Schools

Our Lady of Mercy HS celebrates 10 years

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Our Lady of Mercy High School in north Fayette County are (from left) Howard Burch, Knights of Columbus, Tara Council 6352; OLM Chaplin Father Jimmy Adams; the Most Reverend John F. Donoghue, Archbishop Emeritus of Atlanta; Father Paul Burke, founding OLM Chaplain; and Vernon E. Martin, Jr., Knights of Peter Claver. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It has been 10 years since Our Lady of Mercy (OLM) Catholic High School in north Fayette County opened its doors. It has been a decade that has led to many achievements and one that points to an even brighter future.

OLM opened its doors in 2000 for grades 9 and 10 with an enrollment of 70 students. The school at that time offered a few sports and fine arts, said Principal Danny Dorsel, adding that OLM’s first graduating class came in 2003 when 19 students received their diplomas. Read More»

Who’s #1 on list of campus crimes in Fayette?

Five affluent suburban high schools; three school years; 266 crimes reported and worked by local law enforcement officers. Read More»

Family tradition

Parapro Lori Millican and Killian Marshall in the shirt that 12 other members of the McCabe family have worn on the first day of first grade. Photo/Special.

Thirteenth family member wears shirt for first day of first grade

Family traditions come in all forms. But for the McCabe family in Fayetteville, the tradition of wearing the same shirt on the first day of the first grade was extended last week when six year-old Killian Marshall became the 13th family member since 1958 to wear the vintage shirt.

“It’s a simple white linen weave cotton shirt adorned with blue and red diamonds; at a glance, most would say it is nothing special. For the McCabe family, however, it represents decades of memories,” The Citizen reported in 2007. Read More»

American Legion Scholarship Winner

American Legion Scholarship Winner

Denny Leander, Commander of Fayette County Post 105 congratulated Matthew Niebes on receiving a $1,000 scholarship from The American Legion.  Each year, The American Legion awards six scholarships to the children and grandchildren of Legionnaires from across Georgia upon graduation from high school. Niebes graduated from McIntosh High School in May and is the son of Legionnaire David Niebes. He will be a freshman in the class of 2014, attending Oxford College of Emory University this fall. Fayette County Post 105 meets the second Monday of each month at the Log Cabin in Fayetteville. Read More»

BoE’s superintendent pick must work out 120-day notice at 5-school system

Dr. Jeffrey Bearden was selected last week to fill the superintendent’s position with the Fayette County School System. Details to be worked out with the Fayette County Board of Education include Bearden’s start date in January after he fulfills his notice with the Marshwood School District in Eliot, Maine, where he currently serves as superintendent.

Bearden will be coming from a district with five schools and 2,500 students to take over a system with 30 schools and 21,000 students. Read More»

In this heat, 1-a-days are better than 2

Despite some storms playing havoc with their field and locker rooms and heat indexes over 100 in the week leading up to school, the Fayette County Tigers took to the practice field early in the morning to start preparations for the 2010 season. The Tigers will host Jonesboro in a scrimmage this Friday. Other scrimmages in the county this week include Whitewater hosting East Coweta at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Starr’s Mill hosting Pebblebrook at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Photo/Michael Boylan.

Despite some storms playing havoc with their field and locker rooms and heat indexes over 100 in the week leading up to school, the Fayette County Tigers took to the practice field early in the morning to start preparations for the 2010 season. The Tigers will host Jonesboro in a scrimmage this Friday. Other scrimmages in the county this week include Whitewater hosting East Coweta at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Starr’s Mill hosting Pebblebrook at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Photo/Michael Boylan.

How parents can help their child handle the ups and downs of the middle school years

As your child moves from elementary to middle school, both of you may find yourselves struggling with the transition. According to Susan Sassic of the Peachtree City Huntington Learning Center, your role now is as important as it was during pre-adolescence. “Middle school brings a variety of new social and academic challenges for children, and while many parents think this is the time to let your child handle it all on his or her own, it is crucial for you to stay involved,” says Sassic. Read More»

'Are you sure about this?'

'Are you sure about this?'

School is back in session today at all of the schools in Fayette County and, while some students expressed a desire to stay home and some parents shed tears at the sight of their babies growing up, the overall excitement was palpable. Photo/Michael Boylan

Real estate agency donates book bags, back-to school supplies

Real estate agents Melissa Wallace, Dot Bosworth, Cheryl M. Green, and Cecilia Taylor, along with CARE Coordinator Karen Spangler, load the book bags on a cart at the LaFayette Educational Center.

Local Keller Williams Realty agents, through the company’s Cares for Kids program, donated 250 book bags filled with school supplies to help students and their parents prepare for back-to-school.
Agents spent the day on August 3 visiting schools around the county delivering book bags filled with paper, pencils, crayons, folders and other supplies that will be distributed to children whose families need assistance with providing classroom materials for the new school year. Read More»

Fayette school start times, lunch prices change

The Fayette County School System is reminding parents and students of a few changes that will take effect when school begins next Monday, Aug. 9. Those changes include an earlier start time for high schools, a nickel more for elementary school lunches and 10 cents more for lunches at middle and high schools. Read More»