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Johnston Elementary Teacher Wins Monthly Pizza Party

Johnston Elementary Teacher Wins Monthly Pizza Party

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Ms. Polly Hines, a kindergarten teacher at Johnston Elementary School, is retiring on a natural pizza high.  Ms. Hines's kindergarten class didn't win a free pizza party just once or twice, but every single month during the school year!  Ms. Hines retired at the end of this school year after many years of service to the students in Cherokee County. Stevi B's presented Ms. Hines with a card for Free Pizza for a Year as a special thank you and retirement gift. 

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.”

1 Cobb school among Ga. Alert Schools

1 Cobb school among Ga. Alert Schools

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- One school in Cobb County is among Georgia's Alert Schools for the 2011-2012 school year.

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Oakwood Digital Academy was named a Graduation Alert School, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday. Graduation Alert Schools are high schools where the subgroup graduation rate falls at or below the third standard deviation compared to the statewide subgroup average.

Alert Schools rankings are a component of the No Child Left Behind Act. Georgia was one of 10 states to receive a NCLB waiver from President Obama earlier this year; the waiver has not yet taken effect.

Stevi B's Ultimate Pizza Buffet Nominated for Partner in Education Award

Stevi B's Ultimate Pizza Buffet Nominated for Partner in Education Award

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Stevi B's Ultimate Pizza Buffet was recognized by the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce at their annual Partners in Education Breakfast on May 3rd.  The Partners in Education program pairs local businesses in the community with local Cherokee County schools.  Stevi B's has two Cherokee County locations and both were nominated as Partner of the Year for all the support they give their partner schools.

When does the school year end?

When does the school year end?

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

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

Marietta City Schools will end the school year a day later -- Friday, May 25.

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
Decatur City Schools
DeKalb County
Rockdale County

Fulton high schools announce graduation dates, locations

Fulton high schools announce graduation dates, locations

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- More than 5,000 students will graduate from Fulton County's 17 high schools next week.

Graduation times, dates and locations for the Class of 2012 are:

Alpharetta HS
Saturday, May 19 at 9 a.m.
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park

Banneker HS
Sunday, May 20 at 1 p.m.
Georgia Dome

Centennial HS
Saturday, May 19 at 4 p.m.
Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church

Chattahoochee HS
Sunday, May 20 at 4 p.m.
Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church

Creekside HS
Friday, May 18 at 4:30 p.m.
Georgia Dome

Fulton Science Academy HS
Saturday, May 19 at 5 p.m.
Johns Creek HS Auditorium

Independence HS
Thursday, May 17 at 1 p.m.
Milton Center

Johns Creek HS
Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m.
North Point Community Church

Atlanta Opera High School Opera Institute to give concert

Atlanta Opera High School Opera Institute to give concert

ATLANTA -- The 11 talented local students who participated in this year's Atlanta Opera High School Opera Institute will give a special concert next month.

The institute, which is one of only a few programs of its kind in the U.S., puts high school students through a rigorous audition process and offers eight months of workshops, vocal coaching and other courses for young people who are interested in pursuing music careers.

In the three years the Atlanta Opera has offered the program, 11 of its graduates have gone on to study music at universities and conservatories across the country.