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School board announces October community meetings

School board announces October community meetings

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Every month, the Fulton County Board of Education holds meetings for members of the community.

The events allow Fulton County residents to have a voice in the goings-on within the school district.

October's meeting dates and locations include:

District 1
Thursday, Oct. 10 at 9:30 a.m.
Esther Jackson ES (1400 Martin Road, Roswell)

District 2
Thursday, Oct. 10 at 9:30 a.m.
Webb Bridge MS (4455 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta)

District 3
Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Tri-Cities HS (2575 Harris Street, East Point)

District 4
Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m.
Langston Hughes HS (7510 Hall Road, Fairburn)

District 5
Thursday, Oct. 10 at 9:30 a.m.
Shakerag ES (10885 Rogers Circle, Johns Creek)

District 6
Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 9:30 a.m.
S.L. Lewis ES (6201 Connell Road, College Park)

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

ATLANTA -- There was little change in SAT scores between Georgia's Class of 2013 and Class of 2012, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday.

About 75 percent of Georgia's high school seniors took the SAT in 2013, compared to 43 percent nationally. Georgia students earned a collective score of 1452 out of 2400 -- the same score as last year. The national average is 1498.

Overall, Georgia's senior increased two points in critical reading and decreased two points in math. The overall writing score stayed the same from 2012 to 2013. About 36 percent of Georgia's test takers met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark.

School system earns grant for drop-out prevention

School system earns grant for drop-out prevention

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation has given Fulton County Schools a $500,000 grant to increase graduation numbers and curb the drop-out rate.

The money will help the school system with its five-year plan to raise the graduation rate to 90 percent, according to superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa.

"In order to reach our aggressive but attainable strategic plan goals, we need support from the philanthropic community," Avossa said. "We are very excited to collaborate with so many partner organizations and are grateful to the Glenn Family Foundation for its belief in the work that we are doing."

RELATED | Fulton County graduation rates on the rise

The Atlanta-based foundation was excited to provide Fulton County with a grant.

Superintendent names Student Advisory Council members

Superintendent names Student Advisory Council members

ATLANTA -- State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge has selected 50 students from across Georgia to serve on his 2013-14 Student Advisory Council.

More than 700 teens applied to join this year's council, which was formed to give young people a voice in how their classrooms are organized.

"Having student input during the policy-making process is invaluable," Barge said in a statement. "The students are ultimately the ones impacted by our work, and I want them to share their ideas and concerns as we address many critical issues."

The council will meet three times this school year to discuss how state policies have an impact in their classrooms. They will also serve as the superintendent's ambassadors to their respective schools.

A number of the Student Advisory Council members are from metro Atlanta, including:

9 Fulton schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

9 Fulton schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nine elementary and middle schools in Fulton County have been named to Georgia's 2013 SHAPE Honor Roll.

The SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education) program was created last year to recognize schools that work hard to combat childhood obesity. It challenges students and teachers to make lifestyle improvements in three key areas: nutrition, wellness and physical activity.

Schools can be honored at three levels: gold, silver and bronze.

Learn more about the SHAPE Honor Roll

Fulton County's SHAPE Honor Roll schools include:

Gold
* A. Philip Randolph ES
* Birmingham Falls ES
* Conley Hills ES
* Oak Knoll ES
* Ocee ES
* Ridgeview Charter School
* Stonewall Tell ES

Silver
* Hembree Springs ES
* Holcomb Bridge MS

Fulton County’s Priceless University wants to help young females to prepare for their future

Fulton County’s Priceless University wants to help young females to prepare for their future

ATLANTA -- Fulton County wants female tweens and teens to participate in Priceless University, a “college prep” program that focuses on self-enrichment and self-development courses. The Office of Children and Youth is recruiting middle and high school female youth to participate in the two-year leadership skills development program that provides the tools for young women to reach their “Priceless” potential outside of academics. 

Priceless University offers weekly classes to enhance the knowledge and skills of participants.  The following courses are just a few examples of the courses offered: College Readiness, Business Etiquette, Career Placement Assessments, Financial Literacy, CPR/First Aid Certification, Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, Public Speaking and Global Competition. 

Program participants meet on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. After completing the two-year curriculum, students graduate from the program.

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has identified the state's 2012 Schools of Excellence.

The annual honor is presented in two categories: Highest Performance and Highest Progress. Fourteen schools made the cut in each area.

"These schools are the epitome of excellence," Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "I offer my congratulations to our 2012 Georgia Schools of Excellence."

Barge added that he plans to visit all 28 schools at some point during the school year.

Metro Atlanta's Schools of Excellence include:

Atlanta Public Schools
* KIPP STRIVE Academy, Southwest Atlanta (Progress)

Bremen City
*Jones ES (Performance)

Clayton County
* Elite Scholars Academy, Morrow (Performance)

Cobb County
* Garrison Mill ES, Marietta (Progress)
* Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy (Progress)