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First days of school in metro Atlanta

First days of school in metro Atlanta

FAYETTEVILLE, 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 Fayette County, the first day of school is Monday, Aug. 12.

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

McIntosh HS holding dance camp

McIntosh HS holding dance camp

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- McIntosh High School's Chiefette Dance Team will host a mini-camp for budding dancers next month.

The camp is open to girls in Pre-K through 8th grade and will teach skills in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, high kick and pom dancing.

Camp runs July 15-18 from 9 a.m. to noon daily. Registration is $100 for the first child and $85 for each sibling; sign up no later than this Wednesday, June 26 to be guaranteed a T-shirt.

For more information or to register, visit fayettecs.org or call 770-460-3990 ext. 470.

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

Reading: 98.16
Math: 89.86
Science: 89.7
Social Studies: 93.4

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

Ga. Connections Academy holding more information sessions

Ga. Connections Academy holding more information sessions

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy, the state's virtual public school for students in grades K-12, will hold several information sessions throughout metro Atlanta in the coming weeks.

Parents are invited to attend any of the free sessions to learn more about the program's offerings.

"Georgia Connections Academy, a tuition-free public school, delivers superior, personalized education for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience our online learning community from anywhere in the state," Georgia Connections Academy principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "The combination of certified Georgia teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education."

58 Georgia educators earn "Master Teacher" certification

58 Georgia educators earn "Master Teacher" certification

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced on Tuesday that 58 educators of Georgia schools have earned the "Master Teacher" certification. 

The certification is based on how each teacher demonstrated excellence in student achievement and growth across the 2013 academic year, reported a spokesperson from the Governor's office. 

The "Master Teacher" program began in 2005 with the help of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. A Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) measured classroom performance and academic growth, along with the teachers' professional practice. 

The "Master Teacher" certification lasts seven years, and as long as they qualify, teachers can renew their certificates. 

Kelly Henson, Executive Secretary for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission said, "The 2013 Master Teachers join a group of Georgia's highly skilled and dedicated educators who share a passion for teaching and student learning." 

School board to vote on Common Core math textbooks

School board to vote on Common Core math textbooks

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- The Fayette County Board of Education will discuss the district's new Common Core Georgia Performance Standards math textbooks at its meeting Monday.

The public is invited to attend the meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. at 210 Stonewall Avenue in Fayetteville. Those who want to sign up for public comments are asked to arrive early.

The board is scheduled to vote on the purchase of Common Core Standards textbooks, which align with the state's minimum academic requirements. Learn more at doe.k12.ga.us.

School is (almost!) out in Fayette County

School is (almost!) out in Fayette County

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- The last day of school is fast approaching in metro Atlanta, with some districts dismissing as early as this week.

For Fayette County Schools, the last day is Friday, May 24.

Other last days of school in the Atlanta area include:

Thursday, May 16
Barrow County

Friday, May 17
Clarke County

Wednesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools (traditional)
Cherokee County
Gwinnett County

Thursday, May 23
Clayton County
Cobb County
Decatur City
DeKalb County
Fulton County
Rockdale County

Friday, May 24
Bartow County
Buford City
Carroll County
Coweta County
Floyd County
Forsyth County
Griffin-Spalding County
Marietta City
Newton County
Paulding County