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Willis J. Potts, Jr. honored as Heritage Award Recipient at Highlands Gala

About 300 people gathered for a grand celebration of milestones, scholarship, and altruism. Georgia Highlands College Foundation hosted the second annual Highlands Gala on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Coosa Country Club and raised over $62,000 in support of GHC students including more than $20,000 to endow the Willis J. Potts, Jr. Endowed Scholarship.

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Thursday 04/10/2014
Kindergarten enrollment numbers down slightly from last year
Posted: April 10, 2014

Child enrollment for kindergarten in Polk County Schools is down slightly this year, but the district expects more to register before the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.

Friday 04/04/2014
GHC student organization wins national award for second time
Posted: April 04, 2014

Georgia Highlands College's chapter of Brother 2 Brother won the Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award at their recent national conference of the Student African American Brotherhood, which was held in Detroit, Michigan.

State Board of Education approves new teacher evaluations
Posted: April 04, 2014

The state board of education approved a new evaluation system for teachers and principals Thursday. The system will be fully implemented next year. However, most Georgia schools have been piloting the new evaluations already.

Thursday 04/03/2014
Shorter University’s Robert H. Ledbetter College of Business students inducted into Sigma Beta Delta
Posted: April 03, 2014

Rome, Ga. — Fifteen students in the Robert H. Ledbetter College of Business at Shorter University recently were inducted to Sigma Beta Delta National Honor Society.

Wednesday 04/02/2014
Spring testing schedule released by Polk County Schools
Posted: April 02, 2014

Polk County Schools released the coming schedule for the Georgia Criterion Referenced Test, better known as the CRCT.

Tuesday 04/01/2014
Students show increased interest in culinary class
Updated: April 01, 2014 - 3:33 pm

It used to be that if you wanted to learn your way around a kitchen you took Home Economics in school. These days it’s a little more complex.

Monday 03/31/2014
Georgia celebrates Month of the Military Child - 'Purple Up' for military kids on April 14-18
Posted: March 31, 2014

March 31, 2014 – The Georgia Department of Education will join other states and organizations across the nation in celebrating April as the Month of the Military Child.

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
History class hears from foreign leaders
Posted: March 20, 2014

One local teacher is using the whole globe as a chance to reach students, all thanks a simple letter and the correct postage.

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.

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
Parents support Polk School District technology plan
Updated: March 18, 2014 - 2:40 pm

The future of education has arrived in Polk School District and the importance of technology, facilities and campus safety is on the planning table.

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.

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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Polk Schools present plans at first community meeting in Cedartown
Updated: March 05, 2014 - 12:08 pm

Polk County Schools will be looking a lot different in five years, and school board members and Superintendent William Hunter previewed what the community will be seeing at Cedartown High School in the first of two community meetings.

Tuesday 03/04/2014
Cedartown, Rockmart pre-k and kindergarten sign-ups starting this month
Posted: March 04, 2014

Polk County Schools will be signing up students for pre-k and kindergarten classes at elementary schools in Cedartown and Rockmart during the second half of the month. 

Monday 03/03/2014
Deal: Georgia to join national teaching fellowship program
Updated: March 03, 2014 - 1:51 pm

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia will be the first state in the South to join a growing national initiative that seeks to increase the supply of outstanding teachers in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and to change how they are prepared to teach. Five Georgia institutions— Columbus State University, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, Mercer University and Piedmont College — have been selected as sites for the Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellowship.

Catoosa County school system learns costly banking lesson
Updated: March 03, 2014 - 12:54 pm

An auditor's report released in September 2013 found illegal banking activity at Ringgold High School. The school district abolished the program in June 2012, ordering related banking activities to cease and closing the programs account with a $4,000 deficit.

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