Education

A Rockmart Middle School student held her ground and out-spelled her fellow top Polk County spellers last week to claim the district-wide title.

The first meeting of the year for the Polk School District Board of Education brought with it a decision on the future leadership of Polk County’s schools.

The Polk School District Board of Education is closer to finding the successor to School Superintendent Laurie Atkins following a recent round of interviews with potential candidates.

The topic of speed-detection cameras along roadways in designated school zones in Polk County once again was presented to the Polk School District Board of Education at its monthly work session last week.

An educator who made it her job to ensure that her students had a fully engaging experience when learning went from in the classroom to online this year was named Polk County Schools’ top teacher Tuesday evening.

Polk County Schools Superintendent Laurie Atkins, who began her career in education as an elementary school teacher, has announced she will be retiring at the end of the school year.

Thousands of Georgia Power customers in Polk County were still without power as of noon Friday, more than 32 hours after winds and rain from Tropical Storm Zeta swept through the area. 

Many Georgia farms offer various agritourism activities, such as you-pick strawberry, blueberry and peach experiences in the spring and summer. Others offer apple picking and corn mazes in the fall. Christmas tree farms welcome guests to select their family trees.

Daphne McClendon (second from left) has been named the 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year for Van Wert Elementary in Rockmart. A teacher for 28 years, McLendon, shown with her husband and three children, began her career at Goodyear Elementary as a Chapter I Reading teacher working with students …

Polk School District and its individual schools took to social media last week in an effort to explain the reasoning and procedures behind keeping kids out of class because of a positive case of COVID-19.

More restrictive guidelines from the Department of Public Health regarding mandatory quarantines for teachers and students who test positive for COVID-19 are forcing Polk County Schools to make a change in their plans for in-class instruction less than two weeks into the new school year.

Students were welcomed back to classrooms across Polk County this week while also becoming familiar with new guidelines and methods meant to limit the possibility of exposure to COVID-19.

Adapting education in a time of pandemic has been an in-depth and lengthy process for Polk School District leaders, but with the start of the school year just days away there are still questions about how classes will go.

ATLANTA – The Georgia Lottery Corp. announced last week that fiscal year 2020 profits transferred to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account amount to a record $1,237,345,246. This brings the total raised for education in the Georgia Lottery’s 27-year history to more than $22.3 billion.

The possibility of Polk County students returning to in-person learning this year took another step forward last week with the school board confirming that classes will begin on schedule Aug. 3.

Just two days before the new fiscal year was set to begin, the Polk County Board of Education unanimously approved the system’s FY2021 budget after making some adjustments based on the final state budget.

Finally converging on Cedartown Memorial Stadium for their graduation ceremony, the Cedartown High School class of 2020 was tasked with remembering their past while thinking about their future.

Despite the unorthodox way their high school careers ended, repeated sentiments during the graduation ceremony of the Rockmart High School class of 2020 were thankfulness and the opinion they had been the school’s most celebrated senior class.

Members of Polk County Schools’ class of 2020 are getting the opportunity to walk and toss their cap after an unusual end to their senior year.

KENNESAW — Kennesaw State University recently named students to the President’s List and Dean’s List in recognition of their academic excellence for the Spring 2020 semester and several Polk County residents made the grade to be recognized for their efforts.

The Foundation at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) has awarded a $500 scholarship to one qualified student at each of the 26 high schools and five college and career academies in the Northwest Georgia region. Two students at Trion High School received a scholarship of $250 each.

Some good news for those who have been waiting to hear a date for when seniors will get to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas.

Superheroes can be found in every corner of life and they are showing up more than ever in daily life, and one group in particular is continuing their efforts to help ensure children who usually get meals at school are still getting them at home.

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