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GED registration begins on new website

GED registration begins on new website

(WXIA) -- Registration for the 2014 General Educational Development tests is now open on the new MyGED website.

The site, located at ged.com, offers study plans, skills assessments and other resources to help adults receive the equivalent of a high school diploma.

The 2014 GED program launches on Jan. 2. It was overhauled to better prepare GED candidates for higher education and the working world, and ultimately allow them to find jobs with higher pay.

The website also features a list of GED testing centers across metro Atlanta.

3 Roswell rowers sign college scholarships

3 Roswell rowers sign college scholarships

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Three talented young women with the St. Andrew Rowing Club have signed National Letters of Intent to row in college.

Erin Hayes is a senior at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School. She earned a scholarship to be a coxswain for the University of Alabama's women's rowing team. Erin is pictured with sister Emily, mother Ellen and father Stephen. Standing behind her are St. Andrew Rowing coach Dana Zakshevsky, St. Andrew Rowing coach Bridget Folwer, St. Andrew Rowing head coach Ted Swinford and St. Andrew Rowing coach Eszter Bardi.

Devon Erickson signed a letter to row for the University of Texas at Austin. She attends the Marist School in Brookhaven, and is pictured with Marist School aquatic director Terry Blish, Marist School assistant athletic director Chandler Yount, St. Andrew Rowing coach Bridget Fowler and swim coach Tim Storsteen.

Reward Schools: Fulton County

Reward Schools: Fulton County

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has released the 2013 list of Reward Schools throughout the state.

Reward School distinction is given in two categories.

A Highest Performance School is a Title I school, or a low-income school that receives federal funding, with the highest student performance on statewide exams over three years.

High Progress Schools are Title I schools with the most improved performance among all students on statewide exams.

Fulton County's 2013 Reward Schools include:

Highest Performance
* KIPP South Fulton Academy
* River Eves ES

High Progress
* Hapeville Charter MS
* McNair MS

119 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up at Lunch' to battle bullying

119 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up at Lunch' to battle bullying

(WXIA) -- More than 100 schools across Georgia will participate in this year's National Mix It Up at Lunch Day.

The annual event is sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center and was created in recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month. Roughly 6,000 schools nationwide are expected to participate.

"Mix It Up is a positive step that schools can take to help create learning environments where students see each other as individuals and not just as members of a separate group," said Maureen Costello, director of the SPLC's Teaching Tolerance project. "When people step out of their cliques and get to know someone, they realize just how much they have in common."

On National Mix It Up at Lunch Day, students are asked to sit with new friends in the cafeteria. Its goal is to foster understanding and respect among young people.

Participating schools in metro Atlanta include:

Holcomb Bridge MS invites 'assisted athletes' to run 5K

Holcomb Bridge MS invites 'assisted athletes' to run 5K

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Holcomb Bridge Middle School's Holcomb Bridge Hustle 5K will be back for the third year next month.

The event has again partnered with the Kyle Pease Foundation to make the race accessible to athletes with disabilities. Competitors in racing wheelchairs are welcome to participate; several volunteers will be available to push them all the way to the finish line.

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"The Hustle 5K continues to exceed my expectations," Holcomb Bridge Middle principal Joy Schroerlucke said in a statement. "I'm very excited to see the turnout we will have at our third annual event this year."

Race co-chair Mike Buteau said partnering with the Kyle Pease Foundation made the 5K even more special.

Mr. Greg's Musical Madness comes to Sweet Apple Elm.

Mr. Greg's Musical Madness comes to Sweet Apple Elm.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade students at Sweet Apple Elementary enjoyed a performance by Greg Roth of “Mr. Greg’s Musical Madness.”
 
Students had a chance to dance, jump, clap, and laugh as they learned to count through creative, innovative sing-a-longs and audience participation.
 
Mr. Greg’s Musical Madness videos are featured alongside Curious George, Dinosaur Train, and other Emmy-winning shows on PBS!
 
You can find out more about Mr. Greg and his music at http://www.mrgregsmusicalmadness.com/
 
Special Thanks to PTO for funding this awesome program! 
 

Fulton Schools may tighten security

Fulton Schools may tighten security

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- State Bridge Crossing Elementary school was the sort of place where the front doors were unlocked during the day. 

Secretaries in the front office could see out the all glass front and would wave parents into the office to sign in. But that changed after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. 

After that December day, they locked the front doors for good. 

Principal Trey Martin admits it's an imperfect security system.
"We can't speak to anybody. We're just pushing the door and letting them in." 

But that could change very soon. The Fulton County School Board is voting on a measure next week that would use the funds from the education sales tax to place a locked door buzzer entryway system at the county's 100 public schools.