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Cobb County Schools CLOSED for Thanksgiving Break

Cobb County Schools will be CLOSED for Thanksgiving Break November 24-28. Classes will resume on Monday, December 1, 2014.

Schools will close for the Winter Break on Monday, December 22, 2014, and resume for students on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Staff will return on Monday, January 5, 2015.

 

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Georgia State Board of Education Taking Comment on Proposed Revisions to Common Core

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Based on community feedback from across the state, the GA State Board of Education has proposed revisions to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics to be effective for the 2015-2016 school year. These revisions have now been posted for a 60 day review and comment period. Please click here to review the revised standards and to provide your comments to inform the decision for the GABOE.

(Source: Cobbk12.org)

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Georgia’s Top 20 Highest SAT Scoring High Schools

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The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States. It was first introduced in 1926, and its name and scoring have changed several times, being originally called the Scholastic Aptitude Test, then the Scholastic  Assessment Test, then the SAT Reasoning Test, and now simply the SAT. The SAT is owned and published by the College Board, a private, nonprofit organization in the United States. It is developed and administered on behalf of the College Board by the Educational Testing Service. The test is intended to assess a student’s readiness for college.

The current SAT, introduced in 2005, takes 3 hours and 45 minutes to finish, Possible scores on the SAT range from 600 to 2400, combining test results from three 800-point sections: Mathematics, Critical Reading, and Writing. However, the SAT does not mirror high school curriculum. According to the College Board, the SAT does not test logic or abstract reasoning. 2014 SAT scores were released last month by the College Board and the Georgia Department of Education. The test consists of three portions:  math, verbal and writing, each worth 800 points. A perfect score is 2400. Congratulations to the three East Cobb schools that made the list! Here’s a look at the top 20 Georgia schools (with 100 or more test takers) that had the highest average combined scores:

1 Gwinnett School of Mathematics Science and Technology, Gwinnett County Schools
Combined Score: 1912
2 Northview High School, Fulton County Schools
Combined Score: 1779
3 Walton High School, Cobb County Schools
Combined Score: 1724
4 Alpharetta High School, Fulton County Schools
Combined Score: 1704
5 Columbus High School, Muscogee County Schools
Combined Score: 1702
6 Johns Creek High School, Fulton County Schools
Combined Score: 1691
7 Chattahoochee High School, Fulton County Schools
Combined Score: 1680
8 Savannah Arts Academy, Savannah-Chatham County Schools
Combined Score: 1671
9 Pope High School, Cobb County Schools
Combined Score: 1666
10 Milton High School, Fulton County Schools
Combined Score: 1654
11 Roswell High School, Fulton County Schools
Combined Score: 1653
12 South Forsyth High School, Forsyth County Schools
Combined Score: 1647
13 North Gwinnett High School
Gwinnett County Schools
Combined Score: 1644
14 Lassiter High School, Cobb County Schools
Combined Score: 1643
15 Starr’s Mill High School, Fayette County Schools
Combined Score: 1623
16 McIntosh High School, Fayette County Schools
Combined Score: 1618
17 Brookwood High School, Gwinnett County Schools
Combined Score: 1607
18 Kennesaw Mountain High School, Cobb County Schools
Combined Score: 1602
19 Lambert High School, Forsyth County Schools
Combined Score: 1594
20 North Oconee High School, Oconee County Schools
Combined Score: 1593

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Is your school “No Place for Hate”?

 

It’s something every parent fears: someone bullying their child at school. And it is a legitimate concern. A recent survey of East Cobb principals and teachers revealed some alarming statistics:

  • 33% of respondents named bullying as one of the three most significant challenges they face with regard to culture and diversity in their schools, yet…
  • Nearly one fourth of respondents, 24%, said that their school DOES NOT participate in an anti-bullying program. (ECCC PTA Diversity Survey, Spring 2014)

Studies show that anti-bullying programs can significantly reduce incidences of bullying at school, yet with school district budgets stretched to the extreme, how does a school allocate the resources for yet another program? The answer is: they don’t have to. “No Place For Hate,” a project of the Anti- Defamation League (ADL), is a free and flexible anti-bullying program designed to fit the needs of each school’s unique population and culture. The program offers simple step-by-step
implementation instruction and requires leadership be governed by a diverse committee representing the school and community, which could include administrators, teachers, counselors, students, parents and even community and business partners. The committee oversees a needs assessment of the school with regard to bias and bullying and organizes an official presentation of a “No Place For Hate School Pledge,” promising to create a school environment that is “No Place For Hate.” The committee meets with school organizations and clubs for their input on how to address the issues identified in the school’s needs assessment.

Finally, they meet to plan at least three school activities that align with the No Place For Hate mission of eliminating bias and bullying at school. With their activities completed, schools submit a brief description of their program to the ADL to earn a  personalized banner declaring that their school is “No Place For Hate.” Banner presentations are usually a school-wide event, often celebrated in pep rally style with an ADL official to make the presentation to the school. Designations must be earned each year, but successful or existing programs can always be repeated.

Aside from the cost, which is literally nothing, the real beauty of this program is the way that it works to affect the culture of the school. Unlike programs offering a single-day, anti-bullying event or hosting a speaker for an assembly, requiring schools to complete at least three anti-bullying activities a year (they can do as many as they wish) sends a consistent, year-round message that “at our school, we don’t tolerate bias or bullying.” Students simply learn the message just like any other school policies and procedures.

As listed on the “No Place For Hate” website, eight of East Cobb’s 35 public schools took a stand against bullying and earned their “No Place For Hate” designation for the 2013-2014 school year. Congratulations to:

  • Blackwell Elementary School
  • Davis Elementary School
  • East Cobb Middle School
  • Garrison Mill Elementary School
  • Mabry Middle School
  • McClesky Middle School
  • Nicholson Elementary School, and
  • Timber Ridge Elementary School.

Is your school on this list? If not, contact your school administrators, counselors, and PTA and urge them to consider implementing the program. And please consider volunteering to help your school make it happen. There could be no better use of your time and talents.

For more information about the “No Place For Hate” program, visit www. noplaceforhate.org or contact ECCC PTA Diversity Chair Wendy Stewart at diversity@ecccpta.org.

(Written by Wendy Stewart, PTA Diversity Chair, East Cobb County Council of PTAs)

Rocky Mount Elementary Honors Local Hero with ‘Heroes vs. Villains’ 5K

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Rocky Mount Elementary contributed to the Guinn Family Memorial Fund, participated in a snack concession fundraiser and ran the Superheroes vs. Villains 5K in honor of fallen firefighter Frank Guinn and to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Click the photo above for a video of the event including a finale tribute to the father of Rocky Mount ES’s triplets and  Atlanta firefighter, Frank Guinn.

(See more at: http://cobbcast.cobbk12.org/?p=7431#sthash.0O3LvQrL.dpuf)

IDEA Child Find for Private/Home School Providers

The Cobb County School District is offering an opportunity for home school providers and private school providers to consult with school district personnel to discuss the process for evaluating and identifying children who are suspected of having a disability. This session will be held at the Cobb County School District in the Board Room, 514 Glover Street, Marietta, Georgia on November 13, 2014 at 8:30am.

(Source: Cobbk12.org) 

 

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Cobb Schools closed for Students Tuesday, Nov. 4

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Cobb County Schools will be closed for students on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Teachers and staff will report for a Local School Planning Day.

Classes will resume on Wednesday, November 5.

Don’t forget to head to the polls and vote East Cobbers!

 

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Four-Year Graduation Rate Increases For Third Consecutive Year in Cobb

The U.S. Department of Education defines the four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate as the number of students who graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma divided by the number of students who entered high school four years earlier (including adjustments for student transfers). This uniform calculation method allows for accurate and comparable data across all 50 states, improving transparency and accountability. In the past, states measured graduation rates using inconsistent methods, resulting in incomparable sets of data.

“I am thrilled to see continued improvement in our graduation rate,” said Interim Superintendent Chris Ragsdale. “Our teachers are working continuously using innovative teaching methods to encourage students to stay in school and increase their achievement level. Of the many indicators that measure how well we are doing as a school district, graduation rate is one of the most important. Ensuring that students graduate on time and are prepared for success is our ultimate goal. It is great to see that we are performing at a high level in that regard.”

Ehsan Kattoula, the District’s Director of Accountability and Research, said he, too, was pleased with the improvement in graduation rate.

“The steady improvement we’ve seen in Cobb high schools’ graduation rates is certainly a point of pride for the District,” he said. “We rate very well as a district by almost any comparison.”

Click here to view charts and graphs

(Source: Cobb County Schools)

Cobb Board approves IE2 status

 
At the Sept 25 meeting, the Cobb BOE voted in favor of our district becoming an IE2 system. Learn more about that here and stay tuned for further announcements as the district works on and submits its proposal to the GA Dept of Education.

 

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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.