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Dissecting frogs fascinates third graders

Dissecting frogs fascinates third graders

PEACHTREE CITY - "Oh, see his eyeball!"
"Oh, yeah. I feel the maxillary!"
"I didn't know that it had two livers. I just think that's so interesting!"

The exclamations of third graders at Landmark Chistian Academy has hit a fever pitch.

"Get your pointer and see if you can find the tympana or the ear drums on your frog," said Diane Calsbeek, their teacher.

Their enthusiasm hits the right mark for teacher Calsbeek, whose excitement matches that of the students.

"This is Christmas. This is the highlight of my school year, because when they open that cavity and say, look, I see a fat body, I don't know, I get very excited about this," said Calsbeek."You can hear it in the room today. They'll never look at a frog again, the same. They've now been studying him, the outside, the inside. Touching him does something remarkable."

Booth Middle places third in Science Olympiad

Booth Middle places third in Science Olympiad

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- A student team from JC Booth Middle School in Peachtree City earned third place in the 2011 Science Olympiad National Tournament.

Booth was the only Georgia school to make the top 10 in the contest, which took place on Saturday, May 21 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

"These winning teams exemplify the best America has to offer in science, technology, engineering and math," said Gerard Putz, president and co-founder of Science Olympiad. "We are proud of their achievements and know their schools and communities will welcome them home like champions."

The national tournament in Wisconsin drew 3,000 students on 120 middle and high school teams from 47 states.

Charter school law declared unconstitutional

Charter school law declared unconstitutional

ATLANTA -- A Georgia law that cleared the way for a surge in new charter schools was struck down by the state's top court in a high-profile decision that will affect thousands of students and could reshape how the state's public school system is funded.

The Georgia Supreme Court's 4-3 decision on Monday overturned the 2008 Georgia Charter Schools Commission Act, which allowed the state to approve and fund charter schools over the objection of local school boards.

PTC hosts forum to learn the warning signs

PTC hosts forum to learn the warning signs

PEACHTEE CITY, Ga. – Does your child have a Facebook or Twitter account? Come out and educate yourself and your family about gangs and protecting yourself on the internet. The Peachtree City Police Department, in conjunction, with the J.C. Booth Middle School will hold a community forum and educational outreach program on gangs and Internet safety.

The first part of the program will educate and assist the parents of middle school aged children with recognizing signs of gang activity, ways to identify potential gang involvement and how to quickly report problems.

The second portion of this forum will assist parents in recognizing inappropriate conduct, contact, and content that children are being exposed to on the Internet and ways to help protect them. 

The event will be held at J.C. Booth Middle School which is located at 250 Peachtree Parkway South. The event is free and all are welcomed.

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

Berry student to intern with Compassion International

Berry student to intern with Compassion International

ROME, Ga. -- A Berry College junior will spend her summer in Colorado and the Dominican Republic, working with one of the most prestigious Christian child advocacy programs in the world.

Rachel Imes was recently chosen for a competitive internship with Compassion International and will work with its human resources to further her dream of having a career in non-profit international relief.

"I always knew I wanted to help people, but I wasn't sure how," Imes said. Now, she has found a way.

Founded by the Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952, Compassion began providing Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education and health care, as well as Christian training.

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents has announced a hike in both tuition and fees for Georgia's state colleges and universities during a meeting Tuesday.

"It's highly likely that tuition will have to increase to meet the needs of the students and to meet the student growth we have experienced," said Regents executive John Millsaps before the meeting.

The tuition hike comes close on the heels of a major overhual of the popular HOPE scholarship program which means students will be left to pay the rising costs of college in the state.

State representative Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, who played a major role in revamping the HOPE scholarship, says tough choices had to be made to keep the program afloat financially.

"Students are still getting one of the best values in the country," State Rep. Collins said. "We feel like we've done what we needed to do to keep a program solvent for future generations.