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Tritt Elementary hosts Garden Workday with Captain Planet and KSU

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Tritt Elementary hosted their first garden workday recently in partnership with Captain Planet and Kennesaw State to create a learning garden. Ain Chike, Captain Planet’s gardening coach, along with interns, Laura Ladov, Andrea Blaton, Sarah Dasher, and Bang Tran, taught third-fifth grade students how to use gardening tools to prepare beds for planting. Students harvested forty-three gourds, pulled up weeds, moved and assembled raised beds, and filled the beds with compost. It was quite a sight seeing the students work together to move a pile of compost with shovels and wheelbarrows!

Kennesaw State’s Campus Executive Chef, Billy Skiber, gave Tritt students a culinary experience during their workday. He shared a delicious salad made of corn and spinach grown from their campus garden and shared their Farm to Table approach with the students. He plans to return for class demonstrations and to give cooking lessons using the plants harvested from Tritt’s Learning Garden.

Tritt’s primary students will take the lead for the planting day scheduled in October. Organizers hope students will learn sustainability in the various phases of their lives. Having them participate in preparing the soil, planting the seeds, and seeing the fruit from their labor provides a rich learning experience that goes beyond the four walls of their classrooms.

Cobb County Schools CLOSED this week for Fall Break

All Cobb County Schools will be closed for Fall Break September 15-19. Classes will resume on Monday, September 22.

Covenant Presbyterian Church Offering Fall Break Day Camp

Cobb County Schools has scheduled a fall break from Monday, September 15 to Friday September 19. Covenant Presbyterian Church is offering a day camp during this fall break for children in kindergarten through fifth-grade from 9am-4pm (7am-7pm extended hours). The camp fee is $25/day. Children must bring a sack lunch. Beverages and mid-afternoon snacks will be provided.

Covenant Presbyterian Church is located at 2881 Canton Road in Marietta/East Cobb. Registration is required and space is limited. For more information and/or to register, call 770-422-5130 or email rtakacs@covepres.com.

Coming Soon to Cobb Libraries: The Educator Card!

Cobb County Public Library System will soon make available a special library card that will entitle educators to borrow materials and access digital resources for the classroom. Benefits will include nine-week checkouts and more.

Applications for the Educator Card will be accepted from the following educators:

  • preschool, K-12, public, private and parochial schools, and licensed childcare centers
  • Cobb homeschool parents and guardians
  • educators who teach in Cobb and live outside the county

Details about the availability of the Educator Card will be announced soon at your school and your Cobb libraries at www.cobbcat.org.

 

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Kindergarten teacher accused of dragging student

Tritt Elementary School teacher Judy Bingham was arrested and charged with one count of cruelty to children, a first degree felony, and simple battery, a misdemeanor.

(S0urce: 11Alive News)

State BOE To Hold Hearing On Common Core

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State Board of Education member Scott Johnson will host a public hearing on the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts at 7 p.m. on Sept. 4, 2014 at Marietta High School Performing Arts Center, 1171 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, GA 30064. Mr. Johnson hopes to hear from interested citizens and educators regarding these standards and other education issues, as part of the Board’s formal evaluation of the standards.

(Reprinted from cobbk12.org)

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Sprayberry Drama presents Dessert Cabaret this weekend

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Sprayberry High’s Drama Department will host their Dessert Cabaret Fundraiser Sept 5-6.

Enjoy two nights full of songs and sweets in Sprayberry’s Theatre. Dessert service begins at 7pm and the show begins at 7:30. Stage seating with dessert buffet is only $10 and audience seating with no dessert is $6. Stage seating is limited to 60 a night so call Marc Middlebrooks to reserve your tickets (770) 578-3200 x337.

Sprayberry High School is located at 2525 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta.

Alexsander Academy is Great Educational Option for Kids

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Alexsander Academy students Sujay Boapally, Grace Edwards and Jaden Sella spend time with teacher Nancy Sellinger.

Because not every child thrives in a large classroom learning environment, we are fortunate to have a school like Alexsander Academy close by. Located in Alpharetta, Alexsander Academy was created to be a place where children with differences can also be challenged academically. When Co-founder Stefanie Smith was looking for resources for her son, she realized that many schools focused on rehab and behavior management, but didn’t offer a strong academic curriculum for children with special needs.

At the fully-accredited Alexsander Academy, there is no “one size fits all” program, and educators create a curriculum that is tailored to each student’s learning needs.

“Our small environment allows us to help students be successful in a classroom, build friendships and gain selfconfidence,” says Stefanie. “We help our students be better prepared to go back to a traditional learning setting.”

Stefanie is proud to offer knowledgeable and experienced teachers at the academy. Most teachers have advanced degrees and more than 15 years of experience teaching students with issues, like learning disabilities, ADHD, AS, autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia, cognitive challenges and Down syndrome.

If your child needs a small and more individualized school program or is struggling academically or socially, take the time to learn more about Alexsander Academy. They are accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year and scholarships are available. Also, the school offers a summer academic session and yearround tutoring.

The academy is located at 1090 Powers Place, Alpharetta, Ga., 30009. For more information, visit www.alexsanderacadamy.org or call
404-839-5910.

(Paid advertisement. Reprinted from the August 2014 issue of EAST COBBER.) 

Brumby Elementary Named School of Excellence by National PTA

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Brumby Elementary and King Springs Elementary schools have been named 2014-2016 Schools of Excellence by the National PTA. Both schools were recognized for their achievement in building effective family-school partnerships, and were among just 170 schools nationwide to receive the two-year designation.

Both Brumby Principal Amanda Richie and King Springs Principal Linda Keeney were thrilled with the honor, and were excited to hear that their schools each would receive a National PTA School of Excellence banner.

“We have an outstanding PTA at Brumby and they have worked very hard to make parents feel welcome and included in all of the decisions that impact our school,” said Ms. Richie. “This recognition really affirms the strong partnership between our school and the community.”

The National PTA often cites the strong correlation between schools with engaged, involved families, and student success.

(Source: Cobbk12.org)

 

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Prep Roundup: Johnson Ferry wins season opener

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Johnson Ferry Christian jumped ahead early in their season opener Friday, taking a three-touchdown lead at the end of the first quarter, on the way to a 34-0 victory over Greenville (S.C.) The Saints scored touchdowns in all three phases in the win.

Dewan Warbington caught two passes for 60 yards and added two rushing touchdowns for Johnson Ferry. Peter Elder was the leading rusher with 74 yards on 15 carries to pace the Saints.

Thomas Gilbert returned a punt 41 yards for a touchdown.

Defensively, Luke Jarrett had 10 tackles and a sack. Luke Chauncey had a 4-yard interception return.

Johnson Ferry will play at New Creation Academy on Friday in McDonough.

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Click HERE to read the original article.)  

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