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Pre-K, kindergarten registration opens Feb. 25

Pre-K, kindergarten registration opens Feb. 25

BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. -- Pre-K and kindergarten registration for Bartow County residents will be held the week of Feb. 25.

All schools that offer Pre-K programs will be open for registration every day from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. To qualify, a child must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013.

Parents must bring several documents to registration, including the child's birth certificate, Social Security card and current immunization record, proof of the family's residency, proof of any government assistance like Medicaid and food stamps, and the child's eye, ear and dental screenings.

A lottery drawing for Pre-K spots will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Mar. 28. It will be at the Bartow County Board of Education and is free and open to the public.

The same documents that are needed for Pre-K registration are also required for kindergarten registration, which will be held on the same dates and times as Pre-K sign-up.

Bartow County School Board member arrested

Bartow County School Board member arrested

CARTERSVILLE -  A Bartow County Board of Education member has received a tough lesson about driver education. 41 year old Angela Cornett landed in jail after being accused of striking a student with her vehicle.

On Friday, December 28, Angela Cornett was arrested and charged with Reckless Conduct after an incident in the Walmart parking lot in Cartersville.

A Bartow County Sheriff's incident report says a 17 year old 12th grader from Adairsville High School was holding a parking space, for her brother's girlfriend, when Cornett told her to move. She didn't and that's when Cornett is alleged to have accelerated into the parking space with enough force to physically move the alleged victim.

Police noted the alleged victim had 'road grime' along her pant leg consistent with the tire size on Cornett's white Lexus SUV. However, she was not visibly hurt.

Cornett is reported to have said the girl 'leaned against the vehicle'.

95% of Bartow students pass Ga. High School Writing Test

95% of Bartow students pass Ga. High School Writing Test

BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. -- Nearly 95 percent of high school juniors and seniors in Bartow County passed the Georgia High School Writing Test in 2012.

Bartow's 94.8 percent is 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 Bartow County high school is as follows:

Adairsville HS
214 students took the test
94.4 percent passed the test

Cass HS
280 students took the test
95 percent passed the test

Woodland HS
360 students took the test
95 percent passed the test

Hometown Christmas brings holiday spirit to Bartow

Hometown Christmas brings holiday spirit to Bartow

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- A Hometown Christmas celebration will be held in downtown Cartersville this weekend.

The fun begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and includes choral performances, arts and crafts, refreshments and pictures with Santa.

Hometown Christmas also sponsors holiday-themed coloring and essay contests for Bartow County students. Kids in grades K-5 may enter the coloring contest, while middle school students are eligible to participate in the essay contest.

Learn more about the requirements for the respective contests in Adairsville, Bartow County and Cartersville.

Etowah HS Academic Team qualifies for national tournament

Etowah HS Academic Team qualifies for national tournament

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The Academic Team at Etowah High School in Woodstock is on a winning streak.

Under the direction of English teacher Christina Hammonds, the team placed first in the Georgia Academic Team Association Winter North Tournament at Collins Hill High School in Suwanee on Nov. 10.

The team's win allowed them to qualify for a state and a national competition later this school year.

Etowah High's team also won the Woodland High School Academic Challenge Fundraiser Tournament in Cartersville in October. Future competitions include the Norcross Blue Devil Academic Tournament on Dec. 1 and the Chattahoochee Academic Team Tournament on Dec. 8.

Berry, Ga. Highlands help transfer students

Berry, Ga. Highlands help transfer students

ROME, Ga. -- Berry and Georgia Highlands colleges have created a partnership that will make it easier for students to transfer from one school to the other.

Starting Monday, any Georgia Highlands student who earns an associate's degree and maintains a 3.0 GPA will be guaranteed acceptance to Berry as a transfer student.

"This agreement allows the two colleges to increase the opportunity for students to complete their college degrees," Berry president Steve Briggs said in a statement. "This speaks volumes about our community and the kind of place we want to be."

Laura Musselwhite, GHC's vice president for academic and student affairs, echoed Briggs' excitement.

"We at GHC very much look forward to working with Berry as local partners in education," she said. "This agreement will serve as another pathway for students in our community to a four-year degree."

UWG helps Cartersville Police learn about crime scene forensics

UWG helps Cartersville Police learn about crime scene forensics

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Anthropology students and professors from the University of West Georgia recently staged a crime scene to help members of the Cartersville Police Department practice their forensic investigation skills.

Dr. Kerriann Marden with UWG's Biological and Forensic Anthropology Laboratory (BAFAL) organized the mock crime scene on Nov. 3. She and her students placed a combination of animal bone fragments and replica human bones, personal effects and decomposing animal tissue around a shallow grave.

"We try to stage the mock scenes as realistically as possible to allow law enforcement and other medicolegal professionals to experience the real challenges that they may encounter when recovering human remains -- scavengers, weather, insects, soil, odors, etc., as well as learning the basic archaeological skills," Marden said in a statement.