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Ga. lawmaker wants schools to go digital by 2020

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Nearly 30 eighth graders bend over laptops during Karen Farnsworth's Thursday morning math class, raising their hands for help as the teacher moves around pointing to their screens or providing video links. In the second row, 13-year-old Yocelin Rodriguez glances at a question about finding the height of a shape before grabbing her pencil and making calculations on a sheet of paper.

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Wednesday 11/19/2014
Catoosa Citizens for Literacy hosts annual appreciation luncheon
Updated: November 19, 2014 - 1:14 pm

Catoosa Citizens for Literacy held its 15th annual appreciation luncheon at the Learning Center in Ringgold. Shirley Smith, executive director, recognized and thanked the community leaders, corporate and individual sponsors, collaborative partners, staff and volunteers for their support of literacy efforts in Catoosa County.

Catoosa and Walker County college news
Posted: November 19, 2014

Casper inducted into honor society at University of North Georgia

Catoosa County reports graduation rate increase
Posted: November 19, 2014

The Georgia department of education released the high school graduation rate. The state’s average graduation rate increased from 71.8 to 72.5 percent.

Catoosa County public school cafeterias receive perfect health report score
Posted: November 19, 2014

One hundred percent of Catoosa County Public Schools’ cafeterias received a perfect 100 score on the health report for the second year in a row. Superintendent Denia Reese said she was very pleased with the score.

Boynton Elementary School honors veterans
Posted: November 19, 2014

Veterans from all branches of the armed forces gathered in the Boynton Elementary School halls to celebrate Veteran’s Day. Students and staff at Boynton wanted to honor veterans for their service to our country.

Ringgold Middle School’s Laura Kirk named Catoosa County Teacher of the Year
Posted: November 19, 2014

When RMS principal Mike Sholl asked Laura Kirk to come to the media center to appear on the morning news, she had no idea superintendent Denia Reese was going to be waiting for her. She was shocked when Reese announced she was selected as Catoosa public schools’ Teacher of the Year.

LaFayette High horticulture students landscape elementary school
Posted: November 19, 2014

LaFayette High School horticulture classes spent Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 12-13, planting bulbs and spreading mulch at Naomi Elementary School. Led by the agriculture department’s Brandon Ray, students from each grade who attend horticulture classes wanted to help Naomi Elementary beautify the school’s front yard. The students spent a total of 2½ hours working at the school.

Tuesday 11/18/2014
Ringgold High School sophomore honored for saving choking student
Updated: November 18, 2014 - 9:20 am

A 16-year-old Ringgold High School student was the talk of the town Monday, Nov. 17, as the school, the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department, and Angel EMS took time to honor him for saving the life of a fellow student earlier this month.

Sunday 11/16/2014
Catoosa County high school’s RESPECT team volunteers to paint Habitat house
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 11:55 am

Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School’s RESPECT group is helping paint Catoosa County Habitat for Humanity’s most recent house.

Friday 11/14/2014
Catoosa County’s graduation rate rises
Posted: November 14, 2014

The Catoosa County school system saw an increase in the graduation rate from 2013 to 2014.

Thursday 11/13/2014
GNTC secures $8,700 in grants for adult education
Posted: November 13, 2014

Georgia Northwestern’s Department of Adult Education has secured $8,700 in grants to help pay GED testing fees and transportation costs for many adult learners across Northwest Georgia.

Wednesday 11/12/2014
Catoosa County school board pays tribute to longtime member BJ McDaniel
Posted: November 12, 2014

Catoosa County school board members paid tribute to the late Billy Joe McDaniel during their recent meeting Nov. 4.

Tuesday 11/04/2014
Walker County Farm Bureau receives district awards
Posted: November 04, 2014

Walker County Farm Bureau was recognized during the Georgia Farm Bureau first district annual meeting for its outstanding member programs. Mike Bunn is the WCFB president.

Wednesday 10/29/2014
Authorities take Walker County school threat seriously, work to clear rumors
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 1:23 pm

A Walker County high school is under heightened security today in the wake of a posting on social media warning of a possible mass shooting at the school.

Catoosa and Walker college news
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 10:31 am

Rossville student meets President Jimmy Carter for first-year readers program

Tuesday 10/28/2014
Video of the Year award goes to Boynton Elementary chorus
Posted: October 28, 2014

The Gospel Music Express Awards honored Boynton Elementary chorus by awarding them with the Video of the Year for the YouTube video, “Lean on Me.” Boynton Elementary chorus is directed by Sheri Thrower, who also received the Excellence in Music Education award. Both awards are the first gospel music awards given to a public education group.

Monday 10/27/2014
Heritage High School student chosen by U.S. Army All-American Marching Band
Posted: October 27, 2014

David Yun, a student at Heritage High School in Ringgold, was selected for the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. Yun will join an elite group of marching band members who will perform during halftime at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Saturday 10/25/2014
Catoosa Collaborative Teen Maze teaches teens about the game of life
Posted: October 25, 2014

In a show of civic commitment and community involvement, Catoosa, Dade and Walker Counties came together again to host the Teen Maze to educate tenth grade students on life choices.

Thursday 10/23/2014
GNTC’s Machine Tool Technology Program Sees Increase in Veteran Enrollment
Posted: October 23, 2014

Military experience provides individuals with in-depth technical experience and an aptitude for detail and consequently the Machine Tool Technology program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is seeing more veterans enroll into the program.

Wednesday 10/22/2014
Teamwork and motivation defy the limits in LaFayette High School marching band
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 10:42 am

LaFayette High School marching band mates prove you can’t sideline teamwork and motivation.

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