek High School AFJROTC Cadets excelled at Converse College’s Leadership Lab Activity in June.In a highly stressful and competitive environment 18 cadets from Sandy Creek stood tall taking top honors. We had four Honor Graduates, two Outstanding Flight Cadres and one who won the Iron Woman competition. Left to right top row: Gio Alfaro, Branden Spindler, Bradley Gibson, and Austin Culpepper. Front row: Kris Arellano, Evan Tapp and Briana Willis Photo/Submitted.

New Fayette teachers go through orientation

Amy Pierson, a new teacher at Spring Hill Elementary, shares a laugh with Tammy Strickland, an ESOL department lead teacher for the school system. Photo/Submitted.

Approximately 90 teachers new to the Fayette County Public School System took part in a three-day induction program to orient them with the mission, goals, vision, and teaching philosophies and practices of the system.

A breakfast kicked-off the induction, giving the new teachers an opportunity to get acquainted with each other and their building principals before the return of all faculty on July 31. Read More»

Fayette tops in Georgia on analytic geometry

Fayette’s students had the highest passing percentage in the state on the Analytic Geometry End of Course Test (EOCT) that was administered for the first time this past spring, according to data released by the Georgia Department of Education.

Fayette shares its first place position with Jefferson City Schools and Buford City Schools, but it should be noted that Fayette tested more students (1,653), compared to Jefferson City (133) and Buford City (264). Fayette also has the highest percentage of students exceeding the standards in the state for Analytic Geometry, 21 percent. Read More»

Coweta welcomes 101 new teachers

101 new teachers were welcomed at the school system’s 2014 New Teacher orientation on Monday, July 28, at the Centre for Performing and visual Arts. Above, left to right, are Elm Street Elementary Principal Christi Hildebrand, and new teachers Kara Hooper (grade 4) and Kristen Bogumill (counselor), Atkinson Elementary School Principal Latrina Gates, and new teachers Mechele Jones (grade 2) and Christy Jennings (music). Photo/Special.

Coweta County schools welcomed 101 new teachers to the school system on Monday, and thousands of veteran teachers back to classrooms throughout the week, as they prepare to start the new school year on Aug. 6. Read More»

Fayette students said to do well on new Ga. tests

A new student growth model released by the Georgia Dept. of Education helped provide insight on how Fayette County school students are learning in the classroom. School system officials said Fayette students showed high levels of learning while needing to increase growth in some areas.

The Georgia Student Growth Model (GSGM) calculates growth percentiles by taking students’ previous scores on standardized tests and comparing them to those of other students in the state with similar achievement history in the same grade and content area assessed. Read More»

F’ville junior college gets planners’ OK

A request by Georgia Military College that would put the first college built from the ground up in Fayette County received unanimous approval by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission on July 22.

The plan for the GMC campus on the southwest side of the intersection of Veterans Parkway and South Sandy Creek Road was before commissioners for a rezoning request and preliminary plat approval. The unanimous vote came with little discussion.

If approved by the City Council in August, Fayette County’s first college built from the ground up will open in August 2015. Read More»

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