Schools

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»

Champions!

Champions!

The Starr’s Mill Varsity Competition Cheerleading team won first place and Grand Champions in the 5-A Division at the Northgate Cheer Classic October 25. Pictured above are  first row (from L to R) Abby Oat, Paige Berkey, Ashley Evert, Tracey Riley, Hannah Willis, Taylor Haney, Christina Deraney.  Second Row (from L to R) Alexandria Thomas, Emily Herrmann, Sydney Mayson, Olivia Phillips, Brenna Elliott, Claire Nicola, Chloe Griffith, Maudianna Cicalese.  Back Row (from L to R) Coach Emily Woodward, Kensley Hanie, Baylee Smith, Mary Lou Masters, Coach Mandy Ratliff and Coach Todd Saye. Read More»

Students use science fair winnings, award students and support new teachers

(L-R) Keaton Wimbish, John Childers and Matt Johnson.  The FIRST Foundation held a yard sale that netted over $200 and will be used to recognize outstanding Fayette County Science and Engineering Fair students, and to support teachers new to the school system.  Photo/Submitted.

The Fayette Innovations in Research, Science and Technology (FIRST) Foundation is gearing up to offer an additional award this year to recognize outstanding student achievements in science.

FIRST presented its inaugural middle school award last year at the Fayette County Science and Engineering Fair to a Whitewater Middle School student whose project took first place honors.

FIRST will continue to recognize outstanding science fair students with the addition of a new high school award that will be given at the 2015 Fayette County Science and Engineering Fair in January. Read More»

McIntosh falls 49-13 at Drew

The McIntosh Chiefs’ place in the subregion standings was decided before the kickoff of Friday night’s game against the Drew Titans, but the outcome was important in determining the order of the top four teams going into next Friday’s Region 4-AAAAA play-in games.

Already assured of fifth place in Subregion A, the Chiefs tried to play spoiler and put a wrench in Drew’s quest for one of the top two spots but after an early 7-0 lead they saw the home team take control the rest of the way for a 49-13 Titans’ win at Southern Crescent Stadium in Riverdale. Read More»

Students go all out for reading

More than 10,000 Coweta County students were read the book “Bunny Cakes” during this year’s “Read for the Record” event on Oct. 21. Pictured from left during a visit to Smokey Road Middle School and showing off their bunny ears are Ruth Hill Elementary School kindergartners Bayron Mesa, Derrius Grant and Haylie Brown. Photo/Submitted.

More than 10,000 Coweta County school children participated in the national “Read for the Record” event held Oct. 21. The annual event was part of a worldwide effort to promote early childhood education and support literacy.

School system spokesman Dean Jackson said 10,220 students were read “Bunny Cakes” by Rosemary Wells, as a part of the 2014 Read for the Record event.  Read More»

Wildcats down Tigers 30-0

On their last home game of the 2014 season, the Whitewater Wildcats (5-3, 1-2) picked up an important Region 5-AAAA win by pitching a 30-0 shutout against the Fayette County Tigers (3-5, 1-2).

Jay Ashley and Christian Wafford, two of the more than 20 seniors honored before the game, scored a pair of touchdowns apiece for Whitewater.

After forcing a punt on the opening drive of the game, the Wildcats drove from their own 24 into the red zone before the Tigers’ defense stiffened and Liam Voigt came out to kick a 36-yard field goal. Read More»

SAT scores on the rise

The scores have been tabulated and all three Coweta County high schools showed gains on their average scores for the college entrance exam (SAT) during the year, while state and national averages decreased slightly during the same period.

Coweta County’s average score on the SAT was 1,496 in 2014, an increase of 21 points over the previous year, said school system spokesman Dean Jackson.

“Coweta County’s average SAT score in 2014 was 51 points above the state of Georgia’s average of 1,445 and one point below the national average of 1,497,” Jackson said. Read More»

Academic growth: Fayette elem. kids mostly average

Academic growth: Fayette elem. kids mostly average

Highest across-the-board growth achievements at Peeples Elem. School Read More»