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School alters field trips because of shutdown

School alters field trips because of shutdown

NORCROSS, Ga. -- Many cities across the U.S. feature monuments and museums that are closed due to the government shutdown.

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Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross scheduled trips for students in different grade levels to attend certain cities. Now they are scrambling to change those plans and include stops that aren't closed.

Because these are educational trips, administrators are looking at the shutdown as a teachable moment on how government works.

Principal Dr. Misty Overman said the important part is that students bond over the trips, and there are still plenty of places for them to visit.

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

ATLANTA -- There was little change in SAT scores between Georgia's Class of 2013 and Class of 2012, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday.

About 75 percent of Georgia's high school seniors took the SAT in 2013, compared to 43 percent nationally. Georgia students earned a collective score of 1452 out of 2400 -- the same score as last year. The national average is 1498.

Overall, Georgia's senior increased two points in critical reading and decreased two points in math. The overall writing score stayed the same from 2012 to 2013. About 36 percent of Georgia's test takers met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark.

27 Gwinnett schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

27 Gwinnett schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Nearly 30 elementary, middle and high schools in Gwinnett County have been named to Georgia's 2013 SHAPE Honor Roll.

The SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education) program was created last year to recognize schools that work hard to combat childhood obesity. It challenges students and teachers to make lifestyle improvements in three key areas: nutrition, wellness and physical activity.

Schools can be honored at three levels: gold, silver and bronze.

Learn more about the SHAPE Honor Roll

Gwinnett County's SHAPE Honor Roll schools include:

Gold
* Berkmar MS
* Craig ES
* Grayson ES
* Lovin ES
* Mulberry ES
* Simonton ES
* Woodward Mill ES

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has identified the state's 2012 Schools of Excellence.

The annual honor is presented in two categories: Highest Performance and Highest Progress. Fourteen schools made the cut in each area.

"These schools are the epitome of excellence," Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "I offer my congratulations to our 2012 Georgia Schools of Excellence."

Barge added that he plans to visit all 28 schools at some point during the school year.

Metro Atlanta's Schools of Excellence include:

Atlanta Public Schools
* KIPP STRIVE Academy, Southwest Atlanta (Progress)

Bremen City
*Jones ES (Performance)

Clayton County
* Elite Scholars Academy, Morrow (Performance)

Cobb County
* Garrison Mill ES, Marietta (Progress)
* Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy (Progress)

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan is making it easier for families to pay for college by holding two scholarship giveaways.

The deadline to enter both contests is Thursday, Aug. 15.

Mitch Seabaugh, director of the Path2College 529 Plan, said the two sweepstakes are designed to encourage families to start saving for college while their children are still very young.

"If 10,000 more Georgia families start saving for college, that's 10,000 more children who will have a head start toward achieving their dream when they graduate from high school," he said in a statement.

Seabaugh added that the sweepstakes also benefit young students because they provide money for schools and libraries.

The first contest -- the 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes -- will gives $10,529 to two lucky winners: a current Path2College account holder and a non-account holder. The two winners' schools will each receive $10,529.

Gwinnett County Public Schools to welcome students back to class

Gwinnett County Public Schools to welcome students back to class

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Public Schools will welcome all students back to class on Wednesday, August  7. 

Spokesman for GCPS Jorge Quintana said some changes will accompany the new 2013-2014 school year, when over 166,000 students will be back on board for learning. Some of those changes include new faculty, new start times and construction on some campuses.

GCPS is introducing a page where parents can find helpful links throughout the school year, and parents are encouraged to visit for detailed information.  

 

First days of school in metro Atlanta

First days of school in metro Atlanta

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- It's only mid-July, but many metro Atlanta students are preparing to head back to school.

Monday, July 15 is the first day of the 2013-14 school year for children at three Atlanta schools -- Boyd, Centennial Place and Hutchinson elementary schools -- and the Elite Scholars Academy in Clayton County.

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In Gwinnett County, the first day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Other school start dates throughout north Georgia include:

Thursday, Aug. 1
Decatur City
Paulding County

Friday, Aug. 2
Newton County

Monday, Aug. 5
Cherokee County
Floyd County
Henry County

Tuesday, Aug. 6
Coweta County