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Common Core tests v. 2.0 arrive in Fayette

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Two familiar mainstay tests used by Georgia schools are about to pass into history. The Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) and the End of Course Tests (EOCT) will be replaced next school year with the Georgia Milestones Assessment System, also aligned to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards.

Ga. Dept. of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza said school systems across the state will implement the new Georgia Milestones testing system during the 2014-2015 academic year. The new system will replace both the CRCT and EOCT. Read More»

A new spin on an old favorite

A new spin on an old favorite

The talents of the third grade class at St. Paul Lutheran School were showcased at their production of “Charlotte’s Web “after completing a study of the book by E.B. White. St. Paul Lutheran School is a Christian school in Peachtree City serving children ages one through grade eight and their families. For more information about the school, please call 770-486-3545 or visit their website at stpaulptc.org. Photo/Special.

Scholarship winners

Scholarship winners

The Peachtree City Optimist Club awarded scholarships to two high school seniors. Pictured are from left to right, Sierra Williams of McIntosh High School, Jack Finn, Optimist Scholarship Chairman,and Michael Johnson of Whitewater High School. Each of them was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to the college of their choice. Photo/Special.

McIntosh, Starr’s Mill at top of AAAAA standings

McIntosh, Starr’s Mill at top of AAAAA standings

With last week’s baseball finals closing the book on high school sports for the 2013-14 school year, the final standing were released by the Georgia Athletic Directors Association for the annual Directors Cup, with McIntosh and Starr’s Mill the top two for girls’ sports in AAAAA and in the top three overall.

The two Fayette schools were extremely close to each other in all three listings, with both in the top five in boys’ sports as well. Read More»

Retired educators honor students

Zahra Laiwala. Photo/Special.

The Fayette County Retired Educators continue their interest in today’s students by giving awards to students from each of the middle schools and a scholarship to a senior from Fayette County High School. Read More»

Science at work at Burch

Science at work at Burch

Flat Rock Middle School students use science topics to help first grade students at Robert J. Burch Elementary review their sight words. Students from Mrs. Tatum’s eighth grade physical science class were given the task of creating science books that contained first and second grade sight words to share with students in Mrs. Knowles’ first grade classroom at Robert J. Burch Elementary.

This project allowed for eighth grade students to act as role models and teachers to the younger students, while also hopefully igniting an interest in science for the young Burch Bears. Read More»

Off to college

Off to college

Creekside Christian Academy’s Koby Hill signed a letter of commitment to play basketball for Erskine College in South Carolina. Hill helped lead his team to the GICAA 2AA state championship and a region championship. 

He led the Cougars in scoring (13.3 ppg) and was an All-State and All-Region Selection. Hill is pictured with his teammates, Asst. Coach J.J. Hines, brother, mother, father and Head Coach Burton Urarow. Hill is a resident of Fayette County. Photo/Special

Veteran coaches join forces at Mercy

From left; Glenn Griffin, Mike Earwood and Clint Wade. Photo/Special.

All high schools dream of having a successful head football coach.

This fall Our Lady of Mercy will have three proven veterans on the same staff.

Going into his fifth season at OLM, Mike Earwood has taken a program that won ten games in ten years and now is coming off consecutive winning seasons and state playoff appearances. He joined the Bobcats after a very successful stint at Starr’s Mill, where he started the Panthers’ football program and had eight winning seasons and as many trips to the state playoffs in 12 years. Read More»

Drones flying at Rising Starr

Nick Brown pilots the drone as Jonathan Baxter serves as the spotter. Photo/Special.

If you walk down the “Connections” hallway at Rising Starr Middle, do not be surprised if you see something flying overhead.

Several of Bob Didier’s technology students were assigned to a project where they are learning how to design, program and fly unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones. However, the students are not building drones for the sake of building drones, they are researching problems that possibly can be solved by their use. Read More»

Trinity captures GISA region title

The girls track team from Trinity Christian School celebrates its region title. Photo/Special.

Trinity Christian School’s track team has made huge strides in only its second season.

The girls won the GISA’s 1-AAA region championship April 16. Andrea Campbell and Dee Cowan finished first and second in the 100 and 200 meters and Ashley Caldwell won the 100-meter hurdles. Cowan was the top individual scorer due in part to her performances in the long jump and as part of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. Read More»

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