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Heart of Hope Academy gets official accreditation

From staff reports Buckhead’s Heart of Hope Academy, a private school for children with special needs located at 3715 Wieuca Road NE, announced July 20 that it will accept its official accreditation from the Georgia Accrediting Commission’s Board of Commissioners. The school joins the ranks with 155 other private schools in the state. With its accreditation, Heart of Hope will be able to accept the Georgia’s special Needs Scholarship, which will make it possible for the cost of a special needs education to become more affordable, according to school officials. “Heart of Hope Academy is unique because the educators focus on each child individually,” said school founder and board chair Angela Matthiessen. “This way, we can teach them the proper skills according to the child’s disability. The children are taught many different subjects as well, such as vocal communication, technology and Special Olympics.” Following a similar program in Florida, Georgia’s legislature recently passed a bill creating a scholarship for special needs schools across the state. This new plan will allow extra funding for families that wish to move their children from a public school to a private, special needs institution. “Tuition expenses should not prevent a child from receiving the best education possible,” Matthiessen says. “This new program allows deserving families to enroll in schools that cater to the special needs of the child.” Heart of Hope Academy provides...

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North Springs High School to begin first year with ‘charter’ status

By Katie Fallon katiefallon@reporternewspapers.net North Springs High School students will be greeted with more new surroundings than freshly decorated classrooms and the most recent faculty additions when they arrive for their first day of school on Monday. For the first time, the Sandy Springs high school will welcome its students as a charter conversion school. In April, the Georgia Board of Education approved North Springs’ application to become a charter school. The Spartan community now joins a bigger club of charter schools in Sandy Springs that includes Ridgeview Middle School and Dunwoody Springs, Spalding Drive and Woodland Elementary Schools. Becoming a charter school means North Springs is now allowed to implement a different curriculum and instructional and governance practices than what is allowed by the regular public school system. Because it remains a public school, North Springs will keep its traditional funding sources and attendance zones. Dr. Vicky Ferguson, principal at North Springs for the last five years, said the school year marks the dawn of a new day. She said the charter employs a more project/problem-based classroom approach, with an overall theme of interdisciplinary instruction. Ferguson said the move towards charter status is an effort to better prepare the students of today for the world of tomorrow. “It was motivated by our understanding that these children who are in school now are going to need new skills for...

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Ben Carter begins ‘putting Buckhead back together again’

John Schaffner editor@reporternewspapers.net “Buckhead is hot!” exclaimed Scottie Greene to kick off the ceremony Aug. 3 which officially marked the beginning of destruction for the old Buckhead Village and the start of putting “Buckhead back together again.” Developer Ben Carter, addressing a group of more than 200 civic and business leaders inside an air-conditioned tent on the hot August morning, that as a youngster he was always saddened that Humpty Dumpty could not be put back together again after falling off the wall. “We have put Buckhead back together,” he declared as he announced five high-end fashion boutiques, two restaurants and two hotels for the new $1.2 billion Streets of Buckhead mixed-use development his company, Ben Cater Properties LLC, is undertaking for eight blocks of Buckhead. Carter began by thanking the more than 34 Buckhead Village property owners that “gave up their prized assets” to help bring Atlanta and the Southeast this vision. Carter reportedly paid about $200 million for those assets to help make the dream come true. He also thanked the 26 retailers and bars “that could have stood in my way, but realized that this was a vision of not just mine but a whole lot of people. I think that is why this room is packed today. There are a lot of folks who have been planning for years and years in hopes that this...

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Spotlight on …. Thai restaurants

Restaurant Reporter Jan Butsch Schroder In the past 10 to 15 years, the popularity of Thai food in the United States has taken off quicker than you can say Massaman curry, with restaurants popping up in shopping centers and strip malls all over. The cuisine relies on a balance of five flavors in either each dish or the meal as a whole: spicy, sour, sweet, salty and bitter, and uses fresh herbs and spices and is often flavored with fish sauce. A favorite dish of Americans, pad Thai has rice noodles with eggs, fish sauce and a combination of bean sprouts, shrimp, chicken or tofu, topped with crushed peanuts and garnished with lime. One of my favorites is coconut soup—to the extent that I’ve thought of searching for a 12-step program for my admitted addiction—but as it seems to be healthy, inexpensive and if you don’t count the occasional missed meeting because I’m waiting in line for a quick take-out order, it rarely interferes with my day-to-day life. So I’ve decided to just live with it, along with my other food addictions that include jalapeno pimento cheese spread, chocolate chip cookies and anything crunchy and salty, but mostly Bugles. Whether you’re a jasmine rice or strictly a noodle type, next time you crave a taste of Thai, try one of these restaurants. Thai Sandy Springs cooks with fresh produce...

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Charity provides supplies to ease first-day school fears

By Katie Fallon katiefallon@reporternewspapers.com As the school year begins Monday for public school students in Fulton County, some youngsters will inevitably skip the momentous occasion for fear of ridicule from their peers. That teasing, though, is not because of the clothes the students wear or the way they look, but because many needy students in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody cannot afford to purchase the list of supplies schools ask their pupils to bring on the first day of school. Those lists often include requests for dozens of pencils, markers, crayons, scissors, notebook paper, binders, Kleenex and disinfectant wipes. But in the week before school started, one local charitable organization helped to alleviate the financial strain that the first day of school can place on some families. The Community Action Center (CAC), located in north Sandy Springs on Hightower Trail, is a nonprofit organization that targets needy families in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. The CAC brings together monetary and in-kind donations to assist people in need, prevent homelessness and promote self-sufficiency. The center’s director Tamara Carrera said the inspiration for the drive came about eight years ago when, on the first day of school, she arrived at the center to find several children of middle-school age in the waiting area of the tiny facility. She thought that was odd because the children should have been in school. When she asked...

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