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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.)

Kell Band March-A-Thon to support MUST Ministries

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The Carlton J. Kell High School Marching Band is set to perform in their Sixth Annual March-A-Thon on Saturday, October 25th. Last year was the fifth time that the Marching Longhorns took on this type of fundraiser and community involvement event. According to March-A-Thon coordinators, the goals have always been simple: to connect with the community, to use their talents to give back to the community, and to raise much needed funds for the band itself. The marching band has accomplished these goals all five years.

During the summer and fall months, the band practices in the band parking lot at least 3-4 nights per week and all day on select Saturdays. The homes in the neighboring subdivisions can almost always hear them playing from a distance. The March-A-Thon was created in 2009, when Kell’s Marching Band decided to give the neighbors a chance to hear the band “up close and personal” by marching right down their streets. They passed out flyers in the areas they would be marching through, letting the people know they were coming and asking them to come out and cheer them on. Along the route, the marching band collected donations of non-perishable food and gently used clothing that they would, in turn, take to MUST Ministries. Coordinators were equipped with 55-gallon food barrels, from MUST Ministries, to put the donations in. The residents of Kell’s neighboring communities overwhelmed them with their generosity! The three barrels were OVERFLOWING with f ood! All of the donations of both food and clothing filled the back of a pick-up truck. When the donations were taken to the MUST Ministries drop-off location, the MUST workers were blown away by what had been collected. David McGrath, former Director of Bands at Kell High School, commented “It was such a wonderful feeling to know that our students made a connection with the community and that the community gave back to us in a way that was humbling, to say the least.”

This year’s March-A-Thon will begin with step-off at 2:00 PM from the North Landing subdivision on Trickum Road in Marietta with a destination of Kell High School around 6:00pm. The students will march nearly 6 miles and will continue the tradition of collecting items for MUST ministries. Leading up to the event, the students have been raising monetary donations from friends, family, and local businesses, all in support of the band and this yearly event. Last year, they raised more money with this event than with any other previous fundraiser. Director of Bands, David Roth and Assistant Director of Bands, Taylor Watts appreciate the community support for the Kell Marching Band.

Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation to the Kell March-A-Thon can send them to PO Box 965338, Marietta, GA 30066. All checks should be made out to KBBA (Kell Band Boosters Organization). KBBA is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization.


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McCleskey Middle School art students get hands-on practice with local artists

Architect Morgan Orvino works with McCleksey students

Architect Morgan Orvino works with McCleksey students

Two local artists – an architect and a multimedia artist – shared their expertise recently with McCleskey Middle School art students, who then tried their hands at the real thing.

Local architect Morgan Orvino showed 7th and 8th graders famous artwork and buildings and then worked with them on a project that allowed them to see how texture and architecture go hand-in-hand.

“Ms. Orvino was able to connect our art curriculum with the real world of architecture,” said Leah Bley, art teacher at the school, which is located on Maybreeze Road in Cobb County.

“We’re working on the skills of explanation, envisioning and observation and how those skills relate to architecture,” Bley said. “Ms. Orvino was also able to show students how texture relates to architecture using these skills, and that’s something we’ve been talking about in class.”

Trish Talley, a multimedia artist, worked with 6th graders, who made their own version of McCleskey’s mascot, the dragon, using a variety of media and supplies, such collage materials and chalk.

“What does it mean to use mixed media? That’s what Mrs. Talley was able to explain and show our students,” Bley said. “Art class is a wonderful outlet for students to show their creativity, and students were truly inspired today when Mrs. Talley brought the real world of mixed media art to our classroom.”


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Help Sprayberry’s Homecoming broadcast get on Fox5. Every vote counts!

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Sprayberry High School’s Homecoming game against Cambridge could be on Fox5 this Friday night – but Sprayberry needs the community’s support! Vote for Sprayberry’s game by visiting the myfoxatlanta link HERE.

The Sprayberry Yellow Jackets are in a battle for first place with the Paulding vs South Paulding game. Voting is open though October 9th. Voters can vote as many times as they like so Sprayberry supporters are encouraged to vote early and often!

Help the Yellow Jackets show their pride and have their Homecoming game broadcast on Fox5.

We have a chance to get our SHS Homecoming game against Cambridge on Fox 5 this Friday night. Voting is open at the link below & our SHS Yellow Jackets are in a battle for 1st with Paulding vs South Paulding game.  Voting is open thru October 9th and we each get an unlimited number of votes. Let’s show our Jacket Pride & get our school on TV!!!!

The link to vote is


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International Walk to School Day is October 8

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Davis Elementary along with other East Cobb schools will be participating in the annual “Walk to School Day” event on October 8th. Children will be encouraged to walk and bike to school to promote physical activity and to develop healthy habits that last a lifetime. Studies show that kids who exercise see significant boosts in cognitive scores and core subjects at school, compared to their inactive peers. Parents, grandparents, neighbors and all are welcome to participate in this event and walk alongside the students.

For those who live far away from Davis Elementary, parking will be available at Mountain View Church, approximately 1/4 mile away from the school. Participants can park here in the morning and walk the rest of the way to school. A crossing guard will be present to ensure safety. Happy walking and biking!

(Submitted by Harlika Watzman, Davis ES)


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