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Kindergarten registration to open in Cobb County

Kindergarten registration to open in Cobb County

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County School District will begin registration for Cobb County kindergarteners on March 27.

From 8:00 - 11:30 that morning, registration will be held at all Cobb elementary schools. The CCSD Bus Routes website can help parents determine which school their child will be attending. 

According to Georgia Law, all prospective kindergarten students must be at least five years of age on or before September 1. For more information, visit CCSD Enrollment online

Pebblebrook HS presents 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Pebblebrook HS presents 'Little Shop of Horrors'

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts will stage Little Shop of Horrors later this month.

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According to information from CCCEPA:

A doo-wop spoof of 1950s sci-fi disaster movies, "Little Shop of Horrors" follows the misadventures of Seymour, a down-and-out floral assistant who longs to get the girl of his dreams and escape life on skid row. He becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon, "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination.

School district participates in 5 Million Meals

School district participates in 5 Million Meals

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Cobb County School District was recently honored for its work with the 5 Million Meals campaign.

Cynthia Downs, Cobb's nutrition director, accepted the Golden Radish Award at the Georgia State Capitol Tuesday.

The 5 Million Meals challenge was introduced last October by Georgia Organics. Its goal is to make 5 million meals with locally grown food and serve them in K-12 cafeterias across the state.

Downs pledged her support to the cause by increasing the amount of local food served in Cobb County cafeterias. She was honored for her hard work by Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and Georgia Organics President Rashid Nuri.

Ron Clark Academy makes Atlanta its classroom

Ron Clark Academy makes Atlanta its classroom

ATLANTA -- When students at Ron Clark Academy arrived at school one recent morning, they learned all of their classes would take place at different places throughout the city of Atlanta.

They boarded buses headed to surprise locations for a host of unique learning experiences for the students in fifth through eighth grades.

"Education should be about passion and about real-world experiences," said Ron Clark, co-founder of Ron Clark Academy.

"Anything can be a learning experience if you look at it in terms of how I can learn from it," said Ron Clark Academy co-founder Kim Bearden.

The students spent about an hour at each of several locations.

Clark worked with students on the floor of Philips Arena and assigned them various math problems, such as determining the number of seats for basketball games.

Spanish teacher Joyce Estrada Bailey took the students to Rhythma Studios in East Point to learn how to dance the Salsa.

Murdock ES student wins Cobb Elementary Science Fair

Murdock ES student wins Cobb Elementary Science Fair

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Murdock Elementary School fourth grader is the winner of the year's Cobb County School District Elementary Science Fair.

Nine-year-old Oliver Long took home the grand prize for his project, "Tributaries of the Chattahoochee."

More than 140 students participated in this year's fair on Feb. 2 at Kennesaw Mountain High School.

That's three times the number of students from last year, showing that interest in science is growing in Cobb County elementary school classrooms.

In addition to Oliver, 15 more students won prizes at the fair.

(CCSD CobbCast)

Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl takes Cobb County schools

Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl takes Cobb County schools

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- The sixth annual Cobb County School District Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is set to take place for students on Saturday, January 19 at McEachern High School.

According to Barbara Powell-Schager, Library Media Specialist at Big Shanty Intermediate School, the reading challenge is an academic competition where students use a buzzer like that in a game show to answer questions about books. Teams from 40 elementary, middle and high school in Cobb County will compete.

Following the contest, a parade of schools will march, including the two winning teams from each entry level. Those top two will also advance to the next level of competition, on their way to the March state final.

High schools participating are Hillgrove, Kennesaw, McEachern, North Cobb, Osborne, Sprayberry and Walton.

In the middle school level are Campbell, Cooper, Dodgen, East Cobb, Hightower, Lost Mountain, Lovinggood, Mabry, McCleskey, McClure, Smitha and Tapp.

School system earns high marks for transparency

School system earns high marks for transparency

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Sunshine Review, a non-profit that tracks government oversight, has given the Cobb County School District an A+ for public transparency.

Cobb County was one of only two systems in the state to earn the top score for meeting all the criteria on Sunshine Review's 10-point checklist.

"The strong support for public education in Cobb County is a reflection of our commitment to accountability and open governance," Cobb County Board of Education chairman Scott Sweeney said in a statement. "Our public schools belong to the community, and we are thrilled to receive a high rating for our efforts to make access to public information as simple and straightforward as possible."

Sunshine Review graded the school districts' websites on transparency with issues like overall academic performance, tax information and performance audits.