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Teacher To attend Math/Science Academy this summer

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- (submitted by Melinda Berry-Dreisbach) While students are enjoying their summer break, Pat Costa, a fifth grade teacher at Crabapple Lane Elementary, will become a student of the 2011 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy.

Costa was selected from more than 1,500 third through fifth-grade teachers nationwide who applied to attend the one-week, all expenses paid, professional development program for the teaching of math and science. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Science Teachers Association chose the participants based on their qualifications, dedication to inspiring students at an early age, and their overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession.

Costa is the only teacher from Fayette, and one of 13 from Georgia, selected to attend the academy.

Educational Programs receive funding from Rotary

Educational Programs receive funding from Rotary

PEACHTREE CITY, GA -- (submitted by Melinda Berry-Dreisbach) A $1,000 total donation from the Rotary Club of Peachtree City will be used to enhance learning opportunities for hundreds of students across the county.

The Fayette County Public School System’s Friends Mentoring and After School programs each received a $500 check as part of the Rotary Club’s initiative to support education and learning.

“We ask educators who know the needs and emerging trends, and if we can help in bringing resources for future learning, we are honored to do so,” says Karen Stephens, community service director for the club.

The donation will help fund the development of a math guidebook for mentors to get ideas for study materials and activities, and the purchase of training curriculum to assist After School Program sites in retaining or working toward receiving national accreditation.

Local science projects advance to State/International competition

Local science projects advance to State/International competition

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- (submitted by Melinda Berry-Dreisbach) Ninety-nine percent of the projects that advanced to the Griffin RESA Regional Science and Engineering Fair earned placements, and one of them was selected to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

A total of 25 of the 31 projects that were selected for the regional fair brought home first place honors. The first place winners are eligible to attend the State Science and Engineering Fair April 1-2 at the University of Georgia.

Middle school first place winners include (Bennett’s Mill) Laura Phillipp; Dale Chapman; Nicholas Powell; Matthew Harmon; Michael Koenig, Matthew Melatti, Hudson Huber; Ian Belwood, Tiana Sherman; (J.C.

Drunk driving and texting on agenda for community forum

Drunk driving and texting on agenda for community forum

FAYETTEVILLE -- (submitted by Melinda Berry-Dreisbach) The second and last Juvenile Justice/Community Awareness Forum scheduled for this school year will be held Tuesday, March 29 at Whitewater High beginning at 7 p.m. The forum is being co-sponsored by the Fayette County Public School System and the NAACP.

Just in time for spring break, discussion topics will include drinking and driving, and texting while driving. Whitewater High School students will introduce additional discussion topics at the forum. A panel of juvenile judges and attorneys, heads of law enforcement, and school officials will lead the discussion.

All eighth grade and high school students and their parents are encouraged to attend to receive important information on many hot-button legal issues facing teens. The event is free and open to the public.

Attendance is highly encouraged, especially for high school students and their parents.

National winners get thousands

National winners get thousands

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. --Whitewater High DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) students and their advisor, Krystin Glover, will collect nearly $4,000 in award money at the DECA International Career Development Conference in April.

DECA is an organization that prepares students for careers in marketing, management, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Thousands of entries poured in from across the country in pursuit of one of the national awards. The school’s award recipients will be recognized on stage in Orlando, Florida for the following achievements: Five-Star Business Award, Whitewater High School Store, $1,000; Otis Spunkmeyer Student Award, Mikayla Stewart, $1,000; Publix Supermarkets Student Award, Erin Mahlbacher, $1,000; and Otis Spunkmeyer Advisor Award, Krystin Glover, $800.

The DECA International Career Development Conference is the highlight of the DECA year.

Athletes showcase skills at Special Olympics

Athletes showcase skills at Special Olympics

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- (submitted by Melinda Berry-Dreisbach) Fayette’s special athletes demonstrated their skills and sportsmanship at the annual Fayette County Special Olympic Games held Friday at Starr’s Mill High.

Over 230 Olympians from the county’s public schools and the Joseph Sams School converged on the field of the Starr’s Mill High stadium to participate in various sporting events.

Former student Lani Demello and Deputy Superintendent Fred Oliver served as grand marshals of the Parade of Athletes. Starr’s Mill High Olympian Ben Tyrell formally opened the games with the symbolic lighting of the Olympic flame. Fellow Olympian Ike Kamulu sang the Star Spangled Banner. 

As athletes arrived, the high school’s cheerleaders and drum team greeted them with fanfare.

Natarajan Is a Regional STAR

Natarajan Is a Regional STAR

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- (submitted by Melinda Berry-Dreisbach)  McIntosh High School senior Brahma Natarajan is shining brightly these days, she has been named the 2011 STAR winner for Region 3B.  

The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia's outstanding high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development.  During the past 53 years, the STAR Program has honored more than 22,000 high school seniors.

The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, Inc. was selected in 1994 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce to coordinate the state STAR program in association with the Chamber and the Georgia Department of Education.  

The State STAR student and teacher will be announced at the PAGE STAR Banquet on April 18 in Atlanta.  

This latest recognition is in addition to Natarajan being selected as a U.S.