Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Walton High School's ceremony at the Kennesaw State University Convocation Center 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. Walton High School's ceremony at the Kennesaw State University Convocation Center is one of them. View it here at 10 a.m. Friday. Here's the schedule for the rest of the county.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Students will be released early at set times, depending on grade level, Wednesday and Thursday.
Students in the Cobb County 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:
The "School's Out" event at Paper Mill Village includes charity donations in partnership with Sope Creek Elementary School.
The sun's out, school's almost out and Paper Mill Village is having another food truck event from 5-8 p.m. tonight. The flyer just about says it all; thanks to Leigh Taylor of the Wilbert Group for letting us know.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
The big days at Kell, Lassiter, Pope, Sprayberry, Walton and Wheeler high schools start Thursday and end Saturday.
Saturday, May 18, 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 this 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…
Friday, May 17, 2013
Both have a focus on the environment.
Starting this fall, students who want focused training in the field of environmental engineering technology will no longer have to go outside of Georgia for that training. Southern Polytechnic State University will offer a new 123-credit hour program that qualifies students for a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering Technology. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on Tuesday approved Southern Poly's request to add two new, environmentally-focused degrees at the Marietta campus. "Environmental criteria are important aspects of all civil engineering activity in the present and foreseeable future," said Prof. Tim Zeigler, chair of the school's Department of Civil Engineering Technology. "As industry expands, …
Georgia's average composite score in 2012 was 20.7.
A Wheeler High School student is in an elite group. Kurt Klinkmueller, a junior at The Center for Advanced Studies in Science, Math and Technology, scored a perfect 36 on the ACT, according to the school's website. For perspective, only 781 of the 1.66 million U.S. graduates who took the ACT in 2012 achieved that feat. That is the most recent year for which data is available. Georgia's average composite score that year was 20.7. The national average was 21.1.
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 …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Students, staff and parents will beautify the school's entrance again this weekend.
Keheley Elementary School is beautifying the school’s main entrance this month by adorning its front columns with a colorful mosaic. Parents, volunteers, and staff members will install the mosaic on May 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. “Bringing this project to Keheley has really helped our student body understand the importance of arts in our community,” Principal Liz Jackson said. “From start to finish the students have learned some very valuable skills in relation to the arts.” “For the past three years Liz Jackson, [teacher] Harriet Denny, and I have been brainstorming the possibility of covering the columns that serve as Keheley Elementary School’s entrance with mosaic tiles,” said Renee Theriot, art teacher. “With the help of local …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
"You're going to destroy the county if you don't fix the problem," educators told school board members Wednesday.
Only a small handful of people turned out for a public hearing on the proposed Cobb County School District fiscal year 2014 budget Tuesday. But they packed a raw, emotional punch. Several teachers and coaches at East Cobb's Walton High School were especially vocal about budget proposals that they said would increase morale problems and stress levels that have been building up for several years. Among the proposals included in a tentatively adopted budget (see green column in attached PDF) include 182 teacher position cuts through attrition, a mid-year cost-of-living increase, higher insurance costs for teachers, larger classroom sizes and five furlough days. Those components are part of a budget plan that addresses an estimated deficit of…