Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal and U.S. Representative Tom Price (R, Ga.) visited Cobb Schools this week.
Mrs. Deal visited Still Elementary September 26, where she observed the exceptional physical education program and read to a group of students in the school’s media center.
“I always love the opportunity to come and read to students. It’s what I miss most about teaching,” Deal said. “And this group of students was as engaged and interactive as you could ask for. It was a real pleasure.”
Deal spent many years teaching sixth grade before her time as Georgia’s First Lady.
Congressman Price visited Wheeler High School and Magnet School September 24. Price toured the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) program. Students displayed their engineering prowess as they gave Price an inside look at their student-designed bridges, computer programs and robotics.
“I am encouraged to see the wonderful work from this administration, the teachers and most importantly, the young people here at Wheeler,” Price said. “These guys are doing college and graduate-level work in high school, which is unbelievably remarkable.”
WSB-TV’s Clark Howard held a question-and-answer session with more than 300 students in the Lassiter High School auditorium on September 24. The event was taped and will be broadcast on WSB-TV in November.
Students asked questions about issues facing them as they enter the next stage of their lives. Those attending the event are enrolled in career-tech classes at Lassiter including Personal Finance, Economics, Business and Marketing. Howard addressed personal finance, consumer concerns, college expenses, credit and debt.
About Clark Howard
Clark Howard is a nationally-syndicated consumer expert who shows consumers ways to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. His radio show is heard every day on more than 200 radio stations throughout North America.
He is a consumer reporter Atlanta’s WSB-TV. In addition, Clark’s weekly newspaper column in the Atlanta Journal Constitution is syndicated throughout the country.
Young musicians from across Cobb County will put their collective talents on display at the annual Cobb-Marietta Marching Band Exhibition on the evenings of October 6 and October 13. Featuring performances from each high school in the Cobb County School District, as well as Marietta City Schools, the exhibition takes place at McEachern High School’s Walter Cantrell Stadium in Powder Springs and begins at 7 p.m. each night. There will be a special guest performance by the Auburn University Marching Band on October 6, and by the Georgia State University Marching Band on October 13.
Beginning in 1972, the Cobb-Marietta Marching Band Exhibition has become a local tradition, allowing band students and the community to see and hear performances from across the area.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Kennesaw Mountain HS
Monday, October 13, 2014
South Cobb HS
North Cobb HS
Georgia State University
If you have questions, please contact Jean Barry, or Chris Ferrell at (770) 426-3404
Lost Mountain Middle School (LMMS) students will honor childhood cancer patients and survivors at the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research (Rally) 4 Quarters 4 Research (4Q4R) fundraiser during the annual LMMS Rally Week from Sept. 22 – 26, 2014.
Each year, LMMS organizes this change collection fundraiser to honor Rally Kids, children who have fought or are currently fighting childhood cancer. For the past four years, LMMS has been the top fundraising middle school in the nation for Rally 4Q4R. LMMS has had nine students affected by childhood cancer in the past 10 years. Currently, there are two Rally Kids that attend LMMS, Kayla Doss and Mary Tankersley.
“Each year it seems that a family in our community is touched by childhood cancer and Rally Week gives our students the opportunity to be a part of the fight,” said LMMS principal Candace Wilkes. “Our students, staff and community have done an amazing job to bring attention to this important cause. I am humbled each fall during Rally Week when I see our students’ compassion and willingness to give. Over the last seven years our middle school students have raised more than $50,000 for childhood cancer research. This is clear evidence of their unselfish dedication to serve others.”
This year, the LMMS Rally Week will include t-shirt sales, loose change collecting, a fundraiser at the local Diary Queen benefiting Rally and the LMMS Music Department will present the National Anthem after the LMMS students parade the field at the Atlanta Braves game on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014.
“Our first Rally 4Q4R event was largely to honor the memory of Rally Kids Tyler Copley and Alexa Rohrbach. At that event we raised more than $2,000 and have steadily increased to $12,000 raised last year,” said Social Studies Coordinator at LMMS, Jennifer Dawson. “The first students who coordinated our Rally Week are now seniors in high school and have helped bring Rally to their respective high schools. It’s become a bit of a tradition in our community to make a difference for childhood cancer patients and research!”
By collecting loose change, Rally 4Q4R offers a platform for communities to save lives by raising funds for childhood cancer research. Local teams, schools, communities and
families have held Rally 4Q4R events in support of Rally’s efforts to find better treatments and cures for childhood cancer for the past nine years.
“Every day in America, 46 families will find out that their child has cancer, and they all have the same question. ‘What are you going to do to make my baby better?” said Dean Crowe, Founder and CEO of Rally. “Rally exists to help answer that question. With every quarter raised for research, we are one step closer to finding a cure.”
Since its inception in 2005, Rally has awarded more than $5.25 million in research grants supporting more than 75 projects nationwide. Grants are awarded through a competitive peer review process assuring that the best research is funded.
About Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research
Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of kids ages 0 to 15. Rally, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, empowers volunteers across the country to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures. Rally received the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence, and according to independently audited financials, 94 cents of every dollar raised, supports Rally’s mission.
The Hillgrove Wind Symphony was recently recognized by the Foundation for Music Education’s “Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors” as a National Winner in their annual recording competition.
Hillgrove submitted a recording of their Performance Evaluation Concert, featuring Symphony for Band by Vincent Persichetti. The band was adjudicated by Richard Floyd, Steve Davis and Anthony Maiello and it was determined that the ensemble was in the top 25% of recordings submitted. There were 224 submissions from 35 states this year.
Additionally, Hillgrove was the only 5A High School ensemble recognized outside the state of Texas.
The ensemble’s recording will be featured on a compilation CD of the National Winners that will be distributed nationally, as well as electronic distribution by Mark Records.
“Hillgrove would like to thank all the students, staff and community members for all their support in our musical endeavors,” Hillgrove Director of Bands Patrick Erwin said. “Special thanks go to Christopher M. Ferrell, Supervisor of Instrumental Music, for his undying support of all our music programs. Mr. Ferrell was the head band director at Hillgrove for 7 years, and is to be credited a great deal for our success.”
The award letter and winners list can be found here: http://www.hillgroveband.com/wp-content/uploads/Mark-of-Excellence.pdf
Students at Kell High School are entering their second year as part of a servant leadership program volunteering at Nicholson Elementary School’s Curriculum Night.
The students in the group help set up, serve food and facilitate Nicholson’s event, allowing parents to enjoy an evening at the school learning about and participating with their children in math and science activities. These students take on the tasks that would normally fall to parent volunteers on such occasions.
“The Kell student volunteers are amazing,” Nicholson teacher Shearon Birdsong said. “They are such high caliber young people, patient and engaging with our students and respectful and helpful to our parents and staff. They are an incredible asset to our community, our country and ultimately our world.”
The group was organized by Kell’s Career Tech Department Head David Penny and Assistant Principal Susan Stoddard.
“What a wonderful program Kell has developed to inspire servant leaders; students whose character and conduct are exemplary and who are also willing to selflessly give of themselves to benefit their community,” Birdsong said. “This program contributes greatly to the development of young people willing to serve.”
Eleven Cobb County Title I schools were commended by the Georgia Department of Education for making three consecutive years of overall academic progress. The Georgia DOE’s 2014 lists of Reward Schools identify 11 Cobb County schools in the “Highest Progress” category, out of just 146 Title I schools that were named statewide.
The number of Highest Progress schools in Cobb more than doubled from 2013 when just five Cobb schools received the same honor. Recipient schools are: Belmont Hills, Bryant, Clay, Compton, Fair Oaks, and Powers Ferry elementary schools; Lindley 6th Grade Academy; Griffin and Smitha middle schools; and Osborne and Pebblebrook high schools.
Title I schools receive additional federal funding based on their higher percentage of students from low-income families. There are 44 Title I schools in the Cobb County School District. Highest Progress schools are identified as the top 10 percent of Title I schools in the state having the highest progress in performance on the College and Career Ready Performance Index for “all students” over a three-year period. To be recognized, a school cannot also be identified as a Priority School, Focus School or Alert School.
Cobb students are invited to attend College Credit Now Summits to learn about opportunities available to earn college credit while enrolled in high school, as well as receiving 100% paid tuition.
Representatives will be available from colleges and the Department of Education to provide information.
Tuesday, September 23
Kell High School
6-8 p.m. (6 p.m.–Opening session with Georgia Finance and Dept. of Education Representative, 6:30-8 p.m.–Rotating Sessions)
Thursday, October 23
North Cobb High School
For more information, contact Angela Kovachi, Program Coordinator, at email@example.com.
The Cobb County School District will be presented with a Golden Radish Award at a ceremony at the state capitol on October 6.
The award honors the district’s achievements in farm to school. A six-member committee representing the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Department of Public Health and Georgia Organics.
The review committee recognized the district’s many edible gardens, mobile cooking carts and farm-to-school-themed bulletin boards.
The award will be presented by State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge, Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald and Georgia Organics Board Chair Mandy Mahoney.