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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.

Cobb students dominate Iowa Tests

Cobb students dominate Iowa Tests

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Third, fifth and seventh grade students in Cobb County scored much higher than the national averages on this year's Iowa Tests of Basic Skills.

The Cobb County School District announced Thursday that its composite scores ranked in the 68th percentile for third graders, the 65th percentile for fifth graders and the 62nd percent for seventh graders.

"We did experience a dip in composite scores, but the more significant news from these 2012 ITBS results is that our students continue to perform very well in a national comparison," superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa said in a statement.

The ITBS is issued in several key academic areas, including reading, language arts, math, science and social studies. It allows students to compare their performances with those of their peers across the country.

98% of Cobb students pass Ga. High School Writing Test

98% of Cobb students pass Ga. High School Writing Test

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- More than 97 percent of high school juniors and seniors in Cobb County passed the Georgia High School Writing Test in 2012.

Cobb's 97.8 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 Cobb County high school is as follows:

Allatoona HS
334 students took the test
97.9 percent passed the test

Campbell HS
433 students took the test
94.7 percent passed the test

Harrison HS
468 students took the test
98.9 percent passed the test

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.