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School Board Announces November 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 November:

District 1 (Linda Schultz)
Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 9:30 a.m.
Roswell North Elementary School (10525 Woodstock Road, Roswell, 30075)

District 2 (Katie Reeves)
Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Milton High School (13025 Birmingham Highway, Milton, 30004)
Principal Cliff Jones will present a State of the School address at 6:00 p.m.

District 3 (Gail Dean)
Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Hapeville Elementary School (3440 North Fulton Avenue, Hapeville, 30354)

District 4 (Linda Bryant)
Monday, Nov.

Fulton County Honors Johns Creek Teachers of the Year

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- Fulton County School System's top employees will be honored on Friday, Nov. 5 at the district's annual recognition luncheon.

More than 900 employees, business partners and special guests will gather to pay tribute to each school's and administrative building's employees of the year.

Stephanie Clower, a Spanish teacher at Chattahoochee High School, is the 2010-2011 Fulton County Overall Teacher of the Year.

Johns Creek Student Wins Statewide Contest

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- A fifth-grade student from Johns Creek placed second in the 2010 Ready Georgia kids contest held during National Preparedness Month.

Parker Lefton, who attends Johns Creek Elementary School, took home the prize in the art category.

More than 400 fifth-graders from across the state competed to rank among the top six winners in the second annual National Preparedness Month Art and Essay Contest in September.

Participants submitted original work incorporating the theme "Ready, Set, Go!" They were encouraged to draw their inspiration from the steps that they and their families take to prepare for emergencies.

"It's rewarding to see how students apply the information they've learned about emergency preparedness and translate it into art and essay form," said Charley English, director of Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security and one of the three judges for the contest.

School Board Announces October Community Meetings

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

These 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 October of 2010:

District 1 (Linda Schultz)
Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 9:30 a.m.
Mimosa Elementary School (1550 Warsaw Road, Roswell, 30076)

District 2 (Katie Reeves)
Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 9:30 a.m.
Manning Oaks Elementary School (405 Cumming Street, Alpharetta, 30004)

District 3 (Gail Dean)
Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 9:30 a.m.
North Springs Charter High School (7447 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, 30328)

District 4 (Linda Bryant)
Monday, Oct.

Fulton Explores Becoming Charter School System

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Schools will spend this fall studying whether it will ask the Georgia Department of Education to grant charter status to the entire school system.

If granted, Fulton County will be the first large district in Georgia to become a charter system, which could mean more flexibility in spending, staffing and innovation to its educational model. It would also grant greater involvement and decision-making authority for parents.

Community engagement is a trademark of charter systems and, as such, the district is starting the exploration process by holding town hall-style meetings to gather input during the months of October and November. Feedback will also be gathered through the school system's website.

The community engagement meetings will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for employees, and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for parents and the community.

The dates are as follows:

* Monday, Oct.

Manning Oaks Elementary to Host Bullying Workshop

ALPHARETTA, GA -- What should a student do when someone picks on him or her? Or starts rumors? Or never lets him/her join a group? Is it really bullying if there's no physical contact?

Bullying and Social Aggression will be the topic of a workshop presentation by Balance Educational Services, LLC on Monday, Oct. 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Manning Elementary School (405 Cumming Street, Alpharetta, 30004).

This workshop will help parents and other adults understand and reduce bullying, cyber bullying and social aggression.

84 North Fulton Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

FULTON COUNTY, GA -- The Fulton County School System has announced that 84 students are semifinalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These scholastically-talented high school seniors now continue in the national competition for 8,400 scholarships, a value of approximately $36 million.

This is the first round of competition for students seeking the distinction of being named a National Merit Scholar and receiving the scholarship money associated with it. Finalists will be named in the winter and the scholarship winners will be announced in the spring.

The students were identified through exceptionally high scores on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which they took as juniors.

As semifinalists, the students now must fulfill several requirements in order to advance to the finalist round.