Education

  • Sean Williams, SJ Correspondent
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One-Act, every thespian’s favorite and most anxious time of the year, has arrived, and Polk’s local high schools donned their battle flags for a day of competition. One-Act pits same-region high schools against each to decide who can best perform a play lasting only one act. This year, Cedar…

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Cedartown High School’s theater department successfully shared a piece of their heart with audience members during a public performance of Shirley Lauro’s drama “A Piece of My Heart.” The mature play featuring the roles and actions of women during and after the Vietnam War served as the grou…

  • Sean Williams, SJ Correspondent
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Polk County is a popular place for fall festivals. Between Cedartown’s Fall Fest, Rockmart’s Riverwalk Festival, and Aragon’s Pumpkin Fest, there’s truly no shortage of opportunities to get out in the fall weather and enjoy oneself. Eastside’s Fall Festival, however, offered the usual autumn…

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Cedartown art students are hoping to paint the town with color as they get back out on North Main Street to give Pizza Hut’s windows a fall feel.

Young’s Grove Elementary took interactive learning to the next level by hosting a cave simulation that let students learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts first hand while also having fun exploring a highly realistic, artificial cave.

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A variety of projects are being proposed for the 2017 Education-only Special Purpose, Local Option Sales Tax fund on the ballot this November, and the school board wants to make sure the numbers all add up this time around.

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Polk School District, Polk County College and Career Academy (PCCCA), and Kennesaw State University are joining forces to introduce “Upward Bound” to their roster of college aid/preparation programs.

Hurricane Irma called off schools at the beginning of the week due to the threat of stormy weather impacting as students were heading home on Monday. It also prompted the school board to call off their September regular session, which now has a reschedule date. 

The Take Back Polk mentoring program will be kicking off later this month as students from Cedartown and Rockmart Middle Schools, and those providing lessons on life and leadership skills will soon be matched up with youth in the most dire need of help.

  • Sean Williams, SJ Correspondent
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The Polk School board proved to be hard at work when they approved a host of policies including the 2017-2018 graduation policy, incorporating parental involvement, mandatory electronic communications, the updated gifted program, sex education updates, salary deductions, and mandatory signin…

The students at Van Wert Elementary School will be starting the year like at many other schools around the district, with new administrative leadership and new teachers. Most important will be all the new students who will be arriving on the campus bright and early Tuesday morning. 

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During a promotion to help get school supplies for the Court Appointed Special Advocates program in Cedarown and Rockmart, Holmes for Her were able to provide dozens of bookbags, bowls of crayons and glue and stacks of paper for youth in the CASA program locally.

  • Tyler Williams, SJ Correspondent
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A partnership between an area college and the Polk School District hopes to produce better outcomes for local students as they get ready to take on the next level of education.

  • Tyler Williams, SJ Correspondent
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The three first place winners for state in for the Future Business Leaders of America's competition were awarded for their hard work in network design and client services during last week's Polk County Board of Education meeting.

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