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Stonewall Tell Students Talk Safety with Police and School Health Professionals
Cliftondale, Public Safety, Schools

Stonewall Tell Students Talk Safety with Police and School Health Professionals

Safety patrols from Stonewall Tell Elementary School received a first-hand look at what it takes to keep students safe on campuses across the district, with a recent visit with the Fulton County Schools Safety and Security Department. It was a morning of questions from fifth graders who toured the district’s Emergency Operations Center, received first aid training and observed a Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) or drone demonstration – all to inspire them to continue on their leadership path and to encourage them to be responsible citizens. Students met with staff from FCS Police, Fire, Emergency Management and the School Health Services departments. The visit represented a unique opportunity for students to ask general safety-related questions and to participate in hands-on activit...
Banneker’s SAFE Center Holiday Giveaway Benefits Over 200 Families
Schools

Banneker’s SAFE Center Holiday Giveaway Benefits Over 200 Families

Banneker High School’s Student and Family Engagement (SAFE) Center continues to deliver on its promise to support the whole child. Earlier this month, more than 200 families received free meals and clothing at the center’s first-ever Pre-Thanksgiving Giveaway. “The event was a huge success for our school community,” said SAFE Center Director Igola Richardson. “I can’t thank our volunteers and community partners enough. The SAFE Center is removing barriers and changing lives.” During the event, volunteers joined the school community in a beautification project, created hygiene packets and organized the on-campus clothes closet. Organizations that participated included the Atlanta Community Food Bank, United Way of Greater Atlanta and Banneker’s Workforce Development. “The work perfor...
Westlake Students Earn President’s Volunteer Service Awards
Schools

Westlake Students Earn President’s Volunteer Service Awards

Nina Giddens, Julian Woods and Kendall Henry, all Westlake High School students, are recipients of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Young adults ages 16 to 25 who earn the honor have completed a minimum of 100 hours of community service. The President's Volunteer Service Award is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and is administered by Points of Light. Through a shared mission of inspiring more to answer the call to service, the award celebrates the impact all citizens can all make in bettering their communities and the world. Recipients are awarded an official pin, medallion or coin and a congratulatory letter from the President of United States. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the awards program. “I used to think that I could only...
STEM Innovation on Display at E. C. West Elementary
Cedar Grove, Schools

STEM Innovation on Display at E. C. West Elementary

Evoline C. West Elementary School, South Fulton’s first school to earn certification in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), hosted its first showcase recently, bringing together more than 25 educators from across the state to learn about the school’s approach to teaching and learning in a STEM-focused environment. Teachers and school leaders from several counties came out to see E. C. West Elementary students engaged in project-based learning in their STEM lab, greenhouse, STEM classrooms and courtyard, as well as learn about the school’s path to earning STEM-certification from the Georgia Department of Education. “The STEM Showcase was an opportunity to fulfill our pledge to share knowledge with other school districts,” said Principal Jennifer Burton. “We had educato...
Westlake’s Alston Becomes First Female Varsity Football Player to Score
Schools, Sports

Westlake’s Alston Becomes First Female Varsity Football Player to Score

In a matchup against Alabama’s Lanier High School in August, Kendyle Alston became Westlake’s first female player to score in a varsity football game. Last month, the senior put an exclamation point on her career when she again kicked for an extra point helping her team to defeat Wheeler. She says wasn’t trying to make history, but she’s done just that. “I just wanted to play football and to be a part of the team,” Alston said. “It’s an opportunity of a lifetime and one that I will remember for the rest of my life.” Alston credits Westlake’s football coach Kareem Reid for giving her a chance to play the sport. “My parents and I are grateful to Coach Reid for allowing me this opportunity,” she said. “He and my teammates have welcomed me on the team and I appreciate that.” Alston learned to...
CCRPI: South Fulton Schools by the Numbers
Schools

CCRPI: South Fulton Schools by the Numbers

Yesterday, the Georgia Department of Education released the 2018 results for the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). The CCRPI, which was redesigned last year, uses an updated calculation approved as part of Georgia’s state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Scores for 2018 are not comparable to any prior year. According to the data, Fulton County Schools’ performed above the state average. Fulton earned an overall CCRPI district score of 81 for 2018, which is 4.4 points above the state’s score of 76.6. Fulton’s scores exceeded the state at all levels, with the 2018 high school score of 82.2 showing the largest difference of nearly 7 points above the state’s score of 75.3. The elementary and middle school scores for Fulton were 80.6 and 80, respectively, compa...

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