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31 Ga. schools eligible for AP funding

31 Ga. schools eligible for AP funding

ATLANTA -- More than 30 high schools in Georgia have been chosen to apply for funding for the new AP STEM Access program, the Georgia Department of Education announced Wednesday.

The program was created to increase the numbers of girls and minorities who take Advanced Placement STEM courses.

"I couldn't be more thrilled to see this many Georgia high schools selected to expand access to Advanced Placement courses," Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "Having more access for our students to take courses in the STEM fields will help us meet students' needs and the expectations of colleges and employers. I encourage all of these schools to apply so more students have this access."

More than 800 U.S. high schools were selected to apply for the AP STEM Access program, which will begin in the fall of 2013 and offer STEM AP courses for at least three school years.

Georgia's eligible AP STEM Access schools include:

96% of Rockdale students pass Ga. High School Writing Test

96% of Rockdale students pass Ga. High School Writing Test

CONYERS, Ga. -- More than 96 percent of high school juniors and seniors in Rockdale County passed the Georgia High School Writing Test in 2012.

Rockdale's 96.4 percent is much higher than Georgia's 93 percent, up from 91 percent in 2011 and 88 percent in 2007, when the more rigorous test was rolled out.

Students must pass the annual writing assessment to receive a high school diploma. A perfect score is 350; a student must earn at least 200 points to pass. They may take the test multiple times during their junior and senior years.

A breakdown for each Rockdale County high school is as follows:

Heritage HS
224 students took the test
96.9 percent passed the test

Rockdale County HS
294 students took the test
95.6 percent passed the test

Salem HS
241 students took the test
97.1 percent passed the test

Heritage HS senior ad deadline is Thursday

Heritage HS senior ad deadline is Thursday

CONYERS, Ga. -- Thursday, Nov. 15 is the last day to order a senior ad for the Heritage High School 2012-13 yearbook.

Ad forms are available in the front office and in room D118.

To get more information about placing an ad, write to rdarr@rockdale.k12.ga.us.

To place an order for an actual yearbook, visit jostens.com.

Community service scholarship program accepting applications

Community service scholarship program accepting applications

CONYERS, Ga. -- High school students in Rockdale County are invited to apply for the John K. Morgan Scholarship.

This community service scholarship is sponsored by the Rockdale Coalition for Children and Families.

According to Rockdale County Public Schools:

The John K. Morgan Scholarship is established to recognize outstanding community service in Rockdale County. The scholarship will be awarded to an individual who has demonstrated this outstanding community service in Rockdale County and plans to continue that level of commitment while pursuing post-secondary education. The scholarship will be awarded to assist with college-related expenses only.

Eligible candidates are college-bound Rockdale County residents who have done volunteer work in Conyers.

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

More than 2,000 JROTC cadets from 30 metro Atlanta high schools
to participate in historic fundraising effort

On Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th, visitors to metro Atlanta Kroger stores are likely to be met by a smiling, uniformed JROTC cadet with an Empty Stocking Fund logo, as more than 2,000 cadets representing 30 metro Atlanta high schools’ JROTC programs will be working outside metro Kroger stores to raise awareness of and contributions for The Empty Stocking Fund, an Atlanta-based, Atlanta-serving non-profit organization that has been providing holiday gifts to Atlanta’s neediest children since 1926. 

4 Rockdale schools among Ga. Reward Schools

4 Rockdale schools among Ga. Reward Schools

CONYERS, Ga. -- Four Rockdale County elementary and middle schools are among this year's Georgia Department of Education Reward Schools.

Reward Schools are the Georgia schools with the highest performance or biggest academic gains by students in the last three years.

"These schools are shining examples of what we can achieve in public education in Georgia," Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "I want to take what's working at our Reward Schools and replicate that in every school in the state. These are the schools making education work for all Georgians."

Barksdale and Honey Creek elementary schools and General Ray Davis Middle School were named Highest Performing Schools. These schools are among the top 5% of Title I schools in Georgia. To make the list, a school must make Adequate Yearly Progress in all groups and subgroups in 2011.

Confused over the Charter School Amendment?

Confused over the Charter School Amendment?

ATLANTA -- If you're confused about Amendment One on this year's general election ballot, you're not alone.

Wednesday we asked some early voters in Cobb County what they thought of the wording, which asks:

"Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"

"It was a bit confusing," said voter Brett Atkinson.

Voter Larshaun Williams said she would not have understood it without doing a lot of homework first.

"Definitely," she told 11 Alive, "I would not have known which direction to go."

Even more confusing to some is the wording of the preamble, just before the actual amendment question:

"Provides for improving student achievement and parental involvement through more public charter school options."

There's now a lawsuit claiming that preamble wording is misleading in favor of the amendment.