Cobb Students Celebrate STEM on Manufacturing Day
STEM Manufacturing Day

STEM Manufacturing Day

Career, Technical and Agricultural Education students from Kennesaw Mountain High School celebrated Manufacturing Day on October 3rd while visiting a local manufacturing company.  Students had a first-hand opportunity to see STEM in action while visiting, Win-Tech, Inc in Kennesaw.  Over 100 students visited the facility and saw a product start as raw material and advance through each manufacturing stage.  These students were exposed to several career paths during the video and tour.  Students learned about the importance of a solid math foundation in careers related to manufacturing.   They also learned about important employability and technical skills needed to be a success in these fields.

 Chattahoochee Technical College and Georgia Tech representatives were both on site and discussed post-secondary options related to fields such as engineering, manufacturing, logistics, mechanics and business management.  The field trip was sponsored by Win-Tech, Inc, Georgia Tech, Chattahoochee Technical College,  and the Cobb County Career, Technical, Agricultural Education Department.

Cobb Schools Win Big at Marietta Chalkfest

Three of our Cobb schools took first place awards in the school competition sponsored by the Cobb Marietta Museum of Art. Congrats to Kennesaw Mtn. HS, Tapp MS and Hollydale ES! Each of these winning schools will receive a visit from a profesional artist to their schools. Students will also receive certificates. The winners are featured in order in the photos below.

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King Springs Elementary School To Become Dual Campus in 2015

To relieve overcrowded conditions at a school that continues to grow in popularity and enrollment, King Springs Elementary School in Smyrna will provide a dual campus arrangement for its students beginning with the 2015-2016 school year.

King Springs’ special needs preschool, kindergarten and first grade students will relocate to the former Brown Elementary School located at 3265 Brown Road, approximately two miles from King Springs’ current campus. This location will be known as the King Springs Primary School and will house approximately 310 students.

Brown Elementary School closed following the 2012-2013 school year and its student population now attends the new Smyrna Elementary School that opened in 2013. Since that time, Teasley Elementary School’s K-1 primary students have occupied the former Brown facility while major renovation construction is ongoing at the main Teasley campus. That construction will be complete in the summer of 2015 and Teasley’s primary students will move back to the main campus. Shortly after, King Springs’ primary students will begin moving in.

Approximately 550 second-through-fifth grade students will remain at the main campus on Reed Road in Smyrna, which will be called the King Springs Intermediate School. Most importantly, King Springs will continue to operate under one principal and will be identified as one school with two separate campuses.

The capacity of the campus on Reed Road is 558 students, but King Springs currently has 868 students enrolled. The school currently uses 12 portable classrooms to accommodate the additional students. Under the new plan, all of the portable classrooms will be eliminated.

“While change is always challenging, we are excited about gaining more room for our students and staff,” said Principal Linda Keeney. “Once everyone has a chance to adjust, I believe that our students, parents, and teachers all will appreciate the additional space. We know how well it has worked out for Teasley, and we believe that King Springs will have a similarly positive experience.”

Parents were informed of the decision in a September 26 letter from Ms. Keeney, and many parents attended a parent forum at the school on Sept. 30, 2014 to discuss the move. The response from King Springs’ parents has been overwhelmingly positive. King Springs is a 2012 Georgia School of Excellence, and a 2014 National PTA School of Excellence.

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LaBelle Elementary Counselor Receives State Award
Emily DeVane (left) presents Courtney Waller (right) with the Georgia Coordinator of the Year Award for the Pennies for Patients Campaign

Emily DeVane (left) presents Courtney Waller (right) with the Georgia Coordinator of the Year Award for the Pennies for Patients Campaign

Emily DeVane from the Georgia Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society visited LaBelle Elementary School to kick off the Pennies for Patients Campaign. She surprised the school counselor,  Courtney Waller, with the Georgia Coordinator of the Year Award! The Pennies for Patients Campaign raises money to support research and finding a cure for blood cancers.

Courtney lost her twin sister, Kim, to Hodgkins Lymphoma several years ago.

College Credit Now Summit Oct. 23 at North Cobb High

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Mableton Elementary Wins 2014 STEM Education Award
Mableton Elementary wins 2014 STEM Education Award

Pictured are: Sam Lim, Cisco Systems, Kym Eisgruber, Principal, Dana Jones, Academic Coach, and Brady Cannon, Program Director TAG Savannah

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) announced in September that Mableton Elementary School has been named as the Elementary category winner for the  2014 Georgia STEM Education Awards.

The Georgia 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.

Winners competed in 8 different categories in the statewide event. “It was truly a challenge to choose from among the many applicants from around Georgia,” said Tino Mantella, president & CEO of TAG. “We applaud this year’s winners for standing out as leaders in Georgia’s educational community.”

Winners were announced during a special awards gala on September 26th, held at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.  The event was sponsored in part by Promethean and Cisco Systems Inc.

 “It is so gratifying to see STEM education gaining momentum throughout the state of Georgia,” said Michael Robertson, executive director of TAG-Ed. “In order for our students to be prepared for tomorrow’s careers, they must first acquire strong analytical and problem solving skills through rigorous coursework in school. The programs highlighted today are leading the way in this effort and sharing best practices that will prepare our students for the challenges ahead. “

About Mableton Elementary School

To address changes in demographics and socio-economic levels, Mableton began to implement the STEM initiative in the fall of 2012.  The process began as a grassroots effort of teachers, parents, administrators and district personnel who recognized the need for STEM in the school and community.  Since its inception, the STEM program has become a model for the school district and is in the process of obtaining state STEM certification.  Mableton’s STEM program has evolved into a rigorous, relevant program deeply rooted in problem solving, discovery, and collaboration not only for students, but teachers as well.  Through the completion of teacher-created design challenges, our students are developing strong content knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math while learning the 21st century skills needed for college and career readiness.   The Mableton teachers have alsoreceived 20+ hours of professional developmentin STEM that includes building a foundation and developing enhanced teachingpractices.

Our STEM program is on the way to being one of the best in the state.  Not only does it link of our actions and strategies for improved student achievement together, it gives students who would not have normally had the opportunities to experience, a challenging, problem-based program to do so.  We are hopeful that we can continue to expand the program with even more innovative, cutting edge resources and materials in the future,” said Kym Eisgruber, Principal.

 

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 24,000 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 33 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG’s community website at www.TAGthink.com.

 

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.

 

For more information about TAG and the Third Annual Georgia STEM Education Awards visit: http://www.tagonline.org/events/stem-education-awards/.

 

 

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SAT Scores Unchanged for Cobb, State / National Averages Decline

SAT scores for the Cobb County School District’s most recent graduates remain well above averages for the state of Georgia and the nation, although there was no change in the overall score from last year. Seniors in the class of 2014 posted a combined SAT score of 1515 (includes Reading, Math, and Writing totals), exceeding their statewide peers’ average by 70 points and the national average by 18 points.

In the SAT’s three academic areas, Cobb students’ Reading scores were unchanged, while Math scores decreased only one point and Writing scores increased by one point. In Georgia, scores declined slightly in all three content areas (see Table II).

Six of Cobb’s 16 high schools posted combined totals higher than the national average of 1497, including Harrison, Kennesaw Mountain, Lassiter, Pope, Walton and Wheeler.  Kennesaw Mountain High School students posted the largest year-to-year gain with an average of 1602, a 31-point increase from last year, followed by South Cobb High School with a notable gain of 24 points and an average SAT score of 1331.  Walton continues to post the highest scores among district high schools with a combined SAT average score of 1700 for eight consecutive years.

“Our students continue to outperform their peers across the nation,” said Interim Superintendent Chris Ragsdale.  “All of our high schools are producing graduates who can be competitive and successful both in college and in the workforce. With the percentage of test takers having increased, it is impressive that our average score remained unchanged, even though scores declined nationally and in Georgia.”

The SAT is designed to predict a student’s potential for success in the first year of college. It tests students’ knowledge and application of Reading, Writing and Math. The writing section of the test asks students to write an essay that requires them to take a position on an issue and use reasoning and examples to support their position.  The Math section of the test includes topics from third-year college-preparatory Math, such as exponential growth, absolute value, functional notation and negative and fractional exponents. The Critical Reading section, previously known as the Verbal section, includes short and long reading passages.

College Board changed the way they report SAT scores beginning in 2011.  This change is based on the graduating cohort group, which includes summer test takers, and represents a shift from prior years when only scores for test takers through early June were included.

Many factors affect SAT scores from year to year, including the percentage of students taking the test, student academic preparation, knowledge of English, parents’ education and locality. Cobb information shows that the higher the grades and rank-in-class achieved, generally, the higher the mean SAT scores.

Parents who desire more information about their student’s SAT scores should contact counselors in the local high school who can provide proper interpretation to help interpret test results.

SAT scores for individual Cobb high schools are listed in Table II

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CCSD Honored at State Capitol for Farm-to-School Achievements

Cynthia Downs and Kelly Toon of Food and Nutrition Services received the Golden Radish Award at the State Capitol Oct. 6 on behalf of CCSD.

ATLANTA—Cobb CountySchool District was recognized with the Golden Radish Award, a prestigious state-wide farm to school distinction which acknowledges the outstanding leadership of school representatives building comprehensive farm to school programs.

The school district was one of 30 honored at the state capitol for this extraordinary work by State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge, Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, Public Health Commissioner Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, and Georgia Organics Board Chair Mandy Mahoney.

Cobb County School District was recognized at the Honorary level for their accomplishments during the last school year, which include:

  • Locally grown food items were featured in school meals 13 times.
  • There are 45 schools with edible gardens in the district, all varying in size and produce.
  • Students participated in 20 hands-on cooking activities using mobile kitchen carts for nutrition education and cooking demonstrations.

The 2014 Golden Radish Award recognizes school districts for all aspects of farm to school during the 2013-2014 school year—from local food procurement to hosting taste tests to gardening with students—and is awarded at Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorary Levels to districts with varying levels of farm to school programs.

“When children are offered fresh, locally sourced foods, they are more prepared for learning today, and more likely to continue healthy habits tomorrow,” said Dr. Barge. “At the same time, their school is supporting local agriculture, which has been and will continue to be an anchor of Georgia’s economy. It’s a positive thing from so many angles.”

“With these great farm to school programs, including our Feed My School for a Week program, students discover the role agriculture plays in their daily lives,” said Commissioner Black. “These programs not only provide children more healthy alternatives and promote local producers, but also bring communities together for a great cause.”

“Poor nutrition can cause health problems, overweight and obesity,” said Dr. Fitzgerald. “Half or more of your plate should be fruits and vegetables, and farm to school programs have been shown to increase student consumption of these foods. The Georgia Department of Public Health has been a long-time partner and supporter of Georgia’s farm to school efforts and we’re pleased to see the movement’s leaders recognized today.”

“We are so proud of the school district leaders being recognized through the Golden Radish Award,” said Georgia Organics Board Chair Mandy Mahoney. “In reviewing the applications, it’s clear that farm to school programs are popping up all over Georgia, and that Georgia school districts are committed to continuing to grow and support thriving programs.”

The award publicly recognizes and honors school districts for their hard work in the variety of farm to school programs they offer students. Districts were evaluated on their work in ten different activities of farm to school.

The 30 school systems being recognized are:

Gold Level
Atlanta Public Schools
Burke County Public School System
Carrollton City Schools
City Schools of Decatur
Clarke County School District
Habersham County Schools
Jackson County School System
Laurens County Schools

Silver Level
Bibb County School District
Bleckley County School District
Fulton County Schools

Bronze Level
Commerce City Schools
Dougherty County School System
Forsyth County Schools
Grady County Schools
Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
Tift County Schools

Honorary Level
Barrow County School System
Cobb County School District
Crisp County School System
Decatur County Schools
DeKalb County School District
Gwinnett County Public Schools
Hall County Schools
Madison County School District
Marietta City Schools
Newton County Schools
Peach County Schools
Rabun County Schools
Richmond County School System

Tim Crunk Memorial 5K to Honor Former Sprayberry Athletic Director

Sprayberry High School is sponsoring a 5K run to honor the late Tim Crunk, who was the athletic director for the school. The run will be held at Cedarcrest Church in Acworth on October 11.

Click here to register.

Tim Crunk 5K

Board Recognitions, Sept. 25, 2014
Cobb County Public Safety Appreciation Week - October 6-10, 2014

Cobb County Public Safety Appreciation Week – October 6-10, 2014

 

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Javits-Frasier Teacher Scholarship for Diverse Talent Development – Lisa Rogers, Milford Elementary School

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Javits-Frasier Teacher Scholarship for Diverse Talent Development – Lisa Rogers, Milford Elementary School

 

Department of Education and Department of Agriculture’s 2014 Georgia Farm to School Award, The Golden Radish – Cynthia Downs and Kelley Toon, Food and Nutrition Services

Department of Education and Department of Agriculture’s 2014 Georgia Farm to School Award, The Golden Radish – Cynthia Downs and Kelley Toon, Food and Nutrition Services

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