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College expo coming to south side

College expo coming to south side

FAIRBURN, Ga. -- Students in Atlanta's southern suburbs will have the chance to attend a local college fair at the end of the month.

The Go to College Expo will be held at the Country Inn & Suites in Fairburn on Saturday, Jan. 26.

College recruiters will be on hand to answer questions about financial aid and the schools they represent. The fair is geared toward high school juniors and seniors, as well as adults and veterans who wish to return to school.

The expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Country Inn & Suites is located at 7815 Senoia Road, just off Interstate 85.

Learn more and register for the college fair at gotocollegeexpo.com.

Free seminars on getting money for college

Free seminars on getting money for college

ATLANTA -- A free workshop on getting thousands of dollars for your child’s college education will be hosted at the following locations and at the following dates and times:

  • Hilton Garden Inn – Atlanta/Wildwood, January 17, 7:15pm to 8:45pm.
  • Hampton Inn – Fayetteville, Tuesday, January 29, 7:15pm to 8:45pm.

The speaker will be Brian J. Ball, ChFC®. He will be discussing such topics as how to send your kids to the school of their dreams without going broke; how to triple your eligibility for aid; how to find scholarships and grants you’ve never even heard of.

Additional topics to be included:

School system responds to Sandy Hook ES tragedy

School system responds to Sandy Hook ES tragedy

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fayette County Public School System released a statement in the wake of last week's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

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In the note, which can be read here, the school system explains that it "is deeply saddened" by the massacre and "mourns for the families and community of Newtown, Connecticut."

It outlines the measures that the system has taken to ensure the safety of all students and teachers.

"Our school system was the first in Georgia to create an emergency preparedness plan following the events of Columbine," the letter reads. "The plan covers any potential emergency that might happen, including an intrusion."

99% of Fayette students pass Ga. High School Writing Test

99% of Fayette students pass Ga. High School Writing Test

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- Nearly 99 percent of high school juniors and seniors in Fayette County passed the Georgia High School Writing Test in 2012.

Fayette's 98.7 percent is much higher than Georgia's 93 percent, up from 91 percent in 2011 and 88 percent in 2007, when the more rigorous test was rolled out.

Students must pass the annual writing assessment to receive a high school diploma. A perfect score is 350; a student must earn at least 200 points to pass. They may take the test multiple times during their junior and senior years.

A breakdown for each Fayette County high school is as follows:

Fayette County HS
264 students took the test
99.6 percent passed the test

McIntosh HS
391 students took the test
99.2 percent passed the test

Sandy Creek HS
244 students took the test
97.1 percent passed the test

Fayette Co. shares secrets to graduation success

Fayette Co. shares secrets to graduation success

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Fayette County has one of the highest graduation rates in the state, with 90% of its students finishing at its traditional high schools in four years. Their secret?

The district says attitude -- attitude of the parents that enroll their students, attitude of the staff that works closely together to help students succeed, attitude of the district to create programs that help students who don't fit in the traditional classroom model, and the attitude of students who see high school as a positive step toward their future.

3 vying for Rome schools superintendent post

3 vying for Rome schools superintendent post

ROME, Ga. -- Three finalists for Rome City Schools superintendent have been named as the district looks to replace outgoing superintendent Gayland Cooper, who is set to retire next month.

The finalists are James Arnold, superintendent of Pelham City Schools; Jeff Bearden, superintendent of Fayette County Schools; and Bill McCown, superintendent of Gordon County Schools.

School board officials have two weeks to deliberate and come to a decision. The new superintendent must be named by Nov. 30.

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

Look for JROTC cadets collecting for the Empty Stocking Fund Nov. 3-4

More than 2,000 JROTC cadets from 30 metro Atlanta high schools
to participate in historic fundraising effort

On Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th, visitors to metro Atlanta Kroger stores are likely to be met by a smiling, uniformed JROTC cadet with an Empty Stocking Fund logo, as more than 2,000 cadets representing 30 metro Atlanta high schools’ JROTC programs will be working outside metro Kroger stores to raise awareness of and contributions for The Empty Stocking Fund, an Atlanta-based, Atlanta-serving non-profit organization that has been providing holiday gifts to Atlanta’s neediest children since 1926.