Governor Deal Welcomes Lindley Middle School’s 7th Grade Junior Falcons

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On December 17,   2014, Lindley Middle School and its 7th Grade Junior Falcons visited the Georgia Capitol where Governor Nathan Deal was named an Honorary Junior Falcon.  Governor Deal’s jersey number is 82, commemorating him as the 82nd governor of the State of Georgia.  Making the presentation is Lindley Middle School Principal Lisa Moore Williams and Head Coach Donald Hall.  The coaching staff includes:  Kelan Forehand, James Turner, Brett Smith, Rodney Washington, Sean Grimsley, Wayne Brewer, Jocyeline Brewer, and Sheikita Forehand. Along with the JR Falcon coaching staff are Cobb County School District athletic director, Steve Jones and Georgia Middle School Athletic Association director, J.L. Brooks.  Principal Moore Williams and Mr. Jones are also members of the Georgia High School Athletic Association Executive Committee.  Principal Moore Williams is vice president of the state organization.

The Sixth Grade Pebblebrook JR Falcons football team experienced a slow start in 2013.  Coach Donald Hall took over the program as head coach and started building the program with players attending Lindley’s Sixth Grade Academy.  With low numbers of six graders participating in the program, Coach Hall moved up fifth graders to the sixth grade roster.  The team ended with a record of 4-4 for that season, unfortunately only one play away from making the playoffs.

This year the 7th grade team started work early, conditioning and preparing for the 2014 season.  There were as many as forty athletes participating twice a week.  The philosophy of the team, “To create better athletes by creating better men, and creating better men by being better examples”.  With that philosophy at the forefront creating a winning team by creating better athletes was the goal and the results were phenomenal! The hard-work paid off as the team finished the season with only one game away from the State Championship.  They had an 8 and 3 season and reached the Final Four in the playoffs. The statistics were staggering as they averaged five touchdowns per game and allowed their opponents to score less than 10 point per game. Four players scored 10 or more touchdowns, while eight players scored 5 or more touchdowns for the season. The team remained undefeated on the road and consisted of 16 All Stars. During the first two playoffs wins the team scored a total of 104 points!  Lindley Middle School and Pebblebrook High School are very proud of the team and its accomplishments are excited about its upcoming 8th grade season.

Team Members include:

1                Jaquavious L Jones

2                William E Brewer

3                Sincere M Street

4                Ali N Fard

5                Antonio Lewis

10             Jaymori A Martin

20             David M Roberts

23             Nicholas R Fambro-Smith

24             Marqus A Forehand

25             Jourdan Smith

30             Elisha N Starr-Thompson

33             Marico D Smith II

34             Azize J Fard

50             Jibri J Grier

52             Sean Grimsley

60             Carlos I Flores

63             Rashad Holmes

65             Kattravion McCarty

66             Rico Cadet

67             Brad O Davis

70/75      Ethan B Guildford

78/77      Tyrone M Vincent

81             Dejarvis M Holmes

83             JaQuan Banks

84             Dontavis Thomas

East Cobb Middle School STEM Students Participate in ‘Hour of Code’ Video Chat

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A classroom of East Cobb Middle School STEM students were one of seven schools in North America chosen to do a video chat with Dr. Hadi Partovi in honor of Hour of Code on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Dr. Partovi is the founder of code.org.

Launched in 2013, Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Their vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.

East Cobb students chat with Dr. Partovi at the 18:45 mark of the video linked above.

Floyd Middle School Holds College and Career Day

Seventh and Eighth grade students at Floyd Middle School participated in Career & College Day on Friday, December 12. The purpose of the Career Day was to expose students to a variety of careers and post-secondary options. More than 40 speakers participated in this event, representing career fields, post-secondary institutions and the military . The speakers included:  a blogger, professional photographers, personal trainers, attorneys, USMC,  surgical assistants, account executives,  entrepreneurs, Cobb EMC employees, IT managers,  a Capella University professor , a Medicaid Eligibility Specialist,  a real estate developer, a physician and a funeral director. They also had the pleasure of hearing from college students from Georgia State University,  Georgia Southern University and Morehouse College about the college experience while in pursuit of careers in finance, athletic training, and entrepreneurship.

The Floyd Middle School Counseling Department is comprised of Mrs. Tanyika Butler and Mrs. Kim Gray.

Campbell High School Wins ‘Greenopoly’ Game Contest
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Among the three winning teams’ members: (right to left) Christoph Sander, Consul General of Germany, Dr. Svetoslava Dimova, teacher of the winning students, and Iris Schultz, Adviser for Public Affairs in the German Consulate.

Campbell High’s IB French classes recently won first, second and third prize of the Greenopoly Board Game Contest sponsored by the German Consulate General in Atlanta in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Education.  Their  French teacher is Dr. Svetoslava Dimova.

The contest invited all Georgia students to study the environmental problems our society is facing today in the U.S. and abroad, and to come up with creative solutions to real-world problems. The submitted board games had to reflect ideas about reducing the daily waste, helping to keep rivers and oceans clean, reduce traffic and air pollution, and work on other problems that are destroying our planet. Two IB French classes at Campbell High School researched different environmental issues, created six teams and submitted six entries.  All games had at least English and French versions, although the judging panel did not take their multilingual versions into account.

Since all winners of the contest came from Campbell High School, on December 4th, the Consul General of the Republic of Germany Christoph Sander came to personally hand to the winners a check for $6,000 – the total of the three prizes. The money will be spent for advancing international education and global environmental awareness. Among the guests at the ceremony were: Dr. Greg Barfield from the GA DOE, German Suarez, ESOL & Foreign Language Supervisor at CCSD and Olivia, Carter and Jim Ries from OMG (One More Generation), a non-profit organization for youth empowerment in the environmental conservation.

Russell Elementary Holds Second Annual ‘Canstruction’ Contest

Russell Elementary’s Second annual “Canstruction” was a huge success!  Canstruction is a school-wide canned food drive challenge. Teams designed and built objects using the cans they collected.  Each class was expected to use the engineering design process to construct their design.

Russell had 14 teams who participated in the 2014 challenge. The winner in the primary grades was Ms. Lauderdale’s team who made a castle.  The intermediate level winners were Ms. Steiner and Ms. Winsett’s team who made a penguin iceberg sculpture.  The construction competition allowed students the opportunity to build, create, and donate.  Russell Elementary donated 990 cans to the Atlanta Food Bank, and the winning teams took the donation to Turner Field.

Pebblebrook High Student Offers ‘Karing Hands’ to Homeless

 

Kandi Hudson (front row, far right) and her organization Karing Hands help feed the homeless in the community.

Kandi Hudson is a 10th grader at Pebblebrook High School.  Hudson spearheaded an organization called “Karing Hands,” which feeds the homeless. Kandi’s future goal is to assist families who have difficulty purchasing school uniforms in our community schools.

 This year, Karing Hands has fed the homeless every other weekend, knitted scarves, sponsored the polo shirts the girls wear on game day and purchased basketball gear for two players who did not have the money to do so.  Hudson reached out to the owner of C4 Belts and asked them to sponsor the girls by supplying C4 Belts, which the girls wear on game day as well.  Karing Hands purchased a banner to go in the gym on behalf of C4 Belts.

 This holiday season, Karing Hands is giving out scarves, jackets, blankets and feeding the homeless.

CNN Student News Producer Visits Floyd Middle School
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L-R: Mr. Micah Stokes, Mrs. Kim Gray, Rahel Kefetew, Mr. Jeremy Dunn, Derek Fuller, and Gerald Gray.

Former Floyd Middle School student and current producer of the CNN Student News Program, Mr. Jeremy Dunn, visited several Floyd classes to watch them use the current events program in action Dec. 5.  After the short news segment, teachers engaged students in discussion of the reported events with relevance to the curriculum standards.   Students and teachers were excited to hear that Floyd Middle School was named in the nationwide Roll Call.  Check out a clip and congratulate students in the following classes who gave excellent feedback to the producer for development of future segments.

Dr. Harrison, 8th Grade Social Studies

Mr. Brown, 7th Grade Social Studies

Mr. Lacy & Ms. McMath, 7th Grade Social Studies

Mr. Peeler & Mr. Mitchell, 7th Grade Social Studies

Mr. Beckler, 7th Grade Language Arts

Ms. Mann, 8th Grade Language Arts

Ms. L. Baker, 8th Grade Social Studies

Harrison High School’s Winter Extravaganza

Harrison High School’s fine arts department put on a Winter Extravaganza Concert and Art Show at the J. Alton Keith Theatre at McEachern High School on December 2, 2014.  It was a collaboration between the band, orchestra, chorus, theatre, and visual arts students and teachers.  It was a wonderful evening all around and, hopefully, the beginning of an annual event.

Walton Students Named Winners Of Attorney General’s Video Contest

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Attorney General Sam Olens, left, announced the winners of the Prescription Drug Abuse Video Contest at Walton High School. Pictured with Attorney Gen. Olens are, from left, Walton Principal Judith McNeill, Walton students Adam Schmidt and Vaughn Smith who produced the winning video, Linda Strouffer of WSB-TV, and Cobb Schools Superintendent Chris Ragsdale.

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Help Local Food Pantry Win a $20,000 Grant from Walmart During this Holiday Season!

Alive Ministries, based out of Marietta, GA, partners with local schools providing food and toiletries to children and families in need. Their mission is to eliminate hunger for at risk students so that they may have a greater opportunity to succeed in school and life. Alive Ministries was selected as one of 150 food pantries across the nation to participate in Walmart’s Food Pantry Holiday Makeover Campaign.  75 food pantries with the most votes from the public each will receive a $20,000 grant from Walmart Foundation. Help a local nonprofit provide for children in need in Cobb County Schools by voting for Alive Ministries here at www.walmart.com/holidaymakeover. Individuals may vote for Alive Ministries once daily from Dec. 2nd through Dec. 12th. For more information regarding Alive Ministries and the schools they serve, please visit www.aliveministriesinc.org.

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