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Fulton County seeks future leaders

Fulton County seeks future leaders

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County’s Department of Aging and Youth Services Department, Office of Children and Youth is recruiting high school students with interest and/or future aspirations in the areas of community development, law, public policy, political office, debate and much more.

Selected students will be involved in planning the economic, legislative, and social future of youth. Program participants will work directly with local elected officials and state legislators to identify potential solutions for issues that affect the quality of life in Fulton County. 

2015 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

2015 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

ATLANTA -- Twenty-four productions have been nominated for the 2015 Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards, otherwise known as the Shuler Hensley Awards.

The program is named for Tony Award-winning actor Shuler Hensley, a Cobb County native. This year's winners will be announced Thursday, Apr. 23 during an awards ceremony at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Winning a Shuler Hensley Award can reap major benefits for a budding performer. Just ask Jai'Len Josey, who won Best Actress in 2014 for her portrayal of Effie White in Tri-Cities High School's production of Dreamgirls.

March 13 is a make-up day for Fulton County students

March 13 is a make-up day for Fulton County students

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- It's some news that may not be warmly received by students in Fulton County Schools.

The district announced Tuesday that next Friday, Mar. 13 will be a make-up day. It was originally supposed to be a teacher workday and a day off for students, but four days of weather-related school cancellations in February resulted in the need for an extra day.

"This is a critical time of year for students to be in school. There is a lot to be done in the next three months, and our students and teachers need every instructional day," Fulton County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa said in a release.

Avossa said the rest of the school year calendar, including spring break and graduation, is not impacted.

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

3 counties benefit from Fuel Your School program

3 counties benefit from Fuel Your School program

(WXIA) -- More than 100 public schools in three metro Atlanta counties will benefit from Chevron's Fuel Your School program.

Through the campaign, Chevron contributes $1 from every gasoline purchase of eight gallons or more to participating schools. Fuel Your School generated $391,146 for 131 schools in Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton counties.

Many of the projects that are granted funds from the program are part of STEM curriculums. For example, students at Grady High School in Atlanta received a data-gathering device to use in their physics courses.

Chevron said nearly 40,000 students are impacted by the money generated through Fuel Your School.

Fulton County Schools announces pre-K registration dates

Fulton County Schools announces pre-K registration dates

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Schools is preparing to register pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students for the 2015-16 school year.

Parents of incoming kindergarten students can sign them up at their local elementary schools on one of two days:

* Wednesday, May 6 -- 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* Thursday, May 7 -- 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The same dates apply to students who are new to Fulton County Schools. Visit fultonschools.org for a list of documents needed to enroll in school.

Forty-two Fulton County elementary schools offer pre-K programs. Pre-K registration is determined by a lottery system, and sign-up dates vary by school:

Alpharetta Elementary
Wednesday, Mar. 11 -- 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Barnwell Elementary
Monday, Mar. 30 -- 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Mar. 31 -- 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

(WXIA) -- State School Superintendent Richard Woods has named the 64 young Georgians who make up his 2015 Student Advisory Council.

The council is composed of middle and high school students who meet periodically throughout the school year to discuss the impact of state politics in the classroom.

More than 1,000 students statewide applied to join the council. The members were chosen on a series of essays that focused on public education.

"It is essential, as we work to develop child-focused, classroom-centered policies, to hear directly from students," Woods said. "These students feel the impact of our decisions every day and, if we're going to improve their educational experience, we have to bring them to the table."

The Student Advisory Council will meet Feb. 27, Mar. 11 and Apr. 28 at the Georgia Department of Education office in Atlanta.

Several members are from metro Atlanta, including: