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High School Final Exam Dismissal – Buses to run at 11:30am

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On December 18-19, CCSD will offer an early bus run at 11:30 a.m. for HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS who have completed their final exams. Some high schools may be offering a special activity later in the school day or perhaps final exam tutoring, so please check with your local school for specific details.

(Source: Cobbk12.org) 

 

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Winter Break Camps at Sports-A-Rama

When school is out, Sports-A-Rama is in! Registration is open for Winter Break Camps for the Sports-A-Rama Multi-Sport Camp for ages 7-12. Dodgeball, kickball, whiffleball, capture the flag, soccer, basketball, football, batting cages, arcade, speed and agility training, golf, fencing, lacrosse, martial arts, table tennis and more. Lunch and snack provided, walk-ins welcome, or call (770) 977-9789 to pre-register.

Camps run from 9am-3pm daily December 22-24 and 29-31. Cost is $50/day or $225 for the week, multi-child discounts are available.

 

Sports A Rama East Cobb is located at 736 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068.

 
 

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Georgia Tech Women in Engineering Program piloting SEE for teen girls

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On January 29, 2015, the Georgia Tech Women in Engineering Program is piloting a new outreach event, SEE or “Students Exploring Engineering” targeting 100 freshmen and sophomore high school female students who have demonstrated aptitude and interest in STEM fields. The non-refundable registration fee for SEE is $25.00, which covers all materials as well as breakfast and lunch for each girl attending the program. It also covers breakfast for parents, guardians or teacher. Please note that parents, guardians and teachers are invited to stay for the program if they choose, but are responsible for purchasing their own lunch; there are various restaurants throughout Georgia Tech’s Student Center to choose from.

Organizers cannot accommodate check payments, group registrations, or discount registrations. More info and registration can be found at http://wie.gatech.edu/students-exploring-engineering

 

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Brings your teens to learn about staying safe on the road

 

At the next Precinct 1 PENS meeting the topic of discussion will be driver safety and how it relates to accidents. Guest speaker Cobb County Fatality Investigator P. Jones will give a presentation including actual fatality accidents that have occurred in Cobb and the causes of these accidents. If you have teenagers that are driving or preparing to get their driver’s licenses, this is a must see presentation.

The meeting will be held 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18, at Precinct 1, 2380 Cobb Parkway Kennesaw. Please attend and bring your teenagers and/or pre-teens. It will be a very eye-opening experience for these young people and you. Also, feel free to invite anyone you know with teenage drivers and make sure the teenager is in attendance. To ensure enough seating, please RSVP no later than Monday, Dec. 15. RSVP to Rachel Britton atzone1pens@cobbcounty.org or 770-590-5769.

 

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Walton High School students present green designs

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Cobb Commissioner JoAnn Birrell recently spent with the Walton High School AP Environmental Science Classes. They were tasked with creating green designs for SunTrust Park and the proposed mixed use development that will accompany the stadium. The students were asked to focus on reducing potable water use and runoff from the site.

Cobb County Water System Staff served as technical advisors to the classes. The students also met with other community experts including leadership of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals and Southface Energy Institute.

All seven classes presented their designs to a panel of water experts from Cobb Water System, the Chattahoochee River Keeper and Delon & Hampton Engineering Firm. Out of those seven presentations, three were selected for presentation to Walton’s administration, School District leaders and Emmy Montanye, representing the Braves project team. The students worked very hard and gave excellent presentations. I am excited for what the future holds for these disciplined and bright young students.

Birrell would like to thank Dr. Sharon Camp, Walton High School Science Teacher and Kathy Nguyen, Water Department Senior Project Manager for their work in planning the event.

 

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Gingerbread House Competition at McCleskey YMCA

 

Decorate your own magically colorful “gingerbread” dream home. Prizes will be awarded for 1st-3rd place, plus a “People’s Choice” award. Houses must be edible except for the base. December 1-15. Free. Awards announced December 16, 11am. McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA, 1055 East Piedmont Road, Marietta. 770-977-5991 | www.ymcaatlanta.org/mcy

Teens learn safe sitting at weekend class

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Safe Sitter Class, a nationally recognized babysitter education program, will be held December 6. This high-quality training program teaches adolescents skills needed to be a safe, nurturing babysitter. Course designed for ages 11-13. Cost is $50.Class hours are 9am-3pm at WellStar East Cobb Health Park, 3747 Roswell Road NE, Marietta. More info: 770-956-7827.

 

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Thanksgiving Week Certified Teen Driving Course: It’s not too late to enroll

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Do something productive with your Thanksgiving break and learn to drive! Sign up for the Certified Teen Driving Course from Safe America Foundation, licensed by the State of Georgia Department of Driver Services. Course offered November 24-29, 2014, 9am-330pm daily. No classes Thanksgiving Day.

Students will attend the state-required 30 hours of classroom training after which they must complete the required behind-the-wheel training individually within 6 months. Cost is $150/30-hour classroom only, $474/classroom + 6 hours behind the wheel training, $574/classroom + 10 hours behind the wheel training.

For more information or to enroll, contact The Safe America Foundation, 2480 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. More info: 770-973-7223 or www.safeamerica.org.

 

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Walton’s WASP club encourage computer science, STEM, in elementary students

Sanket Mehta, founder and co-President of WASP, shows Brumby students how to compile the Java program.

Sanket Mehta, founder and co-President of WASP, shows Brumby students how to compile the Java program.

Most high school students spend their Thursday evenings crouched over books or in front of laptop screens, studying for school assessments the next day. For students from WASP (Walton App Development and Software Programming Club), Thursday evenings mean taking part in their favorite project of helping others learn. Every week, WASP members travel to Brumby Elementary School to teach computer programming. Every week, WASP members aim to create an interest for computer science and STEM in children from all backgrounds.

WASP focuses on inspiring students to learn more about computer programming. More than thirty high school students from Walton High School convene during Friday afterschool meetings and collaborate on projects that use Java, a universal computer programming. Members work on projects at basic and advanced levels, also learning about writing their own Android smartphone apps or computer games.

The success of creating a collaborative computer science environment at the high school level encouraged the club’s founder, Sanket Mehta, to look beyond Walton High School. “We’ve always been encouraged by parents and teachers to do whatever we love, so we wanted to help other parts of the community by enabling them to explore new ideas,” Mehta said. To achieve this goal of promoting STEM awareness, WASP tied up with Brumby Elementary School’s afterschool program to hold basic Java classes for third, fourth, and fifth graders on Thursdays. “They were very supportive. From logistics to paperwork, the Brumby staff backed us all the way,” Mehta appreciated. The purpose of these classes is two-fold: first, to give children the skills to succeed in computer classes in middle school and high school, and second, to spark an interest in STEM that they will keep throughout their lives. Many students at Brumby lack the resources to explore STEM on their own time. For these students, WASP is a gateway into the world of scientific learning and exploration, an increasingly important field in modern society.

WASP club members have to ensure their lesson plans are interesting enough to keep the children’s attention. In order to do this, WASP members also use Scratch, a tool developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Scratch allows students to program a kitten’s behavior by simply dragging and dropping code blocks. WASP members help draw relations between the text students type in Java and the blocks students play with in Scratch, so that it is easier for elementary school students to understand programming. “We don’t want to confuse them or turn them off to computer science. Finding the right balance between graphics and Java is key,” said Mr. Hubbard, the Walton High School teacher who sponsors WASP.

WASP’s efforts to encourage students from underprivileged areas to explore STEM have been successful. Students at Brumby know how to write their own operation programs, print information onto the computer screen, and store information in different types of variables. Over the next few months, WASP hopes to expand its programs at other local schools and continue promoting STEM education in the Cobb community.

(Written by EJ Ozyazgan, vice president of WASP)

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Walton students at the Georgia State Capitol Building

Photo credit: Chad Carrodus

Walton students standing alongside Gov. Deal at the Georgia State Capitol earlier this month.

 

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