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Time changes next year for Middle and High schools

Time changes next year for Middle and High schools

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- An additional 20 minutes of high school instructional time for 2011-2012, approved by the school board on March 15, brings new start and end times for middle schools, and a different end time for high schools.

The school system decided to adjust the start times between middle and high schools in an effort to reduce traffic congestion, especially at the South Complex (Rising Starr Middle and Starr’s Mill High) and the North Complex (Flat Rock Middle and Sandy Creek High). Currently, all middle schools start at 8:25 a.m. and end at 3:40 p.m. All high schools begin at 8:40 a.m. and release at 3:20 p.m.

Next year, middle school will start and end 10 minutes earlier, 8:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Whitewater’s TSA Team Ranked Top 10 in State

Whitewater’s TSA Team Ranked Top 10 in State

PEACHTREE CITY – (submitted by Melinda Barry-Dreisbach) Technology students at Whitewater High were fierce competitors at the annual Georgia TSA (Technology Student Association) State Conference, earning their team an overall seventh place state ranking.

The ranking was based on the number of wins and placement levels of individual team members. The following students earned top three placements in their competition areas: Katie Cassidy, first place, prepared presentation; Breanna Summers and Jevan Hutson, first place, debating technological issues; Katie Cassidy, second place, outstanding student; Jevan Hutson, second place, extemporaneous presentation; Francisco Obregon, second place, flight endurance; Guppy Stott, second place, technology bowl (written competition); and Jason Menko, third place, technical sketching and application.

New Course Textbook Available for Public Review

FAYETTEVILLE – (submitted by Melinda Barry-Breisbach) The textbook recommended for the new high school math course, Mathematics of Finance, is on display for public review and comment at the LaFayette Educational Center located at 205 LaFayette Avenue in Fayetteville.

The textbook will be available for review and comment through April 18 during regular office hours. The board of education will vote on the adoption of the textbook at the regular business meeting on April 19.

Mathematics of Finance is an option to Math 4 in the senior year of study. The standards for this course were adopted by the Georgia Department of Education in November, and counts as a core unit of mathematics toward earning a high school diploma. Fayette will offer the course next year to high school seniors.

Parenting Expert, Dr. Bisa, Author of National Preschool Curriculum WINGS to appear on Focus Atlanta

Parenting Expert, Dr. Bisa, Author of National Preschool Curriculum WINGS to appear on Focus Atlanta

Author & Parenting Expert, Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis, known as Dr. Bisa, released the 2nd edition of WINGS: The Ideal Curriculum for Children in Preschool, available since January 2011 along with five sets of supporting materials for infants, toddlers, preschoolers/pre-k, family/group child care, and after-school programs. The updated WINGS Curriculum Parent Handbook also includes new information on play and learning, along with more resources and forms to support home-learning.  The first edition was launched in 2009 when Dr. Bisa made good on her promise to produce an affordable curriculum that meets and exceeds national standards. Dr.

Selection of Fayette’s Top Teacher Underway

Selection of Fayette’s Top Teacher Underway

FAYETTEVILLE -- In Fayette County, two science teachers and a math teacher have emerged as top contenders in this year’s Fayette County Teacher of the Year contest.

None of them envisioned teaching as a career; instead they wanted fame and fortune until a miraculous realization about themselves changed their lives forever. Read their stories and you will know why they have been selected as “the best of the best.”

On his way to becoming a specialist at nuclear image reconstruction programming, Keelan Seabolt, a physics teacher at Sandy Creek High, discovered he was missing something: personal satisfaction.

Seabolt says he never thought about teaching as a career even though his mother and sister were successful math teachers. His dream was to become a successful research scientist. While studying physics at Georgia Tech, he got his first taste of teaching.

Fayette Students Secure Six Spots in 2011 High School Math Contest

Fayette Students Secure Six Spots in 2011 High School Math Contest

With nine placements up for grabs, Fayette’s math students seized six of them in the 2011 High School Math Contest sponsored by Griffin RESA.

Sandy Creek, Fayette County, McIntosh, Starr’s Mill and Whitewater high schools all secured wins in the regional competition that featured over 14 schools from Butts, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Newton, Pike, Spalding, and Upson counties.

Sandy Creek and Fayette County High took second and third place, respectively, in Division I (smaller schools); McIntosh High took first place in Division II (larger schools); Starr’s Mill and Whitewater High tied for second.

Overall individual winners from the competition were Yuta Inaba of McIntosh High who took first place, and Ji-Shoo Shin, also of McIntosh, who placed third.

After a Decade of Service as Public School Mentor, Camper Still Going Strong

After a Decade of Service as Public School Mentor, Camper Still Going Strong

Fayetteville, GA -- At 7:30 a.m. Bill Camper is at Peachtree City Elementary mentoring a student from Betty Stricklen’s first grade classroom. Before classes begin, Camper and his mentee go over what was taught the day before so the student is on task with the rest of his classmates. Camper stays with his mentee for the Pledge of Allegiance and Moment of Silence, standing tall, hand over his heart. He will be back three more times before the week is done. This has been Camper’s ritual since 2000, and he has no plans of stopping any time soon.

“I have survived all these years for some reason. I keep trying to find out what it is,” he says jokingly.

With 10 years of service under his belt, Camper is the longest running volunteer mentor in the Friends Mentoring Program of the Fayette County Public School System.