Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Osborne High School's ceremony at Turner Chapel AME is one of them.
Graduations begin Thursday, and the Cobb County School District wants to make sure that family and friends who can't attend the ceremonies don't miss out. With the exception of McEachern in Powder Springs and Allatoona in Acworth, whose graduations will be held outdoors, most of the ceremonies will be streamed live. Osborne High School's ceremony at Turner Chapel AME is one of them. View it here at 7 p.m. Thursday. Here's the schedule for the rest of the county.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Students will be released early at set times, depending on grade level, Wednesday and Thursday.
Students in the Cobb School District will be released from classes earlier than usual on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, as the 2012-13 academic year comes to an end. The early dismissal schedules are as follows:
Only eight school sponsors statewide, selected out of 778 schools that participate in the Pennies for Patients program, receive the award each year.
Kibbie DeJarnett, a French teacher at Marietta High School (MHS), Student Council Sponsor, Junior Class Advisement Team Leader and School Coordinator of the Georgia Pennies School & Youth program, is a nominee for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) LLS Jannon Barker Memorial Award. Only eight school sponsors statewide, selected out of 778 schools that participate in the Pennies for Patients program, receive the award each year. “Giving back to our community and to others is an important part of being a staff member or student at Marietta High School,” said Leigh Colburn, MHS Principal. “I applaud the efforts of Ms. DeJarnett and her work with our student council to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She is a model of …
Monday, May 20, 2013
They have created incentive programs to encourage students to read during the summer break.
For the first time, the Cobb County School District is partnering with the Cobb County Public Library System to create a "unified" summer reading experience for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Not only have they developed suggested reading lists to represent both school and public library collections, they have created incentive programs to encourage students to read during the summer break. The last day of school in Cobb is Thursday, May 23. "Research consistently indicates that summer reading programs help boost student achievement and bridge the 'summer gap' of retention and learning focus," said Janell McClure, the library media education supervisor for the Cobb County School District. "We’re excited to partner with our …
Marietta City Schools fifth-graders meeting or exceeding standards outpaced state and Metro Atlanta percentages on the 2013 Georgia Grade 5 Writing Assessment.
Marietta City Schools (MCS) fifth-graders meeting or exceeding standards outpaced state and Metro Atlanta percentages on the 2013 Georgia Grade 5 Writing Assessment. Of the 683 students tested, 87 percent met or exceeded the standard. Marietta City students outscored their state peers (79 percent) by an eight-point margin, and their Metro peers (83 percent) by four percentage points. “Our teachers continue to prepare our students for success in the critical area of writing as demonstrated by growth over last year’s performance and the percent of students meeting and exceeding standards, in our fifth as well as our recent eighth grade assessments,” said Emily Lembeck, MCS Superintendent. “Our students in a number of demographic subgroups …
A church known for protesting at soldiers’ funerals held Saturday a demonstration to praise a tornado that caused devastation in a college town. Tell us if you think the church is deserving of its media attention or the efforts of counter-protesters.
Wherever this church goes, controversy and attention seem to follow. The Westboro Baptist Church has long been known for picketing the funerals of American soldiers as members believe those men and women died because of homosexuality “and other sins of America,” according to one of their latest press releases. One of the latest protests put on by members of the Topeka, Kansas-based church occurred Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on the University of Alabama campus. Church members were there, according to a report from The Tuscaloosa News, to proclaim that the April 27, 2011, tornado had been the wrath of God. “God in His infinite kindness, wisdom & mercy WARNED YOU! He sent His whirlwind to Tuscaloosa … killing 36 (including 3 students), …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
A.L. Burruss Elementary, Faith Lutheran School and West Side Elementary are among the 79 metro- Atlanta schools receiving grants.
Kroger’s Atlanta Division will donate a total of $168,300 in grants to 79 Atlanta city, metro-Atlanta and surrounding area schools as part of its 2012-2013 “Earning Plus Learning” program. The annual contest invited schools from across the Division to creatively describe their efforts to “Go for the Gold” throughout the school year in terms of diversity, nutrition, exercise, fair play and helping others. “We are proud to reward these deserving schools for their dedication and hard work,” says Glynn Jenkins, director of communications for Kroger’s Atlanta Division. “Kroger is committed to education, and we hope these funds serve as a reflection on the students and staff that have worked tirelessly to improve the metro-Atlanta and …
Marietta Reads! recently completed its ninth annual Read-A-Thon fundraising program for Marietta City Schools elementary and Sixth Grade Academy students.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
The Washington Post recently ranked Marietta High School (MHS) among the nation's 1,900 top public high schools in its list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.”
Friday, May 17, 2013
The $856.3 million budget approved Thursday includes 5 furlough days and 182 teacher cuts through attrition.
The Cobb Board of Education on Thursday approved a fiscal year 2014 budget that includes five furlough days for teachers and staff, a reduction of 182 teaching positions through attrition, a half-year step increase for employees and taking $41 million from reserves to reach a balance. After the board voted down three other budget proposals -- including an amended version of the tentative budget with a full-year step increase for Cobb County School District employees -- it went back to something it could pass. The $856.3 million budget, which takes effect July 1, is similar to the package that the board tentatively approved on April 29 and that closes a deficit of $86.4 million. Voting in favor the budget were board chairman Randy Scamihorn…