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MBCA to offer Pre-K Class

 

Mt. Bethel Christian Academy is pleased to announce the opening of a pre-kindergarten class this fall. Qualifying students must be 5 years old on or before September 1. Applications are now being accepted through their website at www.mtbethelchristian.org.

Please contact Jackie Grasty, Director of Admission, at jackie.grasty@mtbethelchristian.org or 770-971-0245 for details. Mt. Bethel Christian Academy is located at 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068.

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Walton Baseball Team in State Playoffs This Saturday

Pierce Smith (6), Tyler Heinrichs (31), Zac Kristofak (1) and Jack Morris (4) front the pack of Walton players waiting to welcome Jason Rooks after his sixth-inning home run Wednesday. Rooks’ homer put the Raiders on top as they went on to beat Kennesaw Mountain and clinch a place in the Class AAAAAA state finals. MDJ Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter

 

The “Home of the Walton Raiders” label stamped onto the left-center field wall at Raider Mountain is appropriate since Walton will be back home for the Class AAAAAA state championship this weekend.

To read the full article visit the Marietta Daily Journal at http://mdjonline.com/view/full_story/26646359/article-After-waiting-since-2008–Walton-gets-another-shot-at-winning-state-title?instance=home_sports

 

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Cobb commencements scheduled this week

 

East Cobb area public high schools hold commencement exercises May 21 and 22. The schedule for Cobb County Schools high schools is:

 

Kell High School
May 21, 7pm
Cathedral of Turner Chapel, 492 North Marietta Parkway NE, Marietta, 30060

Lassiter High School
May 22, 10am
Kennesaw State University Convocation Center, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw 30144

Pope High School
May 21, 3:30pm
Kennesaw State University Convocation Center, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw 30144

Sprayberry High School
May 22, 2:30pm
Cathedral of Turner Chapel, 492 North Marietta Parkway NE, Marietta, 30060

Walton High School
May 22, 2:30pm
Kennesaw State University Convocation Center, 1000 Chastain Road., Kennesaw 30144

Wheeler High School
May 22, 7pm
Kennesaw State University Convocation Center, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw 30144

 

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InVenture a Great Experience for Elementary Students

Source: Cobb County Schools

 

This year, the Georgia Tech InVenture Challenge was open to elementary students for the first time. Students from four elementary schools — Cheatham Hill Elementary School, Due West Elementary School, Mountain View Elementary School and Murdock Elementary School — competed and explained their innovative inventions on campus. Students created useful new products like the Cold To Go, which keeps ice cream cold in a portable container.

The InVenture Challenge introduces young students to the world of engineering and entrepreneurship, and pushes them to be creative, out of the box thinkers and problem solvers. Nancy Ernstes, a gifted teacher at Cheatham Hill Elementary says of the experience, “This process really relates well to all of our standards, and we like for students to collaborate and come up with real world ideas.” She says the challenge enables the young inventors to believe that their ideas are powerful and can change the world.

(See more at: http://cobbcast.cobbk12.org/?p=9604#sthash.GGP5attJ.dpuf)

 

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Walker School Taps Georgia Rep. Tom Price to Deliver Commencement Address

 

U.S. Congressman Tom Price will be the speaker at The Walker School’s (www.thewalkerschool.org) 35th commencement ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on May 16, 2015. More than 90 students will graduate in the ceremony at the Coles Athletic Center on the school’s campus in Marietta (700 Cobb Parkway North, Marietta).

Rep. Price has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2005 and currently serves as Chair of the House Budget Committee. He is a key member of the current leadership team in the U.S. House of Representatives. Price has represented the 6th District of Georgia, where The Walker School is located, for ten years and remains very involved with his constituents.

“We look forward to hosting Representative Price at our commencement,” said Jack Hall, head of school for The Walker School. “We know he will have a lot of wisdom to share with our graduates.”

Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Price served four terms in the Georgia State Senate.  For nearly twenty years he worked in private practice as an orthopedic surgeon.  He worked at Emory University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor and served as Medical Director of the Orthopedic Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta where he taught resident doctors in training.

 

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Congratulations Grads!

 

East Cobb area public high schools hold commencement exercises May 21 and 22. The schedule for Cobb County Schools high schools is:

 

Kell High School
May 21, 7pm
Cathedral of Turner Chapel, 492 North Marietta Parkway NE, Marietta, 30060

Lassiter High School
May 22, 10am
Kennesaw State University Convocation Center, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw 30144

Pope High School
May 21, 3:30pm
Kennesaw State University Convocation Center, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw 30144

Sprayberry High School
May 22, 2:30pm
Cathedral of Turner Chapel, 492 North Marietta Parkway NE, Marietta, 30060

Walton High School
May 22, 2:30pm
Kennesaw State University Convocation Center, 1000 Chastain Road., Kennesaw 30144

Wheeler High School
May 22, 7pm
Kennesaw State University Convocation Center, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw 30144

 

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Celebrate Walton Groundbreaking this Friday

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Walton High School will celebrate the Groundbreaking of the Walton Rebuild on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 6:30pm during the Spring Football games in Raider Valley, 1590 Bill Murdock Road in East Cobb. County Officials, Principal, Judy McNeill and representatives from Gilbane Construction Company will “Dig that Dirt” to kick-off the construction of the first phase of the rebuilding project between the JV and Varsity football games.

The Walton Class of 2018 has been invited to run onto the field with their classmates to commemorate their future as the first graduating class in the new building. Additionally Walton’s Chorus, members of the drum line and the members of the robotics team and their robot will be present to make the evening festive. Other plans for the evening include: Food trucks; free commemorative t-shirts to the first 150 people; free drawings for prizes for Walton students and families.

The Groundbreaking Ceremony is sponsored through a generous donation by Gilbane Building Company. It is organized through a collaborative effort by the Walton High School Foundation and the Walton Touchdown Club.

For more information contact – Patti Morgan, President Walton Foundation High School Foundation at  pmorgan@mcon2.com

ECCC PTA recognizes outstanding seniors

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Pictured above are the Margie Hatfield Scholarship recipients: Austin Wang, Walton High School; Heather Giles, Pope High School; Elizabeth Blackstock, Wheeler High School; Mrs. Hatfield, Claudia Casanova, Kell High School; and, Joshua Dunn, Sprayberry High School. Not pictured: Courtney Werner (Lassiter)

 

Six local high school seniors were named Margie Hatfield Scholarship recipients at the East Cobb County
Council of PTA’s (ECCC PTA) general membership meeting held on April 16th. The scholarship was established in 1989 to honor the dedication and years of service by Mrs. Hatfield to ECCC PTA. The
scholarship recognizes and awards an outstanding senior from each of our council high schools who has
demonstrated a commitment to service and citizenship in the most genuine spirit of PTA.

The winners, each of whom receive a $1,000 cash award to be used to further their education, were selected on the basis of their applications which included a personal essay and recommendations from school and community. Funded by the 35 local units of ECCC PTA and donations from community members, the scholarship program has awarded over $100,000 to students over the years. Mrs. Hatfield was on hand for the presentations, held at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church. All of the winners have GPAs of over 4.0 and participate in a variety of school and community activities. Congratulations to these outstanding seniors!

“The Board of Directors of ECCC PTA is proud to continue our rich tradition of supporting and celebrating student success through the scholarship program. We wish all of our members a relaxing and safe summer holiday and we look forward to collaborating with you again in support of our children,” says Irene Barton, Communications Chair for the ECCC PTA.

If you are interested in supporting the Margie Hatfield Scholarship fund, please contact Irene Barton at scholarship@ecccpta.org.

 

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Uniform donations needed for area schools

The 9th District PTA is collecting school uniforms and other needed items for K-8 public schools. Please consider contributing standard school attire (collared polo shirts in blue, white, red and black) and khaki or navy bottoms (from K-8th grade), hygiene Items (tissues, sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer) and empty flash drives.

These items are in need. Drop off times and locations are below.
May 21-29 – School Uniform Drop Off Locations

  • Zaxby’s –  2080 Lower Roswell Rd, Marietta
  • Zaxby’s – 591 S. Marietta Parkway,  Marietta
  • Gigi’s Cupcakes – 1281 Johnson Ferry Road Ste. 116, Marietta
  • Gigi’s Cupcakes – 425 Ernest W. Barrett Pkwy, Kennesaw

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STAR Students celebrated at annual banquet

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ssCobb County area PAGE STAR Region Winner and STAR Teachers are joined by their presenters following their awards presentation. Pictured (back row, l-r) are: PAGE Executive Director Dr. Allene Magill and PAGE STAR Region Chair Randy Meincke; and (front row, l-r): PAGE STAR Region Student Sanket Mehta, PAGE STAR Teacher Amanda Edwards and PAGE STAR Teacher Jennifer Phillips, all of George Walton High School.

 

The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia’s outstanding high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development.

During the past 57 years, the STAR Program has honored more than 25,000 high school seniors who have in turn chosen their STAR Teachers to share in this recognition. The STAR program was launched in 1958 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. In 1994, the PAGE Foundation was invited to assume the responsibility for the oversight, administration and promotion of the statewide program.

The 86,000 members of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators and the trustees of the PAGE Foundation are honored to recognize Georgia’s future leaders and the professional educators who have nurtured these scholars. Every accredited high school in Georgia is eligible to participate in the  STAR program. To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on the test date on the three-part SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average. Each high school STAR Student is asked to name his/her STAR Teacher. High school STAR Students compete for system titles; and system STAR Students in turn compete for region honors in the 12 STAR Regions. Region winners and their STAR teachers are invited to Atlanta to compete for the state STAR scholarships and awards.

Locally, STAR Students and STAR Teachers are honored by their schools and receive special recognition in their communities from the more than 165 civic organizations and businesses that serve as local sponsors of the STAR program. The State PAGE STAR Banquet, held in Atlanta last month, recognized local STAR students from all over Georgia.

The following is a list of the 2015 East Cobb high school students and teachers. Walton High School
Region Winners Haroon Alam and Samket Mehta, both of whom scored 2400 on their SAT, were two of the 28 Region STAR Students honored at the annual State PAGE Student and Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) banquet on April 27.
KELL HIGH SCHOOL
STAR Student: Lana Scott
STAR Teacher: Benton Sample and Scott Stephens

LASSITER HIGH SCHOOL
STAR Student: Courtney Werner
STAR Teacher: Todd Henry

POPE HIGH SCHOOL
STAR Student: Miles Rajchel
STAR Teacher: Brendan Widness

SPRAYBERRY HIGH SCHOOL
STAR Student: Carter Sutherland
STAR Teacher: Phyllis Tschudi-Rose

WALTON HIGH SCHOOL
STAR Student: Haroon Alam – Region Winner
STAR Teacher: Jennifer Phillips

WALTON HIGH SCHOOL
STAR Student: Sanket Mehta – Region Winner
STAR Teacher: Amanda Edwards

WHEELER HIGH SCHOOL
STAR Student: Ryan Peck
STAR Teacher: Jimmy Carter

 

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