Category Archives: Education

Education: Calhoun City Schools honors four with Teacher of the Year designations.

Education: Calhoun City Schools honors four with Teacher of the Year designations.

Calhoun City Schools announce Teachers of the Year.  Calhoun High School: Greta Hughes. Mrs. Hughes is currently in her 19th year in the education profession where she serves as the Graphic Design teacher at CHS and is the Coordinator of CTAE programs. Greta began her career teaching 1st grade at Eastside Primary School, and later… Read more

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Education: Georgia Northwestern Technical College adds police chief, staff.

Education: Georgia Northwestern Technical College adds police chief, staff.

  Media release: Student safety is of the highest priority on any college campus these days, according to Pete McDonald, president of Georgia Northwestern Technical College.. Which is why Georgia Northwestern has recently created and gained state approval for its own police force to handle incidents and promote student, faculty, staff and visitor safety at… Read more

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Education: GOAL honors Darlington’s efforts to support scholarship program. $5,000 presented to Rome High. City school board meets today.

Education: GOAL honors Darlington’s efforts to support scholarship program. $5,000 presented to Rome High. City school board meets today.

  The Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program recently presented Darlington School with the GOAL Advocacy Award, which recognizes the institution that has displayed the most passion and perseverance when appealing to legislators to preserve, protect, and expand this opportunity. “The 2018 GOAL Advocacy Award recognizes a head of school and senior school official, both of whom… Read more

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Education: Floyd County students participate in Cardboard Boat Challenge. Gordon and Calhoun students participate in Sources of Strength Training.

Education: Floyd County students participate in Cardboard Boat Challenge. Gordon and Calhoun students participate in Sources of Strength Training.

Fifth grade students from every Floyd County elementary school participated in the 1st annual Cardboard Boat Challenge at Georgia Highlands College on Friday. The event was put together by the Instructional Technology Department of Floyd County Schools. Nathan Medley, the Boat Challenge organizer, put forth a challenge to all 5th graders at each elementary school… Read more

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Buzz: Darlington Sixth Graders, students from Armuchee Middle, East Central big winners at Sixth Grade Berry Mathematics Contest. Calhoun Police honored — and win patrol cruiser.

Buzz: Darlington Sixth Graders, students from Armuchee Middle, East Central big winners at Sixth Grade Berry Mathematics Contest. Calhoun Police honored — and win patrol cruiser.

  The Fall 2018 Sixth Grade Berry College Mathematics Contest was held at Berry College on Thursday, Sept. 20. Thirteen sixth-grade teams competed. The top three teams were: First, Jasper Middle School (Pickens County); second, Heritage Middle School (Catoosa County); and third, Darlington School. Top individual student winners were: first, Jeremy Westbrook from Jasper Middle School; second, Elan… Read more

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High school graduation rates for the class of ’18 are out. Gordon Central had the best average; Cedartown the lowest. Statewide total sets record. New: Comments from local educators.

High school graduation rates for the class of ’18 are out. Gordon Central had the best average; Cedartown the lowest. Statewide total sets record. New: Comments from local educators.

  The graduation rates from the 2017-18 school year are out and almost all Northwest Georgia high schools topped the record-high state average of  81.6 percent. The best percentage in our region went to Gordon Central which had a 98.2 percent graduation rate (212 of 216 students) while the lowest was Cedartown High with 79.7… Read more

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Audit of Shorter University shows 1,300-student loss over five years; $16 million in overall staff, operating cuts; combined long-term debt of $16.5 million due for repayment now through 2022.

Audit of Shorter University shows 1,300-student loss over five years; $16 million in overall staff, operating cuts; combined long-term debt of $16.5 million due for repayment now through 2022.

  The 2017 annual report from the Georgia Baptist Convention on the most recent audit for Shorter University shows new concerns, continuing problems but a few potential improvements — although one key plus (land sale) has since collapsed. You can read the full review of the audit, from May 2016 through May 2017 and prepared… Read more

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Education: 160 colleges, universities pack Darlington’s annual College Fair Monday. Two authors with ties to Georgia Northwestern release new books. 4-H’ers cook up a storm.

Education: 160 colleges, universities pack Darlington’s annual College Fair Monday. Two authors with ties to Georgia Northwestern release new books. 4-H’ers cook up a storm.

  Some 160 colleges and universities were on Darlington’s campus Monday, Sept. 17, for the school’s annual College Fair in the Huffman Athletic Center.  “We are so fortunate that all of these colleges recognize Darlington’s reputation and are willing to travel all the way to Rome, Ga., just to visit with our students,” said Sam Moss,… Read more

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Former Shorter Campus Safety Director Paula Penson, who’s complaints of harassment by a supervisor there led to resignations and her own firing, rejoins the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office.

Former Shorter Campus Safety Director Paula Penson, who’s complaints of harassment by a supervisor there led to resignations and her own firing, rejoins the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office.

    Celebrating a birthday on Monday was one thing for Paula Thompson Penson. She’s also hours into a welcome homecoming, this one with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office. Penson, who’s been in the headlines for much of the past year because of her complaints of harassment by a former supervisor at Shorter University, has… Read more

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Education: Full house for Georgia Northwestern’s Industrial Career Day. Georgia Highlands hosts Tomb of the Unknown Soldier replica. Floyd, Rome school boards meet this week. Students named to state advisory councils.

Education: Full house for Georgia Northwestern’s Industrial Career Day. Georgia Highlands hosts Tomb of the Unknown Soldier replica. Floyd, Rome school boards meet this week. Students named to state advisory councils.

Media release: More than 750 regional high school students and members of the community had a chance to speak with representatives of Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s industrial programs, employers, and former GNTC students about the benefits of learning a skilled trade during Industrial Career Day on Friday, Sept. 7. The day was held to expose students… Read more

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Education: Armuchee Elementary Principal Rodney Stewart, Superintendent Dr. Jeff Wilson hit the school’s roof for a good cause.

Education: Armuchee Elementary Principal Rodney Stewart, Superintendent Dr. Jeff Wilson hit the school’s roof for a good cause.

Up on the roof: That’s where Floyd County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Wilson, left, and Rodney Stewart, right, principal of Armuchee Elementary School spent part of their morning. The reason: Students were challenged to raise $10,000 for playground and other improvements around the campus. A last-minute surge put them over the top — so Steward… Read more

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Education: West End Elementary celebrates receiving its STEM certification in Thursday ceremony.

Education: West End Elementary celebrates receiving its STEM certification in Thursday ceremony.

  From a media release: Thursday marked the official date in which West End Elementary School achieved its Georgia Department of Education Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics certification. This is the third elementary school, (including Elm Street and North Heights) within the Rome City School system to be honored. STEM serves as an approach to education… Read more

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Education: Anna K. Davie parent/volunteer Brittany Hatcher joins state Parent Advisory Council. Rome Schools entering REACH Georgia Program. RCS continue free breakfast, lunch program.

Education: Anna K. Davie parent/volunteer Brittany Hatcher joins state Parent Advisory Council. Rome Schools entering REACH Georgia Program. RCS continue free breakfast, lunch program.

The State School Superintendent’s 2019 Parent Advisory Council has been announced and Brittany Hatcher, the mother of Anna K. Davie students Jace (sixth grade) and Brileigh Hatcher (Pre-K) is on the panel. “I am so very nervous but so excited for this opportunity to serve as a member of the PAC and to represent Rome City… Read more

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Education: Gina Byars retires from Rome City Schools after 22 years of service. Bartow County Schools earn ‘Golden Radish’ award for farm-to-school efforts.

Gina Byars has retired from Rome City Schools after 22 years of service; she’s also married to Superintendent Lou Byars. Media release: Gina Byars, current Rome City Schools Human Resources Coordinator, announces her retirement on Friday, Aug. 31. “I have so enjoyed my time with Rome City Schools,” said Byars. “The teachers, faculty and staff… Read more

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Education: Floyd County Schools earns awarded $70,000 to target elementary math. Veteran GHC teacher retiring. Updates on school board meetings next week.

Education: Floyd County Schools earns awarded $70,000 to target elementary math. Veteran GHC teacher retiring. Updates on school board meetings next week.

The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, along with the Innovation Fund Foundation, announces that Floyd County Schools as one of four Community Partnership Grant award winners. The competitive grant program provides funding to local education agencies/school districts, traditional public or charter schools, and 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations to further advance student achievement in Georgia. Jennifer White, FCS… Read more

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Education: 580 Chromebooks for younger students in the Rome system. Floyd’s Volunteen program a hit with RHS students.

Education: 580 Chromebooks for younger students in the Rome system. Floyd’s Volunteen program a hit with RHS students.

  Rome City Schools has purchased 580 more Chromebooks for around $220,000 through the ESPLOST IV grant to expand the initial one-to-one initiative into kindergarten through first grade. “We have always wanted to expand this initiative into kindergarten through first grade, but we knew that we wouldn’t necessarily need one Chromebook per student because a… Read more

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Power outage means no classes for Cedartown High, Westside Elementary today.

Power outage means no classes for Cedartown High, Westside Elementary today.

    From Polk School District: “Because of unexpected power outages, school is canceled today for students at Cedartown High School and Westside Elementary School. Students that have already arrived on campus by bus will be transported back home. Car riders will need to be picked up at the schools. We apologize for this inconvenience,… Read more

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