Category: Education

Holy Spirit pitches smaller school, church expansion plan; legal agreement’s impact still disputed

Holy Spirit Catholic Church and Preparatory School are back with a new, smaller version of their controversial Buckhead campus expansion onto a Sandy Springs site. While aiming to appease neighbors in advance of an April 24 community meeting, Holy Spirit is also citing a legal technicality to say an old agreement with the community that might partly block the project is invalid. One resident leader says that move has “appalled” the neighborhood and that, while talking is preferable, going to court is not off the table. Holy Spirit’s plan for the combined church and Upper School campus in Buckhead...

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Fulton County Schools announces Tennessee official as superintendent finalist

The Fulton County School System announced Dr. Michael “Mike” Looney as its finalist for the superintendent position on April 17. Looney, a former Tennessee Superintendent of the Year, will now meet the public at community meetings before the board vote on his appointment. Currently serving in the position for Williamson County Schools, near Nashville, Tenn., Looney was announced as the sole finalist at an April 17 event held in the FCS’s North Learning Center in Sandy Springs. The Williamson County district has 48 schools and about 40,000 students, Looney said. In FCS, more than 95,000 students attend its 106...

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Fulton County Schools to announce superintendent finalist April 17

Fulton County Schools has chosen a finalist for its superintendent and will announce the candidate April 17. The former superintendent, Jeff Rose, announced his resignation in October 2018. Dr. Cindy Loe, who was FCS’s superintendent in 2008-2011, has been serving in the interim role since the end of 2018. She is not a candidate for the permanent position, FCS said at the time. The finalist will be announced April 17 at the Fulton County School North Learning Center in Sandy Springs. The public will be able to meet the candidate at these three events:   April 17 at 6:30...

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Standout Students: Riley and Jack Buehner of Riverwood International Charter School

Riley and Jack Buehner, two Riverwood International Charter School students, spent their winter break hand delivering 11 suitcases of shoes to children in Uganda. The trip to the African nation was part of a school project and a Boy Scout program meant to form connections with fellow Scouts on the other side of the world. Riley collected over 450 pairs of shoes with the help of his Scout troop and his brother Jack to fulfill Riverwood’s “Middle Years Programme,” which is required for the International Baccalaureate curriculum. The shoes were delivered to Uganda as part of the Boy Scout...

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Epstein students win at technology competition

Six Epstein School students in Sandy Springs placed took home awards March 9 at the 2019 Georgia Student Technology Competition, a statewide competition now in its 18th year. Students Heather Grant and Marion Kogon took home first place in the productivity design category for grades 5 and 6, according to an Epstein press release. Jordan Cohen, Ilan Bachar and Naomi Brager were awarded second-place honors in the device modification category. Leo Silver won third place in the multimedia applications category for grades 5 and 6. Over 1,200 students competed, representing over 850 projects, the release...

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Ison Springs teachers merge classrooms

Two teachers at Ison Springs Elementary in Sandy Springs have merged their classrooms and teach as a team. The two fifth-grade teachers, Summer Mallory and Nick Thompson, were approached by their principal Sara White a year ago with an unusual proposal to eliminate the wall dividing their rooms and create a team-teaching environment in one large space, according to a press release. “We took it and ran with it,” said Thompson in the press release, and they began to create what they now call the “21st Century Classroom” with funding from a Fulton Education Foundation grant. While student scores...

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Cross Keys High partners with construction company

Cross Keys High School in Brookhaven is partnering with a Hispanic-owned construction company to teach students new construction skills and find jobs. P2K, a company located in Chamblee, is offering the students hands-on workshops and internships. P2K specializes in civil infrastructure projects, such as roads, pedestrian paths and airport runways, among others. The construction company initiated the collaborative program with the Center for Technology Career Education at Cross Keys High, a press release said. “P2K has a strong commitment to provide young people with educational opportunities and job opportunities,” said Guiomar Obregon, co-owner and General Manager of the company....

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Oglethorpe student helps Buckhead Heritage curate historic landmark map

An Oglethorpe University student is leading an effort to make standards for what should be included in the Buckhead Heritage Society’s wide-ranging map of historic community landmarks. The “Buckhead Historic Treasures” map, available online at buckheadheritage.com, has more than 675 entries, from historical markers to cemeteries to notable houses. The map was made based on an ongoing survey of area historic resources that started in 2009. “This is a project that’s been in the works for the 13 years we’ve been in existence,” said John Beach, the secretary of Buckhead Heritage. As the map continues to grow, the college...

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Cross Keys High football gets funding from NFL coach’s foundation

Cross Keys High School in Brookhaven has received $10,000 from the foundation of renowned NFL Coach Bill Belichick to fund its football program and draw its diverse students that are more interested in soccer. The money will be used in part to “debunk safety myths” about the sport, according to language on an agenda item approved by the DeKalb Board of Education. The grant comes from the Bill Belichick Foundation, a nonprofit formed by the longtime coach of the New England Patriots, who has a record six Super Bowl wins. The money was approved by the DeKalb Board of...

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Parents push for sidewalks outside North Atlanta High

Parents of North Atlanta High students are leading a push for sidewalks outside of the Buckhead school, saying walking along the busy Northside Parkway will inevitably lead to an accident. Sidewalks are planned to fill a gap between Mount Paran Road and Northgate Drive. But parents said those plans are moving too slowly and they fear they won’t get funding. “It just doesn’t make sense to me why we would invest in this school without creating walkways to it,” said Doug Allvine, one of the parents behind the push. District 8 Atlanta City Councilmember J.P. Matzigkeit, who represents the...

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Fulton County rolls out crisis text line to all high schools

Fulton County has expanded its crisis text line to North Springs Charter High School, along with all other district schools. “Text 4 Help”, which originally served only some Fulton County high schools, including Riverwood International Charter School, has been expanded to all 17 high schools, the county announced March 27. The program 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. Fulton County was the first county in the southeast to offer a program that is always available,...

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