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Area counselors offering FREE college admissions workshop

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Parents and students should be thinking about college early in the high school years. With over 4,000 colleges and universities, determining where to start and how to begin can be challenging. On January 25, 2015, Counselors Joanne Max, Ph.D. and Sharon Karpel, M.Ed.,  will host a program on college admissions. The program is FREE and open to parents and students in the community.

This second in a series of topics will center on affordability of college, how to find schools that are a good fit for the applicant, colleges for the student with ADHD and/or learning differences and finding your voice through the college essay.

This presentation will be held in the Bemis Conference Room at Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Road in East Cobb from 2:30 -4:00pm.

For more information call  678.871.7560, 404.483.2575 or email drmax@yourcollegedirection.com  or sharon.karpel@yourcollegedirection.com.

 

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Spring Open House at High Meadows

The Spring Open House event at High Meadows is Sunday, January 25 from 2-4pm. The event is open to the public, though registration is encouraged. You can register to attend by clicking here.

High Meadows School is located at 1055 Willeo Road, Roswell, 30075. For more information call 770.993.2940.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING AT YOUR SCHOOL?

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EAST COBBER wants to share the good news and special events going on at every East Cobb school, K-12, public or private. Please e-mail your info. and/or photos to editor@eastcobber.com.  Digital photos should be  high resolution (300dpi). You may also send your info. and photos by mail to Editor, EAST COBBER, PO Box 680455, Marietta, GA 30068. Please include your name and telephone number as well as caption information. Captions must include the first and last names of everyone pictured in the photo.

 

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Cobb Schools close for MLK Day

Cobb County Schools are CLOSED on Monday, January 19, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 20.

 

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Shallowford Falls Student Named Ace Hardware’s ‘Miracle Student of the Year’

Parker presents a $10,000 check to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Parker Grelecki is an Ace Hardware All-Star and the face for the 2015-2016 Ace Hardware Miracle Child of the Year.  Grelecki is a student at Shallowford Falls Elementary School. An Ace Hardware All-Star is someone who helps others, does great things, is brave and goes above and beyond the call of duty as a role model for others. Parker was presented as an Ace Hardware All-Star on January 8 at a “Super Secret” school assembly. Parker’s photo will be displayed on signs and posters in more than 4, 000 Ace Hardware stores nationwide. Parker’s image and his personal story will encourage customers to donate money to help support children’s hospitals all over the country. Parker’s face and story will encourage customers to donate money to help other kids in children’s hospitals all over the county.

Parker kicked off the excitement himself with a donation to a hospital he knows well: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. As the Ace All-Star, his first act as national representative was to award the hospital a $10, 000 donation. In addition, Parker has a chance to visit Ace Hardware stores across the U.S. He also enjoyed a trip to Walt Disney World, courtesy of Ace Hardware.

 

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Local Teacher Goes on a Mission to Encourage Educators in Her Community

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In 2012, Elizabeth Huff, a third grade teacher in a local elementary school, with the help of several other local educators and champions of education, established a non-profit organization called Recharge Educators.  Their mission was to reach out to educators in all sectors to offer encouragement, and empower them to continue doing the incredibly important job of teaching the children in their communities.   With the support of sponsors such as Ed Voyles Automotive, Chick-fil-a, The School Box, and Mount Paran North Church of God, the group was able to hold the first Recharge Educators event on February 1st, 2014, at Mount Paran North Church.  Over 150 educators from Bartow, Cobb, Cherokee, and Paulding counties attended the event where they heard speakers Dr. John Barge, Georgia School Superintendent, and retired Cobb administrator, Genie Byrd, deliver messages of encouragement and support.  Other highlights of the event included Marietta City Schools’ sixth-grader, Vesey Banuel, who spoke, and two performers Russ Greer and Brandon Stubbs, who became Facebook sensations with their YouTube video “Said No Teacher Ever.”  The event was free and educators were treated with free breakfast from Chick-fil-a, as well as giveaways like condo vacations, classroom Chick-fil-a parties, and a shopping spree at The School Box.

Recharge Educators came about when Mrs. Huff was at a crossroads in her career.  Despite a passion for the work she was doing, Mrs. Huff, a third-career teacher, reached a point of exhaustion and discouragement that had her contemplating returning to the corporate world.  She felt overwhelmed by the combined challenges of working in a low-income school, and the ever-increasing demands of curriculum changes and high-stakes testing.   She felt tempted to walk away from teaching.  Her commitment to her students, and ultimately her faith, helped her resist that urge, however.  She drew on her faith to change her focus and remember her mission as an educator – to reach the children, despite the challenges that the profession brings.   Elizabeth felt reenergized, but her heart still hurt for all the others in her profession who were feeling the same discouragement, defeat, and temptation to walk away.  That is when Mrs. Huff got the idea to host a conference for all educators to help them rekindle their passion, remember their mission, and be renewed by the encouragement of their community.   She began reaching out to her friends, other educators, her church, and local businesses to see if they would support such an effort.  The response was overwhelming.  Fourteen months later, the first Recharge Educators: Encouraging and Empowering Educators for the Mission event took place.   Through messages of inspiration, laughter, tears, and lots of fun giveaways, the educators in attendance left proclaiming a renewed hope and strength to continue in their profession.

The second Recharge Educators event will take place January 31, 2015, at The Murray Arts Center in Kennesaw.  Thanks to the enthusiastic response of last year’s attendees, the numbers are promising to be much larger this year.  The conference is proud to welcome keynote speaker, author, and corporate trainer, Dr. Robert Rohm, owner of Personality Insights, Inc., who will present his DISC personality profile and show educators how bringing their own unique gifts to the classroom, and recognizing the uniqueness in each of their students and coworkers, can help reduce stress and tension on the job.   Recharge is also thrilled to have comedian Kenn Kington as special guest emcee.  The event is free again this year.  Educators, both public and private, preschool to post-secondary, may go to the Recharge Educator website http://rechargeedu.wix.com/recharge to register.    If you have questions, feel free to email Liz Huff at rechargeeducators@gmail.com.

 

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Students 7-12 can apply for State Superintendent of School’s Student Advisory Council

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The State Student Advisory Council will meet three times with State School Superintendent-elect Richard Woods to discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students throughout Georgia.

Members are advisors and act as liaisons between the Department of Education and the students of Georgia. All students in grades 7-12 are eligible to apply.Meetings will be held in February, March, and early May (subject to change). To be eligible for the council, this application must be received by January 16, 2015. Application can be found here: http://www.gadoe.org/Pages/Student-Advisory-Council.aspx.

The State Superintendent of School’s student advisory council is a group of about 50 high school students from across the state who discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students throughout Georgia. Members are chosen by a committee of Georgia Department of Education representatives based on the applicant’s response to questions. Past topics discussed by the student advisory council include: the school dropout rate, student leadership, communication/messaging, the Georgia graduation rule, testing, school climate, and career, technical, and agricultural education.

Ex-principal of East Cobb School pleads guilty to sex acts against 3 boys

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Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a former school principal has pleaded guilty to aggravated child molestation and related charges.

Jack Duane Hibbs, 58, of Marietta, pleaded guilty this week to eight counts related to acts committed against three boys between 2011 and 2013. His plea came as jury selection was to begin for his trial on the charges, which included four counts of aggravated child molestation, one count of sexual exploitation of children, and three counts of child molestation. Two counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes were dismissed.

Some of the acts were committed at Faith Lutheran Church and School on Lower Roswell Road in Marietta/East Cobb, where Mr. Hibbs was the longtime principal.

“This case is about trust, manipulation, and molestation,” ADA Lindsay Gardner told the court during the sentencing hearing  Monday afternoon. “A church and school is supposed to be a sacred place. A boy’s body is a sacred place. … The evidence in this case has captured the pain and suffering of these boys and their families. He’s given every one of these victims a life sentence, and the only way to deter this predator is to confine him as long as possible.”

Cobb Superior Court Judge A. Gregory Poole agreed.

“The evil that has come through is just horrendous. You hunted some of them down and robbed them of their innocence,” he told the defendant. “You cannot be trusted. No one else needs to worry you’re going to harm their children.”

Judge Poole then sentenced Mr. Hibbs to a life term.  He must serve 30 years before he will be eligible for parole.

Marietta attorney Bryan Lumpkin represented the defendant, who has remained in custody since his arrest in August 2013.

Cobb Police investigated the case.

 

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Cobb School Board to Swear In Thayer, Chastain

Two newly-elected members of the Cobb County Board of Education will be sworn into service on January 6 at 8:30 a.m. Post 2 representative Susan Thayer and Post 4 representative David Chastain will officially begin their terms as Board members since being elected in November.

Thayer brings more than 30 years of experience in education to Cobb, including school administration, instruction and counseling in Cobb, Clayton and Douglas Counties. Chastain is a Cobb County native and Wheeler High School graduate (’79 C). He has spent the past 17 years as a logistics analyst in the aeronautics industry.

Incumbent Scott Sweeney was re-elected to represent Post 6. He will also be sworn into office.
Following the ceremony, the Cobb County Board of Education will elect a new Chairman as well as review and vote on the Board meeting calendar for the upcoming year.

 

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Cobb Schools Offices to re-open January 2

All CCSD schools and district offices will be closed December 22nd through January 1st for the Winter Break. The District Office will re-open Friday, January 2nd, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. and School Personnel will report back to school on Monday, January 5th. All Students will report back to school Tuesday, January 6th.

 
 

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