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43 Fulton science projects advance to state fair

43 Fulton science projects advance to state fair

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nearly 240 budding scientists and engineers recently displayed their exhibits at the 2011 Fulton County Schools Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

The junior division of the competition (grades six through 8) drew 80 submissions, while the senior division (grades nine through 12) received 90.

After earning first place at the county level, 43 projects now advance to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held on Friday, Apr. 1 and Saturday, Apr.

Fidelity donates musical instruments to local middle school

Fidelity donates musical instruments to local middle school

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- On Friday, Mar. 25, representatives from Fidelity Investments surprised students at Alpharetta's Holcomb Bridge Middle School with a donation of new musical instruments.

The gift, valued at approximately $20,000, included four flutes, five clarinets, two French horns and two euphoniums.

This generous donation was part of Fidelity's FutureStage program, an arts education initiative to support music programs in public schools across the country.

"Fidelity is happy to support the arts in our local schools and help programs like the one here at Holcomb Bridge Middle School provide as many students as possible with opportunities to participate and explore their interests in music," said Joan Michelson, vice president and branch manager of Fidelity's Alpharetta Investor Center.

Ridgeview Charter School names new principal

Ridgeview Charter School names new principal

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- The Fulton County School System has announced that Lisa Hastey will be the new principal of Ridgeview Charter School in Sandy Springs.

She will succeed principal Karen Cox, who joined the district's central office in February.

Hastey joined the administrative team at Alpharetta's Webb Bridge Middle School in 2006; before that, she was an administrative assistant at North Springs Charter High School in Sandy Springs. She has also taught social studies at Milton High School, as well as schools in Cobb County and Fairfax, Va.

Hastey earned a bachelor's degree in government from the College of William and Mary. After graduating, she pursued her interest in politics by serving as a staff member on two committees in the U.S. Senate.

After a six-year stint on Capitol Hill, Hastey moved to the educational arena and earned a master's degree in secondary education from George Washington University.

Fulton County students excel at Grade 8 Writing Assessment

Fulton County students excel at Grade 8 Writing Assessment

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Once again, students in Fulton County are excelling on state assessments.

With 91 percent of all students meeting or exceeding standards for the 2011 Grade 8 Writing Assessment, Fulton is four percentage points higher than the Metro Atlanta average and nine percentage points higher than the state.

"We have seen significant improvement over the past five years," said Superintendent Cindy Loe. "In 2007, our scores were around 80 percent, but have climbed to 91 percent.

Donations needed for Fulton Prom Closet

Donations needed for Fulton Prom Closet

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Housing Authority of Fulton County (HAFC) and the Resident Advisory Board (RAB) are sponsoring the county's second annual Prom Closet program.

The HAFC is seeking donations that will allow disadvantaged young women to dress up for formal events.

Items needed for the Prom Closet include:

* Formal dresses (clean, gently used, all sizes)
* Shoes
* Accessories (bracelets, necklaces, earrings, etc.)
* Handbags

Donations can be dropped off at the HAFC (4273 Wendell Drive, Atlanta, 30336) from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The last day to give is Friday, Apr. 1.

The Prom Dress Giveaway is scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 9 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the HAFC.

Applications are now being accepted for the giveaway.

North Fulton students dominate technology competition

North Fulton students dominate technology competition

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Twenty-five Fulton County students took home the top prizes at the 2011 Georgia Educational Technology Fair, held on Saturday, Mar.

Go wild at the Creek View Kindergarten Safari

Go wild at the Creek View Kindergarten Safari

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Children who are nervous about beginning kindergarten at Alpharetta's Creek View Elementary School this fall have a fun opportunity to put their minds at ease about their new adventure.

Creek View (3995 Webb Bridge Road, 30005) will hold its annual Kindergarten Safari from 8:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 30.

Parents and children use the Safari to learn what's in store for them as they hear about curriculum, climb aboard a real school bus, take a trip through the cafeteria line for a snack and visit a kindergarten classroom.

This is not a drop-in event; parents must sign in before 8:15 a.m. to be assigned to a tour group.

Elementary school registration will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4 and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. Only parents of new students need to register on these dates.

Documents required for registration include: