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State superintendent honors Woodstock ES

State superintendent honors Woodstock ES

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Georgia Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Barge recently visited Woodstock Elementary School to celebrate its being one of only four schools to win the state's Family-Friendly Partnership School Award.

The honor is given to schools with a large number of low-income students that consistently provide excellent customer service.

To celebrate Dr. Barge's visit, students, teachers, parents and community representatives learned a special song, "Woodstock of My Heart," which was written by city historian Juanita Hughes.

Barge was also treated to a red carpet welcome, a tour of the school and an assembly in his honor.

"I am amazed at what you have done and what you are doing," Barge said to school leaders during his visit. "Most importantly, families are respected. My hope is that every school will be able to learn from you all."

Woodstock Elementary principal Kim Montalbano said the focus on family is behind her school's success.

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has identified the state's 2012 Schools of Excellence.

The annual honor is presented in two categories: Highest Performance and Highest Progress. Fourteen schools made the cut in each area.

"These schools are the epitome of excellence," Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "I offer my congratulations to our 2012 Georgia Schools of Excellence."

Barge added that he plans to visit all 28 schools at some point during the school year.

Metro Atlanta's Schools of Excellence include:

Atlanta Public Schools
* KIPP STRIVE Academy, Southwest Atlanta (Progress)

Bremen City
*Jones ES (Performance)

Clayton County
* Elite Scholars Academy, Morrow (Performance)

Cobb County
* Garrison Mill ES, Marietta (Progress)
* Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy (Progress)

Welcome back to school!

Welcome back to school!

(WXIA) -- Monday, Aug. 5 is the first day of school in four metro Atlanta counties: Cherokee, Floyd, Henry and Rockdale.

Send your first day of school pictures to photos@11Alive.com or submit them to 11Alive's first day of school photo gallery.

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan is making it easier for families to pay for college by holding two scholarship giveaways.

The deadline to enter both contests is Thursday, Aug. 15.

Mitch Seabaugh, director of the Path2College 529 Plan, said the two sweepstakes are designed to encourage families to start saving for college while their children are still very young.

"If 10,000 more Georgia families start saving for college, that's 10,000 more children who will have a head start toward achieving their dream when they graduate from high school," he said in a statement.

Seabaugh added that the sweepstakes also benefit young students because they provide money for schools and libraries.

The first contest -- the 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes -- will gives $10,529 to two lucky winners: a current Path2College account holder and a non-account holder. The two winners' schools will each receive $10,529.

Child's Play Early Learning Center announces preschool open houses

Child's Play Early Learning Center announces preschool open houses

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Child's Play Early Learning Center, proudly serving the families of Cherokee County for almost 20 years, is pleased to announce all three preschools will have their open houses on Aug. 7 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Child's Play has three conveniently located schools in Cherokee County; Towne Lake and Sixes Road locations are non-denominational, while the Hickory Flat location offers a Christian-based program.

The mission at each of the Child's Play Early Learning Centers is to help young children develop, their minds, bodies and spirit in an environment rich in sensory and hands-on experiences. The curriculum and staff foster and stimulate a life long love for learning.

"We are very excited to welcome the kids to Child's Play.  We have lots of great activities and themes planned for the school year and can't wait to watch your child grow and learn!" said Child's Play owner Donna Swedborg.

Chattahoochee Tech offers social media specialization

Chattahoochee Tech offers social media specialization

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Marketing management students at Chattahoochee Technical College now have the option of specializing in social media as part of their degrees.

Social media classes will be offered online this fall. The specialization includes a series of four courses: Exploring Social Media, Analyzing Social Media, Consumer Behavior and a marketing elective.

CTC marketing instructor Rick Nelson said social media is revolutionizing the field.

"Our marketing management programs will expose students to this technology and better prepare them for the new reality of marketing," he said. "No doubt our student population is very skilled at using Facebook, Twitter and other social media every day in their personal lives. We will prepare our students to be on the leading edge of utilizing these platforms to sell more products and services for their future corporate employers or in their own business ventures."