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High School coach resigns amid allegations of bullying

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An East Cobb coach stepped down amid allegations of bullying and hazing going on right under his nose.

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Cobb Named a 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District

Managing Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to announce the Cobb County School District in Marietta, Georgia is among the 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees.

The Cobb County School District is thrilled to be recognized for its important commitment to sustainable practices. This award celebrates the district’s longstanding dedication to reducing environmental impact and costs, improving the health and wellness of all who enjoy teaching, learning and working in our schools, and effective environmental education. Cobb schools are recognized for their leadership in environmental stewardship, health and sustainability and for inspiring everyone in the district to aim high.

Cobb County School District’s excellence in sustainability is well recognized in the U.S. Department of Education’s Three Pillars of environmental achievement:

  1. Reduce environmental impact and costs;
  2. Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and
  3. Provide environmental education, which teaches many disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways.

Superintendent Chris Ragsdale says, “As one of only 14 districts of the over 13,000 nationwide, it is a distinct honor to receive this award. This is reflective of our District’s commitment to building and maintaining schools that are both healthy and economically efficient.”

Deputy Superintendent, John Adams, oversees district operations. He says, “This is a significant achievement for our district and one that we all greatly appreciate.”

In total, across the country, 58 schools and 14 districts were honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways. Duncan and Goldfuss made the announcement at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC. Within Cobb County Schools, Big Shanty Intermediate School is also recognized as a Green Ribbon School.

“These honorees are compelling examples of the ways schools can help children build real-world skillsets, cut school costs, and provide healthy learning environments,” Duncan said. “U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools are an inspiration and deserve the spotlight for embodying strong examples of innovative learning and civic engagement.”

The schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions were confirmed from a pool of candidates voluntarily nominated by 30 state education agencies, with honorees selected from 28 jurisdictions. The list of 81 total selectees includes 52 public schools and six private schools. The list of all selected schools and districts as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. A report with highlights on the 81 honorees can be foundhere. More information on the award can be found here. More about Cobb County Schools can be found here.

(Source: Cobb County Schools) 

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Cobb County School District is giving our students Office for FREE


In order to help students prepare for success, Cobb County Schools is providing Microsoft Office 365 to every student free of charge. With Office 365, your child will now have access to the latest version of Word for writing;

Excel for spreadsheets; PowerPoint for presentations; OneNote for organization and note taking; and much more!

  • Install on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs plus 5 mobile devices.
  • Gain valuable skills on the world’s most popular productivity software.
  • Office 365 subscription lasts for as long as your child is a student in Cobb County Schools and the program continues.

Your child will need his/her new Office 365 account information to sign in. You will receive your new account information via email after you accept the terms and conditions.

Parents of Cobb County students should have received an email with installation instructions. If you haven’t received this email or have questions, please contact your child’s school.

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Cal Boyd Joins MBCA’s Upper School Leadership Team

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In July 2015, Cal Boyd will join the Mt Bethel Christian Academy (MBCA) leadership team as the Director of Upper School Admission and Marketing. Boyd brings 23 years of private school education experience to MBCA. In addition to his role in Admission and Marketing, Boyd will also become Head Coach for the Upper School’s Boy’s Basketball program. Boyd grew up in Cobb County and attended Campbell High School where his basketball jersey is retired. He played collegiate basketball at Wake Forest University and still holds the record for the best all-time three-point percentage for a career in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“This is an exciting opportunity for me to be able to contribute to the growth of the upper school while also developing the boy’s upper school basketball program,” said Boyd. Head of School Jim Callis said, “Cal brings an extensive and impressive background in private school education and over 20 years of experience coaching basketball at the high school level. As a father, administrator and coach, he is exceptionally well-suited to invest in the lives of our students,” continued Callis.

Mt. Bethel Christian Academy was founded in 1998 and provides a K-12 college preparatory, Christ-centered education in an environment that develops and encourages academic excellence, spiritual growth, and a lifelong love and desire for learning. For more information on Mt. Bethel Christian Academy, please call (770) 971-0245 or visit

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Lassiter High School Presents Percussion Symposium

Current and graduate Lassiter High School Band percussionists Luke Bentley, Richard Schaff, Rachel Steffan and Anna Gwaltney. Credit: Lassiter High School Band


Lassiter High School announces its 2nd Annual Percussion Symposium, to be held Saturday, April 25 in the Lassiter High School Concert Hall. Accomplished middle school, high school and college percussionists from 18 area schools will perform for evaluation by renowned percussionists Dr. John Parks from Florida State University, She-e Wu from Northwestern University and Casey Cangelosi from Concord University.

Dynamic student performances begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be capped by a 7:30 p.m. performance by the Morehead State University Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Brian Mason. Dr. Parks, Wu and Cangelosi will join in Morehead State’s special performance along with Team Islas, a professional percussion duo.

“It’s our privilege to welcome these world-class musicians to Cobb County,” said Lassiter Percussion Director Mike Lynch. “This symposium is a great opportunity for students and directors to learn and grow while interacting with professional musicians. It will be a day of exciting and entertaining performances for the entire community.”

The mission of the Symposium is to encourage the growth of percussion ensemble activity in a non-competitive environment. Attending students will perform on state-of-the-art instruments provided by Mapex/Majestic and receive professional evaluation. Performances are open to the public beginning at 8:30 a.m. Admission is $7 and funds raised will benefit the Lassiter High School Bands program.

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Cobb Schools’ Hiring Fair 2-6pm TODAY



Set up and last minute preparations are underway on site at McEachern HS for Cobb County Schools’ Hiring Fair for certified teachers. Overwhelming response prompted a venue change to accommodate the expected numbers, according to Kevin Kiger, Executive Director of Employment. “We have so much interest in coming to work for our district that we are moving the event to McEachern High School to handle the volume of applicants. The larger capacity of McEachern allows us to give applicants a better experience and the event a touch of Cobb. Right now, we have more than 1,500 people registered to attend. It’s amazing!” Potential candidates have been in contact with HR from across the country.

It’s the first hiring fair in 8 years for Cobb County Schools. “This is an amazing district in which to work. As the 2nd largest school system in the state we offer teacher candidates a great place to live, work and play,” said Kiger. “This tremendous response is not only a sign that there is a healthy job market for employment in education but also a sign of Cobb’s well-known reputation for excellence. Our teacher support programs are second to none and our staff development and New Teacher Institute provide the professional foundation for a long and successful career in education.”

Kiger says several hundred new, certified teaching positions will be available at all levels of instruction. The Educator Hiring Fair puts teachers face to face with school administrators in a relaxed, personal setting giving both the opportunity to talk directly about teaching and learning in the diverse, dynamic district. Cobb County schools have more than 111,000 students, in thriving, suburban neighborhoods. The Cobb County School District is the county’s largest employer, with more than 13,500 employees.

“All schools will be attending the Hiring Fair,” according to Kiger, “so it’s an ideal time for potential members of the Cobb teaching family to make a great first impression on principals, who will be there to meet the candidates first hand and to set up interviews. It’s still a competitive market; we’re looking for the best educators in the state to join the Cobb team.” Kiger adds that new hires will benefit not only from the opportunity to work with what he considers the best school district in the Southeast but also from the support of the well-respected and highly-regarded teaching staff. “Our mission is Creating and Supporting Pathways for Success and our teachers do that every day – it’s evidenced by our educators’ commitment to the district focus: One Team, One Goal: Student Success. Our teachers are the key to putting our students on a pathway to success now and in the future.”

Kiger says if potential teacher candidates need more incentive, they can consider that Cobb teachers are consistently recognized as leaders in education. Over fifty percent of the teachers in Cobb County hold advanced degrees and approximately one hundred teachers are National Board Certified. CCSD’s commitment to 21st century digital and multimedia learning is well-known, with technology-rich classrooms, the latest education technology in the hands of every student and teacher as well as personal laptop computers for teachers to support cutting-edge classroom instruction. “It just doesn’t get any better than teaching in Cobb,” Kiger says, “so we’re very excited to meet the next group of exemplary educators who are ready to join the Cobb family!”

More information about teaching for Cobb County Schools can be found at

  Cobb County School District Educator Hiring Fair
TODAY: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
McEachern High School,
2400 New Macland Road Powder Springs, 30127


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Oak Grove Reunion to reunite students from 1930-80

Calling all Oak Grove students from the 1930s-1980s. Attend the Oak Grove Reunion 1930-1980 on Sunday, May 3, 2015  2-5pm. All students, faculty, staff and neighbors who attended Oak Grove Elementary School in Cherokee County during the 1930’s, 1940’s, 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s are invited!

The reunion was started in 2009 when a few people wanted to get together and reminisce and continued in 2011, 2013, 2015.

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Scholarship applications open at KSU

KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education is now accepting scholarships for professional certificate programs. In 2014, more than 50 students applied for professional certificate-based scholarships – the most in the history of the College – and students received more than $75,000 to achieve their educational goals.Jana Jenkins won a 2014 scholarship for Project Management, and she said, “I know getting this certification will further my career, opening up opportunities for positions I may not have been qualified for. Offering scholarships for these types of classes allows seasoned professionals to continue their education and be productive in the workforce.”

Barbara S. Calhoun, dean, said, “The greatest gift anyone can ever give is the gift of education. It opens doors to opportunity which paves the way to more opportunities.”

Scholarship-eligible programs include Paralegal, Gerontology, Culinary, Medical Assisting, Certified Nursing Assistant, Project Management, Human Resources, Management, Real Estate Property Management, Meeting & Event Management, and Information Systems Security. Scholarship applications will be accepted through June 19. For more information, visit or call 470-578-6765.


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ACHE South honors KSU Continuing Education dean, instructor

Barbara Calhoun


KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education has been recognized with two regional awards from the Association for Continuing Higher Education. This organization represents more than 300 institutions. Barbara Calhoun, dean of the College, won the Continuing Education Leadership Award and Cindy Moss, instructor for Administrative Professional and Basic Office Technology certificate programs, claimed the Outstanding Faculty Award.

Calhoun’s award was earned by making extraordinary contributions that are widely recognized regionally or nationally over an extended period of time and providing significant leadership in continuing education.

“Successful people know they cannot be high achievers without the team that surrounds them,” Calhoun said. “Leaders should always express their gratitude and appreciation to those who work alongside them to achieve the organization’s goals.”

Moss’s award honors an outstanding faculty member who models effective teaching behaviors, is systematic, and motivates and cares about students.

“I was astonished to be nominated, and I’m in awe to have won,” Moss said. “I have a genuine love for teaching and feel my hands-on approach helps students understand and grasp the concepts I am trying to teach them.”

“Cindy [Moss] consistently demonstrates excellence in creative teaching and innovative delivery of learning,” said Pam Moss, program manager. “She is highly deserving of this award, and we are proud to have her as one of our instructors.”

The awards will be presented on April 20 at the ACHE South Annual Conference Awards Luncheon at the Astor Crowne Plaza in the New Orleans French Quarter.


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Travel the world at Wheeler’s International Night

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The community is invited to a celebration of culture and diversity at Wheeler High School’s inaugural International Night, April 16, 2015, 6-8pm in the school cafeteria. Enjoy a taste of international culture, cuisine and entertainment.

Wheeler High School is located at 375 Holt Road in East Cobb.