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Schools to spotlight nutrition during National School Breakfast Week

Schools to spotlight nutrition during National School Breakfast Week

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Schools will recognize National Breakfast Week, which will be held Mar. 4-8 this year.

The school system has planned a Be a Star with School Breakfast-themed week of events, including contests and promotions designed to emphasize that eating a healthy breakfast can help children shine like their favorite actors and athletes.

Although National School Breakfast Week is only five days long, Fulton County Schools endorses eating a healthy breakfast year-round, according to Alyssia Wright, executive director of the district's school nutrition department.

"Students have the choice of a hot or cold nutritious breakfast entree paired with a choice of fresh fruit or 100% fruit juice and a choice of skim or low-fat milks," Wright said. "Every school breakfast served meets federal nutrition standards limiting fat and portion size."

9 Fulton schools among 2012 AP Merit Schools

9 Fulton schools among 2012 AP Merit Schools

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nine Fulton County high schools are among the 2012 AP Merit Schools.

The honor is given annually to U.S. high schools where at least 20 percent of students take Advanced Placement exams. Of those tests, at least half must earn a passing score of 3 or higher.

Fulton's AP Merit Schools are Alpharetta, Centennial, Chattahoochee, Johns Creek, Milton, North Springs, Northview, Riverwood and Roswell.

The College Board, which gives AP exams every year, reported Wednesday that Georgia is the 12th state in the nation for the percentage of seniors earning passing scores on AP tests. More than 41 percent of Georgia's seniors took at least one AP exam in 2012, compared to the U.S. average of 32.4 percent.

Hopewell MS student wins Fulton spelling bee

Hopewell MS student wins Fulton spelling bee

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Alina Baiju, a student at Hopewell Middle School in Milton, is this year's winner of the Fulton County Schools spelling bee.

Baiju correctly spelled "belligerent" to win the crown, besting nearly 70 competitors from across the school district. She will now go on to compete in the regional bee on Feb. 23.

Sean O'Neal, who attends Findley Oaks Elementary School in Johns Creek, is the runner-up.

Other top finishers include:

3rd place: Yumin Shivdasani
Wilson Creek Elementary School, Johns Creek

4th place: Emmanuelle LaMarche
Hillside Elementary School, Roswell

5th place: Ananya Ghose
Taylor Road Middle School, Johns Creek

6th place: Marianne LaMarche
Holcomb Bridge Middle School, Alpharetta

7th place: Rylan Monahan
Elkins Pointe Middle School, Roswell

Dozens of Fulton Co. science projects move on to state competition

Dozens of Fulton Co. science projects move on to state competition

FULTON COUNTY -- The Fulton County Schools Regional Science and Engineering Fair recently showed exhibits from over 235 student scientists and engineers.

At the county competition level, 48 students won first place, allowing them to advance to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair at the University of Georgia, where they will compete at the state level. The contest is scheduled for March 21-23, the times have not yet been announced.

As reported by a Fulton County spokeswoman, the state competition includes:  

 

Junior Division

Sophie Spiegel – Autrey Mill Middle School

Rinnah Sanders – Bear Creek Middle School

Ashwin Rathie – Haynes Bridge Middle School

Austin Stachowski – Hopewell Middle School

Amy Pollmann – Northwestern Middle School

Hill Belfi – Ridgeview Charter School

Animesh Koratana – River Trail Middle School

Bill Zhang and Raymond Zhu – River Trail Middle School

Fulton County schools set hardship transfer application deadline

Fulton County schools set hardship transfer application deadline

FULTON COUNTY -- For parents planning to apply for a 2013-14 hardship transfer, or to renew current hardship to another elementary, middle or high school in Fulton County, applications will be available January 4, with the deadline for submitting them on February 15, by 4:30 p.m. 

Forms are available online, on the Fulton County School's "Parents" page. Here, parents can print off the form and sign it, then deliver it to the Fulton County Schools' Student Assignment Office, c/o Meadows Operations Center at 5270 Northfield Blvd. College Park, GA 30349. The form can be faxed to the same address at (404) 763-5547.

97% of Fulton students pass Ga. High School Writing Test

97% of Fulton students pass Ga. High School Writing Test

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Ninety-seven percent of high school juniors and seniors in Fulton County passed the Georgia High School Writing Test in 2012.

Fulton's 97 percent is much higher than Georgia's 93 percent, up from 91 percent in 2011 and 88 percent in 2007, when the more rigorous test was rolled out.

Students must pass the annual writing assessment to receive a high school diploma. A perfect score is 350; a student must earn at least 200 points to pass. They may take the test multiple times during their junior and senior years.

A breakdown for each Fulton County high school is as follows:

Alpharetta HS
490 students took the test
99.6 percent passed the test

Banneker HS
216 students took the test
92.1 percent passed the test

Cambridge HS
185 students took the test
99.5 percent passed the test

3 North Fulton high schools invited to Midwest Clinic

3 North Fulton high schools invited to Midwest Clinic

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Three high schools in North Fulton County have been invited to perform at the prestigious Midwest Clinic.

Musical groups from Alpharetta High, Chattahoochee High and Johns Creek High will travel to Chicago for the clinic next week.

"This is unprecedented," Jessica Booth, fine arts coordinator for the Fulton County School System, said in a statement. "Never in the Midwest Clinic's history have three schools been selected from one district in the same year."

The Alpharetta High School Symphony will perform Dec. 19, while the Chattahoochee Chamber Orchestra and the Johns Creek Philharmonia Orchestra are scheduled to perform Dec. 21. Selections include new works, as well as masterworks by such greats as Mozart, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn and Grieg.