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Cobb Superintendent’s SACS Presentation

The Superintendent presented a State of the District overview to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) External Review Team on Monday, November 17, 2014. The presentation below contains information regarding district demographics, latest district assessment data, our current financial state and IE2.

Click to download a PDF of the Superintendent’s SACS Presentation

(Reprinted from Cobbk12.org)

 

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The Walker School Increases Campus Size by 50 Percent with Major Land Acquisition

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Walker’s Head of School, Jack Hall, signing forms during the closing.

The Walker School, located at 700 Cobb Parkway North in Marietta, today announced the acquisition of approximately 18 acres of land adjacent to its current campus, the largest physical expansion of the current campus to date. This new property will allow the school the flexibility to enhance greatly the quality of its facilities, positively impacting its academic, fine arts and athletics programs.

Walker School Land Acquisiton Nov 2014When added to the school’s existing 32 acres, this acquisition brings the school’s total property to approximately 50 acres and increases the total property by 56 percent. Located at 815 Allgood Road, the newly purchased land is contiguous to the area occupied by the Preschool building and the baseball field, Warren Field. The Walker School purchased the property from Tatung Company of America, Inc. for $4.6 million.

“Investing in land and facilities is critical to the long-term health of our school,” said Jack Hall, The Walker School’s Head of School.  “It is important to note that our ability to purchase this land was based on committed and identified philanthropic giving from a small group within the Walker community.”

Hall added: “Our school has been steadily growing for decades, growth built on the efforts and commitment of a community that entrusts us with the education of their children and gives us the tools and resources to support that important work.”

Board Chair Cheryl Barre, who led Walker’s Board of Trustees through a strategic planning process two years ago, said, “Adding property to our existing campus is one of the four strategic initiatives identified by the board and lays the groundwork to achieve a second initiative, upgrading facilities for academics, fine arts and athletics.”

 

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Cobb County Schools CLOSED for Thanksgiving Break

Cobb County Schools will be CLOSED for Thanksgiving Break November 24-28. Classes will resume on Monday, December 1, 2014.

Schools will close for the Winter Break on Monday, December 22, 2014, and resume for students on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Staff will return on Monday, January 5, 2015.

 

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Georgia State Board of Education Taking Comment on Proposed Revisions to Common Core

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Based on community feedback from across the state, the GA State Board of Education has proposed revisions to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics to be effective for the 2015-2016 school year. These revisions have now been posted for a 60 day review and comment period. Please click here to review the revised standards and to provide your comments to inform the decision for the GABOE.

(Source: Cobbk12.org)

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Georgia’s Top 20 Highest SAT Scoring High Schools

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The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States. It was first introduced in 1926, and its name and scoring have changed several times, being originally called the Scholastic Aptitude Test, then the Scholastic  Assessment Test, then the SAT Reasoning Test, and now simply the SAT. The SAT is owned and published by the College Board, a private, nonprofit organization in the United States. It is developed and administered on behalf of the College Board by the Educational Testing Service. The test is intended to assess a student’s readiness for college.

The current SAT, introduced in 2005, takes 3 hours and 45 minutes to finish, Possible scores on the SAT range from 600 to 2400, combining test results from three 800-point sections: Mathematics, Critical Reading, and Writing. However, the SAT does not mirror high school curriculum. According to the College Board, the SAT does not test logic or abstract reasoning. 2014 SAT scores were released last month by the College Board and the Georgia Department of Education. The test consists of three portions:  math, verbal and writing, each worth 800 points. A perfect score is 2400. Congratulations to the three East Cobb schools that made the list! Here’s a look at the top 20 Georgia schools (with 100 or more test takers) that had the highest average combined scores:

1 Gwinnett School of Mathematics Science and Technology, Gwinnett County Schools
Combined Score: 1912
2 Northview High School, Fulton County Schools
Combined Score: 1779
3 Walton High School, Cobb County Schools
Combined Score: 1724
4 Alpharetta High School, Fulton County Schools
Combined Score: 1704
5 Columbus High School, Muscogee County Schools
Combined Score: 1702
6 Johns Creek High School, Fulton County Schools
Combined Score: 1691
7 Chattahoochee High School, Fulton County Schools
Combined Score: 1680
8 Savannah Arts Academy, Savannah-Chatham County Schools
Combined Score: 1671
9 Pope High School, Cobb County Schools
Combined Score: 1666
10 Milton High School, Fulton County Schools
Combined Score: 1654
11 Roswell High School, Fulton County Schools
Combined Score: 1653
12 South Forsyth High School, Forsyth County Schools
Combined Score: 1647
13 North Gwinnett High School
Gwinnett County Schools
Combined Score: 1644
14 Lassiter High School, Cobb County Schools
Combined Score: 1643
15 Starr’s Mill High School, Fayette County Schools
Combined Score: 1623
16 McIntosh High School, Fayette County Schools
Combined Score: 1618
17 Brookwood High School, Gwinnett County Schools
Combined Score: 1607
18 Kennesaw Mountain High School, Cobb County Schools
Combined Score: 1602
19 Lambert High School, Forsyth County Schools
Combined Score: 1594
20 North Oconee High School, Oconee County Schools
Combined Score: 1593

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CHADD Parent Support Group meets November 20

Curios about the difference between an IEP and a 504 plan, parental rights or in need of a Peer Parent Support Group? Does your child have one of the many acronyms that is covered under Behavioral Issues? (ADD, ADHD, ODD, EBD, etc…) This Group is for parents, caregivers, or guardians of these special kids. Topics will cover kids from PreK to College.

Next meeting is Thursday, November 20, 6:30-8pm, at Sprayberry 2.0, 2670 Kinjac Drive, Marietta. For more information contact Joy Olson at 404-337-6255.

 

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Cobb Board of Education Approves IE2 Contract

The Cobb County Board of Education has approved the Cobb County School District’s initial Investing in Educational Excellence (IE2) contract and has authorized submitting it to the state Department of Education for final approval. The contract would go into effect for the 2015-2016 school year. The contract was approved unanimously at the school board’s work session meeting following an opportunity for the public to provide input on the proposal.

Click here for more information about IE2

(Source: Cobbk12.org)

 

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Is your school “No Place for Hate”?

 

It’s something every parent fears: someone bullying their child at school. And it is a legitimate concern. A recent survey of East Cobb principals and teachers revealed some alarming statistics:

  • 33% of respondents named bullying as one of the three most significant challenges they face with regard to culture and diversity in their schools, yet…
  • Nearly one fourth of respondents, 24%, said that their school DOES NOT participate in an anti-bullying program. (ECCC PTA Diversity Survey, Spring 2014)

Studies show that anti-bullying programs can significantly reduce incidences of bullying at school, yet with school district budgets stretched to the extreme, how does a school allocate the resources for yet another program? The answer is: they don’t have to. “No Place For Hate,” a project of the Anti- Defamation League (ADL), is a free and flexible anti-bullying program designed to fit the needs of each school’s unique population and culture. The program offers simple step-by-step
implementation instruction and requires leadership be governed by a diverse committee representing the school and community, which could include administrators, teachers, counselors, students, parents and even community and business partners. The committee oversees a needs assessment of the school with regard to bias and bullying and organizes an official presentation of a “No Place For Hate School Pledge,” promising to create a school environment that is “No Place For Hate.” The committee meets with school organizations and clubs for their input on how to address the issues identified in the school’s needs assessment.

Finally, they meet to plan at least three school activities that align with the No Place For Hate mission of eliminating bias and bullying at school. With their activities completed, schools submit a brief description of their program to the ADL to earn a  personalized banner declaring that their school is “No Place For Hate.” Banner presentations are usually a school-wide event, often celebrated in pep rally style with an ADL official to make the presentation to the school. Designations must be earned each year, but successful or existing programs can always be repeated.

Aside from the cost, which is literally nothing, the real beauty of this program is the way that it works to affect the culture of the school. Unlike programs offering a single-day, anti-bullying event or hosting a speaker for an assembly, requiring schools to complete at least three anti-bullying activities a year (they can do as many as they wish) sends a consistent, year-round message that “at our school, we don’t tolerate bias or bullying.” Students simply learn the message just like any other school policies and procedures.

As listed on the “No Place For Hate” website, eight of East Cobb’s 35 public schools took a stand against bullying and earned their “No Place For Hate” designation for the 2013-2014 school year. Congratulations to:

  • Blackwell Elementary School
  • Davis Elementary School
  • East Cobb Middle School
  • Garrison Mill Elementary School
  • Mabry Middle School
  • McClesky Middle School
  • Nicholson Elementary School, and
  • Timber Ridge Elementary School.

Is your school on this list? If not, contact your school administrators, counselors, and PTA and urge them to consider implementing the program. And please consider volunteering to help your school make it happen. There could be no better use of your time and talents.

For more information about the “No Place For Hate” program, visit www. noplaceforhate.org or contact ECCC PTA Diversity Chair Wendy Stewart at diversity@ecccpta.org.

(Written by Wendy Stewart, PTA Diversity Chair, East Cobb County Council of PTAs)

The Mystery of Edwin Drood coming to Walton Drama

Walton High School  Drama presents The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the Tony-winning musical based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel.  The story is told by a rowdy ensemble of actors in a Victorian London music hall.  Everyone on stage is a suspect in the murder of Edwin Drood and it’s up to the audience to choose the killer.  Each performance ends differently, depending on what the audience decides!  Performances November 13th  at 7, 15th  at 2 and 7 and 16th at 2 at Walton HS .  See www.waltondrama.com for tickets and more information.

 

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The Cottage School’s Cougar Classic Car Show and Bazaar Revs up Roswell

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The inaugural Cougar Classic Car Show and Bazaar was held on The Cottage School campus on October 25, 2014.  The event was emceed by Moby of Moby in the Morning. The car show featured vintage models and current specialty autos ranging from a 1927 Ford Model T to a 2014 Mustang.  The Best of Show Trophy went to a 1957 Chevy, complete with curbside window dining tray.  The Bazaar included an artist market that offered pottery, photography, paintings, and clothing, and an upscale garage sale. TCS’ horticulture class held a farmer’s market, and even Elvis put in a special appearance.

The event was the brainchild of TCS senior Noah Storm and was co-chaired by parents Chris Storm and Lee Gidley. A troop of parent, student, and alumni volunteers organized the show.  Sponsored by the UPS store in Canton, Bob Hagan, Sports Fields, Inc., Paul and Bowe Lang, Doubletree Hotel, Roswell, E3 Inc., Stepping Stone Academy, Merlin Auto Group, Lovatt and Rushing, Inc., and countless local businesses, the event shared The Cottage School and its mission with the community and introduced a new fall event to the public. Proceeds benefit the school’s tuition assistance program.

“This event was not only fun for everyone, but it also brought together a great cross-section of community that included TCS current and alumni families, neighbors, and friends”, says TCS Executive Director, Jacque Digieso.  “It is always magic when creativity and passion come together. Every aspect of this event, including the weather, radiated true community.”

 

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