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Combining summer learning and fitness for kids

Combining summer learning and fitness for kids

TUCKER, Ga. -- Summer can be crucial for keeping your kids sharp both mentally and physically.

The National Summer Learning Association has created a healthy summer campaign to encourage parents to take advantage of the summer to improve things for schools.

"When school doors close for the summer months, many children and families living in poverty face multiple, interrelated challenges. Learning loss, safety concerns, risk for obesity, and food insecurity all set children back developmentally and academically," according to the National Summer Learning Association.

There's a new workbook that can help parents in both those areas.

It's called "The Summer Fit: Exercises for the Brain and Body While Away From School."

As Students End School Year, Boys & Girls Clubs Offers Way to Fight “Summer Brain Drain"

ATLANTA -- This month, millions of kids begin their summer breaks, looking forward to vacations, pool time and carefree days. But studies and experience show a lack of mental stimulation causes them to unlearn much of what they were taught over the school year.  Boys & Girls Clubs across the country offer young people a safe, exciting place to spend their summer months, with staff and resources to fight the effects of this “Summer Brain Drain.”

The reality for today’s kids is that many will find themselves with few structured activities, caregivers who are working all day, and too much unsupervised television, video game and computer time.

President Touts Concerns Over Summer Learning

Also known as “summer learning loss” or the “summer slide,” this issue is a growing problem for American children.  In 2010, President Obama noted, “Students are losing a lot of what they learn during the school year during the summer.”

When does the school year end?

When does the school year end?

CONYERS, Ga. -- The last day of school is right around the corner for Rockdale County students.

Public schools will dismiss for the summer on Thursday, May 24.

The last days of school in other metro Atlanta districts are staggered throughout the second half of May. They include:

Wednesday, May 16
Clarke County

Thursday, May 17
Hall County

Friday, May 18
Bartow County
Clayton County
Fulton County

Tuesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools
Barrow County

Wednesday, May 23
Carroll County
Gwinnett County
Newton County

Thursday, May 24
Cobb County
Decatur City Schools
DeKalb County

Atlanta Dream to host Salem HS fundraiser

Atlanta Dream to host Salem HS fundraiser

CONYERS, Ga. -- Atlanta Dream guard Lindsey Harding will make an appearance at Lady Seminole Basketball Night, which raises money for the Salem High School girls basketball team.

The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Chili's Grill & Bar in Conyers.

Print and bring the official Atlanta Dream flyer to Chili's to donate 10 percent of your purchase to the Salem High girls basketball program.

The Conyers Chili's is located at 1570 Dogwood Drive.

School system to hold college athletic recruiting seminar

School system to hold college athletic recruiting seminar

CONYERS, Ga. -- High school athletes in Rockdale County are invited to bring their parents and coaches to an information session about the college recruitment process.

Get in the Game: College Athletic Recruiting 101 will be hosted by recruiting expert Joe Burns and will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16 at Rockdale Career Academy.

The information session will cover a number of topics, including NCAA requirements for recruitment, the rules of the process, and ways to create a game plan to become a college student-athlete.

Rockdale Career Academy is located at 1064 Culpepper Drive SW in Conyers.

Ga. high school students take longer to earn diplomas

ATLANTA -- A new method of calculating graduation rates reveals that more high school students are dropping out than had been previously counted and some of them are taking five or even six years to earn a diploma.

According to reports the new formula was released last week. It shows that Georgia's 2011 graduation rate dropped 13 percentage points using the calculation, to 67.4 percent.

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3 Rockdale students among Governor's Honors finalists

3 Rockdale students among Governor's Honors finalists

CONYERS, Ga. -- Three students at Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technoloy are among nearly 700 finalists statewide for the 2012 Georgia Governor's Honors Program.

Governor's Honors is a residential program held every summer at Valdosta State University. It gives smart, talented high school students an opportunity to explore their favorite subjects in a challenging and engaging environment.

"GHP is such a competitive program that even being nominated is an accomplishment," Dale Lyles, director of the program, said in a statement. "I congratulate the students of Rockdale County Public Schools and look forward to meeting them and their parents in June."

Students must undergo a rigorous interview and application process in order to be chosen for the program.

Rockdale County's three finalists are:

* Jasmine Johnson, chemistry
* Heeyoon Kim, mathematics
* Zachary York, mathematics