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Freshman’s speaking skills make history

Freshman’s speaking skills make history

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- (submitted by Melinda Berry-Dreisbach) Winning a state championship is extraordinary for any student, but it is exceptional for a freshman competing at her first GHSA (Georgia High School Association) Literary State Meet. 

Menaka Reddy of Fayette County High became the school’s first freshman to win the championship in the girls Extemporaneous Speaking division of the state competition. Her victory gave the school its third state championship in this division, and the first since 2002.

“This is a fantastic accomplishment for anyone, and especially a freshman,” says Jeffrey Miller, mathematics teacher and director of speech and debate at Fayette County High.  

Contestants are rated on organization, analysis of topic, subject, reasoning, expression, diction, and delivery.

Register your child for Pre-Kindergarten until April 13

Register your child for Pre-Kindergarten until April 13

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- (submitted by Melinda Berry-Dreisbach) Registration for the Fayette County Public School System’s eight state funded pre-kindergarten classes will continue as of April 13, 2011 at Brooks, Crabapple Lane, Hood Avenue, Inman, North Fayette, Oak Grove, Peachtree City, and Robert J. Burch elementary schools for any openings and waiting lists following the April 12th lottery drawing.  

Students must be four years old on or before September 1, 2011 to be eligible for the pre-kindergarten program.  A student who is age eligible for kindergarten may not register for the pre-kindergarten program.

Residency information, and the child’s birth certificate and social security card, must be presented at the time of registration. The enrollment form and state lottery form must also be completed.

Local students selected for Governor's Honors Program

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. – (submitted by Melinda Berry-Dreisbach) A total of 18 students from the county’s high schools have been selected to attend this summer’s Governor’s Honors Program.

Judges selected the participants based on interviews and auditions of all statewide nominees. The following students were selected: (Fayette County High) Franklin Lowe, social studies. (McIntosh High) Logan Austin, communicative arts; Nicholas Chang, mathematics; Bridget Hempel, German; Jessica Morris, communicative arts; Ji-Soo Shin, mathematics; Ellen Smith, biology; and Courtney Stone, music/voice. (Starr’s Mill High) Robert Bacon, German; Katherine Fitzgerald, Spanish; Anthony Giertych, technology; Shane Mudrinich, music/voice; Chris Pham, Spanish; Haley Strauss, music/woodwinds; and Chase Thomaston, theatre.

Teacher To attend Math/Science Academy this summer

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- (submitted by Melinda Berry-Dreisbach) While students are enjoying their summer break, Pat Costa, a fifth grade teacher at Crabapple Lane Elementary, will become a student of the 2011 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy.

Costa was selected from more than 1,500 third through fifth-grade teachers nationwide who applied to attend the one-week, all expenses paid, professional development program for the teaching of math and science. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Science Teachers Association chose the participants based on their qualifications, dedication to inspiring students at an early age, and their overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession.

Costa is the only teacher from Fayette, and one of 13 from Georgia, selected to attend the academy.

Educational Programs receive funding from Rotary

Educational Programs receive funding from Rotary

PEACHTREE CITY, GA -- (submitted by Melinda Berry-Dreisbach) A $1,000 total donation from the Rotary Club of Peachtree City will be used to enhance learning opportunities for hundreds of students across the county.

The Fayette County Public School System’s Friends Mentoring and After School programs each received a $500 check as part of the Rotary Club’s initiative to support education and learning.

“We ask educators who know the needs and emerging trends, and if we can help in bringing resources for future learning, we are honored to do so,” says Karen Stephens, community service director for the club.

The donation will help fund the development of a math guidebook for mentors to get ideas for study materials and activities, and the purchase of training curriculum to assist After School Program sites in retaining or working toward receiving national accreditation.

Natarajan Is a Regional STAR

Natarajan Is a Regional STAR

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- (submitted by Melinda Berry-Dreisbach)  McIntosh High School senior Brahma Natarajan is shining brightly these days, she has been named the 2011 STAR winner for Region 3B.  

The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia's outstanding high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development.  During the past 53 years, the STAR Program has honored more than 22,000 high school seniors.

The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, Inc. was selected in 1994 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce to coordinate the state STAR program in association with the Chamber and the Georgia Department of Education.  

The State STAR student and teacher will be announced at the PAGE STAR Banquet on April 18 in Atlanta.  

This latest recognition is in addition to Natarajan being selected as a U.S.

Preschool Curriculum developed by Renowned Author and Early Learning Expert helps Atlanta Childcare

Preschool Curriculum developed by Renowned Author and Early Learning Expert helps Atlanta Childcare

WINGS Curriculum congratulates Atlanta Job Corps Child Development Center for earning national accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The center received its congratulatory letter for national accreditation on Friday, March 11, 2011. Creator of WINGS, Momprenuer, Dr. Bisa, as she’s affectionately called, says, “Director DeNita Gail Murdock-Haley and her staff worked diligently to upgrade the quality of their program and succeeded in earning the national ‘mark for quality’ for their center. We at WINGS celebrate with the Atlanta Job Corps staff for earning this world-renowned recognition.”

WINGS is an acronym for Wonder, Interests, Needs, Goals and Skills, “The essential components of a developmentally and culturally appropriate curriculum”, shares Dr.