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Application process for South Rome Early Learning Center continues

The South Rome Early Learning Center won’t be a head start, it will be a jump start, according to one of the organizers.

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Teachers spend Saturday learning tech tips at first EdCamp Rome
Posted: March 26, 2015

Teachers in the area gave up their Saturday last week to learn valuable technology tips from other teachers in a new format called EdCamp. These are volunteer learning experiences put together for teachers, by teachers where the educators share information that interests the participants. More than 120 gathered for the first EdCamp Rome held Saturday, March 21 at Rome High School.

Shorter University students earn top honors at Alpha Chi National Conference
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 1:58 am

Shorter University’s chapter of Alpha Chi National Honor Society made a strong showing at this year’s Alpha Chi National Convention held earlier this month in Chicago.

Model High's Sam Bryant takes second place in poetry competition
Posted: March 25, 2015

Sam Bryant, a sophomore at Model High, connected with his inner cowboy to pen a poem that took second place honors in the Booth Western Art Museum's 2015 Writing Through Art Literary Competition. The purpose of the contest is to encourage students to develop writing skills by using works of art from the Booth’s collection as inspiration. Bryant's poem,  "Here, Where I am Now" won the second place award and a $200 cash prize.

Pepperell High FBLA sends 2 to national competition in Chicago
Posted: March 24, 2015

The Pepperell High FBLA team of Daniel Lovell and Joey Purser placed first in Computer Game and Simulation Programming to earn a spot representing Georgia at the National FBLA Leadership Conference in Chicago later this summer. The two competed with other students from across the state at the Georgia State Leadership Conference in Atlanta.

College and Career Academy student-built sustainable home involves whole school
Updated: March 23, 2015 - 11:35 am

It will be the first sustainable house that College and Career Academy students have built when it is finished later this year.

Rome, Floyd schools use ‘climate’ rating as learning tool; now analyzing state assessment of school atmosphere
Posted: March 22, 2015

Area public schools ranked along a spectrum ranging from unsatisfactory to excellent in the recently released School Climate Report — and local school leaders are working to use those scores to their advantage.

Johnson Elementary Wins “Teach Me Tennis” Tournament
Updated: March 21, 2015 - 2:32 pm

The Rome-Floyd Tennis Center hosted the first “Teach Me Tennis” tournament with 110 juniors from five local schools: Johnson Elementary, Glenwood Elementary, Pepperell Primary, Midway Elementary and Garden Lakes Elementary. 

GHC says farewell to 40-year faculty member Ken Weatherman
Updated: March 20, 2015 - 1:46 am

It was 1974 when Ken Weatherman started working at Georgia Highlands College, which at the time was called Floyd Junior College.

A STAR is named at ceremony at Coosa Country Club
Posted: March 18, 2015

The STAR program honors high school seniors with the highest single SAT score and who are in the top 10 percent of their class. The two will attend the State PAGE STAR Banquet in Atlanta on April 27.

South Rome Early Learning Center accepting applications
Posted: March 18, 2015

Applications for the South Rome Redevelopment Corp.’s first class of 3-year-olds at the new South Rome Early Learning Center are now being circulated.

Parents sing praises of Phoenix Performance Learning Center
Posted: March 17, 2015

The Phoenix Performance Learning Center has been a boon for both its teachers and students, but the parents whose children attend the school may be the loudest cheerleaders.

3 Floyd County Schools students selected for summer Governor's Honors program
Updated: March 17, 2015 - 12:51 am

Three students from Floyd County Schools have been selected to participate in the 2015 Governor’s Honors program.

East Central planning spirit night tonight to help 5th grader who suffered a ruptured aneurysm
Updated: March 16, 2015 - 3:09 pm

The East Central Elementary family is coming together to help one of their own. 5th grader, Collier Gray, suffered a ruptured aneurysm which lead to a severe stroke, said his mother Jennifer Stephens. The students, teachers, and staff have done many activities to help support Collier and his family.

Students: Phoenix Performance Learning Center ‘like family’
Posted: March 16, 2015

Every student at the Phoenix Performance Learning Center has a different story, but many share the same feelings about the non-traditional high school that has changed their lives: It is like a family.

Rome City Schools' Phoenix Performance Learning Center is ‘a blessing’
Posted: March 15, 2015

Principal Jennifer Perkins calls the Phoenix Performance Learning Center “one of the biggest blessings” in her life.

Model Middle School repeats as middle school Academic Quiz Bowl champion
Posted: March 13, 2015

Model Middle School has won the 2015 Floyd County Academic Quiz Bowl for middle schools for the second consecutive year. The Academic Quiz Bowl is a county-wide academic competition that was held at Berry College on Thursday, March 12. Coosa Middle School's team placed second with Pepperell Middle finishing third.

Rome and Floyd County STAR students announced at Exchange Club meeting
Updated: March 14, 2015 - 2:02 am

The four newest stars shining over Rome and Floyd County are Ha Dang, a senior at Darlington, her Advanced Placement chemistry teacher Julia Dodd, along with Model High senior Braden Gilleland and his math instructor Brian Swanagan.

Understaffing among Georgia's school nurses: A quiet crisis
Posted: March 13, 2015

Sally Boswell is the first person many low-income families in Greene County call when their child gets sick.

Braden Gilleland is named STAR student at Model High
Updated: March 13, 2015 - 1:56 pm

Braden Gilleland, a senior, was named as the STAR student at Model High School recently. Gilleland selected, Dr. Brian Swanagan, math instructor now at the College and Career Academy, as his STAR teacher.

Team spirit: Students stay pumped during Quiz Bowl
Posted: March 13, 2015

Middle school students showed off their secret handshakes and pondered the problems of complicated questions during the Floyd County Academic Quiz Bowl.

Buzzers, quizzes don’t faze 5th‑graders at Academic Quiz Bowl
Posted: March 12, 2015

Floyd County’s fifth-grade Kaleidoscope students rose to the challenge of a day of buzzing, quizzing and questioning at the system’s Academic Quiz Bowl at Berry College.

School to begin in July for Rome City Schools; BOE hears ELOST 4 update
Posted: March 11, 2015

Rome City Schools will begin the school year at the end of July for the next two years.

Georgia House panel revives education savings accounts bill
Posted: March 10, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) — A bill letting parents use state dollars toward private school tuition or other education expenses could receive a House floor vote as soon as Wednesday after a last-minute jumpstart from a key tax policy committee.

The proposal from Rep. Mark Hamilton, R-Cumming, would allow parents to set up an "education savings account" and sweep the state's share of money for that student into it — about $4,400 using this year's figures. Federal and local dollars would stay with the public school district.

Hamilton said the bill lets parents choose the best strategy for their child, whether that's a private school, additional tutoring programs or home schooling. Other supporters back it as a way to customize education for kids with disabilities, chronic illnesses or students who have been bullied.

"Sometimes parents know the best for their children, and this is simply giving them a pathway if they want to exercise that," Hamilton said this week.

The bill got a hearing but no vote in the House's Education committee. The House Ways and Means committee, which typically handles tax policy, took it up this week.

Friday is a key deadline for lawmakers. Bills must pass their chamber of origin by then to maintain a chance at becoming law.

Arizona and Florida have instituted similar programs, and lawmakers in a dozen states including Georgia are debating legislation this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Some opponents consider 'ESA' programs an end-run around state constitutions that prevent public funds from being spent on religious schools.

In Georgia, the state's School Board Association and other education stakeholders have described Hamilton's bill as a voucher under another name. At a February hearing, several speakers representing teachers, school boards and superintendents urged lawmakers to turn the issue over to an education reform commission formed by Gov. Nathan Deal rather than moving ahead.

Rep. Mickey Stephens, a Savannah Democrat and retired teacher who sits on the Ways and Means committee, this week called the proposal "dressing up a voucher and making it look like a scholarship."

"If you can afford to send your kids to private school, you don't need a voucher," he said.

Georgia has a tuition tax credit program, which lets individuals get a credit for donating toward private school scholarships managed by nonprofit providers, and a special needs scholarship for students with disabilities or other eligibility requirements.

Hamilton's bill disqualifies students beginning kindergarten or first grade that year from participating, an attempt to address concerns that the state would subsidize private or home school for parents who never intended to use public schools. Many other details would be determined by the Governor's Office of Student Achievement, an agency focused on student testing and performance.

Students would have to attend public schools for at least a year to be eligible for an account. The bill caps participation at about 8,500 students statewide in the 2015-2016 school year and 17,000 additional students the following year. All caps would end in the third year.

Talent takes over in this week’s Young Romans
Posted: March 10, 2015

Coming in Wednesday’s Young Romans, students across the city and county show off their many talents.

Shakespeare coming to Cave Spring for Theatre Arts in the Park camp
Posted: March 08, 2015

To paraphrase Shakespeare, the play will most certainly be the thing for 40 area children this summer.

Kids show off circus skills at Greatest Show at McHenry
Posted: March 06, 2015

McHenry Primary School’s circus not only gave the students a chance to shine for parents and fellow classmates, but also an opportunity to live out a dream.

Alex Mitchell is named STAR Student at Coosa High
Updated: March 13, 2015 - 1:56 pm

Alex Mitchell, a senior, was honored recently as the 2015 STAR student for Coosa High School. Mitchell selected Adam Daniel, band director at Coosa High, as his STAR teacher.

Darlington third-graders' ‘museum’ brings history to life
Posted: March 05, 2015

In spite of itchy fake beards, glasses that would not stay in place and bald caps that became misaligned, third-graders at Darlington School made historical figures come to life Wednesday during their fourth annual Wax Museum.

Model High yearbook recognized, featured by Jostens in best-of-the-best list
Posted: March 04, 2015

Model High School’s yearbook, The Model, has been recognized for excellence and featured in the 2015 Jostens Look Book, celebrating the best-of-the-best in yearbook design and coverage. The Jostens Look Book is a collection of spreads and photos from outstanding yearbooks and their creative themes, cool covers, dazzling designs, relevant coverage, storytelling copy and action-packed photography.

International Day teaches about cultures, countries in Young Romans
Posted: March 03, 2015

Coming in Wednesday’s Young Romans, Montessori School of Rome students celebrate International Day.

John Tyler Dobson is Pepperell High School's 2015 STAR Student
Updated: March 13, 2015 - 1:56 pm

John Tyler Dobson, a senior, was honored recently as the 2015 STAR student for Pepperell High School. Dobson selected Bob Steelnack, former band director at Pepperell, as his STAR teacher.

Winner John Knauss, runner-up Zac Mitchell will advance to state spelling bee
Updated: March 01, 2015 - 1:35 am

Fifteen-year-old John Knauss remained composed and calm despite being “really really nervous” during the Georgia Association of Educators’ District 1 Spelling Bee on Saturday.

GNTC extends special offer to help adults study for the GED test to March 14
Posted: February 27, 2015

Georgia Northwestern Technical College is offering a two week extension to the free GED® practice tests originally scheduled to end February 28. The tests will be available through March 14 to all current or potential adult students at one of the local Adult Education Learning Centers in GNTC’s nine county service area. The free practice test must be taken at a GNTC Learning Center.

Rachel Garland is Armuchee High School STAR student
Updated: March 13, 2015 - 1:56 pm

Rachel Garland, a senior at Armuchee High School, has been named the 2015 STAR student at Armuchee High School. Garland selected Emily Mowery, An AP English/language arts and Journalism teacher, as her STAR teacher.

Tech expands classroom options in Young Romans
Posted: February 24, 2015

Coming in Wednesday’s Young Romans, fifth-graders at Model Elementary worked on completing stories as a way of preparing for upcoming Georgia Milestones testing.

Weather delays: Schools, businesses opening late because of icy roads
Updated: February 24, 2015 - 11:06 am

Floyd County Schools will open at 10 am today.

Shorter University students build habitat for purple martins
Updated: February 22, 2015 - 12:47 am

The Shorter University community is hoping the hill will become a new nesting place for purple martins.

All 4 Floyd County high schools, Rome High School earn state Advanced Placement honors
Updated: February 20, 2015 - 12:50 am

All four Floyd County high schools and Rome High School were named as Advanced Placement Honor Schools by State School Superintendent Richard Woods.

Shorter University presents spring musical 'Hot Mikado' at Callaway Theatre
Posted: February 17, 2015

The Shorter University School of Fine and Performing Arts will present its spring musical, “Hot Mikado,” Thursday, Feb. 19 through Monday, Feb. 23. All performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22. Performances will be held in the Callaway Theatre, and tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Tickets are available through Shorter University’s box office at 706-233-7288.

First GeorgiaBEST certificates presented to GNTC Adult Education students
Updated: February 13, 2015 - 12:38 am

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler presented certificates in Summerville on Thursday to two graduates of the GeorgiaBEST program through Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s adult education program.

Georgia House OKs easier path to diploma despite failing tests
Posted: February 12, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia House of Representatives has approved a bill letting thousands of Georgians who did not pass high school graduation tests petition local officials for diplomas.

It now goes to the Senate for consideration. Students have not taken the tests since the 2013 school year.

Former students who did not pass the graduation test can request a waiver from the State Board of Education. But officials say the board can only hear 300 cases a year.

The bill would shift that responsibility to local school boards. Supporters say that would give about 8,000 people an easier path to their diploma.

Sponsor Rep. Brooks Coleman of Duluth says the state should not punish people who otherwise did well for an eliminated test.

State Superintendent Richard Woods has backed the bill.

Floyd spelling champion Zac Mitchell gets jitters after winning
Updated: February 12, 2015 - 8:31 am

Coosa Middle School eighth-grader Zac Mitchell used his spelling “expertise” to win this year’s Floyd County Spelling Bee.

Friday is last day for Floyd County Schools Pre-K registration
Updated: February 10, 2015 - 4:20 pm

If you have been waiting to register your child for Pre-K for next year, now is the time to check that off your to-do list. Registration for Pre-K will run through Friday in Floyd County Schools. Floyd County Schools Pre-K registration period ends this Friday.

Shorter University students attend mathematics conference in Tennessee
Posted: February 10, 2015

Shorter University students attend mathematics conference in Tennessee

GNTC’s Bill Scoggin selected as subject manner expert for a national testing provider
Posted: February 09, 2015

Bill Scoggin, assistant dean of Industrial Technologies and instructor of Industrial Systems Technology at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, was recently selected as a Subject Matter Expert by The National Occupational Competency Testing Institute.

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William 'Terry' Nesbitt named to GNTC board
Updated: February 06, 2015 - 12:20 am

Retired Maj. Gen. William “Terry” Nesbitt, U.S. Army, was recently sworn in as Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s newest board member by Pete McDonald, president of GNTC, at a meeting on the Gordon County campus.

Shell unanimously named to Floyd County Board of Education
Updated: February 04, 2015 - 8:26 am

Naming a new board member and selling the old Coosa Middle School were at the top of the Floyd County Board of Education’s agenda during their February meeting.

Towe, Patnode named GNTC’s 2015 GOAL and Rick Perkins Award winners
Updated: February 04, 2015 - 1:03 am

A Clocktower Hill garden in need of revamping required someone willing to perform hours of back-breaking work for no pay during the hot Georgia summer.

Floyd County 4-H youth bring home awards
Updated: February 03, 2015 - 3:27 pm

Forty Floyd County kids left the 4-H District Project Achievement competition with awards, including 16 who received first-place honors for their projects.

Johnson Elementary School first-grade students focus on reading
Posted: February 03, 2015

Coming in Wednesday’s Young Romans, first-graders at Johnson Elementary School work together on their reading skills.

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Sick foxes found in city of Calhoun

Community members have reported two sick foxes in two days in Calhoun, said Clyde Burchett, city Animal Control director.

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