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Fulton County Schools holds first-ever Faith Summit

Fulton County Schools holds first-ever Faith Summit

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County School System hosted its first Faith Summit to forge partnerships between schools and the faith community Wednesday morning.

Leaders of local houses of worship were invited to attend, along with superintendent Robert Avossa, school principals and other district leaders.

"Churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship have a tremendous impact on our families' lives and the success of their community," Avossa said Tuesday, a day before the summit. "The faith community is one of the most valuable resources we have to get people involved, improve education and help students succeed."

Avossa hosted similar programs when he was superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina.

School board announces February community meetings

School board announces February community meetings

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each member of the Fulton County Board of Education sponsors a monthly meeting open to all members of the community.

The sessions provide an opportunity for direct contact with community members and give board members a chance to listen to local issues and concerns.

Board members have set the following meeting dates for February:

District 1 (Linda Schultz)
Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 9:30 a.m.
Mimosa Elementary (1550 Warsaw Road, Roswell)

District 2 (Katie Reeves)
Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 9:30 a.m.
Manning Oaks Elementary (405 Cumming Street, Alpharetta)

District 3 (Gail Dean)
Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary (2301 Connally Drive, East Point)

District 4 (Linda Bryant)
Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Evoline C. West Elementary (7040 Rivertown Road, Fairburn)

Superintendent names 2012 AP STEM Achievement Schools

Superintendent names 2012 AP STEM Achievement Schools

ATLANTA -- Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge named 367 Advanced Placement Honor Schools in 2012.

Advanced Placement classes and exams are administed by the College Board and are designed to offer rigorous college-level learning options to high school students. Those who receive scores of 3, 4 or 5 on national AP exams may earn college credit.

"Georgia has much to be proud of when it comes to the success of Advanced Placement," Barge said Tuesday. "Much of this success can be attributed to the dedication to rigor and excellence at each of our AP Honor Schools."

AP STEM Achievement Schools are schools that test in at least two math and two science courses, and at least 40 percent of those math and science exams earn scores of 3 or higher.

Metro Atlanta's 2012 AP STEM Achievement Schools are:

Athens-Clarke County
* Clarke Central High

Atlanta Public Schools
* Grady High

Superintendent names 2012 AP Merit Schools

Superintendent names 2012 AP Merit Schools

ATLANTA -- Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge named 367 Advanced Placement Honor Schools in 2012.

Advanced Placement classes and exams are administed by the College Board and are designed to offer rigorous college-level learning options to high school students. Those who receive scores of 3, 4 or 5 on national AP exams may earn college credit.

"Georgia has much to be proud of when it comes to the success of Advanced Placement," Barge said Tuesday. "Much of this success can be attributed to the dedication to rigor and excellence at each of our AP Honor Schools."

AP Merit Schools are schools with at least 20 percent of students taking AP exams, and 50 percent of all exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

Metro Atlanta's 2012 AP Merit Schools are:

Buford City Schools
* Buford High

Poster contest to help combat human trafficking

Poster contest to help combat human trafficking

ATLANTA -- All Georgia high school students are invited to participate in a poster contest to promote a national hotline for reporting and preventing human sex trafficking.

The contest, sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education, is open to students in grades nine through 12.

The posters' primary focus should be the national hotline (1-888-373-7888), presented in a creative way to grab people's attention. Judges will pick two winners -- one for an English poster and one for a Spanish poster -- from each of the state's 16 Regional Education Service Agencies.

Regional winners will receive cash prizes -- $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place. The winning posters will also be displayed in schools across the region.

Two state winners -- one in English and one in Spanish -- will each receive $250.

38 Fulton schools recognized for achievement, gains

38 Fulton schools recognized for achievement, gains

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County School District is celebrating 38 schools that were recognized by the Governor's Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) for outstanding test scores in 2011.

The GOSA gives the awards in two categories -- Highest Performance and Greatest Gains -- and on four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

"It's outstanding that the number of Fulton schools receiving state recognition continues to grow, from 31 in 2009, to 35 in 2010, to 38 in 2011," said Superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa. "These increases show that our schools are meeting their goals when it comes to teaching and preparing students for the future. I couldn't be more proud of our students and teachers."

Four of the honored schools were recognized in the Greatest Gains category:

Platinum
* Elkins Pointe Middle, Roswell

North Fulton boasts 10 of Atlanta's 50 best high schools

North Fulton boasts 10 of Atlanta's 50 best high schools

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- It's another great year to go to school in north Fulton County.

On Thursday, Atlanta Magazine released its 2012 list of the metro area's best high schools. Five of the top 10 schools are in Fulton, including the No. 1 school, and 10 schools cracked the list of 50:

1. Northview High, Johns Creek
4. Chattahoochee High, Johns Creek
7. Alpharetta High
8. Johns Creek High
9. Milton High
14. Riverwood International Charter, Sandy Springs
21. Roswell High
29. Centennial High, Roswell
40. North Springs Charter High, Sandy Springs
45. Fulton Science Academy High, Alpharetta

A number of factors played into the magazine's decision, including graduates' college readiness, SAT scores, AP exam pass rates, HOPE scholarship eligiblity and the percentage of students who earn college prep diplomas.