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2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has identified the state's 2012 Schools of Excellence.

The annual honor is presented in two categories: Highest Performance and Highest Progress. Fourteen schools made the cut in each area.

"These schools are the epitome of excellence," Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "I offer my congratulations to our 2012 Georgia Schools of Excellence."

Barge added that he plans to visit all 28 schools at some point during the school year.

Metro Atlanta's Schools of Excellence include:

Atlanta Public Schools
* KIPP STRIVE Academy, Southwest Atlanta (Progress)

Bremen City
*Jones ES (Performance)

Clayton County
* Elite Scholars Academy, Morrow (Performance)

Cobb County
* Garrison Mill ES, Marietta (Progress)
* Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy (Progress)

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan is making it easier for families to pay for college by holding two scholarship giveaways.

The deadline to enter both contests is Thursday, Aug. 15.

Mitch Seabaugh, director of the Path2College 529 Plan, said the two sweepstakes are designed to encourage families to start saving for college while their children are still very young.

"If 10,000 more Georgia families start saving for college, that's 10,000 more children who will have a head start toward achieving their dream when they graduate from high school," he said in a statement.

Seabaugh added that the sweepstakes also benefit young students because they provide money for schools and libraries.

The first contest -- the 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes -- will gives $10,529 to two lucky winners: a current Path2College account holder and a non-account holder. The two winners' schools will each receive $10,529.

Open houses to be held next week

Open houses to be held next week

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Back-to-school open houses will be held next Monday, Aug. 5 in Bartow County.

The events will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for elementary school students, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for middle schoolers and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for high schoolers.

Bartow County's first day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Visit bartow.k12.ga.us for more information.

Chattahoochee Tech offers social media specialization

Chattahoochee Tech offers social media specialization

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Marketing management students at Chattahoochee Technical College now have the option of specializing in social media as part of their degrees.

Social media classes will be offered online this fall. The specialization includes a series of four courses: Exploring Social Media, Analyzing Social Media, Consumer Behavior and a marketing elective.

CTC marketing instructor Rick Nelson said social media is revolutionizing the field.

"Our marketing management programs will expose students to this technology and better prepare them for the new reality of marketing," he said. "No doubt our student population is very skilled at using Facebook, Twitter and other social media every day in their personal lives. We will prepare our students to be on the leading edge of utilizing these platforms to sell more products and services for their future corporate employers or in their own business ventures."

Four draft picks opt to attend Georgia

Four draft picks opt to attend Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. -- Three members of Georgia's latest baseball recruiting class along with rising senior pitcher Patrick Boling will be wearing Bulldog red and black in 2014 after passing on a chance to sign a professional contract.

Seven Bulldog signees plus three student-athletes from the 2013 club were selected in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft this past June, and teams had until Friday to sign their draft picks.

Pitcher Robert Tyler (Baltimore, 28th round), outfielder Stephen Wrenn (Atlanta, 28th round) and shortstop Michael Bell (Miami, 37th round) look to be key contributors for the Bulldogs over the next few years after choosing to honor their commitment to the University of Georgia. Also, the return of the versatile Boling (Washington, 32nd round) bolsters the pitching staff.

First days of school in metro Atlanta

First days of school in metro Atlanta

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- It's only mid-July, but many metro Atlanta students are preparing to head back to school.

Monday, July 15 is the first day of the 2013-14 school year for children at three Atlanta schools -- Boyd, Centennial Place and Hutchinson elementary schools -- and the Elite Scholars Academy in Clayton County.

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In Bartow County, the first day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Other school start dates throughout north Georgia include:

Thursday, Aug. 1
Decatur City
Paulding County

Friday, Aug. 2
Newton County

Monday, Aug. 5
Cherokee County
Floyd County
Henry County

Tuesday, Aug. 6
Coweta County

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

ATLANTA -- Georgia's results for the 2013 CRCT reveal an improvement over the 2012 results.

The scores, which were released Tuesday morning, show 18 increases, five decreases and seven tests where the passing rates did not change.

"Our results this year on the CRCT show consistent progress and we continue to see many students scoring in the exceeds category," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "This is a testament to the great work our teachers are doing to take students to higher levels of learning."

In Bartow County, the percentages of students who met or exceeded standards on the 2013 CRCT include:

Reading: 93.94
Math: 81.87
Science: 82.89
Social Studies: 85.93

See the full results at 11Alive.com/CRCT.