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Celebrating Success: Governor’s Honors Program

The Cobb County School District has the highest number of Governor’s Honors Program student finalists in the state. Ninety-seven students from 15 Cobb County High Schools have been selected by the state to participate in the 2015 Governor’s Honors Program.

For four weeks during the summer, this select group of students will participate in challenging and enriching educational experiences at Valdosta State University in Math, Communicative Arts, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts, and Technology. Cobb’s list of student finalists offers 15 more finalists than last year, and 11 more finalists than any previous year.

More than 3,000 students statewide, representing 1% of all sophomores and juniors in public, private, and home schools, were nominated last fall. In January, the state selected  approximately 2,000 semi-finalists who were then invited to attended state-level interviews in January and February where panels of judges determined the 679 finalists. Congratulations to our finalists!

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Cobb Schools adding hundreds of new teachers, Hiring fair is April 15

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For the first time in 8 years, Cobb County Schools is holding a major hiring fair to recruit new teachers to the District. The District Hiring Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, from 2-6pm at Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, GA 30080.

“This is an amazing district in which to work. As the 2nd largest school system in the state we offer teacher candidates a great place to live, work and play,” said Kevin Kiger, Executive Director of Employment. “Our teacher support programs are second to none and our staff development and New Teacher Institute provide the professional foundation for a long and successful career in education.”

Kiger says several hundred new, certified teaching positions will be available at all levels of instruction. The Educator Hiring Fair puts teachers face to face with school administrators in a relaxed, personal setting giving both the opportunity to talk directly about teaching and learning in the diverse, dynamic district. Cobb County schools have more than 111,000 students, in thriving, suburban neighborhoods. The Cobb County School District is the county’s largest employer, with more than 13,500 employees.

“All schools will be attending the Hiring Fair,” according to Kiger, “so it’s an ideal time for potential members of the Cobb teaching family to make a great first impression on principals, who will be there to meet the candidates first hand and to set up interviews. It’s still a competitive market; we’re looking for the best educators in the state to join the Cobb team.” Kiger adds that new hires will benefit not only from the opportunity to work with what he considers the best school district in the Southeast but also from the support of the well-respected and highly-regarded teaching staff. “Our mission is Creating and Supporting Pathways for Success and our teachers do that every day – it’s evidenced by our educators’ commitment to the district focus: One Team, One Goal: Student Success. Our teachers are the key to putting our students on a pathway to success now and in the future.”

Kiger says if potential teacher candidates need more incentive, they can consider that Cobb teachers are consistently recognized as leaders in education. Over fifty percent of the teachers in Cobb County hold advanced degrees and approximately one hundred teachers are National Board Certified. CCSD’s commitment to 21st century digital and multimedia learning is well-known, with technology-rich classrooms, the latest education technology in the hands of every student and teacher as well as personal laptop computers for teachers to support cutting-edge classroom instruction. “It just doesn’t get any better than teaching in Cobb,” Kiger says, “so we’re very excited to meet the next group of exemplary educators who are ready to join the Cobb family!”

More information about teaching for Cobb County Schools can be found at

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Sixteen Cobb High Schools Named 2015 Georgia Advanced Placement Honor Schools

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All 16 Cobb County high schools were named Georgia Advanced Placement (AP®) Honor Schools by the state Department of Education. The program recognizes Georgia schools that have increased access to rigorous AP coursework, based on the results of 2014 AP classes and exams.

The 2015 AP Honor Schools are named in five categories, based on the results of 2014 AP courses and exams.

New this year is the AP Humanities category, in which schools have students tested in all of the following AP courses: at least one ELA course, two social science courses, one fine arts course and one world language course.

AP Humanities Schools are those with students who test in at least 1 ELA course, 2 social science courses, 1 fine arts course and 1 world language course. Cobb Schools qualifying in this new category are Allatoona, Campbell, Harrison, Kell, Kennesaw Mountain, Lassiter, McEachern, North Cobb, Pebblebrook, Pope, Sprayberry, Walton and Wheeler.

Two categories honor schools encouraging participation in AP Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) coursework. Allatoona, Campbell, Harrison, Hillgrove, Kell, Kennesaw Mountain, Lassiter, McEachern, North Cobb, Osborne, Pebblebrook, Pope, South Cobb, Sprayberry, Walton and Wheeler were named AP STEM Schools for having students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science).

Allatoona, Kell, Harrison, Hillgrove, Kell, Kennesaw Mountain, Lassiter, North Cobb, Pope, Sprayberry, Walton and Wheeler were also named to the AP STEM Achievement Schools list for also having at least 40 percent of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of three (3) or higher.

AP Merit Schools had at least 20 percent of the student population taking AP exams and at least half of all AP exams earning scores of three (3) or higher; Harrison, Hillgrove, Kennesaw Mountain, Lassiter, North Cobb, Pope, Sprayberry and Walton high schools met the criteria for the AP Merit category.

Campbell, North Cobb and McEachern were recognized as AP Access and Support Schools for having least 30 percent of their AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African-American and/or Hispanic and 30 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

In all, 609 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools were named by State School Superintendent Richard Woods. The Georgia Department of Education began recognizing AP Honor Schools in 2008.

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2015-16 School Choice Deadline Approaching



The deadline for applying for School Choice (HB251 and SB10) transfers for the 2015-2016 school year is Saturday, February 28, 2015. For more information regarding individual school capacity and to access an online application, visit the 2015-16 School Choice webpage for Cobb County Schools.


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Cobb County Schools Closed Wednesday


All Cobb County schools and facilities will be closed Wednesday, February 25, 2015, due to weather forecasts predicting patchy black ice in the morning and significant snowfall in the afternoon. Teachers and students should not report. 260 day employees should report as usual if their routes are safe.


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Cold Weather Reminder for Students


The National Weather Service and local meteorologists are forecasting unusually cold temperatures and wind chills in our area. Please be advised that all students, especially those who ride school buses, should take extra precautions before going outside to come to school.

Students should consider dressing warmly with gloves, head-covering and multi-layered clothing to protect themselves against the cold.

Cobb County bus drivers will work to ensure morning pick-up remains on schedule. Please visit Cobb County Schools’ website for updated information regarding Cobb Schools as the weather developments occur at and continue to monitor local media for forecast details.



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Alert: Cobb Co. Schools Cancel Outdoor Activities Weds, Thurs

Attention parents and students: Based on projected wind chills, all after-school outdoor activities are cancelled for today, Wednesday, February 18, and tomorrow, Thursday, February 19, 2015. This includes athletic practices and games.

However, all events that are scheduled indoors (or outdoor practices that are moved inside) may continue as normal. County officials will continue to monitor weather conditions for Friday afternoon and evening. Should wind chills justify the same cancellation for Friday, Cobb County Schools will communicate this information as soon as possible on the district website.

Please check with your local school to confirm whether after-school activities are cancelled for today and tomorrow.

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Ragsdale Receives Unanimous Vote of Approval

Superintendent Chris Ragsdale with the Cobb Schools Board of Education.
From left, Brad Wheeler, Vice-Chairman-Post 7, David Banks-Post 5, David Chastain-Post 4, Scott Sweeney-Post 6, Superintendent Chris Ragsdale, Susan Thayer-Post 2, David Morgan-Post 3, Randy Scamihorn, Chairman-Post 1.

Chris Ragsdale was unanimously voted Superintendent of Cobb County Schools, the second largest public school system in Georgia serving more than 111,000 students and the 24th largest in the United States.

Mr. Ragsdale was named to the post at a Work Session of the District Board of Education. He told the Board he is “very excited to continue on the job,” and that “it is humbling working in the greatest district in the State, in the country.”

He credited his Executive Cabinet members with “taking the District forward,” and that he is “thankful for the work that Cobb teachers do” to ensure student success. Named Interim Superintendent on May 1, 2014, Mr. Ragsdale has more than two decades of experience in school operations and information technology in both the public and private sectors, and has also served the District as Deputy Superintendent for Operations, and Chief Technology Officer.


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Cobb County Schools CLOSED Monday

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Due to inclement weather and dangerous travel conditions being forecast for Monday, all Cobb County Schools and facilities will be closed Monday, February 16, 2015. Only 260 day employees should report to work if their routes are safe.


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Pope parents concerned following alleged safety threat

Pope High School Greyhounds

Parents of Pope High School students received the following email this week from Pope Principal Dr. Robert Downs:

In an effort to keep you informed, Pope High School and the CCSD police department are aware of an alleged school safety threat that was in the form of bathroom graffiti discovered last week. It has been thoroughly investigated and there is no credible evidence of any threat to our school. Busses and the school schedule will run as normal this week. 

Local parents shared with EAST COBBER that “Death to Pope HS on Feb 13” was written on walls in different bathrooms at the school. EAST COBBER Founder/Publisher Cynthia Rozzo contacted Scott Sweeney with the Cobb School Board regarding the email and alleged incident. Sweeney’s response was:
The school district takes any potential threat quite seriously. Upon learning of a threat, the local school administration understands the need to get the CCSD Police Department involved. When alerted, the CCSD Police Department works with the local school administration to learn as much as they can about the potential threat and take appropriate actions to maximize the safety of students, faculty, personnel, and school visitors.
In light of the alleged threat, many parents do not want to take their kids to Pope on Friday.

EAST COBBER wants to know, if you were a Pope parent would you send your child to school tomorrow? Visit our Facebook page and let us know,