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KSU’s Continuing Ed claims two national awards

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KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education has been recognized by the University Professional & Continuing Education Association with two national awards.

Karen Smith, the College’s manager of strategic initiatives, won the Adelle F. Robertson Emerging Professional Continuing Educator Award. The award recognizes the leadership and contributions to the profession of an outstanding continuing professional educator who has entered the field within the past five to 10 years.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized for this award,” Smith said.  “I love the continuing education environment and have a never ending passion for process improvement.  The fact that I am allowed to work every day with this wonderful team of people who understand the mission and vision of our college is so rewarding.”

Moises Arroyo, ESL program graduate, claimed the Outstanding Continuing Education Student – Noncredit Award. It recognizes outstanding student achievement in professional and continuing education. A native of Mexico, Arroyo successfully completed all six levels of the College’s ESL Certificate program. His inspirational story was featured on the April-June 2014 issue of the Course Catalog quarterly magazine.

“I feel honored to receive this award,” Arroyo said. “When I started, I just wanted to learn. I never expected anything like this. I began knowing almost no English. Now my English has improved so much that I have a better job because of it. I can confidently communicate with my bosses and my friends.”

Smith and Arroyo both claimed UPCEA South regional awards in the same category last fall – which qualified them for the national honor. The awards will be distributed as part of UPCEA’s 100th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., March 30-April 1.

 

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Tritt Elementary presents Fiddler on the Roof Jr.

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Tritt Elementary will present Fiddler on the Roof Jr. at Hightower Trail Middle School on March 13 and 14. Showtimes 7pm 3/13 and 3pm and 7pm 3/14. For info contact: 678-473-9366. Tickets available online at http://www.itickets.com/events/337179/Marietta_GA/Fiddler_on_the_Roof,_Jr..html.

 

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Sixteen Cobb High Schools Named 2015 Georgia Advanced Placement Honor Schools

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All 16 Cobb County high schools were named Georgia Advanced Placement (AP®) Honor Schools by the state Department of Education. The program recognizes Georgia schools that have increased access to rigorous AP coursework, based on the results of 2014 AP classes and exams.

The 2015 AP Honor Schools are named in five categories, based on the results of 2014 AP courses and exams.

New this year is the AP Humanities category, in which schools have students tested in all of the following AP courses: at least one ELA course, two social science courses, one fine arts course and one world language course.

AP Humanities Schools are those with students who test in at least 1 ELA course, 2 social science courses, 1 fine arts course and 1 world language course. Cobb Schools qualifying in this new category are Allatoona, Campbell, Harrison, Kell, Kennesaw Mountain, Lassiter, McEachern, North Cobb, Pebblebrook, Pope, Sprayberry, Walton and Wheeler.

Two categories honor schools encouraging participation in AP Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) coursework. Allatoona, Campbell, Harrison, Hillgrove, Kell, Kennesaw Mountain, Lassiter, McEachern, North Cobb, Osborne, Pebblebrook, Pope, South Cobb, Sprayberry, Walton and Wheeler were named AP STEM Schools for having students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science).

Allatoona, Kell, Harrison, Hillgrove, Kell, Kennesaw Mountain, Lassiter, North Cobb, Pope, Sprayberry, Walton and Wheeler were also named to the AP STEM Achievement Schools list for also having at least 40 percent of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of three (3) or higher.

AP Merit Schools had at least 20 percent of the student population taking AP exams and at least half of all AP exams earning scores of three (3) or higher; Harrison, Hillgrove, Kennesaw Mountain, Lassiter, North Cobb, Pope, Sprayberry and Walton high schools met the criteria for the AP Merit category.

Campbell, North Cobb and McEachern were recognized as AP Access and Support Schools for having least 30 percent of their AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African-American and/or Hispanic and 30 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

In all, 609 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools were named by State School Superintendent Richard Woods. The Georgia Department of Education began recognizing AP Honor Schools in 2008.

For more information about our Advanced Learning Programs, visit http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/curriculum/AdvancedLearning.aspx.

 

2015-16 School Choice Deadline Approaching

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The deadline for applying for School Choice (HB251 and SB10) transfers for the 2015-2016 school year is Saturday, February 28, 2015. For more information regarding individual school capacity and to access an online application, visit the 2015-16 School Choice webpage for Cobb County Schools.

 

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Cobb County Schools Closed Wednesday

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All Cobb County schools and facilities will be closed Wednesday, February 25, 2015, due to weather forecasts predicting patchy black ice in the morning and significant snowfall in the afternoon. Teachers and students should not report. 260 day employees should report as usual if their routes are safe.

 

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Ragsdale Receives Unanimous Vote of Approval

Superintendent Chris Ragsdale with the Cobb Schools Board of Education.
From left, Brad Wheeler, Vice-Chairman-Post 7, David Banks-Post 5, David Chastain-Post 4, Scott Sweeney-Post 6, Superintendent Chris Ragsdale, Susan Thayer-Post 2, David Morgan-Post 3, Randy Scamihorn, Chairman-Post 1.

Chris Ragsdale was unanimously voted Superintendent of Cobb County Schools, the second largest public school system in Georgia serving more than 111,000 students and the 24th largest in the United States.

Mr. Ragsdale was named to the post at a Work Session of the District Board of Education. He told the Board he is “very excited to continue on the job,” and that “it is humbling working in the greatest district in the State, in the country.”

He credited his Executive Cabinet members with “taking the District forward,” and that he is “thankful for the work that Cobb teachers do” to ensure student success. Named Interim Superintendent on May 1, 2014, Mr. Ragsdale has more than two decades of experience in school operations and information technology in both the public and private sectors, and has also served the District as Deputy Superintendent for Operations, and Chief Technology Officer.

 

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Cobb County Schools CLOSED Monday

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Due to inclement weather and dangerous travel conditions being forecast for Monday, all Cobb County Schools and facilities will be closed Monday, February 16, 2015. Only 260 day employees should report to work if their routes are safe.

 

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Cumberland Academy’s ‘Boots & Bandana Ball’ to honor Lexis Nexis

Cumberland Academy of Georgia’s annual gala to benefit the school will be held at 7:00 pm on February 21, 2015 at the school, 650 Mt. Vernon Hwy, Atlanta 30328. The western theme will feature a BBQ dinner, cocktails, casino games, dancing and live & silent auctions.

LexisNexis, a leading global provider of content-enabled workflow solutions, has been a steadfast supporter of the academy and will be the evening’s honoree.

Cumberland Academy of Georgia is a private, non-profit, independent school dedicated to students with high functioning autism, Asperger’s, LD, ADD and ADHD.

For more information and to order tickets, visit www.cumberlandacademy.org or contact cindy.karol@cumberlandacademy.org:

 

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Walton High School Band Performs at the 2015 Rose Bowl

The nationally acclaimed, award-winning Walton High School Marching Band performed in the 126th Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1. This was the Walton High School Marching Band’s  third appearance in the world famous New Year’s Day Parade. Walton Band previously appeared in the 2003 and 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade. The 200-member Marching Raider Band was one of only 20 bands selected to perform in the parade, and the sole Georgia ensemble.

The band arrived in California on Dec. 27 and was able see some sights in between rehearsals and performances leading up to the parade. The band took a tour of Hollywood, visited the Santa Monica pier, spent a day in Disneyland and also went to Universal Studios. Walton Raiders marching band also participated in Bandfest where bands perform their field shows at Pasadena City College’s Mack and Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Walton Principal Judy McNeill, accompanied the band on its trip to the West Coast.

 

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Apply for Congressional Black Caucus scholarships

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High school seniors and full-time undergraduate, graduate and professional school students from the 13th Congressional District are encouraged to apply for the 2015 Congressional Black Caucus scholarships. These scholarships provide tuition assistance to help students fulfill their higher education goals. They were established in 1988 in response to federal cuts in spending for education programs.

The 2015 scholarships include:

  • CBC Foundation General Mills Health Scholarship: Program for students pursuing degrees in the fields of medicine, engineering, technology, nutrition and other health-related professions.Deadline: Feb. 28.
  • CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship: Program developed in honor of the late Curtis Mayfield to ensure students pursuing a career in the performing arts receive financial assistance to achieve their goals. Deadline: May 1.
  • CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship: Established for students pursuing a career in the visual arts. Deadline: May 1.
  • CBC Spouses Education Scholarship: National program that awards scholarships to academically talented and highly motivated students who intend to pursue full-time undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees.  Deadline: May 22.

Applications are only available online at cbcfinc.org/cbcf-scholarships.html. For more information, contact Sheila Davis in Congressman David Scott’s office at 770-432-5405.

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