Four Cobb County ninth grade girls worked together as Team Shift to win the Formula One In Schools National Championship last Saturday! Congratulations to Anna Awald, Kelly Fitzgerald and Claire McCoy of Wheeler High’s Center for Advanced Studies in Science, Mathematics and Technology and Sabine Saldanha of Campbell High School’s International Baccalaureate program. F1 in Schools was initiated in the United Kingdom in 1999, challenging students to engineer their own Formula One model race cars.
Watch the video below to learn more about Team Shift:
The school naming committee for Austell Intermediate has concluded its evaluation of name submissions for the school and narrowed the selections to three, per the guidelines in Administrative Rule FF. The top three choices for the school’s new name are:
1st Choice – Hendricks Elementary School (George Hendricks)
2nd Choice – Seven Springs Elementary School
3rd Choice – Cole Elementary School (Sollie C. Cole)
Area 1 Assistant Superintendent Robert Benson will prepare an agenda item for the Board of Education, incorporating the committee’s three top choices; the committee’s first choice will be presented as the Superintendent’s recommendation. The Board may accept one of the committee’s three (3) names, or it may vote on and approve another name.
As part of the south county elementary redistricting approved by the Board of Education in February 2012, Austell Primary (currently serving grades K-1) and Austell Intermediate (currently serving grades 2-5) schools are being reorganized into separate K-5 schools for the 2012-2013 school year. Since Austell Primary is on the site of the original Austell Elementary, it will retain the original name and Austell Intermediate will receive a new, unique moniker.
See the gallery for clips of information submitted about George Hendricks and Sollie Cole.
U.S. News released its rankings of the nation’s Best High Schools this week, now based on data from nearly 22,000 public schools nationwide. Four Cobb County schools earned spots in the national rankings: Walton High (ranked #191 nationally, #3 in Georgia) and Lassiter High (ranked #311 nationally, #7 in Georgia) are among the top 500 schools in the U.S. for college readiness; Wheeler High (ranked #686 nationally, #13 in Georgia) and Campbell High (ranked #1606 nationally, #27 in Georgia) received ‘Silver’ level recognition for high-performing schools with lower college readiness ratings.
U.S. News determined the rankings through a three-step process that determines overall student performance on math and reading, proficiency rates for economically disadvantaged and minority students and ultimately, college readiness performance.
Congratulations to four Cobb schools that have demonstrated school-wide commitment to Fuel Up to Play 60 by completing all six steps toward a healthier school environment! Birney Elementary, LaBelle Elementary, Lovinggood Middle, and Pebblebrook High schools have earned the Fuel Up to Play 60 Touchdown School designation for the 2011-2012 school year! Each campus will receive a banner to proudly display in their school to showcase their achievement in creating a healthier school environment. Only 21 schools in Georgia received this designation.
Seven Cobb County twelfth graders will have their college education paid in full after being named 2012 Gates Millennium Scholars! Among the most competitive scholarship programs in the nation, the Gates scholarship covers tuition, room and board to any college or university for 1,000 outstanding students from throughout the United States.
Cobb’s 2012 Gates Millennium Scholars are: Tayo Akigbogun, Campbell High School Summer Ford, Campbell High School Dorothy Stearns, Kennesaw Mountain High School Andres Murillo, Pope High School Amber Hubert, South Cobb High School Uduak Obot, South Cobb High School Chinonso Ogojiaku, South Cobb High School
The Gates Millennium Scholarship was established in 1999 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The program is designed to provide outstanding minority students with the opportunity to pursue higher education, especially in the critical fields of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and the sciences. The scholarship award is renewable annually, based on Gates scholars’ demonstration of continued academic progress. Since its inception, the program has provided more than $600 million in scholarships to over 16,000 deserving students.
Cobb County Schools celebrated our retiring employees Tuesday, May 1 during the annual Retirement Luncheon at the Roswell Street Baptist Church meeting center. Cobb will bid farewell to more than 180 employees at the end of the 2011-2012 school year, with many retiring after more than three decades of service.
The retirees were joined by their families and building principals and were greeted by members of the Cobb Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa before being served lunch. Each retiree received a special plaque for their service. Entertainment was provided by the Hillgrove High School orchestra.
See below for a gallery of images from the 2012 Retirement Luncheon.