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Rockdale recognizes STAR Students

Rockdale recognizes STAR Students

CONYERS, Ga. -- Rockdale County Public Schools has named its STAR Students and Teachers for the 2012-13 school year.

In order to become a STAR Student, a high school senior must earn the highest SAT score and have a GPA in the top 10 percent of his or her class.

Every STAR Student chooses a teacher who inspires him or her to be a STAR Teacher.

This year's Rockdale County STAR Students and Teachers are:

Heritage HS
STAR Student: Megan Searles
STAR Teacher: Julie Kimble, English
Searles plans to attend Brigham Young University, where she will study physics.

Rockdale County HS
STAR Student: Loren Stokes
STAR Teacher: Scott Stanton, band director
Stokes plans to perform missionary work and study either English or international studies; she has not yet decided where to go to college.

Ga. Senate OKs scholarship tax credit changes

Ga. Senate OKs scholarship tax credit changes

ATLANTA --The Georgia Senate has approved changes to a tax credit program that provides scholarships for children to attend private schools.

State senators voted unanimously Thursday to support the changes, which include a reporting requirement on the average household income of recipients and requires eligible students to have attended public school for at least six weeks with a few exceptions.

Under the system, people can receive state tax credits by giving nonprofit scholarship providers donations of up to $1,000 for individuals and up to $2,500 for married couples.

The Southern Education Foundation had raised concerns that donors may have been allowed to earmark donations, although supporters had argued that was prohibited under the law. The Senate bill would add language specifically prohibiting that.

Pre-K, kindergarten registration continue for Rockdale Co. kids

Pre-K, kindergarten registration continue for Rockdale Co. kids

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. -- Parents in Rockdale County may register their children for Pre-K and kindergarten classes in April. 

According to Rockdale County schools, Pre-K registration is open from April 8 - April 19, and kindergarten registration is now open through April 30. 

All pre-K students must be four years old on or before September 1, 2013. Kindergarteners must be five years old by that date. 

Registration is being held at the Student Registration Office of 1143 West Avenue in Conyers. 

Parents should being with them the child's birth certificate, social security card, immunization proof, eye/ear/dental certificate, two proofs of residence, photo identification and proof of custody or guardianship. 

For more information, contact the registration center at (770) 761-1457.

Holy Innocents' equestrians riding into zone finals

Holy Innocents' equestrians riding into zone finals

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- The HIES Equestrian Club Team rode into the Olympic Horse Park in Conyers early last Saturday morning, Feb. 23,  with high hopes. If they could finish either first or second among the 22 competing teams, they’d earn a trip to the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Zone 4 finals in Ocala, FL, March 22-24.

18 Ga. schools to compete in regional science bowl

18 Ga. schools to compete in regional science bowl

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Twenty Southeast schools will compete later this month for a chance to attend the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science's National Science Bowl.

The regional bowl will be held Saturday, Feb. 23 at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah.

Eighteen schools from Georgia and two from Florida will battle for a paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national bowl in late April.

Teams from Maclay High School in Tallahassee, Fla., Eastside High School in Gainesville, Fla., and these Georgia schools, many of which are in metro Atlanta, will compete in the regional event:

Kindergarten registration open through Apr. 30

Kindergarten registration open through Apr. 30

CONYERS, Ga. -- Rockdale County Public Schools is now registering children for kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year.

Registration will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until Tuesday, Apr. 30. Parents can sign their children up for kindergarten at the Support Services Building at 1143 West Avenue in Conyers.

To be eligible for kindergarten, a student must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2013.

Parents must bring several documents to kindergarten registration, including the child's birth certificate, Social Security card, immunization and eye/ear/dental records; a proof of residence (property tax receipts or lease agreements will fulfill this requirement); and the parent's photo ID.

Visit rockdale.k12.ga.us for more information about kindergarten registration.

2 Ga. students win Siemens Awards

2 Ga. students win Siemens Awards

ATLANTA -- Two metro Atlanta high school seniors are among 101 students nationwide to win the 2012-13 Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement.

The honor is given annually to the nation's top achievers in AP classes in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Each Siemens Awards winner -- one boy and one girl from every state -- receives a $2,000 college scholarship.

Georgia's winners are Tejas Khorana, who attends Wheeler High School in Marietta, and Heeyoon Kim, a student at Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology in Conyers.

Khorana has taken 11 AP classes so far in his high school career; AP Biology was his favorite. He is a straight-A student who plans to study computer science in college. He also enjoys swimming, tennis and tutoring his peers.

When asked to give advice to other AP students, Khorana said, "Be prepared for the rigor involved (and) learn good study habits."