Nine middle and high school students from Floyd County Schools participated in the 2014 Georgia Music Educators Association's All State Chorus. Students from Armuchee Middle, Coosa Middle, Armuchee High, and Pepperell High represented Floyd County at the gathering of the some of the best vocal talent in the state. On Thursday, February 20, 2014, 1,500 of the top middle and high school vocalists descended on the Classic Center in Athens, GA for this year’s state event. Over the next 3 days, the students spent more than 17 hours in rehearsals preparing for a festival of concerts that were presented on Saturday afternoon and evening in the Classic Center Theater.
Floyd County Schools has been awarded an $82,000 grant to boost Internet speed for digital learning.
Southeast Elementary School is a busy place to be right now, and it is all because of one of the core components of every child’s education: Math.
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 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.
Laura Graben, a senior at Model High School, has earned a $1,000 2014 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship. Graben can use the money next school year at a college or university.
Graben has a 4.0 GPA as a student in the Honors Preparatory program at Model High. She has earned many academic honors including course awards in Honors Biology, Spanish III, Honors American Literature, Honors World History, Honors Chemistry, AP Calculus and AP World History. She won the excellence in Anatomy and Physiology award and has been inducted into the National Honor Society. Graben was selected for the Governor's Honors program in math at the local and state level as a sophomore and junior. She is in the Model SAT/ACT 1700 Club, represents the school on the Student Advisory Board, served as Key Club vice-president as a junior and president as a senior, and was selected as the Optimist Student of the Month for September, 2013.
Graben is also active in the sports program at Model. She is on the girl's soccer team, cross country team, and the volleyball team.
Accomplishments inside the classroom and in extracurricular activities have earned Graben early admission status at the University of Georgia.
Third grade students in the Pepperell area will be making a move for the 2014-2015 school year, according to Floyd County School officials.
If you want to see the quietest, yet obviously jubilant, celebrations ever, look no further than the second-floor hallway at the Sheffield-Thompson Building at Shorter University during quiz bowl competition.
Students, their families and teachers paused to check out the sheets of paper posted on the wall that kept track of team scores for the day.
Seventh-graders from Coosa Middle School immediately tried to shout, but when shushed by parents because of competition still going on, began to whisper “yesssssss” and perform the world’s most silent high fives. Parents joined in with the hushed happiness, taking photos of the scores and smiling.
Coosa’s seventh grade placed first for their grade level with a score of 585 at the 12th annual Academic Quiz Bowl for Floyd County Schools. Students in the Kaleidoscope gifted program from the four county middle schools gathered at Shorter University to face each other through nine rounds of tough questions.
Model Middle School’s sixth grade won their grade level with 605, and Armuchee Middle School’s eighth grade won theirs with 830.
Overall, Model Middle School took home the first-place trophy with a total score of 1,700, Armuchee Middle’s team came in second with 1,645, Pepperell Middle School placed third with 1,470 and Coosa Middle School was fourth with 1,455.
“I think the best thing about the quiz bowl is that it is very challenging and fun,” said Brinley Smith, from Coosa Middle’s sixth grade team.
“And you get to meet new people,” chimed in her teammate Kara Middleton.
“This is so important, because it gives the kids an opportunity to be exposed to a college environment,” said Allison Espy, who works with the gifted program at Floyd County School’s central office and also teaches at Garden Lakes Elementary. “They also get to really experience teamwork and competition.”
Other teachers helping with the event agree that the whole day is a great experience for their students.
“One of the kids on the team came up to me saying, ‘Yes! I got a sports question right!’,” laughed Crissy Arrington, gifted teacher at Pepperell Elementary. “He was just so happy. Another student told me he was so excited he couldn’t even sleep last night.”
“It is really good to see them so excited about academics,” agreed Apryl Hawkins, who oversees all the high school gifted programs at Floyd County Schools and also is in charge of the intern program.
Many of Hawkins’ interns, high school students in Floyd County, were helping out at the quiz bowl, keeping score and turning in score sheets to the command center so the teachers could post the scores. Several of them made comments about the stiff competition between the middle school teams.
Parents also enjoyed the event.
“It is an honor to see them,” said Jonathan Bartleson, whose son, Aaron, was on the Model sixth grade team. “My wife was here this morning watching and I came for the afternoon. We had so much fun preparing for this. You just cannot believe the amount of anticipation it builds.”
One heartfelt statement from a retired gifted teacher who came to the quiz bowl to read questions for the day, may sum it up best.
“Every time I worry about the future of the nation, I think about quiz bowl,” said Kay New. “When I am here, I thoroughly enjoy the day. To look out at these faces and see the sportsmanship and how they work together, it is a wonderful thing.”
Students and their families scurried through the hallways between rounds of questions Monday, and then secluded themselves in classrooms where the sound of buzzers indicated the competition had commenced.
ROME, Ga. – Student staff of the 2013 Berry College student yearbook, Cabin Log, earned two individual national awards for yearbook journalism excellence in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's 31st Gold Circle Awards Contest.
This year 4,279 entries were submitted by students from across the United States.
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.
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.
Lucy Virginia Lansing heard the horror stories about teacher Joanna Chesnut.
Benjie Klouda, a sophomore digital and broadcasting journalism major at Shorter University, was crowned Miss Shorter University on Thursday at the Rome City Auditorium.
Darlington School is pleased to announce that Kent Harrison will be the keynote speaker at the Baccalaureate Service on May 16 and Linda Grizzard Owens will address the Class of 2014 at Commencement on May 17.
Anthony “Tony” Potts has announced his intention to run for the Floyd County Board of Education, Post 1 (Armuchee) seat.
Building the new Coosa High School is the top priority on the list of projects to be funded by the education local option sales tax that starts April 1, according to Floyd County Schools officials.
The Youth Success Academy (YSA) on the Floyd County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is helping out-of-school youth get their GED, start college with many expenses covered, and begin their path to a successful career.
Weston Penny, a junior at Model High School and a student in the Horticulture program at Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy, placed second in the Area 1 FFA Senior Wood Fabrication Competition held in Murray County on Tuesday. Penny constructed a wood cabinet to earn second place.
Rome, Ga. — Thirteen Shorter University biology students recently were inducted to the Kappa Alpha Chapter of TriBeta National Biological Honor Society.
Marlin Wright, a senior at Pepperell High School and student in Healthcare Science at the Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy, wowed the judges at the Georgia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium hosted by the University of Georgia on Tuesday to finish fifth in the competition. Wright made the top twelve of the original 50 finalist in the academic competition on Monday to advance to the final presentations. The fifth place finish qualifies Wright for the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium to be held April 23-27 in Washington, D.C. He will also get to attend the United States Military Research Science & Engineering Festival held at the same time in the nation's capital. Wright’s research examined the effects of strobe light as a stressor on the behavior of mice.
Adairsville police have released video footage from a patrol car dashboard camera of a shootout at a Hardee's from last week.