Schools

Bacallao loses Common Core test battle with Fayette school

Mary Kay Bacallao in December 2013. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Former District 2 Fayette County Board of Education member Mary Kay Bacallao is running in a crowded field for the job of state school superintendent primarily on her opposition to the Common Core Curriculum, but she was unable recently to keep her daughter from taking a Common-Core-based test required by the Fayette County School System.

Bacallao tried to opt her daughter out of taking the CRCT (Criterion-Referenced Competency Test) administered by the school system in mid-April. Her opinion on the test notwithstanding, her daughter attended school the day of the CRCT and was tested. Read More»

Ga. sets $400K study for locating a 4-year college in Fayette

Fund focuses on building film/TV curriculum for Fayette County area

The dream of luring a four-year state college or university here may be getting closer to fruition, thanks in part to Pinewood Atlanta Studios.

Two local legislators confirmed this week that $400,000 was programmed in the University System of Georgia’s 2014-2015 budget to prepare a new curriculum for television and movie course offerings that could be presented in Fayette County, a nod to the bright economic future brought here by the location of Pinewood. Read More»

Fall 2015 enrollment target for F’ville’s 1st jr. college: 1,000 students

Fayette County is getting its first built-to-order college campus. Read More»

Lunch and learn with the mayor

Lunch and learn with the mayor

Tyrone Mayor Eric Dial lunches with Burch Elementary student Ude Ike during the school's "Lunch and Learn" program. Students were excited to share a special luncheon with a community leader while one special student was given the chance to be principal. It was a great time of leadership mentoring and self-esteem building for the students. Photo/Special.

Coweta teacher makes Top 10

Dr. Lyn Schenbeck, of the Central Educational Center, has been named as one of ten finalists for 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year. Schenbeck (center) works with students in her CEC music class, including, from left to right, students Marshall Sturm, Jacey Forte, Shania Wisecup and (at the piano) Rebekah Gilmore. Photo/Special.

Central Educational Center Director of Arts Dr. Lyn Schenbeck has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year. Schenbeck was Coweta County’s 2013 Teacher of the Year.

The announcement of the 10 finalists was made by State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge on April 7. The finalists were chosen from a pool of 156 applicants from across the state who had received the top honor from their respective school districts. Read More»

Principal’s paperwork

Principal’s paperwork

Robert J. Burch Elementary Assistant Principal Tammy Sibley confers with Davis Chapman, a second-grade student performing part of his responsibilities as “Principal for a Day.” Chapman was selected as part of a fundraiser for the school’s Parent Teacher Organization and used by the school to foster leadership mentoring and students’ self-esteem. Photo/Special.

Lee Middle math team wins region title

A math team from the Lee Middle School Math Club took first place at this year’s West Georgia MathCounts competitions and represented Coweta and the region at this year’s state level competition on March 17 at Georgia Tech. Lee’s team included: front row, left to right - Minhyuk Kim, April Hong, Josh White, Ben Lacina; second row - Marlayna Cromedy, Jenny Oh and Laura Keuhl; back row - Bryan Shim, Joon Baek and Chris Raum. Photo/Special.

A math team from Lee Middle School traveled to the campus of the University of West Georgia recently for district MathCounts competitions and took 1st Place in the West Georgia Region.

Lee’s team, consisting of Math Club students Jenny Oh, Chris Raum, Laura Keuhl, Josh White, Minhyuk Kim, April Hong, Ben Lacina, Marlayna Cromedy, Bryan Shim and Joon Baek, represented the region at this year’s MathCounts State Level Competition, held March 17 on the Georgia Tech campus, said school system spokesman Dean Jackson. Read More»

Sandy Creek FBLA teams advance to Nationals

Sandy Creek FBLA teams advance to Nationals

Nine Sandy Creek FBLA members attended the 2014 Georgia State FBLA State Leadership Conference after qualifying at the regional level. Six members won top honors and qualified to attend the 2014 FBLA National Leadership Conference. Front row, from left: Madison McNair, Saridh Galvan, Rosie Jamison, Tamara Lopez, Ellie Klarl, and Carlisle Vidourek. Back row, from left: Malcolm Woods, Sanjay Rampersaud and Jamarcus Mathis. Photo/Special. Read More»

Coweta’s STAR student an SAT ace; going to Harvard

East Coweta High School senior Yehong Zhu, center, and White Oak Elementary School REACH Teacher Paula Corley (R) were named as the region STAR Student and STAR Teacher on March 21 by Dr. Emily Felton (L), President of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) in a ceremony in Griffin. Photo/Special. 

Coweta County’s 2014 STAR Student Yehong Zhu has another star attached to her name. The East Coweta High School senior on March 21 was named STAR Student for the 10-county region that includes Coweta County.

Zhu and her family, along with STAR Teacher Paula Corley, were present at the Region 3B STAR Student and Teacher banquet in Griffin when the announcement was made. Zhu is now a contender for Georgia’s 2014 State STAR student. Read More»

McIntosh graphics design team receives award

McIntosh graphics design team receives award

The McIntosh High School graphics design team was recognized Monday night by the Fayette County Board of Education. Pictured from left are school system school nutrition director Kokeeta Wilder, graphics art teacher Lauren Bozone and students Timberlene Gilliam and Veronika Zwicke. Photo/Ben Nelms.