Thursday, May 9, 2013
Cynthia Hanauer will be leaving at the end of the school year.
The Cobb Board of Education on Wednesday accepted the retirement request of Murdock Elementary School principal Cynthia Hanauer. She is a longtime East Cobb resident and educator, having attended Eastvalley Elementary School and East Cobb Middle School and graduating from Wheeler High School before beginning her career in education.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Hightower Trail, Mt. Bethel and Dickerson have the best Cobb scores in the College and Career Ready Performance Index, which replaces No Child Left Behind measures.
The first test of Georgia's alternative to No Child Left Behind has yielded fairly good marks for the Cobb County School District and excellent results for a number of schools in East Cobb. According to the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), students at the elementary, middle and high school levels in the Cobb district surpassed the state average on a wide-ranging accountability spectrum. The index grades each school in the state on a 100-point scale, measuring achievement (70 points) and tracking progress points (15 points) and achievement gap points (15 points). Sixteen of the 19 schools in East Cobb (ZIP codes 30062, 30067, 30068) reached or surpassed a score of 80, and 14 schools had scores of 90 or better, led by …
Friday, April 5, 2013
A "Night of the Arts" performance will highlight the April 18 celebration.
The sound of music will be in the air on the evening of Thursday, April 18 as the Hightower Trail Middle School community will celebrate the school's 20th anniversary. The "Night of the Arts" program will include seven small ensembles from the school band in the music wing. The event takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The school is located at 3905 Post Oak Tritt Road in East Cobb. The HTMS orchestra's chamber ensemble and choral groups will perform as well. Visual arts will be displayed in the 8th grade Commons area and the school's new technology lab will host the "Art of Technology." A special presentation, "Hightower Trail: Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow," will be presented in the 6th grade Commons area. Supporters can purchase a …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Dickerson, Dodgen and Hightower Trail all had more than 90 percent of students meet or exceed state standards.
Tuesday, March 26
Eighty-seven percent of students in the Cobb County School District met or surpassed standards in the winter 2013 state Eighth Grade Writing Test, according to a figures released by the district Monday. Cobb has the highest percentage of students of any school district in the metro Atlanta area reaching or surpassing the state benchmark, and it is one point above 2012 Cobb results. The metro figure is 86 percent, while across the state 82 percent of students reached or went beyond the standards. East Cobb-area middle schools topped the school-by-school results once again, with Dodgen Middle School having 98 percent of its students meet or go beyond the state standards; at Dickerson Middle School and Hightower Trail Middle School, it was 97…
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Ed Thayer, who oversees operations in the Kell, Lassiter and Sprayberry districts, is stepping down in August.
The Cobb County School District's assistant superintendent for part of the East Cobb area is retiring right before the start of the 2013-14 school year. The Cobb Board of Education on Wednesday approved the retirement request of Ed Thayer, who coordinates school operations in Area 4, which includes the Kell, Lassiter and Sprayberry high school districts and 17 feeder schools. He will leave the district Aug. 1 after 37 years in education, including 21 in Cobb schools, according to The Marietta Daily Journal, which reported that his position may not be filled to save money. The CCSD currently has six area superintendents who report to Cheryl Hungerford, the deputy superintendent for leadership and learning. Area 4 includes Daniell, Mabry, …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The East Cobb high school would get a major overhaul totaling nearly $40 million if the March 19 referendum passes.
(Author's note: This is the first of two articles on the Walton High School SPLOST proposal. The second article will appear on East Cobb Patch Friday.) The sounds of an Aaron Copland composition waft through the lobby area of Walton High School during a late morning class period. It's a pleasant greeting for visitors, although students, staff and volunteers shuffling in and out of the main office are used to the accompaniment. The calming strains of an American symphonic master are a welcome, if momentary respite during a busy day, and are heard clearly and crisply. They couldn't possibly be coming from a classroom. Well, yes and no. Around a corner, at the entrance to the nearby fine arts hallway, several violin students are standing and …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Students interested receiving one of six $1,000 grants need to apply by Feb. 25.
Monday, February 11
The deadline for applying for a Margie Hatfield Scholarship given by the East Cobb County Council PTA is fast approaching. High school students from all six high schools in the East Cobb area -- Kell, Lassiter, Pope, Sprayberry, Walton and Wheeler -- need to apply by Feb. 25. A student from each of the schools will receive $1,000 toward their college educations. The East Cobb County Council PTA created the Margie Hatfield Scholarship Fund to honor the dedication and years of service given by Mrs. Hatfield to the youth of the Council PTA. She is a Past President of the organization who served three consecutive terms. It is with this service in mind that the Council PTA sponsors the scholarship program. This fund is to help deserving youth …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
East Cobb high school students can meet with college representatives at Tuesday's event.
Saturday, February 9
Thanks to Wheeler High School professional school counselor Kristin Schloemer Bryant for sending along this reminder of next Tuesday's QUEST East College Fair at Lassiter High School: QUEST East College Fair is the annual college fair hosted by Kell, Lassiter, Pope, Sprayberry and Wheeler high schools. This year’s fair will take place Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 6:30-8pm at Lassiter High School. Over 80 different colleges, universities and post-secondary options will be present. This is a great event for the whole family and anyone is invited to attend. See the attached PDFs for an informational flyer and an alphabetical listing of schools that will be represented at the fair.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Mt. Bethel, Dodgen and Dickerson reported the best results in countywide figures issued last week.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Mt. Bethel, Dodgen and Dickerson reported the best results in countywide figures issued Thursday.
Students in the Cobb County School District tested slightly lower overall in the most recent Iowa Test of Basic Skills from a year ago but those results remain above the national average. According to figures released Thursday by the CCSD, the composite percentile scores for third, fifth and seventh graders dropped a point at each grade level from the fall of 2011. Third graders’ average composite scores ranked in the 68th percentile, meaning that Cobb third graders scored equal to or better than 68 percent of all other U.S. third grade students who participated in the test. Composite scores for Cobb fifth graders ranked in the 65th percentile and the district's seventh graders came in the 62nd percentile. Students at East Cobb schools …