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Dalton State offers one-stop shop for speedy admission

DALTON — Individuals wishing to begin or resume a college education are invited to attend Dalton State College’s Quick Admit Day Friday, April 18, to facilitate the application, enrollment, and registration process. Quick Admit Day will be from 8 am to 5 pm, on Dalton State’s main campus.

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Saturday 03/29/2014
Catoosa County: Safe driving workshop for students
Posted: March 29, 2014

“I really don’t want another family to go through losing a child.” — Christine Baughman, who lost her son in a car accident nearly two years ago

Thursday 03/27/2014
GNTC nursing students work with elementary school kids
Posted: March 27, 2014

Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Practical Nursing program is spending the spring reaching out to elementary school students in Northwest Georgia.

GNTC honored For CISCO Networking Academy
Posted: March 27, 2014

One of the world’s leading manufacturers of computer networking equipment recognized Georgia Northwestern Technical College this week for 15 years of certified teaching of CISCO technology.

Friday 03/21/2014
Legislature relaxes 'zero tolerance' treatment of weapons at schools
Posted: March 21, 2014

ATLANTA -- After countless headlines about students being expelled for taking toy guns and knives and other minor weapons to school, the legislature passed Thursday night a measure to end the so-called zero tolerance policy.

Thursday 03/20/2014
Gordon Lee High School: Dual enrollment courses aided by multi-purpose library technology purchase
Updated: March 20, 2014 - 10:48 am

Gordon Lee Memorial High School has partnered with the Chickamauga Public Library in a program that merges new course offerings with new technology.

LFO Academic Decathlon team wins state, raises money to compete at nationals
Posted: March 20, 2014

They have come so far and worked so hard, there is simply no turning back.

Wednesday 03/19/2014
Floyd County Schools pays $76,000 in back wages
Updated: March 19, 2014 - 11:17 am

Floyd County Schools on Tuesday issued 86 payroll checks totaling $76,000 to current and former employees who were not properly compensated over the last two years.

Tuesday 03/18/2014
Ringgold student at GNTC to compete at national drafting competition
Updated: March 18, 2014 - 11:55 am

Georgia Northwestern Technical College Drafting student Matt Bradford will represent the state of Georgia in the National SkillsUSA Competition in Missouri this June.

Monday 03/17/2014
Heritage High School theater to present “Wizard of Oz”
Updated: March 18, 2014 - 7:11 am

From Kansas to the Land of Oz, the enchanting story of a farm girl’s journey to a land beyond her wildest imagination will come to life on stage at Heritage High School, March 18 – 22.

Sunday 03/16/2014
Walker County teacher honored for saving choking student
Posted: March 16, 2014

The quick reaction of a second-grade Walker County teacher helped a child who was choking during lunch.

Friday 03/14/2014
Walker County honors businesses' support of education
Updated: March 14, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Local school systems recently recognized area businesses — both those having long-standing affiliations as well as several new faces — that have been big boosters of education during the past year.

Thursday 03/13/2014
Three Catoosa County high school students research bullying for club project
Updated: March 14, 2014 - 6:32 am

Seniors at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School are taking an FCCLA advocacy project to new heights by questioning state law on bullying.

Tuesday 03/11/2014
Walker County high school JROTC forms rifle team
Posted: March 11, 2014

The Ridgeland High School Air Force JROTC program will be able to pump up its fledgling marksmanship program thanks to several sizeable donations.

Walker County schools: Building expansions ahead
Posted: March 11, 2014

Walker County school officials are finalizing plans for $4.5 million of additions at three area schools.

Sunday 03/09/2014
Catoosa County school system buys property, building for transportation department
Updated: March 09, 2014 - 10:10 am

Catoosa County school system bus drivers and transportation workers applauded the school board’s vote at the March 4 meeting to purchase about four acres and a 30,000-square-foot building on Cassidy Lane in Ringgold to relocate the school system’s transportation department. The school board approved the purchase as a part of the ESPLOST IV referendum approved by voter in March 2011. Transportation department work-ers are pictured here with the school board. (Catoosa News photo/Natasha Colbaugh)

Wednesday 03/05/2014
New SAT: The essay portion is to become optional
Posted: March 05, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Essay optional. No penalties for wrong answers. The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions.

Changes in the annual test that millions of students take will also do away with some vocabulary words such as "prevaricator" and "sagacious" in favor of words more commonly used in school and on the job.

College Board officials said Wednesday the update — the first since 2005 — is needed to make the exam better representative of what students study in high school and the skills they need to succeed in college and afterward. The test should offer "worthy challenges, not artificial obstacles," said College Board President David Coleman at an announcement event in Austin, Texas.

The new exam will be rolled out in 2016, so this year's ninth graders will be the first to take it, in their junior year. The new SAT will continue to test reading, writing and math skills, with an emphasis on analysis. Scoring will return to a 1,600-point scale last used in 2004, with a separate score for the optional essay.

For the first time, students will have the option of taking the test on computers.

One of the biggest changes is that the extra penalty for wrong answers, which discouraged guessing, will be eliminated. And some vocabulary words will be replaced with words such as "synthesis" and "empirical" that are used more widely in classrooms and in work settings.

Coleman said many students who are terrified they will be tested on lots of SAT words currently have one recourse: drilling with flashcards. He said educators know that flashcards are not the best way to build real word knowledge that lasts, but "when the SAT rolls around they become the royal road. Students stop reading and start flipping."

The essay will be changed in other ways, too. It will measure students' ability to analyze and explain how an author builds an argument, instead of measuring the coherence of the writing but not the quality or accuracy of the reasoning. It will be up to school districts and colleges the students apply to as to whether the essay will be required.

Each exam will include a passage drawn from "founding documents" such as the Declaration of Independence or from discussions they've inspired.

Instead of testing a wide range of math concepts, the new exam will focus on a few areas, like algebra, deemed most needed for college and life afterward. A calculator will be allowed only on certain math questions, instead of on the entire math portion.

A longstanding criticism of the SAT is that students from wealthier households do better on the exam because they can afford expensive test preparation classes.

The College Board seeks to defuse that by saying it will partner with the nonprofit Khan Academy to provide free test preparation materials for the redesigned SAT. It also says every income-eligible student who takes the SAT will receive four fee waivers to apply for college, which continues an effort the College Board has had to assist low-income students.

These are the first SAT upgrades since 2005 when the essay portion was added and analogy questions were removed. There have been other notable changes to the test, such as in 1994 when antonym questions were removed and calculators were allowed for the first time. The test was first used in 1926.

The SAT was taken last year by 1.7 million students. It has historically been more popular on the coasts, while the other popular standardized college entrance exam, the ACT, dominated the central U.S. But the ACT overtook the SAT in overall use in 2012, in part because it is taken by almost every junior in 13 states as part of the states' testing regimen. Last year, the ACT said it would begin offering computer-based testing in 2015.

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Ringgold High School STAR student recognized by Rotary club
Updated: March 05, 2014 - 11:20 am

Dakota Booth, Ringgold High School's STAR student was recognized by the Ringgold Rotary Club. A senior at Ringgold, Booth received the highest SAT score in the school. To obtain STAR nomination, (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition), graduating high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the three-part SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average. Booth chose Melanie Keith as her STAR teacher to share in her recognition. From left: Denia Reese, Catoosa County schools superintendent; James Booth, Booth’s father; Bobbi Booth, Booth’s mother; Dakota Booth, STAR student; Barton Matthews, Ringgold Rotary president-elect; Melanie Keith, STAR teacher and Diane Hale, counselor.

Ringgold graduate performs at Carnegie Hall
Updated: March 05, 2014 - 11:12 am

Ringgold High School graduate Kenya White performed at Carnegie Hall, Jan. 20, during the 70th birthday of composer Karl Jenkins. The event was sponsored by Distinguished Concerts Internation New York and conducted by Jonathan Griffith.

Catoosa County school system buying property for transportation department
Posted: March 05, 2014

The Catoosa County school system has contracted to purchase about four acres and a 30,000-square-foot building on Cassidy Lane in Ringgold to relocate the system’s transportation department.

Tuesday 03/04/2014
Georgia Northwestern Technical closer to opening Catoosa campus
Posted: March 04, 2014

Georgia Northwestern Technical College recently took a giant stride towards making its Catoosa County campus plans a reality, when it finalized the purchase of a 38-acre piece of land along Ga. 151 (Alabama Highway) in Ringgold.

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