Sunday, May 12, 2013
Students, parents, coaches, boosters are all welcome on Acworth Patch.
Are you a regular at high school sporting events in Acworth? Whether you're a high school student, a coach, a parent or just an enthusiastic sports fan who would like to share your local sports knowledge with the community, we'd love to have you as a blogger. If you're interested in blogging about high school sports on Acworth Patch, I'd love to hear from you! Interested? E-mail me at Liz.Kennedy@patch.com today and learn more about Patch Local Voices.
The Emerson nonprofit has Monday-through-Friday camps set to start June 3 and 24 and July 8. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The school board has received two possible options as it moves closer to adopting the fiscal year 2014 budget.
Cobb school superintendent Michael Hinojosa is recommending that the five furlough dates built into the tentatively adopted fiscal year 2014 budget take place in October and next February. At a work session on Wednesday, the Cobb Board of Education received two proposed options for the furlough dates, which are still under consideration before a scheduled official budget vote on May 16. Hinojosa's recommendation would be for the furlough dates—which apply to all Cobb County School District employees—to be scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Oct. 3-4, Thursday and Friday, Feb. 13- 14 and Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, is a district holiday due to President's Day. That proposal would allow the 2013-14 academic year to begin on…
Cobb and Cherokee county schools in Acworth fared well in the College and Career Ready Performance Index, which replaces Adequate Yearly Progress reports.
The first test of Georgia's alternative to No Child Left Behind has yielded fairly good marks for the Cobb County School District. According to the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), students at the elementary, middle and high school levels of the public school systems outpaced the state average on a wide-ranging accountability spectrum. The index grades each school in the state on a 100-point scale, measuring achievement (70 points) and tracking progress points (15 points) and achievement gap points (15 points). Cobb schools averaged a score of 85.4 at the elementary school level, 87.1 for middle schools and 86.3 for high schools. Cobb schools in Acworth scored: Acworth's Oak Grove Elementary School, a Cherokee County …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Ga. Dept. of Education releases new performance indicator.
Today the Georgia Department of Education released its first Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) that measures elementary, middle and high schools on a 100-point scale. According to a press release, "the CCRPI is the new accountability system that replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement in Georgia." The department stated that the average score for Georgia’s elementary schools is 83.4, middle schools is 81.4 and high schools is 72.6. Click here to see how Acworth schools fared on the tests or check out our accompanying PDF. “I am very pleased that we now have a school improvement measure as in-depth as the College and Career Ready Performance Index,” said State School …
The school is the Governor's Red Ribbon contest winner for middle schools.
An Acworth middle school has been recognized for its efforts to promote drug-free communities. Barber Middle School is the Governor’s Red Ribbon contest winner for middle schools, according to the Cobb County School District. The school organized a community Health, Safety and Wellness Fair, which included representatives from the Cobb Alcohol Taskforce. The fair was held during Georgia Red Ribbon Week in October. To kick off the week, the Acworth Police Department distributed red ribbons to the students. And through school news broadcasts, daily trivia questions and poster contests, students shared the dangers of drug abuse. Tell us what you think in the comments, share your photos and videos, and don’t miss any of the local news you care…
The students have moderate to severe intellectual disabilities.
An exhibit featuring the artwork of Cobb County students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities will go up May 9 in Marietta. The 'Inspired by the heART' art show will kick off with a dessert reception at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cobb County Central Library, 266 Roswell St. During the opening reception, there will be a student slideshow presentation. The exhibit will run until May 11. Tell us what you think in the comments, share your photos and videos, and don’t miss any of the local news you care about—subscribe to Acworth Patch's newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Monday, May 6, 2013
The Allatoona and Lassiter boys and Walton and Kell girls are among the favorites as action starts Tuesday.
Even though lacrosse has only two classifications, Cobb teams can be found everywhere in the Georgia High School Association tournaments that begin Tuesday on campus sites. A total of 17 teams from Cobb schools—eight girls and nine boys—have qualified. The girls get underway on Tuesday, with three Cobb teams playing host. Walton, No. 3 in Class 6A, is at home to North Gwinnett. No. 7 Kennesaw Mountain entertains Chattahoochee and Alpharetta is at Harrison. Hitting the road will be No. 8 Lassiter, which plays at Peachtree Ridge, and Hillgrove, which travels to West Forsyth. In the Class 1A-5A tournament, the No. 4 Kell girls are home against Decatur, Pope is at St. Pius and Sprayberry is at Marist. First round games in the boys tournaments …
A runner’ gesture cost his high school a trip to the state championships. Tell us if you think the ruling on the gesture was right on, or if the disqualification was unwarranted.
A high school’s chance to compete in the state championships was halted last month despite a winning performance from four of its athletes. Columbus High School saw four of its athletes take first in the 4 x 100-meter relay. But the team was disqualified, according to KHOU 11 News, after its final runner, Derrick Hayes, pointed up to the sky as he crossed the finish line. The DQ was levied as the gesture violated a rule that prohibits excessive acts of celebration, and it cost the school an opportunity to make it to the state championships. Hayes’ father said he believes his son made the gesture to give thanks to God. “It was a reaction,” K.C. Hayes said. “I mean you’re brought up your whole life that God gives you good things, you’re …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
UGA's Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library has the only remaining copy of this document.
There it was, a long sheet of off-white something-or-other, which turned out to be vellum, which, in the mid-19th century, was made from the skin or a calf or a goat. A clear plastic case sheltered it so that no one could touch or even breathe on it. Who knew the Constitution of the Confederacy was so long—12 and a half feet long, written in an elegant hand—by T.R.R. Cobb—with a riot of signatures under that of Howell Cobb, who presided over its adoption. The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library brings out the Constitution once a year. When it's not under its case, being viewed by hordes of people in the Special Collections Library, it's kept in a high security vault, accessible by only five people. Here's how the document came to UGA…