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Monday 07/21/2014
Volunteers help spruce up Shorter University residence halls
Posted: July 21, 2014

Rome, Ga. — Shorter University students will return to freshly painted residence halls this fall, thanks to the help of dozens of volunteers from throughout the state of Georgia.

Publix partners with West End Elementary in Tools for Back to School campaign
Posted: July 21, 2014

Having the right school supplies can mean the difference between a passing or a failing grade. That’s why Publix Super Markets will offer the Tools for Back to School campaign Thurs., July 24 through Wed., Aug. 13. The grocery chain's Rome location is partnering with West End Elementary School. Customers and associates are encouraged to stop by their neighborhood Publix to donate $5, $7 or $10 which will be used to purchase much needed school supplies for local teachers, students and non-profit organizations.

77 Darlington students earn the designation of AP Scholar
Posted: July 21, 2014

During the 2013-14 school year, 77 Darlington students earned the designation of AP Scholar by The College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program (AP) Exams.

The College Board’s AP Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 18% of the more than 1.9 million high school students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at sufficiently high levels to merit the recognition of AP Scholar. Students took AP Exams in May 2014 after completing challenging college-level courses at their high schools. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on the student’s performance on AP Exams.

At Darlington, six students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of 4 or higher on a 5-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. These students are Bethany Cagle ('14), Winston Herring ('14), Johnny Malone ('14), Hector Picon ('14), Indra Sofian ('14) and David Thoms ('14).

Thirty-three students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Arden Babb ('14), Josh Buttshaw ('14), Bethany Cagle ('14), Carlos Carrillo-Valadez ('14), Natalie Collins, Zhou Fang ('14), Spencer Fields, Rachel Gideon, Grigsby Gordy ('14), Lucas Greenberg ('14), Logan Griffiths ('14), Connor Hallett ('14), Sam Harton ('14), Matthew Heiken, Winston Herring ('14), Kejian Huang ('14), Chandler Johnson ('14), Noah Katz ('14), Johnny Malone ('14), Callee Manna ('14), Sarah Manning ('14), Niambh O'Neill, Emma Parham ('14), Hector Picon ('14), Wesley Samples ('14), Coulter Schrum ('14), Luke Sikinyi ('14), Indra Sofian ('14), Tzuyu Tang ('14), David Thoms ('14), Quyen Tran ('14), Chas Williams ('14) and Yu Xing ('14). 

Twenty students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are Max Berry, Nicolas Burgess ('14), Hannah Mae Deems ('14), Mario Dinatti, John Goldin, Katie Hutchins, Jingyuan Li, Wonseok Lim, Anne Marie McDurmon, David Niece, Nonthakorn Olaranont ('14), Amita Reddy ('14), Jack Tunnell, Lindsey Vaughn ('14), Jienan Wang, Kataeya Wooten ('14), Sidney Wright ('14), Billy York ('14), Rostam Zafari ('14) and Anqi Zhang ('14).

Twenty-four students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Examinations, with grades of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Peyton Albertson ('14), Maggie Beth Atha ('14), Charlotte Boyd, Brooks Busby, Yining Chen ('14), Avery Cypress ('14), Sanjid Dewan ('14), Chris Edwards, Kereisha Harrell ('14), Jonathan Hicks ('14), Andrew Hudson ('14), Abraham Johnson, Nadin Kosedag, Jessica Mauer, Alexandra Munchova ('14), Caroline Roberson, Hannah Schriever, Nic Scoccimaro ('14), Shivani Singh ('14), Dandan Wang, Elizabeth Wilhoite ('14), Ziting Xia, Hanxiang Xu ('14) and Zhouoxuan Yang.

Of these award recipients, 26 are currently seniors and have the 2014-15 school year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn another AP Scholar Award.

Through more than 30 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admissions process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that our exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions. AP is accepted by more than 3,600 colleges and universities worldwide for college credit, advanced placement, or both on the basis of successful AP Exam grades. This includes more than 90 percent of four-year institutions in the United States. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and higher graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.

The College Board is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 5,600 schools, colleges, universities and other educational organizations. Each year, The College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,800 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT and the Advanced Placement (AP) Program. The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities and concerns. 

Friday 07/18/2014
Security upgrades planned for county, city schools
Posted: July 18, 2014

Schools in Rome and Floyd County are getting a little safer this year, as security upgrades are installed at the schools.

School districts get End-Of-Course results
Posted: July 18, 2014

Floyd County students topped state averages in six of eight content areas in the recently released End-Of-Course Tests results for 2014. Rome students scored above the state averages in two out of eight subject areas.

Former Coosa High counselor appeals RIF case
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 10:54 am

Gilda Day, a former Coosa High counselor RIF’d early last year, has appealed her case to the Georgia Court of Appeals — the latest step in a legal struggle that’s spanned more than a year.

County schools to track students using RFID, barcodes on ID cards
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 9:54 am

As part of the new security upgrades for Floyd County Schools, officials are planning to use student ID cards to help track students.

Thursday 07/17/2014
A turn toward teaching: Amanda Dees’ past experiences inspire career choice.
Posted: July 17, 2014

It was all about that “a-ha moment.”

Wednesday 07/16/2014
UPDATED: Barge: State results of end-of-course tests show positive trend
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 10:28 am

UPDATE: The state has released the district-level results of the 2014 End-of-Course Tests on its website.

Tuesday 07/15/2014
Rome High School releases names of AP scholars
Posted: July 15, 2014

Scholar w/Distinction

Monday 07/14/2014
Chattooga schools to use student tracking chips
Updated: July 14, 2014 - 7:32 pm

The Chattooga County School District recently signed a five-year contract to use StudentConnect, a Marietta, Ga.-based start-up company that lets school districts and parents track students using ID cards that contain radio frequency identification device (RFID) chips.

Friday 07/11/2014
Rosa Chumpitaz receives the GEDD award at GNTC’s Calhoun Adult Learning Center
Posted: July 11, 2014

Rosa Chumpitaz, a teacher with Tallatoona Head Start in Rome, was presented with the GEDD Award during a recent ceremony held on the Gordon County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC).

SHORTER ATHLETICS: NCAA awards Shorter full Division II membership
Updated: July 12, 2014 - 1:05 am

The wait is over.

Thursday 07/10/2014
New Georgia school immunization requirements take effect
Posted: July 10, 2014

New for the 2014-2015 academic year, Georgia Department of Public Health Rule (511-2-2), requires all students born on or after January 1, 2002 entering or transferring into seventh grade and any “new entrant” entering into 8th-12th grades in Georgia to provide proof of an adolescent pertussis (whooping cough) booster vaccination (called “Tdap”) AND an adolescent meningococcal vaccination (MCV4).

Model High School teacher attending water issues workshop
Updated: July 10, 2014 - 9:42 am

Teacher Paige Reece of Model High School in Rome is making her way along the entire Chattahoochee River this week, learning ways to effectively teach environmental and watershed issues to her students.

Wednesday 07/09/2014
2 Romans commit to teach in 'high-need' communities through Teach For America
Posted: July 09, 2014

Teach For America announced today that two Rome locals have been accepted into the organization’s 2014 teaching corps. Teach For America is a national nonprofit working to expand educational opportunity for low-income students. Corps members commit to teach for two years in high-need urban or rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in pursuit of educational equity.

Darlington's Smith tapped to present at 3 conferences
Posted: July 09, 2014

After mastering the flipped classroom model, Middle School science teacher Randy Smith has been selected to present at a variety of educational conferences throughout the summer and fall.

Local schools boast high scores on CRCT
Posted: July 09, 2014

Several schools in Rome and Floyd County had 100 percent of their students meet or exceed standards in the categories of reading and language arts, according to school scores for the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests — or CRCTs — released by the Georgia Department of Education on Tuesday.

Free lunches for Rome students in 2014-2015 school year
Posted: July 09, 2014

Rome City Schools parents short on cash won’t have to look under sofa cushions for change for lunch money next year.

Tuesday 07/08/2014
2014 CRCT Scores show more 8th graders exceeding standards
Updated: July 08, 2014 - 7:06 pm

June 12, 2014 – The percentage of Georgia’s 8th graders exceeding standards in all content-area Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) increased this year, including an eight percentage point increase in reading. Grade 8 students showed a two percentage point increase in English language arts, a three percentage point increase in mathematics, a three percentage point increase in science, and a two percentage point increase in social studies.

Tuesday 11/12/2013
1. UPDATE: Video released of Adairsville shootout
Updated: January 02, 2014 - 7:33 pm

Adairsville police have released video footage from a patrol car dashboard camera of a shootout at a Hardee's from last week.

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Wednesday 11/06/2013
2. Sinkhole found under Cave Spring quadruplex
Updated: November 07, 2013 - 12:52 pm

CAVE SPRING — A large sinkhole under a Park Street apartment forced one tenant to find somewhere else to stay Tuesday night, said Cave Spring fire officials.

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