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Patriots back in state quarterfinals with 29-7 win

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. The team will hit the road again next Friday to face Cartersville, the top team from Region 7-AAAA. 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»

‘Growth’ measure: Fayette grades 6-12 in the middle

‘Growth’ measure: Fayette grades 6-12 in the middle

While Fayette County middle and high school students nearly always score high on achievement (in the high 80s to high 90s) in test scores, the recent statewide growth scoring methodology that measures academic growth over a three-year period reflects a different story.

Results for Fayette’s middle and high schools in 2013, the most recent year available, published by the Ga. Dept. of Education (DOE) shows largely mid-range growth compared to schools statewide, as opposed to the customary high-level achievement Fayette students exhibit. Read More»

Up close and personal

Up close and personal

Students at Booth Middle School in Peachtree City had a day full of activities Nov. 7 for Booth Safety Day. The school in cooperation with the Peachtree City Police Dept. and SWAT team members from Peachtree City and Fayetteville conducted three exercises that included a bomb threat, a post-active shooter and a K-9 demonstration. Pictured is a group of 6th graders examining SWAT gear. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Student chosen for Macy’s Day Parade

Starr’s Mill’s Adam Warner will march with the Macy’s parade drum line. Photo/Submitted

Adam Warner, a sophomore at Starr’s Mill High School, will have the honor of marching with the drumline of the Macy’s Great American Marching Band in it’s 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Nov. 27. Honoring America’s finest high school musicians, this band will be comprised of select students from each of the fifty states. Warner is a percussionist with the Panther Pride Marching Band and Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Band Director Scott King, Assistant Director Chris Johns and Percussion Specialist Bert Groover.  Read More»

Local runners bound for state

Kathryn Foreman and Nicole Fegans finished 1-2 in the Region 5-A girls cross-country championship and will compete this weekend in the state meet. Photo/Dan McCauley-GA Milesplit.

There will be plenty of local runners lining up this weekend in Carrollton for the state cross-country championships, especially after the performances turned in at two separate region meets over the weekend.

On the heels of Starr’s Mill and McIntosh taking the top two spots in Region 4-AAAAA a week earlier, the county’s other three public schools had an impressive showing in Saturday’s Region 5-AAAA event. Read More»

Jordan named All-SEC in soccer

Jordan named All-SEC in soccer

Savannah Jordan, a graduate of Whitewater High, has been named to the All-SEC women’s soccer first team for the second consecutive year as a member of the Florida Gators.

Her team is ranked eighth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll going into this week’s SEC tournament, which starts today in Gulf Shores, Ala. The games can be seen on the SEC Network and Sunday’s championship will be on ESPNU. Read More»

Playoff spots on the line Friday

The race for the state football playoffs has hit full speed going into the final week of the regular season, and there is plenty left to be decided this Friday night.

There is a chance that the Sandy Creek Patriots (8-1, 3-1) could finish somewhere other than first in their region for the first time since its current roster was in elementary school, although a playoff appearance is highly likely.

There is also a chance that five of the six teams in Region 5-AAAA could finish with 3-2 records, which would cause a tiebreaker scenario I don’t even want to think about. Read More»

PTC’s McIntosh H.S. 16th best in Ga., 469th in U.S.

McIntosh High School in Peachtree City is ranked No. 469 in the nation and No. 16 in Georgia in U.S. News and World Report’s listing of the 2014 Best High Schools in the United States.

McIntosh was the only Fayette school to be named in the top 2,000 high schools nationally.

In the Georgia high school rankings, McIntosh was No. 16 in the top 51 schools that were ranked. McIntosh had a 17:1 student/teacher ratio last year, with 48.2 percent of students above the average in college readiness. Read More»

Add parapros, and Fayette’s student teacher ratio is low

The Fayette County Board of Education on Nov. 3 got a an update on the ratios of pupils to teachers that shows Fayette schools with an overall ratio of 13:1, a figure significantly lower than the national average. Read More»

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