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School district celebrates African-American AP performance

School district celebrates African-American AP performance

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A new report names Fulton County Schools as one of six urban districts nationwide to successfully increase African-American participation and success in Advanced Placement courses.

The report, "The Road to Equity: Expanding AP Access and Success for African-American Students," was created by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.

It explains how black students in Fulton County Schools have improved their AP passing rates enough to gain on their white classmates, and how more and more black students have shown interest in taking AP courses.

"This report is eye-opening in how well our schools are doing, but to reach our strategic goal of increased college preparedness, we have to do more to engage all of our minority student populations," Fulton County Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa said in a statement.

Sequoyah HS equestrian wins national titles

Sequoyah HS equestrian wins national titles

CANTON, Ga. -- A rising junior at Sequoyah High School won two National Championship titles at a recent tournament.

Ashley Bates placed first in Hunter Over Fences and Hunter on the Flat at the Riders Interscholastic Federation of North America National Horse Show.

The tournament was held May 18 and 19 at In Your Dreams Farm in Alpharetta.

Bates is president of Sequoyah High's Equestrian Club.

Fulton County Schools see graduation rates on steady rise

Fulton County Schools see graduation rates on steady rise

FULTON COUNTY -- In 2012-2013 school year, the Fulton County School System saw an increase in graduation rates, continued from a 2011 rise. 

In 2011, seniors had a 70.1 percent graduation rate, followed by 71.3 percent for 2013, a spokeswoman for Fulton County Schools reported. Throughout the schools, nine saw the rise in rates. Roswell High School was among the top with a 12-point jump. 

"It's great that 71 percent of our students are successfully finishing high school, but that also means more than a quarter of our students are being left behind," Superintendent Robert Avossa said. "One of our strategic focuses is to increase graduation rates to 90 percent by 2017."

Avossa pointed out that support from parents and the community are key helpers to achieve Fulton County's graduation goal. 

Alpharetta ES represents at Special Olympics

Alpharetta ES represents at Special Olympics

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Fifteen track and field athletes from Alpharetta Elementary School competed in Special Olympics Georgia's State Summer Games at Emory University over the weekend.

The students ran in a number of dashes and were also represented in the softball throw.

Participating Special Olympians include Michael Astorga, Ethan Bromelow, Krisha Devarakonda, Gibby Durdan, Harrison Elrod, Paloma FLorez-Alvarez, Jair Franklin, Madelyn Hoyland, Muadh Kamal, Cole Lackey, Matthew Michniewicz, Layke Reynolds, Jacob Smith, Trevor Smith and Nicole Zbrzezniak.

Fulton Co. Schools makes changes to Continuous Achievement framework

Fulton Co. Schools makes changes to Continuous Achievement framework

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County School System is altering the framework of the Continuous Achievement model, which plays a role in how math and reading material is delivered to students. 

By using Continuous Achievement, students can learn at a level that suits them, allowing for further academic acceleration and achievement. 

The model, according to a spokeswoman for FCS, is ranked for academic placement, and reported twice per semester, starting at 2.1, 2.2, 3.1 as levels move up. That level will also be included in report cards and progress checklists. 

"This is exciting for Fulton County Schools. By promoting innovation, Continuous Achievement is consistent with our vision as a charter system," Superintendent Robert Avossa said. "It really gets to what we're about - customizing students' learning experiences so they can learn to their full potential." 

Fulton County school breakfast programs help kids eat healthy

Fulton County school breakfast programs help kids eat healthy

FULTON COUNTY -- The American Association of School Administration has awarded a grant to Fulton County Schools, in which the funds will help kids eat healthy breakfasts before their school days begin. 

"Breakfast in the Classroom" will be implemented in Mimosa Elementary and Woodland Elementary. By having the program in those schools, students will be provided with a low-cost bagged breakfast from the cafeteria. They can then eat the breakfast in their classrooms before school starts.

Six middle schools will offer "Grab-n-Go' breakfasts along with four high schools. Those schools include Holcomb Bridge, McNair, Paul D. West, Ridgeview, Sandtown and Woodland Middle, along with Creekside, McClarin, Tri-Cities and Westlake High. Similar to "Breakfast in the Classroom," the "Grab-n-Go" program allows students to take a bagged breakfast from the cafeteria and portable kiosks in the school.. They can eat the meals before school.

School is (almost!) out in Fulton County

School is (almost!) out in Fulton County

ATLANTA -- The last day of school is fast approaching in metro Atlanta, with some districts dismissing as early as this week.

For Fulton County Schools, the last day is Thursday, May 23.

Other last days of school in the Atlanta area include:

Thursday, May 16
Barrow County

Friday, May 17
Clarke County

Wednesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools (traditional)
Cherokee County
Gwinnett County

Thursday, May 23
Clayton County
Cobb County
Decatur City
DeKalb County
Rockdale County

Friday, May 24
Bartow County
Buford City
Carroll County
Coweta County
Fayette County
Floyd County
Forsyth County
Griffin-Spalding County
Marietta City
Newton County
Paulding County