Eleven Cobb Title I Schools Recognized As Reward Schools For Highest Progress

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.

Upcoming College Credit Now Summits

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)

OR

Thursday, October 23

North Cobb High School

6-8 p.m.

  • Meet College Representatives
  • Learn about college credit options available while in high school
  • Ask questions in small groups
  • Hear about Move on When Ready, ACCEL, Joint & Dual Enrollment
  • Learn about 100% paid tuition options
  • Discuss Georgia Student Finance Commission

For more information, contact Angela Kovachi, Program Coordinator, at angela.kovachi@cobbk12.org.

CCSD to receive 2014 Golden Radish Award

Golden Radish

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.

Campbell High School Ice Bucket Challenge

Campbell High ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Campbell High School’s ALS Ice Bucket challenge raised more than $4,000 for ALS research.

Mableton Elementary School Named a STEM Education Awards Finalist

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, announced Monday that Mableton Elementary School has been named as a Finalist in the Elementary category for the 2014 STEM Education Awards.

The Technology Association of Georgia’s 3rd STEM Education Awards recognizes schools, programs, and companies for outstanding efforts and achievements in supporting and promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education in Georgia.

Mableton Elementary School is located in south Cobb and serves almost 1000 students from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.  Over eighty-five percent are considered economically disadvantaged while over forty percent are at-risk of not meeting state standards in math and science.   Ten percent of our student population is served in Special Education and another nineteen percent are English Language Learners.    Although these factors might seem challenging to others, we see them as opportunities to “engage, empower, and excel” the students at Mableton towards the future and beyond.

“It is exciting to see the progress we are making with STEM education in Georgia. The increase in nominations each year and the quality of the nominations made it difficult for our judges,” said Michael Robertson, Executive Director of TAG Education Collaborative. “Congratulations to the Finalists!  Your work engaging these students in STEM will benefit the students you touch for years to come with challenging and exciting careers.”

This year’s Finalists were chosen in 8 different categories:

  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Post Secondary Outreach
  • Extracurricular Program
  • STEM Certified School Outreach
  • Corporate Outreach
  • Best STEM Day Activity

Winners in each category will be officially honored at The 3rd Annual STEM Education Awards event held on September 26th at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in Savannah, Georgia.  The event is presented by TAG, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed), a non-profit 501c3 dedicated to advancing STEM education in Georgia, and TAG Savannah.

“STEM occupations will increase in Georgia by more than 22,000 during the current decade,” said Tino Mantella, president & CEO of TAG. “The finalists of this year’s STEM Education Awards are helping to prepare the tech-ready workforce needed to fill these jobs and we applaud them for standing out as leaders in Georgia’s educational community.”

For more information about TAG and the 3rd Annual STEM Education Awards or to attend the event, visit http://bit.ly/STEMinfo2014

About Mableton

Engaging, empowering, and excelling students is Mableton Elementary’ mission, and it is the STEM program that has been the catalyst to bring that mission to life within the walls of the building.   The school-wide STEM program has provided all students with strong content knowledge in STEM disciplines while instilling the 21st century skills needed for college and career readiness.   Our program gives students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds an “opportunity to experience, challenging, real-world activities that will prepare them for the future and beyond.”

About TAG Education Collaborative

TAG Education Collaborative is dedicated to developing science, technology, engineering and math initiatives in Georgia. Through partnerships with statewide STEM programs, TAG-Ed fosters student interest in STEM in order to increase appreciation for the opportunities available through technology careers. TAG-Ed hosts an internship program for high school students, two web-based team challenges for students interested in Health IT and web design, and the Vine Event, an annual fundraiser benefiting STEM education. For additional information, visit TAG Education Collaborative or contact Michael Robertson at (404) 920 –2038 or mrobertson@tagonline.org.

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 24,500 members and hosting over 200 events each year via 6 chapters across the state including Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia and Savannah . TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 34 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, influence and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology.    For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG’s community website at www.TAGthink.com.

Lindley Middle School begins staff book study
Principal Lisa Moore Williams and her two academic coaches Ashley Morris to her left and Terri Dupree to her right are excited to kick off the staff book study.

Principal Lisa Moore Williams and her two academic coaches Ashley Morris to her left and Terri Dupree to her right are excited to kick off the staff book study.

Lindley Middle School Principal Lisa Moore Williams kicked off her school’s staff book study earlier this month .  This fall, every teacher and administrator at Lindley Middle School is reading “Teach Like A Pirate” by Dave Burgess to increase student engagement.

“We are eager about exploring Passion, Immersion, Rapport, Ask & Analyze, Transformation, & Enthusiasm,” Williams said. “A positive school culture and climate is a top priority for the teachers at Lindley Middle school along with opportunities to develop and promote leadership initiatives among staff.”

Four Cobb schools recognized as part of First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” initiative

imgresBells Ferry, Smyrna, Keheley and Mountain View Elementary schools were announced as National Recognition Award winners as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign earlier this month.

The award celebrates a school’s commitment to helping students learn, focus and grow through the integration of physical activity before, during and after the school day. The recipient list includes schools from 42 states plus Washington D.C. Nearly 700 schools were recognized nationwide, 53 in Georgia.
“We know that incorporating physical activity into the school day sets kids up for success both in school and in life, so I commend the extraordinary work of these schools, especially the physical educators, principals, district leaders, parents and students, that have championed an Active School environment,” First Lady Michelle Obama said.
She added, “These schools are paving the way to a new America – one where being active is the norm.”
Powered by a national collaboration of leading health and education organizations, Let’s Move! Active Schools streamlines the selection of programs, resources, professional development and funding opportunities, and delivers a customized action plan – making it simple for teachers and strategic for administrators. Ultimately, Let’s Move! Active Schools helps schools develop a culture in which physical activity and physical education are foundational to academic success.
To earn a Let’s Move! Active Schools National Recognition Award, a school must have met significant benchmarks in five areas: physical education; physical activity before and after school; physical activity during school; staff involvement; and family and community engagement.
Honorees are provided with a banner, certificate and congratulatory letter from the First Lady to proudly display their dedication to improving student physical and cognitive health.

The award celebrates a school’s commitment to helping students learn, focus and grow through the integration of physical activity before, during and after the school day. The recipient list includes schools from 42 states plus Washington D.C. Nearly 700 schools were recognized nationwide, 53 in Georgia.

“We know that incorporating physical activity into the school day sets kids up for success both in school and in life, so I commend the extraordinary work of these schools, especially the physical educators, principals, district leaders, parents and students, that have championed an Active School environment,” First Lady Michelle Obama said.

She added, “These schools are paving the way to a new America – one where being active is the norm.”

Powered by a national collaboration of leading health and education organizations, Let’s Move! Active Schools streamlines the selection of programs, resources, professional development and funding opportunities, and delivers a customized action plan – making it simple for teachers and strategic for administrators. Ultimately, Let’s Move! Active Schools helps schools develop a culture in which physical activity and physical education are foundational to academic success.

To earn a Let’s Move! Active Schools National Recognition Award, a school must have met significant benchmarks in five areas: physical education; physical activity before and after school; physical activity during school; staff involvement; and family and community engagement.

Honorees are provided with a banner, certificate and congratulatory letter from the First Lady to proudly display their dedication to improving student physical and cognitive health.

Floyd Middle School welcomes new outdoor classroom

Floyd  Middle School’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to officially open the new outdoor classroom built by Kiwanis Club was held on Friday, August 29.   Kiwanis volunteers, under the direction of Immediate Past Lt. Governor Ron Davis, constructed the outdoor classroom.  Attending this special ceremony were:

Mr. Ron Davis, Immediate Past Lt. Governor of Georgia Kiwanis, Division 15

Mr. Charles Hood, Immediate Past Governor of Georgia Kiwanis District, Greater South Cobb

State Rep. David Wilkerson, District 38

Dr. Barbara Swinney, Area 1 Assistant Superintendent

Dr. Grant Rivera, Chief Leadership and Learning Officer

Ms. Pamela Dingle, CCSD Community Engagement Director

Mr. Ed Richardson, Chair of the South Cobb Redevelopment Authority

Mr. Ravi Narine, CobbEDTV

Mr. Ray Tiyamiyu, President of the South Cobb Kiwanis Club

Mr. Thomas Lacy, Builders Club Sponsor

Mr. Joshua Peeler, Builders Club Sponsor

Benjamin Antonio, Builders Club Student

Elizabeth Ferguson, Builders Club Student

Brandon Robinson, Principal’s Advisory Council Representative

Rahel Kefetew, Principal’s Advisory Council Representative

Ms. Penny Chaney, Photographer

Ms. Joy Jones, Academic Coach

Ms. Eva Miano, Assistant Principal

Mr. Albert Lindsey, Assistant Principal

And  several members of Kiwanis Club and volunteers from the project.

Ser Familia names Fair Oaks Elementary Community Partner of the Year

Ser Familia

Fair Oaks Elementary School was honored as Ser Familia’s Community Partner of the Year at the organization’s annual “Celebrating Our Heritage” Awards Dinner in Atlanta on September 5.

The award is given annually to “an organization with which [Ser Familia] ha[s] developed significant collaborative work,” according to Belisa Urbina, the organization’s executive director. Fair Oaks Elementary was chosen for its continued assistance to Ser Familia’s efforts to support Latino parents in the community.

Ser Familia’s mission is to strengthen, revitalize and equip Latino youth, couples, parents and families through educational programs that teach improved life, leadership and communication skills, empowering participants to thrive and enjoy a healthy family environment.

The “Celebrating Our Heritage Event,” now in its third year, featured culinary creations from six of Atlanta’s best chefs and live Latino music.

Rho Zeta Omega Awards Scholarships to Deserving Students

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Rho Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Pearl Foundation, Inc. awarded $10,000 in scholarships to nine deserving high schools students from Cobb County. The recipients are among the county’s brightest and most promising students. Numerous students from Cobb County applied for the scholarships and were interviewed by representatives of both organizations. Of the candidates that advanced to the final round, nine students were chosen. The scholarship recipients include: Bria Edwards (Pebblebrook HS), Andrea Evans (Campbell HS), Isatta Feika (Pebblebrook HS), Jazmine Griffin (Kennesaw Mountain HS), Terrylin Kinard (Campbell HS), Renee Metelus (Campbell HS), Anika Mitchell (Campbell HS), Kesiena Ubidi (Kennesaw Mountain HS), and Raigon Wilson (Marietta HS).

These students are leaders in their respective schools. Their participation in student organizations and distinguished honors, such as Outstanding Seniors, Who’s Who among American High School Students, and Commencement Speakers, truly make them the best selections to receive the financial assistance for their college careers. All of the recipients will begin their first semester of four-year colleges and universities in Fall 2014 – including the University of Georgia, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Boston University, Cornell University, and others. The candidates received varying amounts of between $1000 and $2500.

The reception took place at the Home Depot Support Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Marvin Ellison, Executive Vice President – U.S. Stores – The Home Depot, was the keynote speaker for the event. Mr. Ellison drew from his personal college experiences to share the importance of education. “College is for an education – not a social experience. Make your parents proud. You owe them that,” Mr. Ellison shared to the graduating seniors. The Home Depot, along with Publix Supermarkets, State Farm Insurance, and California Dreaming, are corporate sponsors for this annual scholarship program.

The scholarship awards and reception are annual events to encourage academic achievement and continued education in our local community.

For more information, please contact Sarah-elaine Jones, President of Rho Zeta Omega at info@akarhozetaomega.org

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is the first Greek-letter organization founded by African-American women at Howard University in 1908. Led by our now 28th president, Carolyn House Stewart, Alpha Kappa Alpha is a sisterhood of national and international stature. Its members share the same high moral, ethical, scholastic, and spiritual standards; and are leaders in their community – inspiring, serving, and empowering all with whom they come in contact while addressing the social and economic ills of our society. For more information about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., visit www.aka1908.com.

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