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School district announces graduation schedule

School district announces graduation schedule

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Graduation is right around the corner for high school seniors in Cobb County.

The school system has announced the graduation dates, times and venues for its high schools. Family members and friends who can't attend the actual ceremonies can purchase DVDs and, in most cases, watch live Web broadcasts of the events.

Visit cobbk12.org for information on how to watch the graduations or order DVDs.

Graduation ceremonies include:

Allatoona HS
Friday, May 24 at 9 a.m.
Allatoona Stadium

Campbell HS
Friday, May 24 at 7 p.m.
KSU Convocation Center

Harrison HS
Saturday, May 25 at 10 a.m.
KSU Convocation Center

Hillgrove HS
Thursday, May 23 at 8 p.m.
KSU Convocation Center

Cobb educators learn about bullying prevention

Cobb educators learn about bullying prevention

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Teachers and administrators from more than 40 Cobb County schools recently participated in a bullying prevention seminar.

The training session, which was sponsored by the school district's Prevention Intervention Center, taught best practices for handling bullying in classrooms.

Many of the county's schools are already taking steps to end bullying.

At Cooper Middle School in Austell, art teacher Amy Zschaber's students created a digital campaign with slogans and graphic posters calling for their classmates to stand up to bullies. See some of the artwork at cobbcast.cobbk12.org.

Belmont Hills Elementary School in Smyrna uses Second Step, a program that helps elementary and middle school students sharpen their social-emotional skills.

Cobb residents vote to extend education SPLOST

Cobb residents vote to extend education SPLOST

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Voters in Cobb County have voted to extend the county's Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) for education.

57 percent of Cobb County voters voted YES while 43 percent of voters voted NO. The one percent sales tax will be used to fund earmarked capital improvements at county schools over the next five years.

Opponents to the tax contested that taxpayers had paid enough, and that school system expenditures should come from existing property tax revenues.  

The school system points out that the tax differs from a bond issue in that there is no interest to be paid back on SPLOST funds, since they are generated by taxes. Prior versions of the SPLOST have been used to pay off the school system's overall debt.

Kindergarten registration to open in Cobb County

Kindergarten registration to open in Cobb County

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County School District will begin registration for Cobb County kindergarteners on March 27.

From 8:00 - 11:30 that morning, registration will be held at all Cobb elementary schools. The CCSD Bus Routes website can help parents determine which school their child will be attending. 

According to Georgia Law, all prospective kindergarten students must be at least five years of age on or before September 1. For more information, visit CCSD Enrollment online

Chattahoochee Tech places 5th at horticulture competition

Chattahoochee Tech places 5th at horticulture competition

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Horticulture students from Chattahoochee Technical College recently placed fifth in a national competition at Auburn University.

The CTC team, led by instructors John Hatfield and Bejie Herrin, was the highest-finishing two-year college at the PLANET Student Career Days contest, and the only team from Georgia to crack the top five.

Acworth resident Harry Allen was CTC's top individual finisher, placing 18th out of 854 competitors.

Several other CTC students finished in their top 10 in their respective divisions:

* Andy Casey, Canton
10th, Small Engine Repair

* Paula DeVane, Calhoun
1st, Turf and Weed ID
4th, Annual and Perennial ID

* Joe Fries, Powder Springs
2nd, Woody Ornamental ID
7th, Turf and Weed ID

* Carol Hainline, Smyrna
8th, Landscape Installation Team

* Alan Humble, Woodstock
3rd, Computer Aided Landscape Design
5th, 3D Exterior Landscape Design

School district participates in 5 Million Meals

School district participates in 5 Million Meals

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Cobb County School District was recently honored for its work with the 5 Million Meals campaign.

Cynthia Downs, Cobb's nutrition director, accepted the Golden Radish Award at the Georgia State Capitol Tuesday.

The 5 Million Meals challenge was introduced last October by Georgia Organics. Its goal is to make 5 million meals with locally grown food and serve them in K-12 cafeterias across the state.

Downs pledged her support to the cause by increasing the amount of local food served in Cobb County cafeterias. She was honored for her hard work by Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and Georgia Organics President Rashid Nuri.

Chattahoochee Tech begins ESL program

Chattahoochee Tech begins ESL program

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Technical College will roll out a new program for non-native English-speaking students next month.

The Intensive English Program will feature classes in American culture and the English language, with a focus on grammar, writing, reading, speaking and listening. Students will learn in several environments, including a classroom, computer lab, library and from peer tutors.

"In the broad scope, the program will offer international students who currently attend or are interested in attending undergraduate programs in the United States the opportunity to improve their English language skills," Chattahoochee Tech ESL resource instructor Carol Glickman said in a statement.

Tuition for the Intensive English Program is $1,410 for full-time students, which includes 160 hours of instruction. There are also part-time options that cost $300 per class.