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MBCA wins two volleyball championships


MBCA A TEAM—Back row: Coach Rachel Odom, Alyssa Linde, Mackenzie Kahill, Coach Brian Bergius, Jordan Rush, Caroline Cheney. Front row: Gracie Womack, Katelyn Bond, Adair Hutchinson, Grayson Byrd, Bekah Cary, Catherine Cheney, Faith Daniel


MBCA B TEAM—-Back Row: Sara Grace Kimery, Chandler Parker, Elizabeth Murphy, Elizabeth Shultz, Coach Brian Bergius, Coach Rachel Odom. Front row: Sarah Lang, Dory Wheeler, Caroline Hayes, Scarlett Reilly, Payton Lackey, Keegan Jones, Paige Collins, Ashlynn Goolsby, Coach Melissa Sneed

Mt. Bethel Christian Academy (MBCA) won the North Atlanta Metro League’s (NAML) Volleyball Championship for both their A and B teams in the AA division.  MBCA’s A Girls Volleyball Team has won the trophy for six of the nine years they have been a part of the league (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014). The B Girls Volleyball Team has won the championship four times in the past nine years (2006, 2009, 2011, and 2014).  The A and B teams were 16-0 in matches this season. They never lost a set.

The North Atlanta Metro League (NAML), founded in 2001, is a middle school league consisting of 31 private schools. Each school’s classification is related to the population of the school’s student body.

“I am proud of what the volleyball teams have accomplished,” said Jim Callis, Mt. Bethel Christian Academy’s Head of School. “They worked hard on the court and in the classroom and they represented our school exceptionally well,” continued Callis.

Mt. Bethel Christian Academy was founded in 1998 and provides a 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

Pope Band’s Community Show is Thursday


On Thursday, October 30th, spend the evening with Pope High School’s Band at their community show. Come early for food trucks from 4:30-7:30pm, then stay for the band’s performance of this years competitive show “Relic” at 7:30pm.

A portion of the food truck proceeds will be generously donated to support the Pope band program. Tickets to the show are $5 – adults, $3 – students, Free admission for children 5yrs old and younger, Students with a valid Pope HS Id will also be admitted Free.

Pope High School is located at 3001 Hembree Road, Marietta, GA 30062.


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Choosing A Private School

The reasons cited over and over again by families who send their children to private schools include individual attention, small classes, teacher excellence, and high academic standards.

Your decision to consider an independent/private school is just the beginning. While private schools set high standards and emphasize values, they are wonderfully distinct from each other. There are day and boarding schools; coeducational, girls’, and boys’ schools. Enrollment varies from a few dozen to a few thousand students. Some independent schools are progressive, others more traditional in structure. Private schools also serve a varying range of students in terms of abilities and interests. Some schools offer special programs such as intensified instruction in the fine and performing arts, experiential learning projects, or travel abroad seminars. Many schools excel at rigorous intellectual preparation; others are dedicated to average learners; and
some specialize in teaching bright students with learning disabilities.

Since each of these schools has something unique to offer, ideally you are trying to match a student’s needs with the appropriate school. Write or call the admissions office for published information about a school’s philosophy and programs, and then make an appointment to visit.

If you haven’t done so already, contact each potential school for information dealing with philosophy, curriculum, extracurricular offerings, admission process, and financing options. Compare each school’s literature with the items on your list; this should give you a preliminary sense of which schools are a good match. Take into account what type of environment would be best for your child and consider his or her individual strengths as you examine each school’s program.

The best time to apply is in the fall preceding the academic year of the student’s admission; however, applications are considered throughout the school year. Most schools will require a personal interview, admissions testing, and information from your child’s current school. Ask the individual school for the details of its application procedures and testing dates.

In short, choosing the right school for your child is likely the most important single decision you might make in terms of setting the proper path and direction for life. A little preparation and research on the part of parents will go miles toward making the ultimate destination clear at the exit ramp.

Reprinted from the October EAST COBBER 9th Annual Private School Guide.  Click here to learn more about finding the ideal learning environment for your junior scholar.

MBCA Fall Open Houses begin Sunday

MBCA Mt Bethel Christian Academy logo

For the 2015-16 school year, Mt. Bethel Christian Academy (MBCA) will host three Open Houses at its Main Campus on Lower Roswell Road for grades K-8 and three for its Upper School Campus on Post Oak Tritt Road for 9th and 10th grades.

The Main Campus Open Houses will be held on:

  1. Thursday, November 13 at 10 a.m.
  2. Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 3 p.m.
  3. Wednesday, January 28 at 10 a.m.

The North Campus Open Houses for grades 9 and 10 will be held on:

  1. Sunday, October 26 at 2 p.m.
  2. Saturday, November 15 at 11 a.m.
  3. Thursday, January 15 at 10 a.m.

The Upper School opened in August 2014 with a founding freshman class. Each year, MBCA will add a grade to the Upper School as the freshman class progresses through the Upper School. For the 2015-16 school year, the Upper School will have a 9th and 10th grade class.

Mt. Bethel Christian Academy wasfounded in 1998 and provides a 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

KSU dominates at regional education conference


KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education won six of the nine awards presented at the UPCEA South Conference in Baton Rouge, La., from Oct. 15-17.

KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) was presented with six of the nine awards presented at the University Professional & Continuing Education Association South conference in Baton Rouge, La. on Oct. 16.

CCPE won the following awards:
Outstanding Service to Continuing Education – Brenda Lora, marketing production manager
Professional Continuing Educator Award – Michelle Girage, assistant dean
Program of Excellence, Noncredit – Paralegal Certificate
Emerging Continuing Education Leader – Karen Smith, strategic initiatives manager
Engagement Award – Training for International Educators (TIE) Program
Continuing Education Student Award – Moises Arroyo

Congratulations KSU!

Reminder: Meeting Monday to discuss new Walton High School

There will be a Town Hall Meeting at Walton High School on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 7pm in the theater. The meeting will provide a status update on the Walton High School replacement project.

Walton High School is located at 1590 Bill Murdock Road in East Cobb.

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Considering a private school education? Don’t miss our 9th annual Private School Guide!


The October EAST COBBER 9th Annual Private School Guide features comprehensive listings of local private schools and informative articles for parents considering a private school education.  Click here to learn more about finding the ideal learning environment for your junior scholar.

Person making threats against Lassiter High School arrested in New York

A 21-year-old man who once attended East Cobb’s Lassiter High School was arrested in New York on Saturday morning after current Lassiter students reported a threatening video he made and posted on Facebook to police.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bridger Carreau, now 21, was arrested in Elmsford, NY and is now awaiting extradition to Cobb County on a felony charge of making terroristic threats. Police discovered several airsoft guns in Carreau’s home, the AJC says.

According to the Marietta Daily Journal, Carreau posted the video on Thursday of last week. He allegedly wore tactical vest and displayed a knife and various firearms. He then allegedly mentioned ”Lassiter goons” and then threatened to “go full deer hunter” between Oct. 22-27. Students who saw the alleged video on Carreau’s Facebook page felt threatened by it and contacted school administrators, who reached out to law enforcement.

Lassiter’s principal Chris Richie sent a letter home with students on Monday which provided parents and guardians with information regarding Carreau’s video.

Pope Drama presents “Much Ado About Nothing”

Pope Drama Club will perform an abbreviated version of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, Much Ado About Nothing. This shortened version is a perfect opportunity to experience Shakespeare on a smaller scale.  Much Ado About Nothing is the ultimate display of Shakespeare’s capacity to make extreme ado about genuine nothing.

Performances at Pope High School are Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18 at 7:00pm.

In collaboration with American Shakespeare Company and The New American Tavern, Pope Players will be performing one only at The New American Shakespeare Theater on Sunday, October 19 at 2:00pm.

The New American Shakespeare Tavern® is located in downtown Atlanta at 499 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta GA 30308.Tickets for all shows are on sale at


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Fox trot triumph: School principals camp out to celebrate raising $50K

Shallowford Falls Elementary Principal Felicia Angelle, left, and Assistant Principal Jill Spiva hold stuffed animals while sitting on the roof of the school Thursday night, where they planned to spend the night in a tent in recognition of the school surpassing its $40,000 goal at the Oct. 3 Fox Trot Run fundraiser by raising more than $50,000. Staff-Jeff Stanton


It wasn’t a game of truth or dare that sent Shallowford Falls Principal Felicia Angelle and Assistant Principal Jill Spiva to spend Thursday night on the school’s roof.

The camping trip was in recognition of the school surpassing its $40,000 goal at the Oct. 3 Fox Trot Run fundraiser by raising more than $50,000.

Angelle and Spiva set up a tent, two camping chairs and a few blankets on the school’s roof Thursday afternoon. They waved goodbye to the students when they were dismissed for the day.

Some of the younger students were worried about bugs and the wind blowing the tent off the roof and one student warned Angelle to look out for hawks and eagles.

“The young ones could not understand how we got up there,” Angelle said. “It was very cute the way they were sincerely concerned about our safety.”

The money will go toward buying iPads for every classroom, as well as units for STEM training and resources for the teachers. The STEM program integrates science, technology, engineering and math in lessons.

“We’re trying to create those really analytical thinkers,” Angelle said. “We have to be able to have lots of resources. The kids get so excited because it has meaning.”

Students and parents planned to stop by the school Thursday evening to say goodnight to Angelle and Spiva, who read “Goodnight Moon” from the roof.

“Our parents are really supporting us,” Angelle said. “We are quite fortunate to have such generous families and community members who understand that it is all about the children and their education.”

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Aimee Sachs, October 10, 2014.)