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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.

9 Ga. schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools

9 Ga. schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools

ATLANTA -- Nine schools in Georgia have been named to one of the most prestigious education lists in the country.

The schools -- eight public and one private -- are Georgia's latest National Blue Ribbon Schools. The distinction is given annually by the U.S. Department of Education to schools where students operate at very high levels and work hard to close the achievement gap.

"National Blue Ribbon Schools are another shining example of great things happening in Georgia schools," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "These eight schools are to be commended for their outstanding student performance. I am excited for these students, teachers and staff that they were recognized on a national level for excellence.

Georgia's 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools are:

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.

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.

STEM Education Awards finalists announced

STEM Education Awards finalists announced

ATLANTA -- The Technology Association of Georgia and its Education Collaborative has announced the finalists for this year's Georgia STEM Education Awards.

The finalists were chosen from more than 170 applicants across eight categories.

"Recent studies show that Georgia will need to fill approximately 211,000 STEM-related jobs by 2018," TAG president and CEO Tino Mantella said in a statement. "The 2013 Georgia STEM Education Awards finalists are helping to prepare the tech-ready workforce to fill these jobs, and we applaud them for standing out as leaders in Georgia's educational community."

The award winners will be announced Sept. 27 at the second annual Georgia STEM Education Awards event in Savannah.

This year's finalists include:

Elementary School
* Brookwood ES (Whitfield)
* Hightower ES (DeKalb)
* Honey Creek ES (Rockdale)
* May Howard ES (Savannah-Chatham)
* Sope Creek ES (Cobb)