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Superintendent names 2012 AP Merit Schools

Superintendent names 2012 AP Merit Schools

ATLANTA -- Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge named 367 Advanced Placement Honor Schools in 2012.

Advanced Placement classes and exams are administed by the College Board and are designed to offer rigorous college-level learning options to high school students. Those who receive scores of 3, 4 or 5 on national AP exams may earn college credit.

"Georgia has much to be proud of when it comes to the success of Advanced Placement," Barge said Tuesday. "Much of this success can be attributed to the dedication to rigor and excellence at each of our AP Honor Schools."

AP Merit Schools are schools with at least 20 percent of students taking AP exams, and 50 percent of all exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

Metro Atlanta's 2012 AP Merit Schools are:

Buford City Schools
* Buford High

ADOPT A PET: Meet Chip

ADOPT A PET: Meet Chip

 

MARIETTA, Ga. – If you dream of coming home to a cool purr or a comforting meow adopt a kitten from your local pet shelter. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers but adopting a “companion” for yourself or your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

DV Pediatrics Helps Grant Local School’s Wish

DV Pediatrics Helps Grant Local School’s Wish

 

Canton Pediatrician Dr. Vicki Knight-Mathis, of DV Pediatrics, helped make the wishes of many come true when her office generously offered to match the funds that the Carmel Elementary School PTA had raised toward the purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for the school.   Earlier this school year, The Home Depot of Woodstock generously donated the materials and the labor to create a Wishing Well.  Parents, students, staff, etc.

Powerball jackpot rises to $250 million

Powerball jackpot rises to $250 million

ATLANTA – Powerball has soared to staggering heights. Wednesday’s jackpot has jumped to $250 million after no one matched all the winning numbers in Saturday’s drawing.

One Georgia Lottery player won $10,000 in Saturday’s drawing. The lucky ticket was purchased in Pooler.

The Powerball jackpot has been growing since Dec. 28 and has rolled 12 times.

 Powerball offers two payment options: the $250 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments, or the cash option, which is approximately $156 million.

 Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

 As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

Carmel Elementary First Graders Make Homemade Toys for Dogs

Carmel Elementary First Graders Make Homemade Toys for Dogs

 

Carmel Elementary School is a busy place and Mrs. Emanuel's class is no exception.  As part of  Carmel's nationally recognized Learn and Serve program, Mrs. Emanuel’s class recently made homemade dog tug toys to be given to the Cherokee County Humane Society  These toys were made with lots of little hands and lots of big hearts and will bring lots of fun for many dogs!  The students took assorted colored strips of fleece and braided them together to create the tug toys.

Carmel Elementary is the State School of Character for 2011-2013, an honor which the students and staff are very proud.  Assistant Principal Dr. Green oversees the character education and said, “We are so proud of our 1st graders.  This project is especially meaningful since they made the toys themselves and really put their hearts and minds into it.  Way to go, Colts!”

U.S. unemployment down, 243,000 jobs added

U.S. unemployment down, 243,000 jobs added

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The U.S. unemployment rate fell in January for a fifth straight month, to 8.3 percent, as the economy added nearly a quarter-million jobs.

The jobless rate -- down from December's 8.5 percent -- is the lowest in almost three years. The rate is now eight-tenths of a percentage point under what it was last August, the U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

BLS' separate survey of employers showed that nonfarm payroll jobs rose by 243,000 last month, with businesse adding 257,000 positions and a slight drop in private-sector employment.

Many economists had expected less payroll growth, according to surveys.

It said that private-sector job growth was widespread in January, with large increases in professional and business services as well as leisure, hospitality and manufacturing.

It was the fourth straight month of job gains nationwide.

Milton and McEachern top the Super 25 boys, girls polls

ATLANTA -- The Milton boys and McEachern girls continue to lead the top the Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net Super 25 polls for this week. The computer generated polls for metro Atlanta teams are produced each week by USA Today.

   Columbia, Douglas County, Westlake, and Shiloh complete the top 5 for boys. Wesleyan, Norcross, North Gwinnett, and Parkview make up the girls top 5..