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Cobb County hiring hundreds of teachers

Cobb County hiring hundreds of teachers

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County School District hopes to find hundreds of new teachers through a large job fair next month.

Certified teaching positions at all levels of instruction will be available at the event. It is the district's first major hiring event in eight years. Kevin Kiger, the district's executive director of employment, said representatives from every Cobb County school will attend the career fair.

With more than 13,500 employees, the district is Cobb County's largest employer.

The job fair will be Wednesday, Apr. 15 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at McEachern High School, which is located at 2400 New MacLand Road in Powder Springs. It was originally supposed to be at the Smyrna Community Center, but an overwhelming response forced the district to find a larger location.

2015 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

2015 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

ATLANTA -- Twenty-four productions have been nominated for the 2015 Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards, otherwise known as the Shuler Hensley Awards.

The program is named for Tony Award-winning actor Shuler Hensley, a Cobb County native. This year's winners will be announced Thursday, Apr. 23 during an awards ceremony at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Winning a Shuler Hensley Award can reap major benefits for a budding performer. Just ask Jai'Len Josey, who won Best Actress in 2014 for her portrayal of Effie White in Tri-Cities High School's production of Dreamgirls.

Pi Kappa Phi members chant in sewer at Kennesaw State

Pi Kappa Phi members chant in sewer at Kennesaw State

Voices of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity members were heard chanting from a sewer grate late Sunday night at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga.

Matthew Boggs, a student at KSU and a photo editor for the student newspaper The Sentinel, was walking across a seemingly-vacant campus parking lot when he heard the voices coming from beneath him.

"I was walking across campus on a night photo-walk when I thought I heard voices coming from behind me. I turned around and there was no one there," Boggs told The Sentinel. "I realized it was coming from the drain and I first thought it was echoing from somewhere else, but then I saw a cellphone underneath the drain grate and I knew people were down there. It sounded like chanting and it was very unnerving."

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

Graduation rates: Cobb County

Graduation rates: Cobb County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 high school graduation rates were released Thursday.

This year's statewide average is 72.5 percent, up slightly from last year's 71.5 percent. It's also the third consecutive increase in the percentage of seniors who graduate from the state's public high schools.

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Cobb County's 2014 graduation rate is 78.2 percent. At 96.2 percent, Harrison High School in Kennesaw has the county's highest graduation rate.

Other graduation rates in Cobb County include:

Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

FOREST PARK, Ga. -- How do you expose urban youth to Georgia’s agriculture? You open a Pizza Farm!

Fourth and fifth grade students from the Atlanta metropolitan area will learn about Georgia agriculture by making, and eating, pizza at the second annual Pizza Farm event.

County agents with the Cooperative Extension Metro Collaborative of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb and Clayton counties will lead the event set for Oct. 21-23 at the Georgia State Farmers Market in Forest Park, Ga. The students will learn how dairy, vegetables, grains and meats come together to make the pizza.  

AP exam participation: Cobb County

AP exam participation: Cobb County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Cobb County, 8,023 students took 15,577 AP exams in 2014, and 10,529 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each Cobb County public high school:

Allatoona HS
243 students took 341 exams
237 passing scores