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Forty-five girls from Daniell Middle School learned about future career possibilities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) during a set of workshops conducted at the Kennesaw State University Center March 24. As part of a statewide initiative, the Georgia Department of Education offered middle school girls from around the state an afternoon of hands-on workshops designed to stimulate young women’s interest in the STEM fields.

Daniell students participated in activities such as STEMilicous!, Lipstick or Science–Be a Chemical Engineer for a Day!; Trash or Treasure; STEM in Hollywood–the math and science behind Hollywood movies; and 3D printing. As a bonus and an unexpected surprise, NASA Astronaut Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger visited with the group and gave a riveting account of her space travels. Her personable approach had the girls (and adults) on the edge of their seats.

Daniell’s strong focus on these initiatives is spearheaded by CTAE Engineering and Technology teacher Becky Forbes and supported by principal David Nelson.



Last month, Work-Based Learning intern students from ten of Cobb’s high schools participated in a dynamic day of professional development at the Rising Professionals Summit sponsored by Delta Community Credit Union and Southern Polytechnic State University.

The conference-style setting allowed the students to work on refinement of soft skills and development of networking, and team building skills. A strong focus on financial literacy was presented by Delta Community Credit Union. Students each received take-home material and a book with a teen finance focus. All ten WBL Teacher Coordinators facilitated at the conference and also participated in the workshops. The summit was well-received by the business volunteers, students, teachers and sponsors.

For more information about the Cobb Work-Based Learning Program, please visit our section of the CCSD website.

Submitted by Angela Kovachi, CTAE



The creativity of Hillgrove High School’s visual and performing art students will be on display during Performing for the Dream—An Evening of Fine Arts next Tuesday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. Cobb County School District supervisor for instrumental music and  former HHS band director Chris Ferrell will serve as emcee for the fine arts expo, which will include an art show, silent auction and performances by the Hillgrove drama troupe, chorus, orchestra and band.

Tickets are $5.00 at the door and benefit The Hillgrove Foundation, a philanthropic 501(c)(3) organization that works to support Hillgrove High School in the areas of academics, athletics and the fine arts.



Hundreds of volunteer students, their families, and staff members will descend upon Big Shanty Intermediate School Saturday, April 26 to clean-up and beautify the aging campus, thanks to a donation from Comcast. Big Shanty is one of 30 schools selected nationally as recipient of Comcast Cares Day 7and received $7,500 from the communications company to fund supplies for the cleanup projects.

Teams of volunteers will plant trees near the track for erosion control and flowers in the front and side to beautify the grounds; create a sensory garden on the other side for Special Education students, and fill in a bog in the back. Meanwhile, other volunteers will scrape and paint the front awning and hallway and install shelving in the bathrooms. In conjunction, school nurse Beverly Jones will host an American Red Cross blood drive.

Big Shanty was selected for Comcast Cares Day through the efforts of parent volunteer and Comcast employee Dylon Ross. Mr. Ross started volunteering in the school’s Library Media Center as a mentor to the third grade boys’ reading club group that meets every Wednesday morning.  At Mr. Ross’ suggestion, school media specialist Barbara Powell-Schager wrote a grant application for iPads and eBooks so the boys could have a larger selection of books, while simultaneously becoming tech savvy. In addition, Ms. Powell-Schager wrote a letter to Comcast commending Mr. Ross for his “above and beyond” volunteerism. Consequently, Dylon was officially recognized by his company for his community leadership and volunteerism. Working with Big Shanty principal Dr. Kelly Luscre, Mr. Ross leveraged this position to garner Comcast’s support for the clean-up/beautification project.



The Osborne High School Volunteer Income Tax Center is ready to help last-minute filers prepare their federal and state tax returns. Osborne’s Tax Center is an official IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) center, offering free income tax preparation to low-moderate income taxpayers. The center is operated by staff and students of Osborne High School. Osborne’s VITA center is hosted by St. Philip UMC, located at 2400 Favor Road, Marietta, GA 30060. Osborne’s tax preparers have been assisting clients throughout the filing season and will be open through the filing deadline of April 15. Taxpayers that need more information or would like to make an appointment can call 678-468-6352.

Osborne’s tax center has been in operation since 2011 and is the only volunteer tax preparation site in the state hosted by a high school. It is one of approximately forty VITA centers located in the metro area. All Atlanta VITA centers are supported by the United Way of Greater of Atlanta. Since its inception, Osborne students have prepared almost 700 tax returns, yielding refunds over $500,000, and saving taxpayers thousands in preparation fees. The center is run in conjunction with the school’s business education curriculum. In addition to tax preparation experience, students develop office competencies such as marketing, data and records management, scheduling, and reporting. Business Education teacher Michael Devault serves as the center’s site coordinator and oversees all aspects of its operations.



Eighty-two (82) Cobb County rising eleventh and twelfth graders have been selected as finalists for the 2014 Georgia Governor’s Honors Program. Cobb’s selections are among 691 finalists selected for the program from nearly 3,000 applicants. Since the program is fully funded by the Georgia General Assembly, there is no charge for students to attend.

Students will arrive on the campus of Valdosta State University on Sunday, June 22. For four weeks, students will spend the morning in their major area of nomination, exploring topics not usually found in the regular high school classroom. During the afternoons, students choose one of the other areas in which to study. The curriculum in all the areas is challenging and engaging. Evenings are filled with seminars, activities, concerts, and performances.

Cobb’s finalists for the 2014 Georgia Governor’s Honors Program are:

Last Name First Name School Name Subject
Brennan Ryan Allatoona Theatre Performance
Aldana Sarah Campbell Visual Arts
Augenbroe Anneke Campbell French
Beldeanu Oana Campbell Comm Arts
Campbell Lauren Campbell Comm Arts
Chen Vanessa Campbell Biology
Hardnett Erin Campbell Social Studies
Ilieva Guergana Campbell Spanish
Lopez Jefferson Campbell French
Patel Aakanksha Campbell Math
Ross Michael Campbell Visual Arts
Shonia Anna Campbell Comm Arts
Zhang Belinda Campbell Visual Arts
Gray Chris Harrison Math
Saini Arushi Harrison Chemistry
Dupree Keshaun Hillgrove Music
Grubbs Jennifer Hillgrove Music
Mbaezue Chielo Hillgrove Physics
Oberlton Benjamin Hillgrove Chemistry
Sewell Cooper Hillgrove Music
Christensen Carrie Kell Music Voice
Axelrod Nicole Kennesaw Mountain Music Voice
Chan Alicia Kennesaw Mountain Comm Arts
Chokshi Trishla Kennesaw Mountain Math
Johns Mitchell Kennesaw Mountain Physics
Rinaudo Ryan Kennesaw Mountain Math
Soudelier Bailey Kennesaw Mountain Theatre Design
Sun Tingxiao Kennesaw Mountain Math
Feininger Harold Lassiter Math
Ganesan Kashyap Lassiter Music Jazz
Gonzalez Daniel Lassiter Social Studies
Kiefer Trevor Lassiter Music
Stone Kelsie Lassiter Comm Arts
Wang Anna Lassiter Math
Greifinger Jacob Lassiter School Music
Anderson Kaytlan McEachern Technology
Escoto Dairys McEachern Visual Arts
Johnosn Dakota McEachern Technology
Carmona Jose McEachern School Music
Connolly Zachary North Cobb Social Studies
Coutinho Kristen North Cobb Biology
Hubbard Nolan North Cobb Social Studies
Olle Laura North Cobb Design
Parsa Samira North Cobb Comm Arts
Smart Andrew North Cobb Music Voice
Thomas Michael North Cobb Visual Arts
Attaway Jacob Pebblebrook Dance
Burgess Kirby Pebblebrook Music Voice
Dow Kelsie Pebblebrook Music Voice
Garland Alexandria Pebblebrook Dance
Hamilton Kristian Pebblebrook Music Voice
Lee Jayson Pebblebrook Theatre Performance
Niemeier Hunter Pebblebrook Music Voice
Pinniger Paige Pebblebrook Dance
Primous Commodore Pebblebrook Music Voice
Welsh Matthew Pebblebrook Music Voice
Frew Alexander Sprayberry Theatre Performance
Sutherland Donald Sprayberry Social Studies
Borer Brett Walton Spanish
Fortier Madeline Walton Spanish
Kaplan Carly Walton Visual Arts
Raman Vineet Walton Spanish
Chiou Jonathan Walton Music
Hsia Jeffrey Walton Latin
Jang Dong Yoon Walton Latin
Jindal Nitish Walton Music
Ke Shannon Walton Music
Kim Julie Walton Music
Mori John Walton Music
Singh Shrish Walton Latin
Stasko John Thomas Walton Math
Achtani Karan Wheeler Math
Danneman Marianne Wheeler Comm Arts
Freaney Sophia Wheeler Music
Ji Alissa Wheeler Math
Kim Kyoo Wheeler Music
Kim Kyoung Wheeler Music
Maloney Grace Wheeler Latin
Nath Mirna Wheeler Biology
Varnedoe Kyle Wheeler Math
Vasay Naim Wheeler Technology
Piendel Adam Wheeler Design

Cobb has the third largest number of 2014 GHP finalists of all Georgia school systems, bested only by Fulton with 91 and Gwinnett with 82.

Submitted by Alison Coker, Advanced Learning Programs



Caroline Surratt, senior at Harrison High School, scored a perfect 36 composite score on the ACT college admissions exam. Among ACT-tested US high school graduates in the class of 2013, only 1,162 out of more than 1.79 million students (less than one percent!) earned a composite score of 36.

For the Class of 2013, the average ACT composite score for Cobb County students was 22.1, the Georgia average was 20.7 and the national average was 20.9. Miss Surratt is the second Cobb County student to report achievement of a perfect score on the ACT this year, following Kevin Sholl of Wheeler High.

Caroline is the first student in the history of Harrison High to earn a perfect score on the ACT.



mbaFor the tenth consecutive year, the Financial Services division of the Cobb County School District has earned the prestigious Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). Cobb is among just 127 U.S. school systems to be recognized for excellence in presentation of the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year budget.

Founded in 1910, the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is an educational association that supports school business professionals. The Meritorious Budget Award recognizes well-developed school system budget presentations that are easy for the public to access and comprehend, based on the following criteria:

  • Presents clear budget guidelines.
  • Promotes communication between departments and the community.
  • Encourages short- and long-range budget goals.
  • Supports effective use of educational resources

Congratulations to Chief Financial Officer Brad Johnson, Director of Accounting Jan Hendrix and the CCSD Financial Services staff for their efforts to exceed the national standards for budget presentation.



Kevin Sholl, junior at The Center for Advanced Studies at Wheeler High School, scored a perfect 36 composite score on the ACT. Among ACT-tested US high school graduates in the class of 2013, only 1,162 out of more than 1.79 million students (less than one percent!) earned a composite score of 36.

For the Class of 2013, the average ACT composite score for Cobb County students was 22.1, the Georgia average was 20.7 and the national average was 20.9.

2014 marks the second consecutive year in which an eleventh grader at the Wheeler magnet program has attained a composite score of 36. The Center for Advanced Studies has a history of excellent ACT and SAT scores which led to the creation of Club 36 and the 800 Club to celebrate students’ success. Starting with the Class of 2009, 57 Magnet students have scored a 36 on one or more sections of the ACT; 123 students have scored an 800 on one or more sections of the SAT , beginning with the Class of 2004.

Submitted by Stacy Regitsky, The Center for Advanced Studies at Wheeler High School



Holbrook_RachelSouth Cobb High School senior Rachel Holbrook advanced to the Atlanta finals in the 8th annual August Wilson monologue competition! Rachel is one of 15 finalists who used her oratory skills to move up through a 200-contestant field in the preliminary rounds and the 42 contestants who reached the semifinals.

She represented South Cobb at the finals Monday, March 3 at the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University, competing against 14 other outstanding student speakers from throughout Georgia.


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