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Johns Creek School Orchestras Hit High Notes

Johns Creek School Orchestras Hit High Notes

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- Two school orchestras from Johns Creek were recently in the spotlight for their outstanding musical performances.

The Advanced Orchestra from Taylor Road Middle School performed at the Georgia Music Educators Assocation conference in Savannah on Thursday, Jan. 27. The group was one of only two Georgia middle school programs invited to participate.

The orchestra, which is under the direction of teacher Nicole Thompson, performed six selections, including a tribute to Dr. Michael Allen, an internationally-recognized music educator who recently lost a battle with cancer. Dr. Allen was co-author of "Essential Elements for Strings."

During the tribute, the middle school students teamed up with professional bassists to perform Dr.

12 Fulton High Schools Honored for AP Achievement

12 Fulton High Schools Honored for AP Achievement

FULTON COUNTY, GA -- More than half of Fulton County's high schools can proudly proclaim that they are "AP Honor Schools" and leaders in offering students the most challenging curricula available.

Nine of last year's award-winners made a repeat appearance on the 2011 list, while three newcomers -- Johns Creek High, Tri-Cities High and Westlake High -- are recognized for math and science achievement.

"It's wonderful to see that our list of AP Honor School is growing. We place a high value on Advanced Placement classes and the preparation they provide students," said Fulton County School Superintendent Cindy Loe.

Redistricting Meetings Set for Bethany Bend High School

Redistricting Meetings Set for Bethany Bend High School

ALPHARETTA, GA -- Three community meetings are set to address the redistricting process for a new high school in northern Fulton County:

* Wednesday, Feb. 23
* Wednesday, Mar. 16
* Wednesday, Apr. 13

All three meetings will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Alpharetta High School (3595 Webb Bridge Road, 30005). Parents, staff and community members are invited to attend and give their input.

The high school will be constructed at the corner of Bethany Bend and Cogburn Road in Milton.

Community Feedback Needed for New Superintendent

Community Feedback Needed for New Superintendent

FULTON COUNTY, GA -- The Fulton County Board of Education has launched its search for a new leader following Superintendent Cindy Loe's announcement to retire at the end of the next school year.

In preparation for the search, the board is inviting the community to provide input on the knowledge, skills, abilities and personal attributes of an ideal superintendent candidate.

The brief survey is posted on the school system's Web site from now until the end of February.

The survey may also be taken here.

A superintendent finalist is expected to be announced in the spring.

Georgia Senator Encourages Students to Enter Holocaust Contest

Georgia Senator Encourages Students to Enter Holocaust Contest

ROSWELL, GA -- Georgia Senator John Albers (R-Roswell) recently announced his desire for middle and high school students to enter the annual statewide Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.

Sponsored by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Education, the contest's theme is "What Are the Lessons of the Holocaust?" The program began in 1995; this is the first year that the contest will include a Music category.

"These contests are a great educational tool that inspires students to take the initiative to learn more about a critical time in our history," said Sen. Albers. "This program is a great example of the kind of creativity our schools need to truly engage students.

North Fulton Students Bring Shakespeare to Life

North Fulton Students Bring Shakespeare to Life

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- Students from five North Fulton high schools will gather on Monday, Jan. 31 to perform scenes from some of William Shakespeare's best-loved plays.

The performance will be at the Hanger at the Bricks Theater at Perimeter Church (9500 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek, 30097) at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door; they are $5 each, or $3 with two perishable items to donate.

Joined by the Shakespeare Studio and hosted by the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce, the schools are collaborating to present the second annual North Fulton County High School Shakespeare Festival.

Fulton School Board Appoints New President, Vice President

Fulton School Board Appoints New President, Vice President

FULTON COUNTY, GA -- The first official Fulton County Board of Education meeting of 2011 resulted in a new look for the board table, with new officers and four members beginning new four-year terms.

Outgoing vice president Linda Schultz, who represents District 1, was elected president of the Board of Education for a two-year term.

Linda Bryant, who represents District 4 and is the outgoing president, was elected to a one-year term as vice president.

"Thank you to my board colleagues for this honor," said Schultz after the votes were tallied at the Tuesday, Jan. 20 board meeting. "I will work to make sure that everyone's voice is heard and that the decisions of this board are carried forward."

President Schultz was first elected to the school board in 2005 and represents areas in Alpharetta and Roswell. Before serving on the school board, she advocated for children and public education for more than 12 years.