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2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has identified the state's 2012 Schools of Excellence.

The annual honor is presented in two categories: Highest Performance and Highest Progress. Fourteen schools made the cut in each area.

"These schools are the epitome of excellence," Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "I offer my congratulations to our 2012 Georgia Schools of Excellence."

Barge added that he plans to visit all 28 schools at some point during the school year.

Metro Atlanta's Schools of Excellence include:

Atlanta Public Schools
* KIPP STRIVE Academy, Southwest Atlanta (Progress)

Bremen City
*Jones ES (Performance)

Clayton County
* Elite Scholars Academy, Morrow (Performance)

Cobb County
* Garrison Mill ES, Marietta (Progress)
* Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy (Progress)

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan is making it easier for families to pay for college by holding two scholarship giveaways.

The deadline to enter both contests is Thursday, Aug. 15.

Mitch Seabaugh, director of the Path2College 529 Plan, said the two sweepstakes are designed to encourage families to start saving for college while their children are still very young.

"If 10,000 more Georgia families start saving for college, that's 10,000 more children who will have a head start toward achieving their dream when they graduate from high school," he said in a statement.

Seabaugh added that the sweepstakes also benefit young students because they provide money for schools and libraries.

The first contest -- the 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes -- will gives $10,529 to two lucky winners: a current Path2College account holder and a non-account holder. The two winners' schools will each receive $10,529.

Atlanta communities help students in need get school supplies

Atlanta communities help students in need get school supplies

ATLANTA -- Parents are in the Back to School swing as class start dates for local students are just around the corner. 

Organizations throughout Atlanta recognize that many children may lack school supplies and resources to get them before hitting the classroom. To help, several organizations are accepting donations of school supplies and giving them to kids in need. 

The United Methodist Children's Home provides school supplies to both children involved in their programs and Atlanta area children in need. If you are in need of school supplies in the Atlanta area contact Noelle Owen. To donate school supplies you may drop them off at the UMCH office in Decatur, Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Noelle Owen: nowen@umchildrenshome.org

United Methodist Children's Home  500 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, Georgia 30030  (404) 327-5820

Cobb School Board approves $3 million digital math education

Cobb School Board approves $3 million digital math education

MARIETTA, Ga. -- With only two weeks to go before 107,000 students return to Cobb County schools, a big question remains: if the county goes digital in teaching math, will there be enough money to make it work and bring up test scores?

The answer came after more than an hour of debating as the Cobb Board of Education voted 4-3 to approve a $3 million jump into the digital age of mathematics education.

But it fell far short of an $8 million proposal that the board voted down in April. That deal included printed text books in addition to digital content. 

The deal that passed on Wednesday only involves printed texts for advanced courses. The rest of the math teaching experience will be digital.

Despite the okay to go ahead with this latest deal, parents were outraged that cutting the teaching and learning materials in less than half will affect the learning experience.

Chattahoochee Tech offers social media specialization

Chattahoochee Tech offers social media specialization

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Marketing management students at Chattahoochee Technical College now have the option of specializing in social media as part of their degrees.

Social media classes will be offered online this fall. The specialization includes a series of four courses: Exploring Social Media, Analyzing Social Media, Consumer Behavior and a marketing elective.

CTC marketing instructor Rick Nelson said social media is revolutionizing the field.

"Our marketing management programs will expose students to this technology and better prepare them for the new reality of marketing," he said. "No doubt our student population is very skilled at using Facebook, Twitter and other social media every day in their personal lives. We will prepare our students to be on the leading edge of utilizing these platforms to sell more products and services for their future corporate employers or in their own business ventures."

First days of school in metro Atlanta

First days of school in metro Atlanta

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- It's only mid-July, but many metro Atlanta students are preparing to head back to school.

Monday, July 15 is the first day of the 2013-14 school year for children at three Atlanta schools -- Boyd, Centennial Place and Hutchinson elementary schools -- and the Elite Scholars Academy in Clayton County.

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In Cobb County, the first day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Other school start dates throughout north Georgia include:

Thursday, Aug. 1
Decatur City
Paulding County

Friday, Aug. 2
Newton County

Monday, Aug. 5
Cherokee County
Floyd County
Henry County

Tuesday, Aug. 6
Coweta County

Chattahoochee Tech among top 2-year colleges

Chattahoochee Tech among top 2-year colleges

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Tech is one of the top 25 two-year colleges in the United States, according to a recent ranking.

The Cobb County-based technical college comes in at No. 25 on the list of 100, which is created every year by Community College Week magazine.

Chattahoochee Tech was scored on its certificates offered and the number of its students who finish their certification programs in one year or less.

The school also ranked No. 44 in the top 50 producers of associate degrees in the area of communications technology, technicians and support services, and No. 19 in the area of sales, merchandising and marketing.

Chattahoochee Tech has campuses in Acworth, Austell, Canton, Dallas, Jasper, Marietta and Woodstock. Learn more at chattahoocheetech.edu.