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Alpharetta Elementary Students Have 'Heart'

Alpharetta Elementary Students Have 'Heart'

ALPHARETTA, GA -- Alpharetta Elementary School hosted its 12th annual Jump Rope for Heart event on Thursday, Jan. 20 and Friday, Jan. 21.

Students in all grades had a great time jumping for a cause. In all, the school raised $5,500 for the American Heart Association, far surpassing its goal of $5,000.

Special thanks goes out to all the parent volunteers, especially Michelle Gordon and Molly Mathis, who spread the word and served refreshments during the event.

Fulton School Board Appoints New President, Vice President

Fulton School Board Appoints New President, Vice President

FULTON COUNTY, GA -- The first official Fulton County Board of Education meeting of 2011 resulted in a new look for the board table, with new officers and four members beginning new four-year terms.

Outgoing vice president Linda Schultz, who represents District 1, was elected president of the Board of Education for a two-year term.

Linda Bryant, who represents District 4 and is the outgoing president, was elected to a one-year term as vice president.

"Thank you to my board colleagues for this honor," said Schultz after the votes were tallied at the Tuesday, Jan. 20 board meeting. "I will work to make sure that everyone's voice is heard and that the decisions of this board are carried forward."

President Schultz was first elected to the school board in 2005 and represents areas in Alpharetta and Roswell. Before serving on the school board, she advocated for children and public education for more than 12 years.

Nine Fulton County High Schools Named Best in Atlanta

Nine Fulton County High Schools Named Best in Atlanta

FULTON COUNTY, GA -- Nine Fulton County high schools are ready to take their place in the spotlight after being named to Atlanta magazine's annual list of "Best High Schools."

The magazine compares awards, course offerings, extracurricular activities, facilities and national test performance. Results were reported across a broad spectrum of categories to include general academics, math, science, language arts, performing/visual arts and sports.

Additionally, the magazine compiled a list of "Top All-Around" achievers, which are schools that made the cut in all categories.

Georgia Charter Schools Make the Grade

Georgia Charter Schools Make the Grade

WASHINGTON, DC -- Georgia has the nation's 7th strongest charter school law, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools' (NAPCS) second annual ranking of state charter school laws.

Minnesota's charter law ranked first, and Mississippi's newly enacted charter school law ranked last.

"Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws" analyzes the country's 41 state charter school laws. Each state's law is scored on how well it supports charter school quality and growth, based on the 20 essential components from the NAPCS' model charter school law.

"Georgia was passed by four states, dropping from number four to number seven. This drop had more to do with aggressive changes made in other states than with any steps backward in Georgia," said Todd Ziebarth, vice president, state advocacy and support of NAPCS.

Fulton County School System Decides Make-Up Days

Fulton County School System Decides Make-Up Days

FULTON COUNTY, GA -- Due to last week's winter weather and school closures, the Fulton County School System will hold two instructional make-up days for students and teaching staff.

Additional make-up workdays will be held for county teachers.

The two make-up days for students will be Friday, Mar. 11 (originally scheduled as a teacher workday) and Friday, Apr. 22 (originally scheduled as a day off for both students and teachers).

To meet contract requirements, teachers will have a workday on Monday, Feb. 21, which was previously a student/teacher holiday, and will also work on Friday, Apr. 22. In addition, there will be two post-planning days on Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 3.

State board of education rules allow "forgiveness" for up to four weather days during the school year.

School Board Announces January Community Meetings

School Board Announces January Community Meetings

FULTON COUNTY, GA -- Each member of the Fulton County Board of Education sponsors a monthly meeting open to all members of the community.

The sessions provide an opportunity for direct contact with community members and give board members a chance to listen to local issues and concerns.

Board members have set the following meeting dates for January:

District 1 (Linda Schultz)
District 7 (Julia Bernath)
Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 9:30 a.m.
Holcomb Bridge Middle School (2700 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, 30022)

District 2 (Katie Reeves)
Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 9:30 a.m.
Northwestern Middle School (12805 Birmingham Highway, Milton, 30004)

District 3 (Gail Dean)
Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 9:30 a.m.
Sandy Springs Charter Middle School (8750 Colonel Drive NE, 30350)

District 4 (Linda Bryant)
Tuesday, Jan.

Students Meet, Exceed Standards at 30 North Fulton Schools

Students Meet, Exceed Standards at 30 North Fulton Schools

FULTON COUNTY, GA -- Thirty North Fulton County schools were recently recognized by the Georgia Governor's Office of Student Achievement for meeting the office's high standards for public schools.

Awards were presented to the schools for reaching certain levels of the Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS), a mandate of the No Child Left Behind legislation.

Seven of the North Fulton schools earned the SSAS Bronze award, while the remaining schools earned the Silver (eight), Gold (nine) and Platinum (six) awards, all for Highest Performance.

The minimum requirements for Highest Performance revolved around a school's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status and whether or not its student body meets and exceeds standards.

The qualifications for Highest Performance for each award are:

Bronze: More than 20% of the sch