Category: Education

Sandy Springs students to perform before Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Students from Sandy Springs’ Ridgeview Charter School will perform in a free concert before the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s holiday show Dec. 16. Chamber orchestra students at the middle school will perform a selection of holiday and classical songs at 2:15 p.m. for free, prior to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 3 p.m. concert, which requires tickets, according to Fulton County School District announcement. The students will perform in the lobby of the Atlanta Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center, located at 1280 Peachtree Street, the announcement said. Ridgeview’s orchestra director, Jessie Dixon, is an alumna of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and was invited...

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Local schools receive funding for math and science programs

Two local schools and the DeKalb district recently received funding to support their math, science and arts, or STEAM, programs. STEAM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math, programs are continuing to grow in schools. The Davis Academy in Sandy Springs, Atlanta Girls’ School in Buckhead and the DeKalb County School District recently announced they received grants to support these programs Atlanta Girls’ School said it will use its $600,000 grant from the local Goizueta Foundation to establish a new faculty training institute that will also be open to public school teachers, it said in a Dec....

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Local schools recognized for ‘beating the odds’

Several local public schools “beat the odds,” according to a state performance data. The “Beats the Odds” analysis measures schools against others with similar backgrounds to see whether they performed better than statistically expected on the state’s main performance measure, the College and Career Ready Performance Index, according to a Fulton Schools release. Where the school is expected to fall on the CCRPI, which was revamped this year and is incomparable to previous years, is measured by the school’s size, level and student demographics like race and poverty, the release said. In Sandy Springs, Lake Forest Elementary School, Sandy...

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Schools, government offices announce Dec. 11 delayed opening for weather

All public schools and some government offices in Reporter Newspapers communities have announced they will delay opening by two hours on Dec. 11 after the National Weather Service warned of possible black ice. Atlanta, DeKalb County and Fulton County public schools will start two hours late and dismiss at the usual time. The city of Atlanta, city of Dunwoody and state government offices will open at 10 a.m. DeKalb and Fulton counties are included the NWS warning. “The National Weather Service has warned that counties basically north of I-20 may have black ice on roads as temperatures drop below freezing overnight,”...

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Fulton Schools concerned by elevated toll lane impacts

The Fulton County School System is sounding the alarm about potential harm new toll lanes planned to run on I-285 and Ga. 400 could cause to Sandy Springs schools. The school district is concerned about the Georgia Department of Transportation’s projects, which are planned to be built over the next decade and could take property from local schools. The projects involve elevated toll lanes that could tower 30 feet or higher over neighborhoods. “While we are working in collaboration, this is, at the minimum, alarming to us and those schools that are affected,” said Bill Boyajan, the district’s director...

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DeKalb Schools’ Brookhaven redistricting plan gains residents’ support

Residents largely approved of the revised Brookhaven school redistricting plan presented at a Nov. 27 meeting, saying it better keeps together key neighborhoods and would successfully address overcrowding at some schools. “They listened from the last meeting,” one resident said. “I’m really pleasantly surprised.” The meeting was the final public input session for the DeKalb County School District’s redistricting process to fill the new John Lewis Elementary and relieve overcrowding at Brookhaven schools. The plan presented would move 607 students to different schools. Lewis Elementary has over 500 open seats, vacancies that the school district hopes to use to...

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Standout Students: The musicians of No Solution

The music started at their sixth-grade talent show. That was when Max Bittner, Devon Gates, Chris Robinson and Micah MacLane came together to form their blues and rock band No Solution at Sutton Middle School. “We did the talent show, and after that we were like, ‘Let’s keep doing this,’” Devon said. Fast forward six years, and these four high school seniors —Max attends The Weber School, the others attend North Atlanta High School — have made a name for themselves performing all across Atlanta and the entire Southeast. They have competed in and won numerous competitions, most recently...

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Fulton Schools expands crisis text line to Riverwood

The Fulton County School System has expanded its crisis text line program to Riverwood International Charter School in Sandy Springs. The program, “Text 4 Help,” allows students to anonymously provide tips about safety concerns or get mental health help from a licensed clinician 24 hours a day, seven days a week, a press release said. “Many texting programs are designed for students to report safety concerns, but this initiative links them with a licensed mental health expert who can help them work through all types of issues — academics, relationships, substance abuse and more,” Fulton County Commissioner Bob Ellis...

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Two Ridgeview Middle students awarded $10K scholarships

Two students from Ridgeview Middle School in Sandy Springs have been awarded $10,000 scholarships intended to ensure they graduate high school and attend college. Nyla Joy Price and Ashley Raymundo Emilio were awarded the scholarships, which require signing contracts to maintain a certain grade point average and remain crime, drug and behavior-issue free, as well as meet with a volunteer mentor until they graduate from high school, the school district announced Oct. 30. When the students graduate from high school, they will receive a total of $10,000 in scholarships — $2,500 each year for up to four years —...

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DeKalb approves Cross Keys High construction contract

The DeKalb Board of Education approved a construction management contract for the new Cross Keys High School at its Nov. 6 meeting. The $90,000 contract was awarded to Evergreen Construction. A full budget for the construction will be presented to the board in the summer of 2019, according to the agenda document. The new high school is planned to be built at the former Briarcliff High School site on North Druid Hills Road despite opposition from some groups and residents who say the new location would be inaccessible for many on Buford Highway due to the traffic. The contract...

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Dunwoody Elementary briefly locked down after threat hoax

Dunwoody Elementary School was briefly locked down Nov. 14 due to a threat that turned out to be a hoax sent from the U.K., according to police. The Dunwoody Police Department on Nov. 13 learned of a social media posting in which someone was “threatening to shoot up his school in Dunwoody, GA,” and alerted the DeKalb County School District, according to police and school officials. Officials locked down Dunwoody Elementary, at 1923 Womack Road, for less than 20 minutes to make sure it was safe, according to a DeKalb Schools spokesperson. “Until we could gather facts of the...

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