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Scrooge Teaches Students Valuable Life Lessons

Scrooge Teaches Students Valuable Life Lessons

Lessons on charitable giving, Victorian history and traditional holiday customs were all part of a study of the famous Dickens novel, A Christmas Carol, completed by eighth grade students at Rising Starr Middle.

The school’s eighth grade language arts teachers came up with the idea, which was a collaborative effort with other classes such as art, home economics, and music. The culmination of the study project was a transformation of the eighth grade hall into a Victorian holiday celebration prior to the Showcase of the Starrs, a special event held each year that highlights the activities, projects and accomplishments of the school’s students.

Suzanne Carey, an eighth grade language arts teacher, says the novel is filled with rich characters that provide the opportunity for students to analyze and compare traits, emotions and motivations of people residing in a unique period of history.

Wright Honored for Service on Board of Education

Wright Honored for Service on Board of Education

After eight years of serving the community on the Fayette County Board of Education, Vice Chairman Lee Wright took his final votes at the board’s regular meeting on December 14.

Wright, who chose not to run for reelection, will officially end his term on December 31. The board recognized his service by presenting him with a plaque of appreciation during the meeting.

Sam Tolbert, who won the primary election in November, will replace Wright.

Emily Layland Walks to the Top Spot in The Avenue’s “Walk Off for a Cause”

Emily Layland Walks to the Top Spot in The Avenue’s “Walk Off for a Cause”

DECA students at Whitewater High participated in The Avenue’s “Walk Off for a Cause” Fashion Show which benefitted the United Way. And one of the school’s students actually walked away as the show’s favorite model.

Prior to the event, an online voting contest for the show’s favorite model was held, with that student receiving a $1,000 scholarship. Whitewater High’s Emily Layland beat out 24 other models to clinch the top spot. Her classmates Alex Resnak, Danielle Jordan, Mikayla Stewart and Yanna Dionese Banks were also models.

Walk Off for a Cause is a component of Cousins Properties’ ongoing Partners in Education initiative and supports the company’s involvement with United Way since 2006.

Cousins Properties and its five metro Atlanta Avenue lifestyle centers collaborated with high school marketing students to develop promotional campaigns for this year’s holiday fashion trends and serve as models.

Nationally Ranked WorldMasters Challenge Team at McIntosh High

Nationally Ranked WorldMasters Challenge Team at McIntosh High

The WordMasters Challenge team at McIntosh High is ranked 10th in the nation after the first meet held in October.

A total of 83 students from Andrea Lakly and Jane Edwards’ Advanced Placement (AP) Literature classes were among the 15,285 seniors and 146 teams participating in the challenge, a national competition for students in grades 9-12 that encourages close reading of many different kinds of prose and poetry.

Not only is McIntosh ranked 10th nationally, but senior Ashley Gibson also earned a perfect score in the meet and placed among the 85 highest scoring 12th graders in the country.

The Challenge’s reading material uses language skillfully to convey layers and shades of meaning not always apparent to students on a first or casual reading. Reading materials and questions are similar to those on AP exams.

Fayette County Prepares for 2011 TOTY

Fayette County School’s are just one step closer to finding their 2011 Teacher of the Year. Last month, teachers’ at all 29 public schools voted for whom they thought embodied all of the characteristics they saw fit to be their school representative. Now, these school-level nominees are competing to become one of three finalists who will be selected as the county’s overall winner.

Nominees will complete a comprehensive application explaining their teaching philosophy, why they chose to become a teacher, what they can do to better the profession, and their thoughts and solutions on issues facing today’s educators. Three judges will read and independently rate each application.

Tree is a Chart Topper at Noel November

Huddleston Elementary School’s After School Program “Topping the Charts” Christmas tree was a big hit at Noel November, taking second place at the annual fundraiser.

The 1950s themed tree featured spinning toy ornaments dangling from its branches along with CDs painted to resemble old 45-rpm records. A poodle skirt with finger-knitted poodle-clip dogs decorated the bottom.

After school programs at Robert J. Burch Elementary and Fayetteville Intermediate also had trees at the event. Proceeds benefitted The Joseph Sams School, the Breast Cancer Survivors Network, Embracing Military Families, and Promise Place.

Your Student Could be Fayette’s Most Outstanding Student

Think your student is Fayette’s Most Outstanding student? We’ll here’s your opportunity to tell them. The Fayette County Education Foundation is encouraging everyone to make a donation in honor of their child or grandchild.

For a minimum contribution of $5, a certificate suitable for framing with your special message will be given to your child at school during the last week of the semester; the deadline for this semester is November 29.

Most Outstanding Student forms, along with specific instructions on how to complete your submission, can be downloaded from the Fayette County Board of Education website, www.fcboe.org.