Academic teams take top spots in Regional Bowl

The middle school academic bowl season has come to an end with Fayette County teams taking five of the top eight placements for points earned.

The final results of the Griffin RESA Academic Bowl regional competition placed J.C. Booth Middle in first place, Flat Rock Middle in second place, Bennett’s Mill Middle in fifth, Rising Starr Middle placing sixth and Whitewater Middle finishing in eighth place.

Tournaments consist of 20 pairs of toss-up and bonus questions. Read More»

Schools gain two new donors

Schools gain two new donors

ClubZ! and Harp’s Crossing Baptist Church help fund schools

Two long-time supporters of schools in the county have joined the newly restructured Partners in Education (PIE) program. Harp’s Crossing Baptist Church was the first partner to sign on with PIE, followed by ClubZ! In-Home Tutoring.

PIE is managed under Fayette County Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides additional funding for educational programs and opportunities for students and staff of the Fayette County Public School System. Read More»

WHS & MHS join for holidays

The Whitewater and McIntosh High Schools’ choral departments are teaming up to present “Sounds of the Season” Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at Harps Crossing Baptist Church.

The directors are Richard Prouty, of Whitewater, and Hannah Beth Potter, of McIntosh.

The choruses will be accompanied by McIntosh’s symphony and Whitewater’s women’s ensemble. Read More»

Cameras in classrooms? Schools seek pilot program

Shutterstock photo of ceiling mounted surveillance camera.

The Fayette County Board of Education on Dec. 1 heard a potential proposal that could bring video and audio monitoring and instructor enhancement to classrooms in the county’s schools. If approved sometime in 2015, the pilot project would outfit one elementary, middle and high school with the SAFE system at a cost of $4,000 per classroom. The cost for the pilot program would be about $720,000. Read More»

Students make flag out of recycled bottle caps

 Students proudly display the American Flag mural made out of recycled bottle and can tops. Back Row (L-R): Logan Walters, Tyler Glover, Heath Atkinson,  Dylan Aguilera, Katherine Stone, Cayleigh Fitzsimmons, Hayden Dixon, Sara Morris. Middle Row (L-R): Luke Walters, Carlo Siguenza, Ethan Aguilera, Drew McCarthy, Lauren Gutshall, Aashvi Nakrani, Jahnvi Nakrani. Front Row (L-R): Lucia Greco, Lexi Ober, Camille Hodek, Kaylee Stacy, Hannah Marsalis. Photo/Submitted.

Students in the art club at Braelinn Elementary created a mural of the American Flag using more than 3,000 recycled bottle caps.

As a way to teach the fourth and fifth graders about art and recycling, Braelinn Elementary teacher Dr. Ellen Mitchell worked with students to handcraft the mural using plastic lids from bottled water and juice drinks, and aluminum pop-tops from soda cans.

Soon, students throughout the school caught the spirit of collecting lids, and a school-wide race ensued to see which homeroom could collect the most. Lids started pouring in from far and wide. Read More»

Patriots' season ends with loss at Cartersville

The Cartersville Hurricanes only led for 23 seconds, but it was the final 23. The home team drove 80 yards in four minutes and scored on a 1-yard run to escape with a 35-31 win over the Sandy Creek Patriots in the AAAA state quarterfinals. Read More»

Burch receives a $10,000 Empowerment Package

Pictured are Burch yearbook staff members and yearbook advisor, Lindsay Perry, when Fellowship of Love presented the students with their new cameras for documenting school events. Photo/Submitted.

Robert J. Burch Elementary School in Tyrone recently received an Empowerment Package from Fellowship of Love Church, a Partner in Education.

This package, valued at approximately $10,000, will assist the school with a variety of projects to support student learning and student-centered activities. Read More»

Patriots back in state quarterfinals with 29-7 win

Sandy Creek’s senior wide receiver Christian Branch warming up before a home game. The Patriots are in the quarterfinals for the seventh straight year after a rare second-round road game, winning 29-7 over Region 3-AAAA champion Wayne County in Jesup. Photo/Bethan Adams.

The current senior class at Sandy Creek High School was in elementary school the last time its football team lost in the first two rounds of the state playoffs.

The Patriots are in the quarterfinals for the seventh straight year after a rare second-round road game, winning 29-7 over Region 3-AAAA champion Wayne County in Jesup. Read More»

East Coweta Middle gets 'Breakout' award

East Coweta Middle School was named a 2014 “Distinguished Breakout School” by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals. During the school’s recognition by the Coweta County school board on Nov. 11 are, from left, East Coweta Middle School teacher Mitch Bailey, Assistant Principal George Wilkerson, Assistant Principal Yovandra Matthews-Curtis, Principal Schwanda Jackson, teachers Leslie Bryant, Erin Hicks and Blaire Boothe and Coweta Superintendent Steve Barker. Photo/Submitted.

East Coweta Middle School has been named one of only three schools in Georgia to receive the designation as a 2014 “Distinguished Breakout School” by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP).

School system spokesman Dean Jackson said the Breakout School distinction, bestowed on only five Georgia schools this year, is the highest honor presented by the GASSP organization. The award recognizes Georgia middle schools that are high achieving or show dramatic increases in student achievement. Read More»

Patriots advance to second round of state playoffs

It was the busiest mid-November night in years for high school football in Fayette County, with four teams reaching the first round of the state playoffs. Unfortunately, only one Read More»

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