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East Coweta joins collection

Students, families and employees from East Coweta Middle School helped the Beta Club collect 194 toy donations for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign. From left, Logan Courtright, Brittney Bridges, Kenna Hannah, Alexis Gordon, Trent Brody, Bryanna Houston, Hannah Kelly, Zuri Limehouse, Christopher Alarcon-Salinas, Haylee Ray, Keegan Brown, Kendra Turner, Andrew Thompson, Kayson Pike, Rylan Sharpe, Cameron Cookfair and Beta Club Sponsor Kimberly Tysor. Photo/Submitted.

194 toys collected

Students, families and employees from East Coweta Middle School helped the Beta Club collect 194 toy donations for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign. Students who collected donations from families in the car rider line each day are pictured from left, Logan Courtright, Brittney Bridges, Kenna Hannah, Alexis Gordon, Trent Brody, Bryanna Houston, Hannah Kelly, Zuri Limehouse, Christopher Alarcon-Salinas, Haylee Ray, Keegan Brown, Kendra Turner, Andrew Thompson, Kayson Pike, Rylan Sharpe, Cameron Cookfair and Beta Club Sponsor Kimberly Tysor. Photo/Submitted.

Fayette kids’ test scores among top 12 in state, metro

The 2014 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores are in, and Fayette County schools are among the highest in metro Atlanta and the state. Read More»

Middle schoolers learn coding

Students listen to a guided tutorial as they learn computer coding basics during the “Hour of Code” event held at Bennett’s Mill Middle as part of Computer Science Education Week. Photo/Submitted.

98 percent student participation in program at Bennet’s Mill

Computer Science Education Week at Bennett’s Mill Middle included participation in one of the largest global learning events in history.

Students at the school joined millions around the world as participants in the “Hour of Code” during the week of Dec. 8-14.

98 percent of more than 980 students at Bennett’s Mill took part in the program. In just one hour, students were introduced to computer coding basics, showing them that programming is fun and for all ages.

The program was an effort to demystify computer science and get more students interested in technology-related careers. Read More»

Panasonic supports school’s STEM

 Liberty Tech Charter School, the proposed charter school in Fayette County, was awarded a grant from Panasonic Corporation in Peachtree City, contributing towards its computer program.

Liberty Tech’s virtue-based educational model infuses STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) with a Classical education in a relevant, hands-on manner for students in grades K-12.

According to the Georgia Department of Labor website, STEM jobs are growing at a rate of 17 percent faster than all other job categories. Read More»

Poetry paladins

Huddleston Elementary School's 2014 Poetry Recitation Winners. Front row (L-R), Gavin Smalley (second grade), Naya Reshetov (first grade), Tyler Wilkins (Kindergarten), Sarah Wilson (third grade). Back Row (L-R) - Michael Gomez (fifth grade), Ava Hall (fourth grade), Heidi Pfannenstiel (HES Principal), Jamie Voorhies (HES Assistant Principal). Photo/Submitted.

Huddleston Elementary School's 2014 Poetry Recitation Winners. Front row (L-R), Gavin Smalley (second grade), Naya Reshetov (first grade), Tyler Wilkins (Kindergarten), Sarah Wilson (third grade). Back Row (L-R) - Michael Gomez (fifth grade), Ava Hall (fourth grade), Heidi Pfannenstiel (HES Principal), Jamie Voorhies (HES Assistant Principal). Photo/Submitted.

Academic teams take top spots in Regional Bowl

The middle school academic bowl season has come to an end with Fayette County teams taking five of the top eight placements for points earned.

The final results of the Griffin RESA Academic Bowl regional competition placed J.C. Booth Middle in first place, Flat Rock Middle in second place, Bennett’s Mill Middle in fifth, Rising Starr Middle placing sixth and Whitewater Middle finishing in eighth place.

Tournaments consist of 20 pairs of toss-up and bonus questions. Read More»

Schools gain two new donors

Schools gain two new donors

ClubZ! and Harp’s Crossing Baptist Church help fund schools

Two long-time supporters of schools in the county have joined the newly restructured Partners in Education (PIE) program. Harp’s Crossing Baptist Church was the first partner to sign on with PIE, followed by ClubZ! In-Home Tutoring.

PIE is managed under Fayette County Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides additional funding for educational programs and opportunities for students and staff of the Fayette County Public School System. Read More»

WHS & MHS join for holidays

The Whitewater and McIntosh High Schools’ choral departments are teaming up to present “Sounds of the Season” Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at Harps Crossing Baptist Church.

The directors are Richard Prouty, of Whitewater, and Hannah Beth Potter, of McIntosh.

The choruses will be accompanied by McIntosh’s symphony and Whitewater’s women’s ensemble. Read More»

Cameras in classrooms? Schools seek pilot program

Shutterstock photo of ceiling mounted surveillance camera.

The Fayette County Board of Education on Dec. 1 heard a potential proposal that could bring video and audio monitoring and instructor enhancement to classrooms in the county’s schools. If approved sometime in 2015, the pilot project would outfit one elementary, middle and high school with the SAFE system at a cost of $4,000 per classroom. The cost for the pilot program would be about $720,000. Read More»

Students make flag out of recycled bottle caps

 
 Students proudly display the American Flag mural made out of recycled bottle and can tops. Back Row (L-R): Logan Walters, Tyler Glover, Heath Atkinson,  Dylan Aguilera, Katherine Stone, Cayleigh Fitzsimmons, Hayden Dixon, Sara Morris. Middle Row (L-R): Luke Walters, Carlo Siguenza, Ethan Aguilera, Drew McCarthy, Lauren Gutshall, Aashvi Nakrani, Jahnvi Nakrani. Front Row (L-R): Lucia Greco, Lexi Ober, Camille Hodek, Kaylee Stacy, Hannah Marsalis. Photo/Submitted.

Students in the art club at Braelinn Elementary created a mural of the American Flag using more than 3,000 recycled bottle caps.

As a way to teach the fourth and fifth graders about art and recycling, Braelinn Elementary teacher Dr. Ellen Mitchell worked with students to handcraft the mural using plastic lids from bottled water and juice drinks, and aluminum pop-tops from soda cans.

Soon, students throughout the school caught the spirit of collecting lids, and a school-wide race ensued to see which homeroom could collect the most. Lids started pouring in from far and wide. Read More»

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