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Sprayberry HS to Host Cobb Superhero 5K March 7

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Sprayberry High School will host the Cobb Superhero 5K race on March 7th at 7 a.m. All funds will benefit the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life. Click here for more information on the race and to register.

ECCC PTA Honors Cobb Teachers, Principals
CCSD Supt. Ragsdale and members of the Leadership Team at the ECCC PTA Teacher of the Year and Principal Appreciation Lunch

PHOTO: CCSD Supt. Ragsdale and members of the Leadership Team at the ECCC PTA Teacher of the Year and Principal Appreciation Lunch

Superintendent Ragsdale and members of the Cobb County School District Leadership Team celebrated the work of teachers and principals at the East Cobb Community Council (ECCC) PTA Teacher of the Year and Principal Appreciation Lunch. The event paid tribute to teachers of the year and principals as being the “superheroes of our schools.”


Dr. Grant Rivera addresses the crowd at the ECCC PTA Teacher of the Year and Principal Appreciation Lunch

ECCC PTA President, Anne Davidson, called the event a “joyful occasion,” and extended a special thanks to CCSD’s Chief Leadership and Learning Officer, Dr. Grant Rivera. Davidson credited Rivera with providing “moving comments on how teachers and principals have an irreplaceable” superhero quality — which has a lasting and positive impact on students throughout their lives.”

Still Elementary Holds Fairy Tale Ball to Celebrate Reading

The Kindergarten classes at Still Elementary brought reading to life at their Fairy Tale Ball. Everyone on the grade level – from staff to students – dressed up for the special occasion in their book-inspired “beautiful and handsome ball attire.”  The event capped off an informative and exciting instructional unit about fairy tales for the students. They enjoyed reading fairy tales during a special story time, tried out their best waltzes with a little ballroom dancing, and even had a fancy snack. Students were thrilled when two popular characters from the movie Frozen appeared, too – Elsa and Anna -  to take character photos with the students. Still Elementary: where dreams about being successful readers really do come true!

Rocky Mount Elementary Honors Local Hero with ‘Heroes vs. Villains’ 5K

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Rocky Mount Elementary contributed to the Guinn Family Memorial Fund, participated in a snack concession fundraiser and ran the Superheroes vs. Villains 5K in honor of fallen firefighter Frank Guinn and to promote a healthy lifestyle.

The link above includes video of the event with a finale tribute to the father of Rocky Mount ES’s triplets and  Atlanta firefighter, Frank Guinn.

Hillgrove High School to Host Free Concert Honoring Veterans

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In commemoration of Veterans Day, the Hillgrove High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) will host a free concert featuring the United States Naval Academy (USNA) Gospel Choir on Saturday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m. The Gospel Choir will travel to Atlanta, GA to perform several public concerts and visit area schools to honor all active military and Veterans. This concert also serves to introduce students to the opportunities available to them by attending the US Naval Academy. The concert will be held at Hillgrove High School in the Joseph B. Boland Theater. Doors open to the public at 6:00 p.m. with general admission seating. The Midshipmen will be available immediately following the concert to answer questions and talk about life at the Naval Academy.

 The United States Naval Academy Gospel Choir, under the direction of Ms. Karla Scott, is an upbeat inspirational musical ensemble.  Comprised of midshipmen from various places, races and creeds, the Gospel Choir is reflective of the diverse interests and ethnicities within the Brigade of Midshipmen. Throughout the year, the USNA Gospel Choir maintains an active schedule and regularly performs not only at the Naval Academy but throughout the nation at churches, schools, and community centers.  The Gospel Choir is a wonderful part of the Naval Academy family. Not only does it allow its members to express their faith in song, but it also provides the public an opportunity to witness the diversity and talents of today’s Brigade of Midshipmen. It is with honor, pride and distinction that the Gospel Choir represents the United States, the United States Navy and Marine Corps, and the Naval Academy.

The Hillgrove NJROTC program was established in 2009 and serves to prepare high school students for leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens. Classroom instruction is augmented throughout the year by community service activities, drill competition, field trips, marksmanship training, and other extra-curricular activities.

Lost Mountain Middle School to Host ‘Rally 4 Quarters 4 Research’ Fundraiser Benefitting Childhood Cancer Research

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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.

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 fundedLost 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, 201Each 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.

Mt. Bethel Elementary 28th Annual Fun Run

Mt. Bethel Elementary School is proud to announce the 28th Annual Mt. Bethel Fun Run.  The Fun Run is a 5K event dedicated to promoting health and fitness for people of all ages, especially children.  Everyone is invited to participate, particularly the people of the East Cobb Community.  The Fun Run Team hopes to make 2014 the most successful Fun Run ever! Please make plans to register and participate!!

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Location: Mt. Bethel Elementary School
Registration Begins: September 5, 2014

Registration forms and other information can be found at www.mtbethel.blogs.com/funrun

Proceeds from the Fun Run benefit the Mt. Bethel Elementary School PTA.

Baker Elementary Celebrates Exceptional Children’s Week with School Carnival

Baker Elementary School celebrated Exceptional Children’s Week March 10-14 with a carnival for students with special needs organized by the Baker student council. See below for a slide show from the event!

Submitted by Emily Brown, Media Specialist at Baker Elementary

Riverside Primary Raises More Than $3,200 For American Heart Association

Students and staff at Riverside Primary School raised more than $3,200 for the American Heart Association during its Hoops for Heart event!  In early February, students learned about how important their hearts are and how to keep them healthy. P.E. coaches Ms. Pietrangelo and Mr. Shields talked to students about the benefit of having a healthy heart and asked students, “If your heart was not so healthy would you want someone to help you?” The unanimous answer was, “YES!” The school set a goal to raise $2,000, with a school-wide costume party on the line.

Staff and students worked together to decorate the school hallways and classroom doors, participated in hat days with a donation of 50 cents, and raised as much money as they could online and with take-home envelopes. Riverside shattered the $2,000 goal by more than $1,200! Since the date for the costume party fell near Read Across America day, Riverside staff encouraged students to come dressed as their favorite storybook characters.  The school enjoyed celebrating its charity efforts by dressing in an array of fantastic colors and outfits.

Submitted by Alecia P. Carter, Media Specialist, Riverside Primary

Kincaid Elementary Student Projects On Display During STEM Expo

Kincaid Elementary School held two big events focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math during the past month. Through various activities, students and families learned that STEM activities are all around us, are used every day, and can be fun.
Day took place on February 20, with the STEM Night Expo occurring on March 6.

For STEM Day on February 20, every grade at Kincaid participated in special lesson and programs, including a STEM Career Fair for fourth and fifth graders. Kindergarten got a head start by journeying through the Solar System in the STAR Lab the previous week.

  • 1st Grade demonstrated sound energy by designing Native American drums!
  • 2nd Grade designed and programmed robots!
  • 3rd Grade learned all about earth science with edible soil!
  • 4th Grade learned about exciting STEM jobs at the Career Fair and constructed spaghetti bridges (sponsored by IBM)!
  • 5th Grade learned about exciting STEM jobs at the Career Fair and played Jeopardy against IBM’s super computer, Watson (sponsored by IBM).

Kincaid families came to the school March 6 for STEM Night to learn about how the school is moving toward a fully-integrated STEM curriculum. They watched a presentation by principal Cheryl Mauldin and learned about plans for a new lab. The night was capped with the STEM Expo featuring STEM projects Kincaid students worked on in classrooms and the science lab:

  • Kindergarten – Stuffed Animal Day
  • 1st Grade – Native American Style Drums
  • 2nd Grade – Puff Mobiles Challenge
  • 3rd Grade – Mining Tools Challenge
  • 4th Grade – Rain Gauges
  • 5th Grade – Glubber, Jitterbug, Straw Tower and Water Passages

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