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Celebrating good news at High Meadows School

 

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Addison Elementary Gator Gallop is this weekend

Support the Addison Foundation and register for the 1st Annual 5K/Fun Run at Addison Elementary.  Learn more about the Addison Foundation at www.Foundation4Addison.org. Registration and details at www.addisonrace.com.

Addison Elementary is a Cobb County School located at 3055 Ebenezer Road, Marietta, GA 30066 in East Cobb.

The 2015 5K Race and Fun Run is open all students, friends, family and community members. The 5K run begins at 8am with the Tot Trot to follow at 9am and the Fun Run at 9:15am. Awards will follow at the conclusion of the event.

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KSU seeking Summer Camp Instructors

KSU’s Summer University is in need of instructors for the following camps: Fashion Design (July 20-24),Tiny Chefs Academy (June 29-July 2), and Improv for Teens (June 15-19). Camp instructors will lead sessions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the College of Continuing and Professional Education for youth in first through 12th grades. Working with assistants, instructors will provide an engaging yet safe environment for campers.

Fashion Design (grades 7-9) will give participants opportunities to develop, design and display fashion projects. Tiny Chefs Academy (grades 1-3), will incorporate healthy dining with basic math and science concepts. In Improv for Teens (grades 7-12), students will learn warm-ups, exercises and games, concluding with a comedy showcase.

Camp instructor responsibilities include developing and implementing a creative, age-appropriate and engaging camp curriculum for campers 5-18. Instructors will also have to oversee effective classroom management and remain positive and enthusiastic with staff, parents and children. Preferred qualifications: current or previous experience teaching or advising students in an educational setting; strong communication skills; and first Aid and CPR certified.

Resumes can be sent to Carla Finklea Green, Summer University program manager, at cgree101@kennesaw.edu.

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College and Career Expo is Friday

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The Spring 2015 Career and College Expo is Friday, March 27. The expo is open to the community. 9am–1pm. Admission is FREE. Registration deadline March 24 or until space is full. Chattahoochee Technical College, Atrium and building B 980 South Cobb Drive, Marietta. More info: 770-528-4574 or Foundation@ChattahoocheeTech.edu. 

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Wheeler STEAM Symposium is Thursday

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Attend the Wheeler STEAM Symposium on Thursday, March 26. During the Symposium, Wheeler High School students will be sharing their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) projects with the community. All are invited for an exciting evening of seeing how students apply their work in robotics, DNA testing, technology in music, and more to the real world.
The evening begins at 6:30pm in the Wheeler cafeteria. Admission is Free. Wheeler High School is located at 375 Holt Road, Marietta. More info: 770-578-3266

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Wheeler High School Team Selected as Summit Diplomats in the Conrad Innovation Challenge

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Wheeler Magnet Sophomores, Mihir Bellamkonda, Nathanael Tappin and Ari Satinoff, have been selected as Summit Diplomats in the Conrad Innovation Challenge (http://www.conradchallenge.org/).

The Wheeler team is one of ten teams entering the final stages of the Conrad Innovation Challenge in the Giant Leap to Mars category after a worldwide, multi-phase innovation competition that began in Dec 2014.  Prizes include designation as Conrad Scholars at the Conrad Innovation Summit April 9 through 11 at the Kennedy Space Center.  All three students are part of Wheeler’s Center for Advanced Studies Magnet Program.

The Wheeler team’s entry can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14OYdiCcY1U.  Wheeler’s Team Effervesce designed a bioreactor for energy production on a Mars Mission.

According to the Conrad Foundation website, the Conrad Challenge is an annual, multi-phase innovation and entrepreneurial competition that brings together a dynamic community of innovators and entrepreneurs driving a collaborative movement to develop extraordinary and viable solutions to benefit our world.

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Wheeler Boys, State basketball champs, blocked from national tournament

The trophy case is stocked at Wheeler High School.

A basketball season with the promise of more is apparently over. It’s replaced by Junior Cameron Jordan’s confusion.

“It was very unfair. It was basically them telling us all our hard work was for nothing,” he told 11Alive’s Jerry Carnes.

With thirty wins and only two losses, Wheeler’s boys are state champs for the sixth time. It was enough to win them an invitation to New York to compete against seven other schools considered the best in the nation.

But the Georgia High School Association says no. A long standing rule blocks any high school team in Georgia from competing for any national sports title.

Coach Doug Lipscomb disagrees with the rule: “We’re representing Georgia on a national level,and I think that’s something that’s not going to happen every year.”

Students, parents, fans, and supporters from across the country are voicing their outrage on Twitter with the hashtag #LetWheelerIn. Rival schools have even joined in the social media push.

Professional ballplayer Jarrett Jack tweeted, “Don’t deny our kids”.

An online petition pushing for a chance to play had more than 500 signatures hours after it was posted.

The GHSA isn’t budging. There is no official national championship for high school sports. The executive director of GHSA Gary Phillips says this is not the first time one of Georgia’s athletic teams has been denied a shot at a national tournament. He doesn’t see it as a benefit to the schools…or the state.

“What’s the harm in allowing them to play?” Carnes asked him Tuesday afternoon.

“We don’t see the purpose in this,” he said. “This is not anything but a money maker for the organization purporting this championship.”

The school and its supporters are fighting for one more victory.

(Reprinted from 11alive.com

 

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Community sponsors needed for Davis Elementary’s Davis Dash

The Davis Elementary Foundation’s first annual Davis Dash will be held on March 18, 2015. Over 600 Davis Elementary School students and staff will be taking part in this fundraiser, of which all proceeds will continue to fund their certified part time technology teacher and will go to the creation of a much needed STEAM lab for the school.

How can you help? As a feeder school to Lassiter, organizers are seeking sponsorship from the Davis/Lassiter community. There are three sponsorship levels available and all contributions will go directly to Davis Elementary. In return for your tax deductible donation you will receive benefits based on your level of support.

The Davis Elementary Foundation would like to thank you in advance for your support. The community is excited about being able to continue to keep their wonderful Technology Teacher, and, with the community’s help, are anxious to build a top notch STEAM lab that will help children excel in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. If you are interested in helping meet the challenge of providing the best education possible for Davis students, please e-mail Wendy Greenwald at WLCGator@aol.com.

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Wheeler student group opposes Senate Resolution 80

The Georgia State Senate has recently created Senate Resolution 80, which seeks to force CollegeBoard (the SAT test maker and AP class maker) to alter the AP US History standards. The bill, which criticizes the APUSH standards on the grounds that they are critical of the nation’s history as well as misaligned with Georgia’s own standards, create the very real possibility that funding for ALL AP classes across the state will be withheld.

A concerned students group at Wheeler High School has created a petition to demand that the Georgia Senate drop this resolution.
For more about the resolution, visit http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20152016/145962.pdf or

 

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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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