Three Russell Elementary Students Head to District Science Fair

Scientific Method? Check. Experiments? Check. Russell Elementary Science Fair? Check! Russell Elementary hallways were abuzz with science talk this week. The school’s science fair was a huge success, with thirty-seven students from grades K-5 participating. A crowd of over 100 came to see what hypotheses the young scientists were testing, and twenty-five community-based judges evaluated the final projects. Three excited students are now moving on to compete against the best in the district at the Cobb County Elementary Science Fair, March 7th at Walton H.S. The three are: Haley Jones, Amina Turkovic and Jamison Bodner. Jones tested how much DNS should could extract from fruit. Turkovic questioned whether brain disorders can affect memory. Bodner wondered which items rust fastest. Great questions, great experiments, great achievements. Student success at Russell ES – it’s scientific!

Hollydale Elementary Teams with Osborne High for 100th Day of School Celebration

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Hollydale Elementary celebrated 100 days of school with the Osborne High School Cheerleaders and Drum line!

Students were awarded medals for reaching milestones for reading and math.

The Osborne mascot also made an appearance. It was a fun day of celebration for students K – 5 at Hollydale Elementary!


Palmer Middle School Academic Team Finishes Fourth in State Competition

The Palmer Middle School Academic Team represented Cobb County in the Page Academic Team State competition on Saturday, January 24th in Milledgeville, GA. Palmer was the only Cobb County Team that advanced to this level of the competition. The team played against a field of 24 teams from across the state in the semi-finals, and advanced into the final State Championship  rounds where, Palmer  finished as 4th in the state of GA. The Page Academic Team organization had a total of 156 middle schools in Georgia register and compete in this year’s tournament.

Palmer Middle School Competition Team members are Zach El Jiche, Jackson Fowler, Laurel Henderson, Harsha Patil, Sasamon Omoma, Nneka Omoma, Abia Rahaman, Briggs Aring, Jonathan Yun, and Nevin Korbett.

Osborne Defensive Back to Represent U.S. in International Bowl


Junior Osborne Cardinals defensive Back Rashaun Taft has been selected to play for the United States Under-18 National Football Team for an upcoming exhibition against the Canadian Under-18 Team in Arlington, Texas Friday, Jan. 30.

The game is a showcase of more than 100 of North America’s top junior football players. Notable recent U.S. participants include 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston of Florida State University and the University of Georgia’s All-SEC running back Todd Gurley.

The International Bowl will air at 8:30 EST on ESPN 3.


Walton High Student Designs App, Wins $20K Scholarship

Walton High School Junior Aditya Suri earned a $20,000 scholarship from Samsung by developing a mobile app for Android mobile phone users. Suri got the idea for the app after attending Samsung’s Mobile App Academy this summer.

The app, which Suri has dubbed “Mobi Sense,” is designed to assist those with hearing and vision disabilities with day-to-day communication. Pictures and video from the user’s phone can be translated into text or audio, depending on the user’s needs. The app could also translate sign language into text using the camera and video capabilities of a smartphone. Suri planned and designed the app in a two-week period.

Suri’s experience with app design began two years ago at Walton High, when he and a group of students began working on a smartphone app for the school’s robotics team.




Oakwood Digital Academy, Cobb Performance Learning Center Host Blood Drive


Oakwood Digital Academy and the Cobb Performance Learning Center hosted a blood drive for the American Red Cross on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.  Students and staff members from the Digital Academy, the Performance Learning Center, as well as staff members from the International Welcome Center participated.  The campus not only exceeded its blood donation goal, but also collected nearly twice as much as it did during its previous blood drive in 2012.

Oakwood Digital Academy and the Cobb Performance Learning Center are two alternative education programs that are available to CCSD high school students.  Both of these programs enroll students who are in need of a second chance or who are seeking an alternative to a traditional high school.  Together, these programs have graduated hundreds of students since their inceptions, many of whom would otherwise not have been able to complete their high school requirements and obtain a high school diploma.

CCCEPA Presents ‘Tarzan’


Atlanta Braves Caravan Visits Mountain View Elementary School

The Atlanta Braves visited Mountain View Elementary as part of their 2015 Braves Caravan Tour on Jan. 21. Braves stars Todd Cunningham, Braeden Schlehuber and James Russell joined 2013 sixth-round draft pick and former Mountain View and Lassiter High School student Steve Janas to meet with students and assist them with research about Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jackie Robinson. Students also lined the hallways for a “Chop Walk,” which included a visit from Braves mascot Homer.


Cobb Hosts Annual Ruffin Reading Bowl at North Cobb High

Elementary, middle and high school students vied to become the best readers in the District on Jan. 17 at the Annual Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, hosted by North Cobb High School.  Teams faced off in six rounds of fast-paced, game-show-style quizzes in which the person who buzzes in first gets to respond.

The Reading Bowl was created by Helen Ruffin, a DeKalb County library media specialist looking for a way to motivate the students at her school to read more. It was so successful that schools all across Georgia began holding their own competitions.

The Cobb County bowl was started 8 years ago by Kathi Vanderbilt, now a retired school librarian.  It has grown so much over the years that the 25+ elementary teams compete in the morning and the 15+ middle/high school teams compete in the afternoon.

To kick off each event the opening ceremonies feature a parade of schools followed by 6 competition rounds. Suspense is high as winning teams are determined by cumulative points so it’s impossible to know who wins until the closing ceremony. At last year’s bowl a parent remarked, “This is my child’s first academic competition and it’s awesome.” Winning teams at each level will advance to the regional competition.  That is followed by divisional and state competitions.  Cobb County School District has a history of producing state winners.

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Georgia Science Teachers Association Honors Two Cobb Teachers

Annette Simpson, a teacher at Keheley Elementary has been selected as the 2015 Elementary Science Teacher of the Year for the state of Georgia by the Georgia Science Teachers Association. Annette is the facilitator of the gifted resource program and has been at Keheley for more than 10 years. She is a firm believer that the most essential function of our schools/society is to prepare young people for productive and successful futures. Her professional mission is: to cultivate curiosity, elicit critical thinking, and inspire a lifelong love of learning.

At Keheley, she lives her dream everyday. She delights in the moment when a student makes a mental connection and shares excitement with a spontaneous “I get it!”

“Receiving this award is certainly very professionally fulfilling and validating, that those in the science community recognize and appreciate the passion and service I have invested in teaching science to our young people,” Simpson said. “However, I also find myself humbled and still in shock that I was chosen to be recognized as the one elementary teacher who deserves this award.”

The GTSA also announced the winners of the Science Teacher of Promise. Ginny Buttrum, a teacher at Hayes Elementary in Cobb County, has been selected as the 2015 Elementary Science Teacher of Promise for the state of Georgia by the Georgia Science Teachers Association.

Each year GSTA recognizes excellence in science teaching through the Science Teacher of Promise awards and recognition program.

The Science Teacher of Promise award recognizes the beginnings of excellence in the teaching of science and commitment to its improvement.  Outstanding achievement in elementary, middle, and high school science teaching is recognized with the selection of a state winner. All GSTA Award winners will be honored at a special awards banquet on February 6, 2015 at the Armory Ballroom.  This awards and recognition program is part of the annual GSTA Science Conference in Macon on February 5-7, 2015. The Georgia Science Teachers Association is a professional organization dedicated to improving science teaching at all levels, pre-school through university.  The mission of GSTA is to provide leadership and service for science education.  The current membership of over 2,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, and representatives of business and industry.

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